Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Quick & Easy Christmas {Peppermint Ice Cream & Texas Tumbleweeds}

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
Hi everyone I have a special treat for you today. I know you have heard the saying "Christmas in July", but in my case it's Christmas in June!!!! Yes it's that time again where I bring you another tasty "Gooseberry Patch Early Bird Review". Well in my case not so early bird. I have been a bit under the weather since returning from trip so this post has gone up much later than planned. I apologize in advance.

This ends up being a great thing for you because now you do not have to wait to get your hands on a copy of Quick & Easy Christmas. You can purchase this wonderful cookbook way before the holiday season. I have to say I thought it would be really hard to get into the Christmas Spirit in the dead of summer, but I was wrong. Quick and Easy Christmas brought me back to one of my favorite holiday seasons.

I got a big jump on choosing a few festive ideas for gift giving and yummy ideas for my holiday cookie trays. It's always so hard to choose what items I will be baking up so this book really helped. I added a list inside my cookbook so I will be recipe ready when Christmas time rolls around.



Recipe is at the end of the post! 
Let's jump right into things and get to a few recipes. I chose Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream from page 182 as my first recipe to try. Seeing that we are in the heat of summer here in Texas I thought some festive ice cream would hit the spot. This recipe was really easy to make and perfect for a small ice cream maker since the recipe makes 1 1/2 quarts.

I have a 4 quart ice cream maker so this recipe doubles easily. This peppermint ice cream tasted just like the ice cream you get at Braums or Baskin Robbins, SO THUMBS UP!!! WE LOVED THIS ONE! Since it was summer I could not find candy canes, so we used peppermints instead.

The kids had a blast crushing the peppermints for this recipe. If you wanted you could also add a touch of pink or red food coloring to make the ice cream a bit more colorful. I thought it was fine all by itself. I loved that this recipe only called for a handful of ingredients.



Recipe is at the end of the post!
During the Christmas season I am known for making lots of holiday treats. Homemade gifts are my favorite to share with family, friends and my kids teachers. I always start early and freeze most it so I have plenty to go around. When I was thumbing through Quick & Easy Christmas I was paying special attention to quick treats to add to my cookie and candy list. Every year I have my favorites, but I love tossing in a new treat from time to time.

These cute little Texas Tumbleweeds from page 180 immediately caught my eye. One because I thought the name alone was eye catching. And two because I am huge butterscotch fan, so anything using butterscotch chips is right up my alley. I usually use pretzels in a lot of my candy recipes, but this recipe used an interesting treat, potato sticks.

The recipe called for pecan pieces, but since my nutty kids dislike nuts I kept them pretty big and used pecan halves so they could pull them off, but everyone else could still enjoy them. I loved the sweet and saltiness of this candy and the potato sticks added a nice crunch. These sweet little treats would make a nice Texas themed gesture to send to a loved one. I think the name was very fitting for this candy.


The third and final recipe I chose was titled Fastest Cheesecake from page 157. Over Memorial Day weekend fast is what I needed, so I turned to this recipe as a time saver. I needed one extra dessert to complete my memorial day festivities. Something yummy, but something that I did not have to spend a lot of time and ingredients on. This recipe was perfect.

While mixing up the cheesecake ingredients I was a bit skeptical. You see this was a no bake cheesecake that stated it took 15 minutes to mix up and only one hour to chill. Hmm I thought that was pretty quick by the consistency of the cheesecake I thought for sure it would take overnight to set up.

Well I was wrong.!!! For me this cheesecake took 3 hours of chilling time to set up, but by far still quick and easy in my book. Since I was making all the desserts in the morning this wasn't a big a problem for me. I have to tell you everyone was quite impressed with the taste of this cheesecake. It really tasted like I spent all day on this recipe. This cheesecake earned it's place in the Quick & Easy Christmas Cookbook.



Did you know that all of the Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks not only have wonderful easy recipes, but handy crafts and hints as well? I love all of their recipes but I think all the hints and ideas add a special touch to their cookbooks. I have already found two ideas pictured above that I will be using this coming Christmas.

I love the idea from page 26 about adding a little Christmas charm in the kitchen by using a mini Christmas tree. But I guess you can see that by the addition of "LOVE THIS" that I tagged on photo. You can decorate your little tree with mini cookie cutters, cinnamon sticks and apricot and apple rings. Too cool and a thumbs up on this one.

I also struggle with ideas for my dining room table. Well I found a cute idea utilizing pint size Mason Jars from page 189. Fill them with red hot cinnamon candies and add a small votive candle in the center. What a cute affordable idea for walkways and part of a table scape.


Quick & Easy Christmas has 6 yummy chapters:

Breakfast & Brunch
Snacks & Appetizers

Soups, Sides & Salads

Mains

Desserts

Slow Cookers

Here is a peek at just a few of the recipes I have jotted down to try:

Peanut wontons
Feta squares
Jalapeno Puffers
Sycamore Farm Christmas Drink
4 Ingredient Breakfast Pizza
Blueberry Muffin Cake
Baked Apples with caramel
Make ahead morning casserole
Man bars
Chocolate coconut bars
Buttermilk syrup
Chicken & Dressing Bake
Old fashioned mashed potatoes
Ham & Potato Casserole
Cola Ham
Cranberry Turkey Breast

I can't wait to start cooking up all those yummy dishes. What I love about this cookbook is that most of these recipes can be prepared in just 30 minutes! And here's another perk most of the recipes require 8 ingredients or less. Now that's what I'm talking about. My thoughts have always been less time in the kitchen during the holiday season is more time for me to spend with family and friends. Isn't that what it's all about?


I also wanted to let you know that Gooseberry Patch has been kind enough to send me an additional copy to share with one of my readers. Thank you Gooseberry Patch. If you can't wait to get your hands on a copy of Quick & Easy Christmas you don't have to. Right now Amazon Books has it for $11.53 and $9.99 for their Kindle Edition. While you're there purchase an extra copy because this will make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves to cook.



How To Enter The Giveaway:
Just leave a comment on this post letting me know what Christmas Recipe puts you in the holiday spirit? (mandatory entry) For me it's baking a batch of my favorite Holiday Eggnog Bread. It just isn't Christmas until make this yummy treat.

Additional Entries:
You can do any or all of the following for extra entries. Please leave a separate comment for each one.

1. Become a Fan of Gooseberry Patch on Face book. When you have done that, return to this post and leave a separate comment letting me know that you are a fan.
2. Join Gooseberry Patch "Circle of Friends" so you can stay Gooseberry Patch updated.
3. Become a New Fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Face book.
4. Mention this giveaway on your face book page. Come back and leave a comment telling me so.
5. Become a New Google Follower to Mommy Kitchen (left side of my blog page)
6. Tweet the following for another entry: Win a copy of @gooseberrypatch Quick & Easy Christmas at @mommyskitchen http://tinyurl.com/3dpam5g #reviews

Review Recipes Below: 

Peppermint Ice Cream
1- cup milk
2/3 - cup sugar
2 - cups whipping cream
1/2 - teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 - teaspoon peppermint extract
2/3 - cup candy canes, crushed

Whisk together milk and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved. Add cream and extracts. Pour into an ice cream maker. Churn about 20-25 minutes until thick and creamy or according to manufacturers directions for one quart of ice cream. Add crushed candy canes, churn an additional 5 minutes. Makes 1 1/2 Quarts. ( I doubled the recipe for a 4 quart ice cream maker)

Texas Tumbleweeds Candy
1 - 11 oz packages butterscotch chips
1/2 - package vanilla almond bark
1/2 - cup creamy peanut butter
4 - cups shoestring potato sticks. (found mine at kroger)
2 - cups broken pecan pieces or you can use pecan halves

Place the butterscotch chips, vanilla bark and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on defrost in 3 minute intervals until everything is melted and smooth. Add the shoestring potato sticks and mix until well coated. Stir in pecans and drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper. Refrigerate until canides are hard. makes about 3-4 dozen candies.


Fastest Cheesecake
1 - 8 oz package cream cheese + 3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 - 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 - cup lemon juice
1 - 9 inch cookie or graham cracker crust
1 - can pie filling of your choice or strawberry or raspberry preserves.

In a medium bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Gradually add half of the condensed milk, beating constantly. When half of the milk has been added, beat in the lemon juice until smooth. Beat in remaining condensed milk. Beat in remaining condensed milk until smooth. Pour into crust and cover add pie filling and chill for at least one - three hours. Makes 8-10 servings. 



Last day to enter this giveaway will be Wednesday June 15th at midnight (CST). I will pick a random winner using random.org and announce the winner on this blog, face book and twitter. Good Luck to everyone. Contest open to U.S & Canadian Residents only due to shipping charges.


If you leave an anonymous comment please include your email address so I can contact you in the event that you are the winner.
Believe me when I tell you an anonymous reader almost always wins but never actually gets chosen for lack of leaving contact information. When this happens I just have to pick again.



Disclosure: Gooseberry Patch provided me with a copy of "Quick & Easy Christmas" for the purpose of this review. They also provided me with an additional copy to use in a reader giveaway. With that being said the opinions & comments stated above are entirely my own. I would like to thank Gooseberry Patch for choosing Mommy's Kitchen as a "Early Bird Reviewer" and for sponsoring this giveaway.

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teresa said... #

Hands down, the recipe that puts me into the holiday mood is the simple Spritz cookies. As a kid, the only time my mother would make these was at holiday time. To this day, even though they are so simple to make, they are only made at holiday time

M.j. said... #

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M.j. said... #

My favorite Christmas recipe that gets me in the spirit is my Hungarian Yeast Torte....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

Karen said... #

For me the holidays really start when we bake Polish Nut Rolls. It is the only time of the year that I use yeast (because yeast scares me!)

M.j. said... #

I am a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on fb...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

Nikki said... #

It isn't Christmas until we make our peanut butter balls. We make them every year and are highly in demand around here.

Stacey said... #

I use a recipe for classic butter cookies (instead of sugar cookies) that you roll out & use cookie cutters with. Especially now, with having 2 small kids, it just wouldn't be Christmas without making & decorating those cookies with my kids! They are so yummy!

M.j. said... #

I am a Google follower on Mommy's Kitchen...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

nikki said... #

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M.j. said... #

I have joined Gooseberry Patches' circle of friends....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said... #

I shared this giveaway on my fb page...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

jengd said... #

For me, it's probably just starting my Christmas baking- cookies, toffee, peanut brittle, cathedral windows...

jengd said... #

I've been a FB fan of Gooseberry Patch for a while now.

jengd said... #

I'm in the Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends

Lillian Child said... #

I think walking into my house during the holidays the one aroma that will hit you most often is cinnamon. Here's one of my favorite recipes from my blog that I like to make during the holidays and all year long:

http://lillianchild.blogspot.com/2011/03/cinnamon-never-optional.html

Bev said... #

we always make martha washington balls

Lillian Child said... #

I am now a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB.

Bev said... #

I am a fan of gooseberry patch

Bev said... #

I am in the circle of friends.

Bev said... #

shared the giveaway on facebook

Sue@CountryPleasures said... #

I'm a GB fan all the way around!! And gingerbread just spells Christmas time! Please enter me!

Bev said... #

tweeted on twitter.

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Honey said... #

Just liked you on FB...found your blog a couple of days ago and am now following it...love the giveaway...thanks...keep up the good posting!

Smoothie said... #

I like making my M&M Oatmeal Bars in a Jar as gifts that always puts me in the festive mood.
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Smoothie said... #

I am in the circle of friends for Googleberry Patch
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Mary said... #

We wait all year for the family Christmas fudge-creamy and yummy! Another new favorite is Egg Nog Cookies.

Hannah said... #

It would definitely be sugar cookies! I grew up decorating them for Christmas parties and now it really doesn't feel like Christmas unless I make them and decorate them! :)

Misty said... #

My favorite way to kick off the holidays is to make soft sugar cookies with butter cream frosting.

Misty said... #

Liked G.P. on FB!

Misty said... #

Liked Mommy's Kitchen on FB too!

Blessed Beyond said... #

I love Gooseberry Patch and cooking! Christmas isn't Christmas until I bake my Memaw's Ice box cookies. There is just something about them that makes Christmas goodies perfect!

Blessed Beyond said... #

I have posted the giveaway on my facebook page.

Ali said... #

When I think of Christmas food it is eggnog and sugar cookies with icing. :)

Ali said... #

I am a google connect follower of Mommy's Kitchen

Jess said... #

Christmas cut-out cookies is my all time favorite must have for Christmas.
I love to make them with my kids and it makes for great family time and put in a good Christmas movie and have some fresh out of the oven santa cut-outs and some milk and snuggle with the kiddos... ahhhhh good times!

Kari said... #

I'm a huge Gooseberry Patch fan and a faithful follower of Mommy's Kitchen. Nothing says Christmas like my mom's Chocolate Crinkles.

FreeBird said... #

When I start making Special K cookies, I know Christmas is near!

Lisa said... #

We make hot apple cider and it's so good ...

Lisa
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Lisa said... #

I follow on GFC.

Lisa
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Erica Cooper said... #

My fave food at the holidays is stuffed dates. My grandma always made them for the big dinners and now I do the same.

Anonymous said... #

My all time favorite Christmas recipe has to be fudge (both peanut butter and chocolate)! pmbeach@insightbb.com

Anonymous said... #

I am a Gooseberry Patch Facebook Fan! pmbeach@insightbb.com

Anonymous said... #

I have a story in Christmas In the Country on page 205. I love Christmas and baking for the holidays.The one recipe would be homemade fudge. It's just not Christmas time unless I have had several pans,did I say pans,I mean pieces of fudge!!!!!

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said... #

Hot, crockpot apple cider!

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said... #

FB fan of GP.

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said... #

GFC follower.

Charlotte said... #

It's not Christmas without homemade Chex mix, with Bugels, not bagel chips!!! :)

Charlotte said... #

I'm a facebook fan!

Anonymous said... #

What starts our holiday season is when I start making my very popular peanut butter balls I can't seem to make them fast enough or make enough of them.We make several types of candy and ookies during the holiday season.spruitt316@yahoo.com

Sandy spruitt316@yahoo.com said... #

I am a facebook fan

sandy spruitt316@yahoo.com said... #

Iama gooseberry patch friend of facebook

Jessi said... #

So if you are already a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on facebook can you still enter to win? It says new facebook fan...

Anonymous said... #

I joined Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends.
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cottageprims said... #

I follow Gooseberry ciecle of friends.

Susan at www.ugogrrl.com said... #

I love making spicy chex mix - TEXAS TRASH!

cottageprims said... #

Grandma's special sugar cookies are my christmas favorite.No one makes them like her.

Denise said... #

Spritz cookies put me in the mood for chrismas, I love gooseberry books

Bonjour said... #

Good ole southern Pralines puts me in the Christmas cooking mood !!!

Vicki said... #

Homemade raisin bread and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies start off the holidays at our house!

ManyBlessings said... #

What gets me excited for Christmas is baking peanut butter balls! A Christmas treat here! :)

ManyBlessings said... #

I also joined Gooseberry Patch's circle of friends! How exciting!

grams said... #

Hello,
first let me say my family( 20 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren) love your receipes. the peppermint ice cream is yummy for this time of year. we would love to win the book so we can practice for Christmas
thank you for all your good hints and recipes.
rosepedal60

Amanda said... #

Making cut-out cookies with my daughter!

silbook said... #

Making sugar cookies with my Grandmother's recipe always puts me in the Christmas mood.

silbook said... #

I'm already a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB.

silbook said... #

I just became a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on FB.

Amy said... #

Making sugar cookies to decorate with my kids!

Amy said... #

I'm a Gooseberry FB fan.

Amy said... #

I'm in the Gooseberry Circle of Friends.

Valerie said... #

It isn't Christmas without homemade fudge...mmmm...my favorite!

Valerie said... #

I'm in the circle of friends!

Valerie said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch on facebook!

Anonymous said... #

I joined Gooseberry Patch's "Circle Of Friends" quite some time ago! pmbeach@insightbb.com

Anonymous said... #

Chocolate Covered Pretzels and my Granny's chocolate fudge gets me in the holiday spirit!

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Anonymous said... #

I have so many recipes/foods that remind me of Christmas but the one that really makes it Christmas for me is my aunt's Christmas Cranberry Punch on Christmas Eve....LOVE IT.

Cristi
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~~THE GONZALES TRIBE~~ said... #

Thank you for this chance to win a GBP cookbook... my absolute favorite!! The recipe that most puts me in the Christmas spirit is my mom's Frosted Sugar Cookies... yummy!!

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~~THE GONZALES TRIBE~~ said... #

I am a fan of GBP on facebook... love their cookbooks so much!!

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~~THE GONZALES TRIBE~~ said... #

I am a member of GBP's Circle of Friends!!

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~~THE GONZALES TRIBE~~ said... #

Tweeted about your GBP cookbook contest... thank you!!

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Anonymous said... #

The recipes that get me in the Christmas spirit are Peanut Brittle and Pecan Tassies (mini pecan pies).

Missy
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Stephanie said... #

I am a fan of GP on Face book and I joined the circle of friends. It isn't Christmas at our house until my four children and I make home made fudge, reindeer chow, and christmas cookies to give away!!!! They enjoy it as much as I do!! Love your site! Thanks for the give aways.

Stephanie said... #

ooops, my email address is bristeph@sbcglobal.net

I am a fan of GP on Face book and I joined the circle of friends. It isn't Christmas at our house until my four children and I make home made fudge, reindeer chow, and christmas cookies to give away!!!! They enjoy it as much as I do!! Love your site! Thanks for the give aways.

Ashley said... #

I love making Gingerbread.

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The White's said... #

Hot apple cider and pumpkin cake are the best holiday spiritgivers! Lol
Jill
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Ashley said... #

I like you on fb.

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Ashley said... #

I like gooseberry patch on fb.

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The White's said... #

We are already FB friends but I mentioned the giveaway on my page!
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Aunt lodi said... #

The recipe that puts me in the Christmas Spirit would be my Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies, make tons of them. They are so good.
MK I have probably used more of your recipes than from any other blog. Keep up the good work

Danna's Kitchen said... #

For the Holiday favorite it would have to be pumpkin sheet cake...yummy!

Danna's Kitchen said... #

I "liked" Gooseberry Patch on FB

Lisa~~ said... #

It isn't the holidays without English Sherry Trifle

Danna's Kitchen said... #

I've been a fan of Mommy's Kitchen for a long time now. Does that count?

Lisa~~ said... #

I am following on google reader

Danna's Kitchen said... #

I mentioned this giveaway on my FB page. Danna Sontchi Smith

Aunt lodi said... #

I posted about the Giveaway on my FB page.

Darlene said... #

Fudge. Definitely fudge!
But Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookies comes in second.

Kristin said... #

Cookie baking! I bake at least half a dozen different types all by myself to give away as treats. I spend hours at the counter doing this and love it :)
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Sharon G said... #

It would have to be baking cookies and using some of my Grandma's recipes. I have young grandchildren and it is wonderful to see the magic of Christmas through their eyes.

Peggy Clyde said... #

I think of fudge at Christmas time, especially my mom's peanut butter fudge. Thanks for your preview.

Star said... #

My holiday recipe is puppy chow (the chocolate/pb chex mix snack)

Star said... #

Became a fan of Gooseberry Patch

Star said... #

Joined Gooseberry Patch circle of friends

Anonymous said... #

What gets me into the holiday spirit is pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, then baking gingerbread men and cranberry upside down cake.
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Star said... #

Mentioned give away on FB page.

Anonymous said... #

The recipes that puts me in a Christmas spirit would be chocolate fudge and fruit cake. elizabedu3@aol.com

Anonymous said... #

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Anonymous said... #

hi - my recipe for Treasure Puffs is in this Christmas book. Changes were made to the recipe by Gooseberry Patch. The original recipe calls for 3 Musketeers Bars, not nougat bars. Possibly they could not use the brand name. Treasure Puffs are nummy when made with 3 Musketeers Bars! My family has loved them for years! Bonnie

youngershirl said... #

Christmas for me is my Mom's homemade fruitcakes. She has several different cakes she makes and all are equally good. And last but not least when my Mom and I get together and make our Christmas cookies. Homemade Biscotti, Chocolate covered pretzels, oatmeal cookies are just a few of the cookies we make. I love the Gooseberry Cookbooks, they are fun to read and informative. Good luck to everyone.

The Smiths said... #

We don't have any holiday traditions of our own yet as we are the ones that usually do the traveling. The only thing that really says holidays right now that I make is a Pumpkin Roll, yum!

CookRunWrite said... #

Every year I bake cookies for Christmas. There is one recipe called, "Italian Love Knots" that I make only at Christmastime and no other time of year. They are a family tradition. When I get to making those, it always feels like Christmas :)

seputt said... #

I love to bake at Christmas time. Love my sugar cookie recipe.

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seputt said... #

I am a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on facebook.

seputt said... #

I am a Gooseberry Patch fam.

seputt said... #

I have joined the Circle of Friends On facebook.

Anonymous said... #

The baking that most gets me into the Christmas spirit is making my mother's fruit cake
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Deb said... #

Hi Tina, thanks for the opportunity to win this great cookbook...I've been a fan of GBP on FB for quite some time now! Just ordered my very first cookbook of theirs, and would love to win another!

Gina said... #

I am a GBP fan on facebook and in the Circle of Friends. My favorite recipe for Christmas are the Italian Pizzelles my mom made and I have made them every year since I have been married (37 yrs.) They are a family tradition in our house.

Anonymous said... #

It has to be Holly Cookies - they are just rice krispie treats made with cornflakes and green food coloring in the shap of holly with red hot in the middle - my mom was famous for these at the holiday season -buffalobills122@verizon.net

Deb said... #

The foods that make me feel like Christmas are rich homemade fudge, and of course Turkey and Cornbread dressing...mmmmm

Anonymous said... #

I love to bake, we have to have bourbon balls, fudge, peanut brittle, and old fashioned potato candy. I shared this on my fb page. Thanks, Fptcb@hotmail.com

Anonymous said... #

Spritz Cookies always put me in a Christmas mood. My mother made these every year.



suzie

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Anonymous said... #

I can hardly wait to read a copy of the book. You always have so many great recipes.

msjudy said... #

English Toffee is the yummy treat our family likes that helps to bring about the Christmas Spirit...Thanks for the yummy recipes.

The Better Baker said... #

My family can't celebrate Christmas without peanut butter balls. Oh my!

The Better Baker said... #

I'm already a fan of GBP at FB.

Alison said... #

Sugar cookies put me in the mood for Christmas!

Alison said... #

I am a facebook follower.

Rhonda said... #

I always make at least one batch of "crock pot candy" because it's my dad's favorite. :)

annemarie said... #

Definitely spritz cookies - they scream Christmas as we only make them once a year - really should make them more often as they are so good!

Kathya said... #

Ok, this may be crazy but...homemade chex mix and chocolate fudge. I guess it reminds me of Christmas because Christmas is the only time I make it.

Anonymous said... #

I like making Rock Candy. Uses many colors and flavorings. Break into small pieces, place in Mason Jars and tie with a bright ribbon. Great foer drop in guests.
MaryAnn

sk_tx said... #

I love making Almond Roca Cookies,that really gives the the Christmas spirit.

Karen said... #

Fudge is my favorite treat to make at Christmas time. Not just any fudge but the OLD recipe from the Marshmallow Cream jar!

Karen said... #

I am now a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB.

Karen said... #

Joined the Circle of Friends.

Karen said... #

Posted link to this giveaway on my FB page.

Christy said... #

The recipe that puts me in the Christmas spirit is Peanut Butter Blossom cookies :) They are a Christmastime favorite here!

Christy said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook

Christy said... #

I joined Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends on Facebook :)

Christy said... #

I posted about this giveaway on Facebook :)

Jennifer said... #

My favorite recipes that put me in the christmas spirit are anything with cinnamon and also creamy chocolately fudge with red and green m&m's!

Jennifer said... #

I am already a fan of gooseberry patch on facebook.

Jennifer said... #

I am in Gooseberry Patch's Circle of Friends.

tjbh said... #

Our Christmas treats always include iced sugar cookies! Love the gooseberry patch books and am a fan on FB.

Anonymous said... #

frosted sugar cookies!!

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sk_tx said... #

Im a fan of guooseberry patch on facebook and circle of friends

HANSON GIRL said... #

My great, great, great Aunt Katie's cutout sugar cookies, with icing and colored sugar.

HANSON GIRL said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

Laura said... #

Fudge, Fudge, Fudge! That's because my great Uncle made the best fudge every Christmas!

Anonymous said... #

Peanut Butter Balls! :)

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Stacey said... #

I always love homemade fudge during the holidays!

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Stacey said... #

I joined "Circle of Friends"

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Stacey said... #

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Anonymous said... #

Start the Christmas season with my Mom's nut caramels. Diet Coke and caramels Mmmm so good.
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Chris Klassen said... #

Definitely Swedish Creme Cookies :) So YUMMY! :)

SanDiegoSharon said... #

Starting to bake the traditional Christmas cookies and candies put me in the mood, but the only time I make Indian cookies is at Christmas! Yummy...they go great with a cup of coffee.

Connie Pruitt said... #

I like to make fudge!

Anonymous said... #

The recipe that put me in the holiday spirit is gingerbread cookies. I love baking cookies, but during Christmas, gingerbread cookies are my favorite go-to-recipe.

Cindy

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Anonymous said... #

I'm fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

Cindy

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Anonymous said... #

I joined Gooseberry Patch "Circle of Friends"

Cindy

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Anonymous said... #

I shared this giveaway on my facebook page.

Cindy

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Anonymous said... #

I'd have to say fudge. It makes it feel like christmas! A few years ago we started making your eggnog bread, and now make it every year, but we start right after Thanksgiving making it because we love it! We also freeze a bunch of eggnog to make it through the winter. :)
michelle
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Anonymous said... #

There are so many, it's hard to name just one recipe but I guess when my four sons and I start decorating Christmas cookies. They eat them as fast as we decorate them but it's so much fun.

Anonymous said... #

Crab dip. My grandma always makes a double batch of her crab dip and we eat it with crackers all of December. I love it and beg for it every Christmas season!

Anonymous said... #

My kids out for break, cold weather, and baking sugar cookies together is what gets me in the Christmas spirit.

Winona said... #

So many things I make put me in the Christmas spirit, but nothing other than my traditional white chip orange ginger cookies & a glass of egg nog!

Winona said... #

I am a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook!

Winona said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!

Winona said... #

I am part of Gooseberry Patch's Circle of Friends!

Winona said... #

I shared this link & commented about this on my Facebook page!

Malinda said... #

I look forward to the peppermint ice cream! It's always a favorite. Especially when paired with warm brownies right out of the oven.

Anonymous said... #

The recipe that puts me in the holiday mood is Peanut Butter balls. We always made/make these at Christmas time. They are a must have and really put me in the mood fo the holidays.

randcbruns @ kci.net

Anonymous said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

randcbruns @ kci.net

Crystal Jo

Anonymous said... #

I have been a member of Gooseberry Patch's Circle of Friends for a while now.

randcbruns @ kci.net

Crystal Jo

Anonymous said... #

I just became a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook!

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Crystal Jo

Anonymous said... #

I mentioned this giveaway on my Facebook wall. I made sure to tag Mommy's Kitchen.

randcbruns @ kci.net

Crystal Jo

Anonymous said... #

I am also now a Google follower for the blog. Thanks for this great giveaway.

randcbruns @ kci.net

Crystal Jo

Anonymous said... #

The recipe that puts me in the Christmas spirit is everyone's favorite festive fruity coconut macaroons. I make one batch with cherry jello and one batch with lime jello for the pretty Christmas colors. They freeze well and make a pretty accent on your holiday treat platters.
Helen
eeyorehl@hotmail.com

Anonymous said... #

I love the recipe for the Texas Tumbleweeds. I'm wondering if they could be made with chow mein noodles as well. The no-bake cheesecake has been one of my stand-bys for years now..I have promised my Husband to try blueberry pie filling on the top one of these times..it's his favorite. You're right about the time it takes getting it to set up..I have found placing it in the freezer for an hour or so helps. My husband loves it super-cold and "frosty"..doesn't hurt the consistancy either.
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Many thanks, Nancy Narma tenderheart@echoes.net

Crystal said... #

I am a fan of both Gooseberry Patch and Mommys kitchen. Christmas happens to be my favorite time of year, and my favorite recipie to make is my a chocolate peppermint triffel....so yummy! :)

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Meg said... #

Gingerbread cookies! Sometimes I make it other times of the year just to bring back that warm, Christmasy feeling. And I'm already a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook and just subscribed to your RSS feed with my Google Reader. I just liked you on Facebook, too. Looking forward to reading your blog.

Anonymous said... #

I have shared your link on my Facebook page. I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch and am in the Circle of Friends as well as a fan of Mommy's Kitchen. I'll keep my fingers crossed (toes too!!)
Nancy Narma tenderheart@echoes.net

tiffany moase said... #

I love the recipes you post and try alot of them , I trust that if it's on your site my family of six will eat it! I'm posting today to tell you what recipes signal christmas at our house. It would have to be our famous old fashioned peanut butter balls, no rice krispies here, we gasp when we see such silliness! these delicious treats have red and green cherries, coconut and nuts if you dare. Couldn't be more festive than that! And of course my shortbread cookies that have to have a little piece of red or green cherry on top the icing... oh ! my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Andra said... #

I just liked Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook... Cinnamon.. anything with cinnamon in it gets me in the Christmas spirit!!

Anonymous said... #

I have loved almost all of their cookbooks and cannot wait to get this one. Was published few years ago! I cannot wait to try some of the new recipes. I make a pretzel candy similar to the butterscotch one. Thanks for sharing,
smbiff@aol.com

Robyn said... #

The recipe that puts me in the Holiday Spirit is chocolate truffles. I make several different types.

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- I joined the Circle of Friends
- I 'Liked' Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook

Anonymous said... #

My favorite food during the holidays is fudge and divinity.

Mandie said... #

Ewwww!!! What a great giveaway! I love Christmas and even have a Christmas blog. I would love to win this cookbook :-). My favorite recipe to make at Christmas is the peanut butter ball. Yummy!!! Blessings

Joyce said... #

I love reading all these great recipes. I have tried a few and there awesome. Keep up the good work.

Mandie said... #

I am now a follower of Mommy's Kitchen!

Mandie said... #

I am a Gooseberry Follower too!! Blessings

Cooking Tammy said... #

My recipe for pumpkin spice muffins gets us ready for the holidays. Also baking cookies in the kitchen with my boys.... what better way to start the Christmas season. Thank you for all you do.. I cannot wait to get a copy of this book. I just love the idea of the cinnamon candies with the candles... so sweet!! Many Blessings.. Tammy in Alabama

Cindy said... #

I would have to say the classic sugar cookie, not because it's the best cookie, but it evokes some of the most precious memories for me, decorating the cookies with my now grown children.Baking these we knew Christmas was right around the corner.

Cindy said... #

I am a Gooseberry Fan on Facebook

Cindy said... #

I'm a member of the Circle of Friends

Cindy said... #

I 'Liked' Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook

Mary Peters said... #

When I was a child, my uncle would go to the cellar and bring up the Brandied Apricots and I knew Christmas was on it's way. Brandied Apricots wins this hands down!!!!

Susan said... #

My favorite recipe to get me in the Christmas spirit is my Monkey Bread. Love the smell of cinnamon at Christmas.

Susan said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

Susan said... #

I am a member of Gooseberry Patch's Circle of Friends.

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