Hi! Remember me? Apologies for the lengthy absence. The past week has been rather busy and super-stressful. Stressful to the point that I’m also battling a cold, which I hate. Colds suck because they make you just sick enough that it’s annoying, but they don’t actually knock you flat on your butt. I know it sounds stupid, but if I’m going to be sick, I’d prefer to be stuck in bed for 3 days, then done, not just feeling under the weather enough to be crabby for what feels like days on end. Does that make sense? Not really.
Anyway…What’s been driving me batty the most is not having the time or the energy to get back into my kitchen. Every night this week, except Friday, we’ve had something going on. I ended up leaving work early on Friday afternoon, just because I needed to crash, thanks to a lack of sleep and a hacking cough. Between being exhausted and being sick, I had to force myself to take some much-needed downtime. So, Friday afternoon, I hung out on the couch, reading a book (Empty Mansions, if anyone cares) and dozing off after I got home. Saturday, I felt better, so I went and got my hair cut, went to the store, and got back to work. I made some blondies (recipe forthcoming), some pork chops and mashed potatoes for dinner. Today, I felt crappy again, and the only thing that sounded good was something involving chicken. Creamed Chicken and Biscuits.
It hit the spot. It’s basically the same as the Creamed Chicken and Cornbread I made a few months ago, but I tweaked it just slightly.
In spite of the additional snow we got this morning (I know it’s only December 8, but I’m over it already), I did venture out to The Pheasant. Normally they’re not open on Sundays, but they were today, for a Holiday Pop-Up Shop. I was going to stop by there yesterday, but figured I’d just go today and check out the vendors. I’m glad I did, because I picked up quite a few South Dakota-made items that I’ve put together in order to giveaway to one lucky reader!
You get a bottle of Organic Tuscan Herb Olive Oil, a bottle of Traditional 18-Year Balsamic Vinegar (this is the stuff that changed my dislike of balsamic vinegar into a borderline obsession with it!), 2 pouring spouts with lids, Olive Oil Lip Balm, a jar of Jalapeño Jelly (The Pheasant uses this on their PB&JJ Burger), a tea towel from CleanSlate Design + Print/2ndskin, and last, but not least, a bag of peanut brittle from The Cake Lady in Sioux Falls. I’ve been meaning to do a giveaway for awhile now, and I thought a collection of South Dakota-made items might be fun.
As usual, to enter, just leave me a comment. Tell me what you’d make with the olive oil or the vinegar. Tell me what holiday tradition(s) you’re most looking forward to celebrating. Tell me “Hello.” Heck, you can even tell me to take a flying leap off a cliff (although I wouldn’t really appreciate that, and probably wouldn’t enter you in the contest, but if you really feel that way, do please express yourself)! Feel free to like the ol’ Facebook page or follow me on Twitter for additional entries if you’d like, but it’s not mandatory. I’ll keep the giveaway open until 9:00 AM, next Sunday, December 15, 2013. Make sure you leave an email address for notification–You’ll have 24 hours to respond if you’re chosen, otherwise another winner will be picked.
DISCLOSURE: This giveaway is sponsored by me, and is open to US residents only (because I’m too cheap to ship it outside the country).