Thursday, June 3, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway: Muffins and Mayhem - CLOSED

I was recently sent the book, "Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy - if Disorderly - Life," written by Suzanne Beecher to review & offer a copy in a giveaway.




Information about the author:

Suzanne Beecher writes a daily column at DearReader.com and designs book clubs for publishers, booksellers, and libraries across the country.

Information on the book:

Suzanne Beecher
ISBN-13: 9781439112878
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult

Muffins and Mayhem was inspired by a reader who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was wondering how to leave a legacy to her children. Suzanne suggested a recipe box filled with memories and family stories. Helping this reader turned out to be a gift to Suzanne as well, and she decided to share the stories and recipes that help keep her grounded in today's unpredictable world.

My take on the book:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I really got a kick out of some of the Author's stories. I love how she entwined her "recipes for life" (little antidotes and stories about her life), with real cooking recipes (such as Frosted Meatloaf or Shrimp Salad to name a few). I really want to try some of these recipes!

There are a lot of very unique stories in "Muffins and Mayhem." Only the Author could experience. But in numerous ways I could really relate to so many things in this book. One being the relationship with her mother. That really struck a cord with me.

Buy It: Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life is Available at Amazon.com.


Win It: One lucky reader will win a copy of Muffins and Mayhem ($24.99 value)

Mandatory Entry: YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED! Please visit DearReader.com or Muffins and Mayhem and tell me something you learned about Suzanne Beecher! (1 entry)

Extra Entries: (leave separate comment for each entry you do. For example if you blog about this giveaway - worth 5 entries - please leave 5 separate comments)

1. Follow my blog on Goggle Friend Connect (publicly) (1 entry)
2. Follow me on Twitter & tweet this giveaway (use retweet button above if you like) (1 entry)
3. Follow SuzanneBeecher on Twitter (1 entry)
4. Daily entries: tweet giveaway
5. "Grab my Button" and post it on your blog (worth 3 entries)
6."Like" STAY AT HOME MOM on Facebook (worth 3 entries)
7.  Follow STAY AT Home Mom on Networked Blogs -  (worth 3 entries)
8.  For 5 extra entries blog about this giveaway, linking back to this post.

RULES: Giveaway is open to US Residents only. Giveaway ends June 18, 2010 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be chosen via Random.org. Must have valid email in blog profile or leave email in comments otherwise you will be disqualified. Winner will have 72 hrs. to confirm by email, If no confirmation in that time frame a new winner will be chosen.


Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book free of charge. I received it for the sole purpose of reviewing it and offering one in a giveaway. No monetary compensation was given and my opinions are my own.

73 comments:

  1. I follow via Google friend.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  2. During the last eight years of publishing In Business magazine she started a free lunch program called Meals for Madison.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  3. i publicly follow you on google friend connect

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  4. I learned that Suzanne opened her own restaurant at 22 years old called The Cutting Board

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  5. follow suzanne beecher on twitter @lkim496

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  6. blogged entry #1: http://linas-corner.blogspot.com/2010/06/muffins-and-mayhem-recipes-for-happy-if.html

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  7. blogged entry #5: http://linas-corner.blogspot.com/2010/06/muffins-and-mayhem-recipes-for-happy-if.html

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  8. blogged entry #4: http://linas-corner.blogspot.com/2010/06/muffins-and-mayhem-recipes-for-happy-if.html

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  9. blogged entry #3: http://linas-corner.blogspot.com/2010/06/muffins-and-mayhem-recipes-for-happy-if.html

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  10. blogged entry #2: http://linas-corner.blogspot.com/2010/06/muffins-and-mayhem-recipes-for-happy-if.html

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  11. I learned that in June of 1999 she found her little piece of heaven when she launched DearReader.com.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  12. I didn't realize it was inspired by letters and that it was a memoir of sorts. :)

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  13. I follow on networked blogs #3

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  14. I follow on networked blogs #2

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  15. I follow on networked blogs #1

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  16. I am a GFC follower.

    CarolNWong@aol.com

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  17. I "liked" Stay at Home Mom on FB.

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  18. She studied Auto Mechanics for 1 1/2 years.

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  19. I learned she started a new helping people get foods program Meals for Madison. That is an impressive thing to do. barb g. directorylanesuperstoreATgmail.com

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  20. I am now following you on google friends connect box. barb g. Wish I could get more followers like that. You have a lot!

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  21. Following you on twitter and retweeted.

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  22. Following her on twitter @suburbsanity.

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  23. I learned that if you buy a copy of her book for a friend, she'll send them a "happy birthday" or "gift for you" letter.

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  24. I am following on google friends connect

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  25. I learned she used to run her own restuarant.

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  26. following on twitter and tweeted
    http://twitter.com/avrilsgranny/status/15596742248

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  27. I like STAY AT HOME MOM on facebook #1

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  28. following SuzanneBeecher on twitter @avrilsgranny

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  29. I like STAY AT HOME MOM on facebook
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  30. Following STAY AT Home Mom on Networked Blogs #3

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  31. Following STAY AT Home Mom on Networked Blogs #2

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  32. Following STAY AT Home Mom on Networked Blogs #1

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  33. I like STAY AT HOME MOM on facebook
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  34. I blogged at http://lady-nightwater.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-contests-to-enter.html
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  35. I blogged at http://lady-nightwater.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-contests-to-enter.html
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  36. I blogged at http://lady-nightwater.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-contests-to-enter.html
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  37. I blogged at http://lady-nightwater.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-contests-to-enter.html
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  38. I blogged at http://lady-nightwater.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-contests-to-enter.html
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  39. I learned that she writes a daily Dear Reader column, too.

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  40. I learned that she attended a technical school and studied Auto Mechanics for a year-and-a-half.

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  41. Suzanne was a terrible flute player in the high school band

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  42. i learned she studied auto mechanics for a year and a half

    chromiumman (at) mail (dot) com

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  43. I learned that Suzanne's sites make me lose myself while I explore. And that my city library doesn't have a book club. And she's going to contact them for me! Hehe!

    ntaylor228 at yahoo dot com

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  44. Suzanne's bio is totally entertaining - loved that she did product commercials while being potty trained. My oldest daughter sang commercials all the way through the store. Usually embarrassing but cute!

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  45. I am and have been a follower on Google Friend Connect. :-D

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  46. I learned that she attended a technical school and studied Auto Mechanics, thanks!

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  47. she sounds like a very inspired write with a unique voice and sharp wit...i am most def interested!

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  48. follower
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  49. i learned that you can request free autographed book plates on her website
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  50. i like you on facebook tony l smoaks #1
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  51. network blog follower tony l smoaks #3
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  52. network blog follower tony l smoaks #2
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  53. network blog follower tony l smoaks #1
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  54. like you on facebook tony l smoaks #3
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  55. like you on facebook tony l smoaks #2
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  56. The author was a restaurateur at 22!

    edgenemmers@gmail.com

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  57. facebook fan (mrstinareynolds)3/3

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  58. facebook fan (mrstinareynolds)2/3

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  59. facebook fan (mrstinareynolds)1/3

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  60. I found it interesting she did Auto Mechanics for over a year thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  61. I learned that she started a free lunch program called Meals for Madison where businesses would donate foods and write checks and serve food to the community.

    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  62. I follow your blog
    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  63. Im a facebook fan 3
    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  64. Im a facebook fan 2
    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  65. Im a facebook fan 2
    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  66. "I was a terrible flute player in the high school band, but I was pretty good at twirling a baton in parades. Only dropped my baton once in a half-time football show."

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