Catstudio Review and Giveaway

This giveaway is now over. The winners are Elaine R and Kim Benton! Congrats!

Catstudio is a unique company. Its mission is to take consumers around the world with their hand-embroidered products. They have everything from pillows to glasses to aprons to dishtowels. All of the products are hand-embroidered and feature a whimsical look at your favorite places, including, state, regions, cities and even countries.

I was able to try out both the frosted glassware and the dishtowels.  First, my husband was more than excited when he saw the frosted glassware.  These glasses are a sight to see!  The detail work on these are amazing.  The glasses are so well done that you are afraid to use them!  All of the frosted glassware feature fun highlights of your favorite state/region.  The tumblers are 15 ounces each and feature seven colors and matte gold on each one!  You can easily pick and choose your favorite “place” to drink from! The price on these?  $12/glass or $48 for a set of four!  Best of all?  These are dishwasher safe!

The dishtowels are just as amazing as the glassware.  Each dish towel design is silk screened then framed with a hand embroidered border on a 100 percent cotton dish towel. Three stripes down both sides and hand dyed ric-rac top and bottom add a charming touch.  You are able to dry your dishes with your favorite region, country, state or even park! They retail for $20 and can be machine washed.

Both of these products will be a talking point in your kitchen.  Everybody will want to know where you got them (I know this from experience!).  Since that is the case, I’ve arranged for two of my lucky readers to get a set of four tumblers! Here’s what I need you to do (please put each thing you do in it’s own comment):

Check out the Catstudio site and tell me what you put on your glassware? Your state? Your city? Your Region? Or something else?

These will give you additional entries:

1. Twitter about this contest. Please leave me your username so I can verify and you can get an entry every day that you do this (though make sure you leave a comment so I know you did). If you want, use something like this:

@blm03 is giving away a set of Catstudio Frosted Glassware!

2. Add this post to social media sites like Stumble, Digg, Kirtsy, Blogging Zoom, Reddit, Propeller, Etc. (1 extra entry per site)

Each of these will give you 5 entries:

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Good luck! This contest will end May 4th, 2010 at 12:00 PM CST.

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Pillsbury To The Rescue

candy_bar_pieAs many of you know already, I am doing Christmas Eve dinner at my house.  Now, last time I did this, I catered it.  This year we are making dinner.  I have never ever ever made a turkey in my life.  I have never made real mashed potatoes either (I am great at instant though!  LOL).  Needless to say, I am a tad worried about Christmas Eve dinner especially now that my husband has informed me that he didn’t take off (if looks could kill . . .).  However, in this insanity I call my life, there is one thing I can count on.  Dessert.

I have to thank Pillsbury for making dessert so much easier for me.  I’m all about easy cooking, and once again, they have come through for me.  Did you know that Pillsbury has pie crusts?  All you need to do is roll them out in your pie pans!  How much easier does it get than that?  Now, they also save you when you are looking for an easy pie to make for dessert too.  By checking out Pillsbury‘s website, you can find a ton more pie recipes.  How does this one sound?

Candy Bar Pie

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Start to Finish: 3 Hours 40 Minutes

1 Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crust (from 15-oz box), softened as directed on box

5 bars (2.07 oz each) chocolate-covered peanut, caramel and nougat candy
4 packages (3 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

3 tablespoons whipping cream
2/3 cup milk chocolate chips

Heat oven to 450°F. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie plate as directed on box for One-Crust Filled Pie. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until very light golden brown. Cool while preparing filling. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

Cut candy bars in half lengthwise; cut into 1/4-inch pieces. Place candy bar pieces over bottom of partially baked crust. In small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in 1 egg at a time until well blended. Add sour cream and peanut butter, beating until mixture is smooth. Pour over candy bar pieces. Bake at 325°F for 30 to 40 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 2 hours.

In 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream until very warm. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Spread over top of pie. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours before serving. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

Do you have any tricks that you use for your pies?  Any time saving tips like using Pillsbury Pie Crusts?

Tip Of The Day

The best way to refrigerate leftover raw onions is to place them in a screw top glass jar.  They can be refrigerated this way up to 1 week.