Friday, June 4, 2010

My 500th Post!!!! Oh, and a giveaway, too!


Can you believe it? This is my 500th post! When I started this blog almost 2 years ago, it was with the hope that my family and close friends would read it. I NEVER imagined that complete strangers would not only read it, but comment on posts and ENJOY what I was writing/making.

Now here I am, 500 posts later, and still going strong. I absolutely love blogging... almost as much as I love making the food I blog! I plan on continuing for as long as I have readers... so please keep reading! :)

Thank you to all who stop by and take the time to enter my world. I appreciate every single comment and am so grateful for my all of you!

As a thank you, I would like to give a $25 gift certificate to King Arthur Flour to one lucky commenter! I love KA flour. Not only do they have food items for baking, they also carry gadgets and pans. (No, I am not getting anything from them for saying this... I just love them enough to say it on my own!)

You have 3 chances to enter:

#1- Leave a comment. Easy peasy, right? Make sure you enter your email address, though, so that I have a way to contact you if you win!

#2- Become a follower of my blog and leave a seperate comment. If you are already a follower, leave a comment letting me know!

#3- Blog about this giveaway or post on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did!

Please make sure that each entry has its own comment. If not, it won't be counted. :) The giveaway will end at 9pm EST on Sunday, June 6. I will announce the winner Monday morning.

And, just in case you would like the recipe for the delicious giant cookie you see above, here it is...

Enjoy!

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream butter and sugars; add vanilla and egg. Mix in flour and baking soda just until combined. Mix in 1 cup chocolate chips.

Press dough into 12" pizza pan (make sure it has a lip). Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips and press lightly into dough.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan.

55 comments:

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Congrats Cristine! I love your blog I think you know that! ;)

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

I am a loyal follower!!

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

I posted on my FB page!

hannepa said...

Congrats :)

KAREN said...

mmmm...yummy looking cookie!

boylanite2@comcast.net

KAREN said...

I'm now following your blog

boylanite2@comcast.net

The McBride Family said...

WOW 500 POSTS! That's incredible. Umm and I want to win!!! :) you are awesome girl. SOOO happy you started this blog!!!!!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

Congrats! 500 posts is huge!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

I'm your newest follower! :)

JuneBug said...

WoW! 500 posts is quite the accomplishement. So is such a beautiful giant cookie! I love KA flour too, just discovered it when I moved to VT. Found out about your site from Grumpy's HB...

jshen37 *at* gmail.coma

JuneBug said...

now I'm a follower of your blog!

and that was supposed to say... gmail.COM

JuneBug said...

and I facebook-ed it too!

suburban prep said...

I have tried KA bread flour and the breads I have made have been oh so good.

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

King Arthur is the only flour I use -- I'd love to win :) Happy 500th post!!

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

I'm also a follower :)

ALLRED FAMILY said...

Happy 500 posts, Cristine!! It's amazing how what started as something to pass the time for a deployment became something in such high demand! And what's even more amazing is that that means you've made 500 different foods! WOW!!

ALLRED FAMILY said...

And I'm already a follower!! YAY!!

Elaine said...

I follow your blog faithfully!

ALLRED FAMILY said...

I posted on Facebook too! Thanks for the reminder!

The Grows said...

Well, You know I love your blog. I still remember when you first started it. I am so proud of you for making it so big. You are awesome.

The Grows said...

You know I am a proud follower of your blog.

Ingrid said...

WOW, 500? I struggle to post once a week.

Thanks, for the giveaway & cookie recipe!
~ingrid

Anonymous said...

this is such a wonderful way to have a window into your world - and your recipes are amazing! i look forward to your next 500!!
:o) waterbugtrimble@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

posted on facebook too - yahoo for you!! - waterbugtrimble@yahoo.com

Kassy said...

Congrats on 500 posts! You have a great site!

Kassy said...

I am now a follower! :)

Lisa said...

That cookie looks great.

Lisa said...

I'm also a follower of your blog.

Tracey said...

Congrats on 500 posts Cristine!! Your site is great and I always enjoy stopping by to see what you're up to :)

Tracey said...

I'm already a loyal follower too!

teresa said...

YAY! congrats on 500 posts! i too hope that you stick around for a long time.

The Mortensens said...

Congratulations Cristine! That's quite the milestone!

Julie said...

What a great giveaway....congrants on your 500 posts :) The big cookie looks yummy!

Julie said...

I'm a follower!

♥Cari♥ said...

Congrats Cristine! I'm so excited for you!

carissa.sutton(at)gmail.com

♥Cari♥ said...

I've been a follower from the beginning :D

carissa.sutton(at)gmail.com

♥Cari♥ said...

I linked on facebook :)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/carissa.sutton?v=wall&story_fbid=109431485770522

carissa.sutton(at)gmail.com

bakers said...

Congratulations on your 500th post! And thanks for the shout out. We love our fellow bakers and bloggers! Molly @ KAF

The McBride Family said...

Okay posted on FB! :)

The McBride Family said...

I think I'm already a follower. HAHA!!!! :)

Brad and Erica said...

Congratulations on 500 posts Cristine! I am so glad that you decided to start this blog and that I got to reap the benefits during the last deployment. I am equally glad that you have decided to keep it up. Not only are you a great cook, you are a great blogger too. I can't wait for many more posts to come!

Brad and Erica said...

And because I really do want to win -- you know I am already a follower of your blog. Stalker might be a better term for it, really.

Brad and Erica said...

I just posted on facebook too. I should have done that a long time ago. Everyone should read your blog!

Avril Miller said...

Hip! Hip! HOORAY!!! I'm sooo impressed! I hope to one day be able to celebrate such an accomplishment - BRAVO! :-)

Katrina said...

I have really enjoyed your blog during the time I've been reading it! Especially loved your CCC week.
Happy 500th.

Katrina said...

I'm already a follower.

Katrina said...

I just posted about the giveaway on my FB page.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1503071399

Barbara Bakes said...

Wow! Congratulations on 500 posts. I love the King Arthur catalog. I leave it around for weeks just looking longingly at what I'd like to buy.

Carey said...

I would love to win!!! I love reading your blog!!!
momofpeg @ gmail.com

Carey said...

I am a follower!!!
momofpeg @ gmail. com

Carey said...

putting it on my FB
momofpeg @ gmail. com

gilchrist said...

I'm your newest follower.
lee_donna6802 @ yahoo. com

gilchrist said...

Posted on facebook.

Lauren McConnell said...

Congrats! Cristine, Iv'e been touched by all you make because it always turns out to be good!!

Lauren McConnell said...

Congrats! Cristine!! I love your blog and I love having a place where I know I can find excellent recipes. :)

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