A Sweet Day

*Comments are now close, because I’m working on drawing a winner!* 
{you might just want to stick around for a very sweet giveaway}

They say time flies when you’re having fun.

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a year.

Because this is my idea of fun.

One year.

And yet, it seems like I’ve been sharing my life with you for much longer. You’ve held my hand on terrible Mondays and shared in my good/bad news. You didn’t judge me when I did this or showed pictures of this. And when you cared enough to help me with this, it meant so much to me.

I look forward to more.  Much more.

In honor of this little anniversary, I’m very excited to announce that one reader will win something very special.

And very dear to my heart. 

This is my way of saying thanks for making THAT family feel normal. Sometimes.

Are you ready?

Because I am prepared to giveaway………….. {please, a drum roll would be appreciated}


I know.

For those of you who read often, you know I’m a heavy {sweet tea} drinker.  It’s a problem I love having! 
One very lucky person will win a $100 gift card to Chick Fil A or Cracker Barrel  on Friday, Oct. 31 of this week. (And I’m reluctantly withdrawing my name from the pot).

$100 of sweet tea.

Why, that’s 80 cups of sweet tea. Oh, stop my beating heart. Or it’s 25 one-gallon jugs (one for every other week of the year) of the liquid manna.

Or it’s a lotta chicken.

I am not taking a stand against the chicken, per se, I’m just thinking the choice is clear.

ONE YEAR OF SWEET TEA! ($100 value)
(Winner can choose between Chick Fil A and Cracker Barrel based on location. And if you don’t live near one of those, we’ll find some good sweet tea for you).
All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me how long you’ve been blog
ging or been reading blogs (everyone is eligible).  AND you can get a double entry if you subscribe to my blog. It’s free and you just have to click below and follow the directions! (Make sure you mention if you’re a new subscriber or already subscribe in the comments).

If you don’t win, you can drown your sorrows in my sweet tea recipe.

This giveaway was made possible by some very special sponsors, thank you!
Now, since my blogoversary happened to fall during the week of Bloggy Giveaways, click the following link to find more fabulous giveaways!


  1. 1052


    I’m not a big sweet tea drinker, but when available I’ll drink.
    Been blogging for less then a year, and looking forward to the rest of the year.

  2. 1054


    I have been blogging since January, and I have been a subscriber to your blog for a couple months now. I also love Chik filet…..so PLEASE enter me in your awesome drawing!
    Congratulations on your one year!! Keep it coming!

  3. 1058


    I have been blogging for a little over a year now. I was reading blogs way before that…but didn’t think I ever had anything good enough that people would read. Still not sure if I do, but I love blogging anyway!

    Our family LOVES Chick-Fil-A. They have the best sweet tea ever!!

    You can reach me at seaturtle_24@yahoo.com


  4. 1062


    I’m new to blogging…only about 3 months now! What can I say, I’m a late bloomer. But I’m having a heck of a lot of fun and I’m making up for lost time. :)

  5. 1064


    OMG sweet tea and I go together :)

    I have been blogging for almost forty days now. I started a blog when my husband deployed last month and intend to blog each and every day for 365 days until he is home again :)

    joneswifey987 at yahoo dot com

  6. 1065


    OMG sweet tea and I go together :)

    I have been blogging for almost forty days now. I started a blog when my husband deployed last month and intend to blog each and every day for 365 days until he is home again :)

    joneswifey987 at yahoo dot com

  7. 1067


    I’ve been reading blogs for a little over a year. I have a few things on a page but have no clue how to do an actual blog. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  8. 1068


    Hi, I’m new here. I’m going to subscribe cause you sound like fun! I’ve been blogging for about 18 months and have made so many new “friends” along the way. It’s 3 hours to the nearest Cracker Barrel, but we love it and always plan to eat there when we are going that way :)

  9. 1069


    we absolutely LOVE Cracker Barrel.

    I have been browsing blogs for several months now. Don’t have time to have my own, so I rely on everyone else to keep me social and up-to-date 😉

  10. 1070


    We live in the South and we are all about some sweet tea! My Hubby would be in heaven! Enter me… efuson_2000 at yahoo dot com

    P.S. I love the I’m Falling For Him pic below! So cute.

  11. 1071


    I am new to blogging and found it in the world of coupon clipping. I LOVE Chick Fil A and I LOVE sweet tea! I make my own and take my coffee(TEA) thermos filled to work every day! I would love to not have to brew tea every other night for a little while!


    Alynchpyon (AT) aol (DOT) com

  12. 1075


    I’ve been blogging for over a year now, and am really enjoying both blogging and meeting new people through the blogs I read. I’ve added you to my blog reader.

    Sweet tea AND chik-fil-a, what an awesome combination!

  13. 1076


    I’ve been blogging for a little over one year now – it’s been fun!

    And who doesn’t love Chick-fil-A and their lovely indoor playgrounds!!!

  14. 1077


    Love your new header! It looks great!

    No ChickFilA here in Chicago and only a couple of Cracker Barrel’s but I get my sweet tea at McDonald’s. It is really good, and only a buck!

  15. 1078


    I’ve been blogging at WooPigSuzy.blogspot.com since June 2007. I’ve subscribed to your feed, too. Wow! I could sooooo Christmas shop at Cracker Barrel if I won!

  16. 1079


    Okay, I’m a west coast person, but my parents and brother live in the south, so I would pass the card on to them!

    adorablyconfused at hotmail dot com

  17. 1081

    Anonymous says

    I have been reading blogs for about a year now. Congrats on your blogging anniversary! I absolutely adore Cracker Barrel…I would fall over if I won!



  18. 1092

    monica says

    I “heart” sweet tea! I would have to agree Chik-Fil-A has some of the best sweet tea around! If I could have room on my kitchen counter for restaurant size tea urn, I would. (they do sell them at Sam’s club) Thanks for posting your sweet tea recipe to try. The best I’ve had so far has been made w/simple syrup so the sugar is completely dissolved. Thanks for the giveaway!

    monica_lopez at homtmail dot com

  19. 1093


    I’ve actually never posted on my blog yet, but my sister in law insists its “the thing” and if I can ever find a spare moment with a newborn I will definitely update! My husband adores Cracker Barrel, so we’re definitely interested in your giveaway! Thanks for being so generous!

  20. 1096


    I haven’t been blogging very long. Less than a year. I’ve had diaries and journals on other sites in the past though. i’m trying to get into blogging more. I’m with you on the sweet tea. I love me some sweet tea. And Cracker Barrell is my favorite!

  21. 1097

    Anonymous says

    Oh wow!! I looove sweet tea, so this is my kind of contest! :) I think I’ve been blogging about 5 years now.

    Thanks for the contest! :)

    morgan at morgan denise dot com

  22. 1098

    Anonymous says

    We love Chick-Fil-A’s sweet tea, so we’d love to win! I don’t blog but I’ve been reading blogs for the last couple of years–probably about 2 or 3 years.


    guileys at bellsouth dot net

  23. 1099


    Wow–I’ve never seen a post with 1100 comments…and I’m 1101 (if I type fast enough!)

    I just celebrated my 3rd anniversary of blogging. While I don’t blog everyday I have certainly made some good friends via the blogs and even met a few! :)

    God Bless

  24. 1100


    Awesome giveaway! I lurve their sweet tea. I’ve been blogging and reader blogs since the end of last summer. And now I’ve added your blog to my exploding Google Reader. :)

  25. 1101


    Wow, there are a lot of other comments. I would love to win this because we just got our first Chik Filet! I have been blogging for about 4 years. At first just playing and then getting more serious.

  26. 1102


    I am new to this blogging thing, I have only been doing it since summer. I’m not sure what I was waiting for, but, I’m glad that I finally got her. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  27. 1103


    I’ve been reading blogs for about 6 months and I just love it. I learned so many new things and having a great time. What a fantastic giveaway. A big thank you!
    judybrittle at aol dot com

  28. 1106


    We don’t have either of those around here. :( Mu hubs and I used to drive truck over the road though so I do know what you are talking about. Have you ever had the sweet tea at Waffle House? Oh my, my! That is some good stuff! I do thank you though for the idea for cooling hot nuggets in the car! My hubs thinks it’s hilarious. I think it’s genius! Congrats on one year!!

  29. 1108

    kat c. says

    My dad loves tea so much this is going to be so amazing!

    Im not a blogger but Im a reader…My day wont be complete if I dont read blogs…yours included!


  30. 1109


    Woot. I can’t tell you how much I love both of those restaurants. Sadly, I’m only kind of close to a Chick Fil A. I’m a southern girl placed in Northern California. I have been blogging for about 3 years now.


  31. 1110


    Loved your recipe for Sweet Tea! I’ve been making it my whole life the exact same way. My Mom’s recipe. (We’re from Phila.) I would never give it up either. Addicted? Nope, love it! Thanks for the giveaway. I never knew Chick fil a did Tea!


  32. 1114


    I have only been blogging for about 6 months now. I am still kind of new at all of this but I love it and I am addicted to it. There is actually another that loves Sweet Tea as much as I??? I’m from Louisiana and I call it my “Liquid Gold”!
    It is so much easier to drive thru and grab a cup to go, or a Gallon :)
    but I can still make my very own.
    If I have 1 1/2 cups of sugar that day.lol

  33. 1119

    Anonymous says

    Although I am not a blogger (yet), I have been reading other people’s blogs for several years. I read them while drinking my morning coffee every day!

  34. 1121


    Sweet TEA!!!!!!!!

    I have Chik-Fil-A AND Cracker Barrel, but Chik-Fil-A is closer. Num num num..

    Brilliantly original giveaway, indeed.

  35. 1122


    Been reading blogs for years, but haven’t posted one yet. Maybe in 2009. Thanks for the opportunity to have a nice meal and yes, sweet tea, at Cracker Barrel.

  36. 1124

    Anonymous says

    Oh wow!!! We love sweet tea around here too. I have been reading blogs for about 4 years now. I can’t even imagine all the things I’ve learned and laughed at…
    thanks for participating…we LOVE cracker barrel.
    djodb5 at yahoo dot com

  37. 1126


    My grandson and I go to chick-fil-a almost weekly. This would be a great prize for me! I don’t know how long I’ve been reading blogs, but years! I’m just getting my own blog set up now so I can join in the fun. thanks so much!

    pinkyflamingo315 at gmail dot com

  38. 1127


    I have been reading blogs for a couple years but I have just recently started one for our family, slow going as it is. Although i did get my daughter who is studying abroad in Spain to join in and post on her experience while there http://ktsevilla.blogspot.com/ check it out.

    I love sweet tea and make it a constantly but would be great to have a card for when out on the road as I often stop to buy a sweet tea somewhere!

  39. 1129


    I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now…seriously hard to believe! Awesome giveaway! I would love the Chic Fil A gift card. My daughter would eat chicken for every meal if possible.

  40. 1130


    Ohhh…sounds WONDERFUL! My kids are huge “chick-a-lay” fans.

    I’ve been reading blogs for years. I’m not even sure how long! I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half-give or take. The addiction ebbs and flows depending on how many teeth are breaking and noses are running LOL

  41. 1132


    I have been reading blogs for about a year and a half. I haven’t yet ventured into starting a blog, but if we have children one day I probably will as it would be a great way to keep distant family (in our case all our family) up to date!


  42. 1133

    Anonymous says

    I started reading blogs about 4 months ago. It is amazing the freebies I have gotten and the savings with coupons. Thanks for the giveaway, My family LOVES sweet tea.

    Sarah B

  43. 1134

    las dos manchas says

    We love sweet tea! I was making a pitcher yesterday when a friend stopped over to say hi. She couldn’t believe we drink at least one pitcher a day all winter and two or three in the summer. We love sweet tea!

  44. 1139


    Congrats on your Blogoversary!! I have been blogging a little over two years, but have just recently started our new blog.

    We are Chick-fil-a addicts and we would LOVE to win this one!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  45. 1141


    I have been blogging for almost a year now, just now finding these blog giveaways- it’s my newest addiction I think! right now I can’t decide which I would want more… chick-fila AND cracker barrel are both very tempting since I haven’t had sweet tea or American food in a LONG time… this would be great to have when I return stateside next month!!

  46. 1143


    Ooooh sweet tea! Only one friend of mine drinks ice cold sweet tea with me…the others drink hot tea ??? LOL

    When we get together, my friend and I always stop by Chick-fil-a or Golden Chick and get a sweet tea take it to whomever’s house that is holding our “Tribe Tea Time” (it’s our homeschool mom’s play time!)

    I would loooove to win this!

  47. 1144


    I read my first blog around the first of May in 2008. By May 14th, I decided I had to join the fun! What a great opportunity to put in my 2 cents worth! (In person, I’m the one that is always the listener!)

    I love blogging. It’s way more fun than TV!

  48. 1145


    I’ve been blogging for about three years now, since my daughter was born. After taking a little blog break, I’ve just started a new site. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  49. 1146


    Could I have my tea unsweet please? Pretty, pretty please? I never could get used to it sweet, even in the south. I guess I will always be a northern girl.

    beccaj73 AT hickorytech DOT net

  50. 1149


    I am new to the world of blogging, and though I don’t have my own blog, I love reading others! I am subscribing to yours right now. Thank you for the opportunity to win a lovely gift card! Sweet tea sounds really yummy… :)

  51. 1151


    I have been blogging for about six months. Still new at it actually. Love the giveaways you can find and the helpful advice. My family loves to eat at Cracker Barrel. Unfortunately, we like our tea unsweetened but we can give sweet tea a try. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  52. 1153


    I’ve been blogging for a little over a year. It actually began with a class assignment in college and kept going from there.
    And I agree… Chick-fil-a has the BEST sweet tea! Mmmm :) Thanks for hosting such an AMAZING giveaway!
    jellieb3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  53. 1155


    I’m about to celebrate 2 years in the blogosphere! And I love it, too.

    I hope you don’t withdraw my comment based on the fact that I can’t stomach sweet tea. I live in the south and I’m miserably outnumbered. I call that stuff you drink one step away from hummingbird nectar. I prefer my tea unsweet, but would love me some chik-fil-a nuggets and some waffle fries!

  54. 1156

    Anonymous says

    I love both of these places. What a totally awesome giveaway!

    I do not blog, but I have been reading blogs for about 5 months now.

    mommybirdto4girls at yahoo dot com

  55. 1157

    Anonymous says

    I love both of these places. What a totally awesome giveaway!

    I do not blog, but I have been reading blogs for about 5 months now.

    mommybirdto4girls at yahoo dot com

  56. 1163


    I’ve been blogging truly for the past month…started a few months ago. I’ve been reading blogs for several years now.

    Chick Fil A is near and dear to my heart! MMMMMM! Give me an original chicken sandwich, waffle fries and a sweet tea and I’m set!

  57. 1164


    Congrats on your one year blogiversary! It is lots of fun (also a bit of work)! I’ve been blogging for about a year and half, although I stopped and also deleted my old blog. But I started this one a few months ago. Thanks for such a great giveaway!


  58. 1166


    I LOVE sweet tea…In fact I think it is responsible for quite a number of the pounds I am carrying around! I’m from the south where you can get the liquid gold most anywhere….but now live in Colorado and it is hard to find….Chick-Fil-A is the ONLY place around that has any (or at least any worth drinking). I sure do miss it but make it for myself often….it’s just never quite as good as a drive thru cup when you’re on the go! I am going to try your recipe, but would LOVE to win!

  59. 1167


    I’ve been blogging about a year and reading blogs for about a year and a half.

    I don’t love sweet tea, even though I’m from Texas, but I DO love the Cracker Barrel. My husband is especially enthralled with the Sunday Chicken Dinner (or whatever it’s called), so we’d love to win!

    alison (at) wholesomegoodness (dot) net

  60. 1170


    I love the picture of your son with the pumpkins. What a contented smile!
    Let’s see, I have been blogging for abour 10 months, and have been reading blogs for abour a year.
    I’ll definitely subscribe to your blog, and I’d love it if you’d subscribe to mine as well!
    Happy Halloween!

  61. 1171


    I’m not a blogger, but I’m definitely a blog lurker! I’m also a sweet tea lover and I would love to win this one! Either Chick-fil-a or Cracker Barrel would work for me!
    Thanks! Pick Me!!!

  62. 1173


    Wow! I love Chick-fil-A AND sweet tea! I have been blogging since June of this year, and love the new friends I’ve made. Since I’m in school right now, I don’t get to browse as much as I would like to, but I’m glad I found you!
    Love this giveaway, and keep in touch!

  63. 1174


    i have recently become addicted to chickfila’s sweet tea…it IS the best! and the chicken is one of the few things my kids eat. it would be such a blessing to win this. i only blog occasionally and very nontraditionally. happy blogoversary, it was my daughter’s 2nd birthday :)

  64. 1176


    I’ve been reading blogs for about 3 years and blogging for about 1.5 years myself (off and on). I really enjoy my window into other people’s worlds!!!!

  65. 1177


    Mmmm, sweet tea! I’m so in! I just subscribed to your feed via email. I’ve been blogging for a little over two years, and hope to continue for many years to come.

  66. 1183


    I’ve only been blogging for (just under) two months now. Started by following a couple of friends I wanted to keep up with about six months ago and liked the idea.

  67. 1187


    What an awesome/hilarious give away! :) Pass along your addiction eh?? :)

    I’ve been blogging for a little over 6 mo now, and have found it to be amazingly therapeutic! I’m enjoying meeting the lovely gals in “blogland” and think it’s also good for me to take time to write down my thoughts/feelings.

    It’s great to have to share with family (all over the US) and with friends alike.

    :) Wishing you a great day!

  68. 1195


    I’ve been trying to blog for a couple of years but I am terrible at it. I do read lots and lots of blogs every day..I AM good at that! Thanks for the chance!~ This southern gal knows the value of good sweet tea!

  69. 1199


    Hi there! I have been blogging for only about 8 months or so but I am an addict! Love your blog and also love Cracker Barrel. Thanks for the great giveaway and happy anniversary!

  70. 1200


    i’ve been blogging for almost 2 years and just recently set up bloglines to read my faves. i LOVE sweet tea. It is the one thing I miss most about moving away from the south….and i used to be a waitress at CB in college and could drink it alllll the time! Thanks!

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