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Monday, December 21, 2009

Off The Hook ~ 200th Post and Giveaway ~ CLOSED

Well, this is actually my 201st post since I added an extra post because of the snow we got but oh well, close enough!

It hasn't even been a year that my blog has been in existence and I already have 200 posts. So under a year, I have been busy writing and documenting my life. It's pretty cool.

Since my 100th post in July, a lot of stuff has happened. I got married. I didn't have Fat Elvis but we had two friends who we dragged to the courthouse to be our witnesses. I also got married on a cold rainy day Columbus Day in the jailhouse. How many women can say that? Not many. It also made for a good blog post. By the way people, I am still waiting for those wedding gifts!!! You can send them anytime!

Also, thanks to the wonderful people at Nutrisystem, I was given the chance to start a journey to a healthier me. It's slow going but I am slowly but surely losing weight. The most important thing is that I am learning to eat better and exercise more. Yay Nutrisystem and thanks so much for helping me out!!

I also became an official gardener and documented all my trials and tribulations in the garden. I learned to put up tomatoes and I still have a bunch in the freezer for winter. Who knew I, Carolyn, hater of everything outdoorsy would actually have her own veggie garden and grow good things to eat. Not me.

In August, I went to my first blogger conference and had a ball and met some real cool ladies who I am still in contact with. Fall came and went and it was freaking amazing. It was a nice Fall and I miss it already.

I traveled here in NC and elsewhere. I had an amazing trip to Cancun with my sister. We also did local trips that were fun. Asheville, Dillsboro and we went to our first corn maze but I didn't get to see children with sickles who would kill you in a heartbeat like in the movie: Children of the Corn. Darn! A real high point came when I got the opportunity to play with an axe and pick and beat the crap out of Ghostface the pumpkin. *sigh, good times* I really liked playing with that axe.

I learned how to scan old photos of my childhood and now I can document so many events. I talked about my grandmother and my other grandparents, thanksgiving memories and the fact that I was a swinger.

It hasn't been all good though. We were almost flooded out. I got attacked by an evil jar of pickles and got beaten up by a kitchen cabinet door. I was almost attacked by a killer bird and on Halloween was almost killed and maimed by a demented jester named Rob. WTH??? So it has been an eventful few months.
In July, for my 100th post I gave away some goodies from Costa Rica. I wasn't sure what I should giveaway for my 200th post. I wasn't even sure if I would do anything but what the heck. I love giveaways and I love giving stuff out as well. So I figured I should do a giveaway to celebrate my 200th post as well.

A few months ago, my sister Yvonne aka Jackie (to me) did something really cool. She was able to go to a filming of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. For those not familiar with this Food Network show, it is hosted by Guy Fieri. Guy goes out and find just that: diners, drive-ins and boy some dives in search of cool cuisine. It is a great show. Plus, I love, love, love Guy. I could watch him all day long. Even Tom likes watching Guy's shows which is amazing since he barely tolerates my extreme obsession with the all things Food Network! But if Guy is on, he will definitely watch. Who wouldn't?

Anyway, while at the shooting of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives my sister met Guy. I am soooo super duper jealous! I would give anything to meet Guy!! But Jackie was so nice as to get him to sign a cookbook just for me. He personalized it and everything!! Woo-Hoo! And because my sister so rocks the house, she also got him to sign an extra book for me to giveaway on my blogs. And here it is for you to see. Isn't my sister the coolest? Thanks Jackie!!

So as a thank you to my loyal followers and to celebrate 200 posts, I am doing a giveaway. You can win this autographed copy of Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It's really easy to enter. Just follow the rules and comment!!

I also want to thank everyone who comes to my blog and reads it religiously. I know many of you don't ever comment but I know you do come all the time. But you guys should try to comment as I like hearing from you!! I appreciate the support!!


Mandatory Entry:

Comment on this post on why you like my blog or why you would like to win this prize. Hey, if you are here just to win the prize, write that.

Extra entries:

* Tell me which is your favorite post or picture. (1 entry)
* Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry)
* Blog about this giveaway (2 entries)

That's it! Deadline: Monday, January 4th at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick a winner so everyone has a chance to win. PLEASE leave an email if your blogger profile does not include it or you don't have a blog. I need a way to contact you. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.




79 comments:

  1. I don't know how I stumbled onto your blog but I did this week & am trying to catch up..I am glad that I did! Dh & I love Guy & watch EVERY show that we can that he's on, & our 8 yr old twins do, too!! They would love this as much as anyone! Happy + 200 & Happy Holidays!!
    aleoliver72@gmail.com

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  2. http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/6885855422
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    aleoliver72@gmail.com

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  3. My fave so far has to be all in the past wk, since I am new;);)
    aleoliver72@gmail.com

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  4. Congrats! I just hit my 400th post Ü. Your blog always makes me giggle. Thats important for starting out the morning with coffee for me.

    I cant pick a favorite post. I am horrible at remembering anything except what I am reading at the time. I do remember laughing over a wii post. I think it was the wii post anyways.Lol

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  5. I love to come by for a visit as often as I can as I like to see what is going on your blog. My hubby has been wanting this book for a very long time he loves Guy and his show
    shopannies@Yahoo.com

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  6. one of my favorites is the picture of your grandparents I was close to mine and loved to see that you would share them in a weekly post so my favorite post was titled http://caroincarolina.blogspot.com/2009/12/really-wordy-wednesday-my-grandparents.html

    shopannies@Yahoo.com

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  7. fthat was an awesome recap of your year! i like reading your blog cus im nosey. lol i get interested in people and have to find out what their up to!

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  8. following on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/shopannies/status/6897988059

    shopannies@Yahoo.com

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  9. blogged http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2009/12/carolyn-in-carolina-celebrates-200th.html

    shopannies@Yahoo.com

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  10. blogged
    http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2009/12/carolyn-in-carolina-celebrates-200th.html

    shopannies@yahoo.com

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  11. I love Guy's wacky way of presenting a dish!!!

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  12. I love the photograph of your abuelitos....some pictures are so priceless.

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  13. I love the story behind your avatar and that super cute pic of the girl....very very cute!

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  14. I really enjoy reading your blog. I love to just see what's going on in others lives.

    And I love Guy. My husband and I are both fans and love to eat at places he's reviewed whether local or when we travel. I'd love to win this special book.

    judy(dot)greenberg(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. My favorite post was the one on December 2 about your grandparents.

    I had a special fondness for my grandparents and always enjoy reading about other families.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays.

    judy(dot)greenberg(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Congratulations on 200 (now 201) posts!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!! :)

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  17. I watch this show sometimes so I'd love to have the chance to look through the book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ms0812(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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  18. Congrats on your 200th! I read your blog cause you make me laugh--and I do mean right out loud! ;-) Your wedding post still has me chuckling!
    I don't watch this show though so if I win pick someone who does! I just wanted to say congrats and happy holidays! Rhonda

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  19. This is the first I've heard of your blog, yet. But I plan on reading more. Although, in all honesty, it is the Guy thing that got my attention! My sister LOVE his shows!!
    :)

    jerricapuck(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I like your BOO! HAPPY HALLOWEEN post! The cat looks crazy! :)
    :)

    jerricapuck(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. tweet.
    http://twitter.com/jerricapuck/status/6932575483
    :)

    jerricapuck(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. blogged.
    http://jerricapuck.blogspot.com/2009/12/cross-my-fingers-hope-to-win.html
    entry #1.
    :)

    jerricapuck(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. blogged.
    http://jerricapuck.blogspot.com/2009/12/cross-my-fingers-hope-to-win.html
    entry #2.
    :)

    jerricapuck(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Awesome blog, enjoyed your posts about NC as it brings back memories traveling with family in Great Smokey Mountains. And your Snow Day pics are very cool, would be great on Xmas Cards. Maybe you can design/sell some for next year!

    Cheers,
    mikekidder AT gmail DOT com

    PS: Huge Guy fans!!!

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  25. This book looks like great fun! I would very much like to savor each page. Thank you!

    lynne at fairpoint dot net

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  26. We love Diner's, Drive - Ins and Dives! It's such a fun show! This would be a great gift for my hubby! Thanks for such a great blog and congrats on 200!

    jennifercausby at hotmail dot com

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  27. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/JCausby/status/6969794940

    jennifercausby at hotmail dot com

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  28. You know I talk to you via twitter a lot, but I haven't really read your blog a lot (Sorry about that). Just read this post and wow - what a year you have had! Congratulations on your marriage especially!

    I love Guy also and watch "triple D" all the time. Although I still can't figure out why he puts his sunglasses on the back of his head LOL!

    Happy blog-aversary!

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  29. Merry Christmas!

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  30. Love, love, love Guy. Both his shows are great! Congrats on the milestone!

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  31. CONRATS TO YOU!!!

    I like reading your blogs,picking up tidbits here n there formyou...AND besides being a fellow tweeter with you~I love his shows!woo~hoo! he,to me,is a:"chippendale cook version!"..love his character,his way of talking,his cooking attitude! yep,that I do! ;-}
    Kathryn20000
    bingo1575@comcast.net

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  32. I tweeted on twitter :)
    Kathryn20000{so no confussion-my username is same on most of my sites}
    binog1575@comcast.net


    http://twitter.com/Kathryn20000/status/7070229111

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  33. well,there are about 15 I have favorites form you,and Im newish under 3 months as a follower(I clicked past post on your site for tidbits)but~this is now #1 favorite! you reach a goal and GUY!! is featured!! he's my cokk hero,my superman against cooking bad dishes!WOO~HOO! this definately my favorite now! yep...
    Kathryn20000
    bingo1575@comcast.net

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  34. Im subscribed to your email
    Kathryn20000
    bingo1575@comcast.net

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  35. there is another thing i LOVE about your website..you may think this is trivial...but for a major issue!...when I post on YOUR site,and need ot do those darn hated:"word verifications"--I CAN SEE YOURS CLEARLY and not spending hours typin gin what I tihkn I see,getti ngall worked up and frustrated and givin gup!!1..for some reason I CAN see your clearly and get it right the 1st try!!!!!! Im most grateful for this ;-} ;-} ;-}
    Kahtyrn20000
    bingo1575@comcast.net

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  36. shared this on my facebook-Im not sure which thumbnail went with it-it was still going when it reached 350 i posted it...I'll check my facebook to see which thumbnail posted to it..you have A LOT! ;-}
    Kathryn20000
    bingo1575@comcast.net


    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=feed&story_fbid=221825909708&id=1033952447&ref=nf

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  37. Shameless confession: I'm just here to win the prize. But! I do love that awesome picture in your blog header ;)

    Sarah
    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

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  38. I decided to enter this contest because I collect cookbooks and this would add to my collection. I LOVE the picture of the little girl with her hands up!! Is that you??

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  39. I would love to win this for my husband. He loves watching Triple D.
    Even if he has seen it again he gets excited watching the show and seeing all the food that Guy is enjoying (most of the time).
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  40. ok this is the deal you have a lot of helpful items to read on your site & my daughters name is Karalyne like yours but spelled differently & my hubby looks like Guy who I adore just BECAUSE birdson@roadrunner.com

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  41. I love the picture of the red steps up to the house in your SNOW DAYS post remineds me of when I was a kid!!!! birdson@roadrunner.com

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  42. I like this blog because it's always a fun and entertaining read.
    courteneycourteney@yahoo.com

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  43. I tweeted about this giveaway.
    courteneycourteney@yahoo.com

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  44. I blogged about this giveaway.
    courteneycourteney@yahoo.com

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  45. Annies Home sent me over, I have to say your comments did make me chuckle. I can't wait to read about the killer birds.lol I am a new subscriber, congrats on your 201st post. katklaw777 at yahoo dot com Thanks for the neato giveaway!

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  46. Carolyn!!! I love me some Guy Fieri and I'd freak if I won!! I love reading about your travels and weight loss journey. You're inspiring!

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  47. Yes, I'm just here to win this fantastic giveaway! I love Guy Fieri. I watch him every week on the food network. He is such a likeable guy. I would love to win this and give it to my hubby who is also a huge fan. I can see him putting this in his office at work and showing it off to his buds.

    Kirsten
    hibbard_k@yahoo.com

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  48. Again congrats on your 200th post! My favorite picture on your site has to be the little girl throwing her arms up in the air. So cute and the title Carolyn in Carolina just seems to go along with that picture. I love it!

    Kirsten

    hibbard_k@yahoo.com

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  49. Tweeted this at: http://twitter.com/creativity4life/status/7089771784

    Kirsten

    hibbard_k@yahoo.com

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  50. Congrats on 200! I love Guy - would love to check out this book! Love your blog too and long been a follower on twitter... Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. rob.mccleland@gmail.com

    Love the idea of the DDD book giveaway.

    My favorite blog (before this one) is the one from Novemeber when you talked about Nutrisystems and had a picture of the cinnamon roll that you found in the same blog.

    Blessings,

    Rob

    PS. I travel with my work; I've been to 60 Diners, Drive-ins and Drives. My business partner and I twittered our journey earlier this month when we went to 12 Triple Ds in one Day (before going to the Guy Fieri Roadshow in Los Angeles the next night).

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  52. I just found your blog. I was doing a search on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy, because I saw an episode I wanted more information on. Your website popped up for a giveaway of his cookbook, so here I am. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter my name.

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  53. My favorite photo is your wordless wednesday photo of the fresh baked bread. I am such a foodie and any homebaked product is like heaven to me.

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  54. Tweet

    http://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/7116636571

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  55. My favorite picture is the one of you from the wii fit. That had me lol-ing and not wanting to buy the wii fit out of fear of me not wanting to see what they would shoe me looking like.

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  56. http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/7188933913 tweet

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  57. OMG forgot about the mandatory comment. I want to win the cookbook because I love guy's show on food network and would love to make some of his favorite recipes.

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  58. http://sweetqt.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/guy-fieri-giveaway/ blogged #1

    shopgurl101@gmail.com

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  59. http://sweetqt.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/guy-fieri-giveaway/ blogged #2

    shopgurl101@gmail.com

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  60. I love Guy's show!! Would love to win his book!! Congrats on 200!!!
    kelleykhlr@yahoo.com

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  61. Ok, I'll be honest, I'm here for the prize! hehe.. BUT, yes there is a but in there, I'm not going to turn into a faithful reader. (Yes, I'm being truthful!) How can I not? Your a Guy fan. That instantly makes you cool in my book!
    I absolutely love Guy, and my dream is to one day be a guest taste tester on one of his shows. haha.. But no, I'm serious on that one.
    & yeah, I would like to win this prize because I thought I was going to get his books for Christmas. I practically slapped my mom in the face with them, but nope. So how cool would it be to own a signed copy? Yeah, you're right, it would be off da hook!
    Ok, I seriously think I'm gonna stop now! (Sounds like your year was amazing!)

    ashley_c_014 at hotmail dot com

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  62. I really like the Tomato Madness post. I love tomatoes, but honestly, I'm not to big on seeing them all peeled and stuff! hehe.. I love the photos of them before they were boiled. I'm just strange like that.

    ashley_c_014 at hotmail dot com

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  63. I'd love to win this book because I watch Guy's show faithfully. It's one of my faves on the Food Network.

    SamneneD@aol.com

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  64. I would love to win because I'm addicted to the Food Network Channel. Can't get enough!
    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  65. I love your blog because...I just do, its great entertainment you write so well!
    I would LOVE to win this for my daughter in NY who happens to work for a cable company there and LOVES Food Network and this show, but the cable company is dropping HGTV AND Food Network! Is that crazy or what??? She is beside herself in grief! lol! I think this would give her a little pick me up!

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  66. I'd love to win this, cause I like traveling and I have a personal goal to never ever ever go to a chain restaurant when there's some local goodness to be had. Nothing makes me pissier than hubs trying to stop off at burger king in Santa Fe. (Yes, it happened).

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  67. Fave post is the Tamale post. Love it.

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  68. Tweet - http://twitter.com/brennaboo/status/7323083540

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  69. Congrats on 200 posts! I'll admit I have only visited your blog a couple times, but I like the design you have. It's not too flashy, very easy on the eyes.
    I would love to win the book. I love the show and watch it every chance I get.
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  70. tweet: http://twitter.com/talonsmom731/statuses/7335919676
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  71. blog post: http://goyay.blogspot.com/2010/01/guy-fieris-diners-drive-ins-and-dives.html
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com
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  72. blog post: http://goyay.blogspot.com/2010/01/guy-fieris-diners-drive-ins-and-dives.html
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com
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  73. My favorite picture would have to be the little girl throwing her arms up on your banner. It was my curiosity about that picture that led me to your blog.
    deanenpr at yahoo.com

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  74. Why do I like your blog? Because I like YOU, silly! Why do I want this prize? Because hubby and I are Food Network junkies, and we love Guy Fieri.

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  75. Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever has left a new comment on your post "Off The Hook ~ 200th Post and Giveaway":

    I totally tweeted it:
    http://twitter.com/CutestKidEver/status/7342668662

    (accidentally rejected the initial post - DOH!)

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  76. I love anything Food Network and totally miss it now that we cut out Satellite for budget reasons! This would be awesome to tide me over :)

    Thanks, congrats on 200 posts and your eventful year!

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  77. Congrats! I just hit my 400th post Ü. Your blog always makes me giggle. Thats important for starting out the morning with coffee for me.

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