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not 1, not 2, not 3, but…

Four winners!

Many thanks to all of you who left comments these last few days for my Free Cooking Classes giveaway.

Before I announce the winners and show you the videos of the drawing, I have a few things to say.

So… today is my birthday. I pretty much love my birthday! I love everything about it, but the thing I love most is that it’s in October and it’s at the end of October.

What makes that so special is in late October is when it finally cools down in the Arizona desert and life becomes enjoyable and the outside becomes bearable again. October is the best and the end of October is the very very best!

That is until this year.


All I can say is what the hell is this!?!!! This is the worst! How is it even possible for this to be possible? One HUNDRED degrees on October 27th is not right! Not right at all. I am mad and this is ruining my birthday!

Alright. I’m done. I just had to get that off my chest. I’d love to say I feel better now that I’ve said it, but I don’t. I’ll try not to complain about it for the rest of the day.

Now, on to the enjoyable task at hand… giving away fun stuff!

Yesterday, after the entry time ended, I wrote the eligible names down on slips of paper and took them over to my neighbor, Karin’s, house. She and I are finishing the last-minute details on our neighborhood Fall Festival, which is this Sunday. I had Karin help me videotape the drawing. I held my iPhone, while Karin folded up all the slips of paper, put them in a pot, and drew out the winners. I used the time-lapse feature on my phone for the first time.

I did… OK with it. Not great, but sufficient.  Here, you can judge for yourself:

Winner #1 for the cooking class on Tuesday, November 8th is…

Emily J!!!

Winner #2 for the same class is…


For the next drawing, I first had Karin take the winners, Emily and Cecilia’s, names out of the drawing, and then I proceeded to film it upside down. Sorry, as I said, I’m new at this time-lapse thing!

Winners #3 and #4 for the cooking class on Tuesday, November 15th are:

Marianne F and Lisa J!! 

Congratulations to the four of you. I can’t wait to have you join my classes.

Thanks again to everyone who played along. I appreciate you!







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1 Lori Vento { 10.27.16 at 7:56 AM }

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the most talented and kind creatures God put on this Earth. You amaze me everyday with your creativity, talent, humor (okay sarcasm) and a million other things that make you-you! Sorry it’s hot but it’s 44 here so between us, we have the perfect day! Have an amazing birthday! xoxo

2 Linda Hopkins { 10.27.16 at 8:38 AM }

Aw, Lori, between this beautiful message, the very on-key sweet birthday song on my phone (which I’ll save forever) and your loving text message – I am already having the perfect day! Thank you, I love you!

3 Sheila { 10.27.16 at 8:39 AM }

Happy Happy Birthday Linda!,
You are the cat’s meow!Wishing you a day surrounded with the ones you love!

4 Shelley Jiang { 10.27.16 at 9:09 AM }

Happy birthday Linda!

5 Betsy { 10.27.16 at 9:53 AM }

I feel your pain on the heat !! and you can feel my pain on not winning !
Seriously I do hope you have an amazing birthday !! Celebrate for days and it will cool down !

6 Laura { 10.27.16 at 10:24 AM }

Happy Birthday! My birthday wish for you on this glorious day is you find the wind at your back, sun shining warmly on your face, beneficial rains falling only when you want it to, peace that rests comfortably in your heart and your every wish and dream coming true today and everyday throughout the coming year.

7 Tram Mai { 10.27.16 at 11:06 AM }

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDA!!!! Thank you for ALL you do and for just being the WONDERFUL LOVING CARING self you are!!!! Our family is blessed to have you in our lives!!! LOVE YOU TO PIECES and hoping you have a fantastic day!!! Can’t wait to celebrate with you!!!! XOXOXOXO

8 Kim { 10.27.16 at 11:06 AM }

Happy birthday!!!

9 Cecilia { 10.28.16 at 12:24 AM }

Happy Birthday Linda! I’m so excited to be a winner and look forward to meeting you in person! Thank you for drawing my name.

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