$500 Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway

by Rachel Gurk on April 18, 2014 · 26 comments

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This is the fifth giveaway this week that I’m hosting to help celebrate Carrian of Oh Sweet Basil‘s 30th birthday! This is the last giveaway you’ll see here but make sure to check out her site for another one coming up in the near future! Also, enter the other giveaways that have already started this week:

Today we’re giving away a $500 Whole Foods gift card.

What would you spend it on?

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Apple Spice Quinoa Pancakes {giveaway!}

by Rachel Gurk on April 18, 2014 · 70 comments

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These apple spice quinoa pancakes are a healthy and delicious way to start your day. Full of protein and flavor, they will quickly become a favorite.

Apple Quinoa Pancakes on RachelCooks.com

My love for apples is no secret. They’re a versatile ingredient, easily moving from sweet to savory without a blink of the eye. Great for snacking, great for cooking, and great for baking. And they scream “MICHIGAN” loud and clear. And I just so happen to have a soft spot for Michigan, obviously.


I’m excited to be blogging over at Michigan Apples and teaming up with them for this fun giveaway. These pancakes are quite possibly the perfect breakfast, you guys. They’re packed with quinoa (another one of my favorite ingredients) so they give you a good boost of protein. Paired with the apples (a TON of apples), ground flax seed, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re a major win at breakfast time. They can even be made ahead and frozen so that you can quickly grab one out of the freezer and pop it into the toaster to reheat. Perfect for busy mornings (is there such thing as a morning that isn’t busy?).

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Head on over to Michigan Apples for the Apple Spice Quinoa Pancake recipe — but read on here for the giveaway — valued at $100!

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(photo courtesy of Michigan Apples)

Giveaway Details: One (1) winner will receive an Emile Henry pie dish and a maple rolling-pin from Williams Sonoma,  a spatula and an apron from Michigan Apple Committee and some Michigan apples!

To enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite apple recipe is! That’s it!

Giveaway open until Midnight EST on 4/24/14. Winner will be chosen using random.org. Must be over the age of 18 and have a US shipping address to be eligible to win. Winner will be given 48 hours to respond to email before a new winner is chosen. Prize will be shipped by Michigan Apples.

Make sure to also check out Michigan Apples on Facebook and Twitter!

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Disclaimer: I was compensated to develop this recipe for Michigan Apples but all opinions are my own, as always. I love Michigan Apples, I really, really do!



Lowe’s Grill Giveaway

April 17, 2014
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This is such a fun week! The giveaways continue to celebrate Carrian of Oh Sweet Basil‘s 30th birthday! Today we’re giving away this awesome grill valued at $650! I wish I could enter. I think I’ve said that about every one. Yes, I’m a broken record. Make sure to enter all the other giveaways this […]

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$1,000 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

April 16, 2014
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The week of giveaways to celebrate Carrian of Oh Sweet Basil‘s 30th birthday continues! Make sure to check out Monday and Tuesday’s giveaways for a chance to win great prizes from Wüsthof, Anolon, Microplane and Blendtec. Today is a big one! A $1,000 Amazon gift card. Holy smokes! What would you get? I just bought a […]

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Easter Snack Mix Recipe

April 16, 2014
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This Easter snack mix recipe will be a perfect treat for any Easter gathering — and would also be a great surprise inside Easter eggs! With Easter right around the corner, we’re seeing bunnies and eggs everywhere. And if you’re anything like us, you’re trying to remind our children of what Easter is really about. […]

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Wusthof, Anolon, and Microplane Giveaway

April 15, 2014

I’m excited to continue Carrian’s birthday celebration with another phenomenal giveaway!   I wish I could win this one, too! My Anolon pans are phenomenal stainless steel pans and Microplane graters are awesome! Wüsthof knives have been on my wish list… Included in this giveaway is: Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel 10-piece Set Wüsthof Classic […]

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Blendtec Giveaway

April 14, 2014
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You guys! This is such a fun week! I’m hosting a MAJOR giveaway every day this week Monday through Friday to celebrate Carrian of Oh Sweet Basil‘s 30th birthday! Carrian is the sweetest and has been a very good friend to me so when she asked if I wanted to help her celebrate her birthday, I […]

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Sometimes LIFE gets in the way….

April 14, 2014
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I’m sitting here — Sunday night, thinking that I should get a recipe up for you all to see. It’s a week full of giveaways and I want you to see some recipes mixed in and not just giveaways. Truth of the matter is, I’m tired. So let’s just chat. Last night we had Lebanese […]

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25 Easter Dessert Recipes

April 12, 2014
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Need a fun new idea for an Easter dessert recipe? Look no further — here are 25 fun ideas for every Easter gathering! It is hard to believe that Easter is right around the corner. We’re keeping it pretty low-key this year, probably a HoneyBaked ham and some tasty homemade sides. And definitely one of […]

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Parmesan Crusted Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

April 10, 2014
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Grilled cheese like you’ve never had it! Celebrate grilled cheese month (or any month!) with this Parmesan crusted pepperoni pizza grilled cheese recipe. So, I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but it is Grilled Cheese Month!!! This is exciting for so many reasons. I went through a major grilled cheese phase in graduate school. I […]

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