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a few of my favorite things {giveaway!}

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

giveaway | the vanilla bean blog
I remember the first time I heard about two people meeting up after finding each other on the internet. A girl from my highschool had met ‘the one’ in a chat room, and her and the stranger were going to go ahead and get married. It was 1999, and I was totally freaked out. There were so many ways the story could end, but it seemed obvious he was a pyscho path and she would probably wind up in a Misery -type situation. At least, that’s what my sister and I concluded. But, years passed and they were still together, and unharmed. Soon, meeting people online started becoming a more common occurrence; friends started using online dating services, people were falling in love, and no one was getting murdered. I stopped assuming the worst.

Now, of course, it’s 2013, and discovering friends (or lovers) online is normal; everybody’s doing it. I would have been terribly surprised, way back then, to find out future Sarah had discovered all these lovely, beautiful people in over food blogger land. There are the kind readers who leave comments and cheer me on, who send me wishes of health when I am sick. There are the fellow bloggers I’ve met and sipped coffee with, who have eaten in my home, sent me encouraging emails and sweet little packages, and treasured books and notes. I’ve found some beauty in places where I was certain nothing good could grow.

So here’s a little thank you. It’s not much; I wish I could sent you all a little package filled with some of my favorite things. But one reader has a chance to find this in their mailbox one day soon: some items that make time in my home a little more lovely. There are my favorite baking staples: cacao nibs, vanilla beans, fleur de sel, and decorative chocolate sprinkles. Beeswax candles and natural parchment paper are always in good use. Good coffee to sip and chocolate to nibble on are a must, as well as a good book to read. Toaster tongs and tiny measuring spoons aren’t a necessity, but they make daily tasks much more enjoyable.
giveaway | the vanilla bean blog
giveaway | the vanilla bean blog
Most everything I purchased myself, but I was given two lovely items to include. The toaster tongs are made by Buckaloo View. I met Liesl (who helps her dad with the shop) years ago through our blogs, and was so happy when she sent me a pair (also, check out her blog and shop, they’re lovely).

Theo provided the cocoa nibs, and I appreciate their fair trade and organic products, and their commitment to sustainability. You can read more about their mission and story here. Also, they sell lots of tasty chocolate.

The other items are just favorites from my local co-op; Dogwood Coffee is delicious, and Salty Dog Bars are my weakness. And the book is a fun read; some classic food writing.

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment with your email! You can leave me your favorite Holiday album, but you don’t have to. Good luck, and thanks so much. I’m thankful for you. (Giveaway is open to everyone!) Winner is Amanda from Cookies & Corgis!

(And, also for you! A Holiday Mix! And one more from last year!)

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    Stacia
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Nice. Simple luxuries!

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      Maura Mark
      Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

      I love Pink Martini’s Christmas album!

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    Lindsey Rutecki
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    The best holiday album is Amy Grant- Home For Christmas!

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    Allie Z
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    My favorite Christmas album is definitely the Frank Sinatra Christmas Collection 🙂
    I have appreciated your Christmas 8track playlists as well.
    Happy Holidays!

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    Arina
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you for your post – it brought up some great memories. My husband and I met online, and even now our friends find it amazing. Though technology started our story, it was a simple process of cooking a home made dinner that still continues bringing us together no matter how hectic and busy life gets. Blogs like yours remind us of the value of simple things in life.

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    Julia
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    What a great assortment of things! One album I like is A Very She & Him Christmas.

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    Amber
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Such a lovely post and giveaway. Xoxo

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    Lily
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    The moment I saw that bag of coffee and that (insanely good) bar of chocolate, I audibly gasped. “She’s from Minnesota!” was the first thought that popped into my head (I’m a new reader to your blog, and while I did read your About Me section, that little tidbit of information must have slipped by me). I just came back from a little visit to St. Paul last week and miss it already.

    …and I bought three of those chocolate bars and stashed them away in my pantry for midnight snacking 😉

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    Emily
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    What a sweet giveaway. I’ve never heard of toaster tongs before; they’re neat! Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is my favorite album.

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    Charlsey G
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    This is so sweet of you to do. Thanks!

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    Bethany
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Fun giveaway! Coffee+chocolate+ a good book= best day. I love Sufjan Steven’s Christmas collections! Also, any version of “Last Christmas” .

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    Dana
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Wow. So many great albums are being mentioned. My current Holiday album is A Very She and Him Christmas. I love the mix of old and new.

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    Erin
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    This is such a lovely little package of goodies. So thoughtful and so fun! Sufjan Stevens is one of my favorites.

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    Becca
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I love the toaster tongs! My husband could stop shocking himself by using knives if we had some.

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    Salome
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    You’re so sweet! Thank you!

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    Käthe
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Those tongs. And nibs. Oh my.

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    Davis Bliss
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    A simple, cozy give-away! And the Bing Crosby christmas album reminds me of decorating the tree on Christms Eve when i was a kid.

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    Meghan
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I’ve had my share of the internet’s dark side, but since blogging, have felt more genuine love than I could have ever imagined before. I see it in passed-down recipes, photography lovely beyond compare, miniature toaster tongs held by a little one, lifestyles and adventures to long for, and small acts of kindness. I so appreciate that you’re giving away your own joys, simply to bring light to a complete stranger. Yet, on this end of the internet, its’ hard to feel like strangers. Thank you for this little piece of love and inspiration! xx

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    sf11
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    Carla
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I just love Christmas music in general, but the Very She and Him Christmas album is a recent fave. What a sweet giveaway! THANK YOU!

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    Melissa@Julia's Bookbag
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Toaster tongs?? How will I ever again live a toast making life without them?? Cutest thing ever! What a lovely giveaway, and I adored reading your tales of internet land — my husband likes to call my blogging buddies my ‘pretend friends’ — I’m like, NO they are quite real thank you! 🙂

    Favorite Christmas singer/CD: JOHNNY MATHIS. Oh yeah.

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    Demi-Brooke
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I love the crackle of She & Hims Christmas album on record, but am also a fan of the classic Bing Crosby 🙂 awesome giveaway- thank you for the chance! xx

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    Janet
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:41 am

    This is marvelous!
    Christmas at King’s College is a favourite, along with Oh Blue Christmas from A Fine Frenzy.

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    Lena
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Aw, such a wonderful give-away 🙂 Thank you very much for sharing all of your ideas with us! (these pumpkin muffins.. fell in love so badly.)

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    Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:04 am

    oah, nice!

    Favorite Christmas CD has to be a toss up between Michael Buble and Mariah Carey

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    Lucy
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Reading cooking blog posts, especially ones with beautiful pictures and ingredients like yours, always cheer me up on a day when i feel like the world is full of misery – because no matter what misery there is, there’s also always an appropriate amount of tea and cake to make you feel better! Will you be sending to the UK? You have international fans too!

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    itzia
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:47 am

    thanks for doing this giveaway. I don’t have a favorite holiday album.

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    Brandi Wiley
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:21 am

    I eould say Tchaikovsky’s the Nutcracker is a great holiday fave along with Sinatra’s. But there are so many!!!

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    Kezia
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:28 am

    My favourite Christmas song is probably the Pogues Fairytale of New York, or perhaps Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra. Those toast tongs look like they are exactly what I need; I’m always getting told off for almost electrocuting myself using metal knifes to fish toast out of the toaster! I’m entering your lovely giveaway from the UK, is that ok?

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    Kezia
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:28 am

    My favourite Christmas song is probably the Pogues Fairytale of New York, or perhaps Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra. Those toast tongs look like they are exactly what I need; I’m always getting told off for almost electrocuting myself using metal knifes to fish toast out of the toaster! I’m entering your lovely giveaway from the UK, is that ok?

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    lidya
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:48 am

    awesome giveaway!

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    Kristi M
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Great giveaway! My favorite holiday album is probably the classic Amy Grant album 🙂

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    Sophia
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Hah, toaster tongs – what a great idea (certainly beats my turning the toaster upside down to retrieve jammed toast that just covers the entire kitchen in burned toast crumbs … ahem).

    As for my favourite Christmas album? Slightly unconventional but it must be the original Live Aid LP – my parents bought it the year it came out (1984) which also happened to be my first ever Christmas – Feed the World and Do they know it’s Christmas have basically been my Christmas soundtrack since the day I was born. And although our LP is starting to show its age and the songs are starting to sound as though everyone singing them is slightly drunk, Christmas for me does not start until I hear the first notes of Do they know it’s Christmas, the volume cranked up all the way, my dad sits in his armchair smoking his yearly Christmas cigar while drinking some Cognac (again, something he only does at Christmas) and us ‘kids’ are decorating the tree.

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    Ann
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Thanks for the giveaway, and I would love any of these items!

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    Skye
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Toaster tongs! What an inspired idea!

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    Ffion
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:52 am

    you have impeccable taste…everything in this giveaway is gorgeous! i would highly recommend kate rusby’s ‘while mortals sleep’, it’s stunning 🙂

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    Tuesday
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:14 am

    I’m so grateful that I found your blog this year. You’ve inspired me to branch out and try new things in my kitchen. Thank you!
    As for my favorite Christmas album? I think I love the classics best. Bing, Nat, Elvis…although Harry melts my heart and makes me weak in the knees…

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    Christina
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Harry Connick, Jr. and Oscar Peterson and Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas are my favorites for a jazzy little Christmas.

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    Danzel
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I’m a Christmas music nut, so I like a lot of Christmas music. How about John Denver & The Muppets: A Christmas Together? That was my earliest favorite…

    I love your blog.

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    Shari
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Lovely treats! I am partial to Louis Armstrong’s Christmas album. Thank you for such a wonderful year of posts.

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    Jesikah
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:56 am

    What a thoughtful and inspired giveaway! Two of the things I treasure in your blog! I love Christmas music, everything from The Nutcracker to Sinatra, Sufjan to Mariah, it’s hard for me to choose. A very merry Christmas to you!

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    Alex S
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Looks great 🙂

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    Samantha Artz
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Oh man, all of your favorite things are just wonderful! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I absolutely LOVE reading your blog 🙂 I love all Christmas songs!

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    Barb langlois
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:35 am

    My favorite Christmas music would be anything that contains O Holy Night! Josh Groban is a good one.

    This was a good year. I discovered your blog and have been loving it so! Love your style, your taste, and now this giveaway.

    Happiest of holidays to you!

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    Talia
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:37 am

    What a lovely idea! Happy holidays!

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    Connie C.
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win! Anything Christmasy by Brian Setzer. Saw him in concert last year about this time and WOW, he puts on a fabulous show.

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    Simone
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I think all of those look lovely! You have a great group of favorite things!

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    martina
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

    It’s amazing how many friendships are born online… take something you love to talk about…and bang you are up to meet beautiful (and super talented) people! thanks to you, this space is inspiring (and the pictures… don’t even let me start on those!!!)
    Happy holidays
    Martina

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    Kat
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

    This is so nice and thoughtful! A great way to celebrate the holidays alongside Mariah Carey Christmas 🙂

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    Shari Z
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Thank you for doing this awesome giveaway!

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    Marcia
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I have a James Taylor holiday album that I love!
    (And great giveaway by the way!!)

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    Katherine
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:15 am

    What a lovely giveaway! I’ll listen to just about any holiday music this time of year, but I’m currently crushing on the She & Him Christmas album and A Brushfire Christmas album. And then there’s always A Charlie Brown Christmas!

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    Melissa
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Thankful for the www. And meeting you in it. Husbando man heads your way tomorrow. Wishing I could go with and sip that cup of coffee/glass of wine with you. Maybe, hopefully soon.

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    Kate
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I wish I could share the playlist of my favorite Christmas album, The Harry Simeone Chorale’s The Little Drummer Boy. We listened to it every year as we decorated our tree and just the opening notes, ringing loud and clear make my skin tingle in memory. Sometimes it also makes me cry for the innocence of life before so much chaotic upheaval.

    Love this giveaway, and your willingness to reach out in the scary computer world and take a chance with your words, your photos and your lovely children. We’re all so glad you are here. ~~ Kate (kate4797 at hotmail dot com)

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    Ophélie
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Hi! We definitely should thank YOU for your posts, your recipes, and the time that you are spending on this blog. Such a pleasure to read you and to taste these sweet things !

    Admirably,

    a french cook :]

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    Jane
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I kept on Oohing and Ahhing every time I saw the next thing listed 🙂
    Merry Christmas!!

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    Karin
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I love the idea of the toaster tongs!
    So many relationships not only start online but are shaped by online exchanges these days. I still remember the excitement when my now partner first added me as a facebook friend 😉

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    Dana
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:44 am

    it all looks so good thanks!

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    Sarah
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Yes, the blogging community is pretty amazing! 🙂 What a lovely giveaway! Thank you.

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I am SO typical and love Mariah Carey, guilty pleasure! : )

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    Leigh
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

    It all looks wonderful!

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    Shanna Mallon
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Sweet Sarah. Your voice is such a beautiful one. And on the subject of Internet wonders: Just this morning I was thinking about how when I was in high school, the Internet was barely a thing. How is that even possible!? None of us had email. Nobody I knew was blogging. If I wanted to find the answers to something, I had to go to the library. Sometimes I hate the Internet but most times I love it and all the opportunity and potential for good it brings. Merry Christmas, friend!

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    Lisa
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

    What lovely little treats! I agree with the She & Him Christmas album suggestions. It’s one of those old-is-new-again sounds, but so lovely and festive.

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    Ali
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

    James Taylor at Christmas is always playing at my parents home!

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    Jessica
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

    The Calyspo Christmas album is my all time favorite. I sing it all year long. Have a wonderful holiday season.
    jessica

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    kaela
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Love this collection of lovely, personal things. Such a great giveaway. Happy Holidays!

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    Samantha @ aussi belle
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I’m all about the Bushfire Holiday albums!

    Being able to make friends online is such a luxury. It’s so simple to find people with similar interests!

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    thelittleloaf
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

    YAY to the competition being open to all. My favourite Holiday album is one my then boyfriend, now husband, made when we were first going out – it’s completely personal, a mixture of super cool and seriously cheesy and it wouldn’t be Christmas without it! 🙂

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    Amanda Paa
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I loved your holiday mix last year, excited to see you made another one! I would love this little package of gifts. The toaster tongs are adorable!

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    Heidi
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

    You’ve assembled such a lovely giveaway package; it all looks amazing! As for favorite holiday albums, we love playing both of the Sufjan Stevens Christmas albums. They’re really lovely compilations of original songs and holiday classics.

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    Amanda
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

    You are the best! May all your joys be true joys, and all your pain Champagne.

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    Grace
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Love this space. Every post IS a gift to your readers. I love that “my local co-op” is a thing in Minneapolis (I used to live by Seward!), that’s something I haven’t found out here yet. Happy holidays to you Sarah!

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    Kelli
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Your posts are a gift to all. Thank you for sharing your favorite things.

    I don’t have one Christmas album, but I do appreciate my husband. He is the “king of the mix” and comes up with some great ones. One year our Christmas “card” was a Christmas CD he titled “Gee Whiz it’s Christmas”. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. xoxo

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    Alice Seuffert
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Beautiful photos and I love your message about heritage and creating recipes for the future. It’s so darn cold here in Minnesota right now I keep listening to Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood on repeat, I know not a Christmas song but just love it.

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    Lisa H
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Teensy measuring spoons are a weakness of mine. I’ve given them as a housewarming gift to countless friends, but, alas haven’t a set in my own home.

    Also, best Christmas album of all time: The Darkest Night of the Year by Over the Rhine.

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    Kelley
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

    All those things look great! What a thoughtful giveaway 🙂

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    amanda
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

    i love josh groban’s christmas album. happy holidays!

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    Holly Blair
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

    my favorite christmas music is charlie brown christmas. i listen to it all year:)

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    Emma
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I love the collection of items you have here! I would have to say the Irish Christmas and Celtic Christmas Nollag CD on Spotify is my favorite at the moment – it is so peaceful and I can listen to it while studying for final exams!

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    Michelle WW
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I, too would be pretty excited to receive any of these items. And, Sufjan Stevens . . . always 🙂

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    naomi
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I love the wood tongs! So great for so many things.

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    Courtney
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Holiday music is my guilty pleasure, so it’s hard to pick just one…so I won’t. 🙂 My top 3 are Amy Grant “A Christmas Album”, She & Him’s “A Very She & Him Christmas” and, who am I kidding, I love Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas.”

    Thanks for sharing your lovely recipes, favorite things, and words of wisdom!

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    Rauchelle
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Love your blog, it brings me great happiness when I see an email come through. I sit and enjoy it with my favorite coffee! The first album to start my families Christmas season is always The Carpenters, this tradition started when I was a child and now I have continued it with my boys. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    Lizzie
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

    My favorite Christmas album is a very she and him Christmas!

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    Carolanne@ThriveLiving
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Lovely post! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration. Wishing you a beautiful holiday.

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    adrienne
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

    It has to be the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Xmas album.

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    Lauren
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:33 am

    What a great giveaway! You can’t go wrong putting on the Elf soundtrack.

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    Margaret
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I will always be partial to a particular children’s album (name unknown) with Christmas songs in Spanish that we had when I was growing up.

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    Marcela : Naturally Fun Days
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I love coming to visit your space here, though I never leave a comment. So, thank you! for sharing. And thanks for the great giveaway.
    Have great holidays!

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    Sarah
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I love this giveaway! It includes some of my favorite things – especially the chocolate and vanilla beans!

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Anything from Theo chocolate is a winner in my books! And the Boney M. Christmas album is definitely my favourite!

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    Courtney semke
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    merry Christmas, Sarah (and family)!! Christmas never feels quite the same without frank Sinatra singing carols in the background!

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    Jennifer Flaa
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    What a generous give-away! The Dogwood coffee makes me homesick for the Twin Cities. I took a tour of Theo with friends once and we all spent more than we anticipated. Happy holidays:)

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    Ally
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I love it! Some of those are up there with my favorite things, too!

    I love a lot of holiday albums; anything with a lot of piano floats my boat!

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    Siobhan Speirits
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    my favorite christmas album of all time is nsync’s home for christmas 🙂
    or the home alone soundtrack, its a tie i think!

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    Anabelle Harari
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    This is so lovely! Thank you for sharing a few of your favorite things! This is actually my first time on your blog, just discovered it from Local Milk! Looking forward to connecting to another food blogger- thank you for your words and inspiration!

    xo,
    belle

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    Lindsey @ The Hungry Hydrologist
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Ooh all of those items look so lovely. Happy Holidays!

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    Karen
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful giveaway! Frank Sinatra and Vince Gill have my 2 favorite Christmas albums. John Denver and the Muppets is up there also! Merry Christmas!

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    Shaina
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    And now I need a Salty Dog Bar.

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    María
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    This is such a sweet giveaway, both literally and figuratively 🙂

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    Dawn @ Butter And Sprinkles
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Such a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for sharing your favorite things with us!

    I can’t say I have a favorite album as I’m still very much on the hunt. But She and Him are pleasant to listen to!

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    pamela
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    thank you for sharing all of this! so generous! i can’t choose a favorite holiday album only because this year i turned into a pandora listener, and they have such good mixes! i feel like i am using kindle instead of a real book sort of, but it is so easy and a computer is always ready and around in our house. looking forward to hearing real recommendations from your comment section.

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    Iris R.
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    What a lovely collection of items! I love listening to the She & Him holiday playlist on Pandora while I cook this time of year.

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    Liv
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I love December and I love free gifts!

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    miss p
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    yum! & thank you! i love your blog….

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    Kendra
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    What a fun assortment! Love your blog and all the beautiful recipes. Joy to you in this season 🙂

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    What a kind a thoughtful little gift package! This is my favorite kind of gift to put together – little but lovely odds and ends that come together to make a wonderful package. Thank you for sharing with your readers!

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    Lindsey
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you for this thoughtful giveaway! I love it! Theo chocolate bars are my favorite. I haven’t tried their cacao nibs, but I must!

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    Mari
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I’d love to put these lovelies to use! Happy holidays.

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    Kristin
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    What a lovely, generous gesture! Thank you so much for sharing your voice and your heart with us through this blog. Joy and peace to you!

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    Melissa
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Love trying different boutique coffee!!

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    Alia
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Ooh, I love the She & Him Christmas album!

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    Haley
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Oh my gosh – toaster tongs! SO CUTE! I need to get me some of those before I end up electrocuting myself attempting to stab the stuck bread with a fork. Gorgeous pictures (always). I regularly peruse (stalk sounds a bit creepy) your instagram. I wish VSCO cam would come out with an Android version already!!!!

    Can’t wait to get my holiday bake on with some of your recipes! Which one’s are your favorites?

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    Haley
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    oh! I made a vegan coconut version of your pomegranate scones… SO FREAKING GOOD. my mom says they’re the best things i’ve ever made 🙂

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    Angela Zink
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    What a sweet giveaway!! Love everything about this. Favourite album: Charlie Brown Christmas:)

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    Liz
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Truly crossing my fingers for this one as it would enable me to bring spread some holiday cheer. Thank you for blogging and thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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    Leanne
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Happy Holidays! I stumbled upon your blog very recently and have been enjoying it thus far. I look forward to reading it more in the new year as it’s become my end of the day routine to unwind with food/baking blogs. This has been right up my alley so carry on with this loveliness!

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    Christina Alexander
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I love little gifts…trinkets of this & that. So much more fun that a “big” gift! My favorite album is one by Jewel. Not the new one as I haven’t heard it yet, but from years ago. Love her & her mothers rendition of Rudolph ?

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    Olivia
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Yes please!!

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    Meryl
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Scott Beck
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    You are Amazing!

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    Amy Foulks
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I love Glee Christmas music 🙂

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    Dana
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Michael Buble and Andy Williams.

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    Becca Entenberg
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    And I am thankful for you! Your blog is one of my favorites; it is so, so lovely.

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    Ivonne Encarnacion
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Happy holidays! This is so lovely and I want it <3
    Love your blog, keep it up 🙂

    Favorite christmas albums:
    The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
    Christmas by Michael Bublé

    E-mail: i.encarnacion04@outlook.com

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    Kirsten
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I met my husband online. We would have never met in a million years otherwise.

    (Both my brother and sister have met their spouses online since.)

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    talia
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    talia.pinker@gmail.com

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    talia
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I’m loving Pure Heroine by Lorde right now. That giveaway looks amazing!

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    Amanda Glavin
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway, full of little pleasures! I have fallen in love with your blog and look forward to the recipes and posts. Happy holidays!

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    Salvegging @ salvegging.blogspot.com
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Oh yum! Such a combination of beautiful stuff. mermaid.meredith@gmail.com

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    Tieghan
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Love the wood tongs and the cocoa nibs!!

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    des
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    well if you’re ever in seattle we should meet up and go on the theo chocolate tour, they give samples through almost the entire time 🙂 great give away!

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    Leah
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I absolutely love Theo chocolate!

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    Becki @ Bites 'n Brews
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve had more friendships that were created by my blog than I ever could have imagined! It’s such a wonderful, small world we live in!

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    Pamela
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    This giveaway looks delightful! My favorite Christmas album is Amy Grant’s Home For Christmas, but PTXmas is my current fave.

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    Diana
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:10 am

    So much inspiration in this post (well, as always!). When it is Christmas, I like to hear bossa nova, as I can imagine I’m drinking cachaça in a beach near Salvador de Bahia… Vinicius de Moraes is highly recommended to get this feeling! Have a great Christmas!

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    Panagiota
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Hello!
    I guess I’m a little late for the giveaway 🙂

    But my favorite Christmas album is “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, an album by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, released in 1965. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZAo3Ia7DE )

    As for the internet totally agree with you! 🙂
    Happy Holidays!

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    Narilla
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I favourtie christmas album is by Mindy Gledhill. narillawmn@gmail.com

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    Heather Gerstein
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Love Mariah Carey’s Christmas album! And love these goodies in your giveaway!

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    kcf
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:04 am

    So many good albums mentioned, but not The Bare Naked Ladies Christmas album. Some lovely covers and original gems on that one!

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    mardi l.
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:07 am

    happy holidays! really enjoy reading your blog, and looking forward to the new year with much more. (sorry, don’t have a favorite album).

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    Gill Bland
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I love the Low christmas album, and there’s some great tracks by a band called Rue Royale too. Maybe you’d like them. I love how people are willing t share a little of their lives in their blogs and put so much effort into it. As a subscribed reader, thankyou for all your efforts this year. x

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    Gill Bland
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I love the Low christmas album, and there’s some great tracks by a band called Rue Royale too. Maybe you’d like them. I love how people are willing t share a little of their lives in their blogs and put so much effort into it. As a subscribed reader, thankyou for all your efforts this year. x

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    michelle
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Happy holidays Sarah! I love your space here. Keep doing what you do.

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    Suchi Modi
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Frank Sinatra!!!

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    Jamie
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Oak Ridge Boys Christmas brings back so many memories. 🙂

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    rachel
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I love “Snow Angels” by Over the Rhine. It’s lovely and moody!

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    Tasneem Hussain
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

    My favorite Christmas album is Micheal Buble’s….I love the sound of his voice. Sadly my husband is not a fan of his so I mostly just listen to it in the car.

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    Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I love any and every Christmas album! Great giveaway!

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    Meredith
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. Meredith245 at yahoo dot com

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    Renee
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Music from A Charlie Brown Christmas always fills me with a little Christmas cheer. How great are those toaster tongs?!

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    jodi
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Historic: The Oakridge Boys
    Newer: Sara Groves

    Thanks for the loveliness today.

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    Rebecca
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I really like Michael Bublé’s Christmas album, and I see there are a few other fans here as well 🙂

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    Shya
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Awesome giveaway!

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    Cindy A.
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. My favorite holiday album is Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas 25th Anniversary Collection.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I silently laughed when I first saw toaster tongs at my in-laws’. But I do now appreciate their place in the kitchen. 🙂 So many good things here that I love, too…if I don’t win, I’ll surely still look into this new-to-me book, thanks!

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    Veronica
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Aw, this is so sweet of you! Josh Groban’s Christmas album is wonderful!

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    Renee {The Way to My Family's Heart}
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:43 am

    My absolute favorite is an album that I got on TAPE (!) as a child- The Perry Como Christmas Album. It’s old school and cheesy, but I wore that tape out as a kid and was way better than the New Kids on the Block Christmas album, which I also had. Can’t believe I said that out loud!

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    Polly
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:02 am

    There’s something about Bob Dylan’s Christmas album…

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    Tracy
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Great giveaway! My favorite Christmas album is Keepers Christmas (1997), which was a collection of songs played on Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Show. And a set of CDs from The Nature Company (vintage by now) of instrumental traditional music. Great for decorating the tree.

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    Lori Orman
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Loved this post. I found you off pintrest. My best friend and I met off the Internet and he’s willed me through two years of sobriety and held my hand when times where hard. I’m just like u, if u would have told me 10 years ago I would meet and make everlasting memories with people off the intenet I would have laughed in your face. My how things change! Thanks u for the smile this morning!

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    ~Heather
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I just heard ‘Dominic the Christmas Donkey’ by Leo Monte this morning for the first time. Love it!

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    Michelle @ The Fresh Direction
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Lovely post and lovely gifts! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    Jessica
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Hello! I’ve commented on your instagram posts a few times. I’d love to win a package, but mostly just wanted to say “hey”. My favorite holiday albums are by Sufjan Stevens and She and Him. -dearestjes

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    annie
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I love this. Thank you.

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    Karly K
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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    Lucy
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Those Toaster Tongs are the most unsual and simple little invention I have ever seen! How great and useful!!

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    Courtney
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Your blog makes me smile. Your photos are always so gorgeous and your recipes are divine! Found you through Handmade Charlotte!
    I’m pretty obsessed with Shane and Shane’s Christmas album right now.

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    Valerie Sukhu
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I love the holiday album 🙂

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    Nickie Gorsky
    Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:12 am

    “YoYoMa and Friends”…fabulous Christmas music! Thanks so much for the chance to be honored with this great gift of goodies! Seasonings Greetings!

    Nickie

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    Ines
    Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 4:48 am

    It’s the sort of little things that make life enjoyable. 🙂

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    Laura
    Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway! Fresh brewed coffee in the kitchen is always a staple for cooking or baking. My husband and I often listen to our Hank Williams Christmas record this time of year!

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    Anna
    Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

    A wonderful post with delightful goodies! The album you should check out is Bing crosby- christmas classics!

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    amy theobald ross • sugarpie project
    Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    lovely post. nick lowe just put out a holiday album that i’ve been rocking around my kitchen this weekend . . . it’s called quality street. have a sweet holiday, sarah. <3

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    Calli
    Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I love Michael Buble’s album! Thanks!

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    Sara C
    Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I just discovered your blog via Pinterest (what an amazing little time-suck). Can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

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    Danie
    Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

    ella fitzgerald and louis armstrong. anything with them is beyond perfect.

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    Edna
    Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for this great giveaway! Your blog is beautiful and inspiring.

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    Chaya
    Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    i’ve been a silent reader for a while now, but i’m breaking my silence to tell you how much i love your blog.
    it’s simplistic and quiet, yet it still manages to draw me in, a real treasure in today’s flashy blogging world.
    your photography is lovely and rustic; it’s inspired mine, and your recipes, unlike so many over the top ones out there, are approachable and delicious-looking. i baked your chocolate cake for my family, who loved it.
    i’ll keep reading!
    a 15 year old girl who loves your blog 🙂

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    Mini
    Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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    Kathleen
    Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    The Charlie Brown Christmas album, no question!

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    Eva
    Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:01 am

    My holiday song knowledge is severely lacking, as my family does Hanukkah much more than Christmas and there are not so many catchy songs. We always listen to a lot of Joni Mitchell driving back from wherever we went for a quickie winter vacation- “river” is a favorite. My ipod shuffled to that song while I was walking my dog through endless fresh snow yesterday, some tears were shed.

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    Amanda G
    Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Thank you so much! This is so exciting, I have never won anything. Thanks for the giveaway and the great blog!

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    Ashley
    Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    What a sweet way of saying thank you. You are such a kind and inspiring presence on this, here internet. Happy to know you (or at least “cyber” know you).

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