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.


Anna Smith said...

Sugar cookies with royal icing, seven layer and King Leo soft peppermint sticks (I couldn’t pick just one). Simple choices, I know, but oh so yummy. They taste like childhood.

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

my favorite dessert at christmas-time is my mom’s chocolate pie with her homemade peppermint ice cream! so yummy!!! :)

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

Cookies! Gingerbread especially. My husband and I make a gingerbread house from scratch every year, and each time the house is more elaborate. We love it.

November 30, 2009 12:15 AM
Michelle said...

Well….for my Mum’s work, I’m making a chocolate shortbread christmas tree for them all to share and spiced sugared nuts. And i love to make this for my own family as well! YUMMY!

November 30, 2009 12:15 AM
Caroline said...

I love white chocolate dipped pretzels with red & green colored sugar. MMMMM!

November 30, 2009 12:15 AM
ALopez said...

My favorite Christmas sweets are actually drinks; Egg Nog and Glogg!

November 30, 2009 12:16 AM
Chrisgelica said...

cookies, any kind. or peppermint lattes at starbucks.

November 30, 2009 12:16 AM
Robbin Miraglia said...

I have so many wonderful, yummy, holiday memories. My mom was an incredible baker but if I had to choose one thing it was her popcorn balls! I may have to pull out that recipe this year and make them in her memory!

thanks for doing this generous give away :)

November 30, 2009 12:17 AM
angie said...

I make a kringle that is heavenly. My favorite part of it is the stuff that spills out onto the pan! Yum

November 30, 2009 12:18 AM
Melissa Lang said...

I have been craving peppermint bark! My husband doesn’t like peppermint (I swear I was unaware of this abnormality when I married him), so if I buy a package, it is mine, ALL MINE!

November 30, 2009 12:18 AM
Cate said...

I usually bake a lot during the Christmas season. My favorite thing to make is usually buckeyes, but I think over the past few years that has changed. I am looking forward to making chocolate chip shortbread dipped in melted chocolate. I can’t really pick one thing as a favorite sweet or treat though. ummm. OH! the peppermint cookies I made a few years ago were very good. I’ll choose those. they were just a basic sugar cookie with broken up candy cane pieces in them.

November 30, 2009 12:18 AM
Tori Moss said...

Peanut butter balls are my favorite holiday treat.

November 30, 2009 12:18 AM
Kari Lawlor said...

I love almond rocca and my moms homemade chocolates!

I know you said sweets but I also love my moms recipe for cheeseball.

lawlorlawlor at gmail dot com

November 30, 2009 12:18 AM
Suzan said...

I love anything chocolate. When I was a child we only had chocolate during the winter months as the Australian summer made it impossible. Modern conveniences have changed this and make it possoble to enjoy these treats more often now.

November 30, 2009 12:19 AM
Ashley S. said...

Adorableness at its finest! :)

I love white chocolate mint covered popcorn! So good!!

November 30, 2009 12:19 AM
Yvonne said...

Sugar cookies, for sure. Every year I make them with my niece and we have so much fun.

November 30, 2009 12:19 AM
Alyson said...

Ever since I was a little girl, my dad (resident baker in the family) has made oatmeal white chocolate chunk cranberry cookies. He only makes them in December for the holidays, and I crave them all year. I’ve actually had the recipe for a long time, but a part of me is afraid to make them any other season in case it ruins the sacred-ness.

November 30, 2009 12:19 AM
Angie said...

Peppermint ice cream! It’s only available this time of year, which is a tragedy because it is my favorite flavor ever.

Very cute stuff. :)

November 30, 2009 12:20 AM
Andrea said...

My favorite is good ol’ Shortbread Cookies! Yum! :)

bleasdaleclan @

November 30, 2009 12:20 AM
Becky said...

Love that necklace!!! and cant wait to go out and buy that book!

November 30, 2009 12:20 AM
Debbie said...

Growing up, my mother’s chocolate pie was always my favorite. But then there is also fudge, sugar cookies, and red velvet cake!

November 30, 2009 12:20 AM
Erin F. said...

If I say cake pops, will it influence your decision? :o) Just kidding!

I’m a sucker for Russian Tea Cakes (Mexican Wedding Cakes). So yummy and crumbly. Great with a cup of tea.


November 30, 2009 12:21 AM
Kellie said...

My favorite Holiday backed good is probably Gingerbread Cookies. I love the smell, and they’re lots of fun to make/decorate with little ones!

November 30, 2009 12:22 AM
Crystal said...

Sugar Cookies for sure! The whole process of making sugar cookies is so much fun!

November 30, 2009 12:22 AM
Amy said...

My favorite Christmas sweets are simply cookies. Sugar cookies decorated with a lot of icing. Every year, I try to make Christmas cookie boxes for my neighbors. This year, I might do jam cookies and sugar cookies with a side of truffles. :)

November 30, 2009 12:22 AM
laura said...

oh my favorite is my mom’s polish cookies.

November 30, 2009 12:22 AM
Amelia said...

Our family makes a special family recipe each year, a cookie called “Suga Kuga”, which is an anise flavored sugar cookie with a yummy, buttery, strudel-like topping. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it! :)

November 30, 2009 12:22 AM
Monica said...

I love my mom’s Christmas Meltaway cookies and her homemade Spudnuts. Yum!

November 30, 2009 12:22 AM
beth said...

My Nannie’s Peanut Butter Candy. The base layer is made with powdered sugar, vanilla, milk and butter, then rolled flat and has peanut butter spread on top. It is then rolled in a pinwheel fashion, refridgerated till firm, then cut into slices. It NEVER lasts long enough to display – it’s so pretty, but mostly de-lish! The tins that she used to store the candy have a special meaning as well. It’s just the best!

November 30, 2009 12:23 AM
courtney said...

Hmmm, sugar cookies or peanut butter fudge! Too hard to pick just one :)

November 30, 2009 12:23 AM
Angie said...

My great-aunt sends us “buckeyes”, which are peanut butter balls dipped halfway in chocolate! So good and we only get it during Christmas time.

November 30, 2009 12:23 AM
Stephanie said...

My favorite treat? It has to be chocolate peanut butter bars!

November 30, 2009 12:25 AM
Ellen said...

Fudge! I crave it all year, then I have one or two pieces at Christmas, and that’s enough to tide me over until next year!

November 30, 2009 12:25 AM
Plaidfrogg said...

Oh jeez….there’s no way I could pick just ONE favorite Christmas treat. That’s like saying I have to pick just one favorite Christmas! I adore almost all Christmas cookies….especially the cut-outs from my husband’s hometown. Before that, Puppy Chow (choc/peanut butter Chex mix concoction…mmmm!). I love the Farm Chicks stuff…so cute! Off to check out more….

November 30, 2009 12:25 AM
Lynn Mathers said...

Mexican Wedding Cakes is my absolute favorite Christmas-time cookie. I can remember learning how to make them from my grandmother. My mother carried on the tradition of always having them on hand for an after school snack during December. My family devours them as soon as I make them; and it happens to be a favorite of our golden retriever, who one year, got to sample them before anyone else!!!

November 30, 2009 12:25 AM
Laura Wynn said...

I love love love LOVE peppermint bark.
Someday, I think I’ll make it myself :)

November 30, 2009 12:25 AM
Jennifer said...

I love love love chocolate covered cherries- and I eat way too many of them during the weeks leading up to Christmas

November 30, 2009 12:26 AM
Jessi said...

I love “Puppy Chow” or “Snowman Poop”- So delicious! Chex cereal covered in chocolate, peanut butter and sugar. Soo unhealthy but so good.

November 30, 2009 12:26 AM
Plaidfrogg said...

Oh! I almost forgot one more….a special fudge, made with Velveeta. Yes, Velveeta!! Husband and his co-workers ask for it year after year. It’s crazy how good it is!!

November 30, 2009 12:26 AM
Katie said...

Nice and Soft Sugar Cookies and Chocolate meatballs.

November 30, 2009 12:26 AM
Jaymie Wells said...

I love this peanut buttery chocolatey a tiny bit rice krispy things that my neighbor always includes in the little tray at my family’s house. For years I loved these, can never figure out exactly what they are but they rock. I usually make sure to grab them all and quick before others get to them :)

November 30, 2009 12:27 AM
Misty said...

My favorite treat are the home-made carmels my sister taught me to make when we were growing up. YUM!

November 30, 2009 12:27 AM
Terri said...

I have such a sweet tooth, but I think homemade sugar cookies are #1, with shortbread coming in 2nd.

November 30, 2009 12:28 AM
shel said...

My favorite Christmas treat is my Grandmother’s Sour Cream Walnut cookies. Sooooooooo gooooooood!
She passed away last year but I’ll make sure the tradition lives on.

November 30, 2009 12:28 AM
Niyeti said...

dense chocolate cake :D, and my mom’s pecan pie!!

November 30, 2009 12:29 AM
conny said...

Peppermint ice cream with hot fudge. Yum!

November 30, 2009 12:29 AM
Britiney said...

Two years ago I started making about a billion of the yummiest cookies ever from Deb over at Smittenkitchen. They’re unbelievable and I love so many I can’t possibly pick one!! Thanks for being a sharer!!!

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

My great-grandmothers recipe…. Sherry Swirl Cake. A delicious coffee cake we only treat ourselves to on Christmas morning, it’s heaven on a plate.

November 30, 2009 12:31 AM
Donna Porter said...

My favorite dessert, hands down, is my Dad’s Peach Cobbler. Every time I go home, it’s the first thing he pops in the oven. We were never without a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream to go on top. Just the smell of peaches takes me back to “home”. Being a military spouse, it’s often hard to be away from loved ones especially during the holidays. Smelling my Dad’s peach cobbler in the oven takes me “home”, even if only in my thoughts.

November 30, 2009 12:31 AM
Jenilee said...

Flan. Lots and lots of flan. You know it’s a special occasion in a Filipino household when there is flan involved…and Christmas is no exception!

November 30, 2009 12:31 AM
Alex said...

During the holidays i love making gingerbread!! gingerbread houses, gingerbread men anything gingerbread. I love the spicy warm feeling i get. It hold such good holiday memories.

November 30, 2009 12:32 AM
Priscilla said...

Homemade gingersnaps! I look forward to making them for my Dad every year.

November 30, 2009 12:32 AM
Janna Jennings said...

Pumpking pie. I made 3 last week. Mmmmm. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

November 30, 2009 12:32 AM
Christina said...

Pecan pie (it’s my favorite anytime of year) and sugar cookies with loads of frosting. :)

November 30, 2009 12:33 AM
Olivia Palmisano said...

definitely homemade hot chocolate :) we buy this kinda from william’s sonoma, which is basically chocolate shavings that you melt with hot milk! last year was the best when me and my sister sat on grandma’s porch in the cold and drank hot chocolate and looked at stars :)

November 30, 2009 12:33 AM
Thea said...

My favorite christmas dessert is that english christmas pudding soaked in rum. And ill be honest what i really like about it is the setting it on fire part. Mom has a vintage mold to make it in and the cake pan has a lid which i find kind of weird. we also have a plate thats over 150 years old and we know for a fact that the only thing that has ever been served on it is that flaming christmas pudding.

November 30, 2009 12:34 AM
yael said...

I love the assortment of cookies at holiday time- all of them!

November 30, 2009 12:35 AM
Holly said...

My favorite sweet is Pecan Sticky buns they are the best!

my email is hollykristina1981 @ yahoo . com

November 30, 2009 12:35 AM
Kasey said...

I love butter cookies. Not necessarily the blue can Danish butter cookies, but more along the lines of homemade, fresh out of the oven yummies. I’m a big cookie fan when it comes time to Christmas. My boyfriend’s mother makes these wonderful gumdrop cookies that are just to die for, and not terrible for you since they’re made by a diabetic who is very strict about her diet!

November 30, 2009 12:36 AM
db said...

My favourite is an Apple and Blackberry pie. I pick the blackberries in August/September and freeze just for the Christmas pie. Apple pie is so good on it’s own, but there’s something about the colour and tartness of the blackberries that kicks it up a notch. This year I’m going to try Alton Brown’s alligator pepper tip.

November 30, 2009 12:36 AM
Melody said...

Christmas pudding definitely :D !

November 30, 2009 12:36 AM
nicole said...

my favorite are peanut butter cookies with a hershey’s kiss on them. yum!

November 30, 2009 12:37 AM
Helen said...

My Moms cherry rolls!

November 30, 2009 12:37 AM
Marianne Firth said...

My favorite Christmas treat is easily Divinity. I like it plain with no nuts or candy canes thrown in. Maybe a touch of green dye. We also make batches of caramels for all our neighbors using Miss Martha’s wonderful recipe for Golden Caramels. -Marianne

November 30, 2009 12:38 AM
trish said...

Dark fruit cake with marzipan paste!

November 30, 2009 12:38 AM
Andi said...

Sugar cookies with lots of frosting :)

November 30, 2009 12:38 AM
Melissa said...

Spoon cookies from the now-defunct Gourmet magazine, but the recipe can be found at And I confess to being a cookie-dough eater, and this one is great because it doesn’t have eggs, so it is safe to eat in dough form.

They’re rather fussy to make but really worth it. Especially if you wait a few days to eat them, as recommended in the recipe. I have to practically leave town to keep from sneaking them early, though. My husband calls them Fort Knox cookies.

November 30, 2009 12:38 AM
Melbe said...

I love making Russian Tea Cakes as part of my holiday baking. My mom and I have been baking together at Christmas time for years, and the tea cakes have always been my fave!

November 30, 2009 12:39 AM
Kirstin said...

another book that needs to go on my christmas list, thanks for all the ideas!

November 30, 2009 12:39 AM
amy said...

I LOVE my mom’s monkey bread. She makes it every Christmas morning!!

November 30, 2009 12:39 AM
michelle said...

Cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies with my girls, pretty much anything!

November 30, 2009 12:40 AM
Angela said...

I can’t even pick just one!!
My uncle makes these yummy eggnog flavored log cookies that are awesome!

November 30, 2009 12:40 AM
Tara said...

My favorite is French Waffle cookies, gaufrettes…you make them in a pizelle iron and they are SOOOO good!

November 30, 2009 12:40 AM
brittnie said...

Pizzells. An Italian Christmas cookie. YUM!

November 30, 2009 12:41 AM
JenChastain said...

My favorite Christmastime dessert would be egg nog cheesecake!! I’ve come across many different variations of the dessert, and it’s always fun to try new ones.

November 30, 2009 12:41 AM
Amanda said...

Cool stuff. I love peanut butter balls. My mom makes them golf ball sized which is much preferred to my Mother-in-law’s, tiny marble sized peanut butter balls.

Who likes big balls? I like big balls. My mom makes the biggest….balls of them all.

November 30, 2009 12:41 AM
Cari said...

My favorite Christmas treat is my mom’s homemade English toffee. DELISH!

November 30, 2009 12:41 AM
Jessi H said...

My family always makes Chocolate Delight. It’s so simple with chocolate pudding, cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped cream. It was the first dish I ever baked when I was 12!

November 30, 2009 12:41 AM
Beth said...

My mom’s fudge is the best thing in the whole world! I like it best when it’s still warm and not completely hardened yet so you have to eat it with a spoon (and quickly before you get a swat on the wrist!) Hooray for Holiday goodies!

November 30, 2009 12:42 AM
Marjorie said...

I enjoy most holiday desserts. I like making pumpkin spice cake, simple peppermint bark with my ten year old daughter, and a Christmas bedecked red velvet Armadillo cake, I do live in Texas after all :).

November 30, 2009 12:42 AM
Amber Barnum said...

I make Kahlua every year and give it to family and friends. It may not be a classic holiday treat, but this is really the only time of year I make it, and I make sure to make enough to last all year!!

November 30, 2009 12:42 AM
erin said...

Since I was a child, during the holidays my grandmother and I would make a simple cookie batter and mix in red & green M&Ms! It was/is simple, fun, yummy and reminds me of my grandmother and the holidays!

November 30, 2009 12:42 AM
Melissa Victorio said...

Petifores….MMMMMMM! One day I will be brave enough to try and make them.

Thank you for your fabulous website!

November 30, 2009 12:43 AM
Sunday said...

My favorite holiday dessert is the cookies me and my kids make. I make them and they shape or cut them out and do the sprinkles. We put them on trays and share them with our friends and families.

November 30, 2009 12:43 AM
Lyndsey Wiley said...

My dad loved the holidays… almost as much as he loved cherry popovers. He passed away almost 4 years ago, so every year during the holidays, I enjoy a special batch of cherry popovers just in memory of him. I can’t wait until my children are old enough to understand just how special this is to me :o). They’re my favorite Christmas treat.

November 30, 2009 12:44 AM
Michelle said...

Pecan pie, no… sugar cookies, uhm, actually maybe ice cream drinks after dinner, well..I do really love pecan fingers and I can’t do without lime meltaways. Then again, what would Christmas be without a red velvet cake! I guess you stumped me on this one :) Happy Holidays!

November 30, 2009 12:44 AM
karla s said...

A favourite? I am happy to be able to bake my silly little head off all december. But the one thing I indulge in usually only at christmas is baklava…oh those gooy sweet layers of phyllo and nuts..yum

November 30, 2009 12:44 AM
sarah said...

the classic decorated sugar cookies…a tradition to make on christmas eve. it wouldn’t be christmas without them!

November 30, 2009 12:45 AM
Renee said...

Nanimo bars. My family has been making them every year for as long as I can remember. The job has passed to me now, and they always taste just like Christmas to me. Even Grandma’s, which are always a mess, are delicious:)

November 30, 2009 12:45 AM
Eve said...

sugar cookies decorated as trees, snowflakes, gift presents, etc, any type of decoration, as long as they are sugar cookies with lots and lots of icing =)

November 30, 2009 12:45 AM
Kelley said...

I love to make a rockin’ homemade pecan pie for Christmas! Plus, I absolutely love sugar cookies decorated with frosting, sprinkles, you name it…yum!

November 30, 2009 12:45 AM
Heather C. said...

It’d be SO cool if I would win as today (the 30th!) is my bday!

Anywhoooo in answer to your question, my fave thing for christmas is all the yummy goodies I get to bake with my daughter!! I just love baking cookies and yummy sweets to share with the family. I am looking forward to getting started!

November 30, 2009 12:46 AM
Kimberly said...

My family makes this amazing caramel nut coffee cake bread thingy thats cooked in a bundt pan and can only be cut when it is hot (other than that it turns to a brick)

its not really a “dessert” per-say, more of a sweet that we eat for breakfast

November 30, 2009 12:46 AM
Alison B said...

I love sugar cookies.

Oh and peppermint ice cream.

And hot chocolate, with a dollop of whipped creme.

And peanut brittle.

And… just this weekend I was blog surfing and found the Farm Chicks. Cool!!

November 30, 2009 12:46 AM
Anthonette said...

My favorite sweets at Christmas time are eggnog with my mom’s Sand Tart cookies covered in powdered sugar…addictive!

November 30, 2009 12:46 AM
Carrie said...

Wafer cookies are my all time favorite Christmas cookie. They are a sandwich cookie, very delicate with a super sweet frosting. There is a raw egg yolk in the frosting and my mom wouldn’t let me eat them the Christmas that I was pregnant! I’m pretty sure I smuggled some home, though, and my son is just fine :)

November 30, 2009 12:46 AM
Tina said...

Ohio Buckeye candy! (also known as Peanut Butter Balls)

November 30, 2009 12:46 AM
sheri said...

My favorite sweet at Christmastime: spiced cider and shortbread cookies! YuM!

November 30, 2009 12:46 AM
Melissa H. said...

Ooh, this is a tough one. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake has got to be up there, though. (Thank you Paula Deen for lightening up this Missouri favorite!)

melissahiatt at gmail dot com

November 30, 2009 12:47 AM
Harmony said...

My favorite holiday dessert are the cream cheese cookies my mom makes. YUM!

November 30, 2009 12:47 AM
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