Simple Bites Basket Giveaway!

*This giveaway is now closed. A big thank you to all who participated. Check back later today for the winners!*

Have I got a sweet giveaway for you today! Let me tell you, my kitchen counters are looking a whole lot snazzier adorned with these products.

In fact, you may need to clear off your counters and make some room as well, because ONE reader is going to win everything you see here! For real. One lucky reader is going to win all of it – yes, I’m talking about all 5 gift items in the basket – because it’s our first Simple Bites basket giveaway!

We’re not the only ones having a giveaway today, though.  Yessiree, all the other channels on the Simple Living Media community are hosting their own giveaways to celebrate our network launch. So head on over and don’t miss out on your chance to win exceptional products from Simple Mom, Simple Kids, Simple Homeschool and Simple Organic.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

1. I Heart Vanilla

You’ve heard of a Mom ‘n Pop Shop? Well, I’m delighted to introduce I Heart Vanilla, a Pop ‘n Daughter team committed to deliver only the best quality vanilla beans to kitchens around the world. Their vanilla beans are handpicked from the pristine soils of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia and are sorted for quality so as to deliver only the very best. Their stellar products include plump and aromatic vanilla beans and vanilla powder, a brand new product. The vanilla powder is just that; pure vanilla beans ground to a powder with no additives like sugar or fillers! Based in both Montreal and Kuala Lumpur, you’ll be happy to know that I Heart Vanilla ships their exceptional products worldwide.

I already use vanilla beans in cakes, custards, cookies, ice creams—and in pretty much any recipe that calls for vanilla and am looking forward to trying out the powder.  I have a feeling that it will be very carefully guarded in my pantry as a great replacement for vanilla extract as it does not evaporate, does not contain alcohol and as a bonus, it’s gluten free!

The winner will receive a 25 bean bundle of Bourbon Vanilla beans PLUS a sample of pure vanilla powder.

2. Smith’s

As the leading creator of quality knife sharpeners, no company is more qualified in the area of edgeware than Smith’s . This is a company that started out small back in 1886 (!) but thanks to their consistent quality products they are now the market leader in the knife and scissor sharpening category.

Smith’s Diamond Edge Gourmet Electric Knife and Scissors Sharpener was elected as a finalist in the Food Preparation category of the 2009 Housewares Design Awards! This sharpener is for anyone who sets foot in the kitchen, be they novice or professional.

Ask anyone who knows me well what my pet peeve is and they will tell you “DULL KNIVES”. It’s true. A dull knife is unproductive and downright annoying. Fortunately, with this thoroughly modern and efficient electric sharpener, your knives can always be just as sharp as Jamie Oliver’s!

The winner will receive one Diamond Edge Gourmet Electric Knife and Scissors Sharpener.

3. Blog Aid: Recipes for Haiti Cookbook

Twenty-seven food bloggers from around the world responded quickly to the need for food and aid in Haiti following the January 12th earthquake by compiling a cookbook. This project, spearheaded by the talented and driven Julie Van Rosendaal, is quite possibly the fastest concept-to-publication book in history (3 weeks).

All the proceeds of book sales will support Haitian relief via the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders.

Each writer has contributed their own recipes and photos for a total of 72 recipes, and local graphic designer Cathryn Ironside has spent hundreds of hours putting the book together into a stunning layout. The book is 7”x7”, 110 
pages and full color with a soft-cover ($25) as well as a hard-cover ($50) option.

Books are available for online purchase at and through each participating weblog.
 You can read more about the cookbook and my humble participation with the project HERE.

The winner will receive one hardcover copy of Blog Aid: Recipes for Haiti.

4. Canterbury Naturals

The Canterbury Naturals line of specialty baking and soup mixes features all natural ingredients, and contains no trans fats, hydrogenated oils, colorings or preservatives. Their product lines offer home-style recipe tradition with products that are easy and fun to prepare, not to mention wholesome and delicious! The Canterbury brand has become known as a leader of simple, upscale and affordable gourmet foods for everyday cooking, special occasions and gift giving.

Not everyone likes to bake or cook, but we all love to eat. With Canterbury Naturals, family favorites such as Little Grandma’s Northwest Apple Cake or Sundried Tomato Flat Bread are so simple to prepare, they entice even the most reluctant individual into the kitchen. I’ll meet you there!

Winner will receive one of each of the following Canterbury Naturals products: Savory Herb & Cheese Tortellini Soup, Old World Sundried Tomato Flat Bread, and Northwest Apple Cake Mix.

5. Keurig

Keurig is the leading single-cup brewing system in North America. It was founded by coffee lovers who believed that coffee should always be served fresh, whether at home or at the office, just as in a gourmet coffee house. As a busy mom of two, I don’t get out to my favorite coffee shop (old stomping grounds) nearly often enough, but coffee at home is just as good now thanks to Keurig. Essential for young mothers!

Also ideal for entertaining, the Keurig Platinum Single Serve Brewer brews a fresh cup of gourmet coffee, tea, or cocoa in less than a minute. Its patented one-touch technology provides precise control over brewing, and there’s no messy grinding or clean up.

Forget hitting up the local drive-through café on your usual morning rush; now with one-touch technology, you can have your morning brew at the push of a button thanks to the Keurig Platinum Single Serve Brewer KUB70!

The winner will receive a Keurig Platinum Single Serve Brewer KUB70.

How to Win

Everyone has three chances to win. Choose one or all three!

1. Comment on this post, and answer this question: Which of the Simple Bites Topics are you most interested in learning more about? (Topics are located on the right hand sidebar)

2. Subscribe to Simple Bites by email or in your feed reader. Leave a separate comment letting me know you’re subscribed.

3. Blog about this giveaway. Leave a separate comment with your blog or post address.

This giveaway will end this Saturday, February 13 at 11:59 p.m. CST. I hope you win!

Be sure to check out the giveaway baskets on Simple Mom, Simple Kids, Simple Homeschool and Simple Organic for more chances to win!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. definitely “bakeshop”!!

  2. and i also subscribed to you through my google reader!!

  3. i’m excited to see you address menu planning and batch cooking. our food life always goes smoother when i have meals planned out but i’m hoping for tips to make it simpler and easier to do! i’m so excited for this blog!!

  4. i’m subscribed

  5. Angie DeHoop says:

    I’m really excited about Batch Cooking, Cooking School and Preserving! It was too hard to pick just one. Sorry. 🙂

  6. Angie DeHoop says:

    I also subscribe to your blog through Google Reader

  7. Angie DeHoop says:

    I also posted about this on Facebook but I’m not sure how all that works. Kinda new to the whole blog world. Thanks again!

  8. What’s for dinner. Unfortunately, I seldom have the answer to that question!

  9. I’m a subscriber in google reader.

  10. I am really looking forward to this website especially the entertaining section. I love to entertain and it is always centered around the food!

  11. I subscribed by e-mail 🙂

  12. DEFINITELY menu planning and batch cooking! I love once-a-month cooking (though I never actually only do it once a month) and menu planning has saved me so much time and money.

    Congrats on your launch!

  13. And I am SO subscribing! I’m a long time reader of Simple Mom, but this section is new to me. Awesome!

  14. So excited for the new site! Menu planning and batch cooking or preserving interest me a lot!

  15. Menu planning and organization!

  16. I’m interested in Meal planning and Batch cooking!

  17. I subscribed to the RSS feed, I think. I’m not really sure how it works. I clicked on the icon in my webbrowser and clicked follow.

  18. I subscribe in Google Reader!

  19. Congrats on the launch of the new site – I am excited to follow it!

    All of your categories look great but I am looking forward to menu planning & batch cooking…

  20. Melinda Pickworth says:

    I have subscribed through my email. Good luck with this new venture. I look forward to reading from all the contributors!

  21. Kelly Summers says:

    I am most interested in “Whats for Dinner” oh so important!

  22. Kelly Summers says:

    I also subscribed to receive email updates!! Thanks!

  23. I’m interested in learning about batch cooking and menu planning! I look forward to using this site.

  24. I’ve subscribed to this site, too. Thanks.

  25. Kelly Summers says:

    here is my shoot out on my blog! Thanks for this great give away!

  26. Batch cooking sounds very interesting and useful to me in this busy season of life!

  27. I’ve subscribed via google reader. Thanks!

  28. Batch cooking and preserving! We’re planning a large garden for the first time and I’m going to need all the help I can get to use up and store our produce!

  29. I subscribed as well!

  30. I think the cooking school and the menu planning are what I am most excited about learning about. So excited about all these new blogs!

  31. I just subscribed via Bloglines.

  32. Menu planning and batch cooking!

  33. I am really looking forward to “Holiday Cooking” how to have the little extra touches to the holiday season to make our family time even more special and yummy!!

  34. What’s for dinner?!!!

  35. Page Remmers says:

    Organization and Productivity is what excites me!

  36. I am most interested in menu planning and batch cooking. I am really trying to stick to a food budget, but still cook interesting and healthy meals. I appreciate any help I can get!

  37. I just subscribed via e-mail!

  38. I’d love to hear more about menu planning and batch meals.

  39. I’m a subscriber in a reader!

  40. I can’t wait to read about menu planning and batch cooking. To go along with that I also would like to glean more ideas on getting Kids in the Kitchen! I signed up for the newsletter too. It sounds great!

  41. What’s for Dinner?? was the first topic I clicked on yesterday when I checked out the new site. It’s the question we ask everyday, worthy of much contemplation. Question we asked other moms at after school programs, at school pick-ups. Looking for inspiration! Cheers!

  42. I’m most interested in what’s for dinner. I’m always in need of inspiration when it comes to new ideas for dinner.

  43. I definitely subscribe via google reader

  44. Menu planning and batch cooking. I have to say though that all the topics look great!

  45. How to decide, I find all the topics of interest! However, What’s for Dinner is the first thing I’ll be checking each day.

  46. I subscribe to this blog in Google Reader.

  47. I would love to learn more about kids in the kitchen!

  48. I am most interested in hearing more about “Kids in the Kitchen”!

    So exciting, what a fun giveaway!

  49. Oh, and I subscribed to the feed yesterday, does that count as a second entry??

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