Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A New Year and A New Blog!

Well, here it is, a brand new year, and what better time than today to start my new blog! It's still got some rough edges that I'll be tweaking in the weeks ahead, so watch for changes coming soon!

Are you familiar with Tastefully Simple? It's a lovely company that offers a delicious line of gourmet food and gifts. What I really enjoy about their products is that none of them need more than two ingredients to complete, giving you a great tasting dish with little time and effort. Granted, I love spending time in the kitchen, getting elbow-deep into a new recipe, but life doesn't always give me those opportunities. Personally, it's great to have some time-savers I can count on for those busy nights when I've got to have one of the girls at basketball practice in an hour, know what I mean?

Shortly after the birth of my son two years ago, I decided to start earning a little extra income (because all those diapers can get a pretty expensive!) by becoming a Tastefully Simple representative. It seemed like an odd move for me, as I'm normally NOT comfortable with public speaking, but I actually had a lot of fun with it. Oftentimes, my children would tag along and keep quietly in the background, playing with the hostess's kids and waiting for the end of the party when they could jump in and taste all the food, too, which they totally enjoyed. Sadly for the girls, I decided to give it up when I got pregnant again. Having two little ones in diapers was going to be a huge adjustment for me, so I made the tough choice and let the business go.

However, I've still been able to indulge my gourmet tastes on occasion, thanks to my sister-in-law, who is very successfully continuing her business with them. And today, I've decided to share some of that deliciousness with you. Since there's no better way to get a new blog off the ground that to hold a giveaway, and since this is a food blog, I'm giving away food, of course. But not just any food, oh no. It's none other than a Tastefully Simple Cozy Comfort Gift Box!

Inside you'll find one Chocolate Ugly Cake Mix, one Creamy Wild Rice Soup Mix, and one Bountiful Beer Bread Mix (though it doesn't have to be made with beer, any 12-ounce carbonated beverage will do.) All three are perfect for warming up your kitchen and your insides during these chilly months.

To win this box full of goodness, simply leave a comment on this post. Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post, and I'll give you an EXTRA entry. How simple is that! I'll keep it open for one full week and close the comments at 5PM EST, Monday, January 7th, with the winner to be announced later that evening. (Sorry about this, but due to budgetary constraints, I can only ship to U.S. addresses.)

Good luck, and Happy New Year!

45 comments:

e. beck said...

happy new year ...
i'll be first to sign up ....
thanks!!

Jennifer said...

I'd never heard of this company until just recently, so I'd love to try them out. All the goodies in this basket sound divine, so please count me in! Happy New Year!

Jennifer :-)

marye said...

HAHA! What If I mention it on ALL my blogs? DO I get 9 extra entries? Cause that would be cool
..Love your blog...welcome to the food blog world.
and happy new year.

Qtpies7 said...

Oh, yummy! My bff sells Tastefully Simple and I love it! Well, I don't like the Chocolate Ugly Cake, but my husband thinks it is amazingly delish.

I will blog you at qtpies7-goodstuff.blogspot.com and momsblogging.com on Thursday.

Good luck with your new blog! I'm working on two and posting on a third, and it can be trying, but organization is the key.

HomeandHearth said...

This company sounds great! I hope I get a chance to try these :)

baby~amore' said...

Excellent though I don't qualify in Oz ! Good luck to everyone else.
Happy new year and I hope your 2008 is blessed and prosperous, and everything you want it to be!

Jen said...

Yummy!!! Please sign me up!!

DidiLyn said...

I'm always up for winning a food prize, that is for sure. Sign me up!
Diane

Tyna said...

Chocolate Ugly Cake Mix? I've never heard of it, but it sounds delightfully goofy! Sign me up please!

Keri said...

That gift box sounds absolutely wonderful. I've heard of Tastefully Simple, but haven't gotten a chance to try it out...yet. Maybe I'll get a chance soon. :)

By the way, I hope that your blog does well. It sounds like things I'll be checking back for.

marye said...

here is your link at BD
http://www.bakingdelights.com/2008/01/02/check-out-wendys-new-blog/

J said...

Hi There! Found you through Baking Delights. I love food blogs (and that TS beer bread mix). I'll definitely be adding your site to my feed reader. happy 2008!

Sarah said...

Yum, Yum, YUm!! I love Tastefully Simple! Please count me in!! I am really hoping to win this one! I will blog the contest too..then come back and let you know! :) Thanks for a chance to win!

Cindy said...

Welcome to the food blog world! :)

The gift box sounds awesome - I may have to hunt one down even if I don't win it. :)

Sarah said...

Thanks (again) for a great giveaway! Here is my post for the extra chance to win:
http://sassyfrazz.blogspot.com/2008/01/tastefully-simple-package.html

princess said...

You're on my blog.
Thanks for the contest and please count me in!!
Happy New year and happy food blogging!

Laura said...

Yummy! Sign me up!

dodo said...

Sweet deal.

kitty said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Stacey Moore said...

We would love to win!!
thanks

Bebemiqui said...

Sounds tasty, count me in!

Bebemiqui said...

Sounds tasty, count me in!

Sheila said...

I am all for simplicity when it comes to cooking! Please count me in!

Melissa Markham said...

The weather outside is frightful
Some comfort food would be delightful

I've really no place to go
So let me know, let me know, let me know!

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Oh wow! What a fabulous giveaway! If I don't win, I'm still going to want one! lol

Congrats on the new blog...I'm having a giveaway for a custom blog design if you're interested in entering! :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
~melody~

Jean said...

Who doesn't love a food blog? Can't wait to come back and check out some great recipes and maybe more.

TheAngelForever said...

Congrats on the new blog! This giveaway sounds yummy and would be perfect for the super cold temperature we are having now.

Happy New Year!

Christi said...

awesome! I love Tastefully Simple products! Enjoy your new blog!

fruitbearer said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog and linked back to this post. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks a bunch!

http://fruitbearer.livejournal.com/

Andrea said...

Sounds delicious! Please count me in! :)

jbubolz-miller said...

Dinner in a box=). And easy too- Sign me up!

SugarPeach said...

I love this company! Their food is awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

Pigtails & Polkadots said...

Congratulations on the new blog! I love to cook...but mostly eat :) so I'll be checking back often!!!

Happy New Year!

Nancy said...

What a delightful find! A new blog and a new company on the same day. The comfort gift box sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

njones127 at tampabay dot rr dot com

Michele said...

Oooh, this sounds yummy. Thanks for the giveaway!

Michele said...

Oooh, this sounds yummy. Thanks for the giveaway!

holly K said...

HI! The only product from them I have tried is the beer bread which is divine. I would love to try these others and may be contacting you to get some more beer bread! cookiecutter72 AT hotmail DOT com

Marcia G said...

Mmmmmm sounds so yummy!!

mattie said...

I've had my fill of ham and turkey...something different, woohoo!!!

windycindy said...

Have a Wonderful New Year! Please enter me in your fabulous contest for the "Tastefully Simple" goodies! I do appreciate it. Best of luck with your new website. Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

iahawk89 said...

Happy new year!

iahawk89@yahoo.com

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

oooh, never heard of this company before.


count me in please.


blogged ya:

http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2008/01/wednesday-edition-of-contests-galore.html

Megan said...

I love a contest! Count me in. I blogged with link!
http://meganscookin.blogspot.com

Heather said...

yummy!! please enter me!

fyjules said...

mmmm tasty contest count me in.

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