Giveaway: And the Winner is…

Jenny!!! All the way from England! Yay! Jenny, email me your address and I’ll send you your cute little spatula set! But I’m very excited about all the ingredients requests. I will attempt to address every single one of them…probably not in the same post! It’s amazing how one or two new recipes using ingredients you actually have in your kitchen and want to use, can make a big difference!

Happy cooking friends!

Giveaway: Baking Tools!

"homemade" cookie stamp

My tiny little townhouse kitchen may LOOK trendy, and may well be a happy and fun place to gather, but it is atrociously annoying to actually cook in. Sadly I didn’t really cook(at all) when we bought this place, so I didn’t really think about the benefits of minor things like COUNTER SPACE. I have about 3 combined feet of counter space, broken up into 1 foot segments. Poor Sexy Husband, as you can imagine it is just impossible to cook without making a huge disaster(it’s not my fault, it’s the counter space!). Regardless of the lack of space, I still manage to cram every single drawer and cupboard full of cooking, particularly baking, knick knacks. I have a total weakness for things like cookie presses, icing tips and rolling pins. I am powerless to cake molds and mandolines. But my friends in the Village know that if they need a lemon zester, or a cake leveler, they can call me.

My mom (who is the Giver of Gifts) was recently in Seattle and brought me back a Cookie Stamp. SO FUN! So I tried out some cookies, a super basic rolled shortbread cookie, and stamped my little homemade sign into them. They were a big hit! I think I’ll be using it for the upcoming annual girls Christmas Cookie Exchange IronSister hosts(highlight of the season!)

All this got me thinking that I would like to give YOU, my friendly and lovely readers, one of my absolute favorite baking tool set. This miniature spatula set from Williams-Sonoma has by far been the most used tool in my baking life. Big spatulas are great, and I use them all the time, but these mini ones are perfect for icing things, scraping stuff off beaters, cleaning off edges of bowls or glasses displaying desserts, anything really. They are also the perfect size for the Little Hands that help me bake all the time.

williams-sonoma miniature spatula set

Here’s how you can win! Leave me a comment telling me what ingredient you would like to have recipes for(it could be that you have lots of pumpkin to use up, or are curious about cooking with beans, or what do you do with coconut milk – stuff like that), and I will enter your name into the draw. Also, if you are on twitter, which of course many of you are, then tweet about the giveaway and link the blog and I’ll enter you again! This way YOU win a prize and I find out what my readers would like to read about! Saturday night I’ll do the draw!

Happy Thursday my friends!

Giveaway: And the Winner is….

Alex!!! Congratulations!!! 2 Silk Road Spice Bottles are yours! Thanks to everyone for playing! Stay tuned for more giveaways!

Local Fare: Silk Road Spice Merchants

Picky Princess "making soup"

rows and rows of exotic spices


pretty gift boxes and refillable bottles

If you live in Calgary, or are visiting Calgary you should definitely stop by Silk Road Spice Merchants. Kelci and Colin, owners, fashionistas, and the loveliest faces I see at the Farmer’s Market each week have just branched out from their market store, to a store in trendy Ramsay 2010 11st SE. They specialize in spices from all over the world. I’ve honestly never been in such a one-stop shop like this one. Every Friday at the Market, I leave Picky Princess jumping in the bouncy castle with Sexy Husband close by and sneak over to their kiosk. This is where my spending money goes. Each week Kelci is on hand with exciting news of the latest mix for me to try, or Colin is happy to explain to me which region I should get the cinnamon from. I love them and secretly consider them my friends(I guess it’s not a secret anymore!)

The new store just opened up last week so Picky Princess and I ventured down there today to check it out. She LOVED the vintage wooden kitchen set and went right to work making soup while I perused. It is gorgeous: exposed brick, hard wood floor, perfect warm light. The exotic looking furniture is reason enough to check it out; made me dream of shopping in markets in Asia, and purchasing vintage treasures from the Middle East.

My personal collection of their spices includes: green thai curry, tandoori masala, fleur de sel, saigon cinnamon, lavender, marrakesh salmon rub, saltwater chili lime seasoning, aleppo chiles and greek seasoning. And because I want YOU to see just what I’m talking about, I’ve got a fig & fennel first ever GIVEAWAY!!!! Here’s how you do it. Go to their website and click on browse our spices. Then leave me a comment with which spice you would love to try. I will enter all the names into a hat and draw later this week. I will mail the winner 2 fabulous spice bottles: Silk Road All Purpose Blend and (my favorite) Saigon Cinnamon.

You can also follow their blog at and make sure to check out this great article on them from Calgary Avenue Magazine:

Good Luck!