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

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

  2. 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.

  3. My kids would love to sample your box. :)

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

  5. I will gladly take any cookies off of your hands!

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

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

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

  9. 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!

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

  11. Adorable kitties! The cake looks delicious!

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

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

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. Love your blog! Pick me! Pick me!!

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

  22. 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!

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

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

  25.  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. 

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

  27. Love the video and the cheesiness :) 

  28. Love the video.  You both are adorable

  29. I heart cookies!

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

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

  32. 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

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

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

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

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

  37. Love homemade goodies!

  38. I just started following.  I goodie box sounds great!

  39. 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.

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

  41. Both sandwich and cake look scrumptious!  

  42. 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!

  43. I love homemade treats! Happy Baking!

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

  45. Cookies cakes pies o my mmmmmmmmm 

  46. Love the video! Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. This weekend is my holiday baking extravaganza also!!!

  48. 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.

  49. Such a fun giveaway!  

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

  51. Starving now. Good thing it’s lunch time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  58. Would love to try some of your goodies!!

  59. love the giveaway and baked goods!

  60. 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!

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

  62. 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.

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

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

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

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

  67. 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.  

  68. Great idea and sooo generous! Thank you!

  69. that video is so great! You guys are naturals.

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

  71. Love your blog! Great giveaway! :)

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

  73. ooo, I’d love to win this!

  74. Nothing says holiday cheer like a homebaked goodies!

  75. You guys are freaking adorable. Love it!

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

  77. 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).

  78. 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!

  79. Thanks for doing this giveaway.

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

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

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

  83. 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.

  84. 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. :-)

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

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

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

  88. I love your blog!  Great work

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

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

  91. 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 
    Happy Holidays & thank you,

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

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

  94. that video is too cute!!

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

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