I have been blogging now for over a year and have a problem; there is more spam comments than actual people comments. I know people are reading the blog because I can see the daily numbers, and while that’s a good thing, I don’t like seeing spam overtaking people. Now SPAM from Austin, MN, is a different creature altogether, but I digress. So it’s time for a questionnaire with a bonus; whomever wins will have a jar of my carrot cake jam mailed to them! Here’s the rules-and trust me, they are easy. Read the blog and answer the question-that puts your name in the ‘hat’ for one vote. Share my page on Facebook and that gets you another vote! That’s it! We will draw a name on Friday and I’ll announce it on my blog that day. You win, I win, and spam loses! I love reading their very poorly written comments which wave the red flag of, “I am not from here, but am pretending I am, so take me seriously.”
As I was picking raspberries yesterday, two thoughts came to mind; ok, there were more than that, but two BIG ones came to mind. One, that the president should be required to have a raspberry patch for several reasons: a) it takes awhile to pick and gives you quiet time to really ponder life b) just when you get comfortable picking, a thistle or rogue raspberry cane will remind you who is really the boss and c) it lets you realize a problem (such as picking all the raspberries by yourself-no secret service dudes can pick for you) may seem big when you first start out, but by the end you feel really satisfied knowing you conquered it one row at a time. The second thing I was chewing the cud about was which three things in my kitchen are indispensable; what three things can I not do without? The first is my Cuisinart food processor; I use it daily and in less than a month, will be using both the 7 and 12 cup versions for the zucchini and carrot relishes as well as the peppers, tomatoes…the list goes on. The second item is the Food Saver; I freeze everything in those bags to keep them fresh as the day I picked them so I can make jam in the dead of winter instead of killing myself now. The third was a toughie; my spoon, Big Bertha, is my go to spoon for making bread, but I also love the bread machine for mixing the dough when I’m in a hurry or am making multiple types of bread. I will go with the bread machine; it makes killer rolls, dinner rolls, breads, etc. with little effort on my part.
That’s it. That’s all you have to do-tell me which three things are a must have in your kitchen and why or if you’re NOT a kitchen krazy person which three items give you the biggest fits. I’m not a kitchen snob; not everybody likes to cook but all love to eat. The English teacher in me would love to have you write a five paragraph essay but who has time to read those?! You have until midnight on Thursday to enter and I will let everyone know who won on Friday’s blog. Good luck~ I’m looking forward to seeing what your kitchen ‘looks’ like!