Monday, November 29, 2010

Books & Signings

I’ll start with the signings.

King of Prussia, PA. Short Hills, NJ and New York City, NY.

Three cities in three days…

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… and full of fun.

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… and meeting lots of great people.

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This is Esther. … I love putting faces with the people that I’ve emailed with. She makes the cutest little wire whisk necklaces.

You must check them out.

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… King of Prussia had lots of little cutie pies in the store.

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Lots of them.

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Lots.

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Including these charmers. So cute in their matching tees.

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Even the Williams-Sonoma folks joined in on the fun. This is Brian and Mandy. Loved them.

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Then in Short Hills, I met more wonderful people. These folks welcomed me with smiling faces.

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And cute cupcakes. The lovely young lady in the pink scarf above made these. We may or may not have shared a cry.

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This is Melanie. She’s a Pop Star of the Star Wars variety. Check em out.

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Look at these two. Stylish. Both of them.

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And these two. Smiling and having a great time, despite getting in a little car accident on the way to the signing.

So glad no one was hurt.

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I love these photos. Trying to get everyone to look at the same camera at the same time is easier than it sounds.

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Side wave.

Bye New Jersey.

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Hello New York.

Again… everyone was so fun.

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Including their sweetly painted fingernails.

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Families came out together.

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And young bakers did, too. This is Kaira. Another Pop Star.

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And here’s Nora. If you remember seeing the Cupcake Kabobs all over the web… well, she started that.

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Laughter all around.

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And look – it’s Rachel from Cupcakes Take The Cake. I was so glad to finally meet her. If you love cupcakes and you don’t know about this site, or you’ve been under a rock, let me introduce you.

New York was a fantastic way to end the Book tour – or so I thought.

There will be one more recap and then that’s it.

I hear a bunch of you cheering because that finally means more baking … right?! YAY! YAY! YAY!

Anyway… Toronto is coming up this weekend. And it turns out I’ll be at two locations.

If you’re in Toronto, and can’t make the Williams-Sonoma signing on Saturday, I’ll also be at Teatro Verde at 4:30 pm on Friday. Hope to meet you guys.

And as usual… if you attended a signing and see your photo in one of the slideshows below, feel free to use it. Thanks again for making the tour so much fun.

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Okay, okay … that was the signings.

Now for the books.

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I’m giving away ten of them. Ten Cake Pops books. And signed if you like.

  • To enter for a chance to win one, just leave a comment on this blog post and tell me what holiday treat you can’t wait to eat.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, December 1st at 5:00 pm ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winners will be announced below.
  • Ten (10) winners will be chosen at random and announced by the end of the week.

Good luck guys!

Okay – Here they are. Here are the 10 Cake Pops Book Winners. Yay!

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835 – Betty-Ann – …any one of my husband’s authentic, hazelnutty, German Christmas cookies…love, love, love them!

3987 – Leigh McGilvray – I can’t wait to eat mincemeat pies this holiday season! My mum just sent me the recipe so I can make them for the first time : ) I know the smell will remind me of home.

738 – trifitmom – pecan bars i make, yummmmmmmmm

5084 – Paula – I can’t wait for … mmmm flan!

4748 – Ashley M. – I’m looking forward to cheesecake!

2180 – Nadia – I love making (and eating) beautifully decorated sugar cookies at christmas time too! … but first I’m making cake pops for my hubby’s workplace charity fundraiser on Thursday!!! Welcome to T.O. this weekend!

4718 – Stephanie – Broken glass torte…made by my grandma!

5721 – Rachel R – baking, eating and decorating some sugar cookies with my lil one.

54 – Chelsea A – I love French Silk Pie this time of year! It’s an annual treat that I limit myself to making only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s almost the same recipe as PW! Also, I love all the pictures and stories you share from your signing. I am amazed you remember all the details!

2750 – Julie – Banana split cake!

Congratulations everyone!

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Lauren said...

I can’t wait to make tons of cookies for cookie exchanges this holiday season. I love buttermilk cookies and hazelnut sandwich cookies.

November 29, 2010 01:54 AM
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Vanessa G. said...

peppermint bark!!

November 29, 2010 01:54 AM
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Jessica said...

apple pie…it’s my weak spot!

November 29, 2010 01:54 AM
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Lady Dorothy said...

Homemade Peanut Butter BonBons!

November 29, 2010 01:56 AM
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Jordan said...

Bacon Fudge! It’s become a classic after just one year of my making it for gifts. People have been waiting for months! :)

November 29, 2010 01:57 AM
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Beth said...

I am finally going to dive into the cake pops head first and attempt some Christmas ones and I can’t wait!! (Wish me luck!)

November 29, 2010 01:57 AM
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Heidi T said...

My almond shortbread thumbprints!

November 29, 2010 01:57 AM
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Olivia said...

My mother’s banana bread! Wow, I can learn a lot from that woman. :)

November 29, 2010 01:57 AM
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Kami said...

Rosette Cookies!

So fun to see all of your success!

November 29, 2010 01:58 AM
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Natalie said...

I cannot wait to make and eat Peanut Brittle!!!

November 29, 2010 01:59 AM
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Hallie said...

My husband’s world famous holiday biscotti. Yum!

November 29, 2010 02:00 AM
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Katie said...

I really want some pumpkin bread pudding right now… hmmmm

November 29, 2010 02:00 AM
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Heidi said...

I can’t wait to eat my mom’s homemade scones!

November 29, 2010 02:00 AM
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Tanya said...

I can’t wait to eat peanut brittle with my stepdad!

November 29, 2010 02:00 AM
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Kendall said...

Where do I begin? Peanut butter fudge, mini pies, you name it! Oh, and some good old-fashioned candied yams, too. I didn’t get my fill of those at Thanksgiving.

November 29, 2010 02:00 AM
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Grace said...

Dark chocolate peppermint cake!

November 29, 2010 02:00 AM
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Michelle said...

My family doesn’t celebrate christmas- which is so sad because I love xmas pudding!

It’d make my holiday season to win one of your amazing books.

November 29, 2010 02:00 AM
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Samantha said...

I can’t get enough pumpkin roll this time of year!

November 29, 2010 02:00 AM
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Vicky said...

I can’t wait to make my family’s traditional butter cookies for a cookie exchange this week!

November 29, 2010 02:01 AM
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Shannon M said...

I hope I get to eat some delicious sugar cookies with buttercream frosting that a good friend of mine makes!!!

November 29, 2010 02:01 AM
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Pearl said...

Can’t wait to make and eat peppermint bark! And cake pops too, hopefully!

November 29, 2010 02:02 AM
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Andrea :) said...

Jingle Bars- Yummy! :)

November 29, 2010 02:02 AM
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Angie said...

Peppermint Ice Cream!!! Gotta have it every year.

November 29, 2010 02:02 AM
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Ailynn said...

Melt in your mouth short bread cookies! mmmm.

November 29, 2010 02:03 AM
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Megan said...

I can’t wait to make peanut butter blossoms. The gooey chocolate kisses mixed with delicious peanut buttery goodness. I’m drooling already.

November 29, 2010 02:03 AM
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Leslie Nickerson said...

I love to have my boys help me bake sugar cookies and decorate them and hand them out to family. We’ve done this since I was little. But this year I think we’re gonna make cupcakes cause those are my all time favs!

November 29, 2010 02:03 AM
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Sarah-Jai said...

Pavlova!! Served with freshly whipped cream and a tropical fruit salad. The perfect compliment to an Aussie Christmas feast.

November 29, 2010 02:03 AM
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Annalisa said...

anything with sugar!! I love the holidays!!

November 29, 2010 02:03 AM
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Christin Kreml said...

Peanut Butter Balls or also know as “Buckeye Balls”

November 29, 2010 02:03 AM
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Lina said...

I’d love to try the pumpkin pie! I missed it this thanksgivings.

November 29, 2010 02:03 AM
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nilly said...

Apple pie is my favorite

November 29, 2010 02:04 AM
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Debbie Wu said...

the BEST thing i can’t wait to eat is my mother’s taro cake that she makes for my birthday/thanksgiving/christmas every year.

our family likes to combine our holidays for convenience.

November 29, 2010 02:04 AM
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Stephanie said...

I will be making fudge, peanut butter balls, and cookies. I well also be attempting some reindeer cake pops!

November 29, 2010 02:04 AM
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Casey said...

We plan on making green velvet cake balls and dip them in red chocolate. =)

November 29, 2010 02:04 AM
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joy said...

gingerbread cookies! :)

November 29, 2010 02:04 AM
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Abbey said...

I can’t wait to make some molasses cookies- my fav holiday cookies!

November 29, 2010 02:04 AM
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Kelly S. said...

I am making the Minnie Mouse Cake Pops for my daughters 2nd birthday and I can’t wait to try them!! :)

November 29, 2010 02:04 AM
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Erin said...

Buckeyes! Peanut butter and rice crispies, in a ball and dipped in chocolate! It’s a Christmas tradition at our house and everyone helps make ‘em.

November 29, 2010 02:05 AM
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Cheryl Draper said...

My grandmother’s peanut butter cookies with a Hershey kiss on top. She’ll be 91 in January, so I think I’ll be making them and sharing mine with her this year instead of the other way around.

November 29, 2010 02:05 AM
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Christy said...

My Mama’s pumpkin cheesecake. I actually don’t even like cheesecake that much, but Mama’s cheesecake is out of this world!

November 29, 2010 02:05 AM
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Leigh Perry said...

Divinity. So yummy, so yummy

November 29, 2010 02:05 AM
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Amber said...

Pick me, please! Pick me! :) I can’t wait to make buckeyes (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate to look like a buckeye.) I grew up making them every Christmas in Ohio and they are a treat I look forward to every Christmas.

November 29, 2010 02:06 AM
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Lisa Roberts said...

I can not wait to eat my moms pineapple pie. I know it sounds a little odd but it is FABULOUS! I have not been able to eat any since having my son since he had a very bad dairy allergy. I can not wait to finally indulge in a slice!

November 29, 2010 02:06 AM
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Rachies said...

pumpkin with chocolate chip cookies! nommers!

November 29, 2010 02:07 AM
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Kaitlin said...

I can’t wait to get Palmer’s chocolates! For whatever reason, they’ve just become our signature candies for Christmas and we bust out a bag to keep our energy up while we’re decorating!

November 29, 2010 02:07 AM
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Caitie said...

For the first time ever, I’ll be making shortbread! I normally just eat my Mum’s, but we’re having the pre-Christmas bbq (I’m in Australia) at our house for the first time so I thought I’d go all out. I’m also making actual cake balls for the first time! (Normally I just cheat and make the oreo balls…)

November 29, 2010 02:07 AM
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Annette said...

I’m a sucker for sugar cookies with homemade icing! Would love to win!

November 29, 2010 02:07 AM
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Diana Rodriguez said...

My favorites are mexican wedding cookies. There are so many varieties of this cookie. I’ve tried about three. My favaorite is the Paula Deen recipe. MMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to make this simple cookie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 29, 2010 02:07 AM
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Donna said...

Can’t wait to eat caramel flan and lots of cakepops!

November 29, 2010 02:08 AM
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Kerry said...

I’m looking forward to making and eating a chocolate pudding pie. Simple, yet delicious!

November 29, 2010 02:08 AM
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Peggie said...

I am hoping that my mom will feel up to making her mothers classic Lace Cookies! I can not wait to nibble on those babies!

November 29, 2010 02:08 AM
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Michelle B. said...

Can’t wait to make chocolate and strawberry cakeballs this Holiday season!

November 29, 2010 02:09 AM
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Erikalisa said...

I’m really excited to make red velvet cakepops since it seems it’s the only kind I haven’t made yet! I know, how could I, right!? Other than that I also have a few request for cupcake and since I got new sprinkles from Williams & Sonoma, I am excited to fill that request. If I win I would gladly take a signed copy since the book signing didn’t stop in Miami. :)

November 29, 2010 02:09 AM
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Chelsea A said...

I love French Silk Pie this time of year! It’s an annual treat that I limit myself to making only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s almost the same recipe as PW!

Also, I love all the pictures and stories you share from your signing. I am amazed you remember all the details!

November 29, 2010 02:09 AM
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Noel Muniz said...

I can’t wait to make me some double chocolate mint cake truffles!!!

November 29, 2010 02:09 AM
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Amanda said...

First off i really want this book! I asked for it as a christmas present and my mom says it’s not here in Canada yet…at least where we live :( She’s not an online shopper so that is the only way we can get it. Second I just love making cupcakes…any kind and any color. I’ll be making christmas cupcakes for my sons preschool in 2 weeks, i can’t wait. I made Halloween cupcakes and there were none left!!

November 29, 2010 02:10 AM
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deanna said...

My dad’s frosted Christmas cookies. This is the year that I will master them!

November 29, 2010 02:10 AM
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Staci Pruitt said...

This is gonna sound so weird but I haven’t been home for Christmas in 18 years! This year is THE YEAR, and I’m beyond excited! So it’s not a sweet treat but my Mom’s Chicken Fried Steak. She was asking what we wanted for Christmas and I told her NO gifts just her Chicken Fried Steak! It’s going to be a FANTASTIC Christmas, and I leave in 10 days!

November 29, 2010 02:10 AM
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Nina said...

Buckeye balls!

November 29, 2010 02:10 AM
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Melissa B. said...

I’d love some Mexican wedding cookies but am scared to make them since my son was just diagnosed with a nut allergy :( I guess I’ll make a batch and polish them off while he sleeps :D

November 29, 2010 02:10 AM
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Kelly said...

Would love to make the minnie mouse cake pops with my little girl! too cute!

November 29, 2010 02:11 AM
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Laura Shepherd said...

I’m making homemade Tamales!! In Yuma, AZ there’s a Tamale Festival every year, and I’m going for the first time to get all kinds of ideas to make them for my family. So excited! Of course, I’m also making cake pops! I made the Turkeys for Thanksgiving and served them at a shelter for the kids – they were a hit! (Of course). I’m making the Christmas tree ones this time. They’ll basically be triple chocolate and peanut butter – with chocolate cake, fudge frosting, chocolate coating and peanut butter M&Ms and Reeses Pieces for ornaments. SOO excited.

November 29, 2010 02:11 AM
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Christina S. said...

I loooveeee fudgy gooey brownies!! :)

November 29, 2010 02:11 AM
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Hallie W said...

Spritz Cookies! I know they are simple, but my mother left me with the cookie press and a million different stencils. I love decorating them compulsively and thinking of my mom.

November 29, 2010 02:11 AM
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Jadey said...

I am really really looking forward to the Turkey, the pavlova and the brandy snaps filled with cream. YUMMM

November 29, 2010 02:11 AM
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Jessica said...

I can’t wait for the christmas cutout cookies!

November 29, 2010 02:11 AM
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Jackie said...

Roly poly pretzels!

November 29, 2010 02:12 AM
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shel said...

I can’t wait to eat Sour Cream Walnut cookes. It’s a recipe from my Grandmother and she only made them at Christmas. Eating these cookies always reminded me of past Christmases and now, of her.
They’re YUMMY!

November 29, 2010 02:12 AM
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shel said...

I can’t wait to eat Sour Cream Walnut cookies. It’s a recipe from my Grandmother and she only made them at Christmas. Eating these cookies always reminded me of past Christmases and now, of her.
They’re YUMMY!

November 29, 2010 02:13 AM
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Winnie Tan said...

can’t wait to sink my teeth into the Christmas Fruit Cake!

November 29, 2010 02:15 AM
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VALXD said...

I can’t wait to munch on a gingerbread! I always feel big and mighty when I munch on them :D ^_^ i’ve always discovered a wicked awesome Red Velvet Swirl Brownies recipe that is perfect for the holiday!

November 29, 2010 02:15 AM
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Cristina Brandenburg said...

I can’t wait to eat my mother in law’s buckeye and candy coated peanut butter cookies they are sooooo good, she always sends them by mail every year! Love her!

November 29, 2010 02:15 AM
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Megan G said...

I love the holidays because I get to go home from college and spend time with my family. They love having me home because i bake…a lot. I’m most looking forward to making Cinnamon crumb cake. Its many peoples favorite and it always smells soooo good. Especially when we make it in the morning for breakfast! =D

November 29, 2010 02:15 AM
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Mignon said...

CHRISTMAS SUGAR COOKIES!! I love making sugar cookies, and I love them even more during christmas season because of all the different designs I can use =)

November 29, 2010 02:16 AM
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Regina said...

My world famous sweet potatoes! Whip them with a TON of butter, maple syrup, brown sugar and HWC. To. Die. For!!!

November 29, 2010 02:16 AM
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Eunice said...

I wish I could eat some Christmas cake from the uk! I usually make it myself, but don’t think I’ll manage it this year. It is the most delicious fruit cake covered in marzipan, then royal icing.

November 29, 2010 02:16 AM
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Heleen said...

Nougat and cookies :o)

November 29, 2010 02:16 AM
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Stevie said...

I can’t wait to make (and eat, of course) my Grandma’s peanut butter fudge. Thank you for the chance!

November 29, 2010 02:16 AM
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Lizz said...

The girls in my family get together and make a variety of cookies we used to make with my Grandma. Chocolate chip drop cookies, russian tea cakes, spritz, ect. It’s a special (and yummy!) day for us.

November 29, 2010 02:16 AM
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Shira S said...

I cant wait for homemade doughnuts!

November 29, 2010 02:16 AM
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Stef @ TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com/ said...

Nuts-n-Bolts (only make it once a year).

November 29, 2010 02:16 AM
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Cheryl Upshaw said...

I am such a sucker for pie. I love all kinds of pie. Pumpkin, cherry, apple, you name it. And it seems a crime to me that I grew up only eating these delicious culinary delights around the holidays. It’s a shame, really. A durn shame. I know we’re randomly selected (which is a fantastic policy), but I thought I’d mention that this contest ends on my birthday! For which we’ll be enjoying pie. Or else. :)

November 29, 2010 02:17 AM
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MelBe said...

Russian Teacakes and Caramel Corn!!

November 29, 2010 02:17 AM
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Nicole said...

Im making candy canes tonight!

November 29, 2010 02:18 AM
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Jeanne M said...

I really want to try making red velvet cupcakes and tiramisu. Love time in the kitchen during the holidays! <3

November 29, 2010 02:18 AM
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Audra said...

I miss my aunt’s Christmas honey baked ham. She will be overseas this Christmas, so I will have to wait another year for it :)

November 29, 2010 02:19 AM
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Lafleche said...

I love peppermint lattes. They’re so very good. Add to that any kind of cupcake and I’m a happy girl.

November 29, 2010 02:19 AM
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Jacqueline said...

I can’t wait for my Nonie’s chocolate pie!

November 29, 2010 02:19 AM
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Alise said...

It’s actually not sweet for once! Every year, my mom makes jalapeno jelly and I can’t wait!

November 29, 2010 02:20 AM
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Samantha said...

Cranberry coffee cake!

November 29, 2010 02:20 AM
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Amie said...

Anything and everything sweet and heavy!!! From now till the end of the year – no limits & no diets :)

Merry Christmas to all…!

November 29, 2010 02:21 AM
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Cristina Rose said...

My great Aunt gave me a yule log recipe, it is half cake and half candy. We make it with the kids every December 1st and again on the 24th. Festive and Yummy!

November 29, 2010 02:21 AM
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kath said...

Butter Tarts! Or, a new recipe I tried, Butter Tart Squares. SOOO good, and I always save them for Christmastime :)

November 29, 2010 02:21 AM
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Christine Wong said...

I can’t wait to make some gingerbread cookies! I made them with my roommates during our last Christmas together last year. Now that we’ve graduated, I’m going to make some to mail to them :)

November 29, 2010 02:21 AM
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Jenn said...

Bear paw cookies… *drool

November 29, 2010 02:21 AM
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Anne said...

Creme Brulee French Toast for breakfast on Christmas morning! :)

November 29, 2010 02:22 AM
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breanna said...

I am looking forward to making and then quickly devouring penuche (brown sugar candy). A yummy treat my grandma always made for the holidays!

November 29, 2010 02:22 AM
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Melanie said...

I am so looking forward to my mom’s chocolate chip cookies with peppermint meringue topping. Or her sticky buns. Or her cinnamon crispies. Or…..

November 29, 2010 02:22 AM
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Caro said...

can’t wait to eat my grandmother’s cookies!!

November 29, 2010 02:22 AM
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Shannon said...

Classic sugar cookies! Nothing makes me feel more like a kid

November 29, 2010 02:23 AM
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