UPDATE: Beet Queen, you have won “Growing Tasty Tropical Plants.” Congratulations! Send me your full name and shipping address at Lindsey.firstname.lastname@example.org and I will mail it out to you next week. Thanks for playing, everyone, and have a safe and happy holiday weekend! END UPDATE
It is Christmas Eve, the day when legions of folks traditionally rush out in a frantic, last-ditch effort to find the perfect gift — oh, who am I kidding, SOME kind of gift — for those loved ones not checked off their lists. I figure it makes good sense to give away a last minute book here on the ole Fridge Magnet blog to wrap up our Countdown to Christmas in free books.
Today’s book is an unusual one. It is not actually a cookbook, but it is food-related: “Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere” by Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin. When I first saw REAL oranges growing on REAL trees in Florida as a kid, they might as well have been L. Frank Baum’s (possibly drug-induced) fantasy tree that grew lunch boxes in “Ozma of Oz.” Well, that was a random reference. Suffice it to say that I have always found tropical fruit trees amazing and slightly mythical, perhaps because I have spent the majority of my life living in Colorado and Virginia.
BUT, the Martins promise you CAN grow tropical plants that bear fruit such as lemons, limes, citrons, grapefruit, kumquats, figs, olives and cinnamon right in your own home. If you have the guts to try this, or know someone crazy… er, talented enough to try it, then you need to leave a comment on this blog entry for a chance to win this book! I’ll take entries until 5 p.m. today.