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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. 301
    Jen M.
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I would love to receive a box of sweet treats!

    Reply

  2. 302
    sylvia
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

    i always appreciate homebaked goods because i’m an awful baker myself. terrific idea for a giveaway.

    Reply

  3. 303
    Jessica L.
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Adorable! I love the video :)

    Reply

  4. 304
    Cristina
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Love the video. Keep up the great work!

    Reply

  5. 305
    Kellie
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Such a wonderful gift to offer! Thank you!

    Reply

  6. 306
    ANN McCooey
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Love the picture of the cat!!   Thanks for having this contest.  Merry Christmas!!!

    Reply

  7. 307
    inspiredlife
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Love the video! Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

    Reply

  8. 308
    Alison
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

    what a fun giveaway! 

    Reply

  9. 309
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Eeeeep I would love to win some goodies from you! And PS- Love the kitty in the photo! Oh cats.

    Reply

  10. 310
    Cecile
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Great giveaway! Your site is one I visit everyday. Thanks for all your recipes!

    Reply

  11. 311
    Alyssa
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Great video!  Thanks for inviting us in!!

    Reply

  12. 312
    Skates
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    well can you fit some chocolate stout in the goodiebox?? I adapted your moohoo recipe a bit and BIAB’d it, xlnt! making 2nd batch right now!! more dessert beers plz!!!

    Reply

  13. 313
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    My kids love cookies and would love to receive a box of your goodies in the mail.

    Reply

  14. 314
    Julie D
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    This is such a FUN giveaway! Thanks for all of your great blog posts! YUM!!

    Reply

  15. 315
    Laura
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Such a great idea for a giveaway! Who wouldn’t want a box of cookies in the mail?

    Reply

  16. 316
    Rebecca W
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    What a sweet giveaway! I just found your blog a month or so ago and it’s been wonderful to follow. Thank you.

    Reply

  17. 317
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    LOVE your video!  As you know, I have been following your blog for years and it was great to meet you live in Napa!  Wishing to win this great give-away!  Happy Holidays!!!

    Reply

  18. 318
    Jenny Anderson
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I really like your blog and discovered it while searching for gift tag templates.  Your recipes look delicious and your pictures fabulous.  I’m looking forward to reading more posts.

    Reply

  19. 319
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Thx for the giveaway-love this blog!!

    Reply

  20. 320
    Christine
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    The two of you are adorable together! The video captured your love for each other and your personalities! Well done!

    Reply

  21. 321
    Thu
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Aw, I love this sweet giveaway! It seems so nice and personal :)

    Reply

  22. 322
    Sarah
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Oh I so wish the hubs and I  were in the same city as y’all! I think that the 4 of us would be fast friends with all the awkwardness :)  

    Reply

  23. 323
    Lorri Hendzel
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Homemade goodies? There’s nothing yummier! What a kind thing to do, thank you:)

    Reply

  24. 324
    Lindsey
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I could go for some cookies right now :)

    Reply

  25. 325
    Jasmine
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Nothing better than homemade cookies :)

    Reply

  26. 326
    Rachel B.
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    What a great giveaway!! Any mail is great, but baked goods make the best mail!

    Reply

  27. 327
    Abra
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog and would LOVE a box of homemade goodies! :)

    Reply

  28. 328
    mary morrison
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Love the video. You are such a cute couple.

    Reply

  29. 329
    Mila Falbaum
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    What a great holiday give away. 

    Reply

  30. 330
    MaryB
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    What an awesome giveaway!  Thanks for the chance to win. 

    Reply

  31. 331
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Yum, sounds delicious! :)

    Reply

  32. 332
    Javier B
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Great blog!

    Reply

  33. 333
    Julie Turner
    Posted On December 7, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Fun giveaway! Hope to win! 

    Reply

  34. 334
    Marjory
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Man, winning this giveaway would make my WEEK.

    Reply

  35. 335
    Patti Bulish
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Just came over today from pinterest you guys seem like you are having so much fun.
    Patti

    Reply

  36. 336
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 4:11 am

    I loved being a part of the cookie swap this year – thanks so much for putting it together! And what a fun giveaway!

    Reply

  37. 337
    Kim C
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Oh My Goodness, you guys are absolutely adorable!! I Loved the video, you had me smiling and laughing from the beginning to the end! Thank You so much for sharing and Thank You for the wonderful giveaway!!

    Reply

  38. 338
    wendy r.
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 5:34 am

    What an amazing opportunity!  Thanks for sharing – in so many ways.   Truly enjoy your blog and musings.  

    Reply

  39. 339
    Katie
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 6:29 am

    You guys are really cute! Loved the video! And now I’m craving chocolate cake and a sandwich

    Reply

  40. 340
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 7:52 am

    That was such a great video! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    Reply

  41. 341
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:12 am

    OMG you guys are ADORABLE.

    Reply

  42. 342
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Yum, homemade goodies!

    Reply

  43. 343
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Stop being so dang cute!

    Reply

  44. 344
    Melissa Nagy
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I would love to try your cookies! I envy anyone who can bake. I’ve never been very successful.

    Reply

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    julie murphy
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Homemade is the best

    Reply

  46. 346
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Even though can’t participate in the giveaway, I’ll just like to tell you that the blog and recipes are amazing. Keep Rolling!

    Reply

  47. 347
    Autumn
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Such a cute video and a fabulous cake! Will have to break out my baking pans and give it shot!

    Reply

  48. 348
    Margaret
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Great video! So awesome of you to send a reader some homemade goodies. 

    Reply

  49. 349
    Vale
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I would love to win some of your cookies! Sounds delicious!

    Reply

  50. 350
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 11:27 am

    What a wonderful video! Love the idea! And thanks for a great giveaway!

    Reply

  51. 351
    Sage
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Loooonnnnngggg time reader, first time poster, but love your site/blog. Thanks for the great video, and all the terrific recipes/posts!

    Reply

  52. 352
    Diana
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Love the blog and thanks for the giveaway! 

    Reply

  53. 353
    Terryia
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    You two are adorable :) thanks for the giveaway! 

    Reply

  54. 354
    Andrea
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Love your site! Just made the mango fish tacos last night and they were delicious :) Homemade cookies sound great right about now!

    Reply

  55. 355
    Sarah
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I love this site not just for the food, but the pictures of your cats!  I hope that doesn’t sound too weird.

    Reply

  56. 356
    carrie hodgkinson
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I am in love with this site (: 

    Reply

  57. 357
    Sadie
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Will be baking up a storm to spread some cheer, here, there, and everywhere :)

    Reply

  58. 358
    jamie
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Cute video…very approachable.

    Reply

  59. 359
    Marsha Keith
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Love just about any kind of cookie. At this time of year, shortbread is one I always make. Saw a recipe today for lavender shortbread, so that my be my next baking after the banana bread I am getting ready to start.

    Reply

  60. 360
    meaghan
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I love cookies! Would love to sample anything you bake!

    Reply

  61. 361
    Meghan G.
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I would love to have this box to share with my family…I usually bake tons, but we moved recently and I’m just not up to baking like I usually am.  The next best thing to a bunch of baked goods you made is enjoying what someone else made without the work!

    Reply

  62. 362
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the delicious simplicity of that cake you were baking Lindsay!  Thank you so much for sharing your passion and the message that you don’t have to be a chef to create beautiful food.

    Reply

  63. 363
    Shawna
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Love! And Homemade goodies what an awesome giveaway.

    Reply

  64. 364
    Pam Flynn
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    The video was fun and thanks for the neat giveaway!

    Reply

  65. 365
    Adrian
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    We would love to win this! :) It sounds lovely.

    Reply

  66. 366
    Jillian
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    You guys are the cutest! I’d love to taste some of your homemade goodies :)

    Reply

  67. 367
    Maddie
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Happy Holidays! I can’t wait till finals are over and I can start baking :)))

    Reply

  68. 368
    Audrey
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I’ve loved following your cooking and baking adventures, Lindsay, and would love even more to get to try them!

    Reply

  69. 369
    Meg G.
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Great giveaway! I am trying homemade goodies for my first time this year.  Those peanut butter swirl brownies will be PERFECT to give to friends and family. Thanks!

    Reply

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    Thia
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Loved the video! Homemade gift are the best. That’s a great idea for a giveaway. Thanks!

    Reply

  71. 371
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Your recipes are so inventive! I love your blog and would love to win the giveaway!

    Reply

  72. 372
    Cynthia
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    How do you keep your cats out of the kitchen?

    Reply

    • Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      We don’t. :) Selective editing on the video. Haha.

      If you figure it out, do share!

  73. 373
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Great video!  Have been a longtime reader, it is nice to see the “personal” side of Love and Olive Oil.  

    Reply

  74. 374
    Claire Novo
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I couldn’t stop thinking about that lemon cake with chocolate frosting either. It looks beautiful and delicious!

    Reply

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    Rae
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    That cake looks amazing! I’m jealous; I cannot bake to save my life 

    Reply

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    Andrea
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway! There’s nothing nicer than receiving homemade gifts. 

    Reply

  77. 377
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Brilliant idea for a giveaway!! Might just have to do one like this myself!! 

    Reply

  78. 378
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    What a fun peek into your kitchen!! And what an awesome idea for a giveaway!! I love it!!

    Reply

  79. 379
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    What a great giveaway. I loved watching your video and learning more about you both. It would be a “sweet” treat to win this giveaway. :)

    Reply

  80. 380
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Love homemade stuff! 

    Reply

  81. 381
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Enjoyed the recipies and sure hope I win!

    Reply

  82. 382
    Nicole Jackson
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    What a nice kitchen! 

    Reply

  83. 383
    Linitta Lewis
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    That cake looked amazing I am a huge chocolate lover.

    Reply

  84. 384
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Great video, the yellow cake looks amazing! 

    Reply

  85. 385
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I just love your blog! I so wish my husband & I had time to come home & cook together. We’ll get there, things are just nuts at the moment. The video was great! Can’t wait to see more!

    Reply

  86. 386
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Well done. Very cute video :-)

    Reply

  87. 387
    Cindy
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I think you guys are so sweet! I actually just made a batch of cookie dough truffles from your book and thought I would check out the blog to see what you are up to! 

    Reply

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    Angel
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    This is the “Sweetest” giveaway 
    Love this idea !!

    Reply

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I’ve been traveling for the past four days–so glad I got to your email before it was too late! Thanks for the giveaway. 

    Reply

  90. 390
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Your cats are just like my cat. He sits about 12″ from my feet when I’m in the kitchen and occasionally stretches up to my waist, begging like a dog, no matter what I am doing. Even if I am cooking cranberry sauce or doing dishes. He’s so funny! I’ve stepped on his tail more than once. :(

    Thank you for this give-away. Have a Joyous Holiday!

    Reply

  91. 391
    Brooke
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Ahh, what an amazing giveaway! :)

    Reply

  92. 392
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    You guys are wonderful! Love this blog. 

    Reply

  93. 393
    Chrissy
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Cookie care packages are always welcome at our house!

    Reply

  94. 394
    Barbara
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    You two are super cute…and your kitchen in big! (well, compared to my 700sf house anyway ;p) Cheers!

    Reply

  95. 395
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you for doing this, it would be so awesome to win!

    Reply

  96. 396
    Posted On December 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Ahh, the video is so cute!

    Reply

  97. 397
    Posted On December 9, 2013 at 1:11 am

    I Love Love Love the video.

    Reply

  98. 398
    Posted On December 9, 2013 at 2:29 am

    What a nice idea! I love getting packages in the mail :)

    Reply

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    MARY MOUGEOT
    Posted On December 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Lovely giveaway!

    Reply

  100. 400
    Posted On December 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Yum! What a delicious prize! :)

    Reply

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