Crockette Mac & Cheese / 1st "Bloggiversary" Giveaway
I started my blog in April 2009 and have successfully completed my first year as a “blogger” (see my first true “blog post”). I have had a lot of fun so far and hope to continue and expand my blog in the future. You have probably learned by now that I look for “excuses to bake”. Having a baking blog that I aim to update at least weekly is a perfect “excuse”. Not only have I come a long way in the “blogging world” since last April, I would also say that I have come a long way in the “baking world”, starting with my first wedding cake in June 2009, and ending up making three others last summer. One goal I have for this year is to gain expose and increase my number of readers… and I need your help to do that! I ask that you pass along the link to my blog to anyone you know who would enjoy reading. The other major goal is to increase the number of people I have that make comments on my posts and I need your help for that one too.
I owe a big “thank-you” to you – my readers – for your support and comments. As a way to say “thank you”, and also as an attempt to meet the goals I noted above, I am sponsoring a giveaway along with CSN Stores. Please see this post for the original giveaway announcement and see the end of this post for instructions on how to enter the giveaway.
The giveaway item is a mini-crock pot, also know as a “Crockette”. Personally, I like the name crockette, because I like the way it sounds. It sort of reminds me of “rockette”. While growing up, I would watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year and think about how much I wanted to be a Radio City Rockette. Those of you who know me are probably laughing right now, because you know that my dance ability level is less than par, and I am also pretty uncoordinated at times. Regardless I have decided it’s a crockette. I received one for CSN to review and I am also giving one away!
It is a: Proctor-Silex 1.5 Qt Round Crock-Pot.
My crockette came last week and I have already found a number of uses for it. One great thing about this crockette is that it has three heat settings: low, warm and hot (plus an “off setting). Although many larger crock-pots have heat settings, smaller ones do not always. Another thing smaller ones commonly do not have: a removable inside. I have wanted a crockette for a long, but I never got one because I did not want one that did not have a removable inside. My mom has one that is not removable and it is a pain to clean. The thing that excites me the most about this crockette is the removable inside!! Even if you are not the lucky winner of this crock-pot, I would recommend it as a worthwhile purchase.
The first thing I made with was Crocketee Mac & Cheese. I found the recipe at this website with a whole selected of crockette recipes.
2 c. cooked macaroni
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 c. evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. shredded sharp process cheese
1 Tbsp. minced onion
Toss macaroni with butter. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into lightly greased crockette. Cover and cook for 2 1/2 to 4 hours, stirring part way through cooking time.
When making this recipe, you will definitely be happy you can pull out the removable inside and wash. Trust me.
NOW WHAT YOU REALLY WANT – INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!
You can enter up to three different ways and you may enter one time each way. You must leave a comment on this post for each entry to be sure that all of your entries are counted separately. In all comments please include an e-mail so that I can contact you if you are the winner.
1. Leave a comment on this post describing the first thing you would make in the crockette.
2. Mention this giveaway on your blog and include a link back to this post (be sure to leave an additional comment on this post with a link to your blog post linked to the giveaway)
3. Tweet about my giveaway on Twitter or re-tweet one of my twitter announcements (KitchenKrista) on this giveaway (be sure to leave an additional comment on this post with your twitter name)
The winning comment number will be selected using an online research randomizer (randomizer.org). If you enter all three ways, you must be sure to leave three separate comments so that each will be entered separately. All comments left on this post before Friday April 30 at 11:59pm CST will be included in the giveaway. This contest is open to anyone in the United States or Canada. The winner will be announced on Saturday May 1st and will also be personally contacted by me via e-mail. The crockette will be shipped to the winner directly from CSN.