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.


Mia said...

My favorite dessert has to be… gingerbread men and women cookies. Fun to decorate and delicious too. Yum!

November 29, 2009 11:17 PM
AnneMarie said...

My favorite holiday treat would be shortbread cookies! LOVE THEM!

November 29, 2009 11:17 PM
Mandy said...

as a kid – iced cookies! (still yummy); as a grown-up – bon bons!

November 29, 2009 11:18 PM
Sierra said...

red velvet cake. caramels. lots and lots of cookies. pretty much any sweet :)

November 29, 2009 11:18 PM
Yasee said...

Favorite sweet would be Toblerone!!! Dessert for christmas would be Lemon Meringue Pie….absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!

November 29, 2009 11:19 PM
Carrie Rowe said...

does egg nog count? i really love all sweets, but anything egg nog flavored is fabulous!

November 29, 2009 11:19 PM
Angie said...

I LOVE cookies during the holidays! It doesn’t matter what kind. I love them all! ;)

angelilee91@gmail dot com

November 29, 2009 11:19 PM
1LuvnMama said...

all of them! i luv chocolate haupia pie! yummy!

November 29, 2009 11:20 PM
Amanda said...

I am going to have to say my favorite Christmas dessert is Grasshopper pie. My grandmother used to make it every christmas, and it was delicious!!! A minty filling, chocolatey oreo crust, mmmm. Must be where my love for mint chocolate blizzards come from. Christmas just isn’t the same without it.

November 29, 2009 11:22 PM
Abigail said...

This is fresh in my mind because I just sat at my mother’s house copying down Christmas recipes before I flew home today. so…my first pick is definitely Peanut Butter Balls
Then a tie between homemade toffee and our family recipe for sugar cookies.

Oh and you should make scones, they’re so good when they’re homemade. I use the Better Homes & Garden’s recipe and make it with craisins and lots of chocolate chips. yummy.

November 29, 2009 11:22 PM
Molly said...

Fudge! I love fudge. Mmmmm, now I want me some fudge. :)

November 29, 2009 11:22 PM
Charloe said...

Definitely my Mom’s homemade caramel corn. YUMMY!! Thanks for the chance Bakerella!

November 29, 2009 11:22 PM
Amber said...

Eggnog! Eggnog! Eggnog cookies, fudge, cakes, pudding; you name it, I will eat it TO DEAAATH.

November 29, 2009 11:22 PM
Shannon said...

I love it when my mom makes star-shaped sugar cookies. Then we would stack them up, coat them in green frosting, and have little Christmas tree cookies!

November 29, 2009 11:22 PM
Kerbi Hardwick said...

My favorite Christmas sweet is divinity! Thanks for letting us know about this! You rock!

November 29, 2009 11:22 PM
Melanie said...

I love making homemade chocolate covered cherries and chocolate covered orange buttercreams. It’s not the Christmas season until I have a stash of them in my fridge!

mommymelb at gmail dot com

November 29, 2009 11:22 PM
Brittanie said...

My family always makes amazing Peanut Butter Balls that knock me over with a beautiful sugar rush! Love, love, love ‘em!

November 29, 2009 11:22 PM
Rochelle Rodriguez said...

I love to make Date Nut Cookies! It was my Grandma’s recipe and one of the recipes I remember my Dad helping us make too. The batter would get nice and thick and my Mom always needed him to finish up the mixing!

November 29, 2009 11:22 PM
Katy said...

Oh those gift tags are adorable!! My mom has a “roll cozy” that we just used for Thanksgiving. My favorite Christmas dessert is a Swedish Flop Cake. It’s like a butter crumb coffee cake with a huge layer of yummy butter cream inside. Just thinking about it makes me gain 10 lbs!

November 29, 2009 11:23 PM
Ashley Crown said...

I LOVE homemade apple pie, right from the oven at Christmas time.

November 29, 2009 11:23 PM
Courtney Williams said...

My sister (the artist) makes some adorable and yummy gingerbread men. They’re almost too cute to eat, but then too good not too! I bet you could find a way to make those look cute on a stick. ;-)

November 29, 2009 11:23 PM
Jen S. said...

My favorite holiday treat is peppermint bark. I just had to learn how to make it after eating an entire tin from Trader Joe’s!

November 29, 2009 11:23 PM
Hannah said...

One year I made homemade ho-hos and they were delish. But I do love a good bowl of traditional Chex Mix too!

November 29, 2009 11:23 PM
Krysti said...

Homemade peanut clusters!! Found an easy recipe years ago and still can’t believe how popular they are.

November 29, 2009 11:24 PM
April Byars said...

Rum cake!

November 29, 2009 11:24 PM
MichelleB said...

My favorite sweet is the sweet potatoes that I make – with lots of butter, brown sugar, and pecans. Yum!

November 29, 2009 11:25 PM
Carrie said...

Growing up our Christmas day breakfast was yummy chocolate cake and cold ham. Weird, but so delicious and a Christmas tradition I’ve continued with my own family.

November 29, 2009 11:25 PM
Maggie said...

My favorite sweet at Christmas time is actually one we eat with the main meal rather than as a dessert or anything: ambrosia. Sectioning all those oranges is a special kind of torture, but the result is oh-so-worth it! :)

I can be reached at the email I’ve provided here, namely maggie dot harrison at gmail :) Thank you so much for the awesome giveaways, and the fabulous entertainment! :)

November 29, 2009 11:25 PM
Kristen said...

That is some of the cutest stuff I’ve seen lately! My favorite Christmas treats are hot cocoa and homemade cookies. I like all kinds of cookies, but my favorites are little snowballs made from just browned butter, powdered sugar, and flour. Nuts are nice too.

November 29, 2009 11:25 PM
Lisa Lou said...

I would have to say the sugar cookies we make to leave out for santa.

November 29, 2009 11:25 PM
Dee Jordan said...

Oh for Christmas I would have to say my Grandma Jenny’s English Toffee. She always said it has to be a clear day, not even a chance of rain, for it to turn out just right. She tweaked the orginal receipe by adding a heaping tablespoon of french vanilla instant coffee in there, oh so YUMMY!

Thanks for all your super give-a-way’s.

November 29, 2009 11:26 PM
Meagan said...

Do I have to choose just one? If so, fudge would probably be my all time favorite.
I am seriously going to go check out that cookbook. It looks awesome.

November 29, 2009 11:26 PM
Brandy said...

Plain old chocolate chip cookies. I can never get enough of them. :)

November 29, 2009 11:27 PM
Bev said...

We have a cookie recipe that was given to me by an old friend called “Grandma Calley’s cookie”…sort of a brown sugar, butter and a pecan on time…it just says Christmas to me.

November 29, 2009 11:27 PM
Erin said...

My favorite holiday treat is crepes – my Mom only knows how to do two sweet things, pumpkin pie and crepes; it’s a good thing my whole family loves both!!

Thanks for the information on The Farm Chicks! Went to the website right away for gift tags!

November 29, 2009 11:27 PM
Tami Madsen said...

Root Beer Carmels…to die for!
My grandma (who passed away today actually…miss her already) made the very very best pecan rolls. I’m going to make some this year…in memory of her.

Tami Madsen

November 29, 2009 11:27 PM
homeschooler said...

Homemade cut-out cookies with frosting and sprinkles!

November 29, 2009 11:27 PM
Rebecca said...

Oh my gosh! I have to pick just one? That is just too hard…. I guess I will have to say pecan rolls that are a family tradition, marshmallows dipped in creamy caramel and then rolled in pecans.

November 29, 2009 11:28 PM
Debbie B said...

My Mom’s egg custard pie. She doesn’t make it much, but, she gave me her recipe years ago and now aI can make it too! My dad’s sisters all vie to see who can bring the wildest & most goodies when we all get together for Christmas. That’s fun too. Love the cake necklace. I’ll have to check out Farm Chicks too! Thanks.

November 29, 2009 11:28 PM
Stacey said...

Totally egg nog!!!! Is there anything better at Christmas time??? Seriously!!! I could do without all of the other yummy, delicious, mouth-watering goodies at Christmas time, but NOT egg nog…no way!!

November 29, 2009 11:28 PM
MarianaB said...

hi bakerella!
here in argentina we use to bake some thing called Pan Dulce. is like a sweet bread with nuts and glaced fruit.

November 29, 2009 11:29 PM
Carrie M said...

Wow, so hard to pick a favorite Christmas treat. I love baklava, russian teacakes, almond stars, sugar cookies, and fudge! If I can only pick five :)

November 29, 2009 11:29 PM
Junglewife said...

How fun! Those are adorable!

My favorite is peanut-butter balls. I think I have heard them called Buckeyes, but my recipe uses Rice Krispies too. Yum!

November 29, 2009 11:29 PM
Mary JT said...

My mouth is watering right now as I think about Cherry Mash Candy. my mother-in-laws recipe.

November 29, 2009 11:29 PM
Emily said...

Umm…all of the desserts maybe? We make ginger{graham} houses and I decorate them with all of my favorite indulgences – M&Ms, oreo cookies, icing. Yum!
Oh, and I absolutely LOVE the Farm Chicks. I ran across their cookbook at the library and it’s such a treasure. They’re fabulous.

November 29, 2009 11:29 PM
Stephanie P said...

How cute!
My fave Christmas treat is my husband’s caramel!

November 29, 2009 11:30 PM
Kelli Dahl said...

My absolute favorite is my mom’s Biscochitos – a mexican sugar cookie. But a close second is puppy chow (the chex cereal with pb, chocolate and powdered sugar) – its addicting!

November 29, 2009 11:30 PM
Jessica said...

Fudge! Got to have fudge during the holiday season.

November 29, 2009 11:30 PM
Minnesotamom said...

So cute! My favorite goody of my mom’s (and she makes MANY) are oatmeal caramel bars. Thanks for being a sharer–we appreciate EVERYthing you share!

November 29, 2009 11:30 PM
doreen teoh said...

Tiramisu laced with dark rum and topped with loads of chocolate shavings. Yummy! Made mine from a recipe care of Joy of Baking.

November 29, 2009 11:31 PM
Jadee said...

Are you really asking for only one favorite sweet? Well, I love anything that has chocolate in it/on it. I’m starting to like pumpkin pies and I’m anxious to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

November 29, 2009 11:31 PM
Joanna said...

Peppermint Chocolate Bark. I look forward to it every year!

November 29, 2009 11:31 PM
ATL Amanda said...

Spitzbuben – almond sandwich cookies with red currant jam

November 29, 2009 11:32 PM
Carol said...

Hmmm…Seeing as how I am a card carrying member of the Sweets-a-holic club, this is a tough question. But if Hershey Kiss Cookies are on the table, I have to grab at least, oh….3 or 4! Something about peanut butter cookies rolled in sugar with a semi melted Hershey kiss on top makes my heart flutter!

November 29, 2009 11:32 PM
Beth B. said...

My favorite dessert is chocolate chess pie made by my mother. I’ve tried to make it many times, but it always messes up!

November 29, 2009 11:32 PM
Laura Liscano said...

My latest fave is your mini pumpkin pies! I made them for Thanksgiving and they were a HUGE hit! I may just go make some now….

November 29, 2009 11:33 PM
Malorie Rasmussen said...

I love my grandma’s homemade toffee. So good. It’s making my mouth water as we speak. I hope I win. Let me know at

November 29, 2009 11:33 PM
Katie said...

My boyfriend’s great-grandmother’s peanut patty! It is the best!

November 29, 2009 11:33 PM
Rebecca Martinez said...

Homemade Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Icing and Sprinkles!

November 29, 2009 11:33 PM
Steph C said...

I love my mom’s peanut-butter cookies with Christmas colored m&m’s pressed into the top… DELICIOUS!!!

November 29, 2009 11:34 PM
Veronica said...

Those giveaways are just too precious!

I think a classic treat I’m never sick of are what my parents always called “snowballs” (/Russian Tea Cakes/Mexican Wedding Cookies/etc.). But I also wait all year for my pumpkin pie!

November 29, 2009 11:34 PM
Shayna said...

Well, since we do Hanukkah in my house, we do jelly donughts! Yum!

November 29, 2009 11:34 PM
crystal said...

The awesome fruit filled cookies my Maw Maw would make. I forget the name, but so good.

November 29, 2009 11:34 PM
Jessica said...

I love homemade gingerbread cookies around Christmas time. I tend to have to make two batches, two days apart since the first batch never lasts more than two days with my family.

I love the “made with love” signs from The Farm Chicks.. Those would go perfect with some Christmas cake pops that I’m thinking of doing when I visit my family for the holidays.

November 29, 2009 11:34 PM
Amanda said...

My mom always made Italian Pizzelles while watching the Steelers play on this tiny black and white tv that she placed in the kitchen only when she made these cookies. It’s just not Christmas without those Pizzelles!

November 29, 2009 11:35 PM
Sherilyn said...

Homemade chocolates!! yum-o

November 29, 2009 11:35 PM
Nina said...

my favorite dessert during Christmas is shortbread cookies… i keep seeing pictures of buche noel and im sure if i ever tried it it would become a favorite… love the necklace!

November 29, 2009 11:35 PM
amanda said...

lots of edible gifts this xmas. those tags would be perfect :)

November 29, 2009 11:35 PM
Natalie L. said...

Chinese Chews – my mom always makes a huge platter of different types of christmas cookies, and these are always my favourites. What’s better than chewy, brown sugary cookies with raisins, nuts, dried fruit in them.. rolled in sugar?

November 29, 2009 11:36 PM
Audrey Harris said...

My favorite Christmas sweet is spritz cookies. I loved
my Mom’s and now love baking them. Om nom nom!

November 29, 2009 11:36 PM
Pip said...

Raisin pudding and peanut butter pie! Mmmm is it Christmas yet?

November 29, 2009 11:36 PM
AndiK said...

Cream cheese and cherry pie. :)

November 29, 2009 11:36 PM
Julie Frank said...

sugar cut-out cookies decorated all cute for the holidays!

November 29, 2009 11:36 PM
tj said...

My favorite christmas dessert would have to be gingersnaps from an old family recipe.. it was always the cookie that my mom said was santa’s favorite when I was growing up. Little did I know that my father was santa, needless to say, afterwards I loved them even more.

November 29, 2009 11:37 PM
Kimi said...

Lace Cookies! Yum Yum Yum

November 29, 2009 11:37 PM
sara said...

My fav sweet at Christmas is definitely my mom’s Christmas cookies (iced sugar cookies). So good!

November 29, 2009 11:37 PM
Debbie in Chico/Sacto said...

Favorite sweet? There are so many. But, I once had some chocolate truffles to die for!

November 29, 2009 11:37 PM
Cindal said...

mmm . . . shortbread. Any kind of homemade shortbread is, hand down, the favourite.

November 29, 2009 11:37 PM
shannon said...

I love a pumpkin roll @ Christmas time. I just can’t get enough pumpkin goodness at Thanksgiving, so we try to carry it into the Christmas season too. Filled with cream cheese and dusted with powdered sugar makes it so yummy!

November 29, 2009 11:37 PM
Marla said...

My favorite holiday treat is a bon bon my family calls Martha Washingtons. They are a chocolate covered bon bon with a sugar, coconut and pecan mixture on the inside.

November 29, 2009 11:37 PM
Sandra said...

As soon as the cold weather comes Im reaching for a nice hot chocolate with whipped cream!!! Oh, and a side of butter cookies is good too. :)

November 29, 2009 11:37 PM
Susan said...

My favorite at christmas is cupcakes because . . . we had a cupcake decorating contest last christmas and had a
blast! The younger kids as well as the older had so much decorating their cupcake and then of course eating it! My Dad, who is 90, was the judge and of course picked the youngest great gran to be the winner – what sweet memories!!!

November 29, 2009 11:38 PM
mindy said...

I love homemade chocolates and caramels at Christmas. I love the cute farmchick tags.

November 29, 2009 11:38 PM
Michelle Ho said...

cranberry cheesecake!! yummy. =)

November 29, 2009 11:38 PM
Katy said...

That is a TOUGH one to answer! I love pumpkin pie and we have it at Christmas for sure, but I also adore the homemade caramel popcorn my dear friend makes & gives away. I literally eat it until I am ready to pop myself. YUM!

November 29, 2009 11:38 PM
Angela said...

My favorite Christmas treat is homemade toffee. Or buckeyes. Or cookies n cream fudge. Or regular fudge. Or white-chocolate-dipped-pretzels. Or…

Maybe this is why I need to lose weight.

November 29, 2009 11:38 PM
Lacy Myers said...

I LOVE scotcheroos :) So easy to make, yet so sinfully delicious!

November 29, 2009 11:38 PM
Alisa said...

Does Egg Nog count? When I was 10, my appendix ruptured right before Christmas and I wouldn’t eat anything except bacon, pistachios and egg nog! While that may not have created the greatest Christmas memory, I still love Egg Nog!! Plus, my family has always made homemade egg nog – yum!

November 29, 2009 11:39 PM
Missy Gregory said...

We were just talking with our kids about this around the dinner table tonight. My favorite is Russian Tea Cakes aka Mexican Wedding Cake cookies, my daughters like spritz, my son likes chocolate chip cookies and my husband likes Heath Bit cookies. Yum. Makes me want to start my Christmas baking.

November 29, 2009 11:39 PM
Mallory said...

We always have blackberry cobbler for my mom’s birthday (Christmas Eve). I looooove me some blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream!

November 29, 2009 11:39 PM
Isabella said...

In our house it’s all about the cannoli!! LOVE your website!

November 29, 2009 11:39 PM
Nicole said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
My favorite dessert is my mom’s pumpkin torte. Can’t wait until Christmas now!

November 29, 2009 11:40 PM
Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

BUCKEYES! I <3 candy buckeyes! My mom made them every year. And they remind me of home {Go Bucks}!

November 29, 2009 11:40 PM
Kaitlin said...

My favorite Christmas sweet?

Well, to be honest, my favorite holiday baked good is the same no matter what the holiday: my mom’s cherry pie. She uses filling from a can, but she always makes the crust herself. It’s a recipe that uses vegetable oil instead of solid shortening, so it’s healthier, and it keeps the crust light and flaky. And, it’s super, super simple (all you need is flour, oil and water) and everyone is always so impressed!

November 29, 2009 11:40 PM
Mel said...

My favorite dessert during the holidays are Chinese Chews. I love their yummy warmness covered with powdered sugar.

November 29, 2009 11:40 PM
Anna said...

How cute! My family is Dutch and every Christmas we get lots of Stroopwaffles!! YUM! We also get a huge pure chocolate letter of our first initial. I look forward to these every year.

November 29, 2009 11:40 PM
Jolie said...

My favorite dessert would have to be homemade Christmas cookies. I love when the frosting makes them soft and decorating them with my kids is the best.

November 29, 2009 11:40 PM
CookTeen said...

Cheesecake and cookies! Oh and kettle corn! I love kettle corn!!!

November 29, 2009 11:41 PM
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November 29, 2009 11:41 PM
Rebecca said...

Love it

November 29, 2009 11:41 PM
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