Friday, October 22, 2010

Halloween Giveaway!!

There really is a giveaway at the end of this post, but you're going to have bear with me throughout this extremely lengthy post to get to the details. I've locked down all your scroll wheels so you'll be forced to listen to my lecture. Think of it as being back in college again and you have no choice. There, does that make it easier?

Those of you who are my regular readers already know that I'm a huge fan of Coach's Oats, so this is where you have permission to get up and go to the restroom or sharpen your pencil if necessary. You newbies however, must remain in your seats and take notes. Studies have shown that while the overall nutritional profiles of all types of oatmeal are similar, the way the oats are processed does have a different and significant effect on our body's metabolism. The less processed a grain is, the longer it takes to digest and the longer it helps keep our blood sugar stable. The problem with using steel cut oats in baking is that the short baking time doesn't allow the oats to soften and the result is a muffin or cookie with hard crunchy bits in it. Coach's Oats however, are toasted before they're cracked and because of this process, they cook in just five minutes, making them wonderful additions to any recipe that calls for quick-cooking or regular old-fashioned oats. And, I might add that they're absolutely delicious on their own as a fantastic hot breakfast!

(pulling out my overhead projector for the slide show) Here are the recipes I've made thus far using Coach's Oats and I've loved every single one of them.

Coach's Oatmeal and Banana Muffins (this is the one that got me started and is now featured on the Coach's Oats website.)

Whole Grain Peanut Butter Oatmeal Christmas Cookies

Niece Denise's Cookies

Chocolate Coach's Oatmeal Muffins

Maple and Brown Sugar Muffins

Coach's Oats Bread

Sausage and Coach's Oats Stuffed Peppers

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Coach's Sweet Potato Muffins

Now, before the bell rings and you're off to your next culinary class, I'll fill you in on the giveaway. In the spirit of Halloween and Trick-or-Treating, I have TEN Coach's Oats goodie bags to giveaway to TEN of my readers. Just knock on my door, say "Trick or Treat!" and leave a comment. Easy enough, right? And because I have TEN of these gifts to offer, your odds of winning are going to beat any casino or race track you have planned on visiting in the near future. Come on... join in the fun and leave a comment! I'll accept comments until midnight on Monday, Oct 25th. I know I have many international readers, but this giveaway is for US and Canada residents only. As always, I apologize for the exclusion..... you know I love you all too.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! You have a great sense of humor also. I am not familiar with that brand of oats, but would love to be a recipient of the Halloween Giveaway. I frequently make my chocolate chip cookies with old fashioned oats that I pulse in the food processor. I never have quick cooking oats.

Sue said...

I would love to try your Coach's Oats! I've got my fingers crossed:)

Karen said...

Wow, I never knew that you could stuff peppers with oats. What a great idea. Just discovered the blog and I think it's great! Would love to recieve one of the giveaways!

Karen
www.karenandcharlieskitchen.blogspot.com

amfohio said...

I just "stumbled upon" your blog and I love it already. I've about these oats but never cooked with them I'd love to try them.

Barbara said...

Yes, you've really explored the Coach's Oats recipes!
I've never tried it and would love to!

Patty said...

Trick or Treat!! What a treat. I love Oats, but have never seen this brand here.

carrotcake55@sbcglobal.net

DEB said...

TRICK or TREAT!! I would love to give Coach's Oats a try so I hope to win your treat!

Moogie said...

Trick or Treat
Smell my feet
Give me some
Coach's Oats to eat

Julie said...

Trick or Treat! I've enjoyed all of your posts featuring Coach's Oats!

The Mom Chef said...

I'm sending my daughter to knock on your door because she's cuter than I am and she eats oatmeal religiously. I can't believe how gorgeous those muffins were, seriously. And I had no idea about the difference toasting before cracking could make. Even if I don't win, I need to try these. Thanks dudette. Have a great weekend.

Jessie said...

Sounds great - I'd love to give them a try! Thanks for the giveaway.

June said...

Trick or treat! Super recipes Mags and as always great photo's too. Would love to try Coach's Oats cause we're big time into steel cut oatmeal.

DebH said...

Trick or Treat!!!
My entire office of girls read your blog....at coffee breaks that is..(wink).. Sounds like Coach's Oats are hard to beat and I'ld love to try them! Thanks for the opportunity!

melissa said...

Trick or Treat! Love your blog and love that you always find ways to "scale down" recipes like I do as well. Hope you have a great Halloween!

Classic Kitchen Twist said...

Trick or treat! You have made me very hungry with your delicious photos! Love oats but haven't seen this brand before.

Leigh Sabey said...

Trick or Treat! Yummy :)

Anonymous said...

Wow Margie everything looks delish....can't wait to try one of those yummies....Happy Halloween....Nan

Holly said...

Trick or Treat!! I would love to try Coach's Oats - my favorite way to use oatmeal is meatloaf! Great substitute for breadcrumbs.

Nanan said...

Knock Knock Knock "Trick or Treat"!!!! I love Oats more that anything in the world! hehehehehe You are so fabulous Mags!

Karen said...

Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!

Couldn't help myself :)

I haven't seen Coach's Oats - would love to try them.

Amy said...

Trick or Treat! I just found your blog yesterday I and Love it! I came back today to find a cookie recipe. I have never heard of Coach's Oats...they sound wonderful. Thanks for such a fun blog. I am sure I will be spending lots of time here.

myfort said...

Trick or Trick
I love to eat.
Please give me Coach's Oats to eat???

Boy I hope my rhyming ability doesn't disqualify me for this giveaway!!

Amanda said...

Knock Knock.....

Trick or treat! :-D

Ok so is that the oatmeal bread you were talking about in the comment you just left on my blog?? It looks amazing! Going directly to that recipe right after this comment :)

Abby said...

We tried the stuffed peppers and loved them! I'm eying the oatmeal Christmas cookies now...maybe only because I'm in the mood for dessert. I've never seen Coach's Oats...do you buy them in a store?

Anonymous said...

Always up for trying something new. For Halloween, hubby and I are planning a Union Lake (Seattle) houseboat trick or treat via kayak, weather permitting. At 56, again, something new!

NancyO

April in CT said...

*knock, knock* Trick or treeeeeat!!!! I had never heard of Coach's Oats until the mention of them on your blog so I'd love to try some since I haven't seen them in my area. Yay for giveaways, you rock!

Mandie said...

Trick or treat! I'm a long-time reader (over a year) but a first-time poster (yeah, I'm lazy). I've seen your prior posts on Coach's oatmeal but have never been able to find it. I'd love to give it a try!

imergotm said...

I'm an avid oat baker and would love to try Coach's!

kath said...

Love your blog! Everything I ever make from it is delicious, so thank you for that! Trick or Treat! I would love to try the Coach's Oats! Happy Halloween!

Southern Girl said...

I love to bake and it would be great to try these out!

By the way, I plan to make that Snickers Cheesecake for my birthday cake next month. Can't wait!

Krista B. said...

Trick or Treat! Love your blog!

Pam said...

I make my own granola and consider myself an oat connisseur (yes, I have no idea how to spell that), so I am intrigued by your claims on these oats. The only way I can agree with you is to win. You know what you need to do.

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Trick or Treat. All I ever want for Halloween is oatmeal...

SeattleDee said...

I really love my McCann's steel cut oats, and Red River comes in a close second, but I could be open minded and try Coach's Oats... especially if I won a package. LOL

You have done an amazing job of using this product to the max!

Megan said...

Trick or treat,
smell my feet, give me coache's oats to eat! :D

I cant believe all that you have made using these oats. The chocolate peanut butter crunch bars have ny attention!

Lisa said...

I've tried Coach's Oats before and loved them. But, I never knew that they could be used to make so many delicious things. I hope I win so I can try some of your recipes.

Carolyn said...

Sure, I am in! They must be good if you love them so much. You certainly have made a lot of wonderful treats with them!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Ding! Dong! Trick or Treat! I would love to have some Coach's Oats!

eula said...

Wow you use oats in so many things! I would love to try some. Happy Halloween!

margaret said...

Trick or Treat! Would love to try a sub for my usual irish oats!

M.J. Jacobsen said...

I'm glad I came across your blog a couple of weeks ago, you make me laugh!!
I haven't heard of Coach Oats, maybe they don't sell them on the west coast??
Soooo, knock, knock! Boooo!

jomama said...

let's see...I haven't gone trick or treating for a long time....but here goes....

TRICK OR TREAT!!!!

Hey...that wasn't so bad...I would love to win some of the oats.....

Tom from Philly said...

I just found your blog and like it much! TRICKER TREAT! I'd love to try those Coach's Oats.... PLEASE.

Trish said...

trick or treat! I put oatmeal in meatloaf instead of bread or cracker crumbs, and just found a recipe for breakfast oatmeal with pumpkin that sounds great and that I have to try. I neeeeeeeeed these oats!

Laurie said...

Trick or Treat, Mags!
Sadly I have never seen Coach's Oats here in Canada. Perhaps you can use your skills of persuasion to get them to sell them to your Canuck neighbours?

scrambledhenfruit said...

Trick or Treat! No tricks here though, only treats and they look delicious! I need some of these heart-healthy oats for hubby- he's having bypass surgery tomorrow. :(

Deb I said...

Trick or Treat!! I even put my glasses on so I could read my favorite teacher's overhead presentation. I was a very attentive student, therefore, I should win!!

stephchows said...

I'd totally make the PB christmas cookies is I won :) yum!!

Ken Myers said...

I love to read your blog posts. Your witty words make for a great way to learn about your recipes! Plus, the visuals are so nice... I wanna just cut them out of my screen and eat them! I love oats, but have never tried Coach's. TRICK-OR-TREAT! Put me in the hat for a pack! Love your Blog!

Ken Myers

Kate S. said...

Wow. So many ways to eat oats! I love it!

Frieda said...

Oats? Love 'em, any way you bake 'em. I would love to put them in a crispy, chewy oatmeal cookie...

alpheia said...

Knock..Knock….Trick or Treat!! I love to learn about new things especially when it comes to staying healthy. I’ve never heard of Coach’s Oats until I stumbled one day on to your website (and what a glorious day that was!! :-)). I have tried several of your recipes, as a matter of fact I saw this giveaway when I logged on to find what recipe I was making for dinner. :-) Keep doing an awesome job. You are hilarious and the food is delicious. Thank you for sharing.

Tanya said...

Trick or Treat! thanks for all the greats posts.

Sherylyn said...

Yay, Canadians included!! I've read your posts about Coach's oats and the dishes you make with them look delicious, and I even checked out their website, but I don't think I can get them here. So I hope I win!

Pam said...

Trick or treat
Wish we could meet
I don't want to gloat
but I'd love those Coach's Oats!

You are too funny! All of your food looks and sounds delicious.

Julie said...

Trick or Treat!! I love oats!! I try to eat some several times a day, more so in the winter. Such a yummy thing to eat at anytime of the day and so versatile based on what you mix it with. Never tried Coach's Oats though and would love to.

Sandy said...

I love oats in all forms. Sure hope I'm the winner of one of these gifts so I can try Coach's Oats. Keep up the great work with your blog!

Natalie said...

I eat oats every day...and I love to bake with them too! Pick me pick me! :)

A Busy Nest said...

All of these look so good! I'm going to have to start making some tomorrow.