Friday, October 22, 2010

One more contest!

This one is from Nourishing Days.  They're giving away a $25 gift certificate to Actual Organics.

I've never tried any of their products, but they have a lot of health & beauty stuff.  Skin care, toothpaste, hair care, perfumes... anything you could want, really.  All made from organic, natural ingredients.  I personally use all sorts of chemicals on my hair and skin, but I know going natural is important to a lot of people.  Also, they have lots of travel/sample size products, so that $25 could go a long way!

A gift to apologize for my laziness.

I've been a pretty lazy cook lately... even when I make something really awesome, I haven't taken pictures of it.  For example, I made these "Sloppy Ottos" (a German-inspired ground beef recipe) and it was a total keeper, but I didn't take a picture.

Anyway, to make up for not posting anything, I'm letting you in on a few giveaways from one of my favorite blogs, JoyfulAbode.

1. Sanuk Footwear

I hadn't heard of this company until now, but they make some really cute stuff.  They have LOTS of sandals, and slip-on "surfer" shoes with fairly minimalist soles.  They look so comfortable.

Assuming I don't win the giveaway, I might just ask for the Scurvy in purple for Christmas.

2. Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate

This I have a little more experience with.  I eat a lot of coconut products - coconut oil for cooking, coconut milk in place of dairy like cream or milk, coconut flour for baking, shredded dried coconut in just about every dessert I make.  I even tried coconut water (that liquid in the middle of the coconut), which some people drink as a workout recovery drink, but I'm not a fan.

My latest coconut purchase was "creamed coconut" although I haven't really figured out how to use it yet.  It seems to be basically the same stuff as JA is giving away, just a different brand.  My one hint to you - don't put it in the fridge if you ever hope to be able to get it out of the container - that stuff is ROCK SOLID once it's cold.  I moved it back to room temperature until I can decide on a recipe.

There are lots of ways to get entries for this giveaway, and they include "liking" TT on facebook, and subscribing to their newsletter, which are things you should do anyway because you'll get recipes, tips, and alerts about sales.  Yes, they have a ton of coconut products, but they also sell things like oils, vinegars, honey, snack foods, condiments... all made from quality ingredients.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Turkey, Leek and Potato Soup

I've had a few turkey necks and turkey wings in the freezer for a while.  I bought them because of the price - they were marked down because they were about to expire.  I decided it was finally chilly and autumnal enough to make a big pot of soup with them.  =]  I made this a two-day project, but you can definitely shorten it to one day.