Friday, July 30, 2010

a battery recharge...

We are off to our favorite respite, also known as Laguna Beach. This year we opted out of our regular lush Manzanita surroundings (in the way of gardens and plant life) to be closer than four blocks to the ocean. We are pretty much on Pacific Coast Highway, downtown, and a few steps from the ocean. I shall report on the outcome. This is our living room and kitchen. It's tiny.

Here is our view from the very small deck off the living room.

I have a long list of things to pack as well as a list of things not to pack, like lipstick. And hair gel. I have many books. Many. I shall share as I go along, in case you're interested.

This vacation will be less of our typical vacation culinary adventure since the winter wasn't good to me and my relationship with the scale (grrrr...). Now I'm a month away from standing in front of twenty-five teenagers each morning. I cannot for a minute be anything but single of mind, so the main source of my calories will continue to be vegetables. We do, however, have two reservations for Cafe Zoolu for the swordfish. And you know you can count on pictures of Sprinkles, no matter the cranky review in Cook's Illustrated. Don't get me started. Reports forthcoming. Vacation begins tomorrow.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

CSN giveaway winner...

The winner of the $50 gift certificate from CSN is (per Cheryl. We share a love of Le Creuset.

Cheryl said...
I have dreams at night of owning my first piece on Le Crueset. LOL One day I shall. Thanks for the opportunity to enter my name.

July 4, 2010 11:11 PM

Cheryl, send me your email address and CSN will email you the gift certificate. Congrats.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

CSN giveaway ... last chance

Last call to enter this contest. Leave me a comment here to be entered in the CSN giveaway for a $50 gift certificate. Then go over to Sparkle Power and leave a comment for another gift certificate for $60! Contest ends at 11 a.m. tomorrow . . .

P.S. I would buy this.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Giveaway ...

Are you feeling lucky? Leave me a comment here to be entered in the CSN giveaway for a $50 gift certificate. Then go over to Sparkle Power and leave a comment for another gift certificate for $60! What if you win both? It could happen.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

a giveaway, open comments, furniture and a homecoming...

The smell of gunpowder is in the air ... it must be the Fourth of July. We have no flag cake to eat, no homemade ice cream and no fireworks, but anticipation is in the air. Bridget returns from the California Santa Rosa Mission after 18 months and 3 weeks. We can hardly wait.

Just a few issues that need to be resolved... Bridget's bedroom is empty. Remember when I sold my house and bought a new house and then didn't sell my house and didn't buy a new house? I gave her bedroom away. All of it.

Which brings me to my mission of the day, and yes, the use of that word was purposeful.

CSN Stores. I found them searching for dining room solutions. That's a story in and of itself. Ever make a mistake purchasing furniture? Let's just say when someone puts a glass down on my table I have heart palpitations. What good is that?

After investigating all the dining room solutions CSN had to offer I was easily distracted . . . I saw this Cuisinart ice cream maker I've been investigating and the be-all-end-all of cookware, Le Creuset.

I'm having a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate that can be used at any CSN store. If you want to use your gift certificate to buy that awesome cherry red piece of Le Creuset you can, or you can use it for something else. Your choice. For a list of the 200 plus CSN stores, see here. Leave me a comment and you're entered.

The giveaway starts today, July 4th and ends on Friday, July 16th at 11 a.m. PST. A winner will be chosen (that random number generator thing) and you'll receive your $50 gift certificate via your email address directly from CSN stores. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada. Thanks to CSN Stores for offering this giveaway.

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