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. I have two goals I am hoping to realize. One is getting my Masters of Education. I am waiting to find out 1) if I can get in, and 2) if I can actually pay for it. My second big goal would be to write a novel. Also, this is not meant to be a ploy, but my family has always used Quaker oats; I grew up on porridge and oatmeal raisin cookies. I think my family has the best oatmeal raisin cookie recipe, of course. :) We are all avid bakers (amateurs, of course).

  2. Congratulations on achieving your goal of writing a cookbook!

  3. Mmmm. Love cookies!

  4. I want to get my cupcake business up and running!! =)

  5. I ‘like’ Quaker on Facebook! =)

  6. I have so many goals I would like to achieve. I aspire to inspire others to cook and push themselves outside of their comfort zone. Another DREAM I have is to possibly write a book but that is a very distant dream. Congrats on the book and thanks for your inspiration!

  7. I am now following Quaker on Twitter! =) Thanks Susan!!

  8. Funny you posted this and I read it tonight, I am going to try gluten-free, sugar-free oatmeal cookies tomorrow or Thursday. Come by my blog and see how they turn out. =) (changing my contact e-mail, fyi)

  9. My goal is to keep blogging. I do it because it makes me happy, I love sharing my creativity with everyone. I don’t even mind showing my flops and flaws. I believe in being honest and good things will come. My goal is to one day own my own little restaurant, nothing fancy but something that I can say is mine and I created it. I don’t know where my life is going blogging, but I am enjoying the ride. Food blogging is the best thing I ever done, it’s so rewarding and I am so very proud!

  10. I follow Quaker Oats on Facebook.

  11. I follow Quaker on Twitter.

  12. I adore oatmeal, oatmeal cookies and generally most Quaker Oats products thanks to a Grandpa who worked for them for years!

  13. I would love to start a food blog, or even just own/manage a small mid-upscale restaurant! maybe someday

  14. I “like” Quaker on Facebook

  15. I follow Quaker Oats on Twitter

  16. my goal is to be the best teacher i can be! :)

  17. i like quaker oats on fbook!

  18. Yum! Cookies are so good and these all sound so delish!

  19. to become and RD and a certified personal trainer!

  20. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I want to start walking more regularly and, if I win, I’ll use the money to buy a new pair of walking shoes.
    I’d also love to eat a lot of delicious cookies ;)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I like Quaker on Facebook

  22. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    @Lexiquin follows @Quaker on Twitter

  23. denise r says:

    Id like to make a stained glass window, $75.00 would help for the supplies and class

  24. Amber M. says:

    My goal is to start a baking video series!

  25. Amber M. says:

    I follow on twitter

  26. Amber M. says:

    I am a fan on FB!

  27. I want to finally, after years of talking, get my design business up and running.

  28. I liked Quaker on Facebook as Kristin O’Donnell Cruz

  29. I follow Quaker on twitter as @dragondream

  30. Cristina B says:

    My goal is to graduate physical therapy school and become the best Physical Therapist I can be!

  31. right now my goal is just to get a job. the market is rough!! but i’m keeping my head up. something will turn up, hopefully.

  32. i am a quaker facebook fan

  33. i follow quaker on twitter

  34. Athena R says:

    Right now my goal is to learn to sew…well relearn. I want to take a sewing class.

  35. Athena R says:

    I like QO on FB.

  36. Athena R says:

    I follow QO on Twitter.

  37. My goal is to complete my first half marathon–and I’m going to tackle it this Saturday!!

  38. I’m now a fan of Quaker on Facebook.

  39. And I follow Quaker on Twitter. :)

  40. Michele N says:

    My goal is to start a blog & if it could help us bring in additional income that would be even better. Unfortunately I also work a full time job, have 3 kids(11-15) and my husband is disabled so I don’t have as much time as I would like. Oh & I have a zillion hobbies so can’t completely decide what I would want my blog to be about or like. And I have no idea where to start. I recently tried the banana nut oatmeal cookies, it was yummy but when I have another one I’m gonna throw it in the microwave for a few seconds and then I think it will be heaven.

  41. Michele N says:

    I am a fan of Quaker on Facebook

  42. My goal is to be a more confident, kind and loving person! Oh and to make extra income with my blog :)

  43. My goal is to attend the BlogHer Conference in Seattle some day so I can meet some of my blogging friends and heroes in person.

  44. I am now following Quaker on Twitter at!/HeyNanaBread

  45. Kristen M. says:

    My goal is to develop a product to sell at my local farmers market.

  46. I’d like to make it through the last months of my residency with my sanity intact! And keep baking :)

  47. I’d like to be able to make writing a half-time job (at least) instead of a 1/4-time job.

  48. Jennifer Marie says:

    I would love to learn how to knit-thanks for the chance!

  49. Jennifer Marie says:

    I like quaker on fb (Jennifer Messner Moyer)

  50. Jennifer Marie says:

    I follow quaker on twitter (JenniferCNP)

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