Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We Have a Winner.... And Another Give-Away!

Using the technology of random.org, the winner of a comfy pair of inescapable pj's is....

Lucky #6!  Otherwise known as snowskcone!


If you will please click on the handy email button at the top of the right hand column on the home page and give me your shipping information, I will forward it along to Little Keeper Sleeper and you will soon have a lovely pair of pj's in your hot little hands!

I have to admit I was mightily tempted by Kristin's offer of an entire Italian Cream Cake but I rose above.

For those who didn't win the pj's, never fear.

There is one more chance to win yet another awesome prize.

Today's give-away is....

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The Family Dinner by Laurie David! (Click on the title to check it out for yourself!)

This is waaaaay more than a simple cookbook.

While it is full of wonderful recipes that I really think your kids will actually eat, the more important premise of the book is the time spent together as a family at the table.  In fact, the subtitle pretty much says it all:  Great ways to connect with your kids, one meal at a time.

In this post, I talked about the book and why I was so excited about it.

Since that time, I've had an opportunity to try a few of the recipes.  Here are a couple of new favorites:

Eggs in Purgatory
Easy Cheesy Dinner Frittata
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes with Quinoa & Greens

I know what you're thinking about that last one:  it sounds way too healthy and your kids will never eat it.  You might be surprised.  But if you're not sure about the quinoa and greens part, just make the sweet potatoes.  They are beyond delicious.

One of the ideas in chapter 5 is "cooking" together at the table.  Here's how it works:

Take one "main ingredient" and place in the middle of the table.
Add as many "toppings" as you can possibly think of around the main ingredient on the table.
Everyone goes to work custom designing their own meal.

Think taco meat surrounded by shredded lettuce, cherry tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, jalapenos.....
Or tortilla soup with your choice of salsa, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro, shredded cheese....

Our family did the Pasta As You Like It suggestion, each of us creating our own individualized pasta salads right at the supper table.

And the dinner games suggested in the book?  The Rush family favorite is called "He Said, She Said" and we have had a blast playing this multiple times now.

OK... enough about me!  I'm already a big fan of The Family Dinner.

Let's give you a chance to become a fan.

Let's get going on this give-away!

Same rules as yesterday.  Here they are one more time:

To enter the contest, all you have to do is make a comment at the end of this post by 9 AM (Central Time) Wednesday morning, the 18th of May.

Just comment something.

And only comment once.

Then you are automatically entered in the contest.

Once I know how many comments there are, I will choose a number using a handy random number generator at Random.org that my husband found, and the comment corresponding to that number is the winner.

But refrain from commenting multiple times.  I will have my computer goons (otherwise known as Ryley and Reagan) checking to make sure there is only one comment per person.

I will announce the winner in Wednesday's post.

Finally, while yesterday's give-away may have been for a more "specialized" situation, that is absolutely not true for today's prize.  

This book is for anyone and everyone!

You will love it!  

Good Luck and let's get those comments going!


  1. I always love a new cookbook!

  2. Looking for new dinner recipes, how FUN!! BTW..Totally LOVE the FEAR THE BIRD shirt..Makes Me Smile:)

  3. Would love a few new meal ideas!

  4. What a great idea for picky eaters! I have one at my house for sure...lol. You have some great ideas Lana...keep up the good work.

  5. Lana gave this to me for Christmas! What a great gift it has been. If I win, I will give it to my sister! It's got wonderful stuff in it! :)

  6. I am always looking for ways to entertain my grandkids! I also love reading your blog and seeing pictures of those sweet girls!

    Mary Hiner

  7. I'm in, I'm in :) Love cookbooks, this one sounds like a great one!

  8. Cookbooks are my thing! Cooking is my thing too!
    love the blog!

  9. This book is in my B&N shopping cart. Fingers are crossed.

  10. I could always use some new dinner ideas. Sounds like a fun cookbook! I might just have to go buy this if I don't win.


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