Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ringing in the New Year Right - Giveaway #6


I forgot to tell you all that today's giveaway has an extension. I will be at church at 8:00, so let's cut this one off at 9:00. Thanks!
Paula Wanamaker from "My Cookbook Life" doesn't consider herself a "crafty" person. I told her that there is a difference between crafty and creative. She is definitely creative! She says that baking is a hobby, but to her it's more like therapy. I understand that well. Lots of times painting is my escape or therapy as well. Paula loves to bake, cook, and try new recipes. She was inspired by her grandmother, Inez, who she would stand beside as a child and watch her make the most beautiful cakes and pies. Just about anything she cooked was amazing! Paula also thanks her for instilling good Christian values. She has always admired her faith and strength and continues to watch her walk daily with our Lord.

A few years ago, Paula baked some Mexican Wedding cakes and left them in a dear friend’s mailbox as a "happy". The friend called her up that night and said, "Paula, you have to start a bakery---I'll be a regular customer!" Paula was flattered, but never really thought about it. But her friend insisted she start by offering goodies to family and friends, and it's just blossomed from there! Tabetha also gave Paula the idea to do the Autumn Street Fair in 2007, and Paula admits it was her first "gig"! She spilt a booth with Kathy’s Bridal, and was extremely overwhelmed at the response from everyone. She had the whole family come to her house the night before and they all worked together as a team. It was great! They all baked, bagged, and tagged some 500 different bags of cookies. Paula sold out by 2pm at the street fair, and was shocked people were coming back for more. It made her smile!


Paula has a dream of someday opening a bakery, but also incorporating the Tas-T-O donut shop into it somehow. Her family loved the donut shop, but had to say goodbye for reasons unknown. She and Alison loved working there and getting to see new people everyday. But for now, Paula is working fulltime at NurseOne for a dear friend, Clair Cochran, who asked her to be her "side-kick" once again. Paula says, “I love Human Resources, and love my job, but as you know I'm always on the go! I recently got my Notary, so I was very happy with that accomplishment as well”.



Paula’s days are consumed with getting out the door to take Salem to his 7am AP class at the WCMS, then off to Hickory Creek to get Carter J. settled in, then off to work. She has been married to her best friend, Terry, and they are very involved with both of their boys’ school activities. Salem is a very active boy who loves to volunteer as much as his mother does. Carter is progressing very well in his therapies, and she is very proud of him and all he has accomplished this past year.
Autism Awareness is something that is very close to Paula’s heart as well. Paula is also very active in Relay for Life. Her Queens for a Cure team has lots of new surprises for the upcoming year. As if she needed something else to do, she is also a member of the Morrison Ruritan. Whew! I am tired just typing all of this!

In the coming year, Paula’s biggest project will be a new cookbook. She says that it is “not just your regular cookbook, it's going to be big & blingin'! I can't wait to share with all of you”. Paula says that she has been extremely blessed to have been introduced over the past few years to such wonderful people here in our community. She hopes and looks forward to meeting more people and sharing her love of baking with anyone, and everyone. Paula is such a sweetheart!


Today when you comment, you are entering for the very appropriate Snowbird Snow Day gift pack! It includes: A collectible Snowbird lunch box which contains 1 doz. snowflake & snowman cookies, homemade hot chocolate with snowman marshmallows to drink out of the Snowbird thermos, snowman napkins, snowman cookie cutters with sprinkles (to make your own or for the kiddos), and a cookies by Paula apron.
Wow! That is a lot of stuff! Good luck!

Paula also wanted me to emntion one more thing, be sure to become a follower on her blog and on her cookiesbypaula Facebook page. Starting this year, only followers and friends can be allowed to win contests----which are surprisingly yummy!






190 comments:

Wesley Hillis said...

I'm ready to win today! I LOVE Paula's cookies or anything she makes!!!

Patty's Stitches said...

I love snowbird and would love to win this!

Rachel H. said...

I really, really want to win! This is my kind of giveaway! :)

Natasha Vaughn, Designer said...

I would LOVE a chance to try some of Paula's goodies. I've heard such wonderful things about them.

Rennie (Cantrell) Topper said...

Oh, oh, ME, please. Have you seen her site. Her talents and creativity is endless!

~Rennie~

Jamie W. said...

Please enter me!

Tina said...

We need some snowbird for tomorrow. Can't wait to try some of Paula's sweet treats...yum!!!

Danielle said...

I realy hope I win.

Kristin Green said...

never tried her cookies so this would be a great opportunity! thanks!

Morris Family Of Four said...

I am entering for myself and Beth Deason. She does not have a Blog but IS a follower on Facebook.
We both LOVE Snowbird and Absolutely love "Cookies by Paula" Please enter each of us!
Thanks

Tina said...

checked out Paula's blog and everything looks so wonderful. Yum Yum

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

Mmmmm cookies my ultimate weakness!
laprochaine@gmail.com

Tanya said...

I'm like Wesley, ready for a win.. Entry one for me today.. :-)

pamjohnston said...

I would love to try some of her yummy treats--what a great giveaway! Thanks for entering me!

Charity said...

Would love to win this!! Please enter me:) Thanks!!

esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

I will NEVER know how Paula does it all. She is am AMAZING mother and friend. I would loveeeeeeeeee (do you hear the harps playing) to win!!

tiffany s said...

Wow, Paula is giving away lots of stuff! I'm excited! Hope I win her goodies! I haven't tried her goodies but hopefully soon! I just became a follower on her blog. I would love to win today!

Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique said...

wow! i would love to win, i've tried her cookies and they are delish!

Rennie (Cantrell) Topper said...

I really would love to win this give-a-way. I have heard so much good things about her cookies and it's time to try them, what a better way to start!!!

~Rennie~

Mim said...

You got to love Snowbird!

Wesley Hillis said...

I really have to win today!!!

Hope said...

I follow Paula's blog, and I'd love to win!
onepilgrim86[at]yahoo.com

tiffany s said...

O I want to win so bad!

Wesley Hillis said...

My kind of giveaway! =)

Tina said...

Snowbird is on the way with some goodies from Paula....I love snowbird and I love goodies.

Kara said...

Everything you have written is so true and such a tribute to Paula...we love her and would love to win some of her goodies!

ellaandmommy said...

Taking a break on my lunch to do a snow dance and enter for the snowday giveaway. Crossing my fingers to get both. :) Paula's goodies are so yummy.

the grissom gang! said...

maybe today will be my lucky day :) thanks ladies tanarra

Anne J said...

wow, tons of stuff in this giveaway. I just went over to Paula's blog and signed up to follow it.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this giveaway. I have heard so many awesome things about Paula's cookies and cupcakes. Who wouldn't want to win a snowbird! Thanks Brandie and Paula for the giveaway. I'm a new fan on facebook!

onebigchesneyfan@aol.com

Monica S.

Anonymous said...

Paula is the busiest but most willing to help out person I know. Her cookies are mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Anne Vance

Stacey said...

I want to enter! No one anywhere can touch Paula's stuff! It is out of this world!! I want some snowbird stuff. I might use it to be creative on my day off! Please enter me!!!

Love you Paula,
Stacey

Saylorsmom said...

Too many cute things in this package. Had to sign up...

Saylorsmom said...

enter me again

Callie Brooke Durham said...

I love my Auntie and her cookies:)
Enter me please:)

Kathy's said...

BRING ON THE SNOW & THE BIRD!!!

Anne J said...

We have so much snow here, this would be perfect for me.

tiffany s said...

I'm craving for some treats at this moment!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this.
Please enter me.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Lisa B. said...

My kids would LOVE this as much as I would!! Lots of yummy goodies!! Thanks!

Lisa
lisabradford101@gmail.com

Lisa B. said...

I'm a new follower!!

Lisa
lisabradford101@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love Cookies! Tha tmuch is obvious! A good cookie can make you smile if you know what I mean.
Candy Woodlee

Anonymous said...

Please enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Angela Cossey said...

Oh how I would love to win this!

tiffany s said...

I'm entering again!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Sign me up! I want this! :)
Ashlee Reep
areep@k12tn.net

Shannon said...

WOW! Enter me please

Shannon said...

entering again

Shannon said...

I really want this so I am entering again :)

Anonymous said...

Please enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

This is so fun


shannonjmelton@gmail.com

Wesley Hillis said...

I'm going to keep trying!

Saylorsmom said...

This entry is for Saylor. She wants the snowbird stuff.

Tammy L said...

I'd love to win today!

frugalstitching@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

please enter me



gloria thomas

Anonymous said...

enter me please...

cbennett58@hotmail.com

thanks,
cathy

creative concepts said...

Paula is such a beautiful person inside and out, and how she gets everything done is a mystery! This is a prize straight from Paulas heart. Her love for baking may only be shadowed by her love of Snowbird...and she is including them both in this package. I hope I win this one....BTW~ Sorry you didn't get my forfeit last night!LOL

Anonymous said...

Entering again! I hope I win..would love to try some of those delicious cookies!!
Onebigchesneyfan@aol.com
Monica S.

Shannon said...

I just became a fan on facebook! Everything looks so good. Definitely got to order something.

Shannon said...

entering again for good measure

ellaandmommy said...

entering again

Anonymous said...

Please enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

WCMS Cheerleaders said...

Paula's cookies are so yummy. This is a great giveaway.

Stacey Elam

Lori said...

Please enter me in your giveaway.
This would be neat to win.
blessed6mom(at)yahoo.com

Mim said...

Bring it on, Snowbird!

Lori said...

I want to enter again. This looks and sounds so good.
blessed6mom(at)yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I want to enter again.
This would be sooo neat.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Rennie (Cantrell) Topper said...

I really, really want to win this! What a special treat it would be!

Tina said...

giving Snowbird another cheer. We need Snowbird over here...LOL

Lucrecia said...

I know that I won yesterdays giveaway but I would still like to be entered for this one also.With the snow suppose to come tonight this would be great for the boys to have for tomorrow!!

Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique said...

entering again

tiffany s said...

Entering again...

Rennie (Cantrell) Topper said...

Did I mention I love SNOW!!! Entering again...lol.

Kim C said...

I really need this Snow package!!!

Kim C said...

me again!!

Emilys life said...

Please enter me! I Love everything you make! Can't wait until your cookbook comes out. PLEASE make a bakery like Tas-T- O! Hickory Creek will def. keep you in business!

Christy Partain said...

I need some COOKIES!!!

Mandy said...

Maybe tonight will be my lucky night. :)

Kim C said...

Me again...I really believe that Snowbird will fly tonight!!

Kim C said...

Snowbird flew....what a kwinkydink..lol

Wesley Hillis said...

I love me some cookies!!! Enter me again!

Kim C said...

Headed to church, but had to one more time. Maybe more afterward.

Kim C said...

Okay i have a few more minutes..lol

Anonymous said...

Brandie...I NEEEEEEEEED to win this package. Me and Snowbird are tight since his visit with Aaron PLEEEAZE pick me!!!!

- Monti Hillis

Anonymous said...

Enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

shannon melton said...

Ohh I really reallly want this!!

Did I mention that I really want this package??


Love it!

shannonjmelton@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Lori said...

Enter ma again please.
blessed6mom(at)yahoo.com

ellaandmommy said...

Hoping that maybe the 3rd time will be a charm...:)

tiffany s said...

I love Snowbird!
Snowbird... please pick me!

Kathy's said...

FREEEEEEEBIRDDDDDDDDDD:)

Kathy's said...

SNOWCREAM & COOKIES---YIPPYYYYYYY

Callie Brooke Durham said...

I WANT TO WIN!

Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique said...

enter me again

Callie Brooke Durham said...

I want to win REALLY bad!!!

Callie Brooke Durham said...

one more time:)

Callie Brooke Durham said...

For good luck:)

Callie Brooke Durham said...

I LOVE SNOWBIRD & my Auntie's cookies:)

Saylorsmom said...

Gotta enter again.

Shannon said...

one more for good luck

Tanya said...

My last minute entry.....

Tanya said...

entering again....

Paula Wanamaker said...

WHOOHOO I GOT AN EXTENSION ON THE CUTOFF--------BRANDIE ADDED AN EXTRA HOUR BECAUSE OF CHURCH TONIGHT-------THANK YOU LORD:)

KEEP ON ENTERING YOU "GUYS"---PS...GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!

Veronica Stepien said...

Paula is a sweetie. She goes like the Energizer bunny.

Veronica Stepien said...

one more time won't hurt.

Anonymous said...

Enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Leann said...

Please enter me !!!

Leann said...

Entering again !!!

Leann said...

One more time!!!

Anonymous said...

Enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Kathy's said...

Move over Snowbird..........BRING ON THE SNOW!

Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique said...

enter me again

Kathy's said...

come on LET'S HEAR IT FOR SNOWBIRD:)
ONE COOL FELLA!!!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me once more.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Kathy's said...

I NEED A COOKIE "FIX":)

Callie Brooke Durham said...

ONE MORE TIME

Callie Brooke Durham said...

and another.......

Callie Brooke Durham said...

and another............

Callie Brooke Durham said...

and another...........

pamjohnston said...

I really would love to win this!!! Enter me again! :)

pamjohnston said...

ok, one more time for good measure!

Shannon said...

oh wow, it's extended...entering again,

ellaandmommy said...

Ella Claire told me that she thinks she needs this goody bag. :)

tiffany s said...

Entering again....

tiffany s said...

And again... last one!!

ellaandmommy said...

I have already started my diet this year, but I would happily cheat for some of Mrs. Paula's treats. :)

Anonymous said...

entering again!
onebigchesneyfan@aol.com
Monica S.

Anonymous said...

entering again for a better chance..fingers crossed!
onebigchesneyfan@aol.com
Monica S.

Lori said...

Please enter me again.
blessed6mom(at)yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I am late but maybe I still have a chance Hope I win!! :)

lara kate haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

again!

lara kate haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Hope I win!

lara kate haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Entering again!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

and again!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Stacey said...

I feel lucky since we are out of school tomorrow! I need sugar shots, Mrs. Paula!!!
Stacey :-)

Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique said...

entering again

~Kim~ said...

I love Paula, and I love Snowbird! =)

Stacey said...

Enter me again please. I need sugar shots!!! :-)

Stacey said...

Again, again, again!!!!

Stacey said...

I need sugar....!

Stacey said...

Sugar for my sweet boys is needed. I can't bake fast enough for Andy! LOL

Stacey said...

Enter me again please!!!

~Kim~ said...

Hmmm....I think I have seen those cupcakes before!!! They were AWESOME! :)

Stacey said...

One more time for good measure! We may blow up Brandie's site or computer! LOL I hope not!

~Kim~ said...

My mouth is now watering for some of Paula's goodies!

Stacey said...

For good measure, once more & I am stopping!

~Kim~ said...

:) Giving it another shot!

~Kim~ said...

Snowbird, AND goodies from Paula? Sign me up!

pamjohnston said...

I really want to win so here goes entry #3!

Anonymous said...

Entering again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

And Again!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Debbie said...

I am a snow bird fan-please pick me to win!!

Anonymous said...

And Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Ashley said...

even tho these ain't her cookies, i love anything about paula :) so i hope i win :)

Anonymous said...

And again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

And Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

~Kim~ said...

Again! =)

Anonymous said...

I REALLY want this.
Please enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I want to win the cookies!!

Madeline Haston
madelinehaston101@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Again!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Again! I really want to win!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Christy Partain said...

I'm in for the win :)

Lucrecia said...

enter me again please!!

~Kim~ said...

Me, again!

~Kim~ said...

I would *love* to win this!

ellaandmommy said...

I couldn't resist....one more time.

~Kim~ said...

Only ten more minutes.....

Anonymous said...

PLEEASE enter me again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

Lucrecia said...

enter me again please!!

~Kim~ said...

One more time?

Lucrecia said...

we need a sugar fix! enter me again please!!

Anonymous said...

Again.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

~Kim~ said...

Okay, this will be my last shot at it.

Lucrecia said...

3 minutes left, one more time for good measure please!!!

~Kim~ said...

Ok-couldn't help it. ONE more. ;)

pamjohnston said...

ok, one last time! heheheheee

Anonymous said...

I am entering again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

And again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Again!

Madeline Haston
madelinehaston101@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Sherrie S. said...

I would really like to try some of the wonderful things that Paula bakes!

Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique said...

one more time!!!

Ashley said...

entering again...

Rennie (Cantrell) Topper said...

queezing one more in before you post the winner!