Sunday, March 1, 2009

The GREAT Give Away

OKAY! I’m going to keep the first part of this post word light and picture heavy because I want to get straight to the GREAT GIVE AWAY that I’ve been planning to do!

I tried the tofu/oat/immersion blender method today on my oats with fabulous results! Here’s what all went into the mix;
-1 cup water
-1/2 cup soft tofu
-1/2 cup Quaker oats
-cinnamon
-blueberries
-maple Flakes

I blended the water, tofu and cinnamon first. After the oats were done, they got a whirl, too. Lastly, the blueberries jumped in! I topped it off with some maple flakes..
DELISH!

DS had a game at 9:30 this morning. We all went because it was the first time they played full ice. All season the rink has been divided in to 2 sections with 2 mini games going on. Today was the real deal! DS even scored 2 awesome goals! YAY!

I did some relaxing in front of the computer for an hour before lunch getting caught up on blogs and some news events. I finally moseyed downstairs for some eats shortly after noon. Here’s what was on the lunch menu…

Carrots and jalapeno hummus, a flatout wrap with ¼ cup egg beaters, Laughing Cow cheese wedge and more hummus, and a juicy orange.
Lunch “dessert” was ½ of a biscuit from yesterday with some cinnamon raisin PB slathered on.
Right after lunch was shower time and off to another hockey game downtown!! It was against a neighboring city which is always fun! Our team won 2-1! After the game they hosted a “skate with the Storm” where fans are invited on the ice for 45 minutes of ice time with the team. My 2 were all over that!!

We got home late and the fam decided they wanted chicken burgers. No thanks! I tried this noodle stuff that I bought on a whim a few weeks ago;
I served it over top a good cup of steamed veggies to bulk it up.

It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good. The noodles kinda stuck to each other fairly quick and there were some unknown crunchy things in it. The taste wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t very dominant. It was more like a hint of peanut going on. I don’t think I would waste my money on it again, but it served its purpose tonight! Dessert was the last brownie! I Know! I cut the batch in 12 and they’re gone! Just proves what a big hit they were! :)

And now for the best part of this post – the give away! Here are the reasons I decided to do this;

*March 5th will be my 200th post

*March is my birthday month

* I’d love to attract new readers to the blog

What's up for grabs, you ask? I’ve got a bit of a goodie bag for the winner which will contain a bag of my favourite oats, Windy Hill Farms Flax Seed Cereal, a jar of Creamy Coconut Paradise Spread, a jar of Pampered Chef Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkles and a Lemon Coconut Simply Bar!

Don't worry...the winner will get a full bag of Flax Seed Porridge! When I went to the store yesterday to buy a bag they were sold out. I was told that a new shipment will be in this Friday so I used my bag as a stand in. :)

This is what you need to do:

*leave a comment on this post letting me know which item in the give away you are most excited to try

*Link back to this post on your blog and let me know that you’ve done so via your comment or email (kristaskravings@gmail.com)

*Please put me on your blogroll!

And that’s all, folks! If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret! You can still enter by leaving me a comment in this post! Now’s the time for all my lurkers to come forth! You will have until midnight on March 5 to enter. I will be choosing and announcing a winner (using the Random Generator site) in my post on March 6. Please, only one comment per reader! This is open to anyone, anywhere with a mailing address! Have fun! I’m very eager to see what the response will be! I hope to “meet” a lot of new people with this!

I’m off to tune into the Amazing Race! Can’t believe the weekend is over already. This coming week will be super busy for me, but swimming lessons are wrapping up for both kids so we’ll get a break from that anyways. My hubby starts afternoon shift tomorrow so he’ll be taking the kids to school which will help me out immensely in the morning. I’ve got a batch of crock pot oats cooking right now, too. I got the base recipe from Sarah at Tales of Expansion and if it turns out as fantastic as her picture’s look, I’m in for a treat tomorrow! My fruit of choice was 5 apples of different varieties that I got dirt cheap at the store yesterday because they’re on their last legs….perfect for what I intended to do with them! :) So, I guess my oats will be called “Apple Pie Oats”! I also used lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla extract. One cup of frozen cranberries also jumped into the mix! Here’s what they look like now…
I’ll post a photo or 2 of the finished product tomorrow!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Bye for now!!

138 comments:

  1. Oooh, I want to try the creamy coconut spread. yummm.

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  2. Those oats look great. I might have to also make them this week instead of having to do my overnight oats everyday!

    Congrats on your giveaway! I think I am the most excited about the porridge!

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  3. OOh, 200 posts and your bday! how fun, i can't believe it's already march though... that coconut paradise sounds AWESOME :)

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  4. flaxseed porridge!! yummmmmm i want to try!

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  5. Cool contest! I don't have a blogroll, but I will post a link to the contest this week.

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  6. I don't think there any questions that I would obviously like to try out the coconut spread! I'll link back to your post when I post later on this evening, and you are alreay on my blogroll :)

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  7. ow! I hope the apple pie oats turn out well!!!! What a fun giveaway! I would be THRILLED to try the cocnut spread!

    BTW I am going to post the answers to my interview...how slow can I be? haha

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  8. I'D LOVE TO TRY THAT SPREAD!! :-)

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  9. I really want to try the flaxseed porridge! Cool giveaway :)

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  10. MUST TRY THAT COCONUT STUFF!!!!!!!
    Putting the link back now, and you're already in the blogroll!

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  11. oats and the thai noodle sound delicious!
    have a great night!

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  12. Oh wow, love the flatout wrap. Delicious!

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  13. This is awesome. I will link to your post tomorrow am :) I definitely would be most interested in trying the Pampered Chef Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkles!!!!! YUM! And I'm definitely making sure you're on my blogroll!!!

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  14. How fun! I have never heard of or seen any of those things in any store near me :)

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  15. amazing giveaway!
    I'd like to try flax seed cereal! :D

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  16. Love your breakfast! I wish I had an immersion blender!

    Awesome giveaway! I really want to try that porridge.

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  17. You are definitely on my blogroll!

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  18. Wow! What an Amazing giveaway. I want to try all those products!

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  19. March is an eventful month you for!

    All the products look great. Would love to try the flax seed cereal. I am adding you to my blogroll and linking you...you have a great blog!

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  20. awesome giveaway!
    i've always wanted to try that simply bar! looks good ;]

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  21. The delish bar looks amazing :)
    And I guess I have a blog, but I really have only posted once (..eventually I'll fix that), so it wouldn't make sense for me to link anything :)

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  22. Everything looks so amazing, but I am a CEREAL girl, especially HOT, so I am going to say the Windy Hill Farms Flax Seed Cereal really hits the spot!
    Happy Birthday, and Happy upcoming 200th Post!
    I added you to my Blogroll on my new Blog!!!
    Leslie
    LeslieVeg@msn.com
    http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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  24. Glad to have found you, fellow Canadian!! Happy Birth Month and congrats on the upcoming 200th post!

    Would love to win your cool assortment of prizes! I've not tried any, but would LOVE to! :)

    http://letsgetserioussisters.blogspot.com/2009/03/goodies-galore.html

    And I've added you to my blogroll too!

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  25. My host mom in France used to mix soft tofu in with her breakfast every morning. Great idea!

    Every item you're giving away looks awesome! I'd have to pick the coconut spread, if forced... it sounds divine. I linked ya on my blog and added you to my blogroll!

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  26. yum yum to giveaways!! happy birthday :) I'd love coconut spread :) cool! I'll add a link!

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  27. Oooh! It all sounds yummy! I can't decide between the Creamy Coconut Paradise Spread, the jar of Pampered Chef Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkles or a Lemon Coconut Simply Bar.

    Oh, and I've added you to my blogroll at http://skinnydreaming.blogspot.com .

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  28. Hoooray!!! I would be most excited to try the hazelnut flakes!!!!

    I have linked you on today's post and you have been on my blogroll for ages :)

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  29. I am a frequent lurker of your blog, haha : ) March is my birthday month, too (the 18th) ... hooray for March!! What day is yours?

    That wrap sounds and looks delicious, btw!!!

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  30. oooh, thats a lot of fun, new things!!! I'd love to try that coconut spread! Since, coconut is probably the yummiest thing ever.

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  31. the oats look awesome.
    Lori L

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  32. Your goodie bag looks awesome!!

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  33. OMG would love to try the coconut Paradise Spread!!

    Great reasons to have a giveaway! :)

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  34. Wonderful giveaway...

    I really want to try the Creamy Coconut Paradise Spread.

    ^^V

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  35. The Mocha sprinkles are SO calling my name! Hooray for birthday months :)

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  36. Oh man I want to try that coconut spread SO badly!!!
    I will add you to my blogroll right now, and add a link to the contest in my post tonight :)

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  37. yayyyyyyyyyy so glad you're making the crockpot oats!!! your mouth and belly will be SO happy when you eat them :-)

    and what a great giveaway! i think the coconut spread would be the most exciting to try. yum! i'll be linking to you and blogrolling you in moments :-)

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  38. I'm most excited about that coconut spread!

    adoshi79@netscape.net

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  39. I would love to try the coconut paradise spread!! I just added you to my blogroll too!

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  40. the coconut spread! i'm reading about coconut on all these blogs and just have to try something. i'm so intrigued! lgreen3 at gmail dot com

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  41. I've been a lurker on your blog for awhile and enjoy reading it all the time:) This is a great giveaway, thanks so much!! The Creamy Coconut Paradise Spread sounds a-mazing yum yum, i would absolutely love to try it! I don't have a blog, but I def. would love a chance at this giveaway!

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  42. The coconut spread! And dahling you are on my blogroll fo shizzle <333

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  43. EVERYTHING LOOKS GREAT, I shall add you to my blog roll and I posted your contest on my site:)

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  44. The Windy Hill Farms Flax Seed Cereal sounds yummy!

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  45. Reader de-lurking... and oh man does that Coconut Paradise Spread make my mouth water!

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  46. oh i would love to try all of those things! especially the spread though. i am always looking for unique additions to my hot cereal in the morning.

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  47. What an awesome giveaway! I'm so glad you love the tofu blended oaties! Are they not amazing!?

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  48. This is so great!!! I think the Pampered Chef sprinkling powder sounds amazing! But, the oats would make a great breakfast change!!
    aerudolph@hotmail.com

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  49. everything looks really good, but the flaxseed porridge sounds like something i'd like to try. no blog, but I'd love to be entered in your giveaway!

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  50. What a great giveaway!!!! :)

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  51. Wonderful giveaway and can't wait to see the oats!

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  52. Great giveaway! I'd love to try the porridge. I'll give you a shout out on my lunch post later today!

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  53. I just posted about it! Sounds like an awesome giveaway :) http://www.thesaladgirl.com/2009/03/02/new-breakfast-wheat-oat-bran/

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  54. wowie, I'm glad Bobbi let me know about your site! I think the porridge looks delicious! I love my morning oats

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  56. I would love to try that Creamy Coconut spread! It sounds to die for!

    I've linked you in my post! .... and you're already on my blogroll! :)

    http://simplyfabulousnow.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/nutty-vanilla-sweet-potato-kale-soup-courtesy-of-kath/


    Leah

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  57. everything sounds amazing, but i really want to try the lemon coconut bar!! also, i added you to my blogroll :)

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  58. OH my goodness! I've been on a mission to find different and new ways of making oats in the morning. I'm in an oat rut!!!!
    This package of goodies sounds amazing!!!!
    I would love to try the Windy Hill Farms Flax Seed Cereal!! I bet it is really good with some of the coconut spread mixed in along with a little crumble of that bar and a sprinkle of those sprinkles.
    My real name is Coco! So I'm a Coco lover!!!!

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  60. definitely Coconut Paradise spread, sounds amazing!

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  61. I just found your blog today, by accident, when doing a Google search on "artichoke hearts". I'm so glad I happened to surf on your pages, and have really enjoyed reading your older posts! And what a lucky day to discover a new blog, as you just happened to have a giveaway, too. :-) Congratulations on reaching your 200th post!

    All the products sound exciting and new to me, but most of all, I think I'd be excited to try the Pampered Chef Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkles. They sound delicious, and a perfect topping for a bowl of oats!

    Many greetings from a new reader in Europe!

    *I forgot to mention that I don't have a blog myself (therefore, sorry for the double posting - I tried to remove the previous one..)*

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  62. Happy Birthday! That's very kind of u to give out 'presents' when it's your birthday. :)

    I'd looove to try the flaxseed porridge. I'm a lover of museli and oats, so this would be great for breakfast! :)

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  63. Definitely the flax seed porridge...i looooooooooooooooveeee oatmeal and this looks like a scrumptious new variation of good old fashioned olds...yummy with nut butters!!! I dont have a blog, sry!

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  64. oooo.. I would love to try the coconut spread.
    By the way i love your blog. you are so interesting! and sweet for giving these items all away.
    emily Borenstein
    leavesareyummy@ix.netcom.com

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  65. Great giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity. I would love to try that coconut spread!! I'm a sucker for anything coconut!

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  66. I would love to try a Simply Bar--because I can't find them in Chicago!

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  67. Hi first time visitor, but I saw a link to this contest and HAD to stop by to check it out!

    Love your blog, I'll definitely add you to my blogroll!! :)

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  68. The coconut creaamiiieenesss would be my choice!

    I am a new reader- just subscribed via google reader. I am excited about reading your blog.

    Here is mine:

    http://emilybenfield.wordpress.com/

    :D

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  69. I am going through an obsession with flax seed...so I'd love to try the flax seed porridge! Although all of it looks good and I'm still trying to figure out what I can get in Canada!!

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  70. The Creamy Coconut Paradise Spread sounds like something I'd like to try.

    You're on my blog list

    http://helensjourney1.blogspot.com/2009/03/such-good-feeling.html

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  71. I love all things coconut, so I'd be so excited to try the Creamy Coconut Paradise Spread!

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  72. I'd love to try the flax seed porridge, and I'm adding you to my blog list and linking to you! This is actually the first tim I've seen your blog, but I'm loving it already and I can't wait to read more!!!

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  73. I am most excited to try the coconut spread! I have never even seen anything like that! I am linking your contest in my blog!

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  74. I'll try anything with coconut in it!

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  75. I am most excited about winning the Windy Hill Farms Flax Seed Cereal!!!

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  76. That creamy coconut sprerad looks fabulous! I linked back to your post! :D

    http://nutritiousisdelicious.blogspot.com/2009/03/bottomless-pit.html

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  77. The porridge looks really good!

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  78. Your noodles inspired me to make pho for dinner! ;) Off to cook I go . . .

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  79. You have a cool blog. and I am in for the giveaway!!

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  80. The Pampered Chef Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkles sounds divine! Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  81. The coconut spread sounds amazing.

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  82. it's a tie between the creamy coconut spread and the flax seed porridge. i love all things flax!

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  83. Windy Hill Farms Flax Seed Cereal looks so tasty. Oatmeal has been my staple and I've been looking to branch out! Happy 200 posts!

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  84. I am definitely pumped about the Mocha Hazelnut sprinkles... 3 of the best things right there! But the flax cereal is EXTREMELY enticing as well.. I need a new shake up from oats!

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  85. I love coconut so coconut spread is very intriguing.

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  86. I would love, love, love to try that coconut spread.

    marie
    mgaltier@yahoo.com

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  87. I think the spread sounds great!

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  88. The Lemon Coconut Simply Bar looks delicious. I love all things lemon.
    Thanks for putting this together!

    Pooglit at gmail dot com

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  89. That porridge stuff looks right up my alley.
    I'm adding you to my roll!

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  90. I'd like to try the porridge
    God bless

    tsslug7@yahoo.com

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  91. Hey there -- new to your blog and reading from Israel ;) I'd like to enter the contest and linked back to your post!

    Thanks,
    Tal
    http://withmeinmind.wordpress.com

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  92. The creamy coconut spread 4 sure!!! Thank you so much for hosting this :D

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  93. That coconut spread sounds great!

    chrissied (at) gmail (dot) com

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  94. I would SO love to try the mocha hazelnut sprinkles!
    p.s. your blog is great :)

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  95. Hmmm. . . I think I most want to try the sprinkles. My wife would love them on pancakes.

    Buddy

    budree@bellsouth.net

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  96. Yum! I just discovered your blog, and I'm so glad! I added you to my bloggie post this morning! I hope I win because the Creamy Coconut Paradise Spread sounds like it is **to die for**!

    www.joggerslife.com

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  97. that coconut spread looks amazing!

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  98. I'm addicted to coconut right now! So definitely the spread... where did you find this??

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  99. I love your blog!! I think the Pampered Chef Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkles sounds amazing!!!

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  100. the coconut spread looks soooo delish!

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  101. I want to try the Coconut spread! Looks yummy!

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  102. It all looks so good, but the coconut spread wins out (but only by a nose)!

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  103. the creamy coconut spread :D hmmmmmm over oatmeal....awwwwesome!

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  104. Oh my gosh, I would love to try to the coconut spread! great giveaway!

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  105. I'm excited to try the lemon simply bar!

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  106. Congrats on your soo to be 200th post! (and Happy Birthday).
    I add flaxseeds to many things so I would love to try the Windy Hill Farms Flax Seed Cereal.

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  107. First of all, those oats look voluminous and HUGE. What brand of immersion blender do you have? Sorry if you've already answered that question!

    Happy almost 200th post..and birthday month! Thank you for hosting a giveaway - you are awesome! I am most excited to try that coconut paradise spread! I will link back to you fo sho ;o) Have a great night, Krista!

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  108. The Creamy Coconut Paradise Spread OMG that sounds completely amazing! I'm linking back to ya now! Happy Big Post Count and Birthday month. March is my birthday month too! I LOVE this month :)

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  109. All of this looks great-- I'd most like to try the coconut spread! I don't have a blog, so my email address is stardust8529@yahoo.com

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  110. I'd love to try the Flax Seed Cereal. I love cereal! I don't have a blog, but I'll be sure to swing by yours often. Thanks!

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  111. I have been dreaming about that hot cereal since I finished my bag!!

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  112. The creamy coconut spread sounds really interesting!

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  113. I would absolutely love to try that coconut creaminess. I've had so many coconut cravings recently!

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  114. I would love a big bag of the Flax Seed Cereal! I love to eat healthy and eat oatmeal every day- most times twice a day! I've wanted to convert to a bulk-style cereal such as this for a while now, but just get so intimidated when I go in the store haha! That bag would be an awesome start to my new breakfast/sometimes dinner! Thanks for the chance to win as well as your great blog. : D

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  115. I am must excited about the Flax Seed cereal. It sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  116. I would love to try the coconut spread. And happy birthday.(I don't have a blog though.)

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  117. Congrats Krista!!! creamy coconut spread for sure :)

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  118. i'd love to try the coconut spread!!

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  119. I would LOVE to try the Flax Seed Cereal. :)

    I don't have a blog, but you can see my email in my profile.

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  120. wow awesome giveaway! Congratulations on the 200th post! I don't have a blog but Id love to try that flax seed porridge.

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  121. I think the Pampered Chef Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkles sounds divine! I'd love to try them.

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  122. I love that porridge - I have an almost empty bag in my cupboard :)
    Guess we're lucky to live in Ontario to get that stuff! :)
    (I added you to my blogroll, too)

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  123. Hard to say. I've been drooling over the mocha sprinkles every time you use them. But the coconut spread sounds so good too! Excited to see your oats tomorrow!

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  124. Anything with paradise in it's name has to be good, and coconut is a favorite of mine.
    Congrats on the 200th post!

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  125. Happy Early Birthday! I don't have a blog but I will definetely spread the word about your blog. I would be so excited to try the Creamy Coconut Paradise Spread. It had me at "creamy".

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  126. i really want to try the Pampered Chef Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkles!!

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  127. TCGendron@gmail.comMarch 5, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    I loove simply bars and can never find them!

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  128. Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkles!?!? Yes, please! Happy birthday!

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  129. I'm torn! The flax seed cereal and the coconut spread both sound delectable.
    Sarah
    http://sarahdbelle.wordpress.com/

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  130. I have one word for you...coconut! I loooooove coconut! Please, random number generator, pick me!! (March is my b-day month too, so this would be a nice present!)

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  131. The coconut spread sounds delish!

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  132. oh my the sprinkles of course!!!

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  133. Yum! I can't decide which I'd be more excited to try - the Coconut Paradise Spread or the Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkles. They both sound like foods that walked straight out of my dreams!!
    -CherBear

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  134. Hmm - when I clicked on "post comment" there was no prompt for my e-mail address. How will you contact me if I win?? Here's my e-mail address: cherieo@hotmail.com
    -CherBear

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  135. Oh wow, I would LOVE to try the coconut spread - it sounds yum!

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