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Festive Freebie V: I Simply Love These Bars!, Help Me Help, and a Winner from Last Week

[This year, I decided to offer a “Festive Freebies” series in which I give away some of my favorite food products. . . hand-picked by me!  These are things I already love and actually eat (or use) regularly, and which I’d love to share with you.  Here’s my fifth Festive Freebie–with a charitable twist. Click here to enter!]  

[And this is part of the package, too! Check details here.]

I. A new Festive Freebie!  This week’s Festive Freebie is one I’ve written about before.  I love these high-protein, low-fat, vegan and gluten free bars.  And with a couple of new products in the mix (see photo, above). . . I think you’ll love this week’s gift package!  Click here to enter the giveaway. (I apologize for the extra clicks.  I’m adhering to BlogHer’s giveaway rules, which don’t permit giveaways or contests on the main page).

II. ‘Tis the season. . . for generosity. Like many of you, I have favorite charitable causes to which I donate regularly. But this time of year really gets me thinking about helping others less fortunate and how I can give something more.  Back when I had my bakery, Bake it Healthy, I used to donate regularly to a charity called Second Harvest, which collects excess perishable food from restaurants, grocery stores or other fresh food sources and then redistributes it to the needy.  Often, high-end restaurants will throw away food that was made that same day simply because it didn’t sell–and that food can be used to supply meals to hungry people.  Second Harvest states, ” OUR MISSION is to help feed hungry people by picking up and preparing excess fresh food and delivering it daily to social service agencies in Toronto. OUR VISION is that no one need ever go hungryin the communities we serve.”

Now that I no longer operate the bakery, I’d still like to contribute. . . this time, by donating funds directly to the organization.  And you can help make it happen simply by leaving a comment on the giveaway post! I’m stealing this idea from Chocolate Covered Katie (who borrowed it from a couple of other bloggers.  Basically, I will donate 25 cents for each comment on the giveaway post.  That’s right–simply by entering the contest, you will be donating to Second Harvest! Read the full details (and enter) here.  And spread the word! 😀

III. New Moon Kitchen Giveaway Winner: Thanks to Random.org, we have a winner of the New Moon Kitchen Cookie giveaway! 

Andrea of Andrea’s Easy Vegan Cooking wins the prize pack! Here’s Andrea’s comment:

Will you disqualify me if I have two favorite cookies? I’ll take my chances … I’m partial to classic chocolate chip cookies AND gingersnaps.

Evidently, Random.org was fine with the dual answer! Congratulations, Andrea.  Please email me by the end of this weekend (Sunday, December 12) with your full name and mailing address so that I can get those cookies out to you asap! 😀 If I don’t hear from you by then, I’ll choose another winner until the prize is awarded.

I’ll be back with a yummy new breakfast recipe as part of the A Gluten Free Holiday event in a couple of days.  For now, check out this week’s Festive Freebie!

“Mum, we’d be happy if you donate your extra food to us. . . no comments required.”


12 comments to Festive Freebie V: I Simply Love These Bars!, Help Me Help, and a Winner from Last Week

  • Great ideas, Ricki! Second Harvest just makes perfect sense and thank goodness we have random.org and don’t have to actually choose entries for giveaways, right? 😉 Off to check out the giveaway more, but love the notes from the Peanut Gallery. 🙂

    Thanks for all! Oh, BTW, I’m working on creating a cookie this morning before work that you inspired in large part. Fingers crossed …



  • Second Harvest is a great organization. The food pantry where I volunteer distributes fresh produce that is gathered in the same way.


  • Malathi


    I have been reading your blog for more than a year and your website is amazing. I always check out ur blog and have tried some of ur recipes which turned out to be amazing as well. I sometimes wish I lived near you. Could you create some healthy recipes for kids snacks that are nuts & sesame free ? My kid is allergic to them and I really don’t like to give them cookies and other fried stuff.

    Thank you



    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks so much, Malathi! 🙂 I have a good recipe for a snack here; you can just eliminate the sesame seeds (or use hemp seeds or flax instead). But now you’ve got me thinking, so I’ll have to come up with a new snack food that’s nut and sesame free! The wheels are turning already. . . 🙂


  • Wait, I missed a cookie giveaway? Well, I’m definitely not missing that bar giveaway … I mean, in the name of a good cause and all 🙂


  • What a sweet giveaway! and I’m always taken with those big doggie eyes.


  • Just look at that puppy dog face, how can ya say no? Sounds like a great cause Ricki!


  • That’s great Ricki! I’ll let everyone know on FB 🙂


  • What a wonderful thing to do at the holidays!! It’s such a great cause…and it’s something we should all be doing more of this time of year.


  • This organization just plain makes sense! Great cause. Happy Holidays to you Ricki!


  • Ricki! I love this idea of your giveaway. And those puppy dog eyes just make it plain irresistible. Just love it! And what a great cause. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.


  • Happy Holidays to you Ricki! I love the work you do.


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