It’s my birthday today. The big three six. It’s a neat number because it’s how old my grandmother was for years and years and years. I even remember as a kid that she was 36-years old. I guess she got to 36 and decided that enough was enough. Either that or it was early dementia that took another 50 years to manifest completely. Funnily enough, my mother skipped 36 completely. The whole year she was 36 years old, she thought she was 37. I remember figuring out the math with her on her 37th birthday and how funny it was for her to realize she’s spent an entire year believing she was a year older than she actually was (those kinds of things are hysterically funny to teenagers). So here I am. Thirty-six. Not quite sure how I feel about it. The math geek in me thinks it’s cool that 36 has so many denominators. Oh, and being three dozen is kinda cool. I think I will both be 36 for a year and also limit it to one year (but I totally reserve the right to change my mind a year from now!).
What am I doing to celebrate my birthday? I will go to the Farmer’s Market this morning and stock up on vegetables for Thanksgiving Dinner. I am playing with a new cake recipe. The first attempt was pretty darned tasty, so I’m very optimistic that a few tweaks will yield a pretty great birthday cake. I will spend a good part of the day preparing for my daughter’s birthday tomorrow (she’s going to be THREE! And as a quick aside, yes I got to labor the entire day on my birthday and then the little monkey had the nerve to be born at 3am the next day). So, this afternoon I will be baking my own cake and also cupcakes for her birthday party tomorrow. I enjoy baking, so this isn’t a hardship. I am going to barbecue some grass-fed New York striploin steaks that I bought from Tropical Traditions (on sale for 60% off!) for dinner. And then my husband and I are actually going to go to a movie tonight since my mother-in-law is visiting and can babysit. What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a little shirtless Daniel Craig!
What else am I doing to celebrate my birthday? Why another giveaway of course! I had so much fun celebrating my blog anniversary with a week of giveaways, that I decided I should do another one for my birthday! So, if you missed out a couple of weeks ago, here’s another one for you to enter!
To celebrate my birthday, I am giving away:
A copy of Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo
A $25 Gift Certificate to Massa Natural Meats
A jar of NaturAlmond Almond Butter
A $50 Gift Certificate to Tropical Traditions
(This giveaway only applies to US residents, but I’ll try and make the next giveaway international)
In case you missed my Week of Giveaways and these products are not ones you are familiar with, here’s a recap:
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites fame is my all-time favorite paleo resource book. You can read my review of this masterpiece here. There’s a reason this book has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for the last 5 weeks straight!
Massa Natural Meats is a family-owned and operated farm raising purely grass-fed beef in the valley and foothills of Northern California. Massa Natural Meats and the Massa Ranch in rural Glenn County is an active participant in numerous conservation efforts geared towards agricultural sustainability. For large orders (i.e.: 1/4 or 1/2 beef) that are going to be shipped a long distance, Massa Natural Meats is now able to ship “airport to airport” via airline at VERY reasonable rates. They do not have a minimum purchase of any sort and are now offering free shipping for “by the cut” orders over $100 with code “FreeShip100″. This gift certificate can be used toward your meat order and/or shipping expenses.
NaturAlmond is a family-owned small food business based in Atlanta, GA that makes the best almond butter I’ve ever tasted. It’s crazy good! NaturAlmond hand selects the highest quality of almonds from California. Their almond butter is handcrafted in small batches to ensure freshness and flavor. By slow roasting the almonds, the essential oils are released to maximize the taste and then ground to the ideal consistency. A touch of natural sea salt is then added to each batch. By not outsourcing production, they personally monitor each step in the process and guarantee quality in a peanut free environment.
I love Tropical Traditions. The only coconut oil I buy their Gold Label Coconut Oil (organic, virgin), but I also buy shredded coconut, coconut chips, coconut cream concentrate, red palm oil, palm shortening, and various household cleaners (I especially like their multipurpose cleaner, hand sanitizer, and liquid hand soap). They also carry a ton of baking supplies, including spices. I also buy their grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and chicken. Tropical Traditions is a family-owned business that puts quality, sustainability, and ethics first. They have a strong commitment to family farming and organic standards.
I would like to thank Diane Sanfilippo, Massa Natural Meat and NaturAlmond for sponsoring this giveaway. You guys rock!
To enter this giveaway, please:
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