Happy 10th blog anniversary to me! The month of November marks the very first blog post I published 10 years ago. I couldn’t let this momentous occasion pass by without celebrating and hosting a 10th Blog Anniversary Giveaway for my loyal readers!
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that the hobby I started would turn into a full on business! For those who don’t know. I started Katie’s Cucina as a place to share my recipes with my family and friends. I grew up loving to cook and experiment in the kitchen. I was tired of friends and family constantly asking me to email them a recipe. That’s when I decided to start a blog (thanks to a co-worker at the time who gave me a nudge)!
So, I began publishing recipes as I cooked them. I had no food photography skills and you’ll notice that if you look back to the early days of my published recipes. Sadly, my first 1.5 months worth of content never transferred over when I moved from Blogspot to my own hosted site. So that recipe I linked is the first of my recipes back in 2009! Over the years, I learned and part self-taught myself food photography. Plus I took a few food photography workshops.
I moved from a free platform to a paid, I formed a full on s-corporation, and hired an accountant to help with my books. Oh and the biggest of my accomplishments over the past 10 years… I left my corporate marketing job to blog full time. This allowed me the opportunity to stay at home with my babies and still provide an income and financial support for my family. My husband and I took it 3 months at a time the first year. By the end of my first year on my own we were still able to pay the bills, so I continued to blog.
After our second child I took a step back from the blog to focus on 2 kids under the age of 3. I still worked on recipes, but not as frequent as I had in the past. Now that my son has entered Elementary school I have started to get back into a rhythm of blogging full time. I’m also working on a lot of (neglected) behind the scenes stuff. Look out for a fresh new look next year in 2020. I’m finally having the blog redesigned again. For those who don’t blog–this is a very expensive undertaking (around $5,000) which is why it doesn’t happen that often!
I reached out to a bunch of my favorite brands that I have or am currently working with over the past 10 years to create a pretty incredible giveaway. Instead of just one winner I will have 10 different winners. Check out all the prize packs below!
Giveaway ends 11/22/2019. Open to readers whom reside in the United States. Must enter the mandatory Rafflecopter widget to be eligible. 10 readers will be drawn at random and contacted via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email. After that another winner will be drawn. The order drawn is the order of the prizes listed below.
Prize 1: Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set, Merlot
I have cooked with Circulon cookware since I got married 11.5 years ago. I absolutely love their cookware and used them before I ever started working with them. My friends at Circulon are giving away (one) Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set in Merlot!
Prize 2: A Years Worth of Dixie Crystals Sugar
One lucky winner will win one years worth of sugar from Dixie Crystals Sugar! What does a year’s worth of sugar look like? One case of granulated sugar (10 4-lb bags), One case of light or dark brown sugar (12 2-lb bags), and one case of powdered sugar (12 2-lb bags)! I get a years worth sent to me almost every year! I have a dedicated storage bin where I store all my sugar!
Prize 3: OXO 8-Piece POP Container Baking Set
OXO was one of the first larger brands I worked with when I first started out blogging. They are also a brand I’ve had in my kitchen for years! One lucky winner will receive an OXO 8-Piece POP Container Baking Set!
Prize 4: OXO Tabletop Spiralizer & OXO Adjustable Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer
The OXO Tabletop Spiralizer and the OXO Adjustable Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer are two kitchen tools you will find me using on a daily/weekly basis in my home. I’m so excited for one of my readers to win this prize pack!
Prize 5: Stonyfield Yogurt Prize Pack
I worked with Stonyfield for 3 years, and loved working every minute with them. Although, I no longer work with them I still proudly use their products in my recipes and in my home. One lucky winner will win 5 yogurt quart coupons, Stonyfield branded mug and apron, Stonyfield trucker hat, Preserve cup, and Stonyfield cookbook!
Prize 6: Cabot Cheese Prize Pack
I have partnered with Cabot Cheese for many years now. You will always find Cabot Cheese in my crisper at ALL times. If you ever come over to my house, you know you will get to enjoy Cabot Cheese. One lucky winner will win a Gift Box of Cheese worth $75 + Cabot Cheese Swag!
Prize 7: Haute Cocoa Spa Tower from Waxing Kara
I’m a big advocate in self care and taking care of yourself. When the folks at Waxing Kara approached me I was excited to give their products a try! One lucky reader will receive the Haute Cocoa Spa Tower! The Haute Cocoa Spa Tower comes with: Haute Cocoa Tin Candle, Haute Cocoa Butter, Peace Soak, Haute Cocoa Mask, and a Haute Cocoa Scrub.
Prize 8: Litehouse Foods Prize Pack
I have worked with Litehouse Foods for the past year, but have used their products for years now. I absolutely love their ranch dressing! They also have a wide variety of freeze dried herbs. No need to use the standard dried herbs any more. Once you use the freeze dried herbs you will never go back! My friends at Litehouse are giving away a Litehouse Tote bag, Litehouse popsocket, a mix of 8 freeze dried herbs, and 3 Litehouse free product coupons!
Prize 9: Barlean’s Prize Pack
I’ve worked with my friends at Barlean’s for year’s now! I’m so excited to share some of their goodness with my readers. One lucky winner will receive a bottle of each of the Chocolate Mint AND Lemon Drop Seriously Delicious CBD, as well as a bottle of our Seriously Delicious Omega-3 High Potency Key Lime Pie and a bottle of Seriously Delicious Omega Pals Hooty Fruity Tangerine!
Prize 10: 6 Quart Instant Pot
I couldn’t have this giveaway without giving away an Instant Pot. It has become a staple in my kitchen over the past few years. This is 100% sponsored by me. I’ve never worked with Instant Pot (although, I would love too)!
Good luck and thank you again for being a loyal reader of Katie’s Cucina!
Disclosure: Giveaway ends 11/22/2019. Open to readers whom reside in the United States. Must enter the mandatory Rafflecopter widget to be eligible. 10 readers will be drawn at random and contacted via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email. After that another winner will be drawn. The order drawn is the order of the prizes listed below. Most giveaways provided via brands shown above. As always, all opinions are my own.