A Brown Eggs and Jam Jars book giveaway & blog hop

ice cider caramel corn | Janice Lawandi @ kitchen heals soul, recipe from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars

Please note the Brown Eggs and Jam Jars giveaway is now closed. Thank you for reading!
I’m thinking I should start a section of the blog entitled “My friends are talented” because, well, they are! They inspire me every day. They teach me new things. They write cookbooks, really good cookbooks that I think you should buy, like Brown Eggs and Jam Jars by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque of the blog Simple Bites (available on Amazon in the US & Canada). And why do I think you should buy this cookbook? Because I was one of Aimée’s cookbook recipe testers, so I know the recipes rock. I tested several of the recipes when they were still at the stage of computer documents, and then I tested a few more once I got my hands on the published book. Plus the book is full of helpful tips and tricks for homesteading (even if you don’t have an acre of land), for cooking, baking, and eating your way through the seasons, preserving the bounty of the seasons, and hosting fun food-centric gatherings.

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The thing that I love the most about Brown Eggs and Jam Jars is that the book has a home-y feel but it’s also a little more down-to-earth. The recipes in this book allow you to make everything from scratch, and every recipe is presented in a way that is totally accessible and inviting. Aimée teaches us a few of her secrets, and she guides us so that we can host, say a summer BBQ, and make not just the burgers, but even the hamburger buns and the relish.

ice cider caramel corn | Janice Lawandi @ kitchen heals soul

I also think you should run to the bookstore ASAP to get your hands on this book because of this ice cider caramel corn recipe. This popcorn recipe is incredible (and I have a highly discriminating palette when it comes to popcorn). This caramel corn recipe was one of the recipes I tested for Aimée. I followed it exactly as written the first time I made it (which was a little over a year ago), never having made caramel corn in my life. It worked perfectly the first time, and the flavour was unbelievable. I told Aimée it was the best caramel corn I’d ever had and I wasn’t exaggerating in the least. I’ve been looking for an opportunity to make it again ever since. So, to celebrate the publishing of Aimée’s book (or maybe because I just wanted to eat more of this caramel corn), I made this recipe again.

cornmeal pancakes
zucchini cornbread

And now, for the Brown Eggs and Jam Jars giveaway! Penguin Random House Canada Limited has sent me an extra copy of Aimée’s book to give away to one of you (with a mailing address in Canada). 

To enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave me a comment below telling me which part of this book you look forward to the most: it is the ice cider caramel corn and all the other recipes? the photography? the tips for preserving? the how-tos for hosting food-filled family gatherings? or because you love Aimée?
  2. For an added bonus, tweet about the giveaway to your followers: ” @ktchnhealssoul is giving away a copy of #browneggsjamjars! Enter here: ” and don’t forget to leave me a link to your tweet in the comments

Contest closes on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, at 11:59 PM. Winner will be chosen at random via

There are 7 other yummy opportunities to win this book, so don’t miss out! Visit the blog posts from these other bloggers for even more chances to win:

Penguin Random House Canada Limited offered me two copies of Brown Eggs & Jam Jars, one for me and one to give away. As always, please know that I wouldn’t work with a sponsor nor recommend a product if it wasn’t worth it. 

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101 Responses to A Brown Eggs and Jam Jars book giveaway & blog hop

  1. Shelagh February 19, 2015 at 9:20 AM #

    I am looking forward to reading this cookbook cover to cover to begin with. I also love that this give away has introduced me to Canadian food bloggers I was not yet aware of….including yours!

  2. LJ Stubbs February 19, 2015 at 9:54 AM #

    I think I’d like to see the book for the recipes.
    The popcorn sounds pretty great!

  3. Eva February 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM #

    I would definitely like to know the tips of preserving and make a meal out of this cookbook for my family in Taiwan! 🙂


  4. Terrie February 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM #

    The best thing about this cookbook is Aimee!

  5. Carrie February 19, 2015 at 12:47 PM #

    Would love to get my hands on this book for the beautiful food photography (and the recipes, of course)!

  6. Kathy February 19, 2015 at 12:53 PM #

    I am excited to try the recipes in the book!

  7. MaryMar February 19, 2015 at 12:58 PM #

    I’m looking forward to the entire book & seeing something new to cook!

  8. Leah February 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM #

    yay! I’m most excited about her preserving and pantry stocking tips!

  9. Alicia February 19, 2015 at 1:06 PM #

    I’m in love with Aimee:) and I’m so interested in reading about how her family keeps an urban homestead. Great to learn about your blog!


  10. Iris February 19, 2015 at 1:07 PM #

    I would love to get ideas for family gatherings like BBQ’s and also I need some tips for preserving. I would love to win a copy of thos book.

  11. Iris February 19, 2015 at 1:12 PM #

    I’m looking forward to reading about ideas for family gatherings. Also the tips for.preserving.

  12. Kristin February 19, 2015 at 1:42 PM #

    I like the idea of learning to make more things from scratch and for hosting family events. I lot of the things you mention in your post seem kid friendly too! Plus the pictures are making me hungry. Pick me!

  13. Eugenia February 19, 2015 at 1:43 PM #

    Definitely the recipes for dinner time and the photography!

  14. Margot C February 19, 2015 at 2:27 PM #

    Over the last two years I have become something of a canning maniac. I have a huge shelf of canned goods that I make even though here is southern california it’s not as big of a deal as it is in a cold climate. I really would like to read some of her ideas and can some different things.

  15. Isabelle February 19, 2015 at 2:45 PM #

    The pictures look gorgeous and make me hungry! I’d like to try new recipes and learn more about preserving.

  16. linda February 19, 2015 at 2:54 PM #

    Im really excited about the preserving tips..the cover is amazing ..i think there is so much in this book for us to learn…i love love love all the pics…just delishous thank you for this beautiful book you put together its just so amazing…

  17. Ammy Belle February 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM #

    I most look forward to the canning/jarring/perserving portion – I have been meaning to get into this for a while now, and Aimee has such a good way of photographing and explaining things, I think this will be my best shot 🙂

  18. Judy A. February 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM #

    I look forward to seeing the whole book. Everything I have read about it so far appeals to me.

  19. Shannon February 19, 2015 at 3:54 PM #

    I’m looking forward to the recipes most of all…..but I’ve recently become more interested in food photography, so I’m excited to see the sexy pictures too!

  20. Laura February 19, 2015 at 4:14 PM #

    I look forward to the recipes, but the pictures in this book look amazing!

  21. Heather February 19, 2015 at 4:31 PM #

    Preserving, definitely. Our garden is often more prolific than myself, my husband and our friends can keep up with, and I’m always looking for ways to save the harvest!

  22. Heather February 19, 2015 at 4:32 PM #

    Tweeted as well:

  23. Zita February 19, 2015 at 4:35 PM #

    I’m looking forward to see the food styling and photography in Aimée’s book. I’m also interested in the recipes of course… especially those pancakes on the cover! 🙂

  24. Zita February 19, 2015 at 4:58 PM #

    Also here is the link of the tweet:

  25. Sonia February 19, 2015 at 6:10 PM #

    Recipes and photos, looks beautiful.

  26. Jamie February 19, 2015 at 6:17 PM #

    ummm, all of the above?

  27. Rachel - De Ma Cuisine February 19, 2015 at 6:22 PM #

    I think Aimee is great. Her cookbook looks amazing. I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes!

  28. Rachel - De Ma Cuisine February 19, 2015 at 6:23 PM #

    Here’s a link to my tweet:

  29. Martha Warren February 19, 2015 at 6:43 PM #

    I can’t wait to share this book with my 10 year old daughter and choose the recipes we would like to make together. She has inherited my love for cookbooks and cooking and I want to foster that love by continuing to introduce her to great Canadian cooks.

  30. Amy February 19, 2015 at 7:44 PM #

    I’ve been following Aimee’s blog for awhile and LOVE it! Her cookbook has been on my wish list so I’m looking forward to everything about it!

  31. Francine February 19, 2015 at 8:25 PM #

    I’ve always wanted to try preserving, so that’s what I’m most interested in.

  32. Francine February 19, 2015 at 8:26 PM #

    tweeted –

  33. Kate February 19, 2015 at 9:43 PM #

    Had a quick peak at this book, and need more! Definitely interested in the preserving and reading about her lifestyle.

  34. Lynna February 19, 2015 at 10:03 PM #

    I`m looking forward to reading every recipe! Plus, the photography is amazing. 🙂

  35. esther February 19, 2015 at 10:32 PM #

    Because it’s Aimee’s book!

  36. esther February 19, 2015 at 10:37 PM #

    Tweeted @esavdg

  37. S Licano February 20, 2015 at 12:16 AM #

    Looking forward to the photos, love to see what I am making, and the photography looks beautiful.

  38. danielle February 20, 2015 at 8:10 AM #

    I would love to learn more egg techniques.

  39. angelina February 20, 2015 at 10:23 AM #

    would love this book thankyou !!

  40. Nadia February 20, 2015 at 10:50 AM #

    The preserving section as well as all Aimee anecdotes and photography!

  41. Melissa Finn February 20, 2015 at 11:10 AM #

    Excited for the section on preserving & the amazing photographs!

  42. Melissa Finn February 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM #

    I tweeted:

  43. Elaine Mackenzie February 20, 2015 at 11:15 AM #

    the preserving is something I definitely want to read about. I’ce had a water canner for years, and received a pressure canner for Christmas, so I’m really starting to fill my pantry with lots of goodies. Am always wanting more, especially living in the Okanagan, I am able to get such amazing seasonal produce!

  44. Leah M @ love me, feed me February 20, 2015 at 11:52 AM #

    I look forward to looking at all the photography! I’m a sucker for food photography. It would be really neat to learn how to can and preserve as well!

  45. Alisha February 20, 2015 at 12:25 PM #

    I always love looking at the photography, but the recipes that I have seen so far make me very excited!

  46. Gene D February 20, 2015 at 12:36 PM #

    oooh. the Caramel Popcorn looks awesome. The pictures in the book look beautiful!

  47. Gene D February 20, 2015 at 12:40 PM #
    here is my tweet link!

  48. Kathy February 20, 2015 at 12:52 PM #

    I tweeted

  49. Kathy February 20, 2015 at 12:53 PM #

    Although these are some of the most beautiful photographs, I have to say that it is the recipes that draw me in 🙂 Thanks!

  50. Ann February 20, 2015 at 4:54 PM #

    I am especially interested in good recipes for food items that can be easily shared at our local food swaps – preserves, breads, caramel corn, granola, etc.

  51. Joanne Jaffey February 20, 2015 at 6:01 PM #

    I am so hungry to get my hands on that book because I devour books like that! I actually make the recipes too. I don’t know how to leave a link to the tweet I, uh, tweeted! This is all I know http:/

  52. Sarah February 20, 2015 at 10:19 PM #

    Definitely excited to try the recipes, especially the caramel corn based on your description. 🙂

  53. Nicole Jubleew February 21, 2015 at 12:47 AM #

    I would really like to start canning this year so I would love to read all the tips and recipes she has in the book for preserving.

  54. Nicole Jubleew February 21, 2015 at 12:48 AM #

    I tweeted here:

  55. Margot C February 21, 2015 at 12:58 AM #

    I posted your tweet too ;

  56. Laureen Fox February 21, 2015 at 2:59 AM #

    I’ve recent gotten back into preserving jams and tomato salsa. I would like this book for the recipes and tips on preserving.

  57. Homemade & Yummy February 21, 2015 at 11:41 AM #

    I look forward to the beautiful pictures….but most of all trying out the great recipes.

  58. Dawn M. February 21, 2015 at 12:11 PM #

    Its hard to say but I’m looking forward to the pictures and about every recipe!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!!

  59. ikkinlala February 21, 2015 at 6:50 PM #

    I’m most looking forward to the recipes – it would be nice to have something to read while I’m stuck on the couch (broken ankle) and some new projects to look forward to once I can cook again.

  60. Maura Buchignani February 21, 2015 at 7:25 PM #

    looking forward to the recipes!

  61. Maura Buchignani February 21, 2015 at 7:26 PM #

    photography and recipes!

  62. Liz February 21, 2015 at 8:19 PM #

    You had me at ice cider caramel corn…..

  63. June February 22, 2015 at 5:29 PM #

    I’m so happy to see young Canadians publishing cookbooks–nice to get fresh ideas.

  64. Diana February 22, 2015 at 8:29 PM #

    So looking forward to getting my hands on this book (however I can…) thanks for your post!

  65. John February 23, 2015 at 7:34 AM #

    I’ve been following Aimee on Simple Bites for some time so it would be great to have her book.

  66. Monica February 23, 2015 at 9:02 AM #

    I am looking forward to reading this cookbook cover to cover. That’s how |I like to begin whenever I get a new cookbook.

  67. Jess February 23, 2015 at 9:08 AM #

    I just started small batch canning and I can’t wait to check that out and learn more about canning and preserving!

  68. jan February 23, 2015 at 9:11 AM #

    Those pancakes look amazing!

  69. Sophie February 23, 2015 at 10:03 AM #

    Recipes!!! And photography!!!

  70. Natalee February 23, 2015 at 2:15 PM #

    Looking forward to some inspiration to break up this cold cold winter!

  71. Laura February 23, 2015 at 2:38 PM #

    I’m excited to see preserving tips – it makes me think of summer!

  72. Jess February 23, 2015 at 2:58 PM #

    I just love Aimee and the way she encourages the ease of hospitality…

  73. Kat February 23, 2015 at 3:16 PM #

    I love Aimee so much. I discovered her blog within a few months of her starting it. She has been such an inspiration to me. I am probably 95% processed food free and we have a great garden going … I am so inspired by her.

  74. Brandee February 23, 2015 at 9:28 PM #


  75. Brandee February 23, 2015 at 9:29 PM #

    I love Aimee’s blog! Her recipe’s and stories are always awesome. I’d love to sit down to ‘read’ her cookbook!

  76. Kate February 23, 2015 at 11:33 PM #

    I had a sneak peak at this book, and can’t wait to read more and learn, and try out her recipes.

  77. Carol M February 24, 2015 at 1:17 PM #

    The recipes of course, but will enjoy the photos too!

  78. Carol M February 24, 2015 at 1:18 PM #


  79. maria February 24, 2015 at 8:08 PM #

    I’m looking forward to the recipes and of course the yummy pics!

  80. Lillian February 25, 2015 at 1:38 AM #

    The photography is certainly something I am looking forward to! Beautiful work showcasing awesome recipes on canning and cooking with kids would be also amazing too!

  81. Brenda Lacourciere February 25, 2015 at 5:12 AM #

    I am looking forward to the great pictures.

  82. Melissa February 25, 2015 at 8:33 AM #

    I’ve been so excited about this book ever since I heard she was writing it! I love aimée’s approach to food. I’m still hoping she does a weekend long workshop one of these days. I think I’ll dig ear the preservation section first. I really need to learn how to do this.

  83. Debra February 25, 2015 at 9:59 AM #

    The cookbook looks lovely.

  84. Jen February 25, 2015 at 6:31 PM #

    I obviously need that popcorn recipe in my life!!!! 🙂

  85. Noni February 25, 2015 at 7:09 PM #

    I’m excited to read about her homesteading tips from Quebec!

  86. Jamie February 25, 2015 at 8:22 PM #

    For the recipes kids can help with in the kitchen!


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