Update on the yard glacier

I have shut down the comments for my $200 giveaway. The monstrosity in my front yard has melted a lot more quickly than I thought it would, but it is still big. Here's a shot of it from this morning, getting a little bit of early morning sun (although it is still frigid outside).

I will keep you posted on its progress! Keep checking back to see if you won the big bucks. 

A simultaneously warm and icy giveaway! This one is BIG!

Hello, friends. It has been a strange week, to say the least. I have been dealing with feelings of really very much disliking a person I have never met for her total selfishness and her blatant disregard for other people and their hard work. The silver lining that has come from this is that I have taken a closer look at myself as a person and blogger. I will always be respectlful of others and provide nothing but honest content on my blog. I probably sound like a broken record, but this ordeal has made me so thankful for the readers I have who recognize hard work! 

As a huge "thank you" for reading, I am hosting THE BIGGEST giveaway I have ever hosted on my blog! One lucky winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card in the mail! (This is NOT sponsored by Visa, btw.) $200?! Yes! TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS! I know, I'm gettin' crazy! Hurry up and comment before I change my mind.

How do you win this loot, you ask? Well, it's simple. Or maybe not so simple. If you are well-versed in the rate at which icebergs melt, you will do GREAT! Ha!

The below photo is one that I took today, this 27th day of March, 2013, and this is the front yard of my home. 

The person who guesses the date closest to when this yard iceberg will be completely gone (without going past the date) will receive the $200. Your guess must be left as a comment on this post in order to be considered (not on Facebook or via email or anywhere else).

If more than one person guesses the correct (or closest) date, I will put those names in a hat and one of my boys will pick the winner at random with one of their cute little hands.


A few facts that may help your guess:

I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The fence in the photo is approximately 3 feet high.

There are a few small bushes underneath the highest part of the ice mountain. 

It has been an unusually frigid winter.

Our home faces north and does not get hardly any sunlight.


GOOD LUCK! And again, thanks for being here. 


Cookbook giveaway!

I am giving away a copy of my ecookbook (25 Delectable Grilled Cheese Sandwiches) to FIVE people! Interested? If so, read on!

Leave a comment on this post telling me anything at all! You can leave your name or just say "hello" or tell me a funny story. Or whatever you want. On Thursday morning (Feb 28th) I will randomly select five of you to receive a copy of my ebook, either as an iBook or a pdf file (unfortunately I cannot get free copies through Amazon Kindle).

In return, I ask that you read my ebook and email me a review about it. Nothing long. Just a few sentences telling me your thoughts. Then tell your friends about it. That's all. Thank you and good luck!

$50 giveaway WINNER!

First of all, I want to say thank you sincerely for all of your feedback, positive and constructive. I truly appreciate it! I have read through every single comment and plan to read through them all again. I will make changes according to what you like/dislike in the next few weeks. 

The lucky winner of a $50 Visa gift card is commenter #104, Kendyl!

Kendyl, send me your mailing address by clicking the Contact tab at the top of this page and I will get $50 in the mail for you!

Thanks again, everyone, and thank you so much for reading.

$50 giveaway!

I have not hosted a giveaway since August! What the heck! After ringing in the new year, I had the urge to spruce up my website a bit and give something away to one of you. I have made a few changes to this beloved food blog of mine, and I plan to make more down the road to better please all of you! 

I will send a $50 Visa gift card to a randomly selected commenter. Tell me what you like about this website, or what you think would improve it. All of your input will be greatly appreciated!

For additional giveaway entries, leave separate comments for any or all of the following:





I will randomly select a winner on Friday, January 11th at 9:00 a.m.

Summer-scented candles: a giveaway!

Hello friends! It has been on my heart to be a generous blogger lately, and so I present you with an opportunity to receive some delicious-smelling loot in your mailbox.

Here is what I will send to one lucky winner!

One 22-oz. berry sorbet oval jar candle 

One 22-oz. mango salsa oval jar candle

Read on, there is more!

2 glass cube votive candle holders

2 cafe au lait votive candles

2 mango salsa votive candles

2 basil garden votive candles

2 golden pear votive candles

A better view of the candle holders. They are beautiful!

These scents are totally summery and fresh. You will LOVE them!

Retail value? $76!

To be entered to win, leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing about this summer has been so far.

For additional giveaway entries, leave separate comments for any or all of the following:

Follow me on Pinterest.

Follow me on Twitter.

Follow me on Facebook.

Follow my RSS Feed.


I will randomly select a winner on Thursday, July 12th at noon.

Good luck! Thank you for reading!

A poll and a $50 GIVEAWAY!

I am looking to gather valuable information so that I can better please you, my readers! If you would like to be eligible to receive a $50 Visa gift card in your mailbox, all you have to do is:

1. Take the poll at the bottom of this post.

2. Leave a comment on this post telling me that you took the poll.

That's it! Your input is appreciated!

I will randomly select a winner from the comments section of this post on Monday, June 25th at noon.


For additional giveaway entries, leave separate comments for any or all of the following:

- Follow me on Pinterest.

- Follow me on Twitter.

- Follow me on Facebook.

- Follow my RSS Feed.

 Good luck!


Why do you visit this blog?
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$100 Giveaway!

I am lucky enough to be married to the wonderful creator of this website (who happens to be totally gorgeous). She is extremely talented and I'm continually impressed with all that she does while taking care of her 3 boys! This website has been another awesome example of all that she can do and I wanted to do something special for her and her readers to celebrate reaching 1000 subscribers.

I thought a $100 Visa gift card would be a good giveaway for such an occasion so for the next few days you can put yourself in the drawing by leaving a comment on this post.

For additional entries, leave separate comments saying that you have done any or all of the following:

- Friended her on Facebook.

- Posted about this giveaway on Facebook.

- Followed her on Twitter.

- Posted about this giveaway on Twitter.

- Subscribed to her RSS feed.

This Friday (the 30th) at 5pm we will take all the entries and randomly select the winner who will receive a $100 Visa gift card.

Good luck! Thanks to all of you for reading and supporting the amazing Pip/Megan/Hottie!