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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. 101
    Katie
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Oh gosh, how sweet. Happy birthday!

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  2. 102
    Tina Marie
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 7:27 am

    I discovered Love and Olive Oil a little under a year ago and love it not only for the fabulous recipes, but also for the humor and beautiful pictures. Your posts always put a smile on my face, and that is a rare gift. Thank you!

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  3. 103
    Amber
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Happy 3rd Birthday!!!

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  4. 104
    Tina Marie
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I also posted a comment and your website on my facebook page. Looking forward to you being on FB!!

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  5. 105
    Emily Ward
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I found your blog a week ago and I have loved it! I can’t wait to try all of your recipes!

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  6. 106
    J
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Notebook please!

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  7. 107
    KC
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I really enjoy your blog and the great recipes you share with us! Great give away, thanks!

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  8. 108
    Stacy
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I so love your blog. I would love your note pads so I could write down all my sweet ideas and get creative, you are very inspiring to me.
    Thanks,
    stacy

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  9. 109
    Jeanette
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Beautiful blog, beautiful notebooks – what a treat it would be to jot my recipe ideas and sweet treat inspirations in these! Thanks for thinking of your readers!

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  10. 110
    Jane
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I love all these giveaways you do :-)

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  11. 111
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:22 am

    You have such a lovely blog. I made your recipe for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles and my family loved them! I can’t wait to see what other recipes you share with us.

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  12. 112
    LeeAnne
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I love your blog! Everything looks so good! I just wish I had the time to make it all. Happy Birthday to your blog!

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  13. 113
    Kim
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I love your blog! I just enjoyed a few days worth of chocolate chip cookie dough truffles:) They WERE awesome! Now I need more – a little addictive I must say:)

    Reply

  14. 114
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I just made your Tofu Noodle Toss with Taylor’s Kick-Butt Peanut Sauce for dinner last night, and it was amazing! My roommates and I loved it, and we’re definitely going to turn it into a staple meal.

    Reply

  15. 115
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Wow, I guess Lindsay knows how to generate publicity! Your recipes are solid, girl, and I have ever so many more in my queue…

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  16. 116
    Amanda
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

    baking and doodling are my two favotire things, how did you know??

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  17. 117
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Oh my goodness those are so cute. You’ll have a lot of comments so the chances of winning are slim however if you do decide to sell some on Etsy or something please update us because I’m sure a lot of us will want to buy some!!

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  18. 118
    Angie P.
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I love your blog, love the pictures with all the recipes. It’s just my husband and I and I love your recipes to change our menu up a little bit. I just made the mushrooms with the basalmic glaze (don’t know if I spelled that correctly) last week and we loved them. Congratulations on three years and thanks for all the great recipes!!!!

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  19. 119
    Ali Cakes
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning Lindsay,
    When I saw these I thought too cute and they are a definite contender for a series of notebooks like you said in your post.

    Reply

  20. 120
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:05 am
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    Elizabeth K
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Adorable!! I would LOVE one.

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  22. 122
    Kim
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Lindsay – Absolutely adorable notebooks!!!! Love your blog!!

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  23. 123
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:16 am

    In spite of the linguistic barrier, I love to read your blog !! Congrats on 3 years !! As we say in french “BON ANNIVERSAIRE” !!
    From France…

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  24. 124
    Sarah
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:25 am

    congrats! just subscribed this week. :)

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  25. 125
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Congrats on 3 years! Keep up the good blogging!

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  26. 126
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:28 am

    three years is a wonderful accomplishment–congrats, and let the good times roll. :)

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  27. 127
    Jen
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:29 am

    So Cute!

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  28. 128
    Mirya
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

    These are sooo cute! I think a slice of pie would be really cute, also. You should sell them on etsy!

    Reply

  29. 129
    Christine
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Love your blog!

    Reply

  30. 130
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Seeing those little cupcake notebooks in my blog reader made me happy! :)

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  31. 131
    Jennifer
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Your blog has inspired my interest in food photography! Your pictures are gorgeous…and best of all – you’ve got the recipes to back them up. ;) I love that you live such an “out-of-the-box” lifestyle. My boyfriend and I want to open our own online business, and spend each and every day working together. People think that we’re crazy for wanting to spend so much time together. You’re proof that it can work!

    Reply

  32. 132
    Heather
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Adorable journals, please!!

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  33. 133
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Those notebooks are so cute! You’re so creative, and I really appreciate the vegan recipes. Thanks for three years of a great blog!

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  34. 134
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Congrats on 3 years! and kudos on fabulous photography. I’ve followed your blog for about a year and have made a number of recipes, sweet and savory. Thank you also for including a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes!

    Reply

  35. 135
    Sharon
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Nice! Love your blog.

    Reply

  36. 136
    Reindeer
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

    So adorable. Congratulations x

    http://twitter.com/reindeersp

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  37. 137
    Emily J.
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Would love to win the cupcake notebooks!

    Reply

  38. 138
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

    How cute!

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  39. 139
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Congrats on three years! Love your blog! Super cute notebooks too!

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  40. 140
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Shucks!! These beat the heck out of the spiral notebook I have been using. Adorable.

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  41. 141
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 11:23 am

    And just tweeted about it. (Just learned out to find the url for that!!) http://twitter.com/Scones4Me/status/9290106182

    Reply

  42. 142
    Whybrarian
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Love your recipes and blog. Thanks for offering the contest. Very sweet of you! I tweeted your contest: http://twitter.com/whybrarian

    Reply

  43. 143
    Nicole
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I’m new to you blog but I love it already. And I absolutely never enter the giveaways cause I never win but I’m going to start thinking positive. This is my first entry. Here goes nothing :)

    Reply

  44. 144
    Rachel L
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

    So fantastic. I’ve been stopping in a few times a week for awhile and tried out a bunch of your recipes. You made me love brussel sprouts! Also, my fav recipe (so far) is definately the Go-To Chocolate Cupcakes. So simple, so satisfying. Even without icing! Thank-you!

    Reply

  45. 145
    Laura Bouziden
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Too cute…cupcakes are my favorite!

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  46. 146
    Rachel C
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    so cute. happy 3rd bday love and olive oil. it’s always such a joy reading your blogs!! :)

    Reply

  47. 147
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I just discovered your blog, and I love it. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

  48. 148
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    What a cool giveaway and a great way to celebrate. I am a new reader, within the last month, but I absolutely love it! I’m so glad I found you.

    Reply

  49. 149
    Chelsea
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I love your site. I go on every day to see if there’s something new and I love your taste in other blogs. Thanks!

    Reply

  50. 150
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Happy Birthday!

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  51. 151
    Lili
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Congrats on three years, Lindsay!

    Reply

  52. 152
    Margaret Barry
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Happy birthday. And congratulations on a job well done.

    Reply

  53. 153
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats to your anniversary. You have a lovely blog!

    Reply

  54. 154
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Your blog has become an inspiration for me! I never would’ve signed up to take cake decorating classes if I hadn’t found Love and Olive Oil, so thank you =)

    Reply

  55. 155
    sarah barban
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    congratulations on the anniversary.

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  56. 156
    Pam
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    !!!!!!

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  57. 157
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    How adorable! And happy 3 years!

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  58. 158
    Rebecca
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Congratulations! And thank you for all your hard work! Your blog has given me so many great cupcake ideas!

    Reply

  59. 159
    Hanna Grene
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I would love to give these to my little sister who loves cup cakes!

    Reply

  60. 160
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Your blog’s birthday is my anniversary! Needless to say, I won’t be forgetting it :)

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  61. 161
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    how cuuute!

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  62. 162
    Jen Burns
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Happy 3rd Anniversary Lindsay! Those moleskine notebooks are lovely; hope I win one! They would be great for sketching out pottery designs or just doodling (which I’m prone to do).
    (And congrats on your new feline addition at the house).
    Love your blog – it’s delicious!
    -Jen

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  63. 163
    Melissa
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Cupcake notebooks good enough to eat? :O You guys are my favorite. <3 My first ever recipe I made from this website..broccoli and beef…mmm.

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  64. 164
    Logan
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I just recently discovered your blog and LOVE it! I also happen to love cupcakes, AND… I happen to be an avid journal-er; thus, these little notebooks were made for me!

    Reply

  65. 165
    Aryn
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Happy three year anniversary, I hope there are many more entries on this fabulous blog in the years to come! Those notebooks are adorable!

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  66. 166
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    love your blog and the notebooks!

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  67. 167
    Catherine
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    LOVE your blog! it’s basically my bible :)

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  68. 168
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Me! :]

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  69. 169
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Your blog is amazing and I have already tried so many recipes! I would love to win these notebooks as I just filled up my recipe book!

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  70. 170
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm
  71. 171
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Congratulations! And may three years be the charm! Those notebooks really are adorable… may they go to someone well deserved :)

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  72. 172
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Happy 3rd anniversary!

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  73. 173
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm
  74. 174
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Love your website! Those notebooks are adorable! Happy anniversary!

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  75. 175
    Natalie
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Wow, three years! Congratulations and keep up the great work, I love your blog!

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  76. 176
    vanessa
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    happy 3 year anniversary!! kudos on the cupcake design. love it! i think it would even make a lovely tattoo! xoxo

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  77. 177
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Happy anniversary. Would love to be entered for a chance to win! Those notebooks are too cute!!

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  78. 178
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Oh those are the cutest books!

    Congrats on 3 years! That’s great. Love your site!!

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  79. 179
    Danielle
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Happy 3 years! I love your recipes!

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  80. 180
    Stacey
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    how adorable!

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  81. 181
    Shannon
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I was able to get Girl Scout cookies this year but I may have to try yours too!

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  82. 182
    Leigh
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I LOVE your blog… I have made many of your cupcakes and just adore them! These notebooks would be perfect to keep my recipes in!

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  83. 183
    Leigh
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I also tweeted about it!! http://twitter.com/LeighGunnels

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  84. 184
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I could really use something sweet in my life right now! Love these notebooks! They would be perfect to jot down recipes, blog notes, or anything, keeping my fingers crossed!

    Reply

  85. 185
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I wish I’d been down since Day 1. It’s taking me awhile to go through 3 years of yumminess!

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  86. 186
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I blogged about your giveaway here: http://theradioactivegan.blogspot.com/2010/02/random-food-stuffs.html
    Fingers crossed!

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  87. 187
    Nicole
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I just discovered your blog. It is fantastic! Congrats! I love your cupcake recipes, very inspiring! Keep up the good work : )

    Reply

  88. 188
    Winnie
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I love your blog and moleskin!
    Keep your good work up!

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  89. 189
    Shikha
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Adorable!! Love the notebooks. And the blog, of course :)

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  90. 190
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I just discovered your blog today, and I’m officially in love. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and delicious-sounding recipes–I can’t wait to try some out!

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  91. 191
    Maja
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Happy birthday!
    Found out about your blog on Tasty Kitchen about a week ago and really love your recipes! Can’t wait to try your amazingly beautiful cupcakes and feed/educate my friends: here in Germany cupcakes are still quite a new concept – I’m sure most people would just call them “muffins with frosting”!
    I’m trying to change that!

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  92. 192
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! I stumbled on your site a few months ago and I love to read what you’ve been cooking up! I love notebooks and these are sooo freakin cute! I hope I win!

    Reply

  93. 193
    Julie
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Happy Birthday! Love your blog and those little books! I would love to win them! I have so many recipes that I would love to organize in books like that! Pick me!!

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  94. 194
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Super cute!!! Would love to win so I can organize all the recipe ideas I have.

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  95. 195
    JP
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Congrats on 3 years! The notes books are wonderful!

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  96. 196
    Becky
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Congrats on 3 years.

    Reply

  97. 197
    natalie
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    those are delicious little notebooks! i want one! :)

    Reply

  98. 198
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    My daughters and I enjoy your site very much! Keep it coming!

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  99. 199
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Happy 3 year Anniversary ~ here’s to many more of your yummy recipes. Cute notebooks ~ I especially love the pink one!

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    Christopher
    Posted On February 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    congratulations! I wish you 30 more years of success : )

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