Pinteractive 2 (plus winner announced)

I got pinteractive.

Maybe you’re asking me: How did you find the time?! You had to work all day Saturday on your fundraiser and you needed to get in a workout so you wouldn’t hurt anyone and you went house hunting even though you proclaimed you were holding off on that until April?!

The easiest answer is: I lied.

But the truth is: When I am busy the answer for me is to not find relaxation pockets of time but rather to just keep doing. I’m like a machine. Once I’m on a roll, don’t stop me. I’ll crash at the end of it all. So basically, come Wednesday, I’ll be crumpled under my sheets.

One of my favorite parts of the week is Sunday morning. Mr. Darcy is snoring away, the cats are fed, and I’m all alone in the quiet. I make a cup of tea, maybe light some candles, and get on Pinterest to find some recipes I want to try out. Since the next two days are going to be nutty for me, I figure it’d be smart to prep some meals so I don’t get stuck eating a crappy burger like I did Saturday night.

I have heard many people sing the praises of this spaghetti sauce. With 5 tbsps of butter, I can see why it might be tasty. I figured since I had the butter, tomatoes, and onion, why not? Making pasta is a quick after work thing to do and bonus, Mr. Darcy will devour any carb.

So I made  “The Best Ever Tomato Sauce In the World!” and it was. . .just okay. I mean it is tasty but not life changing. Mr. Darcy loved it. I guess I’m just more of a pesto girl.

I also tried out a new method for hard boiled eggs. But instead of boiling them, you bake them. Do I now have to call them baked eggs? It doesn’t really connote the same thing, does it?  You basically cook them for 30 minutes at 325 degrees then plunge them in ice cold water. When I make hard boiled eggs on the stove top I inevitably forget that they are boiling and they crack. This method seemed full proof.

Alton Brown’s baked eggs recipe is genius. But would we expect less from him?

Last week I made these no bake chocolate & peanut butter oatmeal bars but it turned out kind of odd even though it tasted good. I don’t think I would make it again.

I whipped up some blondies too because we had chocolate chips lying around and I’m attempting to clear our pantry of anything sugary for my upcoming cleanse (more on that later). I wanted to bring in a sweet treat for my co-workers who are going to be slaving away with me on pre-fundraiser madness. 1100 name tags in alpha order? No problem when fueled by sweet carbs. I might have over-cooked them but they still taste good.

And in case you thought I forgot: The winner of the pretty things give away is. . .NANETTE!

I used random number generator and it gave me comment #16 which is Nanette’s. How totally coinky-dinky that it should pull her since she is the creator of the Pinteractive movement? It’s a sign from the Universe.

Thanks for entering everyone. I wish I could give each of your a pretty thing. You deserve it!

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Pretty Things- A Chance to Win

I was recently invited to a local shop opening by my friend Chris. She just so happens to be a really awesome lady AND a business lawyer who specializes in working with social media/bloggers. This is the kind of person you want to know! Her firm, Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC represent the owner of Cameos & Crowns and threw the party. I would have never seen this little gem if it hadn’t been for her invitation. It’s located in the neighborhood of Madrona- which is the cool ‘hood nearest to my work.Sometimes my coworkers and leave cubicle land for lunch at a yummy Thai restaurant there.

I got to meet the owner, Lynette Vertoch, a seasoned business owner who relocated from Los Angeles to Seattle with her family. She never intended to open another shop (this is her 4th) but here she is with Cameos & Crowns. When I asked her how she chose what went into her shop she said, “It’s just things I love.” Lynette clearly has impeccable taste because the shop is full of beautiful things- delicious smelling candles, gorgeous jewelry, soaps, and lotions. It’s a perfect shop to get a gift for someone (even yourself!). There are letterpress cards which are my personal favorite. I need to go back and buy the one that had a picture of a donkey with the words, “I’m an ass.” I haven’t recently offended anyone (I don’t think?) but I want to send it to someone.

She even makes these really cool dish towels and generously gave me a few. She also gave me this amazing basket full of candles- Saint Parfum, Linnea’s Lights, Aquiesse, and Voluspa brands- plus lotion and Butter of London nail polish. I am such a sucker for candles. It’s one of those indulgences that I usually can’t justify spending my money on but I always want. Sandalwood scent is a particular favorite of mine. You just have to take my word on this but my house smells amazing thanks to these candles. Bonus: romance lighting!

Lynette and Chris have offered a gift bag of goodies to one of my readers. Lucky you! You don’t have to live locally. They will ship it to you.You just need to leave a comment here telling me what kind of pretty little thing you’d want if you were going to indulge yourself. A candle? Some perfume? New earrings? What?  Bonus entries for those who go and like the Cameos & Crowns page on Facebook.

I’ll announce the winner on Monday.

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Chris is for hire. Check her out!

And The Winner Is. . .

This is how it went down:

I went old school and wrote down all your names plus those who tweeted about it WITH PAPER.

Then I scrambled them all up like paper eggs and grabbed one out of the bowl.

 

And out came Abby of Bright Yellow World fame. Congratulations Abby!

If you didn’t win, don’t cry. You can still place your order for one! We’d love to get a head start and start working on your orders now so please send me an email at sizzlesays at gmail dot com.

Thanks for participating everyone!

Custom Caricature Key Chain Holders- You know you want one.

It’s November. Can you believe it? That means we’ve got something like 55 days until Christmas, right? Aack! Sorry to panic you.

With the holidays breathing down our necks, Mr. Darcy and I thought we’d extend a unique opportunity to the readers of Sizzle Says. Remember that key chain holder I roped Mr. Darcy into painting for us a while back? Let me refresh your memory:

Sizzle & Darcy Key Chain Holder: The Original in Action

Yeah. That one.

Well, we made a couple of others. See?

These were both commissioned wedding gifts.

And now, we’re offering to make one for you or for your friend or your sister or whoever you think might like one. They make great gifts- wedding, house-warming, or the holidays! For a limited time we’re going to be taking orders on these custom caricature key chain holders for $75 each (includes shipping only to US and Canada, other countries, we can negotiate). We can do a couple or one person or maybe even a pet (great for hanging their leash).

Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery (depending on how many requests we get). We guarantee that you will receive it in time for Christmas. If you would like to place an order, please email me at sizzlesays at gmail dot com.

BONUS! GIVE AWAY! We will give one custom caricature key chain holder away to a lucky winner. To enter: 1) Comment on this post and/or 2) Tweet the url of this post and cc @sizzlesays so I know to count you for another entry.

We’ll accept entries until Sunday, Nov. 6th at 6pm PST. Winner will be announced on Monday, Nov. 7th.