Sunday, February 27, 2011

CNS stores $20 gift certificate giveaway

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We have a new addition to our yard and the kids are loving it!
So you wanna know what I picked from the Swing Sets site of the CNS store?
I picked.... drum roll.....................
I picked a see-saw!!
Looks like fun huh?
K, for my review.
The people at CNS where great to work with. Everything went very smoothly and the shipping was very prompt.
On saturday we opened the box and got started. All the pieces where there and in good shape.
We did run into one little hitch. They said there was one part... that just wasn't there... at least not in the way the instructions said.
it called for a 1/2 inch washer, there were TWO other odd washer thingys that we realized after we were supposed to use. BUT In looking for the 1/2 inch washer we took apart a few things and reput them together so it did take a bit longer than expected. Hubby was pretty frustrated with that page of the instructions.
In the end though it went together well and the kids have loved playing on it already!
Did I mention it was windy and pretty chilly? What a trooper my hubby is!
Even my big girls that are 11 and 12 have see-sawed up and down on it. I can foresee years of fun play on it!

So??? CNS is graciously giving one of my readers a $20 Gift certificate to be used at any of their stores.
****This is only open for US and Canada residents though as they only ship to these locations.*****

To earn entries?
Easy peasy... and not too many either!
1 Entry follow my blog
1 Entry subscribe via email for my blog post.
1 Entry tell me what item or items you would love to have off their Swing Sets page
Extra entry.... if you commented on my initial post about this giveaway with a guess you may claim 1 Extra entry! No one guessed what I choose so you all get an extra entry for participating! :) --I will check this so please be honest!

***Remember to leave a separate comment for each additional entry and include your email address in your comments!***
See my giveaway instructions here for more information.

They sent me a list of terms and conditions that apply to their gift certificate code.

Their Terms and Conditions:

1. Code expires after first use.

2. Entire promotional amount must be used on first purchase.

3. If the total cost of basket exceeds the amount of money from the promotional code, you are responsible for the difference

4. Promotional code will be applied to all items in your basket

5. Expires March 31, 2011

6. This promotional code cannot be combined with any other promotional code, CSNRewards Dollars, or price match request.

7. This promotional code cannot be used to purchase gift certificates on our sites

Ends 3/6/11

Thanks for entering this giveaway.

Good luck!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Guess what?

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UPS pulled up to my house yesterday and...

My item I picked from CNS Stores is here! :)
Also I was so happy with my item I ordered 2 more items from them... I will tell you what they are. I got a picnic table and a bench thingy! Really excited to make my yard fun for the kids and a place they want to be!

So... did you get a chance to guess what I got?
HINT: no one has got it right yet.

I am excited! :) Watch for the review/giveaway here in a week or two... we have to get it put up! *hehehe

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A new giveaway for you! CSN stores

Pin It Now! Guess what? I am excited to let you know that CSN stores contacted me about doing a review/giveaway for you guys! Whoo hoo!!!

So? I have looked over their site and I have picked what I am going to review.
BUT I am NOT telling. *hehehe*

You guys get to guess! If you guess now on this post you get an extra entry into the giveaway!
You can guess 3 times. If you guess right you get 3 extra entires in the giveaway! *there can be more than one person with the right guess.

I will give you a hint: it is found on their Swing Sets page. *look though all the section though!

Have fun, and I will keep you updated about the giveaway and when it will be happening.

Still Sane,

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chinese Recipes

Pin It Now! I promised a post with recipes from our Chinese New Year dinner! :)
Here it is:

Panda Express Orange Chicken
(found on
Serves 6 Ready in <30>

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken pieces
1 egg 1 1/2 tsp. salt
White pepper Oil (for frying, we use Canola)
1/2 c. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 c. flour
1 Tbsp. minced ginger root
1 tsp minced garlic
1 dash crushed hot red chilies
1/4 c chopped green onions
1 Tbsp. rice wine
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. sesame oil
*** Orange Chicken Sauce ***
1 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. water
5 Tbsp. sugar
5 Tbsp. white vinegar

Directions: Cut chicken pieces into 2-inch squares and place in large bowl. Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 Tbsp. oil and mix well. Stir cornstarch and flour together. Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat. HEat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees. Add chicken pieces, small batches at a time, and fry 3 to 4 min. or until golden and crisp. (do not overcook or chicken will be tough.) Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside. Clean wok and heat 15 secondes over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp. oil. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Add and stir-fry crushed chilies and green onions. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil. Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed. Stir water into remaning 1 Tbsp. cornstarch until smooth. add to chicken and heat until sauce is thickened. Stir in 1 Tbsp. oil and sesame oil. Serve at once. You may want to add grated zest of 1 orange to the sauce for flavor.

Looks yum huh? Well it IS!!

Sweet and Sour Chicken and or Pork:

Serves 8 Ready in 1 hr.

Sauce: (make while frying the meat)
1 c. bias sliced carrots
1 sm. onion chopped
1 c. sliced celery
2 1/2 c. water
3/4 c. cider vinegar
3/4 c. ketchup
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 c. brown sugar
1 can pineapple chunks with juice

Simmer carrots. onion, celery, and water until veggies are tender. Add remaning ingredients.
Cook a few minutes. Thicken with 2 Tbsp. cornstarch in 1/4 c. water.

Breaded Chicken and or Pork:
3 lbs. cubed pork chops or boneless skinless chicken
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. cornstarch
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 to 3/4 c. drippings from the meat + water

Cook your meat in a couple Tbsp. of soy sauce (like 4 shakes -LOL!) for seasoning. Along with some garlic salt and a pinch of oregano.
Mix all ingredients except the meat, use enough water (or dripping from frying meat) to make the batter thinner. Add meat stir until coated. Deep fry in small batches for 7 min.
Serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce over rice.

Well worth the time spent!

Egg Drop Soup

Serves 8 Ready in <10>

4 c. chicken broth
1 c. corn (or to taste)
2 eggs (fork whisked in a bowl)
2 tsp. Sesame oil (or to taste)

Bring the chicken broth and the corn to a boil. Using the fork dribble the eggs into the boiling broth, making sure to not go so fast that the broth stops boiling. Then stir for 2 min. Remove from heat and add the sesame oil. Serve while warm.

There you have our recipes!
We also ate some egg rolls, wontons, and Asian salad too... contributed by our friends. FUN for ALL!

Enjoy! I would love to hear if you make this and enjoy it k?

Still Sane,