Friday, June 24, 2011

i've got mail + a giveaway


I must admit that one of the highlights of my week is to receive a parcel delivery. In our village we only receive the mail three times a week, making a parcel appearance that little bit more of a treat.


I was very grateful to be the winning recipient of an Oliver + s pattern from Little Betty's giveaway. If you haven't already, do check out her lovely blog. There's lot's of sewing going on over there, with some delightful bonnets on Etsy (you can see Violet's here).


Some lovely fabric off Etsy from one of my favourite blogs to visit, Tiny Happy. The trouble with really nice fabric, is deciding which project to use it for.


I just had to show you the sweet card that was included in the parcel. Isn't it pretty? I do love her botanical paintings.



 And last of all, is my new best friend in the kitchen, a Staub. I have been intending to buy a good cast iron pot for most of my married life (over a decade). Well, I finally took the plunge. I researched Le Chasseur vs Le Creuset and then finally decided on the Staub. The metal handle on the lid was the decider. It is a whopping 28cm and weighs a tonne.The verdict? I swear my cooking tastes better, really! And looked after they are supposed to last a lifetime.

As time goes on I am far more convinced that it is false economy to buy cheaper items. Better quality items do cost more, but they do last longer. There is also the moral issue to consider with cheap items and the poor working conditions that goes with all that. Quality over quantity.


And now for the giveaway part, because I know you like to get mail too. And I do want to thank all my lovely blog readers for visiting. Due to purchasing a book pack, I ended up with two copies of Sally Wise's Slow Cooker book. So I have one new copy to give away.  This book has been my slow cooker bible. Most of the ingredients are basic store cupboard ingredients and are quick and easy to prepare. Then you go about your day and that night dinner is ready and cooked.



To enter, please leave a comment below. The giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers. Entries close 12pm Monday (AEST). The winner will be picked at random and announced on Tuesday. Good luck!

46 comments:

Ashley said...

I'd love some new slow cooker recipes.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Kylie said...

Although I'm having a little break from blogging I had to enter your lovely give-away...thanks Tania, it would be lovely to win this x

p.s. have you entered my give-away???

Tania @ Out Back said...

Good morning Tania.

Some lovely goodies in those parcels and the card is very pretty.

I have been using cast iron pans for a while now. I have four in different sizes and you are right they weigh a ton! I just love the way they cook and the flavour they produce.

That book looks like a must have for any cook to add to her collection :)

x

Linda said...

Ooooh yes please!
I enjoyed her "Year in a bottle" book too. Everyone simply must have a slow cooker (I'm from the generation that still calls them a crock-pot though!)

X

PJ said...

I'd love to win. Slow Cookers are the perfect accessory in any winter kitchen and it is so lovely to get home after work with a house smelling delicious!

Niki said...

A lovely giveaway! please include me :)

Kate said...

I am a le Creuset addict. We got a heap of it for our wedding eleven years ago and I just love it. I did say the other day that I am a bit tired of all the blue though and that green is looking mighty refreshing.
Have a great weekend Tania.

Rhiannon said...

Oooh yes, please. I have not been able to find the joy that everyone else finds in using the crockpot, everything I make just seems to taste bland and boring. Perhaps this book will change that?

LittleBirdDecor said...

I love my slow cooker, this would be perfect, i'm always on the hunt for new things to cook.

Allana said...

I love mail too, even when I've paid for it myself hehe. Thanks for the recommendation, I have one on my list also. Thanks for the generous giveaway :)

Jacqui said...

That fabric's beautiful. I'd love to get this book, I keep meaning to get that slow cooker out of the cupboard for winter, but have never really found recipes for it that the kids like.

Trace said...

lovely give away, I am currently looking to buy a slow cooker - I used to have one years ago, but it was not great quality and I ended up giving it away. What type do you have? The book sounds great, thanks for the opportunity:)

zigsma said...

I have an old 70s orange crock pot needing something putting in it!

Zara said...

That cast iron pot is beautiful. I might have to add one to my birthday wish list. A slow cooker is already on the list, so this book sure would be mighty handy.
Zara

Sharon said...

The Staub pot is very nice! So I've just discovered slow cooker cooking and would love some new recipes to try! Thank you for the entry!

Archer's Mum said...

ohh fingers crossed :) i love my slow cooker! am jealous of all your lovely fabric :)

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

I've yet to get to grips with my slow cooker so this book would be great. Lovely lovely fabric.

melania said...

Ooh wow, thanks for the tips on the Staub (looking it up now!) - I still haven't taken the plunge. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the fabric - it is lovely.
Those two words 'slow cooker' have been popping up around these parts a bit lately, I'm thinking of getting my hands on a big one to cater to our household.
Thanks for sharing!
Melania

purplepear said...

What a great opportunity. Thanks. And that fabric is beautiful. I sometimes have trouble deciding on what to make when I find nice fabric -I want to make sure I use it most wisely.

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Oh what a delicious pattern.

I would love a copy of Slow Cooker. We too have a staub - apple green.

Gillian said...

Oh I would love a new slow cooker recipe book. I am envious of your cook pot too!

Tammi said...

I love my slowcooker and couldn't live without it...that cookbook would be a great addition to my collection.

Have a wonderful weekend Tania :)


xx

Bungalowgirl said...

I am yet to jump on the slow cooker bandwagon but with all this cold weather it's becoming more appealing. Would love to have a new recipe book over at Betsy's.

DEB said...

Sally Wise is often on our radio here Tassy as she lives nearby. I love her food philosophy and this book would be well used in my home. So please count me in.
Thanks
Deb

karlyn Jackson said...

The Oliver + S patterns are lovely, I have made this one and they are so nice to follow. Love your cast iron pot, we have one and it is used all winter. Thanks for the chance to win such a great book. x

littlebetty said...

So happy you got the pattern. Good choice on the pot. I also have a 28cm cast pot, of the 'le' brands and have also just gotten a roasting dish. You'll be amazed at how well it washes up! Happy cooking and sewing. Also can't beleive you only get mail three times a week!!

Debbie V. said...

What a great giveaway - please add me to the Slow Cooker drawing - thank you!
Debbie V.

Linda said...

I'm a little bit in love with Sally Wise! Before I bought her book "A Year in a Bottle" I thought jam was too hard too make. Now I make jam!!!! Good luck with your pot. I hope it goes well. I bought another brand that was supposed to last a lifetime and the coating was blistering within five years. It sure had a workout in that time though! :)

Dianne said...

Like Rhiannon my slow cooker meals are all beginning to taste the same. Maybe this lovely cookbook is just what I need. Your new cookware looks amazing. I must invest!!

The Mama. said...

I've been reading your blog for a little while now, probably time to introduce myself and what better excuse than a give away! Would love to be entered - thnk you!

Now your villiage looks strangely familiar to me... any hints on where it is?

Bec.
XX

Kate said...

I love my slow cooker, but have found it hard to get a good basic recipe book. I must say I have started just improvising - a bit of this and touch of that, which usually turns out ok.

posiepatchwork said...

Oh gorgeous, thanks so much for the opportunity!! We're a Le Creuset family, in cherry red, love it!! After 14+ years of marriage some pieces are a bit 'seasoned' i love it even more.
Completely love a slow cooker book, i need all the help i can get with my cooking, any kind of sewing giveaway is just pure joy, love Posie
PS i have a giveaway ending tomorrow!!

Vanessa Paris said...

Fabulous giveaway - please add me to the draw:) x

Gooseberry Jam said...

Always up for a good slow cooked meal!
Congrats on your lucky Book win, it's looks a lovely book. :)

Tania said...

Trace - mine is a Sunbeam 5.5L (I'm not sure if it's the Banquet one, but it's an oval stainless steel)

The Younger Rachael said...

A slow cooker cook book would just round out my cook book collection, perfectly!

I found your blog via Down--2--Earth, and I'm enjoying it. You have such a beautiful family.

Elflyn said...

A gorgeous recipe book will be just the thing to make me use a slow cooking method more.

Thanks for a great giveaway.

ingrid said...

count me in too please. I love a good slow cooker recipe.

Regina said...

hi tania
a lovely book.thanks for a great giveaway.
greetings regina

vanilla pixie (Carley) said...

My cast iron cooker is invaluable! Definitely couldn't live without it.
Don't yet have a copy of Sally's book though... this giveaway was made for me :)

Hear Mum Roar said...

Oh, I'd love to enter this please! I'm in love with my slow cooker

Catherine said...

Thank you Tania for a lovely giveaway I would love to have a chance to win a slow cooker book I haven't used my yet this winter and some inspiration would be lovely. xo

Evi said...

This would be a nice companion book to Sally's 'Year in a Bottle' that I use a lot. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Jen said...

I just came across your blog last week, I would love a copy of this book.
I recently bought A Year in a Bottle and am looking forward to using it so to have a slow cooker companion as well would be fantastic

duchess_declutter said...

Hello have followed you from afar, but this is a good opportunity to jump in! Lovely blog, lovely giveway, thanks for the opportunity. cheers Wendy

Pam said...

I'm a single girl living on a suburban block just North of Brisbane and working fulltime. I am on a path to live each day more sustainably than the day before and so I love your blog for inpiration and motivation. After reading your blog the other week I walked down to my local op shops and found some great goodies. A fab old pyrex dish and some lovely vintage sheets. Thank you for sharing your life and ideas on here.