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Black Friday Doorbusters PLUS Recipe Contest Winner Announced!

Posted by Andie on November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!


There's nothing like being surrounded by people you love, counting your blessings, and eating delicious food.  Last night, we had a pre-holiday Thanksgiving dinner with friends and we deep fried a turkey for the first time.  I was a nervous wreck that the house was going to burn down or someone would end up in the ER, but thankfully it turned out to be a tasty success (more on that in a later post).  Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful, happy holiday.  


Speaking of holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, is pretty much a sacred holiday for many serious shoppers.  Are you one of them?  Well, if you're prepared to come out early and stand in line at RC Willey we've got some seriously awesome doorbusters this year! Doors open up at 8am, and we have limited quantities for all of you early risers.  Here is just a small sampling of this year's doorbusters......


Two Piece Olive Microfiber Room Group

Doorbuster Sale: $399.99

Savings of $550






Condor 6 Piece Queen Bedroom set

Doorbuster Sale: $499.99

Savings of $700




Mitsubishi 73" 3D Ready DLP HDTV

Doorbuster Sale: $999.95

Savings of $1000







Maytag 25.2 Cubic Ft. Stainless Steel Refrigerator

Doorbuster Sale: $697.95

Savings of $500







Sound bar with ipod dock

Doorbuster Sale: $49.95

Savings of $80







"Bella" Desk, Hutch & Chair

Doorbuster Sale: $299.99

Savings of $350




Dual Reclining Sofa, Love Seat & Recliner in Leather-like Fabric

Doorbuster Sale: $899.99

Savings of $899.99







Condor 5 Piece Dining Set

Doorbuster Sale: $249.99

Savings of $600




Check out the rest of our Black Friday doorbusters and deals!

 Happy shopping!!





Also, a big Congratulations to Diane Atkinson from Kamas, UT, winner of our Thanksgiving Recipe Contest!  She's got a brand new GE convection range coming her way!  Diane, email me at ( and we'll get the details all worked out.  Thanks for entering everyone, and be sure to check out all of your amazing recipes!


Have a great weekend!




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The Cooking Method That Will Change Your Life

Posted by Andie on November 18, 2011

Convection Cooking.


What feeling do those words invoke in you?  Love?  Hunger?  Fear?  Intimidation?  Skepticism?  Confusion?  (Don't worry, if you're wondering what the heck I'm talking about. Just stay with me for a moment.)


Convection cooking is really quite a beautiful thing.  Basically, it's a revolutionary way of cooking in your oven!  While a conventional oven (for the sake of eliminating confusion I'm going to call it a traditional oven from here on out) uses radiant heat that emerges from the top and/or bottom surfaces to cook food, a convection oven simply uses an internal fan to circulate hot air, creating an evenly heated environment for the food to cook.  


So what's the big deal you ask?


Well, experts say there are plenty of reasons why cooking with a steady supply of heat surrounding and penetrating your food is the best way to go these days.  Here are just a few benefits you get when using a convection oven...


1. Faster cooking times

2. Evenly cooked food (you don't have to worry about the dish on the bottom rack burning or cooking faster than the dish on the top rack or vice versa)

3. Improved energy efficiency


I know, I know.  Some of you are probably rolling your eyes thinking, 'of course the experts think that I need this new oven'!  I get that, in fact, I was skeptical too just a few days ago.  So, I decided to perform a little experiment in the kitchen to see if I could really tell the difference between convection and traditional cooking.  I had heard from so many people how phenomenal convection ovens were, but I wanted to check it out for myself to see if I believed it.  


I started off by hijacking my parent's kitchen and whipping up a batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough.  After eating my fill of dough (because that's the only way to make chocolate chip cookies), I eventually filled up two cookie sheets with nice rounded balls of goodness.



exhibit A




exhibit B



I baked one of the sheets of cookies on the traditional setting, and the other sheet of cookies on the convection setting.  I have to be honest here.   I was extremely surprised by the results!


Behold, the traditional cookie......





Not too shabby looking, right?  I mean, it looks pretty tasty to me!






And now, the moment you've all been waiting for!  Introducing the convection cookie.......








Um, hello!  Are you seeing what I'm seeing here? Keep in mind that I am a very amateur photographer, but the results speak for themselves!  The convection cookie even looks different than a traditional cookie!  It's golden, plump, and gorgeous!  You'll notice that the edges are soft, not crackly like traditional cookies and it's baked golden to perfection!  





Okay, so I might have been a little excited and gotten a little carried away with the camera.





After pulling the cookie sheets out of the oven, I was immediately convinced that the convection cookie was more aesthetically pleasing.  But really, when it comes right down to it, who eats a cookie just because it's pretty?  Obviously, the most important matter at hand here is taste, and so I started eating, and feeding anyone I could to get their input.


Everyone agreed on the fact that both cookies tasted good; however, they were very different.  The traditional cookie was crunchier, while the convection cookie tasted gooier and softer.    The general consensus among the cookie eaters was that the convection cookie tasted better.  Personally, I had to agree.  It totally rocked my world, and I think a convection oven just might be on my imaginary Christmas wish list now.  



convection cookie vs. traditional cookie- I still can't get over how different they look!



What do you think about convection cooking??


P.S. If you haven't already, make sure you enter a recipe into my Thanksgiving Recipe Contest for a chance to win a brand new Convection Range!!



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Antler Decorations

Posted by Andie on November 16, 2011

My husband and I have a good friend who's a very avid hunter.  A couple weeks ago, he returned from a hunting trip and brought home some killer antlers!  Ever since then he's been desperately trying to convince his wife to let him hang them up on their wall.  Unfortunately for him, she's not having any of it, and so the other day he begged me to help her see that antlers are awesome.      


Now, I think that we can all agree that hanging antlers in a cabin, rustic home, or man cave is totally kosher, but what if 'rustic' isn't necessarily your style?  Do antlers still work?  


So, the question is......Would you hang antlers on your wall?  Yay or nay?



Here are some photos to get you thinking.... 



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Let me know what you think!


P.s. For those of you who might not even consider this question because you're morally opposed to hanging real antlers, know that there are plenty of fake antlers out there that look real.     




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Thanksgiving Recipe Contest- You Could Win a Convection Range!

Posted by Andie on November 9, 2011



It's time for our annual submit one of your tastiest, tried and true Thanksgiving recipes by Tuesday, Nov. 22nd!  The great part is that you'll be able to check out all of the recipes submitted - chances are you'll stumble upon a new recipe or two you'll want to incorporate into your Thanksgiving menu planning!  


Now for the good stuff!  Once you submit a recipe, you'll get a certificate that you can print out and bring into any RC Willey location to redeem this free 10 Piece Food Storage Container Set.  

Best of all, I'm going to give away this brand new GE Stainless Steel Convection Range to aid one recipe submitter in their cooking/baking/eating extravaganza this Thanksgiving!  Simply submit a recipe and you'll be qualified and entered to win!  A random winner will be chosen on Tuesday, November 22nd at 3pm!






Thanks for sharing your good eats!!




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Who Wants $5,000 to put towards a New Dining Room? PLUS Opinions Wanted!

Posted by Andie on November 4, 2011

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Recipes with Pomegranates

Posted by Andie on November 2, 2011


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Did you know that November is National Pomegranate Month? 


Pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat.  In addition to being delicious, they are chuck full of antioxidants, which are scavengers that neutralize free radicals in your body and prevent against disease.  According to POM Wonderful, here are a few of the health benefits that scientists have found that pomegranates bring to the table:  slows prostate cancer, decreases LDL cholesterol, improves blood flow, reduces blood pressure, and aids in quicker muscle recovery after exercise. 


Sign me up!  With all of the fatty holiday eating that is just around the corner, I'm going to try to start getting more pomegranates into my diet this month.  


Here are a couple of my favorite pomegranate recipes (not saying they're necessarily healthy, but they're definitely tasty):  


Cranberry Crunch Salad


2 12 oz. bags of fresh cranberries

3 cups sugar

1 28 oz. crushed pineapple (1 large and 1 small can)

2 cups red grapes, halved

1-2 cups chopped pecans

3 cups whipping cream, whipped

1 pomegranate, seeded


Freeze cranberries then grind frozen cranberries in the blender.  Mix cranberries and sugar and let sit overnight in refrigerator.  The next morning put cranberry sugar mixture in a strainer along with the crushed pineapple and allow to drain for 2-3 hours.  Mix in grapes and pecans.  Whip the whipping cream until stiff and fold into cranberry mixture.  Refrigerate until ready to serve. 



Pomegranate Christmas Salad

Two heads romain lettuce
Shredded Swiss Cheese
1 Pomegranate, seeded
A little minced onion
Slivered almonds
2 Cans mandarin oranges
Good bottled or homemade poppy seed dressing

Poppy Seed Dressing

1/3 C. Oi1
1/3 C. Sugar
1/3 C. Red wine vinegar
1 T. grated onion
1/3 t. prepared mustard
¾ t. salt
1 T. poppy seeds




Anyone know of any good recipes that include pomegranates? 

Share them in the comments section!  I need all the help I can get in this department, and I'm sure other readers would love to get recipe ideas too!




In other news, Congratulations to Leslie, our Get Connected Giveaway Winner!  She's got a FREE Sony 16GB Tablet coming her way!


With school, family abroad, and an on-the-go lifestyle the only way to go is to have something that is portable as the Sony 16 GB TABLET. I can only imagine the power that something so small can help me stay connected and organized!


Leslie, email me ( and I'll get you your tablet ASAP!  

Thanks for entering everyone!


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