Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Headache, Stonewall Kitchen, Duke and a Give Away

 
 I'm sure your wondering how all these tie together.  Let me explain. 

Headache


As we were driving down the Maine turnpike today I mentioned that I was getting a headache, my husband thought it was because I hadn't had lunch so he suggested that we stop for lunch at Stonewall Kitchen (twist my arm).

Lobster Ruben on the left, Pulled Pork on the right.
Stonewall Kitchen

Hubby stayed outside with Duke and sat under the awning at one of the lovely picnic tables.  When I asked him what he wanted he said "surprise me" . . . OK . . .  I went inside and ordered lunch for us.  I ordered a pulled pork sandwich for my husband with a side of bow-tie pasta salad, for myself I ordered, are you sitting down . . . a melt in your mouth lobster ruben, with a side of potato salad!  OMG, talk about to die for, actually both sandwiches were amazing and delicious. 

Jim Stott & Duke

Smile everyone!

Duke
While my husband was waiting outside, this really nice man came over and said hello and asked if our dog Duke would like any water.   I mean, the people in Maine don't get any nicer.  So, out I come and my husband is chatting with a guy that I assumed he knew from college or work, then he introduces me to Jim Stott - now the wheels in my brain are turning, because while I know that name, the face and the name weren't connecting for me . . . 

My husband has a grin from ear to ear waiting for me to put the name and face together.  Finally it clicked as my husband said, Jim is one of the founders and co-owners of Stonewall Kitchen! Then Jim went and got Duke a bowl of water!  When he returned we chatted a bit.  The ladies who were lunching next to us were very impressed that one of the founders of Stonewall Kitchen got our dog a bowl of water.  I was too! Click here to enter the Stonewall Kitchen Monthly Give Away!

Ocean Breezes & Country Sneezes Give Away!

As some of you may know, it's my one year Blogversary, and in honor of my Blogversary I'm having a Give Away!  I've met so many wonderful people from around the globe who have become friends it boggles the mind!

I've decided to give away a Stonewall Kitchen Grilling cookbook, mainly because Jim Stott was so nice to my dog Duke.  I also have a few other goodies that will be a surprise!  All I'll tell you is that you can use it in the kitchen and it came from a farmers market and it's not food!  

(I purchased and paid for this cookbook myself, there are no endorsements from Stonewall Kitchen for this give away).

photo from Stonewall Kitchen website.

All you have to do is enter Ocean Breezes & Country Sneezes Give Away is,
  • Leave a comment telling me you are a follower for one chance to enter.
  • For a 2nd chance post this Give Away link and mention my blog on your blog and come back and let me know you did by leaving another comment.
  • For a 3rd chance have one of your Followers follow me back and let me know by leaving a third comment.

Good Luck, you have through August 6th to enter this give away!

57 comments:

  1. That gentleman sounds like a kind soul. Must be why his business is so successful. I love cookbooks so please enter me in your giveaway to celebrate your Blogoversary.
    Mine was yesterday so stop by and check out my giveaway too.
    Kim

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  2. I didn't know Stonewall Kitchen had a restaurant. Next time I'm in Maine, I'll check them out. I see you had a refreshing Izze to wash it all down.

    I've been a "follower" for a long time.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. OMG, I have talked to you twice I think and you didn't tell me. Isn't that hysterical. Very generous give-away. I believe I might know what the other prizes might be. At least I have a good guess. Oh, that Lobster Reuben sounds delicious.

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  4. How exciting! WOW! And the cookbook looks wonderful! When we are in Florida...we grill everything! Thanks so much! I'm a follower! ♥

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  5. I am a follower and that would be a great book to win!!
    Patti

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  6. Mr. Stott sounds like such a nice man!

    A lobster reuben?! I am not going to even mention that there is such a thing to my hubby.

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  7. I am a follower. Great give away! Happy 1 yr. Ann!

    Mr. Scott does sound awful nice!

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  8. I love that Stonewall Kitchen restaurant...my favorite is the lobster mac and cheese. I'm a follower! Congratulations on your one year anniversary.

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  9. Yes, I am a follower. I think. Your followers list isn't showing right now. I'll be back to check tomorrow!

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  10. Hi lovely lady.I lovely your Give-A-way ~~~
    I would love to have this book. and yes Im a follower on your Blog.
    XXOO Diane

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  11. Hi lovely lady.
    I just put a comment on my blog about your Give-a-Way sweet lady and your link to your party..with my other links.
    XXOO Diane

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  12. What a great day and what a nice gentleman indeed. Love the cookbook, thanks for the chance.

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  13. Ok, I should not have read this on an empty stomach! I noticed the IZZE right away (love those), and the sandwich looks perfect right now. I think I need a teleporter to Maine! I love being your follower :)

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  14. Hello Mary,
    if it is possible for those of your followers who live outside the US to enter, then please put my name down, too :-)

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  15. Found your sweet blog today and wanted to say hi! I am also having a giveaway, come on over :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  16. i love when people are nice like that...makes my day..and the fact that he was the founder of that fabbo restaurant makes it even better!!!
    OMG Lobster ruben...I am drooling as I type...I need lobster...NOW! :) not to mention potato salad...perfect combo!

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  17. What a nice man .... I measure people by their treatment of animals don't you! Sounds like an excellent excuse for a slap up lunch .... I'll have to try the headache route myself one day!
    Have a great summer!
    xxx

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  18. He is a KEEPER and that book looks great ~ very nice indeed!
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

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  19. PS: I am a follower ~ I am new to blogging but found you early on and have followed you ever since!

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  20. Love Stonewall Kitchen, have a few of their books, SO glad to know what a terrific folks they are. That was really nice.

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  21. All of this because you had a headache. I may never look (feel?) a headache the same again. Isn't it fabulous when randomly meet people. Great story!

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  22. Isn't that store "to die for"? I have never eaten there, but I always love to stop there. We usually eat at the Clam Shack up the road (Rt 1) or Wild Willy's Burgers. The burgers are delicious and since we try to limit our red meat consumption( dull, huh?) burgers are a bit of a treat for us.

    How cool to meet Jim Stott, guess they really are "hands on" businessmen.

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  23. I think Kary and I were at the original one!
    I've never heard of a lobster rubuen......looks dreamy have to say.
    xx
    julie

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  24. i see my julie :-) here !!!!

    loved seeing Duke...what a cutie

    happy blogaversary, my friend

    so HAPPY to have you as a friend...i too have met the NICEST people from blogging... like YOU !!!!

    sending love,
    kary and teddy
    xx

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  25. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Yum, that lobster reuben sounds incredible. Please enter me into your giveaway. Yup, I'm one of your happy followers.

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  26. Happy Blogging Anniversary!
    I'm new to blogging and surprised to see a comment from yourself on my site from America. I'm a follower too.

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  27. How wonderful! I am glad to learn Jim, Mr. Stonewall Kitchen, is a kind hearted man, Makes me proud to be a Mainah! Wonderful giveaway, very generous. I am curious to know, how's the headache? Hope you are enjoying your summer, Julie.

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  28. What a cute story about Duke and Jim Scott. Just proves there are still a lot of wonderful people out there. Happy blog anniversary.
    Sam

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  29. Now THAT'S customer service! Jim has gotten the idea ... customers come in all shapes sizes and species! What a nice thing to do!
    And Stonewall is such a nice place! I'm glad you stopped and got rid of your headache and met a really kind soul!

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  30. I'm not sure if I'm more impressed by what you had for lunch, the kindness of Jim Stott or your wonderful giveaway! It looks like a great cookbook.

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  31. Great blog! Your pics are beautiful. Am following your blog now...Greetings from Indiana...Heidi

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  32. that sandwich is simply the most amazing thing I have ever seen... so jealous... hell, i'm getting on a plane!

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  33. After I picked myself up from the floor and remembered to close my mouth, I finished reading your post. I am a little jealous, of both the sandwich and your going to Stonewall in the first place, never mind that you met one of the owners. Seriously impressed!! I hope I get up there one day.

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  34. Hi!!! I'm so happy I found your fantastic blog!!!! is amazing!! well done!!!!! Come to see me, I have 2 blogs too...one in Italian and one in english.Now i'm one of your followers too!!!! ciao!!!

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  35. hi mary...the tea kettle is on and your tart is on the plate !!!!

    all i need is YOU !!!!

    xx
    kary and teddy
    :-)

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  36. What a wonderful way to meet Jim Stott! We love Stonewall Kitchen, and stop on our way to Ogunquit. I am your newest follower, and I want to thank you for visting my blog so I could visit your beautiful blog.

    I hope Stonewall has the lobster reuben on the menu when I visit!! I would love to be entered in your generous giveaway. Happy Blogversary!

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  37. Well~~ I'll be! I thought I was a follower of yours until I thought I better double check! Now I AM a follower! I go to bed reading cookbooks. How fun to win this one. Please enter my name!
    Great story too! :)

    Donna

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  38. I always feel so satisfied when a meal turns out to absolutely delight me. Looks to me that you had that experience too. Very nice too, that you experienced the friendliness of one of the owners too. That was an added bonus.

    I would love to be considered for your cookbook giveaway. I am already a follower :-)

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  39. I'm a follower! Happy Blogversay! My 1st is coming up this month too!

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  40. Lobster reuben; love the sound of this. What a perfect excursion;/ Happy Blog anniversary. So glad to have met you.
    Rita

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  41. Hello Mary,
    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! One year means a lot of work. You are doing a wonderful job! Keep on going.
    You know that I am a follower and would put this cookbook to good use.
    Dog lovers are the best. Looks like you had a great lunch. Maine is beautiful. Hope to go back one day to visit.
    Greetings from Colorado
    Kirsten

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  42. Well isn't that something! I really like Stonewall Kitchens products, especially their Jams, but now I like them even more! Thank you for sharing your story of a not so corporate but extremely successful business owner! I would love to be entered! I left an email for your regarding your cookbook win as well. Thank you for sharing this lovely giveaway!
    Dee

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  43. How much fun was this nmeeting one of the Stonewall Kitchen founders? It was so nice of Jim to give your Duke some water!


    It is so serendipitous, Mary, as I was looking through a Stonewall Kitchen catalog today. I had mail ordered some delicious oils and vinegars form them and the catalog was included in my package. How neat to come over to you blog and see you are doing this give away!

    Happy one year blog anniversary! I have enjoyed reading your blog the past months and I look forward to your future posts!

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  44. PS: Of course I am a follower of your blog! :0)

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  45. That is so cool that you got to meet him. Happy Anniversary! I am a follower already.

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  46. I love cookbooks- something about all those wonderful pics that draw me in. The owner was a sweetie, that's for sure. Thanks for offering the give-away. And yes, I follow. :-) Sue

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  47. I've put you on my sidebar, too.
    :-) Sue

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  48. How cool is that? I love Stonewall! Am now a follower!

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  49. I'm so far behind on my blog reading, but I made it just in the nick of time it looks like! Happy Anniversary and what a great giveaway, I love Stonewall Kitchen. And now I love it even more knowing that one of the founders is a dog lover too! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Kat :)

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  50. Hi there, stopping in to say hello and admire your wonderful blog. so much fun! I can see I have lots to get caught up on :) Thank you for visiting me too.

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  51. hi mary...great idea about the binder !!!

    happy to stop by, my friend

    kary and teddy
    xx

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  52. OH what a wonderful post ~ I am sorry I am late, but I did not get any new notifications that you posted, but I am here now!
    I LOVED this post ~ it made me happy!
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage
    PS: Congrats on your blog anniversary!

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  53. Congratulations of the blogiversary!

    What a lovely lunch experience - a fantastic way to avoide a headache!!

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  54. Happy Blog Anniversary! I would love a chance to win this book. It sounds wonderful. How nice that the owner came out and gave Duke some water...

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  55. Mary - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Sorry you haven't heard from me - I've been stopping by just not commenting - I'll do better. Congrats on your one year of blogging. Sounds like you had a great visit to Stonewall Kitchen.

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  56. I LOVE stonewall kitchen products!!.. and really love that the guy offered your dog water. Now that's the best.

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