Thursday, October 18, 2012

100th post!! Giveaway and discount code!

Hi everyone!!

This is my 100th blog post!  I hope you have all enjoyed some of the last 100 posts, I've had a lot of fun playing around with the whole thing!  I have some more fun stuff planned for future posts, and am hoping to get a bit more organized so I can be a bit less scattered.

I am waiting on my tutorial for Halloween Bunting until tomorrow but I do have something to share!

I made cookies today and they're my favorite (It's the recipe on the back of the Toll House Chocolate Chips).  And when a day like today comes along, they're wonderful to put together in 15 minutes.  You could just make the dough, I won't judge.

I don't feel like I am super good at tons of things, but I've been making chocolate chip cookies (from this recipe) since I was 5 years old.  That's almost 20 years of experience!



Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks (1 cup) softened butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar*
3/4 cup granulated sugar*
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 scant tsp. salt
1 generous tsp. vanilla (to be honest I don't measure this....vanilla is the best)
2 cups flour*
as many chocolate chips as you want :) (I don't measure those either)

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Combine butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a med-large bowl until creamy and smooth.
2.  Add eggs and mix until combined.
3.  Add baking soda, salt, and vanilla and mix again.
4.  Add flour and chocolate chips and mix (if you like your cookies cake-y then feel free to add more flour).  Taste to be sure of it's deliciousness
5. scoop onto ungreased baking/cookie sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes.  I set timer for 9 minutes, check them and add time.  I hate burnt cookies.
6. Devour and then make some more.



*Living in Idaho I've modified the recipe a tad to get good results at this elevation.  I use 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 1/4-2 1/2 cups flour.  Basically, the more brown sugar, the chewier the cookie.  If you like crunchy cookies add more granulated sugar, and if you like cakey cookies add more flour.

Now for the GIVEAWAY!! 

I have 2 i-spy charm packs from my Etsy shop to give to two of you!!!


There are 56 5" charms in each pack and the fabric came from my stash (This is just an example of the type of charms in 1 pack).  All quality fabrics, even some Japanese and organic fabrics! 




To enter:

1. Leave me a comment telling me what book you've read lately that was awesome.  And fair warning, if you say Twilight I'll assume you're being sarcastic ; ) Or, if you haven't read anything lately, what have you done lately that was awesome!

*You don't have to be a follower to enter this giveaway!  I love having followers but that's not why I do this.  Follow me if you want to but I'm not going to make it a requirement.  That's up to you!!  

Giveaway will be open until Wednesday night, Ocober 24th and I'll pick a winner on Thursday. 

I also wanted to give you a discount code (100POSTS) for 15% off in my Etsy shop.  The discount will be good until the end of October! 

Thank you all for being such amazing supportive people!  I enjoy reading your comments so so much, though I don't always respond quickly I assure you, your words are read and so appreciated!! 

71 comments:

  1. Yay the first to comment! Congrats on 100 posts! I am a happy follower and now a hungry one too! Can you send me a batch of freshly baked cookies too if I win!!? Yum! Your eye-spy fabrics are great - I see a handbag one and a bird one that I adore. Fingers crossed!!! :)

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  2. Congrats, Marian! I'm on the fourth book of A Game of Thrones. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  3. Congrats on 100 posts! Okay, now I might need to do some baking. Right now I'm listening to The Invisible Bridge and reading 11/22//63 - so far, I'd recommend both (and both came highly recommended to me.)

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  4. Congratulations!! I'm reading Cutting for Stone. EXCELLENT book. A lot longer than what I normally read (I think it's over 600pgs) but it's not feeling long at all.

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  5. Yay for 100 posts! (I should pay more attention to mine, I realized I just did my 100th without even knowing it.)
    I just finished the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Such a good good book. I love her style.

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  6. Congratulations !!

    I loved The Book Thief and I also really liked Winter of the World (I'm reading it again because the next tome is coming out soon and I had the time to forget the story).

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  7. Hmm, my reading is sorely lacking right now, but I'm about 3/4 through Gold and I really like it!

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  8. Congratulations on your 100th post! I have finished reading Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth (memoirs of a midwife working in the East End of London during 1950s) which is awesome. They serialised it on the BBC, but the book was even better, as they normally are! Thanks for the chance to win and I'm off to give those cookies a try!

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  9. Congrats on your 100th! I recently read The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flynn. A very interesting book about cooking (or the lack of) in America and how it affects us. Makes me even more determined to give my kids at least the basic skills before they reach college!

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  10. I read the latest issue of my Cooks Illustrated Magazine - does that count :) And then made the oh so yummy shepherd's pie recipe from it which was amazing! Congrats on 100 posts!

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  11. I read a book called The Quilt by T.Davis Bunn it was pleasant. Not too long:)

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  12. Congratulations! I use that recipe, too, except I'm usually lazy and make bars instead. I love to read but almost never get the chance right now. I think the last book I read was "I'll Gather My Geese" by Hattie Crawford Stillwell about her life on a remote ranch in south Texas. Kathy's book about cooking in America sounds interesting!

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  13. Yay for 100 posts!
    I finished up "Between the Lines" by Jodi Piccolt & Samantha van Leer (mother and daughter) a little while ago. It's a Young Adult book, but was very cute and clever I thought.

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  14. Congratulations Marian!
    I'm just re-reading(Because I love it!!) 'The Timetravellers Wife'
    Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!

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  15. I'm reading The Pulphead Essays - it's a good read, although some of it is a little weird!!
    Congratulations on the 100th post!
    I will be buying choc chips as soon as possible ;)

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  16. A book I read lately that I enjoyed was Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton.

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  17. I love your stash! Unfortunately all I read lately are textbooks so yeah I bet you dont wanna know abt that...But I bet Heather Ross Prints is awesome though I have never read the book yet!:)

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  18. Those cookies look yummy! Thanks for the tips with the sugar and flour. I'll have to try that. :)
    I don't read... I love to, but for now it just puts me to sleep. I'm hoping once my children are older I won't be so worn out. :) Awesome... we went to the Chicago area last weekend for a wedding! It was actually a lot of fun! and nice to get away and travel a little. :) Thanks for the giveaway! Those looks like fun charms!

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  19. Congratulations! Thanks for the recipe! I'm about to finish The Welcoming Committee of Butternut Creek. My all-time favorite book, though, is Redeeming Love. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  20. I'm in the middle of Jane Eyre (my third time to read it!). Love it! Thanks!

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  21. Congrats on 100 posts! Not too long ago I read "In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson. Loved it! Laugh-out-loud funny in some parts.

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  22. Congrats on reaching your bloggy milestone! I am currently reading The Kennedy Detail - the story of the Secret Service agents who guarded the Kennedys during the last days. It is a side of the story I had not given much consideration to before. Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!!

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  23. I'm currently reading one of Susan W. Albert's books called, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose. These books (a series) are set in the 1930's and they are about the ladies of a gardening club in Alabama and what happens in their lives. It is funny, and refreshing (no cursing) and has a good plot and characters.
    Thanks for a chance to win.
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  24. Congrats on 100 posts. I am currently reading the second book in The Game of Thrones. So glad to have that on my Kindle so I can increase the font size! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  25. Congrats! The book I am reading is called Germinal by Emile Zola.

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  26. I just finished "Mrs. Kennedy and Me" by Clint Hill and it was great! I did a vlog about it here- http://www.meandelna.blogspot.com/2012/08/book-review-vlog-mrs-kennedy-and-me-by.html . Congratulations on 100 blog posts!!!

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  27. I have been reading the Fallen series. Good books! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. I am reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith at the moment.

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  29. I haven't read much lately (shameful!) but I did finish the Giant Squid plush I was working on. I call him Biggie Smalls. He's over 6 feet long!

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  30. MMMMMM... I thought you were giving away the cookies! Something I've done lately, not much reading, mostly sewing. I went to the food and wine festival at Epcot Disney World for my birthday. It was grrrrreat!

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  31. I have been reading a series of books by Madelyn Alt about witches. That is when I'm not reading quilting blogs. I try to alternate between re-reading my favorite sci-fi books with new ones.
    Marj in Mexico

    thelady at hotmail.com

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  32. Congrats on your 100th post... I haven't read a book in about a month... lots of books about bag making, though. Thanks for the chance to win...

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  33. Just read the most recent Rick Riordan . It's a kid book but a fun read.

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  34. i am reading andy mcdermott's
    return to atlantis
    i have read all of this line love the two main players

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  35. That recipe was a favorite in our house when the kids where growing up.
    Just finished "QUIET" by Susan Cain The Power of Intorverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
    This is a fantastic book for anyone who wants to understand introverts.

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  36. "Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann. One of the best books I've ever read. It's a cloudy, gray day here--a perfect day for baking chocolate chip cookies.

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  37. Wild is a great read. I also loved The Paris Wife! Congrats on 100th post. Off to make cookies now! ;)

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  38. Last book i read: Tara Brach: Radical Acceptance. well, not the last book i read, but the most memorable recent one!
    thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway! and now i want chocolate chip cookies!

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  39. I've been reading my husband's collection of David Baldacci books, highly recommended if you like crime/thrillers. One I would always recommend, though a bit older, is the 19th Wife, amazing book!

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  40. Most of the books I read lately have been read over-and-over again and are of the Dr Seuss or Bernstein Bears variety :). I just recently finished curtains for my daughters room (it's about time!)

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  41. Yippeeeeeee for 100 Posts! Way cool!! Haven't read any books lately....last one tho, was "The Help"...very good! Working on Christmas gifts right now....wallhanging, crocheting several projects, and makin' Jammie's....too busy to read! lol Awesome time spent tho too.

    Thanks for chance to win your Drawing!! :) ( Oh! if I win, you can sneak in some of your cookies! They are my Favorites too! lol)

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  42. I just love reading the Monk books. Since there are nö more new episodes on TV, that is the best I can get. ;-)

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  43. I am reading the Kay Scarpetta books. I wouldn't say that they are fantastic though.

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  44. Congratulations! Reading is my favourite passtime, aside from quilting, so I always have a book on the go. presently is is Delusion In Death by J.B. Robb. One of those quick, easy reads with a recurring main character. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  45. The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig - wonderful book. Also Pirate King by Laurie R. King - series about Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes - this was a fun romp. Thanks for the recipe & thanks for the chance to win.

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  46. Congrats! I recommend "The girl Who Stole Books" by Markus Zusak, it's an amazing book. Thanks for the giveaway and the recipe :)
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  47. i can't think of anything I've read recently that was awesome. some good and some okay reads lately. I do really enjoy Sarah Addison Allen's books - godo stories and characters sprinkled with a touch of magic. :)

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  48. I recently picked up Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend on a whim in the book shop, and couldn't put it down. I nearly missed my bus to work reading over breakfast, then nearly missed the bus stop when I got into town. Author is listed as Matthew Green in the UK, but I think Amazon said he published it under a different surname in the US, so I suggest searching for the title instead of the author! Thanks for a great giveaway, and the chance to rave about a book I enjoyed. Off to subscribe now!

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  49. I am reading, A National Crime, history of residential school in Canada .....not exactly awesome, but very informative.

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  50. I love Mary Higgins Clark - I'm reading her book I'll Walk Alone right now and it's a really good mystery. Thanks for the chance to win your pretty fabric.

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  51. Thanks for the chance and congratulations! I've just started The City of Women (about women in Berlin during WWII). Just finished Molly Ringwald's book of short stories that was surprisingly good!

    Elizabeth
    lwghosts at yahoo dot com

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  52. I read and loved Radical by David Platt.

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  53. I haven't had a chance to read anything new lately. Besides some crafting books. Those Chocolate Chip cookies look yummy!!

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  54. I am a follower just so you know I appreciate your blog.Right now I am not reading anything great but I allway reccomend "where the heart is" by Billie Letts.It is a great book the movie was horrible but I personally highly reccomend the book.Thank-you for the great give away chance.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  55. I just got a kindle and am reading free books! I'm working on Ana Kerinina right now.

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  56. My curiosity got the better of me and I got Fifty Shades of Grey from the library...... awolk at rogers dot com

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  57. I've just finished reading the latest Louise Penny novel "Beautiful Mystery." I'd definitely recommend it. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

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  58. Terry Pratchett's "Carpe Jugulum" - it's my favorite Terry Pratchett novel (so far)! HILARIOUS.

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  59. I've really loved "Help for Troubled Christians".

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  60. I just finished an early copy of Two Graves by Preston/Child. If you like thrillers --- they do a fantastic job.

    Congrats on the 100 posts - that's amazing.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  61. Your Twilight comment made me laugh, and convinced me to follow you immediately. :) The newest book I have read that was awesome was by Stephen L. Carter, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. I always love to recommend Louise Penny's "Three Pines" mystery series--novels that are about so much more than a murder. Start with the first one, Still LIfe, and be prepared to be charmed and amazed.

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  62. Honestly, don't have too much time to read lately with the new baby- but I have completed a winter quilted blanket for her and very proud of it :) Many thanks for the great givaway!

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  63. Congratulations on 100 posts . . . don't know if I'll ever make it to that milestone. :) I haven't been reading lately since I've gone back to work, but I did finish up George RR Martin's books in the Game of Thrones series. I hear the HBO series is excellent, too, so maybe I'll get the hubs to watch it with me.

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  64. I'm almost finished reading QuiltsGiving, a new Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini. It is a great read.

    Thanks for the chance to win this cute fabric.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  65. I read mostly non-fiction. Recently I read Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs and Anna Quindlin's Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. I think there was another one in there too but it escapes me now. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. I haven't read anything noteworthy recently. Except maybe Robert Munch books, Stink, and I spy books with my kids. I'm in the process of sewing a very unique halloween costume. My son wants to be a tea bag. I told him I'd sew it, but he was responsible for making the tea filling. Hope to get it finished this weekend. Thanks for a chance to win! :) And those cookies look delicious! Thanks for the recipe! :)

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  67. Haven't been reading much but I've been working on sewing a christmas table runner for my table. Thanks for the giveaway! My email address is jenjeb@juno.com

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  68. Congratulations. Not much reading as lots of kid-sitting for my grandnieces - different ones each day - tiring but great to establish a relationship with them even if they can't talk yet!

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  69. Congratulations on 100 posts! Hmmm....what did I read lately that was awesome? I just finished Save Me by Lisa Scottoline. I thought it was good, it reminded me of Jodi Piccoult's books.

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  70. Congratulations on 100 posts! My son started kindergarten this year and I've started reading "chapter books" to him. First we read The Boxcar Children and now we're reading Charlotte's Web. I'm enjoying it as much as he is (if not more!). I'm excited to re-read all the wonderful books I read when I was young. :)

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