Thursday, July 16, 2009

It's a Celebration! Happy Day to Me - Giveaway!

Well, there is much to celebrate here at my blog this week!
  1. This is my 400th post!
  2. My Birthday is next week - July 23rd
  3. My Blog Birthday is Monday
  4. My Wedding anniversary is mixed in with it all too

So I'm doing a big fat yummy Giveaway in celebration of all these things...

  • To survive 400 posts, even if I blog to myself is huge...for me! How many hours have at sat staring at this blog?? Too many to think about ;o)
  • And I love birthdays...I'm not afraid of turning 35...Yes, I'm 35 next week, can't believe how young I still am! It's incredible... (apparently, I have no idea how old I am. I'm turning 34. Just figured that out - 07/16/09 @ 9:16pm EST.
  • My 2nd Blog Birthday is Monday, and again, that's a big deal for me because I have ADD and the only thing I've stuck with longer than this blog is being a wife and mother.
  • And of course my wedding anniversary is arriving again....the 15th one! Can't believe we've managed to survive these amazing 15 years....but to be completely happy is worth celebrating! Right?!
So lots to be happy about....

Yesterday on my Wordless Wednesday post you saw those YUMMY delicious HOMEMADE cinnamon rolls that I made right? I'm a wannabe baker, and I'm okay with that. I'm finding myself in the kitchen a lot more these days, but I'm loving it, not fighting it. I love to bake. I've always loved to bake, but have been intimidated by mixers, yeast, sifters, temperatures...you know all the "stuff" that goes with baking. Well, I've discovered that it's actually harmless, it's very hard to get hurt baking, and there are amazing products out there that make baking...enjoyable and easy for people like moi!

Cinnamon Rolls happen to one of my most favorite things to EAT! I lose total control when cinnamon rolls arrive...I have NO guilt, NO limits, NO worries. So when I finally made a batch that worked and tasted good all by myself....I had to share and celebrate! I'll share the entire recipe next week.


I'm going to give credit where credit is due though...without these two products ain't NO WAY it was going to happen. I'm wanted for killing yeast all over these parts, so I pretty much gave up on anything that required the use of that small, single-celled plant. Until....I found this!

SAF Yeast by Red Start

You CANNOT KILL THIS STUFF! It's "tara-proof"...that's saying A LOT! If you're looking for ways to make baking with yeast more enjoyable and successful, look no further! You must get this yeast! Also, they have GREAT recipes, ideas, and other yeasts for those that need gluten free or specialty yeasts as well over at www.redstaryeast.com

Second...I'm all about making from scratch, but I love buying "mixes". I love having some fun varieties to play around with, but I'm also into building my family's food storage in the event of an emergency, disaster, even a job loss and income change. You just never know...

One of my favorite sites for stocking up on Food Storage is the Food Storage Depot. They have a great selection of Food Storage products AND their prices are very affordable. They have lots to choose from from basics to gourmet and monthly to yearly supplies.

They also have my favorite MIX! Aunt Kate's Quality Roll Mix! That's the amazing mix that helped me make those delicious cinnamon rolls! They have truly revolutionized food storage!

So what am I giving away...Can you smell the rolls??

That's right.... The winner will get ALL OF THIS!

So wanna know how you can win ALL OF THIS? There are TONS of way to get in on this!!

1. Leave a comment letting me know what your FAVORITE thing to bake is (1 entry)

2. Follow My Blog (1 entry)

3. Tweet About this Giveaway & leave the link (1 entry)

4. Put my Button on your blog (1 entry)

5. Post about this giveaway on your blog. Make sure you share your favorite thing to bake and then link back here to the McLinky FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES!

Make sure each entry is a separate comment. US Residents only. Giveaway ends on July 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm. I'll announce the big winner on July 23 (my birthday)! Make sure you leave your email in your comments if you don't have a blog or your email in your profile.


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28 comments:

Robynn's Ravings said...

Hi Tara! Congrats, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Happy Bat Mitzvah, and anything else that may fall in here! lol And 400 posts????!! You da WOMAN!!

I've been making the heck out of Pioneer Woman's "Grandma Iny's Cake" to rave reviews. I've tweaked it to make it mine but there you go.

Thena said...

400 blogs woo hoo!!! I'm having a hard enough time just making it to 100. How many years have you been blogging?
Baking, I "love" to bake, yeast has never been my friend though. I guess my favorite would be my mom's recipe for an old fashioned pound cake, or my 12-layer chocolate cake. Because what woman can live without chocolate.

Debbie said...

My word Tara! You have so much to celebrate. Happy everything! And 400 posts is incredible.
My favorite thing to bake are pies. I love pies. Oh, and cheesecake. Love cheesecake. And cakes. And bread. Wait, did you say just one?

Debbie said...

I am a follower!

Lolli said...

Wow! So much to celebrate! I didn't realize that we were exactly the same age. Have we discussed that before? ;)

My favorite thing to bake is cookies (chocolate chip or peanut butter with candy bars inside). Love them!

Lolli said...

I follow you!

Lolli said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/1momof5/status/2669926512

Lolli said...

And I have your button on my Blogs I love tab!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Happy Everything!!! You have so much to celebrate!! Woo hoo!! And the cinnamon rolls look YUMMY!!

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

Wow, happy everything! :)

My favorite thing to bake is probably muffins, scones or cookies...you know, something that goes with coffee...

C Mommy said...

Happy Everything... and we'll be celebrating that birthday... don't you worry!!! Love to bake the cinnamon rolls.... Just love it and I love that people love getting them too because if I left them all at my house I would eat them all and then you would always see waayyyy tooo much of me! xo

Donna said...

I love to bake brownies.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Debra said...

Hi There! First I just want to say I LOVE your blog--GREAT job!
and secondly,hope you have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY...I'm a 7/22 baby so I feel the kinship!LOL..Summer babies rock ( and I have 3 summer babies too!)

Blessings , bubbles and best wishes!

Donna said...

I put your button on my blog.
http://donna444444.blogspot.com/

Donna said...

I am a follower
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

I blogged about your giveaway.
http://donna444444.blogspot.com/2009/07/giveaways-on-other-blogs.html
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

2.I blogged about your giveaway.
http://donna444444.blogspot.com/2009/07/giveaways-on-other-blogs.html
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

3.I blogged about your giveaway.
http://donna444444.blogspot.com/2009/07/giveaways-on-other-blogs.html
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

4.I blogged about your giveaway.
http://donna444444.blogspot.com/2009/07/giveaways-on-other-blogs.html
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

5.I blogged about your giveaway.
http://donna444444.blogspot.com/2009/07/giveaways-on-other-blogs.html
donna444444@yahoo.com

Nancy said...

My favorite thing to bake is yeast bread!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Nancy said...

I follow - congrats on all your celebrations!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Family Best said...

What a GREAT Blog I'm happy I found it near your Anniversary! Thanks for your hard work

Jaymie

QB2FAMILY said...

I just stumbled upon your blog via Mormon Mommy Blog..Congratulations on your Anniversary-Very Impressive! Keep up the great work, I've starred you as a favorite!

My very favorite thing to bake is Banana Bread..because my family just goes, well, bananas whenever they see me assembling the ingredients or smell it baking. It pleases 100% of my family 100% of the time! Great memories have been created around this humble bread..it is the smell of my children's childhood! What could be better than that?!

casual friday every day said...

Happy everything! ;)

Nell

Sweet Blessings said...

Wow! That was a lot to celebrate!! I LOVE cinnamom rolls/buns-yes they get me every time too! I love to bake pineapple upside-down cake with a really rich caramelized top-YUM!
My email has changed-it's keovongsafam@verizon.net
Blessings!
Amanda:)

Anne said...

I LOVE this giveaway..I want a cinnamon roll right now! My fav. thing to bake actually is a pizza, b/c it's always fun to do toppings with my husband and my cute 4 year old helper!

Anne said...

hah! this is SO over; great contest though.