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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19 comments… Leave a Comment
  • 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=)

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emily May 19, 2010, 12:56 am

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

    We’ve been making sure to turn off all lights as we leave a room and unplug things that aren’t being used. It’s a major hassle to get to some of the cords, but we’re managing so far. I also reuse any plastic bags that we end up with. I store them in the laundry room and use them when the dog does his duty outside and needs to be picked up after. They also make great liners for the smaller trash cans in the bathrooms. We recently cut out all paper towels and instead use a small hand towel to wipe up messes in the kitchen and wipe hands and faces at the table. It is so much easier to live without paper towels than I thought it would be. We have reduced our trash by half by eliminating them! I’ve also been going as far as washing out ziploc bags to reuse them. I’m surprised at how easily they come clean and how durable they are. I just turn them inside out when they need to dry because it makes them sturdy enough to stand upright and open.
    I would love to be able to reduce our electricity usage somehow, but we live in a drafty apartment that isn’t sealed up very well. We’re doing what we can by sitting in front of a fan when it gets hot, but sometimes the a/c is a necessity since the pets need a climate controlled area.

    These ice cream sandwiches look like a wonderful snack on a hot summer day. We were just given some freshly picked strawberries from a local farm and I bet they would be delicious in something like this.

  • Deb Jung May 18, 2010, 10:15 pm

    Started using handkerchiefs.

  • Kel May 18, 2010, 2:26 pm

    Hi — We carry bags to reuse again and again for groceries.

    That is inspiring to hear about the person who commutes by bike. I have tried it several times – lots of obstacles to overcome!

  • Xochi May 18, 2010, 12:28 pm

    Every day I commute to and from work by bicycle. I almost never travel by car anymore, I’m saving tons on gas, and I’ve lost 25 pounds in the last 5 months to boot!

  • Grace May 17, 2010, 9:26 pm

    Beautiful raspberry-and-cream sandwiches!

    I use reusable grocery bags, reuse and eventually recycle plastic produce bags, and carry a steel mug in my purse for the coffeeshop and to fill with water from the drinking fountain. The environmental impact of producing and recycling single-use plastic bottles really adds up!

  • Jing May 17, 2010, 8:14 pm

    Those look delicious! We are turning down the lights in the dining room, the main room. The garden-in-the-bag is so cute, and it’d be perfect for our city apartment.

  • Maria May 17, 2010, 5:43 pm

    We are planting a garden! I love ice cream and cookies-the best treat ever!

  • Angie May 17, 2010, 2:08 pm

    I intend to actually REMEMBER to take my reusable grocery bags with me EVERY TIME I go grocery shopping. I could just kick myself over how many times I forget them.

  • Wendi May 17, 2010, 10:07 am

    What a perfect weekend for ice cream sandwiches. Good luck with your garden. I have proved without a doubt that I possess the blackest thumb known to man.

  • Beverly Lynn May 17, 2010, 9:50 am

    Ooooo, those sound great! Raspberries + chocolate is the best combination ever.

    And, I am growing a vegetable garden this year! I have some sugar snap peas and cucumber plants that look like they are doing well. The rest of it, I just have my fingers crossed.


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