Here’s my new niece, Riley Eve.
The last time we talked, I was heading to Clarksville to take care of my nephews and 18-month-old niece while my sister was in the hospital birthing this baby. I had this fantasy that while I was there, I could still cook and blog and live like a normal person. But just as my car pulled into their driveway, Laney hit the Climbing Stage. That joyous time when every time you blink, your favorite toddler is making her way up something dangerous. The piano. The roof. The nearest water tower.
So, did I cook anything interesting? No. I survived on things I could eat with one hand while not blinking. And, apparently, I taught Laney a new word.
Anyway, to celebrate Riley’s birth, we’re having a Sugar & Spice Giveaway!
The winner will receive:
• One Spice Islands Gift Box (pictured below), including 1.9-ounce containers of Saigon cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, as well as a 5-ounce grinder of sea salt, a 2-ounce bottle of pure vanilla extract and a wood whisk. (Spice Islands gave me a bottle of their pure vanilla, and it’s nice. You get the flavor of Madagascar vanilla beans without the corn syrup that some brands use.)
•AND a Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolates Gift Bag (pictured below), featuring a 4.4-ounce box of Guylian original seashell Belgian truffles and a 4.4-ounce box of Guylian Temptations in original praline. (Guylian sent me samples of their chocolates, and even if you OD’d on Valentine’s Day, you need to try these. The chocolate seashells are marbled with milk, dark and white Belgian chocolates made with cocoa butter, so they melt in your mouth. The praline is a blend of chocolate and hazelnuts. If you have a private stash of good things, that’s where these belong.)
To enter the Sugar & Spice Giveaway, let me know …
What’s your favorite 5-minute meal?
What do you eat when you have no time to eat? Do you have a go-to sandwich? Maybe something packaged? Or something magical? What do you eat when you have to hit it and quit it? Because I’m going back to see the kids on Thursday, and Laney’s learned how to stack her diapers to make stairs.
Official Contest Rules:
1. One entry per person. You must live in the U.S.
2. Enter the contest by 5 p.m. CST, Saturday, Feb. 19. The winner will be contacted by 7 p.m. that night and announced on Sunday, Feb. 20.
3. The winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org.