I Won a New Kitchen {internet contests are sometimes real}

Last Friday afternoon my son came home with an ear infection. We spent the weekend kinda chilling and low key... he wasn't his best. Then when Monday rolled around he still wasn't well enough to go to his play school, so I had a "let's attempt to work with toddler in tow" day. It wasn't the worst, but it wasn't easy. And just when I was feeling a little low, he FINALLY fell asleep for a nap.

Rather than using that time to sit and reply to emails, I needed to clear my head a little so I decided to bake a loaf of Avocado Pound Cake (technically two loaves, cause it's a double recipe). While whipping up mashed avocados into butter + sugar, I got an instagram notification... that Joy the Baker tagged ME in a post. Why, on earth would she do THAT? I swiped with excitement only to realize she was announcing that I WON HER KITCHENAID CONTEST. And I wasn't one of the "small appliance" winners... I won the WHOLE shebang. I won a stove, hood/vent, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Literally thousands and thousands of dollars worth kitchen appliances. All because I posted three pictures using two hashtags each time and tagged both Joy and KitchenAid. (the cocktail picture featured in this blog was one of them), I was eligible to win. AND I DID.

This was not just amazing, but the timing was IMPECCABLE. Just when I'm starting to try to use my kitchen more and think about ways to invest in my kitchen and start offering cooking classes out of my kitchen (more on that later) and realizing that my dishwasher is more of a dish steamer and all sorts of other little things... this was HUGELY exciting and encouraging and affirming.

So tonight, after a 48 hour trip to DC for work that involved a 14 hour work day, I'm sitting at my computer and picking out brand. new. appliances. Meanwhile, almost in tears of humility and gratitude out of this seemingly random kindness and all of the dear friends who are sharing in their excitement with me!! I think when I consider what it is to share life with people it is almost easier to "mourn with those who mourn" and show sympathy and empathy in times of hurt and pain... but how often do we avoid "rejoicing with those who rejoice" out of selfishness? So, to those friends rejoicing with me, thank you! 

I will have all of you over for cookies once everything is installed! Now go out and start entering all of the instagram contests you find... cause you JUST.MIGHT.WIN!

PS The avocado pound cake didn't turn out....