Keurig Giveaway

July 20, 2011

I’ve mentioned this before, but as a food blogger, I sometimes find offers in my email inbox.  For me, these offers fall into one of four categories.  There is the “you’ve never heard of me, but I would love to write a guest post on your blog about something that has nothing to do with the food you cook or write about”.  Also the “you’ve never heard of us, but send us your content and we will not pay you but we will link directly to your site”.  Or the “how would you like a giant box of bacon/sausage because clearly, we have never read your site?”  And finally, thankfully, the “you have heard of us and how about we send you something you actually want?”

Keurig falls into that last category.  Imagine my delight to find an email from these guys offering me a coffee maker.  You see, I love coffee.  I live in coffee capitol of the country.  Within a square mile of my house there are probably 20+ places to get a terrific cup of coffee including one of the very best in the city (they compete in and have won the Barista Olympics) which is just 1½ blocks up the street.  I never make coffee at home because of that.  But sometimes, I don’t want to walk out the front door just for a cup of joe and sometimes I don’t want to pay over $3 just to wake up in the morning.  I have an old Cuisinart coffee maker and in dire straights I will haul it out of the basement and make mediocre coffee – and therein lies the problem.  If I can get decent coffee at a gas station, and in Seattle you can, why would I make a bad cup at home?

So I said yes to Keurig, please send me your wonderful machine.  I was very transparent about my plans.  If I liked it, I would write about it on my blog.  If I didn’t, I wouldn’t.  Originally, they wanted me to write about it multiple times, tweet about it and to all that I said no thank you.  I need to love something to plug it here.  But Keurig wanted me to have the machine anyway, I guess they were confident that I would love it.

And I do.  Randy does not drink coffee so having a sleek looking machine that makes one cup at a time is perfect in our house.  I wondered how it would do with a brunch crowd and it behaved beautifully.  Each person got to make their own cup of coffee and if they needed a refill, they just made another.  So much better (and fresher!) than pouring from a pot sitting on the warming tray.  It only takes a little over a minute for a perfectly fresh cup of coffee.  Keurig also sent me a nice variety of coffees to try and there are tons of choices, including teas and hot chocolate.  The coffee I have made tastes great and Randy has liked the tea as well.

Because I like to share the bounty, I asked if they would allow me to give away a machine on my blog.  Not only did they say yes, they are offering an even sleeker machine than the one they sent me!  How to win a Platinum Brewer?  I am so curious about all of you – I sit here and blab about my food, my family and all manner of things and, for the most part, I know next to nothing about you.  So please, tell me one thing about yourself.  What you do, where you live, how many kids you have, the name of your cat – just one thing.  Make it interesting if you like.  The winner will be chosen at random and the contest will close at noon PDT on Tuesday, July 26th which is, coincidentally, my birthday.

CONTEST CLOSED! Thanks for all the entries.  Winner to be announced tomorrow.

Finally, I forgot to post these photos in the Salted Caramel Squares post.  Those squares are sophisticated enough for the end of a fancy dinner party and simple enough to be adored by a four and six-and-a-half year old.  While I was trying to get a photo of the squares, the boys were following me around the house waiting for their chance to eat them.  Yesterday, I made Ashley’s beloved chocolate chip cookies because the cookie jar was empty and when Spencer saw them on the cooling rack he said, “Why didn’t you make more caramel squares?”

Also, Graham lost his top front tooth.  I know the photo is blurry but I love that face.


  1. This is regarding the Kerurig giveaway. I was a nurse for profession 9 years ago but had to stop nursing to become a home nurse to my severely disabled little boy who has multiple disabilities. One of those is autism which means he needs little to no sleep while I get more and more worn down;. :) oh yeah and I am not vegetarian or vegan but read your blog religiously for your salads and desserts. Any ideas what to cook for someone that doesn’t like the sensory input of meat but isn’t allowed to have tomatoes, potatoes, avacados, bananas, kiwi, or papaya??? Latex allergies make eating hard believe it or not.

    Katrena Lee from Utah where they know nothing about hot drinks because the LDS church forbids them :(

    Comment by Katrena — July 23, 2011 @ 8:13 am

  2. Hello Dana,

    I have only just got into coffee and I really love it super sweet (though I wish I didn’t, my teeth won’t thank me). I half hate buying it ‘take-away’ because of the expense and wasted cardboard and half love it because of the deliciousness and how it makes me feel all ‘L.A.’. Holly

    Comment by Holly — July 23, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  3. I LOVE your chocolate cookie recipe – thanks so much!! (many people have requested it …)

    Random fact: I’m an empty nester who spends much of my spare time at assorted dance classes.

    Comment by Elli — July 23, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

  4. I have heard great things about that keurig machine! I’m a recent graduate from a master’s program trying to get my career up and running. Being in the kitchen is a passion of mine and I love to bless others with my treats!

    Comment by Amber — July 23, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

  5. what an awesome giveaway! about me – i have two boys and i cannot imagine my life without them. :)

    Comment by angie lu — July 23, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

  6. I’ve had 6 kids in 7 years. 5 boys and 1 little girl ages 10-3.
    I would love to get this coffee maker as a gift for my husband because he is such a great father. I make a terrible cup of coffee. Also I love your blog, thanks for always giving great recipes.

    Comment by Amber Beland — July 23, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  7. I never say no to a pickle.

    Comment by Morgan — July 23, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  8. As I am in med school right now, I often feel as if coffee makes up the majority of my diet. A friend has a Keurig and she like it mainly because it keeps her from drinking coffee just because she made a pot and doesn’t want it to go to waste.

    Random fact: I couldn’t last as a vegan because there is no good vegan substitute for a regular cheese pizza…vegan cheese regardless of heat, prayer and patience never gets satisfyingly melty and stingy.

    Comment by Sarah R — July 23, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  9. Hi, Dana! Happy upcoming birthday! I read your blog from fickle-weathered Madison, WI, and have two lovely children and a husband who gamely tries all of my kitchen experiments. I really enjoy your blog — thanks for putting yourself out here in the interwebs, and thanks, too, for the fun giveaway.

    Comment by Laura — July 23, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  10. Five kids, no cat. Love to cook. Love, love, love coffee!

    Comment by Mona — July 23, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

  11. This is the best giveaway I’ve ever seen!! I absolutely love Keurig coffee makers, we have one at work so I’ve become addicted to coffee.
    Random fact: I am studying chemical engineering in college.

    Comment by Jordan — July 23, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

  12. What a great giveaway! Random fact: I have been riding horses since I was 7 years old! And I get up at 5:30am to go to the gym every single day so this coffee maker would be well loved and often used :)

    Comment by Taryn — July 24, 2011 @ 12:22 am

  13. This would be so perfect in my house because I HATE drinking coffee that’s been sitting around.

    random fact: I am currently trying to read every Pulitzer prize winner for fiction and am about halfway through!

    Comment by Mary — July 24, 2011 @ 1:54 am

  14. Our machine has tanked — the one thing: I actually don’t drink coffee much at all, but my dear husband (love of my life and high school sweatheart) loves it!

    Comment by Malaika Eaton — July 24, 2011 @ 4:32 am

  15. Hello Miss Dana-
    Love the picture of the missing tooth! So much fun watching children grow! A lovely cup of coffee would help to not miss a moment!

    Comment by Mary Anderson — July 24, 2011 @ 5:11 am

  16. Happy early birthday! My birthday is Dec. 16 and I love coffee! I drink it every day and every way, cold, hot, latte, etc. Thanks!

    Comment by Terri P. — July 24, 2011 @ 6:13 am

  17. Totally love this picture of Graham!
    I flew from where I live (Amman, Jordan) to Berlin, Germany, to surprise my mother on her birthday which is: July 26. Happy early birthday to you!

    Comment by Annika — July 24, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  18. random fact: today’s challenge was teaching a table of six year old’s how to dissect a squid. it ended with squid ink on all of our faces, and a lot of laughter.

    Comment by kj — July 24, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

  19. Love the convenience of Keurig!

    Comment by Connie Outlaw — July 24, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

  20. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of NY..have lived in Michigan for 28 years….Happy Birthday

    Comment by Julie L — July 24, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

  21. I live in Israel with 3 little kids and one in the oven. My husband has been drooling over these coffee machines, but I want one that makes steamed milk. I found you through Mindful Momma. I would also not give away or review bacon or sausage on my blog, but I’ve never been offered even a cookbook. I made cute aprons as a blog giveaway and I now have 3% of the number of entires as you! Good odds, I guess.

    Comment by Yosefa @nonrecipe — July 24, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  22. I moved from Italy to California where I am trying to colonize the locals. My husband has already been assimilated and happily consumes copious amounts of olive oil (the good stuff) and aceto balsamico tradizionale.

    Comment by Francesca — July 24, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  23. I live in NY and am a die-hard Yankees fan! They’re beating the Oakland A’s as I type this, actually! Let’s go Yankees!

    Your boys are gorgeous, and happy (early) birthday!

    Comment by CMC — July 24, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

  24. I love coffee ice cream!

    Comment by Kate — July 24, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

  25. I have a Hedgehog named Mr. Prickles.

    Happy early birthday to you!

    Comment by Suziee — July 24, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  26. I was caffeine free until I had children (32 yes old)…
    Hope you are well, LOVE your blog, your recipes and literally laughed out loud at your description of the crab feast (:

    Comment by Liz Cheney — July 24, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  27. I am a MI road cyclist in nursing school…which translates to me drinking coffee at least 3 times daily. It sounds so nice to make cups individually and avoid the bitterness of a stale cup! Those caramel bars look divine.

    Comment by Melissa — July 24, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

  28. How fun! I’d love to win the Keurig.

    We have a cuckatoo whose name is Maya and he can whistle at the ladies, much to the delight of our female guests who walk up to the cage to say hello.

    Comment by Penny — July 24, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

  29. My black lab’s name is Mac :)

    Comment by rachel radtke — July 25, 2011 @ 5:29 am

  30. So happy I happened upon your blog! I am a food blog and coffee addict, so this baby would have a good home :) But that’s not my one thing, I was quite excited to see we are almost birthday buddies, mine is on Saturday, holy cow would this be an awesome present! Thanks for the chance to win! Andrea

    Comment by Love is in the Details — July 25, 2011 @ 7:14 am

  31. I live in northern Ontario, Canada and have a plethora of wildlife living in my backyard!

    Comment by Kim Hopkins — July 25, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  32. My interesting thing? we have the same birthday! I grew up thinking christmas was on dec 26th, because of it. Still have to think about it!!

    Comment by Sheri e-b — July 25, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  33. I would love to win this. About me: I am a SAHM of 4 young boys (5 & under), including a set of teething twins. Hubby works on the road (6-10 weeks out at a time), so coffee is my best friend!

    Comment by Savanah Fahrney-Day — July 25, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

  34. We have a cat named Jewels that uses the toilet!

    Comment by Michael DePappa — July 25, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

  35. I live in Vancouver, BC with my husband and two dogs. I too can buy so much good coffee that I never make it at home. It would be great to have the option.

    Comment by Claire — July 25, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

  36. Hi Dana! Here are a few random facts about me: I live with my husband, 9-year-old daughter Kate, and our lab/shar pei mix, Cherry Potter. I have found that, as I grow veggies and fruit in my small garden year after year, I have gradually started to eat healthier food, without even really trying to. The fresh veggies just taste so good that the whole endeavor inspires me! Hope to see you soon here on BI–

    Comment by Nancy Plant — July 25, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

  37. I got my first keurig machine when I went away to college and it just recently died, so I’m ready for a new one!

    Comment by Hillary — July 25, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  38. I’ve been reading your blog for some time and I am your neighbor up north ( Canada).

    Comment by annie — July 26, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  39. Seems like all my friends own a Keurig…I would LOVE to win this!!

    Comment by William Oliver Wilson — July 26, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

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