9/17/09

A Gigantic BOX Giveaway!



You just can't miss out on this GIVEAWAY from Kraft Foods!

It's just too good to pass up - so even if you don't have a blog, feel free to join in!

In August I was invited to visit Kraft Foods in Chicago, and as a thank you for coming, I received THIS gigantic box in the mail. 



Filled with these treats ...

·         Capri Sun 100% Juice
·         Ritz Crackerfuls Classic Cheddar
·         Ritz Crackerfuls Four Cheese
·         Velveeta Shells & Cheese
·         Oreo Fun Stix
·         Golden DoubleStuf Oreos
·         Golden Oreo Mini Cakesters 100 Calorie Packs
·         Crystal Light Skin Essentials Pomegranate Lemonade
·         Kraft Ranch Dressing
·         Kraft Barbeque Sauce
·         Chips Ahoy Fudge Bites
·         LU Biscuits
·         Maxwell House Vanilla Bean Latte, Mocha Latte, Vanilla Caramel Latte  
·         Wheat Things Flatbread and Reduced Fat
·         Back to Nature Dark Chocolate & Oats Granola Cookies
·         Planters Harvest Pistachio Grove Blend
·         Planters Harvest Dark Chocolate Forest Blend
·         Planters Harvest Almond Orchard Blend
·         Planters Deluxe Mixed Nuts
·         Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts
·         Kraft Miracle Whip
·         Food and Family Magazine and one free subscription
·         Food and Family Magazine Spanish
·         And a TON of FREE product coupons

Yes, all of these goodies, and my family's been 
snacking for days now!



And now you can too 
(these Lime Coconut cookies ... Mmm, Mmm, Mmm)



Because Kraft has generously offered for me to give away a duplicate box!



Yes, they have the exact box sitting in their 
Chicago kitchen, waiting for YOU!

COMMENT TO WIN
You're going to have to think, but only for a minute. 

Please leave me a comment, and tell me which relative (or friend) you've learned the most from about hospitality--who was your primary hospitality example?

I have so many women in my life who I've learned from!

TWO CHANCES
Talk about this Gigantic Kraft Foods Giveaway on your blog, or TWEET about it, and your name goes in twice (come back and tell me!). Make sure you leave a viable email if you don't have a blog.

WINNER WILL WIN
The exact box that I received.  Amazing! Yes, all of this stuff!

WINNER ANNOUNCED
I'll let you know on Monday, 9/21, who the lucky winner is! And then I'll contact KRAFT FOODS and they'll ship it directly to YOU!



Thank you, Kraft Foods, once again for your generosity!

347 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Count me in!
moi@1homeschool.org

Gay Stricklin said...

My grandmother taught me so much about the little details that make someone feel welcome in my home!

Beth said...

Yummy! What a great giveaway!
reading44654@yahoo.com

see you there! said...

My Dad worked for Kraft Foods in the years before an after WWII (if you can think back that far). I was brought up with Kraft but they have seriously changed their offerings. I'd love to sample all they have now.

Darla

Rhonda said...

My mom is my greatest example. She doesn't fuss and worry over everything being perfect she just cooks some really good food and enjoys having family and friends over to share it.

Nikki + Shane said...

Definitely my mom taught me the most about entertaining. From the greeting to the goodbye she's always had it down to a science and one particular tradition that we now both do is to take a picture of our table with all the food on it as it is always a masterpiece in its own right.

TidyMom said...

What a fantastic giveaway!!
I would of course have to say my mom taught me about entertaining!!

~TidyMom

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this big box of food to send to my college age boys. They would be in heaven! Thanks I tweeted about your giveaway!kwscomet@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Forgot to tell you. My grandad was a great entertainer. Every year he would fish for crappie all year long then have a huge fish fry for the whole church with all the fixings. We all looked forward to this all year. I miss him and his fish and puppies!kwscomet@aol.com

Stephanie said...

My mother taught me all about hospitality. I learned how to tidy up in a moments notice and how to always have something on hand to be able to whip up some food.
My first glimpse of entertaining were the birthday parties she threw for us when we were kids. We had the best parties!

Anonymous said...

That looks yummy!!! My mom taught me how to always make guests feel like family in our home. Terri (tresee15@yahoo.com)

Somewhere In The Sun said...

I learned from my mom...no fuss, just friends, family and fun!

Courtney @ splashing grace said...

my greatest examples...

Mrs.W when I was in college - her husband was on staff - and her door was always open. We hung out there when they were home & when they weren't, we ate their food & took over their television... and they loved us.

Judy - my pastor's wife - they gave me a place to live when I was engaged - and made me a part of the family (complete with chores & a built in little sister to share a room with). I watched Judy joyfully open her home (and heart) for guests, without stressing over it, and I learned a lot from her.

Caroline said...

My mom!
kalugin4@sbcglobal.net

lazy susie said...

My friend Shannon. She's warm and loving and makes people feel like they are brightening up her life just by stepping in the door.

Susan

Roberta said...

I would have to say the pastor's wife at our church.
rlee727@gmail.com

Wendy said...

I would have to say my Mom, she always welcomed people with grace. Even those holidays when everybody wasn't getting along.
Thank you for offering this great giveaway. And Kraft rocks.
I have never seen half of those items on the table. It would be like Christmas to win.

Thanks,
Wendy

Sims Family said...

I would say my grandma. She taught the neighborhood kids "lessons" on how to behave, speak clearly, have manners, etc. It was really her thing. She even had a parlor. So when we went to visit, I watched and learned. What to do when people came over, etc. It was always so much fun. Fun giveaway!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Oooh please enter me! Sounds yummy!
My greatest influence would be my mom. She always had food in the house and tricks up her sleeve to extend whatever we had to include more! I try to follow her example.
~Nancy

Anonymous said...

My mom. There was always an extra place set at the dinner table for an elderly neighbor or one of our friends. We had music and candles with dinner every week night; Mom made every meal special!

kimster66atyahoodotcom

jen@odbt said...

My girlfriend's mom, Mrs. Z, is the ultimate hostess/entertainer. I've learned so much from her.

Kimberly said...

Oh my goodness; what a cool giveaway!

I have learned the most about hospitality from my Aunt Ann and my paternal grandparents. My aunt hosts the major family holiday get-togethers at her house. She puts us up for a couple nights wherever there is space; she cooks us absolutely delicious food the entire time we are there. She makes it clear that she wants us to feel as comfortable in her home as her immediate family does.

My grandparents seem so at ease with visitors because they incorporate whoever is staying with them into their normal everyday comings and goings.

The common thread with both of these is the desire for the guest to feel taken care of and part of the regular family. I love that and am trying to adopt that same attitude with people who visit my home!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

oh oh oh - I hope it's me. :)
My mom...definitely my mom. She is a wellspring of hospitality, but the difficult kind. Opening our home to the unlovelies and that's where it really makes a difference.

Kelli said...

My Grandmother, she taught me so much!

Kathryn said...

My Mom was my greatest example!

Carrie at dumptrucksandteacups said...

I'd have to say my Aunt... she has fun and she is just so relaxed, yet it is always so wonderful.

thanks. :)

Ginger Cookies and a Good Book said...

My grandmother... always room for one more at her table.
hutsonj @ ecu.edu

Jody from Toronto said...

My mom's best friend Ginny. She has passed on now, but I still remember fondly her Thursday night suppers. Everyone she met, old friends and new, were always welcome on Thursday nights for dinner at her house. As a young child, even as a teenager, I always enjoyed those Thursday night dinners. She taught me all about entertaining and how to cook and I still hold on dearly to the cookbooks she gifted me with their personalized inscriptions in the front. What I would do now to be able to sit down with her over dinner once again.

Laura said...

You're right who can resist :) I have one friend in particular who I'm always learning from. She is constantly entertaining and makes it look effortless.

jennypilgrim said...

My grandmother, that lived with us from the time I was in the 3rd Grade until she died which was after I left home, taught me to cook and how to be a gracious hostess. She owned a meat and three cafe most of her life and I was raised there. I sure do miss her and the cafe! My parents sold it in 1990.

Jenny

ValleyGirl said...

You know, I think I've learned the most from my former pastor's wife. Her home is always open and often a bit chaotic, but her desire to share a meal with friends overshadows any embarassment she might feel about the condition of her home. She's an incredibly busy woman and I just really admire her talent of making others feel important even though she's clearly got other things she could be doing.

PS. I've got your giveaway noted and linked on my sidebar right at the top!!

Sherry said...

I learned the most about Hospitality from the ladies that were a generation older than I am that we went to church with. I had no knowledge of hospitality while growing up. I am hoping to change that for my children!

ddrennan@centurytel.net

Pinky said...

What a GREAT give-away! I would say my Aunt (who has passed away) but she was a great hostess, had all the family get togethers and always did it with ease and graciousmess! That is what I picked up from her (by osmosis) to always make my guests feel relaxed and WELCOME in my home....and I LOVE to set a beautiful table!!!!:):) Please throw my hat in the ring:) Hugs, Pinky

Carmen said...

WOW! What an awesome giveaway! I'd have to say I learned the most about hospitality from my dad or my grandma. They both are all about the little details that make everything so special.

Anonymous said...

My sweet grandmother could whip up lunch out of almost nothing...and it was always delicious! (especially her homemade pimento cheese sandwiches with a bowl of cream of chicken soup...also from scratch :)
debbiehall5@comcast.net

Melita said...

I'd love to win this box of goodies! My mother, who is now in a nursing home, was the best example of hospitality I've ever known. It was not unusual for us to have 2,3 or more extra people eat with us on Sundays after church. There were already 7 of us to cook for, but she thought nothing about having a few more over! She taught me that cooking and entertaining is a great way to show your love; not only to your family but to everyone.
You may e-mail me at
mtomlinson2009@hotmail.com

Kathy said...

I would have to say my Grandma S. - she was always so gracious. She would bring out the fancy tea cups and not worry that the kids might break them. She always made the yummiest little fancy cookies and pastries and stuff. She always put them on these gorgeous little trays. I miss her! I wish she could see how I'm raising my family now and how I'm using a lot of her recipes with my own family.
~~Kathy K.

The Real Me! said...

What a fantastic giveaway. Wow!!
To answer your question. I would have to say that my best friend Kathy has inspired me to be a better entertainer. I always liked to entertain but she inspired me to take it further and pay more attention to details. Do I get extra points if I say you have inspired me as well? LOL
Blessings,
Kim

mary beth said...

My good friend Gerri has been my example of hospitality . She opens her house to countless college students for Sunday dinners, impromptu suppers, and holiday potlucks and we have been fortunate to see her house filled with family friends on many occasions. She has shown me that it doesnt have to be perfect, it's the people that matter and you have done the same thing with your blog. It's taken me years to shrug off that lie that my house isn't pretty enough, or there isn't enough room...hospitality speaks volumes of love that we all need!

The Real Me! said...

Hey Sandy,
I just facebooked it since I don't tweet. Does that count?

lailani said...

My husband. He just invites folks, they come and everything falls in place. I use to fret and worry, and it worked out, but not with me having many ugly moments in the process!

Jenni said...

my friend Kelly has taught me tons about hospitality and how to share that gift.....

Craft Tea Lady said...

I would have to say a former pastor's wife... she has finesse to put together a dinner party that would boggle even Martha Stewart and my man because even if the house is a trash zone he will invite people in. He knows they are coming to see us and not our stuff.

Thanks for the chance.

www.xanga.com/crafttealady
CraftTeaLady AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous said...

My next door neighbor when I was growing up...so many fun little details and yummy food! -Mendy; (ydnem@yahoo.com)

southerninspiration said...

My mother in law.....she always stops what she is doing to greet you, has time for anything, even though it might be interrupting a tad bit of what she is doing.....and she loves to laugh! I'd love to win that gigantic box of deliciousness!!! Whoa!

Suzanne

Jill said...

My mom. She always sets a great table for holiday celebrations, threw fun themed parties and now has these adorable tea parties for my girls and their friends complete with dress up clothes.
I'm still learning not to stress when I throw a party, but your blog is helping me see "hosting" as just being me!

Jenni said...

just tweeted too!

ashley said...

My aunt. She always had people at her house and was always spending all day in the kitchen. No recipe was too big for her to try. She is where I get my courage to try anything. ashleymurray1@yahoo.com

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Wow! How awesome! I love Kraft products anyhow. I'll definitely post about this on my blog and on face book! Thank you!!! Kim from Homesteaders Heart sent me from FB. Thanks Kim. I like your blog!

That Girl said...

My mother is the hospitable one in our family.

Kylee said...

Mine would have to be my grandmother. When I stayed overnight with her we would make delicious meals, create decorations, and even name cards for our guests.

Nicol said...

What a fun giveaway. I could use this right now. I'm on bed rest and my daughter could use something new to snack on.

My example-- I wish that I had one. Growing up my mother hated having people over. Our house wasn't one that even as a child I wanted to have people there. I was determined that when I was on my own I would have a place that was warm and welcoming. A home where my children want to bring there friends to. Without having a real example, I've had to learn the details and the art of entertaining on my own. But fortunately there are resources out there that have been helpful. I'm not perfect, but I love having people over and will for years to come!

Hope to win! nicolmontero at gmail dot com

Hopefull said...

My mom is the most casual entertainer ever. She often made Taco Salad, or BBQ, the focus was always on making sure she had fun with the guests too. Definitely my biggest influence :)

pk said...

My mom. Definitely. My dad is a pastor and my mom was constantly entertaining, many times at a moment's notice. We didn't have much money, yet she always managed to have enough for everyone and made it seem like it wasn't an effort at all. It wasn't fancy, but she always made everyone feel welcome, well fed and comfortable.

Ann's Page said...

Well my Aunt Irene .. SHE was a true southern Lady her doors where always open..to anyone..coffe waiting..food..oh the memories..all the family dinners where at here house,I only wish I could have appreciated it more..I find myself longing for her and her recipes..Because of her I love cooking and keeping house...I will post on my fairly new blog!!!
Blesing's Ann

Nicol said...

I just tweeted about the giveaway

http://twitter.com/csophisticated

Diane said...

Both my father and mother taught me about opening our home to others even if just meant a cup of coffee and a short visit.

Classic MaMa said...

:) We like free food!

Dana said...

What a great giveaway :) I would have to say that my taught me about entertaining. Our home was always open to my friends, or anyone who stopped by. She could fix up a appetizer, with stuff she had on hand :) She is always prepared!

Thanks :)


Dana
d09@goldingers.com

MJ said...

My grandma taught me so much about hospitality....simple things like knowing the sodas/drinks people like and having those on hand, having snacks available, and always having a Yankee candle burning. :)

Mama Thompson said...

Both of my grandmas were the perfect hosts. My paternal grandma was the ultimate host. She loved the beautifully set table and the immaculately clean home and the delicious food that was never your typical find on an ordinary dinner table. She knew how to host a dinner party perfectly. My maternal grandmother LOVED to have big dinners, but mainly with family. She cooked the most delicious comfort foods and her home was always warm, comfortable and inviting. You wanted to fill your belly and then lounge on her "davenport" and talk for hours. I love them both and am grateful that I learned so much from them...and so now, my hosting style...lies somewhere in the middle! Wow..that was long...kinda fun to reflect on 2 of the most wonderful women in my life!

Bevy said...

I would have to say, my friend, Gail. She is the one that speaks volumes to me in the realm of hospitality. She is such a "Mary" (can be a "Martha" too, but)in that she is always "seating at your feet" to learn from you all the while her heart and home are open and overwhelmingly busy with life-happenings.

Count me in on your giveaway!

Betsy said...

My big sis is a wonderful example of hospitality to me. Not just in short cuts and prep tips, but in attitude and purpose!

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

I learned the most from my Mom's best friend Joy. She taught so much about hospitality and entertaining.

ellen b. said...

My mother is the first lady in my life that taught me a lot about hospitality. Every Sunday we had someone over for lunch after church. When we moved away I learned a lot from my friend Jody. Jody has people over no matter what her house looks like and without prior plans. A spur of the moment hostess that can still feed a crowd graciously.

Inksstillwet said...

My sister because she invites friends over even when she doesn’t have a menu planned out and when the house isn’t clean. She doesn’t care! It’s about the friendships, not the perfection.

Jason and Elizabeth said...

Oh this one is so easy to answer! My Mother has been my example of hospitality through the years. She is so good at it and everyone would agree!

~Kathie~ said...

What a great giveaway!!!
I would definately say my grandmother had taught me the most about hospitality. She always welcomed people into her home and always had many family and friends just visiting around her kitchen table.

Kristin said...

I've had so many but lately I'd say it's my mother-in-law who always seems to set out a great meal even if it's only with what she already has on hand. She's taught me to stock my kitchen and pantry so I'm ready at a drop of a hat like she always is. :)
mayoks @ gmail.com

Joanna said...

What an awesome giveaway! I would have to say that I learned from my great aunt. She always taught me that it's not the expensive things it's the way you present them and the way you portray yourself that makes you hospitable!

Christi said...

How fun! I'd love to win this!

Joanna said...

Blogged about it! http://thissoutherngirlsnest.blogspot.com/2009/09/best-giveaway-ever.html

Practically at Home said...

My grandmother was the ultimate Empress of Hospitality. She always cooked TONS of food - enough to send parcels home with everyone who showed up.

Here's a link to my post - directing readers HERE to your blog and drawing.

http://practicallyathome.blogspot.com/2009/09/wanna-win-big-box-of-free-products-from.html

Count me in, and pass the Oreos!

Linda

Heather said...

My sister teaches me all the time. She's always having people over.

Anonymous said...

I can't narrow it down to one person. As a member of the GFWC Women'c Club, the ladies created such lovely receptions. The box contains great samples, not just a teeny taste as most samples are. nittanykzm@yahoo.com

sclevenger said...

I leared from my Grammy and my Mom. It's here - http://talesofamommymonster.blogspot.com/2009/09/kraft-foods-giveaway-yum.html

sheenaclevenger@gmail.com

Penny (CA) said...

My mom is my greatest example. She worked hard and taught me how to prepare and be able to enjoy company.
This is a great giveaway.
We LOVE KRAFT!!
chipper@surewest.net

Vickie said...

My grandmother taught me about hospitality. She was a true southern lady that never met a stranger. And if you visited her home she went all out to make you feel welcome.

{ L } said...

Oh wow! That is one gigantic box! :) What an incredible giveaway. Thank you.

I learned the most about hospitality from my grandparents. It is always so WARM and welcome for all people at their house. And I think that is the key! Everyone can just feel right at home and my Grandma always makes food up right away for unexpected guests and their is much laughter and heart. People were blessed when they visited and I would love to have that same sort of home.

Amber said...

I don't have a blog. My best friend's mom, Susan Andrews, has taught me the most about hospitality and entertaining.
amber.peters@gmail.com

Laurie S. said...

My grandmother was a sweet example of hospitality. She loved to minister to others through her kitchen! As a pastor's daughter, our family were often the ones being invited into other people's homes, so I have experienced many different forms of hospitality. Now it's my turn!

{ L } said...

I tweeted about this too:
http://twitter.com/cnlisa
Thanks again!!

Lana said...

Looks fabulous!

I learn all the time from my daughter Jenni who entertains at the drop of a hat! Also my friend Gayla who makes everyone feel so welcome.

Belinda said...

Well as did everyone else, I learned from my grandma. She loves to cook and still does and makes it special each time. Thanks for the post.

DSP said...

I've learned the most from my Mother. She is so giving and welcomes everyone into our home. If there isn't anything to eat, well just go grab something. At any rate - her welcoming spirit is what I want to take from her the most. DSP dsphillips@tamu.edu

Mommy's Kitchen said...

I learned hospitality from my mother. Mama always said never show up at a guests house empty handed, I still remember that today anywhere I am invited to I always have a dish or dessert in tow. Great giveaway.

MegaMom9 (same on Twitter!) said...

My dear Grammy taught me oh so much about entertaining and hospitality! She was "Martha Stewart" before Marth was even born LOL. Grammy loved to show hospitality and would plan and execute the most wonderful parties, both large and small. She was always ready for drop-in guests and would never fail to make everyone feel both welcomed and special.

Laura said...

My hospitality "yoda" has been my Nannie. She is my mother's mother and is always ready with a hug and warm plate for friends or family. I dare not say "for company" because in her house, there is no such thing... everyone feels like part of the family. Whether things are perfectly arranged or in disarray because the grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been playing, she will make you feel like you have made her day by stopping in. She is a role model in many ways :). younglaurab@gmail.com

The Boyer's Brigade said...

It would have to be my grandmother- she is always such a gracious, giving, kind host whenever the time, whatever the circumstance-

danielandshannonboyer at hotmail dot com

Zana said...

My mother-in-law has definately been the best example of hospitality for me!

babyyahyah said...

my 90 year old grandma has showed me how to be the best hostess. She is amazing. She loves to make others feel at home and make them comfortable.

Gina said...

Love it! That would be a fun thing to recieve in the mail! My greatest example of hospitality was my mom, hands down!

Rhonda said...

My great-grandmother. Her first question when you arrived at her house was, "Have you eaten yet?" and her last sentence when saying good-by was, "Stay and we'll eat".

Monica said...

Count me in!!!!
I'd have to say it's both my mom and dad that taught me about hospitality and entertaining.Even if was just a sandwich meal my mother makes it a special occasion using the best dishes and spreading everything out like a deli bar.My dad loves to cook and share meals with all his friends and family.

Maren said...

My mom. She is the wife of a college professor, and had people over all the time. Staying over night, 40 people for dinner. She took it all in stride, even while adding a second floor to their house! She taught me that you and your house don't have to be perfect to have be a good host!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jim said...

Gayla Pope and Ann Griggs' houses are always open for friends, family, and celebrations.

La Tea Dah said...

I learned the most about hospitality form my mother. As a faculty family at a university, my mother became 'home night mom' to a group of students who came over every Wednesday evening for dinner. What fun we had with the group we had each year. Mom was a great cook and very creative with table decor. In later years, mom took in a college student each school year, providing room and board for those who had a hard time making ends meet.

LaTeaDah

Barbara said...

What a wonderful opportunity! I would have to say my great Aunt taught me at a young age to be grateful for everything and have open and welcome arms for everyone. I hope that I can live up to her examples !

Lynn said...

Ditto to Rhonda! My mom also is my greatest example for the very same reasons as hers was.!!!

Thanks for this yummy chance to win!

crapo@shaw.ca

pettie1019 said...

My Mom. That woman knows how to throw a party!

Lilith Silvermane said...

My mother... she taught me how to be a hostess, how to throw parties and entertain.

She did not do a lot of it, however what she did, I learned from, expanded on and I LOVE to entertain! We have so many parties coming up ;0

Lilith Silvermane said...

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http://twitter.com/CrunchyGreenMom/status/4057529961

Lilith Silvermane said...

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Carol Kennon said...

What a wonderful giveaway! My mother in law has taught me the most, Mainly because she is a no stress entertainer. She says people remember the talk and enviroment more than the food and decor being perfect.

shruley said...

My friend Tammy. She loved people and being in community, she is still my inspiration!

shruley@gmail.com

Lori from British Columbia, Canada said...

Oh my sweet Ukranian grandmother was by far the most hospitable person I know. Always gracious, always loving, a fantastic cook, and ever so generous. And all with her broken English!

Dawn S said...

My Mother was my primary inspiration for hospitality training. She is the epitome of a southern lady and she always offers something to drink, something to eat and will always send you home with something for later!
Thanks!
Dawn S
striblin@yahoo.com

Annie said...

I think I learned most of my hospitality traits from a friend of the family. My mom was always so crazed before we had guests. But my mom's friend just sat the food out and enjoyed company. That Kraft box would sure come in handy for welcoming some guests. :)

Carol Kennon said...

I blogged about your giveaway...Chance #2

Dawn S said...

I sent my friends a "Tweet!"
Thanks,
Dawn S
striblin@yahoo.com

Dawn S said...

I also let my friends at Facebook know!
Thanks,
Dawn S.
striblin@yahoo.com

Kristina said...

My sister has taught me about hospitality. She is someone who can whip up a meal & then some when unexpected guest show up. I admire that! I believe I'm not gifted in this area...but, I try, oh I try! I would love to win the Kraft box. What a neat giveaway.

Caroline said...

My Mom and Grandmother taught me everything I know about entertaining, I do not know where I would be without them.

Caroline
design4less(at)yahoo(dot)com

Heatherelle said...

My mom taught me the most about hospitality. For most holidays there would be an extra person or two at the table, and always plenty of food for "drop ins." She has a home where people feel comfortable, relaxed, and like family.
heatherelleinva AT yahoo DOT com

Bonnie said...

My grandmother and my mother both are my prime hospitality examples. They both love primarily family gatherings but I remember New Year's Eve parties when I was a kid - my mother could throw a good party. She still enjoys them on a smaller scale and it seems I've taken on the "big party planner" role in the family now.

Holly L. said...

My family has a very casual entertaining style, but what my mom, grandmother, and aunt taught me was to ALWAYS make people feel welcome and special when they are in your home. What I learned on my own, probably due to my experience as a wedding planner, it to really think about guests special needs/interests. So,if I have someone coming over and I know they have a special/particular favorite food or beverage I will have it in the house and ready for them.

slip4 said...

Wow, some of those new products look awesome! My mother-in-law has been my biggest entertaining influence. Her husband was in the military so she got LOTS of experience giving parties of all sizes.

trinacoyle said...

YOU!!

Well of people I personally know, it would be my friend Melody, who is a wonderful hostess. Her home is lovely, but not perfect, welcoming but not formal. I appreciate when I go over and see she also has a stack of papers on her desk AND IT DIDN"T STOP HER from asking us over. That's what i need to see.

Candice said...

I would have to say that my aunt taught me about hospitality by her open arms, warm smile, and ready table! She always made me feel so welcome and loved in her home.

2Belles2Beaux4me said...

My friend Amy taught me almost everything I know about hospitality. I moved to a new town when I was 22 and newly married. She was one of my first friends and when I went to her house it screamed "Come in, sit down and stay awhile, I want to know all about you". Thanks for posting this and reminding me how much I owe to Amy. Love, Anita

Anonymous said...

Two very different types of entertainers gave me inspiration. One, very proper, manners, etc. my adopted mom - she was always able to stretch a meal for unintended guests. My Aunt taught me, or tried to, to be creative with hors deouvres and snacks.

Anonymous said...

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Denise said...

I'd have to say my mam and dad taught me the art of hospitality when I was young. We never had much but anyone that ever came to the house was always made to feel so welcome. Even later as an adult when I took friends home, they would always tell me how welcomed they felt by my mam and dad's friendliness. :-)
This is a great giveaway Sandy - thanks for the chance to enter.

Alexis said...

My mom definitely taught me all I know about hospitality. If she was planning on having a family of six over, she always planned on having a family of ten, just in case. I don't remember ever running out of food before the meal was over unless we were having leftover night!

I'd love to win this! It's been so long since we've been able to afford nearly all of that, and my mouth is watering just thinking about those cookies. Yummy!

Sara L said...

Wow - what a fun giveaway. My mom taught me the most about being a great hostess....although I think my house is a bit messier than hers was when entertaining.

charles and sara at hotmail dot com

Sara L said...

Wow - what a fun giveaway. My mom taught me the most about being a great hostess....although I think my house is a bit messier than hers was when entertaining.

charles and sara at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My Mom loves to have company for Sunday dinner, even now at age 81. Now that she needs a little help to make it happen, I'm learning how to do it, too. :) It's fun!
sunflowergal@btsskynet.net

Bonnie said...

Definitely my husband's grandmother. She was the hostess with the mostest!
She cooked like no other, and her presentation was always beautiful. She was gracious and generous!

stellonwheels@yahoo.com said...

My greatest inspiration and education about hospitality comes from my sisters. They’ve taught me by example- they’re always relaxed and remain themselves no matter the event or number of guests. They always make others feel welcome in their kitchens and homes. They put a little love into everything they cook, and that makes them my heros!

Chelsie said...

Hospitality would have to come from my best friend, Crystal. Every time she made a meal through our college years, half the girls in our building would be invited to eat. She always went to great lengths to share her time and efforts both in her home and in others.

Lynne in NC said...

Sandy,
I've learned more from YOU than any of my relatives. Growing up we were not much for entertaining.
Peace.

Gwen said...

Don't laugh, my stepdad has taught me the most about hospitality! Whenever we have a get-together at their house, he makes you feel so pampered and full. Really, really full!

The Blissfully Happy Housewife said...

Oh by FAR my mom...she taught me how to be a gracious hostess, as well as how to prep as much as you can ahead of time so that you can enjoy your company! It makes entertaining soooo much easier and enjoyable!

On a side note, you always have the BEST giveaways!! Love it!

Jamie

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Ruth Ann said...

I've learned alot from my older sister! She is amazing! She is a single mother of two boys and works so hard to support them both! If I win I plan on giving this to her, because buying food is tough for her at times!

Melissa's Thoughts said...

I learned so much about hospitality from my mom and her mother, Nanny. Our home was always open and my mom always wanted our friends to think of our home as their home. My Nanny always had "something" cooking for the kids and I knew that there would be yeast rolls every morning for breakfast. I was lucky to have two great roll models.

I have also linked this to my blog. :) What an amazing giveaway that I'm sure my college son and room mate will love to raid.

Rachel said...

What a wonderful giveaway!

My primary hospitality influence has been my mom. She plans ahead well so she is mostly relaxed when guests arrive and always sets a pretty table.

Vindiciti said...

My best friend, Lena, taught me the most about hospitality. I don't feel like I have to have a perfect home anymore to have people visit. They're here for the company, not to inspect my dishes or laundry. It's a hard lesson to learn.

NatAl said...

My sister has taught me the most about entertaining. She loves making people feel special when having them over for dinner.

Kristie said...

Strangers (at the time), the Smiths, noticed that my family were first-time visitors to their church, so they invited us to their home for lunch. They were a family of 8, we were a family of 4 at the time, and another family joined us. We later learned that this was their normal practice each week! Chicken casserole, a salad, and ice cream dessert were on the menu. I learned that entertaining strangers, looking for opportunities, simplicity, and genuine care are the heart of hospitality!

Amy Kinser said...

I have a sweet friend who loves to open her home to anyone and everyone. She bakes bread and prepares a wonderful meal to share. She has been a great role model to me.

Thanks for this opportunity.

Amy

Tera said...

I would love to win! jasonandtera@gmail.com I have learned the most about hospitality from my Grandmother. Her house was never "perfect" but at the same time, you could show up at her house almost any moment of any day and she would be ready to receive guests...she would be dressed, hair tidy...she would have refreshments in the fridge and her main rooms (kitchen, entry, living room, etc.) would be tidy enough for any guest to make themselves at home. I strive to be more like her.

Pam said...

My mom probably taught me the most about hospitality. There were always other people around when I was a kid and she fed them all and made them welcome. But I would also have to say my best friend Cheryl is probably the hostess with the mostest. She can even make you feel welcome and cared for in your own home!
pam [at] daysong [dot] com

N and B said...

Wow! What a neat thing!! (I need to do one of these give-aways...)

I have an incredible example of hospitality in my mother-in-love Julia. She is incredibly gifted in so many ways, creatively and culinarily! :) Just having dinner at her house gives me a plethora of ideas to work on and try in my own home. I am so glad to have her impact on my life as a new wife!!

MaryAZ said...

My older cousin & her husband always make entertaining look effortless. They are just a class act!

ALY said...

Both my mother and grandmother. They always made holidays special, my mother still does, with their tried and true family recipes and love of having everyone in their homes.
annetta.young@tyson.com

Susan said...

My grandmother taught me you can never make too much food or have too much variety in the food you serve. She always made everyone favorites for them.

susyzan (at) gmail (dot) com

Sabrina said...

My friend Julie has taught me about hospitality. Her door is always open. And she makes everyone feel welcome. She doesn't always make a big fuss. Just puts out what she has. She is my hospitality hero.

Carolyn said...

My mom has taught me the most but your blog has taught me even more than I ever thought was possible in being hospitable. Thank you!
mchholtgrewe@yahoo.com

anne said...

my mother in law...taught me the most...she's never too busy to have everyone for dinner or swimming.

mckinneycarr@cox.net

Anonymous said...

I would have to say my mother-in-law has taught me the most about creating a warm home to welcome visitors.

julie
ericjuliehaley@insighhtbb.com

Anonymous said...

sorry, misspelled e-mail - it is ericjuliehaley@insightbb.com. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

My friend Besty taught me the most. Her home was always open to her friends.

mweber@windwave.org

C.R. said...

My mom- our home was always open to family, friends, friends of the family and friends of friends!

crlmesser@gmail.com

Lindsey said...

I'd have to say my grandmother taught me the most about hospitality. Just watching her take care of people in her home was a huge lesson in itself. What meant the most was her taking the time to teach me individually. She's an awesome lady!
BTW, that's an awesome giveaway! I've been subscribed for about a month now I think and have enjoyed reading immensely.

Alison said...

Yea!! What a great giveaway!!

I've learned the most about hospitality from my cousin, Jen. She is amazing and makes it look so effortless.

Shawna said...

Wow -- look at all the comments!

I would love to get a change at winning this!

mcmcolospgs said...

Actually, I two women in my life have been extremely instrumental in teaching me about hospitality: my godmother Josette (who has since passed away but left me with many wonderful memories of how to entertain a houseful, and all with exquisite French cuisine to boot!) and of course my mom, who learned much about what she knows about true hospitality from her grandmother. I love how some of the things I do are literally passed down from generations before me.

Anonymous said...

I have learned frommy friend Hope that hospitality does not have to be formal and expensive.
Christina

Chef Eureka said...

I try to always learn from those around me. My grandfather on my father's side taught me about silent respect, let people speak, speak in a tone of understanding and respect... From other family members, to stand when an elder or client walks into the room to show them respect. From both my grandmothers... offer refreshments to guests, guests are always served first, etc. So many to name!

I also tweeted about your contest! I couldn't find a button to follow you on twitter so I just google reader followed you.

Thanks!

zentmrs said...

Count me in! My Aunt taught me that hospitality doesn't necessarily mean perfection, but rather making guests (expected or otherwise) feel as though they were welcome and family.

Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Christy said...

It was definitely my grandma that taught me everything I know. Even today when I go to her house I feel so cared for! She's an amazing cook and cares that people are looked after, using food to make them feel loved.

christylynn16@hotmail.com

P.S. Saw your husband on It's a New Day in Winnipeg. Now I'm going out to read one of his books and my husband too!

Karen said...

My sister, who I jokingly call "Martha Stewart," has been the most inspiring hostess to me.

Whitney said...

I have learned more from several blogs online than anyone in my life. My mom can put together a party, but she usually does everything last minute and that isn't my style.

Anonymous said...

I would have to say I learned the most about hospitality from my Grandmother..........She spent more time tending to her garden and her animals than she did cleaning house, but she NEVER turned away a guest... there was always plenty of food and extra chairs to be found!!

Glenda Musser
gsmusser@yahoo.com

MH in OH said...

My grandmother taught me about hospitality. She always baked extra cookies and quick breads to have on hand to share with anyone who came to her door.
Great giveaway!
orangetriangle2 AT yahoo DOT com

GiBee said...

My mom.

She opened her home up to anyone, anytime. She always had people over for dinner, luncheons, brunches, meetings, showers... My home was an open door to people.

Everyone felt welcome and left feeling loved.

Poulsen Family said...

I like food! My Mom taught me to pay attention to details that make others feel welcome in our home.

Lemonade Girl said...

Sadly, I didn't really have any family that practiced hospitality around me. I work hard to reverse that for my children. I was, fortunately, the receipent of great hospitality from an older couple in my church when I was in college. They took me in as their own child, fed me, prayed for me, and cared for me. I cried more at the funeral when that dear man died than at any other. They became family!!

Su said...

visiting from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. . glad I found you and would love to win a big box of goodies. Mrs. Martin taught me about hospitality. . my 85 year old neighbor at the time. . always had her front door open like she was waiting for me to come by. . never made me feel like she had something else to do. . you could tell she thoroughly enjoyed us when we came over

Jennifer said...

I learned the general rules of food preparation from my mom. She wasn't much to have a lot of people over, but my friend Sarita has taught me a lot by her example of hospitality. It doesn't need to be perfect, just warm and loving!! Thanks, Mom for the foundation and thanks to Sarita for such a great example!!

Jennifer
seryclan@gmail.com

Raquel, The Glamorous Life said...

i like you have many, most recently it has been wathcing my neghibor Mrs.Jones she always has tea, lemonade and ice water waiting for the gardeners when they come and if i ever need to ask her something she always invites me in her house to sit and have tea.

Great giveaway!

Parsley said...

Guess I learned a lot about hospitality from my MIL. She's always so good making us feel welcome at holiday meals.

Please enter me and contact me via my blog.

Crossing fingers!

Parsley said...

I have put this on my blog for that EXTRA ENTRY.

Crossing fingers again.

Dalia said...

I would have to say my mom taught me the most about hospitality. Raising 7 children she always made it a point to have food on the table. Her kitchen was always open and anyone that entered her home never left hungry. What an example! 7 children and 13 grandchildren later she still is the same and we love to go home to moms! She truly is the most hospitable woman that I know.

Dawn said...

My mom and her mom...

Granny was a true southern lady and you could always count on receiving her "best" even if it was just a glass of iced tea. Mom followed in her footsteps and passed down her love entertaining to both my sister and me.

Anonymous said...

My mom taught me about entertaining!

cardosoc@saccounty.net

every day is a gift... said...

i learned in small tidbits of watching others, reading mags & practicing w/ myself on this journey of hospitality...i love entertaining but don't particularly like everyday cooking - strange combination but there it is! :)

carrie said...

I'd love to win!
Who has been the most hospitable? My mom definitely. I have wonderful memories of my childhood when my parents would have friends over. I would curl up on her lap after dinner when they would serve coffee and dessert and just talk, and it was such a great place to be! I was such a little girl but the memories of the aroma of coffe and the clink of the spoons against the china takes me back.

The Everett Family said...

My Mother in Law is a great hostess. She always has extra special things planned for the kids. She is very relaxed and everyone always enjoys going to her home.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Hmm...I think my mom has taught me the most. She always trys to make people feel comfortable and at home and she genuinely cares. I love her to death.

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

i have tweeted:

http://twitter.com/ShootingStarMag/status/4063322343

lauren51990 at aol dot com

The Everett Family said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/klyneverett

klynmarie AT yahoo DOT com

LindaW said...

My friend, Shara, is a great example of someone is who is always willing to open her home to both family and friends. She always includes those little touches that make you feel welcomed and special.

Brian said...

Has to be my mom. Always opens her home for get-togethers and the last person she is concerned about is herself. Gracious defined.

Thanks,
portlandreign@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I haven't really had a role model in hospitality. While I love my mom dearly, she didn't really teach me much in that area. I'm self-taught and this blog has been a huge inspiration in reminding me to be open and hospitable without expecting perfection. Thank you for all you do!

Carey
jccoth@yahoo.com

Lori said...

My friend, Amy, is so good about having people over as a way of life. It's great for their kids to see them reaching out to others regularly. That's a good lesson for me. And I know this is going to sound like I'm sucking up, but I've learned a lot about hospitality from you, Sandy. Thanks for your great blog!

lorihutto at gmail dot com

sarahbeth04 said...

My friend Mandy has taught me the importance of helping my guests to feel comfortable in my home, but also to help them to feel special.

Greta said...

My mother is my inspiration for being a great hostess. I can remember one particular 4th of July when she had gingham table cloths and cute center pieces - all pre-Martha Stewart! I love hosting and I hope to pass it along to my daughter.

Elaine said...

My parents both inspired me all my life by having an open home where everyone was welcome. But I think my Dad, even more than my Mom, inspired me to go the extra mile, to make thing a little special! He was full of ideas! What a great givaway this is!
Elaine :)

Kala said...

Oh man what a great give away! I have my fingers crossed! My mother is the ultimate hostess. Always has time for anyone, anytime. Always makes you comfy and magically appears w/a beautiful arrangement of goodies--even if the company wasn't expected.
-thesteady5@gmail.com

Denise said...

Wow! Very cool!!!Thank you
dwdisney@aol.com

Kirstin said...

Whoo hoo! What an awesome giveaway! I'm off to mention it now on my blog...

Lissete said...

It would have to be my mom. Untl I had my own place, hers was the designated "party house". She then passed the torch and now I am the one that hosts most events at my home.

Amy said...

My mother-in-law has taught me how to be a gracious hostess. She makes everyone feel so much at home and makes sure everyone is provided for and welcomed.

Tiffany @ Mine Are Spectacular! said...

Pick Me! Pick Me!

Oh the things I could make for those I love... what a great gift for myself, to make things that will bring BIG smiles to their faces!!

Tiffany @ Mine Are Spectacular! said...

Recently, I have learned so much about hospitality from my 15 service sorority sisters. They never cease to amaze me with all they give of themselves. The little details they put into the socials they host, always make you feel right at home.

Tiffany @ Mine Are Spectacular
tiffer40@yahoo.com

LittleBlueBungalow said...

I learned so much from my Great Grandma Esther. No matter what time of time you came she always managed to serve up ice, cold lemonade and cookies.

Katie Jean Britten

Anonymous said...

My momma is the best there is...just ask anyone in South Alabama and they'll tell ya, Ms. Evie, knows hospitality better than anyone...and she has taught me well!! Grateful to God for the example I have been given and hope to teach my children the same!! And feel compelled to make her proud with each hospitable endeavor! aufamily5@att.net

Anonymous said...

By all means by Mom. She was a great teacher of many things.
What a nice giveaway.
Nancy in NC
jhargett4@roadrunner.co

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