For Christmas I got many beautiful, useful gifts, but none have been used as often as my new favorite kitchen mate. My Silpat baking mat. You may have noticed that I have been calling for the use of a Silpat in many of my recipes, and for good reason. This thin, silicone baking mat that is used in many professional kitchens.

In its simplest form, the Silpat frees you from having to use parchment paper or nonstick cooking spray when you bake. Which, if you’re anything like me, will save you a bunch of money in the long run and will result in a whole lot of perfect cookies.

So today, because I love you all and because I feel guilty about calling for a Silpat in my recipes without giving you the opportunity to cook with one of your own, I’m giving away a Silpat Petit Jelly Roll Mat! 

To enter, leave a comment below telling me about either a new blog you have discovered (I’m looking for things to add to my Google Reader) or a magazine you can’t live without by Sunday, January 30 at 10 p.m.! 

I will announce the winner on Monday morning and ship the Silpat to its new home.

Happy Friday!


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  • amsguess

    Hi Madison!
    So the incentive of possibly getting a Silpat (it's been on my Amazon wishlist for a few months now–glad that you find it so handy!) finally brought me out of hiding. :-)
    I've been reading your blog for a few months now and I absolutely love it! Your photography is beautiful and your recipes all look so delcious!

    One food blog that I recently started reading is “A cozy kitchen.” The food photography is absolutely gorgeous and their recipes are great too! I highly recommend it.

    By the way, congratulations on your engagement!! I was so excited when I read that post!
    Have a great weekend!

  • Janice

    hi madison,

    so generous of you to give away this silpat baking mat. recently i discover this girl blog which is

    her pictures are pretty awesome so does some of her recipe


  • Sarah

    Does it count if the magazine isn't food related? :) You know I love my People magazine. Hope you're having a great day, Mad!

  • The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    Oooh yes please yes please! We love these things! And we cannot live without our Martha Stewart Living mag…we just can't. Don't try and make us. Oh and Us Weekly. Obvs. So we keep up to date with all the important news of the world.

  • Tiffany @ Conor and Bella

    Ooo, a silpat! I would definitely get a lot of use out of that.

    A new blog I found recently is:

    Beautiful pics and yummy recipes!

  • sarah

    i'd love a new silpat!! :) they're so fantastic. i really love Canal House Cooking, which isn't exactly a magazine, per se, but is one of my favorite food publications. you should check it out if you haven't already!

  • Laura

    Almost picked one of these up with a gift card yesterday! Would love to win one! I've recently started following the King Arthur Flour – Baking Banter blog. Lots of great bread recipes with plenty of sweets mixed in.
    Laura (Friend of Katie @ Husband Wife and Modern Life)

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet

    I'd love to win a slipat! Whenever I travel I like to pick up a magazine. The other day I chose Elle and was really impressed with its amount of actual content.

  • husbandwifemodernlife

    What an exciting giveaway! I'd love a silpat!! My newest read is Matchbox Mag! It's a really fun online read!

  • Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    I just love to read Southern Living! I bake a lot and would love this mat :) I recently started reading regularly. Always something funny to read. And, you are always welcome to add my blog to your list too! (Sorry for the shameless plug!)

  • alana (at) the food

    have you noticed that sometimes the silpat doesn't suit certain cookies/baked goods? for example, i don't like to make chocolate chip cookies on the silpat cuz they don't get that gooood crunchy browned bottom? maybe it's just me…

    my fave mag is real simple (or InStyle) hands down.
    new blog is:

  • Megan

    All my favorite bloggers use a silpat and I'd love to too! Maybe it'll help my cookies come out looking more like yours :)

    Two must read magazines…Real Simple and Whole Living.

  • Jen

    I just started reading your blog about month ago. I love it…and wish I would have found it sooner!

    I read tons of food blogs…Joy the baker and Smitten Kitchen are at the top of the list!

    I love this blog too…not a foodie blog but Daisy makes a TON of adorable stuff!

    As for my fave magazines…ReadyMade. The Nest (I just moved in with my long term bf). And Jewelry Affair from Stampington & Company.

    PS…I would really LOVE to win the silpat, I've been wanting one for a while now!


  • Laura S

    A favorite new blog:
    Not recipes, but food and great photos. It's nice to see what's going on on the other coast of the US, food-wise

  • Sarah Crosby is a new blog that I found. I LOVE their recipes! They use a lot of coconut and almond flour which I happen to LOVE!

  • Saf Mohsin

    I've always wanted to have one!

    A new blog I personally found is 'The Little Red House' on
    She has beautiful pictures, but most of all, I love the way the author writes and how she's thankful for all the little things in life that she has.

  • Lindsey @ DownwardFacingFoodie

    One of these would be great!

    I'm not sure if you're looking for just food blogs (because I'm sure we read the same ones, for the most part), but I also love home improvement/DIY blogs. One of my favorites is Bower Power ( Katie is insanely hilarious and makes everything look so easy! Plus, she's an amazing photographer.

    As far as magazines, I can't wait for my Real Simple mag to get here – and mine came yesterday! :)

  • Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

    I have been enjoying Jenna of or there's also this great blog I write with my sisters…

    Great giveaway!

  • Nicole

    Since I'm making a big effort to eat mostly plants nowadays (although I will still have meat if the occasion warrants it), my favorite magazine right now is Vegetarian Times. I always find myself marking a bunch of recipes in every issue to try out.

  • Mariah

    I started following Ryan's Baking Blog ( which I've found really interesting!

  • Jenn

    Great idea for a giveaway!

    I registered for a couple when I got married, but no one bought them for me :( I've been meaning to just go buy one for myself, but the giveaway would work just as well!

    I like the blog:
    They have a lot of different recipes, and some of them are vegetarian :)

  • Angela

    Great idea Madison! I have a friend who works at Williams-Sonoma who loves these Silpat mats too and she just picked one up for me. The magazine I like is The Food Network magazine. They have a great variety of recipes and food related articles :)

  • Tali

    Ahh I've been dying for one of these guys! As for mags, I started receiving Food & Wine and it's pretty great.

    Newly discovered (by me) blogs:

  • Taylor Renee

    This is awesome! I didn't know what they were for … I think if I don't win, I'll have to buy one anyway!

    And has lovely photography and recipes!


  • Heather

    I have two new favorite blogs: Cupcakes and Cashmere ( and For Me, For You ( I'm moving to L.A. in two weeks, and they're my current inspiration!

  • Laura

    Hey Madison! Great giveaway – I've been wanting one of these!

    As for blogs, I'm a fan of a blog called “House Tweaking,” I like it because she's great at describing the “why” behind design. Sometimes, I'll know I like a room, but I can't always figure out all the little details that make it “tick.” Since everyone's space is unique, she breaks it down and helps you to accomplish the “idea” in your own home. Not all posts are like that, but a good handful of them are. The rest of the blog is great too!

  • rachbarnes

    OMG I love my Mothers Silpat and I try to steal it every time I go to visit! I cannot live without Real Simple Magazine, as well as their daily emails! They give the best advice on cooking, decorating, and life!

    My favorite wedding blog is it is full of great ideas!

  • erin

    how exciting! i have a sister who bakes for a living, but is just getting started. she would just DIE if i could win her some real-live Silpat.

    not much for reading, necessarily, but this is one of my new faves:

  • Missy

    How fun to win a Silpat! As for blogs I read Clover Lane: She is a mother of 5 and an excellent writer. She shares memories of her kids, decorating ideas, digital scrap booking ideas, recipes and much more! Thanks Madison! Have a great weekend!


  • H

    I discover a amazing food blog
    “Honey, what's cooking? .” The blog is absolutely fantastic and their recipes are great too with a step-by-step images! Also,the recipes are super healthy. I highly recommend to those who are concern with they health.


  • Lauren (PB&G)

    Ooh a silipat!

    I've recently discovered The Broccoli Hut ( and I always love to read Oh She Glows (, though I discovered that one a while ago!

  • sheila

    Madison….you are always such an inspiration! You make it look sooo easy! I am always looking for fun ways to entertain or add something special to my meal….this Blog gives some great ideas! Keep on being that inspiration Madison! Enjoy….

  • Michelle

    While this doesn't have any words or recipes, there is something refreshing about seeing beautiful and simple breakfast photos.

  • suziekadoozie

    like others, the incentive of winning a silpat has also brought me out of hiding! I'd suggest for great diy/home improvement and decorating!

  • Lab geek

    Oooh I have been wanting a silpat for a long time. One of my favorite blog is the two birds blog: These two ladies are local to me and they are super sweet (they made me over!). They have a great eye for what will look good on a person. And they pick great vintage items.

    thanks for the giveaway.

  • Helen

    Okay several new to me blogs that I have stumbled upon in the past week or so would be
    1. Choosing Raw
    2. Chocolate Covered Katie
    3. Love Veggies and Yoga

    As for the the magazines
    1. Glamour
    2. Clean Eating

  • Wendy

    Your lovely picture of the macarons reminded me of one of my new favorite blogs (besides yours!) with lots of yummy variations on macarons. I recently discovered maracrons, which are perfect for someone like me who loves to bake, but has a gluten intolerance.

    Tartlette's blog features many yummy recipes and gorgeous food photography:

  • MusicalMom

    I'm so excited to enter this giveaway! The new blog I've discovered is yours. (Does that count?) I've only been a reader for a week, maybe two.

  • Laura

    This blog is new to me and everything looks so delicious…
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Marilyn

    Well, to be truthful, as the mother of a July bride (you) the ONLY thing I've had time to read are wedding websites. Am I still elgible to win?

  • Brittani

    Ah man, aren't Silpats the greatest? I have been using my mom's for awhile now, and would probably not make it out of my kitchen EVER if I had my own (which I'm totally OK with!).

    This might be narcissistic, but I actually am in the process of creating my own food blog: It may just be my paranoid self, but what a nerve-wrecking adventure! I've been wanting to do it for a long time, given my love of cooking and writing, and fianlly decided to take the plunge.

    Thanks for the giveaway fun!

  • Megan

    Love your blog! And I could really use one of these. One of my favorite reads is How Sweet It Is:

  • Ashton

    I've always wanted a Silpat! How awesome would it be if I won one?? :)

    You MUST add to your reader – the best wedding blog ever! Another favorite blog of mine is

  • Amy B

    Hi Madison!

    One of my new fave healthy living blogs is It's entertaining and silly!

    I'd love that silpat :)

  • Krystal

    To no surprise, I was going to suggest as Ashton has above. GREAT website for wedding planning! So many great ideas!!

    Hope I win the Silpat, have always wanted one!

  • Urban Wife

    Awesome giveaway! One of my more recent discoveries in food blogs is Annie over at

  • Jennifurla

    WANT, I need this in my baking life. A nice blog you might enjoy…well you might already…is…

    Monet..she is prety popular.

  • Helena

    Have you seen this site before?

    I just love it, even though it's not exactly a baking blog, but it's soo funny!

  • Pat

    Madison, Hello from a new to you reader. Really enjoy your blog and much happiness to you in your future marriage.
    I am regularly searching for new blogs and have found in the past week two; and
    Also, I could really put a Silpat to very good use.

  • Krisla Nguyen

    AHH I would love a Silpat. So convenient.

    I like I made these cinnamom pie pockets once and they were delicious.

    Congrats on your engagement! I bet the wedding planning is fun:)

  • Simon Hansen

    By far the best magazine is US News and World Report :)

  • Carissa

    Hey! So i blog I have been loving lately is
    I love love love it! Not only because it is interesting and funny but also because it is my sister and she just started it a month or 2 ago :) She actually introduced me to your blog which I haven't stopped reading since!

  • Emily and Maria

    A really interesting blog I just started reading is
    He wrote a cook book all about ice cream, sorbets, dishes, and cones which I love! It;s called the Perfect Scoop. He has also authored a few more books and really knows what he's talking about. So I looked it up and he has some really interesting recipes. Plus he lives in Paris right now so it's fun to get some ideas outside of the US.

  • Jewel@eatdrinkshoplove

    My new favorite blog is a food blog called What Kate Ate I love her use of food photography.

  • Kendra

    My favorite new find is Slice of Feist. My favorite semi-recent find is Whats Gaby Cooking. Love finding new blogs!

  • aimee

    Oh how I love my silpat. I like the little one you are giving away!

    I really like I recently purchased a new camera that I have no idea how to use, and they give great tips on all the different settings!

  • Jenna Z

    I LOVE the magazine Taste of Home Healthy Cooking! I used to get their Light and Tasty magazine, but I think this one is even better now that they've revamped it!

  • Jourdan

    you have got to check out

    Mrs. How Sweet is really hilarious and her blog sort of reminds me of yours…a mix between great healthy recipes and fun sweets!

  • Megan

    I recently found
    I like how her recipes are healthy and look like they taste great too.

  • Jane

    Love your blog and the fact that you are giving away a silpat mat. The only recommendation I have for you is to go to and submit some of your recipes there. They are looking for great recipes that use Silpat, and you certainly have them! I know they will put yours on their website!

  • Holly

    You have probably already heard of it but…it's fantastic!

  • Julie

    I love reading Real Simple magazine.

  • Amanda

    How sweet of you to share this fun baking tool! I am a fan of Joy the Baker (– she's witty and her recipes are delish!

  • Jennifer

    I love to bake and a silpat has been on my wish list for many many moons. One day I will get one, or perhaps win one!

    Started reading this blog and really love it:

    Love my Real Simple magazine, it's a must!

  • Kelly

    Ooh..I've been wanting a silpat for a while. Not sure why I don't just buy one!

    My new favorite blog is:

  • Alyssa

    I can't believe I never thought of a silpat as a way to save money before! Brilliant!

    My go to magazine is Cook's Illustrated!
    And one of my many favorite blogs is

  • Kristel

    I know you also love this one, because it was on of your tweets that lead my to one of my favorite blogs:

    Keeping my fingers crossed I will the silpat, I have some new baking ideas in mind :)

  • Josie

    I am obsessed with Clean Eating magazine! such a great book with easy recipes

  • alex – a paleo food blog!

  • Christine


    I have been wanting to get this silpat and it has been on my wishlist = )

    The magazine that I go to is ” Gourmet”

    One of my favourite blogs that I visit daily is

    Thank you for the giveaway


  • Beth

    I would love a Silpat! I just got the Eating Well magazine for Christmas and I can't wait for my next issue to arrive!

  • Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini

    Hmmm…new blog. I really like And I've never used a Silpat, but have always wanted one!

  • wendyywy @ Table for 2….. or more

    I've never commented but have dropped by with every new post since I followed your blog.

    Have you been to my blog, LOL???

    I love reading, hers is a collection of Asian and International recipes.

  • Vicky @ eat live spin

    I love reading… Mama Pea is super funny and she has great vegan recipes.

  • LauraB

    I love and Real Simple magazine. I just wish i could be as organized as they are in that magazine.

  • jadiej

    I love to bake – and would love a Silpat!

    One of my favorite food blogs is – great photos and recipes!!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Madison,

    I love your blog! Thanks for all the great recipes and pics of the food you make. I love baking! Since I've started grad school, baking has become my “study break” time.

    I'm sure that many people have already heard of this blog, but I'm recently new to the food blog scene. This is my newest favorite:
    She has a lot of great vegan recipes. I'm not vegan, but I've found myself making them, and loving them!


  • grace

    although she's not new to me, she's a gem–amanda at

  • AlleyKitten

    It is great for giving you party ideas.

  • Kai Proschan is a great lifestyle blog with recipes and other daily meanderings!

  • Janelle

    One of my favorite blogs is She's a personal trainer who loves to eat! Thanks for giving one away!

  • Tara

    My favorite wedding blog!

  • kneth

    Not sure if this is a new “discovery” but my bestie just started her own blog. Her beautiful heart is always an encouragement to me.
    Thanks Madison!

  • Kelly

    I would love to win a silipat! I've been wanting one forever! It seems so much more convenient than using parchment paper.

    A magazine I read every month is Women's Health! I love it for all the tips, workouts and healthy recipes.

  • Little Miss

    I cannot live with out Real Simple or Whole Living! Both are excellent reads!!

  • Jennifer

    I've always planned to buy a silpat but never gotten to it!

    My new favorite magazine is the Cooking Channel Magazine. Love all the photos of the food along with the recipe.

  • Roxy

    Well honestly your blog is my new favorite blog!! But I also have started reading Health on the Run and Heather Eats Almond Butter

  • Rebecca

    I read Joy the Baker!

  • MommyV
  • Christina

    Your blog is definitely one of my favorites, but I just found and I love it too!

  • Anonymous

    I just bought Food Network Magazine and love all the photos of the dishes.

    That's one thing I love about your blog — your beautiful photos of the food!


  • arborist Bonnie

    A blog I love to read reminds me of my Texas roots: Homesick Texan Just this weekend I made a big batch of ranch style beans and Brisket for shredded beef tacos for next week's superbowl.

  • Anonymous


    The blog I follow is Joy the Baker. You took part in one of her giveaways so I came across your blog in that way. Great blogs!


  • APepito

    I'm Angela's friend who works at Williams Sonoma…you are right. These little kitchen tools are amazing! My favorite cooking blog these days is It's a great source for new recipes from home cooks!

  • Michelle

    My favorite blog is!