Friday, August 12, 2011

My First Blogoversary and a Giveaway

Mostly Food and Crafts turns 1 today! 

I am so excited and so grateful to everyone who has tagged along on my adventure this past year.  I have learned so much from my fellow bloggers and I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful community known as Blogland.  I originally began this blog in the midst of a relocation (almost) my husband took a job 9 hours away and we began building a house and prepping for a move.  The kids and I had to stay behind and try to sell this house - Hubby drove back and forth a lot for one full year when we realized:
 1. We couldn't sell our house here with all the new constructions going up around us 
2. He was promised a lot more than he was actually given at the new job 
3.  We really didn't want to move 
After exactly one year Hubby found a job back  here, came home (earlier than I expected to surprise me on our anniversary) and life was normal again. 
But during all this, I was lost and needed something- so I tried blogging.  At first, like so many other bloggers, I started for me, just to have something to do.  Originally I figured I would take a picture a day and blog about it but then I noticed most of my pictures were of food and crafts.  And so began
 Mostly Food and Crafts...
If you follow along you have noticed quite a few oatmeal posts for example;  Peanut Butter Oatmeal, Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes, Baked Banana Oatmeal and Oatmeal Love.             
                                  

Recently, I was sent some samples of Coach's Oats to try.  Are you familiar with Coach's Oats?  They prepare their oats different than any other oats you may have tried.  The groats are toasted to bring the natural sugars to the surface of the oat, then cracked into small pieces. Their method means the oats are never mushy, always naturally delicious and cook in just 3-5 minutes on the stove top or microwave.   One last thing about Coach's Oats - you can bake with these guys!  They don't need to be presoaked or cooked first like regular steel cut oats.  I received my samples a few days ago and have had them every day since - I love the texture and flavor of  these oats.  I haven't had a chance to bake with them yet - but I will soon.  The Coach's Oats Blog is full of great recipes that I am eager to try. Also be sure to check out their facebook page or twitter to learn more about them.

So onto my Blogoversary Giveaway...Coach's Oats has generously donated some oats that I would love to share with you.  My way of saying thank you for tagging along. This giveaway is for US residents only.
I have one Grand Prize, a 48 oz bag of Coach's Oats, I also have 4 smaller giveaways each consisting of 5 sample packs.  That's a total of 5 winners. Good Luck!
To enter head over to the Coach's Oats Blog and let me know how you would enjoy your oats and leave a comment (to comment on my posts click on the bubble at the top of the post or the comments on the bottom) - that's it!  I will choose  a winner a week from today.  Thanks Everyone!!

19 comments:

  1. congrats on your blogiversary! i'm going to pass on the giveaway, simply because we're filled to the brim in our household with oats already, + i want to give someone else the chance to win. =) but i couldn't resist popping over to say happy blogiversary!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congratulations, Danielle! Didn't know about you trying to sell the house and all but am so glad everything worked out so well!! I am glad you like it here, we do to.
    xx
    maya

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congratulations, Danielle! Didn't know about you trying to sell the house and all but am so glad everything worked out so well!! I am glad you like it here, we do to.
    xx
    maya

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for the oat recipes - I'm always looking for good ones. And congratulations on your blogaversary!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for mentioning the lunch nox notes tutorial that is on my site!

    Just followed you on Pinterest too! :)

    have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congratulations on your blog-iversary! Oats are one of my favorite grains. Homemade granola is probably the way I'd use it the most.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I LOVE finding new blogs, but I love even more to find new awesome people to follow on Pinterest!

    Happy blogiversary! And happy comment love Sunday!

    -Sar

    ReplyDelete
  8. Happy Blogiversary! I checked out their blog, and their Baked Oatmeal Recipe looks so good!

    --Meagan

    ReplyDelete
  9. Happy Blogiversary. You have a wonderful site and I am glad to have found it! The Oatmeal Raspberry Breakfast Muffins look deeeeelicious!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I think I would make Granola Bars!, please count me in on your giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I just found your blog and love it! We love oats but haven't tried Coach's Oats yet although we love the pancake mix. I looked on their blog and think the recipe for raspberry muffins looks divine!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love plain oats with fruit and making no bake cookies!
    brightbird@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. I would love to try Coach's Oats! Looks great!
    thelytles@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. I would love to try the oats. off to post on their blog.

    tjones4317@charter.net

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi and congratulations!
    I'm a big fan of steelcut oats or irish oatmeal. I've never tried Coach's Oats, but I would definitely try their pancakes.
    We were recently on vacation and the inn served oatmeal and banana pancakes! (It was more like muesli because besides the oats there were also raisins, nuts and seeds.) I ate them covered with maple syrup. Yum yum. They were delicious and very filling.
    What a great way to start the day!
    Sarah

    ReplyDelete
  16. Nice to meet you and congrats! I think their chocolate oatmeal sound like a neat option to try. I'd add nuts!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Congrats on your Blogiversary! What a fantastic giveaway! I've never really cooked with whole grains, so I'd learn a whole lot of new recipes... plus cookies. Lots of cookies :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi Danielle,
    I got the package from Coach's Oats with my sample! Delish! Thanks again for the opportunity and congrats again on your first year!
    Sarah at MyEagerHands

    ReplyDelete
  19. I LOVE coach's oats! I just bought a bag at Costco and can't seem to get enough of them :) Also, congrats on the blogiversary!
    Jade

    ReplyDelete

I Love Hearing From You!