Last week, the folks at Springpad called to ask if I would participate in their Organize Your Thanksgiving Contest and host a giveaway of a Breville immersion blender. As it happened, I had been fielding calls and emails all morning from my family about our Thanksgiving plans. We are all converging on the Northern California coast to eat turkey and explore. And I am at the center of the planning. Everyone wanted to know the what, how, and when. Meanwhile I was falling behind at work and thinking, â€œI need to organize this!â€
So the call was well timed. I put down the phone, set up a Springpad account, dropped its â€œSpring It!â€ tool onto my browser and hit the sites Iâ€™d already been using as reference for our gathering. I located recipes, local food purveyors, places I hoped to visit, and travel resources and tapped the â€œSpring It!â€ button as I went. Springpad bookmarked the pages, created a pretty graphic (using art from the sites) for each bookmark, and added them to my notebook. Within a few minutes I was beautifully organized. I chose a design scheme and sent a link to my entire brood. And the questions stopped.
The immersion blender Springpad and Breville are offering (one for me; one for one of you) to give away? That was just gravy.
No, really. I need an immersion blender to make the gravy. I have one at home. But there isn’t one in our Thanksgiving house. I could manage without. But Iâ€™d rather not.
In my family, Thanksgiving gravy brings out the rabble horde, the jailhouse food posture, the starving-in-a-small-life raft-at-sea-with-no-hope-of-rescue, eat-or-be-eaten instinct. And, because I have been making gravy for this throng ever since our mother backed away from her snarling cubs in fear, my gravy is like gold. I have perfected it. It is legend. People are already asking me if I have everything I need to make it. An immersion blender saves time and makes it easy to make gallons (not kidding) of lump-free gravy.
Springpad has partnered with Breville for this contest and giveaway. So I was doubly intrigued. You know Iâ€™m a geek for technology. But you probably donâ€™t know that I also get a dorky shine in my eyes when contemplating kitchen appliances. I have a Breville juicer and love it. But that is the only Breville appliance I own.
The gist? I am totally on the hook to try this Breville immersion blender. You?
So here is how we get one:
All you have to do is check out the Springpad Thanksgiving Tastemaker notebooks. And then come back here and post something in the comments about Springpad, a notebook you like, or a notebook you might be inspired (or need) to create. Then I will choose a random comment from below and send the winner a blender.
And once you get going on this organize yourself beautifully thing, enter the Springpad contest. The winner of that contest, stands to win a Breville countertop oven. (I wish I didnâ€™t know about that oven. Now I want one.) To win that, you have to create a notebook and make it awesome.