My Thank-You Giveaway!

Last thursday, I hit my 100 follower mark and was SO excited!Well yesterday, exactly a week later, I hit my 200 FOLLOWERS mark and I could not be more excited! You all are the best! And to say THANK-YOU I am kicking the weekend off with a GIVEAWAY!My way of saying thanks is a way to get you OUT of your kitchen!Grab your loved one and leave the kids home with a babysitteror grab a friendfor a fun night out to dinner!The giveaway is a $25 gift card to your choice of Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, On the Border, or Maggiano’s Little Italy!

Here’s how to enter!


If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining and/or #chefintrainingblog. I would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens.

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  1. Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl

    Yay!!! Congratulations on your growing blog!!! So exciting! And what a great giveaway! I follow your blog & I would love a chance to win! Thanks!

  2. Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl

    I "like" you on FB

  3. Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl

    I'm following you on twitter! (@mwmassey)


    Congrats!! Way to grow like that, it is great. I have noticed you all over the linky parties!
    Thanks for the contest--
    I follow your blog :)

  5. Kaitlyn

    Yay Nikki! Just the other day I went through and copied just about every recipe to help me in a couple months when I will be a wife :)

  6. Kaitlyn

    Oh and I was the 9th person to "like" you on Facebook :)

  7. Holly

    I'm a follower on your blog, congrats on your 200 followers! Holly @

  8. Zachary and Sarah

    Nikki, I am SO proud of you! I can't believe how far you've come. Congratulations sista! P.S. I am following your blog. :) Loud and proud!

  9. Desi

    I am already a follower :)

  10. Heather

    Thanks so much for following us and coming to our blog. :) I'm now your newest follower and am excited to check out some recipes!

  11. Heather

    What a great giveaway. I'm now following you on Twitter as well! About to send you an email....

  12. Lindsay

    Congrats on 200 readers! That is HUGE! I follow you on this blog. :)

  13. Holly at The Blue Lantern

    I am following your blog. I liked your Facebook page also.

  14. Tiffany

    I'm your newest follower on GFC! :)

  15. Blue Ridge Baker

    I was coming over from Indulge Baking, to be friends anyway - but the giveaway is icing on the proverbial cake! Come visit me sometime at
    Happy baking!

  16. Chels

    What a fun giveaway! I'm a follower :)

  17. Chels

    Congratulations on hitting 200 followers!!! I'm trying just to hit 50 peeps, LOL!

    I like you on FB :)

  18. CathyVal

    CONGRATS on hitting your goal and surpassing it! I liked you on facebook and became a follower on google! Love you recipes - even pinned some on pinterest! Thanks!

  19. Anne

    Visiting from Circus Berry. Your recipes look AMAZING!!!!! Started following you here on Google. Can't wait to try some of your stuff and see what's new!

  20. Amy@mad.amyt

    Congrats! Already a loyal follower! Thanks!

  21. The Paper Princess

    Thank you so much for joining me at Create With Joy and congrats on hitting your goal! I'm excited to share that I am now your 250th GFC follower - woo hoo! :-) Thank you for the chance to win a night out on the town with Prince CHarming at one of my favorite restaurants! :-)


  22. Michelle

    Hello! You just became my newest follower at polka dots and pizza, so I came to check you out and I am IN LOVE with your blog!!! I am an amateur cook, and my husband is a trained chef!

  23. Michelle

    I am following you now too PS

  24. Laura

    Congrats! that is awesome!! I'm a new follower...can't wait to swap recipes!!

  25. Laura

    I Like you on facebook

  26. Daphne Hope

    Became a follower!

  27. Daphne Hope

    I "liked" you on Facebook!

  28. Holly at The Blue Lantern

    Following you on Twitter also.

  29. Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

    I've been a follower and LOVE your blog!


  30. Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

    I "like" you on Facebook!


  31. Zachary and Sarah

    I also "liked" you on Facebook.

  32. Zachary and Sarah

    AND...I'm following you on Twitter :) I almost feel like a stalker...

  33. The Ellis'

    I'm a Chef-in-Training follower! This would be such a fun night out!!

  34. The Ellis'

    I "liked" you on facebook!

  35. Life In The Thrifty Lane

    Thanks for stopping by today and for leaving a sweet comment! I'm your newest follower now. Great giveaway and congrats on your 250+ follower! Stop by my blog again to enter my giveaway too :)

  36. The Paper Princess

    I'm now following you on Twitter too! :-)

    I am not on FB but I did post your giveaway on my sidebar (under GREAT GIVEAWAYS) at Create With Joy!


  37. Adam and Wendy

    I follow you on Twitter!! :)

  38. Adam and Wendy

    I follow you through Google Friend Connect too! :)

  39. stephchows

    Thanks for visiting my blog and am now a follower of yours too :)

  40. Lisa

    I am a new follower!

  41. Tiff @ Making The World Cuter

    Thanks Nikki for the invite! I'm following you back now! :)

  42. Tiff @ Making The World Cuter

    I like your Facebook page as well.

  43. Tiff @ Making The World Cuter

    And...I follow you on Twitter! :)

  44. B.Chen

    Hey Nikki--I've been trying to comment here ALL DAY! Hopefully this come through! I'm excited to explore your blog :)

  45. B

    Hi Nikki, Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog and becoming a follower! That is so awesome that you went from 100 followers to 200 followers in a week! Im just trying to make it to 50 followers LOL. So, I followed your blog, liked you on facebook, and followed you on twitter! have a great day! Can't wait to go explore your blog and see what yummy stuff your whipping up!

  46. Mandy

    I follow you on Google Friend. What a fun giveaway!

  47. Susan

    Absolutely fabulous. Thank you for stopping by and showing me the way to your blog...I'm a follower! XOXO

  48. kitchen flavours

    Congratulations! That is so awesome! From 100 to 200 followers in a week! Now you have 270 followers! Certainly calls for a celebration! And that is a fun giveaway! Thank you!

  49. Chrissy

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am your newest follower as well! :) Have a great weekend!

  50. Michele

    i follow your blog! i would love a gift card :)

  51. Sarah G

    Nikki 273 WOW you are rocking it! I think you should teach a class at Maceys and get Love to Cook to do a give away on you blog!! If you want to I could help you set things up!!

  52. Amy @ dwell in the season

    Thanks for your comment and follow on my blog, I'm a follower of yours now too! How did you get your blog to grow so fast? I'd love to know - that is amazing! Good for you:)

  53. The One Stop Baby Shop

    Hey Nikki! Thanks for the invite, I'm entering your fun giveaway! I'm your newest follower under lets be friends! I'm glad we met! Lilli

  54. The One Stop Baby Shop

    I'm your newest follower on Facebook too!


  55. The One Stop Baby Shop

    I'm your newest follower on Twitter ;)
    Oh and I added your page to my FAVORITES on
    Facebook! I'm even going to post your
    giveaway on my Facebook page, come visit me :)

  56. Gabe

    Great blog! I follow you!

  57. Julene

    I am a follower of Chef In Training (under the "Let's be Friends section

  58. Julene

    I Like/follow Chef In Training on Facebook

  59. Heidi

    Thanks for following junkintheirtrunk! I am your newest follower now too! Your recipes look delish and I would LOVE to feature you on {JunkintheirTrunk} sometime! What a fun giveaway too! Thanks!

  60. Christy

    I follow your blog! And I love all of your recipes!

  61. Suburbsmama

    I am your newest follower. (thanks for visiting my blog:

  62. Suburbsmama

    I like chef in training on facebook

  63. julialovesshoes

    following :) Your blog is a new find to me and I'm loving what I'm reading

  64. K

    New follower. Came for the Cake Batter Pancakes and had to stay!

  65. K

    Liked ya on FB.

  66. K

    Following you on Twitter.

  67. grace

    what a great little blog you have! thanks for visiting me, as i might never have discovered you otherwise! i'm loving everything, even your font. :)

  68. Danielle

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I totally love yours. I am always a sucker for yummy recipes. This giveaway looks like a fun one. I glad I got to enter it. Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  69. Elisabeth

    I'm a follower! Elisabeth Gvandango33 at gmail dot com

  70. Elisabeth

    I follow on twitter @egood33vandango33 at gmail dot com

  71. Camille

    I'm a follower!!!Camille @

  72. Becky

    Hi Nikki,I'm glad that you found my blog. so I stopped by. I love your blog design and recipes. I am your newest follower.

  73. Ariel

    I "liked" you on facebook.I can't wait to try your recipes! Yummy!!!

  74. Kitty

    following you on Twitter as Brauwin

  75. Cari

    We're friends!

  76. Cari

    I like ya on FB! (Cari Schroeder)

  77. Cari

    I follow you on Twitter. @caty7d

  78. Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy

    Seriously you ROCK! I love your blog and I am loving that everyone else does too!!! Congrats on being wayyyyy over 200 followers now! I adore all of your recipes! ps I have totally been a follower for awhile now :o) Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  79. Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy

    I liked you on facebook too!!!! :o)
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  80. Janiece

    Congratulations on your HUGE following...I just stopped in to look at a recipe and was quickly wanting to follow your blog and so I did :O)
    Now, to like you on facebook.
    Congrats again!

  81. Janiece

    liking you on facebook.

  82. Jaime

    Congratulations!! I follow your blog!

  83. Beansieleigh

    Oh boy!! I'm a follower, so please do count me in! Thanks! ~tina

  84. sherri lynn

    Congrats on all your followers!! What is your trick for getting so many so fast?! I am your newest follower :)

  85. sherri lynn

    I follow you on twitter! @sherrilynnpuz

  86. sherri lynn

    and I like chef n training on facebook!

  87. Amanda

    Following! Love your blog!

  88. Amanda

    Liked you on FB already! Looking forward to seeing you in my feed!

  89. Amanda

    Following u on Twitter:)

  90. Aimee @ Just Kidding Around Atlanta

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following you back ~ and would love to win this gift card! : )

    Aimee @

  91. Natalie

    I'm a new follower and am loving your blog! Great job and thanks for the giveaway!

  92. Natalie

    I'm following you on FB now too!

  93. Jase, Tayler and Kendyl

    I hope I win! :) I'm a friend on Facebook too!

  94. ASingleMothersJourney

    Wow this was your 200 follower giveaway at the beginning of this month and you've already reached over 700 followers a couple weeks later. That's great!