We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook Food Memoir Giveaway Times TWO!


Last week, we went on a long beach vacation to our favorite place in the world, the quaint little Island of Little Gasparilla. I wrote about it in our food memoir We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook (in stores next week.) It’s where Jared and I got married, where we took Jackson for his first beach experience, and where Jared’s family has been vacationing for twenty years. To put it mildly, it’s a special place for our family.

We took along the Mimi because we love her and Jackson loves her…and well, we knew it was the only way we’d get any alone time. Thanks to her, Jared and I enjoyed an amazing all vegan dinner at Vino Loco Tapas and Wine Bar one night to celebrate our sixth anniversary. We were the only diners (it’s off season right now), and we got special treatment from the chef, who hand delivered each organic, well-thought out plate to our table. Simple flavorful food made with quality organic ingredients that let the veggies be the star.  My kind of food! And then there was vegan gelato made out of almond milk. Oh my. The gelato was so amazing, we swung by on our way home to get more for the long road home…and to share with Jackson and Mimi who missed out the first time. I ate my scoop with one of Jackson’s leftover chocolate birthday cupcakes. I can’t remember the last time I had cake and ice cream. It was like a party in my mouth.

Did I say chocolate cupcakes up there? Oh yes! My sweet Jackson turned two on Saturday….and my usually healthy little eater has a dark secret. He loves nothing more than chocolate cupcakes.  I used my go-to Chocolate Cupcake Recipe from Chow.com. They are quick and easy and don’t call for any weird ingredients. I subbed almond milk, whole wheat flour, and coconut oil this time (working with our limited pantry on the island). They didn’t rise quite as much as the first time I made them with canola and white flour, but they were still fluffy and delicious…and healthier. 🙂 We skipped icing in lieu of a dusting of powdered sugar. We aren’t much of an icing family…and it’s usually just fat and sugar anyway. We let him blow the powdered sugar on his cupcake instead of blowing out a candle. He thought that was WAY fun!

Happy Birthday Jackson! I have a feeling we have an adventurous year ahead! Twos = double the fun, right?

In honor of Jackson turning two, we’re giving away TWO early release copies of We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook! Jackson just so happens to be a pretty big star in the book….so it seems fitting. To enter the giveaway, simply like our facebook page and leave us a comment HERE ON THE BLOG telling us you’ve done so. A birthday wish to Jackson would be like powdered sugar on the cupcake though. 🙂 Be sure to include the name that you use on Facebook so we can verify your entry and fill in the email section of our contact form so we can contact you if you are a winner.

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Giveaway ends on at midnight central time Friday, August 2nd, We’ll pick the winners using a random number generator. Winners will have 24 hours to contact us before we choose another name.


85 Comments on “We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook Food Memoir Giveaway Times TWO!”

  1. emiliemetzger says:

    Wow…. that place looks amazing!   

    Sent from my Galaxy S®III

  2. Tracy Hall Morey says:

    Love, love, LOVE your blog!! It is my go-to site for all things delicious. Since hubby is vegan (a year and a half now), your blog has helped me keep my sanity so I can find delicious, healthy, food that the entire family will eat. With daughters, ages 2 and 4, sometimes that is a challenge, but your recipes never fail me. THANK YOU!!

    • Tracy, this almost brought me to tears. This is THE reason I wanted to do this blog and it makes me giddy to know we’ve helped your family of different dietary needs/choices put healthy dinner on the table. I really admire spouses who accommodate each other in this way. I know it’s a big hassle at times, but it really shows how much you love and honor each other. When an omni accommodates me, I’m so flattered that they thought enough of be to make sure I was included in meal time. And I try to do the same for omnis. Good for you!

  3. joyce richards andesom says:

    My Paleo minded daughter would love your great recipes. While I do too, I lean more to the butter loving mama ones! Kudos to you both and happy birthday Jackson!

  4. outoneear says:

    I’ved liked your page. Now I’m entering your giveaway. My page is Out One Ear. (outoneear.com) And happy, happy 2nd birthday Jackson. Your cupcakes and gelato looked awesome. My only regret? Not being there to help you celebrate and partaking in the yummy birthday treats.

  5. Dorothy Martens says:

    I appreciate your postings & the recipes you have for making allergy-free food. Thanks!

    • Thank you so much Dorothy. Since my dietary limitations are totally by choice and it was still difficult at times, people who are forced to eat a certain way due to allergies have a special place in my heart!

  6. Nikki Lively says:

    I’ve already liked the FB page! 🙂 I love reading your stories about Jackson, especially since I can relate to the trials of having a 2-year-old! Although we are a meat-lovin’ family, I still would like to try some of your vegan recipes sometime–many of them sound delicious! It’s also fun to see how successful you’ve become since our days at the good ol’ OG! 🙂

  7. patricia chambers says:

    Happy birthday Jackson from Tennessee! Ive liked your fb page I am listed under trampas n Trish (I’m trish) and as my birthday is coming soon, this would make a wonderful present to me!

  8. Amy Fromeberger says:

    I enjoy your recipes and stories!

  9. Abra says:

    I pre-ordered my copy today! But I’d love to win a freebie and gift it to my momma 🙂

  10. Liked your facebook page!

  11. Liked your facebook page 🙂 Your baby boy is absolutley adorable! Love following you, your posts are down to earth and absolutley lovely!

  12. Sherrie Walker says:

    Wonderful blog. Glad you enjoyed your beach vacation!

  13. Debbie Graham says:

    I posted a comment and hit like on we laugh and cry.

    That is thinking positive.

    Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:27:55 +0000 To: stardust1975@hotmail.com

  14. Trish Gorry says:

    Going to your FaceBook to like , right after this message… We also enjoy that piece of paradise.. It is truly A very special place. we live about 40 minutes north of there. When we arrive it feels like we are a million miles away.. Your book sounds wonderful. I was with friends this weekend who have a house out there, and they told me that their daughter is doing Vegan, I was very interested.. I would love to have one of your books and to also share with her..
    🎶. 🎵HAPPY BIRTHDAY🎵 JACKSON 🎶 My birthday is coming up too.
    Gotta love a LEO ♌

    • You are so lucky to live so close. We are about 18 hours away…but I suppose it makes it all the more precious in some ways. What a coincidence that you were just with an islander who has a vegan daughter! Thanks so much for liking the facebook page and sharing it.

  15. “Liked” your page – love your mom! Glad you had a fun time on the island…

    • Linda, isn’t some of your work up in Nana’s condo? I think I read a poem from you that was sitting on her dresser. What fun to connect. I know they love you too!

  16. Linda Kemp says:

    Happiest of Birthdays, Jackson! Lucky you, starting off life with great nutrition and a heaping helping of fun plus a sprinkle of Nana craziness to make it taste extra good! 😀

  17. Amber Reese says:

    Happy Birthday to Jackson!
    I liked your post! I’ve loved all your beach pics Mimi has posted!!

  18. Julie says:

    I am new you your blog saw you on the Little gasparilla FB page.. I like you on FB now..
    I have been going to the Island since I was 12 funny story..My aunt and I won a weeks stay in a cabin on the island in a tennis tournament back in the early 80s and we have been going down ever since..By far the best place in the world “no people” my little girl now is in love with the place..We are going in a week to stay before school starts and you could say we are a little jacked up about going…Happy Birthday to your little one..Enjoy because they grow up so fast..
    FB name Julie H

  19. I am so glad to have found your blog and your book!! It sounds marvelous. xo

  20. Misty Willis says:

    WOW!! It all looks amazing! I LOVE to cook and I’m so glad I noticesd that you are a foodie too! Congrats on your success Rachel !!

  21. Amy Benzmann says:

    I would love to enter! Love the blog and all you guys do! And a very happy birthday to Jackson!

  22. Kara Seale says:

    I ‘liked’ y’all’s fb page annnnnnd of COURSE…HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your cutie patootie Jackson!!!!! 🙂

  23. Julia Waterman says:

    Liked your FB page! Now I have to go look up your beach getaway….Hopefully no one else will get the same idea 😉

    • Julia, that’s the only thing I’m always afraid of when I share about LGI…what if people starting crowding our quaint beaches! But then again, it’s too wonderful not to share. I cover the hassles of getting on and off the island in the book too…just to deter a few folks. 🙂

  24. Becky Glaze says:

    Love your blog, recipes delish, like your fb page, have already pre-ordered the book, but would love to win one to give away to one of the many people I’ve told to check out We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook!!

    • You are the best Becky. So glad we’ve gotten to know each other this year. Now if only you didn’t live so far from me. Next time I’m in CO, let’s make it happen.

  25. Christina Newell says:

    I can’t believe he’s TWO! Cheers to double the fun, can’t wait till the book is out!

  26. Tiffany Shaklee says:

    Happy birthday Jackson!! This mama of two likes your mama’s Facebook page! I hope you have a fantastic birthday and it us everything you’ve been hoping for!

  27. suzykoeppcake says:

    a very happy birthday, Jackson, i can’t imagine the birthday dinners in your future! tell your mom and grandma i love their writing, their recipes and their facebook page.
    Sue Haley on FB

  28. kbug66 says:

    Happy BIrthday, Jackson. I can’t believe you are already 2!! Miss you guys and excited for the book as I know you are. Headed to FB right now to like the page. 🙂

  29. Kara Walton Dameron says:

    I entered the Give away. I think it would be such an inspiration for me. I have four girls that it would be great to have.


  30. I just found your blog and I’m in love!! I also just liked your fb page so I can follow along.

  31. Rebecca says:

    This would be so much fun to do with my daughter 🙂 she loves to cook

  32. Julie Bruins McGrath says:

    I just “liked” your page. I love seeing posts like this because to be honest if it wasn’t for a chance to win something (a.k.a. FREE) I wouldn’t have read your post. To take it a step further I wouldn’t have looked through some of the recipes and meal ideas. Who knew that healthy food could look and sound so yummy!? I am at wits end with my picky 3 and 5 year old and I refuse to make their diet chicken nuggets and macaroni & cheese time and time again. I am looking forward to trying your recipes!
    Happy Birthday, Jackson!

  33. Sherry Dye says:

    Excited to read the stories and try the recipes.

  34. Denise Moyer says:

    I’ve heard good things, so I’m checking you out! And hey, the chance to win your book is good too! ^_^

  35. Amanda Dunn Jensen says:

    I liked your facebook page (Amanda Dunn Jensen). Sounds like such a great book! Happy Birthday, Jackson! What a fun way to celebrate his birthday.

  36. caropurcell says:

    I’m a FB fan (Carolyn Felix Purcell), and I can’t wait to read this book. I wonder how many copies I’ll end up buying to give away as gifts–two free copies sure would help!

    Happy birthday to Jackson, and a hug to my much-missed friend Becky!

  37. Jamie Holmes says:

    LOVE your blog!!! And would especially love to have your book 😊

  38. Anissa Orozco says:

    Happy birthday Jackson! Can’t wait to read your book:) I liked your page:)

  39. Debra Jackson True says:

    Would love to read your new cookbook. I love your style and wish you the best !!

  40. Katy McKenna says:

    Happy 2nd Birthday, darling Jackson!! Your mom and Nonnie may not know it yet, but you’re only going to get more awesome this next year. And oh, how much fun you’ll have with them in the kitchen!!

  41. Nikki Holthusen says:

    Happy birthday, Jackson! I would live to have your book. I’m currently working on a new website called concentricvegan.com. I hope to launch it within about 2 months. I have a page of vegan cookbook reviews and would love to be able to put a good review on my website. Way to go raising a vegan kid from the get go. I have four kids wjo are vegan at home, but since they were not always so, they tend to not make vegan choices away from home. Congratulations on your book.

  42. Alyse says:

    Your recipes have given me lots of healthy dinner ideas I would not have tried before! Keep dishin’ ladies!

  43. Alyse says:

    I love all your healthy dinner ideas. Congratulations on the book! Can’t wait to read it.

  44. Alyse says:

    Oops. I thought my first comment didn’t post, so I commented twice. Ignore whichever one you like less! 🙂

  45. Sara says:

    Awesome!! I liked your FB page. Please enter me in the drawing. 🙂

  46. Linda Kay says:

    I liked the FB page. I would love to read your book. Please enter my name in the contest. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  47. Angie Reed says:

    Yay! I have liked your FB page (I am Angie Jobe Reed on FB) and I also loved the blog! Would love to win a copy of the new book!! 🙂

  48. Donna Shaw says:

    I liked your facebook,,so wanting to win your book.

  49. jerodterimasonjake@msn.com says:

    just liked your fb page ….I heard about you guys from sheri coulter……im super excited to check out your blog and get your new book. Great job

  50. Jacinto Piña says:

    Best wishes.

  51. Tricia says:

    We laughed and cried alot these bast six months.

  52. Julie Bruins McGrath says:

    I am SO excited to try this!

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