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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. 101
    beth j
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Love the video. Well done! As for the begging cats I have a bigger shitzu so I can relate.
    Fingers crossed LOVE cookies. ;)

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  2. 102
    Anne
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Cute video! And your cats are sweet.. How nice that you can work together in the kitchen–my cooking time is solitary. I’m not complaining, though; I thoroughly enjoy my time in the kitchen (except the cleaning-up part). Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the giveaway, too.

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  3. 103
    Christina
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:32 am

    My kids would love to sample your box. :)

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  4. 104
    Patricia
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Now that’s a cool giveaway! Count me in :)

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  5. 105
    Simone
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I will gladly take any cookies off of your hands!

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  6. 106
    Erin Cook
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

    You guys are so cute! Thanks for the video (and the sweet treat giveaway!) Merry Christmas!

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  7. 107
    Crystal Jo Bruns
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Love reading all your posts. Everything is amazing and inspiring. Thanks for what you do and for doing this giveaway!

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  8. 108
    Danielle
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Love the behind the scenes glimpse! And the cats crack me up :)

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  9. 109
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:38 am

    This video was perfect and I love that you both had different foods you ended up eating at the end (that cake looks divine!!). Thanks for sharing with us, always, and I love the idea of receiving a box of cookies from you both!

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  10. 110
    Heather
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Loved the video & would love to win some of your delicious goodies :)

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  11. 111
    Danielle
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Adorable kitties! The cake looks delicious!

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  12. 112
    David Bell
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Sweet

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  13. 113
    Karen D
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I love surprises!  And I’m sure that whatever you include will be yummy!

    Reply

  14. 114
    lisa m
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:41 am

    What a wonderful giveway! Cookies are a wonderful thing =)

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  15. 115
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

    If I win, I won’t sue you, I promise!

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  16. 116
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Aww…loved this vid, Lindsay and Taylor! Also, loved that the fam (kitties) made an appearance. You two remind me of my hubby and me together. Having your best friend as your mate, and sharing a passion (food and cats), is the best! Thank you for sharing! xo

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  17. 117
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Yuuum, cookies! 

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  18. 118
    Meredith
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

    What an awesome idea for a giveaway….my hubby and I love to cook together as well…it makes for an awesome at home date night

    Reply

  19. 119
    kandice
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

    what a fun video! thanks for having us in your home – you all are just so stinkin cute :) 

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  20. 120
    Amanda
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Thanks so much for that little peek!  You two have something so special in your home, that is very evident.  I would love for my husband to share my love of baking/cooking and join me in our kitchen.  Still, he loves to eat what I cook :0).  We have four little ones, ages 7, 6, 6, and 4, who love to bake and cook though!  They will be in full swing this year (for the first time) helping me bake for our goodie boxes.  Talk about a tornado in the kitchen!  Love to you both, and Merry Christmas from our kitchen to yours.

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  21. 121
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:50 am

    A great giveaway.  Thanks!

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  22. 122
    Katie
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I love that you love your cats (maybe even as much as I love mine!) and cookie dough. I think those two fact automatically make us friends. :) Merry Christmas!

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  23. 123
    Anne
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Love your blog! Pick me! Pick me!!

    Reply

  24. 124
    Jennifer T.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Love the video!!  I’m looking forward to seeing more from you both.  Thanks for the chance to win.

    Reply

  25. 125
    Cheryl
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Thank you for all the recipes ideas. I usually practice your recipes with my co-workers. They would love to taste some of your cookies actually baked by you!

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  26. 126
    Shari B.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

    You two are adorable!  I’d love to eat cookies made by you. 

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  27. 127
    Savannagal
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Cute video. A lot of bloggers are starting to do videos too. It’s a nice way to really get to know the bloggers.

    Reply

  28. 128
    Felicia
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

     I have enjoyed reading your blog for so long, it was nice to add an even more personal component with the video.  I loved it.  You two are adorable and sweet. Thanks for sharing with all of us. 

    Reply

  29. 129
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Great video and what a great giveaway! Homemade treats are the best!

    Reply

  30. 130
    Brittany
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Love the video and the cheesiness :) 

    Reply

  31. 131
    sydney85
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Love the video.  You both are adorable

    Reply

  32. 132
    Juli V
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I heart cookies!

    Reply

  33. 133
    Rachel
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I have always loved getting platters of holiday goodies, and now I love giving them too! Such a great giveaway!

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  34. 134
    Nancy
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I bake all the time and give to friends, it would be fun to receive a box from you! Thank You!

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  35. 135
    Kelly Schaefer
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I haven’t had homemade cookies as gift at Christmas in quite a few years. We had a friend growing up who always used to deliver a box of homemade goodies to our family. Nowadays, if anyone in the family wants a treat, I’m always the one who “gets” to make it and deliver it. So, this would be a nice treat for me! Many thanks! Kelly

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  36. 136
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Yum hope I win! You guys are adorable! :)

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  37. 137
    Phedra Fishbein
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

    This really speaks to how we are in the kitchen , including the begging cats. Love the video. Your recipes are inspiring!

    Reply

  38. 138
    Jen E
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Oh, I’d be soooo happy if you picked me. And you could just send that reuben and cake and I’d be thrilled!

    Reply

  39. 139
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

    So fun!! I love that you actually took a class.

    Reply

  40. 140
    Cathie
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Love homemade goodies!

    Reply

  41. 141
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I just started following.  I goodie box sounds great!

    Reply

  42. 142
    Deborah Herman
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:26 am

    You guys are just too cute. I met my husband in culinary school 22 years ago. He tells everyone that I’m the chef, he’s just the prep cook and a sloppy one at that. But our best times are when we get to spend time in the kitchen cooking. Thanks for the invite into your kitchen.

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  43. 143
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love homemade goodies! This is icing on the cake after the cookie swap :) Thanks again for hosting it!

    Reply

  44. 144
    Jen Brewster
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Both sandwich and cake look scrumptious!  

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  45. 145
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Love the video!  It’s always nice to see the bloggers behind all the fantastic recipes!  Glad we got to see a peek of your kitties, too – mine are the same way, begging anytime we step into the kitchen!

    Reply

  46. 146
    LauriM
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I love homemade treats! Happy Baking!

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  47. 147
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Gotta love the cookies!

    Reply

  48. 148
    Victoria
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

    How fun! We’re doing homemade gifts this year; biscotti, lemon curd, probably some cookies :) I can’t wait to start baking!

    Reply

  49. 149
    bill martin
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Cookies cakes pies o my mmmmmmmmm 

    Reply

  50. 150
    Jennifer F.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Love the video! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Reply

  51. 151
    Liz
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

    This weekend is my holiday baking extravaganza also!!!

    Reply

  52. 152
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Know your grandparents Taylor. Your grandma Karen introduced me to your BLOG. Such wonderful looking food. We always LOVE homemade anything! It’s the best! Thank you for sharing.

    Reply

  53. 153
    Kathleen
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Such a fun giveaway!  

    Reply

  54. 154
    danielle
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

    this video is the sweetest thing i’ve seen all day! thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  55. 155
    penny
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Starving now. Good thing it’s lunch time.

    Reply

  56. 156
    Jess Tracey
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

    You always have such perfect recipes and ideas. Thank you!

    Reply

  57. 157
    Natalie G
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

    What a great video!  Your cats are adorable, too!  Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

    Reply

  58. 158
    Sharon B
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

    What a great give away and a great way to make your readers feel personally connected.

    Reply

  59. 159
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Super adorable! Makes me wish we were neighbors and cook or eat with you guys! Lovely video. LOVED it!

    Reply

  60. 160
    Charlsey G
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I would LOVE to have someone else’s homebaked cookies!  Sometimes, I get wary of always making them myself.  I hope I win!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  61. 161
    Misty Whitman
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Cute video! I’m not sure which looked more delicious…the beautiful cake or the reuben! Nice!

    Reply

  62. 162
    Shelly
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Would love to try some of your goodies!!

    Reply

  63. 163
    Ashley Criscitiello
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

    love the giveaway and baked goods!

    Reply

  64. 164
    Alissa S.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I would LOVE to try the way you make goodies! I make your recipes, but I never can get them to come out the same way! Love your blog and recipes!

    Reply

  65. 165
    Pamela Reed
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Love your site and your recipes!!! I’ve had great success trying them.

    Reply

  66. 166
    Christeen
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

    That was the most adorable video ever!  You two are very sweet.  And the sandwich and cake both looked very good.  I’m off to the kitchen cause now I’m hungry.

    Reply

  67. 167
    Stephanie West
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

    How fun for a chance to win cookies from Lindsay and Taylor!!!!! That would make my holiday.

    Reply

  68. 168
    Stephanie West
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

    How fun for a chance to win cookies from Lindsay and Taylor!!! It would make my holiday.

    Reply

  69. 169
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Your video was so cute! Congrats on branching out to youtube more. It’s nice to meet the people behind the wonderful posts. :)

    Reply

  70. 170
    Michele aka Goat Girl
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Love your recipes and blog. Happy Holidays to you both!

    Reply

  71. 171
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    So cute! My husband and I are very similar….he goes behind me cleaning up as I cook. Your cats seem fairly tame, our cat comes in and meows (really loudly) while we cook.  

    Reply

  72. 172
    Noreen
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Great idea and sooo generous! Thank you!

    Reply

  73. 173
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    that video is so great! You guys are naturals.

    Reply

  74. 174
    Luke
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Wonderful!

    Reply

  75. 175
    Sally Tews
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    What a great giveaway~keeping my fingers crossed to win. :-)

    Reply

  76. 176
    Jaime
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Love your blog! Great giveaway! :)

    Reply

  77. 177
    Elizabeth
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Love the video! So much fun. And you can come be a tornado in my kitchen any day :)

    Reply

  78. 178
    nina
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    ooo, I’d love to win this!

    Reply

  79. 179
    Robin Chesser
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Nothing says holiday cheer like a homebaked goodies!

    Reply

  80. 180
    Meg Negrey
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    You guys are freaking adorable. Love it!

    Reply

  81. 181
    Pat
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    You two are the cutest!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Reply

  82. 182
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Cute video!

    I totally identified with this, since I also cook together with my fiancée a LOT (even though, like you guys, sometimes we’ll each be making/baking something different at the same time).

    Reply

  83. 183
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    That was a great video – you guys are super cute.  I would love to win some homemade goodies.  We’ve just moved from NYC to Colorado – and Andrew (son, 9) who has Aspergers is having a hard time.  I don’t know how many goodies I’ll get to make.   Thanks for the chance!

    Reply

  84. 184
    Sarah
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for doing this giveaway.

    Reply

  85. 185
    Liz (The Tar Heel Cook)
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Love your video–great idea! Thanks for the giveaway–everyone loves cookies!

    Reply

  86. 186
    Allie
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I’m really a cookie monster disguised as a human!

    Reply

  87. 187
    Jennifer F.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    i would love a surprise box of cookies! who wouldn’t?!?!

    Reply

  88. 188
    jules p
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    this is the best giveaway. i love homemade things. i love homemade food. it takes a lot of love to bake/cook. so i really appreciate it.

    Reply

  89. 189
    Vicki F
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I got a real kick out of your video and enjoyed the camaraderie and sheer fun of your relationship. Been following you two for quite some time now and hope you will continue to blog for many moons. Would love to be gifted with your cookies too! Happy Holidays to you both. :-)

    Reply

  90. 190
    Stephanie B.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I would love some cookies from you! I’ve tried several of your recipes but I bet they taste best coming from the source :)

    Reply

  91. 191
    Pamela L.
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I would love to receive a box of cookies from you!

    Reply

  92. 192
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Everything you make always looks so good! Whoever wins this giveaway is a lucky person!

    Reply

  93. 193
    Lorraine
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I love your blog!  Great work

    Reply

  94. 194
    Harini
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Homemade gifts are the best! Have enjoyed following your blog.

    Reply

  95. 195
    Cindy
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    love your website..love your recipes…love your pictures…..love your cats!!!!!

    Reply

  96. 196
    Laura
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I read your blog & enjoy trying your recipes.
    Your tips & ideas are wonderful. What a cute
    couple! I am happy you have put faces to 
    your words. 
    A box of cookies & maybe homemade jam!!
    What a true holiday treat. How thoughtful
    of you! Fantastic giveaway. My fingers are 
    crossed. 
    Happy Holidays & thank you,
    Laura

    Reply

  97. 197
    Amy Gross
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Yummy… This pregnant lady would love to get her hands on some cookies and jam!

    Reply

  98. 198
    Brittany
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Ooooh I would love to win a box of baked goods from you! :)

    Reply

  99. 199
    Holly
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    that video is too cute!!

    Reply

  100. 200
    Stephanie
    Posted On December 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Such a sweet video! Love it and would love cookies from your kitchen! Keep up the culinary adventures!

    Reply

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