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Thanksgiving Giveaway – Winners Announced!!

16 Nov

The time for the Thanksgiving Giveaway has opened and closed, and it is now the 12:01 – 12:17 PM time slot, so it is tiiiiimmmmeeeee to announce who has won! (We may have recently watched Lion King in this apartment so any time I write “It is timmmeee!” please say this to yourself in your best Rafiki voice. Cool. Thanks.)

We had 77 entrants vying for the chance to receive a box o’ goodies (can I just say how awesome it is to have 77 of you following?!? You guys are the BEST!!).

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Winner #1: Andi Moody

Winner #2: Ellen Nieman

Winner #3: Cyndi Billings

CONGRATS!! THREE CHEERS!! HUZZAHHHH!!!

Very excited to concoct boxes for these folks and send off my ‘Thanks!’ / by ‘Giving’ boxes to each of you. I will be emailing each of you to confirm your mailing address and what you would like baked and sent to you!

And with that….the third round of the S&B Giveaway series is complete! Well, sort of. I have to bake / make / create / pack / mail everything now. But that’s the fun part, second of course to the moment you all get when you open your package and enjoy the boxes o’ treats.

As I did last time, I’ll do a post on the Giveaway boxes’ contents so you’re able to see the lovely goodies and get excited for the next one. I would love to do another one around the end of the year, as a final holiday season Giveaway. This one may just be two winners but would likely have more contents in the boxes, we shall see.

With that – wishing everyone a wonderful Sunday! I’m off to the dog park with Luke to run around with our puppy Winnie (I’ll have to show you a picture of her in a future post, she’s ridiculously cute and loves to hang out around my feet while I’m in the kitchen) before football this afternoon.

Cheers!!

Thanksgiving Giveaway!!

14 Nov

As promised, it is time! Giveaway time that is. Now for anyone new to the S&B Giveaway concept, it’s pretty darn simple. And you can win some pretty awesome treats, delivered right to your door via mail and baked with love and some funky dance moves from yours truly. There have been two past Giveaways and you can read about the lucky winners and their boxes o’ winnings here and here.

S&B Thanksgiving Giveaway:

Who/Why: Because it’s the time of year when we all take a step back and think about all of the various blessings we have to be thankful for, I want you all to know how thankful I am for YOU. This blog would just be an awkward food-picture filled diary without you all to read, comment, like, try out recipes and keep the dialogue a two-way street. It’s the best when one of you tell me that you’ve made a recipe and  you / your family / your friends etc. enjoyed it. To show you all my appreciation, there will be THREE lucky winners!!!

What: A fun-filled box of goodies could arrive at YOUR door. It will cost $0. And there will be enough treats in your box to share with family and friends OR if you must, you could hoard it all for yourself. But c’mon, it’s the holidays and show your love for others with a little sharing. 🙂

What will be in said box?

  • YOU GET TO PICK! You get to pick something from the blog OR you can get creative and make a request! The only guidelines are that your choice must be ok being outside of a refrigerator (cookies/muffins/snacks/cupcakes…all great for mailing) so that when your box arrives, the contents are edible.
  • A spatula to add to your kitchen. I’m excellent at picking out fantastic, colorful (and durable) spatulas. Promise!
  • As with the previous Blog Giveaways, other fun surprises will likely find their way in. Don’t think anyone will be upset about that.

How: Entering the Giveaway is easy…all you must do is be a Follower of the blog!

  • If you’re already a Follower, then congrats you are already entered to win! Three cheers!!
  • If you’re not already a Follower, then click the Follow button in the upper right corner of the blog, follow the prompts (you’ll receive an email and need to confirm from that email) and become an official Follower to be entered. Becoming a Follower means that you’ll get an email each time I post in the future. This is also how I’ll clarify the details of the package and the mailing address with the winner as I get to see a list of all Blog Followers’ email addresses.
  • The winner will be selected through use of a random number generator where each person will be assigned a number and the RNG will do the rest. Equal chance for all! But TRIPLE the opportunity for you all with THREE BOXES!!

When: The Giveaway entry period will end Saturday, November 15th at 11:57 PM (CST) [because random numbers are more fun]. I’ll announce the winner in a post Sunday sometime between 12:01 PM and 12:17 PM. Mark your calendars!

Those are all the details, friends. It’s my way of saying thanks and providing some delicious treats to three lucky readers.

Ready, set, GO!!!

Giveaway Boxes: Revealed!

17 Aug

SO there’s been quite a delay in me sharing the contents of the two giveaway boxes. There was this wedding thing in the middle of the summer (BEST DAY EVER) that took a BIT of attention, but now I’m back and excited to share the wonderful boxes that went on their way to Seattle, Washington and Johnston, Iowa!

The fun thing was, both winners picked different food items so I got to make two very unique, but very delicious boxes. Hearing their excitement when the box was received and how the treats inside went over, was my favorite part. THAT is why these giveaways are so great. Nothing is more fun for me than getting to cook/bake for other people. It’s the BEST! Am I right?!?

So both winners received recipe cards of the items in their box (each received three items) and they also received two fun, colorful spatulas. Because of COURSE, that is the cooking portion of this blog AND who doesn’t need/want more spatulas?!? 🙂

Box #1 winner was Todd, a dental student in Seattle, WA. He picked the following:

  • Muffin/Cupcake: A new, not-yet-on-the-blog item! Delicious Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins that I’m excited to share with you guys in a future post. They turned out very moist, gorgeous with the purple/blue berries and definitely a keeper that I’ll be making again for my husband (<— new favorite word) and myself.
  • Snack: Spicy Caramel Popcorn featured in this post
  • Cookies: Snickerdoodles featured in this post

Had a great day of baking while we watched baseball in the background. Is there anything better than baking and baseball?! Nope. Really don’t think there is.

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They got all packaged up and sent off to Todd!

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Next up was Teresa, a married mom of the cutest little guy you’ve ever seen. She and her husband, Josh came up with their box contents:

  • Muffin/Cupcake: The healthy twist on Chocolate Muffins featured in this post
  • Snack: Spicy Chipotle Rosemary Nuts featured in this post
  • Cookies: A great new challenge and one of my new favorites! Teresa and her husband Josh requested something red velvet and I found a great recipe from one of the blogs I read frequently that fit the bill. Really think you guys will love them as much I did, taste testing! Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies will be coming soon to a post near you. These were chewy, had lots of flavor and mini chocolate chips ensured that every bite had some chocolate.

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IMG_5988Overall, definitely was great fun to send these off AND it was the perfect way to decompress after the wedding preparations that took up most of my free time in May and June and be in my happy place in the kitchen. I have LOTS of recipes all primed and ready to share with you guys so please do stay tuned! Luke and I have really enjoyed experimenting this summer in the new apartment kitchen and I have so many wonderful things to blog about.

Before you know it, we’ll do another one of these giveaways so keep your eyes on the posts for some delectable new treats, libations and maybe a few crafty projects too before we dive into another giveaway.

Off to draft my Fantasy Football team…simple goal is to beat my husband. 🙂

S&B Giveaway Post #2 – And the Winners Are…

30 May

The time for the Giveaway #2 has opened and closed, and it is now 9:04 – we had 63 entrants vying for the chance to receive a box o’ goodies. And the results are in!

The time is now, the time is here….time to do the silent cheer! No, wait, that’s something else entirely.

We want to know who got the boxes!!

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TODD BILLINGTON!! Lucky number 38 via my lovely Random Number Generator!

Huzzah! Three Cheers!

Now for the second winner………..

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TERESA GORMAN!! Lucky number 51 via my lovely Random Number Generator!

Yahoooo!!!

Very excited to concoct boxes for both of these people (apparently ‘T’ names were lucky today?!)! I’ll be emailing both winners to validate box contents, mailing address, etc. Look for that to come from me within the next few days!

And with that….the second round of the S&B Giveaway is complete! Well, sort of. I have to bake everything now. 🙂 But that’s the fun part for me!!

As I did last time, I’ll do a post on the Giveaway box contents so you’re able to see the lovely goodies and get excited for the next one. These sure are fun, aren’t they?

We need to do these more. I know I said that last time, but heck, remind me how fun these are and we’ll do them again soon! Sometimes I just need a reminder – that’s what the comment section is for below. I do love comments.

With that – wishing everyone a wonderful sunshine filled weekend. I’m off to finish packing as I move into a new apartment tomorrow. Couldn’t be MORE excited about the new place but going to definitely miss my former apartment. It’s where I really taught myself how to cook and bake – lots of great memories, specifically of that kitchen.

But more memories to make with the new kitchen and with my fiancé!

Cheers!!

S&B Giveaway Post #2

28 May

Hello friends! Welcome to the second S&B Giveaway Post!! I have all the juicy details for you: what the Giveaway entails, how to enter, when the winner will be announced and why am I doing this Giveaway Post in the first place.

Ready for more info?!

S&B Giveaway #2:

What: A fun-filled box of goodies could arrive at YOUR door. It will cost you zero dollars. It will include all sorts of delicious treats for you and your family/friends (or just you if you’re not the “sharing” kind). It will be FUN.

What will be in said box?

  • A cookie of your choice from this blog OR you can request something new that hasn’t been featured on here yet! I’d be happy to expand my cookie baking if you can’t find something from this blog you’d like to find within your box. I will not take it personally!
  • A muffin OR cupcake of your choice from this blog OR you can request something new that hasn’t been featured on here yet. Same reason as the bullet above.
  • A snack of your choice from this blog, from these options: Spicy Caramel Corn, Chipotle & Rosemary Nuts or Granola
  • A spatula to add to your kitchen. I’m excellent at picking out cool looking spatulas, trust me. I’ll make it a super great one. Scouts honor.
  • As with the Inaugural Blog Giveaway, other fun surprises will likely find their way in. Happens.

Why: Because everyone needs a fun package in the mail. And because it’s so fun to surprise other people and get them excited about food! AND because this summer is a really, really fun one (about to be a Mrs. in 38 days!!!!)….I’ll be giving away not just one Giveaway box, but TWO BOXES!!!!

How: Entering the Giveaway is easy…all you must do is be a Follower of the blog!

  • If you’re already a Follower, then congrats you are already entered to win!! Huzzah!!!
  • If you’re not already a Follower, then click the Follow button in the upper right corner of the blog, follow the prompts (you’ll receive an email and need to confirm from that email) and become an official Follower to be entered. Becoming a Follower means that you’ll get an email each time I post in the future, This is also how I’ll clarify the details of the package and the mailing address with the winner as I get to see a list of all Blog Followers’ email addresses.
  • The winner will be selected through use of a random number generator where each person will be assigned a number and the RNG will do the rest. Equal chance for all! But DOUBLE the opportunity for you all with TWO BOXES!!

When: The Giveaway entry period will end Friday, May 30th at 7:00 PM (CST). I’ll announce the winner in a post Friday evening sometime between 9:02 PM and 9:53 PM. Mark your calendars!

Those are all the details, friends. It’s painless, free and you have DOUBLE the chance to win a box o’ treats from me! I cannot wait to bake up treats for two lucky winners!!

Wishing all of you the very best of luck!!!

 

Giveaway Box Revealed

1 Nov

For anyone out there that thought winning the Inaugural Blog Giveaway wouldn’t be exciting, this post is dedicated to you. Walid was the lucky winner and after I was informed of his particular food choices, the creation of the Giveaway box began.

This box was, if I do say so myself, pretty epic.

Let me explain through pictures…

First up is homemade granola (original blog post and recipe can be found here)

Then was Walid’s choice of cookie – I was informed to create something ‘healthy’ and something chocolate. I came up with double chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I may have taste tested a few. Ok, maybe six. I’d like to share that these are fantastic. Recipe will be shared in an upcoming blog post!

Next, as promised, were all the ingredients to make Knock You Naked Brownies (minus the butter). I haven’t heard yet if he’s tackled them, but he’ll be stocked whenever he decides to do so. (I did include the chocolate chips however forgot to include them in the photo. Whoops.)

Very important addition of spatulas came next. What’s a Giveaway from the Spatulas & Buttons blog without spatulas?!? And I don’t know about you all, but I always seem to need more spatulas than I have.

Next are the recipe cards for the granola, the double chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and the KYN Brownies. Very important addition.

I threw in a few extra chocolate items as well. Why? Because as I’ve said before, surprises are fun.

Finally, recipes and card went into a little envelope sealed with….

…didn’t see that one coming, did ya? Ha. Who needs wax seals when you have buttons?!

I packed it all up and off went the box with all its goodies.

It was like counting down to Christmas as I waited to hear when it arrived! I was informed it arrived safely all the way over in DC, hopefully with much of its contents consumed at this point.

So the question now is…don’t YOU want to win the next Giveaway?!? I’m planning the next one, to be announced here in the next few weeks including all the details about how to enter, when the winner will be announced and what will be in THIS particular box. I hope you’re all as excited as I am!

Congrats again Walid for winning this first Giveaway – and best of luck to all of you for the next one!

Inaugural Giveaway – Winner Announced!!

29 Sep

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……………………the winner is Walid Omar!! WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Walid, you were the lucky number today. I’ll be sending you an email shortly to get all the details of what you’d like in your package and where I’ll be sending the lovely parcel to!

Thanks to everyone who became a Follower to enter the Giveaway! I’m thinking of doing these on a bi-monthly basis, so there will be plenty more opportunities for you to win! Meanwhile, you’ll be kept in the loop as I dive into recipes of all sorts and crafts here and there.

To give you an idea of what’s planned for upcoming posts…

In the food department: to-die-for sugar cookies, complete with a homemade frosting/glaze. You will want to make these, trust me.

In the craft world, I’m excited to share this one with you. Using gel medium to transfer photos on to wood. It’s rather simple and looks extremely cool when you’re done.

So stay tuned! Great things are coming up in blog posts. Hope everyone gets themselves outside to enjoy the beautiful Fall weekend, I’m off to an apple orchard here shortly. Going to try my hand at homemade apple butter this weekend. We’ll see what happens…

The Inaugeral Giveaway Post

25 Sep

‘ello all!  I have been meaning to write this post for five days now so I apologize profusely for my tardiness. I taunted you with a Giveaway Post and then took forever to write it. I’m a failure. So sorry.

On the upside…the time is now, the time is here – THIS is the Giveaway Post! YOU could win!

Here are the glorious details:

What: A fun-filled package could arrive on your doorstep, in your mailroom, to a P.O. Box near you. It will be filled with theeeeese items:

  • A cookie of your choice, whether from this blog or not. The winner can pick the type of cookie (this means “peanut butter” not “big”, just for those of you funny people out there).
  • A snack of your choice, from these two options: Granola or Chipotle & Rosemary Nuts
  • All the ingredients (other than butter – that’s yours to purchase) for Knock You Naked Brownies because that’s the REAL point of this blog – trying to bring tasty recipes into your home for YOU to make and enjoy! I’ll provide just about all the ingredients and then you can roll up your sleeves and give it a go. Humor me, ok? I think you’ll surprise yourself. And they are TASTY, I promise!
  • A spatula to add to your kitchen. I solemnly swear I’ll pick out a really great one. But what it looks like will be a surprise, I hope that’s alright.
  • You never know what other surprises I’ll throw in. Just because surprises are fun. I love surprises. And if you don’t, too bad. There will be some in the package. Handle it.

Why: Because everyone needs a fun package in the mail sometimes! I wish I could send you all a fun package but then I’d be broke and it just wouldn’t be as special. But don’t you worry, there will be more Giveaways. Why? Please read this section again.

When: The Giveaway entry period will end Friday, September 28 at 11:59 PM. I’ll announce the winner in a post on Saturday morning sometime between 9:08 AM and 11:43 AM. Just for a little added anticipation.

How: As stated in my previous post, you must be a Follower on the blog to be entered. You must click the button in the upper right corner of the blog, follow the prompts and become an official Follower to be entered (becoming a Follower means that you’ll get an email each time I post in the future, which is on average about 4-7 times a month I’d say). This is also how I’ll clarify the details of the package and the mailing address with the winner as I get to see a list of all the lovely email addresses of the blog followers. The winner will be selected through use of a random number generator where each follower will be assigned a number and the RNG will do the rest. Equal chance for all!

So if you’re not yet a Follower, please be one! Then you’ll not only have the opportunity to win but you’ll be updated each time I have a new recipe or craft to share. C’mon, it’s a win-win.

If you already are a Follower, congratulations – you’ve entered the Giveaway and have nothing else to do except wait for Saturday’s announcement! You’re so on top of things.

If you just read this blog in passing, well, I’m so glad you stopped by. Please continue to do so. But unfortunately I don’t know who you are so can’t enter you into the Giveaway. Sorry about that.

Those are all the details. That’s it. Simple and super fun – I can’t wait to put this package together for the lucky winner!

Best wishes to all who enter and may the odds be ever in your favor…(ha, couldn’t help it)…

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