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Giveaway: Add a Little Spice

Sorry, this giveaway is now CLOSED.

Four or five years ago, Mike received a gift box of grilling spices for Christmas. A family member had gotten it for him…not knowing that the store was about a mile down the road from where we lived at the time. We didn’t know that either…

Penzey’s Spices are AMAZING!! They are so flavorful…once you use them, you’ll never go back. (Okay, so that isn’t 100% true…Mike uses a lot of garlic while grilling, so we buy that in bulk at Costco…but the Penzey’s garlic a definitely better.)

We just made a special trip to our old stomping ground to restock:

Because I love these spices so much, I want to share the joy. I’m giving away one spice bag to a lucky winner!

To Enter to Win the spices:

Go to penzeys.com and browse around a little. Then come back and enter to win!

There are multiple ways to enter. Only one of the ways to enter is mandatory, all of the others are optional – you do not have to do all of them to be entered! Please leave a separate comment for each entry – it’s easier for me to count them that way πŸ™‚

You have until Midnight on Thursday, July 15th to enter. The winner will be posted on Friday the 16th.

Mandatory – 1 entry:

  • Do you bake? Do you grill? Do you just like to add an extra kick to your salad? Which spice from their website looks the best to you? (And what would you do with it?)

Optional – 1 entry each:

  • Do you have a recipe you LOVE that uses one (or more) of the following: sage, savory, nutmeg, cinnamon, seasoned salt? (These are the non-grilling spices I have on hand, so I’m looking for more ideas πŸ™‚ )
  • Do you already use Penzey’s spices? Do you have a favorite spice/recipe idea for me?
  • Tweet about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your tweet.

Optional – 2 entries:

  • Blog about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your post.

Disclaimer: I have not received anything from Penzey’s to review or give away. I just love their stuff enough to try to introduce it to everyone I meet. πŸ™‚

Is it Decadent to Own Two Grills?

You may recognize our grill from various posts I’ve put up about grilling (The Succulent Death post comes to mind…)

Grill with Side Smoker

Grill with Side Smoker

I bought this grill for Mike before the kids were born…so it’s over 5 years old. It’s done VERY well for us (I’m sure having a grill master helps πŸ˜‰ )

Last week, Mike stopped off at Home Depot to pick up some supplies to put shelves onto my newly aquired hutch for my desk. (Thanks honey!!) When he pulled into the parking lot, he saw that they were holding a contest: make 5 out of 5 baskets, and they’ll give you a $20 gift card. His first thought (according to him): “I’m just going to shank these, should I even bother embarrassing myself??” And second thought (according to him): “Oh why the hell not.

Lo and behold, he shanked the first two shots. But he made the third shot…to which the attendent said, “Here’s your raffle ticket. You won the grill!!” LOL Mike didn’t even know that the grill was one of the prizes. πŸ™‚ Apparently, you got a raffle ticket if you made 1 shot, but you had to make all 5 to get the $20. The attendent already knew that whoever made the next shot would get the raffle ticket to match the one on the grill. Too funny.

This weekend, Mike finally got the chance to put the grill together (and my shelves up!)

Harps playing, angels singing

Harps playing, angels singing

(Notice the poor old grill in the background. I hope he takes it okay…I know, I know, get over that whole feeling sorry for inanimate objects thing, Nance.)

The plan, right now, is to use both of them! One is charcoal and one is gas…so they could get along just fine, right?

Happy Griller

Happy Griller

The only problem is that the new one has already taken the old one’s place…I suppose I should go out and talk with it…let it know that the plan is to get more stones so that it has a place to stand as well.

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Not a Lot of Time To Post

For a few reasons…

The good reason:
The What A Card family came over to play today!! We had a great time in the back yard – the kids were all playing together and Burke gave a running commentary for who was who, and who was playing with what toy (and who actually owned the toy). Mike grilled up some grub: Pork chops, kielbasa, hot dogs, chicken, green beans, zucchini, and Potatoes. YUM. What A Card herself brought some very yummy cup cakes for dessert. A wonderful afternoon. πŸ™‚

The not-so-good reason:
I’m off to try to finish up Breaking Dawn (Book 4 in the Twilight Series)

For Gus – Succulent Death, Step-by-Step

Mike has a buddy in the armed forces who is overseas right now. (Hi Gus!) Mike told Gus that he’d document our first attempt at the Succulent Death recipe (inspired by the Bacon Explosion one). Mike also claims that the happiness of many a solder over there relies on this post (*roll eyes here*).

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Step 1

Create a 5×5 weave of bacon. It’s best to use the thick cut kind.

We actually created two of these, so you’ll see two 5×5 monstrosities throughout the documenting process.

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(For all you boys out there, that’s:
“Over, under, over, under, over.”
And then:
“Under, over, under, over, under.”
Repeat 1.5 more times. πŸ˜‰ )

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Sprinkle BBQ seasoning over the weave.

We used the Pampered Chef BBQ Seasoning.

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Spread uncooked meatloaf recipe over the entire weave. Make sure that you spread it all the way to the edges, and that it’s the same thickness the whole way across.

Mike’s mom’s meatloaf recipe is to die for. If you would like it, feel free to email me, but I’m not going to publish it. Sorry! πŸ™‚

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Spread mashed potatoes over the meatloaf.

We used Dinner’s Choice Garlic Mashed Potatoes. A huge shortcut for things like this. (Great for Shepherd’s Pie as well…)

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Squirt some BBQ sauce over the potatoes.

We used Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory and Brown Sugar.

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Carefully separate the meatloaf layer from the bacon layer.

Roll the meatloaf layer up from one end to the other.

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We had 4 pieces of bacon left over after the weave, so Mike stuck them on the ends of the meatloaf roll to keep it all contained.

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Roll the meatloaf back toward the opposite end; this time include the bacon layer so you end up with the bacon completely covering the meatloaf.

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Sprinkle the entire roll with more BBQ seasoning.

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Grill it!

We put it on for about an hour, but it could have used at least another half hour. The bacon was a little undercooked.

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Serve it!

As you can see, Mike also grilled up the following: potatoes, green beans, asparagus, hot dogs, zucchini, and peppers.

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Result

OH.MY.GOD. this was sooooo good. πŸ™‚

Observations

Other than cooking it longer, we may try to alter the meatloaf recipe a bit so that it’s a little firmer. Mike was worried that the roll would fall apart (hence the tinfoil under it on the grill). Being able to put the roll directly on the grill might make the bacon cook a bit more as well.