Monday, November 22, 2010

I know someone famous! [Candace's Cookbook Giveaway!]


I get all giddy when something like this happens- and I run around the church and make everyone take pictures and have people sign their names and I am called a dork (thanks, Candace). But I am seriously excited about this. (we took the photos in the church nursery last Sunday)

Candace has been mentioned here at the art*house quite a few times. See here and here and here (oh my dear! those are some crazy pictures of my double chin)

Moving on...Candace wrote a cookbook for the Everything series books called The Everything Freezer Meals Cookbook. This is a great cookbook- Candace explains everything you need to know about freezing foods- the hows, whys, the ins and outs- it is super informational. Each recipe tells how you can freeze it. I love this! So many times I want to make things ahead, like for when company is coming- and I am never sure if certain things will freeze well. Now I can use these recipes and know that they will freeze and thaw right and taste good!

More cookbook celebrities! Denise and Carmela- they are both mentioned in the acknowledgements section. Carmela's Breaded Chicken Breast with Muenster Cheese Bake (page 75) is delicious- I have had it- and she personally autographed her page. (under protest, I might add...they just don't appreciate being famous!)


As you can see, Candace is a fun and talented girl. You will love this cookbook! There are so many great recipes in there- along with tips, freezing chart for max freezing time according to type of food, slow cooker recipes; I am telling you- this is a great book! I bought 2 copies; one for me and one for you! Leave me a comment to win and you will be added to the drawing for a signed book.

I will leave this contest open until next Monday.

Can't wait to hear your comments. It is always fun to hear from you- comment about anything you'd like, or you can congratulate Candace, or if you have no clue what to say, tell me if you are cooking a turkey on Thursday or not (or how about a Turducken? I just learned about that on NPR)

I am also going to send a tiny stuffed owl to the winner. Because I love you :)

47 comments:

suburban prep said...

Freezer meals sound like a God send right now. With all the business of the holidays and the family and just everyday this would be a great to have the meals made all on one of the weekend days and just have to pull out "something".
msgb245 at gmail dot com

Lisa said...

This would be awesome! I have been interested in freezer meals, but have been a bit intimidated to actually start!

Anouk said...

Always wanted to try this out but I'm like Lisa - a bit intimidated! Thanks for the giveaway!

Tara said...

Oh cool! Would love to win a cookbook. Congrats to your talented friend. She is with good company.
hugs,
tara

Debby said...

Oh this would be fun. I need ideas like this esp. since I get off work so late. I would love the owl as well.
Love that church nursery wall.

Megan said...

I would love to win this book (and owl)! What a fun giveaway!

Kim's Treasures said...

Congrats to your friend, Candace! What a great accomplishment!

My daughter went to a party, on Saturday night, and her friend made Turducken and I hear it was good!

Have a great day!!!

Kim

Michelle Tudhope said...

This book sounds great. With six kids, plan ahead meals are always a welcome thing!

Jara said...

How fun! Congrats Candace! Freezer meals are great because you don't have to think about what you are making, just pop one into the oven and voila! I am NOT cooking a turkey, my parents still do that for the whole family, but I will be making Green Beans Almondene, and Cheesy Potato Casserole! I also LOVE your sweet little owls so I am excited about this drawing!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

jaradowns@hotmail.com

Jill said...

oh! how exciting!!! I have always wanted to try freezing ahead too!- and now since we are moving waaaaay out in the country I think it would be the perfect time to try it!
-I loved your last post b.t.w.- I'm having a felt addiction as well! and the yarn necklace!- what a fun gift idea for Christmas- they do have so many beautiful yarns- even adding in a few beads and charms would be fun!
Thanks for sharing (and inspiring!)
Many Blessings!
Jill

Jeremy and Amy said...

What a fun book!!! That would be SOOO helpful. I often have the same dilemma about freezing food ahead of time.

busy little bee said...

What a wonderful giveaway. Congratulations on the book!

Tracey said...

How wonderful for your friend. I would love to win a copy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

manda said...

I always think having freezer meals ready to go would be such a great idea but have never had the motivation to do it. Maybe this book would help! Our life has gotten so busy lately with the kids' extracurricular activities that dinner time has become a rare commodity. I do not like it and it must change!!

gailsgarden said...

And here I thought you bought the extra one for your mom. Is Candace part of your church?

Jenny said...

This is something I definitely need! PICK ME! ... We are frying turkey, baking ham and having wonderful sides. No pumpkin pies this year, just yummy pumpkin ooey gooey bars (A Paula Dean recipe!)

Dawn Blaylock said...

The cookbook sounds fabulous. I'm hoping I win. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


Dawn Blaylock

blayfourlocks@sbcglobal.net

tacky said...

Oooo, pick me, pick me! I have lots of sad stories about always having to come up with supper ideas. My family would benefit from this book! I don't know what we are doing for supper tonight or tomorrow or Wednesday...but the turkey is in the fridge for Thursday to share with Grammy and Grampy!
Hugs to you all! Kari

Pam said...

I have never tasted a turduckin, but being the Food Network junkie that I am, I know all about them, and was just thinking the other day how delish they look! I am actually cooking a turkey today because they are so inexpensive at this time of year, and I will freeze the meet and make stock from the bones. The actual T-day bird will be the responsibility of the inlaws!


I would love to have this book!

Garth and Becky said...

If I don't win it, I just might have to buy it...looks like a great one!

Laura D said...

What a neat giveaway! I have been looking for a good freezer cooking book. I'm thinking that will be on my list of things to do in 2011!

We are having thanksgiving at our house for the first time. Should be interresting! My in-laws are taking care of the turkety, but they are cooking it at our house (they're from CO!) and I worry about my oven...should be an adventure.
Oh, and I first heard about a turducken on a cake decorating show. They actually made one out of cake. = ) We now joke about making one and I even saw one in an add the other day. Too crazy!

Bethany said...

Another fun giveaway! Yes we are cooking a turkey, along with stuffing, rice, green beans, corn, sweet potato pie, haystacks....you get the idea! =) I love Thanksgiving! haha!

Kathryn said...

I would love this!

kybkat at bellsouth dot net

Shanna said...

Sara, you are SUCH a HOOT!!!! Love that you're including an owl in your giveaway :)

Would love to win this book - I could use some fresh ideas, plus I'm sure my daughter would enjoy looking that this cookbook, too! And I already baked a turkey - last week!!

withpatience said...

Congratulations, Candace! How exciting to have someone someone famous right there in your church;-) I would love to have some of those freezer ideas for nights when we get home from school late. It would sure be much less than a Schwann's meal too;-)

Stephanie said...

That's awesome! How exciting for her to have a cookbook published. I'd love to win, plus I'd love one of your owls, they're so cute!

Sandy said...

I love cookbooks, and I think I need this one for my collection! I freeze a lot of soups, and would love some more recipes.

Sandy
Texas

Mom of 5 said...

How cool! I think this would be a very good book for me. I have 5 children, and my husband works crazy hours, and food I have frozen really saves us some nights. I have no idea what I am doing though, and mainly stick to soups and stuff b/c I am afraid to freeze other things. And a mini owl, well that would just be the icing on the cake b/c I love everything you make!

daniela said...

i just cleaned out the freezer, so i have a lot of room for meals - but like you no clue what and how to freeze :)
this would be great!

Laurie said...

Sara, I'm a first time poster but have been following your site for a while now. You have been such an inspiration to me. Your art has made me realize I need MORE color in my life! I would love to win the cookbook and I am in love with owls at the moment! Many blessings

Marsha said...

I love cookbooks! And this one would be great! A friend and I have wanted to start freezer cooking and split the cost. This would be a great step in that direction.

Carole said...

This would be a great cookbook, especially with freezing foods for my son to take to college!

Simmons Family said...

This looks like a great book. I would love to have ready to go meals in the freezer for those nights when you just don't know what to make.

I love your owls. I have been making felt fingur puppets recently. So simple and addicting!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Sounds like a great book! :)

Barbara said...

This would be awesome! I have been interested in freezer meals, but have been a bit intimidated to actually start, thanks for the chance!!

Joan said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. Congrats to Candace. I don't blame you for getting excited I would have too.

sarahssweeties said...

Oooh! I would love to win! It looks great! I could use some help in the freezer cooking area! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Reading cookbooks is a hobby of mine. Love them - and would love to add another to my "collection"!

Bunches of thanks, (B/c we are being so thankful right now!)
Deeann

Steve & Heather said...

My husband wouldn't agree that I need another cookbook, but this one looks like one I could really use.

We are frying a turkey like we have for at least 5 years now. I enjoy it because I don't have to deal with the bird...it's all my husband's job.

Thanks for the giveaway and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Rachel said...

You're right...so many times I want to cook ahead but I can't stand that "freezer" flavor that some foods get so I would love to know how to freeze meals properly!

Rachel C.
rlcohee@hotmail.com

Cory said...

Sounds like a great book! We are having our turkey smoked this year at a local meat shop, should be yummy and I don't have to cook it! :)

cory

Gretchen said...

This book sounds GREAT! I am terrible about making stuff to freeze. :)

I am not making turkey Thursday -- I do the pies and help with a few other things. . . thank goodness my MIL will take care of the turkey. :)

Beth said...

I can't wait to read this book! I love anything that helps me get good food to the table quckly!

Jenn A said...

Sounds like a great cook book! I'm not cooking the turkey this year. We're are guests with some friends. I'm bringing rolls and dessert!

Jessica said...

I really need to try this...My family ends up eating ramen whenever I don't plan ahead. Nothing against ramen...but, you know...

Michelle P. said...

This book sounds perfect! I have been wanting to freeze some meals for when times get hectic or when another mom friend needs a last minute meal. Also, an owl from you would be sweet - those owls are adorable!!

justin, jake and jenna's mom said...

Am I too late??? I haven't been on your blog in a while!!! Always love catching up with each of my oh-so-talented- sis in laws' blogs! :)

Hugs,
Tricia

Hope I win!!!!