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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Lorissa H. said...

How fun!

reneemichl said...

My Mom was the most influential woman in my life. No matter, what was going on, or how tight the budget was, she would always go that little bit further in everything she did. Whether it was bringing food to someone who was having a rough time, sending "I'm thinking of you notes" to people for no particular reasons. Cupcakes and goodies brought to our classrooms on nondescrit days. All these things meant so much to the people who received them.

Stephanie said...

My biggest hospitality example is my husband's aunt. When we arrived at her place, the room was like a hotel room. She even had chocolate chip cookies waiting on us and the toilet paper end was folded. I felt so special!

Trez said...

It's funny but I love to decorate and entertain and no one else in my family did very much but now I'm rubbing off on them!! Everyone tells me-"your mom must have taught you how to cook so good. I tell them nope I taught her how to cook!!" I love kraft foods. Love their magazine and web site. always a great source for good recipes!

Thena said...

It would have to be my Mom. She always made you feel welcome,expected or unexpected guests. It didn't matter you always felt at home.

Hanging Out With the Andrews said...

My mom is definitely my role model when it comes to hospitality. She loves entertaining and always makes people feel welcome in their home.

Cheryl said...

My next-door-neighbor when I was growing up, Janet, taught by example - always welcoming to me, ready with ice cream and stories of her childhood in Scotland (which I looked forward to hearing!). It was just nice to be so *welcome*.

hspruitt said...

My mom is the person that I learned the most about hospitality from - she always goes the extra mile and makes everyone welcome!!

What a great giveaway!!!

hspruitt (@) juno dot com

Di said...

Like most everyone... my mom was my example of hospitality.

Beth H said...

My mother, a pastor's wife, taught me most of what I Know about cooking and hospitality! She could put together a lovely meal--even on the outside occasion that my father brought company home unexpectedly. Would love that box!
jbhow@ncweb.com

Maureen said...

Oh, now this is exciting! I learned about hospitality from my parents. Offer a good drink, set a casual table, and always have an open door.

joan said...

My sister got off the school bus at my grandmother's house every afternoon and she always had something baked and ready for us... a pound cake on the counter, tea cakes cooling on the sideboard.It always smelled so yummy and like "home". I have such fond memories of her. My mother always made simple, delicious, country meals, but the aroma of some foods take me right back to the kitchens of my youth.

Anonymous said...

My mother taught me hospitality. Always putting your guest first and thinking of all the little details.

joeandkris513 said...

My mom was always great at showing hospitality and taught me that it didn't have to be fancy...just clean and neat. Also, that you shouldn't wait to have nicer things to have people in; otherwise, you never would. Thanks for the chance.

KLM said...

A sweet lady from church....She always had a already cooked brisket in her freezer from drop-by guests.

waldenbunch said...

I guess my sister who was 15 years older than me. When I was first married she always invited us over for dinner and to enjoy our family.

Julia said...

My Gramma taught me so much about getting the table ready to eat. From picking out the table cloth, to the centerpiece, its the little things that matter and make people feel welcome.

What a awesome giveaway!

Genevieve said...

my sister sarah has taught me so much. she is so organized, amazing with her kids, always willing to do so much for others, and just the most amazing wonderful person i know! thanks for the awesome giveway!!

Angie said...

My amazing mother. Our home was small enough to call it cramped, but everyone who visited commented on how welcoming and homey it felt. She knew what it meant to love others!

Beth said...

My Aunt was the one who taught me what it meant to open my home to family and friends. She is the epitome of hospitality.

Lindsey @ Harpserville Home said...

Well, I've been kindof a lurker until now but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to pipe up! I learned a lot from my Mom. She was always cooking for someone. I love that my Mom just takes hosting in stride and never gets overwhelmed with it. She usually doesn't want any help from her guests and she never lets you help clean up! She just wants to spend time with you while you're there. It makes you feel really important and welcome. She is always on top of things like having beverages ready as soon as you walk in and all the little things that make it so comfortable to visit!:)

lnodorisio@gmail.com

Miss Mary said...

yum!! What a great pantry stocker!!

Molly said...

My mom for sure! She always has a clean house and food ready for guest. She even has a dresser that guest can put their clothes in!

molly.dee1@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My mom taught me everything I know about hospitality. She always did everything herself for our birthdays...a tradition I'm continuing with my own children.
Karen in FL
dkhunt97@yahoo.com

Momma Jones said...

Sounds scrumptious!

Debbie B said...

It would have to be my cousin, Shan. Her ability put people at ease, serve wonderful food on a beautifully set table is extraordinary. She is the hostess with the mostest. I've learned from her example. I also have been influenced alot by Sandra Lee on the food network. What a great show.
pranic401@hotmail.com

erinz said...

My mom!

Ryan said...

WOW, fantastic giveaway! My great friend, and mentor, Barbara has extended hospitality and love toward my family, proving to be the best example I've had in that area! She is always blessing our family with a meal, dessert, or a sweet bread....delivered on one of her beautiful plates.
Thanks! Janneh
ryanjanneh @ yahoo . com

jEsSi said...

I am in! My Granny taught me a lot. God rest her soul. I have carried on her ways. She will always be in my heart. jess.gea8912@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great giveaway. My Mom was always happiest when the house was full. I think any entertaining skills I may have came from her.
Thanks for the chance!
Sher

Donnetta said...

Oh my, this is one of the most practical giveaways I have seen in a long time. One like this gets me really excited at the opportunity to win. Wouldn't my budget be thrilled to win this!! And my family too of course. :-)

I have learned the most from my MIL. Always so warm, open and inviting to guests and events of all types.

Anonymous said...

wow! 232 enteries already!
I'd have to say my friend Brenda. She always had a meal for anyone and everyone and though we were good friends, she still never complained about how much time and money it must have cost her.
Cousin Peggy

Bombtastic Belle said...

My Mom is an amazing host, but not the stuffy kind. She makes good food, puts it out and tells everyone to make themselves at home - and to me, that's good. I want my guests to feel welcome all the time, and she as a knack for doing just that. :)
eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

Julie said...

My mom! She is always a gracious host - even when company is unexpected. Her home is always tidy, inviting and warm. Everyone is always comfortable there. She makes cooking and entertaining look easy, even though I know how much work she puts into it.

Anonymous said...

I would really like to be entered in this contest. Thank you.

johnsonsandy39@yahoo.com

Shana said...

My Mom and my Grandma!

katklaw777 said...

My Mom, she loved to make people feel welcome in our home and to spread that hospitality around.
To this day I don't go to someones house for the first time without a little present( a candle, some cookies etc) to thank them for their hospitality. She taught that. I miss her. katklaw777atyahoodotcom

Molly said...

My mom definitely taught me the most about entertaining and still is teaching me. ;) She loves to entertain and is so good with all things hospitality wise. Makes everyone feel so welcome and it seems as if it comes so natural to her. mollyg33@gmail.com

Wendy Ferrell said...

My mom! Even though we didn't have a lot of money, she always made everyone feel special. wendy [at] ferrell-law [dot] net

Melissa said...

My grandmother! I still have vivid memories of her home and how, although it wasn't especially fancy, it was always warm and welcoming. She was never worried about neighbors or friends just stopping by - she always had cookies from the jar, some cake or bars and coffee ready in minutes.

Jennifer Clause said...

My first example of true hospitality was in Virginia where we lived until I was 5---people there are so warm/inviting and took care of our family's needs when our budget couldn't being on a minister's salary with my mom staying home with us....They were always inviting us over for a meal and laughter and fellowship always followed. I love those people to this day and visiting there is like I never left and I am 43 years old... My mom has continued with that and passed that along to her daughters----she is one of the most hospitable selfless people I know...opening up her home at ANYTIME to ANYONE....you know you will get good food and some good care at my mom's! I only hope that I can continue that trait and pass it along to my kids!
My email is jclause@fuse.net

Kimmie said...

Count me in, too. I would say that my mom is my greatest example of hospitality. Our home is always a place anyone could come and feel welcome! I love that!

Kimmie

Anonymous said...

Good morning,

My mother in law has taught me how to entertain and frugally. She can serve so many people for little money which is so important right now.
liseatthelake@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My Mum, she can make a meal out of nothing and makes look so easy!
Great giveaway!
Kim
pizzlewigg@hotmail.com

Kolly said...

To be honest, I learned it from myself.
Kolly
ktblair1199@gmail.com

Cindy said...

My aunt. She taught me to be mindful of others, have a welcoming home and always say hello with a smile.

clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kristine said...

How fun!! I've learned a lot from my Aunt. She would come anytime we were having a party, and I especially remember her coming to help with my graduation party.

Stephanie in SC said...

My Mother in law taught me the most about hospitality.
Your home doesn't have to be perfect, just clean and comfortable!(So many say 'my home is too small', 'it's not as nice as yours', etc..)
It's better to have more than enough food..
The more the merrier!

ursula said...

Oddly enough, from my mother-in-law......she always had an open house policy for her sons' friends. On the other hand, my mom was a shy woman who liked to keep to herself. This is why I am here at the "reluctant entertainer." I'm a mix of both houses.
ursula at uswood1@optonline.net

Anonymous said...

That is a good question. I would have automatically said my mom and Mamaw because they are great and taught me so much but I have had friends teach me more too. Out of respect, I am going with Mom and Mamaw but I am blessed to have learned from others too! sondraharr@windstream.net

Becky said...

I've learned hospitality from my mom, my husband's grandmother - both are/were great examples of making people feel welcome in their home.

pumbeck @ yahoo.com

Louise said...

Most definitely my mother, there is always room for more guests at her table.
weezyq@hotmail.com

Megan A. said...

I have learned the most from a friend who helped me understand the same things you teach! It doesn't have to be a big fancy get-together to be a success. I can have people over for Dominos pizza and board games and as long as I show my guests I care than they will always have a good time! It's not about spending big, it's about making people feel comfortable!
meg_acosta@yahoo.com

Muzzymom86 said...

I have a couple of great friends at church who know so much about hospitality. I am trying to get there.

Anonymous said...

My greatest examples have been my dear sisters in Christ who willing with love, opened their homes for my family to build bonds with us that are not easily broken. I would love to get these treats for my four little ones. Thanks fo rthe opportunity. Much love, Mrs.Clark

P.S. If I happen to win I can give you my e-mail address after I see my name up. I am sorry, but not comfortable putting it up here as spammers are always looking for way to get people's e-mails. Not saying you are a spammer, but spammers that check sites for e-mails.

Britney said...

What a fantastic giveaway! Count me in!

My grandma taught me a lot about hospitality.

Bethany, Phillip & Nolan said...

my mother...she taught me how to get everyting together and take care of all the small details to make things really great!

bmstayton@cox.net

sweetsue said...

My mom is such a wonderful hostess. She taught me to always have a cake or other dessert ready for drop in visitors. Her house is where all our relatives go because she makes us all feel welcome (plus she has a big house)!
smchester at gmail dot com

Col said...

Most definitely my mother. We went from being an average american family who rarely had dinner parties etc to becoming diplomats in 5 foreign countries where my mother became a social doyenne with hospitality being her forte. To see her learn "on the job" shall we say, to becoming an expert at hospitality, I learned so much from setting the table for high muckity mucks to a pleasant buffet dinner for friends and family. I am so grateful to her and for the experiences. This is a great giveaway and with Kraft you can't go wrong! Thanks

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

What a wonderful opportunity to sing the praises of my Dear departed Aunt Mary. She always had a cup of tea at the kitchen table for everyone and when the weather was nice a tour of her little garden in the back yard.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

An Adventurer in the World said...

My PRECIOUS Mother.

deb meyers

mary anne said...

oh my gosh! this is an amazing giveaway!!!

my greatest example of hospitality is my mom. we didn't grow up with a lot but she was very creative and it's always a guarantee that whenever a visitor came, they left feeling loved and pampered. it's all in the way that she made them feel special. she made sure that the best linens, towels, homemade foods were provided to her guests, even if it meant she herself would have to take the less desirable linens, towels. her motto is always "you make your guests feel like family and they will be one".

little bird said...

my mom showed me the most about hospitality. She welcomed everyone and made them feel at home.
deefna at gmail dot com

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Anonymous said...

My Mom is a gracious hostess, but didn't have the opportunity to entertain very often. I think I've learned the most from two good friends of mine who have friends and friends-to-be over regularly. It is always warm, fun, and meaningful, with good, very simple food. (And I'd love to win the box!)

Sarah Kirkpatrick
s_dygert@yahoo.com

Sandy said...

My grandmother taught me all about hospitality - she always had some little goodies tucked away so she'd be ready to offer them to whoever came over to visit her. She taught me that the importance was not what you served but how you demonstrated that you cared about your guests.

hkyra said...

My mother was an especially inspiring hostess the day of my brother's 7th birthday. That afternoon as little boys showed up one-by-one and a parent called to ask when the "party" would be over, my mother realized that my brother had planned his own birthday party without informing her about it. She quickly made sandwiches, popped some popcorn and brought out the birthday cake for that night's birthday dinner. The birthday party was saved!

Great Giveaway!
Kyra Hill
hkyra@yahoo.com

Megan said...

My friend Ashley has always been the best planner and hostess of anyone I know. That girl sure knows how to throw a party!

megandenny841@yahoo.com

Another Loock Creations said...

I learned a lot from my dear grandmother. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone. She did her best to keep us many grandchildren from fighting when she was watching us all.

Anonymous said...

My younger sister was definitely born w/ the gift of hospitality. She inspires me constantly. She is a single mom on a tight budget and yet she always has enough to have people over to share and they all comment on how "at home" they feel when she has them over. You just can't help but feel good when you walk into her home.
kjmoran@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law, who has people over at the drop of a hat, and often without even thinking if her house is picked up perfectly or not. She knows it doesn't have to be perfect to be perfectly wonderful!

ashleyrosebrigham@yahoo.com

Angela said...

My mom taught me the most about entertaining. She was a single mom and yet she always had the traditional Sunday Dinner at her home where she not only taught me how to cook the best Pot Roast dinner EVER, but to keep my heart and eyes open the those in need of a friend and meal to fill the heart and tummy. She'd always have the widows, the fatherless, the divorcees, the outcasts over and treat them like royalty. Just because our home was no longer traditional in the sense of marriage, didn't mean that she couldn't pass on her beloved "traditions"!

Angela said...

My mom taught me the most about entertaining. She was a single mom and yet she always had the traditional Sunday Dinner at her home where she not only taught me how to cook the best Pot Roast dinner EVER, but to keep my heart and eyes open the those in need of a friend and meal to fill the heart and tummy. She'd always have the widows, the fatherless, the divorcees, the outcasts over and treat them like royalty. Just because our home was no longer traditional in the sense of marriage, didn't mean that she couldn't pass on her beloved "traditions"!

Angela said...

Sorry about the "double posting" Not at home computer!!! But I just blogged about your giveaway as well! Hope to win goodies for our growing 6 kiddos!

Sarah in WI said...

My mom. Clean the house and provide simple food.

Amy Jo said...

Without a doubt, my mom taught me the importance of welcoming visitors into our home. She always cooked a homemade dinner and dessert (where as I lean towards take out) and constantly had overnight visitors in our home who were visiting the church. We knew how to interact with strangers and expected people to be in and out of the house every week.

A college friend impressed on me the importance of a de-cluttered, freshly laundrered guest room. I appreciate that myself and am happy to have an extra room in my house for guests to stay. My most frequent guest is my mom, of course!

Amy said...

I can defiantly say that my grandmother was the one who taught me the most about hospitality. First she never met anyone whom she didn’t like, true southern hospitality, and then second every meal was an event. Every time we would travel to grandma’s house on a Friday night, she would have shrimp cocktails waiting for us in the “fancy” glasses. She truly was the best!
-Amy from 3Cheers4Mom

Lisa M. said...

I have learned the most about hospitality from a good friend of mine...even in the midst of very busy seasons, she still manages to have friends over for dinner, dessert, playdates...etc. Sometimes I have a tendency to not have friends over until everything is perfect in my life and home. I strive to put all that aside and practice hospitality in the midst of all the "unperfectness".

Anonymous said...

Well - my mom in law - she is the greatest woman, always having an open house for everyone!

Dini

DinyB(at)web(dot)de

Ina said...

I learned mostly from my Mom. She is good at those nice little touches and there is always enough food left over to feed everyone again!

Tiffany said...

My grandmother had our family over every week for "Sunday Dinner" she prepared everything from scratch and those meals allowed us to bond. Her greatest joy in life was watching friends and family enjoy each other and her food over a shared meal. She also taught me to show love by bringing food during life's "events". At a birth, death, or sickness food always helped minister in a very practical way. These are traditions that continue in my family. We miss her homemade pies, dumplings, and deviled eggs, but most of all we miss her love.
time2dancetiffany@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My mom was very hospitable and I learned so much from her. She was always ready with something to drink and a goodie. My e mail is princessgirls@rothsay.us

Elise said...

Oh my word, that is amazing!! Who have I learned hospitality from?? Sadly, not from home. One time, recently, I got to meet a blog friend. I went to her home and it was so welcoming. She had written Welcome Elise on her chalkboard, had a tray with goodies set up on my bed, and a bucket with towels and bottled water. It was so wonderful.
Elise

Bridget said...

I'm still learning, but it's from you. I don't really have anyone in my life who has taught me to be hospitable before now. Thank you for that.

Debbie said...

My Nana, she was a great cook.

Lynelle said...

I never paid attention to hospitality until I got married and moved to the South. I have learned a ton from the ladies at my church! It's such a new and exciting world for me now. This giveaway looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

I learned the most about hospitality from my dear friend, Dianne Huff, in Ashburn, GA.

Barbara in GA

TZel said...

I believe that I have learned the most about hospitality from my grandmother. She puts everything aside and offers the best of what she has to anyone who visits. I strive to do the same. As humble as my home and what I can offer is, I can give those who visit one very special thing no matter what: kind attention.

Rachel said...

My sweet Mama! She always has food ready for anybody who comes over :)

Anonymous said...

my grandmother, she loves to entertain and cook......candy
candygirl3451@yahoo.com

Harmony said...
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Harmony said...

I have a friend named Ann, who's very shy and humble- and its from her that I gained the most confidence about entertaining. I went to her home for the first time when she gave a Christmas tea. She had worked tireless hours and days ahead to pull off this wonderful Christmas tea for a group of about 15. As she brought tray after tray of beautiful cookies and treats out, and pot after lovely pot of different tea's out-I thought "there was NO way I could ever do this".

Although I haven't worked my way up to a group of 15 yet, I have done several Victorian tea's for a group of 6 a couple of times, and it was not near as hard as I thought it would be, and its all because of Ann. It carries over into my other intertaining too- to take some risks with recipes and such... I just needed a spark of inspiration to make me move past the intimidation!

DONNA said...

My daddy's momma, Mamaw, was my idol. She would take one grandchild at a time and we would get to spend the night. She would let me wear one of her bathrobes, put my hair up in a "high" ponytail, paint my toes, and best of all I would get real coffee with milk and sugar cubes! We would watch t.v. or play dominos and go through photo albums! I miss her but I do the same with my grandbabies..pampering is so easy once someone has showed you how.

DONNA said...

I love snack foods...but I seldom have extra money for such "luxuries". I do try to keep a box of Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese. It is a favorite of mine. Please throw my name in the bucket!

Heidi said...

Mom for sure! She was the kind of mom who had snacks for the kids after school, baked desserts to give away, made the gas station attendants cookies at christmas and always offered the service people a tall glass of lemonade. My mom for sure. And I have the same tendancies but now I see my 4 year old daughter leaning that way too..."mom, can we give them a drink, mom, can we make grandpa darrell cookies," etc....

Megret said...

My mom -- because she showed it not only for guests, but for us every night of the week. :)
Megret
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

Sara at Miller Moments: said...

My girlfriend Lisa taught me a lot about hospitality. We met her just after my first baby was born - and right before her 5th baby arrived...we had lots in common with newborns, but the whole "large family" thing really inspired me to always be prepared to host a crowd. More times than not, we'd all get together for a meal, and I'd wonder how in the world the food would feed everyone...but it always did. And she taught me that even some of the simplest meals can bring a group together for a fun time!

Krista said...

I had a friend who was like another grandma to me. Her home was always warm and inviting. She made delicious meals, but was never stressed about the details. Company and conversation were most important. She always went out of her way to make sure people were comfortable in whatever situation they were in. I strive to have a home, and attitude, like hers.

Anonymous said...

My grandmother taught me about the formal china and dinners kind of entertaining and my mother was one of the best "theme party" givers ever!!!!

Debbie


hmsclmom@peoplepc.com

Lura said...

My mom taught me the most about hospitality. We frequently had company over for dinner. Now that I'm older, I realize how little we had and how my mom made things stretch, but you never would have known that by the meals she served!
Lwshells@juno.com

Laurie said...

Yowza - that's a big box of goodies!

I would have to say my late mother-in-law was a great example of hospitality.

Khrys* said...

Wow that is one GIGANTIC box! My greatest influence is a wonderful warm hearted lady at my church named Mrs. Amy! She taught me not to fuss over the little things and to always have cookies in the oven :-)

lee said...

my biggest influence was my great-grandmother. she taught me to always make things as nice as possible. her philosophy was a lot like yours, she wasn't hung up on perfection. nobody can beat her biscuits!

great giveaway, great hostess!

Laura said...

Hello and thanks for hosting a wonderful giveaway!
I think I've learned the most from my friend Jodi. She loves having people over, likes to put forth her best effort yet things don't have to be perfect, and it's always fun and welcoming in her home. And she's a great cook!
Lauraleighanderson@hotmail.com

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Our friend of the family, Rose, has taught me so much about hospitality. She makes every visit special, even casual ones. Little details show love!

:)

ndisilvio @ gmail . com

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

That's tough. I would say that my girlfriend Lorinda taught and inspired me to be a better hostess. She has always made it feel effortless.

Anonymous said...

I learned the most about hospitality from two women, but in very different ways. My grandmother taught me to "We don't have much, but I'll divide with ya'll!" She always seemed to have enough space, food and love for whoever came to her house.
My mother, on the other hand, taught me how to throw the prefect party where the food, the table settings and the house decor all blended together with her menu. Both women loved having people over!
Susan T. antsusu@embarqmail.com

Jeanie said...

What a fun giveaway!
My Mom taught me how to love people by being gracious and hospitable.
jeanielw@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My grandmother.....no matter what time of day we walked into her house, she met us with cookies or a full meal. Her life was serving her family, we could drop in anytime!

Kelly
kelock@yahoo.com

the irish librarian said...

I think my mother in law taught me the most-she was always entertaining for church and people from her husband's work. It was amazing to me how she pulled it all together!

Missie said...

When I think of hospitality, I think of my grandpa. People always felt free to drop by and visit with him on the front porch. He always made time for others, and most of the time went home with something from his garden.

Angela said...

My grandmother was the person who taught me the most about hospitality. She lived on VERY little money, but she always made people feel welcome in her home. She brought food to those who were sick, and she always loved to bring flowers from her yard when someone needed something to brighten their day.

Anonymous said...

My Grandma Betty, always in her apron in the kitchen. My Grandparents took over dad's visitation when my parents divorced. We would watch Shirley Temple movies, cook and eat all weekend! I miss them.

zansma63@aol.com

Carolyn said...

My mother was a wonderful hostess, in fact both of my parents had quite a gift with people. But my mother was a wonderful role model. There is something about Southern ladies, I grew up in the northern part of the United States, and I could tell my mother was different than most women in my life.

Cheryl said...

My sister in law Kathy has been the most influential in teaching me about hospitality. She is the most gracious hostess I have ever met and always makes you feel welcome in her home. Plus she has the best stocked pantry and freezer I have ever seen.

Cristie Campbell said...

My mom was a beautiful example of hospitality in every way...I lost her to a brain tumor when I was only 16 and since then, so many have come along to teach me about the beauty of hospitality. Currently, the lady who is teaching me about how to entertain, and on a dime, is my dear friend Jeri. She teaches me so much about...well, so much...but the idea of hospitality is something she really encompasses...and in every area of her life. She looks at it as a way to show Jesus to the people around her and for that I am grateful.

I know you didn't ask for a big long story, but I couldn't mention these two ladies without attempting to share the vastness of who they are and were.

Anonymous said...

The person who taught me the most about hospitality was my parents.. They were always a great host & hostess and made everyone feel very welcome in their home..

I would love to enter my name in your giveaway! There sure are lots of wonderful goodies in that huge box!

Thank you for the chance to be the lucky winner of your great giveaway!!

~Lynn/Okc
lynn2917@cox.net (email)

Candice and Jeff said...

Awesome! I'm posting this on my blog! My mom and grandma were my best examples. Great cooks, hostesses, everything. All of my high school friends have great memories of coming to my house and eating meals my mom cooked for us.

Hattie said...

Count me in on the giveaway. I love Kraft Foods!
Thanks.

Terry said...

Wow, you have quite the giveaway! Please enter my name - I love your blog!

Emily said...

my grandma, hands down ... is a living example of gracious, selfless, joyful hospitality!

Jenni said...

My mom worked a full time job and still loved the gatherings of friends and family. She taught me so much about being a gracious hostess. From the welcome mat to the table to the evening activities, everything was planned with the guests in mind and with the best she had to offer.

Anonymous said...

My mother is the greatest at hospitality. I hope to one day be even slightly as good as her.

Anonymous said...

Ooops forgot my email from the comment above. rouillards4@yahoo.com

Dawn Nelson said...

My Mom taught me about hospitality and she has always welcomed friends and strangers into her home.
dnelson@pps.k12.or.us

Lori said...

My Mom. She is the ultimate hostess. We always had people over at Thanksgiving who lived far away from family and had no one to spend the day with. Also, she would always cook a big meal after church on Sunday and anyone was welcome to come. She would also host a big Christmas party for her Sunday School class and it was always the event of the year. I have to also add that my parents were not rich and all of this was done on a small budget, and the food was always fabulous!

Chelsie said...

I have to tell about TWO women, My Mother-in-Law, and my Sister-in-Law. I love them both so much and I so appreciate what they have taught me about taking care of the people in your home because you LOVE them. Amazing.
Oh-I hope I win!

Aimee said...

My friend Jennifer N. She oozes with hospitality.

Lady Dorothy said...

My mother taught me a lot, but we didn't entertain much. So most things I picked up from "heroines" like Emilie Barnes when I was newly married. My daughters and I now learn from each other!

That would be a fun box to receive!

harcoutbreton said...

vanilla beans lathe sounds good to give it away

Dilem*mama said...

My grandmother always had space for anyone who might drop by her house. She was gracious and welcoming always.
Thanks for the giveaway!

kathy said...

Wow! What a great giveaway, I love Kraft! My husband's first cousin influenced me the most...she is a great hostess and a lovely lady....blessis!!

Nancy said...

My mom....she is always inviting people over and can make a meal out of almost anything.

zeelandchick@charter.net

Theresa said...

My friend Gloria has taught me so much about hospitality and graciousness. It is not what she does as much as who she is. She has a way of making those who come into her home feel loved and welcomed as if they were old friends that have stopped by for a visit.
There is always a spirit of peace and warmth exucded by this gentle woman that to me is the essence of hospitality.
Thank you for letting me share.
SeekingDiligence@gmail.com

HollyDays said...

My mom is an unbelievable host. I always enjoyed coming home and finding the little touches she had left.

When my kids were born and we were flying home, there were always new diapers and wipes.

Our favorite candies were left in a bowl by our bedside and our favorite beverages were always in the fridge.

These may sound like little things...but they were the things that I remember now when I have the opportunity to host someone. :)

Would LOVE to try the lime coconut cookies. YUMMY!!

Mandy said...

My great-grandmother taught me most about hospitality.
She died when I was 21, but I'm still learning from her - I have many of her recipes and all my memories of how welcoming her home always was.

Sue said...

When I was in my 20's I became friends with a woman who entertained so effortlessly. She taught me so much about making simple food and lighting a few candles and inviting folks in without stressing over the house or a fancy meal.

Sue said...

I blogged about your giveaway~

Lisa said...

My mom is my biggest influence in the area of hospitality. She love having people over and always makes them feel welcome.

Anonymous said...

I learned hospitality from my grandparents' example who always had their home open for relatives and friends - Juni

juniper67_2000@yahoo.com

Jenna Z said...

WOW! I'v never seen ANY of those awesome products! My mom was always one of the ladies who stayed late after a school function/church activity/club meeting to clean up. I learned from her that not only is this the right thing to do, it's when you really learn and meet new friends!

Lisa A said...

My Grandmother was an Italian immigrant and has always been an inspiration to me. She became a widow at age 41 and struggled to support my Mom and her brothers. She was a simple cook, but always fed everyone and anyone around her. She regularly asked me to deliver food to neighbors and friends even though she could not afford it. She taught me to smile and say hello to everyone. She was loved by many and I was so touched by the hundreds of people that memorialized her at the time of her death at age 97!

joan said...

My mom was a great hostess, but I think I really learned the most from the lovely Swedish ladies from my childhood church who most influenced me to be hospitable. They showed me how to make a beautiful and delicious meal for a "crowd" from very humble ingredients. From their fabulous breads and and crisp salads to amazing desserts. Those ladies were gracious teachers to those of us young girls and teens who gathered next to their aprons and hung on every word. Thanks dear friends!!

Anonymous said...

My Dad and Mom always had people to their home for a meal or just
for dessert. It was always a fun
time and has given me sweet memories from my childhood.
Pat
te1904@msn.com

Amanda said...

What an awesome surprise.

Anonymous said...

I learned the most from my Grandma - her 800 square foot house and microscopic (efficient!) kitchen never felt too small for the family or stopped her from hosting, baking for neighbors and church potlucks etc. I treasure many of her recipes, too. Joan (jrswanda at cox dot net)

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