Baking Giveaway

There is still time to hop over to my guest post at Good Morning Girls where I give oodles of 30 minute clutter-busting ideas and where they are offering a book giveaway. Click here to see it. Don’t forget to come back for my weekend giveaway. :-)


When my daughter Kenna was little, she and I loved to bake.

Michigan dried-cherry-cashew bars, lavender shortbread, whole wheat bread from fresh-ground wheat.

My baking buddy has been gone for nearly three years now. I’m left with only sons at home.

Two sons AND their many guy friends who mysteriously appear out of nowhere—especially when I’m cooking. I went to bed last night as the 14-year-old son was hanging out down at the creek with several neighborhood boys. This morning when I awoke, here is what I found:

When I went down to our finished basement/man cave, here is what else I found:

And this was only half of the boys who crashed here!

Wanting to be the home where teens hang out means having food around. Sure they love pizza rolls and chips and cheese. However, I find so many of the dozens of teens who have frequented our home over the years love homemade treats.

Now, be sure to leave a comment on this post with your favorite baked goody or something you have always wanted to make but were afraid to try. You could win this:

It includes:

~ A kitchen towel

~ A whisk

~ Two cookie cutters

~ A baking book with 100 winning recipes

~ Two bags of Tazo passion tea—great over ice and sweetened with Stevia. (Sipping it will help keep you from snitching the dough!)

Winner announced Monday. :-)

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  1. I would love to become a baker. Sadly I didn’t grow up in a home where we baked. As of now Toll House chocolate chip cookies and chicken nuggets are my baking experience.. Definitely would love to win a great baking book to further my baking skills.

  2. I would love to become a baker. Sadly I didn’t grow up in a home where we baked. As of now Toll House chocolate chip cookies and chicken nuggets are my baking experience.. Definitely would love to wiget a great baking book.

  3. I love to bake! One of my go to favorites right now is a really simple french bread recipe I found over at It couldn’t be easier and tastes super yummy…especially with a caprese salad made with tomatoes & basil fresh from my garden!

  4. I am the only gluten free person in my household. When I went GF about 5 years ago, I first got all the baking mixes, xanthan gum, separate containers and separate cupboard. Then 3 years ago I returned to school and baking went out the window. I graduated this year and I am looking for a job.
    So, this morning I got up and made my family blue berry pancakes from scratch. I didn’t have any craving to snitch even a little taste. A couple of weeks ago I found a GF blueberry muffin in the frozen food that was amazing. That is my new favorite treat. Twice a month I buy 4 and space them out.
    I have 3 daughters and a son. The have all gone through their baking phase. My oldest just moved into own apartment and I would love to give this to her.

  5. My husband and I have been learning to make bread. We even grind our own flour from a variety of grains. I like it best sweetened with honey and with dried cranberries in the recipe.

  6. I love having fresh peanut butter cookies. I am going to try those peach bars. They look wonderful.

  7. I’ve been making home-made chocolate eclairs, and they are sooooo good! Everyone enjoys them, and they really aren’t difficult to make! My boys love ’em!

  8. I love to bake just about anything. I love making bread in my bread machine. My boys love any kind of cookie, but their favorite is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

  9. When I was little I was always jealous of my friends’ lunches which contained store-bought treats. Now I am so grateful that I was raised on home-made cookies (and food, in general). Store-bought just doesn’t taste right to me.

  10. I enjoy baking and cookies are one of my favorite things to make. Oatmeal Caramel Bars always sound good.

  11. My kids always love my cookies, so I try to have enough around. The problem is that kids often do things last minute, so I don’t always have enough cookies available. Chocolate chip cookies are often a favourite as are double chocolate chip cookies. A few years back one of my sons used to get together with some friends and the parents prepared themed-dinners. I was happy to take my turn and had Mexican dishes including enchiladas which were a hit!!

  12. Love to make Concorde Grape Pie or jam – when the grapes are in season towards the end of summer. Even though its time consuming to pop the skin off each grape – its SO worth it – especially if you have some company to help pop the grapes – a great time for conversation with the kiddo’s if you can recruit them to help! thanks for the giveaway oppty!

  13. I love to bake but there is only me….my daughters are married and my husband passed away tow years ago………….BUT I am seeing how I can bake and share with young families or even other widows and those alone…..with the gift of hospitality…. love to make goodies with blueberries right now as they are in season….

    Love to win the prize !!

  14. My favorite, go-to, tried and true (40 plus years), winner baked good is my beloved Aunty Sue’s Blueberry Cake. I first tasted this cake when I was about 8 or 9 years old, growing up in New England where summer blueberries rock. Aunty Sue updated the recipe a few years back, from a cinnamon sugar topping to a streusel topping. Fabulous. It’s a hit with everyone who’s tried it! I buy fresh blueberries here in CA in the summer and freeze for use all year long. The Blueberry Cake ingredients are ones I always have on hand-and it’s a cinch to make. My beloved aunt passed away unexpectedly last August, just shy of her 70th birthday. I miss her every day….and with this recipe (among other things), her legacy lives on. <3

  15. I love to bake absolutely anything and everything. Without a large family to feed; my husband and I love to give ‘treat plates’ to our friends and family. Seniors love home baked goods, as they find it arduous to cook or bake for one or two. The gift sounds good as I love reading Leanne’s blog.
    Thank you for sharing your gifts and your family with us.

  16. I have two favorites, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a favorite at my house for a snack. My family also loves Monkey bread for a special breakfast treat. I don’t back often, but love to do it when I have the time.
    I love your pictures and that you have a home where your son’s kids want to hang out. That is awesome!!

  17. I love to bake and I love to eat yummy things like cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes but my all time favorite is Sock It To Me Cake and caramel brownies made by my Mama. My mama makes the best in the world. I make the Sock It To Me Cake but don’t even try the caramel brownies. My mama used to mail me caramel brownies to my college and to me when I moved to DC. Wonderful!

  18. Goodie wise I would love to piece of my grandpa’s strawberry pie. I wouldn’t want to make it and it not be right so I just taste it in my memories as he’s been past 2 1/2 yrs now. Savory wise I’ve yet to make my mom’s homemade chicken and dumplins’. These have always been her specialty and I don’t want her to try them & they be wrong.

  19. My little guy and I love to bake together! He is 4 and already knows some simple recipes by heart because we make them so often! :) I don’t think I can pick one favorite, but one of my favorite things to bake would probably be pies or cookies, especially cut-outs (we love cookie cutters)! We LOVE apple pie in our house and I’ve always made my crust from scratch…my husband won’t even let me buy them pre-made at the grocery store anymore! :) I am always interested in new baking recipes. Thank you for this opportunity!! Blessings!!

  20. Just reading your post made me hungry, not to mention what everyone else is mentioning. My latest discovery is cinnamon sugar pumpkin donuts (don’t look like donuts since don’t have a donut pan). Was craving my Grandma’s raised donuts which haven’t had since 1995, but haven’t had the nerve to deal with the hot oil to fry them. My aunt did try once but they weren’t the same. Anyway the pumpkin donuts are good & totally different from Grandma’s so can’t compare & be disappointed.

  21. I love my Grandma’s Oatmeal Cake. It is so moist and good with coconut/pecan frosting.
    I used to bake 4 loaves of Honey Whole Wheat bread every week for my family. Now they have their own families.

  22. I love to bake….cookies, cake, bread, rolls….but I am looking for a good Massa Souvada (Portuguese Sweet bread) recipe…It is so much better than Hawaiian bread.

  23. I asked my daughter what her favorite baked treat was and she said gingerbread bears. Yum! For my oldest son, it would be peppermint brownies. Double yum! I like so many things I don’t know if I could pick a favorite.

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