Saturday, February 27, 2010

Granola Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to Michelle from All Home Cooking. All Year Long. and Sarah at All Our Fingers in the Pie, our winners for the first ever Great Granola Giveaway. Ladies, please email your addresses to pisces chick 99 at gmail dot com and I'll send your goodies on their way.

I hope to have another of these contests soon, and next time I plan on trying to find more "ingredient-y" type goodies, since most of my peeps prefer to grow/cook/brew/bake their own tasty treats. In trying to put together an appealing lot of Pacific Northwest num-nums, I learned a few things about myself and the food of my region -

a) If you can't ship a Big Tom's burger, a Puyallup Fair Scone, an ETG mocha, an alder-plank grilled fillet of king salmon, homemade rhubarb wine or a caught-that-day homemade crab cake (YUM!), how can one effectively communicate the bad-but-oh-so-good food of the Puget Sound region?

b) Many of my favorite Olympia/Puget Sound foods are only available when the Farmer's Market is open, which around here, is not until April. D'oh!

c) In shopping for the Northwest's greatest hits, I kept bumping into the same 3 things - coffee, candy and alcohol. Lest you've never visited my humble stomping grounds, let me just say that the weather leaves the people of my good city seeking a little "boost" of one sort or another. Therefore, even though coffee and chocolate can no-way-no-how be grown in this climate, our love, nay, NEED of the caffeine & sugar have elevated coffee roasting and candy making to new heights 'round here. The notable exception: Aplets & Cotlets, which I have, despite my better judgement, included in these prize packages for the winners to judge for themselves.

So stay tuned for more goody-bag giveaways, most likely in late spring and early summer, when the garden is beginning to produce and the farmers markets are bustling. Again, congrats to our winners - enjoy! :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pay it Forward ~ Granola Giveaway!

Inspired by the "pay it forward"-style giveaways on some of my favorite foodie blogs, I have decided to do the same. Ergo - The first ever Great Granola Giveaway!

Here's how it works - I have two prize packages up for grabs. To enter to win you must simply leave a comment on this post, specifying which lot of goodies you'd prefer. Followers of the blog will be entered twice! This Friday I will use to help me choose my two winners and will send your northwest-themed goodies on their merry way to your neck of the woods. Simple! Fun! Yummy! However - there is one catch...

If you are one of the winners of the giveaway, you too must agree to host a pay-it-forward style giveaway on your blog, featuring selected goodies for your region and/or a few of your favorite foodie delights. By entering you agree to these terms so that the merry sharing may carry on infinitely. :)

Here are your prize packages-

Numero Uno contains: 1 pound of Batdorf & Bronson's "Dancing Goats Blend" whole bean coffee, 1 box of Cougar Mountain's "Apple & Walnut" cookies, 1 Seattle Chocolate's "Pike Place Espresso" dark choclate truffle bar, and one jar of Blueberry jam, made by yours truly.

Numero Dos contains: 1 tub of Tom Douglas' "Rub with Love" salmon rub, 1 bottle of Anna's Fireweed honey, 1 Chehalis Mints "Chocolate Espresso" bar, 1 jar of my extra-thick homemade applesauce, 1 jar of my favoritest-ever "Summer Solstice" homemade jam, and one jar of my infamous sauerkraut. ;)

I may add to these lots as I think of/find/make new local goodies. In the mean time, leave your comment and/or follow this blog to enter to win. Remember that you must have a blog and be willing to host a giveaway of your own to be eligible to win. Thanks for reading & Good Luck!

Update: Bwahaha! I just realized that I had forgotten to throw some Almond Roca and/or Frangos in with the packages as I had intended. So the actual goody pack that you receive will have one or both in addition to what I've already listed. And if I'm feeling particularly saucy/mean, I might just force some Aplets & Cotlets on you too... ;)