One (a Giveaway)

On June 11, this blog will be a whole year old!

In one year…..

I ate a lot of kale.  And quinoa.

I stupidly stuck my fingers in a moving blender and lived to suffer the consequences.

I got a Vita Mix (and my fingers are going no where near that moving blade)

I hit up CraigsList for a juicer and dehydrator.

I became 100% vegetarian.

I moved from Housewife in the Raw to The Lively Kitchen.

I found a veggie burger that my husband likes.

I wrote about feeding my kids.

I ran my first 5K in 10 years.

I tried trendy food-blog foods like chia seeds, socca, overnight oats and collard wraps.

I found a community of intelligent, funny, accomplished and respectful readers and bloggers who encourage, inspire and give me endless ideas for what to have for dinner.

To thank you, my readers, for this last year, I’m going to giveaway a $20 Amazon.com gift card.  

You can use it for food, for books, for music, or whatever your heart desires (that costs $20 or less).  I wish I could give away a Vita Mix, but stay-at-home motherhood doesn’t pay so well….

To be entered to win, please leave a comment and let me know how you found my blog and/or what else you’d like to see me write about.  I’ll pick a winner on Saturday June 11.

Thank you so, so much for clicking over to my little space of the world wide web each day.  I love each and every comment and feel very honored to be a part of this blog community.

Hail Merry Friday – Macaroon Giveaway

 

I have another Hail Merry Giveaway for today.  It’s no accident that it is on Friday, my favorite day of the week.  While I really liked the Grawnola, I LOVE the macaroons.  Love them.  The two flavors, Chocolate and Blonde are Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free.

The chocolate macaroons (made of organic shredded coconut, dark cocoa, organic expeller-pressed coconut oil, pure maple syrup, organic Mexican vanilla, and sea salt) are dense and not too sweet.  They taste a bit like fudge mixed with coconut.  Not really milk chocolate like, nor dark chocolate like.  The best descriptor I can think of is McDonald’s Hot Fudge Sundae Sauce (which is clearly not raw or vegan).  To be totally honest, I prefer the macaroons (aka chocolate coconut crack) that I make, as the raw cocoa I use has a darker flavor.  These are a nice alternative for those who don’t have a dehydrator or simply don’t want to wait through the prep and drying time for a chocolate fix.

The blonde macaroons (made of organic shredded coconut, almond flour, organic expeller-pressed coconut oil, pure maple syrup, organic Mexican vanilla, and sea salt) were honestly amazing. Amazing.  Probably one of the best desserts (cooked or raw) I’ve ever had.  They are crumbly, buttery (though dairy free), have a hint of almond and have the most delicious and aromatic vanilla flavor.  They leave the a wonderful taste in your mouth, like a little gift for your mouth after you finish chewing.  I am seriously having to ration these out to myself, as I don’t want to see the bag empty.  I might have hid them in the fridge so I can have them all.  Don’t tell my husband to look behind the dates and miso paste.

Want to try them for yourselves?  Hail Merry is giving away both flavors to a lucky winner.  All I ask of the winner is that you ship me the blonde macaroon bag.  I kid.  You get to keep them both.

Please enter (US shipping addresses only) by leaving a comment with your favorite dessert.  Happy Friday everyone!  I’ll pick a winner on Tuesday, 2/1. How is it almost February?

If you can give me a good raw blonde macaroon recipe, I’d love it!

The winner of the Hail Merry Grawnola giveaway is #18, Julie. Congratulations! Can you send me an email at housewifeintheraw(at)gmail(dot)com to get the Grawnola shipment set up?

Hail Merry Grawnola – Giveaway and Review

I first heard about Hail Merry Snacks on Amber Shea’s Almost Vegan blog.  I filed it away in my mind as something to look for during my monthly pilgrimages to Whole Foods.  Last month I finally found them on the shelf, conveniently close to the kombucha.  I picked up a package of the Blonde Macaroons and tore it open as soon as I was back in my car.  Heavenly.

I contacted the company to tell them how much I loved their product and to inquire about the possibility of their product being sold in HEB, the local grocery chain in San Antonio.  Hail Merry generously offered to let me host a giveaway of both Grawnola and Macaroons.  Come back Friday for the Macaroon giveaway.

As for the Grawnola, I got to sample both the Lemon Blue Agave and Orange Cranberry.

The Lemon Blue Agave has the following ingredients: almonds, organic buckwheat groats, sunflower seeds, organic raw blue agave, organic dried apples, fresh lemon juice, organic blueberries, fresh ginger, walnuts, organic flax seeds, lemon juice powder, seat salt and organic rice bran solubles. Not a bad label, huh?

I would put lemon just behind chocolate as my favorite flavor of sweets, so I loved this one.  It does pack a lemony tang, though, so if you aren’t a lemon fan, you might find it a bit too lemon-y.  I loved the hint of ginger and the very light sweetness. The blueberries add a nice visual, but I didn’t pick up any blueberry flavor.  The product isn’t cloyingly sweet like so many of the traditional granolas on the market.

You know who else liked this?  My two year old.  See his little fingers caught in the act?

I’ve made my own Orange Cranberry granola with the Raw Food, Real World recipe, so I was eager to see how the Hail Merry product compared.

I prefer the texture of the Hail Merry Grawnola to my version.  The buckwheat groats add a nice dry crunch that contrasts well with the chewy cranberries and whole nuts.  It is wonderfully balanced texture with just the right amount of crunch.  I loved the cinnamon and cranberry flavors together.  I didn’t get much of an orange impact, which I actually think is a good thing.  At times the orange zest used in raw granola can lead to a candied orange taste that overpowers the other flavors.  Hail Merry uses orange juice, not zest, so it adds more of a fruity sweetness as opposed to a strong orange hit.  The product almost has a brown, toasted note to it, even though it is heated at low enough temperatures to qualify as raw.

As with the Lemon Blue Agave, you can see the high quality ingredients.  Full pieces of nuts and fruit galore.

The toddler grawnola snatcher strikes again.

I would also call these products kid-friendly, based on my little guy’s pilfering during my photo shoots.

Want to try some? Hail Merry is generously giving away 4 bags of Grawnola to one of you!

Please leave a comment below with your favorite way to eat granola.  I’ll choose a winner on Friday, Jan 27.

Come back on Friday to see if you’ve won, as well as to enter for a chance to win Hail Merry macaroons.