Keurig Giveaway

July 20, 2011

I’ve mentioned this before, but as a food blogger, I sometimes find offers in my email inbox.  For me, these offers fall into one of four categories.  There is the “you’ve never heard of me, but I would love to write a guest post on your blog about something that has nothing to do with the food you cook or write about”.  Also the “you’ve never heard of us, but send us your content and we will not pay you but we will link directly to your site”.  Or the “how would you like a giant box of bacon/sausage because clearly, we have never read your site?”  And finally, thankfully, the “you have heard of us and how about we send you something you actually want?”

Keurig falls into that last category.  Imagine my delight to find an email from these guys offering me a coffee maker.  You see, I love coffee.  I live in coffee capitol of the country.  Within a square mile of my house there are probably 20+ places to get a terrific cup of coffee including one of the very best in the city (they compete in and have won the Barista Olympics) which is just 1½ blocks up the street.  I never make coffee at home because of that.  But sometimes, I don’t want to walk out the front door just for a cup of joe and sometimes I don’t want to pay over $3 just to wake up in the morning.  I have an old Cuisinart coffee maker and in dire straights I will haul it out of the basement and make mediocre coffee – and therein lies the problem.  If I can get decent coffee at a gas station, and in Seattle you can, why would I make a bad cup at home?

So I said yes to Keurig, please send me your wonderful machine.  I was very transparent about my plans.  If I liked it, I would write about it on my blog.  If I didn’t, I wouldn’t.  Originally, they wanted me to write about it multiple times, tweet about it and to all that I said no thank you.  I need to love something to plug it here.  But Keurig wanted me to have the machine anyway, I guess they were confident that I would love it.

And I do.  Randy does not drink coffee so having a sleek looking machine that makes one cup at a time is perfect in our house.  I wondered how it would do with a brunch crowd and it behaved beautifully.  Each person got to make their own cup of coffee and if they needed a refill, they just made another.  So much better (and fresher!) than pouring from a pot sitting on the warming tray.  It only takes a little over a minute for a perfectly fresh cup of coffee.  Keurig also sent me a nice variety of coffees to try and there are tons of choices, including teas and hot chocolate.  The coffee I have made tastes great and Randy has liked the tea as well.

Because I like to share the bounty, I asked if they would allow me to give away a machine on my blog.  Not only did they say yes, they are offering an even sleeker machine than the one they sent me!  How to win a Platinum Brewer?  I am so curious about all of you – I sit here and blab about my food, my family and all manner of things and, for the most part, I know next to nothing about you.  So please, tell me one thing about yourself.  What you do, where you live, how many kids you have, the name of your cat – just one thing.  Make it interesting if you like.  The winner will be chosen at random and the contest will close at noon PDT on Tuesday, July 26th which is, coincidentally, my birthday.

CONTEST CLOSED! Thanks for all the entries.  Winner to be announced tomorrow.

Finally, I forgot to post these photos in the Salted Caramel Squares post.  Those squares are sophisticated enough for the end of a fancy dinner party and simple enough to be adored by a four and six-and-a-half year old.  While I was trying to get a photo of the squares, the boys were following me around the house waiting for their chance to eat them.  Yesterday, I made Ashley’s beloved chocolate chip cookies because the cookie jar was empty and when Spencer saw them on the cooling rack he said, “Why didn’t you make more caramel squares?”

Also, Graham lost his top front tooth.  I know the photo is blurry but I love that face.


  1. I would love to win! Right now I have a crappy ancient machine that – even though it saw me through college – needs to be replaced.

    As far as a random fact…lets see…I’m a writer and I live with my puppy Haley!

    Comment by Faith @ lovelyascharged — July 20, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

  2. Thanks for this great giveaway! I am a huge coffee lover and I live in Charlotte, NC.

    Comment by Ashley H. — July 20, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  3. I like to mountain bike with my kids.

    Comment by Julie — July 20, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

  4. My cookies have been replaced! Who can blame them – those bars look amazing. LOVE these pictures of the boys.

    Comment by Ashley — July 20, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

  5. Random fact? I MUST make your caramel squares. That’s my random fact!

    Adorable photos!

    Comment by Maris (In Good Taste) — July 20, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

  6. We’re also a one-coffee-drinker household!
    Random facts: I have two kids, live in Virginia and love to read (cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction).
    Happy birthday!!!

    Comment by Kathleen — July 20, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  7. I am pregnant with my first child, due in September. I can’t wait to have a big cup of coffee again!

    Comment by Holly — July 20, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

  8. I am a nurse and have wanted a Keurig for a very long time!

    Comment by Daryl Callahan — July 20, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

  9. Well, I love coffee, but am 8 months pregnant – so I try to avoid it – sort of. :) I live in Canada, and this baby will be my 4th.

    Comment by Kelly — July 20, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

  10. i’m a soon to be first time mom with a love for coffee. would love to win this!

    Comment by nancy — July 20, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

  11. How very lovely of Keurig and you to host this giveaway! I’ve always dreamed of owning a good one cup coffee maker, because I am a one cup a day girl.

    Since my life is consumed by wedding planning at the moment, that has sort of become my identity. Seems appropriate for that to be my random fact. I am getting married in Las Vegas on October 8!

    Comment by Sarah S. — July 20, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

  12. Thank you for this opportunity!

    One thing: I’ve never in life been as happy as I am right now, 7 months pregnant, anticipating the birth of our first child, a girl, in September.

    Comment by Erika — July 20, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  13. I have been in college now for 9 loooong years and this coming year I will be finishing my doctorate and pursuing life no longer as a student. Scary, I know!!

    Comment by Abby — July 20, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

  14. Random fact? I drink decaf coffee while everyone else in my house drinks (LOTS) of caffeinated coffee. That means that I often don’t get my cup of coffee, I succumb and drink caffeinated even though it doesn’t agree with me, or I have to wait for them to drain the pot, and brew myself a cup or two. This would be so great to have. I could brew myself one cup of decaf without difficulty!

    Comment by Ellen — July 20, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

  15. Oh my goodness! Talk about timing… our coffee machine AND espresso machine both went kaput within 2 days!! :-( …enjoying instant coffee for the time being! Random fact: my elderly Dad just moved in with us! :-)
    Happy (early) Birthday!

    Comment by Kim — July 20, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  16. I’ve always wanted to try a Keurig! Random Fact: I just got married last month to the most perfect for me man and we are being newlyweds!

    Comment by Katherine M. — July 20, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

  17. I have a cat named Ryerson who is as motivated by food as me. So motivated by it, in fact, that I’ve been able to teach him over half a dozen tricks just by using treats as a reward.

    Comment by RH — July 20, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

  18. Thank you so much for your posts! I love the pics of your boys, so heart warming.

    As for me, I’m coming up on my first wedding anniversary! Being married is so wonderful.

    Comment by Sam H — July 20, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

  19. This is an awesome giveaway! Random fact: I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. Thanks!

    Comment by Jen — July 20, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

  20. I just got engaged!

    Comment by AlexP — July 20, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

  21. I have three cats, one of whom is named Socks, and he will eat anything! He loves apples and rice!
    Jen in minnesota

    Comment by Jen k — July 20, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

  22. I luh-uv coffee!
    Random fact. I have five children, two of which are post vasectomy reversal babies. Our grand finale is almost two and doesn’t sleep much, NEED coffee :)

    Comment by Erin — July 20, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

  23. I’m currently training for my 3rd marathon- Marine Corps, which is in October! I named one of my cats Salami! =)

    Comment by Evi — July 20, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

  24. I’m a yoga teacher and program director for a community writing and social justice nonprofit in Chicago. And I love coffee!

    Comment by Rachael — July 20, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  25. happy almost birthday, lovely Dana! I feel like I do know you, to an extent ;) I live in Dana Point, CA, and though I feel lucky to have the weather, beach, friends and family close by, I would totally be up for moving!

    Comment by sara — July 20, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

  26. I am going to Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam and August and I can’t wait for all the eating. Though I’m also praying I don’t get food poisoning :).

    Comment by Clara — July 20, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

  27. What a wonderful giveaway! One thing about myself: I love photography and have a camera with me at almost all times. I know I see people looking at me strangely when I take it out in public (especially at restaurants), but I don’t care. lol

    Happy Birthday wishes to you!

    Comment by Libby — July 20, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

  28. I fund-raise for a living, help plan triathlons as a side gig, and write a food/fitness blog for fun.

    Oh, and I love coffee.

    Comment by Jen @ Jen and Company — July 20, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

  29. I was a strict vegetarian for about 12 years until I went to the Caribbean and caved to the craving for fresh seafood; so for the past 6 years I’ve been a pescatarian, enjoying fish two or three times/month.

    Comment by Shannon H. — July 20, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

  30. I love to ride my bike to work and a cup of coffee is necessary to get me on it !

    Comment by Megan — July 20, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

  31. I (too) live in Seattle and I (too) am the mother of two little-ish boys (although mine are 5 and 8). :-)

    Comment by Sarah — July 20, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

  32. Random fact: I am probably (hopefully) no more than 4 months away from getting my PhD in Immunobiology (finally).

    Comment by Joni — July 20, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

  33. My partner has been begging me for one of these for several months now but due to the cost, I haven’t allowed it. A random fact about me is that we have a coffee shop around here that makes a bar very similar to your salted caramel squares which I haven’t had any luck mimicking but I think your recipe just may do the trick!

    Comment by Helen — July 20, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

  34. My 4.5mo baby girl just had her first tooth break through yesterday!

    Comment by Rosie — July 20, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

  35. I’m a student who averages three cups of coffee (on a good day)!

    Comment by Julie — July 20, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

  36. Would love this machine!! I work in the athletic dept. of a major university – so I love all sports and spending time with my grandchildren!

    Comment by Lynne Beattie — July 20, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

  37. I just graduated college and started a real-world job at an advertising agency!

    (therefor, coffee is always a necessity..ha!)

    Comment by Colleen — July 20, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

  38. I like in Park City with my almost 1 year old (her birthday is 3 days after yours) and another one on the way. I don’t even drink coffee but I love to entertain and LOVE to bake, so I always have coffee to serve with my desserts – this way they could make it themselves!

    Comment by Ashley — July 20, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

  39. I love anything to do with food, Disney and/or running!

    Comment by amanda — July 20, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

  40. Great give-away! A random fact is that I’ve recently turned into a list-writer: restaurants to try, desserts to bake, and names for our first baby, due in November!

    Comment by Erin — July 20, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  41. your boys are way way way adorable! :) the mask kills me!

    i would love a keurig. as for a random fact, i didn’t like coffee until recently (and actually i only like it with cream and sugar ;))

    Comment by natalie (the sweets life) — July 20, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

  42. I too am the only (occasional) coffee drinker in my household, and have been dreaming of someday having a Keurig — I used one while on vacation in Kauai and LOVED it! Random fact about me? I have a slight muppet obsession – my dog is named Kermit.

    Comment by SarahBF — July 20, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

  43. I am hoping to win this coffee-maker for my mom, as she has been lusting after them for years now!

    Comment by Larkin — July 20, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

  44. Oooh, oooh! A giveaway that I would really, really love to win ;)

    I’m across the border from you, over on Vancouver Island, just about dead west of Bellingham. I am a Veterinary Technician, a spinner and a knitter. I have been working on eating much “cleaner” and healthier this past year, making better choices for my body and choosing “real” foods. My morning craving/downfall is that I *do* so love my one marvelous cup of coffee in the morning!
    Thank you so much for arranging this lovely contest for your readers ;)

    Comment by Cynthia A — July 20, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

  45. I am an attorney who purposefully makes her living as a paper crafts blogger :)
    Now, another interesting factoid: when I was a baby and still cute and not lawyer-like, I was snatched from the grocery store by a crazy lady but was found shortly after.

    Comment by Avital — July 20, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

  46. I am a first time mom to a wild 16 mo/old boy and loving it. I’m at the other end of the state in Vancouver, WA. As a Pacific Northwesterner it is my duty to be completely addicted to coffee. So I am :)

    Comment by Maggie — July 20, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

  47. Cooking makes me happy because it reminds me of both of my grandmothers. They were both amazing in the kitchen!

    Comment by Ama E. — July 20, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

  48. I’ve been following your blog for a while and do feel like I know you and your family! I love your recipes and they’re perfect when I have my vegetarian sister over for dinner!

    I live in Los Angeles (well, just outside) and both my fiance and I are in love with coffee .. and convenience :)

    Comment by Kayla — July 20, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

  49. Wow what a great giveaway!

    I love love love to bake but cooking? Meh.

    Comment by Jane — July 20, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

  50. I just spent 10 days in PA visiting family & friends. I stayed with friends who had one of these, and I loved being able to make my coffee each morning, while waiting for my daughter & grandson to wake up. I would love to have one of my own!

    Comment by Nancy — July 20, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

  51. Here is my random fact. Recently retired from nursing and have a second home on Lopez Island. We also love Holly B’s and Bay Cafe and Watmough…….

    Comment by Pamela — July 20, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

  52. I never win anything, but here goes! Random fact: I treated myself to an ice cream maker for my June birthday and am loving my homemade ice cream treats. Butter pecan has been my favorite so far, though my famiy has liked the chocolate chip most.

    Comment by Leigh — July 20, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  53. Happy early birthday!! Are you making yourself a cake?

    Random fact: I speak English, French and Turkish.

    Comment by Andrea — July 20, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

  54. I’m finishing up a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. My daughter is about to turn 10 months old and she is scared of the sound of grinding coffee beans. She would really like it if I won the Keurig!

    Comment by Caroline — July 20, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

  55. I am a stay at home, private chef to my sailor husband! :D

    Comment by Hannah Bone — July 20, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

  56. Being Seattle born and raised (now Pierce County transplant) I do love my coffee.

    Random fact – I am named after a Jim Henson character. Not an actual muppet, but an early Kermit co-star (Princess Melora from the late 60s Frog Prince).

    Comment by Melora — July 20, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

  57. I am not a coffee drinker, but would love to win this for my husband as he does love coffee, but doesn’t always make a pot for himself especially on weekdays. This one cup at a time machine would be perfect for him.

    Comment by Lisa — July 20, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

  58. I would love to win! I have 3 kids and I teach yoga to kids. I love your blog!!

    Comment by Jessica — July 20, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

  59. Your boys have adorable expressions on their faces!

    Random fact about me: I didn’t see Star Wars until I was 28 years old and still haven’t seen Return of the Jedi or those ones that came out later. I don’t think my boyfriend will marry me until I do. ;)

    Comment by Rachel — July 20, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

  60. Random fact: I make miniature landscapes featuring fairies.

    Comment by Susanamantha — July 20, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

  61. i have a bichon shitzu named rufus who is the most adorable dog in the world, even if he gets me up at 6am! :)

    would love to win. i love coffee and tea (caffeine)

    Comment by angela — July 20, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

  62. would love to win this!

    fact: born in wisconsin, living in chicago, strong believer that friday night lights is the best show ever created.

    Comment by Kayla C — July 20, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

  63. Wow! What a nice giveaway lady!
    I got a free Nespresso machine, but I was too selfish to share that, since I am addicted to it.

    I was just approached to have a SUBWAY SANDWICH giveaway for their new pulled pork sandwich, and I declined graciously, saying the giveaway did not fit my food style, but thank you anyway.

    Comment by stacey snacks — July 20, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

  64. Hi Dana!
    Here’s a few random facts about me: I love/adore coffee; my birthday was on July 5th, and my son was born 35 years ago on July 23! (And thanks for such a great giveaway!)

    Comment by Dorothea — July 20, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  65. Despite being Chinese, the language I studied at university was Swahili. My sweetheart is a college professor, so we go through TONS of coffee in our home (I think we both run on it!)

    Comment by Tami — July 20, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

  66. Random Fact: I just finished law school. WAHOO!!

    Happy early birthday!!

    Comment by Jessica — July 20, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

  67. The Keurig would be perfect for me! I love coffee, but my husband doesn’t drink it. It would be great to be able to make one cup at a time.

    Random fact – I live in Lynnwood, Wa – not too far from you!

    Comment by Kerry — July 20, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

  68. california born new yorker. i work in publishing (higher education textbooks!) and i live in an apartment in brooklyn with my best friend. i bought us a 2-mug coffee maker to get us through our thesis-writing senior year (we still lived together then). it’s on its last legs, but it’s gotten us through many a fort-making party, bananagrams tournaments, “the office” marathons, and yes, one successful college graduation!

    Comment by claire — July 20, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

  69. I am a forager. Of everything: wild mushrooms, berries, free clothes at the Freebox or clothing swaps, beautiful stones or beach glass, stray Werther’s butterscotch candies in any of our myriad backpacks. The perfect find in my family is referred to as a Ganga. This very sleek coffee maker would fall into this category if I win it. It is unrelated, but I am really not a person in the morning until I’ve had my coffee.

    Comment by Denison — July 20, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

  70. oops – i didn’t realize i was only supposed to say one thing about myself. darn!

    Comment by claire — July 20, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

  71. Coffee Love…and I have 2 labs, Maggie and Zoe…

    Comment by Bebe — July 20, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

  72. I check food blogs more often than I check my own email!

    yours is on top of my list :D

    Comment by Maura — July 20, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

  73. My mom’s coffee maker (a vacuumm brewer I’d bought for her during my ten year tenure as a barista) just gave up the ghost. It’d be nice to give this to her as a replacement as a gesture of thanks for the free childcare and consequently for turning me onto your blog. Random fact: I once drove 36 hours for a burrito I was craving.

    Comment by Ryan — July 20, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  74. (what a lovely idea! and contest!)

    I ride my bike to work every day the sun is shining (7.5 miles each way). Makes me feel alive.

    Comment by amanda — July 20, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

  75. There is nothing I love more than starting my weekend with a cup of coffee and whatever book I’m immersed in.

    Comment by Ashley — July 20, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

  76. I’m Italian, I live in California and I’m the mother of two boys.
    I love coffee and I would love to win this!!

    Comment by Maria Caruso — July 20, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  77. Free Keurig??? You had me at FREE!

    I love your blog. A friend sent the recipe for Nutella pound cake and I’ve been a faithful reader ever since.

    My name is Maddi and I live in York, PA. I am a Speech Pathologist by trade and live with my husband of 8 years (our anniversary was just on 7/12), Shawn, and our 2 beautiful babes, Sofia (age 6) and Abram (age 2). Since I am a school-based Speech Path, I am enjoying my summer as a stay-at-home Mom. I like to hear stories about your son, Graham, and the challenges he’s had in the past as well. So, you peak my interests culinarily (sp?), professionally, and Mom-ally.

    Comment by Maddi — July 20, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  78. Yup, you’ve just about classified all of the review emails I get into those four categories. Most of them fall into the first three. In fact, I randomly got sent a meat cookbook yesterday. I can’t even imagine what I’m going to do with it.

    Hmmm. Random fact about me. I hate each and every one of the classic trilogy of condiments – mayo, mustard, and ketchup.

    Comment by Joanne — July 20, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

  79. Ramona, my Kitchen Aid mixer, is the trusty girl who has followed me through life. Four months ago, during a Sable experiment, Ramona began to smell…well..sort of burned. I turned her off. I waited several days thinking she might get better over time. A little rest. No pressure. I turned her on again. She still smelled bad. This called for emergency intervention because I cannot be without my stand mixer. A true test of patience was looming.

    I telephoned Reliable Appliance in Bayport, MN. The owner, Mr. Wolff, said to bring her over the next day. Katherine put Ramona in an old peach box. I wanted to cover her with a fluffy towel. It was so cold outside. Katherine discouraged me. She put Ramona in the back seat and strapped her in with the seat belt. We like Reliable Appliance because the owner can fix anything and he is honest. He was great with our senior vacuum cleaner, Jacques.

    When you first walk into Reliable Appliance, the place smells like cigarettes. No cigarettes are evident, but I know that back room is overflowing with butts. It is like our childhood. There is a big bowl of wrapped candy on the counter…I always go for the Bit-O-Honey. Unencumbered by parental musings that we should not touch or we have had enough sweets, we can have as many pieces of candy as we want. I eat one Bit-O-Honey immediately and put two more in my pocket. I do not know Mr. Wolff well, but I know he will take care of Ramona. It was his son, Russell who gave us the sad diagnosis on Sylvia, our 34 year old Harvest Gold dryer.

    Without Ramona, I am reduced to using wooden spoons, my hand mixer, Tyrone, and my food processor, Tort. It is not the same as working with Ramona, who is quite a sturdy girl. They do not make Kitchen Aid today like they did in the old days. We have olden days Ramona and we want her to be well. It will take a while for parts. Undeterred, we will have fun days coming up. Cooking and visiting days.

    A week later, Ramona has come back from Reliable Appliance. It was her capacitor. All Mr. Wolff of Reliable Appliance told me is that the capacitor is like a battery but it is electric. I still did not understand but when he went to the unseen smokey back room to retrieve Ramona, I took 4 Bits-O-Honey, putting 3 into my pocket and eating the other with great celebratory flourish.

    Mr. Wolff told me Ramona had many good years left and she and only she could make my bread and cookies. I knew this because Tyrone was barely useful, except for whipped cream. When I told Tyrone that Ramona was coming home, he could give a rip. Mr. Wolff put Ramona back into her peach box and I started on my way to the car.

    Main street in Bayport was busy in front of Reliable Appliance. Since I was the only one in Reliable Appliance I knew it had to be people at the Legion or at Not Just A Cafe a/k/a the NJ Cafe. The NJ Cafe makes pancakes as big as your head. The sidewalk was icy and I hung on to Ramona in her peach box. I brought a fluffy towel for the mixing dervish so she would not get too cold. We drove home. I ate all of my Bits-O-Honey. When I got home, Katherine brought Ramona in the house. We put her in her place of honor and I covered her with the hand-made cloth cake cover Steve and Tom made for her. I put Tyrone back into the drawer. We have not really spoken since.

    I am happy to have retired from the law and to be able to concentrate on my baking, cooking, our gardens and honey bees. Perhaps a Keurig would be a good thing. :) Yes, it would be a very good thing…to go with all these things I make.

    Comment by sharon buffington — July 20, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  80. I just found out from this blog that my friend ASHLEY in Park City is PREGNANT! Ashley! Hilarious to find out on Dana Treat’s blog. She actually turned me onto this blog because of the “Ashley’s Beloved Chocolate Chip Cookie” recipe (NOT the same Ashley). I digress.

    I am going to start my 1 year internship as a high school counselor this fall at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education and I KNOW that I would LOVE a fresh cup of coffee from that slick little machine to help get me through the day.

    Random Fact: I was once locked in an outhouse for over an hour.

    Comment by Rachel — July 20, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

  81. oops. I went on too long. My apologies.

    Comment by sharon buffington — July 20, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

  82. i’ve always wanted to try coffee from one of these but never have. my husband doesn’t drink coffee either (although he would partake in the hot chocolate!), so it would be a one cup a day usage for me! a random fact, that although i looove coffee, i totally lost my taste for it when i was pregnant with my son.

    Comment by helen — July 20, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

  83. I’m a mom of 3 kids, home maker and LOVE coffee,thanks for the fab treat!!…gina f

    Comment by gina florencia — July 20, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

  84. I am also a vegetarian and live in Orange County, California.

    Comment by Jenna — July 20, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

  85. Wow, I think Sharon Buffington took this a little too seriously. You asked for ONE fact, not a novella.

    I live in Mississippi with my husband, soon-to-be-one-year-old baby boy (sob), and a dog and a cat.

    Comment by Lisa @ The Cooking Bride — July 20, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

  86. A random fact about me: Whenever possible, I time my trips to the gym so I can watch Barefoot Contessa and/or Giada at Home while I work out. Ina and Giada make difficult workouts tolerable, if not downright enjoyable. (I actually did this today!)
    Thanks for the giveaway, I would absolutely love a Keurig machine!

    Comment by Alisa — July 20, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  87. Hubby and I own a mom and pop deli,he works the grill,I do all the cooking. Would love a good cup of coffee at home on a saturday morn.

    Comment by Valerie S. — July 20, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  88. That is so generous of you! I tell everyone I know about your site – and at least half of my go-to recipes were yours originally… My random fact – I know all of the words to the movie Goonies and can sing every word of every song in Dirty Dancing – weird, I know.

    Thanks again for your generosity!

    Comment by Steph — July 20, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

  89. I would love one of these for my morning tea!

    Comment by Janene — July 20, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

  90. Hello,

    I would love to be entered in your Keurig giveaway contest.

    One thing about me – I would consider my husband, like you do, a ‘geographical vegetarian’ :)

    I came across your website a couple of months ago and have been completely hooked ever since. I always look forward to your new posts and really enjoy going back to your old posts. Your ‘john and lauren’ crackers ar a major staple in our house.

    Thanks for the chance to win a coffee maker.



    Comment by Natalie — July 20, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

  91. Great giveaway! Random fact about me: baking is one of my favorite rainy day activities. Luckily (or unluckily) we’ve had quite a few of those this year in Seattle!

    Comment by Erin — July 20, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

  92. I am a full-on soccer mom of all girlz (14, 10 & 8), on fire for Jesus and in love with my hubbby living in Redlands, CA!

    Comment by Tracy Momofallgirlz — July 20, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

  93. As the only coffee drinker in my house, this would be a great item for me! I have been lusting over Keurigs for at least 2 years. I REALLY want one! A single fact about me… I love cats. I have three. I paint pictures of them. I snap photos of them. I love to talk about them. Luckily, my husband loves both the cats and me (but not coffee, anymore).

    Comment by Cindy — July 20, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

  94. My life has taken an unplanned detour and I am alone….for now. I am learning to steer into this skid and enjoy the ride. I love coffee and I hate throwing so much away. This would be such a gift from the universe (and you and Keurig,too)!

    Comment by margaret — July 20, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

  95. I am married with 2 sons. I have a small male yorkie. I love to bake and try new recipes and I love…LOVE to drink coffee!! I want to win!! I need this Keurig!!! Pleeeeease!!!!!

    Comment by Tammy M. — July 21, 2011 @ 12:34 am

  96. I’m an IT analyst at a large community college organization (16 sites total). Keeps me pretty busy. I often think I could never come up with as much interesting about myself as bloggers do. but maybe if I got going I would surprise myself. I do look forward to your posts!

    Comment by Kathy — July 21, 2011 @ 12:40 am

  97. mom of two kids here in Canada with hubby but my 11yr old is in Denmark for the month of July. it’s breaking my heart to have her so far away but knowing she is reaching her potential and meeting kids from all around the world makes it bearable. you already know how much I love your site, as I think I might be in the running for most comments ever :) I just keep thinking you want to know when I make something from here and only once did I not love it! (no, I will not tell you which one I didn’t love). lastly, I don’t drink coffee but my hubby does. thanks for the generosity Dana

    Comment by catherine — July 21, 2011 @ 12:48 am

  98. Random fact: I can’t burp. Wonderful blog!

    Comment by Trista Crossley — July 21, 2011 @ 12:50 am

  99. OK..have to make it fun..When I was eight months pregnant, I danced on stage with Rod Stewart:) My baby is now 12 years old Jake hubby wouldn’t go for Rod.

    Comment by Nancy — July 21, 2011 @ 12:52 am

  100. I love your blog, and get inspiration for dinner (and dessert) here all the time! That said, here’s my one thing about me…I’m in the middle of working on my dissertation in child development, so the more coffee in my life, the better!

    Comment by Emily — July 21, 2011 @ 12:53 am

  101. I have an addiction to purchasing small kitchen appliances! But if I won this (and I never win anything), it wouldn’t count because I wouldn’t have actually purchased it!

    Comment by Rona Y — July 21, 2011 @ 1:03 am

  102. I live in Idaho Falls, ID with my husband and two boys. I am a pharmacist and a teacher at our local community college. For fun I enjoying skiing, bike riding, gardening and sewing. I also love coffee and would really enjoy the coffee maker.

    Comment by Shawnee F — July 21, 2011 @ 2:54 am

  103. I am a huge coffee drinker in the surprisingly coffee-happy state of Utah.

    Comment by Kalin — July 21, 2011 @ 3:23 am

  104. Oh hello, I’m an opera singer! Love the blog!

    Comment by Marie — July 21, 2011 @ 3:26 am

  105. I am a dental hygienist from NYC and I love to drink coffee.
    Just drink a little water after or use baking soda toothpaste to get rid of those stains!! :)

    Comment by Jennifer Kim — July 21, 2011 @ 3:48 am

  106. Happy Early Birthday Dana! My fact: my maiden name is Treat. Your blog name caught my attention, and I’m so glad it did.

    Comment by Sheila — July 21, 2011 @ 3:59 am

  107. this would be amazing for my dad! And one thing about me? My dog is an Alaskian husky with a hawaiian name…it’s Luana.

    Comment by ShootingStarsMag — July 21, 2011 @ 4:08 am

  108. I have a cat named Kitten, and he has thumbs (on one paw he actually has two thumbs!)

    Comment by Tiffany W — July 21, 2011 @ 4:09 am

  109. Mmmm coffee. I am partial to Vivace. Though it is too far to drive for my daily coffee.

    Random fact: I tried Tilth based on your recommendation. It was amazing. I ate dinner in the same building, though it was a different restaurant over 8 years ago, the night before I went into labor.

    Comment by kim — July 21, 2011 @ 4:14 am

  110. Today is my birthday, and I’m an archaeologist. In the field the only coffee we get is Nescafe Instant (worst. coffee. ever.) and this would really make me feel better about that.

    Comment by Kathleen — July 21, 2011 @ 4:22 am

  111. Hmm, one thing about myself… dogs make me ridiculously happy! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway :)

    Comment by Jennie — July 21, 2011 @ 4:35 am

  112. Random fact: One of my favorite things to do is to watch Food Network with my 5 year old. He loves Alton Brown :)

    Comment by Kathy — July 21, 2011 @ 4:40 am

  113. I have 4 children, 3 are teens and 1 is pre-k. We moved from Washington to Texas last summer. It is very hard to get a good cup of coffee there. I really miss the roadside drive-thru espresso. Texas is all about the sweet tea. I would love a good coffee maker to introduce my new neighbors to good coffee.

    Comment by Cora — July 21, 2011 @ 4:48 am

  114. I am a native Californian that just retired to Utah with my husband and daughter. Learning to live in all 4 seasons (since CA only has 2). Our wonderful 14 year Jack Russell made it here however she passed away just a month ago leaving a huge void in our lives. Saturday we are going to AZ to pick up our new puppy.

    Comment by Pam — July 21, 2011 @ 5:00 am

  115. My random fact is that I am very lucky and usually win contests like this!

    Comment by Deb — July 21, 2011 @ 5:37 am

  116. My cat’s name? Blossom!

    Comment by Melinda — July 21, 2011 @ 5:46 am

  117. I am quitting my job next month to start my own baking business!! You are such an inspiration for doing what you love and loving what you do, thank you Dana!!

    Comment by Kristi — July 21, 2011 @ 6:16 am

  118. I love coffee. Regular, decaf and flavored. My husband doesn’t share the same love for coffee.

    I have two under two, so I really need coffer!

    I love your blog, your recipes have even received rave reviews from my meat loving husband.
    Thank you

    Comment by Andrea — July 21, 2011 @ 11:02 am

  119. Hmmmm…A random fact, I have a degree in Biology Pre- Med, but I ended up a elementary school principal, and when I first started teacheing I taught with my dad in the same high school for 5 years(Where the kids would hear my name and guess that I might be his wife?!?)

    Comment by Jeannine — July 21, 2011 @ 11:32 am

  120. Just married, I joined my husband in Pittsburgh. He was offered a job in Hilton Head, South Carolina – footloose and fancy free we thought it would be fun to live ‘at the beach.’ 27 years, and 4 kids later, we’re still here! It’s been fun and so much more.

    Comment by Bridget — July 21, 2011 @ 11:43 am

  121. Dana, I have a coffee machine and don’t need another one, so please don’t include my name in the drawing, ok?

    But I wanted to say your kids are soooo cute! Love the photo with the missing tooth…

    as to a fact about me – I never ever leave my bedroom without earrings…

    Comment by SallyBR — July 21, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  122. My favorite yoga poses are tree and half moon.

    Comment by Liza — July 21, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

  123. I live in Montreal with my wonderful husband who, as a child, bore an uncanny resemblance to your Graham. My heart melts every time you post a picture of his adorable face :)

    Comment by Nik — July 21, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

  124. great post! we have two cats named Pete and Tuxedo, as well as two dogs named Sammy and Lizzie, and two goats named Thelma and Louise, and twelve ducks…!!! :O)

    Comment by bunkie — July 21, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

  125. I have an awesome cat named Spencer :)

    Comment by Crystal — July 21, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

  126. I was born in Texas and, though I love living in Seattle, I miss Tex Mex! Love your blog, I’m a vegetarian and have enjoyed all the recipes I’ve made so far.

    Comment by Sara — July 21, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

  127. I dabble in vegetarianism, like 1-2 meals a month even though I think about it regularly. But I usually ruin it by eating a handful of sweets or chips afterwards. I am not motivated by morals but instead by health and a sense of overall well-being. Yours is one of the first vegetarian blogs I read.

    Comment by Lesley C. — July 21, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

  128. I have 2 kids, 9 and 7, and am just considering going back to work. But as I read this, I would rather stay home and make salted caramel squares.

    Comment by Sue — July 21, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

  129. I just bought a new house last month and this would be a perfect housewarming gift :)
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Aubreylaine — July 21, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

  130. hi dana! i love your blog! i just moved to boise, idaho for a new job and brought my wonderful husband and 2 small (3 yo and 8 months) with me. we love it here and, with 2 small kids, LOVE coffee…
    thanks, courtney h.

    Comment by Courtney Hans — July 21, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

  131. Here’s my random fact:
    My middle son Garrison will celebrate his “new” 3rd birthday tomorrow! Why the “new”? Three years ago tomorrow, he survived the Ross Procedure (7 hour, open heart double valve replacement) at NY Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital in NYC. To this day, I thank God for guiding his amazing surgeons hands. (Thank you Jan M. Quaegebeur, M.D.) And Happy “NEW” 3rd Birthday, Garrison!!

    Comment by Vanessa Griffith — July 21, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

  132. Hello Dana. My name is Ingrid. I’m from South Dakota. Nice to meet you. I love your blog. Why? I live in a small fishing village in Panama and there aren’t a whole lot of restaurants. Or grocery stores. That’s where your blog comes in. You give me the ideas I need in order to not eat the same darn thing every day.

    So since there aren’t many restaurants and there isn’t a Whole Foods, or a Trader Joe’s here in Pedasi, Panama, I end up cooking and baking A LOT. With very limited ingredients. (As in: I’m ecstatic when once every 6 months I get asparragus or artichokes.) Aside from the usual, we make all kinds of bread, cheese, pita, granola, hummus (my husband is Israeli), and pizza in the brick oven we built. So, to make a long story short, that amazing coffee maker would be an excellent addition to my kitchen. (Though now that I think about it I’m not sure how you would go about shipping down here…)

    Thank you very much for your inspiration.

    Comment by Ingrid — July 21, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  133. Great blog, I love reading it.

    I have two cats, Clarence and Creasy. They’re named after my favorite characters from my favorite Tony Scott movies!

    Comment by Brian Richardson — July 21, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

  134. random fact: im learning to love tofu, which my cattle ranching family cannot get their heads around!

    Comment by Leigh — July 21, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

  135. Hi Dana – I found your blog thru a shared love of HollyBs! Living in Seattle, of course I love coffee and would love a chance to win a home machine. Random Fact: My youngest (of two) just lost his first tooth last night. They grow up so fast!

    Comment by Alice — July 21, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

  136. i live in seattle (montlake) and am reading your blog and watching the drizzle when i should be working. :-)

    Comment by Lauren — July 21, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

  137. thanks for sharing the wealth dana. :)

    you once tricked me into enjoying decaf coffee at your brunch class! my friends and i had a laugh about it the other day. guess you can make anything taste good.


    Comment by Alicia — July 21, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

  138. Love the pics of your boy superheroes. ;) I always wondered about whether or not these machines make drinkable coffee. Happy to hear that you’re a fan.

    Random fact: I once made 10 pints of apricot jam at 3am. Sometimes insomnia ain’t so bad. ;)

    Comment by Katie Gruver — July 21, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

  139. What fun… I have seen the Keurig machines but have never actually tried one.

    Random fact about me – I am currently obsessed with canning pickles and have about 15 pints of them on my basement shelves. I bet you can’t guess what my friends and family are getting for Christmas! :)

    Comment by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — July 21, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

  140. I would love to win this! I am only 12 and I have a dream of being a chef and having my own show on the Food Network.

    Comment by Kennedy — July 21, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

  141. I’ve always wanted a Keurig! Randomly, I was once in your kitchen for an infamous 30th birthday party and have been following your blog ever since those tasty treats! :)

    Comment by Selena — July 21, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  142. hi dana! let’s see…the last three things I made were peach soup, kohlrabi/fennel/blueberry salad (both from Food and Wine), and a failed sour cherry jam (cooked it too long.

    Comment by betsy — July 21, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  143. Hi Dana-
    Random bit….my “it’s not a meal without meat” boyfriend shares your birthday…Happy Birthday to you!
    I recently found your blog and was happy to find such a vegetarian/family friendly/amazing recipes/local to Seattle resource. I’m hoping you can help me with some suggestions from your recipe index or elsewhere…I have a new job that means I won’t be home for dinner a few times a week…any make ahead or easy for my 16 year old vegetarian daughter to make meals that will satisfy both her and Mr. Meat-eater when I’m away? Thanks!

    Comment by Nancy — July 21, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

  144. I work at a non-profit that certifies and does advocacy for organic food and farming in Santa Cruz, CA.

    Would love to win a quality, single-serve coffee maker! I’m originally from Seattle and there is not enough good coffee in Santa Cruz!

    Comment by Amanda — July 21, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

  145. I drink coffee all day and Seattle’s Best level 5 is my favorite.
    Would love to win-I have a Braun cone filter brewer that has lasted 9 years so far

    Comment by linda — July 21, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

  146. I live in Grand Marais, Minnesota and am married to a man I first met at age 18, re-met just before I turned 40 and married at age 43!

    I’ve been a vegetarian since age 5 and started eating fish when I was bicycling along Lake Superior (on the US side) when I was 24.

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    Comment by Yafa — July 21, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

  147. my daughter just got married and is moving to north carolina. shes been asking for one of these for about 2 years now

    Comment by kathleen — July 21, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

  148. I start each day with a double shot espresso I make myself. Coffee is one of the 3 most sensual smells I love: coffee, fresh basil and lime.

    Comment by Jenny Rupp — July 21, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

  149. I’d love to win a new coffee pot! Random info: I’m also in Seattle, and love, love love to hike. Sometimes we leave for the trailhead before the local coffee shops open. So having our own coffee pot is MANDATORY. :)

    Comment by Emily — July 21, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

  150. I would love to win that – but I live in Australia. Oh maybe I could win it for my daughter who lives in New York. They can buy good coffee there, but cant afford it since she is a poor graduate student. An exciting random fact about me is that we will both be going to visit my other daughter in January who is working in Indonesia for a year. So excited!

    Comment by GILLIAN — July 22, 2011 @ 12:10 am

  151. Would love a new Keurig… thanks for the opportunity! Random fact(s) – I have a Golden Retriever named Crash and my husband is an airline pilot. :)

    Comment by Stephanie — July 22, 2011 @ 1:09 am

  152. Funny, random fact about me: first semester of my freshman year at Fordham University in the Bronx, I got paid $15 (or maybe it was $10?) to sit in a police lineup at the local precinct. Ad we sat with a blanket over our legs, we did not stand.

    Comment by Tracy — July 22, 2011 @ 1:37 am

  153. Happy Birthday to you. I would love a Keurig. Random fact: I stopped drinking coffee for 2 years (pregnancy, etc).

    Comment by The Slow Roasted Italian — July 22, 2011 @ 1:55 am

  154. Is it just open for US residents? Because my interesting fact is that I moved from DC to Kyrgyzstan about a year ago to start a research company. Not so sure I could get the coffee packs here… but I’ll check the bazaar.

    Comment by Kirstin — July 22, 2011 @ 2:19 am

  155. I’m amazed at all the different places your readers come from. I live in Seattle in a neighborhood not far from yours. I’m hoping to take one of your cooking classes sometime in the near future!

    Comment by Lori — July 22, 2011 @ 3:37 am

  156. I have three cats and they are all named after classical composers… Mozart, Strauss, and Mendelsson. I’m a cat lover what can I say!

    Comment by Audrey — July 22, 2011 @ 3:53 am

  157. I have 2 children, 1 cat, 3 dogs, various fish/crabs/snails (and 1husband!)

    Comment by Christine — July 22, 2011 @ 4:12 am

  158. I, too, raised two boys in Seattle. They are both graduates of the University of Washington and are still living at home! This is lucky for me because on my days off, they will make me coffee in the morning with their french press. I do not know how to make coffee. What will I do when they finally leave home? I would love a Keurig!

    Comment by Susan — July 22, 2011 @ 4:17 am

  159. I love Graham’s mask – my boy (5) has taken to wearing his swim goggles to dinner, to preschool, etc. Your boys are too adorable.

    I live in West Vancouver, BC, work as a scheduling/planning/some purchasing manager for a nail and wire company, one kid, one cat (Gretel) and one husband. I was briefly nicknamed Popsicle Toes in high school.

    Comment by Charlotte — July 22, 2011 @ 5:08 am

  160. Bonjour. Je m’appelle Valérie, j’ai 46 ans et je vis à Lyon en France. J’ai 2 garçons de 8 ans et 17 ans. Je suis végétarienne et quel bonheur d’avoir découvert votre blog!!
    Je l’ai lu entièrement et imprimé presque toutes les rubriques.
    J’aime votre philosophie de la vie et votre manière de vous alimenter. Entre autre le café est ma boisson favorite. En France il est rare d’en boire du très bon mais j’adore l’expresso que l’on déguste en Italie. Avez-vous une newsletter?
    Très bonne journée.
    Cordialement. Valérie

    Comment by valérie — July 22, 2011 @ 6:12 am

  161. Looks like everyone wants a coffee maker :)

    One thing? In about six hours I’ll be out on Connemara greens shooting my heart away at an old mattress. With a longbow :)

    Comment by Tiggered — July 22, 2011 @ 10:31 am

  162. I usually don;t enter giveaways, but I have been wanting one one these for years. I have 2 children, 2 and 5 years old.

    Comment by Janice — July 22, 2011 @ 10:43 am

  163. What wonderful posts! I’m a professor & mother of 2 who really loves coffee!!

    Comment by Robin Judd — July 22, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

  164. I am a transplanted Midwesterner living in the South. I am also new to vegetarianism.

    Comment by Jen — July 22, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

  165. I am a special education department chair and love reading your blog!

    Comment by Kelly N. — July 22, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

  166. Ok. Hmm. I study Anglo-Saxon and Irish history and I don’t get to cook enough. Reading this blog (sort of) makes up for that.

    Comment by Apples — July 22, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  167. My cat’s name is Professor Plum! We call her ‘The Professor’.

    Comment by Jessica — July 22, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

  168. oh how i would LOVE to have this giveaway for my fans.
    i wish they would contact me. and you are so spot on with the categories of emails of giveaways, so spot on.
    Interesting facts of me? I used to be a hair model back in my late twenties. Yep, I was the girl that you would see at the hair shows getting her hair washed, teasted, curled, cut, etc. All the while smiling away. It was good pay, but brutal on my hair. Thankfully my hair grows fast and it could take getting cut, a lot.

    Comment by vanillasugarblog — July 22, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  169. Hello and Happy Birthday! Random Fact: I’ve been a vegetarian since middle school, will be 20 years this fall!

    Comment by Carla Musumeci — July 22, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

  170. Love your blog and, as a college student, I love coffee too.

    Comment by Raphaelle — July 22, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

  171. A jigsaw puzzle of outer space has taken over my past two weeks of summer.

    Comment by Ellen — July 22, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

  172. I have a serious coffee addiction, yet I have no coffee maker in my house! This needs to be corrected!!

    Comment by Kelly Williamson — July 22, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

  173. I live in New Jersey. Your website has become a guilty pleasure for me during my lunch time at work. I love to log on and see what new dish you’ve made, as I love your creativity and the energy you bring.

    We have a vacation home at the Jersey shore and entertain lots of friends and family there. A Kuerig coffee maker would be an asset! Regards, B.

    Comment by Barbara — July 22, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

  174. I live in Montréal, speak french and teach history in high school. Love you blog.

    Comment by Sophie — July 22, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

  175. One (or two) thing about myself is that: I am not a cook; and two – I read only “Best in Class” blogs outside of my interest in change and leadership. Yours is the best among a very classy group. Another great one is Mannequin Madness – yep, its about mannequins! More Coffee please. Ed Bantlow, Oakland CA

    Comment by Ed Bantlow — July 22, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

  176. After moving back to the midwest after an 11 year stint in the desert I had to leave most of my stuff behind (including my trusty, yet old, and beloved coffee maker) due to cost and space…boo!

    A former PR/advertising slave girl, I currently manage a trucking office and love it! I am back with family and friends and rediscovering myself in the big city…this is happiness :)

    Comment by Erika S — July 22, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

  177. happy birthday!!

    one random thing about me: when i was a child, i was on a tv show for about a year. it was a craft show… i just remember that i was allergic to the markers they had and couldn’t stop sneezing.

    Comment by kristel — July 22, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

  178. I have been cooking &/or baking since I was 10 and it more of who I am than what I do. I am coffeemaker-less since I smached the carafe of my beloved Braun coffeemaker more than 6 mos ago.

    Comment by Ed — July 22, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

  179. Cool! Random fact: I have three border collies, all of whom are high maintenance.
    Your blog is great :)

    Comment by Pamela — July 22, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

  180. Random fact: I don’t drink coffee! But my husband does, so a cup-at-a-time coffee maker would be perfect for us, too!

    Comment by Lesley — July 22, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

  181. I’m from New Westminster, just outside of Vancouver B.C., and I read your blog almost every day with the girls from work. We <3 you!

    Comment by Alexa — July 22, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

  182. Having lived in Seattle for 10 years, I LOVE me some coffee and I would LOVE this Keurig coffee maker! :) One thing about me: Dave Matthews Band rocks my socks off!!! Plus, I totally know where his house is in Seattle! hehe!

    Comment by Adriane — July 22, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

  183. yay for the coffee maker giveaway! i live in memphis & with this heat, i spend a lot of time wishing my days away for the fall & winter. (but i’m still drinking my coffee hot!)

    Comment by megan — July 22, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

  184. Fun fact: I’m still afraid of the dark …

    Comment by Nancy G — July 22, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

  185. I have a miniature milk cow and her name is Bambi. :)

    Comment by Evee M — July 22, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

  186. Random fact: I have a 9 month old Son. I have never had ANY inclination to have kids, wasn’t sure if I liked them all that much either. lol. Cole came along and I have no idea why I waited so long. He seriously is the best thing that has EVER happened to me and I had absolutely no clue that it was even possible to love someone so much. He brightens my life each and every day. ?

    Comment by Tasha — July 22, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

  187. I am a Texan and have never lived in another state.

    Comment by Pamela — July 22, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

  188. Random fact: I have a black cat named Marzipan.

    Comment by ronnissweettooth — July 22, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

  189. Love the photo of Graham! A little something about me: also from Seattle but just visited SE Alaska for the first time and fell in love. Can’t beat the humpback whales, grizzly bears and waterfalls. Oh and I LOVE coffee!

    Comment by Emily — July 22, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

  190. Tomorrow is my birthday and I already know my mom got me a french press after my roomate broke it, so Id like to give him this machine so he doesnt touch the new press :)

    Comment by Sara — July 22, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

  191. Sometimes I just want 1 cup of coffee…
    I have a Boston Terrier, Lucky. I am very lucky to have him because I needed someone to take care of & he is very lucky because as an infant puppy he had a couple serious operations & he needed someone to take care of him

    Comment by Sharon Fagnan — July 22, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

  192. Fun fact: I’m getting married in September. My fiance isn’t a huge coffee drinker but I am so this is perfect for us :)

    Comment by Meg — July 22, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

  193. I’m pregnant with my first child (he’s a boy!), and I’m trying to fight my love for coffee. Even decaf makes him a little crazy.

    Comment by Elizabeth — July 22, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

  194. Hi! I love your blog and read it every day :) I’m an athletic trainer and getting my Master’s Degree at the same time. I work for the Swimming and Diving team for a university and would love this machine to make coffee easily for my early mornings every day! Sometimes I’m just not coherent enough to make coffee at 4:30am and this would save my life haha!

    Comment by Emily Durand — July 22, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

  195. Thanks for the gret giveaway. I also have a one coffee drinker household and have wanted one of these coffee makers for a while now. My two boys and I live in Massachusetts.

    Comment by Marsha A. — July 23, 2011 @ 12:32 am

  196. Great blog! Random fact: I recently moved from the east coast to Seattle, walked to a drive-up espresso shack and opened the door and walked in to order a coffee, scared the bejesus out of the barista. I need to stay home and make my own coffee, don’t you think?

    Comment by Kathleen — July 23, 2011 @ 12:53 am

  197. My random fact is that I hate coffee! But – my husband loves coffee and would love a single cup coffee maker for his one pre-work cup of coffee that he cannot exist without. Or so he says! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Comment by Tina — July 23, 2011 @ 3:28 am

  198. Hi Dana…….
    Love reading about your family and enjoy the recipes. Also all of your escapades. My daughter in law is a pastry chef…..
    I’m a single Gramma of 4 ………I am owned by 2 Papillon Dogs..Violet and Delight. No cats anymore.
    I would enjoy sharing delicious drinks from a new Keurig Machine.

    Comment by Sue McMahand — July 23, 2011 @ 3:36 am

  199. Random fact: I am desperately in need of a pedicure! But I have no time, sadly.

    Comment by Vivian — July 23, 2011 @ 3:51 am

  200. I got to enjoy your cooking at a Bainbridge Yoga House retreat, and I can’t wait to try your recipes. About me: I love coffee, yoga, cooking, family life and exploring. PS: Your kids are adorable.

    Comment by Rhonda — July 23, 2011 @ 4:08 am

  201. This is regarding the Kerurig giveaway. I was a nurse for profession 9 years ago but had to stop nursing to become a home nurse to my severely disabled little boy who has multiple disabilities. One of those is autism which means he needs little to no sleep while I get more and more worn down;. :) oh yeah and I am not vegetarian or vegan but read your blog religiously for your salads and desserts. Any ideas what to cook for someone that doesn’t like the sensory input of meat but isn’t allowed to have tomatoes, potatoes, avacados, bananas, kiwi, or papaya??? Latex allergies make eating hard believe it or not.

    Katrena Lee from Utah where they know nothing about hot drinks because the LDS church forbids them :(

    Comment by Katrena — July 23, 2011 @ 8:13 am

  202. Hello Dana,

    I have only just got into coffee and I really love it super sweet (though I wish I didn’t, my teeth won’t thank me). I half hate buying it ‘take-away’ because of the expense and wasted cardboard and half love it because of the deliciousness and how it makes me feel all ‘L.A.’. Holly

    Comment by Holly — July 23, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  203. I LOVE your chocolate cookie recipe – thanks so much!! (many people have requested it …)

    Random fact: I’m an empty nester who spends much of my spare time at assorted dance classes.

    Comment by Elli — July 23, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

  204. I have heard great things about that keurig machine! I’m a recent graduate from a master’s program trying to get my career up and running. Being in the kitchen is a passion of mine and I love to bless others with my treats!

    Comment by Amber — July 23, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

  205. what an awesome giveaway! about me – i have two boys and i cannot imagine my life without them. :)

    Comment by angie lu — July 23, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

  206. I’ve had 6 kids in 7 years. 5 boys and 1 little girl ages 10-3.
    I would love to get this coffee maker as a gift for my husband because he is such a great father. I make a terrible cup of coffee. Also I love your blog, thanks for always giving great recipes.

    Comment by Amber Beland — July 23, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  207. I never say no to a pickle.

    Comment by Morgan — July 23, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  208. As I am in med school right now, I often feel as if coffee makes up the majority of my diet. A friend has a Keurig and she like it mainly because it keeps her from drinking coffee just because she made a pot and doesn’t want it to go to waste.

    Random fact: I couldn’t last as a vegan because there is no good vegan substitute for a regular cheese pizza…vegan cheese regardless of heat, prayer and patience never gets satisfyingly melty and stingy.

    Comment by Sarah R — July 23, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  209. Hi, Dana! Happy upcoming birthday! I read your blog from fickle-weathered Madison, WI, and have two lovely children and a husband who gamely tries all of my kitchen experiments. I really enjoy your blog — thanks for putting yourself out here in the interwebs, and thanks, too, for the fun giveaway.

    Comment by Laura — July 23, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  210. Five kids, no cat. Love to cook. Love, love, love coffee!

    Comment by Mona — July 23, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

  211. This is the best giveaway I’ve ever seen!! I absolutely love Keurig coffee makers, we have one at work so I’ve become addicted to coffee.
    Random fact: I am studying chemical engineering in college.

    Comment by Jordan — July 23, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

  212. What a great giveaway! Random fact: I have been riding horses since I was 7 years old! And I get up at 5:30am to go to the gym every single day so this coffee maker would be well loved and often used :)

    Comment by Taryn — July 24, 2011 @ 12:22 am

  213. This would be so perfect in my house because I HATE drinking coffee that’s been sitting around.

    random fact: I am currently trying to read every Pulitzer prize winner for fiction and am about halfway through!

    Comment by Mary — July 24, 2011 @ 1:54 am

  214. Our machine has tanked — the one thing: I actually don’t drink coffee much at all, but my dear husband (love of my life and high school sweatheart) loves it!

    Comment by Malaika Eaton — July 24, 2011 @ 4:32 am

  215. Hello Miss Dana-
    Love the picture of the missing tooth! So much fun watching children grow! A lovely cup of coffee would help to not miss a moment!

    Comment by Mary Anderson — July 24, 2011 @ 5:11 am

  216. Happy early birthday! My birthday is Dec. 16 and I love coffee! I drink it every day and every way, cold, hot, latte, etc. Thanks!

    Comment by Terri P. — July 24, 2011 @ 6:13 am

  217. Totally love this picture of Graham!
    I flew from where I live (Amman, Jordan) to Berlin, Germany, to surprise my mother on her birthday which is: July 26. Happy early birthday to you!

    Comment by Annika — July 24, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  218. random fact: today’s challenge was teaching a table of six year old’s how to dissect a squid. it ended with squid ink on all of our faces, and a lot of laughter.

    Comment by kj — July 24, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

  219. Love the convenience of Keurig!

    Comment by Connie Outlaw — July 24, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

  220. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of NY..have lived in Michigan for 28 years….Happy Birthday

    Comment by Julie L — July 24, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

  221. I live in Israel with 3 little kids and one in the oven. My husband has been drooling over these coffee machines, but I want one that makes steamed milk. I found you through Mindful Momma. I would also not give away or review bacon or sausage on my blog, but I’ve never been offered even a cookbook. I made cute aprons as a blog giveaway and I now have 3% of the number of entires as you! Good odds, I guess.

    Comment by Yosefa @nonrecipe — July 24, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  222. I moved from Italy to California where I am trying to colonize the locals. My husband has already been assimilated and happily consumes copious amounts of olive oil (the good stuff) and aceto balsamico tradizionale.

    Comment by Francesca — July 24, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  223. I live in NY and am a die-hard Yankees fan! They’re beating the Oakland A’s as I type this, actually! Let’s go Yankees!

    Your boys are gorgeous, and happy (early) birthday!

    Comment by CMC — July 24, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

  224. I love coffee ice cream!

    Comment by Kate — July 24, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

  225. I have a Hedgehog named Mr. Prickles.

    Happy early birthday to you!

    Comment by Suziee — July 24, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  226. I was caffeine free until I had children (32 yes old)…
    Hope you are well, LOVE your blog, your recipes and literally laughed out loud at your description of the crab feast (:

    Comment by Liz Cheney — July 24, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  227. I am a MI road cyclist in nursing school…which translates to me drinking coffee at least 3 times daily. It sounds so nice to make cups individually and avoid the bitterness of a stale cup! Those caramel bars look divine.

    Comment by Melissa — July 24, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

  228. How fun! I’d love to win the Keurig.

    We have a cuckatoo whose name is Maya and he can whistle at the ladies, much to the delight of our female guests who walk up to the cage to say hello.

    Comment by Penny — July 24, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

  229. My black lab’s name is Mac :)

    Comment by rachel radtke — July 25, 2011 @ 5:29 am

  230. So happy I happened upon your blog! I am a food blog and coffee addict, so this baby would have a good home :) But that’s not my one thing, I was quite excited to see we are almost birthday buddies, mine is on Saturday, holy cow would this be an awesome present! Thanks for the chance to win! Andrea

    Comment by Love is in the Details — July 25, 2011 @ 7:14 am

  231. I live in northern Ontario, Canada and have a plethora of wildlife living in my backyard!

    Comment by Kim Hopkins — July 25, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  232. My interesting thing? we have the same birthday! I grew up thinking christmas was on dec 26th, because of it. Still have to think about it!!

    Comment by Sheri e-b — July 25, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  233. I would love to win this. About me: I am a SAHM of 4 young boys (5 & under), including a set of teething twins. Hubby works on the road (6-10 weeks out at a time), so coffee is my best friend!

    Comment by Savanah Fahrney-Day — July 25, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

  234. We have a cat named Jewels that uses the toilet!

    Comment by Michael DePappa — July 25, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

  235. I live in Vancouver, BC with my husband and two dogs. I too can buy so much good coffee that I never make it at home. It would be great to have the option.

    Comment by Claire — July 25, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

  236. Hi Dana! Here are a few random facts about me: I live with my husband, 9-year-old daughter Kate, and our lab/shar pei mix, Cherry Potter. I have found that, as I grow veggies and fruit in my small garden year after year, I have gradually started to eat healthier food, without even really trying to. The fresh veggies just taste so good that the whole endeavor inspires me! Hope to see you soon here on BI–

    Comment by Nancy Plant — July 25, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

  237. I got my first keurig machine when I went away to college and it just recently died, so I’m ready for a new one!

    Comment by Hillary — July 25, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  238. I’ve been reading your blog for some time and I am your neighbor up north ( Canada).

    Comment by annie — July 26, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  239. Seems like all my friends own a Keurig…I would LOVE to win this!!

    Comment by William Oliver Wilson — July 26, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

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