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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Giveaway Day

To celebrate 500 posts and Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day, I'm giving away a charm pack and some colorful thread from Pick Your Plum. If you'd prefer something handmade, just let me know in the comments. I'll ship anywhere. Just leave a comment.
The charm pack is Flora and there are 10 spools of thread. Go check out the other giveaways for more swag.

Last night I made the worst pork roast. It was tasteless, dry, and awful. My cousin told me of a technique where you simmer the pork roast for a couple of hours and then roast it. I think the problem was that I chose a lean roast versus something with fat. Rookie mistake that I've made before. My braising liquid above had grapefruit and orange juices, cilantro, jalapeno, onion, garlic, and lime juice. It sure smelled good.

I made a new coaster for my drippy water glass. This quilt-as-you-go method is fun and easy, although I spaced out and forgot I was quilting as I was going.

408 comments:

  1. Congratulations on 500 posts! I just passed that mark myself. Thanks for the chance at your prize.

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  2. What a lovely giveaway! Love the colours of that thread!

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  3. I would love to win that charm pack and thread. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Sorry about your roast. =( but your coaster is beautiful! =)

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway! That fabric looks gorgeous!

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  5. What a bummer about the roast. I hate when things like that happen!

    I love the fabric and thread set...beautiful colors. It looks very summery...and boy am I looking forward to summer break!

    I haven't done quilt as you go yet...but it is certainly on my list of techniques to try. Your coaster looks great!
    Chanda
    bing_6@hotmail.com

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  6. This would be fabulous! And I loved that you shared part of yourself, too. Better luck with the roast next time :)

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  7. 500 posts! Congratulations! That fabric and thread are so nice--such a great giveaway. I did a quilt-as-you-go and ended up topstitching it, anyway. Lots of extra work for something that was meant to be easy.

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  8. Hi there :-) congratulations on your 500 posts!
    I am a huge fan of Flora :-) please count me in and thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. I hate when you spend all day on food and it is tasteless. I made a pork roast a couple months ago that turned out that way. Congratulations on 500 posts!

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  10. awesome! would love to win! I love pork roast...now I am hungry!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  11. congrats on your 500th post. Great giveaway

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  12. That braising liquid sounds divine though. I'm a terrible cook myself, so I wouldn't even attempt a pork roast...

    I love that fabric and thread, what a lovely, generous giveaway!

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  13. Congrats on 500 posts, always enjoy reading your blog. Missed Flora when it came out and would love a charm pack. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. congratulations! and thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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  15. Congrats on the 500 posts - that's alot of work

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  16. Wow! 500 posts, very impressive! Congrats! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. would love the thread and charm pack. Cute that you forgot to quilt as you go. I need to try that some day.

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  18. 500 posts is great! Congrats! Thanks for a great giveaway - those are such great thread colors (and Flora - adorable)!!

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  19. I'm new to your blog, thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I've not seen that Flora fabric before but it looks pretty! I'm off to check out some of your other posts!

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  20. Congratulations on 500 posts! I am coming up on 250 posts on my blog. I am thinking of doing a giveaway at that point.

    I love the fabrics and threads. Thanks for a chance to win.

    www.katydidart.net

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  21. The thread and fabric are lovely. My husband has banned me from pot roasts. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. 500 posts? Way to go, I am still working towards 100.
    What a lovely giveaway, thanks!

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  23. Gorgeous thread! ...sorry about the pork roast...lol...it's the worst when it smells so good & then disappoints

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  24. Not a pot roast fan myself, either - big cuts of meat go on the BBQ, I say! Heheh. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. Great giveaway....Thanks for the chance...

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  26. What a great giveaway, such pretty thread and fabric! I'm sorry about your pot roast. I've never heard of orange juice as a braising liquid. I wonder how that tastes.

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  27. Thanks for a chance to win your giveaway!

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  28. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  29. Love the colourful thread! It's a real bummer when you make something that should taste awesome but doesn't.

    us {at} saraandterry {dot} com

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  30. Would love to win the tread and fabrics. Thanks for the chance!

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  31. Oh, I could really use more thread! Thanks for the giveaway!

    For pork, go low and slow!!!

    owensolivia@hotmail.com

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  32. I would LOVE to win this giveaway! Thanks!!!!!!

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  33. Congrats!!:)
    that charm pack is so lovely:)
    btw onion and garlic with orange? :D never tried, looks awesome but sounds weird :) have to try!

    porcukorborso at gmail dot com

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  34. I would really love to win this!! The fabric is beautiful and I could use some new thread :) Thanks, and congrats on 500 posts!

    Desi
    weeshareblog@gmail.com

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm sorry to hear about the pork--live and learn, I guess!

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  36. Your roast sounds wonderful, you know, except for the dry part. Maybe marinate in all that next time, and then pop in some grease? Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. Great give-away, bad pot roast can't win them all :)

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  38. When I do pork roast, I usually sear it on all sides before throwing it in the crock pot. The searing keeps the juices in the meat. Try it. It will be delicious.

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  39. I'd love to win! this is an amazing prize! hastacualquierdia(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)ar

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  40. The fabrics are beautiful. And the quilts pictured on your blog are so festive!

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  41. I've never won, so lets try if a miracle should happen. Thank you for the chance!

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  42. Oh my, I could definitely use some thread, and I can always find a use for charm packs :) Sorry about the pork roast - with that braising combo it was sure to be great. Thank you so much for the great giveaway!
    (hrmaris at yahoo dot com)

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  43. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Keep trying at the pork roast - each time I cook a dish I try/learn something new about it. :)

    handmadebytracie (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. Sorry about the pork roast. Better luck next time? Thank you go the giveaway!

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  45. These are such beautiful fabrics! And Congratulations on 500 posts!

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  46. Congrats & thanks for the chance to win! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  47. Thanks for the giveaway opp and congrats on 500!

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  48. Lovely giveaway, thank you! I think you need to have almost an inch of fat on a pork roast for it to come out nice. I read a post about testing 7 different tecniques on roasting pork about a year ago, but can't remember where.

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  49. That thread looks so wonderful! Thank you for your giveaway!

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  50. Wow, what an amazing giveaway! Love the fabric and the thread colors, too yummy, but not so yummy your pork! So sorry, been there, and have also done that!

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  51. What a nice giveaway! Thanks so much (and congrats!)

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  52. What a generous giveaway, thanks for the chance. Sure the pork looked good too!Congrats on reaching 500!!!

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  53. Great fabric and thread. Thanks for the chance.

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  54. Very nice giveaway, thanks for the chance.

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  55. Thanks for the giveaway! I've had the same problem with roasts--they come out so dry sometimes!

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  56. Thanks for the chance! :) Very generous giveaway!

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  57. Gorgeous giveaway, thank you. Your sewing looks fab too.
    ks.eyles@yahoo.co.uk

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  58. I've never had a lot of success with pork....the only thing I can do well is throw country style ribs in the crockpot with onion and BBQ sauce!

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  59. Love your giveaway choices - especially those threads. Because I can't cook meat without it being chewy and tough, we ended up being pescatarians.

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  60. I love that Flora charm pack! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  61. Thanks for joining in the giveaway fun! I am a newish blogger and 500 posts seems like and eternity away! Congrats on the milestone! I love the chram pack, it's so pretty.

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  62. The best way I cook pork roast (even the lean ones) is in the crock pot with about 12 oz apple juice, a couple Tbsp each of ketchup, soy sauce & brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Add cut up apples if you like. Tender and delicious!
    Great giveaway, thanks for the chance!

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  63. thanks for a chance to win your giveaway

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  64. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love something handmade, as I love surprises! :)

    melissajpalmer at yahoo dot com

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  65. Sorry about your roast! Wish I had some advice for you, yet that sounds like something I would do! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

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  66. Thanks for the chance to win. Sorry about your pot roast!

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  67. Yummy thread! Too bad about the roast. Shred it and add some bbq sauce... Thanks for a chance to win.

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  68. Very nice, thank you!

    Your braising liquid looks amazing...and my best roast is when I put it with the liquid in a crock pot to cook all day....so juicy and tender and pick up the flavors of the liquid and seasoning so well. Good luck with your next attempt! :)

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  69. Congratulation :-) great give away.
    Quilthugs from Norway

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  70. Great giveaway! I always forget to add thread to my stash as often as fabric, so it would come in handy :)

    craftinomicon@gmail.com

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  71. Your coaster is sweet. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  72. Great giveaway :) pretty thread! x

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  73. The thread is great! Sorry about the roast :(

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  74. I love your blog! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  75. Nice giveaway......congrats on 500 posts!

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  76. Oooh, I'd love to try that thread! Can you salvage your roast? You could shred up the meat and drown it in barbecue sauce or something...

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  77. Thanks for the giveaway. Such lovely fabric

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  78. What a lovely giveaway. I thought the photo was of a drink!

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  79. Thanks for such a great giveaway!
    Erin
    emstone28@gmail.com

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  80. Lovely giveaways..just perfect for the rainy day doldrums in Oregon! Even my chickens are hiding from the rain. I definitely could use some bright lovelies in my life. So, please throw my name into the magical fairy flowers ring!

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  81. Congrats on reaching your 500th post! :]

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  82. COngrats! thanks for sharing with us.

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  83. sounds like a lovely give away

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  84. Thanks for the lovely giveaway

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  85. Lovely giveaway. Try the pork for an hour simmering once come to boil and then roast for 15 minutes. You have to try it with full fat coke - sounds yuck but is delicious. The recipe is by Nigella Lawson foolproof and tasty.

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  86. It is such a bummer to spend time and money on a meal that doesn't turn out! Ugh!

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  87. Pretty thread makes me drool, thanks for the chance!

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  88. I've never seen or heard of you making something that isn't delicious!! (Must have been the meat). I love the charm pack and threads, and would be very happy to win them!

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  89. Such beautiful threads and a charm pack!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Best wishes,
    Tatyana

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  90. This is an awesome giveaway! I'd love to win the thread. Thanks!

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  91. Such beautiful threads and a charm pack! Thanks, jera

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  92. lovely treasures .... thanks for this chance to win.

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  93. Happy giveaway day! If it makes you feel better, I think pork must just be hard to cook. I never seem to like it.

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  94. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win.

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  95. What a wonderful chance, thank you. Oh and sorry about your pork, i think we have to just admit that fat tastes good :-)

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  96. Congrats on your 500th post! I am having so much fun discovering lovely new blogs through the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway!

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  97. Congrats on 500 posts. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  98. Congratulations on 500 posts, wow. The colors in your coaster are wonderful. Thanks.

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  99. Enter me! I'm from Alberta, Canada.

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  100. Thanks for the chance to win! Congrats on 500!!! I'm working on 75 by the end of June! Can't wait!

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  101. The braising liquid sounds like it would make delicious salad dressing.

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  102. The colors in Flora look delicious! And those threads...yummy! which is what I bet your pork roast would have been under other circumstances!

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  103. Congratulations on reaching 500! Here's to the next 500!

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  104. These are really lovely, yummy choices. I usually make pork loins (or half loins - not the tenderloins, those are too skinny). I just sprinkle it with season salt and pepper, then bake it in the oven at 350 for 1 hour. That simple. Check it after 1 hour and cook a little longer if needed. For a convection, to the same, but at 325 :)

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  105. The fabric and thread are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance!

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  106. Lovely fabric and thread. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  107. Thanks for the chance to win, I love the flora line!

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  108. Thank you for the great giveaway!

    amyd14_1999@yahoo.com

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  109. Sorry about your pork. Shoulber and Boston Butt are best for roasts. We raise pigs and have learned the hard way that there really is a correct cut for each cooking method and using the wrong one can have less than desired results. But, that is what BBQ sauce is for ;) Hope you were able to repurpose that pork!

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  110. I love Flora! Thanks so much!

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  111. Something handmade would be fun--but either is good!

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  112. Wonderful giveaway! Thanks for offering the great stuff!

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  113. Thanks for the chance to win this nice giveaway.

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  114. Congratulations on 500 posts. Pretty charms & pretty thread. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  115. Thanks for the fun giveaway and for entering in mine too!

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  116. congrats on the 500...nice charm pack amd thread...thx for the giveaway

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  117. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. The thread colors look like summer.

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  118. Congratulations! grahamstory@aol.com

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  119. Yay, I love Pick Your Plum! That thread looks great! Thanks for the chance to win. annie@gluegunannie.com

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  120. i just love the quilt as you go method...i need to revisit that soon. thanks for hosting a giveaway

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  121. The thread looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  122. Yay! Another awesome give-a-way! Thank you for your kindness and generousity (even if I don't win this time around).

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  123. Congratulations on 500 posts! Thanks for the chance.

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  124. wow - 500 posts! congratulations!

    Julia @ Stars&Sunshine
    starsandsunshineblog at gmail dot com

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  125. 500 is a great milestone! Thanks for the giveaway...those thread colors are delicious!

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  126. great giveaway! thanks for the opportunity.

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  127. 500 wow! That is a milestone! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  128. The lean pork is so dry and tasteless to us too. I always look for the "natural" pork these days.

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  129. Congratulations on 500 posts! I have been making a lot of cooking bloopers lately. I get caught up in sewing and things burn. Whoops... Thanks for a chance a the lovely giveaway.

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  130. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  131. I would love the fabric and thread. I'm sure I can come up with something fun to make.

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  132. Hi! I've just spent the past 15 minutes reading through your old posts. I think the prize I'd like most is dinner at your place. :)
    Your cooking looks awesome, your sewing is beautiful and I'd love to own something homemade from you.
    And just wondering, does College Boy still have that can cube tower in his room or has it be demolished?
    Hugs, CK

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  133. conversely, sear your roast first on top of stove in nice golden butter(colour to indicate proper temp.)....let each side sear before flipping it...then do the rest of it in the oven, or finish the whole thing on top of stove in nice solid pan that you seared it in...make sure to rotate it every once in awhile....when serving slice very thin.....don't be afraid to leave a tinge of pink in the center....mmmmm...delicious...don't give up!!!!!! ...you'll get the knack of it what ever way you decide on.....goodluck...thanks for chance at giveaway

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  134. Thanks for sharing something (the pork roast) that did not turn out perfect.

    There is a lot out there that feels like rah-rah regardless of the truth. It is so refreshing to have the truth. I am sure it was not as bad as you thought, but sometimes close family members have a different view....Ask my dog Molly about her beef morsels.

    Keep cooking!

    Alejandrina

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  135. I have some Flora scraps from another project and would love to have that charm pack to stretch it all into another lovely quilt.
    Have never used the quilt as you go method. Seems like I will have to check that out.

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  136. Congrats on your milestone and thanks for the chance to win!

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  137. Thanks for the giveaway.
    anghhong(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  138. 500 Posts! Yikes how long have you been blogging?

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  139. Great prize! Thanks!
    erinkoidal(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  140. Congrats on 500 posts and I would love to win the fabric and thread! Thanks!

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  141. Great giveaway! have a wonderful summer

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  142. I've done roasts and whole chickens with no liquid in the crock pot slow cooker with great results. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  143. Thank you for a great giveaway. Sorry about the roast. I'm not very good at cooking meat at all so I've been in the same boat.

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  144. Thanks for the chance! i'd love to win that beautiful fabric and threads!

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  145. Thank you for this giveaway!
    Beautiful fabrics, I love the colors! :)
    silviatriv @ g mail dot com

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  146. Thanks for the giveaway. Don't worry about the roast, I have been married 40 years this year and I still make mistakes!! Linda

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  147. Sorry your pork roast turned out awful.
    I would love to win some thread and fabric.

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  148. Sorry about your pork but I've been there before..pork is tricky. I once ate at Spago in Los Angeles and ordered the pork chop..it was the most bland piece of meat I'd ever eaten and when Wolfgang Puck himself came up to our table and inquired about our meal...I lied through my teeth and said it was great. By the way, did you know that the Skate Salad is actually fish...I learned that the hard way at Spago too LOL

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  149. Bummer about the roast, but it sounds like you hit the jackpot on the marinade/braising liquid! Wonder if that would be good with chicken?

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  150. Congrats to 500 posts! I love the threat.
    I'm sure you will find a good way to cook the pork in future, the marinade sounds already delicious!

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  151. Your marinade looks good. For my pork roast, I just cook it in the crockpot on low for 16-20 hours. I pierce it first, and then rub it w/a teaspoon or so of sea salt and a tablespoon of liquid smoke. Anyway . . . thanks for a great giveaway!

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  152. thank you so much for this giveaway, it matches me perfectly I love flowered fabrics and threads too

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  153. Love the coaster and the colorful giveaway

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  154. Thanks for the great giveaway! I hope I win!

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  155. 500 posts are seriously impressive! The fabric & threads are just gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  156. Congratualtions on 500 posts and thanks for a lovely giveaway!

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  157. Holy cow 500 posts! I'm only at 70 or so... They are fun to write tho' aren't they!! Love your giveaway - fingers crossed for me :)

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  158. Congratulations on 500 posts and thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

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  159. I'm drooling over those spools of thread! Thanks for such a lovely giveaway

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  160. My mother used to do lean pork roasts except she'd put a few pieces of bacon to make up for it. We never got to eat the crispy bacon and perhaps it defeated the purpose of a lean roast but it was usually quite delicious anyway!

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  161. Can never have too much fabric or thread. Great giveaway.

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  162. Oh thats awful especially when you are looking forward to eating it! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  163. Beautiful colours!
    Congrats on reaching 500 posts! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  164. Thankyou for the giveaway and congrats on 500 posts :) I made a really disappointing roast chicken the other day, bums you out doesn't it? xx

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  165. Congrats on 500 posts! I'm glad you're participating! I'd love to win your giveaway.

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  166. You've made me smile when I read that you spaced out and quilted the quilt-as-you-go coaster - that is something I would do! The threads and fabric look gorgeous - something about never having too much thread....

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  167. Lovely giveaway, thanks! Well done on so many posts, and I love the coaster.

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  168. Congrats on 500 posts!! Great giveaway!

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  169. Charm pack and thread would be absolutely perfect! Such lovely colours too. Hi from Adelaide, South Australia!

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  170. Great giveaway! Would love to win.
    Judi

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  171. That's funny about spacing out! Congrats on your post numbers. The ingredients sound really interesting for the broth, I might have to try it.

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  172. Lovely giveaway. congrats too... I haven't tried the quilt as you go method. is it faster then??

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  173. too bad about the pot roast.
    looks like a lovely bundle of giveaway fun !

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  174. awesome sauce! So better luck next time on the pork? Hey, I'm Irish. We put gravy on everything so you can't taste it anyway!! Just a hint! haha!

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  175. Man, that braising liquid sound and looks yummy! Too bad it was a flop!! I've always wanted to try quilt as you go, I will definitely be checking that out!

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  176. I don't roast pork any more - put it in the crockpot instead.

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  177. This is so lovely giveaway.I never seen charm pack in person so this would be great.

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  178. i love me a pig roast!
    love your coaster and thanks for the giveaway.

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  179. I would love a handmade goodie if I won (if you would have the time)! On your roast, I would think even a less lean roast would overcook with a few hours of simmering, but who knows! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  180. I love the coaster! Shame about your roast!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  181. Thanks for the chance!
    kirkwood0419(at)hotmail(dot)com

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