Steamy Kitchen’s Big Holiday Giveaway

This year, I want to make each holiday gift really count, as I’m being frugal AND thoughtful. I’ve got to be careful and really teach the bebes about the value of money and the art of selecting the perfect gift for each person.

I’m not doing a great job, as yesterday I gave Andrew $33 to shop for me, Scott, Nathan, Mimi and Papa. His elementary school had a fundraiser where they had an entire set-up of useless gifts that you’d never buy yourself but feel like a cheap-ass if you don’t buy something because the school that is responsible for teaching my child things that I can’t (like math, following directions and assembling !$(*&!% toys) is underfunded. Though honestly, I’d rather write a check for $300 and give that to the school than to spend $300 on useless crap (ugly wrapping paper? too-sweet chocolates? magazine subscriptions that I don’t need?) and only have 10% of that end up going to the school. But I digress.

So Andrew comes home with 6 little gift bags in his backpack and runs to me clutching his $2.80 in change in his other hand. He proudly says to me, “Mama, I picked out perfect presents for everyone!” And then he started stuffing our stockings with the presents.

Hmmm…I couldn’t resist the curiousity and copped a feel (no peeking of course, that’s against the rules…but FONDLING? totally appropriate). The object in my stocking felt suspiciously like a new set of round, bouncy boobs.

Now THAT’S the type of fundraiser I’d totally lay down for.

But then on second thought, $6 might only buy a coupla rubber super bounce balls.

A Few of My Favorite Things

I’ve tested, tasted and played with lots of toys this year, and here are my absolute favorites that would make fantabulous holiday gifts. I’m giving away a bunch of gifts to you – just for commenting – so make sure you enter the random drawing to win:

Contest is over! Here are the winners…

  • An 8x4x2″ Himalayan Pink Salt Block from The Meadow
  • A New West Knifeworks Super Bread Knife
  • A box of 4 Kobe Beef Burgers from Palm Beach Prime (U.S. winner only)
  • The Ultimate Sampler from Sterling Silver Premium Meats (U.S. winner only)
  • A dreamy Sacred Glo Body Candle from Sacred Glo
  • A bottle of Mission Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Mango Champagne Vinegar from Global Gardens
  • A single photo canvas from Canvas R Us

(I’m sure I’ll be adding more gifts to giveaway in the next few days too)

Himalayan Pink Salt Blocks and Plates

himalayan pink salt plates and blocks

As you know, I’m totally obsessed with all things salt – from making your own Asian finishing salts to salting your steaks and it’s even an accessory to cheating on my husband.

The Meadow has gorgeous Himalayan Pink Salt Plates and Blocks from Pakistan that are so unique. You can use the glowing pink plate to grill, saute, chill, bake, serve and cure. Instead of salt on food – this is food on salt, and the Himalayan Pink Salt Plate imparts its delicate saltiness onto and into the food. When you’re done, just rinse, dry and store for next time.

Steaks on Himalayan Salt Block
Flatiron steaks on a large salt block

I’ve chilled the salt block for a couple of hours in the refrigerator and then used it as a serving platter for carpaccio, cheeses and fresh fruits. Any food that has a bit of moisture will pick up some of the salty goodness!

I’ve also placed the block on the outdoor grill and sauteed wild mushrooms on it – the salt block seasoned my mushrooms perfectly. The plate heats up to 500F and sears the food beautifully. I’ve yet to try steaks, but will be playing with that this weekend.

The prices are very reasonable – I’m eyeing this salt slab for sushi Sushi Slab for $19.95 and this salt grater plus salt rockSalt Grater plus Himalayan Pink Salt Rock for $16.95

Plus, owner Mark Bitterman is awesome – he’s the first person I’ve ever met more passionate about salts than I am! Just a great small business based in Portland, Oregon that I hope you’ll support.

The Meadow is giving away a Himalayan Pink Salt Block (8x4x2 inch)


The Snazziest Bread Knife in the World

Okay, time to get off the salt thing and move onto knives. I’ve raved about New West Knifeworks before and just can’t say enough great things about them. They’ve just announced their newest product, the Super Bread Knife – though personally I would have named it Kiss-Yer-Mama-Bread Knife because it’s so pretty you just wanna….eat bread.

If you’re giving a knife away as a present, my Mama told me to tell you that in many cultures, giving away a knife is bad luck. BUT hang on there – it’s not a “gift” if you make the recipient give you a penny back in return. So, just make sure that the recipient pays you a penny, quarter, whatever so that you’re not cursed with whatever knife god you’ll piss off, okay?

From New West Knifeworks, my choice for a gift would be either the above Kiss-Yer-Mama Bread Knife ($129 on sale now!) or the Phoenix Petty knife ($99). The Phoenix is the perfect size for most small kitchen tasks, from vegetables to fruit to cutting open packages (omg, just kidding! I worship my knife!)

I’m giving away a Super Bread Knife!


Kobe Beef Burgers

Kobe Beef Burgers

Palm Beach Prime sent me a box of Kobe Beef Burgers ($27.95) to try and OH MY !(#%*&!(*%!% BURGERLICIOUS BUNS! They win. There is no other reason to buy any other burger than these. You will not have lived a fulfilling life unless you have sunk your drooling teeth into these Kobe Beef Burgers. Yes, my teeth do drool. They also are craving a Kobe Beef Burger right now too.

Palm Beach Prime is giving away a pack of 4 Kobe Beef Burgers (U.S. only)


Sterling Silver Premium Meats

Sterling Silver Premium Meats

OOOHLAALAA! Sterling sent me their Ultimate Sampler which included Two 6 oz. Filet Mignons, Two 12 oz. New York Steaks, Two 12 oz. Ribeyes, Two 6 oz. Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops, and one 16 oz. Pork Tenderloin Roast. ($119.00) We’ve tried the Filets and the Ribeyes so far and loved them. The beef comes from the top 12% of all beef and is aged. Their pork is all natural.

Sterling Silver has generously given us an Ultimate Sampler package to give away! (yay beef!)


Sacred Glo Lotion Candles

Sacred Glo Lotion Candles

I met lovely Ederle on Twitter a few weeks ago and was totally smitten with the idea of a candle made of lotion. As the candle burns, the soy bean oil, shea butter, and the fragrant essential oils melt together, and create a warm, inviting pool of body lotion or massage oil that is only 2Β° above body temperature.

Ederle is a full-time corporate mama – and her dream is to make her Sacred Glo Lotion Candles a thriving business.

I know you’ll just love these lotion candles! In my sexy-hot days B.C. (Before Children) I used to love pouring hot candle wax on my lover. Made a mess, though and then would have to spend the next day scraping the hardened wax off the floors. I know, you used to do that too, right?

Um. no?


Sacred Glo is giving away a Lotion Candle of your choice.


Global Gardens Award Winning Olive Oil and Mango Champagne Vinegar

Global Gardens Olive OilGlobal Gardens Mango Champagne Vinegar

These two together make the best salad dressing. The Mango Champagne Vinegar ($16) comes in a curvy carafe and paired with their award winning Mission Extra Virgin Olive Oil – the combo makes any salad sexy. The olive oil is bright, buttery with a sagey finish.

Global Gardens also has other interesting fruit champagne vinegars – like Blood Orange, Pomegranate and Green Apple.

Global Gardens is giving away their Mission Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Mango Champagne Vinegar combo.


Photo Canvas from Canvas R Us

I’ve saved my personal favorite for last – I took some pics of the rugrats in the backyard a few weeks ago and sent them into Canvas R Us. A week later, I got 4 individual wooden framed canvas prints back, and they are now hanging in my family room. It instantly brightened and warmed up the entire home – the smiles and love in these boys faces are priceless.

It’s super simple – all you have to do is upload your photo to their Canvas R Us’ website and choose the size that you want. You can get one single canvas or a collage, like me.


And look at the quality that comes back!

This is my fav pic:

Don’t they look like they NEVER fight over toys or tease each other?

Canvas R Us is giving away a single photo canvas of your choice!


How to enter the Steamy Kitchen’s Big Holiday Giveaway

Contest is over! The winners are announced here…

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Comments 803

  1. Marie

    I think if I got a picture printed, I would want a picture of my sister and I from a picnic that we had when I visited her last summer. We decided to have “nap time” and there’s a great one of us sleeping on a Mexican blanket at the park.

  2. Nicole

    I have a picture from when I was 4 of myself with my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother that I would love to have printed on canvas. Great contest!

  3. Miranda

    The photo my husband I took outside on the perfect day…the day we found out we had twins!

  4. Rebecca

    I just finished a photobook of my 2 girls (ages 8 and 4). It’s a collection of pictures taken of them throughout this year with just the 2 of them in it. It’s wonderful! It was the first time I ordered a photobook online. I would like to put the cover shot on canvas. It’s a close-up headshot of the two of them lying on top of eachother on our living room sofa. They both have this perfectly natural smile on their faces … sisters and BFF!

  5. Pearl Maxey

    Wow, if you chose me I don’t know what I would pick. Anyway, I would put a pic of my two daughters with my grandmother who just passed on canvas to put in our livingroom so that they have a constant reminder of where they come from and that the people in your family and their love are always with you.

  6. Michael G

    I would put up a travel picture from a romantic part of Italy my wife and I went to for our honeymoon

  7. Pearl Maxey

    BONUS! Facebooked this…

    If I could print another pic it would be of both my girls again, from this summer at Great America with their faces painted (not really worth the $20 each, but the pics are beautiful). I would then take the credit for the canvas as I gave it to my husband for our anniversary.

  8. Jaime

    great giveaway. thanks for the holiday gift ideas too. i would love to have one of the photos from our trips to tahiti or fiji printed on canvas!

  9. Laura

    I would love to have a picture of my dad and sister. None of us really takes pictures, which leaves us with only our memories. But this Christmas, I’m making sure to get a picture of all three of us!

  10. Victoria

    I would print a nice picture of my late maternal grandfather and grandmother and present it to my mom, who’s been missing them ever since they recently passed away within a year of each other.

  11. Grifola frondosa

    I’d print a picture of me cutting one of those Sterling steaks, cooked on a block of pink salt with a nice shiny New West Knife, with a salad on the side with a simple salad topped with Global Gardens buttery olive oil and mango champagne vinegar.

    That’s a picture of a happy camper worth framing !

  12. Sam F

    Neat! I’d print a picture of me and my girlfriend, though it would take a while to choose the best one!

  13. Carla

    I’m not sure exactly which picture I would print but, it would probably be a picture I have taken of my kids.

  14. Amanda

    I would love to print a picture of snow because it Never! snows were I live and I miss it so…

  15. Emily

    I would print a photo of my husband, myself and our dog Murray from our fall trip to Walla Walla. We’re in the vineyard of one of our favorite wineries, wine in hand and everyone (including the dog) is smiling!

  16. Claire PIper

    As always, I love the stuff you write about and your giveaways are the best. I keep trying….
    I would probably get a picture of the ocean near where I live, on a foggy or stormy day. Waves crashing. It’s my favorite thing in the world, and with my kids grown and gone… well, it would be wisest.

  17. Megan

    I think I would print a picture from our honeymoon. We have a bunch from the wedding, but none from the gorgeous honeymoon in Colorado. I’m totally drooling over the prospects of this giveaway…

  18. Rory

    I just came back from a trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico with 6 women friends (ranging from ages in the 40s to 89), and *everything* we saw looked like art. So either something I took because it looked so beautiful (displays of vegetables at the outdoor market took a lot of my camera space) or one of all of us, or one of the 89-year-old, who instigated the whole trip.

  19. Haiku

    I’d like to either get a photo of me and my husband (i am pregnant with our first child) or a picture of our parents together (as one set lives in Florida, we’re in Connecticut and other in Estonia). Happy holidays!

  20. Kellette

    I have some great vacation photos from this summer’s trip to Israel – i would LOVE to have them put on canvas!

  21. Allison

    I’d print a photo of Leia, the darling dog I grew up with (she passed away). And yes, she was a princess.

  22. Lynneth

    I would print a picture of my family from my brother’s wedding to give either to my bro & wife or to my parents. OR I would photoshop a graduation photo of the siblings to give to the parents. Probably the latter.

    Also, *BONUS* on myspace, facebook, and xanga. not that i’m expecting 3 separate entries for the bonus drawings. Btw, your photos are amazing.

  23. Jen

    OH! HIMALAYAN salt block! sheesh! I was just in japan and saw that for the first time. My cousin tried to tell me where it was from but I just didn’t get the Japanglish-cised word for “himalayan”.

    thank you. I understand now. *SIGH*

    As for the photo on canvas, I’m just itching to put to canvas my favorite photo that I took while i was strolling around (struggling through the crowds) in Notre Dame…I was just trying to chop the heads out of the photo and was lucky enough to get my perfect shot!

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