Thank you so much for the awesome response to this giveaway! I was certainly feeling the love. Without further ado, the winner is:

Amy #943: …tonight I am making a shrimp and lobster scampi for hubby and me and your Tuscan garlic chicken recipe for my girls (ages {almost} 7 and 4). We will all have mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli. My youngest, and I are getting ready to head into the kitchen to make your No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake recipe…

A huge thank you to everyone who entered! Man, I sure love all of your guts and will undoubtedly be throwing many of these giveaways out there in the near future.


I’m not a spontaneous person by nature. But Valentine’s Day must bring out the very small part of me that wants to live on the edge. I decided at 10:00 p.m. last night that the orange glazed chicken set to post today was just not going to cut it.

So I scrapped it and decided to honor this day of loooooove, by giving away a sweet box packed with a few of my favorite things. Humor me since a few of these are not kitchen/cooking related. They are just too fabulous not to share.

Let’s take a peek at what you’ll find inside the little box of love if you are the lucky winner:

valentines giveaway revised

1. This night-renewing serum is the most amazing stuff I’ve ever put on my face. My friend, Elizabeth, introduced me to these products and I am loving the changes in my skin. Loving. I am not a cosmetic/facial product junkie, unless you count L’Oreal mascara and sometimes eyeshadow so it didn’t take much convincing for me to spend a little bit more on actual skin care products. This serum is weightless and silky and light and makes me feel about 20 years younger by morning. So I want you to have some, too. Let’s be in denial of our age together, ok?

2. Like I always say, you just can’t live without a kitchen scale. From weighing roll dough to at-home science experiments with the kids, this is most definitely the only scale I need in my house (trust me, those bathroom scales can just go away, they do me no good).

3. I fully recognize that I may be the only person still living in a climate where slippers are a necessity. I’m afraid we may not thaw until June. Until then, I’ll be wearing these lovies. So cute, I kind of want to wear them to the grocery store (PS: I’m wearing them right this very instant). Plus, they are fantastically warm and comfy. They are on clearance right now so I’ll hurry and choose a winner so we can be sure to get your size (if not, we’ll come up with a snazzy replacement, promise!).

4. I really love this lotion. That’s all. Not fancy. Not shmancy. Just really great.

5. Since these are the only knives I really use anymore, I figure I ought to share the love. Sharp and pretty. What more could you ask for?

6. You’d think that these nested round cutters wouldn’t be that life-changing, but I’m telling you, I use mine all.the.time. I am in constant disbelief at how handy they are. We’re talking donuts, biscuits, cookies. I never knew I needed a 3 1/6 round cutter until I actually had one.

7. I’ve waxed poetic about this lip butter before so it’s no wonder it should appear again today. It’s glossy and moisturizing and I don’t go anywhere without it. I’m kind of partial to the Jasmine color myself because it’s pretty neutral which works for me and my afraid-of-bold-lips self. The winner can choose whichever color they like!

To enter, simply leave ONE comment on this post telling me anything you like (a simple Happy Valentine’s Day, or better yet, what you are eating for Valentine’s Day, will do!).

Winner will be picked sometime this weekend so hurry and enter!

Giveaway sponsored by me; no affiliates or 3rd party sponsored products…just some things I’m loving right now.

4,139 Responses to A Whole Lot of Love in One Little Box {Giveaway Closed!}

  1. Barbara says:

    Oh, I DO hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I made tortilla soup for us, which is one of our favorites! Last year I made sugar-free brownies with tiny arrows in them for V-Day dessert. I called them “brownie points”! Haha!

  2. Sandee says:

    dear mel{anie}…
    i feel today is a wonderful time to tell you of my loo-ooove for you. without you, my culinary life would be an utter failure. if there was only one cooking blog on the world wide web, i would want it to be yours!
    love {your bff},

  3. Rachel says:

    Our v-day dinner was brought to us by sweet friends because we just welcomed a new baby! Nothing like a good friend!

  4. April says:

    Happy (late) v-day

  5. Julie Lee says:

    happy valentines day!

  6. mara says:

    miso glazed cod for a romantic evening!

  7. Robin says:

    I hope I am not too late. It instill the weekend in Oregon.

  8. Kari says:

    Oh, fun! I surprised my husband with his favorite dish (copycat penne rustica from Macaroni Grill) and he surprised me by coming home from work with Cafe Rio! Decisions. We ate a feast while listening to this ‘Frozen’ song [ ] a hundred times. Ü

  9. Svetoslava Antonova says:

    A cheery hello from one menu plan lover to another! I just stumbled upon your cookie dough ice cream sandwiches, and they’re definitely going into my next plan. I do my menu plan on Fridays — if only I could wait so long!

  10. Charmin says:

    Am I too late? I love to read cookbooks and recipe blogs and try new recipes. It is our family tradition to have homemade pizza on Valentine’s Day, with the pepperoni cut into hearts. This year I couldn’t find the heart cutter! Too bad. It was still delicious.

  11. Hannah Moseley says:

    Happy Valentines Day! I sure do love Mel’s Kitchen Cafe! It’s a staple website that is ALWAYS up on my iPad. Thanks for all you do Mel!

  12. Misty Smith says:

    I had a lovely lunch date with my hubby.

  13. Heidi says:

    Love your blog! I’ve made many of your recipes, and my family has enjoyed them all. Thanks!

  14. Holly Tuttle says:

    Ward party! 🙂

  15. Anne says:

    i had to work so i had some nachos when i got off thinking my husband sis not do anything after finding he made chicken parm.

  16. Shannon says:

    We used your idea about having a candlelight dinner with our kids. Thank you! They loved it

  17. allison says:

    Love your blog and have been following for years – in fact, the FIRST blog of any kind that I ever read!
    Also, I love hearing about your favorite things, even when they’re not in give away form 🙂

  18. Kristy says:

    I love your blog!

  19. chelonc5 says:

    we have company in town and are taking them out for a nice dinner. such a fun giveaway!

  20. Sharon says:

    I love making recipes for my family from your blog! 🙂 (I think I’ve made at least 5 different ones this week.) I planned on making your Chicken Cordon Bleu and Chocolate Molten Fudge cakes, but after a busy day, ended up ordering pizza in. Tonight we’re having the CCB! Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day.

  21. Shelise says:

    Happy (late) valentines day love your recipes!!

  22. Christine says:

    Eating lots of chocolates from valentines!

  23. Jan says:

    Hi Mel! I love your blog… and delicious recipes. You’re my go-to gal! 🙂
    Happy late-V-day!

    ps- Katie is my sis-in-law, so fun to have a little connection. 🙂

  24. Skye says:

    Love your blog and wanted to comment to show that I check in often…and a giveaway is always fun. Thanks for sharing your love of cooking–my family has added some new favorites from your recipe list. Happy Valentine’s weekend!

  25. Amanda Bramwell says:

    I love getting flowers on Valentines. It is the one day a year my husband thinks to get them and I love it!

  26. ruth heaton says:

    we had company this weekend, and I made your rolls and rolled them as shown in the tutorial. they were the hit. yeah! they even looked professional which doesn’t happen a lot when you are a mother of 5 little kids! thanks so much!

  27. Kathryn says:

    I made homemade sugar cookies for the hubs. Something I rarely do. He LOVED them!

  28. Beth says:

    Chocolate covered strawberries!

  29. Jenn says:

    We had a family candlelight dinner, like you posted. It was a blast! Our menu featured your Rosemary Bread, Crisped Asiago Spinach and Raspberry Salad, Mediterranean Pork, and Berry Yogurt Cheesecakes. Thanks for the ideas and all you do!

  30. Meredith says:

    Hmmm…. I like recycling, and baking, and going to bed early. 🙂 Obviously, I am a very exciting person. And for Valentine’s Day we went to a German restaurant and I had schnitzel with spatzle. 🙂

  31. Susan says:

    I was going to be gone for Valentines so I surprised my hubby with a babysitter for the kids and a dinner date to a restaurant in town we’ve been wanting to get back to. It was nice, although I almost filled up my starving stomach on the kids’ Mac n cheese before or late dinner. Oh well, the salad I had was delicious!

  32. Emily says:

    Leftovers at home with sick kids. 🙁

  33. Julie D says:

    Went out to eat which was a treat since my hubby usuallly works friday night

  34. Melanie Williamson says:

    Happy Valentines Day!!

  35. Joanna says:

    I was nannying for Valentine’s Day, so we decided to do some crafts and then “heart attack” some of the doors of the older couples in the neighborhood. It was fun!

  36. Rachael says:

    Being nine months pregnant I ate way way way too much for Valentine’s Day! Is there going to be a treadmill giveaway anytime soon? I could really use that!! I love your blog, and I’m just waiting for you to come out with a cookbook!!!

  37. trentdome says:

    looks like a winner

  38. Robert Frayer says:

    Well if there is a whole lot of love in any kind of food than someone else can eat it, it aint for me!

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