Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Winners of The Ecosystem Journal Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Ecosystem Journal Giveaway. There were a lot of great comments.

The three winners are Wendy, STEPHANIE, and Sara L. You have two weeks to contact me (kawaiicrafter at gmail dot com) with your mailing info or another winner will be chosen. Thanks.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ecosystem Journal Giveaway

Today I'm hosting a giveaway that I think many of you will be interested in, Ecosystem journals. Most of you know that I'm a big fan of journals as I've shared before here and here. I use my journals to keep all my craft ideas in one place. I've found if I don't write an idea down, it's lost forever. So now, I have one for home and one that travels in my purse. One never knows where they'll find inspiration.

For this giveaway, three lucky readers will win one ecosystem journal. They will have their choice of a flexi-cover notebook in any size, artist or author, in lagoon, kiwi, watermelon, or grape! To see these options, visit the official site.

Here's a few unique features of ecosystem journals that you might find interesting:

* made of 100% post consumer recycled paper

*each journal has a unique tracking number in case your journal is ever lost (top right picture)

*inside pocket to store other items (bottom left picture)


To enter, you must leave a comment saying what you would use your journal for. Three (3) winners will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends Monday, November 22,2010, at 11:59 PM EST.

*There are other craft sites hosting giveaways as well. To find more information about those giveaways please visit the Ecosystem Facebook Page.

Thanks and good luck!

Official giveaway rules :
- Zakka Life is the official host of the giveaway and is sponsoring the giveaway, ecosystem life is just providing the prizes to the eligible winners.
- Winners will be chosen via random generator.
- Only those whom are in the domestic United States are eligible to win.
- Contest ends Monday, November 22, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Cup of Tradition

This is sponsored content from BlogHer and Folgers.

When I was first asked to write about traditions my mind was flooded with many fond memories. But, one memory in particular stood out , my Grandmother’s punch. I realize it might sound odd for punch to be a tradition but it really was. Every holiday I could depend on her punch to be set up on a lace covered card table. She would either make a fruit punch or a coffee punch ( the coffee was my favorite). It was always set out at least a half hour before the main meal started, sometimes even longer. The cups would be set out for everyone to help themselves to which I especially appreciated as a child. My cup would often be filled with more ice-cream than the actual beverage. And now, every time I see a punch bowl I can't help but think of happy holidays.

For this holiday season, I will be preparing the punch for the first time to keep this tradition alive along with the memory of my Grandmother. That’s just one of the many special virtues about traditions, they keep us connected to our roots and family. They allow us to share good memories of and with our loved ones. And now, I’m excited to share these memories with my children. They will get to see me make this traditional beverage, maybe even learn how to make it. I can only hope that they will pass this tradition down to their children one day.

At this point you might be wondering what this punch tastes like, right? Well, here's the recipe for you to find out. Enjoy!

Grace Episcopal Coffee Punch

serves 12


8 cups prepared coffee

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups milk

4 cups vanilla ice cream

1 cup whipping cream

nutmeg for dusting

Mix first four ingredients (coffee, sugar, vanilla, and milk) in a bowl and let chill. I like to put the bowl in the fridge to make the process go quicker.

When ready to serve, pour chilled coffee over ice cream.

Top with whip cream and sprinkle with nutmeg. If you want to add ice, I recommend making ice cubes out of coffee so the punch does not become diluted. Enjoy!

Do any of you have a special traditional food or drink you make for the holidays? Please share with the rest of us.

Folgers is having an essay contest where 5 people will win a trip home for the holidays. To learn more about it, visit the Folgers site.

Want to hear about more holiday traditions? Please check out what the other nine bloggers are sharing about their traditions on the exclusive offers page.