The Whole Gang Cookbook/Recipe Desk Calendar Review and Giveaway

Full disclosure: The calendars provided for this review and giveaway were provided free of charge from Diane Eblin at The Whole Gang, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

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2012 Cookbook/Recipe Calendar from The Whole Gang

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays and Allergy-Free Wednesdays.

UPDATE:  This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the following winners whose comments on why they wanted this calendar are shown below! All will be contacted via email. Thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned for more giveaways of great gluten-free products during December!

April ~ “Because I will definitely use it, both as a calendar and for the recipes! Thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

Margaret ~ “I would love to win this calendar for my desk at work. Co-workers are always asking me for recipe/cooking advice and a recipe calendar full of great healthy gluten free recipes would be a very nice reference to show them!”

Alena ~ I’d like to win so I can give this to a friend who could really use some inspiration!”

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I hope everyone who was celebrating Thanksgiving last week had a relaxing and delicious time with family and friends! We sure did and I’m thankful for that, and I’m thankful, too, that I get to come back to gfe and talk to you guys every week!

It’s inevitable for most of us that as soon as we finish that last bite of our meal, our thoughts turn to the holidays and “who’s on our list” and “what are we going to get for Aunt Mary? little Susie?” this year. I’ve mentioned before that I’m addicted to calendars. Well, it’s not just me. Mr. GFE loves them, too. Friends know that cool calendars are the perfect gift for us. We especially love calendars that not only offer up a pretty picture each month, but also give us information that we can use or which inspires us. So I was delighted when my friend Diane of The Whole Gang sent me one of her 2013 Cookbook Desk Calendars.

It’s a beautiful calendar that comes in a CD case, which opens to form its own stand/display case. I love that I can place this calendar anywhere I want … on my kitchen counter, on the end table by “my spot” in the living room, on my desk at work. Hey, I like to look at food just about any time and any where! And Diane’s photos of the 12 recipes are just stunning. When making the recipes, I can easily pick up my calendar from its current spot and take it into the kitchen. I can view the recipe while the calendar is in its display mode or I can close the case so that I can still see the recipe, but it will be protected from splatters. I love that protection because I am a messy cook!

I’ve either made or tasted several of these recipes (made by Diane herself!) already. They are all fantastic! All recipes are gluten free and dairy free, and are easily modified to be vegetarian, vegan, or paleo with Diane’s simple instructions. We all get into our own cooking ruts, so to speak. Won’t it be fun to have a calendar that inspires us to make at least one new dish a month? Diane also has a pretty neat bonus for you. The calendar comes with a Secret access code for a hidden page full of insider tips, tools, resources & 28 additional recipes on The Whole Gang website!

Diane has a Cyber Monday special going on today (Monday, November 26) only. If you order today, you will get free shipping! That is true for any size order (wholesale orders are excluded). These calendars would make terrific gifts for anyone on your holiday gift list; e.g., friends who love to cook, friends who want to learn to love to cook, family members who already have everything, teachers, mail carriers, and hairdressers. I’m sure you’ve already thought of a few folks (in addition to yourself!) who would love receiving this calendar! Diane offers discounts for orders of 10 or more, and with today’s Cyber Monday special, these calendars are a great way to check lots of folks off your list at bargain rates.

Finally, perhaps the best news of all for three lucky folks, Diane is offering THREE of my gfe readers an opportunity to win one of her calendars!

To enter the giveaway, all that is required is the completion of number one below, but you can complete the additional entries to get more chances! As always, be sure to leave a separate comment for each so that all your entries are counted.

1. Tell me why YOU should win this calendar in your comment below.

2. Follow gluten free easily and/or The Whole Gang on Facebook, or tell me if you already do.

3. Share this giveaway with your friends on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook or other social media (feel free to use social media buttons on this page!) and leave an additional comment saying that you did.

4. Subscribe to my new site All Gluten-Free Desserts … All The Time by email or RSS feed. Leave a comment saying that you did.

This giveaway will end on Friday, November 30th at midnight EST. The winners will be announced shortly thereafter. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.

Oooh, this news just in … Alta (Tasty Eats At Home) is also giving away Diane’s calendar here!

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

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Comments

80 Responses to “The Whole Gang Cookbook/Recipe Desk Calendar Review and Giveaway”

  1. Amanda Spencer on November 26th, 2012 12:33 pm

    I think I should win because,frankly, I really want to.:o)

  2. Amanda Spencer on November 26th, 2012 12:34 pm

    I already follow gluten free easily and The Whole Gang on Facebook.

  3. Tina Dowell on November 26th, 2012 1:59 pm

    I think I should win this because I’m always looking for delicious gluten free cooking inspiration and this is pefect!!

  4. Lisa on November 26th, 2012 2:11 pm

    I think I should win because I am the cook of the house and I need to learn all the “tricks of the trade” for the cooking for my boy.

  5. Lisa on November 26th, 2012 2:12 pm

    I already follow “Gluten Free Easily”

  6. Lisa on November 26th, 2012 2:13 pm

    And… I just subscribed to your “All Gluten-Free Desserts” (Wow! whata great site!)

  7. Jacqlin on November 26th, 2012 2:13 pm

    I think I should win because I neeeeed this ;) and I would certainly use it!

  8. Lisa on November 26th, 2012 2:16 pm

    For the last one… I shared the link on my Facebook to your contest entry link for all myn “people” to go to!

  9. Jacqlin on November 26th, 2012 2:18 pm

    I am following you on Twitter!

  10. Jacqlin on November 26th, 2012 2:23 pm

    Liking gfe on facebook!

  11. Jacqlin on November 26th, 2012 2:24 pm

    Yes, I am now following The Whole Gang on facebook!

  12. Suzanne R on November 26th, 2012 2:44 pm

    I’d like to win so I can give it to my friend whose husband has recently been diagnosed with celiac. He is not happy about his new eating “restrictions” & I think some yummy recipes might change his mind.

    • Shirley on December 2nd, 2012 1:24 pm

      Hi Suzanne–I am sorry that you didn’t win for your friend, but hope that you will still be able to offer some advice and help to your friend for her husband. I advise folks to first make a list of all their favorite foods and dishes and see which ones are already gluten free (it can be surprising to see how many are), and then take a look at the others that can be adapted with simple substitutions. My printable tip sheets that are focused on meals and gluten-free products can be really helpful in that regard. Hope that helps!

      Shirley

  13. Jacqlin on November 26th, 2012 2:59 pm

    I shared this giveaway on facebook, pinterest, twitter and google.

  14. Polly on November 26th, 2012 3:03 pm

    Three of our six kiddos have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease in the past year. We are always looking for recipes to help adjust to this new way of living for our family!

  15. Polly on November 26th, 2012 3:05 pm

    Subscribed to your new delicious sounding website!

  16. Kristen on November 26th, 2012 3:28 pm

    I should win because there are two celiacs at the holiday table and we both need new recipes!

  17. Amelia on November 26th, 2012 4:15 pm

    I love calendars – especially ones that have great photography! I have been eating GF for 21 weeks and would love to try out the recipes!

  18. Cindy W. on November 26th, 2012 4:46 pm

    I would love to win the cookbook calendar because I think it would be inspiring to try new recipes – and break out of my routine recipes.

  19. Cindy W. on November 26th, 2012 4:46 pm

    I subscribed to your new dessert blog via email.

  20. Emily on November 26th, 2012 4:50 pm

    I’ve subscribed to your new dessert blog via RSS feed!

  21. Emily on November 26th, 2012 4:50 pm

    I’d love to win because I’m a newly diagnosed Celiac and I need all the help I can get!

  22. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on November 26th, 2012 5:00 pm

    I want this because I have the saddest decor ever and this would spice things up!

  23. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on November 26th, 2012 5:03 pm

    I like gfe on Facebook.

  24. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on November 26th, 2012 5:04 pm

    I like The Whole Gang on Facebook!

  25. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on November 26th, 2012 5:05 pm

    I shared on Pinterest.

  26. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on November 26th, 2012 5:06 pm

    I subscribed to your dessert blog’s feed.

  27. Carolyn on November 26th, 2012 5:10 pm

    I need this calendar for inspiration!

  28. Carolyn on November 26th, 2012 5:11 pm

    I follow you and the Whole Gang on Facebook.
    As should everyone!

  29. Carolyn on November 26th, 2012 5:13 pm

    I subscribe via e-mail to All Gluten-Free Desserts … All The Time

  30. April on November 26th, 2012 6:20 pm

    Because I will definitely use it, both as a calendar and for the recipes! Thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

  31. April on November 26th, 2012 6:25 pm

    Shared on FB!

  32. April on November 26th, 2012 6:25 pm

    Liked on FB!

  33. April on November 26th, 2012 6:25 pm

    Subscribed!

  34. Dorothy on November 26th, 2012 10:31 pm

    I would like to win to help my family enjoy more gluten free meals and to keep me on track as to which day it is! :)

  35. Alena M on November 27th, 2012 3:15 am

    I’d like to win so I can give this to a friend who could really use some ins[iration!

  36. Alena M on November 27th, 2012 3:15 am

    Already like GFE on FB

  37. Alena M on November 27th, 2012 3:15 am

    Already like Whole Gang on FB

  38. Alena M on November 27th, 2012 3:16 am

    Just subscribed to your new site!

  39. Bina on November 27th, 2012 9:45 am

    I love this calendar! I live away from home so it’s a great way to countdown my days till I go home while keeping myself healthy with some recipes! Thanks!!
    Not to mention that I love the new dessert web! And share it with all my folks!!

  40. Marilyn on November 27th, 2012 9:57 am

    I’m subscribed and I think I should win because I really need help. Between gluten intolerance, diabetes, and vegetarians, it’s getting more and more difficult to cook. YEEKS – pick me!

  41. Arleen on November 27th, 2012 4:41 pm

    I need this calendar! There is no wall space in my kitchen, so if I want to use a ‘normal’ calendar, it has to be hung inside a cabinet. A calendar in a CD case is just perfect! And it’s full of Diane’s recipes, too…

  42. Arleen on November 27th, 2012 4:46 pm

    I follow gfe and The Whole Gang on facebook.

  43. Arleen on November 27th, 2012 4:52 pm

    I am subscribed to Gluten-Free Desserts. Thank you for collecting these yummy recipes for us GF-ers to try and putting them all together like this. Love it!

  44. Sarah on November 27th, 2012 5:03 pm

    I would love to win this because I just started a gluten-free dairy-free diet & could really use the recipe ideas! Plus I love calendars!

    • Shirley on December 2nd, 2012 1:17 pm

      Hi Sarah–I’m sorry you didn’t win this giveaway, but wanted to offer you some ideas on living gluten free and dairy free. My printable tip sheets are under the Getting Started tab on my site. They are focused on gluten free alone, but can be really helpful to “newbies.” They will help you think about living gf in a new way, thinking of all the foods and dishes you can eat. When you get in that mindset, you can take the next step and focus on the gluten-free, dairy-free options there. Take a look at my Recipe Index, too.

      Best of luck … hugs,
      Shirley

  45. Angela Sommers on November 27th, 2012 6:47 pm

    Well I certainly want to win this calendar, and I am already subscribed to both of your blogs, follow you on facebook and twitter, and I now follow the Whole Gang, both blog and facebook.

    You know I would not only be thrilled to win, but I will certainly make the recipes!

  46. NIV on November 27th, 2012 7:10 pm

    I would love to win the calendar so that I can easily lookup the recipe instead of running to book or web.

  47. NIV on November 27th, 2012 7:13 pm

    I follow GFE and Wholegang on FB.

  48. NIV on November 27th, 2012 7:14 pm

    I have subscribed to All Gluten Free Desserts.. All the Time. Thanks for the give away.

  49. Jeeun on November 27th, 2012 10:32 pm

    I’m gluten-free, dairy free, corn free. I don’t cook/bake. I keep hoping these recipes will inspire me to try!

  50. Michele on November 27th, 2012 11:55 pm

    I would love to win :) I am new to gluten free and need all the help that I can get!
    Thank you and all those like you that put this information out there, you are truly appreciated.

    • Shirley on December 2nd, 2012 11:36 am

      Hi Michele–As I was just saying to Jenny, please check out the Getting Started tab on gfe. There are printable tip sheets there that are really helpful to “newbies.” They will help you think about living gf in a new way, thinking of all the foods and dishes you can eat. Once you start thinking that way, life really does get easier. :-)

      Thanks for the kind words, dear! Hugs,
      Shirley

  51. Leslie on November 28th, 2012 6:52 pm

    Would love to win. Can never have too many gluten free recipes.

  52. Jenny Snow on November 29th, 2012 11:07 am

    Would love any help I could get with this gluten free lifestyle. I feel so much better but am frustrated with the limitations on me now.

    • Shirley on December 2nd, 2012 11:34 am

      Jenny–Forgot to say, please check out the Getting Started tab on gfe. There are printable tip sheets there that are really helpful to those who are starting out. They will help you “re-frame” your thinking to all the foods and dishes you can eat. Once you start thinking that way, life gets much easier. :-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  53. Jenny Snow on November 29th, 2012 11:10 am

    Plus my family is coming up to Washington DC in the spring and we are planning on staying near Fredericksburg. Maybe we could meet!

    • Shirley on December 2nd, 2012 11:32 am

      Hey Jenny–That would be great! I’m about 16 miles from Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg is what we call “town.” Shoot me an email closer to the date and we’ll see what we can figure out. ;-)

      Shirley

  54. Tiffany on November 30th, 2012 12:38 am

    I think I should win because I love calendars! I’ve got a serious case of OCD and planning things makes me so happy – a calendar would be a lovely addition to my obsession!

  55. Tiffany on November 30th, 2012 12:38 am

    I’m following gluten free easily on facebook!

  56. Cathy B*****y on November 30th, 2012 6:36 am

    I have limited counter space and desk space so winning this would be a blessing as it is small and beautiful.. love that it comes in a cd case! this is a very special gift. I love taking foodie photos and love finding great new glutenfree recipes.. just saw your GF crustless pumpkin one tonight and will try that soon. thanks so much for the opp and the review!
    Cathy B pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom

  57. Cathy B*****y on November 30th, 2012 6:48 am

    already follow GFE on FB!
    Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  58. Cathy B*****y on November 30th, 2012 6:51 am

    new subscriber to the Whole Gang on FB!
    Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope atyahoo dotcom

  59. Cathy B*****y on November 30th, 2012 6:53 am

    new subscriber to all Gluten free desserts..all the time! via email
    Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  60. Candace S. on November 30th, 2012 4:14 pm

    Because I’m just starting to really live gluten free.

  61. Candace S. on November 30th, 2012 4:15 pm

    Following GFE on Facebook (Candace Selph)

  62. Candace S. on November 30th, 2012 4:15 pm

    Following The Whole Gang on Facebook (Candace Selph)

  63. Candace S. on November 30th, 2012 4:16 pm

    Subscribed via email

  64. Candace S. on November 30th, 2012 4:17 pm
  65. Margaret on November 30th, 2012 9:59 pm

    I would love to win this calendar for my desk at work. Co-workers are always asking me for recipe/cooking advice and a recipe calendar full of great healthy gluten free recipes would be a very nice reference to show them!

  66. Shelley Orenstein on November 30th, 2012 10:00 pm

    I follow gfe on facebook. What a great give away. i, too, am a messy cook, so this calendar with recipes intrigues me.

  67. Margaret on November 30th, 2012 10:00 pm

    I follow both of you on Facebook (margaret karen is the screen name) :)

  68. julie wyatt on November 30th, 2012 10:55 pm

    Love “Liking you” on Facebook!!!

  69. Beatriz on December 1st, 2012 12:27 am

    Hello, I would love to win because I have recently been diagnosed with celiacs and a dairy intolerance. I have a passion for cooking and now that I am GFE I want nothing more than to create delicious, healthy GF and DF meals to share with my friends, family and eventually a GF restaurant! This calendar would be an AMAZING resource!
    I follow gfe and the whole gang on Facebook(and I follow the blogs) I have shared on all the social media and have subscribed to your new website. Thanks so much!

  70. alena m on December 2nd, 2012 12:57 pm

    Thank you so much Shirley! I am so glad I won. This is going to be such a great gift for my friend!

  71. April on December 2nd, 2012 2:57 pm

    Shirley, thank you so much! I’m so excited to win this calendar! Thanks again! :)

    • Shirley on December 8th, 2012 12:35 pm

      Hi April–Congrats again! I bet you’ve received your calendar already and are enjoying it! :-)

      Happy Holidays!
      Shirley

  72. Margaret on December 3rd, 2012 2:06 am

    Thank you!! I never win anything so I am very excited. Looking forward to making the recipes and sharing them with my coworkers. :D

    • Shirley on December 8th, 2012 12:36 pm

      Hi Margaret–It’s so much fun to win, isn’t it? ;-) Hopefully, you’ve already received your calendar from Diane and enjoying looking forward to a delicious 2013! :-)

      Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
      Shirley

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