Mimi Avocado is Two Years Old: A Giveaway to Celebrate!



Today I’m relaxing with a cup of coffee and a piece of pumpkin bread, thinking about the past two years of writing Mimi Avocado.  When I first started my blog I wasn’t sure how to get started, so I took a class,  went to conferences, read books, tried out tutorials online,  and began meeting other bloggers  online publishers.  I soon discovered that the people I met had several things in common:  curiosity, creativity, and generosity.   I have yet to meet a blogger who wasn’t willing to share their knowledge,  happy to trade ideas and strategies,  and eager to hear about what others are doing.

Each time we come together for an event,  meet one-on-one for lunch, or pick up the phone for a chat,  one topic always comes up in the conversation:  community…beginning with our families and neighborhoods, but stretching to include the people we meet through our writing and photography.   It’s an ever widening circle,  always expanding to include  new writers, readers, and friends from around the world.


November 16 marked two years since I started writing Mimi Avocado.  The sweetest part of  that day came as a gift of homemade pumpkin bread from my son and his fiancé,  and a note that meant the world to me.  It’s one thing to know that all of you are out there reading my posts, trying recipes, enjoying photos. It’s another thing to realize that my own family sees what I do…and would reach out to  recognize it in a supportive way.

Blogging has brought funny and crazy times to our household.  “What did you hide in the lasagna this time?”  “Is that for dinner or is it for your blog?”  (answer: both!)  The family is  beginning to get used to the collection of odd plates, bowls,  and placemats  that is growing in the pantry…props for photos.  And the camera in the kitchen.  “Can we eat that, or are you still taking pictures?”  When the UPS man brings a package now, it might not be farm supplies…it could be several boxes of pickles!


A few months ago I entered a giveaway and won was a whole year’s supply of  pickles!   I never used to enter giveaways either…because I believed I probably wouldn’t win. But  I’ve learned to go ahead and enter…and guess what…once in a while I actually do  win something!  (By the way, these are REALLY GOOD PICKLES…as many of my friends will attest who have received them as gifts. See what I mean? Blogging is all about sharing!)

Speaking of giveaways,  how would you like to win an IPad Mini?  When some blogging friends invited me to join them for a really nice giveaway, how could I resist?   After all,  Mimi Avocado just celebrated her 2nd blog-aversary!  That’s a big reason to celebrate, right?  When you enter our giveaway,  you’ll have a chance to get acquainted with my wonderful blogging friends too!

Just use the Rafflecopter widget (scroll down to the end of this post to find it) and follow instructions.    I would LOVE it if one of my readers won these exciting prizes!

iPad Mini giveaway ends 12/16/13 at 11:59 PM PST

I am partnering up with nine other wonderful food bloggers to say thank you to our loyal readers. One lucky reader will win an iPad mini, two free e-books from Stephanie Weaver(Twelve Terrific Christmas Cookie Recipes) and Laura Bashar and Mary Platis (Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil), and this wonderful KIND cube of healthy snacks.

Including Mimi Avocado, your hosts for this sweepstakes are:

California Greek Girl: Mary Platis
Family Spice: Laura Bashar
Jolly Tomato: Jeanne Fratello
Liv Life : Kim Kelly
Mimi Avocado: Mimi Holtz
Recipe Renovator: Stephanie Weaver
Rustic Garden Bistro: Kim Burnell
She’s Cookin: Priscilla Willis
Shockingly Delicious: Dorothy Reinhold
The Spicy RD: E.A. Stewart

From December 2nd to 3rd, KIND will offer $10 off our KIND Healthy Indulgence Cube (normally $42.50) by entering GIVE at checkout. To help give back at the same time, for every cube purchased KIND will make a donation to City Harvest, a food rescue organization dedicated to feeding the hungry. Customers who purchase a cube can feel good knowing that each purchase will help feed 12 people in need, which is needed even more now given recent cuts in food stamps. Take part in #GivingTuesday by sharing this link and offer, and ordering some yummy snacks for yourself or a friend. Also would make a wonderful gift to send to an office.

Required FTC disclosure: The sweepstakes items were provided by KIND Snacks and California Greek Girl, Liv Life, Family Spice, Jolly Tomato, Mimi Avocado, Recipe Renovator, Rustic Garden Bistro, She’s Cookin, Shockingly Delicious, and The Spicy RD. I was not paid to write this post.

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  • This sweepstakes is sponsored by KIND Snacks, California Greek Girl, Liv Life, Family Spice, Jolly Tomato, Mimi Avocado, Rustic Garden Bistro, She’s Cookin, Shockingly Delicious, The Spicy RD, and Recipe Renovator, P.O. Box 34054, San Diego, CA 92163-4054. (619) 365-5065.
  • Prize description: Grand prize: 1 iPad mini, 1 KIND snacks cube, 1 digital copy of Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil, 1 digital copy of Twelve Terrific Christmas Cookie Recipes. Total retail value $354.48.

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  1. I love listening to all your stories and learning about the avocado grove!

  2. Love you, Mimi! So happy that we met and for your wonderful friendship. I know 2014 will be a great year for you!
    Laura @ Family Spice recently posted..Happy Holidays: Win an iPad Mini and More!My Profile

  3. Love this post and what a great gift from your son and his fiance-so special! So happy to be able to connect with you and everyone else for this fun giveaway 🙂 I love your idea of a margarita party at the ranch!!!

  4. I enjoy a down to earth blog and real people! I don’t need all the sparkle and glitter. I enjoy a good read and a little peek into others wonderful family traditions.

    I blogged several years ago, thinking about getting back into it. How many hours do you spend say in a week on your blog Mimi?

    Thanks for a wonderful post and intro to your fellow bloggers as well.

    • Thank you, Kim! The time I spend on the blog varies. Sometimes I get super inspired to grow the blog…in November I tried to blog every day and it lasted 13 days. I work much harder on the sponsored posts, so those take more time. Some weeks I am too busy with teaching music, or taking care of ranch business….and sometimes I just need a break from blogging. So I guess the answer is, “it depends”. LOL. Hope that helps. I get really inspired when new people (Like YOU!) find the blog and let me know they enjoy it. Your comment will probably motivate me to write some new posts! xoxo

  5. Oh, Mimi!! Your post made my heart swell. That note from your son is special indeed, and so many of your comments strike home with me! Yep… my camera is in the kitchen too, and the kids have learned to ask, “Can I eat that yet or are you still taking pics?” Well.. most of the time. Occasionally they eat without asking and I’ve had to re-bake on more than one occasion!
    Happy Anniversary to you!!
    Kim – Liv Life recently posted..Hershey’s Classic Peanut BlossomsMy Profile

  6. Thank you, Kim. It’s way past time that we meet…

  7. I am so very happy you started blogging and that I’ve gotten to know you! You are a bright spot in this blogging world for sure! Congrats!!!
    Kristen recently posted..Making Fudge with Jenny and HeidiMy Profile

  8. Mimi- congrats on the 2 years of blogging! I’m so glad we have been able to connect. You are such a positive force with your blogging! Looking forward to having you on some more farm tours in 2014.

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