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Welcome to the first December issue of the news and it is a monster edition this week.  We have so many exciting things to tell you.

And the Winners Are...

Over the last month we've been running a contest in conjunction with one of our gold sponsors, Manitoba Canola Growers, showcasing members' best cookie recipes using canola oil! The prize?  Two all expense paid trips to FBC 2013 at Hockley Valley in Ontario - one for a lucky Manitoba blogger and one open to anyone else in the country.  We are so excited to announce the winners today!

Big congratulations to...

MANITOBA: Jeanine (@bakingbeauties) from The Baking Beauties from rural Manitoba with Gluten-free sour cream sugar cookies

REST OF CANADA: Maya (@mayakitchen) from Maya's Kitchen from Halifax with Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

We can't wait to meet you both this April at FBC 2013!  Watch out for an email from Mardi with all the details about your prizes!

Thanks to everyone who entered - we had a great turnout and saw some fantastic Canola cookie recipes!

FBC 2013 Conference Sponsor News

We're very excited to announce some new sponsors for FBC2013 this April.  Please give a big welcome to our newest GOLD level sponsor Nordic Ware and our newest SILVER level sponsor!  We have some very exciting things happening with these two  for all our attendees that we can't wait to share with you in the coming weeks!

FBC 2013 Speaker Announcements

We're also very excited to let you know that we are ready to start unveiling our speaker lineup for FBC 2013 and we'll be doing so over the next four weeks.  A new announcement each week!  Please tune in on Wednesday this week when we make our first announcement..  We know you're going to be excited!

Soup Sisters Giveaway Winners

Thanks to Random House, we had three copies of the Soup Sisters Cookbook to give away.  All you had to do was tell us your favourite soup!  We're excited to announce the winners today:

Catherine Timmons - Kale Eats
Ceecee Lee - Within the Kitchen
Sarah Reynolds - Delish in a Dish

Watch your email for a message from Ethan with all the details about your new books!  Thanks to everyone who entered - we have another cookbook giveaway coming your way this month so stay tuned!

Start From Scratch January Intake Open Now

Start From Scratch, the non-profit program that teaches new university students how to cook healthy meals from Scratch in Alberta and Saskatchewan, has just opened up it's application process for their winter session.  Students must attend either the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University or University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.  If you are, or know of, a student who might benefit from this fun program, head on over to Start From Scratch for more details.  Applications are accepted until January 15, 2013.

RELATED:  Weekly News for July 8th, 2013

Holiday Recipe Roundup – Deadline This Friday!

Our Halloween recipe was so much fun and got so much love that we’re going to do a Holiday Recipe Roundup in December.  Send us a link to your favourite holiday recipe from your blog, along with a photo (620px wide) by December 7th, and we’ll do a special roundup post on December 12th.  You can send your entries to info[at]foodbloggersofcanada[dot]com.  We can’t wait to see what you send in!

Calgary Food Blogger Bake Sale (AB)

The Calgary Food Bloggers Bake Sale Holiday Edition happening this weekend on December 8th at Casel Marché.  Proceeds will be going to Calgary Meals on Wheels.  Stacks of outstanding Alberta FBC Members will be participating (we can’t even list them all here there’s so many!) so be sure to check out their Facebook event pagefor the complete list of bloggers and, if you’re in the Calgary area get out and support them and get some yummy treats!  I've seen lots of twitter chatter about it and it sounds like a great time will be had for a worthy cause

If you’re an Alberta blogger and want to get involved in the event, you can contact event organizer Vincci from Ceci n’est pas un food blog or Dan at Dan’s Good Side and they’ll get you set up!

MEMBERS ONLY: Blurb Holiday Offer For You AND Your Readers

A reminder that we’ve partnered with Blurb, the online publishing platform, to give all FBC members two very special Holiday offers for both you and your readers.  To get the full details on this generous offer from blurb you’ll need to log-in to view this link. This is the last week to get your book done to ensure delivery by Christmas - the offer closes on Dec 9th!

New Members

A short but very sweet list of new members this week.  Why not stop by and say hi to both these three lovely  Canadian food blogs!

And remember, if you have anything you’d like to share with your fellow members in the news, please let us know about it.  To have your submission appear in a Monday news post, the deadline is Fridays at 5pm Pacific time.  You can send your submissions directly to Melissa.

As always,

Melissa, Mardi and Ethan

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Jeanine Friesen

Holy cow!! I can’t believe it! Thank you so much, Manitoba Canola Growers and Food Bloggers of Canada – I can not WAIT to attend the conference in April!

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