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Best LDS Female Solo Blogger of 2010

Best LDS Blogger 2010Mormon Momma is pleased to announce the winner of the 1st annual Best LDS Female Solo Blogger of 2010!

After two weeks accepting nominations and another two weeks of voting, the decision was made by 1,013 voters casting 1,395 total votes. We had 24 fabulous bloggers nominated with some stiff competition and the lead changing hands numerous times. We appreciate all of the women who took part and who encouraged their loyal readers to vote.

The winner is:

Cocoa from Chocolate on My Cranium

Chocolate on my Cranium is a big smorgasbord of stuff: homeschooling, farm life, LDS stuff, motherhood, recipes, and homemaking. Known, fittingly, on her blog as “Cocoa,” the author also writes for two homeschooling blogs under the name “Montserrat.” (Did I mention she homeschools? Obviously a cool lady!)

If you do nothing else, check out her wonderful collection of FHE lessons, featuring everything from Luck vs. Work to Easter All Week. And she has a lesson I just added to the resource list on the Making General Conference Memorable post called Watchmen on the Tower FHE.

And if you’re a nostalgia freak like I am, you will love the pre-colored flannel board stories you can download. I still have all the old flannel board stories my mom collected and now I finally know a great way to finish them!

Cocoa Family

Cocoa began blogging in late 2005. Her family had just moved to a new farm and she wanted to keep family and friends updated. Sharing crafts and homeschooling ideas brought her more and more traffic. Eventually she made that blog private and and started a new blog that did not include real names.

Cocoa lives on a 4,200+ alfalfa hay farm in northern Nevada. She’s half Mexican but grew up in the south. She and her husband, “Mr. Ferrero,” have eight children — seven girls and one boy — with a second boy due at the end of July. Obviously a home of extreme hormonal imbalance! On her blog the children are known as:

  1. Bon Bon (15)
  2. Semisweet (14)
  3. Brownie (12)
  4. Truffle (10)
  5. Fudge (8)
  6. Cookie (6)
  7. Special Dark (4)
  8. Hershey (17 months)

Of her family, she says:

Growing up I never imagined I would have so many children. They truly are a great blessing! I especially love the wet sloppy kisses from the little ones and the in-depth conversations with the older ones.

Cocoa met Mr. Ferrero when he served a mission to Georgia. There were no inappropriate longing glances, but a couple of years later Cocoa headed to Idaho to attend Ricks College. Her parents called the former Elder Ferrero and asked him to keep an eye on her. “He’s been doing that ever since.”

Our winning blogger enjoys reading, playing classical piano, photography, baking, sewing, and gardening. She also plays a mean game of Scrabble, would do grammar or algebra workbooks just for fun, and is pretty much a big geek. Oh, yes, and she love chocolate. And that’s an understatement. She says:

I love the gospel and hope that comes through with the posts on my blog. Many of my readers are not LDS but they keep coming back! Last year I hosted a Family Proclamation Celebration to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Proclamation. It was a huge success with members and non-members alike. Many have asked for it to be an annual celebration and it will be every September. I really enjoy being a mother and a homemaker. With all the daughters I have I hope to teach them what a wonderful calling motherhood really is! I know that my example and attitude will ingrain that in them more than anything I can ever say.

We send a big congratulations to Cocoa and Chocolate on My Cranium for being the first winner of our Best LDS Female Solo Blogger contest. May she be blogging for many years to come.

{ 11 comments… add one }

  • CreshnA March 22, 2011, 7:06 pm

    I hadn’t read Cocoa’s blog before, but she’s great. Congratulations on the big win!

  • Vennesa March 22, 2011, 7:55 pm

    You sure about the 7 boys and one girl? Looks like it’s the other way around from the photo.
    Congrats Cocoa! I’m going to have to check out her blog!

  • Alison Moore Smith March 22, 2011, 9:05 pm

    Yack! Vennesa, thank you for catching that! It’s corrected.

    Sorry, Cocoa! :-0
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  • Jocelyn March 22, 2011, 9:06 pm

    Congratulations, Montserrat! Well-deserved!
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  • Jed March 22, 2011, 11:33 pm

    CONGRATS!! Way to go.

  • Meg March 23, 2011, 8:31 am

    Congratulations Montse! You are terrific.

    And thanks to all the bloggers who bring a little light and laughter and common sense living into our lives. :)

  • Pattyann March 23, 2011, 8:43 am

    Love it! She is great. Congratulations!!
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  • AllisonK March 23, 2011, 10:27 pm

    Congratulations Prima!!!

  • Chocolate on my Cranium March 23, 2011, 11:14 pm

    My girls will get a HUGE kick out of that! So will their dad. Before we had our son my husband gave all the girls “boy” nicknames.

    Thanks for the nice post Alison!
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  • Alison Moore Smith March 24, 2011, 12:34 am

    :::hangs editorial head in shame::::

    Every time I was pregnant (something to do with the red hair), we called the baby Opie.
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  • Darcee Yates March 24, 2011, 9:57 pm

    I want to add my congratulation to Prima. Excellent job.

    And also a thanks to Alison- this contest has opened up my eyes to a whole slew of wonderful Mormon bloggers. I’ve been gobbling up a feast, browsing the winning blogs and connecting to their favorites as well.
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