Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Diva Day Give-Away!

Because I know that sooner or later someone's going to out me, I might as well come clean ... today is my birthday. Later, there will be cake ...

... a slight departure from my traditional chocolate with chocolate frosting. This one has dark chocolate cake, a rich chocolate filling and vanilla frosting. I baked it myself ... with a little help from Duncan Hines. Really? Really. Can I bake a cake from scratch? But of course! I have many times. When its my birthday, however, what I want is a box cake. Really. It tastes like a birthday to me.

In honor of this festive occasion, I thought I'd host a little give-away to celebrate. That's right, I'm giving you a present for my birthday ... or at least one of you, that is! The lucky winner will have his/her choice of one of these fabulous cookbooks:

Pictured left, is a copy of Dale Degroff's ultra fabulous The Craft of the Cocktail. Its an absolute essential for any budding mixologist and is literally the be all and end all of drinks books. Rich with history, lore, tales from behind the bar and more scrumptious recipes than you can imagine, it's a classic pure and simple.

Equally fabulous and delicious is the Almost Meatless cookbook by fellow bloggers, Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond. In short, I love this book. Its a wonderfully written work, featuring recipes that are not only good for you, they're good for the planet. Bonus! I've been cooking from it for month's now and every dish is a winner. You'll be hearing more about Almost Meatless in the weeks to come as Joy and Tara will be hosting a vitual potluck and I've been asked to bring a dish. Color me delighted!

Rules of Entry are as follows:
  • One winner will be chosen and said winner will have his/her choice of either book.
  • The winner must be willing to send me his/her name and address, as I will be shipping the book directly from Amazon.
  • The contest will remain open until midnight on Monday, July 20th. A winner will be drawn on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 21st and subsequently posted.
  • To Enter the Contest:
1. Simply leave a comment on this post. One comment per person, please, your comment will count as one entry. Comments will remain open until midnight, July 20th.

2. If you'd like a second chance to win, you may subscribe to my blog using the "Followers Button" at left, and please let me know that you have done so ... either in your comment or via email: divaonadiet (at) gmail (dot) com. For those that already follow me, let me know so I can allow for your second entry.

The winner will be chosen the good old fashioned way. I will draw names from a hat!

Initially, I flirted with the idea of having you guess my age ... though there were some obvious flaws in my logic. For one thing, some of you know me in "real life" and I didn't want to exclude you from the fun. And, more importantly, doing so would mean I'd have to fess up to my age ... Not. Gonna. Happen!

Good luck to all and have a fabulous, Divalicious day!

22 comments:

doggybloggy said...

ahh hahh - I am the first - HAPPY BIRTHDAY --- HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD ONE!

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday, Diva! I didn't realize your birthday was so close to mine... mine is July 19th. No wonder we get along so well :)

Hope you have a GREAT birthday!!!

pixelgal said...

Happy Birthday my dear Diva! I'll never tell your age so your secret is safe with me. You're forever 25years old in my eyes. Hope your day is as magnificent as the weather. Enjoy!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Happy Birthday my darling Diva *birthday kisses*, as my grandmother might say, "may you live to be 120"! Hope you are planning some birthday shenanigans!

Maven said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have a FABULOUS day - and I have to tell you, I love the card pictured at the top of the blog. Did you draw that?

Nothing but the best to one of my favourite newly found food bloggers...

Cheers!

The Duo Dishes said...

Happiest birthday! What a way to celebrate. A delicious cake is definitely a nice way to end the evening. Hope you enjoy each second of your special day.

Oh, and of course we are already followers. :)

momgateway said...

My birthday is in July too. Happy Birthday!

Lola said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I'd love to win. It would be the perfect birthday present for me! My birthday is the 24th.

lolasdiner@yahoo.com

Lola said...

I am already following your blog.

lolasdiner@yahoo.com

Astra Libris said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! May your birthday, and every day, be as wonderful as you are!! Sending big birthday hugs across the blogosphere! :-)

stephchows said...

How did I miss this post yesterday!?! Happy birthday!!!! Hmm age guessing is always a stick subject, so my guess no matter how old anyone looks is always 29 :)

stephchows said...

And of course I'm already a follower :)

The Diva on a Diet said...

Aw, I can't thank you all enough for the lovely birthday wishes ... but ... THANK YOU! You've brightened my day immensely. :)

Tracy, I had no idea you were a July baby too. Lovely! :)

Lola and momgateway ... you guys too?! Nice! Aren't summer birthdays the best?

Maven - though it looks like something I might have drawn, no, not this time. Its one of the birthday cards my mom sent me. Don'tcha love it? Its very you as well! LOL

Tim Stevens said...

As I said yesterday. Happy 29th. I spent most of the day laughing after I read the "Moo Cow Moo, yuck on Bossie" post. That's a classic that until yesterday I had forgotten about!

The Diva on a Diet said...

My dear Mr. Stevens - thank you! We should plan a big party to celebrate our collective 30ths! ;)

"Yuck on Bossie" is a classic that never gets old ... leave to M to resurrect it. The terrible thing about old age is ... I can no longer remember if I gave that card to her, or she to me. I LMAO too when I saw it!

words...words...words... said...

Happy Birthday! Next year, you really have to get Mr. Diva to bake you a cake.

And then post the results, no matter how ugly. In fact, ESPECIALLY if the results are ugly! :)

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday! I hope it is a great one.
And those books look wonderful.

Debinhawaii said...

Happy Birthday! The cake looks yummy. Boxed cakes remind me of youthful birthday parties too!

Stacy said...

Happy birthday! I'm already subscribed to your feed.

Tangled Noodle said...

Happy Belated birthday! And you know I'm a devoted follower (notwithstanding my most recent long absence).

You have your boxed cake, I have my Target cake! That's right - both the hubs and I insist on having the small bar cake (white cake w/white icing) form SuperTarget for our birthdays. Lucky me, it's Mr. Noodle's b-day in two weeks! Yay for sugary cakes!

Daily Spud said...

I know it's a few days after the fact but a great big belated Happy Birthday to you Diva! Seeing as your birthday was on Bastille Day, the phrase "Let us eat cake" - no matter what kind of cake that is - seems highly appropriate :)

Deb said...

Happy belated birthday dear Diva! I hope you had a fabulously diva like day and the year ahead will bring happiness health and many happy surprises!

Your friend in Tampa
Deb