Friday, January 22, 2010

My Favorite Kitchen Tool and a Giveaway!!

This giveaway has ended. The winners are Patty R. and Alison! Patty and Alison, please email me ( with your address so I can have your blenders shipped to you:-).


I love-love-love-love-love my immersion blender. Besides the big three (oven, microwave and dishwasher), it's my very favorite kitchen tool. Oh? I've mentioned this before? I guess I have.
In the past, I've even suggested that you should add one to your Christmas list. Did you? Did you get one for Christmas? Well, if you didn't, do I have some news for you?!

The kind folks over at CSN Stores are giving two (2) of my readers their very own hand blender. Whoohooo! I am so excited to help give two of you your very own blenders, I can hardly stand it!

How To Enter

Take a field trip and check out the stools at (one of CSN Store's many websites). Browse around and then come back and leave a comment telling me which item you would choose if you could have anything on that site. Only one entry per person. (You are welcome to comment anonymously- just make sure you leave an initial so I can identify you if you win.)

Sometime next Wednesday, January 27th, I will randomly draw two names and announce the winners.

Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter. To my dear readers in South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and elsewhere, I apologize profusely.

What You Are Entering to Win

A Hamilton Beach 2-speed Hand Blender (and storage case) with whisk and drink mixer attachments. (Even I don't have whisk and drink mixer attachments!) Click here for more information.

I've talked about how I use mine when I make carrot soup, tomato soup, pumpkin pasta, vegetable chowder and baby food. There are other ways to use it, too. I just haven't written about them. Yet.

What are you waiting for?! Go on over to, browse around, come back and enter to win! Pin It


  1. You must be reading my MIND! A few days ago my nice kitchenaid blender broke. I have been wondering what I am going to do without a blender and have been thinking about looking into immersion blenders since hearing people talk about them a lot lately. I did go to the site and if I could have ANYTHING there I wanted, I would love the Oakland Living Five Piece Bar Set ($1631.41)! I hope all is well with you (and I hope I win!). Take care!
    Shannon S.

  2. Hey there, dear! Wouldn't want anyone to steal your pickled beets! :-)

    Just seeing about winning that cool hand blender - my fav on the barstools site is the polywood nauticle 29.5" outdoor bar chair!

    Love your blog. My initials are PMR, in case this doesn't leave any other identifiers . . . I'v enot posted here before so don't know how it works. So - Patty R - somehow couldn't get it to post that way . . .

  3. I gave my immersion blender away to the kids school for making hot lunches, works great to make stewed tomatoes for mac n cheese! I would love to have one again! So here goes...I checked out the site and I love the Holsaq Bulldog 24"-30" Custom Bar Stool in Orange. It wouldn't match in my kitchen but I love bright colors!

  4. Yippee! What a cool giveaway!

    My choice: The Hillsdale Delray 30-inch bar stool, though I think I'd like it in white.

  5. What a great giveaway! Thanks for hosting this one. :) I visited the barstool site and have been thinking about getting a high stool like one found there for my oldest who has a drafting table (they are tall) and is preparing to become an architect (he's in grade nine). I would choose a wood finish stool as it fits the decor in his room the best.


  6. I would get the Grand Rapids Chair Melissa Anne Ladder Back Barstool.


  7. What a great give away. I liked the Howard Miller Ithaca bar stool, pretty traditional I know, like me. My picky girl doesn't like any chunks in her sauces. A hand blender sure beats my current technique of squishing everything with my pastry cutter, Ha! Really enjoy all the great recipes you share. Thanks for your generousity, Robin

  8. Oh my 'give a girl a fig' had the most beautiful soup & I just had to come and put my 2 cents in about those barstools to have a chance for my own IMMERSION BLENDER. Yum! I can't wait to blend up some veggie soup, I've posted before about my butternut squash soup, and now I use canned organic... quick 2 serving batch.
    So... I love the bar height saddle barstools. I've been in the market to replace some wobbly one's at my counter. they just look so substantial. So un-wobbly.
    Thanks for sharing a chance for something so cool! I've been thinking I needed one of these!

  9. You have me all excited about the possibility of an immersion blender. It would be perfect for my curried carrot soup.

    I would choose the Johnston Casuals 4-Score Backless Contemporary Barstool - 2018. I love the pewter finish with purple suede!

    Thanks. Carmen M.

  10. Howdy Neighbor,

    Got your email & just couldn't resist the offer! I went to the website & if I could pick anything I guess it would be the Hillsdale Mansfield 24" Swivel Counter Stool.

    Diane B.

  11. How timely! I just made a (very long) list of everything we’ll need to buy when the house is done and at the top was bar stools! So glad you posted a link to that site. I’m sure we’ll be revisiting it soon to drool over purchasing: Great American Barstools 24" Eco-Friendly Brick Red Saddle Stool - SS24-MP

    They would match our wood stove!!

    In the meantime, I’m crossing my fingers that I win an immersion blender, since that did not make the cut for the list… ;)

  12. Funny giveaway rules. Ha. OK, so I've actually bought from CSN before (ceiling fans) but your contest just reminded me to check them out for barstools for mom's new house (she wants me to give her suggestions). choice is the Woodbridge Home Designs 29" barstool. :)
    Laura H.

  13. What a neat giveaway! I totally LOVE the Bonaldo Hoppy Stool, it looks so vintage AND modern at the same time! Oh, if only we had a counter where I could stick a pair of these! DZ

  14. I would defiantely get the saddle seat barstools in espresso! I love them, but even more I love this hand blender! I have always wanted one but never gotten one for myself! It would be a great prize to win!

    Brooke Malko

  15. What fun! I was just browsing at this site last week for bar stools for our kitchen. We would get Lyon 18" Stool-Pressed Wood Seat and Adjustable Leg Extensions (Set of 2) - 1732SKU #: LW1323.

    Thanks for the fun!

  16. Hi, I haven't commented here before but the blender made me do it. I would love one. I like the saddle stools in black and walnut. I hope all is well with you--I'll have to check back here more often. AR

  17. I love this - Wildon Home Kremmling 24" Bar Stool with Cross Back Fabric Seat in Cappuccino

  18. I'd pick the Great American Barstools Espresso 29" Saddle Seat Bar Stool. This is actually what I'm looking for right now, I just don't have the heart to spend the money!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  19. Oh goodness...I really wish I could enter. Having one over here in SK would be just brilliant.
    Thanks for the shout-out. :)

  20. An immersion blender would be perfect for Pop Pop to blend Grammie's food-what a great idea! If I don't win this one I may buy him one.
    I liked the Powel Parsley 24" Swivel Counter Stool...PJG or MOM

  21. Oh, I don't have one of those. Fun!

    And if I ever need a stool, I know where to go. I went with a fun choice. Regal Caracau 30" Backless Metal Swivel Barstool

    Diner style.

  22. The 25" Winemakers Stave Bench... it would make a great time out chair for the handsome husband...

    And FYI... No, I did not receive an immersion blender for Christmas... so it would come in rather handy...especially when I am making the home canned tomato basil soup :)

  23. I'd get the Seaside Causul shell back 4 seat dining set. Sku-sc1063
    It would be great to have this on the deck for dining outside and just hanging out.
    What a fun give away.

  24. I came over, because you signed up on my blog giveaway! What fun you are having!!!!!!!! I don't have a immersion blender, but it looks like it would be a wonderful addition to anyones kitchen! Maybe mine? smile!

    If I where to choose a bar stool It would be the Winsome 24" Backless Swivel Counter Stool (Set of 2). Then I would make chair covers for them. Cute!

    Thank you so much for this wonderful drawing. It has been fun to be here at your beautiful blog.

    Blessings, Linda
    Prairie Flower

  25. I like the comment above: "the blender made me do it" - and would like to similarly plead for clemency. I've heard how wonderful they are for soups, and I've been thinking for years now that one would be useful for making apple butter.

    Regarding bar stools, our apartment does not have any place that bar stools would fit (it has too much furniture wedged in already!), but the "Woodbridge Home Designs 5302 Series Stool in Walnut" is what I would go for anyway.

    - MC

  26. I'm not much of a bar stool person but if I had to pick one I'd go with Carolina accents Avondale 24" Backless Swivel Counter Stool.

    Now immersion blenders are another story altogether. I've always had in the back of my head that one of those would to nicely with my array of useful kitchen gadgets.

    JJ's Aunt V.

  27. I would love the following:

    We bought 2 bar stools a few years ago and when our family increased....I couldn't find new stools! So I need to buy 3 so we have matching ones....

  28. If I could choose anything it would be the Stanley Portofino Ivory Buffet. However, it's definitely too big for my house or budget...but if we're just dreaming here...

    Crossing my fingers for the hand blender since my son and I go veggie at Lent and I'm planning on preparing lots of yummy soups!

    Love your's blessed our family!

  29. I checked out the site, and if I could have anything I wanted, I would pick the Johnston Casuals Matrix Adjustable Swivel Barstool - 7529SKU #: JCS1287!! This hand blender would come in handy for me, thanks for the chance!


  30. I think I would choose: Walker Edison Set of Retro Adjustable Barstools in Black - CHJB02BL. I know. A little different. But I love 'em! Thanks for the fun giveaway!!

  31. I am a silent reader typically, what a fabulous giveaway idea!
    I would choose the Trica Nicholas 27" Swivel Counter Stool - Customizable fabric!
    TT are my initials.

  32. The Regal Caracau backless swivel chair...

    (The girl who thinks shes a bird)

  33. I've got to go with one of the best sellers - Holsag Bulldog...with a different color for each kid (to match our Fiestaware) would make a colorful kitchen!

    I've been trying to convince my dh that we could use an immersion blender...would so love to win one!

  34. Although I love the retro stools and a number of other styles, I would have to go with the Wave 7 University of Nebraska barstool. I would sent it to my good friend, Amy, who is a huge Nebraska fan. She was very generous to me during a time in my life when I really needed a good friend, and she would love the stool as a "thank you."

    The blender is awesome, by the way! My old mixer smells like something is burning even before I turn it on!

  35. the Saddleseat Counter Stool is my choice...

  36. Hey - I have perused your site a little, but never commented. How cool to be able to give away the awesome blender! I have very modern taste at heart and loved the "Trica Hollywood Swivel" barstool. It is silver and blue and very modern! Anyway - hope you have a great day. I think you try to buy/grow locally, but I just have to pass on this tip...I tried using mashed avocado to replace half of the butter in a brownie recipe (not my idea) and it was delicious and much better for our health. take care- Andrea M.

  37. I would choose the Carolina Cottage Hawthorne 24" Antique Black Counter Stool. It would be great to have to get off my feet while cooking and I know a little girl who would love to climb it :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!!! EMW

  38. I really, truly, like the Emeco Heritage Stacking Barstool. And the immersion blender sounds lovely! Kim C.

  39. Armen living backless swivel barstool. Looks a bit retro. I like it.

  40. How about the Regal Caracau Backless Bar Stool in blue... to match the girl who thinks she's a bird.

    (Monkey Boy)


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