Showing posts with label CSN Stores. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CSN Stores. Show all posts

Monday, January 31, 2011

Fond of Fondue

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had been contacted by CSN to review a product of my choice. I knew exactly what I wanted because it was something I’d been trying to justify over the holidays…a fondue set.  The decision was made when I saw the same one I’d been thinking about on, one of CSN’s stores, for less than I’d seen it anywhere else. A. Lot. Less. So with the amount they provided , paying the difference was a no brainer. It arrived within three days of ordering.

I love the bite size nature of fondue. I’m not so much into actually cooking things using this method ( the broth or oil) but for appetizers or dessert? YUM!
You can probably guess that my inaugural use involved chocolate! Here’s the fondue set I chose:
Cuisinart’s electric fondue set. I didn’t want to deal with making sure I had Sterno and wanted to control the temperature so I went w/ electric. No fondue when the power’s out!
I went with a sour cream angel food cake, bananas and strawberries as our selection.
Cut those into dippable bite sized pieces
Used a basic chocolate fondue recipe which I didn’t measure.
  • Cream
  • Chocolate of choice ( I used semi-sweet) Some recipes call for baking chocolate in which case you need to add sugar.
  • Vanilla ( The recipe booklet that came w/ the set called for bourbon but we decided we’d skip that )
Bring the cream to a low simmer, add the chocolate, stir until smooth , add vanilla. The instructions said to keep the fondue on a low temp while serving but I disconnected it to serve it which worked fine. If you’re going to have it out for a while ( not the case in my house…didn’t stand a chance) then I can see leaving it plugged in!
It was hard to get pics while doing the prep, cooking, and serving and once on the table, forget it. My husband and son were telling me “put the camera down now” so we could dig in! And we did. And ate all the evidence.
I am planning on using this for Valentine’s Day but I had to practice right? I think I’ll have to practice again. Just to be sure.

Monday, January 17, 2011

CSN Upcoming Review!

I was tickled chocolate when CSN Stores contacted me to give me an opportunity to do a review.  If you are unfamiliar with CSN, they are one of the top online retailers consisting of 250 online stores. Without leaving home, you can shop for everything from Swing Sets (or trampolines, inflatable bouncers, etc.) for your backyard ( Spring is coming...some day!) to housewares, indoor and outdoor home decor, cookware...pretty much anything. Or you can get something for indoors:

Look at this fun fitness trampoline:
Crescendo Fitness - 36" Mini Jump Trampoline in Black
Helps burn off all that chocolate!

I have been fortunate enough to win giveaways from CSN on different blogs and have always been very pleased with the product quality, ease of order and speed of delivery.

I can't wait to do a review of ......well I'll tell you, it will involve chocolate! So stay tuned :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

CSN Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who linked up or left comments at my Holiday Open House! There were some great ideas and delicious recipes so if you missed it, you can still check those out.  Per the rules, you needed to leave a comment to be eligible for the giveaway so I have used to pick the winner from the comments. And the winner of the $50 CSN gift certificate is....

Terrell from :

Congrats Terrell!!! I have given CSN your contact info.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Holiday Open House #2

Welcome one and all to the second ever link party at The Answer Is Chocolate! So glad you could come.  Grab a cup of your favorite holiday drink and let's see what great holiday ideas everyone's got!

I'm thrilled that CSN Stores has enabled me to be a good hostess and offer one lucky party guest a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to one of their stores!!! In your trips around blog land no doubt you've seen  that they offer everything from dining room sets to housewares, bedding, shoes, handbags, you name it, they sell it. To be eligible  (US and Canada only) you must be a follower of The Answer Is Chocolate and leave a comment on this post. Even if you link up something, PLEASE leave a comment so I can use to fairly select a winner. That's it!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Reminder...Linky Party Friday!!! Now With Giveaway

Come one, come all!

Link up anything that's related to holidays from Halloween to New Year's...could be decor, cards, decorations, ornaments, wall art etc.!

Could be inspiration and ideas of things to make and/or give as gifts! Jewelry projects, re-fashioned fashion,headbands,etc.
Could be party ideas for these occasions!

Could be recipes that would be great for holidays!  Especially Chocolate...I have a reputation!

And I'm really excited ( really really really excited) to announce my first ever sponsored giveaway! CSN Stores is giving me the chance to offer a $50 gift certificate to one of their over 200 stores where you can get everything from dining sets to home decor, housewares, things for your home office, handbags, shoes! Is there anything you can't get from them?

Come by on Friday to find out how you can win this awesome giveaway! See you then.