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Celebrating Three Years of Love and Olive Oil

Three years ago today, I took a picture of my dinner. And posted it. And hoped that people would care.

And sure enough, three years later, you really do care. About food. And cupcakes. And kitty cats. And us. The reason this blog is still around and going strong is because of you. Our readers. I am ever so grateful for you, your comments, your support. Because without you, this blog would be little more than a couple taking pictures of their food (not too far off from playing with your food, to be honest). But because of you it is so much more.

I do believe a celebration is in order.

Yes, I actually considered baking a cake. I even toyed with the idea of throwing a birthday bash for a blog. But, alas, our busy lives prevailed, and I decided I’d do something that would directly benefit you: give something cool away.

Block Printed Cupcake Moleskine Notebook

So, to celebrate Love & Olive Oil’s 3rd birthday, I’m giving away TWO SETS of these adorable notebooks to two lucky readers! Each winner will receive one large and one small cupcake notebook, one of each color. These notebooks are unlined Moleskine Cahier journals, perfect for jotting notes, doodles, or recipes.

I’ve been spending more time off of the computer lately, whether it be baking, reading, drawing, or creating. These little notebooks are a result of that creative time. The original intention was to create a notebook in which to write and record my cupcake recipes. My previous system was basically just a series of notes jotted in the margins of other recipes. But these recipes deserved more than just a margin. They deserved their own notebook.

And after a bit of work, a few boo boos, and lots of pink and turquoise ink, the cupcake notebook was born.

I’ve purchased quite a few of these notebooks with plans to print on them, both with this cupcake image as well as others I’ve yet to carve (can you say, dessert notebook series? cupcakes, cakes, doughnuts, etc.) I’m even toying with the idea of setting up a mini-shop of sorts, depending on the interest, to sell a limited number of these notebooks to those who find them as adorable as I do.

Block Printed Cupcake Notebook

TO ENTER: simply leave a comment on this post by midnight (cst) on Sunday, February 21st. Only one entry per person. I will randomly select the two winners first thing Monday morning.

You can also get yourself a BONUS entry by twittering about this giveaway, sharing it on facebook, or mentioning it on your own blog. Simply leave an additional comment with a link to the tweet and/or blog post. One bonus entry per person (multiple tweets won’t get you multiple bonus entries).

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get ahold of you, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com) for good measure, I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. 1
    Jennifer
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Lindsay,
    I’ll be honest. I just discovered your blog last week. Since then I have tried numerous recipes (absolutely loved the brown butter tortellini). I’m about to get off of this computer and go make the Zucchini Basil Soup. Thank you- for taking beautiful photographs and sharing your recipes with all of us! Congrats on three years!

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    katie
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    How adorable! I love the swirl!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Ooh, I would love to win this! I love Moleskine notebooks and I love cupcakes…sounds like a win/win!

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    Sarah
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    The notebooks are so cute! I absolutely LOVE your recipes and am so excited about trying the tagalongs ASAP!

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  5. 5
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I just found your site on its birthday – how exciting! <3

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  6. 6
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Also tweeted about the giveaway :D

    http://twitter.com/jonesingfor

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm
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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Ooh I love the notebooks! And I love your site, and recipes, and kitty(ies)!!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Congrats, and those are adorable!

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  10. 10
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I also retweeted the giveaway (@sallaboutme). Congrats on your blog-iversary!

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    Luciana Henriques
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    They’re cute!

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  12. 12
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    how adorable! Perfect for me to write down my crazy plans!

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  13. 13
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Fingers are crossed!

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    Eleana
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    How adorable! I’d love one, and I love the cupcakes on your blog as well! You should come down to Los Angeles one of these days and I will take you to all the cupcake places that are opening like wildfire here!

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    Karisa H.
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    These are adorable!

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  16. 16
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Wow. What a great blog! 3 years! Such a milestone!

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    Karisa H.
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm
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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I tweeted about your lovely contest! http://twitter.com/lauralizzy

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    http://nicktawny.vox.com/library/post/wish-me-luck.html

    and it’s on FB, but my page is private….. : )

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    Jenna
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I’m a cupcake fiend! Would love these!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Happy “birthday!” I love these notebooks! I would love to win one! Also, I am sure you know, but Etsy would be a great place for your shop!

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    jillian
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    how adorable!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    these are fantastic!

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  24. 24
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I tweeted about the contest here: http://twitter.com/brittty/status/9257984459

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I’d love to have these note books to do my doodle of the day in!

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    Laura
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Congrats! The notebooks are beautiful…just like your treats!

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    Laura
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Congrats!!! love the cupcakes!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Happy 3 years! I’ve been enjoying reading the blog since the beginning!

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    Laurie
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Pick me!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Congrats on three years! I love your blog and am a frequent reader. These notebooks are delightful and would be a perfect place to hold my recipes. Cheers!

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    Kelly
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Just found your site today – love it and can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

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    Michelle
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Yay! These cuties would really make my day! All my other notebooks would be jealous;o)

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    Sarah
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Love your blog and the notebooks are sooooo cute.

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Happy birthday to your blog! I love your food and writing style. Congrats for making it three years!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    This is my favourite blog for cupcake recipes, by far! Always a winning recipe! These notebooks would be great. Happy birthday!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I love your blog…and Moleskines! Your food porn is amazing. :)

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm
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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    These notebooks are very cute! Congratulations on your blog birthday!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    So cute! Thanks for the contest and Happy Blogiversary!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I have been reading this blog for quite some time. Why I’ve never commented before is beyond me, but I just wanted to tell you how much I admire your creativity and passion. Not to mention, you and Taylor are the cutest couple of all time!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm
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    Shannon Mac
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I’d love to win these cute little notebooks! And happy happy anniversary — your blog is one that has inspired me to start my own… as soon as I move into my very own house next week!! I also tweeted you a happy anniversary :) http://twitter.com/ShannonMacHappy

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    Alyssa
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I love your prints! Almost as much as I love reading your blog, but not quite. ;] I am definitely in support of the baked goods Moleskin line.

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    Natalie
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    mmm cupcakes. pick me! pick me! Congrats on 3 years!

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    Caren
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    What a great way to jazz up a Moleskin! Love the idea. Wish I’d thought of it.

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    Marie
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    That notebook is so cute! I hope I win these. I’d put all kinds of cupcake recipes on the big one and doodle cupcake ideas on the small one or something.

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Those are adorable!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Adorable!!! Congrats on the blogiversary :)

    proficiscamur {at} gmail {dot} com

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I carry that exact moleskin in my back pocket every day to write about food. Except of course without the cool cupcake logo. Which would be so excellently ironic for a food writer.

    I wrote a review of a new Irish pub today and realized that I have one page left in my book since the last two have fallen out from abuse.

    Timing couldn’t be better. I’m praying to the gods of blessed random probability.

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    Laura
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I would freaking LOVE these notebooks. I’m finishing baking/pastry school soon, and these would be perfect (and adorable) for rewriting and organizing my favorite recipes from school. If you start selling these, I promise to be your first customer!

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    Gwyn
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Those look so cute! Sign me up for the “raffle”! :-) Happy Anniversary!!!

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    Gwyn
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm
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    Rachael
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Happy birthday!

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    Meli
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I absolutely love the moleskins! I’ve never had one before but I feel like they’re all the rage in the blogger community. Plus I love to bake! Don’t you just love it when two good things come together?! :)

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    Christine
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    the notebooks are great! i’d probably keep one and give one away as a gift!

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    lindalicious
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Adorable notebooks!
    Happy Anniversary! Here’s to many more years of sharing.

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    those are so cute! Also tweeted on http://twitter.com/cherokeedoe7

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    Jolie
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Very cute — oh, and the tagalongs look wonderful!

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    Maddie
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    The notebooks are adorable. I fell in love with your blog at the beginning of the year (I stumbled upon the chocolate covered cookie dough truffles) and plan on staying in love as long as you post! Congrats of three years :)

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    These are adorable!

    I also tweeted: http://twitter.com/heathertroutt

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    Janie
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Congrats! Thanks for the great recipes!

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    Lily
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Those notebooks are too cute!

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    Sandhya
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Loved the hazelnut cupcakes with cappuccino buttercream, would love the notebook :)

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    These are adorable! I’ma papercrafter, so I especially love what you created. Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

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    Laura Ginn
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Wow, these are cute – what a great way to celebrate your success and share a tool for us aspiring chefs/bakers! I haven’t followed for long, but I love the site and look forward to trying your tagalongs! yum! Thank you :)

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    Mary
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Congratulations on three years! These notebooks are awesome! What a great idea!

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    Laura Ginn
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Definitely shared your link and giveaway on FB, but my page is pretty private so not sure how to make you able to see the share post. It’s on my wall: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=609282138&ref=nf

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Congratulations on your three year anniversary!!!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    whimsical and functional — my idea of great work!

    cheers,

    *heather8

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    sharon
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I love your blog. I’ve tried a few of your recipes and I must say, they turned out great. Thanks again for the cupcake tips and tools. I always look forward to sharing about your blog with my friends on facebook . It’s always exciting to open up my e-mail and see a message form Love and Olive Oil. Thanks so much.

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    Jennifer
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Great idea! Thanks for the contest

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    Megan
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I really enjoy your blog. Yeah for three years, and yeah for my first comment.

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Congratulations on your milestone! I love your blog. It is at the top of my must-read blog list. Your little notebooks are super adorable and I think the cupcake image is really cute. You could for sure sell a lot of them if you printed and sold them. List-makers like me, can always use another cute notebook. Congrats again on the anniversary.
    jills0182 AT yahoo DOT com
    http://missjilliandesigns.blogspot.com/

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    Irene
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Oh pick me! I love cupcakes! :) Congratulations on three years~

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    Nicole
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    So cute! How did you come up with the design?

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!

    I follow your blog regularly. I would love to win the cupcake notebooks.

    Thanks for the chance.

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Please pick me! I love cupcakes and writing! emilyfette@gmail.com

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm
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    kristin
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    happy birthday! here’s to many great blog posts to come! cheers!

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    Tiffany
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    VERY cute little notebooks!! Happy Anniversary!!

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Congratulations on three years! Look how far you’ve come!!

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    Becca
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Happy Birthday, Love and Olive Oil! I love the blog.

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    Kathleen
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Just found your blog recently. Happy 3rd birthday, and many more. The little books are adorable, and look forward to any other cute items you come up with to sell.

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    Ashley Holler
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I just stumbled upon this blog a few days ago via stumbleupon.com and I love it. I adore your happiness about cooking, life, and the strength of your relationship. Keep up the great work– and if you start selling the adorable moleskine books, count me in… also– I think I perfected my recipe for apple muffins yesterday if anyone is interested :) ash.holler@gmail.com

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    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Oh my goodness I would love to have a cupcake notebook or 2. Been reading along for a long time in google reader, rarely pop over to your actual site, but just know that I thoroughly enjoy reading. Congrats on 3 years!

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    Portia
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Yummy :)

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    Terri
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 12:08 am

    these are so cute!!

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    Brianna
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I love your blog. I check it religiously and have tried some recipies that my DH loves.

    Those notebooks are soo cute. I would totally use it to put all my recipies in.

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    Lynne
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Congratulations!
    I just discovered your blog and was thrilled to see a post pop into my in box as I wrote my reports tonight….a great incentive to make things short and to the point!
    I would love copies of your cupcake notebooks but am not sure if this is open to Canadians? …… please say it is!!!
    Wishing you many more anniversaries :)

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    Sarah
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I only found your blog about two weeks ago, and I got crazy hooked :). I have some herbed tofu lasagna in the oven right now, with zucchini and sauted mushrooms, and I’m on my second batch of veggie burgers. Thank you for sharing all of your lovely, funny, and delicious culinary adventures with all of us, and happy third birthday :).

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    Anna
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 12:45 am

    These are so adorable! I would really love one :]

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    Tiffany
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Congrats on three years!

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    Morgan
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 1:07 am

    LOVE Love and Olive Oil! :)

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    Lindsey
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I love your website and recipes. Congrats!

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    Melanie
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Very cute!

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    Angie
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Congrats for the 3 years! May there many more to come :)

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    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I love those books and the blog. I follow you a long time. I joined the draw: my name is Silvia and email is info@midulcetentacion.es

    Kisses.

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    Lyn
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Oeeeeeeh I love moleskine. And your blog. And that’s no coincidence. I hope your blog will be around for a very long time!

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    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Yours is the website that I tell people should be their go-to for cooking. It is original, healthy, delicious, artful. Thank you for the gift of your love and your skills!

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