Friday, August 31, 2012

Two more winners!

I'm a huge fan of regional cookbooks, and I am thrilled to give away two copies of a book that also helps raise money for Speedway Children's Charities.  I drew names for a cookbook giveaway today, with the help of my youngest son, Miles.

Congratulations to Angel Cox and Lana Kennedy who were drawn as the winners for the Junior League of Bristol's cookbook, Start Your Engines: Cooking the way it oughta be.  If you want to see all the recipes from that book that I have featured, click here.

And the Junior League of Bristol TN/VA has copies of this book available for anyone who is interested. They are $15 each; for details on how to order, click here.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Many thanks to readers

I am humbled and amazed to notice today that my blog has more than 49,000 views (49,923 to be exact, as of 9:02 a.m.)   I started this blog nearly two years ago as an outlet to share the recipes I enjoy making.  I am deeply appreciative of all of  you who keep coming back to browse, share, and learn.

I am a huge fan of the Junior League of Bristol's cookbook, Start Your Ovens. Tomorrow (Aug. 31, 2012) I will draw names to give away a free copy of the book. Want to win?  Just post below asking to be entered.  And learn more about this great book by reading the recipes labeled "Start Your Ovens" in the listing at right.

Many thanks to all of you, and good luck in the drawing on Friday!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Something beautiful from the beach

This cheery platter is one of my favorites, and it came from a favorite spot.  I bought it six or seven years ago at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center on General Booth Boulevard in Virginia Beach, Va.

The aquarium is famous for its diverse sea life, and it was a regular fun spot for my children to visit.  Typically I avoid museum gift shops -- the offerings are often overpriced or cheesy, but in this case I wanted to support the aquarium and I couldn't take my eyes off the platter.  The circular fish pattern in green, blue and red is still one of my favorites -- a go-to addition for any special gathering.  Happy Wednesday, friends!