Each December since the start of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook — now seven years running (eeek!) — I’ve hosted a giveaway in gratitude for this community. This year, I’m feeling especially grateful. 2016 has been full of highs, including the launch of Rise & Shine, with some bumps in the road, too (mothering three teenage girls comes to mind). I’m grateful for it all, not to mention my girlfriends, my family,  and the refuge of the kitchen that (almost) always gives me joy and fuels my creativity.

Erin Scott

At any rate, I’ve decided to do things differently this year. I hope you don’t mind. Instead of a traditional giveaway, I’m directing this year’s giving to a charity by making a donation to the Child Abuse Prevention Center in the name of the Mom’s Kitchen Handbook community. That’s you!

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-12-41-29-pmThis is a fabulous organization, for which I’ve volunteered over the years, affording me an inside peek at the important work they do to support families, from crisis phone counseling to hosting weekly suppers.

So….for every person who comments on this post, saying what they are grateful for, Mom’s Kitchen Handbook will donate $5 to the Child Abuse Prevention Center, capping at 100 comments. Anyone interested in making a donation of your own can do that by heading here. And don’t be shy, tell us about it in the comments section as well.

So, let’s do this!

Deadline ends Friday December 16 at midnight.

Happy Holidays to you all! And thank you for spending a little part of your 2016 with me.

photo credits: family photo, Erin Scott Studios; cupcake photo, Canva.