08 October 2009

Giveaway: PenguinBot

It's a rare occurrence for me to be found in the kitchen without an apron on. Partially because I make a crazy mess when I cook, and partially because aprons are some of the most fashionable things that I own. At times, aprons act as my muse in the kitchen. I have an apron that I don specifically for baking, another for stove top cooking, and even one that I prefer to wear when washing dishes. On days when I really really don't want to cook, the thought of putting on my favorite apron can give me the push that I need to drag myself in front of the oven.

Knowing this, you can imagine how very excited I was when Laurel, one of the craftiest ladies I know, started selling aprons from her shop PenguinBot.com!

Laurel has a knack for picking out the most beautiful fabrics and pairing them in superb combinations. She makes everything herself with her trusty sewing machine and the quality is top notch. I should know...I already own one of her bags...oh and a knit clutch...and a coin purse with Idaho on it...and an oven mitt (ohh the oven mitt!).

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PenguinBot.com is kindly offering one of you sweet readers an aprons AND an oven mitt from her shop. An apron and an oven mitt you guys. I can't think of a better way to kick off the upcoming Cooking Panel Discussion (it's starts tomorrow by the way!) than with this handmade set that is guaranteed to get you cookin'. Or at the very least...dancing around in the kitchen with your apron and oven mitt while popping popcorn in the microwave.

Giveaway Rules:

1. Check out the awesome merchandise at PenguinBot.com.

2. Leave a comment on this blog--what inspires you in the kitchen? Only one comment per person please. *Note: If you are reading this blog from Facebook, you'll need to click through to the actual blog to comment.*

3. Blog or Tweet about this giveaway to receive an additional entry! (Please be sure to let me know you did so, so I can give you credit)

Comments are open until Wednesday, October 14, midnight, Mountain Time. The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 15.

Thank you PenguinBot.com! And thank you readers. For, you know, reading.

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31 comments:

Hil said...

Yes please. Chocolate inspires me in the kitchen. It's as simple as that. What cute cute stuff! I'm excited.

michelle said...

Oh, man. I LOVE aprons! I think you can't have too many. Very cute stuff, Laurel.

I can't choose just one thing that inspires me, so I'm going to have to say: 1) recipes (cookbooks, blogs, etc.), and 2) great ingredients.

Layla said...

The Farmer's Market is always an inspiration to me. I'm always motivated to make something great when I get home with armloads of farm-fresh, local ingredients.

When I need an extra boost of inspiration or encouragement when I'm cooking, I wear an apron that was made and used by my great-grandmother. I'd love to add a PenguinBot creation to my ever-growing apron collection!

Layla said...

PS- I tweeted it, too (@laylarose08).

Thanks!

Jaime said...

Seriously cute stuff!! I like the "large brown bird tote" or something like that.... you can never have too many totes... :)

What inspires me? Pretty food. :) The thought of making something attactive in the kitchen just sends my little heart a-flutterin'. So, of course, any time I see some "pretty" pictures of food, I'm ready to put on my chef hat (figuratively speaking).

Serin said...

Seriously, YOU inspire me in the kitchen! How many times have I made something just because you told me to? I would love to have more then one stinking cute apron ;)

Serin said...

And I blogged about it ;)

Kristin said...

I LOVE those Penguinbot aprons! I definitely would love to have one :)

Cookbooks definitely inspire me in the kitchen. I'm a cookbook JUNKIE, I feel like I collect them. I love finding a recipe, and then tweaking it a little to make it something we LOVE.

PS I tweeted about it too! @AXOCutie143

Legszebb said...

Wine inspires me in the kitchen! Very cute stuff!

Sarah Stamps said...

Serin took mine. Also you inspire me to use the right ingredients for a recipe. Most of the time I think " oh I'll just use this instead of what it calls for because this is what I have on hand" but I know the extra effort will always pay off!

emily said...

I love donning my cute aprons before I start baking/cooking. I feel ready to get down to business; my apron puts me in the zone. Aside from a great apron, good music inspires me in the kitchen.

karisa said...

Mixing and matching my ingredients at home so I don't have to run to the store makes me be creative and inspires me.

J said...

What inspires me most is what I can find! I am one of those people who never actually "plans" a meal... I just look through the kitchen, see what I have, and then start! I just love the idea of creation! Mixing smells, colors and textures! So, whatever I find is what inspires me at the moment. It could be the color of a bean, the scent of a spice or the texture of a meat... You just never know! :)

Kimberlee said...

Nutrition is what usually inspires me in the kitchen. Finding a meal that tastes good and is healthy too.

Greeneyes said...

Old cookbooks inspire me.

My favorite is the one from my Danish great-grandmother. It's dog-eared and worn. The pages are spotted with butter and traces of baking past. I love to see her old-fashioned curlicue handwriting in the margin...a little note for apricot jam, or editing the measurements a smidge. That book makes me want to knead and mix the kitchen into a haze of warmth just like she used to.

Staci said...

My guys inspire me in the kitchen. There is nothing I love more than hearing right in the middle of dinner - "Mom? This dinner rocks!"

Really? I <3 that!

Staci said...

Oh - and I blogged! You know where...

craftybitch said...

I'm a big fan of Foodgawker. Food porn!

michiganhills said...

Events (holidays, get togethers, company, etc) inspire me in the kitchen. I just wish there was something that was inspiring about housework ;)

I'm loving the totes and the aprons.

Anonymous said...

Feeding my face is what inspires me in the kitchen. (jusdiroso)

Anonymous said...

Feeding my face is what inspires me in the kitchen. (jusdiroso)

Emmylou said...

My mother almost always had a homecooked meal for me growing up and I just thought that was what a good Mom and Wife did for their families and husbands. So I have continued on in trying to do the same for my family. Also...I just really love to eat good food, so I like to try new things. Which is why I am so incredibly excited about this panel. Love your guts MJ!


P.S. Since Hannah also loves to cook, she has taken over my favorite apron that Makenna actually made for me as a graduation gift, so I could really use a new one.

Lisa said...

At the moment, the changing of the seasons is inspiring me to try new and more seasonal recipes. I want to bake pumpkin pies and make pot roast with apples and new potatoes.

Jenn said...

Right now, a new fella in my life inspires me in the kitchen. He's not big on cooking, but loves to eat.... Plus, he'll try anything, so I can try out new ideas and recipes on him.

Cali Spiderman said...

I am inspired by pictures of delicious food. Foodgawker is a good place for me to get inspiration for delicious stuff to try!

Meegs said...

I'm inspired by food bloggers and their delish recipes. Plus by the thought that when I'm done CREATING, I get to make with the EATING! :-)

Anonymous said...

The smiling faces after eating yummy food is what inspires me in the kitchen.

-Kam

Brock and Kristina said...

I am so in. I blogged about the giveaway on my blog too http://simpleviewpoints.blogspot.com/2009/10/giveaway.html

So....I'll be honest. Sometimes all the nasty crusties on my kitchen counter inspire me. I HAVE to clean them up. Can't have them staring me in the face. Once I get started in the kitchen, it's hard to stop. When it is all clean, I continue cooking/baking. It is where awesomeness comes from. Also.....food blogs definitely inspire me.

Crazy Conley Clan said...

OHHH you have no idea how much I NEED an oven mitt... mine is an oven mitt horribly gone wrong!

What inspires me??? A picture from a magazine where the whole family is sitting together with big cheesy smiles on everyones' faces!

hannah :: sherbet blossom said...

a cookbook with pretty pictures. (williams sonoma healthful cookbook! swoon!)

cute stuff!!

catherine said...

A shiny, sparkly, clean kitchen can do wonders for me :)

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