Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Giddy Giveaway! Win $100 Shopping Spree from CSN Stores!

More giveaway fun today thanks to my friends at CSN stores! They're offering one lucky reader $100 to spend on anything site-wide!


You could put your winnings towards a drop leaf dining table worthy of Louis XVI.

Should you be the lucky winner, you can choose anything you like from CSN stores! (Please note that shipping and handling will not be included, though many items have free shipping.) I especially like All Modern.com, Cookware.com and LuxebyCSN.com.

To enter this Giddy Giveaway, leave me a comment describing a memorable moment that happened around the dinner table. (For me, it's playing Parcheesi with my Mom, Dad and Brother as a little girl. We LOVED the Royal Game of India!) Please make your entries thoughtful, because I'll be choosing my favorite. Don't forget to include an e-mail address so I can notify you of your win!

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30 comments:

meeyeehere said...

I was raised by my grand parents,tiny Italian people.I have wonderful memories of my grandparents and some other old Italian people sitting around the table playing Dominoes.My sister and I would sit around a little table that was prepared with dominoes and sandwiches and we would play too right next to that big table the grown ups played at.Those are some of my happiest memories.
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quitecontrary1977 said...

That meeyee girl stole my memory! But that's okay. She's my sister! Another memory from childhood was when my mom (she was around,too. Big family.) would make Fairy sandwiches for us. It was really a sugar sandwich, but it made for such lovely tea parties!
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suburban prep said...

As the oldest of 7 siblings there were many dinners around the table.
It was important to my parents that we eat together. One of my brothers though growing up liked to tell stories and he would usually start at the beginning of dinner with the story. Each story though would end up with the heroes or the heroine going down the drain. (I have no idea why but other than the fact that he was about 4 or 5 and when he began these stories). He is now 37 and the father of two himself.
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Food According To Karen said...

My folks were big on board games. We'd get together on a rainy Saturday and sit around the dining room table playing whatever board game was the one of choice. For Christmas one year I got 'The Game of Life'. Dad read the instructions and we started playing. As he went around the board, he accumulated child after child after child, until he was stacking them in his little car, yet he didn't have a wife. The more kids he got, the funnier my brother and I found the situation. After the game was finished, he reread the instructions. Apparently, he missed the detail that said he HAD to stop at the chapel to get married.
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Food According To Karen said...

The A-America British Isles Drop Leaf Table in Oak and Black is an ideal fit for our kitchen.
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The Fab Miss B said...

Such great stories from each of you! You've brought a smile to my face this morning- Merci.

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Theresa said...

I spent all of my summers growing up camping at my parent’s very rustic piece of property near Yosemite-- it consists of a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom in three separate shack-like cabins, surrounding a deck with fire pit and a picnic table. It is perfect in its simplicity and still our favorite place to escape to today. When my husband and I were looking for a place to get married this past summer, we didn't spend much time deliberating, Yosemite is our magic spot. Since there is no indoor living space at my parents little spot up there, all of the action happens at the picnic table... breakfast, lunch, and dinner, mid-afternoon card games and late night trivial pursuit, discussions over drinks and most recently a DIY assembly line of wedding crafts! So much life and love has happened at that very humble table under the trees. I look forward to sharing many more meals and experiences there with my family and friends in the years to come. speck2a@hotmail.com

Theresa said...

The Guildmaster Drop Leaf Dining Table in Heavy Distress Weathered Grey is too gorgeous for words! speck2a (at) hotmail (dot) com

TruthHole said...

I remember many a birthday around our family table.I remember all the lopsided homemade cakes,tons of badly wrapped presents and always plenty of fussy brothers and sisters holding balloons and waiting for a nice piece of crumbly cake.Ah,If only I could go back to one of those fine birthdays.

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Myrnie said...

We always had family dinner, but the meals weren't very memorable (picky brothers eventually wore my mother down to a constant rotation of pasta and frozen casseroles.) Most memorable moment had to be the day I came home from school to find my mother waiting at the kitchen table, armed with the Encyclopedia Brittanica. Worst, and most graphic, "Birds and Bees" lesson EVER! Haha.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Wonderful giveaway! I would love to win so I could get a cake server set for my wedding. My fiance and I are on a very tight budget.

A favorite memory around the dinner table has been with great friends when we were playing Scrabble. I had never played and was getting so excited coming up with different words! We had a great time!

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Nicole-Lynn said...

Extra Entry:

I went to their site and how cute is this set?
http://www.diningroomsdirect.com/Vifah-V495SET1-VFH1152.html

Would be great for outdoor eating!

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ban said...

Here's a good memory from around the dinner table.

When we were younger, we used to go to Florida to visit my grandparents every Christmas. We would always go out to dinner for Christmas, because Grandma LuRee made reservations, not dinner. And she always had a different thing she was drinking, depending on the year.

So, one year, she was big into Ouzo. As you may or may not know, almost nowhere carries Ouzo, which is a anise-flavored aperitif that is widely consumed in Greece and Cyprus.

But she would always ask for it.

So, we were out to dinner on Christmas and the waiter asks her what she wants to drink.

"I'll have Ouzo in a bottle," said Grandma LuRee.

The waiter replied, "I'm sorry, we don't have Ouzo."

Grandma LuRee was almost exasperated when she replied, "Fine...I'll have Ouzo in a can," like it being in a can was the worst thing ever, but at least it was Ouzo.

The waiter replied, "Um...we *don't have Ouzo!"

Anytime anyone orders something to drink that they don't have, I think of Grandma LuRee trying to get Ouzo and smile :)

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'll start with my second chance! lol I LOVE this table! It's just what would look perfect in our library area! A great size! Thanks!

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We love to swap dinnertime stories now that my 4 sons are grown! One of them is a dinner table with guests! I always made homemade bread and one evening we had a dinner guest...the bread basket went around the table with steaming hot whole wheat rolls and each of my sons got 2 or 3 rolls! Our guest thought that was very odd...until he realized...the basket only went around the table ONCE! heehee! You better get what you want...or what you think you can get away with when Mom's not looking...because that's all there is! My boys still love home made bread. Hopefully their manners have improved! lol ♥

Liz said...

Growing up, it was just me and my mother, so my only memories of lots of people sitting around the dinner table are from holidays and other family gatherings. However, here in the midwest, we used to lose power all the time during tornado season, and I remember my mother getting out her candles and oil lamps. Sometimes we'd play games at the dinner table, but more often she'd get some books out--real, grown-up books--and we'd read poetry and stories and sometimes non-fiction to each other and discuss it. At the time, I was probably more annoyed at not being able to watch TV than anything else, but looking back, I'm touched by how she interacted with me, valuing my opinions and treating me like an adult and an equal although I was probably no more than nine years old. Sometimes I envy other people's memories and stories of their large families, but I wouldn't trade my memories of my small family for the world.

Anne said...

one of my best dinner memories is having my little cousin over to visit, we were eating spaghetti and she asked my mom " with a brush you serve it" haha we tried to recreate it and send it in to america's funniest home videos! you can tell this happened in the '90s :)
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Anne said...

I love this one!
TMS Cottage Drop Leaf Dining Table in White - 60147WHT

Julie said...

Sitting around the table in my house was always a very unique and hysterical affair. My family is very close but small. Just my mom, dad, younger brother and myself. So we were always comfortable to say or do things that I now realize "normal" families don't think would be proper.
When I met my husband he came to dinner for the first time and my mother, who is a nurse, went into graphic detail about an autopsy. My poor husband to be turned green and later told me that was just not normal dinner conversation. It was in our house!
Also my family is big on playing cards together. Games could go on for hours and end late into the night. One weekend my brother came home from Chicago after getting his heart broken by a girl he was crazy about. He needed a little family time to heal his soul. We ate dinner in relative silence and started playing cards. The mood was entirely to dour for me. I was complaining that my bra was too tight and someone said "well take it off." So I did and hung it from the chandelier. My husband was mortified. My father put his head in hands and grumbled "where did I go wrong with this one." My two small daughters laughed. But the best part is my brother laughed so hard he cried. It broke the sour mood and helped my brother laugh again. It was exactly what we needed.
So you see we might not be the conventional family but we do have fun and most of it is centered around the family dinner table.

Julie said...

I would choose Paula Deen Home Paula's Round Pedestal Dining Table in Tobacco if I were getting a table. It is beautiful as well as sturdy. Remember things get rowdy in our house around the table.

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Tillie said...

my life was full of instability growing up...I constantly was switched between both sets of grandparents, my mom and my dad...the only time I got a sense of normalcy was at my dad's parent's house. There, dinner was on the table at 5:10 and we sat there waiting for my grandfather to get home. He was generally home within 5-10 minutes and we would all sit there and talk about our days and our lives. It was glorious. I cannot wait to have a family of my own to have these kinds of special memories with.

Tiffany Christie said...

I remember my great grandma making cookies with us and all of us kids got to help a little bit and each got a little icing and sprinkles. Then I made a huge mess with the sprinkles but no one got mad, it was tons of fun with all of us picking it up. ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

Tiffany Christie said...

I just LOVe this one: Hooker Furniture Wynterhall Round Pedestal Dining Table in Warm Brown - 342-75-201.....it's so regal and I would love to have it in my home. ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

Domestic Diva said...

I loved when I made my first meal for my family, doing all the cooking by myself. It was scrambled eggs, toast, and fruit. Pretty healthy, and they all ate it and said it was great (though the eggs were rather overcooked). I was five years old at the time.

bukaeyes said...

Every Christmas it is a tradition that we have crab legs! The whole family sits around the dining room table that is covered in newspaper, We all have a blast!
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aubrienichole said...

I have a huge greek family on my moms side back home in Colorado. We usually get together for any holiday, as it is an excuse to get together and have a big feast. My grandmama always makes her leg of lamb. One year on St. Patrick's Day, my Aunt Tracy decided to do something different at the dinner table, rather than just the normal loud separate conversations going on. She put a big bowl in the center of the table filled with questions. Each person (like 25 of us) would go around one by one and grab a question out of the bowl and answer it. It was such a cool idea. There were funny things, sad things, embarrassing things, really cool memories. So many details about my family members that I would have never knows otherwise. My favorite was hearing about my Grandaddy's memories. He has altzeimers, so some things were hard for him to recall, but getting to hear about his childhood was really neat. I love any family meal gathering, but this one was super special :)

Tracey said...

My favorite memory is creating crafts with my grandchildren at the diningroom table.
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Rich and Mallory said...

One of my favorite memories around the kitchen table was not during a meal at all. I have 3 younger sisters and one of our favorite things to do was put my dad's shaving cream all over our big table and "paint" pictures in the cream.

For some reason we always had gloria estefan on, and our parents would "judge" our pictures.

It was always such a fun time for us!!

Mallory
Mallory1031 at gmail dot com

Rich and Mallory said...

Oh I LOVE this!!!

http://www.diningroomsdirect.com/Stanley-Furniture-370-1136-STA1379.html

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