We’re Alive! And a Giveaway! 16

Huzzah! The blog is launched! Mostly it’s just recipes right now, which is going to be the heart of the blog, but I am also going to be posting about all the other things I do. #lifeofapolymath Like sewing three quilts at a time, camping, designing clothing, canning, pets (I may or may not own a zoo… what is the pet to people ratio of a zoo?), and book reviews. But to celebrate the launch, I thought I’d give away one of my favorite cookbooks.

No matter how much I love searching for recipes online, reading blogs about cooking, or watching cooking shows… nothing replaces a good ol’fashioned cookbook. I love just sitting down and flipping through the pages, admiring the photos and reading the stories that go along with them. And I love collecting them, it might not be very KonMari of me, but I love having my shelf full of cookbooks in the corner of my kitchen. When I visit places a cookbook for local cuisine is the top of my list of souveniers.

Two books in particular I find myself turning to again and again.

The Homemade Pantry

A very down-to-earth book showing how easy it is to replace store-bought food with homemade. Organized by sections like a grocery store this is my go-to book. You won’t find a ton of meal ideas here, but you will find incredible recipes for everything from yoghurt to icecream, or pasta and pizza sauce.

The Kitchn Cookbook

The book was cultivated from one of my favorite online cooking sites. Filled with how-to’s and a whole section of organizing, stocking and having a functional kitchen it has a bunch of simple and delicious meal ideas. My absolute favorite granola recipe of all time comes from this cookbook, and I’m enjoying working my way through the rest!


The contest opens at midnight and runs for a week. Then I will randomly pick a winner and contact you for shipping details. Thanks for checking out the site and I hope to see you back here soon!

contest open for shipping to US or Canadian addresses only
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The number of Rafflecopter entries were different than the amount of people who commented on my blog (thank you all by the way!!). In order not to leave anyone out I rolled a d10 (as there were 10 commenters) to get the winner.

And the winner is… Healing Writuals!

16 thoughts on “We’re Alive! And a Giveaway!

  • Healing Writuals

    I think my preference would be Kitchn. And a recipe I’d like to see is a summery dessert soup & perhaps a biscotti or other crunchy garnish to go with it. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • admin Post author

      I confess I have -never- tried a dessert soup before. But for you my dear I would be willing to give it a go <3

  • Elli M

    Considering I wouldn’t know a functional kitchen if I ran into it, I’m kind of excited about this. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • admin Post author

      I hope the blog can help! Functional looks a lot of different ways, it’s all about finding what works ๐Ÿ˜€ Don’t forget to enter the contest (with the rafflecoptr thingy above).

  • Amy Pignatella Cain

    Congratulations on starting the blog! So excited for you! And for us! I’m not good in the kitchen — my idea of dinner is usually cereal — and it’s something I want to get better at, especially as my child grows older and wants more real food. Therefore, I’ll definitely be following along with you here. Thanks for the giveaway, too! Awesome idea to get the ball rolling!

    • Amy Pignatella Cain

      P.S. I didn’t answer the questions — I would prefer either book since I am a beginner. Also, I would love to see a recipe on the blog for something simple to make — 5 ingredients or less — maybe one or two pans at most — that a child would eat. Thanks!!

      • admin Post author

        5 ingredients or less in one pot is one of my FAVORITE things. Especially if that pot is a crockpot, lol.

  • Danielle

    Wow! How wonderful! I am so excited to follow your blog!

    I would be so excited for either! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Amy’s labs are awesome! I’m so glad that you have done this!!!

    • admin Post author

      Thank you! Amy’s labs ARE amazing. I think at one point in time I’ve taken most of them, and this summer I’ll be taking the Journal Jam (SO STOKED). The Dream lab was… such a turning point. It was like waking up and taking a deep breath. One of those glorious moments of clarity about my life that I will treasure always.

      • Christina Cancel

        I feel the SAME about Amy, her labs and specifically Dream Lab. I also quit my job, started my own business gig, and have since started a non-profit since taking the dream lab. I’m pretty sure we were in the same dream lab (or was that another of her labs?). You’ll love Journal Jam! I can’t take it this summer, but I loved it!

  • jessica

    Congrats on the blog! I’d prefer the Kitchn cookbook. I own and love the homemade pantry already ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to see you post some side dishes. I feel like I’m always looking for some new recipes in that category.

  • Christina Cancel

    Congrats fellow dream labber on this awesome blog! I’m so excited to follow you here. I would love The Homemade Pantry! I would like to see recipes that are easy (i.e. few ingredients) and are kid friendly. I get so tired of making the same meals over and over again! I look forward to finding some inspiration here. <3

  • Kelly De La Cruz

    Super cool! So happy for you. I love the ideas for your blog and look forward to reading your posts. I’d love to enter the giveaway. Both books look great. I am trying to eat healthier, and I love simple recipes that don’t require crazy amounts of planning. I’m an absent minded sort of person, and it isn’t until my belly starts grumbling (or my kids start grumbling, more often), that I even think about food, but I’d love to be more prepared. Reading the comments below, it looks like people are recommending recipes for you to share with us…I wasn’t raised on veggies. I was more of a meat and potatoes and processed white flour pasta kinda girl. As I move into my 40’s, I’m wishing my palate included more earthy veggies and whole grains, but I confess, I do not enjoy my vegetables. With all good intentions, I buy them from the store, only to watch them sag and droop and wilt and look at me accusingly for ignoring them and not appreciating their brilliance. Lately, I’ve found a few super fast and kind of yummy ways of eating a few veggies, but I would LOVE more yummy veggie recipes. Or juice recipes…I have a juicer, also lonely and ignored, glaring at me from my darkest corner cabinet every time I open it. Thanks for considering me, and good luck on your new venture. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jess (@jflag07)

    Homemade Pantry looks awesome! I love making stuff from scratch, so this would be well used in my kitchen. I would love to see a garden salad recipe! Or a bread recipe!

  • carmen

    I will love the homemade pantry
    I will like to see recipes for foods that travels well, since as homeschoolers we spend a lot of time going to field trips ans plays. Congratulation on your blog.

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