Friday, April 08, 2011

SPIN & ARRANGED by Catherine McKenzie

Winner Announced:
Kassie H!
Congrats - you have won Spin and Arranged! Please email me your full name and address at stephanieelliot@gmail.com and I'll get you your copies of these two great books! Coming up later this week -- the GRAND PRIZE DRAWING, my BIRTHDAY, and my 1,000 post on MaNiC MoMMy! WOW!



Is this de ja vu???



Still a chance to win the very two books offered in March!

Hey everyone! So I really, really wanted to get all of the winners picked tonight but it takes about a half hour to do one winner and I didn't have the time to do them all, but if you check out Laura Dave's post and Laura Munson's post, those winners have been announced.

Also, there are a few of you who have not let me know your addresses, so please let me know who you are so I can get your books to you! Still waiting on the winner of Jen Lancaster's book!

Today, since no one claimed our very first books by Catherine McKenzie, I'm going to offer them up again. SPIN and ARRANGED are two awesome books. You can go back and read the review, but come back HERE to comment. EVEN IF YOU COMMENTED PREVIOUSLY, come HERE to comment in order to qualify for these books. The previous post will not count as your entry. You will need to comment on THIS POST if you want to win these books now. Sorry you have to do it again, but this is the easiest way for me to track the entries, and also it will give anyone new a chance to win these fabulous books.

And for this entry, let's do something completely random, tell me something that either looks good or smells good, but tastes completely disgusting. Or vice versa -- something that tastes awesome, but looks horrible. I have no idea where I come up with this stuff, and this has nothing at all to do with the books. I just wanna know your thoughts!

Happy Friday, and we'll get through announcing these last few books and then to the big prize in the next week or so!

Thanks for your patience, and thanks to everyone who went over to check out Real Moms Guide--that was way cool of you!

158 comments:

Jenn3128 said...

Jello Shooters.

They look & smell like they will taste good, but then you get in in your mouth and its all slimey & disgusting...I just threw up a little in my mouth.

I've got to go brush my teeth!

Lesley Davis, Esq said...

Yea! I'm 1st! My beef enchiladas look nasty but they taste amazing! Thanks for the awesome book giveaway, so much fun!

Anonymous said...

Vanilla Extract, smells so good but does not taste good at all!!
Angelini197

Christine in NJ said...

Beer. I absolutely HATE the smell BUT really enjoy a pint every now and then!

Thanks again MaNiC!

Christine

Wanda Z said...

My grandmother's homemade cakes. They LOOK terrible, but melt in your mouth!!! Wish she were still alive to be baking me one....

Melissa said...

oo that's a hard one. I'll go with this fennel, apple, beet salad I made. It looked really disgusting but it was sooo good!
-tmd636

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Scented candles look great, smell great, but taste terrible!

Bridget said...

I love the smell of coffee, but it doesn't taste good unless it is iced, whipped, flavored and topped with whip cream.
Iambtinrb

Rachael said...

Seven layer dip. Not generally the prettiest, but often the tastiest!

Jana said...

Coffee. LOVE the smell. Hate the taste. Any coffee taste...can't even eat in desserts.

Jana B

Kimmi said...

My boyfriend made some kind of Italian casserole last night that look wretched. But it was WONDERFUL!

Casey said...

I really wish I liked steak... It always looks and smells so yummy, but I just don't have a taste for it.

Also, feel free to send me any of the books the winners haven't claimed!

absolutahnie said...

duck liver terrine at my favorite restaurant - looks like hell but tastes divine!

StephRochelle said...

I make a beef macaroni dish that looks so bland and gross, but it is definitely my favorite pasta dish!

Chelsea Hoffman said...

Sauteed onions smell PHENOMENAL! But I HATE HATE HATE the texture. Makes me want to vomit.

CAnative said...

guacomole!!!! So many people look at it as the grossest thing they have ever seen but tastes delicious. I think it looks great and tastes great.

Nicole

Melissa Braun said...

Oysters on the half shell -- look kind of gross, feel kind of gross, but I love 'em!

jpetroroy said...

Refried beans. Look nasty, love the taste!

Anonymous said...

My husband makes a dish he calls "shluff", which consists of combining random foods found in a bachelor fridge. Looks horrible but tastes good! Completely fell off the menu once we got married...

JillMitch

equinn726 said...

Black bean and chicken casserole - looks so gross, but is really good :)

Cara said...

clams look nasty -- but they are delish!

clk-a

Megan said...

Kiwis from the outside look gross but taste SO good!

Homestead Jen said...

I so want these books. I was bummed I didn't win Arranged!

Brussel Sprouts. The look good, smell horrible, but with the right amount of garlic, taste good. In small quantities. Occasionally.

(And for me, coffee. Smells great, tastes horrible. I am a tea girl.)

Kristan said...

Personally I think coffee smells great, but I hate the taste. (I know I know, most of you will think I'm crazy.)

A.C. Morris said...

Growing up, my dad used to mix peanut butter and jelly together for my sandwiches. It ends up looking disgusting, but is absolutely amazing!

AisforRandom said...

vanilla extract, smells good, puts hair on your chest.

Domesticated Gal said...

Coconut - at least for me, it looks/smells Amazing. And is the worst taste in the world. No matter what form it's in, it leaves me gagging Every.Single.Time.

And yes, I keep trying. Because it smells That amazing.

valerie said...

pot pie. i made one recently, it tasted awesome but looked. terrible.

Lisa justus said...

Cornbread salad. It looks disgusting though it could be simply because I hate soggy bread. In this case it is soggy with ranch dressing, and I had to force myself to eat it the first time. It is a great twist on a salad, and tastes really good. Going to check out those books now. This has been fun!

Carly said...

I LOVE the smell of coffee. Starbucks is a great place to visit but anywhere where they grind scented beans if delicious.

However, I hate the taste. Can't stand it.

Carly Haynes

Anne said...

Vanilla extract, smells so good but tastes horrible. My sister and I thought that was the strangest thing when we were little.

Anne Beth

Anonymous said...

Potpourri. It smells nice but I wouldn't want to eat it! jennyfromthecube

your invisible pixie said...

definitely coffee. hate the taste, love the smell! (yeah, original, I know....)

Ready To Be A Momma said...

coffee. I LOVE the smell, but the taste, not so much.
qweska8402

jne said...

Beef Carpaccio. It's raw meat, and looks horrible...but it is one of my, and my fiance's (who is NOT an adventure eater...) FAVORITES.

Holly W said...

Hummus It doesn't really have a smell but it doesn't look pretty. It tastes so good and is my favorite with pita chips!!

holly w

Natalie said...

Chitterlings. Or if you have on your slang-hat and you are from the South, like me, you say "chittlins". The smell awful, they look like a pot of squirrely worms, but with ample mustard... they don't taste half bad!!

- Natalie M. in VA

Jen R said...

Love the smell of coconut (and I love coconut flavored rum :) ) but hate actual coconut

Jen Rabenstine

Denise said...

stuffed mushrooms - they look delicious, but I HATE the texture of mushrooms and can't eat them.

BethC said...

Onions....love how they taste...hate how they smell. When the smell is left in your clothing or your hands...it smells like B.O....yuck!

Dani In Chicago said...

Coffee grounds smells wonderful but without cream and sugar tastes awful!

Dani Patarazzi

Jules said...

permanent markers-smell good, taste horrible! ;)

Emily said...

Pate (I'd do the accent on the E if I could figure out how)...it looks pretty gross, and the concept is pretty awful, but it tastes soooo darn good. Even the thought of it has my mouth watering...of course, I'm on weight watchers and frequently fantasize about what I want to eat...

Emily W.

LindsayK918 said...

Generally anything that comes out of my kitchen has some sort of fail to it. Most recently, a chicken dish looked awful but once I peeled off the burnt part- DELISH!

BRN2SHOP9 said...

my aunt sandie's matazah balls. Look fluffy but are actually hard as a rock!

Jessica Prince said...

Most Mexican food looks pretty disgusting but I've yet to find a dish I didn't like!

ChristineCet said...

Fish...looks good, nice presentation. smells bad. and pretty much grosses me out to gag it down! and yet I love me some sushi. wt?

Nanette said...

Playdoh!! Looks like colorful "cookie dough"...tastes NASTY!!! :)

Bee said...

I love the smell of grapefruit, but EVERY TIME I try to eat one I find myself thinking, "this was a mistake."

-Bee H.

Laura Kay said...

I love the way tuna salad tastes, but always looks good (I've found using chicken looks and tastes good) :)

Laura Kay
anovel review

jeffie laura said...

White chocolate anything - cookies, covered pretzels, etc. - look and smell amazing, but the taste makes me gag.

Meredith said...

How about... those snack cakes that we loved as kids (Twinkies, Hostess, Little Debbie, etc.) - they look so good and you have these great memories of how good they were. And then you take a bite and it just tastes like sweet cardboard. Ugh.
~MommyMer

Leslie said...

Wine...looks pretty in the glass, smells good, but the taste...not worth it! Of course, I keep trying. massive headache after half a glass. LeslieGC

Beverly Victoria said...

Anything with eggplant in it. Especially eggplant parm. I just don't like the taste of it!!

Emma S. said...

Hummus. Doesn't look so great, but is so delicious.

LizzybethDJ said...

Play Doh - smells so good but tastes so bad!

Tyra said...

Eggs. They look great and smell appetizing, but as soon as they hit my tongue, it's all over!

Logan Collins said...

Dirt Pudding looks yucky but tastes awesome!
I hope Jen Lancaster's winner doesn't come forward so we can have another shot at winning.

BrendaBMarion said...

Sometimes, the smell of parmigiane (sp?) cheese seems kinda like the smell of vomit. And I love the smell of coffee but think it tastes like burnt toast.

Lizett34 said...

Hummus! It looks like a big pile of mush and not appetizing, yet it is delicious!

Amanda Leigh said...

Licorice smells good, but tastes horrible.

- Amanda Leigh

DaphneSFL said...

Chitlins. They smell horrid and look even worse, but taste good. Well, to some in my family they do :)

Wendi Fr Louisiana said...

I have to say I can only think of the Hummus dip my sister makes- it tastes awful, but come to think- it doesn't look that great either.

Wendi fr Louisiana

Angie M P said...

Eggs; even when I was in the womb my mom could not eat eggs and I have never eat eggs, but they look so good especially with cheese and ham on them, but if I try to eat them, I get sick.

Anonymous said...

sloppy joe meat mixed with cottage cheese (hold the bun, please). Looks like barf and tastes like a Betty Crocker version of lasagna! Yum! Note: my family thinks I am disgusting when I mix this up and eat it.

Jen Ferf 9476

Colleen Turner said...

You are really funny! Well, I haven't actually eaten these, but I am going to guess they taste disgusting (and might be poisonous): Magnolia flowers! I think they are just beautiful and smell so good when you walk passed a tree blooming with them, but I am imagining they taste pretty gross.

Lilianarenee said...

My G-Moms liver & onions! Look and smell amazing! Taste horrible!

Anonymous said...

Canned tuna... looks gross, but pairde with some good ingredients can be oh so yummy. Not too much mayo or you kill it.

xx(fingers crossed)
~Nattygirrl

Thanks for all the great chances to win.

Sarah Lashua said...

I think Salmon smells kind of nasty and fishy, but I sure do think it tastes great!

BuffyDee said...

Coffee... Smells divine but unless there is a shot of chocolate, or caramel and twice as much milk... I just can't do it!

Books & Reviews said...

Beer - like the smell ---HATE the taste!

Ally said...

Bath and body works pumpkin spice facial mask. It smells amazing, but I tried to lick it once and it was so gross.
Ally N

Leslie Barr said...

Sauerkraut smells awful, but tastes great

rachel e. said...

Almond extract. I loved the smell and so i thought I'd taste it straight up. BAD idea.

Nicole Marie said...

Coffee... I love the smell, but HATE the taste!

NicoleMG from CT

Kristy said...

I'm secretly so glad that someone never claimed these books. I want them so bad! lol I even emailed the author and they aren't available for B&N for USA. :( ..

Something that smells good but tastes gross? I know i'm an oddball..but.. it's cookies! I don't like cookiess AT ALL! But I love to make them and I love the smell.

Hally said...

Chocolate covered oranges...they look good....what's not to like?! Chocolate-like! Oranges-like! Together? Not so much!

Thanks for the great month Manic!

Hally Hoots

Martina's Moments said...

Beer smells awful, but I like an ice cold light beer in the summer months!

jdstec said...

ok, this doesn't exactly meet the criteria, but sweet tea and cranberry sauce each taste good alone but nasty together.

Erin Goff said...

Coconut smells amazing, but I cannot stand to eat it in anything.

Joelle said...

hmmm....the thing that keeps coming to mind is Japanese style calamari. It looks freaky because it's almost like baby octopi but they are so good.

Becki**** said...

Beer. All golden and frothy and then BLEH

Joanna said...

Cigarettes - LOVE the smell of a freshly lit ciggie - but would NEVER ever smoke one - disgusting!

kristinrose said...

tunafish sandwiches. stink & look gross but taste great with some mayo & pickles

Anonymous said...

Gasoline. One of my favorite smells but I have a sneaking suspicion that it doesn't taste good.

Anonymous said...

Gasoline. One of my favorite smells but I have a sneaking suspicion that it doesn't taste good.

3:11 PM
Forgot to leave my name again. TaraUB in IN

Melissa said...

hummus, always tastes better than it looks

EBrowning said...

For me it's popcicles. I have these memories of how fruity and delicious they tasted and smelled on a hot summer day when I was younger, but now when I try to eat them they just taste like sugar water to me. Yuck! :-p

taylorj2112 said...

Green peppers. I love the way they smell when cokking, but I truly hate the taste.

Katy Finn said...

Stilton cheese...smells super nasty but tastes great. Lots of cheeses are that way but I love them!

Ronit said...

Bakers chocolate. Any chocolate looks good but this sure doesn't taste good. Ronit w

Amy R. said...

Blue cheese. Smells awful but I could eat a wheel of it without crackers. So effing good.

Sharon Cox said...

I alway thought the people drinking Scoth on TV looked so sophisticated. Then I tasted it - sweatsocks! I'll stick with my fru-fru drinks.

Lauren said...

Coffee. I love the smell, but wouldn't drink it if my life depended on it. Lauren Royall

buttah said...

Being from Louisiana we eat crawfish! Mini lobsters if you will! They live in the mud and look kinda gross, and the eating process is very messy and could even be seen as disgusting, what with all the head sucking, but they are soooooo yummy! Best with an ice cold beer, and potatoes and corn boiled with them!

Katrina Swiney said...

I personally despise the taste of coffee, but there's something about the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans that agrees with my nose.

Kristi said...

Looks wonderful to me but tastes disgusting? Any kind of seafood. I hate all of it.

Kristi Marie W.

Carla said...

Thai carrot soup looks like baby poop but the taste is amazing!!
Make it at least once a week.

Karen said...

Guacamole. It looks like baby poo...but tastes really awesome (if done correctly). :) ktmixon315

Anonymous said...

Persimmon pudding looks NASTY, but is SOOOO good!

Colbey J

Kristen said...

I agree with the coffee girls - I love the smell, but can't drink it unless it's a mocha!

Anonymous said...

Ugly fruit.

Sasse1Susan

Siobhan said...

This is hearsay, because I'm not brave enough to try it, but both my father and my best friend swear that durian fruit tastes delicious, even though it smells like rotten . . . something.

Erika L said...

I dip ritz bits cheese crackers in chocolate pudding. It looks like it would be disgusting, but it tastes really good.

Sarah S. said...

Most anything I cook looks pretty terrible, but it can't taste that bad because we all eat it anyway.

Sarah S.

Nearl said...

Tomato - I hate hate hate the taste but there is nothing better then the smell of a nice big red tomato.

Tracy Miller said...

Vanilla extract - smells so good and tastes so bad straight up. Now, it is excellent in practically every baked good, but straight, ugh! --Tracy Miller

Anonymous said...

Chopped liver - sounds gross and doesn't look appetizing but tastes delicious if done correctly. And I'm not really a meat person!

RebeccaE

Sherry B said...

Cottage cheese pancakes with Dark Chocolate chips sounds Yucky but so Yummy the perfect on the go breakfast

Chrisy Krueger said...

I'm going with coffee. Love the smell, hate the taste.

Margie said...

I will eat lutefish once in a blue moon, but it really smells horrible!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

firstly, just to let you know i'm having trbl trying to get back to older post pages to check on my winnings... this first page is the only one that i can access ~ have you posted a list of ea book's winners? or must we try to scroll thru the entire month's posts? cause that's what i'm not able to access... thx!
ok, today's question: mangoes! look awful taste YUMMY ! and good for health :)

Stephanie said...
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MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Try accessing each blog post by going to the archives on the right side of my blog and then clicking on each post individiually. Sorry if it has been a hassle for you. I will try to post a list of every winner over the weekend or first thing next week!

Hope going to the archives on the right side of the blog will help. Sometimes I have to right click and open the page in a new window myself to get to the new page on the blog even.

faithspage said...

crab legs are so yummy but so ugly


But a pineapple looks and tastes amazing.

Terri said...

perfume...smells great, tastes bad. i know you're not supposed to taste it, but that's what popped in my head. LOL!

Terri M. in Phoenix

Kristi said...

Bread pudding... looks gross and mushy but is super sweet and tasty!

Kristi Hooke

Heidiopia said...

Shrimp with the shells on! Loved reading through these... I would also say a pipe-- smells so good, but BLAHHHH. {Smell also reminds me of my grandfather. :)}
Thanks, MM!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy the smell of coffee but do not like the taste at all. My dry cleaners is next to a Starbucks and I think they are so lucky to smell the aroma coming from their neighbor all day.

I love all your questions. It makes me feel like you are really getting to know who all of your readers really are...not just the "matters of consequence" (from "The Little Prince")

Thanks for the great book giveaways!

-Donna W.

IandSsmom said...

Well I think liver looks horrible but tastes wonderful!! and bakers chocolate looks good but boy it sure isn't!! :)
LOVE Cathrine McKenzie!!! Would love these books!! :)

karenk said...

vanilla flavoring (the real stuff) smells great...but doesn't taste too good :(

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Juliet Farmer said...

cough syrup (which i am living on right now). smells ok, but is disgusting going down.

Lauren Louise said...

For me it's Peeps. The colorful little marshmallows look like they should be good, but I just can't eat them. Neither can my family. Every Easter we buy a bunch then go out in the backyard and have a big peep fight.

Philadelphia said...

Vanilla flavoring for baking.

Smells delicious, doesn't taste that way.

Kirsten said...

Corned beef hash. Looks like dog food but is really quite tasty. Especially when it is buried under Eggs Benedict. Yum.

lucy872 said...

I hope second time is a winner for me!

Anonymous said...

oyster, oatti cole

Michelle Mierczewski said...

I hate the way Italian Wedding soup looks, but I love it...(it resembles some of the not so nice things I have seen as a GI nurse)

Kristin J said...

I think that oysters look gross but taste great!

Christina said...

I think sushi looks good and is always so pretty, but I don't like seafood so I will not eat it. Well, unless it's california rolls, but that doesn't really count :)

ChristinaL

Shanderella82 said...

Rice pudding looks curdy and disgusting but oh boy is it yummy!!

Dulcibella said...

I LOVE bleu cheese, but it has to be just about the nastiest smelling stuff on the planet!

Tina Brannan said...

I love the smell of potting soil....never tasted it but I'm sure its not very tasty!!

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

Refried beans. Look gross but yummmmmmy

Carie Casey said...

Watermelon. I love the way it looks but don't like the taste.

Clynnc

Dolly said...

Vanilla extract smells wonderful and tastes awful. Lobster is divine, and looks terrible!

Dawn from CA said...

I think that pot roast cooking smells wonderful, but I can't eat even one bite...something about the texture and the fact I don't really like meat. I also love the look of cream cheese on a bagel but can't stand to eat it. Again, probably the texture. Weird, I know!

tagerrity said...

I am another one who loves the smell of coffe but can not stand the taste. And Lychee fruit are some of weirdest looking things, but I love them!

crabbymommy said...

My mother-in-law makes a baked whole fish that looks kinda gross but it one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted.

Krystal said...

My chicken salad looks funky but is sooo good! :)
kndyer

Anonymous said...

Any hot cereal creation looks gross, but tastes delish! Also, raisins and raisinettes look like...rat poop (sorry!) but are sooo addictive!
Also, spicy food always smells great, but burns my throat, eyes, nose, and stomach every time!
--Gen K.

RivkaBelle said...

Oh man, I hate it for the person who "won" these the first time, but glad for a second chance! They sound so good!

Hmm ... Okay, this is really weird, but I *love* the way boiled chicken smells, as it's cooking & boiling away in the stockpot of its own rich stock. Mmm, so, so good ...

Jessica said...

I think coffee looks so good but it tastes nasty to me. It also smells good. I wish I liked it because it would help keep me awake in the morning!
Thanks!
-Jessica

Nicole Robinson said...

Mexican food looks nasty but tastes great!

Kari Bonnet said...

This is weird, but I love the smell of vinegar, but the taste? No thanks!

Croppergirl said...

Pea Soup - looks like baby poo but tastes so yummy!

The Poty's said...

Taco Salad made with refried beans, looks gross but tastes awesome!

Kas said...

I LOVE the smell of coffee, but the taste is way to bitter for me! In order to drink it, it must have tons of sugar or chocolate or something sweet and yummy in it. :)

Kassie H.

The Jagow Family said...

This is a hard one! I guess we can start with mushrooms...they look gross, smell gross and taste gross. Oh wait...that isn't what you were looking for...ha! I did say this was hard....I guess I'll have to go with coffee...so many coffees smell wonderful, but I just can't stand the taste or really the aftertaste.

michelle jagow

Amanda G said...

Not a fan of drinking coffee...but I love the smell of it brewing in the morning.

Sadie said...

Fruity Cocktails...I love them at first... but the next morning, not so much!

Erica said...

Wine. Love the look... hate the smell and the taste.

Susan said...

I have this Italian Beef recipe that has to cook for 6 hours. It smells and tastes so yummy but to just look at it, yuch! So just close your eyes and take a bite!!

Suzebomb

Bernadette said...

Cofee lovely the smell but drinking it makes me gag

LynnBelo said...

Cocoa powder...all that fragrant chocolately goodness and all that bitter taste! :(

Brenda L B said...

Broccoli, smells like feet when it's cooking but I don like the way it tastes.

Crystal said...

Strawberry shortcake gum. I got a free sample of it in the mail, and while it didn't look threatening..and actually smelled pretty good, the taste was absolutely disgusting. I even offered my niece and nephew some (what kid doesn't love gum?) and they HATED it.

Crystal717

Stephanie said...

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