9/3/13

ABK Green Smoothie and 5 year Blogiversary Blendtec Giveaway!


It's been five years since I started blogging.  Five years and four hundred and sixty seven recipes after I posted  Watermelon Salad,  I still love sharing recipes and the stories behind them. To celebrate the five year mark, I'm having a BLENDTEC BLENDER giveaway!
Oh my.
This is the very best blender.
On the planet.
I know you've seen the "Will it Blend" videos :)
Want to hear the story behind our little connection with Blendtec?
I'll try to make it short.




Remember when the smoothie shops started popping up everywhere? There was a Zuka Juice shop (now Jamba) around the corner from Grant's office.  One day, while we were waiting in line to get a smoothie, I told Grant (my in-house patent attorney)  he should get the name of the company that makes the smoothie blender and see if they had a patent attorney. He wrote down the name of the blender, contacted Tom Dickson, owner and inventor at Blendtec. The rest is history. Eventually, Grant helped Blendtec get a patent for the 5-sided "Wild Side" jar. You've seen it, right?  The Wild Side jar was so successful at blending "twice the work in half the time" that the biggest name in the blending industry, Vita-Mix, copied Dickson's  5-sided jar.
Oops. Bad idea.
Grant, his brother Brett, and the Holland & Hart team sued Vita-Mix for patent infringement. After six years, they won the largest patent infringement award in the history of the state of Utah. Hooray for Tom and Blendtec. Love it when the system works.
So there you have it, the short version of why it's not a good idea to copy your neighbors work.

Want to know how to win the Designer Series Blendtec with Wildside Jar  ?






The giveaway will be a little different this time because it's all on Pinterest!
If you don't have a Pinterest account, read this post for step-by-step instructions on set up. Thank you again to Corrine at Mint Arrow for guest blogging with Pinterest tips!


A Bountiful Kitchen's Pinterest giveaway rules: 

2. Pin the giveaway post.  
3. For extra entries, pin up to 5 recipes from A Bountiful Kitchen per day. (please make sure they are ABK recipes, pin directly from the ABK site. 


the not so small print:
Winner will be chosen at random and MUST follow A Bountiful Kitchen on Pinterest, and have pinned the original contest post (this post) to be eligible. The giveaway will run from Tuesday, September 3, 2013 to Thursday, September 5, 2013 at midnight, Pacific Time.  The winner will be announced Friday morning September 6, 2013 and will be chosen by Random Number Generator. U.S. residents only. 
I was not paid or received products for this post. The opinions shared are my own. The giveaway item was purchased by me, for you.


Hello. Cooking blog.
Here's a recipe for my favorite smoothie. I came up with this back in January, and have been making one almost every morning since. It's not a beautiful green smoothie, because I always add blueberries. Mine is kind of a purple-brown smoothie. Appetizing, right? But it tastes good and it's  simple, and gets a few fruits and veggies into my system each day. After I make this, I pour two glasses and in a bit of a falsetto do "cheers" with Grant and say "to our health". I know. Not normal behavior.
Have a great week!






ABK's Favorite Green Breakfast Smoothie
A Bountiful Kitchen
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16 oz cold water
2-3 cups fresh spinach
6 frozen strawberries
1 medium carrot or a handful of baby carrots
1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
1 apple, cored
1 ripe banana

Pour water into pitcher. Add spinach, strawberries, carrot, blueberries, apple and banana.
Place lid on blender and blend until smooth. I use the #5 setting on my blender which is a 40 second blend.

Tips:
-I like to use frozen strawberries, even when fresh are available, because it makes the smoothie a bit thicker and serves also to make it cold.
-to easily core the apple I set it on a cutting board and make four slices around the core. No peeling needed.
-Melinda taught me this trick, if you purchase spinach and you think it may spoil before you use it up, place the leaves in a Ziplock in the freezer and use the spinach frozen. Same goes for any fruits or veggies you want to use in the smoothie.

53 comments:

  1. I follow A Bountiful Kitchen on Pinterest.

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  2. I pinned the giveaway with the hashtag. http://pinterest.com/Cinbat03/blogging/

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  3. I have been reading your blog for a couple of years and share your recipes with my friends who like to cook! I just started following you on Pinterest this past year! I would be overjoyed if I won the Blendtec! I have been pining away for the past 2 years for one! I'm excited to learn of your daughter's blog, Mint Arrow and will be following her on Pinterest as well.

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    1. Thanks Stephanie, it's always nice to hear from people who cook from ABK! You will love Mint Arrow as well. Corrine does an amazing job of finding deals on everything we need (and lots of things we don't need! ) Good luck!

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  4. I pinned 5 recipes from A Bountiful Kitchen a day with the hashtag.

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  5. Thank you for this awesome giveaway! I am new to your blog but am looking forward to following it.

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    1. Kae, Thank you for following! Hope you will find recipes you love here . Good luck with the giveaway!

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  6. I follow on Pinterest and pinned the giveaway!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/274790014737497265/

    katiemur@gmail.com

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  7. I pinned 5 recipes with the hashtag #ABKblendtecgiveaway

    katiemur@gmail.com

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  8. I also pinned 5 smoothie recipes with the hashtag #ABKblendtecgiveaway

    katiemur@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for following Katie and good luck!

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  9. I follow Bountiful Kitchen on Pinterest.
    nmhutchison

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  10. I pinned this giveaway too!
    URL link: http://pinterest.com/pin/131167407870446928/

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  11. I pinned this too! Thanks Nicole Hutchison! I follow you on Pinterest and would never have known about this blog if it weren't for you! :)

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  12. I pinned!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/60235713739309377/

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  13. I pinned up 5 smoothie recipes for 9/3.
    http://pinterest.com/Cinbat03/drinks-shots-smoothies-shakes/

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  14. I pinned! I hope I win, I am dying for a blender!!

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  15. I Follow A Bountiful Kitchen on Pinterest . (Kelly Saver)
    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  16. I pinned the giveaway http://pinterest.com/pin/170925748330865339/

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  17. Do we need to comment when we pin? or as long as we put the hashtag you can find it?

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    1. I am curious on this too. Do we need to comment here that we followed the steps?

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    2. I am with you both. I attempted to search #ABKblendtecgiveaway with no results, not even my own pins showed up so I hope they are able to be found (if not this is a fun blog and I found some good smoothie recipes).

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    3. Syme Family,
      You do not need to leave a comment after you enter, only pin the original post and ABK recipes. I updated the post just now, see the contest rules, the hashtag is not being recognized by Pinterest for some unknown reason. No hashtag needed. Just Pin. Thanks for entering!
      Si

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  18. I follow on Pinterest (pinterest.com/anzhiey)

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  19. pinterest.com/robinosully
    I follow Si- A Bountiful Kitchen on Pinterest!
    Thank you!
    osullivanrobin1@gmail.com

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  20. osullivanrobin1@gmail.com
    I pinned the giveaway!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/188799409351995249/

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  21. Following and pinned!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/193936327676820143/

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  22. Had no idea about the controversy! So interesting.
    Thanks for the chance to win! (pinned as Motherland)

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  23. Do we have to post each time we do one of the qualifying steps? Will our posts be what determine our entries or will the hashtags on pins? (BTW you said to put the hashtag in the comments, so I did that was well as put it in the descriptios; I hope that's alright).

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    1. Oops just ran into an issue. I began pinning smoothie recipes, but when I went to put the hashtag in the comment section, Pinterest gave me this message, "Sorry! You've hit a comment block. We think you were trying to post content that might be spam." I tried it with a second in and got the same message.

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    2. Hi Annette,
      No posting comment needed, but I do love to hear from you here! :)
      Read the above comments about the hashtag change, sorry for the confusion!
      Si

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  24. I Follow A Bountiful Kitchen on Pinterest

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  25. I pinned this post like you requested as well

    http://pinterest.com/pin/86975836527080439/

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  26. I don't know if we need to leave a comment or not, but just in case, I pinned the contest and a few of my fave recipes from your blog. Thanks Si! This is an awesome giveaway.

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    1. Hi Christine,
      You are so very welcome! Glad you are loving the recipes. Thanks for the note and happy Pinning and cooking!
      Si

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  27. Repinned the giveaway, follow you on Pinterest, and pinned a bunch of recipes that sound GREAT!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, let us know if you try any of the recipes!
      Good luck :)

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  28. So appreciate how fabulous & generous you are! You're definitely one of my role models (& from such a young age). Hope I'm half the woman you are when I'm a mom! I've (obvi) been pinning ABK recipes & smoothie recipes as well. Love you, & thanks millions!

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    1. Lo
      You are very kind! I love you too :)
      Good luck!!

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  29. I follow A Bountiful Kitchen on Pinterest - s a n d y h i l l s 2 5 @ y a h o o . c o m

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    1. Thanks for following Shaunie! Good luck!

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  30. I Follow you on Pinterest and pinned this giveaway.

    I also pinned 5 recipes from A Bountiful Kitchen and 5 smoothie recipes with the hashtag.

    wakechick25@yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for entering Tara! Good luck!!

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  31. Thank you so much! I also pinned for extra points!
    http://pinterest.com/jacqgrif/yummy-things-make-me-happy/

    jacqgrif2@yahoo.com

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    1. You're welcome! Good luck with the giveaway :)

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