Before you start, I must warn you: Pictures galore coming your way, because well, I
simply couldn’t resist myself, so enjoy the breakdown.
Welcome to Aurora, NY! Home of MacKenzie-Childs, where all your home and kitchen dreams WILL come true through the magical experience that is visiting this place. I won’t lie. MacKenzie-Childs is quite new to me, and I had no idea what I was in for when I was invited on this trip. The depth and uniqueness of this brand and the care with which each piece is meticulously prepared with such attention to detail and finesse, like I’d never seen before! I was immediately in love with the whole concept from top to bottom coming from the creative director, to the artisans in-house. SPLENDID!
If you’re not familiar with MacKenzie-Childs, finish reading this post and immediately head over to their website so you know what I’m talking about. You will be intrigued, but even more once you have the chance to visit this place. This is the perfect all-girls getaway, bring your mother/grandmother location, or introduce your daughter to the realness” that is handmade perfection right before your eyes.
I am witness that they are an amazing company that takes pride in adding personality and an exquisite FUN touch to our homes through the years….30 to be exact, and this year, I was invited to celebrate the 20th year anniversary of their famous Courtly Check design (the black and white pattern you will see ALL OVER this blog post, and also what I want my whole entire house to look like, at least some of it!). Each and every piece has the ability to make you smile ear to ear. The first night was celebrated with Courtly Check cake, of course. How else would you celebrate such a special anniversary!
Visiting MacKenzie-Childs headquarters was a privilege, and now I know this is where dreams come true and everything is handmade and is imperfectly perfect! And how could it not be? All I kept thinking about was “I need to bring my mom and grandma here”, because it literally brings out the little girl in all of us. My mother is an artist, and I can just see her getting lost in that atelier of what seems more like illusionism at best. It all just doesn’t seem real, rather a true dream for a simple mortal but to an artist it might feel like another dimension, I am NOT exaggerating.
To get here I flew into Syracuse, NY (yes, this is upstate NY, so nothing like NYC, a different world!) and drove about an hour to Aurora, a small town in the Finger Lakes region that overlooks Cayuga lake with the most breathtaking views. First things first, after all, I am a foodie.
First night dinner was at the Fargo Bar and Grill, just across the street from where we stayed. The food is simple and DELICIOUS and was served at the basement of The Fargo, precisely where Mackenzie-Childs was born, literally the initial atelier before they moved to what is known today as the headquarters a few miles down the road.
Aurora is truly a fairy tale town with a population of only about 400 people, and has a cozy atmosphere and special feel to it. I’m describing the town and also Aurora Inn, where I had the pleasure of staying for 2 nights while visiting. I just can’t wait to return and bring Winecoach once Baby Sandee debuts because this is the Finger lakes Region, which means wineries and the highest quality Riesling!
Aurora Inn offers the best accommodations in the area, paired with an amazing restaurant, plus muffins and coffee each morning at your doorstep. Talk about phenomenal service and the beautiful view of the lake, not to mention falling asleep to the warmth of the fireplace which is left on each night when you return to the room! This is the place to be.
The next day, following a session of morning yoga right at the level where I needed to be with my belly, I felt restored and ready to go have an adventure!
If you kept up with my Instagram and Snapchat: AnaSandee during my visit, you got to tour along not only the facility where artisans create these masterpieces that can be crudely described as ceramics and furnishings at the start, but once brought to life are so much more than that: They become our prized possessions, accent pieces and certainly those with most personality in the room! This is how it all starts!
Nothing here is taken lightly and extreme attention to detail is a necessity while each piece goes through quality control before making it to their showroom/store on campus or shipped to stores that carry them, and ultimately into our homes. It is truly something special to watch, and I can share it all with you through pictures.
Highlight of the day: when they tell you you get to paint your own plate! Anxiety and excitement all into once! So fun….You could make up whatever you like, make your own pattern, copy a pattern or be as creative as you’d like. I obviously had to go the ridiculous route! Now I’ll have a MacKenzie-Childs original one of a kind Colorful Foodie plate!
The “Farm House” also located on campus is the most incredible home I’ve ever seen. Overwhelmingly pleased yet extremely enthusiastic to be here is an acceptable way to describe it. We thought this home was beautiful on the outside, but wait…the inside though!
Every inch of this 3 story house is completely decked out in MacKenzie-Childs decor, I mean from the floors/tiles, till the drop ceilings in some rooms to every doorknob detail, wallpaper and accents throughout the house. You literally enter the house and stand there in awe, like “Is this place real?” and if so, when can I move in or at least stay for a few days! Prepare to feast your eyes.
This is probably my favorite item in the house. Or ever. EVER!
Isn’t this stairwell surreal? Too cool…
Fortunately, they do give guided tours each day, just book it when you come visit. I hope to visit again, hopefully with the mom because I know she would just love it so much! I know because I’m the enthusiam scale she is at least 10-fold what I am, and I was pretty darn excited! But by now I think you can see why…WOW.
The campus is also a farm, it really is! It offers the most gorgeous landscapes and animals, like sheep and geese! I loved it, and had a great time walking around just taking it all in. Truly something special to experience. No wonder people come here in the summer for their yearly sale! It’s not just to acquire pieces, but to share the experience with girlfriends and those with tastes alike. Now, I know….
Last night was an amazing dinner at Aurora Inn. What a singular experience! The table setting was on point, the weather was perfect, and the company was the best!
I had the joy of sharing this experience with four other amazing bloggers and we were accompanied by Mackenzie-Childs staff as well a surprise guest appearance (she actually just happened to be having dinner at the same spot): The creator of American Girl Dolls just came and said hi! Every little girls knows and loves American Girl Dolls, so that was such a pleasant surprise! We are all so excited! Enchanted Aurora….
We literally ordered every appetizer on the menu, because that’s what foodies do! And everything was delicious! Aurora Inn definitely knows how to entertain, what an amazing time.
As if we didn’t have enough for dinner, the Aurora Inn staff arranged that we have a fire and s’mores out back later on that evening! Aside getting sprinkled on, it was the perfect ending to a fantastic experience. I hope you all make it to Aurora sometime. Heavenly!
I hope you enjoyed the summary of this amazing trip which is difficult to put into words, but I did try my very best! I hope you most of all enjoyed the pictures but there was no better way of sharing such a place other than with visuals! That’s how I roll….
Because I love you and Mackenzie-Childs is amazing (and so generous!), we want to giveaway 4 pieces of the Courtly Check Cookware collection, GASP! Yes, 4 pieces, which is SO incredibly awesome. All you have to do is leave a comment below expressing why you should be the one to get it!
***Pay attention because I will respond to you and need your information to get you your stuff, so make sure you answer back within 24 hours! Winner will be announced in precisely a week, on November 1st. Can you believe it will be November already? 2 more months till Baby Sandee is here!
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This trip was sponsored by Mackenzie-Childs and I’m proud to be working closely with them in the upcoming year to develop recipes and share my passion for colors and this beautiful brand! As always, the love, excitement and opinions come from the heart and genuine passion for food, traveling and all beautiful things experienced by this colorful author! Thank you for your support! I love you!
Xo, Ana – The Colorful Foodie
I would love to win!!! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I love your recipes! They’re very easy to follow, not that time consuming( huge bonus for a student!!!) and they’ve shown me how being healthy DOESNT HAVE TO BE BORING!! I’m most thankful for that! I would love to be able to win this Mackenzie- childs four piece set because I am in desperate need of new cookware so I can continue making your amazing recipes!!! As a med student on a budget, I can’t really afford amazing stuff like this; in fact the pans I own, I’ve bought off craigslist and have had them since college. It would be amazing to upgrade them!!!
Thank you bothfor the opportunity to enter this giveaway!! And Colorful foodie, congrats on your pregnancy and wishing you an easy delivery soon 🙂
Oh how lovely! I would love to win this cookware set because I am in the process of starting my cooking blog and I just know these will look great in my photos!! BTW I just made your butternut squash and apple soup, it was a big hit in my house!! Congrats on the pregnancy!
Wow! This would be a dream come true! I am very familiar with these products and they are amazing quality and just so darn cute! I have been following you and preparing my meals mostly just from your site (s). I follow you on all of them! After going through a difficult divorce, I recently moved across country with movers having to get my furniture (and everything I own) from my storage unit while I was already at my new place. The movers ended up not having enough room in their truck and left more than half of my furniture and belongings in the storage unit. I wasn’t able to afford more movers so lost most of everything including my kitchen items. This would definitely be a great blessing as it is beautiful and also very needed. Thank you for the opportunity Ana!!! I absolutely adore you and Winecoach!
P.S. plus November 1st is my birthday! So what a great gift this would be! ?
I am a new Mackenzie Child’s lover! After your snap story from your visit I became obsessed! The work they put into the pieces is amazing! I hope one day to afford the furniture too! Although I hate to compete and I think every lady here deserves a win, I will say I think I should get it because I am working with the first pan and dish sets I got from Walmart when my husband and I first got our own place 5 yeas ago! They are used and abused and full of love but I need a new and beautiful cookware set to go with my new and beautiful home! We were finally able to afford our first house last year and are slowly redoing the house so my pots and pans are not a priority! That and we have baby number 2 on the way! A little boy! That’s not a reason to win but one I love sharing! We decided once we got a house and we’re settled we would try for another baby and 8 months of trying later bam! Finally blessed! I just love sharing that! So good luck to all the ladies that enter I’m rooting for all of us!
I would love to win a 4 piece cooking set I am always in the kitchen I love to cook. I even made colorful foodie cheese waffle , also made chocolate banana bread pudding. I love your snap chats I learn so many recipes. I would be so fun to us them for the holiday. ???
Hello beautiful! What a fun giveaway. I would LOVE to win a piece of this collection, it’s gorgeous and fun! All of my cookware (which is like two frying pans and one pot) are all from second hand stores. Winning this would be such a blessing for me, to be able to own something so unique and beautiful.
What a beautiful collection of home decor!! Not to mention the food looked amazing and you got to meet the creature of American Girl……Molly was always my favorite one!!
Steph, you have been randomly chosen to receive this beautiful cookware!! I hope to get your address because you are the 5th person I’m trying to contact! Please email me at [email protected]!
OMG!!!! NO WAY!!!!!!
Are you serious?!?!? I absolutely love MacKenzie -Child’s!!!!!!!
Yay!!!!! Please tell me this isn’t a dream!!
Please let me know how to claim this wonderful!
Yes! You figured it out! Thanks for entering the giveaway and congratulations! You followed the directions which were to email me your address to claim your prize! Myself and MacKenzie-Childs are very excited for you to have these amazing pieces! I hope you enjoy yours as much as I’ve been enjoying mine!
I should be the one to get it because you are my favorite person in the whole wide world. You are amazing you inspire me since morning to night time. I would love to be your best friend and spend time with you. You have helped me in so many ways especially in my eating habits. Every single day you make my day. God bless you and your husband with your baby you guys are gonna be the best healthy amazing parents. Best wishes and I follow you every where!!!
email me your address! You have been randomly selected!! Go YOU!
xoxo, email [email protected]
email me your address! You have been randomly selected!! Go YOU!
xoxo, email [email protected]
Beautiful photos! Thanks so much for sharing! I would love to win the cookware! I am a collector of all things Mackenzie and love to cook and entertain! Thanks!
I would like to win this set so that I can give it to my mom for her birthday Nov 29th! She has been needing new cookware and is a huge MC fan!!
Absolutely LOVE Mackenzie Child’s and would love this collection of cookware! Since moving into my first home I haven’t been able to get a good set of cookware, everything I have is “hand me downs”. This would be a life saver especially just in time for the holidays. Loved reading this article and love your recipes!
We would enjoy adding the cookware pieces to our own beautiful black and white themed kitchen to add to the beautiful MC pieces we have already collected over the years!
Come and visit and I’ll cook something special for YOU! : )
I don’t have any pieces and I love the checked pattern and I love to cook
What a wonderful review! I used to work at Mackenzie-Childs, Ltd. & enjoyed it very much. Your photos and description brings back so many good memories. The current owners seem to have a good balance of letting the creative team control their product. I do have pieces that are very important to me: My first Turkey Platter, fish plates painted by friends, even a beautiful new pitcher made by the original owners in their new lines, but I do not have any enamelware. It would please me to have the set, I am working on cooking more, and it would make a very sweet carrot.
I am so glad you had such a good time.
Wow I must saw your article is amazing and the pictures looked yummy and beautiful. Why would I love to win this set? I started my collection a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. Something about Mackenzie Child’s feels like home and makes you feel comfortable. Each piece in my collection brings me a smile and a small story of how I acquired them. I hope to use the cook set and create not only delicious food but amazing memories with my 2 young boys and husband. I hope that someday I can pass along my collection to my sons so that they can look back at them and maybe remember the special moments when mom used her Mackenzie Child’s. Some may say that sounds strange but it brings a smile to my face knowing that I can pass along something beautiful and meaningful. If nothing else thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and article ❤️
It would be amazing to win this beautiful set! I love watching your snaps and following you on instagram & pinteret! You inspire me to be more creative when it comes to cooking. Everything you make looks so yummy! It would be so awesome if I could win this fun set! You’re going to be an amazing mother! Best wishes❤️
I would love to win this! I’ve been following you for a while on ig, Snapchat and your blog 🙂
My husband is Brazilian so I love that I can understand things about Brazil or their food when you post pictures it looks so delicious!
My husband is a US Marine and many people believe that being a military family we have a lot of money but thats not true we live normal. We have been wanting to buy a set of high quality cookware but they are all out of our price range for now. We have a 2 year old girl and a 4 month baby boy. Being able to cook homemade purees for my baby and make yummy Colombian/ Brazilian food for my family would be amazing in these. I hope I win 🙂 thank you again for doing this!
OH how I would love to win this competition cookware! I love Mackenzie-Childs and am a new collector. Their products are beautiful and so whimsical. I have been drooling over this cookware since they previewed it this past summer. Think how beautiful they would look in my kitchen. And they would make cooking time that much more fun.
I love my MacKenzie-Childs pieces because they embody a sense of tradition, elegance and home. My husband loves our pieces and is just as involved in choosing and placing them in our house. We frequent NYC about 6 times a year and our first stop every time is the flagship store! It’s so easy for us to get lost in the mesmerizing world of color, patterns and fantasy! I am also one lucky girl and my husband is the chef of our house! We have quite a few pieces for decor or serving but to have pieces to actually cook Sunday family meals in, is invaluable. I hope you consider us for the cookware! The pieces are beautiful and we would care of them as family 🙂
*care for them as family 🙂
What a FABULOUS post!!!? I am so glad I happened upon it! I am lucky enough to live close to Aurora, and have spent many nights at the Inn, the EB Morgan House, and the Rowland House– LOVE them all!! And the FOOD! Don’t even get me started!! Too excellent! And I LOVE MC!!!! The farmhouse tour is SO fabulous– sensory overload in the best possible way!!?
I would be THRILLED to have the Courtly Check cookware set in my kitchen!! It would fit right in with many of the pieces I have bought at the Barn Sale or in the shop! LOVE it ALL!!!!????❤️??
OMG you’ve been to the barn sale??? I wanna go! Sounds amazing!
You should come back for the barn sale!!!! It’s so fun people come from all across the states, camp out side and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings
I cannot express to you how much I love MacKenzie Child’s. My kitchen is Courtly Check so cookware would be wonderful. I have service for 12 in it plus numerous other ettings in Taylor, etc.
I love to cook and I would love to win this set! I don’t have any Mackenzie Child’s cookware and would love to see how great it is. I watch your Snapchat videos and make your recipes all the time!! Your my favorite blogger! God bless you and your beautiful little family! ❤️❤️
Love this cookware and would gladly share three pieces if I could get just one. Blessings for Baby Sandee..?
Mackenzie Childs just makes me smile. It is just whimsical! I have a few pieces that I display. I have dreamed of so many of the pieces, especially the Christmas moose on wheels. I just love the new cookware and wood be over the moon to win a piece. I live to decorate and Mackenzie Childs just amazes me. Congrats on your little bundle of joy, may God bless you in all that you do to make this a better world.
I would love to win something and the cookware would be wonderful. I have been collecting since the old days. But, I don’t own any of the cookware although I’ve given them as gifts. I just turned 60! And it’s time to get a wonderful surprise. I loved your photos and recipes too.
Hope I hear from you shortly?
To be honest I love Mackenzie Child’s but haven’t had the funds to get my collection started! I have a huge wishlist! I would love this set! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures and having this contest! I would love to win this set!
What a wonderful day it would be to actually win these beautiful works of art pieces!!!! I love this pattern so very much. I am a retired senior and I would love to have these pieces to cook in for the family that I actually now have time to cook for!!!! So pretty anything I cook will look and taste better. Thank you .
I watched your day on snapchat at the factory and was really amazed at all of the work that goes into these pieces! I was amazed at how detailed everything is and that it is all done by hand! So awesome! I love cooking and will be moving soon and need to get new cookware because mine is so old. I would absolutely love to have and use this Mackenzie Child’s collection!!! Fingers crossed!!!!!!
What a beautiful article. I have to say I have been obsessed with Mackenzie Childs for years. Though I have been able to actually own a true MC piece myself. In recent years I have found my true inner artist and now paint older furniture and give it a new life Mackenzie Childs style. In the last 5 years I have moved to Ireland and introduced a Mackenzie Childs obsession to Dublin. My friends and I always talk about coming back to Upstate and going Aurora and visiting. .and also visiting family after lol. What I wouldn’t give to finally have my own real pieces after all these years?!!!! Either way thank you for a wonderful article and the amazing pictures.
I would kill (well, not literally) for one piece of MacKenzie Child’s anything!!!! I am jealous that you could be at their place, their actual place!!! I love the Courtly Check and I was born in October so I swear I have a spiritual connection with pumpkins, so … love at first sight many moons ago. Now I just dream if independent wealth and a houseful of MacKenzie Child’s! Pick me pick me!!!!! ( Imagine crazy lady waving arms and yelling)
Thanks so much for sharing your Aurora Experience with all of us! I just turned 50 this year and have started my official bucket list! I have been collecting Mackenzie Child’s for years. Now my daughters 23 and 20 are starting a collection! Congratulations on your pregnancy and I can only imagine how you fell in love with the baby collection! Also thanks for telling us about the Aurora Inn! I feel a mother/daughter trip with my girls in the near future! In the meantime would love to win the cookware! I would love to tell you that I cook a delicious dinner in that cookware but…..it would look really great on my pot rack! I can look at it every night when we get back from our favorite restaurant! Lol Thanks again for sharing your visit! Can’t wait to go experience it myself!!
janice, you should come to aurora, New York during the month of July, Mackenzie childs hold a barn sale, it’s amazing, and of course amazing deals. Also just a short drive-20 minutes is Auburn, New York. We have the Harriet Tubman home museum, and William h. Seward museum. Tons of winery’s and coming in February 2017 a resort casino Del Lago.
Love their stuff and would love to win! Those pans are gorgeous, pick me please!
Reading this blog post and going through your pictures made my heart ache, but in a good way. It brought out that excitement that you usually only feel as a little kid. When I was a little girl, I lived within a fairy tale in my head. Animals could talk, evil witches lurked, and life was supposed to be whimsical, colorful and full of joy. To me, Mackenzie Childs is making childhood fantasies a reality. As a former Saks 5th Ave employee, I dreamed of the day when I could fill my home with the gorgeous MC products I was surrounded by every day. Last year for the first time I was able to reward myself with a little teal MC teapot. While it only takes up a small space in my kitchen, that one little teapot cam brighten up my whole day when I use it in the morning. Newly married, I have no family of my own yet, but I dream of the day when I can create whimsical worlds for my children with a MC enchanted home. <3
You have been selected to receive this exclusive M-C 4 piece cookware! Please send me your address on [email protected] within 24 hours so you can receive the goods! Otherwise we will have to pick another (as was done with the previous recipient who has not claimed the prize).
Thanks and congratulations!
Ana and M-C
Congratulations Samantha!!!! Omg!! That’s so awesome!!
Sorry correction from my above comment …I have never been able to own my own pieces. Lol was too excited and didn’t read my typing.
What an AH-MAZING giveaway! I am a big (I mean, HUGE) fan of MacKenzie Childs! While I do have some staple pieces for my kitchen, I would LOVE to add the cookware to my collection. Should I mention I’m a terrible cook? This would be a great opportunity to try some new dishes — and even though my food may not taste like a 5-star restaurant, my cookware will outweigh it all!
I have been slowly buying Mackenzie child’s pieces as we know, they do not come cheap! I love to cook for my family and these would make a great addition to my kitchen. Also, I love in Deep South Texas and do not have access to MC. I would be happy with just one! Thanks for offering the giveaway. God bless you and your baby!
What is more Whimsical than courtly check. My kitchen would be so thankful for this pop of color to make cooking a thing of dreams
Everything you described at McKenzie Child’s is why I go there every year and wait hours in line to go to the barn sale. I scrimp and save all year to buy the pieces on sale. This past summer I even camped out so we could be the first group in. I met people from all over the United States and it was the best time of my
Life. It’s great to hear everyone’s stories and learn new tricks from some people who have been coming for many more years than me. I love the new cookware set but unfortunately it’s just not in the budget. Especially this time of year. I am so glad you got to a chance to see why we (I live in Auburn) love making the short trip to aurora. I have hooked my mother on McKenzie Childs as well so it’s great having her come with me. Especially around Christmas and my birthday! If you know what I mean! Thank you for sharing your experience!
I would adore this set of Mck cookware and would use it to cook meals for my family when they Come over. We try to get together once a week and support each other because it has been a really hard year dealing with my sister in laws cancer, divorce and addiction issues with another family member. We cherish our time together because family is your support system and you never know what tomorrow may bring.
I love to cook!! I’ve been cooking since I was 13 (I’m 47 now) and I still enjoy cooking for my “boys”❤️.
First of all that bump is so cute and you look great! Can you believe how close you are?
Congrats…almost time eeeeeeek
Secondly this trip looked so amazing, I think this is the most you’ve ever posted this many pics lol jk
What a cool experience, def want to go now!
Lastly I’d love to win this set. Just relocated with my two small children. It’s just us three amigos and we are starting completely over in our new chapter in a new state and home. I hope to soon have a new home and this would set a new theme for me! I love cooking, the kitchen is where so much love is made.
Good luck to whomeve wins! And prayers going up for your bundle up joy xoxo
As a dietitian and lover of all things in the kitchen, I know the importance of good quality cookware. This cookware is not only high quality but it’s absolutely adorable!! And would look great in my kitchen! 🙂 🙂
I am truly deserving of this set! I am newly married September 17, 2016. (Can’t believe wedding planning is over) We have 3 children, boys ages 17, 15, and 9. I work with individuals who have developmental disabilities. I help 4 men live a fullfilling life. I most recently started working at jcp as well. Funny thing is I live only 20 minutes away from the aurora, NY Mackenzie Childs. Most of the time I can only window shop and tour the farm house. During summer they have a Barn Sale, this is where you can get MC pieces 50%-70% off, At Easter they host an egg hunt which is very cool. Most recently I took advantage of the 20% off coupon and they were giving away gourds and pumpkins, cider and donuts. I have a passion for Mackenzie Child’s, my favorite pattern is the green floral pattern. If I win this set I would pair it with the green floral platter I own. Those 2 patterns together compliment each other. I would be so grateful if I won such a great prize. Thank you for this incredible opportunity. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay here in upstate New York. My hometown auburn, New York has a lot of history such as the Harriet Tubman home and gravesite, William h. Seward museum. I would love to give you a tour when you come back to upstate. Congatulations on your pregnancy. You truly never know true love until you have your own baby ❤️
My daughter loves loves loves everything about MacKenzie- Childs and of course her favorite is the Courtly Check…I enjoyed reading your blog and excited you were able to experience the beauty of the Finger Lakes in New York. I am sure the entire Mackenzie Childs family was as well excited to have you visit. I myself, a native of this area, have only driven by Mackenzie-Childs…I have been to the beautiful Aurora Inn many years ago and did so enjoy the warmth and beautiful character of Aurora. My daughter, Melissa, has been to the estate the past couple of years for their annual barn sale and this year (2016) had fun on 3 separate days searching and finding some beautiful treasures she was able to fill her new home with! I would love her to add to her collection this set of cookware! Ana this is the first I have met you, via this blog and must say the pics are beautiful and I very much enjoyed reading about your visit! Blessings to you on your little one that will be arriving in the next couple of months! I look forward to reading future blogs! Happy Fall-e-ish-ous!!!
I am OBSESSED with Mackenzie!! Nothing makes me happier than black and white courtly checks! I would just love the cookware…. Forget about the food, I would just leave the pots and pans out all the time , and stare at them! Please!!!!!!!
Courtly check✔️ captivated me at first glance.! These pieces would punctuate my eclectic entertaining style.
I dream in Color, I cook by choosing Colorful ingredients, I live in Color the more choices I have the better. Black & White accentuate the colors we choose. Cooking in these beautiful pans would bring joy to the table!
Mackenzie-Childs cookware just makes my heart really happy. I believe in surrounding myself with beautiful things, but things that you can actually use. Practical, magical art. It would fill me with suck joy each time I used it. I would be honored to have such beautiful pieces.
After many years of hoping to do it, my mother finally has her fully renovated kitchen. She has numerous Courtly Check pieces but none of the new cookware which would be a crowning finish to her new well deserved space! I would be thrilled to win this so I could give the pieces to her. We are both huge Mackenzie-Childs’ fans. My husband even endured the long hot lines to help me at the Barn Sale this summer. My grandparents are from across Cayuga Lake from Aurora. My childhood was spent looking across at Aurora and one of my favorite things to do as an adult is to visit the Mackenzie-Childs store, shop, Aurora Inn, Fargo and all the other little treasures around this special place. You obviously get it too as demonstrated by your joyful blog about your own visit. Please, make me daughter of the year!
Ana, you never seize to amaze me!! Love your passion for all things!! Your snapchats are very real and entertaining. Like others who have commented, I too fell in love with Mackenzie Child’s because of you! You never seem to just give “enough” on your snaps, instead you go above and beyond to really get your point across and you just dive right in to every little detail! Especially with Mackenzie’s shop. Truly a reflection of their hard work and perfection to uniquely make it something that is just ordinary but instead in ordinary and that’s what makes the piece come alive!!!
So thank you for your snaps!
My husband too is a foodie and really does enjoy cooking and would love to surprise him with these beautiful quirky cookware. But of course I get first dibs in cooking with them..lol
All the best and keep at it with your snaps!!!
Hugs from Maria in NY!!!
I am a retired former home economics ( consumer science teacher and administrator. I have collected MacKenzie Childs pieces for 20 years. I purchase sale pieces when Neiman Marcus has markdowns and own about 10 pieces. I shopped once in Aurora and loved every moment!
My husband and I were neighbors that were both widowed. We have been lovingly married for 71/2years and we enjoy cooking and serving friends and our blended families together. ( loved your squash and apple soup recipe!)
I am Teaching him about beautiful serving pieces and MacKenzie Childs pieces are what I am sharing. Two years ago I took him to the premier store in New York just to show him the gorgeous trees, beautifully set tables and ornaments. It was an unforgettable experience!
My husband Greg Loves serving pieces, pots and pans!! When we shop, that’s what he looks at and buys. I would love to surprise him with a matched set…he turns 70 in January and that would be a fun surprise! And not from QVC!! Lol. Good Luck to me!!
Oh my goodness? I have a deep passion for cooking and baking and I’m about to be out on my own soon, and if this was my first set of pots I would be the most greatful girl on this planet? Especially because I’ll probably have to buy all my first kitchen supplies at a garage sale somewhere. But hey, we all start somewhere right?!:) I love your page if anything PLEASE keep posting Brazilian dishes?? or ones like your Kahlua coffee chocolate cake!?
I love your blog and your snaps!! You are so beautiful and down to earth. Its sometimes strange how I look forward to a “strangers” snaps! The food! The photos! The pregnancy! everything is just REAL! I love to cook and I love to paint so these pots and pans are soo up my alley!! Your trip looked absoutley amazing! I love looking at your photos! (love all of the colors!) I really enjoy how you make traditional yummy meals healthy and taste even better! ( i mean the baked chicken and waffles WHAT!!??) Eating healthy DOESN’T mean eating bland boring food. I would really love to win these pots and pans. I desperately need an upgrade on my cookware. They would add so much flare to my kitchen!!
Thanks for your daily snaps I really look forward to them!
Just read your adventure in Aurora and am even more entranced with the history of MC! Each item is truly a work of art. Thanks for such a comprehensive review!
I’m a new Mackenzie Childs lover with a newly remodeled kitchen so would love to cook in this special cookware. What fascinates me about the court,y check is the colors within the black/white! You can see blues, greens and other colors too!
It seems like you really captured the spirit of Courtly Check! It IS in fact amazing that it’s not simply black and white, but a combination of colors and Rebecca, the creative designer will be so impressed you picked up on this! Please send me an email to [email protected] to claim your prize as you’ve been chosen! I need your mailing address!
For everyone else, don’t worry! This was such an amazing giveaway MacKenzie-Childs wants to do another one, but on my Facebook page. stay tuned!!!
Congrats to the winner, ???
I can’t wait!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to try to win this amazing prize!
We live in central California, about as far away as one can live from Aurora, New York in the US. We have a small farm here with horses, dogs, cats, chickens, and a desert tortoise that showed up in the garden a year ago and just kinda stayed.
I would absolutely love to visit the amazing facility that creates the magic that is Mackenzie Child’s, but traveling, for even short periods of time, isn’t realistic.
I stumbled across your blog and pics, and truly enjoyed living vicariously through your adventure into, what my husband teasingly calls my devotion (okay, fine, obsession) with Mackenzie Child’s- personal escape into my version of Sonya in Wonderland.
The cookware set is yet another brilliant concept from my favorite company Mackenzie Child’s, and would be lovingly cared for and used daily here in California, and displayed whenever not in use. ?
Thank you for taking the time to share your journey with all of us fans, and for helping to promote this wonderful company.
Truly appreciate the time you put into
Your newest fan, Sonya Onorati
Hi Ana. I would love to win. I LOVE cooking and doing your recipes. Very healthy and would really love to have something new this year. Hard buying new cookware due to me going to school and husband (husband only one working too)and having two beautiful girls. We are trying to save for a house so winning this will be a great blessing. Please!!!
Blessings to you and your bundle if joy❤
I’m old (nearly 70), disabled (MS), extremely limited income, but totally in love with McKenzie-Child creations. I’ve been trying to make my own just because just looking at them makes me smile and feel happy. I think I was one of their first fans and I just become more of a fan with time. Currently, I tend to always have a bit or two of black and/or white paint on me or my clothing somewhere, but. It is astonishing what a few black and white painted pumpkins will do for a room. Astonishing and WAY cool. What you’re doing is very nice, so if no one else thanks you, I’m thanking you for myself and all the rest of us as well who totally LOVE McKenzie-Childs designs and products.
You have no idea how much I would love to win the cookware. You mentioned that your mom would be so excited to visit Aurora, and that’s exactly how my mom and I felt. Two years ago mom gifted me with a beautiful tea kettle and four salad plates from the MacKenzie-Childs Butterfly Garden Enamelware collection. I filled the tea kettle with white tulips and made a butterfly cake for my sisterinlaw’s graduation from nursing school at the age of 50. She is a paralegal, and wanted to help patients in her second career so returned to college and we are very proud of her. We have a special love of butterflies just like they do at the MacKenzie-Child’s Aurora, NY farm. Excited to share this special occasion and would be thrilled to use the cookware for our Thanksgiving feast. Haha 🙂
2 years ago i finished my studying of Interior Design and the products of Meckenzi-childs were my inspiration for one of the best projects i planned. I love it so much that i visited New York 2 weeks ago and was excited to visit the store almost everyday. I bought myself 1 of the new cookware and i would love to have more of it:)
I just came across your blog as I am an avid follower of Mackenzie child’s. The barn sale is a fun annual trip that I make each year with girlfriends, always hunting for the perfect piece or two, or three!
The cookware is the latest and greatest and I can’t wait to get some! I am a bride on a budget so winning would be
Your post about Aurora and Mackenzie Child’s captured the little fairytale town perfectly…hope you got to go check out Dories while you were there!
Looking forward to digging into some of your recipes! Cheers and best wishes on your pregnancy!