Giveaway! Celebrating Every Day Occasions With Pillsbury Seasonal Cake & Cookie Mixes

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Hooray!  I have yet another fun giveaway from Pillsbury Baking.  The theme is “Celebrating Every Day Occasions”, one of which just happens to be the change of seasons.

Pillsbury Seasonal Mixes

With Spring in full bloom and Summer on the way, Pillsbury is introducing frosting, cake and cookie mixes that capture the essence of warmer months, vacations in the islands and the ice cream pops you used to eat as a kid.  I’ve sampled the Key Lime cake mix and the Orangesicle Cream Cookie mix.  Now it’s your turn.  However, before you find them on the baking aisle, take a shot at a free sample.  This giveaway includes the following:

• One box each Summer Seasonal Cake & Cookie Mixes
• Frostings (1 each of Creamy Supreme Key Lime and Creamy Supreme Orangesicle)
• $50 dollar Visa or American Express gift card — Total value of giveaway is $60

For a chance at receiving the sample pack, leave a tip in the comment section telling me how you celebrate every day occasions.  Make sure to comment before midnight on Sunday.  I will pick one comment the following Monday (May 6) and notify the commenter that day.

I’m looking forward to reading the ways you celebrate every day occasions.  Some of my favorite ways to celebrate are

— by grilling dinner (or letting Todd grill dinner) and serving it with a bottle of wine and a fun dessert.

— planting a new herb or flower.  I’ve always been a terrible gardener, but I keep at it anyway and have found that with practice and trying new and different plants, I’ve actually managed to grow a few things.

— baking something seasonal. Obviously, Pillsbury made that easy by sending samples of Key Lime and Orange Creamsicle cake mix.


Inspired by all the green in my yard and my success with the front garden, I decided to take advantage of the new lime cake mix and make a cupcake version of the Creamy Lemon Lime Cake recipe on the back of the cake mix box.  Todd loved them.  I thought they were pretty good too.

lime cupcake

But I have to admit, I liked the flavor of the orange cookie mix even better.  Plus Pillsbury had a few interesting recipes that called for it, including these Orange Twist Pinwheel Sandwich Cookies.  These were Fuzz’s favorite.

orangesice orange cream pinwheels

Now it’s your turn to try the new items.  Good luck with the giveaway, and if you have a chance, stop by the Pillsbury Baking Facebook Page to check out all the special promotions including the Create Your Own Celebration Calendar which is pretty cute.

 Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Pillsbury, but I sampled the treats and the opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Nicole says

    I like to celebrate everyday occasions by getting outside! Before it gets too hot here in Austin it’s nice to get out in the evenings and enjoy the beautiful city!

  2. Rachel says

    I celebrate everyday occasions by sharing a treat with my kids…a piece of chocolate in their lunch, a cookie after dinner, extra toppings for their ice cream. Anything that will make them smile and feel just a little bit more special!

  3. Mandy Blank says

    Now and then, we’ll have a living room picnic with the kids. We’ll spread a big blanket on the floor and all sit there in front of cartoons and eat our lunch/dinner. It’s a lot of fun!!

  4. Maureen says

    I will make something sweet for dinner. I have been known to bake just some brownies or a white chocolate cheese bars for a just event. A just event is something special for that day.

  5. Mindy Sauther says

    We take advantage of the warm weather by grilling and eating on the deck. I like to make treats too and the kids share with the neighbors.

  6. Cheryl says

    We usually get our now adult family together each of us bringing something to the celebration. I usually end up with the bread, dessert and salad. The best celebration dinners are BBQs and sitting around watching a HBO presentation.

  7. tiffany says

    I usually make a fancy dinner with steaks and potatoes and spinach. Those new cake mixes look interesting. I’ve seen them at Target but not tried them yet.

  8. Shari says

    If it’s an everyday celebration, we’ll have something for dinner that everyone likes, and maybe pull cupcakes out of the freezer. P.S. I was just thinking that biscoff might go really well with orange – I bet biscoff frosting on creamsicle cupcakes would be good!

  9. Carolyn says

    We celebrate everyday occaisions with a special dessert… for example, instead of ice cream in a bowl, I make sundae’s in waffle bowls, making a favourite cookie, etc.

  10. Stephanie-Oh says

    We celebrate the warm, gorgeous weather by grilling and eating on the deck.

  11. Jennifer J-W says

    We celebrate by going on a walk (okay, a walk to the ice cream shop down the road.)

  12. says

    We celebrate the warm weather by going to our local Dairy Queen. We buy our favorite treats and then sit outside on their picnic tables and people watch.

  13. Teresa says

    We celebrate by hanging out together! And with ice cream with homemade hot fudge sauce……

  14. polly says

    I like to begin celebrating the weather change by getting the grill ready for our busy spring and summer.

  15. Rhonda S in Wyoming says

    When my 7 yr old has a great day at school, we go get ice cream and go to the skate park! He likes to talk, so a good day at school is a wonderful reason to celebrate!

  16. Mami2jcn says

    We make homemade ice cream when we want to celebrate! It tastes incredible and the kids think it’s fun!

  17. Jessie C. says

    We celebrate great weather by going out picnic in the park or by the river.

  18. Danielle T says

    we celebrate fridays by drinking out of champagne flutes (just for juice, to be fun!)

  19. Patty H says

    We celebrate with our daughters and their families usually with a cake my daughter decorates. She is really good at it. Whomever gets the cake feels very special.

  20. Gianna says

    A delicious frosted cake for any day is always nice for a surprise celebration.

  21. Emilia H. says

    Usually celebrations involve food in some way. Whether baking or cooking something special or ordering out. But sometimes I celebrate by buying something I’ve had my eye on for a while, like a special book.

  22. cardamonbraid says

    By nature i’m always a explorer looking for a challenge. When it comes to celebrating any occasion is trying to make something that someone can’t leave the house without asking How did you make that or can I have the recipe.

  23. Julie Depue says

    We like to celebrate an average day, by leaving a special note in a lunch bag or on a car seat, letting the person know that today they are thought of. Have even left an anonymous note for neighbors and coworkers. It’s great to see how it brightens someone’s day.

  24. barbara n says

    We celebrate every day occasions by joining with family and friends for a big pot luck dinner!

  25. kris says

    I start with decorating the mantel to a theme each month, then bake stuff in that theme all month long. Since the weather is nice get together with family and friends more with bbq and pool parties!

  26. Karen says

    A just because day usually means hanging out in my pajamas longer and having homemade popcorn/oranges or apples for supper and watching a movie or reading a book. If I want to bake it will be a loaf of bread like cheddar cheese or cottage cheese dill bread.
    I like the idea of both flavors of cake mix but the orangesicle one really catches my taste buds.

  27. Leslie A. says

    Every once in a while I like to set a nice table, light a few candles, and make one of our favorite dinners. This is typically followed by a homemade dessert. 🙂

  28. Michelle R. says

    I celebrate with my family by making something nice for dinner and dessert and doing something together, such as watching a movie or TV show we all enjoy.

  29. Jason says

    We celebrate with some grilling! Sitting on the deck while some awesome stuff sizzles on the grill is a great way to celebrate!

  30. Margot C says

    It doesn’t take that much to make a day special, make it a celebration – flowers on the table … and cake (!) are my recommendations.

  31. Anne says

    Since I love to bake, I usually celebrate everyday occasions with something freshly baked to suit the occasion.

  32. Phyllis says

    Having my husband grill the entire meal and eating it outside makes any day special.

  33. Jennie says

    We always seem to celebrate by getting the family and extended family together for lunch or dinner!

  34. krista says

    baking has always been the way we celebrate anything here. i remember my mom always made me brownies on report card day and it is tradition i want to keep alive

  35. Callie says

    I celebrate everyday occasions by enjoying a hot cup of coffee with creamer!

  36. Andrea D. says

    My way to celebrate everyday is making a yummy meal with dessert since I don’t make them very often. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  37. Amber says

    My way of celebrating everyday is by baking. I love baking and the joy that it can bring to others!

  38. Mel C says

    My favorite way to celebrate everyday is by making cupcakes! I have a little plastic cupcake holder that I send to school with my granddaughter. She is in kindergarten and can read very well, so I give her little reminders of how much I love her taped on the cupcake holder. A different message whenever she takes one to school.

  39. Caley says

    I like surprising people with little gifts, like something I bake, flowers, or a small luxury I know they will enjoy.

  40. Shana says

    By squeezing your loved once a little tighter when they come home and sharing the special even with a sweet treat.

  41. Bill says

    I haven’t tried the cake mixes, but I have had the orange icing and it was very good. I used it on some brownies.

  42. Cindy Patterson says

    For our family celebrating big or not so big occasions ALWAYS includes dessert! Nothing like some sugar to brighten your day!

  43. Margaux DelGuidice says

    By making baking and cooking a family affair! It’s always more fun when everyone helps out!

  44. Martha in KS says

    I too enjoy planting in the spring. But guess what – it’s snowing in KC! My lilacs bloomed yesterday & are now weighted down, and my beautiful tulips are freezing. Sad.

  45. tara says

    I love to make myself an adult milkshake – milk, ice cream and a splash of Bailey’s!

  46. says

    I love to bake something fun – especially cupcakes! Or give myself the night off to just watch my favorite shows 🙂

  47. Judy says

    Our special occasions meal would sometimes be hamburgers on the grill with all the fixin’s to be eaten by candlelight.

  48. Harmony B says

    Baking is one of my favorite memories as a kid. Now I can pass along the fun with my kids

  49. Nancy Wilcox says

    Our special occasions always include food…. a meal or maybe just a new dessert.

  50. Steven says

    I drink one can of soda every day, because I enjoy it no matter what they say about it. They say you should do everything in moderation, including moderation.

  51. says

    I celebrate every day by cleaning up dishes from my husband’s cooking. A fair trade!
    Plus sharing pieces of fruit with him. I would love to try these Pillsbury products-especially since they come from Minnesota!!

  52. Paula B. says

    Like many who’ve commented, I always like to have some home-baked treats at the ready, or at the least, plenty of ingredients on hand to make cookies or brownies at a moment’s notice. And then there are the extra touches that elevate the ordinary: my own hot fudge or caramel sauce for ice cream; colored sprinkles for garnishing; dried coconut, a nice addition for so many desserts; and fresh whipped cream, just the best finishing touch!

  53. Patti L. says

    I enjoy everyday with my Husband & 2 Basset Hounds. A piece of dessert everyday is a must!

  54. Tierney M. says

    Going out for a walk with the family on one of these warm and beautiful nights. The weather in DC has been alittle cool, but nice.

  55. Neiddy says

    Baking is our favorite way to celebrate everyday occasions, A sweet treat makes life sweeter!

  56. valerie says

    Maybe not the most healthy, but every once in a while, just for fun, we’ll give each of the kids $1 a make a trip to the nearby gas station. They get to spend their $1 on any candy they want. It’s great fun!

  57. Beth Gallagher says

    We celebrate by planting a new plant or flower, or for the bigger occasions – a tree. We will plant a small cherry tree this month to celebrate the 6th anniversary of our children’s adoption. There really is nothing like a living way to build memories! Now whenever we look around our home & yard, we remember all the wonderful times we celebrated by planting.

  58. Sherry says

    We have a fairly new way of celebrating everyday occassions. A year or so ago my granddaughter brought home and exceptionally good report card. After we’d all oooo’d and aaaaa’d over it she threw up her hands and said “I know what we need: celebration pie!!!” Since that day whenever we want to make the day more special–it’s time for celebration pie!!

  59. june7 says

    Candles. Everything tastes better when eaten by candlelight, which sets the mood and makes you slow down. Plus it hides the fact that my food may taste good but looks different from the photo on the website.

  60. Andrea says

    My husband is the day to day cook at our house and I’m the baker (which doesn’t happen every day or even every week!) so every once in a while I surprise my husband and bake one of his favorite things (including Key Lime Pie) – just because. I think we have good intentions of celebrating every day occasions but we just get busy, distracted, etc. Thanks for the reminder!

  61. Katie M says

    We celebrate everyday occasions by using the special set of dishes that are reserved for celebrations. Just dining on unique plates makes a meal feel celebratory.

  62. sarah says

    we celebrate with a favorite meal – it may not be anything special to anybody outside our family – but “dad’s mexican meatloaf” is still a treat!

  63. Blessie Nelson says

    We celebrate by thanking God and praying and inviting friends to share the happiness at our home for food!

  64. Martha in Georgia says

    I celebrate by cutting fresh flowers from the yard and putting them on the kitchen table. The celebration might be for something as simple as a clean kitchen!

  65. Shannon says

    I celebrate with a special homemade dinner and dessert. Hubby takes on dinner. I take on dessert.

  66. shirley says

    Often we celebrate a special day or special occasion with a dessert. However, now that we’re retired and the grown children living in other states – we’ll sometimes celebrate with an appetizer and a special ‘new-to-us’ cocktail or just the usual glass of wine.
    The Pillsbury products sound/look interesting…. would be fun to try!

  67. Kari M says

    Pancakes for breakfast for the kids and cocktails with dinner for the adults!

  68. Emily says

    I like wearing something slightly fancy. Putting on a skirt or some heels makes any occasion feel special.

  69. D SCHMIDT says

    I celebrate every day occasions by baking a cake or having a picnic with my children.

  70. Carolsue says

    I always try to find some food item that represents whatever holiday or event is taking place. Pinterest is a good place to start!

  71. KAthy S says

    We celebrate with family dinners. Those home always eat together at the table.

  72. Michelle P. says

    We celebrate special family achievements by using a “celebrate” plate and serving the person’s favorite dinner!