Thank you so much to everyone who entered! The winners are:

#1,310: Melanie who said “Thank you, Mel, for your awesome website! Since vowing to start meal planning and cooking “real” food every day as my New Year’s Resolution, your website has allowed me to remain 100% committed!! Your giveaway is also very exciting–I would be super excited to win any one of those items!! I still can’t get over chocolate scented soap–I’ve never heard of it, but I already am in love…”

#130: Evelyn who said “After all these years, this is still my favorite (and most used) go-to site for great recipes. Thanks for all your hard work!”

#599: Kendra who said “This is such a fun giveaway! You are amazing and I always look forward to reading your posts and trying your recipes!!!”

Remember you can visit my generous and lovely friends’ online shops anytime to order their amazing goods: Sagebrush Soapworks, JessicaBe Handstamped Jewelry, and Sweet Pickle Designs Co.


A few months ago I had this idea come to me: how fun would it be to pack you up a little box with a few of my favorite handmade items? Unique, special things that aren’t mass-produced and aren’t sitting on every store shelf. I love handcrafted items and am so amazed at all the talent that somehow went to other people and not me.

Even though this giveaway is a little random and doesn’t have anything to do with anything, really, I’ve been so excited about it actually happening, I’ve barely been able to sleep this week (my 3-year old who has decided to be nocturnal may or may not have a little part in that no-sleeping thing, also).


Since I don’t happen to be a rock star at crafting things by hand, besides the occasional apron or crocheted potholder, I turned to a few amazing local handcrafting women and asked if they’d be willing to help me out with this giveaway.

Not only did they all agree, they thought it would be fun to offer THREE giveaway boxes which means more chances to win. Hooray!

Here’s what will be in each box:


1) Handmade artisan soap from Sagebrush Soapworks.
Owned and operated by my can-do-everything Aunt Marilyn (yes, the same one who has provided us with some killer recipes). I am completely enamored with the soap she makes. Not only is it gorgeous but I want to die at the different fragrances. Subtle but so fresh. And some so yummy, I almost want to take a bite out of the soap (hello, chocolate soap, I’m talking to you), plus the soaps are luxurious and soft and extra-moisturizing. Each box will have several different soaps from Sagebrush Soapworks and I’m telling you, you are going to fall in love.

2) A handstamped adorable necklace from JessicaBe’s Jewelry.
I love Jessica’s jewelry so, so much. The pieces are elegant and rustic and beautiful and her selection is amazing. Plus she does custom designs, too, if you are looking for something very particular. I wear my half-marathon running necklace from her shop almost every day and I swear, it almost makes thinking about getting up at 5 a.m. to run sound fun. This “Stronger Every Day” necklace will be tucked into each giveaway box!

3) A handcrafted, colorful and crafty WISH sign perfect for celebrating birthdays.
…and seriously one of the cutest things ever from Sweet Pickle Designs Co. Nicole makes all sorts of wood cutout letters and shapes and welcomes custom orders if you have something in mind not listed in her shop. Her Halloween decor, in particular, makes me wish it was October already (this spooky sign – so fun!). I’m thrilled these WISH letters are front and center in this box.

4) A handsewn apron.
Of course! I had to make this food-related somehow, right? I’ve sewn dozens and dozens of these spunky little aprons over the years after my Aunt Marilyn drew out the pattern (she’s amazing, I tell you) and gave it to me. It’s my go-to gift for everyone and I’ve even been known to accidentally give it to someone twice because I forgot I’d already given them The Token Apron before. Oops. I posted a picture on Instagram a couple weeks ago wearing my apron. It’s ruffly and colorful. And very fun (you know, for an apron). Each box will have a handmade, unique apron sitting right there on top when you open it up. Think of me when you wear it, will ya? (And don’t look too close at the sewing – I’m an amateur.)

Phew! There you have it! A box packed with all these handmade goodies will be getting shipped out to three lucky winners. Oh, and a quick note: you must have a mailing address in the United States or Canada to enter and win.

It’s simple to enter: leave ONE comment on this post telling me anything your little heart desires (Facebook and Instagram comments will not be entered). That’s it!

The giveaway will end whenever I decide to close it up, most likely by Friday of this week. Winners will be announced on this post early next week so check back to find out who won! 


Keep in mind if you don’t win, everything except the aprons (sorry, my little sewing machine can only do so much) can be purchased from these three amazing women. 

Sagebrush Soapworks
JessicaBe Handstamped Jewelry
Sweet Pickle Designs Co

{No affiliations or sponsors to any of the above products – I contacted all of these women to ask for their help and they graciously donated the items for the giveaway.}

1,818 Responses to Hand-Packed Boxes of Homemade Love {A Giveaway!} – NOW CLOSED!

  1. Barb says:

    How exciting! Congratulations to the winners. 🙂

  2. Melanie says:

    If you can’t tell by the email I just sent you, I am SUPER excited! So excited that my blood pressure has probably risen to dangerous levels for a pregnant woman. So excited that I want to go and wake up my sleeping children (but I’m not that crazy) and hug them. So excited that I’m going to be stuffing my face with your perfect cinnamon rolls as a show of my appreciation as soon as they get done baking. Thanks again!!!!!

  3. Janalee Bernardo says:

    Mel, my niece told me about your site. I love it. I made 3 double batches of your Favorite cookies, your Chocolate Chip cookies and your Peanut Butter cookies. My family LOVED them. I took some of each to a party tonight and they were the bomb. They are the best recipes I have ever tried. I have not tried any of your recipes that I don’don’t like. Thank you so much for the instructions you put with each recipe.. It really helps.

  4. Megan says:

    Hi Mel! I’m probably too late to enter, but it’s a good opportunity for me to tell you (again) how wonderful your recipes are and how I always make something from your site when I need to impress company. You are a huge cooking inspiration!

  5. Tracie W. says:

    Love you recipes…your beef and broccoli is one of my favs!

  6. Amy says:

    In my head, we are really good friends:) thank you for sharing your talents and bringing joy to my kitchen!

  7. Rebecca G says:

    So many of your recipes have become favorites around my house!

  8. Melanie Lawrence says:

    Every single recipe I have made from your site has been fantastic. Every. Single. Time. Thank you!

  9. Julie says:

    What a box of love:) seriously, I have just started to learn how to make something crafty this weekend thanks to a new sewing machine and a couple of classes. Something made by hand is truly a thoughtful gift, even if you give it twice lol. Fingers crossed!

  10. Kristi says:

    I’m so glad that through your blog I’ve learned how to make yeast breads!

  11. Rebecca says:

    Maybe I’m too late to enter, I don’t know, but still — you are my cooking idol, and I NEED a Mel’s Kitchen Cafe cookbook! I have printed virtually every recipe from your site already, but a book would be so neat!

  12. Andrea B says:

    Handmade is always better

  13. Sarah says:

    This is so fun, Mel! I love your blog and spend wayyyy too much time here, usually drooling! 😉

  14. Michaela says:

    What a lovely box of fun!! 😀 I’m off to search your chicken marinade recipes now. Yum yum!

  15. Heather says:

    I just love your blog. Only one I keep up with regularly. And…those coconut brownie bites…to die for. Loved everything we’ve made!

  16. Marissa says:

    What a wonderfully kind thing to do! I love your menu plans and refer to them often!

  17. Anna R says:

    Aww! Whata sweet giveaway. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipes and awesome sense of humor with us. The recipes never fail to please my family and the blog is just plain fun to read!! 🙂

  18. Xiaoping says:

    Love your recipes! And that apron too!

  19. Melanie says:

    Thank you for all the amazing recipes. I have learned how to cook from reading your blog. My husband is very thankful for your recipes and instruction. I can’t wait to try more recipes on my new little boy due to arrive in September.

  20. Laura says:

    “Is this Mel’s?” is the question before almost every meal in our house! 🙂

  21. Lauren says:

    Oooh. I would love to win. As a consolation prize, would you be willing to create a tutorial for making the apron? It’s so adorable!

  22. Theresa says:

    You are our go-to recipe blog when we’re looking for FHE desserts! And I would love a box, especially the apron. My mom got aprons for all her daughters and I ended up with one with DANDELIONS on it. Seriously, dandelions?

  23. Blayre says:

    I keep telling everyone “I got this from Mel!” You’re fun to read and always have the best recipes!

  24. Jules says:

    Super cute items… would love to win. Stumbled on your page to find a wonderful tilapia recipe xoxo

  25. Gina Guthrie says:

    WOW. I love everything!! what a fun giveaway.

  26. Ellie says:

    Such an AMAZING site!! Thanks Mel! 🙂

  27. Maxine says:

    Thank-you so much for including CANADA in your giveaway 🙂 I might be too late to enter but I thought I’d try anyway. Thanks so much for all the yummy recipes. They’ve definitely upped the dinner expectations (a good thing) in my household.

  28. Trisha says:

    Thanks for all of the great recipes! Not only do I cook with them all the time but I have shared them with my closest friend and now most of her meal plans consist of your recipes!

  29. Alli Schultz says:

    Mel, I heard of your blog from a friend about 2 years ago and it’s been my go-to site when looking for a new recipe ever since! You wouldn’t know, since I never comment on anything…but I read it all the time 🙂 Thank you thank you!

  30. Angela says:

    Love your food, just my style. Oh, and I adore free stuff:)

  31. Tamara says:

    Maybe too late, but if not, I love it.

  32. Nancy says:

    Adorable items! Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Michelle O. says:

    I love the happy birthday sign and the apron! Your blog is the best!

  34. Lynn says:

    Thoroughly enjoy your site. Everything in your giveaway looks wonderful. The soap for a nice relaxing bath sounds good about now.

  35. Amy R says:

    These are so cute!!! Great idea for a giveaway. I’d love to win!

  36. Isabel Z says:

    Even if I am too late, I wanted to thank you for all of the amazing recipes that you have shared. Every Saturday morning, I sit down to enjoy your blog and find new things to feed my family of five. My oldest appreciates fine dining, my middle son is a vegetarian, and the youngest is very picky. My dear husband will appreciate anything that you serve him. Luckily, I can always find something that please everyone’s palates. Okay, almost everyone. The youngest always wants nuggets, pizza, burgers…Where did she come from?

  37. Kath says:

    Hope I’m not too late!!

  38. ME says:

    Wow, Aunt Marilyn can do anything! Perhaps you should start calling her Marilyn Stewart. The soaps look amazing and what a nice earthy packaging design she chose. Very impressive. And of course everything in the box is awesome. Love the handcrafted pendant. Handcrafted jewellery is the best. And looking at that cupcake I can almost hear my niece screaming cupcakesssss! Such wonderful friends you have to join in your generosity. And you must be channeling Marilyn Stewart with your snazzy aprons there, Mel. I actually just popped on to comment on your Baked Ziti, that I made for the yet again. I actually make 2 and freeze one. But every time it is such a complete culinary treasure. Truly the best baked ziti I have ever tasted and I lived in the Little Italy district for over a decade. Thanks so much for a truly outstanding recipe, Mel.


  39. Yvette says:

    I could use some sunshine in my mailbox!!! Life has been crazy! Love your blog!

  40. Mindy says:

    My sister recommended your blog, and I am so happy she did! You are inspiring. And you make delicious food. Thank you!

  41. Shannon P says:

    Mel, you are awesome! I’ve been a fan for years and have recommended you to many others as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  42. Jessica P. says:

    This looks like a lovely basket of goodies. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  43. Laura says:

    LOVE your site! We’ve made so many of your recipes and have loved EVERY ONE!!!!

  44. Becca B. says:

    What a fun idea for a giveaway!

  45. Amanda K says:

    Love your blog Mel!

  46. Michelle says:

    Ahh, the goodies look amazing! Several of our family favorite recipes have come from your blog. My 5 year old adores your shredded beef enchiladas.

  47. Ash Savage says:

    Yours is the site I go to when I need a recipe; I know I can trust the integrity of your food recommendations!

  48. Megan says:

    Absolutely LOVE your recipes!

  49. Marie says:

    I love your website and share it with everyone!

  50. Liz K. says:

    I hope I’m not to late!!! I catching up after a crazy busy week. This basket looks like it’s full of fun stuff!

  51. Krinn says:

    I want to try everything!! I hope I win 🙂

  52. Brianne says:

    Just made the lemon brownies! Seriously delish. Love cute aprons with fun colors, cute fabric, and ruffles.

  53. Neena says:

    Thank you for sharing your idea of your handmade box. I am always drawn to homemade things. As a kid and now as an adult I always thought it would be fun to have a business that would specialize in homemade gifts and special one of a kind note or packaging with each gift depending on who the gift is for and a little of their personality in each box. More of a “I know you box”. Thank you for all the ideas and recipes you share. I have been a follower of your blog for at least a year and have tried many of your recipes. Great job on your new adventure in running too. You have inspired me to get out and go run too!

  54. Brooke says:

    What a fun box! I love handmade!

  55. Katie says:

    Hopefully I am not to late to enter this giveaway! Yes, yes, yes, and yes to everything in that box!!

  56. Danielle Hale says:

    I cannot live another day without that apron 🙂 imagine the laundry I would save by using an apron. And with an apron that cute how would I forget to wear it.
    Plus, having been hand sewn by my all time favorite blogger, it would certainly have good cooking karma come with it!

  57. Kim Rackham says:

    With any luck, I’m not too late. 😉 I love your blog. I love your recipes. And your menus……so happy that you can do this for me occasionally! It’s love!
    And the giveaway is full of awesome stuff! Fingers crossed!

    • Leah says:

      This is my first time visiting your site! I stumbled upon it through a Google search for “homemade yellow cake mix”. I am allergic to propylene glycol and most cake mixes have this ingredient.

      Thanks for the recipe! I look forward to trying it as written and then playing around with add-ins. Your reader comments have provide a path of what to stay away from 🙂

      Hope I win!

  58. Cindy says:

    I love your blog so much. It is the only food blog I know I can always trust!

  59. Crystal mexico says:

    Thank you very much for this giveaway! Happy memorial day weekend and I hope it’s a fun and safe one for you!

  60. Donna says:

    Love your site. I refer friends to it all the time. Here I am again looking for a recipe. Thanks for all you do.

  61. Jamie says:

    LOVE your blog! I cook from it weekly, if not daily sometimes! Actually having your Alfredo sauce tonight for dinner! Thanks tons! Also LOVE the cute selections for this give away. I’ll have to look into their blogs as well.

  62. cbhoff says:

    Such cute stuff! Fingers crossed!

  63. Jolene says:

    Thanks for all your help with my fair contests! If you ever find yourself on the other side of the state and feel like being a judge, hit me up!

  64. Rachel says:

    My husband told me never to make the glazed poppy seed bread again because it is so good he can’t stay away from it. I LOVE it, too!

  65. Lauren says:

    Love the website. So nice of you to do a giveaway.

  66. Sandra says:

    Yours is my go to site for so many things, especially when I cooking for a larger crowd. Thanks!!

  67. Dayna says:

    I love your site!

  68. JaNae says:

    LOVE your blog! You are my GO TO recipe place!

  69. Emma S says:

    I love your blog!

  70. Leah says:

    My kids know if it’s a “Mel recipe” it’s going to be good. Seriously. That’s all I have to say if they start to turn up their noses at dinner time. Thanks for being my go-to! Oh, and, I want to be your Aunt Marilyn when I grow up!

  71. Lisa Flinders says:


    When I was first married and my children were younger I was in the kitchen all of the time cooking up something good for my little ones. Now that I am in my 40’s and my children are teenagers and young adults my desire to stay in the kitchen has considerably dwindled. I know that home cooked meals and dinner time together each night makes stronger and healthier families. My neighbor and friend told me how inspiring your blog was to her and so I decided to take a look. I just wanted to thank you for helping me endure to the end as we ask each day “What’s for dinner?” Infact, we are eating one of our favorites today from your blog, “Slow cooked Mexican Beef Enchiladas.” Thank you, thank you, thank, you for helping me be a better mother.

  72. Julie says:

    Thank you for providing me with SO many of my “go-to” recipes!!! Your posts always bring a smile to my day!

  73. Kami says:

    Mel, thanks for all the great recipes. I love how you lived in the Midwest! I grew up in Minnesota and now live in Idaho and I love it here. Your banana bread recipe is our
    Sunday morning wake the kids up recipe, they love it. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  74. marlene says:

    i am a recipe collector ,and your site is very charming.

  75. Shannon Diers says:

    You have the cutest kids!

  76. Holly says:

    LOVE your blog! What a great giveaway!:).

  77. Bri says:


  78. Tammy Murphy says:

    You’re website has proven to be a lifesaver in our home! Thanks Mel!

  79. collette says:

    You can never have too many fabulous aprons!

  80. Sara M says:

    Thanks for the chance to win such fun stuff!!

  81. Dellene Lowry says:

    My daughter shares all your yummy recipes with me.

  82. lori says:

    I too have a nocturnal child. She is five now, and she’s slowly changing from a night owl to a…….jumping squirrel?! I’m not sure which one I prefer at this point, but hang in there! You will sleep more than 4 or 5 hours a night soon.

  83. Sophie says:

    What a fun idea. Enter me if Im not too late! Love the fabric on the apron.

  84. MikyB says:

    Just recently found your site. I love your humor, your attitude about food and of course your recipes. I am going to be making your lemonies soon, as soon as my shift ends on monday. I cant wait to spend hours and hours poring over your recipes. Thank you.

  85. Amber says:

    My little heart desires to tell you that I totally scored gift-wise on Mother’s Day due to your most recent Mother’s Day gift list, and my generous little family. I practically pinned the entire list onto our pin board specifically created for gift-giving ideas. Since that wonderful day I have been enjoying the butter crock, honey hand creme (plus a boat load of samples), and a schnazy instant thermometer. I love each one of my gifts and felt so doted upon! Thanks for the awesome recommendations!

  86. Diana says:

    For one of these giveaways can we win a trip to stay at your farm?

  87. Karen says:

    Love your website! I have tried many of your recipes and not once have been disappointed. Your quick shredded chicken has saved me more than once! Thank you for suggesting alternatives for ingredients (ie, yogurt for sour cream). One of my personal favorites is your recipe for coconut chicken curry. Love, love, love it! Keep up the good work!

  88. Leah says:

    I came looking for a baked bean recipe and found a giveaway!

  89. Jen B says:

    I love your website! I’ve been using it for about 5 years now and it is our go to place for all our favorite recipes! Thank you for all the hard work you put into this website. It’s very much appreciated :).

  90. Sherri L-M says:

    Love your taste in gifts. I always find something great and inspiring on your website.

  91. Melanie says:

    What a fun giveaway! Love your site!

  92. rachel cartucci says:

    wow,lots of good handmade pretties. Please count me in.

  93. Danielle says:

    Your post about “10 Tips to Raise Adventurous Eaters” has helped me in winning the picky kid food war. Thank you for that and all of your great recipes.

  94. Kitty says:

    I love your aprons!

  95. emily says:

    My friend, Michelle, is an amazing cook and every time I would ask her where she found a recipe, she would always say, “Oh, it’s from Mel.” A few years ago I finally looked “Mel” up, and now I’m almost as much of a kitchen rock star as my friend! Thanks for being awesome, baby!

  96. Talia says:

    Your apron in the Instagram pic is so cute! Here’s hoping that I win!

  97. heidi says:

    aw how fun!!!

  98. Deborah says:

    I just found your site and am already drooling!!!!

  99. Rebecca says:

    Love your recipes!
    I drink tea and a friend made an apron with teapot fabric for me. I love aprons – they are a great gift!

  100. Diane says:

    That soap is gorgeous!

  101. Whitney says:

    Love that birthday sign!!!

  102. Kristina says:

    Your apron is making me want to go bake something! Perhaps some chocolate chip buterscotch cookies… But first, a run to the store for some more flour! My supply is dangerously low!

  103. Diane says:

    Hi Mel…LOVE your site; you have the best recipes! Love the apron–any chance you could draw a picture and give us some measurements so we can make our own apron? I know you aren’t doing a sewing blog, but would love it if you could do this ” just this once”!

    Thank you….Diane

  104. Danielle says:

    Love this beautiful giveaway and this blog! Any time I want to make some specific food, my first thought is always, “I wonder if Mel has a recipe for that?” Thanks for all the inspiration!

  105. Kev says:

    Yours is my go to recipe blog!

  106. Deb says:

    I first found your website when I was looking for a hot chocolate mix recipe to make for Christmas presents. I loved it (ground white chocolate chips was the key to its creamy deliciousness) and have been a fan of yours ever since. Thank you.

  107. Rosie Walsh says:

    My daughter looked at me in disbelief when I told her I didn’t know about your blog. Well, I’m here now, looking forward to the fun! Thanks, Mel.

    Rosie, Sugar Hill, Georgia

  108. Adrienne Oakason says:

    Thanks for all you do Mel! You are so generous!!

  109. Erin M. says:

    What a cute giveaway idea! I love your site and look forward to reading your running updates! Keep it up!

  110. Robin says:

    Your name has become a “household name” around here – when my husband asks where the new recipe came from, it’s often “Mel.” Thanks for the great blog!

  111. MC says:

    Delightful–thank you!

  112. Susan Broughton says:

    I have really enjoyed your blog since I first joined and look forward to what you still have in store for us! Thanks so much!

  113. jessica eapen says:

    wow those soaps look amazing! hope you have a great weekend!

  114. britney says:

    Is there anything Aunt Marylin cant do? Shes amazing!

  115. Robin says:

    Love your blog! Cute cute apron

  116. Catherine says:

    I need this box!!! All of it-so adorable!!!

  117. Whitney says:

    This would be a wonderful pick me up for our new [small] kitchen! I wish I had your black and white brownies every day. No joke.

  118. Leigh Anne says:

    How fun! Your blog is my go-to for awesome no-fail recipes! Thanks Mel!

  119. Alissa E says:

    Love it and your blog!!

  120. Rita says:

    I adore handmade soaps and would love to win this.

  121. Chrissy Tirpack says:

    I love it all! I just read a post on another blog about having a favorite things party where everyone brings their favorite things and you swap them with others. This giveaway totally reminded me of that.

  122. Karrie says:

    Loving the recipes!!! ty for them all.. I am huge hand crafted soap fan. These look sooooooo amazing..Drool!! i need to check them out

  123. Ben says:

    My wife loves your site. Thank you for inspiring her with delicious recipes!

  124. Kayla says:

    You are the reason my family doesn’t starve. Thanks for making cooking fun again!

  125. Roselyn says:

    Your blog is my go-to whenever I want to try something new!

  126. Kim W says:

    You are amazing! When I grow up, I want to be just like you. Sadly, I’m pretty sure that I’m older than you.

  127. jenny says:

    love your site and all the recipes! You. Are. Awesome!

  128. Marnie Call says:

    Such cute things!

  129. Heather says:

    sleep 🙂 sounds like you could use some too… love those babies, but SO tired!

  130. Jenelle says:

    I LOVE everything I have made from your website, and what makes it even better is that my family (picky eaters) does too!!!

  131. Becky says:

    Mel! I miss you!! You are so amazing! You can cook everything, amazingly, and you can blog and raise 5 adorable children AND sew aprons!!! How cool are you? 🙂

  132. Alisha says:

    My one and only food blog. Sure love ‘ya Mel!

  133. Amy says:

    Love your site. Your recipes are simple and delicious.

  134. Jenni says:

    I love your blog. I wish I knew you in real life so we could be food friends. When people ask me what I like and I say food, I get weird looks and then they stop talking to me for a while.

  135. Lindsey L. says:

    How sweet of you to do a giveaway! We ADORE your recipes. I use them all the time. Your Recipes the World Forgot is a favorite of mine. The Peaches and Cream Cake was amazing…had to give out the recipe several times.

  136. Jamie West says:

    It is officially summer now–at least in St George, UT– so I was going to dig through your recipes for some awesome grilling ideas. Fun giveaway!!

  137. Jill says:

    Love the fabric of your aprons! So fun.

  138. Kayla S says:

    I love reading your blog and trying new recipes! Such a cute basket and in a house full of boys you know we could use some soap!

  139. Kylie says:

    Wowza! How generous!

  140. Martha Petersen says:

    Mel, thank you so much for your blog. I check here regularly for dinner ideas. I am doing that right now :).

  141. Deepa says:

    Thanks so much for this opportunity Mel…hope i win 🙂

  142. LJ says:

    Love your blog! Any chance Aunt Marilyn would share her apron pattern?

  143. stacey says:

    Love it! Hope you’ll post the apron pattern if I don’t win!

  144. Megan says:

    I really do love your blog. I could probably be your poster child or something. And, these homemade goods look wonderful. Thanks for being a bright spot in my days (and my meal planning attempts).

  145. Sam M says:

    Love your blog and all the items in the giveaway are adorable!!

  146. Ronna says:

    I think I look at for blog at least once a day and it’s my first go to when I need some food inspiration! Thanks a ton!!

  147. Miranda Miller says:

    You are the cutest thing ever! Thank you for all your fun ideas.

  148. Mary Karlee Mullen says:

    Thanks for helping supply me with so many,many,many family friendly delicious recipes!

  149. Wild Child says:

    I’m so glad you are doing this give away. The hand stamped necklace is so adorable!!! I also checked out her etsy store and she has some very cute things. Great for a birthday wish list ;]

  150. McCall says:

    My FAV food blog ever! It’s always tricky finding yummy meals for my family- meals everyone will enjoy, and you have helped a great deal with that. Thank you! Looking forward to see what you have in store for the future.

  151. Andrea says:

    Love your website. So many great recipes and ideas that I have used again and again.
    My family thanks you for sharing.

  152. Kris Jeffery says:

    Love your website, Mel…….and so do the tummies of my happy, grateful family!

  153. Lesley says:

    I’ve enjoyed looking at your blog and recipes. Printing out a few now to try. Thanks!

  154. Maggie says:

    Mel – I’ve been meaning to heap praise on you for such a wonderful site for a while. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe is my go-to place when I know I need a recipe that works beautifully! I’m personally more into baking than cooking, and I often bring the baked goods I make from your recipes into work, where they’re always a huge hit. I work at a small, family owned, gourmet kitchen specialty shop and am constantly giving out your site to customers as a fail-proof recipe source. Keep up the amazing work! 🙂

  155. Laura says:

    Finding your site had changed my life, no exaggeration. I’m so thankful for your recipes, your real-ness, and now your generosity. Thanks for a chance to win.

  156. Kim says:

    These are all so cute!

  157. Sarah says:

    I turn to your website anytime I have to make anything! Today I came to see if you had a crockpot oatmeal recipe….. I have 50 guests coming over for brunch after my daughter’s baptism, and thought that creamy, sweetened oatmeal might be perfect for a rainy saturday morning. So I haven’t searched yet for that recipe, but I sure thought it would be fun to post a comment on this first! Thanks for all you do! Good luck running and cooking – know that I’m doing the same.

  158. rajee says:

    I admire your generosity of giving away this cute stuff

  159. Brooke P. says:

    What an awesome idea for a giveaway, your blog is and has always been my favorite blog. Hands down!

  160. Elizabeth says:

    I found your site recently. I have made the teriyaki meatballs and lemon brownies…both were hits. I cannot wait to try more recipes.

  161. KMDuff says:

    I would like one of those noodleizers. That would be a fun kitchen accessory. But entering this giveaway and winning it would be awesome too!

  162. Ali says:

    Thanks, Mel! This looks cool!

  163. Barbara says:

    You have helped me out of a recipe rut many times and brightened our table with wonderful new and exciting dishes, and I enjoy every moment I spend looking at your blog!

  164. Maddison says:

    This is fabulous! Love your recipes. And the colors in that apron!

  165. Meghan says:

    I sure could use a new apron or a back-up……..

  166. Kathy Gardner says:

    Your fabric for on your apron is fantastic. I’ve been reading your running blog portion as well each week and it is so encouraging and comforting and real. Thanks! You are a strong, amazing person and a house-hold name around here.

  167. Janelle says:

    I’ve been wanting a pretty apron, and to have one hand-made by the illustrious Mel would make me feel like a bonafide rock star! And chocolate soap? Seriously? I’m afraid I might eat it! 🙂

  168. Christine Clayton says:

    This is so cute! I love your blog Mel!!! It is always my go-to place when I’m looking for recipes. Thank you!

  169. Lenn says:

    So lovely! Thanks for the chance. Thanks especially for my confidence in the kitchen. It’s been a gratifying time.

  170. Jackie says:

    I have loved all the wonderful recipes I have tried!!! You are AMAZING!! Thank you!

  171. Rachel B. says:

    Love your site! You make me laugh. Here’s hoping I get lucky…

  172. Hannah says:

    I love your site! And I’ve been making your wheat bread recipe for the past several months for my family. And my seven year old will now eat sandwiches because of it! Thank you so much!

  173. Kimberli says:

    I Love fun aprons! (a bit of an addiction 🙂

  174. lisa says:

    I’ve loved every recipe I’ve made from your site. And so has my husband. Thanks for bringing the good stuff!!

  175. Hailey says:

    Yours is my new favorite blog! And I’m trying to get motivated to get back into running… the blog posts are getting me going. Thanks!

  176. Marilyn Y says:

    Love your recipes! Keep it up! It keeps us inspired what to make for dinner!!

  177. Rebecca says:

    look at you go, over 1600 comments. Love your recipes, love to follow you, and would love to win the giveaway.

  178. Amity Tripp says:

    I love that you sew! You go girl. I just made your whole wheat banana chocolate chip muffins and they were such a hit. Making them in the mini muffin pans make them super fun.

  179. Cherie says:

    Yours is my go-to cooking blog! Love your recipes, and love my friend–your Aunt Marilyn! I had no idea that among her MANY TALENTS she also makes soap. Where have I been?! Would love this basket!

  180. Kristen says:

    I love your recipes and use them almost everyday. Thats all I want to say.

  181. Lisa says:

    What a cute fun giveaway! I would love to win 🙂 Thank you Mel!

  182. Laurie says:

    Great Giveaway Mel! Crossing my fingers for a win. I have only just given in to wearing an apron when I cook, and I have to say I’m hooked! I don’t know why it took me so long. Your aprons look sweet!

  183. Kate Blubaugh says:

    Mel, I want to take this time to thank you for the time you have taken to share your passion. I was introduced to your site after having a meal at a friends house. The dish was heavenly and I was told it was easy to put together. After repeating the dish I ventured on to your other easy skillet dishes, I became a “rock star”. My Dad has Alzheimer’s and lives in our home, it was important to me to have healthy dishes. My success then bumped me up to your other involved dishes. I now have a routine of dishes I rotate each week. I am writing you about this because I am 60 years of age and have been timid of cooking due to past unkind chapters of life. Life is good!
    Cooking has now become enjoyable and I no longer panic about the process. When I visit my adult children, it is with pride I cook one of your dishes. I now own the kitchen! I will continue to share your site with family and friends.
    Thank you Mel,

  184. Lisa C. says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love to win!

  185. Deandra says:

    What fun! I’m making lemon sticky buns today. Thanks for the giveaway.

  186. Jenny says:

    I love your site, I have made many of your recipes and have loved them all!

  187. Michelle says:

    I love cute aprons, but don’t actually own one. I love yours!

  188. Jennifer says:

    What a great idea Mel, thanks for thinking of all of us readers! Love your site!

  189. Carla Marchand says:

    Mel, thank you so much for publishing your tried and true recipes. I love to make new things for my family, but use to always hesitate to because I wasn’t sure if it was really worth investing in the new products, spices, etc that I would need to purchase to try making the new dish. When I use on of your recipes, I know that you have made it somewhat foolproof and that if it was a hit with your family, it will most likely be with mine as well. I also really appreciate the posts and comments that others make about their experiences making the recipes. The collective contributions help everybody out. Happy Cooking!

  190. Lisa swab says:

    Such cute stuff!

  191. Chris says:

    LOVE your blog! I read several, but yours is the one I really cook and bake from. Besides your incredible talent in the kitchen, your heart and humor really shine through. Thanks for sharing with all of us readers!

  192. Tara Kolowich says:

    I think I would be most excited about the apron!

  193. Cheryl S. says:

    I LOVE your blog and tell everyone about it! Thanks for all the yummy recipes, tips and this give away…Gotta run, my grand baby is in from Ohio and needs me! (Ha! really I need him!)

  194. Gwen Schroeder says:

    I made your oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for the first time- they are amazing! As usual, you make me look like a rock star in the kitchen!

  195. Brittany watt says:

    Love the apron!

  196. Tracy Nye says:

    Mel, I just wanted you to know that because of you and your great recipes, that I just happened to stumble upon, I CAN really cook! And everyone is actually eating the same meal for dinner now. Seriously.

    It is so thoughtful of you to give this handmade love away. I would be thrilled to receive some love in a box.

  197. Emily says:

    I love your blog Mel!

  198. Vera K says:

    What fun stuff! Who wouldn’t love this?

  199. Jennifer says:

    So many of your recipes are my go to favorites! Love your blog, thanks for all the great recipes, tutorials and advice!

  200. Mandy says:

    Love your blog! Thanks for putting so much time and effort into it.

    And that homemade soap looks amazing too! I am going to poke around your aunt’s etsy store.

  201. Michelle says:

    I love your blog, Mel. Can’t think of anything profound at the moment, but thank you for some of my and my kids’ favorite recipes. 🙂

  202. Lacey E. says:

    Cute stuff!! Love the stronger every day message- I need that printed in vinyl to put on my wall! 🙂

  203. Lynette says:

    You are a rockstar in the kitchen and helping me get there too. Thanks!

  204. Sofaia says:

    I was just telling a co-worker today about your blog. It’s the only thing I read nowadays that doesn’t put me to sleep after working full time, being a wife, and chasing my “look mama, I can walk” one year old. I get so excited when I get a chance to snuggle on the couch or in bed to read your recipes. Thanks for giving me laugh out loud moments and rock status at work (or anytime I serve your dishes).

  205. Katie says:

    Pick me so I can brag to all my sisters!

  206. Dezi A says:

    Love your website! You have truly made me a kitchen goddess 😉 I always get compliments on whatever I make from your site. Thanks for the chance!

  207. Natalie Feller says:

    Mel, my sisters and I follow your blog and they would be so jealous if I won the box. So, help an oldest sister out. It is only fair. They are younger, skinnier and prettier than I am.


  208. Melanie B says:

    I’ve loved every product I’ve tried that has come as a recommendation from you. Thanks for sharing all your good ideas with us!

  209. Christine says:

    I also love your blog and I don’t even have a working oven! But I read and love it, because you seem like the nicest person, and I always feel happier when I read one of your recipies and imagine making it. Thank you for all you do for us.

  210. LB says:

    Mel- I love your site! How do you do it all??? Can you make a post about juggling life?

  211. Deborah Nowland says:

    Man, I need to learn how to make Beeswax, Cocoa and Honey soap! We just bought over 400 beehives, and now I have beeswax and honey! I guess we are now commercial beekeepers! ha, ha! Retirement (ha, ha!) here we come! Thanks for the giveaway. Ask your aunt to email me. I promise not to compete and sell it! I just need to use my wax to make presents!

  212. Danielle says:

    How fun!! This makes me want to bake something spectacular and leave it anonymously…or leave the dollar bill in the library book…or pay for the chick-fil-a customer behind in the drive through…

  213. Sarah L says:

    This is such a sweet idea! All of the products look amazing. Your apron is a ton of fun. I love the bright colors. I’m going to have to look into that soap, too. I think that my sister would love it! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  214. Allison says:

    These are great! I love handmade gifts over store bought any day!!

  215. Rachel says:

    Hi Mel! Thank you for doing this blog and sharing your AWESOME recipes!!!!!! I started following your blog before Christmas and have tried a lot of your recipes. Everything has been so yummy and amazing! You are a great cook! My family and husband also thank you!! Great job! Hugs!

  216. Amanda says:

    Man is that he might have joy. I learned this lesson the hard way, but I’m so glad I learned it. Life is much better knowing that our lives were meant to be joyful.

  217. Susan Christy says:

    Cute apron!! I wish I could sew.

  218. Karen says:

    hi Mel – my sister introduced me to your blog by way of saying (every single time I exclaimed “omg this is soooo good! where’d you get this recipe??”) MEL’S KITCHEN CAFE!!! I enjoy your blog so much — the recipes are fantastic and realistic (hope that makes sense — I don’t have time for 10 kajillion ingredients) and my life is so.much.easier now that I can just look up a meal idea on your site. And your family is darling! You seem like such an awesome and patient mommy! And then you go and make me love you even more by doing a giveaway that is all about home made products!! To me, those are the BEST… Thanks for being you and for sharing so much with your readers. hugs!

  219. Kelly says:

    I love this site! You have made me a better cook and my kids thank you!!

  220. Lindsey says:

    Amazing giveaway!

  221. Kelly P says:

    Oh my word. That soap looks amazing! I have to try it!

  222. Jessica Panter says:

    I seriously love this site! All my best food comes from here, so thank you!!!

  223. Michelle says:

    Made your crispy oven baked chicken tonight with chantilly potatoes. Loving all your recipes. Kids keep bugging me to make the mini brownies again. Would love these goodies!

  224. Heather says:

    love you! Love the writings and of course your amazing recipes.

  225. Michelle says:

    LOVE the apron! Thanks for a chance to win!

  226. Karen says:

    Hi Mel, Every recipe I have tried from your site has been a huge hit with me and my 3 kids. Your recipes are becoming their favorites. Current favorite are the chipotle chicken skewers and the baked sweet and sour chicken. Can’t wait to try the lemonies!

  227. Erin G says:

    What a fun giveaway! I really love this blog…no seriously…I REALLY LOVE THIS BLOG! It has made me a much better cook for my family and has also taught me to love cooking even more than I ever imagined. You’re the best!

  228. Adrienne says:

    You’re so fun! I just adore your blog and am always so happy to see a new post pop into my email inbox! I wish we could be friends in real life! Running and eating cookies. Kindreds!

  229. Krysten says:

    You have seriously become one of my favorite people. Whenever I need a recipe, you’re the first place I go, and I haven’t been disappointed yet! Thank you so much! (and my well fed family thanks you too!)

  230. merilee says:

    Thanks a chance of a nice giveaway. I really love your recipes and inspiration..

  231. Ooh, what wonderful prizes! Really! I love to go on nature walk “day trips” with my sweet hubby Paul. …oh, and I love God and am an artist and photographer. Thanks and God bless!

  232. Emmy says:

    Love your blog-what a fun giveaway without all the extra links to facebook/instagram, blah…:) thanks for keeping my life simple.

  233. Becky says:

    This is the best gIveaway!! I love the necklace the most. I will give it to my 13 yo daughter who has been struggling with a bully…she will overcome and be stronger every day!!

  234. Becca says:

    I have lately become obsessed with good soap. Every time I wash my hands, good smelling soap is like a moment of joy in my busy mom life. My current favorites are Lush soap and Mrs. Meyers — and I’m excited to hear about Sagebrush Soaps because Eagle, ID is up the street from me! Thanks for sharing!

  235. Mary Martin says:

    You are my go to recipes for our church Cookie Ministry. I am always baking for them and they LOVE your recipes best. You are so sweet and generous to share all of your creative ideas with your “groupies”. I would be over the moon to win one of these gift boxes. Maybe I’ll get lucky!


  236. Carrie says:

    Mel, thank you for your amazing website! I have learned so much from you and your blog. You have no idea how much I look forward to reading your blog. Thank you!

  237. Amy W says:

    You’re so super sweet for offering such a great giveaway! I also want to say thanks for the recent “favorites” post. I bought some of the Honey healing hand cream from Perfectly Posh, and it is amazing! I wash my hands a gazillion times a day, and I’ve always had dry, cracked skin. The honey hand cream has made my hands soft and beautiful again! Plus, it smells like Heaven!!

  238. norniea says:

    What a nice little box of goodies! Thanks for the give-a-way!

  239. Diane says:

    Right now, my little heart desires some fabulous shoes, but some soap wouldn’t hurt either. 🙂 Thanks, Mel.

  240. meika gerst says:

    This would be so fun to win! Love your recipes!!

  241. Michelle says:

    Niagara Falls Canada LOVES your cornbread!! Thanks so much!!

  242. LaRene says:

    Thanks for the chance to win such a neat prize!!!

  243. Betty C says:

    An apron!! I love aprons, but goods one are hard to find.

  244. Lisa W. says:

    I love your recipes! I am so glad your neighbor introduced me to your blog. Since I started visiting, my dinners have improved a ton. You are amazing! Thank you. 🙂

  245. Suzanne says:

    Your granolas and breads are the best!!! Thank you for this giveaway!

  246. Lisa Rivera says:

    Thank you!! Thank you for helping me magnify being a mom.

  247. Amy says:

    Thanks for creating this incredible blog! I love reading it!

  248. Natasha M says:

    Pretty apron!

  249. Kate says:

    Seriously!! So awesome.

  250. Jessica Zoino says:

    Hi Mel! Thanks for sharing all of your recipes- your many delicious soups got me through the coldest winter on record here in Boston! Your kids are also THE cutest 🙂

  251. Heather says:

    What a fun giveaway! Thanks!

  252. susan Parke says:

    I love creative people! Everything looks so bright for summer!

  253. Cindy Russell says:

    This would be fun to win!

  254. CarrieP says:

    Great stuff in there. I’d be thrilled (and shocked) to win:) Your website and recipes are AMAZING!!! Thank you.

  255. Denise says:

    Sweet giveaway! Thanks for all the good recipes!

  256. Laurissa says:

    Thank you for posting so many delicious recipes! My husband and I have yet to find a recipe of yours that we don’t love. He always says dinner will be amazing when he finds out the recipe is one of yours.

  257. Kristine says:

    I don’t know what I would do without your website some days!! Love the recipes 🙂

  258. Melinda Sundberg says:

    Such a cute box of treasures. It would be fun to win. Also I love your website. It is my favorite

  259. April says:

    I could use a new apron! What a great selection of fun items!

  260. Michelle M says:

    Mel, I just love you and think that we could be the bestest friends in real life; we are so alike in so many ways! Thank you so much for your generosity in this fantastic and fun giveaway and for sharing such rockin’ recipes! Hope I win!

  261. Susan says:

    Wow, love the soaps and apron! Thanks for the giveaway! Really love your blog and never miss a post!

  262. Amy says:

    Thank you for all that you do. My confidence and skills in the kitchen get better with every recipe of yours that I try. You are awesome!

  263. Jamie says:

    Love the giveaway! And LOVE your blog!! Over the past 6 months yours has become my go to, I have learned that absolutely any recipe I decide to try will be amazing. People are always asking me for the recipes. Thanks for putting together some incredible and yummy food!

  264. Laura Oler says:

    i love your recipes! We tried the creamy chicken green chile enchiladas this week, and they were awesome!

  265. Barb says:

    Great giveaway! I love handmade things.

  266. Bridget C says:

    Love your blog so much!

  267. Stephanie says:

    What cute things! Love your blog as always Mel!

  268. CourtneyP says:

    What?! You live in the boise area? I’ve been depending on your blog for years for dinners for my family – how did I not know this? I’m in Meridian so maybe we’ll run in to each other some time!

  269. Melissa says:

    Love it all!

  270. jen says:

    Just made the mustard/rosemary grilled chicken and LOVED it. Can’t wait to make it again. Great summer recipe!

  271. Anne Sausen says:

    I love your website and recipes!!! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome gifts!!!

  272. Julie M says:

    What a fun giveaway! I love shopping through small businesses and finding great new shops!

  273. Anneka Cindrich says:

    Cute Stuff! I use your site for recipes/dinner ideas all the time!

  274. Carol Quade says:

    My second post on your website, Mel! First one to say thank you for everything you post …and now a second one to enter your contest and tell you, again, how much your blog is a part of our family life! Cheers!

  275. Kim says:

    What a great idea! I love your aprons!

  276. Marissa says:

    Just so you know, I was happy to hear you say that you have little conversations in your head with all of us readers. I–and I am sure many others–do the same with you, so it was nice to hear it isn’t one sided 🙂

  277. Marian says:

    So enjoy your blog and recipes. Homemade means extra love!

  278. megan says:

    While I can make most of it myself, I love to get handmade gifts from others. And you have so many fabulous recipes. Thanks!

  279. Maren McCabe says:

    I love your recipes!!! These giveaways look amazing too! 🙂

  280. Cyd says:

    My recipe binder is now overflowing with Mel’s Kitchen Cafe recipes. Your recipes are the bomb!

  281. Chris says:

    I love your site. It is my favorite source for dinner ideas. Thank you so much for all you post! 🙂

  282. susan says:

    All these items look wonderful! I have really enjoyed all the recipes you share.

  283. Melissa H. says:

    Hi Mel!! I love your blog, and every recipe I make of yours is always a hit! Some of them have even become staples – like the red chile sauce chicken enchiladas. A favorite with every picky person in my house!! Thanks for all you do!

  284. Sarah S says:

    Hi Mel! Love the blog, the aprons looks super adorable!

  285. mo says:

    Very nice giveaway.

  286. Fernando Gutierrez says:

    Oh wow, those aprons look amazing. My mom loves aprons and funky/retro designs, so those would be PERFECT for her. She, and I, love hand-making things, so we would truly appreciate all of these items.

  287. Kathy says:

    I love your recipes.

  288. Julie says:

    What a fun giveaway! Thank you for the yummy recipes and I’ve also been enjoying your running section too. You’ve helped me learn to love cooking so much, that I decided I’d better start running to balance things out. I just finished a half-marathon on Saturday. Thanks for being so inspiring!

  289. Briita Moll says:


  290. Heather says:

    Thank you for doing a simple giveaway! You really are a rockstar!

  291. Kathy says:

    I love love LOVE your blog; many of my go-to favorite recipes are from you. So thank you with all my heart. I appreciate hand-crafted goodies tremendously and handmade soaps are one of the few luxuries I indulge for myself. This is an awesome giveaway.

  292. Eni says:

    Hi Mel,
    Cool giveaway, trying more and more of your recipes, thanks for the inspiration!

  293. Nicole says:

    Mel, you rock. My heart currently desires a pie/pastry prep board 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!

  294. Allison says:

    What an awesome giveaway!! Thanks so much!!

  295. Kristina M says:

    I love your giveaways! Your blog is a lifesaver, thank you for all you do!

  296. Mary says:

    Fingers crossed…I’ve never won anything! Thanks for wonderful recipes and for teaching me how to cook!

  297. Angela says:

    Hi Mel – Thanks for the giveaway – what fun! I have come to rely quite a bit on your wonderful recipe posts to get me thru each week of feeding my family or treating my friends. Thank you!

  298. Shellie says:

    I guess this should teach me to not look on the internet before bed, I had a dream I won the giveaway and you hand delivered it to me Mel – thank you!! 😉
    Thank you, also, for making the giveaway available to your many friends and fans in Canada! I love your blog.

  299. Andrea says:

    I just love your website Mel. Thanks so much for laboring hard for us to enjoy!

  300. Peggy says:

    I made your chopped Mexican salad with honey vinaigrette a couple of weeks ago and it was delish! The lemony squares are next on my list. Love this site!

  301. Jennifer says:

    Hi Mel! Just wanted to say I love your blog so much – whenever I’m thinking about trying out a new classic recipe I always check to see if you have it! Thank you for all the awesome recipes, you’re amazing!

  302. Ansley says:

    Hi Mel! I am a new follower to your blog! I have to admit I am a somewhat reluctant cook…until I tried some of your recipes! They have been “keepers” so far and I can’t wait to try more! You are inspiring me – that says a lot! Thank you for sharing them with us!

  303. Jean says:

    You are so sweet – what an awesome give a way! I truly love your blog and the recipes you share! I don’t follow too many blogs, it can get overwhelming, but you are one of a select few that I cannot part with. Thanks for the consistent yumminess and the glimpse into your adorable family!

  304. Heather says:

    Thanks!! I really appreciate your recipes.

  305. Laura says:

    Thanks Mel! So much fun. I love your recipes! They are so good. You rock!

  306. Heidi says:

    It’s the little discoveries I make here that make my day shine!

  307. Marie says:

    Thanks, Mel! Our family LOVES your recipes. Thank you so much!! 🙂

  308. Linda says:

    I love the box, especially the soap! Ya know, anytime I make something the kids like they ask,”Is this from Mel’s blog?” You are definitely my go to support in the kitchen.

  309. MM says:

    What a lovely thing for you to do Mel! Always love your blog posts, and recipes, and this is such a fun giveaway! Thanks for all your inspiration 🙂

  310. Brandie says:

    I love unique gifts!!!! All things handmade melt my heart. Thanks for your amazing blog and all the inspiration you give us readers!

  311. Morgan R. says:

    My sister told me about your blog last year, and I’m so glad she did. I love going through the archives and finding new recipes to try! My favorite so far is your no bake lemon cheesecake.

  312. Heidi F. says:

    What a fun idea! I would love to win!

  313. Kelsey says:

    I absolutely adore your website. Every recipe I have ever tried is phenomenal 🙂 Anytime I need a sweet treat idea, I think “my go to girl Mel will have something”. Also I have recently become a jogger, not a runner but an easy jog is more my style and your running blog has been most encouraging.
    Thank you for writing and sharing!

  314. kassidy says:

    Super Cute stuff!

  315. queenann says:

    Mel. We’re friends, right? So if you ever ever say anything on this blog again about how you don’t have any talent, I might have to punch you in the face. And you’ll have to interpret that as a sign of my undying loyalty.
    K loveyou bye.

  316. Tristan says:

    Mel –
    You are totally my go to – omg what will I make for dinner – I need a winner recipe right now – website to visit daily. From your amazing chicken, sun-dried tomato pasta to those ridiculous lemonies – I am so flippin’ thankful that you post new recipes regularly and my family is thankful too!!

  317. Cathi says:

    Love your blog! And love the apron!! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  318. Gen says:

    Stronger Everyday. What a very inspiring message! =) It would be lovely to win so I can give this necklace to my daughter and the luxurious soap and apron for me! =) Thank you! =)

  319. Jessica says:

    What a fun selection of items!! I checked out each of these ladies sites to purchase on and they are all resonably priced as well!! Thanks Mel.

  320. Courtney says:

    I absolutely love your site! I’ve been making recipes from it for years. I love seeing your adorable family and all the moves you’ve made over the years. Thank you for being so authentic in your writing and taking such yummy looking pictures!

  321. Shanda says:

    What a fun surprise! I turn to you several times a week for delicious meal ideas, and today, find a fun “treat”

  322. Kerri says:

    Your website is my absolute favorite! I never thought I could cook or bake but Every recipe of yours that I have tried has been fantastic (and I’ve tried dozens!).

  323. Becca says:

    I’m due in 3 weeks (3rd boy)! Any of this would definitely be super cute and come in so handy.

  324. Heather M. says:

    Today is my little girl’s birthday and for her cake she wants peanut butter sheet cake. She has excellent taste for only being 3 years old!

  325. Jessica says:

    Thank you for being you and staying true to your blog. You have not changed over the years and you continue to give us all AMAZING recipes that I make over and over! We love your blog!

  326. Robin Christine says:

    What a wonderful idea for a giveaway! This is the first place I look when I need ideas for meals for my two boys. Growing up, my sisters and I spent summer days in the kitchen with Mom, as she was a homemaker and cook. These days I try to incorporate that into my sons lives by baking with them when we can and hopefully they will be inspired to do the same for their little one’s some day too!

  327. Janet says:

    Mel, my nieces in college discovered your blog on their own. The quickly discovered what we all know–the recipes turn out every time. When they told their mother, she recognized it as being the one I had referred her to some time before! Now you are not only a special friend of mine, but part of the family. We all thank you!

  328. Jana Mantovani says:

    Love the items in this giveaway! I desire to have something special for myself, as I tend to do the special things for others. Time to treat myself!

  329. Katie says:

    I was introduced to your website by my dear sister-in-law about a year ago, and you are now the first source I go to when meal planning! Love your food, your writing, and your wit! What an awesome giveaway!

  330. Sheryl Carlin says:

    My heart’s desire today is that my brother David will make a full recovery after his heart attack and that I might be blessed enough to make him another meal cooking his favorite Mel’s recipes!

  331. Tiffani says:

    Looks so fun! I love your recipes and spunk. I think I just live a few miles from you (barely in the country, south of the freeway)…with space for chickens, alapacas, goats, and one pot bellied pig! I thought your husband was a genius in making a homemade skating rink.

  332. donna says:

    When my sons married, I made each future daughter-in- law an apron to give them at their shower with a hug, telling them ” the apron strings are cut– I never want my sons to forget about me, but you should come first in their life now!” I have been so blessed with the wives and husband my children married!

  333. Amy Green says:

    We just made your shepherds pie and it was so good. My daughters all ate second helpings. Thank you!!

  334. Kathy says:

    Yours is my favorite cooking blog – I tell all my friends about you!

  335. Gabi says:

    Whether or not I win, I want to take the opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate this website. This is my go to place for recipes. I ALWAYS get compliments when I bring a dish made from one of your recipes to a function. Thank you so much!!

  336. ms tk says:

    How thoughtful! I enjoy your blog and recipes, thank you for sharing.

  337. Leslie says:

    Love your blog! Have made tons of your recipes over the years. Love this sweet giveaway.

  338. Stacy says:

    Your spice cabinet update reminded me it was time to go through mine. Which also translated into me checking all the medicines in that cabinet too. I am grateful for your willingness to share your recipes with the world.

  339. Elisabeth Glaskox says:

    I can just imagine my husband grilling out wearing that super cute frilly apron. And Chocolate soap? Yes, please. Thank goodness for Aunt Marilyn, that gal has some great ideas.

  340. Stephanie says:

    I love your blog, I have been a follower for a few years. Whenever I am looking for a recipe your blog is the first one I go to; I can always count on the food turning out great.

  341. Jenny says:

    I would love a lovely hand made apron! Love your blog!!

  342. Sydney says:

    Love your blog, especially the double chocolate mousse torte!

  343. Heidi Essig says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve tried just about every recipe on your blog. 🙂 Sincerely Mel, thank you for the time you give to your blog to better our homes. Not only is our food better because of your recipes, but the quality time around the dinner table is better too! Melskitchencafe is part of our home. 🙂

  344. Michelle Mead says:

    Love all of it!!

  345. Elin says:

    So cute!

  346. Stacie A. says:

    Although I never win giveaways, I still try. That little apron I’d calling my name! I wear your “I’m a rock star in the kitchen” one, which I love, but it’s starting to fade so I need another apron with your “name”on it. You have made cooking/baking so fun and easy for me!

  347. amber c says:

    Thank goodness for this website! I have a few go to recipes of yours that I stash away for those occasions when my husband forgets to tell me we are invited to a party and I need to whip something up pronto or my daughter needs treats for school the next day. Keep up the good work.

  348. Julie R. says:

    I hope I win! I love everything in the box!

  349. Valerie Suppes says:

    I can’t say how much I L.O.VE. these items!!!!! I have never made any of your recipes that hasn’t been a five star hit in our house!

  350. Heather says:

    Mel, You are a Rock Star to my family! You have such great recipes! We owe our pizza night to you and and your AWESOME pizza recipes! Thanks for the giveaway!

  351. Julianne says:

    I need to run errands but I am procrastinating…. 🙂

  352. Terry says:

    This is a dandy giveaway. Thank you!!!

  353. Laura P says:

    Your sweet and sour chicken is the most requested recipe with my family and friends.

  354. Ina Rodino says:

    Awesome as always!! 🙂

  355. Melinda Hutton says:

    Love visiting your blog when I’m looking for new ideas. Have tried many of your recipes and love them. Anxious to try your best peanut butter cookies. Chris says hi!

  356. Erin says:

    Hi Mel, I use your recipes all of the time. It’s one of the first ones I search when I’m looking for a recipe. I also am enjoying your running series. I ran my first half back in February and I love reading everyone’s stories and hearing their experiences. Your down to earth running journal is a breath of fresh air! Thanks for all you do!

  357. lesley says:

    this is the sweetest little basket of goodies! thanks for the opportunity.

  358. Jessie Koerner says:

    In an effort to be unique, here’s a haiku for you!

    Feeding a large crowd
    or just my own family,
    your site saves the day.

    Thanks for the wonderful resource you provide!

  359. Jamie says:

    I’ve loved your recipes and have shared your site with many friends and family!

  360. Jolyn says:

    I miss you sweet friend and does not surprise me that your heart is so abundantly generous! I cannot believe our babies are three and we haven’t seen each other since 🙁

  361. Kelsey says:

    I would LOVE a new apron and matching one for my munchkin!

  362. Terry says:

    I love your blog — I can always trust that the recipes will work. I bought ribs last week and went straight to your recipe for oven-baked ribs.. They were fabulous!

  363. Briana says:

    Love your recipes! Thanks for all you do!!

  364. Brandy says:

    Mel, I love your recipes! What a wonderful box of goodies! This would be a nice pick-me-up to a bad week. It’s my first week back at work from maternity leave :o(

  365. Tracy says:

    You have great recipes! Love the fabric that you used for your apron!

  366. Laura says:

    I was whistling Dixie when I saw the homemade soap! What a fun box of goodies, Mel. This is so sweet – and so kind of you to do.

    Thank You ~

  367. Shannon says:

    Mel! Can I just say that I adore you?! I love reading your posts – it’s like chatting with an old friend. And, I love all your recipes. I cook almost exclusively from your site. Thank YOU for sharing all your talents and wit with us.

  368. lynn says:

    How wonderfully thoughtful, so enjoy your blog, thank you again for sharing.

  369. Sharon says:

    My heart desires to be as genuinely kind and funny as you are!! I love your recipes and the time and effort you put into your blog, thanks for sharing!

  370. Richelle says:

    Love your site. I always forget to put an apron on and then wish I had.

  371. Katie King says:

    Love your blog, Mel! The classic tomato soup is such a hit with my little ones. They literally cheer when I make it for dinner! Thanks for so many great recipes and such fun blog posts.

  372. Sheena says:

    I simply adore your website. It is only one I check every single day for a new recipe and I am never disappointed with everything I make from you. Each time I get compliments on my cooking/baking, I always say “It’s all Mel” because it ALWAYS is one of your gems! Thanks for always being a bright spot in my day 🙂

  373. Gina Lane says:

    Chocolate soap? Oh my, should I eat it or lather up? Hmmm

  374. Michele Moore says:

    These boxes are just adorable! Thank you for such a thoughtful giveaway!

  375. Faith B. says:

    I’m sick of snow! (We live in SD.)

  376. Mackenzie says:

    Love your recipes. I use them a lot for my family of 5 and quite often get a thumbs up!

  377. Andrea jeffrey says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your blog has given my cooking a much needed boost of inspiration. Take care:)

  378. Lisa says:

    Love homemade stuff! Those look awesome!!

  379. Julie Brenden says:

    I have been following your blog religiously since December when I made 7 batches of your Foolproof No-stir caramels (not to mention several batches of your Soft Chocolate Caramels). I have been hooked ever since and now have a binder full of recipes voted winners by my family. I have 5 kids ranging from 10 – 20 years. Thanks for renewing my love of cooking and baking!

  380. Lucy says:

    I love your website and use it often! Thanks for the great recipes and fun giveaway! Your apron is so, so cute.

  381. Deanne says:

    My family loves your site for the yummy food we make from it. I use your site more than any of my cookbooks and have referred many others to it. thanks to a WOW Mom!

  382. Heather says:

    I really need a new apron to wear when I cook all your recipes!

  383. Randi T. says:

    Hi Mel! I am not exaggerating when I say that virtually every meal prepared in my home is one of your recipes!! My husband and I LOVE your site! We actually had cilantro lime rice for dinner just last night. Thanks for sharing your recipes and cooking tips – they are so appreciated!!! – Randi

  384. Angela says:

    You’re the best, Mel! Your recipes, your authenticity, your friendliness – love it all!

  385. Emily says:

    I love your blog. I have made so many of your recipes! Excited about the giveaway.

  386. Anna says:

    This looks fabulous! I happen to be in Meridian this weekend visiting family. Every time we visit, I always hope to run into you somewhere! If we did, it would probably be in Costco! Thanks for all your hard work and inspiration!

  387. Elisa says:

    I love getting on your blog and seeing all the yummy recipes you share! I use them all the time and I am so grateful! I don’t have a vast repetoire of recipes and yours have definitely made eating around here a bit more exciting! I appreciate that they are “tried and tested”. 🙂

  388. Laura says:

    I absolutely love this site! It is my go to for meal planning. Came across it just over a year ago and love going thru all the recipes I missed before I found you

  389. auschick in va says:

    Those soaps look amazing! I have recently started making some soaps but I need to look for some new recipes. Hmm, my little heart desires a magically clean and organized home!

  390. Betty T-Q says:

    Like any other mother, my little heart would like to see my husband and my youngest son have the father son relationship they used to have before my little heart stops beating!

  391. Bethany says:

    My little heart desires many things that I probably don’t “need”, but it is always fun to dream! 🙂 At the moment, it is desiring a new deck and patio. 🙂 Love your site! Thanks for all your hard work.

  392. Beth Dendekker says:

    Mel! You are simply fabulous–great-tasting, family-friendly recipes AND this giveaway?! 🙂 My parents are coming for a visit this weekend, and almost every meal I’m planning has a “Mel component”! 🙂

  393. amanda says:

    Love homemade stuff – and love that your website gives me awesome recipes so I can make awesome, from my very own kitchen homemade food to love my friends and family!

  394. Barbara Sheffield says:

    Love your blog. Any chance you could post nutritional content for your recipes ?

  395. Kristin says:

    Your blog has become a favorite in my house! My kids ask for your mug cakes almost every week. 🙂

  396. Kali says:

    I enjoy your blog so much! As a mama of 5 little (getting bigger everyday!) boys, your fabulous family-friendly recipes are just what I need. In fact, I use them so much, that whenever I bring food to a family gathering my mom asks, “Is this from that one website?”. And it always is! Thank you!

  397. Lilly says:

    This would brighten my day if I won one of these beauties. Actually, it would brighten my week, month… Wow! Fun idea, thank you for sharing!

  398. April Sears says:

    You may not be crafty, but you are an amazing cook! And have a big heart to share your talent with all the rest of us.

  399. Lara says:

    I love your recipes! They are simple, delicious and restaurant worthy. Thank you for the time and effort you put into your blog!

  400. Robert P. says:

    When it is time to cook, or find a new recipe, the first place I look is here! My wife and I have tried so many of your recipes over the years and have never been let down!! Keep it up Mel

  401. Nic says:

    I think I’m sorta becoming an apron junkie…the one posted above that you made = SUPER CUTE! 🙂

  402. Doris McCarty says:

    I love your site. Your recipes are favorites at our house. Such a sweet giveaway. Thank you!

  403. Linnea says:

    I love finding new blogs with fabulous recipes!! Thrilled to find yours!! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your world!!!

  404. Judy K says:

    Love your recipes! Keep up the good work.

  405. tiffany says:

    It’s my birthday the first week in June so if I win it will be perfect! Plus, I’ve never won anything before 😉

  406. K. Baker says:

    What a fun gift box! I love your recipe blog. Today, I’m making your Pumpkin Blueberry muffins. It was perfect timing–I got on your site to see what recipe of yours I could put my fresh blueberries into, and there was today’s recipe! I’m with you on the pumpkin thing all year round! I’ll let you know how we like your new muffin recipe (whole wheat muffins are especially up my alley!).

  407. Laura S says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love your blog!

  408. Jaime I. says:

    I love your website and consider it my ‘go-to’ for all things cooking and baking (and I think your run inspiration is also great!). Keep up the terrific work!

  409. Andrea says:

    I would love to learn how to sew. Thanks for the giveaway and telling us about these three great companies.

  410. Susan Vickers says:

    Those gifts look so fun. Hopefully one comes my way. Thanks for thinking of your readers.

  411. Jamie says:

    I love these items. How sweet of you to do a giveaway! I love your blog, you’re recipes are a part of my daily meal plan and conversation each day:)! Thanks for what you do.

  412. Judy says:

    Next week is my birthday and I want to win this! I love aprons. I must confess my family constantly teases me about how much I love this site and we all talk about you by your first name, as if we know you. I have even heard my husband telling people about “Mel” and her site and the great recipes I have found. And I am pretty sure that you are my source for the game Sleeping Queens, which my little boy loves. Thanks for the help and inspiration for me, feeding my family of 4 kids (3 teens and a kindergartner) and a husband.

  413. Julie says:

    What a lovely collection of handmade items nestled in this box. Love your site!

  414. Martha says:

    Oh, how sweet this is!! What a fun giveaway. Fingers crossed.

  415. Debbi K. says:

    Thank you for the opportunity for a FUN giveaway! I LOVE your blog and the recipes are always right on and delicious! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!

  416. Cristina says:

    These are so awesome! Fingers are crossed.

  417. Kylee says:

    Love, love, love your site! My husband makes fun of me for taking about you like we are such good friends, but you don’t know me at all. Sounds creepy… Sorry!!!!!

  418. Janice says:

    This wonderful basket will be perfect to lift the spirits of my dear friend. Thank you for the idea and links to their websites. I especially love the “stronger every day” necklace.

  419. Julie says:

    Handmade gifts are the best!

  420. Sharon says:

    Love all the goodies! Thank you!

  421. Efrat says:

    I recently made the lemony lemony sticky buns and they were dreamy! Thanks!

  422. Linda Bivens says:

    Thanks for sharing your life with us. Ours are just better with Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

  423. Jo Derouin says:

    waiting for summer to arrive

  424. JC says:

    Oooh! Pick me! Pick me! It’s actually a contest I can enter…one that ships to all 50 states!

  425. Netta says:

    Thanks for sharing your clever ideas, recipes and life with us. Love your instructional videos, too!

  426. Tami says:

    Ever so grateful for this site! It’s my first source for all things food-related. Thanks!

  427. Natalie Call says:

    These look so lovely! You are in good company with JessicaBe, she’s my awesome sister-in-law! Thanks for all you do, Mel.

  428. AndreaDW says:

    Great site & recipes!

  429. Janeen says:

    Love your site, love your food, love you!

  430. Mel says:

    My kids are always excited to try something new when I tell them I found it on your blog! Love the fabric for your apron. My kind mom makes all my aprons (since I didn’t get the crafty or sewing genes). Aprons are my favorite thing to collect! Well, aprons and cookie recipes!

  431. Sandy Doll says:

    Wow Mel – you have come a long way from singing songs from Grease in our basement – and laughing at the cake you guys baked for the boys only – ever tell your readers about that. Still the greatest prank. Thanks for your time tested recipes.

  432. Monica says:

    I LOVE your recipes. I have been obsessed cooking ever since I discovered your website. My family loves you for it! Thank you Mel!

  433. Shelly says:

    I too lack any crafting ability! I do however appreciate that other people have these talents so I can enjoy crafty things! I would love all of these things!

  434. Kris Gardner says:

    I really enjoy the posts, recipes, giveaways, ideas and everything else about your site. It is an inspiration!

  435. Suzanne says:

    I love your site!! I don’t even remember how I found you, but I have made countless recipes of yours, and they have all been amazing!! You have honestly changed how I think about cooking, and now I am making more and more meals and treats from scratch. My husband, kids, and I thank you!!

  436. Chris says:

    Even if I don’t win you have given me ideas for Christmas presents. Beautiful boxes.

  437. Camilla Christensen says:

    I love your website.. absolutely love it! Almost everything we eat is from “Mel’s!” THank you for all you do and all the effort you put in to your site!

  438. Sheryl Bohn says:

    Even though I am an over-the-hill cook, I still love to cook. My kids are all grown up but I still enjoy cooking and sharing with family and friends. All the recipes that I have tried of yours always turn out well and very tasty. Mel, you are truly an amazing gal that has a big family and to keep up this recipe blog site. I wish you well in all of your endeavors.

  439. CjR says:

    Mel–you are my “go-to’girl”, both at home and at school. I’m a FACS teacher and when I need a specific recipe to fit a particular lesson, your web-site is my top choice. My students have come to recognize your recipes and I’m converting them to become a “Mel-Frequent-Flyer”, too. Thanks for keeping my classroom & dinner table supplied with fabulous recipes.

  440. Molly says:

    Beyond cooking, I’m hopeless at homemade items. So the items in that box, sound especially fun to me. Now if you could pack a chocolate cheesecake in that box too…

  441. Heather Burns says:

    Mel, you’re the best! I love handmade goods! Thanks for this wonderful blog and all of your amazing recipes. Because of you, I’m a rock star in my kitchen! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  442. Lisa says:

    Love it all! When things are homemade, it make them so much more meaningful!

  443. Megan says:

    Mel, you are so very talented! All the food you create, along with beautiful pictures and videos, and did you not make a little playhouse for your kids for Christmas? :). Your site is the best. Thanks for introducing us to awesome products!

  444. Jane says:

    So many fun things! I love the necklace.

  445. cherie dellwo says:

    check your site everyday, you and pioneer woman

  446. Julienne Johnson says:

    What a great idea. I love everything and the fact that these items are all made with love. Thanks for the opportunity to sign up for a chance to have these lovely items.

  447. Ashlee says:

    If you remember any of my other posts, you know that I love your site and think of you as a dear friend. Funny story…I was looking up a recipe on your site and set my phone down for a minute. A girl saw it and said “Is that Mel’s Kitchen Cafe? I LOVE Mel’s Kitchen Cafe!!” We proceeded to talk for more than 5 minutes about all your amazing recipes and how we have to keep heavy cream on hand always :).
    Not only have you enriched our food, but our lives with your amazing recipes pulling us toward the dinner table and each other.
    Whoa, that got serious. But seriously, you’re very talented and I’m grateful for the time you spend on this treasure!!

  448. Julie says:

    Love your site! I make our soaps, but would love some that’s scented!

  449. Jenny says:

    Thanks for being my go to recipe site. My sister told me about your site a few years ago and your recipes have saved me over and over again! Thank you!!!

  450. Katrina H says:

    I love your blog! I have made your giant cookie approximately 4257 times since I discovered it last year, for gifts and for myself. Ok so maybe I’m exaggerating just a bit, but I’ve made it a lot! Thanks for the chance to win!

  451. Kate says:

    You have a fabulous site and I’ve enjoyed many of your recipes. Thank you for sharing your talent for delicious food and others talent for hand crafted love!!

  452. Robyn Vermeulen says:

    This is so fun! I love each and every item you have chosen and your recipes are some of my absolute faves 🙂

  453. Kimberly says:

    Such fun items in this giveaway! I have stacks of recipes I’ve printed out, made, and loved from your blog. You’re my first source for new recipes!

  454. Cerissa says:

    Do biological sisters get special treatment? I don’t cook like you do. And I can’t run like you do either. You have done amazing things with your blog and touched the lives of many with your talents. I love you.

  455. Jaylene Mosley says:

    Love the bright colors of the apron. I love everything on your website and you are my go to blog if I ever need a recipe for a gathering!

  456. Tiffany says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Chocolate soap sounds amazing; I might have to look into that!

  457. Jana Gunnell says:

    I love your website and I have enjoyed trying out new recipes for my big family. They love it too!

  458. Chris says:

    I visit your site every day and love the down home recipes. For the last few weeks I have been especially down since my mom passed away, but it seems at times when I visit your site and see your recipes, it reminds me of my mom and the best of times being in the kitchen together and makes me smile. Thank you for sharing and being a part of my day!

  459. Megan says:

    What a great giveaway! I think I’d be most excited about that lovely soap. It all looks wonderful though.

  460. Karen says:

    I love your site and look forward to your emails. Great ideas and awesome recipes!

  461. Tori says:

    I love your blog. I have yet to try one of your recipes I didn’t like. Thank you for everything you do.

  462. Niki says:

    These all look amazing! Thanks for the chance to win all these wonderful items 🙂

  463. Rebecca Moore says:

    I’d love that cute apron!

  464. Kristi says:

    I LOVE your blog! It’s my absolute favorite. So many of our family favorites have come from your blog. Thanks for all the time you put in to it. You are a rock star!!

  465. Anna says:

    Hi Mel!! Your site is my absolute favorite food website. I have made so many of your recipes that I don’t even remember what I cooked before I found them. And I really do love all of the extras you post here (Snapshot, favorite products, etc). But I’ve really enjoyed your running posts the most! They have ALMOST inspired me to start running. I haven’t quite made it there, but I did get on my elliptical machine yesterday for about 5 minutes. Then I thought of your site and decided to go make cookies!!!! Wires got crossed 🙂
    Thanks for all the great recipes Mel!

  466. Emily says:

    Well, if Molly can’t have food made by Mel, maybe we could have an APRON made by Mel! :o) I am definitely a soap-lovin’-birthday-celebratin’-necklace-adoring-apron-wearing-mom. Pick me!!

  467. MaryLou says:

    What a great idea for a giveaway! I’m new to your site but I see a lot of recipes I want to try. 🙂

  468. Isabelle says:

    I love you and your site so much. Thank you for all you’ve done for my cooking skills!

  469. Emily B says:

    Fun stuff!

  470. Tanis says:

    What a fun basket. And that soap?!!!! I love your blog!

  471. Christine says:

    My heart desires to win one of these gift boxes! Thank you for your endless inspirations and for making so many cooking experiences doable. This weekend I plan to make homemade yogurt….never thought I would have the confidence to do that!

  472. Marlene says:

    Thanks for your great site & all your fabulous recipes…plus everything else you share. I always love your “favorites” posts!!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a box of “Homemade Love”…

  473. Tasha R. says:

    Love your site! And the soaps sound amazing, then again it all sounds amazing!

  474. Sara F says:

    Love this box!! Cute idea for a giveaway.

  475. Asparagus says:

    I love your recipes, too. I use several of them weekly. In fact, tonight we had the Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken and Cheesy Zuchinni rice. Taco Packets tomorrow. :). Thanks for all the work you put into your blog — you’re a great cook!

  476. Jen says:

    Great site, love your recipes! Just made your sloppy joe’s tonight for dinner and have probably made them at least 25 times, a family favorite.

  477. emmie says:

    Mel, you never do me wrong. I have loved every recipe I’ve ever tried. I have a Cinnamon Roll Cake in my kitchen right now to give away as a gift…it’s very tempting to keep it for myself!!

  478. Love handmade things! I choose them every time! 🙂 Your basket looks lovely by the way!

  479. Michelle Sc says:

    Wow! What a fun idea! Thanks for posting this quirky, fun giveaway!

  480. Aww, this is so special Mel!! But I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed that you won’t be including any homemade treats. THAT would be the icing on the cake. 😀 Thank you for offering this fun & unique giveaway!

  481. Kristen M. says:

    A comment my heart desires would include saying I want to be like you, a mother who cooks a variety of fantastic meals for her family regularly and is inspiring others through her running journey. I’m an aspiring runner, but I think I’d do better if I was actually running instead of trotting. I hope I win!

  482. Tina says:

    This is so fun! I love your site and use your recipes a lot. My 6 kids approve!!

  483. Keri says:

    Your blog is my go-to whenever I am trying to to decide what to make for dinner. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes!

  484. Terra says:

    You have gotten me out of a cooking slump many times. Thanks for sharing your recipes. My favorite recipe is for perfect cinnamon rolls. I could eat them everyday.

  485. Kirstin says:

    The only recipe on your site that my family didn’t care for was spaghetti pie…and that was the first one I tried! Good thing I kept going, because now I only follow you and Our Best Bites. Except sometimes OBB is just a bit too foodie for me, and yours is my favorite.

  486. Melissa says:

    My little heart desires to be a stay at home Mom. 🙂 Beautiful giveaway!!

  487. Amy says:

    Pick me pick me! I want a box, well not just a box but maybe a box with these cool items in it! In case I didn’t say it already, pick me pick me!

  488. Amy says:

    More and more often our dinner is a recipe from you. Thanks for helping me feed my family!

  489. Mayci Loving says:

    Love all your recipes!! Thank you!

  490. Kari Aderhold says:

    I also have a nocturnal three year old daughter. :/ I would love to win this fun box of beautiful gifts. I love handmade and homemade!! Love your recipes, Mel!:)

  491. Oh Mel! What an amazing gift basket.

  492. Laurel Alger says:

    Love Mel’s Kitchen Cafe! Recipes are always yummy! Never had one we didn’t love!

  493. Jone says:

    What a sweet idea! Thank you!

  494. Mary says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I absolutely love your blog and use it pretty much every day to make dinner…and too many desserts! I absolutely adore your running updates and wish you best of luck next month!

  495. Kelly says:

    I love the pattern on the apron, so vibrant!

  496. Jackie says:

    I’ve been married for 25 years & have 2 kids… Which means roughly 9125 dinners, plus numerous breakfasts and countless sack lunches! I come here for new ideas and old favorites! (And to check in on your growing kids, I feel like we are old friends.) Thanks for helping make it enjoyable-
    PS- my daughter is a college student with her own place- often when she asks if I have a recipe for this or that, I end up telling her to check with Mel.

  497. Sara Spasic says:

    Count me in on the drawing! The items are adorable! I appreciate all of the yummy recipes you share! Thanks so much!

  498. jennifer says:

    Your blog is the only one I follow. You do such amazing things, I have loved every recipe ive tried. Keep doing what you’re doing. Thank you for everything on this site!!!

  499. Shalynn says:

    I could really use a hot bath right now with that yum yum soap as the ikea bed frame my hubby and I just put up does not fit the mattress, oops a little sizing mistake. Where’s Bob Vela and his, “measure twice” when you need him 🙂

  500. Sarah says:

    Your blog is one of my favorites. I love one-of-a-kind thing, but the grapefruit soap especially looks appealing.

  501. Tricia says:

    Hey Mel! Love, love, love your blog. Our family loves your recipes and I love reading your running updates. My boys and I just ran our half this past Sunday! It was awesome! It was worth every. painful. blister! 🙂 Keep on running!

  502. Paula says:

    I love all your recipes and am always telling my girls,”Well on Mels blog, this recipe…”
    What a cute fun gift basket! Who wouldn’t be excited to win! Thanks for all your fun recipes!

  503. Dawn says:

    I absolutely love your site! It’s my go to place when I need a recipe. I haven’t been disappointed in anything I’ve made so far. I’d love a chance to win a cute apron to wear as I’m making one of your recipes!

  504. Melanie says:

    Thank you, Mel, for your awesome website! Since vowing to start meal planning and cooking “real” food every day as my New Year’s Resolution, your website has allowed me to remain 100% committed!! Your giveaway is also very exciting–I would be super excited to win any one of those items!! I still can’t get over chocolate scented soap–I’ve never heard of it, but I already am in love…

  505. Christie says:

    There’s nothing better than getting something like this in the mail!

  506. Nancy says:

    I so enjoy your blog and the aprons are adorable. I wear them out! Always seem to have one on and hubby is very happy because he benefits from my cooking. Would love to win one of the baskets and especially an apron! Thank you for your blog; you brighten the day!

  507. Tiffanie says:

    What a fun giveaway! This is my favorite cooking blog by far. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  508. Kim says:

    Probably 80% of the recipes I make come from your blog! I know if I’m making something you post, I’ll will like it…and so will my family and friends. Thanks for such great recipes! And for the giveaway!

  509. Tracy P says:

    Very kind of you to offer this give away. 🙂
    Happy spring-almost-summer!

  510. Vi says:

    I love all your recipes, especially your Aunt Marilyn’s! Yummy!!!

  511. Debbie Bray says:

    I really do enjoy your recipes

  512. TRob says:

    You are my hero – fabulous cook, runner, fun mommy!

  513. Susan says:

    Everything in the basket sounds incredible, I love the idea of all unique, handmade items!

  514. Angela says:

    You are an absolute inspiration to me! I grew up in a family where my mother hated to cook. Now that I’m married, working full-time, and a Mommy of three little ones, I often find myself stressed about what to cook for dinner. Ever since my good friend introduced me to your website last year, I have made it my mission to cook everything on your blog! This week we tried your Sweet and Spicy Pork Tacos (yum!) and I LITERALLY just pulled your Choc Chip Toffee Bars out of the oven for a work event we have tomorrow. (Those are the BEST!!!) You have given me a confidence in the kitchen I never had before, and this past year my husband magically seems to love our dinners thanks to you! ; ) Thank you for your wonderful blog and amazing recipes. I love your writing style and have thoroughly enjoyed following you. Have a GREAT summer!

  515. Patty says:

    My little heart desires one of those cool boxes. 😉 You are my go to recipe girl and I thank you for giving me practical, yet delicious recipes that I can actually reproduce from your instructions! No small feat. God bless your generous and gifted heart, Mel.

  516. Brittany says:

    I really enjoy your website. Love the sugar cookie bars and your garlic alfredo sauce. Favorites at my house. Thanks!

  517. Andrea Tucker says:

    Mel, you’re my hero. If I won an apron sewn by you I would treasure it forever! I LOVE your blog!!

  518. Megan Williams says:

    I would love to get this for my sister. She is a school teacher who had a bad fall last summer where she broke her pelvis, hip, leg and wrist. After almost six months of rehab she was finally back to work only to have another accident resulting in two new broken bones. She has been amazing through it all and the necklace especially is perfect!

  519. Jerilyn says:

    You have changed my life! You make me look good! Every meal with the “whole” family is a Mel’s recipie and I wait for them to ask… this Mel’s? I can’t even count how many people I have referred to your site, not only for the fail proof recipies, but the positive attitude, clever comments and motivation to cook good food! Love you!

  520. Tori says:

    I love yor blog! You are hilarious! What a fun giveaway. Thanks

  521. Christchanna says:

    i love this idea and your website!

  522. Amy H. says:

    This is my favorite kind of gift to give AND to receive!

  523. Samantha says:

    your blog is my favorite cooking blog ever!!

  524. Nancy B. says:

    Thanks for being so thoughtful and thanks for all the time you give others by sharing your talents.

  525. Kellena says:

    Love your recipes! You are my go-to website for recipes that are always just right.

  526. Shelly says:

    Hi Mel,
    I’m seriously thinking that you have so many fans that I have exactly ZERO chance of winning one of these adorable boxes, but I’ll take my chances anyway.
    Even though I’m older than you, I have to admit that finding your blog about 4 years ago actually got me cooking more (I think I was burned out before). My kids LOVE your recipes and you are definitely famous at my house too.
    I loved our little email chat last year and still say that we should meet sometime! I might just have a little summer reading treat for your boys too ;o)

  527. Christie N. says:

    Thanks, for the fun giveaway!! I always enjoy your amazing zucchini recipes!!

  528. Amy says:

    Out of the thousands of recipe blogs out there, I keep coming back to yours over and over again! I was initially drawn to your website because of your desire to make homemade, wholesome foods for your family. That is exactly how my husband and I cook for our daughter, and we love that all of your recipes–even the desserts–are truly homemade and contain REAL ingredients! Every recipe that we have tried (and we have tried a LOT) are all winners in our family! Thank you for all your hard work–we so enjoy and appreciate it!

  529. Your recipes are my favorite! Whenever I’m looking for a new recipe I check your blog first to see if you have what I need! My mom and three sisters all swear by your recipes as well.

  530. Patrice says:

    What a a kind and generous surprise! Thank you for all you put into the blog. Those soaps look amazing 🙂

  531. Kelsey Booth says:

    I love your website! I I share your recipes with everyone!

  532. gary says:

    I really like your recipes!

  533. Tamara says:

    What a thoughtful thing to do for your readers! I look forward to every one of your posts. : )

  534. Ted S says:

    My wife loves your website and I love the great meals!

  535. Lynne says:

    I love your blog and love trying your recipes! What a great giveaway! Thanks!

  536. Susan Matheson says:

    I check your blog daily and use many, many of your recipes! Thank you.

  537. Molly Ellis says:

    So fun!

  538. Kathy Davis says:

    Hello from the MO Ozarks.. Thanks you for this lovely giveaway. I actually bought some handmade soap today in a little gift shop. It’s a surprise for my daughter who really loves handmade soaps. I like to support local businesses and crafters.

  539. Danielle H. says:

    Oh Mel! What a fun box of goodies! It would be so lovely to win!

  540. Suzie says:

    Oh Fun!! I’m hoping I can see you B-town this summer maybe!!

  541. shauna says:

    mmm…grapefruit soap!

  542. Joanna says:

    What does my heart desire? Well, it depends on the day, even the hour. Sometimes it’s chocolate, other times it’s gathering with girlfriends and another time it might be a packed house on a Friday night making pizzas. But what I know for sure is that I can always find a recipe and you make me look like a superstar, so thank you! Would love this fun little giveaway. P.S. who are we kidding, it’s always chocolate 🙂

  543. Courtney says:

    What a darling gift this would be for my birthday coming up this Friday! 🙂 Love, love, love your blog! It really, truly is my absolute favorite! Keep up the amazing work, Mel!

  544. Carolyn says:

    Still love your recipe for oatmeal pancake mix after all these years! Thanks for so many absolutely mouthwatering recipes!

  545. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! Also, thank you for all your wonderful recipes. A friend told me about your blog over 5 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. Rarely does a day go by without checking out your blig and I’ve truly learned how to cook because of you! THANK YOU! 🙂

  546. Molly says:

    Hi Mel…Thanks for thinking of us. I think your blog is absolutely amazing. For example, I read about your lemon brownies and saw the photos and have been thinking about them a lot! So much that I will be making them for our last day of school celebration that I will be having for my children and sisters and myself (I am a teacher and yeah we celebrate the last day). Thanks for making cooking fun, creative, challenging, and beautiful( I like my food pretty too)! Happy cooking!

  547. Lynette says:

    What a lovely gift basket! Anyone would be overjoyed to receive it!

  548. Krystal says:

    Such cute things! I’d love a chance to win them. 🙂

  549. Katherine M says:

    You are my go to recipe site. Thanks for all your hard work testing and retesting the recipes. What a lovely giveaway box.

  550. Marlene says:

    Ever since my daughter-in-law introduced me to your blog I find myself going here so often for some awesome recipe ideas! You are so sweet to offer give-always for your readers and encourage us to try new things. Keep up the posts for all of us to enjoy!! We love you!

  551. Debbie Cranford says:

    I just love you! You and David Leite are my go-to food pages, but I always come to you first 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  552. Noel says:

    Thanks for this great giveaway! This is really cool stuff. Appreciate it!

  553. Brenda says:

    Your blog is my homepage so I see what is new every time I log onto the internet. I love to see what you’ve been cooking/baking and often try out your recipes 🙂 Thanks for a fun and informative site.

  554. Jen Burton says:

    I really love your recipes and your blog. I think my favorite is the buttermilk banana bread…oh and the sweet and sour chicken!! I check the blog almost daily! Thank you for sharing your talent of cooking. We all are crafty in our own ways!

  555. Kaitlin says:

    How crazy is it that I can already smell the amazingness of grapefruit after seeing the soap label in the photo?! I would love to try your Aunt Marilyn’s soap! I made her Heavenly Blueberry and Cream Angel Dessert with Maine blueberries for Easter this year and my in-laws (originally from the East Coast) absolutely loved it! Oh, and I love the apron with the owls – the design/style is adorable!

  556. Laura from the Land of Aus says:

    Mel, I LOVE your website! You have, almost singlehandedly, taught my husband to cook!! I have serious problems with my knees & sacroiliac joints (the bits that attach your pelvis to your sacrum-very important for movement), so most of my life is spent in bed. And I’m only 45-not fun. 🙁 Anyway, this means my husband has to do a lot of the dinner meals. All I have to do is show him a recipe of your & BAM! a delicious dinner is on the table! So thank you for keeping my family fed!
    My only complaint is that I can’t join in on your competitions!! I live in Australia! Does it count that I grew up in Canada? Or how about I pay for the shipping if I win? 😉 LOL!
    Any chance of you posting the pattern for the apron? It is so cute!!
    Keep up the great work!! <3

  557. Noelle says:

    Always looking thru your recipes to plan our weekly meals!

  558. Joni says:

    Love! Love! Love! your blog! thanks for sharing so much yumminess.

  559. Libby says:

    My kids are always happy to hear we’re eating something from your blog. Thanks so much for all the work you do so we can eat yummy food. 🙂

  560. GinaB says:

    You are my go to site for how to’s and what’s for dinner. Thanks for putting in all the work to share all the goodness!

  561. Jenny says:

    Hey Mel! I live in Green Bay, Wisconsin – and I love that you lived here for awhile! I wish I would have discovered your blog during the time you lived here (maybe I would have recognized you when grocery shopping at Woodman’s!). I have been absolutely loving your blog since I found it last year, and everything, and I mean everything, I’ve made from your site has been fantastic. So happy your share your talent with us!

  562. Kel says:

    I enjoy your blog so much – the recipes and the half marathon training notes (wishing the best for your run!). I also enjoy it when you share pictures of the midwest (I miss mn).

  563. jill says:

    You said we could write any comment, I have been wanting to tell you that your yogurt tutorial has been a life changer for me! It is so good and so easy! I can’t bring myself to buy yogurt anymore! Yogurt is something I eat everyday, and this is the best! Thanks!

  564. Susan M. says:

    Love your blog! Several recipes we make time and time again. And these baskets are too cute! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  565. Lisa G says:

    Mel…it’s not just me that loves 24 and 26 year old son and daughter frequent your website for recipes. You’ve taught them way more than I ever could!! We love you!

  566. Jennifer Kelly says:

    I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Blog. It has literally changed the way we eat and how I cook. I can’t tell you how many times in the last 2 years I have been following your blog that my kids tell me how much of a great cook I am. I was not before, lots of pre made food, things from boxes or frozen meals. Now almost everything from scratch and so much healthier. Thank you for your Blog, all the fabulous recipes and hard work and effort you put in to it for all of us! <3

  567. Cari Hall says:

    Hi Mel,
    It seems that every evening around the same time, all the people in my house (large and small) are hungry. I mean seriously, I just made dinner yesterday… But they want it again. Every. Single. Day. And do you know where I go to see what will be for dinner? Yes, right here. Thank goodness for Mel’s Kitchen Cafe or all those people would starve. Thanks for saving dinner (and breakfast, and lunch, and snacktime, and treats, and…) more often than you know!

  568. Carol says:

    You are so generous and these gifts are made with love. How fun to receive!

  569. Rhodora says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog.

  570. Dina says:

    I am in complete awe of how much you accomplish in one day. You are truly an inspiration!

  571. Katherine says:

    I love your blog. I am always making your recipes! Thanks so much for giving me lots of dinner inspiration! And thanks for a chance to win such a fun box of goodies.

  572. Lauren says:

    My 3 year old is also nocturnal and his 11 month old brother still wants a middle of the night feeding… I so feel your pain or your exhaustion. A box like this would make my day.

  573. Anna says:

    What a fun box! It all looks wonderful!

  574. Yogagirl says:

    Wow! You are so amazing Mel! I am so proud of you for tackling a half marathon. I love your site-full of amazing food! Keep up the good work!

  575. Melissa says:

    Mel, you’ve come to our rescue too many times to count. I love checking your blog for new recipes to try and you haven’t let me down a single time over the past few years since I came across your site! You’re amazing!

  576. Such a fun giveaway!

  577. Susan B. says:

    I have a new-found love of bar soap, your aunt’s soap looks divine!

  578. Susie says:

    What a fun giveaway and so generous of you! My girlfriends and I just love your blog and your recipes and love sharing what we have made and how yummy it always is! The Quinoa Black Bean Mango Salad is one of our favorites and has been passed out to many friends and family members! It is always fun to read your posts and get inspired to make great food for my family! Thanks again!

  579. Emily says:

    Fun giveaways!

  580. Brittney says:

    Love, love, love your recipes!

  581. Caroline says:

    Hi! Hope you’re having a wonderful beginning of summer!

  582. Nicole says:

    Love, Love, Love!!

  583. Megan says:

    Darling stuff! I love your blog and most of our family dinners are thanks to you. Thank you!

  584. Deanna says:

    I love your blog. Thanks so much for the fun recipes and all your work.

  585. Joan says:

    I love spring.

  586. ann says:

    I have made your White Texas Sheet cake SO.MANY.TIMES (not to mention your cream cheese choco. chip cookies, the clam chowder, the buttermilk banana bread……..and on it goes!!) Thanks for the GREAT recipes Mel!! Love your recipes and I’d LOVE a cute apron to add to my collection!! 🙂

  587. Laura says:

    Wow, excited about this giveaway and the apron!

  588. Lisa says:

    cute stuff!

  589. whitney says:

    my desire is to meet you someday! you seriously started me on my culinary adventure and am so grateful for you!

  590. Carla says:

    You are my number one blog!

  591. Lindsey says:

    Just love you, Mel…AND your recipes!!!

  592. Christy Johnson says:

    Mel, you have saved me more than you know. Whenever I am looking for a recipe I always turn to you first. 99% of the time I don’t even look anywhere else. You always come through for me and my family knows and loves you. There are very few meals that I make that haven’t come from you. Thank you for all the time you put into your recipes and for sharing them with us.

  593. Tayla says:

    What a fun giveaway! Thanks for the wonderful recipes. I love checking your blog.

  594. IG says:

    You rock Mel. Love your blog, love the recipes! Please keep the recipes coming!

  595. Lisa says:

    All of this is absolutely adorable! You are incredibly sweet!

  596. Becky L says:

    I think we have the exact same taste buds. I have not had one dish from your site that I didn’t love. My husband even uses your recipes which is pretty huge because he isn’t a recipe kind of cook. ;o) thanks for all of your cooking yumminess!!!

  597. Kimb says:

    Bake the world a better place.

  598. Marilyn says:

    Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes and the opportunity to win these lovely handmade items!

  599. Pam Wilkinson says:

    Love your recipes and my daughters love them too. Am making lemon chicken for 45 this Sunday. Thank you

  600. Letitia says:

    Basically, I just wanted to say that my kids leap for joy when they know I’m making something from your website. Thank you for all the delicious recipes. I am truly grateful.

  601. Bethany says:

    Mel, so many of your recipes have become a regular part of our meal plan. Thank you! I am amazed at the many talents of your infamous Aunt Marilyn. Thank you for the giveaway. What a wonderful idea!

  602. Caitlin says:

    What a wonderful and generous give away from yourself and three other wonderful ladies! Even though I may not (probably not, I am just one of your many, many well deserved fans) be the lucky winner of one of your boxes, thank you for thinking of all of us and putting your time into something like this (which makes me smile just thinking about it).

  603. Karen says:

    I check your blog every day and make food using your recipes all the time.
    Anytime I’m looking to make something specific the first place I search is your recipe index.
    Love: Strawberry Lime Cream cake, blender roll up pancakes, pizza crusts, and Thai chicken crunch wraps just to name a few.

  604. Darlene says:

    It’s always a pleasure to see what’s new on your website. From recipes to family life, you are an inspiration to many!

  605. Laura says:

    I wanted to thank you for all of your wonderful recipes. You have helped my family go clean for our eating. I recommend your site as much as possible!

  606. Tasha says:

    I LOVE your website! My husband, whenever I ask him what we should make this week, just says, “Check in with Mel, and make whatever looks good.” You’re on a first-name basis at our house 🙂

  607. Sue says:

    I love your recipes. You are my go to site for a recipe that I know will turn out great!

  608. Marj says:

    My granddaughter turned me on to your site a couple of years ago. Now my recipe file is full of your recipes!

  609. Lindsay says:

    Mel, a friend of mine shared your website with me a couple months ago and my husband has looked forward to our meals ever since and I feel like a rock star whenever I serve your recipes. Whenever I think of a meal that I want to make I turn to your website first thing to see if you happen to have your own version. No joke, you site is listed on my top 3 most visited websites. My favorite recipe so far is your tex-mex quinoa. I have probably made it 20 times in the last 3 months. It is my husbands first favorite meal now. Thank you for making our home smell so good! 🙂

  610. Jordyn says:

    I love your website and recipes!

  611. Kathy says:

    Hi Mel! My daughter, my sister and I spent yesterday cooking and freezing three of your recipes for an upcoming family event: Classic Lasagna, Classic Baked Ziti and Make-Ahead Garlic Bread! Thanks for becoming my “go to” site for great food!!! As for my wish, I would love the hand stamped necklace……love the style and the message.

  612. Tara says:

    I use your recipes constantly! They keep our family of five happy and I do not spend lots of time scrolling thru sites, I just tuen to my friend Mel!

  613. Julie Brese says:

    I have become a better cook from using your website. Love your recipes and the stories with them. Thanks

  614. Ruth says:

    I love your recipes! Thanks for posting.

  615. Susie D. says:

    What a nice collection you’ve put together. Thank you for the chance!

  616. Jennifer says:

    This is awesome! Handmade gifts are the best, especially when they come in the mail, imho

  617. Julia B says:

    I would be thrilled to wear an apron made by Mel! Plus I love natural soaps. It’s amazing to find out what’s in the commercial ones.

  618. Kathryn says:

    Oh, Mel! You are such an inspiration to me of following your passions and showing generosity of spirit. Thank you for everything you do!

  619. Mandy says:

    Love your recipes!!

  620. lauren says:

    I hosted my first big family gathering with menu plans from this site. Was a great time.

  621. I am a huge fan for the past several years and I know that if you liked a recipe, I will too. Thank you for sharing your recipes, your ideas and your favorites! I am a huge new fan of both Norwex and Jambu shoes thanks to your “favorites” posts too! This is an adorable giveaway but even better a great excuse for me to officially “thank you” for your wonderful blog! Much appreciated!

  622. Amy says:

    My little heart desires…to love cooking as much as you do. I’ll be honest – it’s not pretty over here at my house. Thanks for helping me think about taking a step in the right direction 😉

  623. Peggy says:

    What a great giveaway!

  624. Linda says:

    What beautiful baskets and how kind of you to do this for your readers. I love your recipes and pictures of your children. Thanks for bringing joy through your blog.

  625. Ashley says:

    As a 1st grade teacher, I thought how cute this would be for my room mom. She’s hard to shop for, she’s good at everything and can do almost anything!

  626. Sarah_Joy says:

    I just discovered your blog, and I’m a fan! Thanks for the yummy recipes. It’s nice to have recipes that this average (or below average) cook can handle, even with a 16 month on my back. Oh, and there were two other little girls screaming in their room too. 🙂 That was just tonight. 😉
    — Sarah —

  627. Jane says:

    Thanks for all you do – I am dutifully passing along all the compliments I get from using your recipes along to you. 🙂

  628. Mollie says:

    I saw that apron on instagram, and instantly felt I needed the very same one. Now’s my chance! And all those other items in the basket look so amazing too.

  629. Susan says:

    Whenever I cook one of your recipes and it turns out great (it always does), my fiance’ will turn to me and just say “Mel’s?”. We both love this site and all its deliciousness!

  630. Katie says:

    I love that you have a half marathon necklace! Would love to win this sweet gift pack!

  631. Suzanne Christensen says:

    It’s so fun to hear about new things- thanks!

  632. Amy B says:

    I love your recipes! So many have become favorites–and if I need a new recipe, I check out your site first. Thanks for the great recipes!

  633. I’m really hungry right now and later tonight we are going to watch the old Disney movie Swiss Family Robinson.

  634. Michelle says:

    Love your recipes!

  635. Kelli says:

    I LOVE that necklace! I will search her website for sure!

  636. Liz Bates says:

    I just got on your site to print some of my favorite recipes so I can laminate them and add them to my recipe binder. I have to get this whole planning menus, buying ingredients, and cooking system down! Hopefully this will do the trick. We frequently use your recipes and appreciate them so much! I love your wit and the fact that you love dark chocolate. Thanks for all the work you put into your website!!

  637. Karen says:

    Hi Mel–love your recipes! My goal is to try baking my own bread one day!

  638. Doreen says:

    Love your blog! Love the giveaway too! I enjoy reading your posts and trying recipes.

  639. zella says:

    Man, oh man. I want to have everything you are so sweetly offering, but especially want one of those aprons. My son wore his batman costume everywhere (except church) for 3 years straight. I think I might do the same with an apron made by you if I were a lucky winner! You’re my kitchen superhero! Thanks for all you do!

  640. Laura Jorgenson says:

    I love your website! Almost every recipe I make come from you. I tell everyone about you. Thanks for saving my dinners!

  641. Kelsi says:

    There are many things that I I would like to say, but I must keep them to myself…

  642. Eileen West says:

    Your recipes are always winners! We enjoyed your quinoa chocolate chip cookies yesterday and the sweet and spicy pork and pineapple tacos tonight! Thank you for all the fanastic, do-able recipes and the fun treats in the give-away!

  643. Kristi says:

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

  644. Kathy E. says:

    Mel, I love that you stepped *out of the box* to create 3 special *boxes* of hand-made goodies! I’ve made many of your recipes and always appreciate the photos and well-written instructions. As the school year ends, this teacher would be head over heals happy to celebrate with one of these prizes!

  645. Jen says:

    Hi Mel – I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago – have made a few things that have been amazing (Cinnamon rolls are just one of them, as well as the Brookies!). Anyway, I would love to win this box – honestly, I need to take better care of/pamper myself, because I put myself after everyone else. Have been going through a very stressful time right now, so getting this box would be a great little pick me up. Thanks for your consideration!


  646. Claire Thompson says:

    Great giveaway, thanks! love checking your site regularly for recipes, swedish meatballs is our new fave.

  647. Annie H. says:

    I use your recipes all of the time!! They are my families favorites! What a fun giveaway also, thanks for the chance!

  648. Mary says:

    I love yummy food! It is a passion of mine–ask my husband, ask my children, ask my friends 🙂

  649. Carrie says:

    Love your site!

  650. Julie Jensen says:

    Mel, you always come through with the perfect recipe at the perfect time! Thank you so much!

  651. Jenn A. says:

    You are my go-to when I need a new recipe! I don’t think there has been anything that my family hasn’t LOVED from your site! Thanks for all the hard work you put into this!

  652. Kristina says:

    My birthday was Monday so this would be the best bday gift a gal could receive!!! I love yummy soaps, beautiful jewelry,fun bday signs, and adorable aprons…ummm did I forget anything??? Oh yeah, I love you!!!… your blog, facebook, and instagram. 🙂

  653. Aileen Clark says:

    I must say, I want the apron the most! I am a collector of cute aprons and I can’t seem to wash them fast enough. I first discovered your blog through your raising adventures eaters post and it has helped me recently with my newly picky eater ( he is about the same age as your youngest) 🙂 now I am just plain hooked – my favorite recipe is your sweet and sour chicken, although your overnight pizza dough is a close second as I am trying to use as much WW flour as possible. Thanks for all of your posts. I hope I win!

  654. Becky says:

    I guess I will no longer feel like a silent stalker as I have been perusing your site for six months or so. Almost all of the recipes I have tried get printed and kept to make again, and are definitely appreciated by hubby, and four children (7 and under). I enjoy your humor and healthy/real life! cooking attitude, meaning some times a girl has to down a handful of chocolate chips when no one is looking yet wants to know the food she is feeding the people she loves the most will contribute to their well-being. Thank you.

  655. Lauren O. says:

    I love your blog! My sister and I always talk about how we can trust Mel, we are never disappointed by your recipes!

  656. Laura says:

    I love your recipes! We use them all the time.

  657. Amanda says:

    I really want to try those soaps out! Is there anything Aunt Marilyn doesn’t do? (Seriously.) Just seeing these things makes me want to go on a shopping spree!

  658. Bonnie says:

    Everything looks so great! I love cute aprons! Last summer I had a goal to make 20 new recipes, and they all came from you. They were so great that when school started I set a new goal to make 100 more new recipes before the end of the year and I did it! We kept track of each new recipe on the fridge, and it was fun to have our kids rate them…the recipes from you all got rave reviews. Thanks again for all of your great recipes and ideas…a lot of our Christmas present ideas came from your suggestions as well!

  659. Marissa Neve says:

    I trust your recipes above any other source! Thank you for daily meal inspiration.

  660. Mistie Barfus says:

    I love this idea! And can I just say, I really want the apron! So cute! Where do you get your adorable fabric? And could you share the pattern?

  661. Janis says:

    All these things look so fun and colorful! Love it! AND love your recipes!

  662. Karima says:

    That soap looks great! I really want to try it! You’re so great for doing a giveaway 🙂

  663. Natalie says:

    Fun giveaway! You blog has given me much needed confidence in the kitchen. Just last week I made your cinnamon roll caramel popcorn and your peanut butter cookies for our church bake sale and I felt like a rock star. 🙂

  664. Aimee G. says:

    I love how my friends and I refer to you as another one of our friends. “I got the recipe from Mel…” Thanks for such an amazing blog and giving us a fail-proof place to turn for good reliable food! Made your White Chocolate-Macadamia nut cookies recently and they were amazing!

  665. Cheryl says:

    I love this! I hope I win! I sure do love your blog and use it very often!!

  666. Kristin says:

    Do you hear that sound? It is the sound of Pandora’s box opening – hold the evil. Here goes!
    I found your site about 18 months ago and have been hooked ever since. I have commented a couple times on two excellent recipes (Rollup Blender Pancakes are amazing!) and once just last week when the topic was spices. Hoping Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning weasels its way into your pantry soon! I digress.

    While I am thankful for the wealth of GREAT recipes, it was a post from July 2012 I stumbled upon three weeks ago that rocked my world!! Seriously! You inspired me to attack my growing (and dusty) stacks, drawers and folders of printed and clipped magazine recipes and transform them into a neatly organized set of three-ring binders with dividers (pockets, of course) that makes the type a in me proud. (Who am I kidding…if I was that type a, it would have been done at the start!)

    When my husband asked me for Mother’s Day ideas, I said I wanted office supplies. Is that low maintenance or what? It was laborious sifting through the piles but oh so worth it! My set is organized a bit differently than yours – I know you would approve…a girl needs to put her own stamp on things – and includes a binder for parties with theme, menu and activity ideas.

    So…thanks for the organizational kick in the pants I desperately needed. Many of the binders feature your recipes in those clear sheet protectors! And, you are helping me stick to a New Year’s Resolution to make two new recipes a week. Last week Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic and MKC’s delicious Gingerbread! This week who knows?

    Wishing you all the best!

  667. Sandy W says:

    Love the variety of recipes you share. Thanks for the contest!

  668. Mel, you are my go to girl! I have basically deleted all my other recipe sites and have kept you… I love your corny humour and your little ramblings about the going ons with your family… they really brighten up a person’s day or put a smile on an old lady. Talkin about some of my neighbours. See I share some of your stories with some of my shut ins. They love your stories, makes them smile and laugh at times. I share some of your recipes with them too. make them some treats. You have fans out here in Canada!!! We love you in Ontario! <3

  669. Mel says:

    I cook from your site weekly! My family loves your recipes! Thanks for all the great recipes!!

  670. Kelley says:

    I would love to win this basket mainly for that amazing looking soap. I found your website when I was on maternity leave a year ago and it got me through a big rut where I did not feel like cooking at all. Thanks for all of the time and energy you put into the site.

  671. Christa says:

    LOVE that apron! So cute and fun!

  672. Kiersten Anderson says:

    What a fun giveaway, would love to win! Love your blog, every recipe has been so great!

  673. Carla says:

    I’ll tell you this… There’s always something to be thankful for.

  674. Sarah T says:

    This is so fun! Thank you so much for this and all of your wonderful recipes!

  675. Michelle says:

    Hey, Mel! You said you asked local women to donate items, and I saw that the soap has an Eagle, ID label. Are you and Idaho gal, too? I live in Meridian, ID and have been following your blog for a while now. Thanks for all the great recipes. Your crispy southwest chicken wraps are my absolute favorite!!

  676. Carmin says:

    We’re having another Mel meal tonight–Rosemary Buttermilk chicken with Cheesy broccoli and Rice Casserole.

  677. Nancy P says:


  678. Nicole says:

    Okay Mel I don’t think you are giving yourself enough credit here….I can think just off the top of my head that you crafted a one of a kind kitchen for your precious daughter, many many pajama pants, and lets not forget those Christmas stockings. Do you still use yours? I do. My fav. 🙂

  679. Julie says:

    Ever a since I was introduced to your aire, I make something from it nearly every day and have never had something I didn’t like!

  680. Crystal says:

    That chocolate soap sounds divine. I love chocolate scented candles and body wash but they are really hard to find usually!

  681. Diana Rendon says:

    What a fun and sweet idea. Don’t you just LOVE to give stuff to people? I know I do. I think it makes me happier than the person receiving the gift!! So I totally relate! Great idea and great items. Those ladies (and you) have created some lovely keepsakes!! Thanks for having a giving heart and sharing so much!!

  682. Becca says:

    Well you’re the sweetest. What a fun give away. I love buying hand crafted things for gifts and super appreciate talented people. I never win these types of things, but it’s still fun to check em out.

  683. Dawn says:

    What a lovely thing to do. First you give us wonderful recipies, and now this. Thank you so much!

  684. Lisa says:

    Everything looks so FUN & cute!

  685. Stacey says:

    I love everything in the boxes! How fun! I want the apron pattern so I can make dozens and dozens and give them away to the same people twice. 🙂

  686. Micaela says:

    As a newly wed, I’ve been (obsessively) searching for any way to impress my husband with my cooking. Naturally, my ears perked up when I overheard my coworker singing praises of the recipes she found on Mel’s Kitchen. That day, I rushed to my computer to research this website and test the recipes for myself. I can proudly say that my husband loves these recipes and I have found my “go to” when I want to make something new.

  687. Cheryl says:

    Your recipes are the best! When my grandchildren come to my house they always ask “what are we gonna make from Mel’s”. Thank you for all you do. 🙂

  688. Ruth says:

    I use your website almost daily. Love these favorite things!

  689. Lisa D says:

    Mel, you are the best! Not only nailing it in the food department but also in the love of homemade department. Everything looks amazing! Thanks!

  690. Erica says:

    You rock, Mel! You have helped me love cooking again. My husband and children thank you too

  691. Gail says:

    I love your words and recipes in my email every day – thank you! And I miss you in MN, even though I’m further south than you were. I like that we pretty much shared the same weather!

  692. melanie says:

    I would loooove to win a basket!!! pick me, pick me!!!!

  693. lauren says:

    hi, mel! I just got home from work & loved being welcomed by your hearty beef stew recipe in the crock pot. when I sampled it a moment ago, it was beyond delightful! I can’t wait to try the unbelievable carrot cake, sitting atop my fridge, for dessert. (it was amazing when I made it for my husband’s birthday a couple mnths ago.) double winner tonight! I recently assembled the four binders using your printable cover pages which makes using your many recipes a breeze~perhaps nearest to my heart is that my 19 yr old son is working for habitat for humanity in new orleans while serving in amer I corps. he recently prepared your spag pie for the 9-person team he lives with-with great results 🙂 he’s coming home for a week next mnth–I’m planning on hosting a brunch for him, while he’s home, using your feeding a crowd brunch menu, since since I did the Mexican verde menu for his going away party with rave reviews! to say our world revolves around you & your website would be accurate! (I hope you’ll forgive all the lower case letters-due to a computer glitch, I have to use a virtual keyboard!)
    thank you, thank you, thank you…for all you do.

  694. Karen says:

    Oh Mel, I love the thought of having an apron! Maybe it would keep the flour handprints off my jeans!

  695. Melanie says:

    What a tremendous talented family you have 😀 As always, thank you so much for sharing your kind heart, delicious recipes and darling self.


  696. Shannon Clouse says:

    You inspire me. Enough said.

  697. Jen T says:

    Your recipes are so fun! I love checking out your site!

  698. Julie says:

    Being a grandmother is the greatest! Our little Easton is 7 mos old today and is the most precious bundle of joy ever!

  699. Jen says:

    Love your yummy recipes! What a super cute idea!

  700. Angie DeNiro says:

    I absolutely love your Facebook recipe posts! My family really appreciates it! We make your recipes nearly every night of the week! Tonight…..homemade egg noodles! YUM!!

    Thanks for your generosity!!

  701. BeckyAnn says:

    My birthday banner bit the dust at our last celebration so I would love ALL those goodies, but especially the wish letters. We like to decorate the house after the kids go to bed so they wake up to a party.

  702. Kristin says:

    You always post the funnest stuff (I am typing this while gobbling down a “few” lemonies)!!
    I am new to the wonderful world of homemade soaps but am loving them! As an ID girl at heart, I bet your Aunts are probably the best! Thanks for all your wonderful posts, my family thanks you too!

  703. Denise S says:

    I love your recipes! You are my first stop when looking for something yummy for dinner

  704. Mel says:

    Love your food and your blog. My daughter and I love trying out your different recipes. So far we love them all!

  705. Kathy wilkins says:

    I seriously thought about just leaving the “one word Comment” and that was it! Just a tad bit obnoxious? Instead….Please pick me…just as obnoxious as my first thought! Cheers to your blog!! Enjoy reading it!

  706. Laura Culbertson says:

    I love, Love, LOVE that apron!!

  707. Jen M says:

    Mel, you are the most generous person! You share your amazing cooking and baking talents with all of us and you SEW too??! I’m totally bummed I will be out of town when you run your half marathon because I was looking forward to meeting your in real life! Then when I talk about you like I know you over the dinner table my family wouldn’t think I was quite so strange. Alas, I’ll have to meet you another time. Thanks for the chance to win such awesome stuff!

  708. Haley Peter says:

    I love this giveaway! When I saw the necklace I thought it would be perfect for my cousin going through chemo for Breast Cancer. Fingers Crossed!

  709. Sonya Hosick says:

    I LOVE that you are in the Boise area. I’m in Nampa. So awesome to see Eagle, ID on the soap packaging.

  710. Debbie Cardon says:

    I have been a big fan of yours for years! Thanks to you, my family thinks I am an amazing gourmet cook. Thank you for all the great ideas, tips, recipes, and chuckles! You are definitely gifted in many ways.

  711. Ellen bacon says:

    Looking forward to pizza night tomorrow because of your tutorial awhile ago. You are my favorite food blog and I have recommended it to so many people. Always looking forward to the next fun recipe.

  712. julia says:

    Well the apron is darn cute, thanks for all the fab recipes…my family really appreciates it:)

  713. Jessica Leavitt says:

    I love giveaways!!! I’ve never won, but this would be so much fun to! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your website 🙂 you’ve made me a rock star in my home! My hubby generally asks if the new recipe is one of yours! Fun Fun!

  714. Yay for giveaways! Thanks for the chance to win. Your Wild Rice Hot Dish is one of my family’s most favorite recipes ever!

  715. Ashlee T says:

    I Mel I tell ya- it’s little things, like sneaking into the chocolate chips, and little gifts like this that make the day so much better- kind of you to think to give these awesome things away! I love your food and your blog! Makes me happy!

  716. Michelle T. says:

    I could use a night of uninterrupted sleep, but I would settle for a box of goodies 😀

  717. susanna says:

    Thanks Mel for this fun giveaway! I love your recipes and appreciate all the hard work you do.

  718. Rebecca says:

    My heart desires some of that stuff ;). Thank you for the giveaway!

  719. Cori says:

    We love your recipes in my house! I always check your site first for any recipe I am looking for! Keep them coming!!

  720. Mickie says:

    Mel, to wear an apron sewn by you would just be… The best! Can you autograph it? Pretty please? And as far as the other items, i must have them. I love giveaways for no reason! Fingers crossed!

  721. Melissa says:

    Oh, Mel. I want to be *just* like you when I grow up!

  722. Michelle says:

    Cute stuff! Love your blog and appreciate your hard work to keep me with great new recipes to try.

  723. Julie says:

    my little heart desires sunshine. One can take so many rainy days.

  724. Moriah says:

    Such a fun idea!

  725. Val A. says:

    Your recipes always turn out great. You are my go-to when I need something, and I get all the credit when I bring something yummy! Thanks for your blog and also for this give away.

  726. Chelsea says:

    You have no idea how many times your name comes up such as “Well Mel says”. . . or “I’ll see if Mel has a recipe”. My husband thinks it’s slightly weird this secret friend I have that encourages me to try new things in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing your talents with us and for such a fun giveaway.

  727. Ann says:

    Today was a great day. Someone I love got a promotion they REALLY deserved!

  728. liz h says:

    You’re the best! Thanks so much. We love “Mel’s meals” around here.

  729. Sara says:

    My little heart desires that necklace:)

  730. valentina says:

    I adore your site mel! I am a chef and a home cook and your recipes are always a go to for me at home and at work!. Thank you for everything you do.

  731. Jennifer P says:

    I just made the lemon brownies for my family and my husband declared they were better than chocolate! Thanks for all the great recipes.

  732. sierra says:

    i’m a big user of your blog! keep up the lovely work.

  733. Karie says:

    What a nice box of fun!

  734. Ashley says:

    The patterns on the aprons are absolutely adorable! I love them so much and want to buy one!
    Thank you for all the recipes and tips you post! 🙂

  735. Cyndi B says:

    I love your blog! Everything I have ever made turns out great. You are such an awesome person to have a giveaway like this.

  736. Karen F says:

    Everything looks fabulous. Hoping I win it. Love your blog!

  737. Dana says:

    love the soaps!

  738. nancy says:

    adorable box of treasures!

  739. Megan Grimm says:

    Everything in the box looks awesome!! I would love to win!!! that apron looks so pretty!!

  740. arisa says:

    what do i want right now at this very moment? a popsicle. i’m easy to please.

  741. Amanda H. says:

    I am drooling at that yummy looking soap! Homemade goodies are always the best!

  742. Lily says:

    I don’t even try out your recipes before I serve them to company bc that’s how much I trust and love your website. Thank you 🙂

  743. Melanie says:

    Wow, looks like a fun basket! 🙂

  744. Danielle says:

    My heart is desiring to tell you that my family and I love your recipes. Your site is my go to on a weekly basis to set our dinner meals. Your recipes have made our family celebrations and day to day meals easy and successful. Thank you so much!!!

  745. Donna O says:

    Oooooooohhhh……how nice is this gift box???? Hope to win it!! Thank you!

  746. Brenda says:

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your website a couple of months ago. I’ve been really inspired by your recipes. Thank you.

  747. Jessica says:

    Fun! I love all special things. I finally met your famous Aunt Marilyn a few months ago! She came and talked to my YW at a fireside. She was as amazing as you describe 🙂 I cannot believe you have time to sew aprons, blog, soccer, run, and cook amazing food for your family. Sometimes I’m afraid to read your blog because I feel like a slacker! But then I remember that it’s good to have inspirational women to follow 🙂 Thank you for all you do.

  748. Chantelle Ivie says:

    I love handmade gifts, and I love your site!

  749. Ferris B. says:

    I once needed something to bake,
    But I had no idea what to make.
    So I looked up your site,
    And to my delight,
    I found the perfect recipe for a cake.

  750. Reenie says:

    Thank you, everything in your gift looks so beautiful, useful and fun too….just like your recipes and web site!

  751. Jenny says:

    Hi! I have been following your blog and using your amazing recipes since 2007! I have recommended your blog to countless friends over the years (my husband is in the military so my friends are all over the world!). Despite following you for so long, I have been shy and never commented. I appreciate the time and effort you put into trying out recipes and sharing the awesome results with us! And I love your giveaways!

  752. Rebecca says:

    Beeswax, cocoa and honey soap looks like it would smell delicious!

  753. Jill says:

    So cute! I wish I was more crafty. I am glad that using your recipes makes me feel like a better cook!

  754. Alyssa says:

    I just had to throw away my apron because it was so dirty! Would love a new one! or the pattern….

  755. Lisa says:

    So fun! My kids would definitely want to eat that soap!

  756. Natalie says:

    I live in Eagle, too! 🙂

  757. Carissa says:

    All of these items are ADORABLE!!!

  758. Lindsey G. says:

    Love your blog! My neice just said she was in a cooking rut and I can’t think of any better recipe source to peruse for inspiration than yours. Thanks for all you do!

  759. Amy says:

    It’s my birthday Friday and it would be sweet to win such a fabulous basket!! I do feel like a winner already, though, with awesome dinners for my family thanks to your great recipes :)!

  760. Molly says:

    That soap DOES look good enough to eat!! Thanks for the giveaway-

  761. Amanda says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipes and tips.

  762. Katrina says:

    You’re like me when I’m excited. I don’t sleep as well, but I also have a toddler that makes sleeping hard sometimes too!

  763. Jennie says:

    Cutest aprons!! Made the sour cream muffins last week and we loved them. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  764. Lorianne says:

    Love your blog! Always look forward to using one of your recipes:)

  765. Michelle says:

    who doesn’t need a new apron! Hope I win..hehe

  766. Gail says:

    My 14 year old niece is coming for a visit and she loves coconut cream pie….we are going to try your recipe together. So looking forward to baking with her! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  767. HeyBeckyJ says:

    Mel, you are amazing! I’ve been following your blog for several years now, and I LOVE that 1) your recipes come out exactly as I think they should and 2) the recipes you come up with fit so in line with how my family eats!

  768. Brittni says:

    You are my”go to” for recipes. My family and I have loved every one that we’ve made. Thank you!!

  769. bill says:

    love the apron

  770. Jane says:

    I love all of these products!

  771. Gail Annacarto says:

    Thank you

  772. Dorothy Krnavek says:

    It’s been such fun following you through your blog…I found it before I realized it was yours! You’re doing a great job…and the recipes actually work. Thank you, Mel. I look forward to many more recipes and updates!

  773. meg says:

    What a fun giveaway! You’ve become my very favorite food blogger, and a common name in our house. We love your recipes and I’m nearly 100% sure we’d be real life friends if we lived by each other:) thanks for all you do for others:)

  774. Cheryl Newton says:

    My 9th grader has brought his math grade up from an F to a B. I’m ever-so-thrilled!

  775. Jess B. says:

    What a fun box! Thanks for all of the great recipes!

  776. Kendra Dinger says:

    That apron looks fabulous! I LOVE scouring your blog and facebook page for yummy food! Thanks for this giveaway!

  777. Rachel says:

    Hi Mel!
    As a college student who is just about to get married I would love something like this!

  778. Annamarie Behring says:

    What a beautiful box of homemade items!

  779. Kris says:

    Thank you for all of the hard work in posting such wonderful recipes. I have made many of them but still have a lot on the to-make list.

  780. April says:

    I so wish I was a craftier person. What a great box, from so many talented ladies!

  781. Amanda says:

    Hi Mel! I love your site and rely on it frequently. Everything I make from it is so good! All I have to tell my kids is that the recipe is from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and my kids love it! Don’t ever stop!

  782. Lindsay says:

    Something handmade by you would be so fun! You are my kitchen hero! And all these other things look super fun!

  783. Ruth says:

    Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I’ve learned so much from you and hope to learn so much more.

  784. Jenn says:

    So your a household name around here. When I start cooking something new my husband always asks “Is it from Mel?” like we’re friends and he knows you lol. I love it. You never let our family down! Your my best online cooking friend and you didn’t even know it!

  785. Erin says:

    Love the strong everyday reminds of how I need to continue to be strong while managing my son through chronic illness.

  786. Kim says:

    What a cool random act of love!!!! Your blog is great, a favorite!

  787. Tricia says:

    Oh how I love your website. Everything I have made from your blog is just amazing!

  788. Amanda says:

    We love your site. This box looks fabulous.

  789. Jill says:

    What a lovely box of goodies! If i had an apron as sweet as yours, i would wear it daily!

  790. Anona says:

    I love your blog!! It has been my go to recipe source for several years =)!! Thanks for all the great recipes!!

  791. Amanda says:

    I love you recipes – you are my go-to source for dinner!

  792. SunriseGirl says:

    I made your Spaghetti Pie recipe last night for dinner. It is a family favorite! Thanks for all your hard work that you put into your blog : )

  793. Christie Wegner says:

    I love your blog! It is so conversational, I always feel like we’re just chatting as I read it. Oh, and you are my go-to recipe source, too – my ten month old is loving your Amazing Shrapnel Dip as I type (minus the chips)!

  794. Laural says:

    How fun! I love this and I love your recipes!

  795. Diane Buma says:

    Hi Mel – I started following your blog when I a friend of mine made me your cinnamon caramels for Christmas. They were delicious and Gluten Free! Even though we have to eat Gluten Free at our house, I’ve used a number of your recipes and have posted some of them to Nicole Hunn’s website in the hope that she will make them GF! She loves your blog too!!! Besides, you also have a ton of fabulous ideas and helps that don’t even involve cooking! Thanks for all your insights!

  796. Angie Nasr says:

    Thank you for this opportunity! I’m so in love. These items are right up my alley. Oddly enough, I do not own an apron and always planned to make one myself. I got the time, I should get on that:) but winning one would be fabulous!
    Last night I made your oatmeal, chocolate chip-coconut cookie recipe. ♥ Everything you share is awesome. The first thing I ever tried from your page was french bread. Amazing! And the one that was overwhelmingly yummy was the double chocolate muffins. OMG And our quick fix is mug cakes. Using coconut oil makes a world of difference. My belly and family thank you! God bless you and yours. Carry on:)

  797. julie t says:

    What a fantastic idea!!! Love all the homemade crafts!

  798. Ruth says:

    What a wonderful giveaway….such neat stuff! Thank you, Mel for all you do! I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that there are over 500 recipes on your blog.
    Your writing makes me want to prepare each and every one of them, OR even better, have someone else prepare them for me. I have to tell you, “I look forward to every single post that you do.” Thank you for sharing with all of us your recipes, your talent for photography, some of your favorite things, AND, your precious family.

  799. Valerie says:

    What a neat basket! I really enjoy your recipes and the look of your website. Thanks!

  800. Elise Gray says:

    I lost both of my aprons in a move just in time to be pregnant and always be spilling on myself! I’m in desperate need of a new one (or my shirts won’t survive!)

  801. Erin Cherry says:

    Some fun stuff! I am off to try my hand at your Lemonies for a RS activity

  802. Heather Burcham says:

    While listening to a book on CD last night in my car, the book made a comment about looking out the window at a full moon. At that moment I looked out my car window and a high school boy was walking by with his pants down. That was definitely not the full moon I was expecting! Slightly disturbing but funny. Thanks for all your yummy recipes our family loves them.

  803. Beth L says:

    I enjoy reading your blog and trying your recipes.

  804. Mindy Fullmer says:

    I don’t think you can say that you don’t have the handmade craftiness talent because your handmade delicious meals are quite a craft and a huge talent. Have a great day!

  805. Tiffany O. says:

    I love your website! It’s my go to when I have no idea what to make for dinner, potlucks, lunch, breakfast…..

  806. Tiffany says:

    I trust your recipes and recommend them all the time!

  807. April says:

    I love your recipes – typical – as it’s noted by the 1,000 comments above mine! I would love a handmade apron. I just recently bought one and my step daughter wants one too! Thank you!

  808. Sara says:

    Hi Mel! This is my first time leaving a reply, but I thought, why not – it’s worth a shot to win this amazing basket full of goodies! Even though this is my first comment on your website, I have been faithfully following you for months now. You are definitely my go-to recipe queen! We just made the Foil Packet Sweet Potato Tacos and they were utterly amazing – absolutely loved them. And, of course, I had to introduce you to my mother who is also regularly perusing your website and testing out your recipes.

    Thanks again!

  809. Katie P says:

    Mel! This looks adorable! Great gift ideas for those hard to buy for teachers at the end of the year who don’t want another apple coffee mug! Love this and love your site and recipes!

  810. Cassidy says:

    Oh My! I need a special surprise in the mail. I’m in the middle of trying to train for a half marathon and I’m a tired momma of four kids who needs a pick me up.

  811. Lauren Lawrence says:

    Hi Mel! I love following your blog! Whenever I talk to my mom or sisters (or even my husband!) I talk about Mel (like we’re best friends) and how she has a new recipe. Thanks for the offer! 🙂

  812. MichelleW says:

    I absolutely love your blog! Thanks for all your great recipes!

  813. Jessica Rose says:

    I’m on here at least 50% of all days using one of your recipes and just love everything about your blog! This giveaway looks great!

  814. Jill says:

    I was trying to think of my favorite recipe from your blog to announce, and there are so so many to chose from. I think it has to be the homemade pizza in the scary-hot oven. Delicious.

  815. Lisa Promersberger says:

    With the extremely rainy dreary weather we are so not used to here in CO, this basket being so colorful and cheery, brought a smile to my face. Thanks!

  816. Mel says:

    Mel, I’ve never commented before because I’m shy when it comes to social media. I go by Mel as well and I cook almost exclusively from your blog. My kids always ask what are we having from Mel’s kitchen cafe tonight. I love your recipes. People ask me for recipes all the time and I tell them about your blog. I would love your apron. I’m in desperate need for a new one. Thanks for the years of amazing food!

  817. Karen says:

    Chocolate soap!? If I’m lucky enough to end up with one, I’ll have to make sure I don’t take a bite. Thanks for sharing!

  818. Meredith says:

    Love your recipes and love this giveaway!

  819. Lisa Thomas says:

    What a fun giveaway! I love homemade stuff.

  820. Susan N says:

    Love your blog…Especially enjoy the dessert recipes.

  821. Lyndy says:

    LOVE your recipes! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  822. Tabitha says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to win such cool stuff! Homemade is my very favorite stuff!! 🙂

  823. Angela says:

    I always look forward to new recipes from you. I’m looking forward to making the Chicken Marsala soon. Thanks for the giveaway!

  824. Brianne says:

    How fun! I really, really, really want my house remodel to be over.!

  825. Brianna says:

    That soap looks lovely!! I’ve always wanted to make my own soap.

  826. Heidi says:

    What a fun giveaway! I would love to win! Thank you for all of your amazing recipes a win win everyday!!

  827. Megan H says:

    I’ve been following your blog for years! I absolutely love it. We use your recipes almost everyday. We are moving to Texas next month and your recipes from when you moved and stayed in a hotel will be saving my family! Thanks so much for all your delicious recipes and a fun giveaway.

  828. Noreen says:

    I love your website.

  829. Stephanie says:

    The colors in that apron are amazing! I love your recipes because it’s all things my boys will actually eat! Thank you!!

  830. Olivia Cook says:

    What a fun idea…love it! Only I have one major issue with what you said…YOU are TOO very, very talented!!! And you are so great to always share your talents with others. Thanks for being so great!

  831. Mary K. says:

    Thanks! I love it all!

  832. Aurore says:

    What a sweet little giveaway! And I’m so happy that Canadian’s can enter, too! 🙂

  833. Marla Lagoski says:

    Mel, you are so sweet putting this box of lovely handcrafted items together. All of the items are perfect!! Hope things are going well with you ahd yours. We are still waiting for spring to stick in Appleton, WI. Still having frost warning and watches, so those that have been brave enough to plant their gardens are having to cover them.

  834. Lisa Murdock says:

    You are adorable. What a fun package to get in the mail! I hope I win!!

  835. rachel says:

    Thanks for all your amazing recipes, making me laugh when I read your posts, and for inspiring me to cook delicious food from scratch for my family! We all thank you!

  836. jerrie says:

    I love hand made things. I think it goes back to my childhood Christmas when my grandmother, who was very talented, sew us stuffed animals and nightgowns and other stuff. My mother, equally as talented, made us crocheted vests, raggedy ann dolls and other stuff. We have also given many hand made gifts and they are so special because they are made from the heart!!

  837. Tauna says:

    All the gifts are adorable. Thanks for all the great recipes. If you post it, I always know my family will love it.

  838. Bernadette says:

    You are so generous! What beautiful gifts and a beautiful idea!

  839. Pam says:

    Mel, you’ve given me a confidence in the kitchen I’ve never had before! Thanks for all you do!

  840. Meredith says:

    What a great idea, thanks for sharing Mel! (And I love that you included an apron!)

  841. Sara says:

    I desire a bag of tropical fruit starbursts right now. 🙂

  842. Angela says:

    How fun! Thanks, Mel!

  843. Karlie says:

    I love coming here for new inspiration for meal planning for my family. Thanks for all of the great recipes over the years, I love and use many of them!

  844. Vicki says:

    Hi Mel,
    When I was younger I sewed clothing for my two daughters, it was fun sewing smocks for them with a matching cloth stuffed doll to put in the front pocket of the smocks. That was many years ago. Now I enjoy looking over recipes for ideas to cook to try something different.

  845. Tori says:

    Ooh that necklace is at the top of my list! 🙂

  846. Susan says:

    Love to collect aprons!

  847. Tracy says:

    Oh my gosh, how sweet of you! I love handmade things, too. I love making and giving cards to others, it really makes me smile.

  848. Andrea says:

    I have really enjoyed your daily emails, and would be TOTALLY thrilled with any of the items in this little box.

  849. Pam says:

    I would love a new apron!

  850. Tiffany says:

    Thank you for always thinking of all of us who follow you! You’re the best!

  851. Elizabeth says:

    I love everything in the box – especially the apron! And trust me, with all the baking I do, I need a new one!

  852. Sarah C. says:

    Your curried cauliflower popcorn recipe is life changing. That is what I wish to tell you!!!