Love and Olive Oil

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. 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!

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

  3. I love those books and the blog. I follow you a long time. I joined the draw: my name is Silvia and email is [email protected]


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

  5. Very cute!

  6. I love your website and recipes. Congrats!

  7. LOVE Love and Olive Oil! :)

  8. Congrats on three years!

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

  10. 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 :).

  11. 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 :)

  12. 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.

  13. these are so cute!!

  14. 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!

  15. I just stumbled upon this blog a few days ago via 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 :) [email protected]

  16. 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.

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

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

  19. VERY cute little notebooks!! Happy Anniversary!!

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

  21. Please pick me! I love cupcakes and writing! [email protected]

  22. Happy Anniversary!!

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

    Thanks for the chance.

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

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

  25. 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

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

  27. Great idea! Thanks for the contest

  28. 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.

  29. whimsical and functional — my idea of great work!



  30. Congratulations on your three year anniversary!!!

  31. 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:

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

  33. 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 :)

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

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

  36. Those notebooks are too cute!

  37. Congrats! Thanks for the great recipes!

  38. These are adorable!

    I also tweeted:

  39. 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 :)

  40. Very cute — oh, and the tagalongs look wonderful!

  41. those are so cute! Also tweeted on

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

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

  44. 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?! :)

  45. Happy birthday!

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

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

  49. Adorable!!! Congrats on the blogiversary :)

    proficiscamur {at} gmail {dot} com

  50. Those are adorable!

  51. 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.

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

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

  54. 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.

  55. 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 :)

  56. 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!

  57. So cute! Thanks for the contest and Happy Blogiversary!

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

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

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

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

  62. Love your blog and the notebooks are sooooo cute.

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

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

  65. 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!

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

  67. Congrats!!! love the cupcakes!

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

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

  70. these are fantastic!

  71. how adorable!

  72. 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!

  73. I’m a cupcake fiend! Would love these!


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

  75. I tweeted about your lovely contest!

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

  77. These are adorable!

  78. 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!

  79. Fingers are crossed!

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

  81. They’re cute!

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

  83. Congrats, and those are adorable!

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

  85. Also tweeted about the giveaway :D

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

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

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

  89. How adorable! I love the swirl!

  90. 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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