Thursday, February 18, 2010

My very First Giveaway!!!!


I am excited to announce my very first blog giveaway! And it is a double giveaway as a sign of my appreciation for my readers.

One lucky winner will receive the cookbook Cookies & Bars and a box of Hazelnut Biscotti containing six cookies.

Biscotti (meaning "twice-baked") is a traditional Italian dipping cookie perfect for breakfast or with your coffee or with ice-cream. You can also dip them in wine or chocolate like the Italians do.

The winner of this contest will get a box of traditional Hazelnut Biscotti made by Coffaro's bakery. There is a total of 6 individually wrapped biscotti in a box.

The book Cookies & Bars is filled with error-proof recipes, including chocolate cookies, fruity bites, and nut-based morsels. There is also a chapter on exotic cookies you may want to make for special occasions. All of the recipes are presented with detailed instructions and pictures. 

Book information:

ISBN 13:
9781407532967
ISBN 10:
1407532960
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Category:
cooking
Format:
 hardcover
Size:
9.25” x 9.25”

 Giveaway Details:

Feb. 18th -28th

Your opinion is really important to me. Please tell me your opinion about my blog. Leave a meaningful comment about how I can improve or topics we would me to discuss. Please give me specific suggestions, such as recipe ideas themes (i.e.: easy dinners, breakfast, low fat desserts) or topics (i.e.: organic food, healthy eating).  

To enter this giveaway, you must:

·        Leave a comment on this post sharing your opinion about my blog and send your e-mail to anaschronicles@aol.com.

For additional entries, you can:

·        Leave one comment on another post as well
·        Blog about my giveaway and post the link here in a separate comment
·        Facebook about my giveaway and let me know in a separate comment
·        Become a Facebook fan and let me know in a separate comment
·        Follow Me on Networked Blogs (badge on left sidebar under Blog Archive) and  let me know in a separate comment

Please send your e-mail address to anaschronicles@aol.com. I will use this information to contact the winner. I will NOT use your personal information for any commercial purposes. I will never share your email with a third party (I promise!). To protect your own personal information, please do not post your e-mail here.

Contest ends February 28, 2010 at 12:00 p.m central time. I will announce the winner here and on my Facebook page on March 1st. There will be only one winner who will be picked via a Random Number Generator service. The winner will be contacted through e-mail and must respond within 72 hours of contact, otherwise a second winner will be selected.


***Contest open to USA and Canada Only – No PO Boxes***

Good Luck to Everyone!!!


Thank you for your support!

62 comments:

  1. A topic I like to see and don't see very often, are recipes for 2. I'm single and don't really need to make everything in full batches. Yes, I can cut them down. But it would be easier to just have recipes for 2. I used to get a magazine, but they discontinued it. It was my favorite. They were shorter recipes and quick and easy for a single working gal.

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  2. I also put a note about your giveaway on my FB page. http://www.facebook.com/findingcharm?ref=ts
    I think it's a great giveaway because it asks for something different than all the others and it's a supportive topic. I like the helping each other giveaways. Good luck!

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  3. Thank for your feedback! I will work on some recipes for 2!

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  4. Sarah, please remember to send your e-mail to anaschronicles@aol.com so I can compute your entries.

    Thank you again for the support!

    Ana

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  5. With 174 followers in Google, don't think you need any advice! As for the layout, I think it would be easier to read if it were wider, just my opinion. You have lots of great recipes and I'm wondering why you haven't joined any food communities. Also, allowing the name/url in comments I think is a must.

    Thanks for offering this giveaway!

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  6. redkathy, Thank you for your feedback. You have a great blog!

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  7. Your layout is very clean and nice looking. I am eager to try some of your recipes! The photos are a plus, too!

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  8. I left a comment on your recipe collection. adutt at yahoo

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  9. I like the fact that yur recipes are ones that are not over the top and that the ingredients are ones that can usually be found in the kitchen pantry already or are easy enough to obtain.


    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  10. I like the idea of quick 30 minute meal ideas! your blog is great...I agree with redkathy, you are doing well on your own. I do think two or three column would be awesome!
    So I am following you here and on network blogs, and on facebook and twitter!
    Take care
    Deb at Zur Designs
    dhall@zurdesigns.net (just in case I win the book and biscotti!! hehe)

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  11. I'm new to your blog and so far I really enjoy reading through your well thought out recipes. Good photos and instructions. You are on the right track...keep it up ;-)
    ok..I have a Biscotti story for you...a friend once mailed my M-in-law a large tin of multiple varieties of biscotti. She had never had Biscotti before and she thought they were cookies that had gotten stale...she fed them all to the birds!!!! I love Biscotti and bake them every Christmas!

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  12. I would agree that you are doing very nicely. You mentioned the Networked Blogs link being in the right sidebar, but for me it appears on the left side. I really do like the blog.

    I'm also offering a Giveaway! Ends tonight, Thursday. Easy to enter. http://cookingatcafed.blogspot.com/2010/02/giveaway-last-day.html

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  13. Just came across your blog, so I can't really give many suggestions yet. I would suggest finding a brighter, more eye-catching blog background, though. There are so many really cute ( and free!) backgrounds out there, I always have a hard time choosing which to use!

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  14. Well, I just now started following your blog and I have to tell you that your first giveaway couldn't be closer to my heart. I love to cook! I have so much excitement about the fact that I have found another foodie to connect with! Thanks for this!

    Maria Delgado
    mariadelgado32302@yahoo.com
    http://mariasgiveawaylistings.blogspot.com

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  15. P.S. If you want an invite to my blog just email your email. Since you are a fellow food lover I would love to be able to stay connected!

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  16. I commented on your Cherry Mojito post.

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  17. I blogged!

    Maria Delgado
    mariadelgado32302@yahoo.com
    http://mariasgiveawaylistings.blogspot.com/

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  18. I put it on my facebook!

    Maria Delgado
    mariadelgado32302@yahoo.com

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  19. i'm a fan on facebook

    maria delgado
    mariadelgado32302@yahoo.com

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  20. I follow u on Networked Blogs.

    maria delgado
    mariadelgado32302@yahoo.com

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  21. Janet, your biscotti story is soooo funny! I love it!
    Thank you for the feedback! I will visit your blog tomorrow to get another amazing pie recipe!

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  22. DanaMc, you are right, the Networked Blogs link is in the left sidebar. This information has been corrected.

    Thank you!
    Ana

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  23. Maria D,

    I appreciate your support! I am following your giveaway listing blog.

    Good luck!

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  24. Janet, I am still thinking of very happy birds eating biscotti (what a royal treatment!)

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  25. Hi Janet, The only thing I'd do for maximum impact would be to change the settings on the blog page so that there's no browny edge so you can make the main section wider / bigger for more impact. Same with the photos, I'd make them bigger.
    Please count me in on your giveaway, and thanks for joining new Facebook Group
    Blog Giveaways - List Yours Here!

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  26. Im following you now too! Thank you!

    Come enter my giveaway too
    www.barefootbysea.blogspot.com

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  27. Jessica, please send your e-mail to anaschronicles@aol.com.

    Thank you,
    Ana

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  28. I just found your blog through bloggy moms.

    I am really not very good with cooking...I would love some ideas or tips for making healthy meals for less money (I have 5 kids!! LOL!!)

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  29. I am following you now on Networked Blogs too

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  30. I also commented on your cherry drink post...can't wait to try that out!!

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  31. I posted the link for the giveaway on my facebook profile:-)

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  32. Ruth,

    thank you for participating and for the follow! I will work on healthy meals on a budget (that's a great idea!)

    Ana

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  33. I always appreciate seeing recipes for vegetarians that non-vegetarians would also enjoy eating. I have one vegetarian in my home and would love to be able to make one meal for everyone instead of one for her and one for everyone else.

    SIMSHABS@aol.com

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  34. I am a facebook fan!

    SIMSHABS@aol.com

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  35. I am following you through Google!

    SIMSHABS@aol.com

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  36. I am following through Google.

    SIMSHABS@aol.com

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  37. i have become a fan of yours on facebook and following you - thanks for following me! also I will tweet this.
    trying to figure out how to network blog you too - will look into that - haven't come across it!
    I love your behind the scenes information about the biscotti - I never knew what it meant and you can tell that you know a lot about food. Also it takes me to Italy in the way you write about it and that is good - i believe that food should be a 3d experience - when you taste the food it takes you on that journey to that country or some other place!

    One of my favourite not so guilty deserts is greek yoghurt, honey and fresh fruit with raspberries and blueberries. divine!

    Also, I tried boquerones (fresh anchovies and completely different from the marinated ones) with olive oil, crusted sea salt and a few shavings of orange peel - not exactly economical but absolutely delicious! it is spanish and is a popular spanish tapas. I do not know if you like fish but also canelones (pancakes filled with tender and succulent crab meat - with a melted manchego cheese) - to die for! I was in heaven!! Hope that tickles your taste buds and then try the real thing!

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  38. Hi Ana,

    Great name! My name is Anna too. :] I like the idea of your blog and of this giveaway.

    Breakfast is often a neglected meal, so I think some quick and nutritious breakfast recipes/meal ideas would be great. Another interesting topic could be recipes with 5 ingredients or less. You could even combine the two ideas: healthy breakfast meals with 5 ingredients or less!

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  39. I also commented on another one of your posts and am following your blog. :]

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  40. i have also promoted your blog on my facebook page!:)

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  41. I like your blog, I am probably not the best person to critique another persons blog, becuase I am always worrying about my own. But I think yours is really cute. Thanks for letting me know about your giveaway on Etsy.

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  42. Mike and Shan, thank you for following my blog! I appreciate it!

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  43. I like your blog. The only suggestion I have is to widen this column and eliminate or downsize the brown right and left border.

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  44. Since you like to do recipes from across the globe, maybe you could list recipes according to cuisine too, and not just by appetizer/entree/etc. If you knew of recipes that went well together, you could possibly create sample menus for parties and such.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  45. You have a great blog here, but the only thing I would suggest is to break down your recipes into either pages or categories.

    Make it more user friendly instead of clicking on Recipes and scrolling down looking for certain recipes.

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  46. I agree with the previous post. It feels kind of "tight" here in the middle of your blog. I love all of the photos you use. It's a great blog. I wish I had known yesterday was Margarita Day! Maybe I'll go pour one tonight and celebrate a bit belated! Good luck with your giveaways!

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  47. Thank you everybody the great feedback!

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  48. I left a comment on your tres leches post.

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  49. Hi, I think I agree with other readers on the layout of your blog. The central panel is a bit too narrow. With widescreen LCD monitors now, readers would like to be able to see the screen filled up. Also, that means bigger words, nicer pics and good for the eyes :-). Also, I feel the colour brown at the sides seem to cast a shadow on your whole blog. Kinda darkens the whole thing so that the pics don't really stand out as they should. Perhaps blogspot isn't the best host, I spose.

    In any case, I'd also love to see some drop-down listings to make finding for older posts easier as I notice you have loads of great recipes here!

    You could do a seasonal sorta theme. Summer Winter Autumn Spring. Though everyone seems to be doing that. Maybe a theme a week, use a certain type of meat or ingredient and feature that for a week? Might get interesting. Or even a certain colour. Like yellow ingredients this week, red next etc. It can get very very exciting!

    :-) Hope this helps!

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  50. Thank you for recipes! It is so helpful to find simple, clear recipes to use especially for someone like me who has not been cooking for very long!

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  51. Hi Ana, Your blog looks awesome! My only suggestion....consider adding an image along with the blog name, or a logo as a header. Best wishes...

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  52. yummy giveaway! I like your blog...it is simple and very easy to navigate. the only thing i would change is maybe move the "about me" widget up to the very top of the page. it would look nice as an intro to your page.

    saladforbreakfast AT gmail DOT com

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  53. I love your blog! It makes me so hungry! but also it inspires me to get in the kitchen:)

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  54. I love your blog, especially the giveaway ;) that stationary binder parts are a little distracting but the neutral colours are soft on the eyes!

    Anna
    perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

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  55. I changed my facebook status to let my friends know to enter this giveaway right away!

    Anna
    perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

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  56. I'm new to your blog! I think it's really pleasant to look at, and after a brief scanning of the posts...i'd definitely go with more healthy food options! especially desserts. I only make health-conscious opitions these days, so maybe its a personal thing.

    keep up the good work and thanks for the giveaway! i love cookbooks and biscotti!

    DolphinV27@aol.com

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  57. i blogged!

    http://tiam0.blogspot.com/2010/02/giveaway-time.html

    DolphinV27@aol.com

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  58. i commented on your mole post!

    DolphinV27@aol.com

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