Favorite Things Giveaway

Merry Christmas!

I’m a little behind on this giveaway (I blame having a newborn plus 3 other kids plus the holiday season in general!), but I just couldn’t let the month pass without posting it.

You all are the very best readers around and I wouldn’t be here without all that you do. I adore your comments and thoughts and all of your sharing, pinning, tweeting, and liking on social media is so very helpful. THANK YOU!

This giveaway is my little way of giving something back to you. It’s not sponsored or anything like that… just some fun stuff that I’ve been loving and using this past year that I know you’ll like too.


Here’s what is included:

  • My favorite cookbook ever – America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book
  • Artisan Metal Works Silicone Non-Stick Baking Mats (2 of them!) – I got my first baking mat last Christmas and I am in LOVE with them. It’s like washable parchment paper! I use them daily.
  • A whole bunch of lunch box love! I bought a big set of Easy Lunch Box stuff for my daughter who started Kindergarten this year and I love them. We use them often! They are prefect for picnics, lunches, or just packing snacks in the fridge so that the little boys can help themselves to healthy snacks without needing me so much. You’ll get a lunch box cooler, 4 lunch containers, and a set of little containers that fit right inside the big one (for sauces and yogurt).
  • A stainless steel cookie scoop (everyone one needs this!)
  • Rold Gold Gingerbread Pretzels because they are awesome
  • A wood ornament from my Etsy shop
  • Anything else I decide to add!

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My friends over at America’s Test Kitchen provided the cookbook for you and Kelly from easylunchbox.com also provided the lunch box goods. I asked them both if they wanted to help out and both were quick to agree. The rest of the treasures I purchased myself.

And let’s be honest, this is supposed to be a Christmas gift of sorts to you but the chances are not good that you’ll get the box before Christmas. I have the giveaway ending on Friday in hopes that I can hear back from the winner and mail the goodies on Saturday. In a perfect world you’ll get the box before Christmas, but I say there’s only a 50/50 chance. So this will be some post-holiday fun mail!

Again, thank you so much for being here. I just adore you all.

Good luck and Merry Christmas.

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84 Responses
  1. Terri C

    I think I found you on Facebook then Pinterest. Love the name of your blog right away then you hooked me on all your great posts! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. summer pickering

    hooray i love giveaways! and you and your family! i pretty much love all the things you are giving away and all your baking! you are the best! merry x-mess (see what i did there, haha)

  3. p.s. I found you when I was searching for house remodels, my husband and I just recently sold our 2nd fixer upper and I’m always looking for ideas. your recipes and farm life made me stay!

    1. Melissa

      You are a kindred spirit! And I don’t envy your second remodel πŸ™‚ I think one about killed me. I’d love to see pictures of your projects just FYI!

      1. hahaha, we just moved from Oregon to Colorado 2 months ago–when we first moved I swore no more fixer uppers, I just want a rest! Now I’m already checking listings on realtor.com and searching for a new project, I just can’t handle renting and not fixing things the way I like! I don’t have pics of our first remodel in Arkansas, but you can check out our 2nd one in Oregon on my blog here http://deargoodness.blogspot.com/search/label/oregon%20house.
        Now I want to get a place with a big yard so I can have a garden, and I would love to have goats or dexter cows!

  4. You astound me by what you’re able to accomplish! 3 kids, a newborn, a new Etsy shop, cuh-razy amounts of holiday baking, and that’s just the things I know about. You are amazing!

    1. Melissa

      Meh, you only see what good I do. You’ve never seen my lack of showering, you’ve never heard me sing, and you then there are all the emails I’m ignoring πŸ™‚ That one sided thing kind of throws things off.

  5. Jodi Papineau

    I found you on Pinterest. It was your Rustic Italian Bread recipe to be exact. My family loved it so much I had to make sure I wasn’t missing out on more great recipes!

  6. Sheila Laurence

    I am a blog subscriber. Now how I originally came to find you and subscribe, I can’t remember. πŸ™‚ I would really love some of those mats! They are on my Amazon wish list.

  7. itzia

    I subscribe to your blog RSS feed through inoreader. So that’s how I got here just now. But I also follow on facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram.

  8. Jennifer

    I’m a fairly regular reader! fb brought me over today but i catch up on your posts every other week or so when i have time to sit and read! i really enjoy your blog! πŸ™‚

  9. Chelsee

    I found you through Becky (we were friends in college) when she started pinning your chicken tips and stories. Loved them and started following your blog!

  10. I’ve been here since the beginning…. So much fun to watch you grow, and then have a family of your own! You are doing a wonderful job, I love your blog!

    1. Melissa

      Well you are quiet the inspiration yourself! One day I’ll have goats and my own milk and so much more. And I’ll be bugging you all the time for advice πŸ™‚ I sure like you…

  11. Susan Carroll

    I love your blog,(starting with the name), your new etsy store, your views on family, life and joy. And I love all the items you are giving away!

  12. Liz

    I’m a regular and haven’t heard from you lately. Thank you for the chance to win your great giveaway. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  13. HollyP

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and I LOVE it. You have so many great recipes that I have tried and love. I’m newly married and I would love some cool things for my kitchen!! πŸ™‚

  14. Sonya

    I actually searched for “King Arthur Flour giveaway” just for fun. I love them too! I only have their Whole Grain Baking cookbook but I use it all the time. I like to order their specialty flours online occasionally too. Right now I have some of their mini chocolate chips, barley malt (to make bagels), several flavorings, and a freezer full of whole grain flours from their website. Your giveaway looks like so much fun! Thank-you for doing this!

  15. Niki

    Merry Christmas Melissa! Came over from Facebook. I’m terrible at checking blogs and find Pinterest and Facebook so much faster. Looks like a fun set of favorite things!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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