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A $50 Shopping Spree at La Cuisine
Sounds Great, Don't You Think?

Earlier today we told you about a few ways you can get creative and show your significant other just how much you care this Valentine's Day. The tips and tricks we learned to make beautiful and professional looking cookies were all part of a demonstration put on by La Cuisine, a wonderful culinary store here in Old Town. In addition to the cookie decorating, we also hinted at (okay, flat out told you about) a giveaway we'd be holding for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate, either in store or online, to use for a shopping spree at La Cuisine. Well, now's your chance to win that gift certificate.

To me, nothing says Valentine's day like a romantic candlelit meal shared between two love birds, and nothing says you're a DIYer like cooking that meal yourself. But just like any good DIY project, you need the right tools for the job, otherwise your project may be more difficult than it needs to be or the results lacking.

You may know about Alex's obsession with his power tools, but bakeware, dessert decorating accessories, and kitchen goodies are my weakness. I love to drop by La Cuisine to look at the various cookware and dream of where it will eventually live in our fully renovated kitchen. Ahh, new kitchen -- can't wait!

Sorry, I drifted off there for a second. Anyhow, back to the Reader Reward.

We're giving one lucky reader the chance to go on a little shopping spree to round out their kitchen hardware collection or pick up a few Valentine's Day essentials. From a large cookbook selection to dessert molds and everything in between, I'm pretty sure you can find what you need.

  • PRIZE: A $50 gift certificate to La Cuisine
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Tuesday, February 7th at 11:59pm EST 
  • AND THE WINNER IS: One lucky winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on Wednesday, February 8th, so be sure to come back then to see if you're the winner.
  • PRIZE REDEEMABLE: To the one lucky winner, located in the United States or Canada 
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!”, tell us what the most romantic thing is that someone has ever done for you, and mark that step complete in the Rafflecopter box below. Then, for up to two additional chances to win, "Like" us on Facebook and/or Follow us on Twitter by clicking the buttons in the and marking the items as "done" in the RaffleCopter box below. It's that simple! Just be sure to mark the items you've completed in the RaffleCopter box so you an entry is completed for your actions

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2/1/2012 at 10:04 AM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.

Hmm...the most romantic thing my fiance has ever done for me was when he first told me that he loved me. He gave me some riddles to solve, that, when unscrambled, contained the letters ILOVEU. It was all very sweet and red roses were also involved.
Anne
2/1/2012 at 10:19 AM
All you need is love.

The most romantic thing my fiance has ever done was when he started buying food that only I like for his apartment.
Alex
2/1/2012
There's nothing that says "we're serious" like belongings or favorite items getting moved into your partner's pad. Kudos to him for doing it on things he didn't necessarily care for. Now the real test, has he started to like those same items too?

Thanks for the post, but be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter box at the end of the post so we have you as an entrant.
Cher
2/1/2012 at 11:35 AM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!
The most romantic thing my husband did was to write me a love letter right before we got married, promising how he would take care of me. I just read it 15 year later, and he lived up to all his promises.
Laurie
2/1/2012 at 11:50 AM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!

One of the more romantic things my husband has done, of late, is: at Christmas I went to the OT Trader Joes to get some Peppermint Joe-Joes (my fav) and they were OUT. My husband tracked down the LAST TWO boxes in the northern virginia area, had them hold them at the counter, and picked them up across town. I found them wrapped, under the tree.
Alex
2/1/2012
That's a pretty significant effort, and a great story. His effort was obviously worth it if you're writing about it here! Don't forget to mark that you left a comment in the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of the post, that way we will know that you're entered and you'll be eligible to win.
Laura
2/1/2012 at 1:38 PM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE! In the midst of a rough point in his battle with depression, I came home on Valentine's night to find that my husband had made love notes and left them on the floor and stairs. He didn't even have the energy to buy a card, but those notes were more precious to me than anything Hallmark could ever market.
Laura
2/1/2012 at 1:41 PM
Just "liked" you on FB.
Alex
2/1/2012
Thanks Laura, and great story! Be sure to mark that you left a comment and liked us on Facebook in the Rafflecopter box above so that we can make sure you're entered.
Shannon
2/1/2012 at 3:28 PM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE! The most romantic thing that my SO has done for me is come home early from a boys camping weekend to surprise me after getting home from a cross country flight that was very delayed.
Karen
2/1/2012 at 7:16 PM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!

The most romantic thing that my husband has done was to drive my dad to his chemo treatments while I was teaching and couldn't get off. Not "romantic" in the sense of the word, but showed a ton of love.
2/1/2012 at 10:47 PM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!
Most romantic thing that ever happened to me was that my husband cried huge crocodile tears of joy all through our wedding ceremony. It was so sweet!
Jill
2/1/2012 at 11:17 PM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!

The most romantic thing my husband ever did for me was on our first real date: he was cooking dinner for us and knew I'd been doing Weight Watchers for a while, and that it was really important to me to be eating healthy. He had actually looked up WW friendly recipes and calculated all the points for our Valentine's Day menu - I was so surprised!
2/2/2012 at 9:58 AM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!

The first date that me and my wife had was on valentine's day and we still celebrate it as one of our most important anniversaries.

Cheers!
nicoleahayes
2/2/2012 at 3:38 PM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!

poetry left on my doorstep, with flowers and soup on day i was under the weather.
megmaus
2/2/2012 at 10:35 PM
All you need is LOVE!
When my husband created his vows for our wedding, he wrote ones for my 5 year old daughter as well. He presented us each with a ring and pledged to love and care for the both of us... till death do us part. Two more daughters later, and he's never stopped treating his houseful of girlies with that same commitment and adoration.
Maggie
2/3/2012 at 8:40 AM
All You Need Is Love!
I guess the hubs and I aren't too sappy, but his proposal after a picnic was the sweetest I've ever seen.
betsy
2/4/2012 at 11:08 AM
my husband gave me a Valentine's Day Treasure Hunt to go on. Very Sweet. He had little clues as to where to go (which ended up being all of my favorite places within a day's drive). It ended up at one of our favorite restaurants with a box of chocolates and a rose.
Laura
2/7/2012 at 3:41 PM
“ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!”
I'm not the most romantic person... my husband is actually much more romantic than I.
I cook all of our meals at home (when I am home) and one meal is no more romantic than the other.
All the meals I prepare are carefully and deliberately crafted with pure love.
You might even say that cooking everyday is my way of communicating my love to my family.
However... I don't bake. I don't do desserts. It's not my thing. Baking stresses me out!

My husband does all the expected:
Cards, flowers, gifts and hugs.
But the sweet little thing he does is to bring me home a cupcake. For no reason other than he knows I love a good cupcake.
He works in an office and once in a while they will give each person on the team a Sprinkles cupcake to celebrate something.
He will not eat it (even though he LOVES cupcakes) and take special care to wrap it up and bring it to me.
Thats sweet.
Vikki Harraden
2/7/2012 at 7:04 PM
All you need is love!

There is nothing like having the man you love, and who loves you, wash your hair for you after having reconstructive surgery on your arm and you cannot even tie your shoes. Love is simple when it is easy. When times are challenging, that is when real love shines.

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