Cookbook Giveaway for the New Year!

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Through this door and down the stairs to The Culinary Cellar, there are enough cookbooks for me to have a giveaway.  What better way to start the New Year than to make a reader happy with a free cookbook?

But there is a little twist:  In order to win you must guess the birthdate of my first grandchild!  Whoever comes closest I will send a cookbook (and maybe more goodies!) of my choice.  It might even be a box of goodies!

The crib is waiting, and almost everything is in place.  Here is all you have to know and do:

  1.  The estimated due date is January 24th.  It is not known if the baby is a boy or girl.  My daughter Kara and her husband want to be surprised!
  2. Guess the due date.  Do you think it will be before or after the 24th?  Do you think baby could extend into February?  You guess!
  3. Since we don’t know if baby is a boy or girl, for a bonus prize which could be another cookbook or some other surprise, you can guess boy or girl along with the due date.  If you happen to be the person who wins the due date and you also guess the correct sex of the baby, you also win the bonus!
  4. If there is a tie or ties of the correct due date, I will put those names in a hat and have my husband (grandpa!) draw a name.
  5. This fun game will only be available to readers in the continental USA.  I’m sorry to my overseas readers!  I need to spend money on baby, not postage.  Books are expensive to mail, especially if I pick a big heavy one, plus another possible cookbook and extra goodies.
  6. Respond below on this blog only, not Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, or I will lose track of them all.  You will have until this Saturday, January 7th at 11:59 pm to respond.  Be sure to leave an email address that you use often so I can contact you after baby is born!

Here is momma Kara, waiting to deliver.  What do you think?  Is Kara ready sooner than later?  Or will baby take its sweet time?  Does it look like it will be a boy or a girl?

Have fun guessing!  I can’t wait to see who wins!

Good Luck!


Grandma Vanni  (that’s me!)


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53 Responses to Cookbook Giveaway for the New Year!

  1. January 2, 2017 at 5:27 am #

    Not that I need any prize but this is too much fun not to participate so I will guess a boy on January 28

  2. January 2, 2017 at 7:17 am #

    Kara looks lovely pregnant. So exciting for all of you!! Praying for mama and baby’s safe and healthy delivery; and I will guess that SHE will come on January 29th.

  3. January 2, 2017 at 7:44 am #

    I’m guessing February 3rd, a boy, in the afternoon. And Kara looks gorgeous! (and I know I’m not eligible to win 🙂 ) — Aloha hugs to everyone and Happy New Year!

  4. January 2, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    Kara looks fabulous. How about a healthy bouncing boy on January 19.

  5. January 2, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    Kara looks awesome. What a fun giveaway. January 21st

  6. January 2, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    Blessings to Kara from her kindergarten teacher!

    My guess is Jan 21st- a girl.

    Love and hugs,
    Monica (Klimaitis) McCabe
    [email protected]

  7. January 2, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    My guess is a girl on January 18th. Have fun Grandma. Grandchildren are a blessing.

  8. January 2, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    What fun-I will opt for a boy on the 14th! But whenever he/she arrives is the perfect time for this lucky child being born into such a special, loving family.

  9. January 2, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    What a beautiful mama-to-be … and I’m so excited for you to be a grandma! My 5 grands were all a surprise … one of the last true ‘surprise!’ opportunities in life
    My guess is a girl on January 31st!

  10. January 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    A girl on January 22 because it’s also my birthday and the world needs more girls.

  11. January 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

    Kara looks beautiful.

    I predict a girl on January 22 because it’s also my birthday and the world needs more girls.

  12. January 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    Anniversary of the great Chicago snow storm of ’67, & after you deserted us: Jan 26. Boy

  13. January 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Even though you will not post me a cookbook I just wanted to participate I think a lovely baby Princess will be born on 26th of January. And she will have beautifull brown eyes and a few blond hairs. Bless you all ❤

  14. January 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    Kara is gorgeous! I guess a girl will be born on 1/21/2017

  15. January 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    Oh, heck….I just want to play along too! I predict 1/11 because that’s a cool birthday to have! And, it will be a girl. Because I have a 100% success rate when guessing these things.

  16. January 2, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    What fun and CONGRATULATIONS! You will be amazing grandparents! I’m going to guess a girl born 1/29/17

  17. January 2, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    January 24th

  18. January 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    It’s a girl and she will be born on Jan. 28th.

    Blessing on an easy labor & delivery.

  19. January 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    I’m going with a bouncing baby boy on the 21st.. Kara looks great and you are going to have a blast with this little one…

  20. January 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    24th. Boy

  21. January 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    Oh wow, my guess will be 1/26/17, and a girl. Had too many dates I wanted to choose, but that’s what I’m going with. Now I hope it won’t be on the 12th, 13th, 28th of Jan or Feb 5.

  22. January 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    So exciting for all of you!! I am going with a boy on the 27th of January.

  23. January 2, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    A boy, and he will most definitely be born late in the evening of the 16th day of January.

  24. January 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    What an exciting time this is for your family and all of us friends! I predict it will be a boy and will be born on January 29. Tic Toc…………. 🙂

  25. January 2, 2017 at 3:59 pm #

    I’m going to go with a boy on February 2nd. Congratulations! Enjoy!

  26. January 2, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    Jan 14 girl

  27. January 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    Since January 30th is my birthday, I have to guess that! It is also Princess Caroline of Monaco’s birthday (she will also be turning 60!). Kara looks just beautiful by the way. Wishing her a very quick and painless delivery

  28. January 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    I am guessing a girl on January 17! Kara looks great and we are thrilled for them!

  29. January 2, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

    I just love this fun post and guessing game! I’m am particularly loving the early birth date guesses because I am READY to meet this wild child of mine! (He/she never stops dancing, day or night!) Thank you, Grandma, for writing this great post!

  30. January 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    It’s a boy on January 19th. I checked my crystal ball.

  31. January 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    I’m guessing a beautiful baby girl on February 4th.

  32. January 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    Kara looks so darling! I guess January 29th

  33. January 2, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    I’m predicting January 22 – as Alex and I will be celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary that day! I’ll say boy! But whatever/whenever a beautiful HEALTHY baby!

  34. January 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    My guess is January 27th and a girl. Best of wishes to the mom to be and prayers for a healthy baby!

  35. January 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    I’m predicting a boy on January 30. It would help to know if this is her first child. Just stumbled upon this blog. Good luck.

    • January 2, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

      Yes, Mallory, first baby and good point!

  36. January 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    Congratulations and Good Luck with the Birth.. I vote January 27th…and a happy boy!!!

    My lucky number is 27… because my bday is Feb 27…so that would be cool to be one month before my 51st bday!!!

  37. January 2, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    I guess the 30th! I’ll pray for a safe delivery! Kara looks adorable!

  38. January 2, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

    She is just so beautiful! Congratulations to your family. Girl on January 29th

  39. January 2, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

    A beautiful baby girl born on the 22nd!

  40. January 3, 2017 at 4:40 am #

    How lovely to have a sweet little granddaughter! She will arrive on Jan. 29.

  41. January 3, 2017 at 8:01 am #

    Omg what a cute giveaway idea.

    I’m going to say boy!!
    Jan 27

  42. January 3, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    January 17th. Girl.

  43. January 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    We’re going for a boy on January 21st before noon.

  44. January 4, 2017 at 12:00 am #

    I will guess January 23. I also think she will be having a girl!


  45. January 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    I’m going to guess she is going to have a girl born on January 25th.

  46. January 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

    On January 27th a little girl will be welcomed into the world! How exciting!

  47. January 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    So exciting! Since my youngest Birthday is on the 17th I’ll go with that and I say a girl! Best to Mama!

  48. January 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

    January 28th sounds like a perfect day to have a new baby!!

    • January 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

      Brand New Baby Girl…!!

  49. January 8, 2017 at 11:31 am #

    Just found out about this from Bill this morning at church. I say Jan 23rd because it is my birthday. I predict a boy. Really hope for a healthy baby! Kara looks great!

  50. January 30, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Dear Sweet Baby Love,

    We’re counting the days to your very anticipated arrival with your family!

    Whenever you’re ready to come into the world, we’ll be here to surround you with welcoming love.

    Your Fans

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