Sunday, May 29, 2011

If You Send Me Fire, I'll Send You Rain

I will get to the details of this swap soon but first I must tell you, that the rainy season has started here in Japan.  It started raining yesterday and with typhoons Chedeng and Songda headed towards the island, I’m thinking it isn’t going to stop raining any time soon.   
I’m not too thrilled about six or so straight weeks of rain, but I am excited about all the Japanese umbrellas!
Japanese umbrellas are traditionally made of rice paper, wooden spokes, and often have artsy designs printed on them… one you might imagine a Geisha would carry around. 
I LOVE LOVE LOVE, all the spokes…..don’t you?  Lucky for me, I found a more practical version of a Japanese umbrella in a local department store called Joyful Honda.  (No, this place doesn’t minimize my mourning for Target.)
Twenty-eight spokes. 
It is delightful and brightens any rainy day.  I love it.
So here’s the deal.  I need someone to send me 3 bottles of Cholula Hot Sauce.  Yeah, you heard me…….hot sauce.  I need it for my Salsa and Sweet-N-Spicy Garlic Dill Pickle recipes.  If you agree, I will send you an umbrella like mine. (Any color you want though.)  I’ll also send you some $$$ for the hot sauce.

Sure, I could have my mom send me some, but this is a lot more fun, don’t you think? 
All you have to do is comment on this post and I will randomly select a winner next Monday (June 6) from the thousands and thousands who will enter.  Or it could be like my first giveaway, and only four people will enter.  Surely I have become more famous in the past 6 months…don’t you think?
If not, Mom……could you please send me some Cholula Hot Sauce?

The winner of the umbrella is Ashley and she told me she’d send me some Cholula.  So Ashley, the umbrella is on the way and I am looking forward to adding extra spice to my life!
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Linking with Army Tankers Wife , Carrie With Children


  1. The umbrellas are gorgeous...I'll send you some hot sauce!!!

  2. Your post made me lol...I'll send you some. :)

  3. Ha, I'm the first of the thousands to follow, yay!
    Aw, cutsie umbrella's, I always loved the tradiotional Japanese umbrella's as well!
    Since I am living in the Netherlands (with being Dutch and so) I probs can't send you Cholula Hot Sauce, but would if I could, just for the fun of it :)(even tho umbrella's are much needed here half the time *dislike*) I keep an eye out, just in case. Only I worry if I can remember the name...

  4. This is an awesome idea. I will totally trade you hot sauce for an umbrella. We have great bbq sauce here in KC as well!

  5. I will gladly send you hot sauce!! I'm jealous that you are in Japan.. I spent my summers there with family when I was a kid. Every time we visit or send them a package it ALWAYS involves hotsauce, BBQ marinade and tortillas ;)

  6. No lie, I stock pile this stuff! It is THE. BEST. EVER! I also love umbrellas! No lie! So lets trade! ;)

  7. these are beautiful. I'd love to have one. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

    mendyd15 at yahoo dot com

  8. I'd gladly trade you some hot sauce for an umbrella. I live in rainy western washington, so this would be perfect.
    robinlscott at hotmail dot com