Great Gifts – Idea #3 Cooking Classes (GIVEAWAY!)

I was talking about gift ideas for BSB with my sister (and I have pretty much banned him from the blog this month), and she suggested some sort of cooking class.  It was a great suggestion because he loves to cook, and he loves to learn new things.  He would be thrilled to not have a day job and just to get to learn all kinds of skills, mostly making or building things with his hands.  And he’s good at all that stuff, so he learns quickly.  Anyway, I had been looking around a bit at cooking classes, when my friend Stephanie, also known as Chef Tess Bakeresse sent me a message wanting to do a giveaway on my blog.  She wanting to give away one of her hands-on cooking classes.  Perfect!

If you don’t know Chef Tess, you probably haven’t been watching TV in Arizona.  She has been featured numerous times on Fox 10 and also on NBC 12’s Valley Dish program.  Here is her appearance last Christmas on Fox 10, in which she shares ideas for involving kid’s in making Holiday gifts in the kitchen.  She will be on again on the 16th, so watch for her!

The recipes for all of the cookie mixes she talks about in this segment can be found here on her website.  So now, you have a gift idea for a loved one, neighbor gift ideas, ways to get the kids involved, and great recipes for that cookie exchange you’ve undoubtedly got coming up (or our virtual one tomorrow!).  I know, you’re welcome!  ๐Ÿ™‚  

But wait!  There’s more!  Stephanie wants to share the love and great cooking skills!  She is giving away a private cooking lesson in your home with one other person (additional students you would like to come to the class may come, but the standard payment would apply for them).  Classes include ingredients and a custom recipe book from Chef Tess!  This is a gift valued at up to $150!  If you choose to give this as a gift instead of using it yourself, we will send you a gift certificate to slip in a stocking or under the tree for that lucky person!

You get to choose one of the following classes (for more info on the classes Chef Tess offers go here):

  • Bold better bread workshop
  • Basic soup and sauce making
  • Homemade Jam session

I’m doing the bread workshop for BSB, as he has been experimenting for a long time to figure out his go to bread recipe (yes, he has!), and Stephanie is the master at bread (see the gorgeous photos above)!

This class is only open for those in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, or as a gift for someone in the Phoenix Metro Area.  I know……but the rest of you can win, too!  Stephanie is also giving away 5 e-books to 5 different winners, wherever they may be, of her very own cookbook!

So here’s what you do:
* Leave me a comment (with email address in comment or profile) telling me whether you are hoping to win the cooking class (AZ only) or the e-books.

  • Follow My Insanity on Google Reader, Facebook, or Twitter, and let me know in a separate comment for each (up to three bonus comments possible).
  • Follow Chef Tess on her blog and leave a comment that you do.
  • Let someone(s) in Arizona know about this giveaway and let me know what you did (i.e. “I sent an e-mail to my sister in AZ about this giveaway.  I know she would love to enter!”).
  • Tweet and/or update your Facebook status to let your friends know about this giveaway.  (up to two bonus entries).
This giveaway is open through Dec. 15th!  Wouldn’t that be a fun Christmas present?  And you don’t have to find any place to store it in your house!  For more great gift ideas, check out my other posts in this series:

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  1. Meadowlark says

    Unless you're moderating comments, I'm in trouble. But even though #1 NEVER wins, I am ready to "be the change I want to see". ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I totally need a Chef Tess e-book. I'm not close enough to enjoy the class, but am a longtime follower and fan. Nice to meet you, as well!

  2. Meadowlark says

    Wait!!! I follow Chef Tess on FB!!! She had to remind me to re-read the ways to enter, because I'm a bit slow at times.

  3. I'd love the cooking class, and would be thrilled with the cookbook too!

  4. I follow your blog on Google Reader!

  5. I just started following Chef Tess's blog. Thanks for the introduction, it looks yummy!

  6. Meadowlark says

    Holy Cow! I even updated on FB… although I did tell my friends that if they win, they have to give it to me, so they may be less inclined to enter than normal.

  7. Sara @ Mom Endeavors says

    How cool! I would LOVE the cooking class, but an ebook would be cool too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I would love the class for my hubby but alas we live in AR. The ebook would be wonderful as well. Thanks!

  9. Sara @ Mom Endeavors says

    I follow you on Twitter! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. RootsAndWingsCo says

    Oh this would be so much fun to win! I'm not sure who I would pick to bake with! My Mom, or my sister (who LOVES baking and cooking)! If I won it would be nicest to even give it to the two of them…but really that time with either of them would be so neat for me! Well, my fingers are crossed (and I'm so thankful I'm in the Phoenix area!).

  11. RootsAndWingsCo says

    I am a follower of yours in google reader! Hoping for the class!

  12. RootsAndWingsCo says

    I also follow you on twitter! I will have to go and check out chef Tess's blog!

  13. RootsAndWingsCo says

    I am now Chef Tess's newest follower!

  14. Wow so wish I was close enough to win the class, but will settle for the e-books!!!! Thanks so much for such a great chance!!! Tis the season for cooking!

  15. I follow My Insanity on twitter (wyoamelia)

  16. I want a class with Chef Tess!! Really badly! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that gal.

  17. I follow her blog, too.

  18. I want a class with Chef Tess! I live in Texas, but I'll make it work! Please?

  19. I follow your blog, and I love it!

  20. I follow Chef Tess.

  21. Ebooks all the way! If I was closer, def a class…but alas, I'm a bit far.

  22. I get CT's RSS feeds – LOVE them!

  23. I have seen Chef Tess many times. My daughter told me about this and we live in phx and would love and need the cooking class. ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. I follow Chef Tess on FB also. I would love the bread class. My homemade bread comes out like bricks!

  25. I want in for the class but i'd take the book too!

  26. I follow your blog.

  27. I follow you on twitter. thanks for this fun opportunity!

  28. I don't live in AZ but I can think of at least 3 people in the Phoenix Metro area who I'd love to gift this to! This is my entry #1!

  29. I follow you on FB! (entry #2)

  30. I also subscribe to your blog through Google Reader!

    (shabam! Entry #3!)

  31. I would love, love, love a cooking class! Fun for all! (This is Lindy, not Matthew, by the way – but this would benefit him too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. I would love a cooking class! What a great idea and giveaway thank you! I also follow you on FB. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sherah Williams

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