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Blogiversary #8

Yup, it’s that time of year! Another year older. It’s time to celebrate!

Before we get to the details of this year’s giveaway, let’s run down a few stats:

1904 posts (posting an average of 4.5 times a week)

5216 comments (granted, nearly 1/5 of those are me commenting back to you)

254,629 spam comments …. that I have scanned through before deleting (legitimate comments sometimes get tossed in the spam folder) to prevent your delicate eyes from seeing. Let me tell you, there is more graphic porn spam than anyone should have to see!  If only the spammers used their time to do something good for the world … you get where I’m going with that.

Also, I’m sorry to say that I have sad news to share.

My high school friend, loyal blog follower and frequent commenter, Nancy Bull, passed away suddenly on her birthday on May 31st.

Nancy was the grand prize winner in the 7th Blogiversary Contest last year. The prize was to come to my kitchen and cook your favorite recipe with me and then have that recipe posted here on the blog. Nancy and I had the best time making her family’s Chili Rellenos recipe together. When I snapped this beautiful photo of Nancy, I had no idea it would be the last time I’d see her radiant smile. Nancy used the photo as her Facebook profile photo. It is there on her page to this day. It is a reminder of how lucky and blessed I was to share that special time with her. Prayers and blessings to Nancy’s family. She is deeply missed.

I know Nancy would want me to turn this back around and get to the fun and happy stuff. She entered every contest I have ever had and she would want you to enter this one, because it’s a goodie!

I know you recognize these! Trader Joe’s is at the center of it all!

Who wants to go with me on a Field Trip? More specifically, who want to go on a Shopping Field Trip???

For years, friends has asked me what the best products and deals are at Trader Joe’s and if they could tag along and shop there with me. On various occasions, I’ve taken along several of those friends. Now I want to take YOU along!

Three of You!

Although my car seats seven, it seats four most comfortably. As such there will be three winners.

Each winner will receive $100 in cash to spend on the Field Trip. And we aren’t just going to Trader Joe’s, we will be going on a true field trip. A day-long affair to:

Trader Joe’s

Queen Creek Olive Mill

The Pork Shop


AZ International Marketplace

To have a chance to be one of the Lucky Three – all you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Say whatever you want.

The winning names will be drawn, out of the usual saucepan or pot, by an unsuspecting employee at Trader Joe’s, a week from today at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

I will post a video of the drawing and announce the names of the Lucky Three right here on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Once Again Here are the Specifics:

  • Three Winners
  • $100 each to spend on Field Trip (day and time TBD)
  • Leave a comment to have a chance to win
  • Entry Deadline is 12:59 PM on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
  • Winners Drawn at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
  • Winners Announced here on August 24, 2017
  • Winners should probably live in AZ, but if you want to fly in for the Field Trip, I’m down with that!

EVERYONE, except the random Trader Joe’s person I pick to draw out the winning names, is eligible to win. That means my BFF’s, my kids, my sister, nieces and nephews, current and former students, Larry Fitzgerald, my dad (no fear of that though since he doesn’t have an email address, a computer or a smart phone) Basically Everyone!

There you have it. Leave a comment and good luck.

And most of all, thank you for playing along and for reading and commenting here at Les Petites Gourmettes these last 8 years! xoxo















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1 ksegal { 08.16.17 at 9:00 AM }

I love your blog. Happy Anniversary!

2 Lisa { 08.16.17 at 9:02 AM }

Of course I’m commenting! It’s a great day to celebrate your great blog and Emily’s birthday! 🙂

3 Lisa { 08.16.17 at 9:03 AM }

Oh, and who doesn’t want to have Linda time?!

4 Laura Mackey { 08.16.17 at 9:14 AM }

You are always such an inspiration to all. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your fabulous flair for cooking entertaining and decorating with all of us. Would love to spend a day catching up with you my dear friend.
Love, Laura

5 Linda Hopkins { 08.16.17 at 9:14 AM }

I inadvertently picked the perfect day to start this blog, on your sweet baby girl’s 16th birthday! Happy Birthday, Emily!

6 Sonja { 08.16.17 at 9:16 AM }

Happy Blogiversary! I’ve enjoyed many of your recipes.

7 Betsy Storey { 08.16.17 at 9:18 AM }

Oh how I would love this day with you !! Happy Anniversary! 8 is Great !!

8 Debbie Elder { 08.16.17 at 9:31 AM }

Happy Blogiversary Linda! Keep up your great posts, they are so fun to read. Love seeing all of your tablescapes and pretties to make a party pop!

9 Bonnie { 08.16.17 at 10:07 AM }

What a prized prize for celebrate such a momentous occasion!
Pick me, pick me!!

10 Ann { 08.16.17 at 11:07 AM }

All the best on your blogiversary! I love the days when you are in my fb feed – Cheers to you!!

Ps – love that Queen Creek O M is on the field trip – amazing place run by amazing people…..

11 Sloane Hansen { 08.16.17 at 12:32 PM }

Congratulations on a job well done!

12 Ginger Tunheim { 08.16.17 at 1:31 PM }

You are such an inspiration to anyone who wants to cook and learn how. Your recipes are always easy and delicious! Your pictures that go along with the recipes always help me. Your recipes make us all confident in cooking!! Thanks for all you give us!

13 Shirley Gannarelli { 08.16.17 at 1:52 PM }

Linda, I love your blog! I truly appreciate all the time and effort you put into making it so interesting and your recipes are very doable for a home cook. I would LOVE to shop at Trader Joe’s with you. Congratulations on 8 years and I am looking forward to many more! Enjoy this beautiful day in Phoenix!

14 Jill Walter { 08.16.17 at 1:58 PM }

Me, me, me…and the winner is …Jill Walter!!! 🙂
Now everyone else can stop wasting their time trying to enter; the contest is over. 😉

15 Lori Vento { 08.16.17 at 2:08 PM }

Happy Anniversary my special friend! I can’t even imagine how many lives you have touched in the last 8 years . . . . . you have a true gift and are an inspiration on your blog but more importantly in life. Thank you for always being a part of my world-whether from a great distance or in the hood. You are the best! xoxo

16 kim howard { 08.16.17 at 4:21 PM }

Happy ,Happy Anniversary. I look forward to your posts and love having a collection of “go to” recipes at my fingers tips. Thank you for all of you do for us. Keep it coming . Cheers to many more blogging years to come. XOX

17 Cheryl { 08.16.17 at 4:46 PM }

Happy Blogiversary, Linda. XO

18 Angie Karakey { 08.16.17 at 8:14 PM }

Happy Anniversary Linda! Thank you for all of your tips and recipes. I have enjoyed Holiday Crafting at your home and my ‘goodies’ find a special place in my home every year! xoxo

19 Patti Pullen { 08.16.17 at 9:32 PM }

Happy blogiversary sweet Linda! Always love reading your posts and trying your recipes. Gosh, I still covet some of the old recipes from Lizzy’s cooking class days! Happy 8th and cheers to many more. Love you

20 Amy G { 08.19.17 at 3:05 PM }

Linda, Happy Blogiversary…WOW, eight years of wonderful recipes, party ideas, and loving posts! Here’s to eight more???!!!

21 Anonymous { 08.21.17 at 8:54 AM }

Happy 8th Blogiversary! Cheers to you

22 Nancy Simpson { 08.21.17 at 9:26 AM }

Have enjoyed trying several blog receipes. Happy 8th year in the blogosphere! If I win, please hold out on the field trip until November. In ?? until then! Nancy Simpson

23 Sharon L { 08.21.17 at 3:48 PM }

Your blog eclipses all the others!

24 Cecilia { 08.22.17 at 12:00 AM }

Happy Happy Blogiversary!! I want to shop with you, Linda!! And spend the day with you!!!

25 Nancy H { 08.22.17 at 4:26 PM }

Happy Blogiversary and 8years!

26 Maggie H { 08.23.17 at 11:40 AM }

Happy Blogiversary Linda!!! I love following your posts and recipes and sure hope to get the chance to meet you and shop with you! Thanks for all of the hard work you do.

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