Monday, July 26, 2010

Tastefully Simple Summertime GIVEAWAY!

Simplify.

That's something I strive to do every summer. And, this summer, with moving and unpacking and preparing to welcome our new baby in a few short weeks, I've needed to do that even more.

When it comes to the kitchen, a place that I love to spend time and where I love on my family by serving up good food for them, simplifying in the summer is especially important. I want to be outside - playing, enjoying, relaxing - not holed up in the kitchen in front of the hot oven.

BUT, not at the expense of taste and quality.

So, I'm always looking for ways to simplify my life in the kitchen, but still provide great tasting and fun dishes for my family and friends.

And, that is why I LOVE Tastefully Simple products! They do just that.

Ever since attending my first Tastefully Simple party over 6 years ago, I have been using and loving and reordering these products. I don't typically buy many pre-packaged goods, but I have loved every item I have ever purchased from Tastefully Simple!

Why do I love them?

Everything tastes gourmet - just so much better than your average pre-packaged fare. It's like you specifically chose these items while browsing through an upscale, specialty grocery store. But, the best part? Virtually all of the products in Tastefully Simple's line require adding only one or two ingredients - and that's it!

Cheese balls.
Drink mixes.
Cakes.
Muffins.
Dips.
Soups.
Waffles.
Breads.

Whether cooking for my family, or serving last minute guests, I always have several Tastefully Simple products on hand so I can whip up something delicious in a hurry.

I emailed my friend, Sherrie, who has been a consultant for Tastefully Simple for 8 years and who I always order from, and asked her if she'd like to do a giveaway here at Short Stop! She immediately and happily agreed.

SO, today - you can try Tastefully Simple for the first time, or if you know it and love it like I do - win a great assortment of products to add to your pantry. All of these products are PERFECT for summertime entertaining!

The Prize Pack you can win comes with ALL of these products (a $45 value):

Lovin' Lemon Drink Bucket. Lemon Slushy? Yes, please!



Strawberry Sweetness Gift Pack. This gift pack comes with everything you need for a quick and easy dessert. Add cream cheese to sweet Strawberry Cheese Ball mix and serve with the Twisty Grahams that come with it. YUM!


Absolutely Almond Pound Cake. I love this cake. One of my favorite things TS offers.



Nana's Apple Cake. Add 2 cups chopped apples + 2 eggs. That's it!



Toasted Garlic & Parmesan Cheese Ball Mix. These cheese balls are the BEST when you need to take something to a party. Add cream cheese to mix. Buy crackers. You're out the door.



All you have to do to be entered into the giveaway is answer this question:

What is your favorite kind of cake? My favorite? Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake with Chocolate Toffee Frosting. Heaven in a pan.

That's all, folks.

Leave a comment with your favorite cake. You can win additional entries by doing any or all of the following:

1. Post a link to this giveaway on your personal Facebook page.
2. Post a link on Twitter.
3. Subscribe to Short Stop via RSS or email on my sidebar. If you're already a subscriber, just let me know in a comment.
4. Follow Short Stop on Facebook. If you already follow, let me know in a comment.

You can get up to 5 entries. Just be sure to leave a separate comment for EACH of the things that you do so that I can count them in the drawing. Also, please leave your name or email address if they are not attached to your profile!

I'll leave this giveaway open until next Monday, August 2nd at 5pm and let the good ol' random thingy do what it does best. I'll announce the winner that night.

Good luck, everybody! Bring on the cake!

*Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way to tell you about Tastefully Simple. I just love these products and wanted to share them with you. As always, I give you my honest opinion, and only offer products via giveaway on Short Stop that I have used, love, and recommend.

98 comments:

  1. Italian cream cake is one of my favorite and my other favorite is pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing!! Good Lord! Yum!!!!
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  2. Pumpkin Crunch Cake baby! WOOHOO!


    Keri Roth
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  3. posted on FB too


    Keri Roth

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  4. email subscriber

    keri.roth@sbcglobal.net

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  5. My mom and I make something called Velvet Fudge Nut cake. It has chocolate pudding mix, sour cream, and chocolate chips mixed in, and then toasted pecans or almonds on the top. So good warm with ice cream!

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  6. Raisen Spice Cake with buttercream frosting. I get your e-mails.
    My Aunt (who raised me) used to make this cake. It is delicious and it has special memories along with it.

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  7. Yellow butter cake with chocolate icing. It's simple, sweet and tastes like home.
    Donna Baumgartner
    hdbaumgartner@yahoo.com

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  8. my fave cake is a recipe of my grandma and mom's. it is just a marble cake topped with vanilla pudding and then frosted and decorated with homemade chocolate icing. yum!

    brieknaus (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  9. Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing from Graul's Bakery. Yum!

    Kate Cardenas

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  10. Short Stop Facebook Follower :)

    Kate Cardenas

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  11. E-mail Subscriber.

    Okay... done commenting! :)

    Kate Cardenas

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  12. Ice cream cake is my absolute favorite. :) Awesome giveaway!

    sjbaar@gmail.com

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  13. Ice cream cake is my favorite! :) Great giveaway!

    sjbaar@gmail.com

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  14. I have to pick one?!?!?! White cake with lemon filling and butter cream frosting. Or is it chocolate with mocha frosting.... Oh wait...I once ate an entire pan of PW's texas sheet cake, so that may be it.....
    I need to go on a diet!

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  15. I follow you on FB.....honestly, I'd follow you and your recipes ANYWHERE!!!

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  16. I grew up asking for Ho Ho Cake for my birthday cake almost every year, and I still love it. The cake recipe is almost exactly like the Texas sheetcake, but topped with a layer of creamy white frosting and then a layer of chocolate fudge frosting - well, more fudge than frosting.

    I always enjoy reading your blog!

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  17. Yummo! I've never heard of T.S. Cool! My favorite cake is Boston Cream Pie.

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  18. I subscribe to your blog to...whohoo! hope I win!

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  19. Italian Cream cake or the Texas Sheet Cake my momma always makes are my favorites.

    jleigh(dot)ball(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  20. Our family loves mocha cake. It is a white sponge cake with a pudding filling and a butter/mocha frosting topped with shaved chocolate...delicious!

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  21. My favorite cake is still the one my mom always made for my birthday.....miracle whip chocolate cake with boiled icing. It's a wonderful moist cake but there's also a TON of happy memories in every bite.

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  22. I just subscribed!

    I have baked chicken breasts twice since you posted how you do it...I am hooked!

    We also have a son who loves to decapitate Lego people so I got a chuckle out of that post!

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  23. I am a devils food cake lover, but add GOOD chocolate chips to it and chocolate frosting.

    Factbook follower.
    Marcijo@comcast.net

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  24. Homemade chocolate cake with homemade chocolate icing is my favorite!!!

    I posted a link on my FB!!!

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  25. LOVE my grandmom's war cake! It tastes a bit like a spice cake with raisins. The ingredients were things that were available and plentiful during the war. It doesn't have things like milk or eggs. DELICIOUS!

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  26. i LOVE tastefully simple and haven't found a consultant in id. i love giving some of these treats as gifts for sunday school teachers, piano teacher, etc... i haven't had anything from ts that i haven't loved.

    my favorite cake... funfetti :o) i just love a moist cake but i am not a huge fan of chocolate. now if i found a white chocolate cake i might be in heaven.

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  27. I also love my mother-in-law's key lime pie...ok so it isn't cake, but it is soooo good! I follow you on Facebook too!

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  28. Apparantly I LOVE cake because I seem to have a new one for each comment! I love my grandmom's coconut cake...top secret family recipe or I'd share :0) I also subscribe via email :)

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  29. Finally my grandma B made the best peach cake! I found the recipe in her handwriting one day...I am so thankful!

    It's my last comment...I posted a link on FB :0) Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

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  30. Next to our wedding cake, its Nana's apple cake!

    My sister used to sell TS and that was always my fav! :)

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  31. My favorite is Strawberry Shortcake!

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  32. I LOVE your blog! I have read for quite some time now and really enjoy trying out your recipes---which are always delicious and well-explained in your blog entries! I like simple chocolate cake with simple chocolate icing!

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  33. My mom's red velvet cake. No one makes it quite like her.

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  34. My favorite cake is angelfood with strawberries.

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  35. Any warm, moist, chocolate cake, ready to eat...is my favorite at that time! Yumm.

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  36. ummm...okay, so not so tech-savvy am I, but I found you on facebook...not quite sure if I'm following or not...
    I do have your blog on my favorites list, and check daily though if that counts.

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  37. My mom's homemade sour cream cheesecake is my favourite! Yum! Yum!

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  38. Ellie FearringtonJuly 26, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Bailey's chocolate cake with Buttercream frosting...... YUM! :)

    magazine_girlie@yahoo.com

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  39. Ellie FearringtonJuly 26, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    linked on FB too :)

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  40. Ellie FearringtonJuly 26, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    And just subscribed :)

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  41. Ellie FearringtonJuly 26, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Last but not least... I follow on FB too!

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  42. yellow cake with chocolate frosting (homemade of course!)

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  43. I love the light cakes topped with fruit and whipped cream. YUM!

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  44. Never heard of Tastefully Simple before.

    I love a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. And lots of other cakes. :)

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  45. My favorite cake is funfetti with funfetti frosting.

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  46. chocolate cake w/ peanut butter icing or really really really good red velvet or whoopie pie cake or ... (cake is cake, its all yummy!!|)

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  47. My favorite cake is lemon cake- nice and refreshing!

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  48. I LOVE Tastefully Simple products! My favorite cake is Red Velvet cake .with cream cheese frosting!

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  49. And - I'm a facebook follower too!

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  50. Love Tastefully Simple!!!

    I love chocolate cake with white icing. I could be swayed to love chocolate with chocolate if that were a choice as well ;)

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  51. Just posted my link of FB!!!!

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  52. Yup, I'm a subscriber as well!!!



    (Sorry you missed my giveaway. I just picked a winner today. You must be a busy mommy or something ;)

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  53. Nana's apple cake for sure is my fav!

    jillbean18@hotmail.com

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  54. I'm a follower of you on FB!

    jillbean18@hotmail.com

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  55. I love Tastefully Simple products.

    My favorite cake is anything chocolate.

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  56. I also follow you on facebook.

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  57. I love tradition white wedding cake with tons of frosting.

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  58. I love Mississippi Mud Cake - lots of chocolate and marshmallows.

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  59. I follow you on facebook too!

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  60. Hi Sarah,

    My favorite cake has to be jewish apple cake - had it for my birthday! (anything with pumpkin gets my vote too, though lol)

    I follow Shortstop on Facebook, and I think I subscribe to your blog also!

    Thanks for inviting us all to participate! Looks like you've got a lot of entries!

    ~Missy Wadsworth
    Melissa3293@hotmail.com

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  61. Dark chocolate!

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  62. I love my mom's birthday cake: a white cake flavored with almond extract, with almond buttercream frosting. HEAVEN.

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  63. pineapple lush angel food cake

    mensonides77@hotmail.com

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  64. Southern Living's Chocolate Mint Cake. There is no better cake on the planet. Period.

    MB

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  65. Email subscriber. MB

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  66. Chocolate sheet cake.

    Katie
    wife2one_mom2five@yahoo.com

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  67. Honestly? My favorite cake is cheesecake. I don't really care for traditional cake, which everyone gives me a bad time about it.

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  68. My favorite cake is Texas Sheet Cake---I don't live in Texas, but I love their cake! Chocolate and gooey!

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  69. my friend carole makes the most sticky, chewy, messy, gooey quadrupal chocolate cheese cake. it has a chocolate grahm cracker crust, chocolate filling with mini chocolate chips, and chocolate fudge blobs floating inside. then she crumbles reeses pieces on top. yuuuummmmm so good.

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  70. Hi sweet Sarah!
    I am soo glad you are doing this I love TS! My favorite kind of cake is um ANY kind of cake---but i love marble pound cake with cream cheese frosting. I love my grandmother's yellow cake with choc icing with a hint of coffee in it. I like devils food with buttercream frosting. OK, period I just love cake =)

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  71. I am an email subscriber to
    jennyanne0412@yahoo.com.

    duhh who wouldn't be you are awesome!

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  72. i twittered it too!

    love you SG =)

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  73. I follow you on FB-again DUH why wouldn't I =)
    ---wait doo I?Q!?@? I will right now--I am SUREEEEEEEEEE I already did---oh noo if I didn't how bad of me!!!!!

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  74. My favorite cake is German Chocolate. I especially love the coconut pecan frosting.

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  75. My all time favorite cake is Hershey's chocolate cake with chocolate icing!!!! On the back of the Hershey's cocoa box, follow the recipe and heaven has come to earth! AMAZING!!!!

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  76. ice cream cake - yum! Even the homemade kind is great!!

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