Giveaway: Food-Themed Note Cards from League Street Press

you are unbeetable

My friend Joy Manning is a thank you note evangelist. In an age where people send their regards electronically (if they send them at all), Joy pulls out a pretty note card, writes a brief but thoughtful message, and then hands it off to the US Postal Service. I have been on the receiving end of Joy’s note writing habit more than once and I’m always delighted to receive a piece of physical mail beyond bills and coupons for Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

League Street Press cards

Last spring, Joy gave a talk at Eat, Write, Retreat about how her note writing habit is integral to her career networking strategy (she’s a freelance food writer, recipe developer, and editor) and how it has often brought more assignments her way. I was there for her talk and I was inspired enough to dig out my dusty stack of thank you notes and write appreciations to people who have helped me over the years.

olive my love

In a move that has delighted many (or, at the very least, me), Joy has launched a line of food-themed note cards in partnership with her friend Sam Bednarek under the name League Street Press. Each card has a fruit or vegetable on the front, along with a punny line. I particularly like the “olive my love” design that you see above. Sam is a graphic designer and art director and she designed the cards and created the art. Joy came up with the lines and developed the recipes that are printed on the back.

no-churn peach ice cream

And let me tell you, these recipes aren’t throwaways. Joy tested and retested these dishes in order to come up delicious things that would be both easy and appealing. I had a chance to taste the No-Churn Peach Ice Cream when it was in development and so I speak from first-hand experience when I say that it’s truly fabulous and is such a good option for those of us who can’t find space in our freezers to chill an ice cream bowl (I am sure that I’m not the only one with this issue).

Best of all, these note cards are perfectly sized to slip right into a recipe box, so your recipient will be able to add it to their recipe collection with tearing or folding your thoughtful note.

League Street Press back

The cards can be bought as singles ($4 a piece) or in boxes of eight ($20 for a box). They are printed on sturdy card stock and both the cards and envelopes are made from 100% recycled paper.

Thanks to Joy and Sam, I have one box of eight note cards to give away to a lucky Food in Jars reader. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a thank you note story. Did your parents make you write them when you were growing up? Or is it a habit you never quite picked up?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
  3. Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: League Street Press gave me one set of these notecards for photography purposes and are providing a second set for the giveaway. No money has changed hands. I just think they’re cool and so I wanted to share them with you. 

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308 Responses to Giveaway: Food-Themed Note Cards from League Street Press

  1. 1
    Hazel says:

    When I started university I sent actual thank-you cards to the folks who sent me away with hand-me-down cookware or other household stuff. My roommates were utterly confused – seeming of the “why bother” mentality – but I think that the folks who received a handwritten thank-you were delighted. Having decent pots and pans made all the difference to me, and I wanted to make sure that people’s gifts were acknowledged.

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    PamelaR says:

    I am a faithful thank you writer. Yes, my mother insisted from the time I was very little. Today, I think it’s a courtesy that we don’t do enough of. It’s also harder and harder to find nice little note cards to use for thank yous.

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    Harvitron says:

    Just wrote a thank you card to my boyfriend’s lovely parents for hosting me over the holidays. The way I was raised, it feels terribly late, but better that than never, they say! Mailing it tomorrow, and it’s going to take a lot of postage to get it to the opposite side of the globe. 🙂

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    Barb says:

    I am a nurse, and some of the most memorable thank you notes come from my patients when I least expect it. Some days I feel so worn out and tired, but when I come home find a heartfelt thank you note in my mailbox it means the world to me to have impacted someones life.

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    Joy says:

    Thank you cards are alive and well around here. My six year old writes his own. I love photo thank you cards to send from my one year old.

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    Jill L says:

    My mother taught me and I have some old books about thank you notes somewhere…….I have passed this on to my boys, now 23.

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    Lynne May says:

    It only takes a few momenis to create a heart felt thank you note for someone. Finding a note from someone who has passed is a priceless memory I hold dear.

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    Karly K says:

    Thank you notes were always a must during my childhood for guests of birthday parties, celebrations, house parties, etc or for a thoughtful gift. Nowadays I hold to the same standard, so I’ll definitely write thank you notes for such things, but usually not for Christmas or money-in-the-birthday-card gifts. Those warrant a simple phone call or (if you see them in-person) a thank you hug.

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    Lynn says:

    I grew up writing Thank you notes, still do and so does my daughter. I’ve been trying to write Thank yous for some of the little things that mean so much. Harder to write, but oh so wonderful to send! I LOVE these cards!!!

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    wintu nancy says:

    I am good most of the time with thank you notes and conventional letters and special occasion cards and even still sometimes send Christmas cards. Unlike my sister-in-law who chided me with “that’s what facebook is for”, ahem…love these cards.

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    Katherine says:

    Growing up, thank you notes were always required before I could do anything with the related gift. I could not read a book, deposit a check, play the video game, etc., until I wrote a thank you note. I think it was a good rule!

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    Rebecca E says:

    Thank you cards were always a requirement for any gift occasion growing up. In adulthood, though, has transitioned into cards for some, who I know will enjoy getting the card, and a thoughtful email for those who have expressed an ambivalence towards receiving mail. This pattern of writing thank you card has grown over the years into a few friends with whom I exchange letters. Even more than a thank you note, receiving a letter in the mail is a real treat!

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    Terry says:

    I, too, am a lifelong thank you note writer . . . a habit initially instilled in me by my mom. I now love to write thank yous. The time spent writing gives me a chance to think about and appreciate the giver a second time.

    Several years ago, when I returned to canning, I wrote my ex-mother-in-law a letter telling her that I was canning peaches and thanking her for teaching me how to can many, many years earlier. When I saw her a couple of years later, she told me how much that note meant to her. I credit her for all my basic knowledge about canning. What a gift that’s been to me!

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    Tami says:

    I always write thank you notes. It was never a rule in my family.

  15. 15
    Jen says:

    I sadly have a very overdue thank you for an aunt. It’s now 2 month late!

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    Pat B says:

    I try to write thank you notes and sometimes for things that are unexpected. Such as “thank you for the advice”. I have saved a few that I have gotten because they have touched me so much.

    The cards that you showed are wonderful.

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    Andrea says:

    Thank you cards are something fairly new to me, I don’t think my parents ever wrote cards to anyone. But these are just so precious! I might have to start!

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    Sarah says:

    I picked up the habit of writing thank you notes after having to write a note to each guest at my bat mitzvah, but I still find that they always get a great response. Recently, I wrote thank you notes to each person who let me crash on their couch during a trip. One of my friends was so excited that she sent me a thank you for her thank you note!

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    Sarah N says:

    Yes, my parents always made us write thank you notes and yes, I make my 3 year old help me so he gets into the habit, too (I have found some great fill in the blank ones with spaces for him to draw pictures). I didn’t write them for awhile and then I soon picked up on when I did or didn’t receive one from others, so now I try to keep up. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Scrubber says:

    Oh, how clever! I always had to write thank you notes growing up. I’ve fallen a bit out of the habit ever since Miss Manners said that you could get away with thanking people in person….

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    Marilyn says:

    Gorgeous note cards! I love sending (and receiving) notes in the mail.

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    Hannah M. says:

    My parents did make me write thank-you notes as a child, but I got to enjoy the whole note-writing process as I got older. At least, it’s always fun to write thank-you notes to my grandmother, because oftentimes I’ll get back a thank-you note for my thank-you note, and it’s always lovely to exchange things through the post 🙂

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    Melina Gerow says:

    My pastor writes the most wonderful thank you notes for gifts and people’s hard work. He has big bold writing and it is such a joy to receive one of his notes!

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    Susan M. says:

    I’ve struck up conversations with many special people through Instagram, and love nothing better than to send a little note through USPS to them. Recently I posted a picture of some doodles/artwork I was working on and one of my friends was so enthusiastic about it I sent him a message asking for his address so I could mail it to him. He immediately sent me his email address – so I had to remind him that I was looking for his “other” address. We got a good chuckle over that and he was very appreciative when his little gift arrived. I appreciate his kind words and support for my photography and artwork. A hand-written note was the least I could do.

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    Ann says:

    I had to write thank you notes after my bat mitzvah. I had so many personalized “Ann” notecards, that I was using them for years afterwards. Nowadays, though, I tend to look through the selection at Barnes and Noble for the nice ones that they have on offer.

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    Christina McPants says:

    My parents never made us write thank you notes, but I wish they had. It’s hard to pick up the habit as you get older.

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    Terry Oker says:

    I always send handwritten thank you notes with the cutest stamps from the post office. These cards are A-dorable!

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    Kelly B says:

    I try to write thank you notes and these are really special!

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    Jen says:

    Growing up in the south, I was taught to always send thank you notes, and still do to this day. They’re more uncommon these days, and I’m always so thrilled and touched to receive one. These look like the perfect cards to use w/ some of my foodie friends.

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    Jeanne says:

    I just wrote my parents a thank you note in my Valentine’s Day card to them for taking me on vacation with them to California.

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    Mindy says:

    I love to write cards of all types, and do on a pretty regular basis, however, ashamedly, I don’t always get them in the mail. I often open a drawer and find a written, addressed, and stamped note that I thought I mailed. Sometimes I go ahead and pop it in the mail, but usually, I have to open it because I forgot what I said and need to make sure it isn’t obsolete.

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    I’m such a big fan of sending snail mail, so I’d love to win this! But I think I’ll also be buying a set since they are awesome!

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    amy says:

    My mother insisted on thank you notes for literally everything we received for Christmas or birthdays, even if it was only a box of Cap’n Crunch from the neighbor. (We had to eat Raisin Bran and plain Cheerios, so those sickly sweet neon-colored pellets were a treat.) My sister and I had a huge stockpile of printed notepaper and fancy pens, and shiny return address labels with our names on them.

    These days I’m less strict with myself about thank yous, but I do always keep a stack of cards on hand to send someone a little note or a birthday wish. My husband’s stash of Pilot Razor pens and a roll of special stamps (Harry Potter at the moment) complete the gesture.

    These cards are beautiful and the recipe on the back is a stellar idea! Thanks for sharing.

  34. 34
    Mary says:

    I always had to write thank-you notes as a kid, and now my kids have to write them, too!

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    Ashlee says:

    I’ve written thank you notes for as long as I can remember, but it’s honestly one of my favorite things to do! I really think there is something oh so charming about snail mail and thank you cards. I like to think that when I send one off it’s like a paper hug and that does a heart good.

  36. 36

    I’m a thank you note writer when it seems no one my age is. I love it! Something so sweet and simple about a handwritten note carried across the states to its recipient. These cards are gorgeous and punny 😀

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    Lizi b says:

    I wrote to my parents at summer camp and then when I went away for boarding school. They are world travelers now and send me postcards from all over the place that I can keep forever.

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    Leslie Ross says:

    Oh man. My parents forced me to write thank you notes for everything as a child! Now, as a mid-thirties adult, I’ve completed lost the habit, but still manage to feel guilty about not sending thank you notes. Ugh!

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    Romy says:

    I confess. I am negligent when it come to writing thank you notes. I was brought up to send them out within a week of receiving a gift….but sometimes it is weeks…even a month before they go out. Despite the cloud of guilt hanging over my head as each day passes, I procrastinate or stare at the blank card…or decide I suddenly need to clean my sink. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the gift, but I dread writing. Dread. Correspondence is a lost art. Thank you for encouraging its return.

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    Megan says:

    I love writing thank you notes and I am cultivating the habit in my daughter who is two. We colour and paint cards and I write a little message and she helps me put on the stamp and drop the envelopes in the box.

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    Nicole Rubin says:

    My grandmother is a stickler for thank you cards so I’m somewhat in a habit to think about doing them, but I often neglect to actually send them out. I really need to work on that!

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    Rita says:

    I never sent a thank you note while I was growing up except for confirmation and graduation. Once out on my own I began to send thank you notes and just notes to say hello – how are you. I love going to mail and finding a handwritten note from someone who cares about me. So very special !

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    Michelle says:

    Here in the south, thank you notes (and any handwritten note) are a staple! I still enjoy sending them after someone has done something nice for me, but I didn’t enjoy doing it as a teenager. I remember having to make out all my thank you notes for graduation gifts and I thought my hand was going to fall off, I was sure my parents were the cruelest parents ever!

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    Julie says:

    My parents (particularly my mom) always made me write thank you notes, and it is a habit I keep to this day! Sadly, sometimes it is a thank you email , but I find that if I keep some cute stationary around, it is a lot more fun to send handwritten mail!

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    Sarah J. says:

    Love these! I did write thank-yous as a child, and still do today.

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    Cindy G. says:

    As a teacher, I get a few gifts from my students at Christmas. I always write thank you notes and mail them. I used to hand make them first but it got to be a bit too much to do. I still mail them, instead of handing them out to the students at school. I always love getting mail, and so I think it’s more fun for them to get an actual note. Many of them even tell me that they got it, which is cute (“Hey, you sent me a letter!”).

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    Allison says:

    I never wrote thank you notes growing up, but I love sending them (and birthday/thinking of you cards) now.

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    Emily says:

    My family is not big on cards. We remember to send out Christmas cards maybe every other year, and certainly don’t feel the need to document our love for one another with regular exchange of Hallmarkian sentiments. So I must admit it came as a shock to me when I received my first St. Patrick’s day card EVER from my boyfriend’s mother. And it only deepened from there…a few short months later I received my first thank you for the thank you card card. Needless to say, five years and a handful of passive aggressive expected to hear from you regret cards later, I have gotten quite good with the household rule: you can never send too many thank you cards.

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    Angie S. says:

    I’m sad when parents don’t teach their children to thank their friends for birthday gifts. But … I do not dwell. I simply have my daughter write thank you notes for her birthday gifts. 🙂

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    Laurie Garant says:

    When growing up, all of my relatives lived in another state so thank you notes were mandatory! To this day, my children (all grown) are thank note fanatics as well as I am!