Monday, August 2, 2010

My First Giveaway




The giveaway is now closed.  The winner is J+K (Jim and Kristie) of the fabulous blog, What's for Dinner!

The good folks at CSN are giving away a $40 gift certificate to one lucky reader. That's $40 to use at any one of their 200+ stores.  It makes me stomp my stubby little feet in frustration that I can't win my own giveaway.  See, I LOVE me some home decor.  In my free time (the entire five minutes I get every week), I design my dream house.  If I'm reading a magazine, I cut out pictures of the ideal couch or dining room table.  When I'm at Home Depot, I surreptitiously snag paint cards.  If I'm on the internet, I bookmark articles for designing the perfect kitchen.  And when I'm at a friend's home, I stealthily cut pieces from the bottom of their curtains so I have a fabric swatch for my dream chair.  Kidding.  A few days ago, I stumbled upon the perfect bedroom vanity.


Wouldn't this one be ideal for the perfect guest bath?  Can't you just picture the fluffy white towels, stacked alongside?  The deep moss colored walls?  The lingering smell of jasmine?  Admit it, you want this vanity.


Or maybe this one for that small'ish corner in your family room, where you will stare out over your garden and work on your memoir.  The one that will make the New York Times bestseller list.


Let's just say vanities aren't your thing.  Instead, you want a snazzy new coffee press because the sludge they're brewing in the communal coffee pot at work just ain't cutting it anymore.


Or maybe, you want a madeleine pan because you can't have your coffee without a freshly baked madeleine, now can you?

Win the CSN gift certificate and one of you will be the lucky owner of a new chef's knife, or a gorgeous rug, or well, any item of your choosing.  Free money is of course, free money.  All of a sudden, you can justify getting the wooden, elephant shaped bowl you've been eyeing all along.

How to Win

All you have to do is tell me how much you like me.  What?  It's Monday and it promises to be a loooong week and this is lookin' to be the only bright spot.  So yeah, the first way you can enter is by leaving me a comment telling me which one of my nifty blog posts is your favorite.  So when I'm buried under mountains of work and my phone is ringing off the hook, I'll look at your comment and think, there's someone who likes me (or wants to win a gift certificate).

If you not only like me but really like me a la Sally Field (or, you think I'm a loon and just want to skew the odds in your favor), you can get extra entries by doing the following:

2) Subscribe to my RSS feed
3) Follow me on Twitter at LawyerLovesLnch
4) Follow my ramblings via Google Friend Connect using the widget on the upper right side of the blog
5) Like me on Facebook

That's a grand total of six entries!  Please leave a separate comment for each of the above.  Oh, and if you do any or all of the above without being bribed (wait, are you for real?!?), make sure to leave the extra comments and let me know you already subscribe, follow, la la la.

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, August 12th.  My friend, the random number generator, will pick a winner and I'll announce the winner on Friday, August 13th.  The winner is of course, responsible for all shipping and handling fees (which may vary if shipping to Canada).  With all the things that could go wrong on Friday the 13th, here's to hoping the winner doesn't spend the winnings on the wooden elephant bowl.


PS: Part 2 of the Season Premier of MasterChef is tomorrow at 9/8central on FOX (or CTV for those in Canada).  Judging from the preview, I may actually be cooking on camera tomorrow. Here's to hoping I get some camera time that does not capture my terrified-oh-man-I'm-going-to-die-and-I-have-to-pee expression.

104 comments:

  1. A few months ago you did a posting on the French Fry. My husband loves french fries and I keep going back to that posting thinking one day I might just make my own.

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  2. I follow via Google Friend connect.

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  3. I think my favourite post was the Squeakquel #2. That's mean to make me decide though, because I always feel like your entries are all great, but from different aspects of awesomeness.

    And gosh darnit, those bedroom vanities DO look good!

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  4. Your RSS feed is fed to my Google Reader, naturally. :-)

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  5. Um, you were my one and only #FF tweep. :-D

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  6. You were totally just facebook-liked. :-)

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  7. I love your post on Gyros. I LOVE gyros and was impressed by you making them at home--it's a must try.

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  8. Oh, yes--and I also follow you on Google Friend Connect. It's how I know about this so quickly. :)

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  9. I love your biscotti post. I wish I could have biscotti and espresso for dinner EVERY DAY! :)

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  10. now I like you on facebook! woo!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  11. Walking in Memphis. I'm from North MS, an hour south of Memphis.It brings back memories..
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  12. I loved your post on biscotti because it made it okay for me to have cookies for dinner too. I need people to approve things before I can do them. :)

    Plus the biscotti looked fabulous!

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  13. I already follow you on Twitter!

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  14. The "Walkin' in Memphis" post is one of my faves. Mainly because I was in Memphis for a convention and visited every single one of the places mentioned in your post. Your pic of Gus's chicken only makes me want some.

    tclarkusa at gmail dot com

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  15. I think I'd have to go with the Minnie Mouse pops post just because those were the cutest things I've ever seen and I can't believe you were making them at what-ever-a.m. it was for a 1 year-old who won't even remember them.

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  16. I love your post on Gyros as well! I need some new recipes!

    Awesome Giveaway!

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  17. I also subscribe to your blog via Google Reader

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  18. I loved your Hummus recipe you posted in the month of April...I tried for the first time at home and had it with pita bread...tasted really good..Thanks for this giveaway!!!

    ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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  19. I am a new fan on FB too!!!

    ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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  20. Of course we're following. Do we get that house, too? =) Fun to give this a go!

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  21. Well, I do love all of your posts because you're hilarious, your food always looks tasty and I'm pretty sure we could be friends in 'real' life... but some of my favorites are (in no particular order) Biscotti for dinner, because it looked so good and I would totally do the same thing, the helluva hummus and of course, the hank cupcakes :)

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  22. oh, and I already follow you on Twitter and like you on Facebook :)

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  23. Extra entry for Pure Mama ('cause both Twitter and FB are mentioned in the same comment above) :)

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  24. Well, you are a bit of a loon but that is why I like you :-)

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  25. I'll be watching tomorrow evening, can't wait!!!

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  26. I have enjoyed following your master chef saga, though I must admit to being jealous.

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  27. Now following you on twitter. I hope you'll want to follow me back.

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  28. Biscotti for dinner! Because only awesome people eat cookies for dinner.

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  29. And I most certainly stalk you on twitter as evidenced by my longing to eat your cheesecake & compote.

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  30. And for good measure, I decided that I like you--I really like you!

    Wow, sick of me yet?

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  31. I like you, I like you, I really, really like you (and gift cards.) But, mostly, you ... ( :

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  32. I still laugh when I think of your "Holy Batman, Muslims of the world" bacon comment! And I really like how sweet you are to comment on my blog, too!

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  33. I love gift cards, and I love this blog, and I love everything that you do!

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  34. I have "liked" you before on Facebook and I "liked" you again today!

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  35. I became a Follower (groupie?) on Google Friend Connect as soon as you announced your crazy plan to try out for Masterchef ;-)

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  36. I just got a new laptop today and discovered Food Buzz and your blog so this is my first entry I've read. I love your blog title! And who doesn't love a giveaway?

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  37. I am a new follower and love your site! Good luck with your camera time!

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  38. I was pretty impressed by your bakerella mickey mouse pops, I tried something sort of like that and it was def not as easy as she makes it sound! ;)

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  39. And I already just love following you on Twitter. :)

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  40. I see that many people loved the biscotti post, which I must admit was quite funny (and I do agree that biscotti is easier than you would think), but nothing beats the WDWW: Chicken Tikka Wraps post for me. I was just laughing at my computer! I don't got the facebook, or the reader or any of that stuff so this is my single entry. Good luck on the show!
    -Kerry

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  41. i like quite a few of your posts really :) the video tops the charts though :)
    I do follow u on twitter, i follow ur blog and i follow your fb page...there you go..im greedy :)

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  42. Extra entry for An Open Book for Twitter.

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  43. Extra entry for An Open Book for following the blog.

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  44. Extra entry for An Open Book for FB.

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  45. Duh, because your blog is awesome! And because you come up with awesome post names... like the Squeakquel. And because I love "knowing" someone on a cooking reality show :)

    I'm following you on Twitter and subscribe to your RSS on Google Reader!

    Sues

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  46. Extra entry for We Are Not Martha for Twitter.

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  47. Extra entry for We Are Not Martha for RSS.

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  48. Hey Azmina,

    Finally able to catch up on some blogs after a busy long weekend. Congrats on your first giveaway by the way. That's always exciting. So which entry did I like the best? Well, all your posts crack me up, but I'd have to say I like the one with the video for MasterChef. I really enjoyed watching the charm and cuteness that is behind all this great writing. Plus, who doesn't love a woman who owns 10 frying pans? Can't wait to see you on MasterChef tonight! I PVR-ed it (don't know why they call it PVR in Canada) in case kiddies are too niosy I can watch it again. not sure if having you on my google reader is the same as following your RRS feed, but you're on my google reader.

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  49. oh, and i already follow you on twitter as lynnchenrocks.

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  50. Hi!! Love your post when you posted your video for masterchef. I seriously think it is amazing that you are on the show!! Way to go!!!

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  51. I am following you on Twitter!! Follow me too :)

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  52. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm going to follow you join your blog follow and twitter (sorry I don't do facebook).

    Don't forget to enter my giveaway before Saturday!

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  53. My favorite post has gotta be Don't Judge Me - Biscotti For Dinner. For obvious reasons.

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  54. I loved the Biscotti for Dinner post as well, because it gave me a chance to see your personality. But the cupcakes in your last post are still my favorite of the recipes, because I have a serious weakness for cute little decorated cupcakes :)

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  55. I'm following you with Google Friend Connect :)

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  56. I loved the biscotti post you did.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  57. I like the post on panang curry.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  58. I'll be honest -- I just found you by searching Google for "CSN giveaway blog"

    So this one is my favorite. ;D

    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

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  59. Following on Twitter

    @treehugginmomma

    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

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  60. Follow via GFC

    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

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  61. Like on FB

    Heather Moore
    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

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  62. Follow via google reader

    BTW - I just saw the cupcake post below this one. ADORABLE!

    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

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  63. Can I be a little shameless, i kinda love this post? I am having my own CSN giveaway and cannot participate being the host and all. But now I can :) Take a look at mine so you can enter too!

    You are on my reader, following you on google connect and now following you on twitter.

    PS: (Hope this is my chance to win this giveaway) I love all your posts Azmina!!!

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  64. Extra entry for Priyanka for Twitter.

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  65. I am liking you so, so, so much on Facebook!!!

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  66. OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD!

    I just watched MASTERCHEF. Congratulations!

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  67. I have to say I love your humor in all of your posts but my favorite post has to be the biscotti! I often eat dessert type things for dinner and it is good to know others do too, besides they look soooo yummy!

    thepricklypinecone(at)hotmail.com

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  68. I am a blog follower.

    thepricklypinecone(at)hotmail.com

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  69. I love your first post on MasterChef. I was so excited for you just reading it and your tone and attitude totally came through in your writing. XX

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  70. Long time Twitter follower
    @frenchpressmemo

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  71. And subscriber to your RSS andra dot zeppelin at gmail dot com

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  72. I think I loved the cupcakes and the mickey mouse pops. So cute!

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  73. Geeez Azmina - you've really put me in a spot cos I like all your posts (duh) but ok, I'll say I like the one with the sparkly sandals the bestest. Hope that helps *grin*

    And of course I LIKE YOU !!!!! And of course, I am sooooooooooooo NOT eligible for your great giveaway *sigh*

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  74. Following you now...and on the show! Good Luck!

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  75. Follwing you every possible way I can!!
    I love your cupcake blog!! Of course your last entry regarding MasterChef brought tears to my eyes - I could feel your excitement!!
    I look forward to your blog entries. :-D You're so positve and funny - JUST LOVE IT!!

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  76. I am following you on google

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  77. I am following you on Twitter. @tahearn

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  78. While I've never met YOU, I can say that I like your recipes and photography! Thanks for this giveaway.

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  79. I follow you on Twitter (@channynn).

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  80. I'm a follower via GFC.

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  81. I am new to your blog and glad I found it! I love chef Gordon Ramsey too! Can't' wait to see your future posts!
    wakechick25(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  82. I follow your blog.
    wakechick25(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  83. I subscribe to your RSS feed.
    wakechick25(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  84. I liked you on FB.
    wakechick25(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  85. Well, since I used to live in Memphis, I enjoyed your Walkin in Memphis. And yes, it does have the best BBQ anywhere.
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  86. I subscribed via rss to google reader.
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  87. Following on twitter @suburbsanity.
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  88. GFC follower.
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  89. Liked you on facebook
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  90. You are funny! Favorite post is you Masterchef posts. Loving that show.

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  91. Became a follower..but not just for the gift card!

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