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 have thousands of cookie recipes but I always go back to our old family recipe and make snickerdoodles. I have never found anyone who didn’t like them. They freeze well too!

  2. I have been cooking since I was 10! We cooked for the farm guys who came to help with harvesting. I taught my daughter & son as well because everyone should know how to cook for themselves Many great lessons & times shared!!

  3. I love to bake and do a lot of baking for friends, cookies to cheesecakes! And I have tried many of LeAnn’s recipes!

  4. I love to bake with my kids. One of our favorites for summer is making blackberry cobbler from scratch, crust and all. We used to be able to find wild blackberries but have moved and our area doesnt have them.

    Someday I would love to make Creme Brulee! mmmmmm

  5. I love to bake! One of my favorites is fresh zucchini bread – hot out of the oven. Yummy!

  6. I wish I could bake a cake like my Grandmother – they were always so moist and super yummy. I like making Buttermilk Pies but have always wanted to try to make a Red Velvet Cake. Baking I have determined takes patience & practice!! The more you bake the better you get at it.

  7. I grew up cooking/baking with my grandmothers and my mother. I still do with my mom. Not as much as when I was home and I miss it. Now, I have my daughter coming over to help me in the kitchen. Love it! I also have 2 sons who have their many friends over. And they eat anything put in front of them. Sometimes they are my “test dummies”! But they keep coming back!

  8. My favorite thing to bake is Snickerdoodles. They are always a favorite. I think the best part of baking is the fact that there is always a lot to go around. I have always wanted to learn to bake a Russian cake from scratch. I think baking makes for a great excuse to have friends or family over for tea. And can also be an amazing way to introduce yourself to a new neighbor. I had a neighbor tell me she never would have met me if I hadn’t introduced myself and invited her to dinner. I always say, take a chance everyday to change someone’s life for the better. And charity starts at home.

  9. My favorite baked good is chocolate cupcakes with a cream cheese and chocolate chip center toped with dark chocolate frosting. My son-in-law agrees and says they are the best!

  10. I enjoy cooking with my children and think they will thrive as adults knowing how to read and cook!
    We have just started using stevia in our baking. We had homemade vanilla ice cream sweetened with liquid stevia and agave today. Yum!
    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.
    Mama to six

  11. I would love a baking book! I have two small kids and want them to have memories of growing up with the yummy things their mom made for them! This would certainly help. My favorite and only thing I bake is my grandmothers recipe for banana bread. She has now passed away and I think of her every time I make it. :)

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