Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Favorite Things" Big Christmas Giveaway


Can you hear those sleigh bells ring?


Krysta’s Favorite Things

BIG Christmas


I miss Oprah. And I know I'm not the only one. So, in the spirit of the Holiday season, I am hosting my own mini version of the "favorite things" giveaway and giving my readers a chance to win four different prizes! Here's how it works:

Prizes are broken up into four different categories. The lucky winner will get to pick ONE prize from each category. All you need to do is :

1) Follow or be a follower of my blog

2) leave me a comment telling me which items from each category you would like if you win. Choose wisely because this is what I will use to determine what to send you. One comment per person, please.

* If you blog about this giveaway or mention it on facebook or twitter, leave me an additional comment telling me so and I will enter you again for each.

I will pick the winner on Wednesday, November 23rd, hopefully using the random computer generated thingy if I can ever figure it out. Otherwise it will be done the old fashioned way-names in a hat. I'm sorry you have to click on a link to see some of these items but Sur La Table does not allow me to upload their pictures. Boo!

Oprah usually aired her Favorite Things show around Nov. 20th, so I'm a bit early, but I'm sure you don't mind.

*I can only ship to USA, so please only enter if you have a valid US address.

I am SO excited for this! Good luck everyone!


Catagory 1-

1) Pepperberry Wreath and Garland- Handmade with fresh salal, cedar spiral eucalyptus, pepperberries, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and a festive red ribbon.

Click here to see

2) Breville Electric Milk Frother- Perfect for Hot Chocolate- This machine quickly and precisely heats up to 25 oz. of milk to your ideal temperature, and froths it into perfect microbubbles with a uniformly silken texture. If you like it extra hot or on the cooler side, select your preference using the temperature control. Put this compact appliance to work making rich hot chocolate, steaming milk for lattes or creating airy foam for cappuccinos. Two removable frothing discs are included-one for lattes, the other for cappuccinosimg1b

3)European Cheese Hamper-Includes:-Robolio Rustica- A washed rind cow’s milk cheese that’s nutty and aromatic with a soft, supple interior 14 oz. -Scharfe Maxx- An artisian Swiss cheese from master cheesemakers Kaserei Studer that combines rich nutty flavors with delicate hints of mushroom. 8 oz. -Chaource- A bloomy –rinfdcow’s milk cheese with rich, buttery flavor and hints of toasted nuts. 8.8 oz. -Carbonocio- A creamy Italian cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk cheese by Caseificio dell’Alta Langa prized for it’s velvety texture and buttery flavor. 5 oz. -Thin crackers from Sardinia and Panpepato- A chewy dried-fruit and nut cake from Siena. All packaged in a beautiful wicker basket hamper. img10b

4) Etched Wine Decanter and Set of 4 Tumblers- These are my favorite go-to everyday wine glass. I use mine all the time. The flat glasses-not stemmed.zm_etch-gls-decanter-a_1

5) Breville Panini Press- I use mine weekly for grilled cheese.img100b


Catagory 2-

1)Large Double Handled Soup Bowls- set of 4. These durable bowls can be used for soup or chili, and are oven safe for pot pies.img15b

2) Cuisinart Smart Power Compact Blender- A slim powerhouse that does it all. Four to-go cups. Great for individual smoothies or salad dressings, baby food and more. Pick your color: Plum, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Parsley or Lemon.

Click here to see

3) Winter Forrest Hand Soap, Lotion and Dish Soap Set- Williams Sonoma’s Essential Oils collection is biodegradabale earth-friendly formulations that contain no parabens, ammonia, chlorine or lauramide DEA, and are made in the USA without nimal testing. Gift sets come in a stainless stell wire caddy. Winter Forrest scent.img58b

4) Chocolate-Chocolate Croissants- This offering from Jean-Yves Charon is a chocolate lover’s dream. To create the decadent flavor, he adds rich European cocoa powder to his traditional buttery puff pastry dough and a filling of the finest Belgian chocolate. To enjoy them fresh from the oven, simply let the frozen croissants rise overnight then bake. The delicate flaky pastries emerge with richly browned chocolate colored exteriors and velvety melted-chocolate interiors. Set of 15. Perfect for all that family you have coming to town.img87b

5) 12 Piece All Purpose Glass Wine Set-

Generously sized, ideal for red or white wines, conveniently boxd and perfect for holiday giftgiving-to yourself or someone else-Dishwasher safe. Set of 12.

Click here to see


Catagory 3

1)Vintage Style Rose Wine Stopper- Cabbage Rose Knobs resemble old iron ornamentation. Handmade in the USA. Approx. 2" diam., 3" h. Pick your color: red, green or gold.


2) The Barefoot Contessa-Family Style Cookbook- By Ina Garten. The cookbook that taught me to cook. Beautiful photo’s of every recipe such as: Parmesan Chicken, Penne with Five Cheeses, Roasted Vegetable Soup, Provencal Stuffed Tomatoes, Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins, Summer Pudding with Rum Whipped Cream, and many, many more. Her recipes turn out perfectly every single time.


3) Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blende

This ultra versatile kitchen helper blends and chops in bowls, pots and more with simple one touch continuous or pulse control. Pick your color.


4) Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Fathers Daughter Cookbook-


5) Naturally Flavored Gray Salt Collection-

Roasted Garlic, Sundried tomato and Citrus rosemary618


Catagory 4-

And last but certainly not least:

A one-year subscription to any of the following magazines:







Ready? GO!


  1. Oh my gosh this giveaway is gigantic! I follow your blog on my RSS feed--hope that counts :) Here's my picks (this is hard!)
    1) milk frother: so fun!
    2) double handled soup mugs: i LOVE soup, and I love crocks and mugs and bowls even more
    3) immersion blender! I broke mine being an idiot and using it with ice, and my favorite color is the light blue
    4) Everyday Food: gotta love Martha
    Thanks, Oprah ;)

  2. Oh my! I love the panini press, the soup bowls, I LOVE the wine stoppers! and food and wine since I just ran out...eeek. Momma needs a Christmas miracle :)

  3. What a great giveaway! I am keeping my fingers crossed!
    Category 1 - Breville Panini Press
    Category 2 - Williams Sonoma Winter Forest set
    Category 3 - Cuisinart Immersion blender in red
    Category 4 - Martha Stewart Everyday Food


  4. I have been waiting for this ALL YEAR!!! well..since you told me over the summer :)

    Category 1: Breville Electric Milk Frother & Breville Panini Press ( I just told josh last night that I wanted THIS press, the George is giving out :()
    Category 2: Large Double Handled Soup Bowls
    Category 3: The Barefoot Contessa-Family Style Cookbook & Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blende

    Keeping my big fat chubby fingers crossed!!! WAHOO!!! Christmas!!! jingle jingle indeed

  5. I just shared your giveaway on my facebook page.


  6. I absolutely love the Wine set. Would be great for my home during the Holidays.

  7. I follow you and would love in category 1: The Breville Electric Milk Frother, in category 2: the double handled mugs, in category 3: the salt collection, and in category 4: food and wine magazine:)email is

  8. I also shared it on fb my profile is Baking Bad:)

  9. Krysta, how fun! ok here are my selections:
    1)Panini Press
    2)Cuisinart compact blender
    3) Salt Collection
    4) bon appetit magazine
    I LOVE your blog and have tried several of your recipes. I also love reading your posts because your style of writing is fun to read.
    Dara Ricketts

  10. I am a follower this is a GREAT giveaway! I hope I win, I could definitely use these items!

  11. The items I would choose would be....
    1)Brevielle Panini Press
    2) 12 piece all purpose wine glass set
    3) Bare Contessa Cook Book
    4) I would love the subscription to southern living.

    Keeping my fingers crossed :)

  12. WHAT??!? I am a follower. So excited here I go:

    Category 1: The Cheese Hamper!
    Category 2: Winter Forest Soaps and Lotion
    Category 3: Cuisinart SmartStick Immersion Blender
    Category 4: Martha Stuart

    Awesome giveaway and just sayin - drawing is day after my bday...

  13. Oh, I also shared on my blog's facebook page.

  14. Krysta, you are the BEST!!! I love reading your blog, it makes me want to be a better cook!!! =)
    Category 1- Breville Electric Milk Frother- Perfect for Hot Chocolate- try perfect for me!!! I am OBSESSED with hot chocolate, I even drink it in the Summer!

    Category 2- Chocolate-Chocolate Croissants- Need I say more?!

    Category 3- The Barefoot Contessa-Family Style Cookbook- By Ina Garten- Everything she makes always looks so delicious!

    Category 4- SOUTHERN LIVING- This magazine would be great for me since I will be moving to Texas!!!

    I am going to share your blog on FB! Super excited Krysta! =D

  15. I shared the giveaway on FB

  16. YAY for giveaways!!!
    Ok, Category 1: Definitely the Milk Frother!
    Category 2: The Compact Blender (perfect for my itty bitty kitchen!)
    Category 3: Gwyneth Paltrow's Book
    Category 4: Southern Living

  17. following rss on my google

  18. category 1:cheese hamper
    category 2:chocolate croissants
    category 3:immersion blender purple
    category 4:food network mag\

  19. I also posted it on my blog!

  20. Holy amazing giveaway! I'm a follower!

    Category 1: This was the hardest one, but I think I have to say milk frother!
    Category 2: Wine Glasses
    Category 3: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
    Category 4: Food and Wine Magazine

    That was FUN!!

  21. I tweeted about this giveaway!!/stilettodiapers/status/136844339652468737

  22. Wow! Huge giveaway! :)
    Thanks for the chance!
    I am a follower.
    Category 1- milk frother
    Category 2- Soup bowls
    Category 3- Cuisinart Immersion Blender
    Category 4- Food Network Magazine

    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  23. I follow you on FB. What a great giveaway! How fun, I am keeping my fingers crossed!

    Category 1 - Breville Panini Press
    Category 2 - Cuisinart Smart Power Compact Blender
    Category 3 - Cuisinart Immersion blender in Silver
    Category 4 - SOUTHERN LIVING

  24. WOW - love the giveaway. And of course your blog. So, here's my list:
    1 - Pannini press and milk frother
    2 - soup bowls
    3 - immersion blender
    4 - Everyday food

    Love it!

  25. Ok I shared this on my facebook wall. Can't wait til I
    1. Cuisinart smart stick immersion blender-purple
    2. Brevillie electric milk frother
    3. 12 piece all purpose wine glass set
    4. Large doubledhanded soup bowls
    I'm so excited;)))

  26. 1)I would love the Panini Press!!
    2) Milk Frother
    3) Immersion Blender
    4) Food network magazine

  27. Wow, what an amazing giveaway!
    1)Breville Electric Milk Frother
    2)Cuisinart Smart Power Compact Blender
    3)Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender

  28. what a greaivaway !

    1)etched wine decanter
    2)soup bowls
    3)immersion bleander
    4)Southern Living

  29. Thank you so much for these treats! I love trying out the recipes you have been posting..
    1. Panini grill (a treat to have one) or the wreath and garland (since this is our first christmas together in our home)
    2. soup bowls or wine glass
    3. immersion blender or my fathers daughter cookbook
    4. food and wine or martha stewart
    Thanks a lot! :)

  30. This is so fun. thank you for the opportunity.
    1. the panini press
    2. soup bowls
    3. immersion blender
    4. food and wine.

    Thank you again!

  31. What a great idea! I love reading your blog and trying your recipes:)
    1. Breville Electric Milk Frother
    2. Large double handled soup bowls
    3. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
    4. Food Network Magazine

  32. i follow you! and my favorite item from category 1 is the wreath. from category 2 i would pick the Winter Forrest Hand Soap, Lotion and Dish Soap Set. from category 3 the immersion blender i dont' have one! and from category 4 i would get the food network magazine! wonderful giveaway krysta

  33. Holy Moly Krista!!!! Well, you know I am a follower already, but hello ... I'm gonna give you a blast on FB too!

    1) Wine Decanter (and the cheese to go with it, LOL) kidding! - wow!!!
    2) Soup bowls
    3) Wine stoppers, of course! =)
    4) Food and wine ..

  34. OMG you weren't playing around girl! Can I start calling you Oprah now? =) hehe

    I'm TOTALLY already a follower! heart you!

  35. 1 cheese. always cheese! =)
    2 compact blender in parsley [i might need this regardless!]
    3 I'm dying for an immersion blender! ;)
    4 martha stewart baby!

    ok that was fun! haha I probably wont win but it was worth dreaming! <3

    thanks for the opportunity love!

  36. I follow on twitter - does that count? If not, let me know! (

    1. Panini press
    2. Compact blender
    3. Immersion blender
    4. Martha Stewart!

  37. I'm following! Oh my goodness, this giveaway sounds AMAZING!! I would choose:

    1.Electric Milk Frother
    2. compact blender in lemon
    3. Immersion blender in yellow
    4. food network magazine!

    This is ah-may-zing! Love it!

  38. 1. Panini press
    2. Chocolate croissants
    3. Immersion blender
    4. Everyday food

    What a great giveaway!

  39. Holey Moley!! Great giveaway!! Here's what I'd pick:
    1) Panini Press
    2)Cuisinart Blender
    3) Immersion Blender
    4) Bon Appetit

    Thanks for hosting this! Amazing!

  40. WOW... Okay
    Category 1- Panini Press... oh yes!
    Category 2- Cuisine Art Blender in plum
    Category 3- Immersion blender
    Category 4- Martha Stewart baby!

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks!

  41. This is such an awesome giveaway! I don't think I have ever seen anything like this on a blog.

    My picks:
    1) Breville panini press
    2) Cuisinart blender
    3) Gray salt collection
    4) Bon Appetit

    I follow you on Facebook so I hope that works :)

  42. Awesome giveaway! My picks are:

    1) Panini Press
    2) Cuisinart Compact Blender in green
    3) Gwyneth Cookbook
    4) Martha Stewart - Everyday Food

  43. Also mentioned on Twitter:!/briel79/status/136990255281733633

  44. omg, amazing giveaway! i subscribe to your rss. here's what i'd choose:
    -milk frother
    -soup bowls
    -gwenyth paltrow's cookbook
    -food network magazine!

  45. Dang, you weren't kidding about a big giveaway!!!

    1. the wreath
    2. the double handled soup mugs
    3. salt collection
    4. southern living

  46. HOLY MOLY! I don't know if I've ever seen a better giveaway!

    Definitely category one :-)

    I am so going to need to pick your brain on how to get such a fantastic giveaway together!!! YAY!

  47. Holy giveaways Batwoman!! This is like The Price is Right only with big giant bells on it..
    Please may I have :)

    European Cheese
    Contessa book
    Bon Appetit all the way..


  48. Wow! What a wonderful way to start off the holidays! We are definitely following you!

    We would love the Breville Panini Press to make our famous Chicken Melt!

    The Large Double Handled Soup Bowls would serve our authentic Cajun Seafood Gumbo!

    The Cuisine Smart Stick Immersion Blende would be perfect for whipping up a batch of our grilling sauces!

    Any of these products would be truly appreciated in our kitchen! Thank you for the opportunity. :)

  49. We have also tweeted about this giveaway and posted it on our fb page. :) Thank you sincerely from Mr. Pete's Cajun Spices!

  50. Great giveaway. Everything looks great. Thanks.
    1 panini press
    2 soup bowls
    3 immersion blender
    4 Southern Living magazine.
    Brandi Bryant

  51. Yay! This is so cool!
    1. Etched wine decanter
    2. Double-handed soup bowls
    3. Ina Garten cookbook
    4. Food & wine magazine subscription

    I follow your blog regularly!!

  52. I also shared this giveaway on my facebook page!!

  53. Wow what a hard decision!
    1. The Pepperberry wreath and Garland
    2. Winter Forrest set
    3. The Smart stick
    4. Southern living

  54. I'm a follower: somethingfrugal

    Category 1: Panini Press
    Category 2: Winter Forrest Hand Soap, Lotion and Dish Soap Set
    Category 3: Vintage wine stoppers
    category 4: Bon apetit

    something frugal at yahoo dot com

  55. Tweeted!/donna_cairns/status/137318469141143552

  56. I follow! Holy Moly Oprah!
    1. panini Press
    2. Compact Blender in plum
    3. Pulse Blender in pink!
    4. Food network magazine

    Thank you thanks you!

  57. Thanks for your comment today on our blog about Twilight. :) I am a new follower of your blog! Awesome giveaway!
    1. Milk frother/steamer (we have one in the office & it's awesome!)
    2. double handled soup bowl set
    3. Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender in turqouise
    4. Martha Stewart food mag

  58. Fabulous giveaway!! Thank you!!
    1- panini press
    2- soup bowls
    3- barefoot cont cookbook
    4- southern living subscription

  59. Krysta, what a fabulous giveaway! I'm definitely a follower of your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win! My choices would be:

    1. The European Cheese Hamper
    2. The Cuisinart Smart Blender
    3. The Cuisinart Smart Stick Emersion
    4. Bon Appetit!

  60. I tweeted about your giveaway! @michiamocandace

  61. how wonderful. I follow via gfc as shooting stars mag.

    my picks-

    1. decanter and tumblers
    2. smart blender
    3. immersion blender
    4. martha stewart.

    thanks. :)

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  63. Ahh! This is amazing and so generous! :) Category 1: I'd love the Breville Milk Frother - hot chocolate is a winter essential! : ) Category 2: the Cuisinart smart blender in plum. Category 3: Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender - the pink one looks fun! Category 4: Everyday Food - Martha Stewart is one of my faves!

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the chance! I follow you as Dee via gfc! :)

  64. tweeted!!/DeeGee13/status/138139904860372992

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  65. shared on fb as Dee G

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  66. I follow on GFC as Cee, and may I just say, what an amazing giveaway!
    I would choose ...
    From Category 1:
    Breville Electric Milk Frother
    From Category 2:
    Large Double Handled Soup Bowls
    From Category 3:
    Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender
    Category 4:
    Southern Living

    I also follow on Twitter, and will tweet!
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

  67. I tweeted here!!/CeeVegNashville/status/138377508625199105

    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

  68. 3,3,3 and southern living! Great prizes!!

  69. Loving your blog-thank you for the giveaway :)!

    1. Panini press-this RULES!
    2. Lotion/soap set-huge fun lotions/soaps fan!
    3. Immersion blender in pink-don't have one-looks fun!
    4. Food Network Magazine

  70. Hey! I'm a new follower :) Such an awesome give away!!

    1) 5 - Breville Panini Press
    2) 1- Large Double Handled Soup Bowls
    3) 3 - Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blend (purple)
    4) Food Network Magazine

  71. I tweeted!!/berlin526/status/138459226455539712

  72. I'm following you now :) This is great!
    1. Panini Press
    2. Croissants
    3. Immersion Blender
    4. Southern Living

    Thank you!!

  73. Great post – I’m going to Tweet about your blog.

  74. I started following your blog when you were featured in our local newspaper! If I win I would choose the Pepperberry Wreath and Garland, the large double handled soup bowls, the Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender, and a subscription to Food&Wine.

  75. I also just shared this on facebook with all my friends!

  76. following on gfc as christina!

    category 1 - Breville Panini Press
    category 2 - Cuisinart Smart Power Compact Blender
    category 3 - Vintage Style Rose Wine Stopper-
    category 4 - food and wine!

    cgul689 at gmail dot com

  77. shared on facebook!

    cgul689 at gmail dot com

  78. I am a new follower and am super excited I found your site. Can't wait to try out some of the recipes you have posted.

    1 - Breville Panini Press
    2 - Chocolate Chocolate Croissants
    3 - Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender - Yellow :)
    4 - Bon Appetit magazine

  79. Oprah is gone, but Krysta is here!! What a fun and generous thing you're doing. I am following you on your blog and on Pinterest - also posted your giveaway on Facebook! IF I am lucky enough to be a winner, I would choose:

    Category I - Breville Panini Press
    Category II - Cuisinart Smart Power Compact Blender – any color
    Category III - Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blende – any color
    Category IV – Southern Living


  80. What a Great the ideas and recipes!
    my daughter Ashley Somers was friends with your sister kaylee they met at superior elementary school when we lived in Chatsworth way back when...I'm also friends with your Mom.
    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays ahead to you and your family.
    Here is my wish list
    1. Breville Panini Press
    2. Cuisinart Smart Power Blender
    3. Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion
    4. Bon Appetit

  81. Category 1: Pepperberry Wreath and Garland
    Category 2: Winter Forrest Hand Soap, Lotion and Dish Soap Set
    Category 3: Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Fathers Daughter Cookbook
    Category 4: Food Network Magazine or Martha Stewart

    Thanks doll!!! xo

  82. Oh. My gosh.
    You deserve some kind of award for your Christmas gift-giving spirit!! :) What fantastic are my favorites:

    I. pepperberry wreath
    II. cuisinart blender (plum-colored)
    III. cuisinart immersion blender (plum again) - I recently had a disaster situation with a blender and a squash soup...I was told an immersion blender would solve my problems. :)
    IV. Food Network

  83. I just posted about your giveaway on facebook, with the understanding that if anybody enters because of me & wins the immersion blender, they have to share it.


    Have fun giving your gifts, and happy Thanksgiving!!

  84. Hey Krysta!

    Hope I'm not too late! This giveaway is very exciting!

    Category 1 - the decanter and tumblers
    Category 2 - wine glasses
    Category 3 - Ina Garten's cookbook
    Category 4 - Food & Wine subscription

    Also, I shared your website on my facebook page!

  85. Long time follower, long time commenter... hehe
    1. Breville Panini Press (this was hard for me because I really like the milk frothed also)

    2. Chocolate- Chocolate Croissants (I just looked at your recipe yesterday, trying to decide if I wanted to attempt them)

    3. Vintage Style Rose Wine Stopper

    4. Bon Appetit (my mom use to get this when I was growing up and I have never subscribed but always wanted to)

    Great giveaways! Just want you to know how proud of you I am. Your blog has turned into something quite amazing. :)

  86. category 1- milk frother ( i love hot cocoa)
    category 2- Blender or the croissants ( they're my fav.)
    category 3- the gray salt collection
    category 4- the food network

    would love any of the products.

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