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Meet Joshua Isaac


Surprise! My water broke before work last Friday and although my labor started a few hours later, it was slow-progressing and I was induced later at midnight.  Joshua Isaac was born happy and healthy on November 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm, weighing 6 lb. 14 oz and 18 1/2 inches long.

Praise the Lord! I’m so in love with this little man that I can’t stand it.  I’m just so so thankful for this precious miracle.  I have so many pictures but will share a few for now.  I’ve discovered that new parents sleep on average 1 hour a day (or at least, that’s my average since my water broke), and the rest of the time is taken up with caring for baby and figuring out how to do this parenting thing.  It’s overwhelming and wonderful at the same time.

 

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Thankful Thursday #107: I’m pregnant :)

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I know, I can’t believe it either!  Praise the Lord, who remembers our prayers even after many years.  We are so thankful and it has been so hard not to share this on every Thankful Thursday since we found out!  I’m now 13 weeks along and baby is due December 9, 2013 (that’s Dennis’ birthday-lol).  We just celebrated our 13th anniversary on June 4th and I’m starting to think 13 isn’t such an unlucky number after all. :)

Grandmother Bread

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So I guess you guys know all my dirty little yeast bread secrets, about all the loaves I’ve ruined over the years…

But hey, I’ve also won two ribbons for yeast bread!  So I’m not totally helpless, right?  I mean I have like some sort of maybe talent sort of.

Anyway, fellow Kansan blogger, Diana Starenisic Deane, a local historian and author of Shadow on the Hill, asked me to do a guest post for her on bread.  Yes, she knows all about my bread failure escapades and she still asked me!  Her book, which I’ve read and highly recommend–it’s a true life murder mystery!–features bread dough as one of the clues to Florence Knoblock’s murder, and she thought it would be groovy to have a food blogger to do a bread post.  Heck to the yes, I’m all over that, qualified or not!

I don’t do many step-by-step tutorials any more, but I did for this post since it’s special, and I hope you’ll do me the honor of stopping by Diana’s blog to check it out today.  Besides,  you’ll want the recipe for this old-fashioned white bread.  It’s super simple, without any fat, eggs, or milk, and wow you won’t believe how good a loaf made with just flour, water, sugar, salt and yeast can be!  Especially when you slather it in butter.  :)  Click here to check it out!

Win a GALLON of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil! {CLOSED}

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This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Hanh Nguyen!

No, this is not an early April Fool’s joke, this is fer real, peeps.  The good folks at Tropical Traditions are now offering a full gallon of their good-as-gold (AKA Gold Label) coconut oil to one of my readers.  So if you didn’t win the quart, lucky you, you can enter to win a gallon instead!

Note: if you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Thank you to those who order, I’ve earned $50 in gift certificates so far and soon hope to be buying my own gallon so that I don’t die of jealousy!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - gallon.Win 1 gallon of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

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To enter to win, all you have to do is click here to sign up for their newsletter (required for entry, no comments count as a vote unless you have done this first) and then leave a comment letting me know you did or are already subscribed.  Then you have to agree to let me move in with you until the coconut oil is gone.  OK, just kidding about that last part, but I would be a great partner in crime when it comes to using up all that glorious oil.  Please? Yes? Maybe?

You can earn up to seven more chances to win by doing any of the following and leave a separate comment for each, letting me know you did (however you must subscribe to the newsletter first and leave a comment telling me you did/do so, or no comments you leave will count as an entry):

o    “Like” Veronica’s Cornucopia on Facebook
o    “Like” Tropical Traditions on Facebook (Please no, “I was sent by…” posts or posting a link to your blog, they will be removed)
o    Follow me on Twitter
o    Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter
o    Follow me on Pinterest
o    Follow Tropical Traditions on Pinterest
o    Follow Tropical Traditions on Google +

The giveaway will be open until Wednesday, January 23rd, at midnight.  I will notify the winner by email and the winner will have 48 hours to reply or another winner will be chosen.  Good luck!  I’ll start packing now…

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to commenter #261, Hanh Nguyen!

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Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now closed.  The random number generator gave me #1 (too crazy, second time that has happened to me on giveaways), so congratulations to Caren King!

 

 

 

We’re two days into the new year, and by now a large percentage of people have made resolutions to get healthier and are already doing things to accomplish this task.  To help get you off to a great start this year, Tropical Traditions is offering a jar of their Gold Label Coconut Oil to one of my readers.  Nice!

Note: if you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Super sweeeet. :)

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Tropical Traditions sent me a jar of their Gold Label and I’m really happy with it.  So far the only coconut oil I’ve met that I haven’t adored is the refined kind, which doesn’t have the wonderful flavor of the virgin oil, but this oil did stand out from my other favorites.  As soon as I got my jar I dug in with a spoon to try it (I often eat a spoonful for a treat–coconut oil is like candy to me, without the addictive quality). It had the pure coconut flavor I expected but for me the biggest difference between it and other virgin coconut oils was the ultra satiny-smooth texture it had in its solid state before it melted in my mouth.  Another favorite of mine, Barlean’s, has a great flavor but it almost feels like it has coconut pulp in it, it definitely has a fuller texture, which I personally don’t like as much.  I could definitely tell from the first bite that Tropical Traditions is premium quality and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to try coconut oil.

If you’d like to win a jar, you can subscribe to their newsletter here (required to enter the drawing, and the newsletter is great–you will be notified every time they have a sale or special offer), then leave a comment on this post telling me you did so.  The giveaway is open to the US and Canada and will be open for a week, until next Wednesday (1/9/13) at midnight.  The winner will be contacted by email (you can also check back on this post on Thursday, January 10th, to see who won).  If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.  Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed.  The random number generator gave me #1 (too crazy, second time that has happened to me on giveaways), so congratulations to Caren King!

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Coming soon to a blog near you…


Today is reveal day for Group C (my group) of the Secret Recipe Club.  I usually schedule my posts for 8 am but our agreed upon reveal time for the club is 11 am CST so please check back then for a delicious cookie recipe and a tip on how to whip  misshapen cookies back into shape!

If you’re super bored and need something to do in the mean time, you can scope out my past posts for the Secret Recipe Club:

2012

February: Steak au Poivre
March: Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
April: Lemongrass Chicken
June: Blueberry-Lemon Upside Down Cake
July: Whole Wheat Potato Bread
August: Quick Veggie Quesadillas
September: Sour Cream Pound Cake
October: Apple Pie Cupcakes

2011

November: Gołąbki {Polish Cabbage Rolls}
October: Sugar-Free Banana Bread Two Ways
September: Chuncheon Chicken Wings
August: Choco-Cherry Cheesecake Cookie Bars
July: Raw Double Chocolate Brownie Bites

 

Celebrating 3 Years


Veronica’s Cornucopia is now three years old!  Happy birthday, VC! :)  In keeping with my annual blogiversary tradition, let’s review the top ten posts (those with the most views) within the last year…

Cake Pops

You guys are seriously. obsessed. with cake pops.  I’m convinced this will always be my number one most popular post, though I’ve grown enough that the pops don’t account for most of my blog views as they did last year.  Only a third of them now!

Cake Pops, Balls, & Truffles: Troubleshooting & FAQ

I had to post this a year and a half ago because of the obsession.  I got so many questions about cake pops that I finally had to close down the comment section on that post after it reached over 200 comments.  This really helps answer most questions regarding cake pops, whether how to store them, or troubleshooting, etc.

Baked Potato Salad

Thanks to Pinterest, my Baked Potato Salad exploded in popularity over the summer.  I can actually thank Pinterest for most of my page views this year, I believe.  I’m thankful because my photography isn’t good enough to be on Foodgawker or Tastespotting, so it’s nice to have a place like Pinterest where my amateur point-and-shoot photos are good enough for most people.

Oreo Cookie (or Cookies ‘n Cream) Cake

Although I really don’t like Oreos, I love this cake.  So much that I even submitted it to our company’s fundraiser cookbook.  I really need to make this more often.

Turtle Cookies

(AAAA my eyes, my eyes! Why did I leave that blue cast on the photo? I need to fix that!)  I’m proud that a recipe I posted within the last year and created myself made it to the top ten!  I really love these cookies, you just can’t beat the combination of chewy caramel, nutty pecans, and semisweet chocolate in a buttery vanilla cookie dough.

Cupcake Bites

Of course! Another variation of cake pops and people are all over it! This is my favorite way to make them, so easy, no cracking, and so cute!

Cherry Cordials (Chocolate Covered Cherries)

I used to love cheap cherry cordials but now, I can’t really stand them.  But I will totally eat these!  Homemade is almost always best.

Homemade Kahlua {Coffee Liqueur}

This reminds me I need to make some more!  After my last batch of Kahlua brownies, I only have about 1/2 cup left.  Better get on that!

Vegan Dark Chocolate Cake Pops

What, did you think vegans didn’t obsess over cake pops too?  This is a universal obsession, people!

Favorite Chocolate Cake, plus tiered cake tips

Ohhhh yeah.  OK you guys, I have to tell you I make this cake at least once a month (the two-layer cake recipe, not a three-tier version.  I’m crazy but not that crazy.)  Everyone goes c-razy for it.  If you haven’t made it yet…do it. :)

After looking at all that sugar, I’m so ready to eat a healthy dinner!  LOL!  I wanted to include my own favorites (right now I’d pick all savory foods–I’m totally sugared out with today’s post-lol!) but don’t have time today, so hopefully I can do that tomorrow.  In the mean-time, you can scope out my updated “current favorites” in the side-bar, which are all Thanksgiving-friendly. Thanks everyone for making this a great year for Veronica’s Cornucopia!

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