Virtual Bake Sale!

Attention Chocolate & Wine Readers!

I want/need/must tell you about an amazing opportunity to make a huge difference.  A difference to a first-time marathon runner and an incredible charity.  And an opportunity to get some delicious goodies!

My good friend/fellow Boston blogger and bruncher, Amanda, is running the Boston Marathon for the first time.  She is running for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is attempting to raise $4,000.  Right now, you can attend her blog’s virtual bake sale and bid on a variety of baked goods by some of her favorite bloggers (myself included!!!!)

These are my Double Chocolate Oreo Balls. You should probably go bid on them.

Simply visit her website between now and January 28th to bid on the items.  All of the proceeds go towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and will help her reach her goal.  Amanda is a kind, passionate person who wants nothing more than to run 26.2 miles successfully and have an impact on this charity.  YOU can help her make it happen.

Questions?  Shoot me an e-mail!  And please let me know via comment if you bid on anything/win anything, especially if you bid on/bid on my Double Chocolate Oreo Balls!

MY PLEDGE:

For every Chocolate & Wine reader who bids on a baked good from Amanda’s bake sale and leaves me a comment here telling me you did, I will donate $1 to Amanda’s charity.  For every baked good a Chocolate & Wine reader bids on AND WINS, I will donate $5 to Amanda’s charity.  And if a Chocolate & Wine reader wins MY Double Chocolate Oreo Balls, I will donate $15 to Amanda’s charity site!!  Either way, this is a win-win-win situation to help people in need!

Rules:
(PS – these are based on the honor system.  If you say you bid on something, please make sure you do…)

1.  Bid on an item on Amanda’s bake sale and leave me a comment telling me you did.  Include what you bid on and how much you bid.

2.  If you win an item, leave me a comment telling me what you won and how much you paid for it.

3.  If you win MY Double Chocolate Oreo Balls, leave me a comment telling me you did and how much you paid for it.  Then enjoy them immensely when I send them to you!

I mean... yum.

I’ll keep a pledge tally and tell you how much I will personally be donating at the end of the bake sale.

Good Luck and Happy Bidding!!

And the winner is…..

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!!  I was so excited to see everyone’s comments and some of your favorite foods sound amazing.  Using a random generator, I have selected a winner!  (I would post the picture of the True Number Generator that I used but I’m embarrassed to say I can’t figure out how.  Do you know?  Shoot me a comment or an e-mail and help me!)

aubreylaine | September 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | ReplyEdit
Fave food is anything with artichoke hearts :)

CONGRATS AUBREY!

I will be sending you an e-mail at some point today and we can discuss your care package!

Everyone else, thank you again for all of your support and love over the past year.  I plan to make the second year of this little blog even better!

Peace.Love.Chocolate&Wine.

1st Blogiversary & 1st Giveaway!

Happy 1st Blogiversary Chocolate & Wine!

Is it rude to wish yourself a Happy Blogiversary?  Maybe… sorry about that.

One year ago today, I was sitting at my desk at work, searching the Internet for something to make for dinner when I decided to start this blog.  At first, it was to document recipes and photos of the food I make.  From there, it spiraled into a cornucopia of food, fitness and fun.  And I thank all of you for helping it (and me) get to where it is now.  I am more than grateful for how much support I have gotten for this blog over the last year.

For my 1st Blogiversary, I also want to do my first ever giveaway!

I love giveaways.  I follow lots of blogs that are lucky enough (and popular enough) to have companies sponsor them and send them gifts to give away to their readers.  I may not be at that point just yet (it’s coming though… any day now!), I still want to host a giveaway all my own.

So what will be included in this fabulous giveaway?  Some of my favorite things that I’m sure you will enjoy!

1) My favorite pastime.  Baking is one of my favorite things to do so I want to bake for YOU! (You see how I even made up that little rhyme? I’m good like that.)  The winner will have a choice of peanut butter blossom cookies, sugar cookies or multi-chip cookies that I will send to them.

2) My favorite peanut butter.  If you haven’t tried Better ‘n Peanut Butter, this is your chance to get a whole jar for yourself.  Warning: If you like said PB and eat the whole jar, I am not responsible. (Note: Allergic to nuts? Enter anyway and we’ll figure out an alternative together!)

3) A Favorite Book.  Let Me Eat Cake by Leslie F. Miller.  A must-read for food lovers!

4) My Favorite Chocolate.  I mean, it’s only fitting to include this.  It’ll be a surprise to the winner which chocolate I choose.

5) My Favorite Wine….Glass.  Apparently it’s frowned upon by the law to mail actual wine.  However, you will receive a pretty cool wine glass that you can pour your own wine in.  And I’ll tell you what my favorite wine is so you can go find it!

There will also be a few surprises in there that I’ll keep secret for the winner.

Who Can Enter?  Anybody!  As long as you enjoy fun, free gifts, I’d love for you to win!

PLEASE REMEMBER to include an e-mail address that you check on a regular basis in all of your comments!  It would be shame to not be able to contact the person who wins!

Ways to Win:

1) Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment telling me what your all-time favorite food and/or pastime is!

Extra Entries:

1) Follow me on Twitter (@ChocoAndWine) and tweet “I want to win @ChocoAndWine ‘s 1st Blogiversary Giveaway!” Then leave a separate comment telling me you did.

2) “Like” my page on Facebook and write me a separate comment telling me you did.

3) Sign up for Chocolate & Wine e-mails using the link on the sidebar “CRAVING MORE CHOCOLATE AND WINE?”.  Leave a separate comment telling me you did!

Good luck to everyone!  Entries can be submitted until Sunday, September 11th, 11:59pm EST. I will select the winner using a random generator and will announce who won on Monday, September 12th!

Peanut Butter Oat Bread

I have a confession to make… I don’t like Jif Peanut Butter.  I’m a Skippy girl, always have been, always will be.  But the other day at the grocery store, they didn’t have any of my beloved Skippy Reduced Fat.  (I’m not a full-fat PB lover either.) So I opted for the Jif Reduced Fat instead.

Right out of the jar, I immediately wasn’t happy.  Skippy PB has a way of inviting you back for more, which is probably why the jar is always half gone the day I open it.  I had a tablespoon of Jif on a piece of toast and to be honest, the burnt bread was the better of the two.  Sad.  Either way, last night, I was determined to use some of this peanut butter just to get it OUT of the pantry.  Who knew that I would love the finished product?

Every once in a while I get the urge to bake something out of ingredients I already have in my house.  A lot of the time, I won’t have every ingredient a recipe calls for and I end up making a quick trip to the store just for a tablespoon of one thing.  But yesterday, the whole jar of Jif Reduced Fat was sitting in my cabinet begging to be used.  Begging.  I also had a cylinder of Old-Fashioned Oats that haven’t been touched in a while.  My idea? Peanut Butter Oat Bread.

It was a simple recipe that made the whole kitchen smell like a toasted peanut butter sandwich.  Divine.  Chewy from the oats and loaded with peanut butter flavor, it’s more of a breakfast bread than a dessert but hey, to each his own.

What’s your favorite peanut butter? 
Up there with Skippy Reduced Fat, I also enjoy Better ‘n Peanut Butter Low Sodium spread.

 

 

Peanut Butter Oat Bread
Adapted from Cooks.com

1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup Old-Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup Splenda
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 TB baking powder
1 cup smooth peanut butter (whichever your favorite)
1/4 cup liquid egg substitute
1 cup milk (I used 1%)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9in x 5in x 3in loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, Splenda, baking powder and salt.  Add the peanut butter and mix until crumbly (I dug in with my clean hands). 

In a seperate bowl, whisk milk, vanilla and egg substitute until combined.  Stir wet mixture into dry until just moistened.  (I know, I know.. this is totally a no-no in Baking 101 but it’s better to use all of the dry ingredients and a little less of the wet in this case!)

Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool before serving.