Wednesday, November 10, 2010


the winner is, JuRita!
hooray! it's time for another giveaway!
{congratulations to last week's winner!}

here's what you can win this week!!
a festive set of measuring spoons!
i bought these jolly spoons from hallmark,
a favorite shop of mine this time of year!
hallmark celebrated their christmas open house this past weekend; lots of cute holiday products this year.
don't you love each cheery little snowman face?!
add extra smiles to your holiday baking, or pass along to a pal!

how to enter:
1. share a holiday baking tip or your favorite holiday treat
in a comment below!
(you can even include a link if you'd like!)
please login or leave your name and email address, anonymous entries will not count!

you can enter once each day sharing a NEW tip or recipe:)
until tuesday night{11/16/10}!
on wednesday{11/17/10} the winner* will be announced!

so, tell your friends! enter and enter again!
i'm so thankful for you!

*winner will be chosen randomly using :)


  1. Can I enter again or am i being greedy? I feel a little outshone by the wonderful Shelton bakers, like Cindyloowho :>), Hannahbanana :), and my own daughter, Faith(saith?) (ugh, I think I am in a silly mood), but if I think of a good recipe to share, maybe I will...there's those wedding cakes, pumpkin bars, double layer fudge, chex muddy buddies or Narnia mix....sugar cookies...mmm mmm baking is the best! Thanks again for this cool contest and the prize, Hannah: thankful for you, too!!!

  2. Not greedy at all! Each week is a NEW start, ANYone may enter:) and man, could I ever have some double layer fudge right now! Weeee!

  3. OK, my tip is from the start of fall until December 1st to keep GOOD apple cider in your fridge- and to always keep a cup or two of reduced cider next to it. It took me tasting 7 brands to find a good one around here (Farm Fresh from Food Lion on 50 in Sby).
    The reduced cider can be added to just about anything to give it a nice, fall flavor.
    Currently perfecting the following recipes:
    Apple Cider milkshakes
    Apple Cider donuts
    Will share when I've got them down!

  4. Yum! That is great! (and now I want some Apple cider donuts!)

  5. Okay, here's the fudge recipe. This is the best fudge I have ever made, and easy. I'm not really a fudge person, but this has always turned out delicious:
    Double Decker Fudge
    1 1/2 bags (about) Reeses peanut butter chips (when I started making this years ago, it was one bag, but now the bags are smaller!)
    1/4 cup butter, melted
    1/2 cup cocoa
    1 tsp. vanilla
    4 1/2 cups sugar
    1 jar marshmallow cream (7-ish ounces)
    1 12-0z. can evaporated milk, (1 1/2 cups)
    1/4 cup butter

    1. Line a 13 x 9 pan with foil. Place one half of the peanut butter chips (around 1 cup, can be a bit more) in a bowl; set aside. In a second bowl, blend 1/4 cup melted butter, cocoa, and vanilla till smooth. Add the rest of the peanut butter chips and stir. Set aside.
    2. In heavy sauce pan, combine sugar, marshmallow cream, evaporated milk, and 1/4 cup butter. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Boil and stir 5 minutes (sometimes this does not seem quite enough; if it still seems really runny, I do the soft-ball test--a little drop in cold water to see if it forms a soft ball--but don't cook too long or will be hard, I guess (I never have with this fudge--it just seems to work).
    3. Remove from heat. Immediately add half of mixture to the bowl with peanut butter chips only. Pour remainder over the cocoa mix; stir to blend.
    4. Beat peanut butter mixture until chips are completely melted; spread evenly in prepared pan.
    5. Beat cocoa mixture until chips are melted and mixture thickens. Spread evenly over the top of the peanut butter layer. (don't mix them together)
    6. Cool (I put in refrig).Remove from pan. remove foil and cut into squares. Store in airtight container in cool, dry place. makes about 4 pounds of deliciousness! Lots to share. The layers are not usually even, so don't worry if it seems like some pieces have more of one flavor or the other...
    I hope this delights someone this season!

  6. Dear goodness! Thanks, consider my season delighted! :)

  7. I guess that one was a little long! How about this one: when making rice krispie treats, use at least one stick of butter--makes them so delicious and almost caramel-y, buttery, yummy. And melting choc chips and spreading them over the top really adds something special, too. You can also sprinkle colorful sprinkles on top for a festive look! (Taking some yummy krispie treats to children's church tomorrow so it's on my mind!)

  8. Yes, ma'am! Butter makes everything better:) great idea, with the sprinkles!

  9. To further the Apple Cider above, I use Apple Juice and perk it in a coffee's what I add to the "basket" of the coffee maker: 1 cut up orange, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 1/2 to 1 box cinnamon red hot candies....yummy! My pot is a big one, so you might have to adjust "down" but you will love or cold. ;)

  10. oh my, does that ever sound good! thanks, Angela!

  11. This is the bread we LOVE on Thanksgiving. I do cheat and make it at other time too ;) My kids always request it!
    Hope I win. The spoons would be a great stocking stuffer for my girls. Thanks!

  12. Mmm sounds like a great recipe to try! Thanks!

  13. congratulations, jurita, you won!!!
    email me with your address and your prize is on the way:)