My 4 Year Blogoversary Giveaway

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Four years ago today, I started my blog.  It’s my 4 year blogoversary. As part of my celebration of this milestone and to thank my readers, I am providing a giveaway of a few of my favorite things for one lucky reader.  The giveaway will include:

Real Mom Kitchen Cookbook Cover
  • a copy of my cookbook – this includes recipes that can not be found here on the blog.
  • a cookie scoop – which I use for more than just cookies.  It is great to add cupcake batter to your muffin pans, make meatballs, scoop whipped cream, etc.
  • A set of pans with lids – one is the sheet pan size which I use for many sweet treats! Β The other is a 9 x 13 size. This is perfect if you don’t need to feed a crowd and just want to make half a recipe. Β I also love that they come with these great snap on lids for easy transportation. These are a must to any kitchen.



  1. I am in love with your website! You have so many recipes that my family can enjoy! Thanks for all of your hard work!

  2. I found your blog through Pinterest, but now follow your RSS feed. I have picky eaters in my house and your recipes are practical and family friendly.

  3. I love that your recipes use ingredients ingredients I keep in my house and have heard of. I found you blog about a month ago when a friend mentioned it on facebook. I have already tried many of your recipes.

  4. I love how easy your recipes are and that they use everyday ingredients…I have found several great meals for my family from your site!

  5. I found your blog just surfing the net….do people say that anymore?!? Congrats on 4 years!!

  6. I’m almost certain I found the blog through Pinterest but I’ve been following for so long that I just can’t be sure.

  7. Found ou thru Pinterest. I’m always looking for cooking inspiration…found some in your blog!!

  8. I honestly don’t remember how I found your site, but I’m so glad I did. Pinterest maybe. I love that your recipes are simply, wholesome recipes that my family will actually eat!
    Happy Anniversary!

  9. I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I’m sure glad I did. I really enjoy reading your reviews. It helps making decisions on what to make and what not to make..thanks for the giveaway!

  10. You don’t need to enter me in the give-away, but just wanted to say congrats on four years!

  11. I found out about your blog from my mom. She was using one of your recipes and I asked for the recipe, so she sent me here. I love that most of your recipes are easy to do, even on a week day!

  12. My friend made your chocolate zucchini brownies and shared some with us, then I had to get the recipe and I’ve been following you ever since. It was right around the time you had your cookbook out, so I went to Costco for it when you saw you’d be there with it! I like that you have a great variety and lots of great family foods!

  13. I love your recipes. they are always delicious. Your vegetable cheese soup is a much requested favorite here.

  14. I’ve only found your blog within the past few months. I love that the recipes are simple & comforting; dishes that I would actually make & eat.

  15. I know I first saw your blog when researching a recipe. It was fun going over the recipe index and then of course being able to enter a giveaway here and there. Congratulations on the 4 years!

  16. I just discovered this website through the booksandthingscatalog mailer that came with the Beehive Bookstore flyer. I love this website, even though I haven’t read very much on it, I have looked through some of it. What a fun discovery. I can’t wait to look through it some more. Thanks for all of your time and effort and sharing your talents. Sincerely, Ruth Ann

  17. Um, what DON’T I love about your blog? I love all of your recipes, your photography, and your great giveaways!

  18. I think I found you through Pioneer Womens blog but can’t remember. I have been following it for a long time and love all the easy recipes especially the microwave ones.

  19. I can’t remember how I found your blog but I’ve been following for about 8 months now. I love how most things are so easy to whip up. The microwave tortilla pie is a favorite now!

  20. I found you through Pinterest. I really love the ideas & hints that you have to offer. Have a great day!

  21. I love you site! I found your site from pinching your pennies about two years ago. I check it all the time. I love your recipes they are truly for real moms who are always busy and need easy recipes.

  22. I found you through PYP, and I have kept following because your recipes are easy, tasty, and usually based on ingredients I keep on hand. Many of your recipes have become part of my regular menu. Thank you!

  23. Laura, I found your blog through Pinterest. I enjoy your down to earth recipes. My family enjoys everything I have made from your blog. Keep up the excellent work!

  24. I love the ease of your recipes. Not a lot of extravagant ingredients that no one can find. Just simple, easy and yummy ingredients.

  25. I found your blog through pinterest and I love it! You bring great ideas to your readers in an utterly enjoyable style. Kudos!

  26. i found you through pinterest and i love how your recipes are things that i can actually make myself and are things i actually want to eat!

  27. So dependable, so delicious, and you answer questions. Love to see you on tv. Found it online but don’t remember how.

  28. I found your blog on pinterest and was hooked on the recipes…and have been foloowing ever since.

  29. I found your blog on twitter and I am glad I did :). Been a reader now for over a year and a half. I love the yummy dessert recipes. Thanks so much!

  30. I was looking up recipes on my computer one night and it led me to you and I am so glad ,because I love your recipes. I have really enjoyed your food.Thanks for all you do.


  31. I don’t remember how I first found you but I am glad that I did!
    I just finished eating the last of my easter pb eggs last night- Your recipe was amazing though I used white chocolate to dip them-ummm.. congratulations on the past 4 years- we look forward to being inspired for many more!

  32. I found your blog from Wizard’s Hangout. I’ve been reading now for a few months. I want to try the brownie in a mug but have not as yet.

  33. I want to say I found your site via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (or did I find hers through you?). Every recipe I’ve tried from you has been a winner in my house. And that’s saying a lot because I have a super finicky husband and kids when it comes to eating! πŸ™‚

  34. I love that your recipes are real and decent stuff my picky family will eat!!! Love the cookbook!!!

  35. I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years– I love the mom’s approach to the recipes– kid friendly, pretty simple, but SO delicious! Thanks for your creative work! BTW- I found you from PYP!

  36. I just recently found you! Thru Mels cafe. I have enjoyed everything about it so far and am sure I will continue to find more that I love here.
    PS love the nutella ug cake ! Have been making cake in a cup for my kids for years, but never thought of adding nutella! Thanks for that !

  37. I love this blog! I found it on Pinterest with your Ranch Crock Pot Pork Chops. The were FANTASTIC and I was immediately hooked.

  38. I found your blog through I love it because all the recipes I’ve seen have been simple, yet they look so delicious. I love that most of the ingredients are ones I have on hand and use all the time, which makes it very easy to try them all out!

  39. I don’t remember how I found your blog (it was a couple of years ago) but I love the family friendly recipes that use ingredients I normally buy!

  40. I been reading you bog for about 2 years now, I love the way you keep your recipes simple. It easy too understand and made with ingredients that are already on hand. Reading your blog, and a few others I love, is one of the reason I’m starting my own blog. Happy Blogoversary !! and many many more. I hope my bog would be as good. Thank you for inspiring me.

  41. I love all the recipes and I have been following you for a short while now. I have saved most of them. I found your blog when I was reading another food blog.

  42. Thank you for all your interesting recipes and ideas. They help me make more variety of things. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  43. I can’t even remember how I found your blog!! But I stuck around because I love the easy to follow, delicious recipes!

  44. I love all your new ideas!! Its so refreshing to add NEW recipes in with our favorites. I also love how you take old recipes and add a twist. It makes cooking so much more enjoyable!

  45. I love that your recipes are easy and made with things that I usually have on hand. My kind of cooking!! Thanks for a great blog. I come here every day to see what’s cooking or baking!!!

  46. I actually just found your blog a few weeks ago from a link on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Now you are bookmarked and checked pretty much daily! I can’t wait to buy some nutella and try this, yum!

  47. I really forgot how I found your blog, but I love reading it- even if I don’t make the recipes. My favorite recipe that I found from your blog with the sweet pork (Cafe Rio) for tacos or quesadillas- I’ve made it at least once a month since I found it and there is great rejoicing throughout the land when my family walks in the door and smells it. It will be feeding the starving campers at Girls Camp this summer. Thanks!

  48. I love how family friendly your recipes are as well as the fact that I usually have most of the ingredients on hand. Or know what they are so I can find them at the store. I also recently found out about your daugther and I have a son with special needs, and that usually makes me more inclined to stick around knowing what you do, and still make amazing recipes πŸ™‚

  49. I completely forget how I found your blog, but I LOVE the simple and do-able recipes you post and also the links to other places to find the same, or cool kitchen gadgets, or whatever. A good staple blog.

  50. I love that the recipes are easy to do and generally use things I have in my pantry. (and they are yummy!)

  51. I love that the recipes you share on your blog are things that my kids will actually try and most of the time love! When I need ideas for dinner I always look here first!

  52. I found your blog when someone in the recipe group I belong to posted your Grilled Chicken Breast Tostadas, which is now a regular in my meal plan rotation. Both my husband and my picky 7 year old love that meal. We’ve also tried your homemade instant oatmeal and the creamy tomato soup (and I’m sure others that I’m not not remembering as yours) and I’ve got several of your recipes bookmarked in my “to try soon” folder.

  53. I can’t not remember how I found your blog. I have it in my google reader and always look forward to what you will post next. When I need to think of something for my family for dinner and I’m stuck, your is the blog I turn to. I love that you usually use ingredients that I already have on hand and it is something my kids will eat!

  54. I love that yours was one of the first blogs I started to follow once I discovered the world of food blogs. And I love how your recipes are always something I’d want to try but simple too. Thanks so much for all you do!

  55. I LOVE your blog because the name says it all. You’re a real mom and I like that you make “real mom” food that is just “normal” and not complicated. I really enjoy your blog and appreciate that you share your recipies. Thanks so much!

  56. I found your blog through a Google search for a recipe. I love to get your emails every day and I wait just to see what new recipe you are posting. I love all of the great ideas and recipes that you post.

  57. I’m not a mom but I LOVE your blog. =) I found you a while back when searching for a recipe on Google.

  58. I love the colors on your site as well as how amazing your food always looks. The recipes seem user-friendly and your writing style is very welcoming. Love reading your posts every day in my Google reader!

  59. I think I found your blog when I was looking for a certain recipe and subscribed, I just got your book in the mail yesterday from amazon πŸ™‚
    But I could always pass another one on to a friend!

  60. I can not remember how I found your blog but I subscribe with my google reader. I love your family friendly recipes!

  61. Hi there! I found your blog via Pinterest and have been subscribing via emil ever since! I love that your recipes are doable, although mine never seem to come out as photogenic as yours! Congratulations on your 4th Anniversary!

  62. Laura, I came across your blog on Pinterest just a few weeks ago so I’m just getting to know you. Look forward to your easy way with food in each posting.

  63. I just started using Pinterest and finding food blogs about three months ago. I honestly didn’t even know they were out there and I guess had never thought about it. I am not sure what led me to your blog but I’m glad it did! Happy Anniversary.

  64. Saw one of your recipes on Pinterest, checked out your blog and immediately subscribed to daily updates! Love your recipes and your blog header — so cute!! I love that your recipes are ones that I actually would/could make! Guess that’s the “Real Mom” part! πŸ™‚

  65. Congratulations. I can’t even remember how I found your blog because it has been at least a year, probably more like 2 or 2 and a half since I found it. I love it because it has a good variety and honestly you just seem like a real person just like the rest of us and I like reading it.

  66. I found you through another blog about a year or so ago. I wish I could remember which blog. Your taco recipes and easy to bake treats are what I keep coming back for. I follow you on my reader and am always inspired.

  67. I found your blog while looking for crock pot recipes and saw all the other lovely recipes as well. Thanks for helping me put dinner on the table!

  68. I don’t remember how I came across your blog but am so glad I did. I have tried MANY new recipies since following you and always know that your ingredients are staple pantry items. I don’t have to worry about trying something new as the food is always delicious.

  69. I happened to find you via Pinterest, from something someone had pinned. Enjoy the emails and the blog!

  70. I stumbled across your delicious recipes about a year ago, I think from another blog but don’t remember and have been a faithful follower ever since!!!

  71. I love that all of your recipes are easy and can be made with ingredients I already have. That makes them even more useful and fun. I love trying them out.

  72. It’s been so long since I’ve been looking at this blog that I don’t remember how I found it, but I’m so glad I did. I love the yummy, simple recipes that you have. Our family favorite is Chicken Fried Rice. Soooo yummy! Thanks!

  73. It was a happy day when I found your blog! Your recipes are so down to earth and perfect for a busy family! Thanks so much!!! Happy blogoversary!

  74. I’ve been reading your blog for quite awhile. I love your recipes! I make them all the time. πŸ™‚

  75. I’ve been following you so long I can’t remember how I found you, but I love your easy, every day recipes!

  76. I found your blog from another food blog (I don’t remember which one) & I love how your recipes are easy to make! Thanks!

  77. I luckily found your blog last year while searching for something to make for dinner. I instantly fell in love! Your recipes are so easy to follow and they are ingredients that I mostly already have in my kitchen (which is my favorite kind of recipe)! I’ve tried so many of your recipes and they’ve all been a hit! I know that when I am in a bind and can’t figure out what to make I can just cruise over to your blog and see what pops out at me first.

  78. I found your blog through melskitchencafe and I’ve been following you for about a month. I love all your down to earth cooking and great ideas!

  79. I love your recipes! Every recipe I have tried my family loves! I found your blog via another blog, but I can’t remember which one.

  80. I love that your recipes are simple & family-tested! I found your blog 2 years ago featured on another blog, tho I’m sorry I can’t remember which one.

  81. I enjoy the simplicity of your recipes and that you understand the restraints a mom might have while trying to prepare a family meal.

  82. Awesome giveaway! I just recently found your blog through a link on another blog. I want your book so bad! I love that you share do-able recipes that my four munchkins will actually eat!

  83. I love your blog because of the easy recipes, and I am loving all of the mug recipes in the last few days. I think I found your blog through another blog within the last year.

  84. I love how easy and amazing your recipes are! I found you while googling a recipe one day. I am so glad I came across it.

  85. I love everything about your site! Everything is so easy to follow and wonderful recipes that everyone loves!

  86. I look forward to your blog each and every day! I’ve tried so many new things and just love that you are providing that inspiration.

  87. I love your blog! My sister sent me a link on facebook, that is how I found you and have been glad ever since!

  88. Congratulations! I heard about your blog through a lady in our ward and I think Mel’s Kitchen.

  89. I love that your recipes are quick, easy, and include ingredients that are easily accessible, even in my small town!

  90. I found you on google doing a recipe search for crockpot stuff. My family eats so many of your recipes…even some with onion (heaven forbid). I now check in because we just moved to Pennsylvania and Iike having a connection to home…I heart Utah!

  91. I love your blog! My sister sent me a link to your site on facebook, that is how I found you and have been glad ever since!

  92. I love the easy to follow & quick recipes. I have a 3yr old, a 2yr old, and a 7month old- your recipes really come in handy when there are 3 babies running around me in the kitchen.

  93. I found your blog a year ago when another blog I read had your recipe on it. I love how easy your recipes are to make and how good they taste. Happy anniversary and thanks for the chance to win this giveaway.

  94. I love your blog because your recipes are practical and easy. Thank you for all that you do!

  95. I love your easy recipes! They are meals I would actually make for my family without having to run to the store for 6 different ingredients. Love your blog! Hope there are many more years to come.

  96. I don’t even remember when I found you blog or how… I am just SO glad I did!! I love the insight you bring to what would seem like a complicated task. I haven’t tried one thing from your blog that I didn’t enjoy making or, more importantly, enjoy sharing with my family. Thanks so much for all you do… keep up the good work!!! πŸ˜€

  97. I LOVE finding new easy recipes for dinner. My husband LOVES your banana cream pie recipe. Some weeks we cook solely off your site & everyone is happy!

  98. I love how practical your recipes are. I think I found you through Pinterest, but I’m honestly not quite sure how I stumbled upon you, but i’m glad I did!

  99. I found your blog several years ago , while searching under food blogs. I can’t tell you how many recipes of yours I tried . Your strawberry cake recipe is a family favorite! I would love to win your cookbook.

  100. I love that your recipes generally call for ingredients I have on hand. Thanks for all you do!

  101. I like your site because so many of the recipes are for (just like your title says) for real moms, with real lives. Not these crazy, fancy gourmet things that would take me hours in the kitchen to prepare. Thanks!

  102. I have loved the many recipes that I feel like I understand and can make. I have had good reviews on anything I have made from your blog! Thank you for helping bring cooking back to my home.

  103. I found your blog because of my daughter. She loves your site and has pointed out a bunch of recipes I should try.

  104. Your blog is straight to the recipe and you have lovely pictures….keep up the great job! Congratulations on 4 years…

  105. Congrats on 4 years! So many good things have happened for you since beginning your blog. I have only been reading your blog for about a year and found it on Taste and Tell (I think), but wish that I had been reading it sooner. Always great easy recipes! Wishing you many more years to come!

  106. I found you blog during a recipe search about a year ago and I loved that the recipes were simple to follow and I usually have the ingredients in my pantry.

  107. I love real mom kitchen blog. I found it while browsing recipe blogs during a “nursing” session with my newborn. My favorite thing has got to be the garlic knots!!!

  108. I’ve been following your blog for a few years. I love that your recipes are for food that my family would eat and they don’t have crazy ingredients that I wouldn’t already have at home.

  109. I remember your first blog anniversary. I started following your blog for the family friendly recipes.

  110. I love that your site is just what it advertises, food that a real mom would make. Keep up the great blogging. πŸ˜€

  111. Recently I have been enjoying all the recipes to use in a mug. My family has loved the little treats after dinner.454Z

  112. I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I am glad I did. So many great ideas and easy recipes to follow.

  113. I simply love the honesty of it all. The recipes are accessible and easily created. Please keep blogging I am an avid fan and a hopeful cook.

  114. I’ve been reading for years… probably since the beginning & thus I have no idea how I came across your blog! I remember some of your first blog looks and have always appreciated your recipes & inspiration in the kitchen. Thanks for being such a great blogger – you are someone I’ve always looked up to.

    Congrats on 4 years… doesn’t quite seem possible! But, yet, here we are. My blog began 4 years ago too.

  115. I actually think I came across your blog off of a pin on Pinterest. Love the simplicity in your recipes and how easy they all are to make! Congrats on 4 years blogging and here’s to many more! Thanks as well for making your website so easy to navigate when finding past recipes that you’ve posted. πŸ™‚

  116. I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I love it. Your recipes are great – easy & tasty!

  117. I found your blog on facebook and now you are on my favorites!! I have made a copy of your cake in a mug recipe everyday so far for my son. He loves to bake and cook and these are perfect for him to whip up late at night.

  118. Laura..i have to say that i just love your page! I love to cook also..and to share what knowledge of this art that i know with other people!.. my 12 yr old is inspired by you and withes to start her own blog…all the way from making the menu to the grocery list! She ” lives” for the pages that i allow her to read…all having to do with food and planning parties…i am starting her a hope chest and i think your book would be a great addition for it!..(i hope she cooks for first though!)..thank you for all your great ideas!

  119. I can’t even remember how I found your blog, but it’s great! It’s been added to my Google Reader. I love that the recipes are perfect for busy weeks.

  120. I came across your blog recently…dont even remember how, but im glad I did! I enjoy your blog because your recipes are realistic…and good! As a working mom, I dont really have a lot of time to make meals that take a long time so it’s nice to have recipes that are easy to make. πŸ™‚

  121. I like that your blog is a little bit of everything all rolled into one. You have really interesting recipes and ideas. I love reading your blog.

  122. One of my friends posted what she had for dinner on facebook. She included the link to your garlic herb braid (which is awesome). So now I follow. Thanks for all the yumminess!

  123. Not even sure how I found your blog, but you have become a daily must read for me. Great recipes that are simple enough for me and my daughter too. Thank you for your hard work you put in to this. πŸ™‚ Happy Blogoversary.

  124. I’ve been following your blog for almost 3 years after I first got married and wanted to prove to my husband what I wonderful wife I was πŸ™‚

  125. Your recipes are simple enough that the occassional cook like myself can follow them. they are also reliable enough that I can trust that a new recipe will turn out…and that my family will like it! I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I follow it religiously in my Google Reader now!

  126. I love your blog because the recipes you post are recipes i will actually (and have) use. They have “normal” ingredients and are delish! And your photos are very inspiring to make the recipes too! You give great directions too. πŸ™‚

  127. I love your recipes. I don’t remember how I found your site (been a follower for a while), but it was probably from another blog.

  128. I’ve been following your blog for quite awhile now. Not even sure how I came across it πŸ™‚ but I love your recipes! If I am stumped as to what we are going to have for dinner I can always search through all of the recipes and find something delicious!

  129. I love your blog so much, so do my girls we love cooking and baking together and trying out your recipes

  130. I am so impressed with your recipes. Every one I have tried has turned out wonderful! I also appreciate the specific instructions. πŸ™‚

  131. I love your blog because your recipes always turn out so tasty! And you are true to your name in that your blog is for REAL moms! I’m always chatting with my sister about how much we love your blog.

  132. Your blog recipes are easy to make–I often have all the ingredients in my pantry.

    F. Plvan

  133. Happy Bloggie Day! I can’t remember how I found your blog. I know I found it before I discovered Pinterest, so probably through a food website like Foodgawker or tastespotting.

    I’m glad I did because you always have such yummy recipes on here!

  134. I love, love, love that your recipes are tasty and easy to prepare…congrats on four years

  135. I found your blog through Pinterest and immediately subscribed in my blog reader. Happy blogaversary!

  136. I don’t remember how I found your site but what I really like is the variety. It’s not just entrees but sweets too (for those of us who have serious issues!!!) πŸ˜‰
    I also love the clean layout of your blog. It’s enjoyable to read!
    Thanks for the chance!! πŸ™‚

  137. i like that your tastes are similar to my own, and that you have creative ideas,

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