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

by on May 2, 2013 · 101 comments

(Giveaway Over)

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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Published on May 2, 2013
Shana May 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm

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

Bill May 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

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.

Cindy Patterson May 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

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

Jenny May 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Definitely love having a good glass of wine!

latanya May 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

a lot of hugs, kisses, laughs, and I love you

Margaux DelGuidice May 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

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

Beth May 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I use any reason to make a dessert.

Martha in KS May 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm

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.

tara May 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

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

Sophia May 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm

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

Judy May 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

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

Harmony B May 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm

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

Nancy Wilcox May 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm

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

Shelly May 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I love to bake a new dessert!

Susan C May 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

They all revolve around big family get togethers with lots of food!

Steven May 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm

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.

Karen - Cinnamon Freud May 3, 2013 at 1:06 am

I love to celebrate every day with food- even if it’s just making a small treat or making someone’s favorite meal for dinner or grabbing a favorite candy bar

Gloria May 3, 2013 at 1:55 am

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!!

Paula B. May 3, 2013 at 2:53 am

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!

Patti L. May 3, 2013 at 4:58 am

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

Tierney M. May 3, 2013 at 7:27 am

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.

Neiddy May 3, 2013 at 8:19 am

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

valerie May 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

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!

Beth Gallagher May 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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.

Sherry May 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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!!

june7 May 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

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.

Andrea May 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm

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!

Katie M May 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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.

laurra May 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

The new mixes would be great to try. Can’t wait

sarah May 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

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!

Sondra May 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm

We cook a meal. We each make something so no one has too much to do.

beth May 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Lighting a “victory candle” for an achievement.

Blessie Nelson May 4, 2013 at 3:37 am

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

Martha in Georgia May 4, 2013 at 6:36 am

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!

Shannon May 4, 2013 at 9:21 am

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

shirley May 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

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!

Kelli May 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I love to see family & friends enjoying something I’ve baked or cooked.

Sara May 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I like a special breakfast. Start the day off right!

Kari M May 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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

Susan J May 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I’m a food person, so we celebrate with favorite meals or desserts.

Emily May 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm

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

D SCHMIDT May 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm

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

Allisha Gold May 5, 2013 at 2:06 am

I celebrate every day occasions by getting out the ice cream and toppings! Thank you!

Ashley H May 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I celebrate with a good meal and some wine.

Cori May 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I celebrate my keeping a vase of fresh flowers on the counter.

Carolyn G May 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

We celebrate by cooking a special meal during the week.

lisa May 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

special little treats and laughter!

Carolsue May 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

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

KAthy S May 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm

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

Michelle P. May 6, 2013 at 12:47 am

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

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