This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves
to be my disciples. John 15:8

My Name is Kimberly, and I'm a cookbook-aholic....

>> Monday, October 29, 2007

I love cookbooks. I have many of them and am always looking for new good ones. I have some that are purely for looking at and reading through, because the recipes are far too extravagant to be practical for my life. I have some that are reference guides, full of basic information like how to make chicken stock and how long to bake a potato. Then there are those that I cook from each and every week. They are dog-eared, marked-up and worn. I love those cookbooks and feel like I have made a new friend when I find another to add to the collection. That is how I feel about the cookbook that I am giving away this week. I have blogged about it before, and am so excited to introduce someone else to this terrific book. I have only had the book a short time but have already made no less than 10 recipes from it and ALL of them have been good. Most of them have been outstanding.

The book is Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer and it is not only full of good recipes, it teaches you how to make the most of your time, cooking in multiples and freezing for later. It has an exhaustive guide, explaining how best to freeze things to maximize your freezer space and their life in the freezer. It has been such a relief to have a small stockpile on hand for those days when the kids have driven me to exhaustion or I was longer at Target than I had planned and need to make dinner in a hurry. Even better, I was recently able to bless a woman at church who just had a baby by bringing her a meal of homemade soup and bread, but I didn't actually have to make any of was already done and in my freezer! I don't know about you, but it's a lot easier to volunteer for things like meals on wheels when you don't have to figure out how on earth you're going to find the time to do it!

So here's the deal....
If you want to enter my giveaway, leave me a comment on THIS post before Friday, November 3rd at 9pm Pacific time and I will pick a random winner on Saturday, November 4th! Don't forget to leave me an email address so I can contact you to let you know if you've won!

Make sure and check out Shannon's "It's Fall, Y'all" giveaway for more things to win!

Wow! I can't believe how many of you entered my little giveaway! Thanks so much! I will use the random number generator to find out who won and let you all know tomorrow!


Kim October 29, 2007 at 9:48 AM  

Oh oh me me! I would love this book -
please include me!

bups_67 at yahoo dot ca

silver October 29, 2007 at 9:54 AM  

This book is on my wishlist of books!

Anonymous,  October 29, 2007 at 11:09 AM  

Great giveaway!

Summer October 29, 2007 at 11:13 AM  

I could definitely use this.

Mim October 29, 2007 at 11:16 AM  

Sounds great, count me in.

Hillary October 29, 2007 at 11:22 AM  

This would be great! Count me in.

Hélène October 29, 2007 at 11:33 AM  

This sounds so useful! Please enter me.

Anonymous,  October 29, 2007 at 12:54 PM  

I'm a cookbook-aholic too!!

Susanne October 29, 2007 at 1:09 PM  

Love cookbooks. Please enter me.

Southern Girl October 29, 2007 at 1:32 PM  

Please enter me! Thanks!

B October 29, 2007 at 2:22 PM  

Yes! I need this kind of book =) My girlfriends and I were just thinking about cooking for the freezer as a group for fun and this would be fabulous! =)

Robin October 29, 2007 at 2:23 PM  

Add me please - I'm another cookbookaholic!

Meleah the Mommy October 29, 2007 at 2:46 PM  

Count me in, please!
I have twinfants -- time is limited freezer space is not!

Amy Grant Bayliss October 29, 2007 at 2:48 PM  

I really, really want this book! Please count me in!

greg&sarina October 29, 2007 at 3:05 PM  

Hi Kimberly
Please enter me!

Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) October 29, 2007 at 3:05 PM  

I love cookbooks.
Please include me in your drawing

tegdirb92 October 29, 2007 at 3:09 PM  

please enter me on this giveaway, thanks!

Erin October 29, 2007 at 3:47 PM  

This would be a very useful addition to our kitchen. Thanks for the drawing. emhagedon at gmail

Stephanie October 29, 2007 at 4:03 PM  

Freezer meals are wonderful! Please count me in. :o)

Anonymous,  October 29, 2007 at 4:43 PM  

I do OAMC sometimes. I would love to win this!

Qtpies7 October 29, 2007 at 4:55 PM  

I do OAMC with a group from my church, it isn't a true OAMC, but we get some frozen meals and have fun working together. I enjoy freezing meals, I'd like to find more recipes that are freezer friendly.

Renee's Ramblings October 29, 2007 at 5:05 PM  

I've been wanting to get this book for awhile. Please count me in. Thanks!


Sarah,  October 29, 2007 at 5:14 PM  

This sounds right up my alley! I've been wanting to try OAMC but have been afraid without someone walking me through it step by step.

Thanks for the chance to win!

sarah_carol (at) hotmail (dot) com

Kyra October 29, 2007 at 6:34 PM  

Awesome! Please count me in!

kadusey October 29, 2007 at 6:40 PM  

This sounds like an incredibly useful cookbook. I love cookbooks, but the best ones are definitely the ones with time-friendly, affordable, yet tasty recipes. With a baby on the way, I'd love to get in the habit of making extra food now and freezing it so that I don't have to do any cooking those first few hectic weeks.

Liz October 29, 2007 at 7:01 PM  

Awesome giveaway! I would love to win! Thanks so much!

Andrea October 29, 2007 at 7:18 PM  

How fun! I'd love to win this one! :)

mer October 29, 2007 at 7:21 PM  

This book is something I would love to have!

Renee October 29, 2007 at 7:41 PM  

Please add me to the list! Thanks!

Monique October 29, 2007 at 7:52 PM  

Oh that book sounds wonderful! Just what i need! Good luck everyone!

Anonymous,  October 29, 2007 at 9:07 PM  

OOOO, its like "Dream Dinners" but at home.
Le Anne

Kim October 29, 2007 at 9:39 PM  

I would love this cookbook!

Awesome Mom October 29, 2007 at 9:51 PM  

I would love to win this book. I am always looking for fast and easy dinner ideas.

jenn October 29, 2007 at 10:04 PM  

hi. my name is jenn and i'm a cookbook-aholic too!

Geri October 30, 2007 at 12:19 AM  

count me in !!! Please!!! Love this!!!

Jen M October 30, 2007 at 2:40 AM  

Sounds fantastic! I'd love to enter.

Amy October 30, 2007 at 4:46 AM  

I've done a little OAMC, but not much lately. This looks like a great book. Thanks for holding this great giveaway!

Hedi October 30, 2007 at 5:26 AM  

Wow I so much would like this! Count me in please!!


hedi777faith [at]

Rohal Call October 30, 2007 at 6:14 AM  

Hope I win!! Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous,  October 30, 2007 at 6:55 AM  

Please enter me into your drawing.
Just came across your blog, love it!
I want to know how to create my own blog but don't know where to begin!
Anyone who can give me some helpful advice can email me at the above address.
Thanks and God bless!

striving... October 30, 2007 at 6:58 AM  

nice ideal. thanks for the chance.

Anonymous,  October 30, 2007 at 8:09 AM  

Sounds like a great resource! Enter me please.

Capturing Today October 30, 2007 at 9:05 AM  

We do lots of scratch cooking, but I'm not good at getting much into the freezer - this would be a great resource!

PEA October 30, 2007 at 9:22 AM  

Such a fabulous giveaway!! Please add my name to your draw:-) xo

Anonymous,  October 30, 2007 at 9:52 AM  

Great idea for a give-away! I could definitely use some help in the freezer department. Please count me in the drawing!


Anonymous,  October 30, 2007 at 9:59 AM  

I would love to learn how to freeze meals.

Mom Chatter October 30, 2007 at 10:38 AM  

Oh... I'm always looking for ways to save time in the kitchen and become more efficient! Please, count me in! Thank you!! :)

Marie October 30, 2007 at 10:54 AM  

I'm a sucker for a cookbook. What a great gift! Count me in!

jodene October 30, 2007 at 12:50 PM  

Love the chance to win. I am in Canada!

Ginny October 30, 2007 at 12:53 PM  

Great prize, I need recipes!

Nikki October 30, 2007 at 1:16 PM  

Please enter me. I think I need this. Family of 6 and homeschooling mom . I should probably freeze more. :) LOL


lifeasamama October 30, 2007 at 1:23 PM  

oh i'm addicted to cookbooks too!

toblerone October 30, 2007 at 2:16 PM  

I'd love this! Count me in.

Anonymous,  October 30, 2007 at 2:31 PM  

Count me in! I could use this book.


Tamara October 30, 2007 at 2:52 PM  

I love cookbooks too! This one sounds real practical. Thanks for offering it!

mrshuntinak AT msn DOT com

Betsy,  October 30, 2007 at 2:54 PM  

Please enter me
betliner @

FENICLE October 30, 2007 at 4:01 PM  

This sounds really great!!! Thanks.


michelle October 30, 2007 at 4:33 PM  

This book has been on my Amazon wishlist for AGES! I would love to be entered!

michelle (at) northofthe49 (dot) com

Acorn Designs October 30, 2007 at 6:00 PM  

I would love th have this :)

Jo October 30, 2007 at 8:06 PM  

With as often as I am ill this cookbook would come in handy! Please enter me too.


Linda SS October 30, 2007 at 8:10 PM  

Wow - this cookbook sounds exactly like one I need in my kitchen. Thanks for offering it:)

Julie October 30, 2007 at 8:10 PM  

Oh this would be a perfect addition to my cookbook collection.

Chele October 30, 2007 at 8:19 PM  

What a great cookbook now that the weather is turning cooler. Oh please let me know!!!

jen October 30, 2007 at 8:27 PM  

please put me in the draw

Michelle October 30, 2007 at 8:59 PM  

I always enjoy getting new cookbooks!

April October 30, 2007 at 9:18 PM  

I love cookbooks also. I could really use this one though. Thanks

Anonymous,  October 30, 2007 at 9:37 PM  

I would love this! Count me in! :)

rcdicken at juno dot com

Jessica October 30, 2007 at 9:42 PM  

Oh, that would be great - I love doing freezer meals!

Nancy,  October 30, 2007 at 11:22 PM  

Count me in. Thanks,

momofmhasr October 31, 2007 at 6:08 AM  

very nice, thid would help my days.

Kristiem10 October 31, 2007 at 6:36 AM  

I've been thinking about starting freezer cooking. This would be great.

Christine October 31, 2007 at 6:55 AM  

What a great idea. If only I had a bigger freezer, or if my fridge freezer wasn't full of popsicles and chicken nuggets. :) Please enter me.

Kathy,  October 31, 2007 at 7:21 AM  

Please enter me! bigfamily8 at yahoo dot com

Erin Craig,  October 31, 2007 at 7:25 AM  

I have been wanting to start some freezer dinners!

Penny G,  October 31, 2007 at 8:14 AM  

That sounds like a great cookbook. I've been trying to prepare freezer meals & this sounds like a great resource - thanks!


strawberryfields4ever October 31, 2007 at 8:32 AM  

In there like swimwear! I am a mother of three who happens to work full time also. I would love to have a few new recipes to try out on my willing family! I am sure that my husband would appreciate it as well! :)

MommaBlogger October 31, 2007 at 9:46 AM  

This is great! I am also a cookbook addict. I have at least 42 (I think there are more hiding around the house somewhere, but that was my quick count), plus all the cooking magazines, since my grandma has been buying TOH for the last few years for me :)

Jennifer October 31, 2007 at 11:21 AM  

Great giveaway! Count me in! Good luck everyone!

Anonymous,  October 31, 2007 at 11:55 AM  

Would love this cookbook.

Debbie#3 October 31, 2007 at 11:56 AM  

I've been thinking about getting this book - count me in!

Anonymous,  October 31, 2007 at 12:25 PM  

Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Fiddle D. Dee October 31, 2007 at 12:27 PM  

Would love to win this! Please enter me!

Granola October 31, 2007 at 1:29 PM  

I love freezer cooking and am always looking for new recipes since I have a lot of picky eaters.

Katie B October 31, 2007 at 1:41 PM  

I also freeze a lot, and have only so many recipes, which gets boring. Could use some more...

Nice giveaway, thanks!

katie at dekabyte dot com

On Fire For Jesus October 31, 2007 at 2:07 PM  

Would love some good new freezer recipes! Thanks.

Sonya October 31, 2007 at 3:06 PM  

I'm new to freezer cooking but I think I love it! I'm always looking for cool new cookbooks so I'm in!

Debby,  October 31, 2007 at 3:18 PM  

Count me in!


Audra October 31, 2007 at 4:55 PM  

As a mom of six, i really need to learn how to freezer cook. :)

Thanks for the chance to win.

writetome (at) thesilvas (dot) com

Josie October 31, 2007 at 5:51 PM  

I love cookbooks. :)

margalit October 31, 2007 at 6:24 PM  

What a great giveaway. Count me in!

Leia,  October 31, 2007 at 7:06 PM  

GREAT book! Added it to my wishlist. :)

Freezer is getting bought later this week, so timely. Very timely!

Please enter me, I'd love to win.


leia18 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Anonymous October 31, 2007 at 7:45 PM  

Please count me in! meg (dot) wilson (at) gmail (dot) com

Tara October 31, 2007 at 8:20 PM  

Oh yes. That is absolutely perfect for my family! I have 4 kids. I'm too pooped to cook by the time dinner time rolls around!

Anonymous,  October 31, 2007 at 8:23 PM  

I would love this book! Please count me in.

Jenny October 31, 2007 at 8:39 PM  

Yes, yes, yes! Please enter me. I tried doing the dream dinners thing where you do all your meal preparation at the store front and then freeze all the meals but their menus were a bit too highbrow for hubby's tastes. I'd love to have a cookbook with a lot of different freezable meals to choose from!


Cindy October 31, 2007 at 9:08 PM  

Sounds like a book I could use. Please enter me. apricotview at yahoo dot com

Adena,  October 31, 2007 at 9:33 PM  

What an awesome giveaway, I would love to win. Now, that we moved, I even have an extra freezer and with 5 kids, extra freezer dinners would save us from eating out sometimes!

Anonymous,  November 1, 2007 at 6:22 AM  

I'd love to win this book!!
Theresa n

Robin M. November 1, 2007 at 6:41 AM  

I have been wanting to try some "make ahead" meals and this would be a great opportunity. Thank you so much!!

Lib November 1, 2007 at 6:44 AM  

I love how you explain your addiction and how your cookbooks are like old friends. Well written.

I feel the same about mine, sometimes even reading them like one would a novel.

I try to be a OAM - once a month - cook. This cookbook would be ideal, especially considering that you are pleased with the recipes you have yet so far.

Please add my name to the hat, if you will :)

Happy Autumn and Good luck to all!

notmuchmorethanthis [at] gmail [dot] com
Not Much More Than This

Here is one of our family's favorite recipes - definitely one to add to your recipe box

the worlds BEST banana cake with cream cheese frosting

TO DIE FOR! this is wake up in the middle of the night thinking
about it good...sneak a piece in the laundry room good...
hide the last piece from your very own children good!!!!!

i was a little doubtful about the 275 degree baking temperature,
but i cast my doubts aside and followed the recipe exactly
(almost unheard of for me-i'm a confirmed "recipe tweaker")
and it turned out wonderfully! the recipe calls for
putting the "just out of the oven, hot cake" into the freezer for a bit,
so you'll want to use a metal pan as opposed to a glass one.

3/4 cup butter
2 1/8 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
chopped walnuts

1. preheat oven to 275°.
2. grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
3. in a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
4. in a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
5. in a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
6. beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
7. beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
8. stir in banana mixture.
9. pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
10. remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes.
11. this will make the cake very moist.
12. for the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
13. Beat in 1 tsp vanilla.
14. add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
15. spread on cooled cake.
16. sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.
17. ready yourself for all the praises you're going to get!

Don and Lisa Osborn November 1, 2007 at 7:56 AM  

Sounds like a great recipe book.

Wendy November 1, 2007 at 8:22 AM  

Now that sounds like a cookbook I could really use. Please count me in!

Once Upon a Dream... November 1, 2007 at 9:11 AM  

I would love to win this cool cookbook! Please count me in. Thanx! Email is in my profile!

Anonymous,  November 1, 2007 at 9:30 AM  

PLease nter me! Thanks!!!

Shelly November 1, 2007 at 11:10 AM  

I would love this!

JewelsHud November 1, 2007 at 11:23 AM  

Sounds great - I'd like this!


Saph November 1, 2007 at 11:38 AM  

This is something I can totally use. November 1, 2007 at 12:23 PM  

This is exactly what I need. I have a hard time finding time to cook with my new son and anything that I can freeze and use later and make in bulk especially would be amazing

maggie November 1, 2007 at 1:03 PM  

I could definitely use this book. Please count me in.

PastorMac's Ann November 1, 2007 at 1:37 PM  

Please count me in. Great giveaway!

kel November 1, 2007 at 1:59 PM  

I would love to get better at freezer cooking. Count me in!

Karen November 1, 2007 at 3:04 PM  

This is fabulous, please count me in! Thanks:-)

kpuleski [at] gmail [dot] com

Cherie J November 1, 2007 at 3:48 PM  

Please enter me. Thank you!

Anonymous,  November 1, 2007 at 5:21 PM  

oooo a NEW cookbook. I haven't had the pleasure of reading this one. Like you I am a cookbook junkie. I can justify it though, I teach Home Ec at our home school school

Andrea Payne

Chelsea November 1, 2007 at 6:27 PM  

I'm a cookbook junkie, too! Count me in.

Michelle B. November 1, 2007 at 9:51 PM  

please enter me in this contest

Michelle O. November 2, 2007 at 1:20 AM  

I'd love to win! Thank you.

heather h November 2, 2007 at 1:23 AM  

Hee hee, this looks like a great book for me! Please sign me up. Thank you!

Tiff November 2, 2007 at 5:30 AM  

Someone at MOPS reccomended that book!!! Enter me please!!!

Romie November 2, 2007 at 9:28 AM  

Hope I am not too late, please enter me in your give-away :)

Robin M. November 2, 2007 at 12:55 PM  

I have been wanting to try this... now here's my chance (I hope). Thanks!!

Katy November 2, 2007 at 6:16 PM  

We have a new, but empty freezer in our garage, so this book is exactly what I need! Please enter my name in your drawing. Thanks!

Jill,  November 2, 2007 at 8:17 PM  

I have a bit of a cookbook problem too.

Mary_Freebies,  November 3, 2007 at 1:46 AM  

Haha! I think you've been caught in the fall y'all madness. Friday is Nov 2nd, and Saturday is 3rd. :D

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts November 10, 2007 at 9:28 AM  

Do we have a winner yet? I keep checking back but haven't seen any announced.

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