Sunday, November 29, 2009

Check out these chicks!

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Have you heard of these chicks before? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago. It was really kind of a weird little coincidence. I was in the bookstore picking up Pioneer Woman Cookbooks for a recent giveaway and my eyes locked in on a book called The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen. Loved the title and the design, but because I was over my limit on books for the day, make that month, all I did was thumb through the pages really quickly before I made myself leave.

But then, just two days later I received an email from none other than Serena, one of THE Farm Chicks. Seriously. Out of the blue. Two days later. Does stuff like that happen to you, too? Strange coincidences? It does to me all the time.

(Hmmm… The Pioneer Woman and The Farm Chicks. That’s kinda weird, too. Okay, I’m moving to the country.)

Anyway, it was a really short email message that said she wanted to send me something.

Curious, I said, ok. (I like surprises.)

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And boy was I surprised when several days later I received a package full of all of these sweet, sweet gift tags.

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Some with little cakes.

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And others with sweet messages.

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Plus there were all these fun recipe cards. (Forgive me for the extra blurriness. I was playing with different settings on my camera.)

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Some even had Christmas themes.

I had no idea they had all these cute products plus a cookbook. Impressive.

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Speaking of their book, I had to run out to the bookstore and get it right away.

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Wish I had seen this before trying to make a pie last week. Could have come in handy.

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The Farm Chicks love some pie. And the book has several yummy ones like this.

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Plus, it has fun, do-it-yourself projects throughout. I’ve never made scones, but if I do, I want a scone cozy to go with them. Cozy scones. Yes. I want my scones to be cozy. Adorableness. Cuteness doesn’t quite cut it here.

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Hi Serena. Thanks for sending me all the fun stuff. I love it.

Especially the necklace.

Oh, I forgot to tell you guys about the necklace. Well, it has a cake on the front of it and it’s just darling.


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And, since Serena sent me two of them… well…

Would you like one? Then, we can both look super cute, adorned in cake.

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I’ll even throw in some of my gift tags and recipe cards, too. I’m a sharer.

Enter for a chance to win some fun Farm Chicks stuff
(necklace, recipe cards and gift tags)

Just leave a comment on this post and let me know:

  • What’s your favorite sweet or dessert at Christmas?
  • Leave your comment with a way for me to contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, November 30th at 7 p.m. ET
  • TIME’S UP!

  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Monday evening on this post.

Good luck! Now, I’m off to read up about Farms and Chicks. If I’m not back soon, look for me in the country. I’ll be the one lost with lollipop sticks.

And, here’s the winner…
Wow, wow, wow, I am going to need the rest of the year to go through all of your favorites. So many things I like, too… especially fudge and so many that I have never even heard of. You guys should take a look through them if you get a chance and want some ideas for something new. Thank you for sharing. And the winner is… #2670… That’s you Heather. All you have to do to get your prize is send me some of your dad’s Keeflies. Just kidding. But really, I just looked those up and they sound great.


Caroline Bull said...

My favorite holiday dessert is these dark chocolate covered ginger-orange florentines. Such a pain in the butt – so worth it.

November 30, 2009 09:07 PM
Jen Chung said...

gingerbreadman cookies!!! decorating it the best part =)

November 30, 2009 09:10 PM
Gina said...

Classic Chocolate Crinkles- my fave to bake and to eat. Love anything with chillable, bake-when-you-can dough!

November 30, 2009 09:13 PM
Helen said...

mmm…pumpkin pie cheesecake. We make it both for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I already can’t wait for the next one!

November 30, 2009 09:14 PM
andrea dreilich said...

iced gingerbread cookies – the best.

November 30, 2009 09:15 PM
Mindy said...

Spritz cookies and chocolate crinkle cookies and fudge and Russian teacakes and …… Geez, can’t narrow it down!

November 30, 2009 09:17 PM
Laurie A said...

No bake mocha cheesecake – my favorite at Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just because…

November 30, 2009 09:19 PM
Marie said...

We don’t have a lot of sweets on Christmas in our house. But the things present are one of my favorites: Fruit Salad. I don’t know how people in other countries make fruit salad but in the Philippines it’s made by combining coconut meat, canned fruit cocktail, cool whip and condensed milk. Then it is placed in the freezer until… um, frozen. Yum. Now I want some.

November 30, 2009 09:20 PM
Yvette said...

I love Bunueloswith homemade piloncillo sauce! Just like my grandmother used to make. My mom has carried on the tradition now.

November 30, 2009 09:20 PM
Jenny said...

Pick me please! If I’m not too late!

November 30, 2009 09:20 PM
Kristen said...

Oh rats! I missed the deadline. I love homemade Christmas cookies…the bigger variety, the better!

November 30, 2009 09:21 PM
michele said...

Homemade chocolate fudge – wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

November 30, 2009 09:24 PM
Bridgett Henson said...

Cute sturff! My all time favorite is Italian Cream Cake, really any cake, cookie or pie can satisfy my sweet tooth. Love your web site, you are so very creative, thanks for sharing.

November 30, 2009 09:24 PM
Chandy said...

M&M Cookies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

November 30, 2009 09:27 PM
TaraBarn said...

My favorite recipe is anything with peppermint in it!!

November 30, 2009 09:31 PM
Nancy Marton said...

My all time favorite Christmas treat is the peppermint brownies that my grandmother used to make.

November 30, 2009 09:35 PM
Amber said...

My favorite dessert are Christmas cookies with lots of frosting! yummy!

November 30, 2009 09:36 PM
Alice bretherton said...

I love chocolate and mint truffles…. frozen for a while:) YUM… might need to go and make a trial batch tonight:)

The Farm Chicks look amazing…

November 30, 2009 09:36 PM
Debra Brungardt said...

almost anything chocolate covered, pretzels, marshmallows, lollypops…….
its ALL good!

November 30, 2009 09:37 PM
sophia said...

nothing says christmas like gingery, cinnamony cookies that i always thought were gingerbread men, but are in fact speculaas

November 30, 2009 09:38 PM
Amy said...

My favorite Christmas sweet would have to be a cookie called Santa’s Surprises. They’re a peanut butter cookie with a mini Snickers bar baked inside. They’re drizzled with chocolate and dusted with confectioner’s sugar, and are pure magic. My mother made them for years, and now they’re a staple when I do my holiday baking.

November 30, 2009 09:38 PM
Danielle said...

I love making christmas candy! Carmels are my favorite!

November 30, 2009 09:40 PM
Kathy said...

Yeegads!!! I had no idea until today of allyou have to offer!! I will be sure to order some stonging stuffers…..fhanks to Serena’s
promoting you today…..K-

November 30, 2009 09:41 PM
Ashley F said...

I love peppermint bark during holiday time

November 30, 2009 09:45 PM
jennifer said...

Peppermint bark!!!

November 30, 2009 09:46 PM
Stephanie said...

My favorite Christmas treat is home-made toffee. My dad always makes a batch ever Christmas. Recently, I have fallen in love with mini-caramel-chocolate tarts.

November 30, 2009 09:50 PM
Jamie M. said...

My favorite is oreo truffles made with all the different flavors of Oreo’s .

November 30, 2009 09:51 PM
Jodi said...

My favorite dessert at Christmas time is most definitely chocolate peppermint cupcakes!

November 30, 2009 09:52 PM
Laurie said...

Cashew butter cookies with white chocolate icing and salted cashews on top. Something about that sweet and salty combo really calls out to me more than the rest of the cookie tin.

November 30, 2009 09:52 PM
Alicia Ringrose said...

I can remember baking with my mom every year at this time and we always make her award winning chocolate peanut butter balls. She flew
in from California to give my girls and some little friends a cookie party and we made them with all the girls. They are O so yummy! I heart my mom and this time of year!

November 30, 2009 09:53 PM
JEANETTE said...


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Aimee said...

My favorite food at Christmas time are all the different cookies and especially custard pie!! Yummo!

November 30, 2009 09:55 PM
tavia said...

My favourite is Christmas pudding. I took over making it for my grandmother years ago, and now that she’s passed away, it’s a nice little reminder of her.

November 30, 2009 09:56 PM
Manette Gutterman said...

I have to make White Russian balls..they are sinful but divine! I just adore your site! Merry Christmas to you!

5103 Dreamers Way
Louisville KY 40219

November 30, 2009 09:58 PM
Clara said...

First I want to say that I love your blog. I check it about every day to see if you have posted anything new. I would have to say chocolate covered pecans. I love nuts, and about anything made with them. My mother-in-law makes them every year for her adult childern and there families.

November 30, 2009 09:59 PM
Shannon Dodds said...

My favorite Christmas treat has to be Spritz cookies… Or maybe Candy Cane Ice Cream… HMMMM… tough choice!

November 30, 2009 10:00 PM
drcupcake said...

My favorite Christmas dessert is chocolate covered pretzels. So yummy!

November 30, 2009 10:01 PM
Sarah Johnson said...

My favorite Christmas dessert is definitely my grandmother’s divinity. It isn’t Christmas without it!! Craving it right now!

November 30, 2009 10:03 PM
Kristin Waite said...

I love pie and gift wrapping. I just got married and am so excited to kick off my first married Christmas with beautiful baked goods and yummy presents… oh wait, the other way around…!

November 30, 2009 10:07 PM
Casey said...

my mom does a huge amount of baking for Christmas, everyone in the family looks forward to her goodies. My favorites are her brown sugar fudge and mint balls

November 30, 2009 10:07 PM
Nath said...

My favourite dessert is the Christmas log, French style: a genoise doused in rum syrup, rolled with a coffee butter frosting and then more chocolate butter frosting on top. My grand-mother used to make it and now I make it every year.

November 30, 2009 10:21 PM
Tiffany N said...

My favorite Christmas treat is Fudge. Ooohhh…now I want to make some. :-)

November 30, 2009 10:26 PM
Cindy said...

I love my grandmother’s Italian “Knot” cookies. They are unique and delicious!

November 30, 2009 10:28 PM
Jeanine said...

Homemade sugar cookies, only time I use my kitchenaid, so they are still the MOST expensive cookies if you breakdown how much the mixer cost me and how many times I have made these cookies, Nieman Marcus has nothing on me!

November 30, 2009 10:28 PM
Rachel said...

Homemade mints! yum…

November 30, 2009 10:28 PM
La Ra said...

Oh how I love this site!

My favorite dessert, incidentally, is the 7 layer bars my aunts and mother make. Graham crackers, chocolate, coconut…yuuuuum in multiple bites.

You have so many awesome ideas – keep up the great work!

November 30, 2009 10:30 PM
Stacie Shaver said...

I love love grasshopper pie at the holidays…. and I absolutely love the smell of apple pie (though not eating it as much)…i like to drink my apple pie in the way of hot apple cider!!!

November 30, 2009 10:32 PM
Suzanne said...

MONSTER COOKIES!!!!!!! They remind me of when I was a kid- my aunt always made them. Now I make them.

November 30, 2009 10:44 PM
Tracey said...

Ok. I am such a knucklehead. I always save your website, because it is my favorite.Kind of like the icing on the cake, saving it til last.Anyway, I waited too long and lost out on the cute stuff, contest wise that is. Great website, thank you for sharing all your cuteness and great ideas. That will teach me to save your website. OPEN OPEN OPEN! Take care,

December 1, 2009 12:39 AM
JANE said...

The favorite holiday dessert around here is my sour cream maple walnut or rhubarb coffee cake..its soo moist and the flavors just pop…a bit of whipped cream and its like heaven..then I revert back to reality and my chocolate habits! lol….

December 1, 2009 01:35 AM
Shelley Chandler said...

Of all the goodies baked by others, my favorite are the shortbread cookies made by my sister. Of the ones I make, I prefer coconut cream pie and sweet potato pie. :)

December 1, 2009 02:44 AM
katie r said...

peppermint cookies- yum! what cute tags

December 1, 2009 06:52 AM
Emilie said...

well…. the conest’s over, but I still wanna share my favourite holiday dessert!

It’s called ”Ris a la mande” the name sounds kinda french, but it’s a truly sandinavian dessert xD
it’s kinda like rice pudding i guess? just with almonds, I’ve never had rice pudding tough xD but, it’s rice, chopped almonds, vanilla, and also some cream I think :) and then you eat it with warm cherry sauce after the dinner, and in the big bowl, you put a whole almond, and the person who finds it in his or hers bowl, get a present :D

December 1, 2009 12:12 PM
Mary said...

Chocolate sheet cake. I only allow myself to make it on my birthday and at Christmas because I eat so much of it. But it is the best stuff ever!

December 1, 2009 05:20 PM
Joyce Cecsarini said...

Why am I ALWAYS a day late and a dollar short???????
Of all the times in my life where I really could use some FREE gifts, I just seem to always be missing out. I don’t mean to feel sorry for myself but I do feel for my sweet family. We have been through so much in the last year and a half I am just starving for some good news. Or some news that I am a winner. Something fun for once. I can’t believe I am going to experience another giftless Christmas. We have 5 beautiful children and we are so very broke. My husband was in business for himself and just cannot find any work anywhere. Its so hard. But we are a close family and my children NEVER complain. I am very blessed for that.

December 1, 2009 07:01 PM
Michelle said...

Bakerella, will we ever see any of these recipes from the wonderful submissions? So many of them sound simply devine! You have a wonderful website and you are a lady after my own heart.

December 2, 2009 11:12 AM
Christine said...

It is a tradition to make my Grandmother’s sugar cookies. Every year, it takes hours of prep and tons of wasted flour to get them rolled and cut, then frosted (my favorite part). They always turn out perfect and even though they have never been the world’s most AMAZING sugar cookie dough, the amount of love and time taken to continue this tradition is precious. This year, my 2 yr old daughter gets to help and she knows whose they are, even though she never met her greatgrandma natalie.

December 2, 2009 11:18 AM
Melanie said...

I have their cookbook and it is just lovely. So much fun. How great that she sent you all that fabulous stuff.

December 2, 2009 01:07 PM
dina said...

very creative, another one for my santa wishlist. My husband is going to be mad to have to run out to the bookstore again for me. He was already done christmas shopping. Bakerella, you always find the neatest things.

December 2, 2009 04:11 PM
Judy said...


December 2, 2009 04:32 PM
Zoe said...

Oh this is great!! I love those recipe cards!!

December 2, 2009 06:10 PM
theUngourmet said...

Those chicks rock! I have that cake necklace! Isn’t it just the cutest?!

December 3, 2009 01:51 AM
Kathy said...

My favorite sweet at almost anytime is anything with pumpkin and cinnamon in it whether it is pie, bread, cake or even coffee. Adding whipped cream puts any ot the above way over the top. Love your site and recipes.

December 3, 2009 06:48 AM
Tierra Fackrell said...

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If nothing else, thanks for all your FABULOUS baking advice–love you!

December 3, 2009 07:40 PM
Renee said...

I make a great low-carb trifle that helps to keep my blood sugar in check. Amazingly it’s always gone first from a huge spread of desserts! Love the beautiful pictures and fun ideas on your blog. Merry Christmas to all.

December 3, 2009 07:56 PM
Ginger said...

sugar cookies hands~down!!! (or hands full of frosting by a 6 year old boy cover with wonderful Christmas sprinkles!) thee best!!!

December 4, 2009 07:23 PM
Karen Harrison said...

Every year I have to make my Busia’s sour cream cookies with buttercream frosting. They start to go as soon as I walk in the door with them. I have to make a double batch and get so tired of frosting them after a while, but it is worth it to keep up tradition.My family told me not to come if I didn’t bring Busia’s cookies. I also have to make my peppermint bark and my cinnamon surgared pecans. Baking does something to my soul!

December 4, 2009 09:57 PM
Luzelle said...

I love my aunt’s mini pecan pies! they are soooo delicious and the whole family looks forward to her baking them every year!

December 5, 2009 01:51 AM
Jessica Lauren said...

Your blog is such a breath of fresh air, so delightful and joyous! A real source of inspiration, thank you for your many morsels of goodness.

If you have a moment or two, please amuse yourself with my new creation. I would greatly appreciate the brief moment of adoration and any suggestions.

Thank You.

December 5, 2009 05:35 PM
Sara T said...

Cherry Winks! My favorite christmas cookie, ever. My mother has made them for me every christmas since i was a little girl, they were Santa’s favorite too!

December 6, 2009 04:37 PM
lorri said...

It’s a toss up…Rum Cake or Eggnog pound cake. How about both!? I also love making homemade marshmallows. They make hot chocolate divine. Of course making REAL hot chocolate is required when consuming homemade marshmallows. Can you guess how many hours I spend in my kitchen!?!

December 7, 2009 01:21 AM
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