Baker Mills Kodiak Cakes - Fun Stuff! Giveaway Winners
Serena Miller shared the following in comments on Diana's review:
There have been so many comments about the meals at the lumber camp making readers hungry, I've decided to share my deep, dark, cooking secret.
I have no earthly idea how to make a decent flapjack from scratch.
Oh, I've tried. I wanted to create a tasty, healthy, whole-grain product. To that end, I tried concoction after concoction but everything I made was heavy and flat. My family ate them, but they weren't real happy about it.
Then I discovered Baker Mills Kodiak Cakes on an end cap at Big Lots about a month ago. The front of the box says "Frontier Flapjack and Waffle Mix. All natural whole wheat, oats & honey. Add water only."
Never heard of them, but I bought one box out of curiosity. I mean, I found them at BIG LOTS! How good could they possibly be, right? And add water only? The only pancakes I had ever made with an "add water only" on the front tasted like wallpaper paste.
To make a long story even longer--after one bite of those flapjacks, I headed right back out the door and cleared out Big Lots end cap. My d-i-l drove to a neighboring town and we cleared out THAT Big Lots store as well. The boxes are all now residing in my freezer.
Here's the thing--these flapjacks are the best I've ever tasted. Whole-grain wheat flour, whole-grain oat flour, non-fat dry milk, honey, egg whites, salt, and leavening. That's it. No weird ingredients. Even my ultra-picky eight-year-old grandson scarfs them down and asks for seconds. (He obviously hasn't caught on to the fact that they're good for him) I was so afraid of running out of my flapjack stash this winter, that I was relieved when I went to their website www.kodiakcakes.com and found out that I could order them direct from the company.
Now here's the REAL surprise! At the New York Fancy Foods show--which has about 10,000 new products each year--Weight Watchers chose these flapjacks as one of their TOP TEN favorite foods and give them a 1 point rating per 4-inch flapjack. How about that? You can eat a stack of them without feeling guilty.
Disclaimer: I do NOT own stock in this company, nor am I related to any of the owners, and this was not a paid public announcement! (CFP: Nor me!)
Well, when I checked out the site to give you all the contact information, I went ahead and wrote a little "thank you" to the company, and told them about my book and my failure to come up with something near to what my lumber camp cook would have made. I did NOT expect to get a reply.
BUT last evening, I got an e-mail from the Kodiak Flapjacks people--a Cameron Smith--thanking me for my post and saying that they had just ordered The Measure Of Katie Calloway from Amazon and was going to make it mandatory reading for everyone who worked there. He also offered to send me some free boxes of the flapjack mix as a thank-you.
Since I already have a year's worth of this yummy product--I shot back a reply asking if, instead, we could give away whatever amount he was going to send ME to use as a prize for some of YOU!
I had already contacted Carrie to see if she thought it was a good idea, and she loved it.
Unfortunately, I think he must not work on Saturday. I haven't gotten a reply today although I've been checking about every half-hour. I'm hoping for one on Monday.
Anyway, I just thought it would be so neat if I could offer a bonus prize to thank all of you for your wonderful comments and encouragement this week.
So what I want to do--if it is still okay with Carrie--is to go ahead and do two more drawings and giveaways. I'll guarantee mailing a box of Kodiak Flapjack mix to two different winners as a small thank you for an amazing week. If Kodiak decides to kick in whatever they were intending to send to me, that will be just that much better. And no--I won't be taking the two boxes from my freezer stash (lol) I'll have them sent straight from the company to you.
So Carrie and Diana--if you don't mind cranking up the random.org selection process two more times--I would appreciate it.
And thank all of you, once again, for welcoming me so warmly onto this site!
THANKS SERENA - WE ARE GONNA MISS YOU!!!
Winners this week for books were: Nora St. Laurent and Kathy Maher. Congrats you two! Am going to random.org, again right now for two more winners - pancake mix, yum.