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remember, everyone is a winner (but some more than others)

Thanks to all of you who wrote in to share your inspirations in the kitchen! Jeremy, dog, and I went for a hike Sunday morning to scope out some gorgeous cross country ski trails for WHEN THE SNOW GETS HERE.

a pleasant walking trail

After the hike, I closed the comments at 216 entries (anyone who commented more than once had their comments compiled into one entry). Jeremy used his trusty python random number generator to give me 5 numbers: 62 – Mollie, 71 – Wentong, 87 – Nicole, 96 – Andrea, 137 – Linh. We then set up five dog kibbles in the great room with a corresponding number while Kaweah was detained in the office. At first I was worried that she’d make a beeline for the most visually obvious but…

my worries were unfounded

Kaweah came running out into the room, then ran into the kitchen to check her food dish. We watched as she wandered around the kitchen a couple of times, then the dining area until I said, “Go find your treat!” and pointed toward the great room. Our dog is of simple brain. Clearly she wasn’t guided by sight because she passed over each treat twice. Scent wasn’t helping much either, as she sniffed past them all. After five minutes, Jeremy and I just sat down and watched, laughing. She paused and sat in front of me a few times as if to say, “Gimme it.” I shooed her away and told her to go find the treat. Eventually, she did find them:

Andrea (96) wins a subscription to fine cooking!

…and so does Nicole (87)!

Congratulations to Andrea and Nicole! I will email you both to get your mailing addresses and send in the orders for your gift subscriptions as soon as I hear back from you. Thanks again to all who participated. I just got my January 2009 issue of Fine Cooking in the mail (it still weirds me out, how they send them months early, but whatever…) and it’s gorgeous! So even if you aren’t Andrea or Nicole, I still suggest grabbing a copy to see how you like FC. It’s my favorite: pretty pictures and all.

I’m off to pick up our new wheels!

23 nibbles at “remember, everyone is a winner (but some more than others)”

  1. Rosa says:




  2. Manggy says:

    Congrats to the winners!
    Hah, I thought the look Kaweah would give would be more of the, “Quit effin with me, woman!” Ha ha ha :) I’ll check out the issue… from the fuuutuuuure!

  3. Carole says:

    I love your Kaweah! She may be of simple brain but she is so cute, I want to come and steal her (don’t worry, I live on another continent :-)
    Congrats to the winners!

  4. April in CT says:

    What an awesome way to pick the winners! I love it! LOL I’ll have to check our library and see if they carry Fine Cooking so I can check it out.

    That view out your window…wow! Beautiful :o)

  5. Kathy says:

    Creative way to select winners!

  6. Susy says:

    That’s a great way to pick a winner!

  7. Margie says:

    Congratulations to Andrea and Nichole. I am telling myself that next time you will make me your choice, Miss K. I do believe you hunt as well as my Miss Hannah. ;)

  8. Nate says:

    I like this method of choosing winners. It’s doubly random, and twice as funny too.

  9. Andrea says:

    Yeah! I am so excited. Today is really my lucky day! I won the subscription and a meeting I had with a client that I was really nervous about went GREAT!

    Thank you!

  10. Mrs Ergรผl says:

    Congrats to Andrea & Nicole on winning this giveaway!

    Enjoy the new wheel babe! Adorable Kaweah there :)

  11. Lori says:

    Congrats. Kaweah, simple and beautiful all at once.

  12. Mollie says:

    That is so cute! I’m honored to be among the 5… and that I got to perch on your chair for a bit! :) I think I’m gonna have to order my on ‘scrip anyway… I love ‘weah as bingo master!

  13. Fiona says:

    Well rats. But that’s a fun way to pick a winner.

  14. KatieC says:

    Hee hee hee! She is “of simple brain!” So funny! So is Arnie! That’s what makes them so damn sweet!

  15. Ronine says:

    Ooh, you cross country ski; for some reason I thought you were all about down hill.
    Love, love, love Keweah – she is hilarious :)

  16. peabody says:

    Fixed. ;)

  17. Kelly says:

    Great contest and method of picking winners…so cute! I’ve already asked my library to try to get Fine Cooking, I’m looking forward to checking it out!

  18. ThistleDew Farm says:

    That was an awesome method of selecting the winner – what creativity you used!

  19. Manisha says:

    And Kaweah won, too! Congrats to Andrea and Nicole!
    [now I will return to being a zombie – glued to the TV]

  20. Cynthia says:

    This was as fair a method as I have ever seen. That is how we should choose lots of things. Get a dog involved! Here is to the new Puppy in the White House! Whoo Hoo! My she govern well.

  21. jenyu says:

    Glad everyone was thoroughly entertained with our simple dog. She’s snoring on the couch right now…

    Ronine – yes, I xcountry, alpine (not any more), and telemark :) It’s ALL fun!

    Cynthia – Oh I want to know what kind of pup they’re getting!!

  22. White On Rice Couple says:

    Hey, if we’re ever finalists, we want OUR treat to be hiding in Kaweah’s food bowl!!!

  23. jenyu says:

    WoRC – :)

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