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.


Married to an Aussie in OK said...

Fudge is my husband’s favorite, but mine is anything with mint!

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

I honestly can’t chose b/c I love anything with sugar. And chocolate of course. But my husband’s favorite is a soft gingerbread cookie wrapped in dark chocolate. They’re up there on my list too!

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

Favorite treat would be my kids homemade sugar cookies….A 3 year old can really pipe!!!

November 29, 2009 11:42 PM
Judy said...

My husband loves shortbread so I make his Mom’s recipe and do christmas shapes. They are excellent. I love chocolate crinkle cookies and I also love soft ginger/chocolate cookies (a Martha recipe). I gain pounds just thinking about them…lol

November 29, 2009 11:43 PM
Melissa said...

My favorite holiday treat is peanut blossom cookies! Unfortunately my little one is now allergic to peanuts so we’re going to try almond butter in them this year!!!

November 29, 2009 11:43 PM
Anna N. said...

I love this chestnut cake covered in ganache that my mom makes… yummy!

November 29, 2009 11:43 PM
Amy said...

Pumpkin Pie. Absolutely love it!

November 29, 2009 11:43 PM
elizabeth said...

It’s not really a sweet – but my favorite snack to graze on at Christmas time is cheese straws. Mmmm. With just the right amount of cayenne pepper.

November 29, 2009 11:43 PM
Mary K. said...

Cheesecake! I always make tons of cheesecakes for Christmas. Yum!

I’m tackling cake pops this season as well. I’m certain they’ll become a favorite too.

November 29, 2009 11:44 PM
Steph said...

i have to have snowball cookies every Christmas! powdered sugar + pecans + butter = awesomeness!

November 29, 2009 11:44 PM
Nancy Beyer said...

Camp Chocolate Cake or Poppy-seed cake…my mom’s most favorite & requested recipes during the holidays!!

November 29, 2009 11:44 PM
Audra said...

Snickerdoodles.. potato candy.. ALL of it!

November 29, 2009 11:44 PM
Ariadna said...

Pieee!!! And anything with hot fudge!!! Here in México we hace a sweet drink PONCHE, with tons of fruits and hot and its amazing!!! Omg eggnog I want that too… I´ll stop Im hungry now.

Love your desserts, I´ve tried a few and they all are asweome and sooo tasty!!!

November 29, 2009 11:45 PM
Bree said...

My mom makes these cookies called Chocolate Crinkles every year just for me. Well either she does or my sister does. They are a dark chocolate cookie rolled in powdered sugar, then baked. I’m afraid to make them for myself because they are my absolute favorite cookie and if I mess them up I would be really disappointed in myself.

November 29, 2009 11:45 PM
Jen C. said...

I love spritz cookies! They are the best!!

jenc at crazysummer dot org

November 29, 2009 11:45 PM
Jenn said...

eggnog brownies- let me know if you would like the recipe! Ymmmmm!

November 29, 2009 11:45 PM
Karen Farnsworth said...

Choose just one??? If I had to, it would be decorated sugar cookies, though I don’t know if it’s the taste or simply the good memories associated with them!

November 29, 2009 11:46 PM
Boot ~C said...

I love an old family recipe,Potato Cake. It is a dense chocolate cake w/ pecans & spices.Baked in a Bundt pan & not frosted,really a sign of the holidays for me!

November 29, 2009 11:47 PM
Jennifer W said...

Peanut butter kiss cookies!

November 29, 2009 11:47 PM
Cori said...

peanut butter cookies with hershey kiss on top. nothing is stopping me from making them year-round, but for some reason they are christmas-only treats in our house.

November 29, 2009 11:47 PM
Mary said...

Bûche de Noël, definitely! It’s got everything…cake, buttercream frosting, whipped cream filling, meringue. It’s yummy and so rewarding to make because it’s a showstopper :-D

November 29, 2009 11:47 PM
Melody said...

Farm Chicks is new to me but I’ll have to go check out that book. Scone cozy!!

Around Christmas my sisters, my Mom and I always make loads of cookies to give away and eat. My favorites are jam thumbprints made with my Auntie’s raspberry jam and Chinese Dragon Ginger slices (a butter cookie dough with crystallized ginger bits and dried cranberries.) Nummy!

melodyvalentine @hotmail .com

November 29, 2009 11:48 PM
Tara Lynch said...

Very traditional but I love all kinds of fudge. Mostly because I love making it with my mom for all of our family and friends and eating lots of it in the process!

November 29, 2009 11:48 PM
Vesta said...

I love candy canes!

November 29, 2009 11:48 PM
Jenny said...

Cookie, cookie and more cookies of all sorts to give as gifts during the holidays. BUT on Christmas Day….Monkey Bread to munch on with coffee while we open our Christmas stockings…

November 29, 2009 11:49 PM
Tami C said...

We love Danish Christmas cookies during this time of the year! (Also known as Pedder Nodder – yum.)

November 29, 2009 11:49 PM
Spooky said...

My favourite thing to eat at Christmas is panettone! Oh, boy. I go to sleep early every night in December just to get up sooner the next day and cut me a big, fat slice with coffee for breakfast. Thank goodness Christmas is only one a year or my poor waist line would be a mess!


November 29, 2009 11:49 PM
Jennifer said...

My mother’s butter cookies. The best! I usually eat a ton of them every Christmas, but not this year. :o( My love affair with them is on a hiatus this year and not by choice.

November 29, 2009 11:49 PM
Abigail Pearson said...

Well i have to, first of all BRANDY BUTTER. since i was about 4yrs old i have helped my dad make the brandy butter for our christmas pudding and i am just a little bit addicted. Not only is it just creamed butter and sugar in a bowl (dont you just love eating it out of the kitchen aid?!?) but you actually have an excuse to eat it!

and secondly omg. your oreo truffles. dip them in milk chocolate, drizzle on white chocolate, add a bit of ho9lly and vola you have yourself a little, mini christmas pudding with no interfearance from fruit. just good old chocolate, chocolate and a bit more chocoalte :)

November 29, 2009 11:49 PM
Deborah said...

Homemade Pecan Pralines. I haven’t had them in a few years but really think I need to get them made this year!

November 29, 2009 11:50 PM
Nancy Wyatt said...

WOW! I had never heard of them so thanks so much for this post! I would love a chance to win but even if I don’t I am still going to look them up and get the book too! Hugs from conroe, tx!

November 29, 2009 11:50 PM
Rita Rocks! said...

Mexican bread pudding! It is sooooo good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

November 29, 2009 11:51 PM
Melissa Lin said...

gingerbread, hands down!

November 29, 2009 11:51 PM
Kristie Shasteen said...

homemade dipped pretzels I think or maybe fudge; that’s a tough one some many good things at Christmas time

November 29, 2009 11:51 PM
Connie said...

Peanut Brittle – yum!

November 29, 2009 11:52 PM
Jessica K said...

Birch Log cookies are my fave. They are almost a cinnamon shortbread rolled into a log, then dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with milk chocolate. They are so pretty and sooo yummy.

November 29, 2009 11:52 PM
Donna E said...

Pizzelles! They are Italian cookies using a special pizzelle iron. Although my heritage is Slovak, my mom grew up with these and made them every Christmas for us.

November 29, 2009 11:52 PM
Stacy said...

I actually made some wasabi icecream after the chef made some at work the other week. It was absolutely delicious.

November 29, 2009 11:52 PM
Cynthia B. Harris said...

Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies! They are totally awesome chocolate delights, and if everyone in the world had some to eat, we’d have world peace for sure!

November 29, 2009 11:53 PM
Karen Marie said...

Chocolate Peanut Clusters! How can you go wrong? (unless you have allergies…)

November 29, 2009 11:53 PM
Sarah said...

Definitely a double chocolate/brownie/mini-M&M cookie called Fudge Jumbles that my mom only makes at Christmas…so the tradition has spread to my little family: I only make them around Christmas, too. It makes them even more delectable.

November 29, 2009 11:53 PM
Ruth said...

Jam Tarts. Not too sweet which is a nice break from the influx of sugar.

November 29, 2009 11:53 PM
Robin said...

I love sugar cookies, decorated with powdered sugar frosting. It’s been a tradition in my family as long as I can remember, and it’s just not Christmas without them!

November 29, 2009 11:54 PM
Kris said...

My favorite Christmas sweet? gotta be egg nog punch.
1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream
1 quart egg nog
1- 2 liter bottle Sprite

It’s a winner!

November 29, 2009 11:55 PM
Cassidy said...

Soft Iced Sugar Cookies!! Love them! (with peppermint ice cream on the side!)

November 29, 2009 11:55 PM
Betsy said...

Smooth, creamy fudge or pralines would have to be my favorite. One of my Mamaw’s friends makes the BEST pralines!

November 29, 2009 11:55 PM
Debbie said...

Chocolate chess pie is a favorite along with peppermint bark!

November 29, 2009 11:55 PM
Kassandra Byrd said...

So sugar cookies with cream cheese icing is SO my favorite Christmas dessert to eat and to make :o). I love them because they taste yummy and you can make so many fun shapes and styles with this dough! My email is if I just happen to win this amazing giveaway because this new farm chicks book is SO going on my Christmas list! :o). Thanks for having this great giveaway!

November 29, 2009 11:56 PM
Anonymous said...

Monkey bread!!!

November 29, 2009 11:57 PM
Cassie said...

My grandma always makes fudge brownies and they are my fave. YUM!

November 29, 2009 11:57 PM
Siobhan said...

Oh, oh, oh!!! Greek Shortbread that my mama makes! I still can’t get it as right as she can.. but I will be making some this holiday to munch on with the ‘nog.

November 29, 2009 11:58 PM
Elaine N said...

fave Christmas sweet is mexican wedding cookies. they remind me of snow!

November 29, 2009 11:58 PM
Sheri said...

Fudge, although I have a nostalgic love for pecan sandies.

November 29, 2009 11:59 PM
Amy said...

Every year the family makes candy. Rum nut balls are my favorite. Creamy, chocolatey, and nutty. Dreamy.

November 29, 2009 11:59 PM
Gina said...

Pumpkin Bread – it smells like the holidays!

November 29, 2009 11:59 PM
Raquel said...

I absolutely love sugar cookies!!!! mmmmmmmm delicious!

November 30, 2009 12:00 AM
Nofi said...

I love the fruit tart cake that I always get once a year for my birthday (around Christmas time). =) Eating it once a year make it more memorable and favorable.

November 30, 2009 12:00 AM
Bakezilla said...

My favorite dessert at Christmas time are Applesauce Cookies. I hope you got my e-mail and recipe for these treats!

November 30, 2009 12:00 AM
Jillie Bean said...

French silk chocolate pie. It was one of my mother’s favorites, we lost her this year, so it makes this pie even more sweet.

November 30, 2009 12:01 AM
Heather Thomas said...

My favorite dessert is chocolate pie! Last year my grandpa and my aunt had a chocolate pie contest to see who could make the best pie…my family and I were more than happy to be the judges!

November 30, 2009 12:01 AM
amy said...

my mammaw made the best fudge (and without nuts!)

November 30, 2009 12:01 AM
Jan Miller said...

Every morning we have sweet petals. They are a sweet dough with cinnamon and sugar and I make them in the shape of a big flower. The kids and grandkids all love to pull off the petals, so yummy.
I love the Farm Chicks.
Thanks can’t wait to win:)

November 30, 2009 12:02 AM
Sabrina said...

Gingerbread cookies! iced gingerbread, half dipped in chocolate. Reminds me of my grandmother.

November 30, 2009 12:02 AM
Katie said...

mmm bread pudding!

November 30, 2009 12:02 AM
Whitney said...

There’s nothing like thumbprint jelly filled shortbread cookies and a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. Mmmm, it just makes me happy thinking about it!
I make my own wedding/event cakes so that necklace and those gift tags would be perfect additions to some baked goodies I’ll be giving this Christmas!

November 30, 2009 12:02 AM
Mockie said...

My mom’s yellow cake. I only get to see her at Christmas and we make it together every year =) its absolutely delicious!

November 30, 2009 12:03 AM
Kelly said...

This is such a tough question! There are so many wonderful desserts that are evocative of Christmas celebrations of days past, but I guess I am particularly attached to spritz cookies. They’re not as sophisticated or complex as some other holiday favorites, but with their unnatural colors and shapes they are quintessentially Christmas-y to me.

November 30, 2009 12:04 AM
dorian said...

favorite sweet is such a tough call. last year my fave was warm brownies topped with a homemade peppermint ice cream and a warm, fresh marshmallow. yummmm.

November 30, 2009 12:04 AM
Cheyenne said...

anything with peppermint is my favorite! (Especially chocolate and peppermint!)
cheyennealexander at hotmail dot com

November 30, 2009 12:05 AM
Kori said...

Chocolate covered Oreos! Ok, ok, not really a Christmas goodie, but it’s the only time you can buy them here!

Thanks for sharing about the Farm Chicks…I’m going to have to add that one to my library!!!

November 30, 2009 12:05 AM
Debra said...

Grandmother’s tea cakes with buttercream frosting!

November 30, 2009 12:05 AM
JenniferB said...

I absolutely love homemade fudge at the holiday time — sprinkled with crushed candy canes it’s a must have!

November 30, 2009 12:05 AM
Kat said...

Whoa cute overload.

Believe it or not, my grandmother’s fruitcake. The woman is like a baking-god; she knows no bounds. It’s amazing.
Thanks for the giveaway!

November 30, 2009 12:05 AM
Tiffany Defa said...

I love Fudge!

November 30, 2009 12:06 AM
Julie Schaeffer said...

We celebrate Hanukkah, and I’ve learned over the years to make a mean jelly donut.

November 30, 2009 12:06 AM
Allison said...

I would have to say Fudge…my dad makes the absolute best ever. And Christmas isn’t complete without it!!

November 30, 2009 12:06 AM
Juli Gregg said...

I would have to say that my favorite Christmas sweet is Red Velvet Cake. Every year till I was about 17, I can remember my grandma making one for Christmas dinner.Oh how I love that light, delicious cake! And now…I carry one the tradition and bake the red velvet cake!!!

November 30, 2009 12:06 AM
Courtney said...

I’m not very wild and crazy but I do love my mom’s snickerdoodle cookies! Those just scream Christmas to me :)

November 30, 2009 12:06 AM
Maureen said...

German stollen…which is weird, because I don’t like any other fruitcakes. But this has been our Christmas morning breakfast tradition forever. Yum!

I love your blog — so creative and fun. Thanks.

November 30, 2009 12:07 AM
Renee Clinton said...

Love love sugar cookies with almond extract instead of vanilla..just makes them taste a little different. Buttercream frosting on top too!

November 30, 2009 12:09 AM
Rachel said...

I love making pinwheel cookies for Christmas but my favorite dessert is pecan pie. Cookies of any kind are a year-round favorites.

November 30, 2009 12:09 AM
Nicci said...

Favorite sweet anything chocolate like chocolate oranges or orange or raspberry sticks. Yum, can’t help it a fattening month for me.

November 30, 2009 12:09 AM
Jen said...

Nanimo bars for sure!

November 30, 2009 12:09 AM
Rebecca said...

I would have to say chocolate rugelach! I love them year round, not just at Christmas. :)

November 30, 2009 12:09 AM
Lyrical Soul said...

My great-grandmother’s southern tea-cakes. It wouldn’t be Christmakkah without them.

November 30, 2009 12:10 AM
*mindi* said...

I’ve been searching for cute recipe cards!
My favorite Christmas treat: any and all Christmas cookies! :)

November 30, 2009 12:10 AM
++MIRA++ said...

this is weird…but i get cravings for double stuffed oreos and milk! hahaha…i wish i was santas wife. I would have all the cookies i want. then again, my husband resembels a younger version of him:)

btw, i made some cute pilgrim and indian thanksgiving cupcakes if u wana take a look:)
thanks for the cutest site ever!


November 30, 2009 12:10 AM
anna said...

the first candy cane of the season!

November 30, 2009 12:10 AM
Anne@ the doctor takes a wife said...

My favorite sweet/dessert at Christmas is still, hands down, homemade frosted sugar cookies. I have about a million memories of making them with my mom and my brothers, and plan to send a huge package my brothers’ way this season, since I won’t get to see them at Christmas.

November 30, 2009 12:11 AM
Lynne said...

Definitely Gingerbread cookies! I have 2 recipes. One for making houses and one for cookies.

November 30, 2009 12:11 AM
Pam said...

Ohhhh, big, huge sugar cookies frosted AND decorated. I have this big Santa cookie cutter from when I was little…the finished Santa must be about 9 inches tall! So fun to make and give away. :-) Giant snowflakes too!

Happy belated Thanksgiving!


November 30, 2009 12:11 AM
Courtney said...

My favorite sweet is Chocolate Chip Cookies! :)
I love everything else but Chocolate chip cookies always remind me of baking them with my mom for Santa :)

- courtneyssweets [at] -

November 30, 2009 12:11 AM
Erin C said...

Berry Pie! or Chocolate cake! :)

November 30, 2009 12:12 AM
Christine said...

My favorite christmas sweet is snicker doodles! I recently tried a recipe for popcorn brittle (instead of peanuts) and it was delicious!

November 30, 2009 12:12 AM
Stephanie said...

I love a good, rich, chocolate cake with hot fudge and ice cream. Yummy!
It’s especially great when shared with a friend…

November 30, 2009 12:12 AM
Mandarrr said...

Hmm…. Gingerbread cookies are probably the most classic desert. And my mom’s recipe makes the most delicious gingerbread men I’ve ever had. So I’d have to go with those as my favorite Christmas dessert. (:

If I, by some miracle, win that adorable necklace, I can be contacted through email (

November 30, 2009 12:13 AM
SaraC said...

My favorite is these cherry cheesecake-type bars with a crumb topping. They are delicious. I also really love all the cookies.

November 30, 2009 12:13 AM
Denise said...

Peppermint brownies!

November 30, 2009 12:13 AM
Christine in Wisconsin said...

For Christmas it’s all about cookies, cookies, cookies – Pfeffernusse and Mexican Wedding Cookies (can one say no to something coated in powdered sugar?) shortbread cookies with a Hershey’s kiss in the center. Peanut butter cookies.. Now if I can just get an invite to one of those cookie exchange parties.

November 30, 2009 12:14 AM
Vicki said...

I’d have a agree with some of the other readers..FUDGE! And my mom’s apple cake! Yum! :)

November 30, 2009 12:14 AM
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