I’m Lovin’ It – Cookbooks {Giveaways-ENDED}

‘Tis  the season for the stress of holiday entertaining and cooking!

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful holiday treat to be able to host a delicious gathering with confidence, plus time and energy to spare to enjoy the company of loved ones?

I spent time with Daisy Martinez in Napa with Bush’s Beans back in October.  Daisy taught us all the importance of spice and layers of flavor when cooking.

I was THRILLED when Daisy asked if she could send me a copy of her new book!

Daisy’s Holiday Cooking

Daisy Martinez, star of the Food Network’s Viva Daisy! Daisy’s Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining, shares her trusted formula and favorite tasty crowd-pleasers to make holiday entertaining something anyone can look forward to with anticipation!

Daisy’s Holiday Cooking will definitely help you navigate the holidays, in whatever way you choose to celebrate, with a minimum of fuss. So prepare to deck the halls and party Daisy-style, with a little bit of Latino flair, some sassy dishes, and a whole lot of festive fun!

I also recently had the chance to chat with another food celeb, Sandra Lee of the Food Network.

Sandra took the time to chat with me and three other bloggers (Estela of Weeklybite, Alison of Cooking with Friends and Kelly of The Party Dress) while she was in a NYC doing television cooking demos.

Thru the end of the year, Sam’s Club has teamed up with Sandra Lee, from the Food Network and of Semi-Homemade, to help simplify the holidays even further by providing tips and solutions on holiday entertaining and decorating.
A few of my favorite tips from the call:
  • Don’t stress! Simple recipes will lead to more family time which is what the holiday is most about.  Don’t be afraid to use short cuts, like pre-made drink mixes for cocktails – give them names to match the holidays, such as Mistletoe Mint Mojito or Christmas Cosmo.
  • Use copper cookie cutters or scented pinecones to decorate your holiday table.
  • Try instant coffee as a dry rub for steak, chicken, and pork chops, use it in
  • Sandra purchases pre-marinated cuts of meat during the holidays.  One of her favorites is the Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin sold at Sam’s Club.
You can visit Sandra’s  website for more recipe ideas.

Sandra Lee semi-homemade, The Complete Cookbook

Published in partnership with Food Network, the 500+ page book features Sandra’s most popular Semi-Homemade recipes and 200 brand-new recipes from her personal recipe box organized in to 19 crowd-pleasing chapters. This ultimate collection of family-friendly and easy-to-make recipes for every dining occasion comes complete with Sandra’s expertise on time-saving gadgets, awe-inspiring tablescapes, and great ideas for “Cocktail Time.”

I’m Lovin’ these cookbooks!!!

Perfect gifts for the cooks on your gift list, or for your self!

TidyMom GiveawayWin It

I have one of each cookbook to giveaway!!! That’s right! Two TidyMom readers will win!

ONE will win Daisy’s Holiday Cooking and ONE will win Sandra Lee semi-homemade, The Complete Cookbook

*GIVEAWAY has ended

Congratulations to #83 Laurie she won Daisy’s Holiday Cooking and #119 Stacie won Sandra Lee semi-homemade, The Complete Cookbook

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment, telling me what is your favorite holiday dish.

Get Extra Entries by: (leave a separate comment for each)

  • Become a subscriber to TidyMom by doing one of the following: subscribe via RSS, email or Google Friends connect (see widget at bottom of page) Already subscribe? AWESOME!… but be sure to let me know in the comments so your extra entry will count.
  • Link up to I’m Lovin’ It (be sure to link back AND leave a comment letting me know you linked up)
  • Tweet about this giveaway: I want to make my holidays less stressful and #win a cookbook from @TidyMom #giveaway

Giveaway will end on Dec 13, 2010 at 5 pm CST. Two winners with a valid entry will be selected at random using I will email the winners and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Good Luck!!

Now it’s your turn!

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Let us know what you’re lovin’ this week!
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*Don’t forget to come back over the weekend for the I’m Lovin’ It Wrap Up post……were I feature a few of the great links!!

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Disclaimer:  I was provided my own copy of each cookbook, I received NO monetary compensation for this review.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Anything pumpkin!

  2. FB follower 🙂

  3. I’m a big fan of party potatoes! Twice baked with lots of cheese and green onions!

  4. I also linked up this week.

  5. I love my family’s traditional cranberry salad

  6. I love sage dressing – only get it twice a year!

  7. I follow Tidy Mom!

  8. mashed potatoes and gravy – so comforting!

  9. I am a RSS subscriber

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  11. I love cranberry sauce!

  12. My favorite meal is sweet potato’s with marshmallows yum-mo

    I’m a follower to twitter and facebook

  13. I love the spinach casserole or souffle that my family usually has at the holiday meal. SO good.

  14. Hi Cheryl ~ Thanks for hosting us. I linked to one of my fave dishes we serve on Christmas morning… Granite Steps Blueberry Casserole. Have a great weekend!

  15. Creamed pearl onions are a favorite holiday dish for me. It’s the only time I make them and that makes them very special.

  16. My Mom’s pumpkin roll is one of my holiday favorites – she makes it every Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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  18. My favorite holiday dish would have to be the duck that my grandparents use to make as a kid!!

  19. I subscribe via rss!!

  20. mashed potatoes!!

  21. I also follow you with GFC!

  22. My grandma’s turkey and dressing!

  23. I follow you via Google Reader!

  24. My favorite holiday is my dad’s chocolate oatmeal cookies! yum! we make them every year.

  25. my mother-not-in-law’s turkey and stuffing!

  26. been subscribed on both blogspot i watch your blog through m dashboard thing, and also on facebook.

  27. Thanks for hosting Cheryl!

  28. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I love cookbooks! My fave holiday dishes are cranberry salad, traditional chocolate fudge, and anything peppermint!

  29. I am a happy follower/subscriber of Tidy Mom!

  30. I just linked up my fun Funky Festive Christmas Wreath designed with recycled plastic soft drink bottles and bottle tops!

  31. I tweeted your giveaway as well! Thanks again!

  32. I love holiday treats (cookie and candies) and appetizers (swedish meatballs!!) No main dish can compare 🙂

  33. I subscribe via email

  34. I love, love love vegetables……….guess my favorite holiday dish would be the corn pudding and the broccoli casserolle and the sweet potatoes and the sauerkraut, (I am a Baltimore native, after all!) almost any vegetable is fine with me. Would love to win one of those cookbooks.

  35. What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. I’m a follower on google friend connect.

  37. My family always has a big ham and cranberry sauce – both are my favorites!! Looking forward to seeing who wins!! 🙂

  38. I am also a subscriber.

  39. I also am currently subscribed to the email updates- i’m lovin’ em! 😉

  40. favorite food is the meatballs and ham sandwiches.

  41. I am a follower thru email

  42. I love Peanut Butter Blossoms!

  43. I follow you on my RSS feeder!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  44. I love green bean casserole. I’ve never made it myself, but my sisters-in-law make a mean one!

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