by doughmesstic on March 20, 2012

in Giveaways, Sponsored, Sponsored Giveaways

Do you have this goal…this grandiose (or maybe not so grandiose) goal that’s been there in the back of your mind?  The goal that’s been nagging at you, waiting for you to bring it to fruition?

I think we all have something haunting us like that.

When I started this blog, I really didn’t have any preconceived notions.  Food blogs were still in their infancy, and there weren’t a lot of professionals at that point.  I just knew I had a lot to learn, I loved writing, I loved the creativity it allowed, and I really enjoyed the whole process.  Once I found that a living could be made, I made that one of my goals.

I wanted to be a professional food blogger.

I didn’t know what all that would encompass or what it really even meant, to be honest.  Ad money was part of it that I understood.  But I never imagined what all blogging would lead to.  For me, the journey has included becoming an ambassador for companies I love and use everyday.  It has included becoming a professional cake designer and baker – a job I can’t tell you how much I enjoy. And one thing – one lofty goal I set for myself – to write a cookbook.

That happened.

I can log onto Amazon or Barnes & Noble and find a book written by ME.  Is it the cookbook I would have written given carte blanche? No, not really.  I don’t even know what that cookbook would be, exactly, as I am still becoming Doughmesstic.  Someday soon, I’ll know.  But I AM proud of this book.  I wrote a cookbook.  I WROTE a COOKBOOK.

I finally did it.

Now, what are YOU waiting on?  I know there is something you want to do.

I want to help you get that dream realized, and so does Quaker.



quaker2Quaker themselves has just realized a dream, too.  Cookies.  They finally – FINALLY – have cookies on the grocery shelves, after YEARS of just supplying us the oats to make our own.  Sure, I love making my own oatmeal cookies, and I know you probably do too.  But sometimes, you just want a cookie. Right now.

These are great for that!

My favorites are the soft oatmeal raisin.  Each one is individually wrapped, which keeps them fresh until you are ready.  This was perfect for us last week in Orlando – we could pack a few in Jon’s backpack, then grab one for a quick snack (and avoid the $8 spent at the park).  Seven loves them, and so do we!

Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies come in five flavors, including:quakercookies
o Apple & Cinnamon
o Banana Nut
o Chocolate & Almond (pictured here, from Quaker)
o Cranberry & Yogurt
o Raisins

Soft cookies not your thing?  Well, your opinion is wrong.

Haha! Just kidding!  They also make a Crunchy Oats Granola…so you’re in luck!

If you’d like to go ahead and tackle that goal of yours, or, if you’d just like to eat a bunch of cookies, you should COMMENT!  What’s your goal?  Tell me here, and you’ll be entered to win an assortment of the new Quaker Cookies and a $75 Visa Gift Card to put towards that goal of yours, courtesy of Quaker. Nice, right?

If you’d like a second and third opportunity to win, you can do the following:

  • Become a FAN of Quaker Oats on Facebook , comment here, and you’ve got an additional entry.
  • FOLLOW Quaker Oats on Twitter, again, leave a comment, and there’s yet another entry.

There you have it – 3 Chances to win these great cookies and $75!  Good Luck!

Prize courtesy of and shipped by Quaker.  Contest open to US Addresses only, age 18 and older.  Contest ends March 27, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.  Disclaimer – this post is sponsored by Quaker, and as I mentioned, I was supplied cookies to share with my family. Yum!

{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzy March 22, 2012 at 11:42 am

My (short term) goal is to lose a few pounds but that’s hard because I keep reading and drooling over your food blog! Beautiful pics and delicious food. Another more realistic goal — travel more. That one I can handle — we’re off to Italy and Greece this summer! And more delicious food!


Judy S March 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I love cookies and would love to eat at ton of them!


Judy S March 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

facebook fan of quaker
Judy Sue


Judy S March 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

twitter follower of quaker


BrerMatt March 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I have a short term goal:
I just created an almost-from-scratch recipe for a Cheerwine Banana Bread. It is in the oven now. My goal is that it turns out yummy.

If it does, I will post a blog.

If not, there will be tears.


Kelster March 23, 2012 at 12:35 am

So many goals – long term – earn my PhD
Short term – Finally have flat abs.
Other – start writing again.


Vpenny March 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

Gotta love the Quaker!


Megan's Cookin' March 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

My goal is to get the 6 hour cook position at work. One more year before it’s available. But it has benefits!!! Fingers crossed!


Megan's Cookin' March 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

I’m following Quaker on FB


Megan's Cookin' March 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

I’m following Quaker on Twitter too


Ashlie March 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

My goal/dream is to buy a house – I’ve lived in apartments or rented my whole life, I want something that is mine! I want walls that aren’t all white! Saving saving saving to get there – that’s my priority these days! Congrats on the cookbook, it is a great achievement!


Kaitlin March 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I’d love to become a professional dog trainer and dog blogger. Maybe someday…


Jessica Bush March 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

My goal is to feel confident this summer and go to a water park. I’ve struggled with low self esteem and eating disorder behavior in the past and have not really ever felt okay in my bathing suit. I really want to go to a water park this summer and just have fun.


Jessica Bush March 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I am a fan of Quaker Oats on facebook.


Cathy March 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

So many! Own a home, be financially secure, send the kids to college, travel the world, own a bakery, the list goes on…so for now I will settle for cookies and 75$ in my pocket. :)


Diane March 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Open a cookie bakery someday…


Diane March 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Quaker fan on FB


Robin Moss March 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I love soft cookies and alot of them.


Julie @BananasForBourbon March 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My goal is to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Sometime before it’s time to retire. :p


Nicole March 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Yummo….I best get the milk for these cookies!!!


Nicole March 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Goal – Carpe Diem


Kelly Lamb aka Sew Lambitious LLC March 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

My Goal is to get the foundation and pier work done on my home so that I can get a sewing room set up and also finish all the sheetrock and finish work that needs done. It’s been very frustrating.
Thank you for the entry!
Kelly on FB
Sew Lambitious on FB
Kelly on Pinterest


Kelly Lamb aka Sew Lambitious LLC March 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I’m now following Quaker Oats on Facebook.
Thank you for the additional entry!
Congrats on the cookbook!
Kelly on FB
Sew Lambitious on FB
Kelly on Pinterest


Cat March 25, 2012 at 2:05 am

My goal is to get to running again!

And yes I have many moments when I want a cookie… NOW. Good job Quaker Oats! :p


Cat March 25, 2012 at 2:05 am

I like Quaker on FB!


Cat March 25, 2012 at 2:05 am

I follow Quaker on Twitter (as picatasi)


Julie March 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

my short term goal is to get my daughter’s graduation plans done thanks


Julie March 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

like quaker on fb Julie A Scott Laws


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