Birthday Giveaway One (or, basil and peaches!)

(This giveaway is now closed, and the winner [Alicia!] has been contacted. Thanks to all who entered!) You know what it's like when you start noticing what you appreciate about something, be it food or a place or a person you've just met, and then it goes and gets better? Almost as if your thankfulness were the cause, that thing suddenly pulls out even more of its charms: that dark chocolate's topped by sea salt, that person makes you laugh especially hard, that neighborhood looks much more lovely when the sunlight hits the trees a certain way. You already knew you liked it, but now. Oh, now! Now you're sold, smitten, goooone. Well, that's what summer's gone and done, since I wrote that last post. And has it ever. … [Read more...]