Friday, December 9, 2011

Caution: Reindeer Ahead (Blog Hop Giveaway!)

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much!


Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Yay! It's time! It's time! I'm so excited!  There are an awful lot of fun bloggers showing up at this party on the 10th and every one of them is giving something away. There will be over 250 blogs to hop to so get your hoppin' boots on! The first day this Blog Hop Giveaway was announced, I jumped in and signed up. Then I began to contemplate. Hmmm...
What should I give away? So I sorted...and stitched...and strung...and pulled...and dug...and glued. I wanted to give away all sorts of things. Then I needed a bigger box. LOL.

So, I settled on this:



I hope you'll like him. I've been making these for 14 years now. At least a dozen grace my buffet for giving every year.



I keep thinking I've given these to everyone I know and then each year, new people pop up. :)
Yikes! That's a lot of reindeer... and a lot of reindeer droppings.

 Yep. This little guy is not house trained, but I hope you'll welcome him anyway. LOL. He will arrive in this little gift bag which is the brainchild of Jeni .




accompanied by this little snowman who is covering up a giant Hershey Bar:

I'm thinking the fact that a candy bar will be hanging around here for an entire week without being devoured is some kind of record. He's the creation of Laurie Furnell and I am smitten with them.

Do I have any takers?
No rules. You don't even have to be a follower although I would love it if you were. Just leave me a comment and tell me what is your favorite Christmas baked good? If you haven't blogged about it, maybe you will and then I could hop over and add a scrumptious new recipe to my cookbook. :)

 My list is long and I would be hard pressed to choose just one, but the Birthday Cake for Jesus and the gingerbread cowboys probably get top billing.

 One year we moved between Christmas and New Years. We never have movers although one time we splurged and rented a Uhaul. Horse trailers are generally our mode of transporation. (Insert Beverly Hillbillies here.)  It was 5 hours one way and we made the trip 4 times that week with 20" of snow on the ground. We moved into a house where the heat didn't work and the water heater left us 3 minutes of hot water, but that's a rabbit trail for another day.

Needless to say, it didn't leave much time for baking and we were sad. My inlaws met us when we drove through town and my dear MIL loaded us up with Christmas candy and cookies. It was 3 pm, we hadn't eaten, and we proceeded to make ourselves sick in the parking lot of Paul's Vet Supply while the men visited and we raided the Cool Whip containers. LOL.

This giveaway will remain open until Saturday, December 17th and I'll announce the winner on the 18th.

Thanks so much for dropping by and y'all come back now, ya' hear?

98 comments:

Ranch wife said...

Those are so cute! I am not nor will I ever be that creative. I like to bake the holiday goodies and just throw them in any thing I happen to have around...I am totally into cool whip containers..yet I don't use cool whip so that is a problem. :)

I love making gingerbread men. That is my most favorite Christmas cookie. And I love making this applesauce cake that my grandmother made. I even have her tube pan that she always used. I think that is what makes it the most special.

Have a great day.

~M~

Dirt Road Quilter said...
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Chiska said...

I have two: Pula (a sweet bread) and Kiefel which is a yeast cookie...maybe tiny bread would be more appropriate. Yummy anyway.

JMF said...

Hi,
My favorite Christmas cookie is a Norwegian one my mom always made. It is called Sandbakklels. I should make them and post them so everyone can drool!!!!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!!!!!!!!!

Alycia said...

That is the cutest reindeer - I love it. My favorite cookie is anything with chocolate in it. But I can't have wheat - so we tried a chocolate brownie cookie with alternate flours, and they turned out pretty good...

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

My favorite Christmas baked good is a maple spice cookie - yummmmm! The reindeer is just too cute!!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

Kathy said...

Oh my! That looks like a great gift to give as favors. Hmmm... I wonder if it would be an acceptable teacher gift. Thanks!

Carol said...

Cuteness and chocolate all in one package! How could one resist?

My favorite goodie at Christmas is pizzelle cookies.

The Cozy Quilter said...

My Grandmother used to make the best shortbread cookies. If you pick my name, just leave a comment on my blog. thanks! Gail

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

What a cute little guy & snowman. & who could pass up Hershey's :)

Hmmm well being from hot climates I can't really think of any traditional baked goods other than mince pies. So they would probably have to be my favourite by default :)

Michell said...

Shortbread comes to mind ....yum. Thanks for the great giveaway

Cow Pies & Mud Pies said...

I love your stuff! So creative and cute.
My favorite is Cream cheese roll-ups, no its not a cookie, but a baked good of divine taste. As a kid, I loved my Grandma's spritz cookie(swedish cookie-thin shortbread with sprinkles on top) yes, she was Swedish and a wonderful cook!

Donah said...

Raisin tarts are the big thing in our house

hueisei said...

Yummy chocolate bunny....the reindeer is so cute..
Thx for the chance to win ^^v

bohemiannie! art said...

These are totally adorable! Thanks for your great sense of humor. Enjoyed your post!

bohemiannie! art said...

I forgot! Rum Cake!!!

Carolyn said...

How absolutely adorable are these? Oh my, I would love to have them to take to my grandbabies this year. They would love them (although I'm not sure I could part with the chocolate part...hmmm). :) I must say I cracked up when I saw the "droppings" part. LOL

My most favorite baked good at Christmas time is my sour cream pound cake. I LOVE it and only make it this time of the year. I make it in loaf pans and give to my neighbors. They love it!

Thank you for the chance. :0)

Mrs.Pickles said...

thank you for the chance to win! you are very creative! I love rollo cookies

barb's creations said...

Love your reindeer even if he does leave droppings LOL...my favourite treat would have to be gingerbread men Mmmmm love them :) Barb.

Debra said...

This is the first giveaway on the hop that really made me smile!

quiltmom said...

Hi Karin,
I am not a great baker- just don't have the knack- I used to bake bread ( a number of years ago) and such but have stopped doing that.
I make a few things like nuts and bolts and eat more bars in the microwave . They taste remarkably like the real thing and my dad loves them. I will make at least one batch for Christmas- perhaps two..
Your reindeer is cute and I love the bag he comes in - very clever.
Hope all is well with you and yours,
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

harrispen said...

My favorite baked goods for the holidays are my mothers Stollen (a german sweet bread) and a roll cookie she makes that melts in your mouth!

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Merry Xmas from a new follower.
Your reindeer is so cute.
I always bake Greek shortbread crescents every Xmas. We had Greek neigbours years ago and they showed me how to make these, now it is a tradition for me to bake them each Xmas.;)

Lise said...

My favorite baked good is Nanaimo bars, my mother made these and now I have carried the tradition..reminds me of my dad who loved them lots..Love your blog..the give away is so creative ..wow... thank you for the chance to enter..Happy Stitching...

Mom C said...

English toffee and mint truffles. Why I don't make them during the year I don't know, they are easy enough but they are Christmas candy only. Cute, cute, cute. So fun. Thanks.

Doniene said...

Hi Karin, I'm kinda slow getting around to your blog hop!!Sorry, I'd love a chance to win one of those little reindeer!! He's a cutie! Love the moving story - we moved from Texas to Nebraska on December 19 one year - horse trailers, Uhaul and a remuda of pickups! We put up the tree the next just for some normalcy for the kids - they needed it!! I did bake a little the next week - such memories!!! My favorite recipe would have to be snickerdoodles!!!

Blessings

Doniene said...

P.S. I forgot - I'm a follower - don't know if it gives me an extra chance, but love your blog - love the holiday look!!

Blessings

Lisa Cox said...

Those are just adorable! And with chocolate, even better.

I love baking, not just during the holidays. My favorites are Cowboy chocolate chip cookies and gingerbread, be it cookies or cake form.

Connie said...

That is the cutest little reindeer I have ever seen! I would love to win your giveaway. I can't imagine moving between the holidays in 20" of snow! Horse trailer....now that's okay!

Sharon Pernes said...

This is a great giveaway.
I am your newest follower.
This is going to sound like a cop out, but I like any baked good that I dont have to make myself. I am a horrid baker.

Diane said...

Funny you should mention gingerbread men. I just posted on my blog about making gingerbread teddy bears.

Mhairi said...

I love gingerbread men, and cinnamon stars that are close to gingerbread so I am counting them as one.

Kelly said...

How cute!!!!

Thanks for the chance to win!

I love pizzelle cookies, but my pizzelle iron caught fire, so no making that cookie this year :(

kelly (at) mysimplewalk (dot) com

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I loveeeeeeeee peanut butter cookies at Christmas

kerrylynn said...

I love how creative you are. I'm not a follower but I will be just as soon as I post this comment. I can't wait to see what you do next. P.S. we move using horse and cattle trailers too! I love my Mom's Cranberry pumpkin bread and if I knew the recipe I would share. lol! Big Happy Holidays from Texas!

Shawna said...

You are so funny! I just had to become a follower. LoL. I'm new to quilting and my mom is teaching me. I still live at home as I'm going to college. I love all baked goods. My mom's chocolate chip cookies are the best. I don't bake, mom does. I'm lucky that way. Thanks so much for such a generous giveaway. You Rock!

missmoozie/at/gmail/dot/com

gill said...

These are so cute!!
My favourite baked goods are mince pies - I bake them most days in the run up to Christmas!

Kate said...

Love those reindeer! I'd love to win your giveaway and thank you for the chance. My favourite goodie at Christmas is shortbread and I always make Scottish Shortbread!

krisgray said...

Ahhh - those are adorable! I'm not much of a baker but I love making banana bread and pumpkin bread and all kinds of bread.

Quiltsmiles said...

CUTE! Thanks for posting this, it made me think... which one? pondering perhaps the mini fruitcake recipe I use.
I can't tolerate most fruitcakes but this I found through a Taste of Home years ago are "the best", or so that's what many people tell me after they've tried them. The platter always comes home empty. I'll be making them this next week so will post it on my blog when I do.

JAne

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

OMGosh - that reindeer is too CA-UTE! What a fun idea! Love the bag and Santa, too! Goodness, it's so hard to choose - I love ALL baked goods, but around Christmas I guess it would be my Hay Hand Bread Cinnamon Rolls. Thanks for the sweet giveaway - what fun! Hugs!

theona said...

I love the Dutch treat of "Banket." It's a flaky pastry roll filled with an sweet almond paste mixture.

Hope your days are all merry and bright!

crafter1953 said...

Hi, thank you for being part of the hop your giveaway is so creative I wish I was, but I guess I must have some I do do crafts and sew and make cards and well you know. Everyone always ask for my peanut butter cookies every Christmas even though I did give everyone a copy of my recipe but they keep saying I don't know what I am doing wrong but they don't taste like yours. I think they say that so I will make them but don't tell them I am on to them. Happy Holiday to You and Yours.

Deanna said...

Malted milk balls? I don't care how they are disguised because I LOVE them. Anyway, baked goods? Nothing beats homemade bread, anytime of the year. I need to get some made myself. We have had bakery bread the past week because of time restrictions and the family is wondering where the good stuff went to.

Angela Moore said...

I love a good fruit cake expecially the way my grandmother used to make them. She started baking at thanksgiving and while I don't make them I usually try to purchase one during the holiday. I love the giveway and thank you

Ana said...

I love the reindeer and chocolate!

Ana said...

At Christmas time I make a form of Chocolate Turtles that we call "Dad's Turtles" .

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Deer - even raindeer. He is so darling. He could be mine and I would just love him so much.


I LOVE Snowmen. I LOVE chocholate. The snowman that covers the Hersey Bar could be mine. I would give him all the loves in the world

OR I could pass these on to my great nephew who is 1 1/2 years old and would both of these himself.

Great gifts to receive. Thank for a gift so precious.

Just love your blog. You're so cute and so ambitious.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.negt

Anonymous said...

I was so excited about the raindeer and snowman that I forgot to post that my favorite baked good would be either Zucchini or Pumpkin Bread. So good.

Sonora, CA
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Needled Mom said...

Gosh what a nightmare that move must have been!!! It sounds like you have a great MIL though.

I can't pass through the Christmas season without making some Mexican Wedding cookies. YUM!!!!

Tina said...

Too Cute! My Grandson would love seeing one. My favorite thing to bake at Christmas is fruit cake not one of those yucky ones with candy citrus peel. But with candy cherries sometimes homemade ones, homemade candy pineapple has much better taste than store bought, fig preserves yum yum sweet( if no fig preserves are left from summer canning then dates), pecans I love to have candy watermelon rinds too but DH abhores them so most of the time they aren't in the cake, pineapple juice, flour, sugar(not a diabetic cake)and eggs

Marilyn said...

I dont do a heap of baking but always make a fruit Christmas cake and almond bread to share with family and friends.

Janet said...

I love Christmas cake. I usually make it every year but didn't get around to it this year, so I guess I'll be buying. I love your reindeer - so cute.

Gwen said...

Oh, SOOO cute! Reindeer and snowmen are my two most favorite Christmas characters-- even over Santa .. (sorry Santa, but who can resist those adorable reindeer! ;-) My favorite Christmas sweet is decorated sugar cookies, hands down-- they're not only yummy-- but SO pretty... however, there is another dessert that I LOVE and everywhere I take them they are literally devoured and everyone wants the recipe-- Neiman Marcus Brownies-- which aren't chocolate, but use a butter-pecan cake mix.. they're SO good! :-)

Thank you for this giveaway and chance to win! Merry Christmas to you and your family! God bless!

Carla G said...

My favorite baked good is shortbread cookies! Yummy! What a cute reindeer - my boys would love him! Thanks for a chance to win your great giveaway!

Quilting Mama said...

CUTE!!!!! My kids will go nuts when he arrives!
I tried to make raspberry bar cookies this year with relative success, but my favorite is little tiny butter mints! YUM!
P.S. Thank your son for his service to our country.

Happy Me said...

How adorable!! I love my mother's Pfefferneuse cookies at Christmas time!

Anne said...

Love the reindeer. Have never seen anything like it. My favorite baked good is sugar cookies, with a cup of hot coffee.

jqluo said...

Cheese stick!! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

Missy said...

Very cute! My favorite christmas food is cookies, my mother in law's Butter Cookie recipe is the one we always make. Thanks so much for the chance to win

MooseStash Quilting said...

I laughed outloud at your adorable reindeers. Choco chip cookies, no matter what time of the year, I love choco chip cookies! Better yet the dough!
:-)

AlessandraLace said...

I love your reindeers too. I love pandoro, Christmas cake in Italy. thank you for this chance to win. hugs

JCnNC said...

Love your giveaway - wonderful opportunity to win something whimisical and fun. Favorite baked goodie is warm, right out of the oven, oatmeal cake. Could eat the whole thing by myself. Thanks from Judy C in NC

Nanbon44 said...

I just love everything you made, you are so creative...

RobbieJoy said...

I don't have a sweet tooth, so my favorite baked thing at Christmas is the ham. I love that gift bag and my hubby will love the whoppers. Those are his favorite.

Jeanne said...

those reindeer are just to stinkin' cute. I could find a place to put a dozen of them out and about my house. I love all sweets but divinity is something that I have to make at Christmas time. I am following you now. How could I not when I truly do live at the end of a dirt road in Missouri.

Quilting "b" said...

I love those Reindeer...so cute. If I don't win and I really hope I do. I would realy like to know how to make them. I think it would be a wonderful gift. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. My favorite cookie is ginger cookies, they are loaded with spices and my kitchen just smells like Christmas.

Francine said...

Hi there and thanks for the giveaway, those reindeer are TOO cute!!

I love pumpkin donut holes which is a tradition in our home.

Francine Taylor
mocha100@zoominternet.net

Joanie's Quilts said...

Oh my I want one of those reindeer! They just have way too much personality! There is nothing better than living joyously for the Lord and I definitely know that you do! I worked in ministry 2 months short of 14 years. Just recently resigned and now I am doing what I love to do - make quilts, take care of my hubby, home and visit my sons and grandsons more often. Oh I have 2 favorite Christmas cookies - Russian Tea Cakes and Thumbprints with mint apple jelly.

Pippa Parsons said...

oh the reindeer is soooooooooo cute, I love Mince pies at christmas

Desi @ Wee Share said...

So cute!!

I really love anything chocolate- chocolate chip cookies, fudge, chocolate cake...

Desi
weeshareblog@gmail.com

Susan said...

I LOVE your give aways...all are so cute!

Susan said...

Forgot to tell you my favorite Christmas goodie....a cookie called Peanut butter Blossoms...a peanut butter cookie with a chocolate kiss in the center....they are dangerous to have in the house!

JoyceLM said...

My favorite is cookies - all kinds of cookies. My favorite cookie is Pecan Butterscotch Chip cookies. Thanks for the chance to win. Love the reindeer.

Mary C said...

My favorite Chrismas goodie is Rocky Road Fudge. It is quick to make and oh so good to eat!

Lyn said...

cookies for sure. I try new one's each year

nicolesender said...

My favorite Christmas baked good is my mother's Scottish shortbread.
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Martha said...

German Chocolate Cake...can't get enough...but only at Christmas! I love your blog and this is an awesome give-a-way. Thanks for being so generous and have a wonderful Christmas this year.

Cami said...

This is such a hard question to answer! I love everything on Christmas, except for the turkey! I love eating pasta and desert :D

Dresden Quilter said...

My mother-in'law's chocolate chip cookies are my favourite baked good. Thanks for the giveaway.

Denise said...

My grandma used to make the best nut tassies. They were so good and one just wasnt enough. Who am I kidding? Ten werent enough LOL.

Maxine said...

My favorite Christmas cookie is Peanut Butter Blossoms. Sometimes I just eat the dough balls! Thanks for the chance to win your ADORABLE giveaway. I might just have to make a few of these myself!

Maria Kievit said...

Gingerbread men are neat to make and eat. Can't have enough of them.

Kathy H said...

those reindeer are so cute especially with all of them together. Our favorite baked treats are snickerdoodle cookies.

Deb said...

I love to bake pumpkin rolls...not only delish but they really show up beautifully on a Christmas platter.

Cat said...

I have always loved the Kentucky Derby Pie, we only make once a year. It's just Pecan pie with chocolate chips & a little bourbon (alcohol cooks out). My dad supposedly bribed the recipe from someone who worked near the Kentucky Derby (over many months as a regular at a restuarant). I think I have seen some versions of this on other sites, so maybe not such a big secret after all. It's rich though, so slices are thin.
I love your reindeer & snowman! Thanks

Cat said...

I forgot to say I loved your little moving story too. We have always moved ourselves, except once & after losing so much, we'd never do it again. They were crooks. Bless your MIL.

Mystica said...

A Dutch bread known as breudher eaten with Edam cheese is my favourite food over the season.

Jsoosay said...

Those are so cute!! My favorite Christmas treat is crunchy chewy snacks. I have the recipe on my blog at http://www.zospecial.wordpress.com

Lee D said...

OMG what a story. for many years you couldn't get whoppers in Canada. they are delicious.they your guys are so cute!

Kess said...

Mm, I love cappuccino flat cookies. We dip them half in chocolate; they are so yummy. Also, my boyfriend and I just attempted to make homemade sausages for the first time; they might be my new favorite, depending on how they come out of the smoker. Thanks for the giveaway!
kessilari (at) gmail (dot) com

KatieQ said...

I love spritz cookies. As a little girl, my favorite thing about Christmas was the kruschiki (bow tie cookies) my Babcia (grandmother) made. They were covered with powdered sugar and light as a feather.

The Sleepy Dreamer said...

I love sugar cookies. They are great.
lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

coloradogirl said...

What an adorable and fun idea! Would be great for office gifts. My favorite holiday baked thing is the cookies my grandma makes. They are just sugar cookies, but taste soooo good.

SHARBUS1 said...

I love your reindeer and snowman the are so cute. My favorite treats are fudge, and my grandmothers fig cookies. Thank you for the great giveaway

Melinda said...

I love shortbread and have a friend that always makes it for Christmas. I look forward to it every year.

Judi said...

Those are so adorable!! Do you have a tutorial or instructions for how to make them? The snowmen are a good idea too - makes a simple gift so easily. I love the idea to make a birthday cake for Jesus, but we have three December birthdays so we're sick of cake by the end of the month anyway. But great idea. Wish I had some cowboy gingerbread men cookie cutters. They would go over so well here in Wyoming! Anyway, my favorite treat is called Haystacks – large marshmallows, dipped in melted caramel, then rolled in Rice Krispies. My grandma always made these.

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