Blog Birthday Cookbook (and t-shirt) Giveaway!

My blog had its first birthday, and to celebrate, I’m giving away cookbooks to you, the readers, the ones that keep me coming back. It all started with a post on carrot cake, and 219 posts later, here I am, one year into this not-as-new venture and a crash behind me even!

As I was writing this post (the first time) my host updated a few things (read: deleted) and magically all 219 posts disappeared. I was less than impressed with the magic trick. But all was well by the afternoon when my very resourceful husband found the cause of the problem in the database. And instead of installing backups and fixing missing portions of this and that and trying to put my blog back together like I thought I’d be doing at 10:30 a.m. this morning, I’m rewriting my blog’s birthday post with all 219 posts safe and sound. I was and still am very thankful.

I wanted to say thank you to all of you that keep coming back reading week after week, and I could think of no better way to do it than by showing you my motivation, the other bloggers out there that seem to do it all.

What I’m Giving Away:

One copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond. Ree is…well, if you don’t know, you should. She is delightful, witty and talented. Plus, she likes butter and cream and real food that your mom made. Please note: This is not my signed copy that I stood in a very long line for (and that MM signed), because I did not have the foresight to buy two books. I know. Shame on me. However! I do have two t-shirts. One is worn weekly by a certain almost 10-year-old that resides under my roof, but the other I have been saving…

One Pioneer Woman Book Tour T-shirt, size medium. This has not been worn. It has sat, folded in my room, waiting for today. For you. If you didn’t get one in one of Ree’s giveaways or on the book signing itself, this one is for you. Because I love you.

One copy of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight’s Dinner by Jaden Hair. I love Jaden. She’s funny, sweet and giving (she followed me and tweeted me on Twitter before I even knew what I was doing). Plus, she’s got a hand in everything and manages to keep it all going, which I both admire and respect. And she makes delicious food.

One copy of Blog Aid: Recipes for Haiti. Blog Aid was the brainchild of Julie Van Rosendaal. She managed to get 27 food bloggers together to contribute to a cookbook (including me!), have it printed, and sold 1818 cookbooks to raise $47,166.00 for Haiti in less than a month. Julie, you amaze me.

To Enter:

Subscribe in an RSS feed or by email! Leave me a comment letting me know you did or already are, and then tell me what it is you would like to see here during Year 2 at Food for My Family.

For a second entry:

Because I am officially a year into this, I thought that it was time for me to grow up and get a Facebook page. Become a fan of Food for My Family on Facebook, and then leave a comment letting me know you’re a fan. By becoming a fan, you’ll also be entered to win a copy of Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois! (They both live here in Minnesota, not too far from me.)

Both giveaways (here on the blog and on Facebook) end on Wednesday, 3/24 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Winner will be selected from

Good luck and thank you so much for being here with me. I look forward to another year of serving up the food we’re eating here at Food for My Family!


  1. I subscribe to your RSS feed. And I’d like to see MOAR FUUUUUD in Year 2. In Year 3? MOAR FUUUUUD. Kthxbai.

    Oh, and happy bloggaversary, by the way. You don’t look a day over 13 months!
    .-= Jessalee´s last blog ..Being neighborly =-.

  2. I fanned you on Facebook. Did you feel that cool breeze just now? That was me. Fanning you.
    .-= Jessalee´s last blog ..Being neighborly =-.

  3. Theresa Meacham says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed….love the site! πŸ™‚

  4. Amy Long says:

    I have been following you for months now on igoogle!! It is great to see what new things you add to your website! I love cooking and plan to do more once I am move out from my parents. (have to save money while in school) I hope I win something. I heart Food For My Family!

  5. Congrats on the one year. What a great giveaway.

  6. I subscribed by email…I love your weekly menu ideas. They have really helped me get more organized!

  7. I am subscribed to your RSS feed. I would love to see more of the same in the coming year. Keep it up!

  8. I become a fan on facebook as well.

  9. Love your site and already subscribe to your RSS Feed and your on the sidebar of my blog πŸ™‚ I’d love to see more of your unique recipes. You seem to cook some uncommon things (for me anyway) and I love that. I also love the photography on your blog. I was a day too late to get the Blog for Haiti cookbook order in πŸ™

    Congrats on your anniversary and you are truely inspiring πŸ™‚
    .-= Sarah @ Mum In Bloom´s last blog ..Send Chocolate to Soldiers =-.

  10. I have already subscribed to your RSS feed. Congrats on your first year…I am very close to starting my own food blog soon!

    In year two…more bread! It terrifies me! But I want to learn more before I venture into yeast myself!

  11. Happy Blog Birthday. I am subscribed to your feed! Keep the great recipes coming…I love them! πŸ™‚
    .-= Gina M.´s last blog ..Me and The City. =-.

  12. Also became a fan on facebook!
    .-= Gina M.´s last blog ..Me and The City. =-.

  13. I subscribe through google reader. Love your blog- love your unique recipes, and definitely want to see more of them! You have helped me to try a new thing or two!

  14. I subscribe to your feed. Love to have more recipes!

  15. I subscribe through Google Reader. Would love to see more of the same–recipes, and hey, giveaways like this one πŸ˜‰
    .-= Judith´s last blog ..TWD: Thumbprints for Us Big Guys =-.

  16. Way to survive yesterday’s crash, thrive that is. We missed you at the green breakfast, though.
    .-= niki, S.I.´s last blog ..Eggplant Parmesan =-.

  17. I’m already subscribed in an RSS feed! I just subscribed recently so I don’t know what I’d like to see more of!

  18. Happy Blogiversary! I subscribe to your RSS feed. I like the ‘step by step’ photos. Its always helpful to know how things should look at each stage. Looking forward to another year!

  19. I subscribe by email! What would I like to see in year two… more vegetarian food! (I recently re-incorporated meat into my diet, but I still mostly stick to veggies…) Otherwise, more as it is! It’s great, keep it up!

    (oh man, too many exclamation points, sorry… I just get so excited about giveaways… and food…)

  20. Happy blogiversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m a fan and an email subscriber. I’m going to second the request for more vegetarian cooking. πŸ™‚ And for you to let us hire you to be our personal chef, haha πŸ™‚

  21. I’m your biggest fan, haha, and email subscriber. I second the request to let us come over and eat with you everyday… and aside from that would like to see some video demonstrations! πŸ™‚

  22. Love your blog! I am an email subscriber. I look forward to what ever you make in the future because I love all food πŸ™‚
    .-= Dawn´s last blog ..Parmesan Chicken (Barefoot Contessa Recipe) =-.

  23. I subscribed with email and then thought RSS would be better for me…I get so bogged down with emails – I won’t remember to read them. But, the feeder is different.

    Blessings to you,
    lana @ ilovemy5kids

  24. I also became a fan on facebook…

    Lana @ ilovemy5kids
    .-= Lana´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Princess =-.

  25. I just subscribed by email. I found you yesterday via orgjunkie’s monday menu planning links. I haven’t had a chance to see everything you have here, but what interested me in coming is organic on a budget. Thanks!

  26. Just subscribed by email, so excited about the awesome contests!!

  27. Laura Carrington says:

    I subscribe to your emails. I am a new follower so I am excited to learn what your site is all about. I too am scared to make bread so any tips in that area would be great. Congrtas on your first year and wish you nothing but success in the future.

  28. Laura Carrington says:

    I became a fan on facebook too πŸ™‚

  29. Great giveaway! I subscribe by e-mail.

  30. I’m also a fan on facebook!
    .-= Beth´s last blog ..Madison’s Test Results =-.

  31. Just discovered your blog and signed up for email. Love it. I also became a FB fan. Can’t wait to read more.

  32. I’m subscribed – does Google Reader count as RSS feed?

  33. And I’m a Facebook fan. Happy blog birthday to you! I would like to see more quick recipes, things I can prep in advance and freeze, and of course, more great dinners. Thank you!
    .-= Mrs. M´s last blog ..Friends from far away =-.

  34. I subscribe by email. I love and can’t wait to see more of your awesome recipes!

  35. and I became a Facebook fan. Thank you for these awesome giveaways!

  36. I’m an RSS subscriber, too!

    I’d like to see more photos of your scrumptious food! I also like the menus that you post weekly, it inspires me to branch out in my own menu. πŸ™‚

  37. I’m a FB fan! and a huge fan of you in real life, too. =)
    Congrats on the anniversary.
    I’d love to see more photos of your cute kids. They help remind me that I really DO want 4 children!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Weekend Reading =-.

  38. I’m a subscriber! (I think you knew that already)
    .-= Mandi @ Organizing Your Way´s last blog ..Win a Copy of the Simplify eBook (2 Winners!) =-.

  39. I’m a fan on Facebook too (I thought I already was, but apparently not…)
    .-= Mandi @ Organizing Your Way´s last blog ..Win a Copy of the Simplify eBook (2 Winners!) =-.

  40. I’m an email subscriber and I’d like to wish you happy birthday and I love the recipies and give a ways. I really love to get the Pioneer Womans cookbook to try out. Thank you!

  41. I just subscribed yesterday via google reader & cannot wait to see what this next year brings! It was an honour to be in Blog Aid with you =D.
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Gluten-Free Shortbread =-.

  42. Queen Ann D says:

    Yes, I’m subscribed.

    I’m always looking for dinner recipes made with real ingredients and for meatless main dishes.

    You seem to have plenty of both already, which is why I keep coming back here. So, just keep it up!

  43. I subscribe via RSS and I l-o-v-e what you’ve done with your weekly plans. I like how you break everything down into what to buy and when to make things to save on prep time and use up your ingredients. More of that, please!

  44. I just became a fan on Facebook, too.

  45. Jacquie Olsen says:

    I do subscribe via RSS to your site. You are a great inspiration and I love how we are all connected in one way or another – Ree, Jaden… I love that we all “know” each other. This is a family thing. Thanks for being so fun – and real. πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday.

  46. Jacquie Olsen says:

    I also just became a Facebook Fan. WhooHoo!

  47. Rose in Ohio says:

    Hello, meet your newest email subscriber!

    Happy 1st birthday to your blog!

    I love to cook and eat outdoors, so more of your “From the Patio” posts would be enthusiastically received during Year 2.

  48. I’m a fan on facebook!


  49. I’m a RSS subscriber and since I’m fairly brand new, I don’t really have anything that I’d like to see in Year Two. I’m still catching up on Year One!

  50. I subscribe via email. Would love to see some more healthy recipes.

  51. Thanks for offering this great giveaway. Congrats on your one year! I have been a follower and receive your RS feeds via email. I love your site.
    .-= Mandy Fernandez´s last blog ..I Completed The Race (And exceeded my expectations)! =-.

  52. I also became a fan on facebook earlier today~ Keep up the great recipes, tips and suggestions. I really enjoy this site and it’s come in handy for my family and meal planning. Thanks!
    .-= Mandy Fernandez´s last blog ..I Completed The Race (And exceeded my expectations)! =-.

  53. Jennifer F. says:

    I subscribed to your feed today! I’m new here but am loving this site, looks like I’ll have a new site to check daily!

  54. Jennifer F. says:

    I’m a fan on facebook. So excited to check it out!

  55. I’m very excited to find your blog. I am constantly challenged to find new ways to feed my family.

  56. Cheryl W. says:

    I subscribe to your blog via email. I would personally love more cookbook giveaways.

  57. Cheryl W. says:

    I am now a Facebook fan. πŸ™‚

  58. Keri (CA) says:

    Happy Birthday to you! Congrats on 1 year! I’m a recent subscriber via email.

  59. Keri (CA) says:

    I’ve now become a FB fan…. YAY!

  60. I subscribed! I’m new and don’t know what you’ve done in the past, so just keep doing what ur doing!

  61. I have just found you and definitely will be back. Congrats on a year of blogging!

  62. Love your website! Have been a follower and make your recipes
    for quite awhile. The results have been amazing; thanks for all
    the advice and terrific recipes!

  63. I have been following you for a few months. It is great to see other mom’s out there cooking up healthy meals for their family! I am always on the hunt for quick, healthy meals. When everyone is going in all directions during the day, it is still nice to sit down and enjoy a home cooked meal and listen to everyone fill in the details of their day. A family that eats together stays together!

  64. I subscribed to your blog thru bloglines…thank you for the giveaway!

  65. I’m now a fan on facebook!!! Thank you!!!

  66. I already subscribe via e-mail. I have only been following for a short time but love what I have seen so far. Keep up the good work!

  67. I am a follower via the RSS Feed through Google reader.

  68. I am now a fan on FB

  69. I subscribed!

  70. I became a fan on Facebook.

  71. Amanda Carver says:

    Hi. I became a facebook fan today. I also signed up for your feed.

  72. I’m a follower now, yay! (wait, I thought I was supposed to be a leader??)

    I can’t read to more about cooking,and well, I kinda love cookbook giveaways, so more of those, please!

    I, too, adore the Pioneer Woman!

  73. I signed up for your RSS feed. I’m new here, so I guess I have 219 posts to read? Yikes! πŸ˜‰

  74. Hi, just found your site and am now subscribing!!

  75. I am a facebook fan!

  76. oops…forgot to tell you what I want to see! I’d like some ideas for hiding veggies in foods so my oh so picky two year old (and my husband) will eat them!

  77. I just subscribed to your blog via email … I have all these cookbooks and love them all… this is such a great giveway for your first blog-aversary .. congratulations … and glad you got all your previous entries back !!!

  78. I also became a fan on facebook

  79. What a great giveaway… I have really been enjoying your blog!! I subscribe via e-mail!!

  80. I am a facebook fan!

  81. I don’t have a facebook. πŸ™ I know it’s like I live in a cave! I am just recently a follower and love what you write about!

  82. I just found your blog today and subscribed via email. Love the Menu plan Mondays-hopefully you continue doing them!


  84. I’m a subscriber! Love Manic Organic, keep it going.

  85. I am a Facebook Fan!

  86. I’m already a subscriber, pretty new to it though, and have been intrigued by quite a few recipes. I’m always looking for good ones, and I love the fact that you combine some recipes for easier prep, etc. Thanks!

  87. I’m following you via email. I’ve just discovered your blog. Congrats on your year anniversary. I can’t wait to following along for the next year.
    .-= Shelly the Chic Crafty CHick´s last blog ..Guest Blog Post =-.

  88. Michelle says:

    Congrats on the anniversary. I have followed you for the last couple of months and love your recipes. Some have become family favorites.
    I signed up for your email feed.

  89. Michelle says:

    I became a fan on Facebook.

  90. I just subscribed via email!! I haven’t poked around on this blog very much yet, but it looks like a great one! Yea for year #2!! oh yeah…and pick me to win!!

  91. I would love to see you continue with “green” themed posts. :)I am a new email subscriber.
    .-= Karen G´s last blog ..Great NEW Milk Promotion/Giveaway =-.

  92. Janelle A says:

    Just found your site, I am new subscriber, so interested in your expertise on whole food cooking for the family.

  93. I receive your feed. I enjoy reading the blog….

  94. I just bought myself the Pioneer Woman Cooks!!! Love it! I would love to win the t-shirt and Asian cookbook. I love your site. Congrats on your one year anniversary!!! I tell all my friends about your blog!

  95. I already get your email feed. I am interested in recipes focusing on local foods. And keep up what you are already doing:)

  96. I subscribed via email……..led here by whatscooking in her twitter feed

    congrats on your anniversary and look forward to post # 220

  97. I get the RSS in google reader. I like the menu plans, please keep that up. Maybe it would be neat to read about how you decide what to have on each day.

  98. I just became a facebook fan too!

  99. Thanks for offering this great giveaway. Congrats on your one year! I have been a follower and receive your RS feeds via email. I love your site!!
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

  100. I also became a fan on facebook earlier today!
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

  101. Subscribed to RSS Feed…Great blog, glad I found it!

  102. Just found your website and LOVE it. I subscribed on FB and through the RSS feed.

  103. I am a subscriber by email. I like simple recipes, green ideas, and any kitchen help I can get. I could use all the help on getting a picky eater to eat more.

  104. I subscribed to your email feed.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Coupon Giveaway Winner =-.

  105. i subscribed through the rss feed thanx 4 the chance 2 win. happy b-day

  106. I just found your website via MPM and LOVE it. I now subscribe through the RSS feed.

  107. FB fan!
    .-= Keli´s last blog ..CVS Scenario – Week of 3/21 – 3/27 =-.

  108. Woohoo! What great loot! I’m headed to FB right now to become a fan.
    .-= Nancy´s last blog ..vintage fire king =-.

  109. I subscribed to your blog via RSS feed!
    I like simple, healthy, and affordable recipes-your site is great!

  110. I became facebook fan of Food for my Family!!!

  111. I have subscribed by email.

  112. Love the Pioneer Woman. Can’t wait for the movie.

  113. subscribed by email

  114. Congrats on the 1 year mark! I subscribed via email today and I love your meal planning posts. Please keep those up in year 2.

  115. Subscribed by email & became a Facebook fan! Keep up the good work. You’re doing a heck of a job!

  116. Carmen B. says:

    Subscribed via Email, and also a Fan on Facebook…. Loving this blog!!!!

  117. This is the first time I have seen your blog – looks lovely! I got here from Simple Kids. Thanks!

  118. I am a subscriber by email. I like simple gluten and diary free recipes. Congrat on your 1 year mark!!

  119. I am a subscriber through google reader. ;p Congrats on your 1 year. I love recipes that are simple and affordable. Keep up the great work!
    .-= Rhonda´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday…Trolls Everywhere =-.

  120. I am now a fan on facebook too! ;P
    I would love to win! I love the Pioneer Woman!
    .-= Rhonda´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday…Trolls Everywhere =-.

  121. Subscribed via google reader!
    .-= PeachRainbow´s last blog ..And The Winner Is……………………………….. =-.

  122. Congrats on your blogoversary and thank you for such a wonderful and generous giveaway! I would love to be the winner!

    I didn’t know Pioneer Women had her own line of clothing now too! Way to go PW!

  123. I just subscribed to your blog by email. What I’d like to see is low-fat recipes and simple recipes πŸ™‚

  124. I’m not a fan of Food for my family on Facebook.
    .-= Scorpio Woman´s last blog ..Mexican Chicken =-.

  125. I subscribe in a reader! Happy Birthday!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Inheritance =-.

  126. I am a fan of Food For My Family on Facebook!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Inheritance =-.

  127. Congrats on the anniversary ~ keep sharing !

  128. Sarah Morris says:

    RSS subscribed! (The food blog section of my feed is my favorite!)

    I would love to see more pieces on food for entertaining!

  129. I just signed up for an email subscription. Hope I win!

  130. I subscribed to email sub.

  131. I am a FB fan.

  132. AND I am now a fan on Facebook. πŸ™‚

  133. I’m all subscribed up. I can’t believe I hadn’t done that before! Happy Anniversary!
    .-= Cheryl Arkison´s last blog ..Scotch and … =-.


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