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A Peek Inside our Kitchen (and a Win a Box of Homemade Goodies!)

You may have been reading this blog of ours for days, weeks, or even years (yay! and thank you!) Sure, we post a picture here and there, or a video of our hands… but after all that time I figured it was about time we gave you a bit more of a peek inside our kitchen. Let you get to know the people behind the words and pictures and recipes that you see here every week.

As we’ve been wanting to do more with video on the blog, we took a digital video class this fall at a local art school. Just for fun. And as our class project, we decided to create an “about video” for the blog. For you. So rather than just reading about us, you actually get to see and hear us in all our awkward glory.

You’ll have to excuse our quirks, like the lumpy cake batter, mixer explosion, side talking and begging cats. Because that’s who we are, really and truly. No gimmicks. No special effects. Just us.

I hope you like it (and us!)

On, and if you’re hungry after watching that, check out the Classic Reuben Sandwich recipe and the recipe for the Yellow Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting that we prepare in the video.

About Lindsay & Taylor

In other news – this weekend has been designated COOKIE BAKING BONANZA. I’ve got a few dozen boxes of cookies to send out to friends and relatives…

And I want to send a box to YOU, too!

One lucky reader will win a box of homemade goodies from yours truly. What’s inside? Well, I don’t really know yet. Cookies for sure (and lots of them), and most likely some homemade jam, but probably some other goodies I decide to throw in there too. Surprise!

This is a quickie – I’ll be drawing the winner this Monday morning – so don’t delay! Click through for your chance to win!

Giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!

Congratulations to Charlsey, comment #160, our randomly selected winner!

Disclaimer: The goodies in this giveaway are homemade, made in my own (non commercial) kitchen. I’ve personally sampled all the edibles contained in the gift box prior to sending them and I’m still here. However, should you win, you consume at your own risk. Please don’t sue me. Thanks!

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  1. 1
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 3:16 am

    nice giveaway! truly, any sweets that i don’t have to make are excellent sweets. :)

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    Isabel
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Baked goods make THE BEST holiday gifts, no competition. Thanks for the giveaway :)!!

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    Anne L.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 3:48 am

    How fun! Thanks for doing such a great giveaway!

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    Laura
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 4:08 am

    I Love Love Love the video. I want a sandwich. And cake. Now :)

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    Stephen Swan
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I love your cookie recipes.  I wish I would have found your site sooner!  Thanks.

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    Sue
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 4:53 am

    I just found your blog a few weeks ago, and I’m completely enchanted! Also, those brownies look AMAZING! 

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    Melissa
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Love the video! Been following your blog for a while now because of my dear friend, Julie (your cousin!). So glad she told me about it. Always look forward to your updates. Oh, and my favorite recipe which I make often is your baked shrimp and Israeli Cous Cous!!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I never watch videos but I watched yours and I love it! You guys make THE most adorable couple. Wow. And the video, so fun. That cake you made, Lindsay, I cannot believe you’re just whipping up a cake like that, with the camera rolling, but definitely say you’re ‘not chefs’. Oh yes, you most definitely are!  

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 5:39 am

    While I’m waiting for the remaining cookies from the cookie swap, an extra box would definitely make the holidays more exciting! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    Daniela
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I’d love to get these goodies!

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    Marcea G.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 6:11 am

    What a fun giveaway! :)

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    Karen
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Haven’t been reading your blog very long, but I am loving it and you guys! Would love to sample some of your goodies!

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    Cori R.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 6:26 am

    We have a cat that thinks he is a kitchen helper too! I love seeing you include them in pics. Thanks for such a personalized giveaway.

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    Lourdes
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Loved the video !!!  You guys are adorable. Thank you for the chance to win some cookies.  I

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    Judy
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Yum. Did I say yum? I would live a cookie right now with my morning coffee or later with tea  or by itself  or after dinner. There is no wrong time!!!!!!! Thanks. 

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Mmm, cookies.

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    Kara
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:04 am

    A box of homemade goodies would be awesome!

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    Lisa
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Could you two be any cuter? :) Also, I’ve always been envious of your kitchen! Such spaciousness! Thank you for sharing. 
    I hope the kitties got to sample the Reuben. :)

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    Jeanne ODonnell
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Ohh…what a wonderful, yummy gift!

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    Simone C.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:16 am

    What a fun giveaway! And that video is adorable! Hope I win!

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    Amanda
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

    What a great giveaway! I would love to get a box of treats :)

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    Lilie
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Homemade cookies by you? I would LOVE a chance for those. :D

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    Molly
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Holiday baking is the best!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Such a great video! So professional – that class must have really paid off! And that cake – where can I find the recipe for that??? 

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    cori
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:36 am

    What a different thing to give to your readers – something you made not something you were given from a company.  Thanks so much for being so thoughtful!

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    Cathy
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:37 am

    This is one prize I would really love to win – your food always look so amazing! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Anna
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I have never commented on your blog before, but that video was too cute! I love when you said even if cooking dinner takes an hour, we are doing it together and spending time together. This is the very reason I love to cook with others; people can bond so much over food. 

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    Kathleen
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:47 am

    What a treat that would be! Thanks.

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    Kristen
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:50 am

    You are adorable. Thanks for sharing!

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    Natasha
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:51 am

    one word. adorable.

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    Sonia
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

    The two of you are lovely!

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    Betsy
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Home made is the best! 

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    Gina
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I love cookies!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:09 am

    You guys are so cute! :) Thanks for inviting us in!

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    Andrea Breeden
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

    A box of homemade goodies would be the perfect energy boost to get me through finals week! Happy Baking :)

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    jessie
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Love your blog! Sweet treats are always such a fun surprise – especially during exam week :-)

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:29 am

    missing out on my baking this year due to a trip next week…  would love to win!

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    Christina
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Thanks so much for offering this giveaway! It would be such a treat to try your own homemade treats- I know my attempts at your baked goods are always a hit with my family and at work!

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    Holly
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Yummy!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

    You all did a wonderful job on the video! Only slightly awkward, but it was the endearing type of awkward..haha. Thanks for the chance to win some cookies!! Yum!

    Amber W
    aerich03{at}gmail{dot}com.

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

    You guys are so freaking cute.  And majorly talented.  Loved this!  

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    Jamie KP
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Awesome giveaway! I would love nothing more than to win cookies… I’m pregnant and have been craving cookies (for the first time in my life!). I actually told my husband last night that I want cookies but I want someone else to make them for me, haha. 

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    Shanna
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I love the video. It’s so much more personal than a regular old “About Me” page. You guys are the cutest.

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Your video is adorable! I’ve been a follower for about two years. My favorite recipe ever is the blueberry basil jam. Keep up the great work you two!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

    What a fun giveaway! Fingers crossed!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Love the video….especially the cats! 

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:54 am

    This is a great. <3

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

    What a fun giveaway! I love surprises and homemade goodies :)

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I ADORED this video. Really shows your and Taylor’s personality shine through, even though I’ve already met both of you several times ;) it just gives the audience who haven’t had the chance to meet you two the opportunity to get more personal. A few comments:

    1. Love your mint cardigan. I want to steal it. Maybe not steal, borrow? ;)
    2. Mixer explosion cracked me up!
    3. You two are seriously so cute. Haha, closet-full of dish soap.

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    Lisa Junk
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:56 am

    You guys are awesome and fun to follow!  What a great, personal give away!!

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    Sophia
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:56 am

    This is awesome!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Such a beautiful video full of love, food and laughter!! Your kitchen is beautiful. Thank you for giving us an inside look!

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    Stacey Lehwald
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I do so love homemade goodies!  Thanks for such a great giveaway:)

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

    What an original idea for a giveaway! Loved the video and I love you site. Keep up the great work. 

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    Jessica
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

    you are lovely and I’d love to win!

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    Nan S. Cnare
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I love your simple and elegant approach to elevated simple eating. Enjoy all your posts. Thank you.

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    Kristyn
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Love the video! So great to get to know you guys a bit! Happy holidays!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Good job on the video!  You did so well!!!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Oooh, pick me!

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    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

    great video and love homemade gifts

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    Alicia J.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Great video.  You look so happy together.  I bet your cookies are wonderful.

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    Rachel
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Yum!  What a nice giveaway!

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    Kristin K
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Who wouldn’t love a package full of edible stuff?? Your video was awesome…so genuine!! Love it!

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    Pam
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Nice video:)  Love your recipes.

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    Heather B
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

    What an awesome giveaway. The video was so adorable! 

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I want a box of baked goodies!!! I LOVE your blog! And you – y’all are SO friggin adorable together :)

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

    LOVED the video. You two are absolutely adorable. Honestly. Thanks so much for sharing with us… <3

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

    What a wonderful fun giveaway.  Thank you 

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    Ann
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I just baked some Christmas cookies, but I would love to try yours!

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    Mary Ann
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I just started following you guys–you are great. Such an original idea for a giveaway too. Happy Holidays!!!!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I love this idea! I would love to get a box of cookies from you! Great video :)

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    Melanie Roberts
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I got milk . A box of cookies for the holidays,! Simply wonderful. 

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Cookies make the best gifts. Delicious idea for a giveaway!

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    Debbie
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Great give-a-way! A little love baked in the form of a cookie.

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    Alyssa
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I would love to win some of your cookies! 

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    Yana P
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Freshly baked goodies?! Count me in! Thanks for being so thoughtful and doing this!! 

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    Steph
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    We have our holiday party next weekend. Your treats would be the talk of the town. 

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    Colleen
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    What a great gift–thanks for your thoughtfulness!

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    Jennie
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I love the video…so much fun to see you in action :).  Love the idea of sending cookies boxes as gifts for the holiday.

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    Manette Gutterman
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I’ll never say no to baking.  I breathe to bake!

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    Marcy
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I love your kitchen! I’ve made a few of your recipes but it would be so neat to taste the goodies straight from the creators.

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    Denise Wilson
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I would love a box of homemade cookies!

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    Amy
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Love your blog!!!

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    Shianne
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I think baking is in my future this weekend as well. I love holiday baking. 

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Sounds totally awesome. =o] I’m sending out some goodies to friends..all the way in Canada!

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    Pam Finter
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

    My sister’s cookie exchange party had to be canceled this year, so winning this would be fun! And tasty!

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    Andrea
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Love you blog … and recipes! 

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    Lauren
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Great giveaway!

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    Katie K
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Y’all are adorable!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

    That’s adorable! I love it. But it does need more kitties. I’m surprised Kalypso didn’t make an appearance on the counter. ;-)

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    • Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:28 am

      That took effort, haha. :) Figured not everyone would approve of such a thing.

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    Ted B
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Post more cat pictures!  I hope I win the goodies.  Thanks!

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    Ashley Mitchell
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I have been coming here for a while and love all of your work and recipes.

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

    This video is so cute!! What a great idea for an about me page. So welcoming and makes me want to eat from your kitchen everyday! So fun :)

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    Bonnie
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

    What a charming video! And I love the cats! I have a gray one, too, name of Tweeter!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Flipping adorable. I have a closet full of dish soap! well okay, an entire dish soap shelf…
    “deserted islands have cake?!” cracking up.

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    Uma Subbiah
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Treats for the holidays are the best gifts.

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    Amanda Smart
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Love your recipes and blog! I’d love to try your fantastic cookies!

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    Ashley B
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Thanks for all of the awesome recipes! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Love this video and learning more about you both – you guys are adorable!

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    Lauren M
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

    What a great idea for a giveaway!  Thanks :)

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