Reader Appreciation Month and Giveaway #1

March is a big month for me and my little corner of blogdom. As of tomorrow, All Day I Dream About Food celebrates its 2nd birthday and we head into the third year of creating and writing about my recipes. It’s so funny to look back on the start of this little endeavour. I’ve said it so many times before, but it really was just started on a whim. I had recently become a stay-at-home mother following the birth of my third child, and was tooling around the internet, looking up healthy recipes. Food blogs weren’t really much on my radar at that point, but I kept coming across them in my search. I was hooked almost instantly, and it hit me that one did not need to be a professional cook to write a food blog. It seemed like fun, so I decided to start my own. I did not know, at that point, that the gestational diabetes I had during pregnancy would decide to stick around. I posted maybe once every few weeks, whenever I felt like it, and the blog really had no purpose at all. It also had no readers at all, beyond my friends and family.

It was my foray into low carb and gluten free baking that truly inspired me to blog with purpose. As I experimented and played with these new ingredients, slowly getting used to the way they behaved and gaining some skill, I realized I had a lot more to offer to the general public. With each success, I gained confidence and it wasn’t long before I knew I was onto something. I was pretty good at this, and good at coming up with new, creative ways to use these alternative ingredients. Slowly, through various channels, my blog began to gain traction and people began to pay some attention. It’s really been an exciting journey, to see the way it’s taken off and I am excited to see where it will yet take me.

And I know full well that I wouldn’t be able to be on this journey without my readers. In appreciation of the fact that anyone beyond my immediate family wants to read my blog, I am doing a series of giveaways this month. I have targeted some of my favourite products and asked the companies to join me in celebrating my blogiversary (and my own birthday, coming up in a week or so). I want you, my readers, to get a chance to try out some of my favourite low carb and gluten free products.

So, my first giveaway is for one of my favourite alternative “flours”. Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour has been immensely useful to me in my low carb journey and I have made many recipes with it, a few of which I have highlighted here. I’ve also found their website to be an amazing resource for gluten free recipes, many of which can easily be rendered low carb with a few tweaks. Be sure to check out their Free Coconut Recipes site to find an amazing array of recipes made with their products.

Tropical Traditions has kindly offered to send one of my readers a 1 kg (2.2lb) bag of their premium Organic Coconut Flour.

Contest Rules:

1. Open to US and Canadian Residents only

2. To enter you must either (leave a comment to let me know what you did):

3. Additional entries (leave a separate comment for each):

  • Follow All Day I Dream About Food on Twitter @dreamaboutfood
  • “Like” All Day I Dream About Food on Facebook
  • Retweet this post
  • Pin or Stumble this post

4. Contest will run until Wednesday, March 7th at 11:59 PM

5. Winner will be chosen at random

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Comments

  1. Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} says

    happy Blog-anniversary and happy birthday to you Carolyn.
    What a fun way to celebrate!

    Already following @troptraditions on twitter

  2. Low Carbin It says

    I subscribed to the newsletter and am following you on Facebook. I love your sight and look forward to your blog/post

  3. shan says

    I liked u on Facebook….plus I always tell my friends about this site and share the food I make from your ever helpful recipes….txns!

  4. Alexandra says

    I had actually never read your backstory. Really interesting. It's great that you started testing out recipes with all of these interesting products – I never would have known how to use any of them! :) I started following Tropical Traditions on Twitter.

  5. Priscilla @ShesCookin says

    I'm following Tropical Traditions on Twitter.

    I love coconut, but haven't experimented with coconut flour – I'm sure it would add a subtle coconut flavor to baked goods.

  6. Stephanie says

    Happy Blogiversary! I have really wanted to try coconut flour!

    I am following @troptraditions on twitter!

  7. Jamie says

    Happy Blog Birthday! I want a slice of that chocolate hazelnut cake! Looks absolutely delicious! And coconut flour? I am so intrigued!

  8. Magic of Spice says

    Happy 2nd Blog Birthday! Congratulations and wishing you many, many more years :)
    Wonderful giveaway :)

  9. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    Hi Carolyn! Congratulations on such a big milestone! 2 years! Wow very happy anniversary to you! 2 years seem like a very long journey and you have achieved many things during this time. I'm really happy for you! I look forward to your 3rd anniv or even more. :-)

    As for the flour, since I'm not much of a baker, please pass this very nice flour to someone who enjoys baking. Eventually I will, but not at this time. ;-)

  10. Cake Duchess says

    Happy Bloganniversary and Happy birthday to you, sweet Carolyn.
    This showed up as a blogger type comment, fyi;)

  11. chacha says

    I'm glad I found your site through TT. Coconut flour is so wonderful to bake with and I love your lower carb versions of some of my favorites.

    I'll like you on facebook now to keep up with your site.

  12. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says

    Congrats on making it 2 years, and more to come! I followed Tropical Traditions on Twitter

  13. vtmom says

    Happy anniversary, I subscribed yesterday and am now following you on Twitter. Glad I found you, looking forward to learning more.

  14. Domestic Diva says

    Lovely! THanks for the chance.

    I subscribe to tt newsletter.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. Terra says

    Awww, I love the cake you chose to celebrate your special day! Two years is so fun, and I love how far you have come! I definitely think writing a food blog rocks, but the friends you make is beyond amazing! I follow TropTraditions on Twitter! Happy Blogiversary:-) Hugs, Terra

  16. Expressions By Elaine says

    I love your blog & your wonderful recipes!
    I have been a follower for a while!
    I have been GF for 9yrs & LC for 5 months,
    (lost 23lbs.) I am now starting to incorporate some desserts into my new healthy way of eating.
    Thanks for the chance to win:)
    Happy Blogoversary & Happy Birthday!

  17. Cara says

    Congrats on your second blogiversary! I definitely enjoy your "blogging with a purpose", you are a huge inspiration to me.

    I follow tropical traditions on twitter :)

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