Thursday, August 5, 2010

My First Giveaway (Thanks to Nature Valley Granola Bars)

When the folks at Nature Valley Granola Bars and My Blog Spark offered to sponsor a giveaway on my blog, I have to say that I was thrilled. Since I already really do eat and enjoy Nature Valley granola bars fairly regularly, it is pretty easy for me to recommend them to you. I, of course, eat them as they are intended, as a crunchy portable snack. They are handy as a mid afternoon salty-sweet energy pick me up, easily tucked into your purse or backpack.

However, I actually usually use them more often in recipes, grinding them up into a graham cracker type pie shell base or sprinkled over ice cream. I have even made a delicious creamy and crunchy chicken salad recipe that uses Nature Valley granola bars crushed up and stirred into the mixture. The chicken salad recipe was actually based on a Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist's recipe and is one I have been enjoying for a few years now. I will share a new recipe I created for the giveaway below, but first I want to tell you about the giveaway!

Nature Valley is sponsoring a special event called The National Parks Project, a fundraiser to help promote and preserve the many beautiful parks across the US. Nature Valley sent me a box of their granola bars, which have specially marked wrappers that you can send in to help raise money for the charity event. They also sent me a really nice gift pack complete with a backpack, a compass, a flashlight key chain, a bright neon green water bottle, and a book called 1000 Places to See Before You Die. They have also agreed to send one lucky Lavender Blue reader the same gift pack.

If you would like a chance to win this cool gift pack, then please follow the instructions below. You can enter once for each method. You may enter any time starting now until Wednesday August 11 at 11:59pm Eastern US time. The winner will be announced sometime the next day, Thursday August 12, so be sure to check back to see if you have won. If you are the winner, you will need to contact me via email so I can get your mailing info. If I don't hear back from the winner within 3 days, a new winner will be drawn.

How to enter the Nature Valley Granola Bars Giveaway (you may choose one or all of these methods, each method counts as 1 entry, for a total of 4 possible entries per person) :

  1. Post a reply to this thread commenting on this article. Only genuine responses will be accepted, not spam.
  2. Post a message about this giveaway on your own blog and link back to this article (be sure to post that you have done so in a reply here).
  3. Sign up to be a Follower using the Google Friend Connect link on my blog and mention it in a reply here (if you are already a follower, just mention that you are).
  4. Comment on this giveaway, mentioning Lavender Blue, on at least one social networking resource (Twitter, Facebook, whichever you participate in) and post that you have done so as a reply here.

Here is what the gift pack looks like - I thought it was really quite nice.

Now I couldn't just post about a giveaway and not provide you with some sort of recipe, so here is what I created with one of my free sample granola bars.

I bashed up one of the granola bar packs, which actually contains 2 bars, leaving some large chunks. I used the crumbled chunks of granola bar as crunchy layers in my parfait, with alternating ribbons of berries, and red, white, & blue colored yogurt. It is very simple to make and of course can be altered to suit your own tastes with different fruits and yogurt flavors. Since the event is honoring our National Parks, I thought it most fitting to stick to a patriotic theme.

Patriotic Picnic Parfaits
(serves 1-2)

1 packet Nature Valley Granola Bars (2 crunchy bars inside the sleeve), bashed until crumbly
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh strawberries, diced or sliced
1 container vanilla yogurt
1 container strawberry yogurt
1 container blueberry yogurt

Per serving: Place a layer of granola on the base of a tall clear parfait glass, then add a few spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt. Sprinkle some blueberries on top, being generous, then add a few more spoonfuls of yogurt, only this time use blueberry flavor. Repeat layers using strawberries and strawberry flavored yogurt. Garnish with more mixed berries on top.


  1. I'm a google follower.

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  2. Great giveaway Heather. Fabulous looking recipe as well. I am a real lover of Natures Valley Granola bars. They are my snack of choice. Your winner will be very lucky. I wish I lived in America!

  3. I am following you on google.

  4. I like to take Natures Valley Granola bars with me when I bike or hike. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  5. I love Nature Valley bars, especially the Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Cashew Granola Bars :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  6. Publicly following Lavender Blue with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}]

  7. I love the Nature Valley Granola Bars, they are so crunchy and yummy! thanks for the giveaway!


  8. Nice giveaway Heather. Granola, berries and yoghurt is my favorite breakfast. Hope you have a great response.

  9. I follow your blog as jelaws5

    thanks for the giveaway

  10. I am going to try the recipe shown above-well quite honestly I want to try a lot of the recipes you have shown on the right sidebar ;) We love Nature Valley Bars-my daughter especially :)

  11. I love Nature Valley bars. Especially the new nut ones.
    Just this morning I made a yogurt granola fruit parfait for my son. :)

  12. I never thought to use Nature Valley bars in my yogurt, I usually just buy granola separately! Thanks

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