Finding Inspiration & Giveaway

From time to time some of us find we need a little help getting inspired; a little push in the right direction.

While inspiration comes in many forms, this is dedicated to those people that inspire us. And in support of someone who’s inspired me, a cookbook giveaway!

We all find inspiration through others, whether they be public figures, spiritual mentors, historical idols,  family members, close friends, or even fictional characters. When it comes to getting inspired nothing dictates how it is done or whom (or what) it is through. For some of us, we haven’t met that awe inspiring person, yet follow them closely. For others, we live amongst them, basking in their awesomeness. At times those helping us out don’t even know it, yet they still inspire us with their story.

As of late, I’ve found inspiration through Joy Wilson, perhaps more commonly known as Joy the Baker.  Joy’s popular baking blog is one that I’ve been following closely for some time now, unbeknownst to her (so it goes with blogs). I find myself quite taken by her unabashed style in which she lays it all out there for her readers to see, no holds barred.

Together, her quirky charm, lovely recipes, and a recent interview I stumbled upon with Joy the Baker and The Everygirl have me completely inspired, in the kitchen and in life! So, thank you Joy for being the unknowing friend and inspiration that you are.

In support of Joy – a giveaway, of ‘Joy the Baker Cookbook’!

This giveaway is now closed! The winner is #4 – Ashley who said:

“I draw inspiration from my grandmother! She makes the most amazing meals and always has great family stories to tell as we gather together to enjoy good food with good company while making new memories!”

To enter:

1. Leave a comment below letting me know where you gather inspiration or who inspires you. (I think it’s safe to say that we all have someone out there who we think is pretty great!)

For additional entries (leave a comment for each):

2. Like iheartfreshfood on Facebook.

3. Follow iheartfreshfood on Twitter.

4. Follow iheartfreshfood on Pinterest.

The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents until 11:59pm PST on Wednesday September 26th.  The winner will be announced on September 27th. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: The winner will have 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. A valid email must be provided to be eligible to win.

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    Comments: 40

    1. Sari September 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM Reply

      You inspire me to restart my blog! Just by being fabulous! Now pick me for the cookbook!

      • Laura September 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM Reply

        Thanks, Sari! Let me know where you’re blogging from. And we’ll see about that cookbook :)

    2. Helene Tremblay September 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM Reply

      Your site is great and very inspiring Laura!!. I also have different people that inspire me but one that I really enjoy is Dalai Lama for his words of wisdom.

      • Laura September 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM Reply

        Thanks, Helene!

    3. Sari September 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM Reply

      You inspire me! Ha!

    4. celine outlet September 25, 2012 at 12:20 AM Reply

      I just added this website to my rss reader, great stuff. Cant get enough!

    5. Natalie September 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM Reply

      Following on Twitter!!

      • Natalie September 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM Reply

        Sorry, I mean Pinterest.

    6. Natalie September 24, 2012 at 5:50 PM Reply

      I’m following iheartfreshfood on Twitter!

    7. Natalie September 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM Reply

      I’m inspired by the women in my family, including those no longer with us. They’re dedicated mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers, and aunts. They run their homes, their kitchens, maintain careers, and bring the family together for the holidays.

      • Laura September 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM Reply

        Ah, the multi-faceted woman – they are extremely remarkable people!

    8. Jessica September 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM Reply

      I’m inspired by my Mom, who has always kept a garden full of organic veggies and fruits. Nothing beats fresh raspberries off the bush or peas right out of their pods. Right now, in my city apartment, I can only dream of having a garden like hers, but one day I hope to see my own kids chomping on carrots they just ripped out of the ground.

      • Laura September 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM Reply

        It’s so true, having a backyard garden full of fresh food just waiting to be plucked and eaten is a gift.

    9. megan September 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM Reply

      just followed on twitter!

    10. megan September 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM Reply

      i gather food inspiration from blogs like this one, as well as my fellow bento bloggers, who form such a supportive community of creative sharing!
      i gather daily fitness inspiration from my “tone it up” sisters online (especially on twitter) – they share their workouts and healthy meal ideas and challenge me to better myself!

      i’d love to win this book, have been following joy’s blog for a long time and her food always looks SO delicious!

    11. Mandie September 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM Reply

      Bakers inspire me!

    12. Shannon September 24, 2012 at 6:57 AM Reply

      I’m inspired by my faith and the wealth of opportunities available on my college campus.

    13. Katheryn September 24, 2012 at 6:56 AM Reply

      I find inspiration from so many different people. Joy inspires me do much, I love her blog. And I also find inspiration from Annie of Annie’s Eats as well.

    14. Adrianne September 24, 2012 at 6:09 AM Reply

      I find inspiration every time I go to my local farmer’s market! I love walking around, seeing all the stands full of fresh fruits and veggies. I never know what I’m going to find, and I’m always imagining creative ways to use up the fresh basil, kale, apples, or whatever is there that day. I seriously wish they had the market everyday!

    15. Staci September 24, 2012 at 4:51 AM Reply

      I would say my Italian grandmother started my love for food. Helping her in the kitchen every Sunday helped my bond with food and it has carried on through out the years.

    16. Heather Hicks September 24, 2012 at 4:18 AM Reply

      I like to look at pictures of food on tastespotting to get inspired. Cooks Illustrated is another source I use because they teach the science behind cooking.

    17. Melanie September 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM Reply

      Finding inspiration from Annie (of Annie’s Eats blog). She’s a mother of two, completing her residency and still finds time to run a fabulous blog and cook beautiful meals for her family. I look to her site when I’m feeling overwhelmed with the work-life balance.

      • Laura September 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM Reply

        Annie’s Eats looks like a good source of inspiration, Melanie! What a good find.

    18. Melanie September 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM Reply

      I’m a follower of i heart fresh food on twitter!

    19. Melanie September 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM Reply

      I’m a follower of i heart fresh food on pinterest!

    20. Melanie September 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM Reply

      I’m a fan of i heart fresh food on facebook!

    21. fishgirl182 September 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM Reply

      many people inspire me including joy. i love reading blogs and just seeing all of the creativity out there. right now i am learning to sew so one of my fave blog inspirations is adventures in dressmaking.

      thanks for the giveaway!

      • Laura September 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM Reply

        Good luck with sewing! I recently took up knitting, and absolutely love it. There’s something really great about being able to make things from scratch.

    22. Amber September 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM Reply

      I followed you on Pinterest. Really glad I found your blog!

    23. Amber September 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM Reply

      I followed iheartfreshfood on Twitter.

    24. Greedy Guts September 23, 2012 at 10:35 PM Reply

      In the kitchen, I’m inspired by Jamie Oliver’s passion and charm. In life, inspiration comes from everywhere, but particularly family and friends. P.S. Absolutely love Joy The Baker!

      • Laura September 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM Reply

        Jamie’s love of food is infectious, it’s hard not to love him!

    25. Amber September 23, 2012 at 10:35 PM Reply

      I liked iheartfreshfood on Facebook.

    26. Amber September 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM Reply

      Joy inspires me, too! I’m addicted to her blog. I’m also inspired by my mom. She’s always there for me, isn’t afraid to try new things, always sees the good in people, and is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met! She inspires me daily.

      • Laura September 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM Reply

        Sounds like you’ve got a pretty great Mom, Amber!

    27. Ashley September 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM Reply

      I’m a follower of i heart fresh food on pinterest!

    28. Ashley September 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM Reply

      I’m a follower of i heart fresh food on twitter!

    29. Ashley September 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM Reply

      I’m a fan of i heart fresh food on facebook!

    30. Ashley September 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM Reply

      I draw inspiration from my grandmother! She makes the most amazing meals and always has great family stories to tell as we gather together to enjoy good food with good company while making new memories!

      • Laura September 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM Reply

        Thanks for sharing Ashley! Grandmothers do seem to have a special way of making the best food.

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