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Camp Blogaway Swag and GIVEAWAY

There are a lot of reasons to attend a blogging event like Camp Blogaway and many people would argue that the swag bag is not one of them. To these fuddy duddies, I give an enthusiastic "CHECK OUT MY SWAG!!" Hey, I didn't wear pajamas 2 nights in a row for nothing.

Let's begin with the Camp Blogaway swag successes:

Spuddy Buddy! There was actually a trivia contest at camp where I could have won a life-sized Spuddy Buddy from the Idaho Potato Commission. I just don't know enough potato facts. Also, a 6 foot tall Spuddy Buddy sounds slightly creepy. I would have insisted on it sleeping in our bedroom just to mess with Sexy Nerd.

The California Avocado Commission was also present. The insulated shopping bag, the high-quality avocado slicer, and, of course, the avocados - I loved everything about this! And the avocados led to a yummy new recipe, Avocado and Egg Salad.

Whoever came up with this swag idea at Wilton was really thinking. It's everything I need to use fondant! As I've never decorated with it before, you can bet my first thought when I opened this was that there's a fondant learning post coming in the near future. I'm pretty sure it will be called "Fondant FAIL", but Wilton can hardly be blamed for that.

Cookbooks! Is there anyone in the world who doesn't love a cookbook? And, thanks to The Purple Kiwi Cookbook, I now know what a purple kiwi is.

Saag's Sausage was mostly a hit with their swag. Sausage? Yum! Sausage temporary tattoo and sausage keychain? Ummm...kinda strange! I passed these on to my friend's 12-year-old son. If nothing else, they were good for a laugh.

Delicious and deceptive almonds from Marchini Almond! Deceptive, you ask? This photo is my proof. When I sat down at my desk yesterday and munched on these, I figured the package had maybe 2 servings at the most. With 2 almonds left, I casually read the itty bitty nutrition information. I had consumed nearly 128 grams of fat! Factor in the 1,360 calories, and you can just imagine my horror. Really, doesn't it look like such a tiny bag?

More food! After my almond mishap, I won't be able to touch any of this for at least a week, but I'm looking forward to trying all of it. Especially that White Truffle Oil Spray. And who knew you could buy packaged crepes? So fancy!

Now, in what is perhaps another misstep on my part, let's see the Camp Blogaway swag misses.

I was excited when I first saw this reusable water bottle. It's BPA-free, which is a must-have. That chamber inside was intriguing and I imagined that it either froze to keep your drink cold without diluting it or had holes to diffuse things into your drink, like tea leaves or fruit. Nope. That hollow tube is storage for a drink mix packet, like Emergen-C (which, side note, I completely LOVE and can't believe hasn't been mentioned on LambAround before). A drink-mix-in-my-water-bottle kinda gal, you'd think I'd be the perfect supporter of the Copco Mix-2-Go bottle, but I just don't see the point. Why wouldn't I just add my mix before leaving the house? Or keep a packet in my purse or pocket? It's not like they take up a lot of room!

Ummm...yeah. Can someone please tell me what this has to do with turkey? Gadgets are fun, but I would have much preferred a coupon toward the purchase of a turkey product. And isn't this pretty much useless after you get your results the first time? I'm assuming it is, though can't say for sure because mine was broken.

Fiji Water, I don't trust that your keychain thingy isn't going to break, leaving half my keys in my hand and the other half falling into a gutter. There was a Fiji Water presentation at camp that included a taste test comparing food and lemonade made with Fiji Water versus LA city tap water ("the shitty water", as everyone joked). The items prepared with Fiji Water really did taste better, which made me wonder if this fancy water should be used whenever water taste is especially important, like making soup or coffee. Again, a coupon would have been much better swag.

I know I mentioned them earlier, but come on. A sausage keychain?? Sexy Nerd and I had a good laugh over this!

There was one other noteworthy item of swag received at Camp Blogaway. I wasn't going to mention it because I'm planning to give mine to Sexy Nerd for his birthday, but since he doesn't read my blog anyway (!) I may as well tell you. Not only that, but I have one to give away to a LambAround reader. Are you excited? It's...
A GROW YOUR OWN MUSHROOM KIT!!!


Seriously, is that just about the coolest swag you've ever seen? The mushrooms grow right out of the box. Sexy Nerd is going to love this! These Back to the Roots Grow-it-at-Home Mushroom Kits are environmentally friendly, as well as a lot of fun and convenient in the kitchen. Here is some information, straight from the sponsor:

My name is Nikhil Arora, and I’m one of the co-founders of Back to the Roots, a 100% sustainable urban mushroom farm a friend and I  recently started during our last semester in college. We'll collect and reuse 1million lbs of spent coffee grounds this year from local cafes as a soil for our mushrooms!

Follow the instructions inside the box, and you'll get your first harvest in as little as 10 days (be patient though, as you won’t see anything for a week or so, and then they’ll suddenly pop out and grow rapidly!)

A neat idea, right? If you'd like to order one (or 2. or 3!) I have a nifty coupon code that will save you 10% - Mushrooms4me10. These have Sexy Nerd written all over them. They'd also make a great science project for school, though it seems a bit odd to write that following "Sexy Nerd"! Want to win a mushroom kit? Entering is easy peasy.

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment on this post. Any comment at all!

Optional Entries (leave 1 comment per entry method): 
1. Visit Back to the Roots and tell me your favorite recipe from the site.
2. Follow LambAround via GFC (right sidebar).
3. Follow @LambAround via Twitter.
4. Follow LambAround on Facebook.

The Fine Print:
Open to US residents (sorry, my Australian friends!) only. Giveaway ends on 5/30/11. The winner will be selected using Random.org. 

Good luck everyone!


This giveaway has ended, but thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. The lucky winner will be announced soon!

Comments

  1. I'm gonna say the mushroom growing kit intrigues me. I always try to grow other fresh produce during the summer, so why not mushrooms (the good kind), right?

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  2. Well I have to give it to you - this is one of the strangest things I have ever entered to win:) Thanks!
    Lindsay

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  3. I have to give it to you - this is the strangest thing I have ever entered to win.
    Thanks!
    Lindsay

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  4. Oh wow, you received some really nice things!

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  5. Visiting from Tickled Pink!
    As I am trying to put together Sway for a get together, I totally get it! :)
    lots of great stuff!
    gail

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  6. Hi!

    melissa.kelly102310@gmail.com

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  7. im a follower melissa.kelly102310@gmail.com

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  8. Really glad you enjoyed all the sponsors' stuff in your swag bag. Hope to see you again at Camp!

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  9. What a neat idea! I'll definitely be trying the pork chops and 'kraut since we still have a ton of jars of homemade 'kraut from last summer.

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  10. Never tried to grow mushrooms, but this looks fantastic!!! Would be a great activity to do with kids and would be really wonderful for all my summer recipes.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Might actually like to try the Mushrooms and Broccoli, ymmmm.
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  12. Cute blog! I just found you. Can't wait to see more posts. =)

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  13. Follow via GFC under the name of Chip
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  14. The mushrooms and broccoli recipe looks yummy to me. =)

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  15. Follow you on Twitter @chipdip2010
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  16. Sent you a fb request - Jill Lear
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  17. Strange that I would find you on OLS. I have had it in my head to try and grow mushrooms for a week now. I hope I win. This would be so cool to try!
    geneveve2 at gmail dot com

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  18. Mushrooms and Broccoli, yum. A delicious customer recipe!
    I would like this recipe b/c I love mushrooms and am crazy about broccoli!
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  19. Already follow GFC
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  20. I am a new follower on Twitter for @LambAround
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  21. Like Lamb Around on Facebook as Laurie Harrison

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  22. I had a mushroom growing kit years ago and they are a lot of fun! I like the fact that this company reuses coffee grounds from local cafes.

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  23. I think the kit looks really neat. I would love to try it out.

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  24. My favorite recipe is the Mushrooms and Broccoli recipe posted 10/31/2010

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  25. Happy weekend! Don't forget to come over and share a recipe at Savory Sunday!!

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  26. Happy weekend! Don't forget to come over and share a recipe at Savory Sunday!!

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  27. Aside from getting something tasty to eat, this is a great thing to show the grandkids! A grow "your own food" kit
    iridia718 at gmail dot com

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  28. Okay, I put in a comment and it vanished into thin air. Hopefully, I'm not putting in a duplicate. What I said before was approximately--Aside from getting some tasty treats, this is a great kit to show the grandkids. Nature in action!
    iridia718 at gmail dot com

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  29. I LOVE mushrooms - would love to win...thanks for the giveaway!! grammypenny@frontier.com

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  30. Would love to make the Oyster Mushroom Wilted Spinach Salda Recipe !! YUM!! grammypenny@frontier.com

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  31. Friended you on Facebook! Penny Hayes Snyder - grammypenny@frontier.com

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  32. I'm a GFC follower!! grammypenny@frontier.com

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  33. I've always wanted to try growing mushrooms at home!

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  34. I follow you with GFC (and have for a long, long time).

    Love ya!
    Jenn

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  35. The Oyster Mushroom Pasta in Pink sauce over at "Back to the Roots" sounds divine!

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  36. My whole family loves oyster mushrooms sauteed in butter. Yummy!

    Hope to win!

    xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

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  37. I follow via GFC.

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  38. The mushroom kits look amazing!

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  39. What a cool kit! (loves mushrooms)

    I'm your newest follower! Found you via BlogFrog!

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  40. Following you via GFC!

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  41. Grow your own mushroom kits? What a great idea! I can see growing my own and giving kits away as gifts. Thanks for the chance to win one to try! asthenight at gmail dot com

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  42. I like the BTTR Oyster Mushroom Wilted Spinach Salda Recipe. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  43. I followed your blog with Google Friend Connect (Deborah). asthenight at gmail dot com

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  44. I followed LambAround on Twitter @AsTheNight. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  45. I sent you a friend request on Facebook (Deborah Rosen). asthenight at gmail dot com

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  46. My Hubby would love the mushroom kit!!

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  47. It would be awesome to be able to grow my own mushrooms! It would so complete my home grown salads and stir fry dishes! Thanks!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  48. I love the mushrooms and brocolli recipe!

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  49. I'm a GFC follower

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  50. I sent you a facebook friend request (Sk Sweeps)

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  51. This sounds like fun!
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  52. GFC follower
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  53. I follow you on twitter: @lazybones344

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  54. I followed you on twitter! :D @jeccavee
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  55. I love the site's mushroom maki idea, too... It sounds awesome.
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  56. o please count me in!! my youngest son wants one of these so bad--and me too!!! he is a budding gardner and turning 12 next week!
    thanks for the chance
    kendraco22 at yahoo dot com

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  57. mushroom and broccoli sounds yummy--love mushrooms

    kendraco22 at yahoo dot com

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  58. follow u twitter kendra22007
    thanks for the chance

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  59. Awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Chelle
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  60. The BTTR Oyster Mushroom Pasta in Pink Sauce sounds delish.

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  61. Wow, I've always wanted to try one of these grow your own mushroom kits. Thanks for having the giveaway! Would love to win...lol

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  62. ohhh, my husband (who also happens to be a sexy nerd) is fascinated by mycology and this would be such an awesome gift for him!

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  63. following via twitter now!
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  64. and I've friended you on FB
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  65. mushrooms grow well up here in the pacific northwest, I'd love to have my own crop!

    arobertson75 at comcast dot net

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  66. i can't believe these grow in 10 days. awesome!

    janmderr@hotmail.com

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  67. I've always wanted one of these!

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  68. I follow on twitter

    @blandrews13

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  69. I follow on facebook

    Brenda S. A.

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  70. the mushrooms and brocolli looks super yummy

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  71. OK, that sausage key chain creeps me out. We'd love to win the mushroom kit though! hanovertomato at yahoo dot com

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  72. We love mushrooms and i think growing our own would be awesome,great review,i am going to check them out for sure
    thanks!!

    cyclona66 at aol dot com

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  73. i like the Mushrooms and Broccoli recipe,two of my favorite things..yum!

    cyclona66 at aol dot com

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  74. Sounds very interesting-first time I ever heard of growing your own mushrooms! Hey, it might be the new big thing.
    diane Baum
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  75. Awesome! My husband has wanted to cultivate mushrooms for quite a while.

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

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  76. I follow you via Twitter. I am @purplelarkspur

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  77. I follow you via GFC

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  78. The recipe for Roasted Salmon with Oyster Mushrooms in Red Wine sounds delicious!

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  79. mushrooms are such a highly under-rated food....such a pariah...but we love those little fungi(s). thanks for the chance!
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

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  80. i would love to try the mushroom maki...
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

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  81. what a fun giveaway!

    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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  82. gfc follower kolpin
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  83. twitter follower @kolpin4680 kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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  84. i like the Oyster Mushroom Wilted Spinach Salda Recipe
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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  85. Wow! That is so cool! I've never seen anything like that. Mushrooms growing out of a box? Just so cool.

    tdlsfm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  86. i'd love to grow these with my 9 year old daughter - she loves mushrooms and i think she would love them even more if she grew her own!

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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  87. i think the BTTR Oyster Mushroom Pasta in Pink Sauce sounds yummy!

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  88. i Follow LambAround via GFC as mary

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  89. i Follow @LambAround via Twitter as neneandlulu

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  90. i Follow LambAround on Facebook as mary gardner

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  91. I was more interested in how they got started than in the recipes. What is so unique about Back to the Roots is its completely closed loop system. So interesting!

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  92. GFC follower - Tonya Dean
    Thanks for the chance!

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  93. Puffballs are okay too. The native Indians loved them.

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  94. I love mushrooms, when I lived in Michigan we would hunt them. Usually whenever I cook I am adding mushrooms to the dish and extra at that.

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  95. The mushroom farm sounds fun!

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  96. Oyster Mushroom Pasta in Pink Sauce.

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  97. This kit is super cool, my daughter would really love it!

    justine417@comcast.net

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  98. I visited Back To The Roots and my fave recipe is 'Mushrooms and Broccoli', those are two of my faves!

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  99. I'm following you via gfc

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  100. I like you on facebook

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  102. Thanks for mentioning our swag (Purple Kiwi Cookbook and packaged Crepes)! Glad it didn't make the miss list. If you haven't already tried the Crepes, we recommend them with nutella, topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries! Or, you could try a Crepe S'More if you're feeling creative.

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