Teresa says:

“I’ve made wonderful, delicious smoothies, Christmas Hugs, simple and beautiful and the most recent and simple brownie recipe that I baked into a 6 shape as a surprising birthday cake, for my 6 year old son’s party  :)”

Congratulations Teresa, and thank you everyone for entering and especially for using the recipes here on Gracious Rain. It makes me soooo happy to know you like them!



A Penance Giveaway

So yesterday, I totally did a Saturday “Simple Smile” post…on Tuesday. It was an accident, I tell you. I sincerely thought it was Saturday. I know, I know, I’m in a time warp. It can’t be explained except to say–wait until you’re MY age and see if you can always keep things straight…

like what day it is.

So to make up for my ridiculous behavior yesterday, we’re going to have an incredible giveaway of some of my most favorite things in the entire world…


And not just any cookbooks–but a scrumptious set that I found at JoAnn Fabrics with nearly edible photographs. No kidding. I picked up the “Pies” one first…

then saw the “Cookies” one behind it. Needed that one too.

Then when I moved that one, “Baking Made Simple” was at the back and it was calling to me.

What could I do?

I bought them all. I kept thinking, “these would make a wonderful giveaway…” but the longer I  carried them around the store, the closer I held them to my heart and then the tighter my grubby little fingers clutched onto them.

My thoughts changed a bit to “Actually I neeed these cookbooks to add to my collection of 65,000 back at home.” It was a sad sight indeed–such greedy behavior from a grown woman. Honestly.

So this post is a sort of penance giveaway, to prove to myself that I can actually share…

whether I want to or not.

And to make up for yesterday.

I could have sworn it was Saturday.


PS~ Leave a comment on this post telling me if you’ve ever made a recipe from Gracious Rain. If yes, which one? If not, tell me one that you’d like to try and I’ll try not to be too hurt about it.

Then, poof! You’ll be entered in the giveaway. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:00 am.


Breaking Dawn–The Party!

I realize that the last post that I wrote about our Breaking Dawn Premier was clear back on November 19 and I showed you the photos of setting up for the big party.

Well, now that the holidays are behind us–

I’ve finally had a minute to post the actual party photos–which I forgot about and when I realized that I forgot I shrieked right out loud and sat right down to show you all the doings of the day…

and the fun people who joined us.

Like for instance–this cute little couple who wandered in to see what was going on, and decided to stay for cake and prizes!

It was great fun…

just being able to sit around and nibble and enjoy each others company before heading over to the show.

If you’d like to see the rest of the photos and all the winners, check out the “Events” tab– or, because I like you, you have my permission to …click HERE.

 PS–I’m still working on all the photo captions–so, be patient. :}

Breaking Dawn Party Prize Preview

It’s getting fun to pick up the mail again these days because the giveaway prizes are really starting to roll in. Isn’t this gal’s work incredible?!

Her shop is called “The Berry Press” and I loved her work so much that I bought…


and this. I LOVE them!

And our sweet Polly from Hong Kong is back with us again. She sent us two beautiful necklaces for the Premier giveaway.

Our dear friend Kathy, from Sassy Patches has sent another of her beautiful wreaths. Fabulous!

Tena–from The Forks Forest has sent two genuine Forks Forest Foliage bookmarks and two beautiful bracelets for the giveaway.

Beloved U has given us two necklaces to give to some lucky soul.

And Little Bird Singing sent 4 Book Word pendants for our audience.

This is just a tiny sample of the complete awesomeness of our dear, kind sponsors. They are sure to make our Breaking Dawn Premier Party crazy fun! I hope you’re coming with us.

Only 15 days left to go!!