Winner Announced: OAMC’s Family Favorites

Congratulations Jolyn (from McCombMoneySavers)- You are the winner of the Once A Month Cooking Family Favorites Cookbook!  I’ve sent an email to you so just email me back and claim your prize!

I  hope you enjoy the cookbook and find it as useful as I have!

In other new today, I’m keeping things brief today!  I just finished my final exam for my counseling course (yay!) and have a Math midterm (ohhh, please pray!) to focus on.  We had plans to pick apples today, but it’s been wet and the forecast predicts SNOW, so we are taking things one moment at a time.  Roy & I have a DATE NIGHT planned tonight – and I’m looking forward to some time with him!  Our church is hosting a Date Night for couples and I’m really excited about it!

Otherwise – hope you all have a terrific weekend.  Oh – if you’re looking for some GREAT recipes, not only will you find them at The Better Baker – you should also visit Stop and Smell the Chocolates!  Lisa has hosted a Fall Fruits Festival at her site and I’ve seen some YUMMO recipes!  Today the festival culminates in recipes involving, what else?  CHOCOLATE – and she’s offering a giveaway for all 5 days so if you have some great Fall Fruit recipes – post and link up before the deadline!


Happy Coffee Day!

Okay – I’m back to Coffee after a few tea posts!  I enjoyed a large cup of my favorite shop coffee this morning, but am settling in for a nice cup of afternoon tea for the moment.  Rainy, wet, dreary kind of day – but it’s warm and cozy in our home, so I’m snuggling in.

After a few tea posts, I’m glad to get back to some Company Girl Coffee talk!  But its because I have a very exciting announcement:

I’m the New Owner of Mommies Coffee Break!!!

While this will continue to be my personal blog, I have really felt God speaking to my heart about ministering to women online in a little bit different manner.  Many of the sweet people who follow me here and leave comments are already good friends of mine, and I hope you’ll all be able to follow me in both places.

It’s going to get a bit of a sprucing up in the next week or two, and then I’ll be digging into some good stuff.  I’ll be keeping up here – but things will probably be shorter (and hopefully, sweeter, too!)

If you aren’t subscribed here, just click the icons in the top left of the page – you can subscribe by email or by a reader – your choice.  And be sure to subscribe to Mommies Coffee Break, too!

I’ve always thought I might have a couple of personalities, so we’ll see how they play out online. LOL!

Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary mourns some fashion hits & misses of her youth today.  Makes me laugh.

As far as fashion is concerned, I don’t always like what is “popular” – but I tend to gravitate towards the classics with a twist.  I prefer NOT to wear black.  Ever.  I really enjoy Navy and Chocolate if I’ve got to go dark…

When I was younger, I liked to wear some brighter colors (turquoise, pink, mint green)! Thankfully, I was blessed with some nice hand me downs from gals with GREAT fashion sense (for the most part) and I was able to enjoy some outfits during Jr Hi and High School that I wistfully remember to this day.  Being an 80’s chick – I had the perm and some big hair and used banana clips like God himself created them.  (No I don’t have photos to digitally load.  Seriously, people…  But I’ve got, ahem,”friends” on Facebook who have posted a couple…)

I’d prefer to spruce up my wardrobe, but I’ll wait until Georgie realizes that smearing spaghetti sauce in her hair isn’t cute EVERY time…  Until then, I’ll enjoy the Tshirts and comfy pants and running around in sandals most of the year…

Hey – my greatest fashion accessory (besides my beautiful girls) is a GiNormous Cuppa Coffee, so as far as Fashion is concerned – I’m the IT girl!!!

P.S. – I’ve got a cookbook giveaway going on here through 10/15 – click here to find out how to enter!

Cookbook Giveaway: Once-A-Month Cooking Family Favorites

cookbookcoverWhen I read about the opportunity to review a new cookbook from the Once-A-Month Cooking (OAMC) gals – I was REALLY excited.  While I do love to cook, I do NOT enjoy the daily cleanup.  I wanted to see what tips & tricks – as well as recipes – the Family Favorites cookbook had to offer, and I was pleasantly surprised.

I immediately dug into the Introduction section, and found the tips and recommendations to be DO-able!  I was glad to see that I wasn’t being told to invest in a lot of containers and new products that required more storage space – but instead was advised to use good freezer bags and my regular freezer to store everything.  Yay!

My favorite part of the cookbook, as I was reading it page by page, was the layout.  Broken down into One-month cycles with coordinating pantry list, freezing supplies, shopping list, and preparation order – I could see how simple preparing a month’s worth of meals could really be.  And there are 2 One-month cycles, as well as several Two-week cycles.  One of the recommendations in the Intro section is to cook with a friend, so for someone like me with a small prep space, that idea is very workable!

authorphotoThe authors of the OAMC books, Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg, have much experience with cooking, and have developed a very friendly system for meal planning, in my opinion! The coordinating recipes for each month’s cycle contained many recipes that my family would actually eat and enjoy.  No bizarre recipes or unusual ingredients.  Recipes like:

  • Creamy Chicken Enchiladas – p. 36
  • Chicken Broccoli Casserole – p. 32
  • Macaroni – p. 118

Not only that, but I was actually intrigued by many of the fish dishes since I don’t cook fish.  However, I’m considering the Tilapia Fillets (p. 134) because we want to eat more fish, more often, and this recipe seems very simple.

Since the cookbook also offers several Two-week cycles (which appeals to me as I’m usually buying groceries every two weeks, and would be more manageable to prepare ahead in my own kitchen), I’m going to start with one of them and see how it goes.  The Two-week cycles include a Gluten-Free plan, a Summer Two-week plan, and even a Gourmet plan!

I’m so thankful for my free copy of this cookbook – it’s one I’m really excited about not just reading but applying to help with meal planning, and planning ahead for my family!


So here’s the fun part!  Not only did I get a free copy to review, but I got one copy to give away to one of my readers!  If you enjoy cooking, the recipes are very friendly – and if you’re looking for a Do-able plan for freezer meals and menu planning, this could be a great tool in your kitchen!

How to Enter:

Required: Leave a comment telling me if you’ve ever tried Once-A-Month cooking – how it has worked or not worked for you – and/or how you handle meal planning for yourself or your family now. Make sure your email address is included in your comment entry.  (If you don’t leave a comment for this, you won’t be entered.)

Extra Entries:

1. Twitter about this giveaway once daily thru 10/15/09 – leave your twitter id/link for each entry. (1 xtra entry per  Tweet).

2. Link to this post on your blog. (1 xtra entry)

3. Share on Facebook and leave me a comment with your FB link. (1 xtra entry)

***Contest ends Thursday, 10/15/09 at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be contacted via email and announced on Friday, 10/16/09.***

You can read my disclosure policy here.

Are You A Winner?

So have you been paying attention to the giveaway & contest links I’ve posted here lately?  I hope you have, because I’ll tell you what – you gotta enter to win.

I’ve been entering several contests lately – and winning…  I’m not bragging – I just want you to be aware that a 30 second entry can really pay off!!!

First – you should keep tabs to the sections in my right sidebar titled “Great Shops & Sites” and “Contests~Giveaways” because that’s where I will post links current giveaways!  Some of them are sites offering a summer carnival or a special for Father’s Day – and some of them are sites that regularly offer a variety of contests & giveaways! (And I’m hoping with the move to a plain ol’ .com blog, the blog face will be cleaner, and we’ll have pages for all my links & buttons. =)

Secondly – I will keep blogging about great giveaways I find and don’t hesitate to enter them.  Some of them only require a comment to a blog post – some offer additional entries via Twitter, subscription to the blog, etc.  It’s up to you!

Now I’ll tell you why giveaways are worth entering:

My very first contest entry was a CUTE keychain from SmartMom.  It was a hunter green camouflage design – and I got it in time for Miss Georgie!  I can’t remember the blog I won it from, but I was pretty excited about it!

So fast forward to recently, and I’ve been winning left & right – a wide variety of things…

Like this necklace from Dayspring for becoming Sarah Mae’s 300th Google friend at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee…  This is my VERY favorite blog.  Sarah Mae tackles some TOUGH issues and if you haven’t visited her – I am TELLING you to… (and I AM the Queen…)

I also won the very cute BonBon Cupcakes Leggings for Princess Curly – pink with hot pink ruffles.  Hello!  Moomettes Magnificent Reviews has some good stuff to give away – and she’s got it going on!

Then I won a very cool – very funky Planet Wise wet bag from Connected2Christ.  I just got it today, as a matter of fact!  I selected the “Art Deco” pattern for this medium sized bag – and Greg even said it’s pretty!!!

Another one of my free gifts came today, too – a book called, “Me, Myself, and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover by Jennifer Rothschild.  Mary at Giving Up on Perfect is starting a Bible study of this book on Monday, 6/8.  I ACTUALLY won the book because one of her readers had an extra one to giveaway! Anyway, Mary is hosting live chats at her blogs on Mondays, and will link to the downloads for the videos.

As I mentioned previously – Last, but not least, I did win a ticket to “A Woman Inspired Conference – Ministry: Online.”  I am VERY excited about this.  It is going on Monday-Thursday this week with several sessions daily -and audios will be available for download after June 15th.  As of this writing – tickets are still available.  Here is the schedule – and here are some giveaways going on during the conference!

Now I’ll be honest – I have entered many other giveaways & contests.  For all kinds of cool goodies!

But I especially entered multiple giveaways for Keurig Platinum brewing system and never won.  This would be the ultimate in prizes for me!  I have entered every one I found.   I’m still hoping for this one at J. Leigh Designz.  LOL  Now I’m entering this oneIf you happen to win it, I just ask that you NOT tell me

So – here is just a short list of reasons you should go ahead and enter some mommy blog contests & giveaways!

Oh – and I’ll be having more of them on my site in days to come!

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What’s Up Wednesday? Contests & Giveaways This Week

I love linking up to some of my favorite bloggers who are gracious and abundant in offering contests & giveaways! Here are some you should NOT miss!!! (You do not always have to be a blogger to participate, so check them out – take a look at the prize lists – and see what you can do to enter!)

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Glorious Giveaways!

It is amazing to see the number of giveaways going on around Bloggingdom!!!

Besides the Mother’s Day Giveaway 2009 at 5 Minutes for Mom and 5 Minutes for Books, I found The Summer Block Party over at The Mom Buzz with a ton of awesome prizes! At 5M4M, today’s prize (5/2) is a Toshiba Portege A600!!!

You do NOT have to be a blogger to enter!

And we are talking some serious prizes & packages so go check them out!

Click any of the links to see the lists of giveaways with rules and requirements, and enter for your chance to win!!!

The Mom Buzz

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WINNER ANNOUNCED! Potty Tots Giveaway!

The winner for the Potty Tots Training Program Kit is:


Congratulations Kim!  All you need to do is just send me an email with your name, mailing address, and your child’s name (to personalize your kit), and your kit will be shipped to you!

Thanks to all who entered this contest!  For those of you who did not win here, there is another Potty Tots giveaway here!  It ends April 28 – Good luck!

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