Saturday, 21 November 2009
A Merry Christmas Giveaway
Welcome to my Christmas 2009 Giveaway! You all give to me so cheerfully every day of the year with your wonderful comments and your special kind of love and so I want to give something back to you in the way of a Christmas Giveway. Yes! One of you, my wonderful readers will be the lucky recipient of the following goodies! (I tried to take some good pictures of them this morning, but for some reason my camera is not uploading to our computer. I'll have to wait for Todd to get up so that he can sort it out!)
First of all there is . . . . not one, but TWO lovely little Christmas Cookery Books. The one put out by Women's Weekly, which is an Australian Women's magazine and the other the very first Christmas Cookbook put out by Waitrose stores this year. They're both filled to overflowing with delicious Christmas recipes and goodies!
Second, a lovely selection of Cath Kidston hand creams. There's three of her most popular fragrances in a very handy purse size. Wild Rose, Honeysuckle and her newest fragrance, Bluebell! Your hands will be smelling great!
Three, a tasty box of Mistletoe Kisses. A delicious combination of milk chocolate, chocolate mousse and gooey caramel. They're just like a tasty kiss under the mistletoe!
Four, an incredibly edibly smelling candle by Lily Flame Candles, called Festive cheer!! Oh, it smells like all the good things about Christmas . . . gingerbread, chocolate, tangerines and nuts!! Hooray!! It's one of my favourites yet, and I DO love Lily Flame Candles!
Five, your choice of one of my Christmas Prints, 8 by 11 sized, suitable for framing or whatever else you want to do with it. You get to pick which one you want.
and finally . . .
It will all get pulled into your home by this tasty milk chocoalte Lindt Gold Reindeer!!!
So much goodies to call your own, and all you have to do is to leave me a comment here on this post by the end of the month! Yes, on December 1st, I shall be drawing one name out of my hat as a winner of all these goodies, so spread the word, the more the merrier! In fact if you do post about it on your own blog, I'll put your name into the hat twice, so let me know if you do!
You've got to be in it (the hat) to win it, so leave me a few words today! Good Luck everyone!
(Pssst! It doesn't matter where you live either, I'll post it anywhere, even Timbuctoooo!)
I'm off to get my swine flu shot this morning, and then we are popping up to visit Terri for an hour or so, maybe take her shopping for a few bits. I can imagine she wasn't able to get out and about this week with the rain and all. It must be so difficult for her these days, as she isn't able to drive herself anywhere anymore, because of her arm, and I know she will enjoy our company if nothing else. I shall bring her your love.
This is a very tasty Salad Dressing that we just love here at Oak Cottage. It's sweet and tangy and reminds me of a very popular salad dressing from home, called Catalina Dressing. We can't buy that variety over here, but I have to say I could not tell the difference between that and this if asked. They both taste quite, quite identical!
*Tangy Tomato Salad Dressing*
Makes 2 cups
Is it Toe Mae Toe or Toe Mah Toe?? I love this salad dressing. Very similar to one you can buy in the shops back home, it has a lovely tangy sweet and sour tomato flavour, with just a hint of spice. It keeps very well in the refrigerator for weeks and weeks. This is my absolute favourite. A little goes a loooong way!
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp salt
1 dash of sweet paprika
1/2 tsp mild chili powder
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
grated onion, to taste
1/2 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup tomato ketchup
1 cup vegetable oil
Measure all of the ingredients into a blender, or into the measuring cup that came with your hand held stick blender. Blend well until completely amalgamated. Stir in a jar in the refrigerator and give it a good shake before using.
Note - You can also marinate Chicken pieces in this before grilling and it gives them a wonderful flavour!!
We're doing comfort food over on The English Kitchen today! Pop on over and have a look!!