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Yes, You Can! Holiday Giveaway

Use’s Look Inside feature to see the terrific job the art director did in designing and laying out Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too. Oh… and to get a good look at the book you might win if you enter this Holiday Giveaway!

Thank you for visiting Your Small Kitchen Garden! I love writing this blog, and I love that at least some people actually read it. In that spirit I’m giving away a copy of my book, Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too from Cool Springs Press.

I wrote Yes, You Can! last summer for people who are just starting to preserve produce—whether from their own gardens, from farmers’ markets and farm stands, or from grocery stores. Reviewers have been very kind to Yes, You Can! and (of course) I’d love to see it coach tens of thousands of gardening-, food-, and green-enthusiasts into more responsible relationships with the food chain.

Win a Signed Copy of Yes, You Can!

This giveaway has an ulterior motive: to introduce more people to Yard Birds. Here’s how it works:

I’m giving away one copy of Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too. The book’s retail value is $19.95, and I’ll cover the cost of shipping to the winner.

This is a judged contest. To enter, do the following:

1. Visit the Yard Birds store (this is a link to it)

2. Note the serial number (item number) of a Yard Bird that tickles your fancy

3. Return here and leave a comment that…

  • …includes the Yard Bird’s serial number
  • …proposes a name for the Yard Bird
  • …explains why you would give the Yard Bird that name

I was lucky to capture a photo of this small flock of Yard Birds in the artist’s yard before he sold off most of them at an annual arts festival here in Lewisburg..

How We’ll Pick the Winner

My wife and kids will select one winning entry from all the entries posted. They will read all the entries and select the one they agree is the most entertaining. Use humor, pathos, irony, wordplay… if you want to play to the audience, keep in mind that some of the judges are seriously geeky.

Our judges will not know the identities of the entrants; this is a blind judging. I’ll announce the winner on this blog as soon as the judges finish their task—probably within a day or two of the close of the contest.

Enter Now, Enter Once, Enter Again!

The Yes, You Can! Holiday Giveaway ends at midnight on December 7, 2011. We will consider only one entry per participant; if you enter more than one time, we’ll include only your LAST entry in the judging. Last entry? Sure. This contest includes an opportunity for a do-over. If, after you post your entry a much better idea pops into your head, go ahead and post another entry. We’ll enjoy all your entries, but only the very last one you post before midnight on December 7th will go to the judges… so make the last one your best!

The Prize

To be clear: I’m not giving away a Yard Bird. The prize for this giveaway is a single signed copy of my book, Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too from Cool Springs Press.

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12 Responses to “Yes, You Can! Holiday Giveaway”

  • charlotte:

    Item YBID0079 – I think would call it Feathers after the sweet rooster I just lost in August.
    It would be a nice remembrance for him.

  • Michelle:

    Item YBID008 I would call it “Little Bit”. This is what we call our daughter and her favorite color is GREEN!!!

  • Jennie:

    I would call #YBID0051 “Mother Goose” because of her long goose neck and eyelashes.

    P.S. Thanks for having a judged contest instead of a random drawing! You’ll get much better names that way. Although I wish we could submit multiple entries for judging.

  • Iris:

    I would name YBID0079 ‘Hairy “Yes, You Can”ary’ because every cute yellow canary needs a head full of long streaming black hair… ;)

  • cavernap:

    Item YBID0082 is definitely the Black Spy from Spy vs Spy, the Mad Magazine cartoon.

  • Item YBID0006 because, frankly, birds are so yesterday. I would call this yard bird leggy for obvious reasons.

  • Mark:

    OK, I held off because this is so awful but I just couldn’t resist anymore. You’ve been warned. For bird #YBID0080:

    He’s iron but you shouldn’t fear
    This guy is, in truth, rather dear
    He’s called Loveybum
    And he’d be be a good chum
    ‘Cause he carries his heart on his rear

  • Jill Patterson:


    Anyone remember the Heckell and Jeckell cartoons? That’s what this one reminds me of, even though it’s a different color. I already have a Jeckell bird in my garden (bought years ago from a store in Lake Oswego, Oregon), so I’ll name this one Heckell. I know Jeckell would like some company out there!

  • Item: Item YBID0068
    Name: Tasha

    Why? Well, Tasha Yar was one of my favorite characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation, she wore a yellow Security uniform, and she kicked a lot of butt. This little bird reminds me of her! Live long and prosper!

  • Daniel Gasteiger:

    Thanks to everyone for your creative entries! I had to travel unexpectedly, and will return on Friday, December 9. The judges will review entries on Saturday and I’ll announce the winner before I go to bed on Saturday night. Then, I’ll also share my reactions to your entries. Again: thank you for participating!

  • Mark:

    Just ran across something today that reminded me of this. Who won?

  • Daniel Gasteiger:

    Mark: Here’s a link to the post that announced the winner. As I said in that post, thank you so much for participating. We really enjoyed reading the entries.

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