And the Winner Is……..

And the Winner is – DENISE!!!

It has been a while since I closed the entry for my Mid-Week Gratitude break drawing, but life got in the way. I just got around to selecting the winner with the help of my nifty iPhone app. I will be contacting Denise and sending her prize which consists of “Dole Easy Everyday Fruit Recipes” and several coupons for free or nearly free Dole products. This gift is compliments of  the nice people at Dole who I met at the BlogHer conference.

I attended the BlogHer conference in August and had a great time. The expo was crazy fun with many companies there introducing new products, giving away great stuff and looking for bloggers interested in doing product reviews.  I will begin to incorporate a few product reviews into my blog posts along with more give aways.

I have not had the opportunity to try all of the Dole products that Dole was giving out coupons for at BlogHer. In fact, some of the products are so new that when I went to my local Ralph’s to find them, they were not yet on the store shelves. I did try Dole Fruit Bowls in 100% juice, Dole Fruit Bowls fruit in Gel and Dole Fruit Parfaits. I enjoyed all of these.

The fruit parfaits are a nice combination of fruit and pudding like cream. The fruit in gel remind me of the gelatin with fruit that my mom used to make us when I was a kid and the fruit bowls are slightly sweet, but not sugary since they are in 100% fruit juice.

I will probably always prefer fresh fruit, but I find Dole products to be convenient and handy when fresh fruit is either not available or not a practical choice. I don’t have children, but I can see these Dole selections being great for lunch boxes. I keep them in my office for a quick snack to keep me from reaching for junk when I don’t have any fresh fruit on hand and the mid-afternoon hungries hit.

I will be announcing more give aways soon. Keep your eyes open for announcements. I will let you in on a secret – the next give away will be for 5 bags of RiceWorks chips. You heard me right 5 BAGS!!. Look for future drawings in my “Try This at Home” posts. Have a great day – eat some fruit.  Your comments mean a lot to me either in relation to give aways or simply in relation to what you see on my blog.

Dole provided me with coupons to try these items, but the opinions I am expressing are solely my own and I am not being compensated in any other way for them.