Tuesday, December 8, 2009

In The Christmas Kitchen With a Giveaway

Tis the season for holiday baking.
When the weather outside gets chillier as the winter winds begin to blow ~ the warmth of the kitchen is more welcoming than ever.

What will you be baking this season?
Perhaps it will be a pie or two.
Which flavor says Christmas to you and yours?
Perhaps it's pumpkin, or apple ... maybe even mince meat.

Maybe cookies are more your style.
Christmas cookies hold many dear memories for me.
My mom always made many different varieties of cookies at Christmastime. Then they would all be placed into tins lined with wax paper and stored in the coat closet until it was time to make pretty plates of them to share with friends and neighbors.

Maybe you like to bake fancy little cakes and serve them to your friends with a warm and fragrant pot of tea.

You might even like to create beautiful masterpieces out of gingerbread.
Maybe the whole family works together on this kitchen project.


We recently visited the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC where the National Gingerbread House competition was taking place. I can only imagine the many hours the competitors spent in their cozy kitchens creating these masterpieces.

It doesn't matter whether we're baking a batch of cookies or a fancy gingerbread house. What really matters is the memories we are making and the love we add to our baking right along with the flour and butter.
For many years my sister & I would get together and bake Christmas cookies. We made many different varieties and stayed up long into the night mixing and sifting, baking and talking, sipping coffee and laughing.
While we can't get together and do that any more, I still have all my fond and rich memories of our fun times in the Christmas kitchen.

Once you finish your baking, you will undoubtedly want to show it off a little.

Can't you just picture your pie, cake or festive cookies sitting on top of this cute little snowman?
Well, guess what???
That's right ~ Giveaway Time!!


Recently I was asked if I would be interested in doing a giveaway to one of my readers. Of course I would because I really appreciate my readers. The hardest part for me was deciding on an item to giveaway from the many choices offered by dining room furniture.
I was amazed by the variety of wonderful items at this site. If you have never visited them, please take a moment to do so. They are nice people, in fact so nice that they are letting me giveaway
not 1, but 2 of these cutie pie snowman plates!!
So, if you would like to be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post before midnight on Sunday, December 13th. If you don't have a blog, please leave your e-mail address so that I can contact you. Once I choose the 2 winners, your prizes will be shipped directly from the company.



43 comments:

  1. Oh! These are just way too cute! But I am first to enter and number 1 is hardly ever picked...drats!

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  2. Well, you're right....who wouldn't want to win that?????? It's adorable!

    Suzanne

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  3. I just saw that teapot at Ross! I wanted to buy it soooo bad.
    Ok, I would love to win....but good luck to all! That is a lovely gift!

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  4. I love your blog. I have a cute little stove just like that plus the cherry tea pot ornament with the gingerbread man. Please enter me.

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  5. I would love for name to be entered in the drawing!! Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful giveaway,Kim!

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  6. How sweet! I would love to win this beautiful plate and I always enjoy your blog! I thought about you today and wondered if the pixies would come out to play this year! Happy holidays, sweet friend!

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  7. Me,me,me! I'd really like a chance to win that cute cake pedestal. I don't think I've seen anything quite like that. Yes, I'm in. Thank you so much. I just love the little oven in your kitchen, Kim. Are those 'gingerbread' figurines ya got there:)I love mincemeat pies. My daughter called them mince 'mink' pies when she was little. I'm one of those oddballs that bakes a beautiful fruitcake each year too. That was one of our traditions from my mom. My family really likes it and I share a little with some friends who can't get it anywhere else. Have you ever had a good homemade one?
    Debbie

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  9. How adorable - I am a blog lurker but when I saw this plate I had to come out!! My fingers are crossed as I would love this. a.haun@sbcglobal.net

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  10. How cute is that? Yes, I would love to win!

    Thanks, Carrie

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  11. What a beautiful give away! And your blog is so colorful.
    Merry Christmas.
    Patti

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  12. Great give away Kim...very cute now those ginger breads house are truly works of art girl...I so remember my girl using graham crackers and gum drops every year and making them and a mess all over my kitchen sighs....oh I wish they were little again to do that once again...Hope all is weel on your side of the mountain my friend....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  13. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway! The cakestand is precious!!! I have always wanted to go and see the gingerbread competition. I hear it is amazing, as evidence from your pictures. Love & blessings from NC!

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  14. So cute. But your post are always full of such wonderful things.What a great giveaway.Thanks

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  15. That is such a CUUUTE snowman cake stand! Please enter me. :o)
    Lara

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  16. Oh what a cute cake plate....I'd love to be entered to win.

    Your blog is always so uplifting, and the pictures are so pretty. I love your kitchen!

    You are blessed with the precious memories of baking with your sister...

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  17. Oh how delightful! I will be doing LOTS of baking and candy making this season. That plate would look FAB in my kitschy kitchen! Thank you for a generous give-away! Love your blog and so glad I found it!~~~XXOO, Beth

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  18. Leave it to you to create this beautiful, colorful and festive Christmas post. Each of the pictures are so perfect in depicting this special time of the year. Yes, I would love to win one of these snowman pedestal plates. What a kind and generous gesture to make.

    I must admit that I felt a real sadness when I thought of you not being able to make cookies with your mother or your sister this year. Thankfully you can hold the treasured memories in your heart this Christmas. Great post!

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  19. I love to bake but especially on cold winter days.
    I bake lots of mini pumpkin breads and give them away as gifts. I also bake cookies!

    I love the cake plate and would love to win the give-away. But maybe I should be eliminated because I won your last give-a-way.

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  20. Goodness! I would love to win that adorable cake plate. Please enter me in your drawing!

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  21. Too cute! I'll be baking loads of cookies, some for my annual cookie exchange, some for all the university library's I visit for work each week, and some for me!! Well, me and husband to share I guess. :)

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  22. Well I could certainly use another cake plate to add to my collection. I love cake plates! My husband and I had the opportunity to see the gingerbread entries a few years ago. It was unbelievable!

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  23. i love your little stove, and i would love to win, hehe

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  24. Hi Kim,
    I love all your "sweet" gingerbread things. Very cute and Christmasy.
    The teapot is so elegant.
    Your giveaway is adorable and someone will be a very lucky winner.
    Merry Christmas!

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  25. Hi Kim! I saw the Christmas book in your new banner! Great giveaway, thanks so much for the opportunity to win. Once when the kids were young we tried to make a gingerbread house, but the frosting wouldn't set and it kept falling apart. We finally gave up and never attempted it again:( Enjoy the season! Twyla

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  26. lOVE THOSE GINGERBREAD HOUSES,,,THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL. AND WOULD LOVE TO BE ENTERED TO WIN ONE OF THOSE BEAUTIFUL COOKIE PLATES. THANK YOU SO MUCH! lINDA gypsyluv1010@gmail.com

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  27. What a darling giveaway! = ) Going to have to check out their site. I loved seeing the gingebread houses. Bet that was a wonderful time!

    Though you can no longer bake with your sister, I'm grateful you have many sweet memories of those times. Beautiful post!

    Blessings,
    Tracy

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  28. Aw, so so cute. I love snowmen.

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  29. Hi Kim! It is just wonderful at this time of year. I too have wonderful memories of baking with my mother. I have our old gingerbread man cookie cutter. I loved it when she would make them and I was allowed to sit and the table and put on the candy decorations. She would read me The Gingerbread Man story. She found me the book again and sent it one year. The cookie plate is adorable!

    Hugs ~
    Heidi

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  30. Hi Kim...Loved your visit this morning....Where in Michigan were you born and raised? We've had another round of snow this morning and there's no end in sight until Next week! Arn't you glad you moved!!!!!!! Please enter me in Your sweet givaway, such a charming server, I love it!... Have a wonderful Christmas filled weekend, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  31. What a cute giveaway! Please enter me, Kim.

    The gingerbread houses are fantastic. I don't usually make them at Christmas time but I love to see them.

    I haven't started baking cookies yet, but I've been thinking about it!

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  32. What a fun Christmas-y post! Love the little stove!

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  33. Those are so cute! The gingerbread houses are just amazing! I could never get my walls to stick together!

    Manuela

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  34. How sweet is that? Of course I'd be thrilled to win something...anything...but especially the snowman plate.

    So sorry you can't bake with your sis anymore...but hang on to those memories!

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  35. Love all these photos, and that cake plate is absolutely ADORABLE! Good luck to everyone! What a great giveaway. = )

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  36. These are lovely. Hi, this is my first time visiting your blog & I became a follower. Hope you'll pop over to my blog to say hello & consider following me too. Thanks!

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  37. Oh Kim count me in!! I love the snowman! It's adorable!! cmcdermitt1@carolina.rr.com. Thanks for having this giveaway!

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  38. Just stopping by to say "hello!" . I was thinking of my mum a lot lately and thought you probably would too so I thought I'd come to see how you are doing.
    Take Care!

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  39. so cute! My DD would just flip if I won this and I would give it to her if I did.

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  40. Those gingerbread houses were deeelightful!
    Happy Sunday!
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  41. Oh this is so fun! Thank you Kim for having such a wonderful giveaway! Love this post! Brought back some fond memories. What a darling oven and sweetness that goes with it!

    Merry Christmas!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  42. Hi! Im new to your blog. I llive in the mountains of western nc and I also visited the gingerbread houses at the Grove Park Inn. Its a tradition with us. I love your little toy stove. I am waiting to receive mine this week after purchasing it on ebay. May I ask where you got the little pies and other things on your stove? I have been looking everywhere for things like that for mine. Please enter me in your giveaway. Sharon

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  43. In response to the comment left by smokey28777, thank you for your visit. You live in a beautiful area of NC. Most of the items on top of my stove are Christmas ornaments put out by Gooseberry Patch. I bought them at a gift shop in Kannapolis, NC. I think you could probably order them through GP's website. The little rolling pin is from an antique store.

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