Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Busy fall weekend brings my first GIVEAWAY!

This past weekend was a blur of fun, food, friends, fair, and fine arts and crafts! And studying. I can’t forget studying, but that didn’t fit in my alliteration!

First of all, I had a checkup on my chest. Blair went with me and was so good. We were having a tea party in the waiting room when they called me back. My incision is healing nicely, and the reports all came back good! The doctor gave me what is apparently gold in a bottle to put on my scar to help it heal and protect it from the sun. When he did my surgery a month ago, we talked about farming and such, and he mentioned that he loved free range eggs. So I took him some this time. He really liked that. I don’t think it helped my account balance at all (that was really not my purpose, but see above about the gold in a bottle!), but maybe he’ll remember me if I ever need want fun plastic surgery!

Saturday was a full day! Nicole and I picked mom up and went to Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. Mom and I had been there in the spring and the spoon man was not there! We were so disappointed, but he promised me he’d be there in the fall, so off we went!

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025 Mom with her ice cream and fried apple pie!

I have blogged about my wooden spoons a few times now. I just love them. My favorite spoons are all from Sis & D’s, the folks who have the booth at Mossy Creek. Mr. Sis & D (Doug) was there this year with all of his beautifully handmade spoons.

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There are many spoons he sells that he knows exactly where the wood came from. It’s neat to hear his stories – and to see his variety of spoons.

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I love the yellow ones!

The whole time we were there, people were crowded around his booth making selections (it took me forever to pick out my spoons!), and I’m pretty sure that we made a few sales for him as people overheard us talking about our favorites! (And I’m not getting a thing for writing this!)

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Mr. Sis & D says that his bestselling spoon is a straight edged cooking spoon – or what we call the meat spoon! It’s great for browning ground beef or sausage because you can chop with the straight edge, but then you can use the spoon part to serve it or stir the spaghetti or whatever!

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I bought two slotted spoons, a regular spoon, and a small meat spoon. My meat spoon is really large, and I thought I would like a smaller one better. I just love the Osage Orange wood he used for the slotted spoon. The other slotted spoon is pecan. My meat spoon is oak and the regular one is plum! It’s really pretty too.

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All of the spoons have the type of wood from which they’re made burned into the handle, along with a price code. There is a price code key on the booth table. The spoons vary in price by size, wood, etc.

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This is the best part! I bought four spoons to give away! I just wanted to do a fun giveaway of something I like! This is no Pioneer Woman camera or mixer giveaway, but these spoons are nice! (Plus I’m not big time like PW!) It makes me smile every time someone tells me they read Across the Branch, and I want to say thanks!

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For the giveaway, I bought a meat spoon, regular spoon, slotted spoon, and a scraper. These are the four spoons I use the most – along with my spatula, but those were a bit more expensive! I’m going to give two readers each two spoons. See below for how to enter the giveaway!

After leaving Mossy Creek we took a short break at mom’s and then went right on to the Georgia National Fair! Yay! I grew up going to the fair, so I look forward to it (and the food) every year. And Molly escorted us right into a livestock parking lot, so we got a great spot to park! (Thanks, Josh, for having pigs!) The first thing I did? Ate a gyro. Yum! And I ate a cinnamon roll. And a corn dog later. I was bad!

We saw the hypnotist show, which was hysterical as always. I could just about go every day to the fair to just watch that show! I also love to look at the photography entries. We walked around for a bit until the Miranda Lambert, Josh Kelly, Eric Church concert started at 7:30. It was pretty good. I was disappointed in that I couldn’t hear very well (as in bad acoustics or something), but it was fun regardless. On the way home, Nicole and I were both SO sleepy, so we sang to really loud old music all the way!

Don’t forget the spoons!

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Three ways to enter the giveaway:

  1. Comment on this post and tell me which spoon you would use most! You can look on here on Sis & D’s website for more designs.
  2. Be a blog follower of Across the Branch, and leave me another comment to tell me.
  3. Post about my giveaway on your blog or facebook (or both, but only one entry please), and leave me another comment to tell me that too!

Each of the three ways to enter needs to have its own separate comment so they will be counted – and that’s a max of 3 per person! I will need an email address to contact you, so if it’s not associated with your blogger account, leave that for me too! The giveaway ends on October 31, 2010. I will announce the winner the following week!

Also check out my aunt’s blog to enter her giveaway!

71 comments:

The View From A Saddle said...

Family is allowed to enter right?! I don't have any spoons!!!


I'm a follower!!! :)

Ashley said...

Ashlee, I would LOVE the meat spoon! I don't have a flat spoon and these are gorgeous! Im glad you had fun at the fair, my husband took our girls and they LOVED it!

Marla said...

Ashlee,
I would love to have the meat spoon. I desperately need it for the holidays!! I make quite a few sausage quiches and it is perfect for browning the sausage!

Marla said...

I am a follower of your blog. Forgot to mention it.

Ashley said...

Ashlee, I am a follower and I have a blog posting tomorrow at 8 am about your giveaway. Im excited to see who wins, how fun! Thanks... - the other Ashley :)

Marla said...

I also posted about your giveaway and your blog on Facebook!

jana said...

I would use the meat spoon all the time. They are beautiful!

jana said...

I'm a follower of your blog :)

jana said...

I tweeted about it! (wait, does that count)

Amy said...

How fun!! I would love the meat spoon....we are definitely meat eaters at our house! :)
what a neat giveaway

Amy said...

i am a new follower of your blog
(and glad to hear your scar is healing nicely!)

CHERI said...

IF I'm eligible I'd love to win! My favorites are the regular spoon & meat spoon. They are beautiful. May have to order some for Christmas gifts!

CHERI said...

Of course, I'm a follower!

Steph said...

I use the meat spoon the most, but not for meat, I use it for stirring pitchers of sweet tea!

CHERI said...

I posted about your giveaway! Good luck to everyone. You thought of a great prize/gift.

Jen O'Daniel said...

I would totally dig the meat spoon. We're big time meat eaters over here, and I have a husband who always takes off with my wooden spoons... that and my metal tongs. We likely need "his and hers" of both! Ha!

Jen O'Daniel said...

I'm a blog follower. :)

Mary Charles said...

Ashlee I would love the scrape spoon! What a great idea!

Mary Charles said...

Ok that should read scraper not scrape and I am follower of your blog!

Mary Charles said...

I also posted on Facebook!

The View From A Saddle said...

i like the plum spoon! i would use the meat one more... cause i do know how to make spaghetti! :)

Jan said...

Of course I'm a follower and being your mom might void my entry but I do love these spoons!! I can not have enough! The person that gets them will be so happy!! Great giveaway!

Jan said...

Posting on my page for you too!

Brandy said...

Ash-- Those are so fun!!! I feel so sad that I missed the fair because those spoons look so fun! And let's be honest Sarah says I am a shop-a-holic so I would have way overbought EVERYTHING at the Fair! AND I have no idea which spoon I would want, but I'd love to explore once we finish school! :)

sueluck13 said...

I am a follower and would love any of the spoons since I do not have any....the meat or slotted one though caught my eye.

sueluck13 said...

I have posted on facebook about your spoons!

sueluck13 said...

I am a follower!

Kate said...

I'm intrigued... always interested in new kitchen gadgets. While the meat spoon looks great, I could use a good regular spoon. I gotta start with the basics. ;)

Julia said...

YAY! Your first give away. You are big time! I would love the meat spoon.

Julia said...

PS You know I am a follower/stalker :)

Katie Garvin said...

Can't believe I haven't been a follower before now...the spoons gave me incentive!!

AA said...

How fun, Ash!! Meat spoon for me!! I can think of many uses for it!

AA said...

I'm a blog follower as well ;)

Karen said...

These are amazing! I love the flat spoon - is that the scraper or the meat?

Terri Hammerle said...

I couldn't decide between the meat spoon and slotted spoon...since it seems everyone else likes the meat spoon, I'll go with the slotted. I wouldn't want it to feel neglected or anything!!!

Terri Hammerle said...

I follow your blog, I just never comment! Blair is growing up so fast!

Terri Hammerle said...

I am posting to my facebook right NOW!

Janet Phillips said...

what a great idea for a giveaway! I would love a great stock pot spoon.

Janet Phillips said...

oh i'm also a follower

Katie Garvin said...

Wow...by the looks of things I'd say the meat spoon is the heavy favorite!! I'd love any of them. I don't have enough spoons for cooking and I hate using metal ones when I cook meat or stir fry veggies. Reese said he'd like any of them to bang on pots and pans! What a fun idea! Working on a blog post where I'll mention your giveaway!

unicyclist said...

I don't have any spoons either :( but they are so pretty :) I'm a follower!

becky @ misspriss said...

That is way cool. I think I should definitely get the meat spoon for my mom. It's perfect for when she browns ground beef for tacos (oh man, I love her tacos).

Emily said...

What beautiful spoons! I'm already racking my brain for potential Christmas gifts. Of course, sometimes the one for me, one for them method has to happen and it will for these spoons.

I love the slotted spoon. I'm always using my handy plastic one, but love getting away from plastic whenever possible.

The View From A Saddle said...

Here ya go!
Even though you probably already saw! :)
http://viewfromasaddle.blogspot.com/2010/10/giveaway.html

Jeff and Beth said...

I've been wanting to get a few wooden spoons...what a great giveaway. I would use any of them as I could 5/6 nights out of 7.

LeAnna said...

Those are awesome! I think I'd use the meat spoon the most.

LeAnna said...

I follow your blog now, too!

Kate said...

Following instructions to let you know that I posted about your giveaway on my FB status!

Kate said...

And I'm a follower of your blog, too! I'm always interested in what's going on down at the branch.

Jennifer said...

Ooo, those are so neat! I would use the slotted and regular one the most probably.

Jennifer said...

I'm a follower.

Jennifer said...

I'm blogging about it, and posted it on facebook.

Bekah said...

the slotted spoon for sure!

Bekah said...

And I am now a follower

Rachel said...

Wow!
Wooden spoons are awesome!
I think I'd use the meat one most. And then the slotted one second... but they'd all be great!

Rachel said...

I'm now a follower!

Rachel said...

I blogged about it! YAY!

http://ranchinmoma09.blogspot.com/2010/10/giveaway.html

Lynn said...

I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE these spoons! I was amazed by the pictures of how many he makes! I will definitely have to go to Mossy Creek again next time. It's been YEARS since I've been.

I would love the meat spoon. Why? Well, I was just thinking the other day that I need something better to help me brown meat. I have a confession to make: I don't always buy the most expensive ground beef and face it, when you don't, it takes FOREVER to get it ground up...you know, so it won't look like worms - LOL! So you see, I need one :)

Debb said...

I am not sure what spoon is the one pictured on the left... but, that looks like a good spoon to grab for everything... for me a wooden spoon is just so much nicer and they look so nice in my crocks on the counter... I would love to add these ones to my collection...

Debb said...

I'm a follower... bound and determined to try to win these beautiful spoons... thanks

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

How interesting! I have never heard of anyone making wooden spoons. My favorite is that meat spoon,but they all look wonderful. I also think it is neat how he puts the stamp of the price on each spoon. That is one clever salesman!!

Electra said...

My favorite is the cypress wide bowl cooking/serving spoon. but I have to say, with snow on it's way here tonight, I am SO envous of your eather in your lovely pics!!

Katie Garvin said...

Okay Ash! I posted about your giveaway on my blog. Now, you know I'm obessed with your blog, so I better win!! =)

Linda said...

I just found your blog from your post on Michele's blog, so came on over. You have a need blog and I did enjoy learning about the wooden spoons. They are all neat, especially the slotted one. I will have to become a follower.

CCC said...

Hi, I'm a new follower sent over from a cute little girl in Texas that I love to bits. Looking forward to getting to know you.

CCC said...

I love that you love wooden spoons, mine are antiques from my grandma (and I'm 57 so you know how old they are) but I've never seen a meat spoon and would so love to have one. They seem like just about the most practical thing I can think of.

CCC said...

There's a link on my blog post from today to your giveaway at cowboycopingcowgirl.blogspot.com/2010/10/fog-frost-and-finally.html

Hollie said...

Ashlee I just love wood spoons , they are my " go to" spoon for everything I cook. I would probably use the meat spoon the most. I will definately be attending Mossy Creek Fest. next year just so I can look all the different spoons!!

Amy Odom said...

Ashlee,
I love to follow your blog! You always write about the most interesting subjects and I could look at your lovely pictures of Blair all day long, so cute!
As for the spoons, I love them all! If you could see my "kitchen utensils" you would just downright laugh!
And I am SO excited about your fist give-a-way, that I'm heading to Facebook now to post all about it!!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I love those spoons. Wooden spoons are my favorite kitcjen tool, but not my children's because I also use them as spanking sticks. :)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I'm a follower. Bad commenter, but follower still.