If blogs could hug, this one would. (a blogoversary giveaway)

Congratulations to the winner…@Keelydeux!

Thank you all for the kind and witty comments and for reading my blog for 9 whole years! 

I’m no Oprah (or Pioneer Woman for that matter – have you seen her 12 days of Christmas? Someone is doing quite well for themselves. ) but I wanted to celebrate my 9-year blogoversay by giving one reader a token of my affection.

By which I mean, a Kindle.

Yes, it’s the one with ads. And yes, it’ll arrive after the holidays. But it’s the thought that counts, right? It’s one of my favorite things so I thought I’d share something I love with the people I love.

Just leave a comment – something nice, like a link to something pretty, your favorite macaroni & cheese recipe, or a promise to name your first born Corrin – and I’ll pick a random winner on New Year’s Day. If you really want to help me celebrate, follow me on Twitter, check out Oh Hey on Facebook, and/or subscribe to my feed.

Thanks for helping me celebrate my blogoversary, bitches! xo.

The fine print…This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly. Amazon has no idea who I am but they do know my credit card number. I’ll make every effort to contact the winner, but please verify your information before hitting submit. One entry per person, US only, Kindle will ship directly from Amazon after payday.

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Posted on December 22, 2011 in Read

83 Awesome Comments

  1. The people and animals in my house are named Deana, Taylor, Lyla, Carly, Jerri, Monki, and Buddy. Pick one and I’ll have them renamed Corrin.

    I’m too cheap to buy myself a kindle and too proud to ask for one from my family. But, my blog/twitter friends….I hve no shame.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Lance´s last awesome blog post…Merry Christmas, I Don’t Wanna Fight

  2. Molly

    I think your blog is the tops! Congrats on 9 years – that means you were ahead of nearly everyone in the “blogosphere”!

  3. Toni

    Oh, just pick me and get the giveaway over, dammit.
    Your Hooker Friend
    Toni´s last awesome blog post…Tackle the Cold with Cauliflower Bisque

  4. Happy Blogiversary! 9 years! You are an inspiration. Plus, you are crazy fun to read. I follow you everywhere (which sounds very stalker-ish). You are great!
    Heidi´s last awesome blog post…Free Christmas Movies at The Domain

  5. I have to admit it was dear Ollie who introduced me to your blog. As a newly owned pet of a dachshund, I was looking around the blog-o-sphere to find some others who were also owned by their pups. Ollie pointed me straight to you! I thoroughly enjoy your blog as much as his, but don’t tell him!!

    I’m very happy to say your blog enriches my life. Its encouraging to see your blog popping up on my Google Reader, after a post. I know that if it is sad, or bad, funny, ironic, quirky, or just a quick note, that it will be something uniquely “Corrin” that will make my day brighter or at least say ‘I’m not alone in feeling/seeing/doing that’


  6. Julie

    I’m leaving a link to your facebook page as my ‘link to something pretty’ https://www.facebook.com/corrinrenee. I tried to google for inappropriate photos of you, but it seems like you’ve avoided those being published. Good for you, bad for me, who is trying to brown nose by linking to you as my something pretty. :-)

  7. crazyassmomma

    no way toni! shes pickin ME!!! lol!

    love to read your stuff… you know this. you make me LOL on a regular basis!

    and, hey, ive already had 2 kids, but if i ever have a 3rd, ill name it after you. :)

  8. Jen

    Happy Blogiversary!!! I think you rock and that 2012 is going to be the Year of Corrin.

    Link to something pretty: http://www.toms.com/shineon/pewter-sequins-women-s-wedge

  9. 9 years is pretty impressive! I always love reading your blog or your twitter updates. You crack me up. :) Merry Christmas!
    Jenn´s last awesome blog post…Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

  10. Come with me Corrin… and imagine with Herman and I… for a moment… if there were a world with no pizza…
    Erica´s last awesome blog post…My 2011 Grammy Picks

  11. Corrin – Your blog always leaves me laughing – so glad to have discovered you through Austin Bakes escapades and the twittersphere. You’ve got great taste lady – thanks for sharing it with the world :)
    Michelle´s last awesome blog post…Giving Good Gift

  12. Kristen Self

    I already have a first born. Her name is Amelia.

    I don’t like homemade mac and cheese, I’m a velveeta shells and cheese girl.

    Happy blogaversary! I enjoy reading your blog! And I love your tweets!!!

    If I win can you please send it to @momto3blessings’ V? I saw on twitter where she said V wanted one!

  13. You know I love ya! If I promise to get a new dauschund and name her after you, can I win? Can I?

  14. Let’s see…I think you’re purrrty. And I think Ollie is the best! Seriously though…Ollie has to be the cutest weenie ever!
    Nicole´s last awesome blog post…Little crafty me

  15. Leigh Ann

    You know I will love you still if I don’t win, but picking me MAY persuade me to rename one of my children Corrin. Or maybe my next pet. I do love that name. {PICK ME!}
    Leigh Ann´s last awesome blog post…I just want to be sick for once. Or not.

  16. Keely


    We would loooove a Kindle. My 5 dachshunds and I would fight over it, I’m sure (well, two of them, at least. The other three aren’t big readers, though they’d probably go in for a few trashy romance novels).

  17. My husband really wants a kindle, so you should pick me so I can look like I’m an awesome wife.
    Christy´s last awesome blog post…What I Wore: Jangueando con Lianamar

  18. Sophia

    Ive read your blog for a couple of years now and love it. Happy blogaversary! Here’s to 9 years more!
    Sophia´s last awesome blog post…Ahhh!

  19. Congratulations on 9 years, I have yet to stick with anything quite that long! Merry Christmas :)

  20. Leann Newkirk

    Um, I already have 3 kids and refuse to have another. But, we did decide to name our first born Corrine. Sadly we had to go with the male version, Cameron, instead. Here’s what I’ll do for the Kindle though. Since my SIL hooked me up with you, on the conception of her first child I will hound her until the ink dries to name it Corrin. And while I spend far too much time on fb, I never think to look up other pages. I’ve now added yours so I can see it every time I log on. :^) Finally, and don’t over look this one, the reason my SIL mentioned you to me?…We both have amazing chests! Come on, what more can I do for you? Happy 9th Blogoversary!

  21. Kristin

    Happy Anniversary! I’m a faithful reader as well and LOVE your blog!

    Sorry my first born already has a name. It’s Kealah but I will start calling her Corrin if that will count. =)
    Happy Holidays!

  22. Sarah Poole (@chicosarah)

    My firstborn is Matthew. I think he’s pretty attached to his name having it 9 years now. But it never hurts to ask. I’ll let you know.

    Love reading your tweets and I just found you on facebook too.

    “Submit Witty Comment” is quite a lot of pressure.

  23. Mindy Blankenship

    Well…I have held off on following you on twitter and fb b/c I’ve expressed my feeling on being a stalker, but I figure what better time than now? Plus, if I win the kindle, I may know a guy who knows about a new dishwasher…haha! Absolutely kidding :)

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  24. stacy

    sarah is pretty sweet for sharing this with her friends! i hope you and your readers have a very blessed new year!!!

  25. I was lured over here by an FB posting and have suddenly lost 20 minutes in that strange blogosphere time warp. I’ll be back.
    Debbie Smith´s last awesome blog post…Boise’s Resident Reindeer

  26. robynski

    Haooy Blogiversary! Now give me that Kindle! What a fun year it has been reading your blog. Well, some of it not so fun, for you, but still you’ve prevailed. Looking forward to you and the doggie adventures next year!

  27. angie


    that was from winnie. anyway, congrats on 9 years! i can’t stick with anything that long.
    angie´s last awesome blog post…the happiest winnie wednesday of all

  28. I’m a new ready & love your blog! I hope I win so I can read 2 new e-books on my new Kindle — Steve Jobs’ bio & the new Mindy Kalig books. Do you follow @mindykaling on Twitter? She is hilarious!
    Nicole M´s last awesome blog post…Becoming a Better Story Teller with Storify

  29. Kevin

    Wow, 9 years, niiiice. I tried to blog once. Got about two posts in before I stopped having anything to talk about.

  30. Kindle Haiku:
    I’d love a Kindle.
    Exactly why, you may ask.
    Duh, I like to read.
    Ilene Haddad´s last awesome blog post…Another Psycho in the Shower

  31. ooooh pick me! pick me!!
    mich pendergrass´s last awesome blog post…My Jesus Dream

  32. Unlike Leigh Ann, I will NOT love you anymore if I DON’T win. Bahahha. Happy Blogaersary Corrin! Such a role model you are.
    Christina´s last awesome blog post…Stop touching my Snow Globes #iPPP

  33. I have sucked at reading lately so getting this Kindle would put me back on the right track! So giving it to me is like giving to a worthy cause :)

    Congrats on 9 years! I’m so glad I found your blog!
    Jessica´s last awesome blog post…Making our place Christmasey

  34. Lisa

    I am a daily reader (lurker) and love your blog. I can’t believe you have been doing this for nine years! Very impressive, my dear.

    Ya know, if PW wasn’t so humble, I’d have some hate that way, but my gosh, don’t you just want to be invited to the Lodge for a cookie making party? LOL

  35. Nicole B.

    Wow, 9 years! Congrats on that, and here’s to a great next 9 years!!

  36. I love the design of your blog first of all! Congrats on the 9 year blogoversary second of all! I never thought I would want to jump on the electronic reader band wagon, but I was so wrong (kinda like twitter and Facebook, but here I am). I want one sooo bad, but don’t see being able to treat myself to one anytime soon…unless I win :) Thanks for the chance!
    Whitney´s last awesome blog post…The Power of Prayer

  37. Allyson

    YOu said leave something fun so I thought I would leave you with a little story.

    Every year I make tons and tons of goodies including cookies, fudge, carmel corn, peanut brittle, rosettes…a lot of stuff. This year I was scaling back on what I was making so I asked the kids to all pick a favorite and 3 of them picked those stupid slice and bake cookies you get at the grocery store…. all this work for so long and I could have just bought those. ;)
    Allyson´s last awesome blog post…A New Diet..Again.

  38. 9 years wow you are a trend setter. Congrats on 9 years! I miss you and hope you have a Merry Christmas and a magical new year. You need to come visit me at Disney! http://themommaven.com/2011/12/twas-the-night-before-christmas-disney-style/
    Cindy Schultz´s last awesome blog post…‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…Disney Style

  39. Jen

    I could use some good holiday reading. And my firstborn will totally be Corrin.

  40. You’re a blog pioneer so I don’t know why you don’t have a TV show like the pioneer woman!

    Congratulations on the blogiversary.
    Kay Lynn´s last awesome blog post…Merry Christmas!

  41. Merry Christmas! I just made these soft molasses cookies and everyone loved them. I’ve been looking for a good recipe and might have just found them. enjoy!

    lace´s last awesome blog post…Happy Haul-idays from Chronicle Books

  42. Selene M.

    Christmas is a wonderful time of the year and I hope everyone is enjoying it like I am.

  43. Sara B.

    Wow, you’re an early adopter blogger at 9 years. Congrats!

  44. congratulations on 9 years! That is incredible!

    I wish you many more and a fabulous new year!

    Thank you for the giveaway too!

  45. Megan

    Yay! Congrats on nine years! What a huge accomplishment!,,,

  46. Emmi

    love this Pumpkin roll recipe:


    Cake Ingredients:

    3 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    3/4 cup pumpkin
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon ginger
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    powdered sugar (needed for a towel, to keep the cake from sticking)

    Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:

    1 cup powdered sugar
    1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
    4 tablespoons butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Powdered sugar for topping


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and lemon juice.

    2. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

    3. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well blended.

    4. Spray a 10 1/2″ by 15″ non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray. Pour the batter onto the cookie sheet, spread evenly.

    5. Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

    6. Prepare a clean kitchen towel by sprinkling heavily with powdered sugar.

    7. After baking, turn the cookie sheet onto the towel, the cake should slide out onto the towel. Starting at one end, roll up the cake into the towel. Cool 30-40 minutes.

    8. For the filling, stir together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and butter. Mix well.

    9. After the roll has cooled, unroll it and spread the filling evenly. Roll back up without the towel. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or until filling is firm.

    10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.


  47. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on 9 years of blogging!

    I thoroughly enjoy your site. Especially all the product links to unique stuff! :)
    Jess (The Cozy Reader)´s last awesome blog post…Review: Touch of Power (Healer, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

  48. Maybe if I win V will start speaking to me again because this is ALL she wanted for Christmas and didn’t get it :(

  49. ThiS might help me read more books. Possibly.

  50. Natasha Hudnall

    I already have a first born and he is a boy so Corrin wouldnt have worked anyways. Have a Happy New Year!

  51. Julie L

    this is so sweet of you:)
    thanks and Happy New Year

  52. Judy

    All I know is that 2012 has to be better than 2011- Pretty please 2012??!!!

  53. Victoria Russell

    The fact that you ended that post with “Thanks for helping me celebrate my blogiversary, bitches!” is yet another reason why you’re a favorite blog.

    Well deserved blogiversary, obvi! :)

  54. oh wow what an awesome contest! love the pic of the tree wearing knitwear! thanks so much!
    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog´s last awesome blog post…Free Ebooks for Kindle and Nook! Dec 30

  55. i’m following you on twitter (in_the_hammock)
    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog´s last awesome blog post…Free Ebooks for Kindle and Nook! Dec 30

  56. Viva

    Congrats on your blogoversary! I’m a new FB and twitter follower. Happy New Year!

  57. kasey

    Happy almost new year! I’d put a picture of my adorable doggie here if I could figure out how to do it properly :) Best for 21012!

  58. Nancy

    Happy blogoversary! Thanks for the giveaway. To show I’m also nice, I liked you on FB and subscribed to your feed. Happy 2012!

  59. Terri P

    A very happy blogaversary! I follow @corrinrenee on Twitter @GeorgiaMist.

    Terri P
    outofthemist AT gmail DOT com

  60. Happy Blogoversary!! Nine years…WOW! I have been enjoying reading your blog since meeting you at Blissdom a couple years ago. Happy Blogging!!
    Jamie´s last awesome blog post…Merry Christmas To All!

  61. Sky

    Happy Blogoversary….here’s to a kickin’ 2012!

  62. 9 years??? I think you were blogging before most people even knew what ‘blog’ meant! Now-days people link to their twitter and facebook. Back then, did you link to your xanga and myspace and tell people you had a spot on the world wide web?… Happy anniversary!

  63. Jen

    The recipe above is totally the most fun thing anyone left. And I’m all done having kids so no go there. I’ve got it! If my husband EVER lets me have a kitten we’ll totally name it Corrin. Okey dokey!?
    Jen´s last awesome blog post…Loves

  64. Lauren Madrid

    Mayo on the outside of grilled cheese sandwiches instead of butter.
    Lauren Madrid´s last awesome blog post…Roast Goose with Mashed Potatoes and Braised Cabbage

  65. Oh hey, how fun! I follow you all over the place. I hope I win because everyone in my family got iPads for Christmas EXCEPT ME. and this would ease the sting of that. Plus I can read the classics on it and that’s one of my resolutions.

    So really you’d be doing God’s work…
    Stephanie Dulli´s last awesome blog post…Better late than never…right?

  66. Happy Blogoversary!

    2012 is still in the early stages so have fun!!
    Darlene´s last awesome blog post…Descent into Madness: Turducken of Cheeseballs

  67. Woohoo, a kindle….would love this!

    Something I love? Toffee bars
    Preheat oven to 375
    2 sticks of butter (soft)
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 cups of flour
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    a pinch of salt
    one bag of chocolate chips (I use milk chocolate)

    mix butter and brown sugar together then slowly add other ingredients (I use a mixer but it can be done with a good old wood spoon)

    spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray

    press dough evenly into pan

    bake for 10 minutes at 375

    when out of the oven pour entire bag of chocolate chips on top wait 5 minutes for them to melt then spread evenly.

    cool and enjoy!
    Jen @ Martymom’s Musings´s last awesome blog post…Treasured Magic

  68. Andrea

    In 2012 I foresee the creation of Corrin’s Crispies – the hottest new food truck in Austin!

  69. Regina

    I love a girl whose dog is on Twitter. Woofs to Ollie from Scrappy and Belle in Virginia.

  70. Gina

    Have a wonderful new year Corrin! I have 2 girls already and I think renaming might be more paperwork than I can deal with! However, Corrin is a very nice name and could be up for serious consideration if I ever let my womb back into action!

  71. Happy Blogiversary!

    Did you happen to get any of that snow last week? I didn’t fully look to see how engulfed Texas was with it. We’re still plugging along with some 70s but it is supposed to be cold soon :/

    May your new life w/o the ex be fruitful!
    blueyes´s last awesome blog post…Christmas Sickness

  72. Kay Oates

    Dogs are great! I have enjoyed all you pics of your dachshund. Thanks for sharing them.

  73. Happy Blogiversary!
    A Cajun Belle´s last awesome blog post…date night!

  74. Candace

    Happy blogoversary….and new year for that matter.

    I love reading your blogs and your twitter.

    Much continued success in the new year.

  75. Rob

    Love to read your tweets! Always make me smile. Happy new year!

  76. Robyn

    Wow congrats on 9 years!!! This is such a wonderful giveaway!
    My two year old son is trying to help me type this comment :)



  77. Amanda

    Congratulations! 9 years!!!!
    Amanda´s last awesome blog post…No Snow

  78. My daughter would love a Kindle as a post-Christmas present. (I got an iPad for Christmas, so would give it to her if I win.)

    I make Kraft mac & cheese out of the box.

    Love following you on Twitter and getting to meet you in person at #Craftup.

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