Monday, November 29, 2010

A (Surprise) Giveaway!

While making my way through my Google Reader, I stopped at a post by a food blogger. She said that she had contacted a company to ask about them sponsoring a giveaway on her blog. I had no idea that we could ask companies to sponsor giveaways! I always figured that I had to wait until companies approached me. I thought about companies that were relevant to the things that I like and blog about. I got into contact with them, and when they said yes, I figured it would be a fun way to kick off my week of guest posters. Don’t forget, I’m moving this week, so I’ve asked some friends to guest post for me from Tuesday-Friday. They’re all amazing posts, so I hope you’ll be back to read them. Now on to the giveaway…

Last year for Christmas, I knew that I had wanted to make homemade vanilla extract to give to my friends and family. It’s super easy to make, you basically take a few vanilla beans and place them in some vodka for several weeks. Everyone loved the gifts, and I love having my own steady supply of homemade vanilla extract. Buying vanilla beans at the grocery store can be expensive, so I turned to the internet to help me in a search for vanilla beans. I came across Vanilla Food Company, which is a Canadian company. I ordered a 1/4 lb. of Tahitian vanilla beans, and the service I received was fantastic. I loved using the extra vanilla beans that I had left over in my baked goods. There’s so many tempting things on the website; I’ve got my eye on some Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean paste. (Christmas present, anyone?)



Vanilla Food Company has very graciously offered to allow me to give away three prizes of 10 Madagascar Vanilla Beans. The winners will also have the choice of adding to their prize for free Canadian shipping.

They’ve also included a coupon code: Until December 31, 2010, or the first 20 bloggers (whichever comes first), please enter the coupon code iluvcupcakes at checkout to receive free standard shipping in Canada for purchases over $75.

Here’s the details on how to enter:

In order to enter, you must be a follower.
Head over to Vanilla Food Company and tell me one thing that you would buy.
For additional entries, tweet about the giveaway and leave a separate comment with a link to the tweet.
Please make sure that I have access to your email address. (Leave it in a comment if I can’t find it easily on your blog)
That’s it, easy as pie!

Please note that this contest is open from now until Sunday evening (December 5). I will be drawing a winner Sunday evening and posting the winner on Monday morning. I will then be emailing the winners to get their addresses, and I will email Michelle from Vanilla Food Company with them, as they will be shipping the prizes to the winners.
This contest is only open to Canadian shipping addresses. If you live elsewhere, you may enter and have the prize shipped to a Canadian friend.

Disclosure: I am not being compensated in any way for this post.

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