A Giveaway + Ice Cream Sandwiches

Note:  This giveaway has now ended.

It’s about time to hold a giveaway around here, don’t you think?  We recently came across Olive Barn, an eco-friendly garden and home retailer and have fallen in love.  We have bought a few things ourselves here and there and decided to introduce you to, in our opinion, one of the coolest and unique ideas we have seen in a while – Garden in a Bag.  All you have to do is order your choice of flowers or herbs and wait for them to be shipped – you have everything needed to start growing an indoor garden – awesome as that sounds, we didn’t even get to the cool part yet … not only does everything come in the bag, but you actually grow everything in the bag!  Considering how tickled we were with these cool eco-friendly bags, we decided to buy a few extra and give them away to you!

All you have to do to enter is answer the following as a comment on this post:

What have you done recently (or plan to do) to live a more green and eco-friendly lifestyle?

Comment between today and Friday, May 28, 2010 to be entered to win one of 2 Garden in a Bags from Olive Barn (Dill and Chives)

{as much as we would love everyone to be able to participate, the US Postal Service/UPS/Fedex get pretty expensive when we have to ship too far outside the US, so for now, this giveaway is limited to the United States and Canada – thanks, Joanne and Adam}

Just for fun, maybe in celebration of the fact that our very own Garden in a Bag arrived on our door step (English Thyme), we decided to make ourselves some ice cream sandwiches.  Forgoing the additional dishes of homemade cookie dough (sometimes, we just don’t like cleaning up that kitchen of ours), we stumbled upon some store-bought chocolate chip cookie dough, extra chocolate chips for melting, vanilla ice cream and what may be the prettiest raspberries ever.

We baked our cookies, allowed them to cool, melted some chocolate then spread some all over the cookies.  Next, we arranged our raspberries in a circle pattern covering one cookie, got a big ‘ol scoop of vanilla ice cream, added the second cookie and smooshed it all together (carefully, of course… you don’t want to flatten the raspberries).  We placed the sandwiches into the freezer for 20 minutes or so and then devoured every bite.

Note:  Given the raspberries are fresh, we don’t recommend leaving these in the freezer for more than 3-4 hours, if you need to, just take out the raspberries.

Disclosure: We did receive products to try out for ourselves, but all opinions in this post are our own. We did not receive compensation for this giveaway.

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  • Miri Leigh April 3, 2011, 7:56 pm

    YUM- this ice cream sandwich looks delicious. How perfect for spring weather!

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  • My Man's Belly July 7, 2010, 1:34 pm

    Love this idea for ice cream cookies. So easy and so fresh with the berries.

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  • Sarah May 28, 2010, 12:29 am

    I made my family completely stop using plastic water bottles that we used to use a lot especially for exercise. Now everyone has a couple of their own reusable plastic and/ or metal bottles. We now have a few Brita filters throughout the house.

    Also I supplied everyone in the family with multiple reusable bags to use for shopping, especially myself for my endless and very often grocery shopping since I am the cook of the family.

    Love your site! Really enjoy the mussels recipe! I plan to try it when we are at our shore house this summer! =]

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  • jenny May 27, 2010, 10:18 pm

    reusable bags, locally grown produce, less meat…

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  • Lethea Benson May 25, 2010, 3:16 pm

    Oh, yes a chance to grow herbs!
    Our family has been using CFL bulbs for about a year now, we use our own tote bags when we shop(most of the time!), we recycle and we use own grass clippings and leaves to build the soil in our garden=)

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  • Mary at Deep South Dish May 25, 2010, 2:24 pm

    Wow those raspberries are gorgeous and that ice cream sandwich would be very welcome right now – it’s HOT down here!!

    Hi! Saw this on Twitter. Glad to find your blog!! Will definitely be back.

    We finally got recycling pick up where we live, so I insisted that we participate. We only have garbage pickup once a week, and sometimes there was overflow into another trash can! Between my composting which I started a couple years ago, and recycling, the garbage has been reduced so much that sometimes the one can only has a single bag in it!! Big difference.

    I also plan to install rain gutters and get some barrels to catch rain water, but haven’t gotten to that one yet.

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  • Anthony May 24, 2010, 7:52 pm

    My work is quite close to my house, so I walk there every day rather than drive. I also take reusable bags to the grocery store and turn in all plastic food product bags to the grocery store for recycling (they’ll take ANY plastic bag, even your bread bags).

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  • Summer May 24, 2010, 9:00 am

    Those ice cream sandwiches sound delicious 🙂 Yummy!!

    My family has become more aware of how much energy and water we use. We make sure we turn off lights we are not using and we do not waste water. My children are still little and I want to teach them how to appreciate the Earth.

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  • Kate May 19, 2010, 5:46 pm

    I love the sound and look of these little beauties. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    As far as the giveaway goes, we do the usual recycling plus we don’t use the dishwasher and rarely use the clothes dryer. I try to buy products that are eco-friendly too.

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