And the Vita-Mix Super 5200 (Bender Blender) Goes To…

by Jenn (eating bender) on December 16, 2008

The time has arrived. Cue the dramatic music here!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Vita-Mix Super 5200 Giveaway – I was overwhelmed by the turnout and the vast collection of blender recipes that have now been gathered there. Check it out!

Just in case you aren’t aware, I used a random integer generator courtesy of to determine the winner. It would have been too hard to pick from 441 different entries – not to mention the extra points people received from referring and linking back!

Drumroll please…

And the winner of the Bender BlenderVita-Mix Super 5200 – is…

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-12-16 06:02:42 UTC

Lucky #83. And that happens to be…Rose!

83. Rose – December 9, 2008
1) I have a tiny food processor that doesnโ€™t work well, so if I had the blender, I would make my favorite form of hummus – adding black beans to the mix. The combination of chickpeas and black beans is unstoppable.

2) I would like to win the blender because my favorite 1950s blender was recently turned into a pot for a plant. The blades were dulling, and my boyfriend decided to fill the entire thing with soil. Now I donโ€™t have a blender at all (

Congratulations, Rose! Look for an email from me with more information coming soon to an inbox near you!

I hope that everyone enjoyed the contest and learned more about the wonders of Vita-Mix. I certainly enjoyed hosting it, and hope that you can stick around and say “Hi” more often!


There’s my giveaway love. Now I’d like to share some foodie love, if you don’t mind!

Today was one of those days that made me :mrgreen: for so many reasons. I needed one of those! First of all, I realized how much more I enjoy giving over receiving. Putting together Christmas packages and wrapping gifts is so much more fun than unwrapping my own! Secondly, I got my grades back and was very pleased! Quite the quick turnaround – which I loved! And finally, I received word that I’ve made it to the second round interviews of the job that I hope will become mine when I graduate. Needless to say, I had a visit from the lucky bug today, and I am grateful.


I woke up early this morning for some unknown reason. While I was checking email and blogs, I had a mug of Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cocoa. It was my first attempt at trying pumpkin-y coffee, and I enjoyed it! The smell was fantastic, and I think it went well with the chocolate, believe it or not. Eventually, I whipped out a breakfast similar to yesterday – a bowl of plain Chobani topped with pomegranate, blueberries, raspberries AND blackberries this time, too – what can I say, I like to live dangerously!


After finishing that bowl, I was still a little hungry, so I had a serving of Kashi Go Lean with unsweetened original almond milk and more pomegranate seeds – can’t get enough of ’em!


After breakfast, I set to work on my gift wrapping. I worked through the morning and have just a bit more to go tomorrow – what has gotten into me?! Eventually, all that cutting and taping got me hungry ๐Ÿ˜‰ so I took a break to make myself a nice lunch.


I started with a Ham & Cheese sandwich – a combo I haven’t had in quite a while. I forgot how delicious it can be! I used two slices of rye bread, topping one with about 1 oz. of Boar’s Head ham (the best!) and the other with two slices of muenster cheese. I popped both in the toaster until the cheese was gooey and the bread was browned. It was amazing!


On the side, I made myself a fruit cup using the same berries from breakfast.


And I couldn’t help but have another mug of Coffee Cocoa. This time it was Cinnamon Mocha flavored. It’s actually quite chilly here so a hot drink was nice!


And I finished lunch with a two-bite macaroon from Whole Foods. These are absolutely delicious and addicting! My mom loves ’em, but she better watch out!


The rest of the afternoon was spent reading The Host, walking around my neighborhood and yes, wrapping more presents! I made myself a Virgin Bloody Mary mid-afternoon – I just love the spiciness! I used a spiced tomato mix, Worcestershire and hot sauce, and topped it all with some celery salt. Nothin’ like a kick in the stomach to keep you energized for the rest of the day!


Then I went to the UPS store to send off my Secret Santa gift (yay!) and ran around to a couple more stores to pick up some extra gift ideas I had come up with while wrapping. I got a call from Mama Bender and we decided to order out for dinner, so I stopped by Pei Wei to pick up a glorious meal.


So I absolutely love ordering off of the kid’s menu at Pei Wei :) It’s the perfect portion size for one! Tonight I went for the teriyaki chicken with brown rice. It comes with about 5 pieces of delicious chicken and a generous serving of rice. The other “schtuff” you see are the mushrooms and green onions that my brother didn’t want in his dish – I happily volunteered to take them off his hands!


And of course, what take out meal would be complete without a fortune cookie?


Mine said something along the lines of getting “new friends” and “advancement” in my near future – I hope that it’s talking about that job opportunity, haha!

After dinner, my brother and I headed to the gym. I did a cardio + ab workout on the elliptical and stair machine and those funky twisty ab machines – gotta love ’em. When I got back, I had the best dessert ever – Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Drops!


Hershey’s Kisses have nothing on these! They are so rich and melt-in-your-mouth good! I may have had 1 or 2 or 5 more – hey, the serving size is 11, I was just following the rules!

I am currently watching The Tonight Show and just saw Kate Winslet – I love her! She seems like such a lovely person. Are there any actors or actresses that you’d love to meet?

I’ve got to admit, I’m a little biased toward Robert Pattinson right now ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m sure some of you will agree with me!

Have a T-riffic Tuesday!

1 carolinebee December 16, 2008 at 12:46 am

Is your pumpkin spice coffee from target?? Their pumpkin pie spice (archer farms) is SO good…haha and those twisty ab machines are silly, I’ve never tried it out. I think I’d like to meet Conan O’ him ๐Ÿ˜€

2 Maggie December 16, 2008 at 12:49 am

Congrats to Rose!

All the eats look fantastic and congrats on the grades and job progress! Good luck!

3 Sharon December 16, 2008 at 12:59 am

Congratulations to Rose!!!

4 s December 16, 2008 at 1:31 am

hey, i just found your blog (i read all the way to the oatmeal breakfast cookie thing, which i just made this evening after an inspired trip to the grocery store … lol.). it looks cool! i’ll be reading along :)

5 coco December 16, 2008 at 4:11 am

congrats to Rose!
Love all your eats today, specially those berries with chobani…..mmmmmm…… dessert-style of breakfast rocks!

6 Erin December 16, 2008 at 4:30 am

YAY ROSE! That’s so cool! ๐Ÿ˜€
Your berries look so pretty! It’s hard to find them here. They’re all nasty.
I’d like to meet Danny deVito! Just kidding. It’s really early and that’s the first person who came to mind!
I mean, it’s not that I don’t want to meet him though!

7 Erica December 16, 2008 at 5:07 am

yayy for Rose- she totally deserves it! Her post about her planter aka blender cracked me up.

Congrats on the job stuff and grades! What a great day :)

Actress I would want to meet- Giada (I know shes not really an actress) and Reese Witherspoon!

8 MizFit December 16, 2008 at 5:45 am

congrats ROSE!!

(we’re sure you didnt mean to type MIZ? yes? oh. ok)

and so great to read about your happy health IM JEALOUS OF YOUR COLORFUL MUG I NEED A FUN COFFEE MUG day.

9 Megan December 16, 2008 at 5:57 am

Congrats Rose!

Love the pumpkin spice cocoa coffee!

Pei wei is always fabulous!

Congrats on the grades and the interview.

10 marafaye December 16, 2008 at 6:07 am

Congrats Rose!!

Your eats look so delish!!

11 Heather Eats Almond Butter December 16, 2008 at 6:41 am

Yea – so excited for Rose!

Sounds like you had a great day and got a lot accomplished. Good idea to order off the kid’s menu at Pei Wei, and I love Kate Winslet too. I think she is beautiful, and she seems really down to earth.

Have a good Tuesday!

12 Andrea December 16, 2008 at 6:58 am

great job with the grades :))))

13 sweetandnatural December 16, 2008 at 7:14 am

Congrats to Rose! And to you for the grades and interview! I’m looking forward to starting (um..yeah…starting) my Christmas shopping when I go visit my fam. I only have one present right now!

14 ksgoodeats December 16, 2008 at 7:22 am

Congrats Rose!! Congrats to you too Jenn!! So many things to be happy for :)

Pei Wei looks delish – there’s one by me but I’ve never tried it. Perhaps it’s time!

15 bobbi December 16, 2008 at 7:23 am

CONGRATS ROSE! Love all the food here as always, and that MUG is addorable!

16 anna December 16, 2008 at 7:23 am

Congrats to Rose! I was so close to win :)

I love Pei Wei is my favorite U.S. restaurant ! I love the vietnamese salad rolls and the tofu teriyaki omg i’m drooling my keyboard :)

I like Robert Pattinson but I prefer Jacob Black ๐Ÿ˜‰

17 Melissa S. December 16, 2008 at 8:08 am

congrats to rose!!! she’s gonna love it!

the pei wei actually looks good! the one near my parents never looks as appealing!

and i agree, hershey’s got nothing on guiradelli…but guittard and scharffen berger are even better! have you tried?

18 Rose December 16, 2008 at 8:13 am

OMG OMG OMG! Yes. This is deserves three of those. I am so excited to win this blender! Thank you so much, Jenn!

And CONGRATS on the end of your semester! Enjoy your time off (and Papa Bender’s cooking) as much as you can!

19 limberkimbers December 16, 2008 at 8:22 am

Mmm Cinamon Cocoa sounds so good! And all those berries look yum too!

I think that I would love to meet Marion Cotilliard the most. I think she’s just lovely, but Kate Winslet is for sure a close second. They’re 2 of my favorite actresses.

20 Sarah December 16, 2008 at 8:27 am

wow what a GREAT DAY! Congrats on your grades, your callback, and all your great food! I really need to try a pomegranate–I’m putting it on my grocery list right now!

21 seecourteat December 16, 2008 at 8:39 am

Sounds like you had a great day! Pumpkin Coffee Cocoa…umm, delicious? I must try that!

22 Krista December 16, 2008 at 8:40 am

What a fabulous post! Your coffee’s llok delish as well as the rest of your food!! :)

23 Melissa (MISSY MAINTAINS) December 16, 2008 at 8:52 am

Congrats Rose! That chicken teryaki looks delicious! And of course so do the chocolate drops! My work had those the other day and I could not resist! They are so good!!

24 Halie December 16, 2008 at 9:01 am

Congratulations to Rose!! You really deserved it, and really needed it!

Great contest Jenn!

And congratulations to you, Jenn, on your grade being pleasing! That is always a wonderful thing!

I’m quite interested in those chocolate drops! I wonder if they come in the semi-sweet variety? (Dairy Free!)

25 Karla December 16, 2008 at 9:21 am

Congratulations on the job news and the grades! Very exciting :) I hope your break has been wonderful so far–it sure looks like it!

26 HangryPants December 16, 2008 at 10:10 am

Congrats to Rose!!!!

And, congrats to you on your grades and on the job news. That’s fabulous! Is your boyfriend staying in Chicago after graduation, too?

Let’s see. I would love to meet Julia Roberts because she is my favorite actress ever. I would be pleased to meet just about anyone famous though. I’ve had sightings, but never spoken to anyone.

27 lauren December 16, 2008 at 12:22 pm

congrats rose! so glad she won! very good tip about ordering off the kid’s menu at Pei Wei…

28 Fit Bottomed Girls December 16, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Lucky Rose!!!

And congrats about getting the second interview! Woohoo!

29 runjess December 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm

I agree with Rose, black beans are wonderful in hummus.

Thanks for your kind comments on my blog!

30 Kersten December 16, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Wow, looks like you had a perfect day! Your eats are outta this world–those berries are BEYOND AMAZING!!!! Can I win me some of those?? Bloody Marys are so good; never thought about having a virgin one–duh! I love spice, too…you comment about a kick in the stomach to keep you going is great.

Crap, I had better do Secret Santa today before our next storm rolls in and shuts me in for a few days.

Mega-congrats to you on the job interview and grades :) You rock!

31 Kersten December 16, 2008 at 1:41 pm

p.s. I keep seeing snowfall on many blogs. How do I do this?!

32 Laura December 16, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Yay for Rose! She deserves it! The picture of her blender with a plant in it cracked me up. :)

Good luck with the interviews!

33 Victoria December 16, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Congrats to Rose! What a fun give-away, and good luck with your next round of interviews!

34 Kelly December 16, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Rats….no blender, but congrats to Rose! That’s smart to order the Kids Meal @ Pei Wei. The Orange Peel Tofu is my absolute favorite. I usually try to pace myself and only eat half, which is hard. :-)

35 Hil December 17, 2008 at 10:30 am

Congrats, Rose!

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