Monday, December 01, 2014

Hermes Knotting Cards - Today's Monday Morning Giveaway!





Leave me a message telling us all about your very favorite winter holiday food indulgence (remember, this ranges all the way from Thanksgiving through Valentine's Day - my definition of winter holiday is VERY generous...) to be entered to win these knotting cards! I'll let you know next Monday who the luck winner is.  Don't need knotting cards? These would be an excellent candidate for "regifting", you know.

ANYBODY, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD CAN WIN THIS - I WILL SHIP IT TO YOU!

Still sealed, so I can't honestly tell you what the cards will be like, but I know that they can be a source of inspiration for a new way to tie your scarves (not just for Hermes, of course!), or they can be a source of laughter when they suggest wearing a scarf as a halter, or a strapless top...

My favorite holiday food? The date and nut filled cookies my parents used to make and mail to me every year I couldn't get to their home at the holidays. My mother and I are going to bake them this year, for the first year in a VERY long time!

love,
Janice

NOVICA


77 comments:

  1. Peppermint bark! Followed closely by peppermint bark ice cream!

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  2. I love this post, Janice. In fact, I love ALL your posts, and follow you just about every day. My favorite holiday food? Christmas cookies. Little, buttery spritz cookies with a cup of cocoa...YUM!!!! (But then again, ask me next week and I'll probably have a different suggestion!)

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  3. Roast Lamb. And roast potatoes

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  4. Properly made mashed potatoes (the ones with butter and half and half) with gravy made from scratch. Best part of it is that I managed to raise three boys who agree!

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  5. Oh, what fun! Mine has to be a recipe for roll-out sugar cookies that we have used for over 50 years. Fresh nutmeg is a surprise ingredient that makes them special.

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  6. My Polish grandmother always made strudel--yum!

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  7. Old fashioned pecan pie made with maple syrup and molasses! Yum!

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  8. Mine is simple and rather silly. My mother baked homemade pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and made cinnamon pinwheels out of the leftover dough for me. I didn't like the pie, but even today, the scent of cinnamon takes me back.

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  9. Goodness...so much to pick from

    Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite meal, over all, so I would pick that, but I make a breakfast strata on Christmas Eve morning for a family brunch that I look forward to each year. There's no real reason why I couldn't make it other times during the year but I don't. It keeps it a Very Special Dish that way.

    Enjoy your cookie baking!!

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  10. Pumpkin pie for breakfast on the morning after Thanksgiving!

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  11. Homemade pumpkin pie by my mom. She would always collect the leftover pumpkins from nearby pumpkin patches and work her magic on them. She is no longer with us but the memories remain. No one has come close to her in taste as of yet.

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  12. My dad's Oyster stuffing. Sadly, my dad is no longer here, but I will never forget how good this was.

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  13. Chocolate nut bourbon pie......a requirement for the Kentucky Derby too!

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  14. My favourite Christmas treat is what we Brits call Christmas pudding (aka plum pudding), preferably enhanced with some brandy and then set alight! I remember that one year my son made it at school in his cookery lesson, and I was worried about how tasty it would be but it turned out to be delicious. Possibly helped by the fact that I kept piercing it with a fork and topping it up with brandy until Christmas Day....!

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  15. My favorite is the Swiss cookie we make for the holidays - braetzli. It is a sugar cookie made in a special iron. Peppermint bark runs a close second.

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  16. Hands down, my favorite holiday food is cornbread dressing!

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  17. Christmas pudding served by the sliver because it's dre nched in rum! Yum!

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  18. Love making christmas tree and star shaped sugar cookies . Simple and classic the way I like it.

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  19. Every year I make a dish known in our house simply as "puree" - it's actually "Golden vegetable puree" of carrots, turnips, and potatoes, a recipe from a 1976 Gourmet magazine that I've had every year since 1976!

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  20. Anise rollout cookies. My Nana made them every Christmas, always shaped like a Christmas tree. When I bake them it is like having her with me again.

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  21. Rum balls and Prime rib.

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  22. Now that it's December, I'm gearing up to make my usual Christmas gifts of homemade pan forte (a medieval Sienese treat, chock full of dried fruits and almonds and hazelnuts and honey, baked in small cast iron frying pans.)

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  23. So many favorites here, but today I will choose sweet potato casserole, the kind with the pecan/brown sugar/butter/flour topping. You can get the recipe here: http://www.inmykitcheninmylife.com/2011/11/20/the-best-possible-thing-to-happen-to-a-sweet-potato-and-other-thanksgiving-advice/

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  24. My favorite holiday food is...ah...hum...oh, yes, that's it. It's ALL the food. Potluck, dinners, shopping snacks, brunch. Mine, yours the neighbors...that's why my gym clothes are stretchy.

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  25. Stuffing and gingerbread turkey cookies!!

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  26. Gosh...so many choices but I would have to say my homemade peanut butter fudge. I only make it at the holidays every year.

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  27. Mine is...... wait for it........... the expensive dark fruit cake. I know it is a mocked food but I love it.
    PS, LL bean really should give you some financial credit as you introduced me to them. They are great for summer basics. Their UVF garments took me through Cambodia protecting me from the mosquitoes and very hot sun.

    Deb from Vancouer

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  28. In memory --the cookies and hot chocolate I left out for "Santa" each Christmas eve --they were always gone by Christmas morning !

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  29. Turkey stuffing. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With cranberry sauce.

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  30. 3 words: Seven Layer Cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. always hot chocolate with marshmellows and cookies on the side

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  32. Hot chocolate with Baileys Irish Cream, a splash of peppermint schnapps, whipped cream and a candy cane to stir!

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  33. chocolate fudge! an old family recipe that is awesome!!

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  34. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies and Hot Buttered Rum - just not together! - Stephanie D.

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  35. I don't even know what a knotting card is :( but I do have scarves Carol S

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  36. What a delightful give-away. My favourite presently is Christmas Pudding (home made is a must)
    Helen

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  37. What a great give-away! My favorite holiday food is my homemade Bourbon Pecan Pie--its a family favorite as well.

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  38. Michelle in TorontoDecember 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    I have been coveting these cards for some time. Almost as much as my mother's butter tarts which are a favorite!

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  39. Favourite winter food - ummmm - would have to be slow baked lamb shanks with mashed potato.

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  40. Rum balls and gingerbread cake. The former from my grandmother and the latter is the tradition I created and now carry on for extended family.

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  41. hhmm..scallopini roulade stuffed with prunes, pine nuts and basil and topped with red onion marmalade
    and a glass of Prosecco

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  42. I've married into an East Asian family so my holidays are filled with some of the most delicious food in the world. That said it isn't the holidays unless I make a can of Pilsburry Crescent Rolls and eat them right out of the oven, with butter, standing in the kitchen.

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  43. Hi Janice, I'm afraid oversee countries are not playing in this game, but a huge hug for you anyway - I have been following your blog for months now. I really enjoy it and my clothing skills improved so much, I'm constantly downgrading my wardrobe.
    We have a German-origin sweet here during the holoday season which is called beigli and is kind of brioche filled with poppyseed or nuts.

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  44. My Mama's boiled custard. Can't have Christmas without it!

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  45. So many choices (all homemade)... three nut toffee topped with chopped pistachios, coconut pecan pie, but I'm going to have to go with caramel pecan sticky buns. My mom made them for Christmas and Easter breakfast and now I do, sharing the tradition and the yumminess with the next generation.

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  46. Of all our wonderful family favorites, I would have to pick pecan pie. It was my dad's favorite, and he looked forward to it every holiday season. I would love to see his face again taking his first bite at Thanksgiving. Runner up, the fruit cake he made every year by his mother's recipe.

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  47. When asked if it's my favorite, I would not ordinarily say that it is - but candy corn with dry-roasted peanuts exert the most incredible pull on me as Halloween nears. First, it is simply not October until I have gobbled a bag of candy corn. In halcyon times, I could dispose of 6 to 8 bags during October but now I restrict my intake to 2 bags for the whole month!

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  48. Thanks for doing the giveaway. I'm torn between coffee with baileys irish cream in it, and my family's thanksgiving stuffing. Maybe the stuffing with a chaser of the coffee...

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  49. My mother's Christmas ribbon salad (layers of red and green jello with a creamy pineapple layer between). Sounds nasty, but I love it. It's all about the memories, isn't it?

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  50. Oy...so many things that I only make during winter holidays....I'm going to go with my grandma's balloon rolls...cinnamon crescent rolls that are wrapped around a marshmallow, which melts into gooey syrup. I *try* to make them every year for new year's eve...some years they actually remind me of grandma's...

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  51. Homemade stuffing with sausage in it. Yummy! Runner up: pumpkin pie cake.

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  52. My special Banana Bread!!

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  53. Egg nog with brandy and nutmeg.

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  54. Pecan Fudge using my Mom's recipe.

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  55. Lovely thick brandy custard poured over rich plum pudding, served with vanilla ice-cream for special; otherwise I like a thick meat and vegetable soup (so thick it's almost like a stew).

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  56. Zinfandel cranberries. So yummy.

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  57. Mine is not a winter weather treat as our celebrations are during the heat of the summer. My all time favourite was my mums crystallised grapefruit peel. Dad had half a grapefruit for brekkie each morning and would save up the skins for mum to weave her magic. Mum would make it every Christmas and pop it in a bowl with lots of lovely nuts, it was always eagerly awaited!

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  58. I love the fudge my mom made every Christmas called "Million Dollar Fudge." It was very expensive to make and oh so creamy. I once ate almost an entire plate of it when I was very young and my mom thought the dog ate it (she ate the last piece on the plate just as my mom walked into the living room). I was upstairs reading several Nancy Drew mystery stories as I found if I remained perfectly still my stomach wasn't upset (LoL). What a fun idea to have us all remember and share our favorite indulgences. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. Susan from Northern VA

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  59. Fruitcake, made by me, from a recipe my mother found in the Chicago Daily News in 1952. It's really a pound cake with fruit, not a dark, heavy cake, and it's delicious!

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  60. Corn Pudding is one of my favorite holiday foods. Thank you for the chance to win the cards.

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  61. Without a doubt it is pumpkin pie ... simple, traditional (no brandy, nuts or anything fancy please) pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner or dessert. With whipped cream (a small squirt from a can on a thin slice as a snack or a dollop of home made whipped cream on a slice upon a china plate with a sterling silver dessert fork) or without ... elegant, classic, comforting, smooth, spicy ... pumpkin pie!!!

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  62. Cookies!! Sugar cookies, molasses cookies, buttery pecan shortbread cookies, EVEN fruitcake cookies are my favorite holiday weakness.

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  63. My favorite is still turkey with cranberry sauce. (I know, not very exotic!) Thank you for the opportunity. I'm trying to get in the habit of wearing scarves...they really enhance an outfit.

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  64. My favorite winter holiday food is my mother's pork pie. She would make them for Christmas Eve and/or New Year's Day. I have her recipe and make them for my family every Christmas season. It's holiday comfort food.

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  65. It's not Christmas until all the cookie jars are filled with Spritz cookies!

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  66. Aunt Mary Jane's fudge and Fannie Mae chocolates.

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  67. My favorite Christmas treat is the mandelbrot that my Mother always made, sliced and spread with her home-made marmelade.

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  68. My favorite has to be warm pumpkin soup with chickpeas followed by warm chocolate brownies topped with cream.

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  69. Here in Australia, at Christmas, when it's very very hot....
    Fruit trifle, layered, in a clear glass bowl ......pale sponge cake at the base, port wine jelly and green jelly layers, fresh fruit (probably raspberries from our garden) and lashings of pure local REAL hand whipped cream on top.
    Ohhh...not long now!

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  70. Polish Forest Mushroom Soup = Yummy! for Christmas Eve!!!

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  71. My favorite is a cake made with coconut, egg yolks, caramel made from brown sugar and butter, orange juice, toasted pecans for the lush filling on a simple white or yellow cake. My Aunt Hallie came up with this cake decades ago. My mother passed along the recipe and I make it every Christmas because it is so beautiful and tastes delicious.

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  72. Hello - This is the nicest competition that has come my way, so here goes......... In Paris, I love "les macarons" and also Opera Gateau. In America, I love Red Velvet Cake. In Ireland, I love cupcakes and also barmbrack. In London, I love, traditional fruit cake. In Russia, I love Easter Pashka. In Australia, I might like Kangaroo Cake as long as it doesn't leap off the plate !
    Have a great week,
    Swan

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