Friday, January 27, 2012

500th Post and A Giveaway!

When I started blogging I never dreamed that 500 posts later my life would be so different
My first post was 9-1-08 and was titled
New Beginnings....this blog was to be for family and friends, and I blogged occasionally until 9-1-09. My life took a huge turn when I was 'downsized' and lost my job.  I started reading other blogs and found it so much fun, I started blogging myself for the public...little did I know!   I can't say enough about how much it has changed my life. New friends, shared interests and a creative outlet I really didn't know existed. 

My word for 2012 is CHANGE
One thing I don't want to change is the wonderful friendships I've made here.  I will continue to blog and share my life with you.  Thank you for coming along with me.  

The Giveaway!
This adorable hand made (not by me) apron
Found at a craft fair I knew it was perfect for one of you! 
Keeping with the fruit theme of the apron I'm including Apple Salt & Pepper shakers and a set of three apple serving bowls.
I'm also adding this cute rooster recipe card holder and some recipe cards to record your favorite recipes off the blogs
And lastly, since there were so many wonderful comments on my vintage cookbook post yesterday, I'm including this vintage Betty Crocker's Outdoor Cookbook!

To enter:
1) Mandatory: must be a follower of A La Carte and leave a comment saying you are a current or new follower!  

2)For a 2nd entry Leave a seperate comment telling me your favorite thing to cook outdoors!

Sorry international friends but I must limit this to USA and Canada only

I will leave this giveaway open through 
Feb 3rd and will choose a winner on Saturday Feb 4th
Thank you all for your friendship and great support! Here's to another 500 posts!

Hugs, 
Linda

90 comments:

SixBalloons said...

Good on you for such a milestone! I'm one of your followers. =)

mrs. c said...

Blogging is a great way to make new friends and I enjoy your posts. Congratulations on the big 500!

mrs. c said...

My favorite thing to cook outside is grilled shrimp and a good old hamburger!

Diann said...

Congrats on 500 posts Linda! woohoo! Of course I am a follower. This is an adorable giveaway!

Diann said...

It sounds weird probably but, my favorite grilling item is bread with oil and herbs and then once grilled on both sides add fresh tomato slices and cheese, close grill cover and let melt! Oh yum!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Linda,
You have been one busy bee...congrats on #500!!! Why yes...I'm a happy follower:)

Blessings,
Linda

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

My favorite thing for Mr.CC to cook outside (on his green egg...he loves that thing)is RIBS...oh soooo yummy.

Blessings,
Linda

Barbara F. said...

Hi Linda, congratulations on 500 posts! I am a happy follower but please don't enter me as I won your "Made in the USA" giveaway in the summer. This is a great group of items. xo

Chatty Crone said...

Hello - I am a follower (lol).
sandie

Chatty Crone said...

And I love grilling chicken, potatoes, and corn on the grill.

Sandie

Chatty Crone said...

PS Congrats on your 500th post.

Ann said...

congratulations on 500 posts. I feel exactly the same way you do about blogging. I am a follower too :)

Mom Walds Place said...

I am so glad you kept blogging. I do not even know how long I have been following and enjoying your creativity. Congratulations on so many posts!

BECKY said...

Hi Linda! Happy 500th Blog Post! Your blog is always such a happy one to visit...and yes, I'm definitely a follower!!

Romeo said...

ConCATulations on your 500th post! And how we have enjoyed visiting with you. Not for all 500 posts as we didn't start as early as you, but certainly for many of your posts. But Charlie and I think the best posts are those in which he gets mentioned ;) Just saying!!!

Hope you have a great weekend!!!!

Purrs!

Romeo and "her"

Susan said...

Congratulations on your 500 blogger friends Linda!! I count you as one of the best~~

The Cat Guy said...

Congrats on 500 posts!! A great milestone. It's party time!!

Thanks for all your encouraging comments on my blog, it sure sounds like Oliver has found a place in your heart just as he has found a place in mine. Sweet kitties have a way of doing that!

Mom Walds Place said...

Cooking outside? I love it! Hubby does the grilling and smoking. What I like to do is line up crockpots cooking meals, desserts, and even canning without any extra heat in the kitchen. Love it!

Love your give away too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Well, of course I love everything! What cute colors for the fun giveaway! I LOVE the apron and the cookbook and would be thrilled to win! I'm a follower and a friend! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We love to grill beef ribs...our very favorite thing to grill! We need to find some soon! Congrats of lots of fun blogging! ♥

outjunking said...

Hello and congratulations on your success. I have been a follower for sometime and have enjoy your postings.
Lisa

outjunking said...

Now for the food talk. I like a blacken hot dog off the grill. I know it's not to fancy but it will always remind me of summer nights no matter how old I get.
Lisa

jojo said...

Congratulations on your 500!! Yay, I really never imagined how much fun blogging would be, I'm so glad our paths have crossed.
I'm a follower.

jojo said...

fav thing to cook outdoors...Oh my gosh..Peaches on the grill with a little balsamic...yum, just sayin'

Gina said...

Congratulations on the 500th post! I love this giveaway and of course, I am a follower.

momentary lapse said...

Im a new follower.

momentary lapse said...

I love grilling up balsamic marinated vegetables. They always smell and taste so good.

Ames said...

Yay 500 posts! Ummm I'd say a Porterhouse steak over Charcoal is my favorite. Even though I can't remmber the last time I ate one. Hee hee!

Everything you have chosen for your Give-Away is so cute!~Ames

Nancy's Notes said...

Linda, Linda, Linda! Wow, look at you hitting the 500 mark, that is a major triumph! Congratulations! Okay, I'm loving your give away, so many adorable things!

I've love following your fine and delightful blog!

Hugs to ya!
Nancy

Nancy's Notes said...

Okay, Miss Linda, love grilling steaks and fish! When we have fresh shrimp after a trip to the beach, love shrimp on the barbie!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Wow,500 posts! They do add up quickly, don't they? What a fun giveaway! I'm already a follower, so sign me up!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

My favorite thing to grill is chicken that has been marinated in Italian seasoning. It's even better the next day served in a salad.

Susan said...

Hi Linda....Congrats on the 500 posts. Isn't it amazing?

Okay, you know I'm a faithful Follower. Susan

Susan said...

Hi Linda....My favorite thing to make outdoors is steak on the grill. Mmm mmm mm Would like some right NOW. Susan

Jill said...

Here's to 500 more great posts, Linda! I'm a faithful follower!

Jill said...

Grilled veggies are the best and homemade burgers

Marigene said...

Congratulations on 500 posts! It will take me a long time to hit that number at the rate I post...

Rebecca said...

I'm "official" now! Congratulations on your 500th. I'd be SO excited to win that giveaway. I'm a HUGE apron fan and wearer :)

Thanks for the chance.

Rebecca said...

We actually don't do much grilling....but for me, it's hard to beat good old hot dogs and 'burgers!

Peace said...

Lovely! congrats on your 'stick-to-it-iveness' for blogging! I've followed for a while now. I enjoy doing kabobs outdoors. It's fun to make the kids skewer them, ha!

itsstilllife.com said...

Congrats on 500 posts. Can't imagine. I am a follower through Google Reader.
Karen G

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Congrats Linda on 500 posts! I am so glad to have met you too and to be one of your followers. Your giveaway items are just adorable and so very generous. My favorite thing to cook outside is a toss up, either marinated chicken or good old fashioned hamburgers. Sorry I just can't choose!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

I, for one, am so glad you started blogging! Your blog is such a cheery place to visit. I'm so happy to be a follower!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

WOW! 500 posts..I'm almost there :)
Thanks for having a giveway of fun treasures to celebrate!
You know I'm a follower..
I feel the same way about blogging.
Warmly,
deb

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

I like kabobs on the grill. Chicken with mushrooms, pineapple chuncks, green & red peppers for taste! YUM! Whatever we have on hand to cook with!
Deb

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Congratulations!! Since 2008? you must be a blog pioneer! Always love reading your posts. I have been a follower for over a year.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

My favortie? My husband can make a steak better on the grill than they taste going out. Love to make potato's with rosemary and onions in a foil packet.
Love that cookbook!

dee dee said...

Linda,
Congrats on your 500th post!
So happy to be a follower!
What a sweet give-a-way!
Dee Dee

dee dee said...

Linda,
Our favorite thing to cook outdoors is fish! We love grilled fish!
Dee Dee

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Congrats on your huge milestone! I am delighted to ne a long time follower!
*Hugs*Deb

Dragonfly Treasure said...

My fav to BBQ is simply the classic burger. What can I say, I l♥ve burgers!
*hugs*deb

C'est moi Claudette said...

WOW, and I'm so so glad you started blogging too.
I will let some other gal win your fab give away.
You rock, and you know how much I love you.
Congratulations.
Love You
Love Me
xoxoxo

France Guérin said...

500 posts is amazing! I will still follow you for more!

France Guérin said...

And my favorite meal on the grill is chicken breast.

suburban prep said...

I am a new follower of your delightful blog.

suburban prep said...

I like to make a lemon chicken in paper.

Shelia said...

Oh, Linda! I'm so glad you started to look at other blogs and share your life with us! Congratulations on 500 posts!
Now you know I've been a follower forever! :)
I would love a change to win this wonderful giveaway! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Suzanne said...

Congratulations beautiful lady! You have been such a blessing to me...thank you. And I follow you closely, my friend:)

Suzanne said...

well, my favorite things to cook are not on the grill...but if I had to say something about that, it would be flatbread pizzas:)

But my REAL favorites are cooked in a campfire. we have these pie makers and they are AMAZING! Plus, i LOVE hotdogs cooked over the fire and also baked potatoes cooked IN the fire. Just a camping girl at heart:)

Hugs,
Suzanne

Bargain Hunting Treasure Seeker said...

Congratulations on 500 posts!!! Looking forward to the next 500!! :)

Cheryl said...

Hi Linda,
Wow! 500 posts...that's amazing...Congratulations! You know I'm a follower and your blog remains one of my favorites (although I don't comment as often as I should). I can't wait to read your next 500 posts:-)
Your friend,
Cheryl

Sue said...

My gosh lady that's alot of posts....congratulations on your following...very cute giveaway...
And just think if it wasn't for blogging we never would have met each other....I'm glad we have become friends ..

Sue said...

Oh.....I love cooking NY strip steaks on the grill....we have that atleast once a week....

Catherine said...

Happy 500th post Linda! How fun! Look at your lovely lovely give-a-way. Do you suppose I could be a good cook wearing that pretty apron? Haha! I am indeed a follower and I am in Canada! Please count me in ~ very fun!
xo Catherine

Catherine said...

My favourite out-door meal to cook on the bar-b-que is Poppy Seed Dressing Chicken with Peaches and Pears. By the time it is cooked, the fruit is all caramelized and the chicken cuts like butter. Mmmm.... now I wish it was warm enough so I could make some! Haha!

Wishing you a happy Sunday!
xo Catherine

SavannahGranny said...

Congratulations on your 500th post. Don't know if I will will get there. I know I have enjoyed your posts and I have enjoyed getting to know you.
Anytime I see anything pyrex I immediately think of you. You have quite the collection and I always enjoy seeing what you have thrifted.
Of course I am a follower.
Blessings, Ginger

SavannahGranny said...

My favorite thing to cook outdoors is "Beer and Apple Cider basted Baby Back Ribs" slow cooked. OMG, I am salivating now. Can't be summer soon enough. Then I will be complaining about the heat.

Love the generous giveaway you have put together. Is there any way I can delete all the other entries? Maybe even half of them.

Hugs, Ginger

Jenny said...

Hi Linda! Don't enter me...it would be another thing to pack! ha! But congratulations on this milestone! You have such treasures to share! Good luck to all the contestants!

Betsy said...

Congratulations for 500 wonderful posts. I'm already a follower and would love to be the lucky winner.

Jojo said...

Congratulations Linda! Wow, 500 posts...a milestone.

Betsy said...

I love salmon on the bbq, but hamburgers are always a good second choice.

Donnie said...

Congrats on your milestone. I'm a follower of your lovely blog but had to rejoin for some reason.

Donnie said...

I just love cedar plank salmon on the grill. My son makes me the planks out of cedar board and it always comes out beautifully. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I'm one of your loyal followers!!!
Congrats on the big 500!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I love a steak cooked on the grill, but hubby usually does the grillin'! :)

soccermom1 said...

I am a new follower.
Thanks so much for the chance to win!
rjs682 at yahoo dot com

soccermom1 said...

I like to grill out steaks
rjs682 at yahoo dot com

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Congrats on your 500th post, Linda! Wowsers! And...I have to add, as I am catching up from a stay at my daughter's, that I actually used to HAVE that BC cookbook growing up! Loved those pigs in blankets! lol Wonder where it is now? Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

DogsMom said...

I want to add my congratulations!
I am very happily a follower.
My favorite thing to cook outdoors? I like baked potatoes right in the fire.

tmc480 said...

I'm a new follower
tmc480 at yahoo dot com

tmc480 said...

I like to grill hamburgers and hotdogs
tmc480 at yahoo dot com

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Congratulations on your big 500!!Your Give-a-Way is so sweet love it!
I do follow you.
xxoo Diane

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
My favorite thing to cook outside is Ribeye Steaks.
xxoo Diane

ryanac32 said...

I am a new follower
ryanac32 at yahoo dot com

ryanac32 said...

I like to cook steaks outside
ryanac32 at yahoo dot com

CAS said...

This is such a sweet selection of fun, vintage items! I am a follower. Congrats on 500 posts - WOW!
CAS

CAS said...

My favorite thing to cook outside is anything The Man is willing to do on the grill...lol!
CAS

D said...

Hi, and congrats on 500 posts. Yep, I'm a follower, and I'd love to win your cute giveaway.
That first red bowl you found was a steal because I ordered some of those
same bowls on Ebay, and they sure were not that cute.
D

D said...

My fav thing to cook out is steak. Can't beat it.
D

Annesphamily said...

A grand milestone my friend! I am so blessed to know you! Enjoy! Blogging has opened so many wonderful new doors for all of us here.