*******THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED******
It's Giveaway time again! Normally I post a recipe and then do a Giveaway at the bottom of the recipe, however, this giveaway is so darn special that it deserves it's own post :)
I was checking our numbers on Facebook last weekend and realized we were only a handful of friends/fans away from 1,000! I posted on Facebook that if we can get that number up to 1,000, that I would have the most awesome Giveaway this blog has ever seen. Well, y'all definitely delivered and we are currently at 1,057 friends/fans :) Words cannot contain my excitement as I watched the numbers increase last Saturday...hour by hour.
To some, reaching the goal of 1,000 friends/fans (I put the friends part first, by the way, because I like to think of each and every one of you as my friends) may not seem like a big deal. However, it is a HUGE deal to me. Very huge! When I first started the Facebook Page for this blog, the numbers seemed to stall at 150. No matter what I did, I could not get passed the 100 mark. I started to get discouraged and wanted to give up. Just as soon as I was ready to close up shop and delete the page, the power of 'word of mouth' started to happen...and before I knew it, I started watching my numbers climb higher and higher.
Along with the higher numbers, I started making friends. Foodie friends who were bloggers. Foodie friends who were non-bloggers. Foodie friends from around the world, from Canada to Bangladesh.
Mark my words when I say........
It. Has. Been. An. Incredible. Journey.
Y'all are the best!! I always say I have the best readers, friends, and fans because I literally mean it. This blog would not be where it is today without the support of everyone out there. From the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. I really wish I could just throw a HUGE barbecue for everyone who reads this blog, and invite all of y'all. That would be some fun times for sure!!! And who knows? I may just do that one day ;)
This blog has become such a major part of my life and I literally feel very honored and grateful that I am able to share this incredible journey with all of you.
And because of this, I have chosen the following items for the Giveaway.....
Originally, I was going to purchase either a brand name cookbook or a popular cookbook from cooks such as Trisha Yearwood or Ree Drummond. However, I stopped and thought about it for a second and realized that everyone could go out and purchase those cookbooks anytime they wanted to. I wanted to give y'all something that would come from my heart. That is why I chose the cookbook, The Best of The Best from Louisiana.
Everyone who reads this blog knows that my family and I currently reside in Louisiana. We came here via the Air Force in 2002 and now, in 2011, we are still here. We have been here for so long that I am actually honored to call this state home...and for someone who came from 'up North' as some would say, that isn't easy to do! I have fallen in love with the culture, the pure Southern Hospitality, and most of all, the food!
I have purchased The Best of The Best cookbooks from every state I have had the pleasure of living in. I LOVE regional cookbooks....just love them to death! I wanted to share a taste of the South with y'all, which is why I picked this cookbook for the giveaway.
Let's take a look inside the book (you may have to click on the picture to see a larger view of it)....
There are recipes in there for Southern Louisiana classics such as Crawfish Etoufee' and Jambalaya. Even Gumbo has it's own category in the cookbook, paired with soups.
....you will also find the classic yummy treats and desserts that Louisiana is famous for...such as the popular Louisiana Praline. They have even included microwaveable recipes ;)
The authors have compiled the best recipes from some of the most popular Louisiana cookbooks around the state. And at the end of the book, you will see pictures of the contributing cookbooks. I LOVE it!
The next items I chose to giveaway are.....
...two packs of the cutest little recipe cards on the planet. Each pack has 8 cards. I am a HUGE recipe card collector so these cards have come straight from my stash ;) Aren't the pink cupcakes the cutest??
They contacted me earlier this year to test out some of their products and were generous enough to give me twice as many of the Graters that I ordered ;) I have used this grater numerous of times already and love how simple it feels. You can grate soft cheese, onions, and chocolate with this one. To read more about my review of it, click here.
If you would like to win this modge podge of wonderful goodies, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me what your favorite recipe from Cooking With Libby has been. That's it! So easy huh?
Please be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you should win. If you don't leave your e-mail addy or some way to contact you, your comment will be disqualified.
Deadline is Thursday, June 23rd. I will use Random.Org to pick the winner.
Only one entry per person please.
You MUST answer the question in order for your entry to qualify. If you do not answer it, your comment will be disqualified.
This contest is only open to U.S. Residents only.
Have fun and good luck! And thank you for making Cooking With Libby the best blog around ;)
~Sweet Southern Hugs To Everyone!!!~