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{closed} My Favorite Things Giveaway: Cuisinart 12-Piece Cookware Set

by Shawnda on November 28, 2014

in Giveaways

The 2nd item of our Favorite Things giveaway is for the Dinner Maker: a big 12-piece set of shiny, stainless steel Cuisinart cookware.

It’s all yours to do whatever you’d like to do. Boil, sear, simmer, scorch, and burn.

The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel set includes everything you need to get cooking in nice, neat, orderly style:
– 1 1/2 & 3 quart sauce pans
– 8- and 10-inch skillets
– 3 1/2-quart saute pan
– 8-quart stockpot
– Steamer insert

The only thing it’s missing is a corkscrew and a spork. And then life would truly be complete.

To enter to win the cookware, simply put all your holly and your jolly aside, forget the reason for the season, pull out your very best Grinch face, and answer this question in the comments below: What Christmas song do you absolutely despise and why?

You might recall that in previous years, I have raged against Wham’s Last Christmas. And for good reason. SONGS ABOUT ONE-NIGHT STANDS ARE NOT CHRISTMAS SONGS EVEN IF THAT HOOKUP HAPPENED ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

But I’ve developed a Friday-Night-PJ-Dance-Party-With-A-4-Year-Old soft spot for Taylor Swift so when her version of Last Christmas comes on, I don’t immediately want to stab someone.

Baby steps.

Update1: The winner is Norma with comment #41 with her hatred of The Hippopotamus Song. It really is one of the worst.

Update2: Norma chose to ‘pay it forward’ so her prize is going to… Bianca!

You can earn up to 3 extra entries by:
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow us on Twitter.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow us on Facebook.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow the blog’s Instagram feed.<

(Bonus entries must be left as separate comments to count as extra entries – your comment number is your “raffle ticket.”)

The fine print:
– Maximum of four (4) entries per person.
– Giveaway ends at 12:01am (Texas time!) on December 5th.
– Winner will be selected by one of those cold, soulless, unfeeling random number generator thingies and announced on this post.
– Winners will receive a Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set (maximum retail value of prize = $200).
– Prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited.
– Winning “extra entry” comments subject to verification.
– Prize can only be shipped to a US address.
– Prize provided by Confections of a Foodie Bride, because we love you guys.
– Official giveaway rules can be found here.

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Editing Food Blog Photos with Lightroom 5

It’s here! It’s here! The most wonderful tiiiiiiime of the year!

Which I’d normally tell you was right behind opening day of the NFL season and the day when $5/15lb bags of Rio Star grapefruit reappear in my grocery store. But since the latter happened this week and we celebrated appropriately – move over, football!

Editing Food Blog Photos with Lightroom 5

So here’s “Scary Elsa” to introduce the first of our 2014 holiday giveaways, dedicated to The Picture Taker: a Photography subscription on the Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the latest releases of Lightroom and Photoshop.

Editing Food Blog Photos with Lightroom 5

In my Photo Friday series, I covered how I used Lightroom to edit my photos.

In the 8+ years (!) that I’ve been flooding the internet with pictures of my desserts and dinners, I’ve tried out different photo editing software. My workflow has changed over the years, even since I wrote the last “How I Edit” column, but what hasn’t changed: I have yet to find anything as user-friendly and compact as Lightroom 2 3 5.

Editing Food Blog Photos with Lightroom 5

Lightroom is the ultimate photography assistant. I can cook up a fantabulous pumpkin butter bundt cake, I can style a pretty decent shot, and I can take a pretty darn good photo. But what I need help doing? Breathing the life and vibrancy and detail back into the output file so that it looks to you exactly how it looked to me . Sitting in my living room floor.

Right before I ate a slice of it for breakfast.

Editing Food Blog Photos with Lightroom 5

We have paired up with the fine folks at Adobe to bring one of you guys a year-long subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, with which you’ll be able to use Lightroom 5 (and 6, when it is released next spring!) as well as Photoshop CC to edit and create your own delicious masterpieces.

To enter the giveaway, simply answer the following question in the comments below: What is your very favorite animated Christmas program to watch during the holidays?

Mine is “Year Without a Santa Claus” and I am solidly on #TeamSnowMiser.

Update: Congratulations to Tara with comment #40!

Good luck!

The fine print:
– Maximum of one (1) entry per person.
– Giveaway ends at midnight (Texas time, y’all) on Friday, November 28.
– Winner will be selected by one of those cold, soulless, unfeeling random number generator thingies and announced on this post.
– Winners will receive a 1-Year Photography Subscription from Adobe (value ~$125).
– This prize in this giveaway is supplied direct by Adobe.
– Prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited.
– Official giveaway rules can be found here.

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‘Tis the Season!

by Shawnda on November 21, 2014

in Christmas,Giveaways,Thanksgiving

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Tomorrow begins our annual holiday giveaways here on the blog. WHY SO EARLY, SHAWNDA? CAN YOU NOT RESPECT THE BIRD?!

I assure you I will be plenty respectful of the bird… as I drown it in a sweet tea brine next week :D

You can accuse me of surrendering to “Christmas Creep” but I am a proud, uncloseted Listen-to-Christmas-Music-on-November-1st kind of gal. And our Christmas tree has been up since Sunday night (although half of the lights are still out because I’m having a total Griswold moment and cannot figure out what I’m overlooking).

Truthfully, 2014 has been an insanely hectic year and I’m afraid that if I don’t start at least a little bit early, I won’t get it done in time. And what are you going to do with a big, shiny baking gadget that arrives during the first week of your January essential oil juicing no-carb cleanse detox?

See?

Each of this year’s giveaways will open on Saturday mornings and will include some of my very favorite things for the Cake Baker, Dinner Maker, Picture Taker, and Amazon Junkie.

Links for each giveaway will open on the date listed and the requirements/entry methods will be available on each giveaway page. Merry ThanksgivingMas!

– Congratulations to Tara!

– Congrats, Bianca!

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