Beyond the Kitchen

Back to School Giveaway


UPDATE!  We have a winner!!  Katherine of Miceli Fitness!  You won the Back to School Giveaway.  Thanks for being lovely!

It’s time for a treat!

I’m moving towards September kicking and screaming.  I’ve been moving towards September kicking and screaming ever since I realized that the first day of school is completely bunk.  On the first day of school, my mind was always a mishmash of… Which pair of overalls am I going to wear?  Where is my dang locker?  I’m really not fit for this AP Biology class!  Someone tell me why all my girlfriends are making out with boys this year!  I can’t go out tonight,I’m watching X-Files alone in the dark.  Seriously, it’s cool.

I was a late bloomer.  I got cooler in my early thirties (um… this year).  By cooler I mean that I’ll wear slippers at the grocery store if I dang-well want to.

Thank goodness my school days are over.  There’s still something about September that gives me the jitters.  The tides are changing to Fall.  Let’s work with the change.  Let’s treat ourselves.

I want to send you a box of some of my favorite things.

I wrote a cookbook and I totally want you to have it!  The Joy the Baker Cookbook is in the gift box!

We’re going to need some actual school supplies:  fancy pencils, clever and colorful Washi Tape, a planner for your plans, hello hello bookmark tabs, and a capsule letter.

Oh!  And Mentos.  Yea…


We also need to be clever cute.

I’m obsessed with red and pink nail polish fingers.  They know how to work, be playful, and chic.  Ps.  I know nothing about being chic.  I’m BS-ing you.

Straws too! We’re still on this paper straw bandwagon, and I want you to have some.


 I want one of you to have this fun-times Back to School Gift Box!  Giveaway is open to readers domestically and internationally.  In return, I’m asking you to share the love (and cookies).  Share a delicious cookie recipe with your friends on Facebook.  Throw some life tips to your friends on Twitter.  Email your mama a cake recipe you’d like her to make.  Anything!   And don’t forget to leave a comment on this post between now and Friday.  Giveaway ends August 24th 2012 at midnight PST.  A winner will be randomly selected using

Overalls on.  Head up.

Get it?  Got it?  Good!