Thursday, June 10, 2010

The New Car Monkey and My Giveaway Winner

Thanks so much to all of my "old" and new followers who participated in my CSN giveaway! Random.org chose Leslie (#51) as my winner. Please check back for more recipes and giveaways in the near future.

I’ve been thinking about buying a new car for sometime now. My car has 96,000 miles on the odometer and a creaking noise when I hit a bump. It still looks great with its shiny paint and comfy leather seats but something tells me it’s just time to say goodbye. Since we live in the frozen tundra in the winter months, my husband and I decided that I would buy the much needed four wheel drive and he could sell his gas guzzler and buy some tiny little petrol stingy chick car that he could drive to and from work. In anticipation of this big purchase, I’ve been saving every dollar in hopes of making the big check a little easier to write. I’ve been cooking at home more, staying away from the mall and my biggest sacrifice of all, doing my own pedicures. The latter has really been the most challenging since I have gotten a bit more, uh, shall we say, “mature.” Between my failing eyesight and the growing spare tire that I wear around my middle, my flip flops are the only things getting up close and personal with my toes these days.

Last weekend, after many test drives and tire kicking, my husband and I got serious and sat down with the lovely saleswoman I had been working with and got a price on the new SUV of my choice. I had done my homework and looked up the Blue Book value of the creaky old battle axe that I was trading in. I’m not na├»ve, so I was totally prepared for the fact that these car lot bandits were going to try to steal my car, but I was in no way prepared for the sexual assault (to put it nicely) that they planned on committing against us. Imagine they wanted to walk away with my beautiful old friend for pennies on the dollar. During our negotiations the once sweet young woman that had been helping me with my purchase began a metamorphosis that I can only describe as startling. Her blue eyes began to turn a devilish red, her fair skin took on a bluish tint and her long blonde hair now looked like thousands of tiny snakes (I’m not kidding). With tears in my eyes (well, almost), I grabbed my purse and we got out of there. Once in the comfort of my old car, I began to see the old girl in a whole new light. She isn’t the old jalopy that car lot Medusa had portrayed her to be. She has character, and like a bottle of fine wine she has been aged to perfection. She has wrapped her arms around my family and carried us safely to our destination on innumerable family trips. How could I abandon her in this hostile environment after all we have meant to each other? Oh sure, she has let me down a time or two like the time her transmission went out after that lacrosse game but we let that one go a long time ago. I’ve changed my mind for now, I’m keeping her.

Now that I’ve made this huge decision, my life is back on! Yesterday my daughter and I visited T. J. Maxx, the mall and the nail salon all in one fell swoop. The pedicure I got was one of the best I’ve ever had and God bless the young girl who did it. I deserved everything that she said about me to her coworkers in Vietnamese. I couldn’t understand a word but I can only imagine: “You think you’re having a bad day, at least you’re not having to reconstruct this old cow’s feet. I’d hate to see what her car looks like if she has feet like this!”

Since I got the new car monkey off my back I’m going to treat my family to a nice piece of beef on the grill. The following recipe is for a killer marinade that is based on a favorite of mine from one of Southern Living’s fantastic cookbooks. I have shared this recipe with almost everyone I know and they’ve all loved it. It is really meant to be used to marinate beef tenderloin but it is great for any cut of beef or pork. Vanity won't allow me to show photos of my pedicure, but I hope this photo of my perfectly grilled medium rare tri tip will do. I paired it with a cheesy poblano twice baked potato and some fresh sweetcorn for a perfect summer supper.



Spicy Port Wine Marinade

1/2 cup Port wine
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup light olive oil
1/2 - 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (depending on your taste for spice)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons lightly packed light brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bay leaf
2 pounds beef tenderloin or other favorite thick cut of beef

Place all of the ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake well before pouring over beef in a zipper seal bag or bowl; seal bag and shake to coat or turn over a few times in the bowl to coat before covering with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 8 or up to 24 hours, turning several times.

Remove the meat from the bag and grill or barbeque to desired doneness.

Cheesy Poblano Twice Baked Potatoes

This is a really easy recipe so don’t try and make it difficult by measuring the ingredients as it should be made by personal preference and taste. Just remember to put the phrase “A bunch of” before every ingredient.

1 large baking potato for every 2 people to be served
1 large poblano pepper or any other mild or spicy green pepper, outsides charred and skin peeled, seeded and chopped
Butter
Soured cream
Medium shredded cheddar cheese
Cooked bacon, chopped
Green onion, chopped
Garlic powder
Salt and black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, 180 C.

Bake or microwave potatoes until done; cut in half lengthwise and cool until you are able to hold them. Scoop out the inside leaving enough potato around the inside edge as to give the peel a bit of stability and structure; set the potato skins aside until ready to use.

In a large bowl, combine the potato insides, chopped pepper, butter, soured cream, cheese, bacon, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine leaving the mixture chunky.

Spoon equal amounts of the potato mixture into the potato skins; leaving uneven peaks on top (this will produce a delicious crunchy topping). Place on a baking sheet and bake uncovered in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 40 - 45 minutes or until they are heated through and the poblano pepper bits are soft. Cover with foil if the tops become too dark during heating.

CSN Gift Card Giveaway

CSN has offered me the opportunity to once again give my followers the chance to win one of their generous prizes. Since my last giveaway with them went so well, I jumped on the chance to do another. This time CSN is giving a $60.00 gift card that can be spent at any of their sites including my favorite, Cookware.com. If you’d like a chance to win, please leave me a comment stating so, or if you aren’t a follower already, just sign up to follow publicly then leave me a comment. One comment per follower please as multiple entries will be deleted. This giveaway is only open to my followers residing in the U.S. and Canada. I can’t wait to hear your comments. I will be choosing a winner on June 25th. Good luck!

136 comments:

Heatherfeather said...

Wow - grats on the new car. And ooh a giveaway is nice too :) The steak marinade looks really good!

Anonymous said...

She has done it again..Clever wit with a splash of fabulousity. Every one can relate to the one day that will come, parting with their devoted wheels. This receipe is a keeper and I shall attempt this weekend. Applause!!

Jody Jones / Montgomery Alabama

Mami2jcn said...

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Great giveaway!

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Karen Feril said...

Just love your blog and the recipes are an extra bonus!!!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

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Courtney said...

i'm a new blog follower! count me in!:)

bayctygrl said...

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Bonnie said...

I Love to find new Recipes!Online is a very Good Source,Thanks for this recipes!I will try this on my boys when they come Home!

Denise S. said...

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Nicole C. said...

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Anonymous said...

I'm a follower and the Spicy Port Wine Marinade looks so delicious. I might have to give this one a try.
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cstironkat said...

I hit the print button immediately. I have been looking for a good marinade.

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

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Annie1 said...

Just signed up to follow you via Google Friend Connect!

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I'm now hungry after seeing your pics, but its almost 10:30 pm so I'd better wait for breaky!

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McKim said...

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Nanette said...

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Pets and their people said...

I follow through GFC and would love to be entered since they have a patio umbrella I have had my eye on

Linda said...

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Michael and Carrie said...

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Tina12312 said...

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susitravl said...

CSN is great! I have a huge wish list of things I would like from them - cookware, sandals, home furnishings......
And I'm a follower of your blog.

momznite said...

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Mommy 2 Bears said...

Follower. I need new knives so I'd be shopping and drooling at the Cookware site as well.

Anonymous said...

Congrats. on the New CAR! The way the ENCono is its very FEW can AFFORD something NEW LOL LOL!But Congrats!
I Love to Cook so I'll have to try this LATER!!Thats when somebody gives the Money to Buy The INGREDENTS!LOL

snowluvnferret said...

Love the recipe, love to cook. I love CSN and have been eyeballing the Cuisinart Crimson bloom Dinnerware

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Velva said...

Congratulations of the new car. Cheers to TJMaxx and getting pedicures.

Great meal you shared with us.

Joy said...

I follow you.
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Stephanie said...

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Google follower.
I would love to win.

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Google friend follower, and I could certainly use this!

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Belinda M said...

I am a follower of your blog. I would love to be included in your giveaway

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Leslie said...

Ooh, count me in- I love CSN!

I'm a new follower.

You had me laughing with your pedicure story! Of course, I can laugh- I just had one yesterday. :) Too bad about not getting a new car, but there's something to be said for learning to appreciate what you have.

Amanda said...

I am a new Google Friend follower! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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Sarah Z said...

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grannyvon said...

I would put this gift certificate on So-1005 Electric CounterTop Oven if I won. Thanks for the entry. I follow on Google Friend Connect. ybutler@oppcatv.com

ckfrrt said...

I am a new follower and I am going through the same car ordeal I love "Bessie" my cars name but I know we will have to part ways soon.

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Jen M said...

That looks so delicious! I will have to try that recipe soon!!

CSN is an awesome giveaway too!

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i follow you publicly on google friend connect

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Public Google Friends follower as jennem.
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Kristine Michelle said...

I am a follower (Kristine Michelle)
That steak marinade sounds sooo good! Thanks for a nice giveaway!
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Breanne said...

I follow and I just got married not too long ago. So this would be very very useful!

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rah267 said...

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I would love to win
I just signed up as a google friend.
Have a great day

ktgonyea said...

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terri142 said...

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Tammy said...

I'm a follower - steak looks delicious!

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Jennifer M said...

I'm a new follower and look forward to trying the marinade.

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Louis said...

enter me please, thank you for the giveaway
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Jessilyn82 said...

New follower, your steak marinade looks amazing! Thank you for the great inspiration!
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Louis said...

enter me please, thank you for the giveaway
Following publicly as Louis on Google Friends Connect

Aisling said...

What a fun blog! I've signed up as a follower and I'd love to win a CSN Stores gift card.

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Yes I would love to win!
& I'm following you publicly - Google Friend Connect.

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TXsunlover said...

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I am a new follower.
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guettel78 said...

I'm a new GFC follower: guettel78

Glad to have discovered your blog -- it's well put together, really nicely written, and I love all the reviews and recipes you share. Thanks!

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i2ylee said...

ooo pick me! They have so many great items you can spend hours there!

Sir Thrift-A-Lot said...

New follower who loves food.

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MAT said...

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Mimi the kitten said...

Thank you for the chance, and God bless you always!

crystalf said...

I'm now following and would love to enter. Thank you!

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I'm a follower! :)
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dddiva said...

I'm a new follower- yay on the car decision, I can't wait til I can do that (stupid medical co-pays come first).

Your dinner looks divine what time do we eat?

Cookware is my fave too! Thanks for the chance to win.

Kate said...

I"m a follower! Thanks so much for the chance, I've been a long time fan of CSN stores!!

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Meet the Browns said...

I follow on Google :)

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Julie said...

I would love to win this. I love to cook and I could use a new knife or 2. Thank you for this amazing giveaway!

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I would love a chance to win,,,my Lady wants a Precision Pet
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Lisa said...

I am now a follower. Thanks for the chance!

Heather said...

I follow as /\Heather/\

I hope I win! Want a weighted hula hoop. :-)

Pamela S said...

YUM! I'm going to try those potatoes! I love serveware. I'm an absolute nut for it, so I'd love to go shopping at CSN for some. Maybe a nice platter to serve my potatoes on! Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

KK said...

I just started following your blog. I love CSN, too! and would love to win

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Valancia said...

I'm a new blog follower & I always enjoy new recipes to look through.

kakihara said...

follower
I would love to win--so many nice things to choose from!
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Janette said...

There's nothing better than a pedicure, especially if it's been a long time since getting one! I'm a new follower

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07violet said...

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crumbdonut said...

Hi! I'm now publicly following your blog in GFC. Thanks for the chance!

Tracey said...

I follow. I'd like to have the women's cudas tilda sandals in white.
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Michelle B said...

I am following your blog on GFC
please enter me into the giveaway
thanks
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amyd said...

also a new follower(amyd)the meal looks likes something i would like to make for the fam!

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purango said...

I'm following your blog. I would love to win some new cook

purango said...

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susan1215 said...

Eureka Cordless Quick Up 2-in-1 Vacuum Cleaner in Blue
I follow

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im following as msrodeobrat

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Barbarawr said...

I follow you and would love to win (I really want the Alpine Solar BirdBath fountain!)

Erica C. said...

I'm a GFC follower :)
I'd have to get this rug I've been eyeing on CSN.com!

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Nicole said...

I follow via Google Connect

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dvice said...

I signed up to follow. I'd like to be entered.

Leandrea at Coupons Are Great said...

I would love a bosu ball.

Gianna said...

Now following :)

Gina said...

Thank you for the giveaway & the yummy recipes...I just became a public follower via GFC.
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dispatcher_kristy said...

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loni said...

I would love to win this gift card!

Karen Harris said...

Random.org has chosen Leslie as the winner for my CSN giveaway. Thanks everyone for participating and a big thanks and welcome to my new followers. I hope you'll all stop by again soon for more stories, recipes and future giveaways.

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Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

Oh god, I have to buy a new car and I'm dreading the process. I don't have the choice of grabbing my purse and storming out to keep my car given that I no longer have one.

Perhaps I should steel myself for the experience by getting a pedicure.

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle said...

You know I ended up here after following your link for a marinade (yes...albeit a bit late!) and I love the sound of this but mostly LOL that you're still driving the old gal. I feel that way about my car too; all 150,000 miles of her!

I have to try this marinade; I admit, I've never thought of using port and I just so happen to have a new bottle in the bar (go with me on this even if you know it's just an itty bitty space in my kitchen, OK?).

Love your writing but love you more.