Today I have been receiving emails and comments on a Cookerati post of 2011 for a Jennie-O coupon giveaway. There is an ad in a newspaper referring to this old post. It is not my ad, and the contest has been over for more than a year.
There are some coupons on Facebook right now – that I’ve posted a link to on the Cookerati Facebook Page. I’ve sent an email to the Jennie-O PR people I worked with previously to see if I can figure out what is going on.
I apologize for the confusion. If you have any information – like where you’ve seen the ad drop me a line.
Update – the newpaper ad was confusing to many people but referred to the Jennie-O Facebook Page. Anyone who did a search and found the old contest and giveaway may have thought that it originated here, I’m sorry to say it did not. I’m happy to have new visitors even if by accident. There’s a link to the Jennie-O coupons on Cookerati’s Facebook page. I hope that’s what you were looking for.
Last Friday after work we took a quick jaunt down to the Circleville Pumpkin Show. It’s a big street festival in Circleville, Ohio the third week in October. It officially runs 4 days, Wednesday through Saturday, but there is a preview day on Tuesday and Sunday is clean up time. We didn’t grow up in Pickaway County Ohio, so our first trip happened after we moved in over 20 years ago. The kids loved the rides, and then when their artwork that they made in school was posted on the wall in the Art Exhibit, of course we went in and searched and found it. My daughter was in middle school, when she and some friends encouraged by the art teacher made a scarecrow man and entered it in the Home Arts show. Middle school was when they marched in the parade with the band and it continued through High School. We’ve photographed and videotaped the band, worked for the boosters when they had a booster trailer serving chicken and noodles and every year we find pumpkin things to eat. The kids are grown, and don’t come with us but I still have my favorite things.
I have a friend, Gailann who does freehand pancake designs for her family on special holidays that are always so neat. Today she made fireworks pancakes – aren’t they cool?
She fills squeeze bottles with the different colored batter and goes at it. Love it. She says they’re hard to flip – go low and slow, and don’t use oil, use a non-stick or they get greasy. Enjoy your Fourth. We are just hanging inside since it is so darn hot and we’re still recovering from travel. What are you doing? Did you make fireworks pancakes.Diana
This morning I’m participating in a blog swap with Ohio Blogging Association’s All State Blog Swap, so today’s post is by Nidhi of Nidhi’s Nidhizzle. On this day, bloggers from around the great state of Ohio are guest posting on one another blogs as a way to help to get one another in our blogging community. (Here’s a full listing of blog participants.)
Nidhi has some fantastic ideas for re-making old things into something totally unrelated and new again. She’s showing us how to make a cute necklace – a cool way to accessorize for dinner out.
Hi, I’m Nidhi from nidhizzle.com. I write about arts&crafts normally, so I’m going to give you a “recipe” of how to make a necklace from parts you have lying around your house! That is, if you have jewelry parts just lying around your house. Actually, if you’re not a regular crafter, you probably don’t have any jewelry parts just lying around your house. So you might have to buy some ingredients.
Start out with your ingredients.
Thin Gold Chain, like you’re about to go fist pumping but only a little bit. As long as you want it.
Embroidery Thread, like you’re about to embroider something …
With free scoop day looming ( April 3, 2012) - I thinks it’s time for me to tell you about my recent trip to visit Ben & Jerry’s headquarters in Burlington, Vt. Two nights, 1 1/2 half days for a whirlwind tour and blogger gathering with staff of Ben and Jerry’s led by the two man (or one man, one woman ) Ben and Jerry’s pr team-Sean Greenwood and Liz Stewart- along with Kevin Flight from Cone.
They flew us into Burlington and paid for all expenses including the hotel. Kevin and Liz ferried us around from event to event with Sean joining us. We had an inkling that there would be a tour and a chance to design ice cream, but not much more information than that- the emails were kind of vague. I think we all went with a wing and a prayer hoping it would work out well for all of us. This was my first sponsored trip, it was tons of fun, mixed in with more than an overview of their value added business and an overload of ice cream.
- Dinner Discussion
We were taken to dinner at American Flatbreads where we shared …Diana
At a conference last week (5B: Believers in Better Beer, Bites and Blogging in Cincinnati last weekend), we were chatting at lunch and one person mentioned junkets, and the discussion was followed about what a junket is… and then I threw out that I was going to Vermont for a blogging event at Ben & Jerry’s. There was agreement that this was a good thing, and I have to say I feel pretty lucky. Then the flavor talk came out – Cobert’s Americone or Fallon’s Late Night Snack - has anyone seen them or tried them? Most of us hadn’t tried either.
So, there is travel to Vermont coming up and I have a couple of days to think about it, but I want to know… If you could have any flavor combination of ice cream – what would you come up with? Would it have chocolate chunks? Would it be fruity? Herby? Have Alcohol? This is a real question, I’d like my Cookerati friends to help me out. If you could design your own ice cream, what would it be?
Updated: During the blogger trip, I tried the Americone, on the way home from the …Diana
Tonight I’m relaxing – my snack – Gingered Applesauce and Red Wine. What are you snacking on?
We picked up a bunch of apples to sauce this weekend, but I couldn’t wait and made some on the stovetop tonight.Diana
I recently spent two weeks at my mom’s house while she recuperated from surgery – the longest time my husband and I have spent apart in our 24 years of marriage. Before I left, we talked about him driving out to NJ from Ohio (I flew) to come and get me and then on our way back across the turnpike we would stay in a Bed and Breakfast for the weekend before we went back to our regular jobs. Originally, we had planned a longer vacation, but when my mom’s breast cancer came up, it was put off or put away, so this was our way to get some of the trip in. We didn’t have many choices since we were late making the decision of where and when, however, we made a heck of a great pick with Horizon View Farms Bed and Breakfast.
- Rockwood, PA
As the Farm Market season winds down, you sometimes need to venture further away to farm markets that are still going strong. Last week we went to North Market for the weeks groceries, but we wanted to go somewhere else this week so we headed to Clintonville because we’ve heard nice things about their market. Clintonville is out of our way since it is on the north side of Columbus and we live in a different county south and west of there. I have to say – the raves were on target.
Clintonville really does buy into the local producer idea. Not only were all of their farmers local, but the seller has to be the farmer, or from the farm. No brokers or auction buys, which I really like; we had to be really careful because we did buy from some brokers earlier in the summer who we thought were farmers, but they not only weren’t farmers, they bought at an auction and didn’t know the farmer at all. Clintonville Farm Market makes sure you get it straight from the farm without a middle man.
Clintonville also has a nice diversity. I can find my Ohio Bison …Diana
California has avocados, the gulf has oranges, Wisconsin has cheese, but Ohio, Indiana & Kentucky(and some others) have paw paws . Paw paws are short lived, and don’t travel well. They draw fruit flies and turn black as they ripen. They go from just right to past just right in a few days, but those just right days are pretty darn worth it. My husband and I have been trying to grow a stand of paw paws - well, maybe it’s an exaggeration – our stand started out as three twigs, and now it’s two trees and another small new tiny tree starting on it’s way. So far we get about two to four paw paws a year, not enough for more than a taste, but what a lovely taste it is.
What’s a paw paw?
It’s been said to taste like a banana custard, but to me it’s more like a banana mango. It has a thick skin with kind of banana mush inside and big black seeds. They grow in the tops of the paw paw trees, just under their long flat leaves. In the …