Bloggaversary and my first Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU!

So, it’s been quite the YEAR. 

I can’t believe I’ve made it through a year of blogging. Woot to that!

So a recap: It’s been a year of:

  • Spell checks (which probably led to more spell checks)
  • Writing and re-writing..then re-writing the re-write
  • Deleting. Usually that was permanent. But the good old Macbook gives me the command Z option when one screws it up.
  • Wondering whether or not to hit PUBLISH on that post you thought might send others straight away from the blog. Then hitting Publish and having an immediate panic attack. Take me as I am, or leave me, that’s my new motto.
  • Questioning goals, life, etc. (I think that’s pretty normal).
  • Pondering whether or not to keep blogging. I went through a blog “break-down” at some point, I think it was when I was posting more then 3 up to 5 times a week.( Now wonder I was going to throw my spatula out the window!)
THEN, after all of that, why do I still blog? Well, because of all of YOU and because I love it. The moments that my mind goes blank, or I think I lack ideas, I somehow find inspiration whether it be through a comment left, or one of my favorite food bloggers and their encouragement.

Or because all of YOU my dear lovelies, you keep me going.

p.s. not that you can shut my trap up anytime soon. Ha.

THANK YOU for making me feel loved, allowing me to obsess over food, health, more food, now yoga…and laughing with me or even at me (after all, it’s best to be able to laugh at one self, especially when it’s a snort laugh).

So, what’s up for grabs here? Well, if you caught a glimpse of the Granola Globes (I can’t stop saying that) then you’ll know there was an ingredient that I love. SPELT FLAKES. I’ve used them a few times here, and they’re a great grain (yup,I really typed that). I might even toss in another bonus to the winner, not sure yet.

I’m cool like that.

Here’s the details and what you should get a move on doing. I will be using the Random Generator to choose the winner. 

So how do you enter? Select one or more of the entry options below. Leave a separate comment for each entry. A winner will be selected at random next Wednesday, November 2nd by 12 pm EST.

  1. Entry method: Fill out the form below so that I have a way of contacting you. (p.s. this is private information and your personal email will not be shared with others).

THEN, Just leave me a comment below. Yes, it’s that simple! Perhaps you’ll answer this,”What has been the most memorable moment this past year? (whether you’re a blogger or just have something to share). Or just a friendly comment, why you love me (kidding?!), why you want to win, or just a Howdy!

2. Like my facebook page Help me go beyond 500 on Facebook. Why? Why not really? There’s a pretty cool bunch of folks hanging out over there.
3. Share about this contest on Twitter and follow me, Facebook, your blog, etc. Make sure you leave a comment here with a link to your post. Each time you leave a comment, you gain an additional chance to win.
4. Well, I hope you already subscribe, but if you don’t, that’s okay. No strings attached. But if you decide to, you should leave a comment for an additional chance to win. ;-)

NOTE: This giveaway is a personal undertaking. Why? Cause I want you to try Spelt. Ha. Well, really it’s just fun. Nobody but my lonesome is involved, sponsors, affiliates, or the Eden brand. (I should let them know though eh?). 

SO, I hope you have enjoyed a year of blogging, my free love, lots of food chat, and other stuff that has hopefully had you salivating over a beet, starting an exercise routine, or simply inspired you in some way. 

Good Luck!

JEN

Stylish Blog Award

Thank You to The Sweethearts from the Little Yellow Kitchen http://thelittleyellowkitchen.wordpress.com

for my first Stylish Blog Award!!! These girls have a healthy attitude about eating that’s right up my alley. Simple Recipes unite!

In order to fulfill the duties of this prestigious award I must:

1.  Make a post & link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2.  Share 7 things about yourself.
3.  Award 10 recently discovered great bloggers.
4.  Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won!

7 THINGS about ME:

  1. I was a wedding singer. Yeah, don’t make fun. Okay, make fun. A friend of mine used to call me the singing dietitian. And I got up at my own wedding and hijacked the mic from the lead singer. My Family=Partridge Family. Most of us sing or play an instrument or two.
  2. I know who Snookie is.
  3. I used to hate veggies. Mom always told me to eat them, but I think I hid them in a napkin at the table, or Benji (our golden retriever ate them), Can you imagine?
  4. I love cupcakes and secretly want to open a bakery. Why not? It’s because they’re cute and pretty.
  5. I sing in my car. For some reason people stare at me when I do this. I don’t care, it’s my only outlet for singing right now. Katy Perry anyone?
  6. I have no idea how to drive a stick shift and can’t learn from my husband who is a driving enthusiast and all around car guy.
  7. I listen to pop music, glee, David guetta and some real guedo type music when I workout. So that makes me a closet guedo. Whatever gets me moving for an hour!

There ya have it! Seven things you probably didn’t know about me. I hope you continue to enjoy my mostly REAL food recipes, dorky sense of humor and nutrition geekdom. At the very least I hope I inspire you to eat a veggie, try Quinoa or learn what Spelt is. Bon A Petit!

By they way, want to ask me a question? Feel free! I’m pretty much an open book. Happy Eating!

10 blogs I love & adore!

Melomeals: http://melomeals.blogspot.com/2010/12/just-tease.html

LemonsandAnchovies: http://lemonsandanchovies.wordpress.com

ChowandChatter: http://www.chowandchatter.com/

BigFatBaker:http://bigfatbaker.com/blog/candy-recipes/homemade-caramel-corn/

AHealthyPassion: http://ahealthypassion.com/

StephChows: http://stephchows.blogspot.com/

DishbyTrish: http://dishbytrish.com

Kopiaste: http://kopiaste.org

SweetVeg-E: http://sweetveg-e.blogspot.com/

GourmandeintheKitchen: http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com/

I hope you all pass this award on to those you adore as well!

-Jen