Please let me begin this post by humbling myself to you. It’s been one year since I started using The Aliso Kitchen as an actual, focused blog and not just some place to throw my ramblings. In that time, I’ve met so many people and shared a very personal part of my life.

Instead of bashing those revelations up against a wall and hurting my spirit, my readers have been uplifting, supportive, and and absolute inspiration. I learn something new from you all every day, and I love that we can be part of a community while living who-knows-how-far apart.

I love celebrating milestones, and recently, The Aliso Kitchen’s Facebook page busted past the 500 Like mark. It was only a month or so ago when we hit 200, so believe me, this rapid growth is shocking!

To celebrate this particular benchmark in particular, I asked you all for your recommendations for the product you’d like to see next. It was close, but you all chose Wilderness Way Baskets! Don’t worry, though; coconut oil is next.


Wilderness Way Baskets is a *very* small, artisan basket-making company created and run by my very own aunt and godmother, Karen Gramenz. After she retired from law practice a few years ago, she found the time to try her hand at all varieties of arts and crafts. She’s always been an artsy (and fartsy) lady, but basket weaving really stuck with her. Next thing we know, everyone in the family has baskets everywhere!

The thing about my aunt is that she’s picky about quality. Each piece is carefully created, and reflected upon in a manner that makes them all unique. This is the very opposite of mass-market production.

Karen was generous enough to provide this basket free of charge to share in a giveaway, and I decided that her handiwork deserved a proper review, too.

This basket in particular is a bread basket. Karen made it specifically for The Aliso Kitchen! I think it’s perfect for any room in your house. If this was mine, I’d add a clean kitchen towel and use it to display fresh produce or rolls!

Giveaway Guidelines:

This giveaway will run for 2 weeks, ending at midnight EST on 3/8. It is open to US residents aged 18 years or older. It is not affiliated or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any company other than The Aliso Kitchen and Wilderness Way Baskets. This basket was provided free of cost to me for the direct intent of sharing it in this giveaway. It will be mailed via USPS by the blog owner within a week once the winner has provided their address.

The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the announcement that they won. If I do not hear back within 48 hours from the time I email, I will select another winner.

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  • Stephanie Tyler Hastie

    Looks like I am the first to enter! Cool. I love baskets. I think I like the small egg basket the best. btw, you twitter is still for a mug at 200 likes. :)

    • Rachael Cleveland

      Whoops! I just noticed that and changed it. Thanks for letting me know and being the guinea pig! ;)

  • jenn

    multi colored twill basket

  • Claire

    Love the multi colored twill basket

  • Krystal Lynn

    I like the small storage basket. :)

  • samantha oh

    I love the 1950′s baker basket, would be perfect for fresh out the oven bread to serve to guests

  • Katy A

    They are all beautiful but I love the small egg basket best! I also like the potato masher basket! :)

  • Lori Gagnon

    I love the potato masher basket!!!

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  • Susan OBryant

    The Large oval flower basket is beautiful!

  • Mary Helene

    Beautiful baskets, I think I like the egg basket the best.

  • Linda Jarraf

    I like the multicolor twill basket.

  • Angie

    I live the small egg basket. I also am now following her store:)

  • Anne

    Hard to choose! The Double wine caddy is beautiful. I have a friend who collects unusual hand-made baskets, and this would be a perfect gift for her. Thanks for pointing me at Wilderness Way Baskets.

  • Anne

    (Psssst… The tweet in your Rafflecopter has too many characters. I had to edit it to tweet it. If there’s a way for you to change it at this point, you might want to think about it.)

    • Rachael Cleveland

      Thanks for the heads up! :)

  • Marija

    I love the small egg basket.

  • Dymphna De La Rosa

    i like the egg basket and the
    1950′s baker’s basket

  • Jessica White

    I like the Multi-colored twill basket!


    I love the Double Wine caddy

  • Terri Evans Morgan

    I visited their site and really like the
    Multi-colored twill basket.

  • brnmanis

    Multi-colored twill basket

  • julie thompson

    Your basket’s are beautiful congratulations on reaching 500 and thank you for the giveaway

  • Maggie Smith

    Love the Multi Colored Twill Basket! THANKS!!

  • Catherine @ Happily Ever Craft

    I love the Round Bread Basket! So cute! I also really like the Small Egg Basket too!

  • YOUR Virtual Service Group

    I really like the double wine caddy!

  • Sara Sarver

    I really like the market basket, the dark large storage basket, and the small egg basket. Surprise me! :)

  • Katrina Fries

    I like the double wine caddy.

  • terri tillman

    i am liking the multi colored twill basket. its pretty.

  • nikki sue krutz

    Bread basket with unique rim

  • Mer X

    I like the potato masher basket!

  • Lisa Ehrman

    My favorite is the multi colored twill basket!

  • tina

    I really like
    Multi-colored twill basket

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  • Chelle H

    I really like the Small Egg Basket!

  • yenny

    Multi-colored twill basket

  • Darlene Jones Nelson

    I love the double wine basket

  • Kristen Davis

    I love the 1950′s baker basket!

  • Billsn Beaks

    I like the multi colored twill basket

  • Heather

    I love the large oval flower basket.

  • coriwestphal

    I like the

    Small storage basket with braided handle!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • peggy greco

    I like the 50s Baker’s Basket. So many nice items to choose from.

  • John Hutchens

    I like the double wine caddy

  • Heather Dowley

    I love the large oval flower basket. it’s so cute and rustic!

  • sarah cool

    id love the

    Small egg basket

  • cnuland

    I like the Small storage basket

  • cassandra

    i really love the
    Large oval flower basket
    fb: rab pom

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  • Cindy Brickley

    I like the Small egg basket, they also have a bag shown that I think is a custom order with the dear horn handle that I would love to have.

  • Tami @ A Girls Gotta Nest

    Congratulations on 500!! The Potato Masher Basket is adorable!

  • Dh Hd

    I really love the bread basket you are giving away the best. The little egg basket is also simply darling. And I also really like the 50′s style bakers basket…..hmmm, I think I just like them all….your aunt does great work. Her baskets are lovely! Thank you

  • Crystal Irvin

    I like the small egg basket

  • Katie Tulloss

    I like the double wine caddy.

    frankandkatie at gmail dot com