Thursday, February 5, 2009
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…