Welcome to the second giveaway of Project Give! It’s October! Which means, a Halloween themed giveaway. I’m not really sure why I decided to have a Halloween themed giveaway because I usually don’t do anything but eat caramel apples. I’ve never carved a pumpkin before. And I’ve never been trick-or-treating. Did I grow up in a bubble? Probably. I thank my parents for that every year by reminding them they robbed me of my childhood. ANYWAY, I’d like to tell you a story about a very special young man that deserves every bit of praise and then some.
One of the organizations that I follow is Operation Homefront and they do a lot to help lower enlisted military personnel, veterans, and their families. Every year they have an award called the Military Child Of The Year award. It’s awarded to one military brat in each branch of service. I was reading the profiles for the winners last year and the Navy recipient caught my eye. He was 9 years old when he won the award (I think he’s 10 now). They call him Nate The Great. When you’ve heard about what he’s done in those short 9 years, you’ll understand why they call him that. Nate’s father is in the Navy and he has three older brothers who are also in the military. I believe two joined the Navy following in their father’s footsteps while one became a marine. He’s the second youngest of six children. What I thought was crazy was the fact that three of his brothers and his father were all deployed at one point. He probably has more volunteer hours under his belt than I do. He devotes his time to leading the anti-bully committee at his school and volunteers at the USO in San Diego. He also writes a blog. Yes, you read correctly. At the age of 9, he has a blog. His stories are awesome too! Nate, if you’re reading this than just keep doing what you’re doing. You’re such an inspiration.
When I thought up this project I was focused on helping military spouses because my friend’s a military spouse. Than I thought to myself, what about military kids? I can help military spouses by helping military kids. I’ve heard many stories about mom or dad (in some cases both) missing holidays and special occasions that it breaks my heart. Part of what Nate does with the USO is help military spouses by helping other military kids who have their mom or dad deployed. I brainstormed and decided that my love for Halloween came from caramel apples. Inspired by this 10 year old young man, I only saw it fitting to share the apples this year. So to all the military spouses who have kids (or husbands with a sweet tooth/you have a sweet tooth), celebrate Halloween this year with FOUR delicious caramel apples (2 of your choice) from Sinfully Sweet Apple Company. You do not need to have kids to enter in the giveaway. I’m not here to judge 😛 All giveaways are funded by me, unless otherwise stated.
I’ve become quite the caramel apple snob over the years. As a caramel apple snob, I don’t take to the ones they sell at The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or the grocery stores. The apple has to be tart and crunchy. The caramel has to be gooey and delicious and not disgustingly gloopy that it sticks to your teeth. The best caramel apples I’ve had were bought from a hidden gem in La Verne, California. Sinfully Sweet Apple Company! They’ve dedicated most of their store to caramel apples. Their apples are huge! I usually share one with someone. They’ve also been featured on The Food Network show Kid in a Candy Store.
2 Halloween apples
– Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas): caramel apple dipped in white chocolate with a face drawn
– Minion (Despicable Me): caramel apple dipped in yellow colored white chocolate with spiked hair made with shaved chocolate and a face drawn
2 apples of your choice (pick two please!)
– White Chocolate Raspberry: caramel apple covered in white raspberry flavored chocolate, rolled in crushed Oreo cookies and drizzled with red color ganache. Also garnished with a raspberry gummy
– Snickers: caramel apple covered in milk chocolate, rolled in crushed peanuts and drizzle with more milk chocolate. Garnished with sliced Snickers
– Red Peanut (one of my faves!): apple covered in red caramel (it’s a little sweeter than regular caramel) and rolled in crushed peanuts (you usually find these at the grocery store)
– Apple Pie: caramel apple covered in white chocolate, rolled in cinnamon sugar, drizzle with more white chocolate, and garnished with a rose candy
– Red Caramel OR Regular Caramel: apple covered in red caramel or regular brown caramel
To enter the giveaway, you must…
– Be a military spouse
– Have a blog
– Enter through rafflecopter (only rafflecopter entries will be accepted)
– Live in the U.S. (this giveaway only ships in the U.S.)
– Only enter this giveaway once
The winner will be announced on Sunday at 8pm via my blog. The winner will have two days to contact me with their shipping information and caramel apple choices. If I have not been contacted within two days, another winner will be chosen. Since the apples are perishable, they will be sent directly to your doorstep to ensure freshness.
Each giveaway will include a Cherish Every Moment bracelet and card to support The Dax Locke Foundation. Please consider making a donation and help Dax’s mom, Julie reach her goal of raising $1.6 million to run St. Jude’s hospital for one day in his honor.
Project Give will have a giveaway posted the first of every month. Good luck to everyone!
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