Kroger $25 Gift Card Giveaway ... and a Tale of Chocolate Cake

Posted by C.L. (Cindy) Beck

Tags: Kroger, General Mills, MyBlogSpark

Photo © Machadow

Yesterday I'd planned on having chocolate cake as the dessert for Sunday dinner. I baked the cake ...

Oh, all right; I can not tell a lie. I didn't really bake it. Betty Crocker is good friends with my hubby, Russ, and she helped him make it! But, I did frost it which should count for something.

Anyway, so we had this yummy, chocolatey, moist cake (Am I making you hungry yet?) just waiting to tickle our taste buds, and when we opened the fridge to get a glass of cold milk to go with it ... acckkkk!

Low on milk. Very low.

The choice was milk with cake, or milk with breakfast. I would have opted for milk with cake, but Russ isn't too fond of having his breakfast shredded-wheat-thingies-that-taste-like-a-cereal-box without milk.

Improvisation became necessary, and I now know from experience that lemonade and chocolate cake do not go particularly well together. It would have been better to pair the lemonade with the shredded-wheat-thingies-that-taste-like-a-cereal-box. Especially since it would have been Russ eating that for breakfast, while I could've had another piece of chocolate cake to start my day!

All of which leads me to a point. Kroger is having a cool event in which shoppers can receive free milk. Plus, a $25 Gift Card Giveaway! Here's the scoop from Kroger on the free milk.

What Kroger Says

Want to save even more when shopping at Kroger? Purchase any four participating General Mills products* that your family knows and loves and Kroger will reward you for your purchases. It´s that simple! Head to your local Kroger to take advantage of this great offer:

From November 13th through November 26th, with the purchase of any four participating General Mills products, you will either receive free milk (up to $3; limit of 2) or to receive $3 off your shopping order**

Look for some of your favorite participating General Mills products like Cheerios, Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies, Nature Valley Bars and Fiber One Bars

Promotion varies in different locations. Please be sure to check your local Kroger Co. Family of Stores for specific deals and offers which include Kroger, Ralphs, King Scoopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith´s, Fry´s, QFC, Baker´s, Owen´s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Fred Meyer, Pay Less Supermarkets and Scott´s Food & Pharmacy

What´s better than being rewarded for buying your favorite products from your favorite store? Visit Kroger.com for more information and great ways to save and be sure to check out the Kroger Facebook page to join the conversation and share which General Mills products you´d like to stock up on during the promotion.

Kroger Links

*Excludes General Mills meal and baking products including; Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Progresso, Hamburger Helper, Macaroni Grill, Wanchai Ferry, Yoplait
**Promotion varies based on store location; check your local Kroger store for details (Cash Offer: Mid South, Delta, Mid Atlantic, SW Louisiana stores, Central Missouri stores and Dillons Missouri stores)

Giveaway Rules for Kroger $25 Gift Card
Runs from Oct 31 to Midnight, MT, Nov 6 2011.

For one entry: Leave a comment on this blog article. If you can't think of anything to say, share which participating General Mills products you plan to stock up on during the promotion at Kroger.

For two additional entries (making a total of 3): After leaving a comment on this blog, click on this link, and leave a comment at the bottom of my article, "Gardening Superstitions." (It's written under my pen name, Cindy Lynn.) Be sure to mention you came there by way of my blog so that you get credit. Should the internet decide to be funky and you're unable to leave a comment, you can verify that you were there by sending me an email at cindybeck dot author at yahoo dot com, and telling me the name of the two trees mentioned in the title.

If I don't already have your address, please leave your email, Twitter, or Facebook address here so I can contact you. The winner will be announced the week of November 7.

(Thanks for entering! Disclosure: The Kroger gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark. However, my opinions of the event, of the companies involved, or the quality of the products mentioned are my own. If for some reason there is no winner, or I can not get in contact with the winner, I will redraw or give the prize to charity, at MyBlogSpark's and my discretion.)

Gold Medal White Whole Wheat Flour Giveaway WINNER

Tags: (Gold Medal, MyBlogSpark, giveaway)

It's time to announce the winner of the Gold Medal White Whole Wheat Flour Giveaway. According to the random generator at Random.org, the winner is ...

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen!

Congrats, Ronda, and have fun cooking with the Gold Medal White Whole Wheat flour.

(Thanks to all who entered! Disclosure: The Gold Medal White Whole Wheat flour product, information, and giveaway have been provided by Gold Medal through MyBlogSpark. However, my opinions of the event, of the companies involved, or the quality of the products mentioned are my own.)

You Know You're a Writer When ...

Posted by C.L. (Cindy) Beck

Tags: Thoughts, quotes, writer, humor

Photo © asafesh

Because I love quotes, thoughts, quips, and anecdotes, I decided to follow my friend Rachelle Christensen's idea and institute a Thought for Thursday post on ... yes, can you believe it? ... on Thursdays!

This first one deals with the way writers think, but you don't have to be a writer to enjoy it.

Thought for Thursday

You know you're a writer when your grocery list reads:
Creamy fresh milk
Grapes, picked glistening from the vine
Lettuce pulled from the earth by strong, brown arms

~ Adair Lara

Even though I'm a writer, I've never written a list like that. The grocery store part of my brain is much too practical ... and in much, too much, of a hurry. However, I can tell you that I love Lara's list and just might have to start doing mine that way.

Have you ever written a list like that? Drop off a comment and tell me what your grocery/hardware/mini-mart list is like. Do you write it on scrap paper? On an envelope? In pen? Pencil? Informed people need to know on this Thoughtful Thursday!

Winner of the Sam's Club Pink Promotion Gift Card Giveaway

Posted by C.L. (Cindy) Beck
Tags: breast cancer awareness, MyBlogSpark, Sam's Club giveaway)

The Sam's Club Pink Promotion Gift Card Giveaway not only promoted breast cancer awareness, but also gave readers the chance to enter a drawing for a gift card. It officially ended at noon, yesterday (October 4), and the winner is Rachelle Christensen. (Congrats, Rachelle!)

Thanks to all who entered, and for those who help in the fight against breast cancer!

Sam's Club Pink Promotion Winner ... and a Pink House

Posted by C.L. (Cindy) Beck
Tags: Sam's Club, breast cancer awareness, Yoplait, Komen

October is the month where so many people (bless their hearts) take steps to promote breast cancer awareness or to raise funds for breast cancer research. For my part, along with an annual donation to breast cancer awareness groups, I purchase pink products and redeem Yoplait pink lids. I also created and help maintain an awareness blog called Breast Cancer Resources in Charles County, MD.

In addition ... I recently held the Sam's Club Pink Promotion Gift Card Giveaway which not only promoted breast cancer awareness, but also gave readers the chance to enter a drawing for a gift card. It has now officially ended, and the winner is Rachelle Christensen. (Congrats, Rachelle!)

Still, my efforts are small in comparison to what some are able to do. I just received news from MyBlogSpark about a woman who painted her house pink. Now that's going whole hog!

What MyBlogSpark and Yoplait Say

Head over to Facebook.com/Yoplait and the Save Lids to Save Lives link to watch Yoplait and the Denver Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure honor long-time breast cancer volunteer Joanie Lucas.

Joined by neighbors, volunteers and Yoplait, Joanie painted her entire home bright pink to remind people that the fight against breast cancer starts right next door! The house will remain pink for the month of October to symbolize women across the country who are working to make a difference in their neighborhoods and communities through programs like Yoplait´s Save Lids to Save Lives and their local Komen Race for the Cure. During the webcast, Joanie Lucas, Komen representative Michele Ostrander, and Yoplait representative Berit Morse discuss Joanie´s efforts and simple ways people can support the cause.

What I Say

October has just started, so please take a little time to support breast cancer awareness and to help raise funds for breast cancer research and support groups. Breast cancer patients and survivors the world over will thank you!

And again, congratulations to Rachelle Christensen, the winner of the Sam's Club gift card.