Weeeee! Garlic Chopper Giveaway
Garlic Bread

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**This giveaway is now closed, thanks for all the follows and comments! Holly, Sherry, and Jenny each won a garlic chopper of their very own! (Ladies – check your email for more info!)***

Before I had Little K I remembered friends telling me how your vocabulary, movie catalog, and music presets change so much after you have a baby. Instead of Maroon 5 it’s the Wiggles, instead of damn it’s oh gosh!, instead of Hangover 3 it’s Baby Einstein. I always laughed at their joke, but didn’t quite understand how right they were. I guess I always thought it was a conscious effort to sensor yourself. You stub your toe and rather than swearing like a sailor you look over at that sweet smiling baby and say, “whoops a daisy!” Maybe it starts out like that, until you find yourself saying, “weeeee!” to an empty car. True story.

The other day I was rounding a particularly tight corner and suddenly I heard myself saying, “Weeeeeee!” I cut myself short in bafflement. I didn’t just say that, did I? (When I hit a big bump or round a tight corner, I always tell Little K, “Hold on!” or “Weee!,” even though I have him strapped so tight in that car seat we could probably be off-roading in the Rocky Mountains and he wouldn’t have a clue.) I have a long car ride to get to work each day and my fellow commuters know that you start to have conversations with the radio – “Oh Baloney! It’s gonna be 85 on Monday, in your dreams, punk.”  you talk out loud to yourself about your day – “Gotta get that TPS report filed!” – and you even have one-sided conversations with the cars around you – “Ok sweetie, you have plenty of room – just merge already! Mmkay?” But what you do not do is talk in baby voice about the man walking his doggie or how bumpy a ride it is, and you certainly don’t yell out weeee! when you’re coming off an exit ramp!

But I did and I sat there stewing in embarrassment for a minute before I started giggling and said “WEEEEEEEEE!” even louder. I am comfortable with the fact that I’m a Mom through and through now – even when baby isn’t in the car – and, heck, it’s fun to say weeeee! And so, because I want you to say weeee, I am giving away three rolling garlic choppers! The details to enter are at the end of this post.


Garlic Bread

Overall: five-star

You guys, how did I not know garlic bread was so easy to make?! I have to admit, I’ve always bought the pre-buttered garlic french loaf from the bakery section of my grocery store, rather than just making it myself. I thought it had to be kind of a pain to prepare and probably wouldn’t taste as good. But it’s yummy and easy. #totalpackage  (Recipe here, Simply Recipes.)

Ease to Prepare: five-star
Why oh why did I think this would be difficult? I can’t explain it. Get out your handy-dandy rolling garlic chopper – if you don’t have one enter to win one below – and chop up zoom up (while screaming weeeeee! like a crazy person) a couple of cloves of garlic. Mix that and some fresh chopped parsley into the butter – spread and bake!

Instructions: five-star

As I’ve said before, a simple recipe needs simple instructions. And, as usual, Simply Recipes has a picture to go with every step – you know, just in case you forgot what a piece of buttered bread looks like. She also includes a couple of ways to prepare it – one for crispy cheesy bread and another for soft garlicky bread. I used the first method, but skipped the cheese. (Also, I used a cookie sheet and it worked fine. She specifically says not to and instead to use one that can handle high temps. Mine handled it just fine.)

Food: five-star

If you don’t love garlic bread you need to go to the doctor. Be sure feed some garlic bread to your love so you’re both reeking – that way you’re not blasting him or her out of the room with your stanky breath.

Clean up: five-star

This is probably the best part of the recipe. You have a teeny bowl to clean up and maybe a knife or two. And, if you used the rolling garlic chopper you just have to give it a quick rinse. I don’t bother soaking it or sending it through the dishwasher. Just rinse off the garlic and dry!

Cost: one dollar

I don’t know why, but I had it in my head that this would include a lot more than it did. The other great thing is that you can easily swap out ingredients for what you have on hand. I have chives in my garden, and I plan on trying those out in lieu of parsley next time. And instead of Parmesan cheese maybe a little mozzarella!


**This giveaway is now closed, thanks for all the follows and comments! Holly, Sherry, and Jenny each won a garlic chopper of their very own! (Ladies – check your email for more info!)***

Now for the fun part! Leave me a comment telling me one thing to enter to win a rolling garlic chopper of your own! The contest will close on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 8am CST. Tell me one thing:

  1. Do you talk to other drivers on the road? Sing in your car? Crack jokes to yourself?
  2. If you’re a mom or dad what word(s) are in your vocab now that props up in conversation at unfortunate times? (Mine is probably pooper. #kidding #notreally)
  3. How do you prefer your garlic bread? Cheesy? Extra garlic? Crunchy? Or maybe you are a wild one and put something out of the box on your bread? Tell me!!

BONUS! Get up to four extra entries if you:

Just make sure you come back and leave a separate comment telling me about each follow/like so that you get the extra entries in the contest! Winners will be chosen at random and announced on this post and Facebook next week!


 This is not a sponsored post. I have not been compensated by Chef’n – I just really like my garlic roller and want you to have one too!

18 Responses

  1. Krystal, I just love reading your blog and love the recipes you post, Mostly I love the stories that go along with them about what is going on in your life now. It’s a fun and entertaining way to keep up with you and your family. I remember like it was yesterday when we first moved to Monroe and you and Sarah became friends and we all soon became friends with your whole family. My story about driving is about 3 years ago, I had Sarah and Staci in the car and we were driving down the road and I looked out my window and proudly and loudly said “hey girls, look at all the cows in the field, oh and there is a horsey”! To which Sarah replied, “Mom, we can see the cows and horse’s on our own now, you really don’t have to point them out to us anymore”. We all giggled about how silly I must have sounded with two girls in their 20’s in the car and their mom was still pointing out those things to them. I hope you keep this up for a long time, it is really enjoyable! Ginger

    • Plus one extra entry for you because you liked Krystal cooks. on facebook! Thanks!

      Thanks so much for the kind words about the blog – I hope to keep this up for a long time too! How is it that you moving to Monroe feels like yesterday and 20 years ago all at the same time? I talk about you all a lot with E – whenever we talk video games I talk Sonic the Hedgehog at the Helmeid’s! That’s about as far as my video game experience goes… Ha!

      And your story about the cows is hilarious. To be fair though, Mom still yells out “water!” whenever we cross a bridge. We don’t stick our hands in the air anymore though… 😉

    • That’s a very funny blog, Krystal….it’s amazing how you change as a parent. I’ll have to wait until tonight to “Like You” on FB as we’d get the big red hand here at work! Have a great day, dear!

  2. OOOHHH, I had never heard of a garlic roller/chopper until I read it here and now I really want one! I follow you on FB and in my google reader (RIP). I currently do not talk to myself in the car, but I am guess it is coming sooner rather than later 🙂 I like my garlic bread extra garlicy- I haven’t tried vegan cheese on garlic bread yet, but I might have to now. I could do without the parsley though, not a big fan.

    • Awesome, leave me two separate comments to get the entries for the fb and the follow. (Also, I think you can leave me three separate comments because you follow my pinterest board too!)

  3. 1. YES. YES. YES. – do I get extra points for laughing at my own jokes, by myself, in the car?!

    2. Since I’m not a momma, I am going to claim my rights as a crazy cat lady and say that I have vocab that I only use around little Lila. I use “stinky” and “silly” wayy to often around my cat. But hey, she hasn’t picked up any swear words yet, so I guess my “child-vocab” is paying off! 😉

    3. extra garlic and extra bread. please.

    • Sherry, I think I saw you “liking” Krystal’s fb page, so I’ll throw this gold star into the comments while I’m here! If you win the chopper because of this comment, I think you owe me joint-custody of the garlic chopper.

  4. Oooo! A new kitchen gadget to use when my permanent chopper (aka the husband) isn’t around would be wonderful! Plus this garlic bread recipe looks so simple and delicious that even I might be inspired to cook.

    I most definitely talk to other drivers on the road, though it’s usually curse words because they cut me off or are driving too slow in the left-most lane. 🙂

    Keep up the great work and dedication to the blog, Krystal! It’s awesome!

    • Thanks Randi! And more than a few curse words get thrown around in my car too, although I have toned it way way down since Little K came along. Before him it was like a retelling of George Carlin’s 7 dirty words bit over and over.

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