Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jane's Sweets & Baking Journal's First Giveaway! (HSN Gift Certificate, and The Sweet Melissa Baking Book)



This, fellow bakers, is the very first time I've ever done a giveaway, and I've been blogging now for almost two years. I long resisted climbing onto the giveaway bandwagon, despite having been approached to do this kind of thing a few times in the past. Maybe I'm mellowing, though, because when I received an offer a few days ago from HSN, the online and TV mega-retailer, to give away a small gift certificate ($10), I thought it might be fun to finally join the crowd. And let's face it--a smart girl doesn't turn down a gift certificate of any denomination.



Why, you may wonder, did HSN see fit to contact a baking blogger? Here's the scoop: On March 26th and 27th, they're featuring a special "Cooks Spring Weekend Event" that's being presented by none other than Bon Appetit. Involved are the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Jacques Torres, and Emeril Lagasse, along with several other stellar names from the culinary galaxy. Looks like it'll be an enjoyable diversion, assuming you actually turn off your mixer and turn on your TV or computer (ha!). The gift certificate is good until the end of April and, who knows, maybe it will help you purchase that Wolfgang Puck creme brulee torch you've been yearning for, or that fabulous baking pan that looks like a sports stadium. (I'm waiting for Nordicware to make a pan shaped like Chartres Cathedral. I think it's only a matter of time. They're probably still perfecting the flying buttresses.) Hey, every dollar helps.


On top of that, I want to give away a copy of The Sweet Melissa Baking Book. Somehow, I came to own two copies of this (who knows how these things happen?) and one of them I have never used. It's like newer than new--no stains, no crumbs, no scribbles, no nothin'--and it wants to go live with someone else. So, you can page through the book while you're considering how to spend your gift certificate! No down side to this deal.

To toss your name into the hat, just leave a comment on this post before Saturday, March 26th, and within a day or two after that I will announce the winner, who can then email me with their contact info so I can send them their loot. Tres facile! (That's French for, "very easy!")

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46 comments:

Mia's Bakehouse said...

Hey! I would love to win these goodies :)

Jane said...

Hi Mia,
Great! You're the first one in the hat.
:) Jane

Jennifurla said...

woo hoo! Enter me please

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

I LOVE Cook Book's, in fact I collect them! So this giveaway is right up my ally!

I will keep my fingers crossed!

*I would also like to invite you to join in on a RECIPE link party I have on my blog.

http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com

"Made it on Monday" is a WEEKLY link so you can submit your recipes Wed-Sat. as often as you like :) *there will also be prizes often*

Alicia Marie said...

I'd love one!!

Samantha said...

Wow! 9 years! Congrats on that :)
And than you for a wonderful first giveaway!

Nive said...

wow...love to win this giveaway...thank you!!!

ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

Marilee Erickson said...

Jane,
OMG, I've found my new favorite food blog. I have a Dutch exchange student who eats Nutella by the pound and I'm going to make the banana-nutella muffins for her 18th birthday tomorrow! I already own the Grand Central cookbook, love your variation on the blueberry/blackberry versus the raspberry (which I don't like as much). Your photos are great! Have you seen the new cookbook from Laduree (the iconic Paris pastisserie) that's due to be released soon? Thanks, Marilee

ella.gligor said...

I was just considering buying this book online a few days ago! I'd love to win it! I have so many recipes saved from your site that it will take me a year to make them all :)

Franci said...

Such a fun giveaway!

Patti said...

Hi Jane,

Add my name to your hat! Have recently been considering buying this book....would be so great to WIN it.

Love your site! You have the best recipes for sour cherries! Our family loves the coconut white chocolate cookies. Even the texture phobic daughter!

Coco and Isa said...

I would love to win! Thanks Jane!

URBakin'MeCrazyy said...

I'd ABSOLUTELY LOVE to win this cookbook! :)
meggs.
urbakinmecrazyy@aol.com
urbakinmecrazyy.blogspot.com

brunette said...

um, yes, please!
I so enjoy your blog!

brunettewithblueeyes[at]gmail[dot]com

c. said...

Please enter me in! Merci!

Courtney :) said...

oooa giftcard and cookbook?!?! Sign me up!

cmw_2289 at yahoo dot com

rcoraor said...

Enter me please! I bet the cookbook would have some great goodies for the baby shower I'm hosting soon.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Please put my name in the hat! Thanks. :)
scrambledhenfruit (at)gmail (dot)com

Puppydogs said...

I have not heard of HSN,,,where have I been? Yes, a gift card would be great, but that book looks wonderful! I would love to read it cover to cover!

june in ireland who loves to bake (and who loves cookbooks!) said...

I'm not sure if I qualify to be included in this giveaway, seeing as I'm in Ireland and this may only be do-able for you within the US, but oh, how I'd love, love, love to own this book.

It's been a while since I adorned my kitchen cookbook shelf with a new treasure, and I think this one would find a loving home in amongst my very small but very much loved baking books.

Thanks for being generous and best of luck to whoever wins!

Anne said...

Congrats on your first giveaway Jane! I've been looking forward to checking out that Sweet Melissa book and am cracking up that you have two of the same (sometime I would totally do, my cookbook shelf seems to keep growing!)

kitchen flavours said...

I am not one to turn down a chance to win a cookbook! Count me in! Keeping my fingers crossed, this has been one of the books on my wishlist! Thank you, Jane!

Grwandma said...

love all your gourmet baking items!!!

Janna said...

Jane,
I am fairly new to your blog, but I could use all the help I can get with baking/cooking. :)

Anna H said...

Hey! I would love to win this cookbook!

Valerie said...

How generous! Thanks for sharing! :-)

Sarah said...

Throw my name in! I love your blog, giveaways or not!

The Experimental Cook said...

I love your blog and your recipes.

Lou said...

Great giveaway!

Meryl said...

The Sweet Melissa Baking Book sounds great!

tammy said...

The cookbook looks great! Add me into the hat!!!

Pam said...

I stumbled upon your blog today, first time I've ever had the pleasure! Great recipes and detailed instructions. My mixer will be humming and my house will be heavenly with the smell of baked goods this afternoon as I have been inspired to bake.

Jennifer K said...

Just starting reading your blog and LOVE IT!!!! Your step by step instructions with pictures make it so easy to follow along. I am excited to go through your older postings and see what fun things I can try out.

Anonymous said...

Count me in on a new cookbook! I love baking :)

HarpGirl3@aol.com

Debbie Y said...

Great giveaway! I always love to see what you've got cooking.

marie said...

Love your website!!!

Lizzy said...

I can never resist the offer of a new cookbook :)

annie said...

You can never have too many great baking and cooking books, and this is a very good one, I hear. That's why I'm entering my name for the goodies. Thanks in advance, Jane.

Abby said...

I would love another cookbook!

Jody said...

GREAT GIVEAWAYS I hope I win. Thanks for doing them.

Missy said...

Throw my name in too! Love cookbooks!!

Elizabeth Simpson said...

I recently found your blog and am loving all your recipes! I would be lucky to win any of these wonderful give aways! :)

Bob (u006264) said...

Please enter me.
Your recipes have helped me greatly learning how to cook while my wife gets over her surgery.
Thanks
u006264@woh.rr.com

Yael said...

Love reading your blog!

Lisa said...

I would love to win this giveaway. I've seen so many good things from that book.

annie said...

Jane,thank you for the opportunity to win such a generous gift.

girolamo@sympatico.ca