Birthday Giveaway {Health Inspirations turns 1}

by Antonia on October 3, 2012

As already announced in my morning post I have a little something I’d like to giveaway today!!!

Exactly a year ago while everyone was off at work or school I sat down at my computer, googled “how to create a blog” and about 45 minutes later my first post was published. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I wanted to do more with my blog and only 3 months later I found myself in front of the computer again, watched an endless amount of youtube tutorials and managed to create a self-hosted blog. Today, Health Inspirations turns 1! YAY!!!!

When I sit down at my computer to write a post I mostly envision my family reading it. It is a fact that they were my only readers for quite some time and I assume their afternoons and evenings would be dull without this little corner of the web. When people ask me what this blog is about or whether it is a healthy recipes blog I just answer that it is a documentation of my life through food. There is nothing I love more than than getting my hands dirty in the kitchen or reading recipes so creating a food blog seemed to be the right fit. Creating this blog was a very spur-of-the-moment decision and to be honest I hadn’t given thought to the exact content of my website prior to its creation. Did I want to just post recipes, did I want to show what food I ate, would I want to write about my life, health or my eating disorder?

It took me some time to find “my style” of writing but one year later I’m happy with what I’m doing. I have also found a good blogging rhythm that works for me and while I would love to post every single day, sometimes I just don’t find the time. I hope you don’t get as frustrated as my sister when I don’t post for a few days but the good thing is you can always count on me being back at some point…hopefully sooner than later.

Through this blog I keep my family updated on my life and eats when I’m away at Uni in England or working in Munich and can connect to lovely readers from all over the world through one of the best subjects there is: food. In fact, I think blogging would not be the same if I didn’t have loyal reader like you reading and commenting on my posts.

Since this hobby of mine has brought such joy to my life I would like to thank each and every single one of my readers. I wish I could shower all of you in gifts but there is only so much money I can spend on a blog giveaway.

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As my birthday giveaway I chose this beautiful Le Creuset marmelade jar which comes with a silicone spreader. I’m sure you all know how much I love my mom’s home-made jams so this just seemed like the perfect gift. It’s from the Le Creuset Kitchen Accessories line and it matches all the wonderful stone cookware the company sells. There’s about ten of those items on my “I can’t live without this” list.

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There were so many other accessories that I would  have liked to give away but that will have to wait another year! DSC_0005

To enter the giveaway just leave a happy comment telling me whatever you want, perhaps you could share what your favorite jam flavor is. It doesn’t get easier than that, does it?

For more chances to win you can

Please leave a separate comment for each of the above. If you already follow or like any of the options just state that you already do so.

This giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where in the world you live. I will announce the winner on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012.

Of course I can’t babble on about birthdays without wishing my baby brother Moritz a very Happy 18th Birthday. I harassed him with an early morning birthday photo shoot at 6.45am today but being one of kindest and good-tempered guys there is he was totally up for it.

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To celebrate in style I spent most of yesterday morning in the kitchen creating this giant Oreo cake. Mo is a serious Oreo lover so it only felt appropriate to go all out this year. His favorite kind is actually the white chocolate covered cookie but I wanted to spare him the heart attack on his birthday. Maybe next year!

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Happy Birthday to anyone else celebrating today. And to the rest, have a lovely day and thanks for continuously reading my blog!

Here’s to the next 365 days!!!

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Ulli October 3, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hey, gratuliere zum Blog-Geburtstag!! (Und deinem Bruder zum echten ;-)) Ich hab derzeit ein Marmeladerezept (ein gesundes) daheim liegen und will das bald machen, da würd mir so ein Behältnis wirklich gerade recht kommen!! Liebe Grüße

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INGE October 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

Congragulations on your one year anniversary, super exciting!
What a super cute jam pot :) I love all things from La creuset!
My favorite jam is fastly becoming Lingberry jam (its something local to Sweden and its not super sweet, but also a bit acid, its great :)

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INGE October 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

I liked your facebook :)

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INGE October 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

and pinterest

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Grace | A Life Unhurried October 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

Woohoo! Happy blog birthday, and happy 18th to your twin! (You look so much alike!) That’s awesome. And that orange hue is fitting for the season … and could very well be filled with fig jam if it made its way into my kitchen. ;) Well done on your blog; keep at it!

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Clair October 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm

You are awesome! I was waiting to read that it was limited to Europe or something. I want that little jar so badly…might have to go get one myself if I don’t win. =) Congrats on one year!!

Ohh, and my favorite jam…either strawberry or blackberry if it’s for pb+j. But for toast, I do love a nice marmalade.

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Clair October 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

And I already follow you on twitter!

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Clair October 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

And I liked you on facebook…not sure why I hadn’t done that already…

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Clair October 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

And I followed you on pinterest…but only because I like your pins. ;-)

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Sara @ Magia e Pasta October 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Alles gute, happy birthday, joyeux anniversaire, auguri! Congratulations on reaching one full year of blogging! I love reading your blog because I have so many American blogs and it’s nice to get a little European perspective ;)

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Sara @ Magia e Pasta October 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Also, I follow you on Twitter! (@sara_speaking)

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Angela Batton October 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

favorite jam? Hmmm there all so good maybe blackberry!

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Kathryn October 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Happy blog birthday! I think you have such a great balance of posts here and I love the insight into your life : )

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Johanna October 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Congrats! I’m always looking forward to your blog posts :)
Favorite jam? Is there anything better than freshly made strawberry-rhubarb jam??

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Tayla @ She'll Be Free October 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I love your blog! Congrats on one year! I love strawberry or peach jam! :)

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Tayla @ She'll Be Free October 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I am following you on twitter!

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Tayla @ She'll Be Free October 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I like you on facebook!

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Tayla @ She'll Be Free October 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I started following your boards on pinterest!

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Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets October 4, 2012 at 1:57 am

Happy Anniversary!! That’s awesome, and I’m so HAPPY for you!!

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Shannon Baas October 4, 2012 at 2:34 am

My favorite flavor is raspberry.

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debbie October 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

My favorite flavor of jam is loganberry jam.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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EMMA L HORTON October 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I LOVE BLACKBERRY JAM

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tamar October 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

i moved last week! happy!

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juliette moire October 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm

i love plum jam!

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juliette moire October 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

followin you on twitter @evermorewinter

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juliette moire October 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

liked you on facebook

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juliette moire October 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

following you on pinterest (evermorewinter)

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Christine October 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Happy Anniversary

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Chrissy Nestor October 5, 2012 at 2:40 am

Thanks for the giveaway :) My fave jam flovor has to be Strawberry!

chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

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Lindsey M October 5, 2012 at 4:08 am

I love raspberry jam and also love Le creuset stuff! Congratulations!

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Lindsey M October 5, 2012 at 4:09 am

I follow on Twitter – @sweepymummy

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Lindsey M October 5, 2012 at 4:10 am

I like you on Fb – Lindsey Mertz

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Rebecca Graham October 5, 2012 at 5:25 am

My favorite jam is strawberry jam.

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Kavey October 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

I really got into making jam (and jelly and chutney and pickles) only a few years ago, in 2009. Since then I’ve become a bit addicted to it. The husband tries to point out that there’s no more space to store more, so I do my best to give them away to friends (and eat a few) so I can have another day of preserving!

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tracy davis October 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

It is snowing. Happy!

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Mary Calabrese October 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

We love raspberry jam.

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Schmidty October 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

Best birthday wishes to Mo!

I love the orange color you picked. Strawberry jam is my favorite.

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Schmidty October 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

I am following you on twitter @rusthawk

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Schmidty October 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

I am following you on facebook as Rust Hawk

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Schmidty October 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

I also follow you on pinterest as rusthawk. Thank you!

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Diane Baum October 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Love the strawberry jam like on facebook and g+ Cakes look great, will bake one today for hubby’s birthday
Diane Baum
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ferriz October 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

i really love boysenberry jam.

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ferriz October 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

twitter follow @xferriza2

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Theresa D October 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I love ordinary strawberry jam.

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Theresa D October 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I Like your Facebook page.

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Theresa D October 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I follow you on Pintrist.

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Grace Irelan October 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I love Peach Jam.

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Jodi October 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I love grape jam

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Jennifer Mays October 9, 2012 at 2:20 am

I like apricot jam.

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Desiree Dunbar October 9, 2012 at 2:53 am

My favorite jam flavor is blueberry.

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Debra Hall October 9, 2012 at 3:07 am

i love the great fall color

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Christine Treece October 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

I love strawberry jam, especially homemade . . . yum! :)

Thanks!

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Christine Treece October 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

Follow you on twitter as @treece2122

Thanks!

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Christine Treece October 9, 2012 at 5:27 am

Liked you on Facebook as Christine Treece

Thanks! :)

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Christine Treece October 9, 2012 at 5:27 am

Follow you on Pinterest as treece2122

Thanks!

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Donna Timmerman October 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

My favorite Jam flavor is Strawberry

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Melissa JN October 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

This marmalade jar is adorable! I love it! I actually make my own marmalade when I can – it is just as easy as your mom’s homemade strawberry jam and very yummy!

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Melissa JN October 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’m a follower of yours on Twitter! @melissanorton3

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Melissa JN October 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I like you on Facebook!

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Melissa JN October 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I follow you on Pinterest! (mjn132)

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Judith R. October 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm

My favorite flavor is marmelade.

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Bonnie Joseph October 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I love these jam jars…they are so stylish and cute! My favorite jam is blackberry jam!

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DeeAnn S October 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Congrats on your first Birthday! I love this marmalade jar and would fill it with orange marmalade. :) Thanks.

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kathy pease October 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I love strawberry jam oh heck I love all jam :)

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Sandy Ferguson October 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

strawberry. no bits hehe sandsferguson@hotmail.co.uk

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paige chandler October 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I love grape jam. Mmmmm

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ben October 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm

i love grape anything!

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Cindy Merrill October 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Lemon Curd is my number one pick- it is scrumptious on hot toasted breads.

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Valerie Taylor Mabrey October 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I love blackberry jam
vmkids3 at msn dot com

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Whitney Lindeman October 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

What a cool giveaway! Thank you! I love all jam, but apricot may be my favorite. =)

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meme October 10, 2012 at 1:57 am

I like strawberry and Happy blog and 18th birthday

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Fatima Knapp October 10, 2012 at 3:07 am

I love Raspberry Jam

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Tonya Froemel October 10, 2012 at 3:48 am

Congrats on your blog birthday! Beautiful giveaway prize too.

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Tonya Froemel October 10, 2012 at 3:49 am

Following you on Twitter

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Tonya Froemel October 10, 2012 at 3:50 am

Liked you on Facebook!

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Tonya Froemel October 10, 2012 at 3:52 am

Following you on Pinterest

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Jennifer October 10, 2012 at 4:14 am

I love a homemade Strawberry Jam, but of course, any flavor jam is delicious!

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Noreen October 10, 2012 at 4:42 am

Lingonberry, so yummy

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Noreen October 10, 2012 at 4:43 am

Follow on twitter
@sillymommy

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Breanne October 10, 2012 at 5:19 am

I love strawberry jam

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Vikki Billings October 10, 2012 at 5:53 am

I am following you on facebook

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Vikki Billings October 10, 2012 at 5:53 am

I am following you on twitter

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Vikki Billings October 10, 2012 at 5:54 am

I am following you on pinterest

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wendy wallach October 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

cool beans and I love anything made with pumpkin!

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wendy wallach October 10, 2012 at 5:59 am

follow on pinterest as wendy wallach

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Sand October 10, 2012 at 7:48 am

I love blueberry jam!

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Corey Olomon October 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

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Corey Olomon October 10, 2012 at 7:55 am

I follow you on FB (corey.olomon.3)

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Corey Olomon October 10, 2012 at 7:55 am

I follow you on Pinterest (CoreyOlomon)

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Michelle B October 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

Happy Birthday!We love apricot jam.

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Michelle B October 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

I follow you on pinterest
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Deb K October 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

I would love to win this jar! We planted grapevines a couple years ago, and this was the first year we had our concord grapevine flower and produce grapes. The grapes were a bit small, so we let the birds have them. But hopefully, next year they will be bigger, and I can make homemade jam!

chipper101 at hotmail dot com

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joseph gersch jr October 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

hi!! I love blackberry jam

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Brian E. October 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

Thanks for the giveaway… Blackberry & Raspberry are our favorites !

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Brian E. October 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

Like your FB page: bryan eason

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Barbara Stenby October 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

My favorite flavors are Apricot Jam & Apple Jelly. Cherry Preserves are good too! I’m Jam crazy!

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Barbara Stenby October 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Happy Birthday by the way! I follow on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/wikichoco/

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Barbara Stenby October 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I follow on Twitter @ wikichoco

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Barbara Stenby October 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I liked your facebook page barb stenby

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Buddy Garrett October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Blackberry Jam is my favorite flavor.

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Buddy Garrett October 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I like your Facebook page.

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carol lewis October 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Happy Birthday Mo!

This is just adorable! I would use it for some yummy apricot jam. How cute would that be?

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carol lewis October 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I follow on twitter dresdenrain

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carol lewis October 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I follow on pinterest
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susan smoaks October 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I love strawberry jam. I want to make a giant oreo cake, that looks amazing!

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susan smoaks October 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

your fb fan tony l smoaks

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susan smoaks October 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

your twitter follower @fdp4life

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susan smoaks October 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

your pinterest follower susansmoaks

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amy October 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

i love toast and jam!

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Danielle October 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I love jam! My favorite is blackberry

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Jamie October 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I like strawberry.

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Charlene Kuser October 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I enjoy reading your blog and your pictures are wonderful.I could eat that cake right now.Yummy
My favorite jam is Blackberry.Thanks for the giveaway.

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christal c October 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I like raspberry jam and toast

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christal c October 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

follow you on pinterest

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Jennifer B. October 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I rescued a puppy last week and now we are adopting her! That’s a happy comment!!!

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Jennifer B. October 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Following you on Twitter. @fangirljen

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Jennifer B. October 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Following you on Pinterest. fangirljen

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Marie Darrer October 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm

How nice that your blog is having a birthday! So generous of you to offer a beautiful prize!

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Ann Council October 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Pumpkin jam is one of my favorites and especially with the fall upon us.

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Marie Darrer October 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Liked ur facebook page (Em Darr)

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Marie Darrer October 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Following on pinterest
(Em Darr)

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Katie October 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I love strawberry jam!

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Laurie Emerson October 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I love Peach jam! Have a great week!:)
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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Laurie Emerson October 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I follow you on twitter.
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Laurie Emerson October 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I like you on Facebook.
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Laurie Emerson October 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I follow you on Pinterest.
Laura Lee
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Teresa October 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

Congrats on the anniversary!! I love strawberry jam and fig preserves!
tssk10(at)gmail(dot)com

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Teresa October 11, 2012 at 1:32 am

I follow you on Twitter – @tssk10
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Teresa October 11, 2012 at 1:32 am

I like you on Facebook.
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Teresa October 11, 2012 at 1:33 am

I follow you on Pinterest as tssk10
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Angela W October 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

I love Strawberry Jam

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