Monday, December 9, 2013

Giveaway Day!!!

Its the most wonderful time of the year!  And today is one of the most wonderful days of the year!  It's Sew, Mama Sew's annual Christmas Giveaway Day (Week)!!

Giveaway Day

For years, Sew, Mama Sew has hosted a Giveaway Day that is nothing more than an online get-together of lots of giving, creative people who want to share goods, projects, fabric, etc.  It's become such a big thing that there's no way you could get to all of the giveaways in a day, so they've made it a week-long celebration.

And of course, I'm playing along!  One of the reasons I started my blog was to participate in Giveaway Day.  I love the idea of sharing and giving and it makes me happy to put a smile on others' faces.

So let's get to the sharing, shall we??

Last month I gave away 2 Etsy gift cards for my birthday/blogiversary and one of them was never claimed.  So I'm sweetening the Giveaway Day Jackpot by adding that back in.  :)






So, this year, I'm sharing 2 Etsy gift cards--$25 each!!  I have so many friends that sell fabric online and I hate having to choose only one of them to support so I'm going to let you pick.  But by using an etsy gift card, you're not limited to just fabric.  Are you a knitter--buy yarn or needles!  Are you a crafter in general--go crazy on supplies?  Or could you use a little something special to keep you going this holiday season--spoil yourself with something fun!

I absolutely HATE giveaways that make you jump through hoops.  It wasn't very long ago I was a dial-up girl in a high-speed world, so all you gotta do is leave me a comment answering this question:

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY TREAT?  And links to recipes or shops are always appreciated.  We've got some mighty sweet teeth in this house...  :)

You must answer the question though or you can't win.  No "THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY" answers here, people.  I want it to be easy, but you at least gotta read the content!!  On Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m. (EST) I'll use Random.org to choose winners.  I'll contact the winners through email (so PLEASE make sure you're not a no-reply blogger) and you'll have one week to respond or I will choose a new winner.

And because I love the feeling that I'm actually starting a conversation and not just putting myself out there, I'll reward followers with a second entry.  Just let me know how you follow and you're that much closer to the prize.

I hope you'll come back after today and find a home here where I talk about my sewing, crafts, and life in general.  And I hope you win lots and lots of goodies this week (except for the goodies I really want!!!) ;)

Good luck to you and remember to share the love this holiday season and every day.

381 comments:

  1. Ok so I'm first! Probably coz I'm in Australia. My favorite treat is chocolate, at Christmas or anytime!

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  2. Your so sweet! What a great giveaway to support small businesses! My favourite treat is probably the chocolate in advent calendars though I'm partial to a nice gingerbread house too!

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  3. My favorite holiday treat (I can only find them at this time of year) is chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. They're pricey & not to everyone's taste, but I love them. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  4. I love Chocolate Royal biscuits topped with melted white chocolate, Jaffas and mint leaves so they look like mini plum puddings. It's an Aussie thing - maybe google it so you can see what I mean. Yum!!

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  5. And I follow your blog via Bloglovin.

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  6. Snickerdoodles!!! I love these yummy cookies. Even their name is fun to say!

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  7. I love my grandmother's cutout sugar cookie recipe with LOTS of pretty sprinkles. It just isn't Christmas without them and since she can't make them anymore I carry on the tradition.

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  8. I love Christmas! My favorite treat is an old family cookie called the pfferenusse that my great grandmother used to make. My aunt has taken over the baking since she passed and I look forward to them every year!

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  9. I'm now a follower through Blogger!

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  10. Thank you for this chance. I love shortbread at Christmas....can't resist.

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  11. I have an Etsy shop myself, so your gift card is a wonderful way to support small businesses - awesome! My favorite holiday treat is Cranberry Bread, made from my grandma's favorite recipe. If you're interested in the recipe, let me know and I can send it.

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  12. Oh - I am a follower through Bloglovin'!

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  13. I made Polar Crispy Clusters for the first time last year and they were a hit! Bonus is that they are super-easy for the kids to mix up: http://www.made-by-rae.com/2012/12/the-best-christmas-cookie-evar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-best-christmas-cookie-evar.

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  14. I love homemade sausage cheese balls cooking on Christmas morning as the kids are opening presents! Now my kids are grown... but we still do sausage balls! They love the tradition and I love the smell :) Thanks for a chance to win an Etsy card.. I would buy fabric :) Kathi

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  15. Following through Bloglovin... couldn't find an email follow path :) Kathi

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  16. I love the recipe I just tried to pecan praline cookies...yum. Thanks.

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  17. My neighbor (also one of my best friends) makes English toffee every year. Yum!!!

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  18. I really love sweet potato pie - although this is probably more of a "fall/winter" treat that just a "Christmas" one... Other than pie, I would have to say shortbread!

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  19. Mmmm.... peanut butter blossom cookies :)

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  20. Also, I follow you via Bloglovin.

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  21. Oh, I like all of the holiday treats. One of each, please! I really look forward to the nut roll my grandma makes. I don't have the recipe because no way would I make it myself!

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  22. I love eating mushroom quiche! Yum!

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  23. I like the Fondue dinner we have as Christmas Eve family tradition. Thanks for the chance!

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  24. I'd have to say peppermint bark is my favorite treat.

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  25. I follow your blog! Read through bloglovin, but I don't know if I follow through that or the now defunct reader.

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  26. I like chocolate covered pretzels! I melt the chocolate discs in the microwave and with tongs dip the pretzels into the chocolate until completely covered. Before you do that lay out a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Take the chocolate covered pretzel and lay it on the wax paper. After it sets up, eat them all! Especially fun with children! I follow by bloglovin! My email is comlisajohnson(at)gmail(dot)com if I win please let me know! I wouldn't want to be foolish like that other person was! Etsy is a wonderful place to shop for Christmas presents and I have my eye on a dolly for my granddaughter.

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  27. Hi again I am a bloglovin follower! Pick me! Pick me!

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  28. Hot chocolate and bailey's.....peppermint if a fantastic addition at this time of year.

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  29. Yay! I've purchased one gift on Etsy so far this year, but I could buy MORE. :)
    My favorite treat ever in the land is peanut butter chocolate Kix treats. I will fight you for them. With spears. Or forks. Or whatever I can get my hands on. I LOVE them.

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  30. And, of course, I'm a follower. :) Bloglovin' is my drug of choice.

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  31. My favorite Christmas treat are homemade Snickerdoodles…so yummy!

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  32. I love the super easy pretzel with a rolo squished onto it by a pecan (or an almond). Super easy, my kids can help and I could eat a million.

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  33. My favorite treat is ice cream, but during the winter sometimes it is too cold for me to want that. During this time of the year I crave pumpkin bread.

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  34. Oh, I love my mom's cookie dough truffles!

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  35. My favourite holiday treat is are hot mince pies with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream on the top. Here in the England, UK, we are big on mince pies : )

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  36. My sister makes some really yummy pecan rolls. Nuts, caramel and divinity. MMM.

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  37. That's a tough one. I really love homemade bon bons.:)

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  38. family recipe for Holiday Cake

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  39. I really love my Christmas cake- the marzipan is cut into cubes and baked inside it, no icing and lots of cherries! http://verykerryberry.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/kerrys-very-berry-christmas-cake.html

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  40. My favorite treat is Salted Caramel Butter Bars!

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  41. I pretty much love all Christmas treats, but I love homemade gingersnap cookies at Christmas time!

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  42. I love anything with peppermint bark. I wish it was available all year!

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  43. I'm a new follower through bloglovin :)

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  44. Egg Nog.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  45. Snickerdoodles are my favorite that I make. And divinity candy is really good too, but I can't make it for the life of me!

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  46. We have a family caramel recipe (that was originally my grandma's). Everyone raves over them!

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  47. Thank you for an awesome giveaway! I love fruit cake. I know. You either love it or hate it. I love it! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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  48. cholotate any time of the year, and pecan pie for Christmas

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  49. FOLLOW > BLOG LOVIN'

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  50. HI, IT'S FUDGE>ANY KIND!!!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  51. I love pecan pie at Christmas time!

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  52. I love eggnog and chocolate covered cherries! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  53. I'm a new follower via bloglovin.

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  54. I just love Eggnog. Only have it a Christmas time. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. magic cookie bars....super easy and yummy. kmcassie@gmail.com Oh and thanks!

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  56. I love any kind of homemade chocolate candies. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. Any cookie will do! angelamiller387@hotmail.com

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  58. Love homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning.

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  59. I absolutely love a good sugar cookie!

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  60. I'm a follower via The Old Reader!

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  61. My favorite Christmas treat is marshmallow cream fudge. I can't wait to make it!

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  62. I love Million Dollar Fudge (from the Marshmallow cream jar) with chopped walnuts. Thanks for participating in the Giveaway Day (Week)!

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  63. I am a new follower via RSS Feeds.

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  64. Here are a bunch of my favorite treats: http://craftinomicon.blogspot.com/2013/12/holiday-treat-roundup.html

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

    kari.morrison@hotmail.com

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  65. I'm a sucker for rice crispie treats

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  66. Chocolate cookies with Andes mints melted on top!

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  67. Rice Krispie treats. Dumb, I know but I will pick them over much fancier treats. Thanks.

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  68. Thanks for the chance! My favorite Christmas cookie is the peanut butter cookie with a hershey's kiss in the middle. Mmmmm, now I want one!

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  69. my favorite holiday treats are peanut butter cookies with kisses on top. Yum

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  70. It is summer here in New Zealand at Christmas, and my favourite holiday treat is delicious fresh cherries. They are pretty much the only fruit I really really like. Yum (and pretty healthy too)!

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  71. Grandma's soft cream jumbo cookies! :)
    wannabequilter (at) gmail.com

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  72. I really love eggnog cake! It is so delicious.

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  73. I love great grandmother's Mama Grayce Originals! They are tiny tarts filled with a brown sugar and coconut filling and glazed with orange or lemon glaze! Yummy

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  74. Thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam. yummy in the tummy.

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  75. hey, there's no shortage of Christmas treats so I'll give you FOUR answers. Pumpkin spice roll out cookies, bourbon balls (to. die. for.), my mom's sour cream coconut cake that she makes every Christmas Eve, and cornbread dressing for before I get to all that sweet. Yum. Oh, and "thanks for the giveaway"!!

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  76. Although I love the chocolate, my favorite is the nut horns that people only make during Easter and Christmas.

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  77. We are loving Sugared Cranberries from Cooking Light. Super Easy to make, but really yummy! Thanks so much!

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  78. My favorite holiday treat is to use a candy cane as a stirrer for hot chocolate! Thanks for sharing!
    emyerly(at)wideopenwest(dot)com

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  79. I love this time of year because I can indulge in eggnog. I like to put it in my chai latte, also. Coffee, too. Eggnog!

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  80. My favorite christmas treat is a box of chocolates with soft centers! I never eat candy, but at Christmas, that chocolate is so great, I just have to treat myself! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  81. My favorite Christmas treat has to be sugar cookies. It's an oldie but goodie! Thanks so much for the generous giveaway!

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  82. christmas morning muffins. take a biscuit (the kind in a can) smush it into a muffin cup so it goes up the sides. Mix up some eggs, browned sausage, rotel and shredded cheese (we never measure anything) and put a spoonful in the smushed biscuit... bake them up and enjoy!

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  83. My favorite Christmas treat is Hummingbird Cake (no hummingbirds are harmed in the making of said cake :) )

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  84. I love traditional Spanish treats, specially "turrón" and "polvorones". Thank you for the giveaway!

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  85. I love mincemeat tarts. I could eat them all year, but I force myself to only eat them at Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  86. I really love pecan pie and all kinds of cookies! Thank you for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

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  87. I love Almond Roca, which I only seem to get at Christmas...

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  88. Chocolate almonds. For some reason I only have them at Christmas!

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  89. I live in Sydney, Australia so our Christmas is a summer celebration. My mum makes a proper Christmas plum pudding which I love. She also makes a wonderful pavlova with whipped cream & tons of fresh mango & passionfruit on top which is also really delicious. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  90. And I follow your blog via Bloglovin, thanks. I like to support Etsy shops as well, there is so much wonderful shopping to be had - supplies that are different to your to your standard stuff & fantastic hand crafted goodies. Thanks again!

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  91. I will always love my mother's Gingerbread Boys most of all - covered with sweet icing and red hots for eyes ;-)

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  92. I am a happy follower of your blog through RSS feed. I read through The Old Reader.

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  93. My favorite Christmas treats involve candy...like homemade caramels and peanut butter fudge....yum.........

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  94. I follow through Google Friends!

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  95. I love spiced Christmas biscuits - I make them every year and the smell of cinnamon and spices wafting through the house is festive and delicious - Such a lovely offer - thank you, and Merry Christmas

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  96. My favorites are all of the holiday lattes - salted caramel mochas, peppermint mochas, etc.

    happierthanabird at gmail dot com

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  97. I have this Cooking Light recipe for Easy Gingerbread and it is SO good. I guess I could make it all year round, but I save it for the holidays! Hot chocolate is another one of my holiday favorites.

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  98. I am a follower via Bloglovin'.

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  99. My mom's orange pudding is my favorite dessert (not only for Christmas...). Thank you for this great giveaway!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  100. Bourbon slush lol! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  101. :) I love my mom's Christmas baking - most of all the Dutch gevulde speculaas! mmmm It's a lot of work to make so she only does it at Christmas and I've never attempted it myself. Can't wait!

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  102. My favorite treat is just a simple cut out sugar cookie. Every year I try a different recipe and they are all awesome. The best I've had actually had cream cheese in the recipe (and of course now I can't find that recipe).

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  103. I am a new follower and I'm looking forward to looking around more.

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  104. I love simple sugar cookies with colored glaze icing! Those are so fun to make! Thanks for the chance to win :) karrie, ksmith8@emich.edu

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  105. I like sugar cookies -- we make them for our cookie decorating party every year. Thanks for hosting!

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  106. I love Stollen and love it when my German colleagues bring over the real thing

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  107. My favorite holiday treat is peppermint bark. Yum!

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  108. I love my Swedish pancakes with lingonberries...

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  109. I have been following you with bloglovin

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  110. My favorite treat is homemade fudge, but there are so many favorites here.

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  111. I love anything with cranberries! Thanks for the give away!

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  112. I love shortbreads! The recipe on the Canada Cornstarch box, which I think you can find online. Easy and so good

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  113. I have such a terrible sweet tooth too. I love my grandma's peanut butter balls.

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  114. oh, that's easy: butter tarts!

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  115. I love Oreo Bombs!

    Ingredients:
    1 pkg Oreos
    1 8oz block of cream cheese
    1 pkg melting chocolate (I use the chocoalate bark) for dipping

    Instructions:
    1. Murder the Oreos
    2. Mix with cream cheese until all one color
    3. Shape into balls and place in freezer for an hour or more
    4. Melt chocolate
    5. Dip frozen Oreos into chocolate (I use toothpicks to dip them) and place in fridge to harden
    6. Hide a few so there will be some left for when you really want one

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  116. I make the easiest chocolate candy. I c. chocolate chips, 1 c. peanut butter chips, 1 c. Rice Krispies Cereal, 1/2 c. raisins, 1/2 c. peanuts. Melt chocolate & peanut butter chips in double boiler, mix well, add other ingredients, mix. Drop by bite size servings onto waxed paper lined cookie sheets, refrigerate until firm and eat! Besides, it has four of the main food groups; cereal, fruit, protein and CHOCOLATE!

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  117. they are not sweet, but my moms chicken pillows rock! chicken marinated in garlic and lemon then wrapped in phyllo dough and baked to golden yumminess......

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  118. I'm in the minority perhaps but I love fruit cake! Boozy fruit cake FULL of dried fruit and nuts :)

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  119. I make Puerto-Rican eggnog called Coquito with Bacardi rum so good!
    Great giveaway hope I win, Thanks!
    knittingmad(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  120. New follower via Bloglovin', thanks!
    knittingmad(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  121. Rice pudding like my father used to make.

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  122. My favorite holiday treat is peppermint hot cocoa! Mmm :)
    Here's an easy recipe to make your own: http://www.amomstake.com/2013/11/peppermint-hot-cocoa-mix/

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  123. I follow you on Bloglovin.
    hiccupsandsunshine(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  124. So many great holiday treats! I will have to say my grandmothers cookies with the jam inside! Mmmmm they are so good.

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  125. I love my mothers cinnamon cookies (sorry, I don't have the recipe). Thanks for the giveaway. Ana

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  126. I love real (aka homemade) peppermint bark.

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  127. I love shortbread!

    dewiec(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  128. I love homemade shortbread. I make it from a recipe in a Martha Stewart Christmas cookbook I bought more than 20 years ago. It is so buttery and rich. Definitely a once-a-year only treat!
    tstanulis@mac.com

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  129. I follow you via Bloglovin'.
    tstanulis@mac.com

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  130. I love cordial cherries. Yummy. I think about them all year.

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  131. My absolute favorite is Salted Caramel Butter Bars. Yum! http://cookiesandcups.com/dont-hate-me-because-im-butter-ful/ Thanks for participating! :)

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  132. My mom's Danish shortbread. Imagine a 1" cookie with a perfectly piped Christmas wreath and holy berries. Boy did she have patience!

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  133. sugar cookies. I love them so so so much

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  134. Homemade fudge... I might even have to make some today!

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  135. emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com
    Sew mama sew giveaway day is my favorite treat!

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  136. I just love potatoes and gravy!

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  137. Sugar cookies, all frosted and decorated for Christmas.

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  138. You probably don't know what these are, but my family makes Bretzels- a thin, pressed sugar and butter cookie on a hot cookie iron. Delicious!

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  139. My family makes mashed potatoes with all kinds of goodies like cream cheese, sour cream, and garlic powder. So good!

    starsandsunshineblog at gmail dot com

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  140. I love a tin of Delmonte (or whatever brand) fruit cocktail, drained and added to some whipped cream (the real stuff). We eat this with our turkey, sprouts, potatoes, cranberry relish etc on Christmas Day!!! It feels naughty but is oh.so.nice!

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  141. Pecan pie is my most favorite of favorites! Any time and all the time :)

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  142. Ooh Christmas pudding! And with custard! Yum yum!

    Thanks for the fab giveaway!

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  143. homemade biscotti from my dad! always delicious.

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  144. I love rum cake and candied pecans!! I only make these at Christmas and so look forward to them! Merry Christmas!

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  145. We love gingerbread snaps, with just a little frosting. Although homemade egg nog is great too:) and really does make everything better.

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  146. Chocolate Pie!! It's the only time of year I eat chocolate pie, and it makes it extra special. Just plain ole Jello pudding in a store bought pie crust, that makes me happy.

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  147. Gotta love gingerbread cookies. YUM have a great holiday

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