Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November Giveaway Question!!

I have something exciting to share with you!  It is now easier than ever to leave a comment here at The Shabby - which means it is easier than ever for you to enter our monthly giveaways!!!  You no longer need a special ID to post comments.  Just choose the "Anonymous" option in the drop-down box.  But don't forget to leave a name and/or email address so we can contact you if you win!

Our November Giveaway Question is.........

What is your favorite holiday dish or snack?

Feel free to leave the recipe so we can all enjoy your favorite goodie!  Three randomly chosen entries will win $25 gift certificates to our shop!

To engage your mind (and your stomach), I have included a recipe which is always well-received:

Peanut Butter Cup Bars

3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 cups confectioners sugar

1 1/4  cup peanut butter, divided

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Mix the butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended.  Press into the bottom of a greased 9" x 13" pan.  Melt the chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter in a double boiler or the microwave.  Spread evenly over graham cracker mixture.  Refrigerate until solid (at least 1 hour).  Cut into squares and enjoy!


  1. Thank you for the recipe. It will be a big hit in our house. My personal fave dish is dirt rice stuffing with Christmas dinner.

  2. My favorite holiday food is my Mom's chocolate chip pumpkin cookies....especially when they're still warm from the oven!!!

  3. My grandkids favorite treat at Christmas or anytime is Mars Bar Squares.

    6 Mars bars ( cut into pieces)
    3/4 cup margarine
    1/4 cup corn syrup
    6 cups Rice Krispies
    Icing: 1 package milk chocolate chips
    1 Tbsp. margarine
    Melt the first 3 ingredients together. Stir until smooth and creamy. Add Rice Krispies
    Spread ino greased 9x13 pan.
    Melt chips and margarine in Microwave for approx 1 1/2 min. Stir until smooth and spread on square. Chill until icing sets and cut into squares. Yummy!

  4. For me, as a spanish girl... It is the "gazpacho" I do not know the name in english. It is something like a red summer tomatoes soup. You need about 1 kg of ted tomatoes, one garlic "tooth", one green pepper and a half cucumber. You have to mix all that ingredients with your beater and then you put salt, olive oil and vinegar. That´s all!
    Some people used to put in some bread and water but I prefer with out of it. It is very refreshing !!

  5. My favorite dish at Thanksgiving is the traditional pumpkin pie.

  6. I like it all...ha..But the one thing that everyone wants and goes first, Is my Mom's Buttermilk Pie. Now that Mom is no longer with us, My siblings and all the grands share many memories of her when we dive into our pie. Love your shop, Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

    Buttermilk Pie
    2 uncooked pie shells
    2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup butter
    3 rounded Tablespoons flour
    3 eggs beaten
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 tsp vanilla
    freshly grated nutmeg (or 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    Cream sugar and butter together. Add flour and eggs. Beat well; add buttermilk
    and flavoring. Pour into unbaked pie shells. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes

  7. Oh man, I shouldn't be reading about food this late at night. Now my tummy is growling. But my favorite is that old stand-by pumpkin pie. Just love it!

  8. My favorite holiday dish would be my mom's pecan pie. Her own special recipe. Tooooo. Die. For. Scrumptious in such a way, that yes, it can only be served once or twice during the holidays because .... well, you can imagine the because if a person ate pecan pie all year around ;o)

    After holiday meals, I love to have leftover turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches. Yum! Any of you remember the Friends episode when Monica made this sandwich for Ross and his co-worker took it then threw it in the trash? Me ... I probably would have felt the same as Ross. :)

  9. Mom's pumpkin pie hands down!
    She hasn't shared the recipe yet. Or I haven't asked because then I would have to make it. lol

  10. My favorite holiday snack, homemade chocolates. Which reminds me, I better get going on them :)

  11. Hi Jennifer!
    Love your blog and web site!
    Take care, Leslie
    Please enter me into your monthly giveaway!
    My favorite holiday food is soft, warm gingerbread cookies!

  12. Yay, Thanksgiving! It is my favorite holiday. My favorite feasting item has always been green bean casserole. Usually I do the old school Campbell's one, but this year I'm thinking about mixin' it up and trying a fancy, non-processed version. :)

  13. My favourite holiday dish: baby carrots with white sauce. And for dessert--Pumpkin pie!
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  14. My favorite side dish is Sweet Potato Casserole. Everyone in my family asks for this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yum


    Oven: 350º for 35 minutes
    If chilled, bake for 45 minutes

    3 cups hot mashed cooked sweet potatoes or 1 large can – drained
    ½ cup sugar
    ½ tsp salt
    2 large eggs
    ½ cup milk
    ¼ cup butter – soft
    ½ tsp vanilla

    ¼ cup light brown sugar
    1/3 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
    1 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)
    3 Tbsp butter – soft

    In a large bowl combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, ¼ cup butter, vanilla, milk and 2 eggs. Place in greased 1-1/2 qt casserole or baking dish. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, pecans and remaining butter. Top sweet potato casserole with crumble mixture. Bake at 350º for 35 minutes. If chilled, bake for 45 minutes.

    I always add extra on the top. I love the topping.


  15. This is so much fun! So far I think Pumpkin Pie is in the lead. I am definitely trying out the recipes that have been listed so far. Keep em' coming girls! XOXO Jen

  16. While I love all of the things I traditionally make, my favorite is banana bread. I changed the recipe, using whole wheat flour and almonds. Made for a pleasant surprise while making it healthier to eat.


  17. My favorite dessert for Christmas or anytime is quick and simple, but always a hit! Chocolate Pecan Clusters.

    Just mix pecan halves or pieces in melted chocolate. Use a teaspoon and drop on to wax/aluminium paper and let harden. Delicious!


  18. Thanks to you and all those who are leaving recipes --- they all look so yummy. My favorite holiday food is my mom's homemade cinnamon rolls, which we try to have every year for Christmas breakfast. The recipe is too long, but I'll share it if anyone wants to get in touch with me.

  19. My most favorite time of the year..I'm sharing a snack..Cereal Mix Candy..pretzels, cheerios, corn chex..add 1 lb M&M's( red&green of course), jar peanuts, toss all with melted vanilla candy and spread on wax paper till dry..break into tins..warning:addictive! susan

  20. Leftovers! I can't pick just one dish and, since they are all so good, what would be better than having them ALL over and over again!

  21. My favorite is still my grandmother's Raw Apple Cake... only a few of us in the family were ever able to 'watch and take notes'...I haven't mastered it yet, but then again, it was GranMa baking...and I don't think anyone could ever 'out master her'... We keep this a tradition in our family as a way of "still having her here with us". Guess it's time to 'start watching the calories' so I can be ready for all these 'goodies' everyone is posting. Thanks so much to all for sharing.

  22. Hi Jennifer,
    Lily and Will is so cute, love Bunny Hill, your web site and fabric. :)Thanks for the recipes.

    My favorite is Baked Corn.
    1 Box Copes frozen corn (can creamed sub.)
    4 eggs, beat well
    1/2 pt. half and half (sub can milk & whole milk)
    1/2 tsp. cornstarch
    1/2 stick butter, melted
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/2 tsp. Accent ( can be omitted)

    Mix as in order. Bake at 325 degrees for
    1 hour in ungreased dish set in shallow pan of water. I just use a pyrex dish. No need for the shallow pan.
    This was from 1977 and style of baking changes :) but it sure is good.

  23. My favourite traditional recipe is any that my grandmothers shared with me. I love to prepare the fruit salad or trifle in the same way they would do. I also love my paternal grandmother's recipe for fruit mince for traditional fruit pies for Christmas.


  24. My favorite holiday food is a No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter cookie from my grandmother, not sure where she got it from maybe her Bridge Club. Easy,Easy, my kids used to love to make them and now all 7 of my grandkids do as well. I will share the recipe if anyone wants it, they can email me at :

  25. My favorite holiday food is deep dish pecan pie - my mother's. She more or less uses the recipe on the light Karo syrup bottle, and cracks/picks out her own pecans. In fact, I like everything my mother cooks (I wash the dishes). Thanks for the opportunity to enter this month's drawing. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  26. I enjoy left over turkey sandwich with mayo and pickles..along with chips and cranberry salad..truley great for the day after......

  27. Oh my! Hard to choose just one favorite, but it will have to be pie. Specifically Grated apple and Pumpkin. good the morning after.

  28. HI always love popping in...this time with my most fav recipe of all.. Passed down from my Nanny to all of you....

    MY Nanny's Lemon Shortbread Tarts.
    A heritage recipe...

    (follow the instructions as detailed, and you too will get the same results)


    1 cup of corn starch ( always purchase a new box, to get the best results)
    1 cup of powdered icing sugar
    2 cups of all purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups of unsalted butter ( room temperature, soft, not melted)

    HOW TO:

    This was my Nanny's secret to the best shortbread tarts. Hope you have a sifter,
    as this will be needed. I have an old fashioned triple sifter, so I can do this step
    all at once. However if you do not, you will have to sift all the dry ingredients 3 times.
    So corn starch and icing sugar and flour, sift in a large bowl. I then take a whisk
    and be sure it is all mixed well.
    Next step, using a wooden spoon, it would almost be worth it to get a new one
    for this recipe so no oils or smells are transferred. My Nanny always sent me a
    new wooden spoon. Ok, now add the butter a little at a time, ( be sure it is soft butter at room
    temperature) mixing well with the dry
    ingredients, keep doing this till it is all together and forms a huge bal. Try not to touch with your hands,
    as shortbread once in contact with our hands tends to melt. Once all your dough
    is mixed take your wooden spoon and lift your large ball onto a lightly floured surface.
    Cut the ball into two, transfer to a waxed paper sheet
    and roll up in one large rolling pin kinda size and wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
    This is important as it will be too soft to make into balls and will be tough as you will
    have to add too much flour so refrigerate is better.
    Once the hour is up, preheat oven to only 300'F. A slow oven is better as the shortbread
    will be moist.
    Okay, you have taken dough out, take off wax paper, be sure to roll in some flour, lightly
    coat, it and with a floured knife, cut off slices and form tiny balls the size of 1/2 an egg
    and drop into a ungreased tiny muffin pan. Using a wooden press with flour on it press
    down each ball in the center of the muffin tin until it pushes up pass the tin. Flour each time
    the wooden press, otherwise it will stick to the dough.
    If you do not have a wooden press, fingers or your thumb works well here. ( floured of course)
    Bake for 15-25 minutes. As soon as they begin to brown lightly around the edges
    they are done. Remove from oven and leave in tins for at least 10 minutes until cool.
    Using a sharp knife, along the side tip up the shortbread tart and place on a cookie
    rack. Once cooled transfer to tins and refrigerate till ready to serve.

    ( all this for shortbread tarts, woweeeee )

    Ok, now for the Lemon Curd.

    I usually double this recipe, but this is enough for a good batch of
    shortbread tarts, Nanny always recommended doubling.


    3 large egg yolks
    Zest of 1 lemon
    1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice ( 2 lemons)
    6 tbs of white sugar ( I know can you believe it, this is the exception)
    4 tbs of unsalted butter, cold cut into pieces.

    HOW TO:

    Again be sure to follow the instructions to be sure it sets well.
    Combined yolks and lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Whisk on medium heat until
    whisk comes out thickly coated. Takes about 5-7 minutes.

    Remove saucepan from heat and now add butter, cold is better in this case, drop
    one piece at a time until melted and continue till all butter is melted.

    Transfer to a small bowl and place a piece of wax paper on the top of the curd
    so its does not form a skin. Wrap tightly and cool. I usually transfer after 1 hour
    into little plastic disposable cups with lids.

    When you are ready for a treat, gather some shortbread tarts and add
    a dollop of lemon curd. Ahhh and be sure to pour yourself a cup of tea
    or a coffee and enjoy the moment.
    And ohhh please share, so many will think you are a "dear" too!

    blessings madame samm x

  29. My favorite is Mom's homemade yeast rolls! Then the fresh bread the next day made into sandwiches with the leftovers, topped off with the years first pumpkin pie, so yummy, can't wait! lol
    Thanks for letting us all share, so fun. love your shop.
    Trisha Walsh

  30. My favorite? Cranberry Cake. OMG is this cake to die for!


    Prehead oven to 350 degrees.

    2 cups raw cranberries
    3/4 cup chopped walnuts
    1/3 cup sugar

    Put into well greased 10" pie pan

    1 cup flour
    3/4 cup sugar
    3/4 cup melted butter
    2 eggs
    2 tsp almond extract

    Pour over cranberries, nuts and sugar.

    Bake for 35-40 minutes.

    Couldn't be any easier than that! I adore this cake (and generally add more of the almond extract than the recipe calls for, because that almond taste is my favorite!)

  31. my Mom and me always get together and make pies before the holidays. One of us makes this pumpkin dip so we can nibble on it as we are baking. We have such a good time! Receipe:

    8 oz pkg of cream cheese
    2 cup powdered sugar
    15 oz can pumpkin
    1 t ground ginger
    1 t allspice
    2 t cinnamon

    Mix together and serve with gingersnap cookies


  32. My favourite would be chocolate mousse. Common enough but still I love it.


  33. Two words: SPRITZ COOKIES!!!! (Melt in your mouth Yummy)

  34. Hi Jennifer, my favorite recipe is the Sweet Potato Casserole Shelia has printed above.
    Thanks so for sharing,love,Linda

  35. My favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is my mother's stuffing. Lots of chopped up celery and onion, broth made from chicken bouillion cubes and corn-bread type stuffing mix. My mother has been gone for 15 years, and having this dish at our table brings me great comfort. Even though we are going to our son's home for the T-Day dinner, he asked me to bring my stuffing as he only likes mine (and I only like Mom's!) Thanks for letting me share,

  36. Our all time favorite is Magic Cookie Bars. Have been making these since the 70's after I saw the recipe in a magazine. Don't even remember which company published it first, but they are sinfully delicious!

    Magic Cookie Bars

    1/2 cup Margarine
    1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
    1 14 oz can Eagle Brand Milk
    1 6 oz package chocolate chips
    1 cup walnuts or pecans
    1 3 1/2 oz package coconut

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (325 for glass dish). In 13 X 9 or equivalent pan melt margarine in oven. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over margarine, stir, and press into pan. Pour Eagle Brand Milk evenly over crumbs. Top evenly with chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut. Press down firmly.

    Bake 25 - 30 minutes till lightly browned. Store loosley covered at room temperature. Makes 24 bars.

    I am in love with your shop! All the fabrics just call to me!



  37. My favorite holiday dish is the lemon meringue pie that my MIL makes.

    Thanks for your monthly giveaway opportunities.


  38. My favorite holiday dish is candied yams! Yummm!

  39. Cornflake Bars.
    Cook 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter and 1 cup light corn syrup until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly. Add 6 cups of cornflakes. Stir well and then put into a greased 9 X 13 pan. Easy, easy, easy

  40. My favourite is good ol' shortbread - made any way, even from a tin. Thanks for your giveaways,

  41. At Thanksgiving I just love the stuffing! Just the basic bread sausage, no corn bread, just the savory wonderful stuffing of yrs of growning up. It's funny; in our family, my daughter gags on stuffing..she just can't eat it!

  42. Of course, the best part of Thanksgiving is family. Both of my daughters and their families live out of town, so it's always a joyous occasion to be together, whatever the food. I always savea room for the pecan pie -- that's my favorite! I've enjoyed reading all the great recipies -- thanks for sharing!

  43. This is like asking me to pick a favorite child! How can I do that? When my son was a little guy he used to love a dish his grandmother, my mother, made for him that he called Pink Salad. Now he's 34, a father of 3, a football coach, and he still asks if we're having pink salad for Thanksgiving. I'm pretty sure Mama was just trying to find something he would eat and came up with this:
    1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
    1 large container cottage cheese
    1 large Cool Whip
    1 large box dry Jello, any flavor though it has to be red
    Stir together and you have...Pink Salad! blessings, marlene

  44. I would have to say pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, the first time I saw them I thought YUCK, but then I tried them and they are so good!!!

  45. My favorite holiday dish is sweet potato casserole- my grandma's recipe.

  46. My favorite is Pecan Pie, and I just found a great recipe at The Pioneer Woman website. I made one last week and it came out perfect -- made another one today to serve at our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow!

  47. My favorite has to be Lemon Bars. Love the sweet and tartness together!

  48. Great posts & lots of yummy ideas! One family holiday favorite is hashbrown potato casserole.

  49. Okay, now I'm hungry, LOL. My favorite, and most of the families is my lemon cream pie. Though they also go through my pumpkin pie like there is no tomorrow! My lemon pie is very easy. I just follow the directions for pie filling on the Jello Lemon Cook and Serve pudding...BUT...after it is ready to take off the heat, I add just a small squeeze (about a teaspoon, maybe a bit more, per pie of "FRESH" lemon juice. It adds a little bit of tartness that my family loves, and I loved it when I was a little girl and watched my mother making the pies. I have always left the whipped cream in a bowl for self serve because many people, myself included, enjoy it without any toppings. Thanks everyone for the great recipes!

  50. My favorite holiday treat is Chocolate gingerbread cookies! I have the book chocolate cookie book made by Nestle, and this recipe is in it.