Blendtec Giveaway & Last Minute Halloween Recipe

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Happy Halloween!

Before I get to part 1 of the giveaway, I want to share a last-minute Halloween idea.

I present to you: Spooky Shakes…

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They are more homely than scary, but let’s just go with it!

I spotted this on Martha and I thought it was a cute idea. To make: all you do is melt a tiny amount of chocolate (about 1-2 tbsp) and then paint chocolate ghost faces on the inside of the glass using the end of a popsicle stick. Easy.

Place the glasses in the freezer or fridge to set the chocolate. For the shake, I blended vegan vanilla ice cream (I love almond or coconut varieties), with a splash of almond milk and some ice, served with a cinnamon stick. You could even make a healthier shake by blending frozen bananas with almond milk. The chocolate faces stay intact thanks to the cold smoothies.

Now, for part 1 of the giveaway…

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Today, I’m celebrating YOU – the kick-butt, Green Monster chuggin, recipe-lovin’ Oh She Glows community! On October 31, 2008, I started the blog on a complete whim, not thinking I would ever have the attention span to stick with it, but here I am 4 years later still smashing my head against the keyboard daily and chasing my dreams. I am so grateful for each and every one of you who read the blog each day and my hope is that you find as much inspiration here as I’ve found in all of you.

Now, to celebrate!

1) Blendtec Total Blender & Twister Jar

Blendtec has been gracious enough to donate one of their coveted Total Blender Classic Wildside machines (picture above) valued at $454.95 USD! Whoa baby. I’ve reviewed the Blendtec before on the blog and I can attest that it’s a great machine.

About the blender: “Total Blender Classic Series® is the all-in-one appliance that makes smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, milkshakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, soups, sauces, bread dough, dressings, salsas, and more! It replaces up to 9 other appliances with one fast easy-to-use machine, at a fraction of the cost. This package includes the new precision tuned 4″ blade in the large nearly 3-quart total capacity BPA-free jar. The new large blade / large jar combination powers through tougher blending tasks and larger recipes with ease, and in less time.”

In addition to the blender, they are also giving away a Twister Jar (shown below) valued at $119.00 USD!

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About the Twister Jar: “Blendtec’s newest innovation, the Twister Jar, is designed to blend your thickest recipes such as: Nut Butters, Hummus, Baby Food, Dips, Thick Shakes, Dressings and more! Best of all, it’s compatible with all Blendtec Home Blenders.”

 

Update: The giveaway winner is….

Thank you for sharing your touching (and often hilarious!) “lessons to my younger self” comments. If you are ever feeling down and need a pick me up, just read through the comments. It’s amazing to see how many of us have struggled with the same life lessons.

The lucky winner of the Blendtec machine is #3659 – Alicia Woulfe! Congrats! I will email you shortly to collect your mailing address. Thanks to everyone for participating!

How To Enter:

There are two ways to enter this giveaway:

1) Leave a comment below with a piece of advice/wisdom you would give to your younger self. Here’s one of mine: Ange, no matter how sneaky you thought you were as a 16 year old, mama always knows. Moms talk with one another, in fact I think they have a secret undercover mom spy network! Then she’ll test you to see if you tell the truth before she brings you down. She is also a human lie detector so don’t even bother to act like you weren’t up to no good. One day, one day in the far future, you will appreciate her amazing detective skills, just not right now.

2) Tweet the giveaway to your followers on Twitter. Make sure you leave a second comment letting me know you’ve Tweeted (is that even a word??) the contest, to get another entry in the draw! Just click this button to send your tweet:

 

Don’t have a Twitter account? Re-pin one of my recipes on Pinterest and then leave a second comment to get another entry.

Giveaway details: Blendtec is opening this contest to anyone in North America. Don’t fret if you are outside of North America, I have another giveaway coming up that will be opened worldwide. The contest will run until Wednesday November 7th at 8am EST and the winner will be selected by random number integer. Goodluck!

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Mary Christopher November 9, 2012

don’t be a chamelion…Paint the world with who you are….its actually beautiful.

sina November 8, 2012

to learn how to keep silent sometimes.

(ps. i want the blender!)

Jessie Brown November 8, 2012

Jessie, even though there a huge life disappointments and mourning that seems insurmountable, there will be days of glorious joy that you will feel just as deeply if you stay open to what God has in store for you.

Jennifer S November 8, 2012

I would tell my 16 year old self that life really IS simple and to enjoy :)

roberta November 8, 2012

What will be ,will be. Just go with the flo.

Michelle November 8, 2012

Dear Michelle,
As tempting as it is, please don’t steal the chocolate chips off Mom’s freshly baked brownies. She’ll find out, and you’ll regret that decision.
And Whatever you do, DON’T eat ice cream. It’s dangerous, and you may become addicted when you get older. On second thought, don’t eat cake either. Or pastries of any kind!

Kerri November 8, 2012

Haha, I would’ve done so much differently. I’d tell my younger self to not sweat all the small stuff!!

Rob November 8, 2012

Tweet – robmorrow4

Rob November 8, 2012

I’d have listened to my mom more – especially about girls!

Jessica November 8, 2012

I tweeted – tvs_jessica.

Jessica November 8, 2012

I would tell myself to make better food choices – it was hard growing up overweight and I wish it hadn’t taken me do long to get fit.

Jenifer November 8, 2012

Dear younger and more vibrant self,
Please be sure to not take everything so seriously. Food is not the comfort you are looking for. Find a way to enjoy the ride of healthy cooking and living.

Laura November 8, 2012

I also Tweeted the giveaway :-)

Laura November 8, 2012

Dear younger self,
Live more in the moment and appreciate the little things that make life so wonderful.
Don’t compare yourself to others – trying to be someone you are not will only make you unhappy.

Joy November 8, 2012

To my younger self, Be proud of your ethnicity!

Katie Meyer November 7, 2012

All those times I thought I knew better than my Mom did….WRONG! Totally should’ve listened.

Farah November 7, 2012

I would tell myself to start an exercise habit, pronto. It will be less painful later.

Anna November 7, 2012

Quit worrying about the zits on your face, and eat some dessert and french fries every now and then without feeling guilty!

Aja November 7, 2012

I would tell myself to do more that the bare minimum. Stop being so lazy!!!!

Jeeun November 7, 2012

Younger self…
Take college seriously the first time around. So many years wasted not finishing my education and not being able to help more people through healthcare. Still trying to get my degree 30 years later–while working full-time.

Katie November 7, 2012

I would tell my younger self not to sweat the small stuff and to relax and enjoy your childhood for as long as you can!

Chelsea November 7, 2012

I would advise my 16 year old self to stop thinking in a one track mindset for her career. It is OK to develop other passions, and follow them too!

JoLynn-dreaminitvegan November 7, 2012

Don’t know if it’s too late but…

Dear 16 year old self,

Push for your dreams because only you can make that happen and no one else.

rawhappy November 7, 2012

I would advise my younger self to listen to herself, to her interests, so that she would pursue her own dreams and not what other people thought she should do. Don’t be afraid to fail! Try, try again. Live your passion.

Billie Jean November 7, 2012

“Tweeted” the giveaway! :)

Billie Jean November 7, 2012

I would tell myself to stick with it! There are so many things that I had quit when I was younger that I always look back on and wish I would have kept up.

Mindy W November 7, 2012

Tweeted it!

Stephanie West November 7, 2012

I would like to say to my younger self don’t feel defeated or depressed when your older children say they hate you and your not their Mom. Remember those are in the heat of the moment comments they love you and eventually come back to you and have a whole new respect for you as a person and as a Mom. Also remember they have to find their own way in life you taught them well.

Mindy W November 7, 2012

I would tell myself to not go out for cheerleading, spend money on a good pair of running shoes and not quit track. Oh and to never, ever go out with that one guy!!

Elise November 7, 2012

Dear Mini Me,

Having been a band nerd is actually pretty cool later in life. Stick with it.

Elise

Louise November 7, 2012

Dear 14-year-old me: Stop trying so hard to please everyone around you and be “cool” You’re going to have an awesome life!

kelly November 7, 2012

oh! and i pinned several recipes :)

kelly November 7, 2012

such an awesome giveaway! we have a green smoothie every morning & it would be awesome to have a high powered blender for homemade hummus & baby food…because my toddler can put away the hummus. there is something magic about hummus & kids. i think it might be a consistency thing :)

Susie Hotpants November 7, 2012

I would tell myself to keep a journal of all my accomplishments, no matter how big or small, and to look in the mirror every day, and tell myself I matter to ME. I think everyone grows up with some self esteem issues, and confidence in yourself can take you a long way through life!

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