1.11.2010

Hey! It's Almost My 2 Year Blogiversary!


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I skipped right over this important day last year; it came and left in a wink of an eye. But this year, I'm on it! And what special thing do I have planned for you? How about a prize for one lucky reader? Do you love dining room furniture and cookware? Me too! And guess what??? Jason from Cookware.com and Diningroomsdirect.com has come to our rescue by offering a prize! Cool, right?

So, Jason is all like, "Hey Juniper, want some free stuff?" And I was all like "Woot, dude! What do you have in mind?" and he was all like, "Go shopping, girl!" So, I did!

At first, I forgot I was shopping for you and hit up the dining room furniture, it was mind boggling! I'm totally getting this bar stool, it matches a set I have and I need just one more. It totally matches!



But then I thought, "Um, Juniper? Hello??? You don't know EVERYONE'S decor! Geez!" so I hopped on over to Cookware.com to pick the perfect Juniper-esque prize (shut up spell check!).

Man, do I love to cook. I used to sell kitchen products at one time (as you know) and despite all the great gadgets out there, nothing beats a great knife. It's the one thing I always recommend to make your life easier and make cooking fun. What's my favorite style of knife? No brainer, a Santoku knife, silly!

Check this baby OUT!



I love this knife and use it every day. (**TIP: Grasp the handle while kind of pinching the heel of the blade with your thumb and your index finger for a proper, controlled grip. DON'T hold your index finger on top of the blade. I've seen this many times and it makes your grip all wonky. Remember "if you feel the steel, your grip is real", this will help you remember the proper grip for your new knife.)

See?



So, this is my prize for YOU! A beautiful Santoku knife worth it's weight in gold (or 50 bucks, same diff). What do you have to do? Just post a comment here between now and February 1st saying "Yo, Juniper! Can I have the knife?" or something like that.

I hate when people ask for followers or make you jump through all kinds of hoops. I'll use Random Number Generator to choose a winner. So, let's just have fun with this and if we give ol' Jason a chuckle with our comments, so be it.

So......Who wants the knife???


This contest has ended - thank you for your entries!

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125 comments :

  1. I want the knife! I'll use it every day, I promise. I have one and it needs to be replaced because I use it so much! I'll make lots of treats with it and share them with you!

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  2. Yo Juniper...You get it. I could really use a good knife. I promise to use it exactly as you've said, and not put it in the dishwasher, as I do with my other knives. *Gasp*

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  3. Yo, Juniper, count me in the giveaway. I've always wanted to try this kind of knife.

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  4. Never used a knife like this before - OH the possibilities! Pick me!

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  5. Yo..Juniper, can I have the knife??????

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  6. Love it! I am so glad I don't have to rub my belly, pat my head and comment 12 different places for it too! :) I'd love a new knife!

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  7. I NEED a good knife!!!
    Are you my fairy godmother?!
    How did you know?

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  8. i will be praying to the random number gods to PICK ME!!

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  9. ME, ME, ME..........I'd love a new knife. And use it every day, promise.

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  10. That knife is awesome! Loved your tutorial on holding a knife (you're quite the clever cleaver keeper!)

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  11. Oh I want that knife,and I promise to chop correctly all the days of my cooking. :)

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  12. love that knife...that kinda sounds creepy, =). Great giveaway!

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  13. Congrats! I think I might kill someone with that knife...better give to someone else:)

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  14. Happy Blogiversary, girlie.
    I have never heard, "if you feel the steel, your grip is real", but I think that you have just rocked my world. ;) I think I should definitely have that particular knife to try it out. You know. Just to be sure.

    XO*T

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  15. What an awesome knife. I love to cut things with a sharp knife. That sounds bad but it's true.

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  16. Those knives are the best! I'd love one!! And, congrats on your two year blogiversary! :)

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  17. I would love the knife. I'm new to your blog and enjoy it very much.

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  18. ME! Yo, Juniper ME! Yo? Juniper? I'd love the knife! Congratulations on your blogiversary!

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  19. I love cooking and that is an amazing Knife. We would use it every single day breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks you name it. Perfect giveaway for the cooks in all of us :)
    Nicole Salcido
    thesalcidofamily@gmail.com

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  20. Wow! I would LOVE to have that knife! It would get lots of use here...I'm a cooking fool. Happy blogiversary, by the way!

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  21. Oh, pick me, pick me! LOL
    Happy Anniversary.
    ~Amy

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  22. I want that knife!! I promise to use it well, and take good care of it! It would be right at home next to my baby knife like it (can't spell San-whatever!) Love your blog - you inspire me all the time!! Happy Anniversary!

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  23. I do, I do!!! I could use a nice new kitchen knife.

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  24. OMG how fitting! I was just telling my husband that I want to focus this year on getting better kitchenware! SO yes, I want the knife!

    Judy

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  25. I am all about this knife...always looking for a great knife so more suggestions i will take. thanks for the info on the grasp too, i will definitely use this new technique!
    Mel

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  26. Um Juniper...I like sharp, shiny objects. :)

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  27. Who wouldn't want a cool knife like that? We'd put that bad boy to good use in the little lizard house.

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  28. Me, of course!! I want it! And happy two years to you, girl! :)

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  29. I once rode in an elevator with a boy holding a knife like that. Not sure why but at least no one got stabbed! I love to cook but I don't have any nice things in my kitchen! This would be a great thing to start with, thanks for the chance to win!

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  30. If I win the knife, I PROMISE not to chop my finger off. Cross my heart, hope to die. I'll just stick a needle in my eye instead.

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  31. Happy -versary, Jen! And although I did secretly want one, single barstool that matches your decor perfectly (not mine but EH!), a knife would be sweet too! :)

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  32. Congrats on two years! And of course I'd love the knife if the number generator gods deem me fit to own one!

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  33. Yo, Juniper! Happy Blogiversary, and yep... I want a new knife ;).

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  34. Love the knife! Need the knife! Want the knife! :)

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  35. Yo, Juniper - love the blog, would love the knife if it is thrown my way (of course I know you would hit the ballon next to me instead of my).

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  36. Hey Juni - I'd LOVE the knife! Very cool. Happy Anniversary to you! Lisa

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  37. I do I do!!! You picked out a great prize so thank you!! There is nothing like a good knife if you cook a lot to make the job sooooo much easier. Congratulations on the anniversary. Keep the posts coming, I read all of them!!

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  38. oooh I would love the knife.

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  39. Awesome knife! Happy blogiversary!

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  40. i love the idea of a new knife! i could really use one of these!

    dbhowellfamily at gmail dot com

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  41. But are we required to cook with it? Or can we wield it to scare off bad guys?

    Just kidding - I'd love to win. Our Henkel knives SUCK!

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  42. Oooh..I've never had a knife like that before....congrats on your 2nd blogoversary! :D

    I hope I get picked, I love to cook and bake and shred my fingers....err.... ;)

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  43. Juniper, I love your blog and I want that knife! Good pick.

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  44. Count me in. Looks like a safe thing to have in my home

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  45. OOO me likely!! I don't really have a good knife, just ok ones. So this would be great to win!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    -xoxo
    E

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  46. Wow Juniper! I'm saying this just like Eddie Murphy did in the "Golden Child". I want the knife...PLEASE! Sally Hackney sjhackney (at) yahoo.com

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  47. That is quite a knife. I'm not sure I could handle an instrument of that magnitude.

    Happy Blog-iversary!

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  48. I would love that knife!

    Happy Blog-iversary! :)

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  49. Me me me me me! I would love the knife. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  50. "Yo, Juniper! Can I have the knife?" =)

    I would love to have this knife! I've never had a really good knife. Oh, and I had no idea how to hold the knife properly.

    Thanks!

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  51. Please pick me! I would love a new knife!

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  52. I NEED a knife!! Yo Juniper Hook Me up!!!

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  53. I'd love a new knife. I'd hold it right too :)

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  54. Purdy Please - I don't have a fancy smancy knife. BTW, the second evolution of dance that you posted was funny. Love that it included a bit of the treadmill video. Thanks for the laughs (and the knife?)

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  55. Oh my goodness - I've been coveting a new knife for ages. I come physically apart at the sound of metal on metal; I CANNOT sharpen knives and my kitchen is full of yucky, dull, dollar store knives. Crossing my fingers!!!

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  56. Pick me! Pick me! I need a new knife. I really want it!

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  57. Yo Juniper....Happy Anniversary! Now can I have the knife??

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  58. Yo Juniper! I want that knife! Well, I liked the way you put it. : ) Great giveaway!!!

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  59. 13.5 years of marriage, 8 kids, never had a good knife. I'd love to try it! Thanks so much!

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  60. Yo, Juniper, I want that knife. Congrats on 2 years.

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  61. Congrats on the 2 years! Can I have a knife? Please?

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  62. Funny ~ last night when I was making dinner you kept popping into my head. Kind of like the angel on the cartoons ~ or is it a devil:) watching over me to make sure I was holding my knife properly. And yes, you would be proud, I was! Oh, and Happy Anniversary ~ thanks for the daily dose of smiles, laughs and imagination!

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  63. OOOOH I would LOVE to have a "sharp" knife in my kitchen! One that actually cuts would be a dream!!
    Denise

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  64. Um, I'd LOVE that knife!!!!! Do you take bribes?

    Shannon

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  65. I'd love to have a really good knife. All of mine are cheap!! Thanks for the chance...

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  66. I am new to your blog and I LOVE it..What an awesome giveaway I would love this super fantabulous knife to chop all sorts of veggies and yummies!!

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  67. Okay, so I just bought my first house and I have nothing, nada, zipo for my kitchen! I really NEED this knife. oh please, oh please! Man, I wish I could afford those barstools too! Very nice! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  68. ooo me. Oh Juniper can I have that Knife? Please? And yes no knives in the dishwasher. I have seen the difference in some of the other knives I have.

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  69. Me...me...me...I would LOVE that knife...and I promise to hold it appropriately:)

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  70. Ooh, I love that knife! I would promise not to use it for a weapon if I won it, unless it was an extreme emergency!

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  71. Me Me Me!!! That knife would be soooo awesome! Especially when I'm practicing my mad ninja skillz!

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  72. Congrats on 2 years. Great knife.

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  73. Happy Blogiversary!!!! Yay!! I hope the random number generator shows favor for those of us who have been inspired by you since (almost) the beginning! Love ya!

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  74. I want the knife! And I promise to be careful and not cut my finger while chopping potatoes!

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  75. I would love this knife! My DIL has one and I thought about tucking it in my suitcase. If I had the knife, her knife would be safe!!

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  76. i would love that knife! pick me, pick me...

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  77. Oh my gosh! I would -LOVE- to have the knife! (I hate giveaway "hoops" too)!

    Happy New Year,

    Sheila

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  78. I'd LOVE to have that knife! I hurt my hand using a dull knife over the holidays. Never again.

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  79. Holy Santoku, Juniper! I totally want the knife! I could really use a great new knife!

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  80. Oooh, I'd love that knife! Be kind, Random Number Generator! Pick me :)

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  81. I am so out of the loop! I have been blog incommunicado for a few months because of some hardcore morning sickness, and I come back to after Christmas and missed giveaways! Sad!

    Glad to be catching up, though! The knife looks awesome! :)

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  82. Sweeeet! That knife looks amazing!

    and.... Happy blogiversary!

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  83. So glad you are on my list of blogs to stalk....that knife and I are destined...

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  84. Wow! I had no idea about the grip--I'm going to try that :) Actually, prep is the one thing I like about cooking! After that, its all down hill for me.

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  85. Love your blog!
    Always wanted this kind of fancy knife.
    Happy 2 years!

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  86. I need a good knife! the knives I got for my bridal shower 6 years ago just aren't cutting it anymore! (get it? cutting it? Sorry, I'll stop now)

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  87. Happy Blogiversary, chick! I think I've read every one of your posts.
    I'm so glad that I don't have to stand on my head while I make 50 different entries for your give-away.
    Pat B.
    plbheidi@yahoo.com

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  88. happy blogiversary Juniper,hey, my otherhalf could use a knife,then maybe he'll start cooking for me.count me in yo..

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  89. Oh please mum,might I have a chance at winning the knife??

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  90. Yo Jennifer...I would like to win that nifty knife! Keeping my fingers crossed....

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  91. Wow, that's an amazing knife! And I HAVE IT! Love your blog and love looking at what you've done to your house! You never sit still for very long! Have a Happy 2010 Year!

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  92. In all my years of slicing and dicing I've never held the steel to keep it real. Well said. Yo Juniper I want this knife!
    :) TechnoMom

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  93. me Me ME! I do! Pick me! I have a santoku that I love but it's not very good and needs sharpened ALOT! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Shannon

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  94. Finally, a giveaway with something I would use every day! Awesome!

    "Yo, Jenn, I gotta have the knife!!"

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  95. Oh- oh- 0h- oh
    Everybody was Kung Fu fighting, those cats were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit frightening, but they fought with expert timing

    I have no stinken clue whay that came to my silly minde when I saw this knife!!

    Happy 2 years of blogging!!

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  96. Happy 2 years! I would love this knife :)

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  97. I would LOVE that knife! I enjoy cooking more than I can even tell ya!

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  98. I really need a good knife so I want that knife!

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  99. I can always use a good knife or my husband can as he does all the cooking! Here's a joke for your friend - You Tube, Twitter and Facebook are all going to combine forces. It will be called YouTwitFace!

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  100. This is my first time to your blog. I would love to win that knife! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  101. Oooh, me!

    Happy almost 2 years to you too! : )

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  102. To my name, I have one Pampered Chef knife and a cheap set of steak knives ... I NEED THAT KNIFE!!!

    Please?

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  103. I'd love to say I want the knife but I don't. I love to eat I don't love to cook. My husband however, would LOVE the knife! I bought him a KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus 5-Quart Stand Mixer for Christmas. How awesome to give him a knife for Valentine's Day?! Twisted? Maybe but he'll see the humor in it. ( :

    THANKS!! This is cool!

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  104. Ooh! I would love it and kiss it and hug it and call it George....

    (Old Bugs Bunny cartoon - my husband has my kids saying this!)

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  105. Yo, Juniper, your blog rocks. And congratulations on the blogiversary. This is absolutely one of my favorite blogging haunts as you know. P.S. I'd love the knife!!!

    Oh, and I agree with you - nothing pisses me off more than when I have to jump through 100 hoops, involve Twitter and do a whole bunch of crazy stuff to enter a contest. So your process was much appreciated. :)

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  106. Hey Juniper, I would love the knife!

    Just found your blog...you're hilarious!

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  107. Ooh, I love a good knife! Right now I only have one really good chef's knife.

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  108. "Yo, Juniper! Can I have the knife?"
    Would you send it to South America? Don't worry, I'm not the guerilla-typ. SAHM living on a farm in Paraguay. Love your blog! Find me at my blog, if I win: www.thechacogirl.blogspot.com

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  109. Thanks for the grip tip! And happy blogoversary.

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  110. Yo, Juniper! Can I have the knife? Pick me!!! The kitchen knives I have were a wedding present when we got married 17 years ago!!!

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  111. Would love a knife to give the best cook in my life....my husband!

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