A BIG FAT Tuesday Giveaway

Happy Mardi Gras ya’ll!

It’s been a loooooong, cold winter here in suburbia and I’m ready for some serious fun. Today is “Fat Tuesday”, a day in New Orleans known for decadence, overindulgence, and a “last hurrah” before the season of Lent sets in. I’ve decided that today would be the perfect day for a giveaway for all of you. The generous folks at CSN Stores have offered my readers (that’s you) a $65 gift certificate to any of the online CSN Stores. Have you ever heard of CSN Stores? They have 200+ online stores that sell everything under the sun! Come to think of it, I’ve been looking at flat panel tv stands myself for sometime now…hmmmmm, perhaps tonight after our festive Mardi Gras meal would be the perfect time to casually drop a hint to My Yanni about buying a new one. <insert evil laugh here>

Speaking of King Cake…I bought this King Cake today in celebration of “Fat Tuesday”.  My Yanni is from New Orleans and I love to surprise him with a King Cake every year. It’s become a treasured tradition in our house, beads and all.

Forget the fact that I didn’t make it. It’s the thought that counts right?

However, I am making mouthwatering Jambalaya that’s bubbling on the stove as I type. That should count for something.

After we dine on the Jambalaya we’ll dig into this scrumptious King Cake (and possibly shop online) and find out who the lucky duck will be…

…the lucky duck that finds this…

tucked inside their piece of cake.

Yes, I know that’s a plastic naked baby. It’s what a King Cake is all about.

Don’t ask me why. I don’t ask questions when it comes to Mardi Gras. It’s serious business folks and My Yanni knows. He’s from New Orleans so I listen (I know when to hold ’em, I know when to fold ’em, I know when to walk away and I know when to take a pastry & its’ naked plastic baby seriously).

So TRUST me, you actually WANT to find the plastic naked baby in your piece of cake, it’s good luck.

And speaking of good luck,

I wonder which one of you will be the lucky duck who wins the $65 gift certificate? And I wonder if I’ll get my tv stand?

All you need to do is tell me what your favorite Cajun dish is. Is it Jambalaya or Shrimp Creole…or maybe a shrimp Po-Boy… or even a warm muffulatta sandwich? <drool> There is no wrong answer, just tell me your favorite and you’re entered to win.

Contest starts today March 8, 2011 and will end Thursday March 10, 2011 at midnight. I will announce one lucky duck winner sometime on Friday!

Good Luck and Happy Mardi Gras ya’ll!



Congratulations to…

Linda! Who said,

“If a Hurricane counts as a dish….kidding. Jambalya for sure” :)

Way to go Linda! I’ll be contacting you about your prize details! Thanks so much for joining in the fun everyone!

Happy Friday!


The Last Supper (CSN Giveaway) **CLOSED**

I have a confession to make.

We have fallen into a terrible habit here at my house.

Now don’t judge me…this is difficult to share with all of you but <gulp> we enjoy most of our… o.k. almost ALL of our meals while sitting around our kitchen island rather than our kitchen table.

There I said it out loud.

Do you all sit at your kitchen tables like civilized families or do you crowd around your island like we do?

It’s really become quite ridiculous.

My husband and I sit sideways around the edges of the island while our daughters sit comfortably on their bar stools. I plan, shop for, and cook delish dishes but it feels like we don’t enjoy the fruits of my labor because we plow through meals. I try to think of charming and witty conversation to chit chat about while we enjoy supper around our…well…island. I have a perfect vision of what our evening suppers should be like. Ya know, like the Walton’s… all of us sitting down at our own special place to gather and feed our tummies as well as our souls.

Wouldn’t it just be easier to plop down at the kitchen table? It IS only but a few, mere steps away. I mean seriously folks.

Instead we squish haphazardly around the island, awkwardly contorted in the chairs that we’ve ironically pulled over from the kitchen table that sits, waiting. Waiting dutifully for someone to loving set each place setting on its’ spacious tabletop (rather than a catch-all for the piles of “to do” papers and my purse and car keys).

Well I’ve got breaking news…this will indeed be THE LAST SUPPER on the island at my house. The last supper to be eaten with one foot on the ground ready to vacate the premises at any given moment. The last supper spent uncomfortably crowded in a space that is meant for buffets and seasonal displays – not meals.

Therefore I give to you….

***********WE HAVE A WINNER!**********

A big thanks to all who participated in the fun!

The winner is….drum roll please………

Congratulations to Hillary who said, “What a great giveaway, I hope I win.”

Hillary I will be contacting you about your prize.

Now if that isn’t proof of the power of positive thinking, then I don’t know what is!

Have a great day all!



In celebration of our last supper, I am giving away a $40 gift certificate that the folks of CSN Stores contacted me about and have kindly supplied. CSN stores has over 200 different websites where you can find anything from kitchen tables to cookware! Christmas is around the corner you know! You could get a jump start or pamper yourself if you like! All you have to do is leave me a comment below!

And by the way, I’m curious…DO YOU indeed sit at your kitchen table? Please share, I’d love to know!

Giveaway starts today, Tuesday, September 28, 2010 and will end Friday, October 1, 2010 at midnight EST. I will announce the lucky winner sometime Saturday, October 2, 2010.

(I’d like to give A BIG THANKS to the nice folks of CSN Stores for sponsoring this giveaway!)

Good luck and may you enjoy all of your meals at the table!