Monday, December 15, 2014

Oxo : Salad and cocktails in one. A giveaway

Oxo Good Grips Salad Prep Kit

#1Nana and I have long running debates utensils.

True story.

Not content with debating life's hard hitting issues and eternal questions, we choose to argue over - 

Can openers
Manual or automatic?
Removal of the entire rim or no?

Lettuce keepers
Fact or retail fiction?

Various fruit/veg specific slicers
Food art useful or kitchen clutterers?

Kitchen scissors
Necessary or not?

Believe me when I tell you this this is just the tip of the iceberg.

There has been but one single kitchen utensil that we both agree on (besides a bottle opener)

Oxo makes the best potato peeler

Check that bad boy out - chunky handle that's easy to grasp, even for old lady hands, and a non-slip, rubberised surface so your hand isn't constantly slipping, risking involuntary DIY skin grafting.

It's a thing of beauty - says the mother of three who is endlessly peeling carrots and potatoes.  And apples when Mstr5 randomly decides that he is, once again, deathly allergic to the skins, once a month on average.

While I was sent one of these as part of Oxo's Salad Prep Kit  - I've owned one for years, and this is my genuine opinion - hand on vodka heart.

I was interested to try the Avocado Slicer.  It's one of those things I've long coveted (largely because it would add to my matching collection of Oxo utensils), but never really 'needed'.

That said, I am just a little bit in love with it.

The past week's meals have been accompanied by food art - fanned, perfectly equal slices of avocado.  Thankfully, impressive to my easily amused lot.  Because it's pretty much all I've got by way of food art skills.  I did attempt to make a face out of salad items and it was a massive failure.

So fanned avocado slices are going to be my thing from now on.

With zero accompaniments.  Because, in addition to my new status as someone who does food art, I'm also lazy now a minimalist.

Another new favourite from the collection is the Salad Dressing Shaker.  I am all smug domestic goddess when I can whip up my own salad dressing without muttering shed words about the plate that ends up with the oily salad, and the one with the tart vinegar/lemon that has split away from the oil.

Just don't forget to ensure you have sealed the top before showing off in front of your family and pretending you're tossing cocktails in a bar and not a DIY salad dressing in your kitchen.....

That lesson was followed by actually using the same shaker to mix a cocktail, just to be a smart arse and improve my mood, having spent 15 minutes cleaning oily salad dressing from the entire kitchen surface.

Salad Dressing Shaker slash Mojito Maker!

Mostly Mojito Maker, to be honest.

Thanks to World Kitchen, I have an Oxo Salad Prep Kit to give away, containing

  • Salad Spinner (a carousel for your lettuce, fun!)
  • Swivel Peeler (total life changer)
  • 12 inch tongs (excellent butt pincher)
  • Avocado Slicer (my new love)
  • Salad Dressing Shaker (come cocktail maker - A Two-fer : handy space saver when packing for a picnic!)

Entries close midnight (WST) Friday 19th December

The Fine Print
  • Entries open 0500 (WST) Friday 12th December 
  • Entries close midnight (WST) Friday 19th December
  • Entry is open to Australian residents only
  • Only entrants who have completed the entry form above will be deemed eligible
  • Prize issued by World Kitchen
  • Winner will be announced on Facebook
  • Winner has seven (7) days to respond, before I shake up some cocktails, down a platter of pretty avocado slices, and conduct a re-draw.

Monday, December 8, 2014

World Kitchen and Corelle - Weekend winning and a giveaway

Weekends are tough.

Not only am I required to parent The Feral Threesome ALL DAY on account of teachers not being tough enough to handle them 7 days a week, but I also have to cook for them.

OMG with the hunger.  Always with the hunger.

Saturday night I cracked it.

I'd had enough. 

I'd had enough of being treated like a short order cook, and also, I'd had enough wine.

Enough wine to serve this up as dinner.

The small plate is for the rest of the family.

Deliberately placed only one profiterole on their shared plate, so that they could go head to head in a fight to the death with #1Hubby over who scored it.

The big plate is mine because I made them.

Plus I really felt, at the time, that it perfectly conveyed my level of disdain over my outrageous short order cook treatment, in a totally appropriate passive aggressive manner.

And, wine.  I was wine hungry.  Eat all of the things.  Extra points for cream or cheese.


Since this post is supposed to be about the plates - aside from my genius, please also note the delightful yet simple pattern on the Corelle dinnerware, and also the convenient range of dish sizes.

Perfect for sticking the virtual middle finger to your family, with a visual dash of understated elegance.

Winning again!

Our backwards dinner saw dessert followed by some hastily microwaved pizza, when #1Hubby realised I was not kidding about the meal, and was not about to plate up a nutritious, delicious, filling main course that everyone deemed acceptable.

Also served on the Corelle Brushed Dinnerware collection in Platinum Silver.

Because I am all about the fancy when dining on microwaved frozen pizza.

With added cheese.  More winning!

The kids were a delight following their incredibly unhealthy dinner.  They were a mix of sugar high and apprehensive about when the punch line to what was clearly a set up would occur.

Caged animals.  It was a little like observing three caged animals who were elated yet slightly anxious.

Or so I imagine.

If you are dying of jealousy over my weekend winning of understated elegance, wine and microwaved pizza - then covet no more!

Thanks to World Kitchen, I have a Corelle Brushed Dinnerware collection to give away.

Entries close midnight (WST) Sunday 14th December

The fine print
  • Entry is open to Australian residents only
  • Entries open 5am (WST) Monday 8th December
  • Entries close midnight (WST) Sunday 14th December
  • Only entrants who have completed all sections of the entry form will be eligible
  • One prize of a Corelle Brushed Dinnerware set will be forwarded to the winner by World Kitchen Australia
  • Winner will be announced on Facebook Monday 15th December
  • Winner has seven (7) days to respond before I use the really big plate to drown my sorrows in a cheese platter, accompanied by the really big bowl filled with wine.  And then conduct a redraw.  Obviously.

Now I am off to seek an invite to Tiffany the Tipsy Hostess' next dinner party.  Judging by this, she looks like my kind of girl.


Check out the Corelle YouTube and Facebook pages dedicated to Tiffany's shenanigans and tips.

Fist Bump, Tiffany.

And also Corelle, for creating an affordable range of dinnerware that I will not break, despite my best (wine consumption) and worst (poorly co-ordination) efforts.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Beados : Review and Giveaway

In the interests of full disclosure, I was not present when this review took place.  And that said, please allow me to tell you all about it....

I received a box of Beados to review just prior to the last school holidays.  Being the wise and desperate mother that I am, I immediately put the box in the laundry to flaunt as behavioural bribery during the holidays.

I am also easily distracted and forgetful....squirrel!

The kids kept whining about the box in the laundry and I was all "Shhhh....Mummy is watching TV" because I had forgotten what was in the box that had since become the supporting structure for Mount Washmore.

Last week I managed to conquer the mountain, so to speak, and re-discovered the Beados.

There was a degree of guilt, and much dismay over my poor domestic skillz distracted forgetfulness  meaning I survived the entire school holidays without using this much coveted weapon.

A heavy weekend of Beadoing was promptly scheduled.

Conveniently, right when I was already booked to get my sausage sizzle on for the kids' school.

So #1Hubby donned his crafting apron** and channeled his inner Art Teacher and enjoyed some quality time with the kids.

And therein finishes the review.

My house is adorned with beady Beados bling from top to bottom.

I have been advised the names of each beady pet more times than I care to admit.

I have used the remaining Beados as bribery for homework, vege consumption and room cleaning more times than I care to brag.

The kids love them.

The fact that #1Hubby is still standing is proof of the awesome power of Beados.

The kids' official review in one word (because we're all about the less is more):

Miss9 : Awesome
Miss5 : Cool
Mstr5 : Mooftastic

(Mstr5's supreme rating scale ranges from parp to mooftastic, so this is indeed the equivalent of a 10/10).

Amazingly, not one child attempted to consume or insert a single Beados.

I think.

I'll let you know if anything comes up to disprove that claim.

According to #1Hubby - the best part - all you need is water.  Which means that, apparently, you can set them up, show them what to do, then return to the comfort of the lounge and the sport channel while they Beado it up.  AKA - PASSIVE SUPERVISION.

Thanks to Moose Toys, I have a Beados pack to giveaway

Perfectly timed for Christmas present giftage and school holidays entertainment requiring nothing more than passive supervision!

Entries close Thursday 4 December

The fine print:
  • Entry is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only
  • Entries open Thursday 27 November
  • Entries close midnight (WST) Thursday 4 December
  • Only entries that have completed all sections of the entry form above will be deemed eligible
  • There is one (1) prize of a Beados pack
  • Winner will be announced on the Facebook Page
  • Winner has seven (7) days to respond, before I use the kids' Beados kit to create a few 'shed words' to demonstrate my disappointment, and then conduct a re-draw.

So all's well that ends well.  The kids spent a day crafting and not being entertained by the various electronic devices.  #1Hubby did not whine for Australia when I got home late that afternoon.  And I now have a number of affordable 'stocking filler' options, thanks to the various Themed Refill Packs.  Winning!

**#1Hubby's Crafting Apron is a design I am planning on patenting.  It involves a beer holder,  remote control pocket, and some pretty yet totally manly frilling around the edges.

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