23 and 24 Down + Winner

It has been a while since I’ve posted about books I’ve been reading.  I’m still on track to finish 50 Books in 2012 but I need to pick up the pace a bit.

I recently read Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz–this was a book I picked up from the deep discount table when Borders was going out of business and it has been on my shelf for a while.  It’s the story of a Princeton admissions counselor and it follows her through the recruiting and admissions season and her ups and downs in life.  There’s an affair, a love interest, a child who was given up for adoption, and a big twist at the end.  It’s a relatively light read and I enjoyed it.

A second recent read was a real disappointment.  I read Little Bee when it first came out and really enjoyed it so I was excited to pick up Gold by Chris Cleave.

Source: Amazon

I thought it would help with my Olympics jet lag.  Not so much.  It’s the story of two British women who are indoor cyclists and they are preparing for London 2012.  There’s a lot of back and forth between past Olympics they have competed in.  In fact, the entire book is short snippets of back and forth.  One of the cyclists has a child (Sophie) who is battling cancer and much of the story is told in Sophie’s voice.  Unfortunately it was a book that I had trouble really getting into and reviews have been tough on this follow-up to Cleave’s best-seller (Little Bee).

In more exciting news, we have a winner of the PRETZILLA ® giveaway!  Congratulations Jill!

Please email me your address (or Twitter DM) and I’ll pass your info on to the folks at Miller Baking Company.  A huge thank you! to Miller Baking Company for this giveaway.

PRETZILLA ® Buns Giveaway

Happy Friday!

I’m excited to share a giveaway with you today.  Have you heard of or tried pretzel buns?

The fabulous and delicious PRETZILLA ® soft pretzel buns are a treat for your burger, hot dog, veggie burger, sandwich.

These buns are a crowd favorite.  I’ve brought them to family dinners and they go great with a burger fresh off the grill.  My dad is the most generous person and is always sending people home with food – however, the remaining PRETZILLA ® buns were not going anywhere.  He was geared up to keep them for sandwiches and leftovers!

The other day I arrived home to this box – what a treat!

Compliments of Miller Baking Company

And inside:

Burger Buns, Sausage Buns, Mini Buns

I have a lot of grilling ideas on tap and look forward to being creative in the kitchen.  Miller Baking Company is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, company that has been hand-crafting old world recipes since 1923.  They’ve taken a 12-centruy invention – the pretzel – and turned it into a delicious bun.  Check out the ingredients and nutrition info–clean and vegan.

Here’s the great news for you–Miller Baking Company would like to send a reader a box of PRETZILLA ® buns!  There’s still a lot of summer weather to be had, so why not accessorize your cook-out with PRETZILLA ®buns?! 

How to enter:

1.  Mandatory:  Leave a comment telling me how you’d plan to use the PRETZILLA ® buns

Additional ways to earn an entry (come back and leave a comment to let me know what you’ve done):

2.  Like Pretzilla on Facebook

3.  Follow Pretzilla on Twitter

4.  Follow Apples and Arteries on Twitter

5.  Tweet the following: “Enter to win @PretzillaBuns on @applesarteries http://wp.me/p263ht-pr6”.

6.  Follow the Apples and Arteries blog to receive posts by email

Note:  Contest only open to US residents.  Ends at midnight Sunday, August 26th.

In the meantime, visit the Miller Baking Company site to see where the buns are sold in a store near you. I’m hoping I can make a road trip for a bakery tour sometime in the future!  The bakery folks have been great to work with and very generous.