Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cape Cod Bag of Goodies Giveaway




Sick kids and deadlines at my paying writing gig have kept me away from blogger-land, but I’m finally ready to post my first giveaway to celebrate my new blog design.

For those of you unfamiliar with Cape Cod, my logo is a colander full of beach plums (not blueberries). I wanted a design that reflected my love of my home on the Cape, but also represented my passion for local food.

Beach plums are my Holy Grail when it comes to local food because the only way you can get them is to forage. The locations of the bushes are a secret that those in the know NEVER reveal. Even me, now that I’ve finally found my own top secret spots.

You have to be devoted to pick beach plums. You can search for hours and find nary a plum, which just makes the satisfaction that much sweeter when you find a full bush. Then there’s the poison ivy that grows side by side, and in many cases intertwined with beach plum bushes.

The truth is you have to be a little bit crazy to undertake this activity - all for a batch of jelly, but that is just what I love about it. Plus the scenery is awesome!

For the blog makeover, I sent a photo of beach plums in a colander, as well as one of a beach plum bush to the wonderful Kaela at Fresh Designs and she created my background using the photo of a real beach plum bush. Pretty cool, huh?



Since I was going for a Cape Cod theme with my new design, I decided to give away things that represent Cape Cod for the giveaway. Here's the loot all spread out:



First I will be giving away Cape Cod summer resident Lora Brody's awesome cookbook, The Cape Cod Table.



It has gorgeous photos of the Cape and fabulous local recipes like "Cottage Street Bakery Dirt Bombs," "Candy Manor Hot Chocolate," and the Green Briar Jam Kitchen's Spice Pear Jam, as well as yummy treats like Portuguese Muffins, Baked Stuffed Clams, Kale Soup, and Cod with Roasted Tomatoes.

As wonderful as the cookbook is, I wanted to give away a bit more, so I headed to the Christmas Tree Shop because it’s kind of a must stop place for many people who visit our sand bar.

Those who live here hum the jingle, "Don't you just love a bargain?" under their breath as they enter the store. Or maybe that's just me...

There I found a cute blue and white plaid lunch bag that is lined with plastic. I also picked up an adorable little notepad and a cottage print oven mitt, potholder and matching apron.

At my local chocolate shop, Brewster Sweets, I got some Cranberry Bog Frogs, Cape Cod Wicked Walnuts and mini dark chocolate mint cups. I’m also including the last small jar I have left of my homemade beach plum jelly.



So how do you win? It’s simple. Just leave a comment and I will use a random selector to choose a winner. You don’t have to have a blog or register anywhere to leave a comment. Just stop by and say “hi.” It won’t affect your chances at all, but if you really want to make me happy, tell me what food is your “Holy Grail” to find, either in nature or at the grocery store.

The contest ends February 14, on Valentine’s Day, because blogging is a labor of love…

19 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

It's so nice to make food out of foraging finds, isn't it? When I was a kid, my parents would go hunting for wild asparagus, wild broccoli rape and to this day, my dad hunts mushrooms in the wild. Your beach plum jam jar looks so pretty.

Reeni♥ said...

I love your new makeover even more so that I know what it means to you. What a lovely giveaway!!

ChefBliss.com said...

It's a great blog makeover! And what a fun giveaway. It's fun to know!! It reminds me of blackberry picking with my grandpa when I was younger!! My "holy grail" ~ too many to name, but I love being able to drive a few miles and take my pick from local farm stands.

noble pig said...

Beautiful new design and what a wonderful giveaway! I love the Cape.

The Diva on a Diet said...

My food related Holy Grail is the perfect ear of native corn. Only available at the end of the summer and not always reliable. July and August finds me searching all the farm stands and farmers markets at my disposal for the ultimate ear ... not too sweet, so fresh it pops in your mouth, and tasting ever so faintly of the rich earth in which it was grown. When I find it, I'm in heaven ... when the corn disappoints, I'm heartbroken.

Lovely give-away and I really enjoyed reading about the beach plums. :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

What an interesting story about the beach plums, I have never heard of them and now I know why - lol.

The natives around here won't tell tourists the back way to Dollywood or Galtinburg; they make them sit in traffic.

My holy grail is tasso, I can order it online but it's so much better to buy it in Southeast Louisiana.

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

I just found your blog recently and I love it! I'm your neighbor too (I'm in RI). My holy grail items are Nutella and in nature, fresh picked strawberries! Yum.

Your blog looks great!

Laurel said...

Strawberries make me do a happy dance...at the store or in nature. The more crimson and juicier, the better! :-)

Kyddryn said...

Hey there, Mizz Laurie - thanks for popping by my place and leaving a comment - I can't tell you what a silly little thrill I get when someone new stops in!

Oh, how I miss New England - I grew up rattling around Martha's Vineyard and Little Compton RI. I remember beach plums...oh, yes, I do! Sigh. Such a lovely bundle of memories you are giving away...

I hope your kids are on the mend - we just went through a bout of lung aliens here at Casa de Crazy; the Evil Genius was laid up for several days, and I think I'm about to be. Bleh.

I look forward to reading more of your work...hurrah for archives!

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

PS - the owl sends his regards

Dawn said...

Oh Laurie I just read your comment. You poor thing. Well, at least your hubby cares enough to drive to VT to help keep you sane. And eating at Wendy's is perfectly fine! We all do it. Those chicken burgers I made we so easy, so so easy. The only hard part was the tzatziki.
The beach plus pictures remind me of summer. With this winter doesn't it seem like summer is so non-existent? I feel as though we are stuck in a frozen tundra for life. Thank goodness I have tanning salons to perk up my mood.

Foodycat said...

"Cranberry bog frogs" sounds like something out of Harry Potter! What a lovely gesture.

Rachel said...

You are a beach plum to be giving away such a generous gift. Count me in. Will you be joining us for the Cook the Books "Language of Baklava" round? Deadline for entry is Feb. 12th.

theRach said...

What a cute giveaway! I haven't heard of beach plums, but they sound yummy...I'm a sucker for all things fruity!

Lilly said...

What an amazing giveaway. Everything looks sooo good. Please count me in.

Jo said...

hi! :) I said it before... but I'll say it again... LOVE the new look to your blog :)

*hugs*

Kim said...

what a fun giveaway! i'd love to win that. :)

kim@lovintheoven.com

Debinhawaii said...

I love the new design and am glad I know the story. I had never heard of beach plums before. Someday I will visit the Cape--I have always wanted too!

Sandra said...

Just found your blog. Love what I've read so far... Cute background!

Sandra

Pumpkin said...

What are beach plums like? Do they taste like regular plums?