Winner for 1,000 Likes Giveaway

I am so sorry that I had to put off picking a winner until this morning. I had to promise my husband a date night.

He was getting jealous of cookies.

He was going to the gym more, and flexing his muscles in front of the oven.

His blood pressure would go up when he turned the corner into the bakery section at Whole Foods.

I couldn’t go into the kitchen without his constant drilling, “who are you in the kitchen with? How long are you going to be in there?”

When I caught him punching bags of flour, I promised him a cookie-free night.

So we went out for some drinks, and I picked a winner this morning.

I went to Random.org and entered the numbers 1 and 51 in their random number generator. Random.org picked comment #5. So the winner is Marie.

Since I got such a HUGE response for the berry basket, I picked a second number and comment #19, Jennifer, won a berry basket. (I happen to have a few, because I was planning to use them as gifts this year, but I wound up going in a different direction.) So, Jennifer, the one I send you may not be turquoise, I’m not sure what other colors I bought. (**Update- I just went back to look at all of the comments, and there are two Jennifers, comment #19 is Jennifer M**)

Congratulations, Marie and Jennifer! Please contact me at elliesbites@gmail and let me know where I can send your prizes!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday. Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah and (she doesn’t know this, yet) we are taking Ellie for a “diva makeover” at Sweet and Sassy, then to see Disney Princesses on Ice. I’m really looking forward to it, but I am dreading tomorrow, when Hanukkah is over, and there are no more presents!

Are you baking anything special for New Years?

1,000 Like Give-away

*****UPDATE, WINNER PICKED, CONTEST CLOSED*****

Are you the kind of person who can run into Target for laundry detergent and leave with laundry detergent? If you are, I am in awe of you. I stopped into Target on my way home from work tonight to get cocoa powder and a book for Ben’s classroom book exchange (because Target is one of those places where one can buy a book AND cocoa powder) and I left with 50$ worth of stuff that I forgot I needed. This is probably why we are always just on this side of broke.

Last night, I had to run to Williams Sonoma because I was out of white sanding sugar (and I really like their brand of sanding sugar), and AGAIN, left with 50$ worth of stuff that I didn’t realize I needed. But I am glad I took my time and looked around. If I hadn’t, I may have passed by this thing that I found, and I wouldn’t be here telling you I want to give it to one of you. And along with the thing I got at Williams Sonoma, I also have something I couldn’t resist from Anthropologie, and something from Sur La Table. YES- I live so close to these stores I could walk to all of them from my house. Don’t be jealous, seriously, because that also might be one of the reasons money is always tight.

Anyway, this is what I want to give to one of you, to show you how grateful I am to have found so many new friends who are actually interested in talking about cookies, and baking, and stuff we’ve pinned. A box of cute….

First, there is this stinking cute ceramic berry basket from Anthropologie. You can fill it with berries when you have company, or you can fill it with berry shaped cookies and give it away to your first giveaway winner :) (Actually that one was from Sur La Table, but still cute, I think!!)

This time, from Sur La Table, I found these adorable measuring cups.

Not only are they pretty enough to leave out on the counter, but they also measure in crazy increments. Like 2/3 and 3/4. Very useful.

And you know you need Snow White cookie cutters. You just do. So do I. That’s why I bought two.

A Grumpy cookie. That has to be made, for so many reasons. (And by reasons, I mean for my husband.)

You can be entered to win these three things in two ways.

First, “Like” me on Facebook, and tell me you do, or that you like me already.

Second, share this giveaway, and comeback and tell me that you did.

Make sure you leave both comments here on this post in the comment section, and leave me a way to get in touch with you.

I’ll pick a winner (using Random.org, or by picking a number out of a basket- depending on how many entries there are) on December 26th at 9PM Eastern.

Because I am not sure about international rules, I am going to have to keep this open only to the Continental US. I purchased all of these products on my own, and I am not being perked or encouraged in anyway to offer them to you. ****UPDATE*** I was just informed that it is OK to open this to residents of Alaska. So if that is the case, PLEASE leave your comment!!!!

Have a very Happy Whatever You Celebrate. Enjoy your time with your family!  <3 Stephanie

Easy Shiny Snowflakes

Oh wow, has it been a while since I have posted anything! And likely it will be a while before I do it again! This has been one busy month so far, and I was not prepared in the least! There is one fun thing I made that I thought to take pictures during the process.

The first decorated cookies I remember seeing and falling in love with were the blue and white snowflakes from the cover of an issue of Living, it had to be 2001 or 2002. I remember I was sitting at my friend Michele’s dining room table, studying (we were always studying) and her husband, Michael, came home with this particular magazine. It may have been a special cookie issue, or it may have been Martha’s December issue that year. Whatever, either way, I will always remember those cookies, and because of that, snowflakes are my absolute FAVORITE cookie to make.

It is just soo frustrating to spend a lot of time making these cookies, then have the “spokes?” break off when I put them on a platter. I’m not the world’s best freehander, so I took this idea from SugarBelle (guest posting here on Half Baked the Cake Blog), then decided to see if I could make the snowflakes sparkle.

First I rolled and cut out my dough (here, I used LilaLoa’s amazing chocolate cookie recipe), then stamped them with my favorite snowflake cutter. By stamped, I mean I pressed hard enough to leave an impression, but not enough to go all the way through the cookie. Then I baked them.

The next day, I simply went over my outline with white icing, and filled in the icing shape. I let that dry again, over night.

The next morning , I sprayed the cookies evenly with a coat of Wilton’s Pearl Color Mist. This dries almost instantly, depending on how much you use, but I left it until later in the day anyway because I had a trillion things to do.

When you are ready, go back and outline/flood the background and add details to the snowflakes. So easy!

I do have another snowflake trick- another way to almost break-proof your snowflake “arms?” I just can’t guarantee I will be able to post it before the end of the month! Then again we DO have 2-3 more months of snowy weather after Christmas. So maybe I will get to it?

If I don’t make it to WordPress again before the holidays, have a great one- whatever you celebrate!!! <3 Steph