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Winner Announced: New Year’s Resolution Bourbon Barrel Smoked Spices Giveaway

Bourbon smoked sea salt, pepper and paprika will start your 2013 off on a tasty note!

Bourbon smoked sea salt, pepper and paprika will start your 2013 off on a tasty note!


Thanks to all who participated in this giveaway! It is inspiring to hear your goals this year, including eating healthier, not eating out as often, being more thankful for what you have, and focusing on building a better life for yourself. The winner for this giveaway is Chris Grove, who has been a gracious supporter of this blog for a very long time. Chris writes his own blog, NibbleMeThis.com, and his recipes are super tasty! Chris’ New Year’s resolution is to get back into Martial Arts this year. Chris, the next time I see you I would like for you to show me some moves!! I look forward to seeing what you do with Bourbon Barrel’s spices- they are my favorite!


It’s the end of the year and I’m in a Christmas Cookie-coma. The Holidays are over and I’m ready to start the New Year off with a bang. I’ve had tons of sweets gifted to me, and eaten many large Holiday dinners and I’m excited to get back into a routine of healthy eating and exercising. In order to start the New Year and this Giveaway off with a bang, I want to hear about your New Year’s resolutions. I’ll choose the winner based on how much they inspire me. I know Bourbon Barrel smoked salt, pepper and paprika kicked my cooking up a notch in 2012, which I am thankful for. This set of spices from Bourbon Barrel will set the stage for wonderful cooking for you in 2013.  I’m going to start by sharing my resolutions with you:

1) DO YOGA, NOT YOGA PANTS: While I am very good at wearing Yoga pants, I’m going to attempt to justify wearing them by actually doing

yoga on occasion! I’m also going to try to start working out on a more regular basis, in contrast to the 2Xs a month in 2012.

2) EMBRACE (ALL TYPES OF) OUTDOOR COOKING: I want to expand outside my grilling safety zone and learn how to cook outdoors, in all different types of situations. I’d like get better at campfire cooking, cooking in firepits, using different types of cast iron/dutch oven cookery and so on. Ideally, I’d like to go camping more this year and learn how to cook fresh caught food in different environments. I want to be the Bear Grylls of outdoor cooking, minus all the gross stuff.

3) MORE STREET FOOD AND MEAT ON A STICK: I’d like to grow my repertoire of “satay” and skewer recipes. There are so many different types of “street food” that utilize different types of meat on a stick and I’d like to build on those foundations and bring new adventurous recipes to you this year, similar to my ever popular Cilantro-Lime Beef Satay recipe.

4) DRINK LESS WINE/ALCOHOL: DRINK BETTER WINE/ALCOHOL. Let’s be realistic here. I don’t want to set myself up for failure.

5) BE LESS CRITICAL OF MYSELF AND OTHERS: Let’s face it, I’m a Virgo and being critical is in my nature. The person I am usually most critical of is myself. I’d like to be more accepting of myself, and others too. I’m sure my husband would be thankful to hear me stop complaining about how big my butt is getting. This also goes back to more of #1-more exercising, which makes you feel better about yourself.

6) KALE IS COOL: I’d like to incorporate more “super foods” ie, nutritional powerhouses like beets, leafy greens and antioxidant rich foods like pomegranates, etc, into my recipes. If you make them irresistibly tasty, you can’t go wrong!

I look forward to hear your resolutions for 2013. I think the main point is not to make them so unrealistic (ie, #4) that you set yourself up for failure.

DETAILS: This contest will run until Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Please leave a comment on my blog with details on your New Year’s aspirations to be eligible for this giveaway. Consideration will also be given to those who go above and beyond and tweet, facebook, etc this giveaway. This giveaway is a $26.00 value offered from Bourbon Barrel foods including a set of their Bourbon Barrel smoked salt, pepper and paprika.

Cheers to a happy and prosperous 2013!

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14 Responses to Winner Announced: New Year’s Resolution Bourbon Barrel Smoked Spices Giveaway

  1. Dale December 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    My resolution is to have a salad everyday to include romaine lettuce, red & green leaf lettuce, radishes, kale, onions, spinach, swiss chard and cabbage. Of course to compliment whatever I throw on the grill.
    In the last few months my diet has changed to 3:1 ratio of greens to meat and it has DEFINITELY helped with my sinus headaches and along with natural supplements has unblocked a sinus infection

  2. Feisty Eats December 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    My goal is to eat healthy on a consistent basis, like say on weekends!

  3. Eric Joyce December 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    The best Satay I ever had was on Magsaysay street in Olongapo Philippines. They had a special marinade and basting sauce that was terrific. Good luck on your resolutions.

  4. TrishInFL December 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    My goal is to continue eating better and eating each meal at a slower pace.

  5. Cheryl W. December 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    My aspirations for the new year is to love more, worry less. To make healthy changes step by step instead of always taking huge leaps and winding up in the ditch each time. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter. Happy New Year!

  6. Angela D December 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I am going to try and learn to cook better.My husband is the main cook here, maybe he can teach me- lol. We are eating out quite a bit and I want to be able to sit down and relax and have a great meal at home. Thanks for this opportunity to win!!! Yours in Q-

  7. Chris December 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    My resolution is to get my martial arts training back on track. 2012 was a bust. Tweeted and facebooked. When did every social media name also become a verb? lol

  8. christopher sorel December 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    My resolution is to continue to eat better and more local. Local sourced beef and pork aloing with veggies. Loving farmers market is now year around , Also play more hockey and coach the kids to greater. Tweeted https://twitter.com/cjsorel/status/285184607140339712 and shared on facebook

  9. Hannah December 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    My resolution is to eat at home at least five days a week. I currently eat out way too much. Also I’d like to be healthier.

  10. Johnslighthouse December 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    I want to: 1) Finish grad school. 2) Get even better at grilling Or even you outdoor cooking idea. 3) Become a better person. 4) Appreciate the gift of life more each day.

  11. manda kay December 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I plan to continue to build a strong home and life with my husband. We just bought a house and I would love to be able to make that home a place where people will feel welcomed. Not sure on the specifics but that is the goal.

  12. Gabriel Bayley December 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    My resolution is to get another BBQ trophy so that the 2010 chicken trophy doesn’t have to be alone at the BBQ competitions anymore… Pork of Apathy

  13. Lisa Jessie January 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I resolve to take my first real vacation in at least five years, and my first solo one ever — nothing but me, a beach, my running shoes, a well-stocked Kindle and some frosty libations!

  14. Robyn January 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    this sounds like a GREAT New Year’s resolution!

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