Thursday, April 26, 2012

Foodie Friday--Giveaway!


Have you ever been way behind on a project, and you can't see your way to the finish line? I have not left my house this week, not even to check on the progress at Rattlebridge. We lost our internet connection, and I didn't even know--that's how crazy it's been around here. Oh, what's the cause? I'm overdue on a new book, and I'm in lock up. My family just slides candy bars under the door.

But I wouldn't miss Foodie Friday for anything. That said, I sure got a surprise tonight when I logged onto Blogger. The whole format has changed, and I feel very lucky that I was able to post tonight. My friend Becky had warned me in an email that changes were underfoot (but I thought they were optional).


I'm hosting another garden basket giveaway this Foodie Friday (see the above photo), and if you'd like to enter, leave a note, explaining what you would do with a gardening basket.

The winner of last week's basket is Yvonne at Stone Gable--her comment just touched me. Congratulations to Yvonne and thanks to everyone who entered. 

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68 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting Foodie Friday week after week, Michael!

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  2. I have been sliding chocolate under the door of my kids who are also facing deadlines and shared the recipe today for Peanut Butter Bark with Pretzels it has 3 key ingredients for the stress diet: chocolate, peanut butter, and something salty. The only thing that is missing is the coffee but I make them come out to the kitchen for that so that I know they are alive.

    My garden is quite aways from the house, so I would load up the basket with all my gardening essentials so I don't have to make so many trips back and forth. However, I have a feeling that it would go missing once my youngest son, who fancies himself a gardener discovered it.

    Best wishes on completing the book!

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  3. Michael,
    Hi!
    Thank you for hosting. I brought a recipe for Chicken Marsala.
    Pat

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  4. Thanks for having Foodie Friday and giving a link to your tutorial on how to add you link to it. I never knew how to and hated to look like a dummy and ask. You are great!

    Gretchen

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  5. That is a very lovely gardening basket! Super cheerful and bright. I have been on my knees digging and pulling about a billion weeds this week. Those pretty gloves and tools would make this job a lot more pleasant! Then onto the seed packets :) Do I see soap and a nail brush... oh yes!

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  6. Ah, A garden basket! I could so use this for working in our new yard. I would love to see little seedlings sprouting and enjoy an afternoon tea with friends snacking in the midst of the flowers. Yes, I need this one!

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  7. Congrats to Yvonne!!! And thanks for another giveaway! You are so generous and thoughtful. I would LOVE some new gardeing things, mine are in terrible shape for OVERUSE:):) And, since we are building a new home, some new gardening equipment would be perfect. I will cross my fingers....and toes, if I can do that:):) XO, Pinky

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  8. Best of luck with your deadline, hope you're working on Teeny number three:@)

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  9. Such another lovely gift basket you are giving away this week. One can tell that you put so much thought into the lovely prizes you give away and I want to thank you for your thoughtfulness. I am in AWE of your blog and it blesses me so!!
    If I were lucky enough to win this wonderful prize I would be thrilled beyond words. I have an elderly friend (94 years young) and I would share some of the goodies in the basket with her, she loves to garden and she recently lost her husband of 67 years, gardening has been such a big help and comfort to her in her grieving time.
    Blessings to you, can't wait to see what is happening at Rattlebridge Farm.

    Mary L

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  10. Michael, if I lived closer, I'd make you a "teeny" pie so your family could slide it under the door for you. I'm sharing my new mini pie maker tonight. I can honestly say that I am having a lot of fun with it.

    My eyes lit up with I saw the shiny tools in the garden tote. I thought all garden tools came with mud! Just recently, I realized that I must start wearing gloves to dig in the dirt because my fingernails are all ragged. If I win the garden tote, I'm taking a vacation day and pampering my garden and then myself.

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  11. I'm way behind on a project and will be MIA from my family until next Friday! Glad to hear I'm next to normal. Beautiful giveaway. Imagine - I just stopped by to gaze at your lovely photos!

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  12. I would love to share this basket with my little girl who finally has an interest in gardening. It's quality time together and I'll cherish the memories forever ♥.

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  13. My Dear Michael, I would just love to win the gardening basket. I could live in my garden from spring to fall - I am constantly leaving my tools here and there in the garden- not to mention wearing out the fingertips in my gloves (when I wear them). There's always room for more flowers - I adopt many from neighbor's garden - the basket looks just bursting with goodies - I am almost childlike with wonder at what's in it!
    Hopes High - thank you for being a gracious hostess!
    Kathy

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  14. You are so generous, Michael! Another new book! No wonder you are in hiding! I have enough tools, what I need is a young strong boy to help with the gardening, Do you have one of those? Last week I made Teeny's Lettuce Pray She Has a Good Lawyer Pork Wraps, and this week it is country style ribs, Pork was on sale, lol!

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  15. Thank you so much for the party!! Have a great weekend!

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  16. I love this basket! I have a spot on the side of my house that I have been wanting to turn into a 3 season garden. These supplies would be a real help.

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  17. Are you working on another Teeny book? If so, get back in there and write, girl.

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  18. Hi Michael, you are a hard working woman! I put my "sous chef" to work this week ;-) But my two flower beds are a mess and so is my teeny backyard. I feel embarrassed but I need to get to work. xo

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  19. Thank you for the wonderful giveaways, and your great site! We just started a raised bed garden at our work and we plan to donate the produce to a local food pantry. We were thinking of a gift that we can present to the person who puts in the most volunteer hours in our garden, and your garden basket is a perfect gift! Thanks again for all you do!

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  20. Michael Lee! I am stunned! Really! I can honestly say I gasped when I read that the winner of that fabulous garden tote filled to the brim with goodies was me! I felt like I won the lottery!!!!
    Thank you so much. I have much at StoneGable to remind me of you! Your books, my pots and pans and now this tote. When I use it I'll be praying that you will have blessings multiplied like weeds!!!!

    I hope your new book is coming along and that you are living on good chocolate!!!!

    Much thanks!!!
    xo

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  21. So fun to have a small contribution to Foodie Friday. Haven't done much cooking of note lately but wanted to share this favorite with everyone. Thanks for Foodie Friday!!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  22. What a sweet garden tote. Another book. You are quite the talent. Thanks for hosting.

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  23. Sheesh, sounds like you've had your hands full! Thanks for taking the time to host this and do a giveaway! If I had that bag I would use it to tote tools to the community garden and spruce up the beds of our new home!

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  24. Best of luck, Michael Lee, in reaching that deadline! Wow, , you are one busy lady and a generous hostess! If I won the tote, I would share with my grandchildren, as they have a real interest in watching things grow...kind of like me watching them blossom!!

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  25. Still no recipes to share Michael- so sorry! I love the gardening basket though and would love to win! We have a nice group that gets together for Tuesday coffee and chat and most love to garden- would love to share the bounty with them. Just this week one of the ladies came in with a tub of plants from her greenhouse that they couldn't plant as there were too many. The fun is in the sharing!

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  26. Hi Michael,Thank you for Foodie Friday. I am sharing an easy way to germinate variety of sprouts and one easy recipe of lentil sprouts salad.

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  27. Congratulations to Yvonne for winning the amazing basket!
    I LOVE Miss "G"s Giveaways!
    Rainey

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  28. Thank you for hosting another party!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend
    Winnie

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  29. Good luck with your new book! I hope it's all going well. Thank you for hosting!

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  30. For me foodie Friday means preparing some yummy desserts and decorate it with nice toppings like pieces of fruits and jellies. Any meal will be incomplete without a sweet dessert.

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  31. Chocolate makes every task seem a little easier, doesn't it?

    What a wonderful garden basket giveaway! My hands take such a beating every spring when I start planting and weeding. If I won the basket, I'd put on those pretty gloves, fill a couple of pockets with chocolate and head out to the garden with a smile on my face.

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  32. Thank you for hosting today. Good luck with your deadline.

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  33. What a gorgeous basket! I love the colors. With May approaching my green thumb is coming out and I am going to TRY to plant something successfully this year! :-)

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  34. love your parites. so many fab ideas. I linked up Cauliflower Au Gratin recipe that you will love

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  35. Yes, I have been behind on projects and hope you can keep your sanity. I have a difficult time coping when I'm running behind.

    I've brought an Arugula salad with Truffle Oil and Sherry Vinaigrette, tossed with some good Italian Parmesan cheese, to cheer you up. It's better for you than the candy bars (smile).

    Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday, especially when you are so busy. You're the best!
    Sam

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  36. Congrats to Yvonne! You've put together such lovely baskets, Michael Lee. So sorry you got blindsided by the Blogger changeover. Sadly, there's also an issue with Blogger automatically turning word verification on, whether people want it or not. I've been checking and correcting my settings almost every day. (sigh)

    Thanks for hosting and best of luck with the new book! I know it will be as wonderful as all of your others. Please do try to take good care of yourself during the process. Blessings, Mary

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  37. I would use that pretty, pretty basket to haul my tools around--and hide them from the "puppy" (who is 2!). Every time I lay a tool down, she has it in her mouth and GONE! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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  38. Michael, I had to laugh out loud when I read your comment about sliding the chocolate under the door! That's funny!
    Glad you were able to post as well.
    If I won this basket, as strange as it sounds, I'd save it until I have my own home again. I have gotten rid of the majority of my gardening things because of the rental house we are now living in. I want my own home so bad it almost hurts...well it does actually. So I'd wait to break it in until (hopefully) the next year or so when we've gotten our own place again.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Nancy

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  39. Thank you so much for hosting! If you need more chocolate, I'm sharing my easy boiled cookie recipe which has chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal.

    The basket is so lovely, it would almost be shameful to take it apart! But if I won it, I would give it to my mom. She has been ill the last couple of weeks and needs a little pick me up. She and my dad purchased a couple of acres in the country and plan on putting in a flower and vegetable garden and this basket would be a great start for her!

    Blessings, Tammy

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  40. I love, love, love your Blog and your books. And I can totally relate to being behind on a project. My poor gardens have been tilled and I have not had a minute to spare to plant them. I would use this basket of goodies as inspiration to get my hiney in gear! Thank you for this beautiful site.

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  41. As a novice gardener, I've been so immersed in trying to grow things that no thought has been give to accessories that just might make the effort more glamorous. My gloves have holes in the fingertips, the little spade is rusty, and I carry everything out to the garden in my arms. No complaints though because the results outweigh my lack of a just right gardening basket. That is not to say I wouldn't like having one.
    Good luck meeting your deadline. Keep writing and hosting!

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  42. My Father would say keep your nose to the grindstone, it'll all work out! Lovely giveaway! Thank you so much for hosting!
    Sherry

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  43. After I finished jumping up and down and squealing, I would definitely head outside. I'm not the most organized person, so this would really help get me out there with the things I need. Thanks in advance ;)

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  44. Congratulations to Yvonne - one of the nicest bloggers around!!

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  45. Wonderful giveaway. This beautiful gardening basket would be for my daughter-in-law for Mother's Day. She is planting a vegetable garden and this would be invaluable.

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  46. I love your blog and books. Such beauty and creativity. This delightful basket for our garden which needs help badly and is appreciated for its unique items.

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  47. Sweet Spring Blessings to you!
    What would I do if I won this delightful GIVE-AWAY?
    Use her up!!!

    I WOULD LOVE TO RECEIVE THIS BASKET FULL OF GOODIES!

    You are a sweetheart to host this. AWESOME!

    Life is full of surprises and unexpected happenings. I'd be pleasantly surprised to win this beautiful Gardening Basket full of wonderful and useful items. I'd use this with a smile on my face. Grins!

    As a maturing into a middle aged 'Ladeee' I admire gardens and nature more and more with what you find in them. Time in a Garden is time well spent......One of Life's gorgeous places to be. They replenish the soul with health and splendor.

    Peacefully yours,
    d from kansas where the wind blows

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  48. Would love to have new tools for garden, this is so pretty, but calling to be used in some good soil in my garden

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  49. I remember when I was finishing my degree (a bit late in life with a job and busy kids) I would often lock myself in my room on the weekends to study and write. My family would literally bring me trays of food. I hated it and loved it at the same time!

    As for your gorgeous garden basket...my husband has always been the garden person at our house. We just took a week away and we talked about trying to share each other's interests a bit more than we have been (we have gotten lazy after 37 years). I would use these beautiful gardening "things" to join him outside planting the pretties for summer!

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  50. I'm a first timer here, thanks for hosting! And to visit for the first time when you are hosting a giveaway...whoo hoo! I love to garden, so this basket will come quite in handy as it's the time of year to pull those weeds and plant new stuff! Thanks again!

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  51. The Garden Gift Basket is beautiful. I am newly "unemployed" and working outdoors has helped me keep my sanity. I would love to win it for my upcoming 50th birthday. Thank you. Cindy at braper@ms.metrocast.net

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  52. Thanks for hosting another fun party. What an awesome gardening basket. I would use it to fill the two spanking new raised beds we just built!

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  53. Congrats to Yvonne...a beautiful giveaway to a beautiful lady!!....

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  54. Oh, what series is your new book for???

    AND if I won that basket, I would definitely go out and weed my garden. There are some weeds actually taller than my iris.

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  55. Hi Michael, just wanted to thank you for continuing this linky party that allowes all of us to share our posts,even with your crazy busy schedule. I really don't know how you do it. You probably never sleep!
    What a beautiful basket. I would be more than happy to be able to present it to my mother who has given me the best years of her life.
    Also want to thank you for Teeny, great saga! Have a great upcoming week-end and thanks again.
    PS-Don't like the new update on here (Blogger), Liked the old format better. Like FB I don't like being forced to have to conform to their formats.

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  56. Michael Lee, so happy that Yvonne won the basket! Yes, she was the one who certainly knew exactly what she would do with that gardening basket. So well put!
    Sorry you are back in lock-up. Never any rest for a talented author in demand. Here we are all savoring the latest and you are hard at work on the next one to feed our hungry appetites for Teeny's adventures.
    Love the theme of this basket with it's key lime touches. Guess I'd be planting a key lime tree and dreaming about all the delicious pies in my future. Beautiful basket!

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  57. That basket is amazing. I would love to win it for my mom. I have never had a green thumb but as I tried to plant lettuce plants in my makeshift garden I thought of my mom (1000 miles away). Thanks!

    shankyouverymuch11 @yahoo .com

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  58. Very lovely basket!!! I would not keep it for myself although I would love too!!! I have a friend that is in need of a spirit lifter. Last September she lost her only daughter to breast cancer at 30 years of age. She was a designer in New York and was engaged to be married. Her death was a shock to us all.
    She is keeping a brave face and loves working in her garden. She has selected a spot in her garden for a memorial. Thought this would be a great way to let her know she is not alone and is thought of often.
    Thank you for this opportunity.

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  59. What a cute basket! My daughter and I would use it to work on the yard! :)

    I am about half way through, Gone With a Handsomer Man. I am really enjoying it! I also just recieved, A Teeny Bit of Trouble. Thank you so much!! I can't wait to immerse myself in that one too!

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  60. Hi! I,too, am sliding chocolate under my daughter's door who graduates from college next week.I hope you get out once in a while..great luck with your book. warmly, Dianna

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  61. This really is wonderful article ! I simply love’d it !

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  62. Dear Michael,
    I just found your beautiful blog this evening. I was on Pintrest, admiring a photograph that was posted of your St. Patricks Day table. It combined so many textures. It was truly so refresching. The reef chargers could be used for many occasions.
    If I were to win the festive gardening basket,I would donate it to Pink Heart Funds. They host an Evening In Pink with a silent auction each year. In 2012 some of the items that garnered the most bids were the gardening supplies.
    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.
    Debra-lynn Scarlettinms@aol.com

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  63. Wow, that gift basket is a gardener's dream! My mom would love it!

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  64. What a great giveaway! We just moved into our house at the end of last summer, and we have a fairly large yard, but not much in the way of a garden or any landscaping. I would love to put in a small flower and/or vegetable garden to enjoy. :)

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  65. Hi,

    I just found your lovely blog. I don't know if I am too late for the Foodie Friday Giveaway if I am that's okay but here is what I would do with that lovely basket.

    My beautiful daughter-in- law is in her first house ever. Her and her mom lived in apartments and condos. Our son and her and their sweet baby moved into their first house in the fall and it has a nice garden although overgrown. I was there last week and Natasha was saying how she has to start weeding the garden and she does not know which were flowers and which were weeds and she had no tools. She said she was using the ones that her mom had bought for our little granddaughter, toy tools! She also had a thorn in her finger because she had no gardening gloves.

    This basket would go right to her as a gift from one seasoned gardener to an ingenue.

    Thanks
    Sue

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  66. I just found you lovely blog and I don't know if I am too late for your Foodie Friday Giveaway but here goes.

    My beautiful daughter-in-law is in her first house ever, she always lived in apartments. I was there last week and she was saying how much she was looking forward to working on her first garden but she had no tools so for now she was using the ones her mom had given our baby granddaughter, toy tools! She also had a thorn in her finger because she had no gloves.

    This basket would go right too her from one seasoned gardener to an ingenue.

    Thanks
    Sue

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  67. What a great gardening basket. In time for all the weed pulling and the planting of the new spring flowers. It's a very generous give away made even more so since you are in lock down. Good luck with your writing!

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