“Favorite Things” Giveaway and Blog Hop

I am so excited about today’s giveaway because it is super personal… as in, I PERSONALLY picked out everything in the package and am personally mailing it to you as well :) And it is some of my personal “Favorite Things!”

It’s that gift giving time of year again!!! If you stress over your list of loved ones, and struggle to find the perfect gift for birthdays or the holidays, fret no more.  25 creative bloggers have gathered together to share THEIR favorite things in a gift giving guide, and nearly all of the items are under $25!  This list can offer a long lasting gift guide to refer back to when you need that special gift, along with links to where you can get them.   Sometimes, giving a practical household item is just as exciting as the extravagant gift you are stress-fully looking for, but we also have super cutesy and impractical, too!

 Here’s what to do:

  • Take a quick glance at the gift collage below
  • Scroll to the bottom to see mine up close with details and links to buy my favorite items
  • Enter to win my gift basket at the giveaway below
  • HOP to all of the other sites to enter to win their gifts!
  • Look around and enjoy the sites of the 25 creative bloggers–they will not disappoint!

 So much fun, right?!? To view closer shopping details and links on where to purchase each basket item, simply HOP on over to the links below, where you can also enter to win the giveaway on their sites.

1. All Things Thrifty
2. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
3. Chef in Training
4. Click it Up a Notch
5. Eighteen25
6. I Heart Nap Time
7. kojodesigns
8. Landee See, Landee Do
9. Lil’ Luna
10. Lolly Jane
11. Love the Day
12. My Sister’s Suitcase
13. Or So She Says
14. sew.craft.create.
15. Six Sisters’ Stuff
16. Tatertots and Jello
17.The Dating Divas
18.The Diary of DavesWife
19. The Girl Who Ate Everything
20. The Idea Room
21. The Pleated Poppy
22. The Savvy Photographer
23. TidyMom
24. Vintage Revivals
25.Your Homebased Mom

 Since I am a food blog, most of “my favorites” are centered around some of my favorite things in the kitchen.

Here is what my Favorite Things Gift Package includes:

1. A large mixing bowl. This is one of my most used items in my kitchen. I use it, well, for pretty much everything! From, baking to cooking, I love it!  One of the first pieces of advice my mom gave me when I got married was: “You need a good mixing bowl” So one of my gifts to you, a great large mixing bowl :)

2.  A package of Jello Vanilla Flavored instant pudding.  My FAVORITE cookies in the entire world are my Pudding Cookies.  I want you to be able to make them in your home, so I am giving you my “secret ingredient”.  You are going to LOVE these cookies! They are honestly THE BEST!

3. Toblerone Candy Bar.  This has been my favorite candy bar of all time since pretty much the beginning of time.  And this is a HUGE one, so it should last you a while! Enjoy!

4.  Wrigley’s 5 Gum-Spearmint.  My favorite gum. Ever. It lasts forever and I always have a package in my car, in my purse and in a drawer in my kitchen. A girl’s got to have her gum readily available.  You never know when your are going to need it ;-)

5. Biscoff Spread.  I can’t tell you in words just how incredible this stuff is. It my latest current addiction. I get a lot of people telling me they can’t find it where they are located, so here you go.  A jar all to your self!

6. Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara. I can’t live without it.  If I can only apply one product of make-up, hands down it would be mascara. Oddly enough, and not trying to sound cocky or conceited, but I get compliments on my mascara and eyelashes weekly.  They always ask me what product I use and this is it.

7. 24 oz. of Western Family Chocolate Almond Bark. Another question I always get asked is what type of chocolate do I use to coat my truffles to get them so smooth. This is it. I love it and have a ridiculous amount in storage. I would hate to run out of it. With Christmas right around the corner and treat exchanges, you are going to want this! Trust me!

8. A wooden spoon.  Another item I use often in my kitchen. Everyone needs a good quality wooden spoon.

9. Essie Nail Polish- Merino Cool.  My current favorite nail polish color. How could you go wrong with this dark-gray purple color?! Honestly, its beautiful!

10. I am also including a $50 VISA gift card!

I know how stressful holiday shopping can be (and how expensive) so I want to help you out a little to make your holidays less stressful!

Want a chance to win my “Favorite Things” Package?!
Enter below!

***Winner outside of the US will have to pay shipping over $10***
Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. Shana

    Super excited about this giveaway!!!

  2. Amber

    Awesome!! I'm loving this blog hop and thank you for this giveaway :)

  3. Jessica A

    Such a great basket :-)

  4. jordyn

    that biscoff spread is soooooo good! on anything, really, but i won't lie, i eat it straight off the spoon.

  5. erika

    Thank you!!!

  6. Karin

    super excited about these giveaways! they are all so fantastic looking!

  7. Sherri

    What an AWESOME giveaway!

  8. Terese

    Very cool!

  9. Shannon Lee

    What an AWESOME idea with other bloggers and cute giveaway!

  10. Sara

    As a lover of cooking and baking myself, I'm in love with this basket!

  11. Kim McCready

    This is an awesome giveway! Thank you!

  12. Carrie

    loving this blog hop. awesome gift basket items!

  13. StacyC

    There is nothing better than a big bowl when baking. I haven't tried WF's chocolate, but I definitely will now when I make my chocolates this year. Thanks!

  14. Lori Z.

    I know that I should be excited about the Visa gift card most, but I am currently drooling thinking about a Toblerone :)

  15. Amy

    Great giveaway! I love all of the items!

  16. Jennifer

    Tolberone's are my absolute favorites! This is a great basket!

  17. Gail Dunn

    Thanks for doing the giveaway! Checking out the blog hop!

  18. Pam

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  19. Susan H

    love your selection of favorite kitchen items...

  20. Nicole-Lynn

    I love to cook so this giveaway is right up my ally! Great basket of favorites! xo


  21. Cathy Farquhar

    Favorite things/ bowl & gift card---cooking & shopping top of my list!


  22. Jenn Post

    Click it up a notch and Kristen Duke links are not working in the blog hop list up there^


    1. Chef in Training

      thanks for bringing that to my attention! They should all work now :)

    1. Jillene@inkhappi

      This is SO FUN! Thanks for sharing. I'm new in the blog world and love discovering new blogs like yours!!

  23. Lisa

    I am in LOVE with this entire idea of all of you teaming together to do these giveaways. It's so fun to see all the FAVORITES. :) Thank you for the anticipation and giveaway.

  24. Summer

    Great give away

  25. Toni Kramer-Behnke

    I am lovin this!! I found you through this giveaway & love what I have found!! Thank you so much for being in this giveaway, this is amazing!!!

  26. steph

    awesome basket, thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Megan

    What a cool giveaway!!

  28. MaryBB

    I'm loving the mixing bowl, of which I am in desperate need. For some reason I've never invested in one. Of course, I can't deny that that nail polish and Visa gift card are close seconds.

  29. Liz

    what a neat give-away! Way to start out the gifting season. :-)

  30. Patricia @ ButterYum

    Wowzer - what an awesome giveaway! Lol - and I love that you included mascara and nail polish :).

  31. Sara Jay

    This makes me want to mess up my kitchen so much! What a fun giveaway!

  32. julie spady

    thankyou! So fun!

  33. Dawn S

    Great Giveaway... You have some delicious sounding recipes i can't wait to try some out ( pulled pork yum yum! ). I think my daughter will like alot too so I'm sending her the link.

  34. Kim L

    Love your basket!

  35. michelle minch

    l could really use a new good wooden spoon along with all the other goodies!

  36. Dawn

    Glad to find your blog - so many yummy recipes!

  37. Erika

    That bowl looks fabulous. My hubby keeps breaking my glass ones, that looks like it would work so much better :) Thank you for the chance to win!

  38. Cheryl

    I love your giveaway mixing bowl gift and I love your idea those fab.

  39. Michelle

    Cool basket

  40. jules

    Fab giveaway! I love toblerone!

  41. Janice

    Biscoff...chocolate...pretty things...useful things...who can resist? Thans for the chance to win!

  42. Sue Welsh

    I love this idea, a few of your favorites...I would love to receive something like this, and I have a fussy sister this idea will be great for!

  43. J

    Nice basket of treats. I need to go shopping with you since you can find some items I can't in the small town I live in. Sigh. Anyhoo, please tell where you can buy the Biscoff at since I am unable to locate the product.

  44. Tina

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. Such a neat idea. Happy Holidays!

  45. Stephanie Precourt

    This is so awesome - your basket is filled with things I like, too!!! You speak my language!


  46. Kathy Diebel

    The basket l;ooks great.

  47. Brenda

    Really excited about the giveaways....Thank you!

  48. Brenda B.

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance.. Love your recipes!

  49. Melanie

    Awesome choices.

  50. Judy

    LOVE the Visa Card and the Toblerone. Now that's a great combination!

  51. Mary

    Would love this... Fun stuff!

  52. Dena Hamlin

    Toblerone, Toblerone! One of my fave treats that I rarely have. so so good! Perfect stocking stuffer!

  53. jena

    Great giveaway!

  54. Meg huber

    What a great thing to see in my in box this morning :)

  55. Ellen

    Great fan of your blog and your recipes! I have to say that is a great giveaway basket and the mixing bowl is my favorite!

  56. SaKay

    Great giveaway!

  57. Abby

    Wow, your basket looks great!

  58. Trina

    What a great giveaway!

  59. Laura

    What a great giveaway!!! I just pinned your pudding cookies! Yummy!!!

  60. alyssa p

    I love your basket! There is just something so nice about using a wooden kitchen utensil.

  61. Debbi

    So glad I found your blog through this giveaway!

  62. Keri-Danielle

    LOVE your blog! such amazing recipies.

    Pick me! Pick me!!

  63. Steph Jochim

    I'm loving this! Lot's of fun stuff in your basket and I would love!!

  64. Kelly

    So excited about the giveaway!

  65. Anja

    What an awesome giveaway - and what a great reminder to follow some of your favorite blogs in different ways. Just recently started a twitter, so now I get to follow you, too =) PS love that essie color, have a similar one from a German brand.

  66. Sandra

    What a wonderful basket you put together! This is such a wonderful giveaway series, so much fun!

  67. Shelagh

    Wow! Great basket! Would love to win it!

  68. Katie

    Great Giveaway! Some great items in there. I've always wanted to try Biscoff Spread.

  69. Kelly

    Would love to win!!

  70. Jeannine

    Great Giveaway!

  71. Michelle Wright

    Would love to win this give-away!!!!!

  72. Aleisha

    HOORAY! Awesome giveaway! Hoping to win!

  73. Ashley

    Thank you guys for the awesome idea!

  74. Della

    Pudding cookies sound delicious!

  75. Karen Akilan

    I try at least one of your recipes a week. Love your site. I am taking your ideas and sending a care package to my only daughter in Atlanta. But I will have to include the baked pudding cookies lol

  76. jesse k

    I love Essie too!

  77. Crystal

    Great giveaway!! I'm excited to read your blog too!! I found alot of recipes that I can't wait to try!!

  78. Jen Shaw

    Some of my favorites too!

  79. Susan

    Love this giveaway!!

  80. Cheryl L.

    Thanks so much for participating.....your giveaway looks great!!!!

  81. Erin G.

    What a great mixing bowl!

  82. Juliette

    Do I even have a chance to win the gift basket if I do not have a Twitter account?

  83. torimay

    Awesome! THANKS

  84. natalie woofter

    What a great giveaway! And Great blog! This Is My.first here! :)

  85. Anna Simon

    Love your basket, esp the bowl!

  86. Hilary L

    This Blog Hop is so fun!! Love your basket!! Thanks for the opportunity :0)

  87. April P

    What an awesome giveaway!

  88. Nikki

    I putt the wrong link in the Rafflecopter Giveaway to the recipe I just pinned! I just wanted to let you know that it's here: http://pinterest.com/pin/100768110383975324/ Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  89. Zan

    What a great basket! All the products ate winners and who doesn't love a gift card thanks. I joined your RSS feed.

  90. Ashley P.

    What a GREAT idea!

  91. Mary Young

    OMG!! I am so excited to have found your blog! I love cooking! I hope I win yours!

  92. Danielle B

    Awesome idea for a giveaway!

  93. Sarah

    I can't wait to try a lot of the products you linked to! Especially the mascara, because I haven't yet found one that really works for me. Hopefully, this is it!

  94. Sarah

    I need to try that mascara! What a great giveaway!

  95. Sue

    Great give away!

  96. Cheri

    Great basket! Thanks for all the nice giveaways!! I can't find the biscoff spread anywhere around here.

  97. Dixie n Dottie

    Wow! What an awesome giveaway! Especially with your generous $50 visa card!
    Happy November! :)

  98. Gloria

    Awesome Basket

  99. McKenzie

    AWESOME giveaway! thanks for sharing your idea--happy holidays! :)

  100. Mindie P.

    Loving the giveaway!!

  101. Marcia

    This is fun! Thanks for doing this!

  102. tina

    Great basket! I would like To try the Candy Bar ..yummy

  103. Linda Montes

    a wonderful giveaway, thank you for the opportunity.

  104. sHARON

    Awesome giveaway, thanks.

  105. K Davis

    Love all these items....great giveaway.

  106. Melissa M

    Love Love Love the goodies.

  107. Liz

    great basket...would love to win!

  108. Amber

    Looovvveeee your blog- cook from it all the time! I've got two of five meals planned from your recipes this week! Great giveaway!

  109. Morgan

    This is an awesome basket!

  110. Michelle

    Thanks for the chance to win

  111. Jaylynn Stokes

    I just stumbled across your blog, and I love it. Can't wait to try those cookies!

  112. TLR

    I love a good mixing bowl. Thanks for the chance. to win.

  113. Blake

    So glad I found your site - love what I'm seeing. The giveaway is just a nice bonus! Thanks!

  114. Becca

    Everything looks awesome. Great ideas for gifts!!

  115. Megan DeLo

    Oh man what a cool basket to win!!! I think I have to say I'm most excited about the Toblerone bar. It reminds me of my fav tv show, "Friends". LOL

    Mrs. DeLo

  116. The Ready Project

    This time the food storage are really important in our life and family, these are giveaway really excited.

    Thank you for this!

  117. Laura Williams

    You included so many new things I want to try!

  118. cindy tessier

    Love your basket!

  119. Sally B.

    I love Essie nail polish, and that color is so much fun!

  120. Dana

    I super excited about everything in this giveaway!

  121. Traci Jones

    I would love all of this! Thank you so much!!

  122. cal

    looks great!

  123. Lisa Smith

    Love, love, love your recipes!!!! Please sign me up for the giveaway!

  124. Kelly Moore

    Holy cow...Toblerone is one of my absolute favs! Awesome giveaway!

  125. Alena

    So many great items!!!

  126. kt

    YUM! Hope to win! Fingers are crossed! Thanks for the fun goodies!!

  127. maria sch

    These are most of my favorite things too!

  128. Nichole L

    Great basket!! Whoever wins it will be very lucky!

  129. Amy

    thanks for the chance to win!

  130. Lisa Templeton

    Great Giveaway!!

  131. Diane

    Great giveaway and great recipes!

  132. Debbie

    fun giveaways. I love learning about new things.

    1. Michelle

      I am so excited!! Can't wait to make your pudding cookies! Thank you so much!!!

  133. brenda guinee


  134. Tammy

    Love it all!

  135. cassie


  136. Lisa Lee

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! So fun!!

  137. Karen

    Love that mixing bowl, you have some fun favs...

  138. J. Tarectecan

    Mmmm....Biscoff spread. If I don't win your basket, I'm going to have to make it my mission to track some down! =)

  139. rebecca @ beurrista

    oh your basket looks fabulous! fave items are the biscoff spread and the nail polish.

  140. susana

    Hi: yummy basquet, love the spread.

  141. paula chapman

    What an awesome basket you have!!! Thank You for the opportunity to win this! I LOVE everything!!!

  142. Wendy T

    Great basket. Thanks for the chance to win!

  143. Jamie

    Every Chick loves the chance to try out new mascara! I would enjoy sharing the Biscoff spread with the family since we haven't tried it yet!

  144. whitney

    great basket or bowl!!!! thanks for the giveaway!

  145. Meg

    Where did you get the wooden spoon? I've been searching for one that is sturdy enough to mix chocolate chip cookie dough without fear of breaking!

  146. Joy

    Amazing choices in your basket!

  147. Gayle Erwin

    Oh, that is one cool color nail polish!!!

  148. Kay Gee

    Love the basket and the gift card!!

  149. Kristin

    Your basket rocks!

  150. Gena Mae

    Can't wait to try your recipes. Everything looks amazing!

  151. maritza p

    Wow! Great basket...and of course the extra $50 VISA card would be fantastic!!! thanks- M. Parreira

  152. Bootybella

    MMmmmmmm...pudding cookies are to die for! And nothing like popping a chunk of Toblerone in your mouth at the same time! Thanks for sharing the opportunity to win!

  153. Jennfier

    I love ALL those items too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  154. donna adams

    Not sure if I can enter since I don't facebook, twitter, or the rest, but I'll comment just in case! This woukd be an awesome basket for my niece! We love baking together, especially at Christmas time but really all the time, and she is always emailing me from college various recipes we've got to try next time we're together! This would be fun to give her!

  155. Dee t

    Awesome ideas!

  156. Christie T.

    This is a wonderful collaboration that is definitely drawing my attention to some new blogs including this one =)

  157. Justin

    Love the giveaway/blog hop and you've got some tasty goodies in yours. I'm loving the gift card, I know that whole thing would go toward my kindle addiction!

  158. Amanda Mark

    Yay for giveaways!

  159. Lindsay

    Mmmmmmmm. Makes me hungry!

  160. Catherine

    Great basket, great giveaway!

  161. Lauren F.

    Cool stuff, and I can't wait to make those yummy cookies (hopefully with the box in the "basket"!!)

  162. Robyn Neville

    mmm, some yummy things in here and then the bonus gift card, score! I'm new to your site, some yummy looking food. I look forward to reading through your site.

  163. Rebecca

    I could definently use some lessons in the kitchen. I'm glad I stumbled upon this blog :)

  164. Renee Smason

    super giveaway. Thanks

  165. Stefani

    Great giveaway! Thanks so much!! :)

  166. Rachel S

    Love this basket - since I'm a foodie, too! :)

  167. Tina Borzelleca

    I'd love to win this great giveaway!

  168. Secret Burkheiser

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!!!

  169. fanniehp

    i need a new mixing bowl!

  170. Bao

    Lovely Giveaways! It make me miss cooking for my parents! ^_^

  171. Namununa

    Very Creative, awesome giveaway.

  172. Janelle

    OMG, I LOVE Biscoff spread! Seriously, I hide it in my pantry, with a spoon nearby. It's amazing stuff. Did you know it comes in crunchy, too?

  173. BECKI

    Love it all!

  174. Karen M

    Love your site, tried many yummy recipes from here! would love to win your basket!

  175. Kathy Davis

    I like Chef In Training on Facebook as Kathy Newsom Davis.

  176. Mary

    Great items! Would love to win it!

  177. Natasha R

    I love your basket!

  178. Susan Patterson

    Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize.

  179. rosanne tejeda

    this is awesome! thank you for doing this! all of them look GREAT!

  180. Susan

    WOW! Such great products-I love them all!

  181. shawna worthington

    I would love this....Love to be and be girly!