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!


  1. 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!

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

  3. facebook fan of quaker
    Judy Sue

  4. twitter follower of quaker

  5. 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.

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

  7. Gotta love the Quaker!

  8. 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!

  9. I’m following Quaker on FB

  10. I’m following Quaker on Twitter too

  11. 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!

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

  13. Jessica Bush says:

    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.

  14. Jessica Bush says:

    I am a fan of Quaker Oats on facebook.

  15. 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. :)

  16. Open a cookie bakery someday…

  17. Quaker fan on FB

  18. I love soft cookies and alot of them.

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

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

  21. Goal – Carpe Diem

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. I like Quaker on FB!

  26. I follow Quaker on Twitter (as picatasi)

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

  28. like quaker on fb Julie A Scott Laws

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