Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Giveaway and Review!! (and recipe :))

I've had the fabulous opportunity to do another review and giveaway with CSNStores.com!!

They seriously are so wonderful to work with! I know I've said it before but they have stores for everything! You want a stool, a ping pong table, a toy, furniture, cookware, they have a store for it all. They are easy to navigate and have sales, promos, and free shipping on tons of items. That's where we just got our new family room rug (for a great deal)! Pics to come when the room is a little more complete! :)

I was so excited to review more Le Creuset!! I've been wanting a great sized stock pot to make soups and other yummy fally, wintery foods in, so I was so excited to choose the Le Creuset 6-Quart Stock Pot in Kiwi, a condiment ladle and cooling pads in Kiwi, to go with it! (I'd love to get the one size larger stock pot at some point too, I make huuuge pots of chili ;-)).


And what was the first thing I made?? Baked Potato Soup that my friend Whitney posted about (I've made it before and it is yuuuummy)!!


My Review
The Le Creuset stock pot is great. When I cooked the turkey bacon, there is so little fat in it, that it left some burn marks on the bottom of the pot, I was so afraid they wouldn't come out, but they did! It cooks and cleans so easily. The ladle seems like it could be a little sturdier, and I would probably get the bigger hot pads too (I was just looking at cost) but I really enjoy using all of the products and like how they handle! And CSN is great. I love that they don't charge tax, tell you how quickly your items will ship before you buy, and everything is packaged really well.

Your Chance To Win! Giveaway Time!
You have the chance to win a $65 gift certificate to CSNStores.com!! To use on anything you want!!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you might use your free moneys on! Giveaway ends next week on Wednesday December 15th at 10 pm EST!! Good luck! :)

Recipe :)
Paula Dean's Baked Potato Soup
8 slices Naturally Hickory Smoked Bacon (I used turkey bacon :))
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
5 potatoes, baked, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes (oops I didn't use this either)
2 cups half & half (I used one whole milk and one half and half, my attempt at saving a few cals, hah)
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup sour cream
Salt & pepper to taste

In a Dutch oven cook bacon until crisp; remove and crumble, reserve drippings. Cook onion in bacon drippings until tender; stir in flour and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add chicken broth; cook, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly. Put in the diced potatoes, parsley, bacon and half & half; cook for 10 minutes. Stir in cheese and sour cream.

*CSNStores.com provided me with a $65 gift certificate to their sites for my review and is providing the giveaway prize as well. My opinions are completely my own.


Lindsey said...

This post made me hungry!! If I win I think I would get that pot and make that recipe! It would be the perfect comfort meal on a cold day!:)

Krystyn said...

That soup looks delicious!

I would use it towards some new cookie sheets like this one: Calphalon Classic Bakeware 14" x 17" Large Cookie Sheet

Colleen said...

If I won I would get that pot as well, LOVE the green color. Such a great pop of color in the cold winter months. I would make piles and piles of chili :)

Karissa said...

That soup would be perfect on this very cold day in VA!

I would probably use the credit towards a Le Creuset French oven.

Shannon said...

I'd use it for some new cookware!


i would use it for some mor Le Creuset!!

Ashley said...

I'm making that soup this week! Yum! I would use the money to purchase some Le Creuset cookware too, LOVE their stuff!

elizabeth said...

If I won the giftcard I would buy my husband a new calphalon skillet for Christmas.

jenn said...

oh my goodness!
i saw this giveaway and i new i wanted to enter!!!

i need a new stock pot like this...so, i would use the gift card towards that!!

i'm loving that color green too =)

thanks for the recipe my friend =)
we will def. be making that in a few days!!!

Heather said...

I would get a new diaper bag for my baby girl!

Jessi said...

I'm in definite need of some new cookie sheets!

THE Stephanie said...

WOO HOO!!! I would totally buy that same pot. I made some hamburger stew this past weekend, but it would have been much better in that cute pot!!

Amber said...

CSN is great! If I won, the money would definitely go for baby items. I've looked at their furniture and a couple of options looked like they could work. I also found a little baby robe back when I did a giveaway and I have to have it at some point... it is SO cute. Thanks for doing this giveaway! xoxo

Amanda said...

how cool! i would probably get one of those huge, colorful pots!!! i don't have anything like that. or i would buy christmas gifts!

Annie said...

the soup sounds and looks delicious!!! i must try it soon!!

hope you are doing well hun! :)

emily said...

love CSN!!! i could really use some kitchen ware just like that pot!!!!! amongn other things, and that is why CSN is perfect!!! =)

Melissa G. said...

Yum! That soup looks good on a cold day like today!

I would use the money on a new blender! Ours bit the dust this summer and i've been missing our smoothies. =(

missylovsjesus at yahoo dot com

In this wonderful life... said...

YUUUUM. I ADORE this pot and baked potato soup is one of my favs! I think my mom is actually making it tonight :)

At home with the Howells said...

Paula Deen's food is always good. Why? Because all her recipes have a stick of butter in them. I just made her Chocolate Gooey Butter cookies for a cookie exchange. I would purchase my 2 yr. old son big boy bedding.

The Branches said...

That soup does look delish! I would use it on some decorating stuff or baby C :)

Whitney Caroline Designs said...

Can't beat a Paula Deen recipe! Excellent choice my friend! -xoxo

Lucky in Love said...

Isn't potato soup just the best!?! Yum! And I would probably get some sort of kitchen gadget. Probably... Ha! They have everything!

Rachel said...

YUM! I could so go for some soup right about now!

I'd love to win so I can buy puppy things for Layla :)

Ashley said...

I would love some new cookware.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Brenda said...

I would love new cookware, especially this lovely green beauty!

Lianna Knight said...

I LOVE CSN too...I have done a few giveaways with them too and they are so EASY to work with.

If I were to win this giveaway I would probably use it for an AWESOME coffee maker for my mom. I promised her I would get her one for Christmas, her's is so OLD, and since she's my mom she deserves the BEST :)

Happy Holidays friend!

California Wife said...

Yum, that sounds delicious!

I would love another (larger) non-stick frying pan if I won!!

Thanks for the giveaway, CSN is the best!

RoseMillsOhio said...

I've got my eye on a new Delta faucet for my kitchen!

rosemills (at) bex (dot) net

Jennie said...

I would totally use it to buy some Le Creuset too! Love that stuff!

Sunny Days and Love Always said...

I would love to win so I could get something from the home decor section!

Jamie Lovely said...

Definitely on some good quality cookware. Or cookie sheets! I'm trying to cook a lot more lately.

Sharon said...

Love that potato soup recipe! YUM!

I've been looking for a leather messenger bag -- if I won that's what I would (probably) get. I love their LeCreuset collection also!

Virginia said...

I've almost finished decorating my little boy's nursery (due on Dec. 30th), but I still need a cute lamp to sit on his dresser. I just found the most perfect little lamp @ CSN and would use the gift card for that.

Virginia Belle said...

The soup sounds delicious, I can't wait to try it! If I won I would probably add to my Le Creuset collection too, perhaps with a new dutch oven!

Bringing Up Boys said...

Yum! i love potato soup... especially when it is cold outside! I'm sure prised Paula did not include a stick of butter in her recipe, you know how she loves her butter ;).

Rhonda said...

Actually, I think I'd use mine on a Le Creuset as well!

Marie said...

That soup looks yummy! I'd use it towards something for the kitchen, a new skillet, cookie sheets, mugs, etc.

Becca said...

free money? I'd probably buy a pot too. Which sounds boring, but excites me nonetheless :-)

Cheryl said...

If I were the lucky winner, I would use the moneys on a Rachael Ray Enamel dutch oven. I have been salivating over them.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter.


Stephanie said...

Sounds super yummy! If won I would use my money on this:

meeyeehere said...

I would use the free moneys on a crock pot

tanya904 said...

Thanks for the yummy recipe and giveaway! I would use it for this knife set

tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

regina said...

I would use it towards something le creuset! I've always waned a piece from them. I love the colors!

reginaseger at yahoo dot com

McCraine Family said...

I would use it towards some new fun pots and pans!


Liz said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to get a Le Creuset stock pot in Cherry!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

melissa said...

I would for sure use it towards that Dutch Oven....mine got broken on Christmas Eve :(

That soup also looks very yummy!

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