Sunday, November 30, 2008


December's give away is a cookbook put together by the local "Regional Alternative Education Centre", with contributions from students, staff, family & friends and a handmade, handpainted tote bag done by me!!

I bought one of the cookbooks for myself after looking through it and finding lots of yummy recipes I just had to try.

Here is a list of categories:

Baby Food
Marinades and Sauces
Bread and Rolls
Main Courses
Side Dishes
Snacks and Treats

To enter this contest all you have to do is add a comment to this post with your favorite recipe or just the name of it if you don't want to type out the whole recipe! (can never have too many recipes!!)

I've decided to add the snowman tote. Thought I should include something that I have made. The tote is hand made and hand painted. It measures 21" x 19". The pocket measures 14" x 12.5 " and has a small surprise in it!!

The draw will run from Dec. 1rst until Dec. 26th (Logan's birthday). I will have Logan pick a name from my stocking that morning at breakfast.

Good Luck!!!

If you are entering as "Anonymous" please leave me a way to get a hold of you in case you win. Can't put a paper with just "anonymous" on it in the stocking - Wouldn't know who to send the give away too!!


  1. what a kind giveaway that bag is Adorable!!! I would love to have my name added :) here is one of my favorite recipes it is for a cake my mom would always make and now I make it for my kids b-days.

    Screwball cake

    3 C. flour 1/2 C. cocoa
    2 C. sugar 1/2 t. salt

    mix well, make 3 holes in above mix, and put in the 3 holes, 2 t. Soda, 2 t. vinager, 1 C. oil. Over all, pour 2 C. cold water. mix well, pour into 9"x 13" cake pan(ungreased). bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

    1 stick (1/2 C butter
    2/3 C. hersey's cocoa
    3 C powdered sugar
    1/3 C milk
    1 tsp. vnilla extract

    melt butter,stir in cocoa,powdered sugar,milk and vanilla mix with blender .

    My aunt sent me the link to your blog today I love it :)I got you added to my blog


  2. Hi Audrey

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I found your blog late last night. I'm going to enter but i need to get a recipe to put on here. Hubby has dialysis today so will do that as soon as i get home with him.

    Thanks for watching my blog.

    hugs pam

  3. Audrey thanks for having this give a way. Please add my name to the list. Here is a Christmas cookie recipe that I make every year.

    No Bake Cookies

    1 cup sugar
    1/2 stick margarine
    3 Tablespoons Coca
    1/4 cup milk
    Dash salt

    1/3 cup peanut butter
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1-1/2 Cups of instant oatmeal (quick cook)

    Put the first 5 ingredients in a pan and mix together bring to a boil on med-high heat and boil 1 min. Remove pan from heat and add the next 3 ingredients. Mixing with a spoon. You have to move fast because it starts to harden fast. Place a piece of waxed paper on the counter and drop by teaspoon full on waxed paper to harden.

    Hugs Pam

  4. What a great give away...a cookbook in a bag ;-) and another secret goodie.... Wow!

    Throw my comment in for a chance for this one...


    Tortilla chips or Doritos
    Refried Beans
    Grated Cheese
    Salad fixin's(ie., lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, mushrms, bean sprouts, cukes, olives, mild pepper rings, etc).

    Heat and season beans; assemble in the order above; top w/ favorite salad dressing. A quick a yummy dinner for a night on the go or a day that has come to a screechin' halt...

  5. I enjoy baking and trying new recipes. Baking is always a part of getting ready for Christmas.
    Alnond Puff Pastry
    Cookie base-1/2 c butter,1 c flolur,2tbsp.water
    Make dough & divide in half. Pat each piece into 12x3 strip on cookie sheet.
    Top: 1/2 c butter, 1 c water
    heat to rolling boil. Remove from heat & add 1 c flour and 1 tsp almond extract. Stir until blended & forms a ball(as for cream puffs)Then add 3 beaten eggs,1 at a time. Divide in half & spread each part on cookie base. Bake at 350* for about an hr. cool slightly and ice.
    Icing: 1 1/2 c icing sugar,2 tbsp melted butter,1-2 tsp almond extract,1-2 tbsp warm water....Mix;pour like glaze & top with slivered almonds.

  6. Please enter my name in your giveaway and come on over to my blog and sign up for mine.

    48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies
    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 egg
    1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons milk
    Red or green sugar crystals, granulated sugar or powdered sugar

    1. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove wrappers from candies.

    2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.

    3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in red or green sugar, granulated sugar, powdered sugar or a combination of any of the sugars. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

    4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookie is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press a candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely

  7. I love your giveawa! please enter me! have a blessed day!

  8. What a great giveaway!! Please enter my name. I'm not the best cook and kind of cook by the seat of my pants. But my family loves my home made chicken & dumplings.
    Thank you!
    Patricia :o)

  9. Hi Audrey...The bag is really cute! Made some Dunkan Hines cookies yesterday....quick & easy!

    Dunkan Hines cookies

    2 Pkgs chocolate cake mix (any kind of chocolate works)
    4 eggs
    2/3 cup oil
    Mix, shape into 1" balls (small pampered chef scoop works great for this), flatten with a fork. Bake @ 350 for 8 minutes. Put together with icing.

    1 cup icing sugar
    1/4 cup margarine
    250 gram pkg cream cheese

    Betty Crocker icing tastes just fine if you don't want to make the icing!


  10. wow please enter me in to this it looks good thanks

  11. My favorite recipe is my Grandma's chicken pot pie! I love the homemade flavor of it. :)

    mattscraftywife at etsy

  12. Please enter me...My favorite recipe is homemade macaroni and cheese - baked with bacon on top - can't beat it....
    2 tbsp butter
    2 tbsp flour
    melt butter in saucepan, add flour, stirring constantly..... add 2 cups milk and heat to just boiling.
    2 cups shredded cheese
    Cook macaroni and layer with shredded cheese, placing in cassarole dish... add more shreeded cheese on top add milk mixture, add bacon to the top - bake for 45 minutes

  13. my favorite is curry coconut chicken! yum

  14. a great giveaway and a YUMMY recipe...


    *2 cups frosted flakes
    *1-12ounce bag white chocolate toll house morsels
    *2 tablespoons of peanut butter
    Mix morsels and peanut butter in container-put in oven at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes till soft.
    Take out of oven mix real well then add the 2 cups of frosted flakes, mix again really well.
    Use a teaspoon to drop cookies on waxed paper. Let Cool! YUMMY

    P.s. Let Tommy lick the morsel bowl!

  15. I would love to be included in the drawing for your giveaway. One of my family's favorite Christmas cookies is from my Grandmother and aptly called Christmas Cookies. I posted this on my blog a few days ago, just go on over and copy it down. It's a very rich cookie, lots of butter with cinnamon and nuts and sugar and candied cherries. Yum!


  16. What a grat giv-away. My favorite recipe at Christmas Hot chocolate!!! ...m...

  17. Fun Blog...please enter me into the drawing.

    Cheezy chex Mix
    9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex® or Wheat Chex® cereal (or combination)
    2 cups bite-size pretzel twists
    2 cups bite-size cheese crackers
    3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
    1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing and seasoning mix
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    In large microwaveable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in cereal, pretzels and crackers until evenly coated. Stir in dressing mix and cheese until evenly coated.
    Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring each minute. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.

  18. Hi Audrey,
    Please enter me in your giveaway.
    I make peanut brittle every Christmas.

    2 c. sugar
    1/2 c water
    1 c white karo
    2 c raw peanuts
    1 Tbl. butter
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 1/2 tsp. soda
    Cook sugar, water & Karo until hard crack stage. Stir often. Add peanuts, stir so it won't burn. Cook until brown. Add butter & vanilla. Take off fire. Quickly add soda. Mix well & pour into buttered pan. Break into pieces when cool.


  19. Audrey dear,
    Such a cute tote dear!! And the cookbook...
    you're right... you can NEVER have too many recipes!! Here is my recipe!! it is one I have to make every Christmas!!

    Cherry Cheesecake

    1 c. graham cracker crumbs
    ½ c. finely chopped California walnuts
    ½ C butter, melted
    6 eggs
    3 - 8 oz. pkgs. Cream cheese
    2 c. sour cream
    2 T. cornstarch
    2 t. vanilla
    Cherry topping (below)

    Preheat oven to 350º F. In medium bowl with fork, mix graham cracker crumbs, walnuts, butter, and ¼ c. sugar. Press mixture into bottom and around side of 9” by 3” spring form pan to within 1 ½ “of top.
    In large bowl wit mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese until smooth: slowly beat in 1 ½ c. sugar. With mixer on low speed beat in eggs and remaining ingredients except Cherry topping. At medium speed, beat for 3 minuets.
    Pour mixture into pan: bake 1 hour or until lightly browned on top. Turn OVEN OFF. Leave in oven for 30 minutes. Remove; cool in pan on rack. Cover; chill.
    To serve: Remove side of pan. With large spatula, loosen bottom; slide onto plate. Spoon Cherry Topping over cheesecake.

    Cherry Topping

    In small bowl with spoon, mix one 21 oz can cherry pie filling with 1 T. grated lemon peel and ½ t. lemon juice.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!! Merry Christmas by the way!! :D

  20. Hi Audrey! Thanks for your comment on my blog! My maillady loved the scent of the cone and didn't want to give me the box, LOL! I plan on trying to start some giveaways come the beginning of the year.
    My recipe is for Festive Rice Pudding that became my grandpa's specialty after he learned to cook at 80 years old.

    3 c cooked rice
    1 qt milk
    3 eggs, slightly beaten
    3/4 c sugar
    3 T melted butter/margarine
    3/4 c raisins
    Kram (two dots over the "a")
    Whipped cream

    Heat cooked rice and milk in top of double boiler. Combine eggs, sugar, salt, butter. Pour rice and milk into greased 2 1/2 quart baking dish. Slowly pour egg mixture over top and mix well. Bake at 350º for 40 minutes. (stir after 15 min.) Sprinkle cinnamon over top when done. Serve with Kram and whipped cream.

    3 c grape juice
    1 c sugar
    4 T cornstarch
    Thicken the grape juice and sugar with the cornstarch. Cook until thick. Pour over cooled rice pudding and top with whipped cream.

    Kris :)

  21. Hi Audrey! Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog! I have really enjoyed visiting yours also!

  22. What a great giveaway! I hope you can still include my name.

    I was looking for currents posts but there are none!

    Hopefully you will come visit me to! Happy Holidays!

  23. Hi Audrey! I am new to your blog, I found you on "The Great Christmas Giveaway" sidebar. I love reading cookbooks, and I even made stuff sometimes - Ha! The bag is lovely, you do very nice work. Hmmm, a recipe...

    Gooey Butter Cake

    Mix together:

    1 box yellow cake mix
    3 eggs
    1 stick melted butter
    Spread in ungreased 9x13 pan.

    Mix together:

    8 oz cream cheese
    1 pound powdered sugar
    2 eggs
    Spread over cake mixture.

    Bake at 350 for aprox 25 minutes or until the center surface gets good and golden brown.

    It's gooey and SWEET! You'll want coffee or tea to chase this one!

  24. Please enter min your wonderful giveawayove your blog.
    Quick dessert
    1 pkg.Vanilla instant pudding
    1 tub cool whip
    1 can crushed pineapple
    mix pineapple & the powder pudding til dissolved ,add coolwhip & mix

    Prim Hugs,Sharon

  25. Wow it looks like I better start baking! What a good Idea!! I can't wait to try all of the recipes posted!
    My parents are origionally from Slovakia, so of course, my favorite food is the Slovak Traditional dish Halusky!

    o 5-6 Potatoes
    o 1- 2 cups flour
    o Salt
    o 1 egg

    o Peel potatoes and finely shred them.
    o Add egg and flour. Make a dough that is not too tough but not to watery. You may use more or less flour or add a little bit of water if it is too tough.
    o Add 1 tsp of salt.
    o Boil water w 2 tbsp of salt. I usually put all of the dough on to a plate and take a knife and scratch little pieces off of the plate into the pot, it's so much easier than anything else I have tried.

    o When halusky are done they will float on top of the water, Pick them out with a strainer.

    o Because I didn't find bryndza here in the US, (it is cheese from sheep), mom uses some Feta Cheese and some cream cheese, and 3-4 tbsp of milk.

    Personally, I like to use about 4 of those little triangle cheeses (laughing cow) a small container of Sour cream, a little bit of Feta (about 1/4 cup) and 3 tablespoons of Milk.

    Another option- I just found out that Brynza cheese is actually just a mild Feta cheese. So if you wash the feta thoroughly and add melted butter- It should be similar to the Slovak Halusky. Or maybe you can just mix all of the above and make some really good Halusky!
    o Heat everything together. Mix all the time. When it starts to boil, remove from the heat.
    o Cut up little pieces of bacon and fry them. I also like chopping up an onion and frying them with the bacon. Serve halusky with the cheese sauce on top and sprinkle with the bacon pieces


Thank you for entering! Good Luck!!