Last Day for Saveur Votes + Penley Jar Giveaway Winner + Blogger Bake Sale

May 12, 2011(updated on April 24, 2023)

I was up late on Monday night (so late that it was actually Tuesday) putting the finishing touches on the cookbook draft. I pressed send sometime after 2 a.m. and spent another hour awake, eating a bowl of cereal and trying to calm my brain enough to go to sleep. Though there’s still a great deal of work to be done before the book will be in stores sometime next spring, the fact that I managed to do the canning, writing and retesting necessary (and mostly within the time allotted) is staggering.

It’s my hope to head back into the kitchen this weekend (maybe I’ll do a little 32nd birthday canning on Saturday!) and make something spring-y that I can share with you all next week. After working from an outline of recipes for the last year, the freedom of being able to make anything I want is glorious.

And now, time for some news and reminders.

1. Today is the last day of voting for the Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to vote!

2. Christina from the blog Dessert for Two (#293) is the winner in the Penley Mason Jar giveaway. Thanks to all who entered!

3. This weekend is Philadelphia’s Blogger Bake Sale. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of A Full Plate Cafe on Liberties Walk. It is a fundraiser for Share our Strength and just like last year, I’m donating a dozen pint jars of homemade granola. If you can’t make it out to buy something but still want to give, click here to make a donation.

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18 thoughts on "Last Day for Saveur Votes + Penley Jar Giveaway Winner + Blogger Bake Sale"

  • Awww, thanks so much, Marisa! And just in time too: I had plans to go buy more mason jars on my lunch break today because my cucumbers are taking off in my garden! It’s fate! Can’t wait to use my new jars for your amazing garlic dill pickle recipe 🙂

  • Congrats on finishing the book, I am anxious to hold a copy in my hands. A lot of work goes into a book, I’m sure it will be a good feeling when you hold a copy in your hands.


  • Congratulations on pushing send. I cannot wait to hunker down with your book. I just know it will be inspirational.

  • Lice the shot of the rhubarb just got done a few weeks back picking my crop first pick of the season of rhubarb fro the yard and makeing strawberry rhubarb jalapeno jam…yummmmiieeee

  • Happy Birthday. And congratulations on getting the book done. Enjoy your day of freedom canning 🙂

  • Have a very Happy Birthday! And congrats on finishing the book. I can’t wait to buy a copy!

  • Happy birthday! Thanks for your hard work! Your site is great and I can’t wait for the book 😉

  • you fellow jam sista. Here in Santa Cruz thought youd be interested in what im doing on the left coast…