Gifts from me to you!

I have found a bunch of presents for YOU!  I will be picking names from my comments section, so you need to leave me a comment …I would love it if you would give me your favorite Christmas Recipe…cookies, salads, main courses whatever…and you can win one of these prizes!  Names will be randomly picked…names will be put in and stay in the drawing throughout the whole week…Wishing you many Christmas Blessings and a Great New Year! LB

The Quilted Santa's gifts for YOU!

228 responses to “Gifts from me to you!”

  1. mossrose Avatar

    Thank you for the opportunity to win. Happy Holidays!

    1. Jan Geiser Avatar
      Jan Geiser

      I love the changes to the blog….making it seem like it is snowing….very nice touch!

      Your opportunity to obtain gifts during a drawing is very kind of you. Any gift from Primitive Gatherings would be well received.

      Obtain some Bailey’s Irish cream for a nice touch after dinner……

  2. Tressa Avatar

    My Favorite recipe for Christmas is just to mix all my family together in one home together.

  3. Sue H. Avatar
    Sue H.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Lisa. Here is a great bean dip recipe for you.

    2 large cans of Bush’s baked beans
    1 or 2 cans of Hormel hot Chile w/beans (soup can size or so)
    1 pint jar of Mrs. Renfroe’s Jalapeños (I used mild but feel free to punch it up a bit with hot ones)
    1 block of hot pepper jack cheese, add half the block in & check consistency then add the rest as needed. Make sure you cut in small pieces before you add it, some pepper jack does not melt very easily.
    Put all in a slow cooker on high until it starts to bubble up, then turn to low & let simmer for a couple of hours or more.
    An hour or so before serving, add in 1 or 2 packages shredded cheddar cheese and some bacon bits, the final results should be a dip that will hold a chip upright and has a great taste with a bit of heat.

    Enjoy your time with family and friends.


  4. kathy jones Avatar
    kathy jones

    Evne if there weren’t wonderful gifts, I am happy to share a tried and true recipe for the holidays. Make it ahead and heat before serving. YUMMO! Marry Christmas!

    Pierogi Casserole

    3 cups prepared instant mashed potatoes
    16 oz grated cheddar cheese
    1 ½ sticks butter (use parts of 1 1/2 sticks to make mashed potatoes, sauté onions, and grease 9×13” pan)
    2 cups chopped onions
    1 box lasagna noodles

    Preheat oven to 350.
    Cook lasagna noodles, drain and set aside.
    Melt ½ stick stick butter and sauté onions.
    Mix onions with prepared mashed potatoes.
    Put a layer of noodles in the greased pan.
    Spread a layer of mashed potatoes.
    Sprinkle with part of the grated cheddar cheese.
    Continue until you have at least 3 layers.
    End with cheese on top.
    Cover pan with foil and bakd 30-40 minutes.
    Cut into squares and serve.


    Kathy Jones

  5. Rosemary Redhead Avatar
    Rosemary Redhead

    Fun!! How wonderful of you!
    Merry Christmas to you, your family and your staff and their families!!


  6. quilt2001 Avatar

    I LOVE your blog! I read it every day! Here is my recipe:

    Cranberry Bread
    2 c. flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. soda
    1 c. sugar
    1 beaten egg
    2 tbsp. melted butter
    1/2 c. orange juice
    2 tbsp. hot water
    1/2 c. chopped nuts
    1 c. uncooked cranberries
    1 tbsp. grated orange rind

    Sift dry ingredients together. Add egg, butter, and orange juice. Mix til dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in nuts, cranberries, and rind. Pour into a 9×4-1/2×2 loaf pan. Bake 1 hour at 325.

  7. Sandy Avatar

    What a great idea, and you are so generous. My favorite Christmas recipe is for the peanut blossom cookies with the hershey kisses. The kids love to pick off the chocolate first and the adults try to eat a little chocolate with each bite. In any event, they are good and it’s a bit entertaining to watch everyone enjoy them. I like to try the different flavors of kisses but usually stick with the chocolate. Merry Christmas to you!

  8. pam schmitt Avatar
    pam schmitt

    My family likes Oreo Cookie Balls. 1 pkg oreo cookies ground in food processor. Mix in 1 lg cream cheese. Form into balls then dip in white chocolate or milk chocolate and sprinkle with sprinkles right away. Fast n easy,

  9. Loretta Avatar

    Dear Lisa, I have the BEST recipe and it just happens to be the easiest also… Chocolate Covered Peanuts ~ 2 bags of Chocolate Chips (I like the dark chocolate), 1 bag of butterscotch chips and 28 oz of peanuts (I like the dry roasted best). Melt all the chips in a bowl in the microwave on high for 1 minute and then stir, keep microwaving for 30 seconds more and stirring each time until the chips are melted. Be careful not to over heat the chips. Pour in the peanuts and stir until they are coated, using 2 spoons one for dropping and one pushing them off the other spoon place onto a waxed paper sheet or into candy cups. Let cook and enjoy. Merry Christmas

  10. Janet Blazekovich Avatar
    Janet Blazekovich

    My kids favorite cookie receipe is Magic cookies bars

    1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
    1/2 cup butter oe margarine melted
    Q (14-oz) can eagle sweetened condensed milk
    2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (but any chips or M&M’s)
    1 1/3 cups flakes coconut
    1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

    I melt butter in 13 X 9 pan in oven while it is warming up. Then sprinkle the Graham cracker over melted butter in pan and press down with spoon to even out the crumbs.

    Pouring sweetened condensed milk over cracker crumbs.

    Layer other remaining ingredients and press down with spoon.

    Bake at 350 degree for 25 minutes.

    Cool before cutting and store at room temperature.

  11. Linda Wilkinson Avatar
    Linda Wilkinson

    One of my favorite salads to make and bring to gatherings during the holiday season is a Cranberry Jello Salad. It is festive, and easy to make the day before. Merry Christmas to everyone at Primitive Gatherings!

    Cranberry Jello Salad

    2 – 3 oz. packages Raspberry Jello
    1-3/4 cups boiling water
    1 – 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
    1 – 14 or 16 oz. can whole cranberry sauce
    8 oz. sour cream

    Dissolve Jello in boiling water. While water is still hot, stir in the undrained crushed pineapple and cranberry sauce.

    Chill Jello mixture until partially set. Use a small amount of Canola Oil to grease the inside of a ring set, then spoon half of the mixture into the ring set and chill until set. Keep remainder of mixture out at room temperature.

    Stir sour cream and spread on top of set Jello in the ring. Spoon remainder of Jello mixture on top of sour cream layer.

    Chill overnight.

  12. Pat Neyens Avatar
    Pat Neyens

    Happy Holidays to Lisa and the staff at Primitive Gatherings!
    Love your beautiful online website and enjoy your blog (even signed my 80 year old Mom up to follow your blog). Starting to lay plans for a trip to your shop next summer (Wisconsin trip with my sister’s – me from Tempe, AZ, Bess from Dubuque, IA, and Julie from Palo Alto, CA) – we love your wool projects! Baked these cookies yesterday – AZ neighbors all love them …

    Frosted Cashew Cookies (400 degree oven/9 minutes)
    Cream the first 5 ingredients …
    1/2 c softened butter (yes butter, none of that other fake stuff)
    1 c brown sugar
    1 egg
    1/3 c sour cream
    1/2 t vanilla
    Blend in next 3 items …
    2 c flour (use Cake Flour)
    3/4 t baking powder
    3/4 t baking soda
    Mix in by hand …
    1 1/2 c chopped cashews

    1/2 c butter (real thing please)
    3 Tablespoons canned milk
    1/4 t vanilla
    2 c powdered sugar

    Recommend you double the batch – these are tasty! Grandma E use to make when we were little. AZ friend entered them in a cookie contest and won first prize.

    Happy Holidays!

  13. Maureen Mullarkey Avatar
    Maureen Mullarkey

    Lisa-Merry Christmas to you and your family, thanks for sharing.

  14. paulette doyle Avatar

    Hi Lisa!!
    Love your give away!! This is a recipe that will WOW your guests!! And SO easy!!

    Grasshopper Pie
    1 package of chocolate wafers (crushed into crumbs)
    2 tbsp of butter melted

    Mix and press into a spring form pan or cake pan. Save some crumbs to sprinkle on top.

    30 large marshmallows
    3/4 C. milk
    1/2 pint of whip cream
    2 oz. (or more!) Creme de Mente Liquor
    (I always double this because I want LOTS for seconds!!)

    Melt marshmallows with milk in microwave. Cool. Whip cream till stiff. Whip marshmallow mixture and add cream de mente. Fold into whipped cream. Spread over Chocolate crust and sprinkle with reserved crumbs. I like to drizzle Smuckers hot sundae sauce on top just before serving…just because I can!! :o) Put in fridge until set (you can freeze until ready to use…thaw) You’re guests are going to love it!!
    Thanks for the chance to win your give away!! Take care and have a wonderful Christmas…and I will be seeing you in the New Year at the Road to California!! Can’t wait!

  15. Sherrie Davis Avatar
    Sherrie Davis

    Love your blog and all your projects. Just wish I had time to do more of your patterns.
    Have a lovely Christmas with your family.

  16. Nancy Fitzpatrick Avatar
    Nancy Fitzpatrick

    Have really enjoyed your weblog just about everyday and all your pictures. Sure wish we lived closer to your store. An easy cookie recipe that you can do lots of different things with.

    1,2,4 Cookies

    1 cup sugar
    2 cups Imperial margarine
    4 cups flour
    Combine together and then form balls and roll in sugar or sprinkles and bake. Form logs and dip an end in chocolate after baking, Form balls and then put thumbprint in middle to put jam, jelly or colored frosting in indention after baking. The list goes on and on. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

  17. Lori Szolwinski Avatar
    Lori Szolwinski

    Absolutely love your shop. Unfortunately, I live pretty far away (East Troy) but make at least 2 trips a year to visit and never go home empty handed. I will miss the Rosemont Quilt show but will get to see you at Madison. Thank goodness for your website, which I visit daily.
    Christmas Blessings to you and your family!

  18. Tracy Petrykowski Avatar
    Tracy Petrykowski

    Kit Kat Bars
    1 box Club Crackers
    2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
    1 Cup Butter
    1 Cup Brown Sugar
    1/2 Cup Sugar
    1/2 Cup Milk

    Combine lines 2 – 6, boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly. In a 9 x 13 greased pan, place 1 layer of Club crackers. Pour 1/2 of mixture on top of crackers, cover with a 2nd layer of crackers. Pour the rest of the mixture on top, and finish off with a layer of Club Crackers

    Frosting: Melt
    1/2 Cup butterscotch chips
    1/2 Cup chocolate Chips
    2/3 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter

    Spread it on top, hardens quickly.

    Love your Weblog! We are coming to The Gathering in February, looking forward to it.

    Merry Christmas.

  19. Beth Cole Avatar

    Well, Lisa, what a nice, Christmasy thing to do !

    I’d love to enter your giveaway…. and here is my favorite cookie recipe ( for Christmas and any other time of the year !!!)

    Mom’s Mint Surprise Cookies

    Sift together :

    ½ tsp. salt
    3 cups flour
    1 tsp soda

    Cream together :
    1 cup white sugar
    ½ cup brown sugar
    1 cup margarine
    2 eggs
    1tsp. Vanilla

    Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Refrigerate overnite.

    Take a teaspoon of dough, insert a chocolate mint wafer in the middle, and cover up with dough. Place a pecan half on top, put on a greased cookie sheet, bake 10 – 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

    If you can’t find a chocolate mint wafer, you can use an Andes chocolate mint….

    Makes about 50 cookies

  20. Gale Avatar

    Sugar Cookies (for decorating, or fine plain)

    1/2 cup butter

    Beat in:
    3/4 c. sugar

    1 egg or 2 yolks
    1/2 tsp. vanilla
    1 tablespoon cream

    Sift in:
    1 1/4 c. flour
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. baking powder

    Incorporate into butter batter.

    Roll out to desired thinness and bake at 375 degrees. Can add extra yolk or nutmeg as variation.


  21. Margaret Avatar

    Oh I’d love to win a prize! Our favorite cookies are the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies. Just google them and you’ll find the recipe. They’re wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. rebecca Avatar

    Hi Lisa. Happy Holiday’s!! My favorite no frills recipe is for Raindeer poop. Round pretzels, topped with a chocolate kiss, heated in 225 degree oven for 2-3 minutes and removed from oven. Top with a plain m&m and pressed down. Adjust time in oven as necessary. Fun to do with grandkids!! The tough part can be finding the round pretzels?

  23. Terry Giet Avatar

    What great goodies you’re giving away! Thanks for the chance to win one of them! If you visit my blog you’ll find four fudge recipes we make every year at Christmas. Three of them were made by my husband’s grandmother before I ever met him. So they’re definitely a family tradition for us at Christmas! You’re welcome to try them out of you like! :0)

  24. Loretta N. Avatar
    Loretta N.

    Lisa, love seeing and shopping your booth in Houston every year.

    A really quick and cute dessert is lollypop pies. You can Google them, but basically you use a cookie cutter to cut circles from homemade or ready made pie crust. Place one circledown on a cookie sheet (you can flour it or your hands!) and spoon your fav pie filling in the center, leavine room to crimp the edges. Put a lollypop stick inside and cover with another pie cirle, and crimp the edges. Brush with egg white only. Bake according to your oven’s mood, as mine in tempermental lol. Keep checking, as with cookies!

  25. billiemick Avatar

    OMGosh! It definitely feels like Christmas now. I saw all those goodies and felt a little faint…….grin.

    Here’s my favorite recipe from my Mom who just turned 90 today….enjoy.

    Peanut Butter Fudge
    2 Cups Sugar
    1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (I like Jiffy smooth)
    2 Tablespoons of White Karo syrup
    2/3 Cup of Whole Milk
    1 Teaspoon Butter
    1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla (optional)
    Pinch of salt
    Combine sugar, peanut butter, karo, and milk in sauce pan and Mix.
    Bring to fast boil and stir. Turn burner down until the fudge is
    barely boiling.
    Stir while cooking. Cook until the fudge makes a soft ball in cold
    Remove from fire. Beat until the fudge is about 1/2 done (about 10
    and add butter and vanilla.
    After the fudge looses its gloss and is hard to beat, it is ready
    (about 20 minutes if your lucky).
    Turn out on a buttered plate, cool, cut, and eat it ALLLLL!

    Billie in TX

  26. Meredith Avatar

    I cook pretty plain and simple. Ham/Turkey etc. Baking is pretty much the same. I use an apple cook book but I think it is out of print. I enjoy baking snickerdoodles and millionaire shortbread. Both are easy and well loved. Have a Merry Christmas with your family.

  27. Jennifer Kralik Avatar
    Jennifer Kralik

    Your blog is one of my favorites! I visited Primitive Gatherings about six years ago on a bus trip with my guild. You were so generous, we all got a wool snowman pin cushion kit. Wish you were closer. Jennifer NW Indiana.
    Here is an easy cookie recipe.
    2 Cups of crushed graham crackers
    2 Cups-chopped walnuts
    1-pkg. 12 ounce chocolate morsels
    1 Stick butter (melted)
    1-Cup brown sugar
    1-Cup of half & half
    Mix together and put in paper lined miniature tin cups.
    Bake at 375 degrees 15-20 minutes

  28. Joanne Toetz Avatar
    Joanne Toetz

    I love receiving your weblog and I adore your store. You have the best of everything!
    I live in Milwaukee, but manage to get to the store 3-4 times a year. I also like to
    order from the website and see your booth at the shows.
    I see your wool kits all over the place at other stores, they seem to be really popular!!
    Thanks for having an enjoyable, quality shop.
    Joanne Toetz

  29. Marilyn Avatar

    I just made a second batch of pineapple fudge, one of four kinds of fudge this year. The pineapple is different from all the chocolate; it’s white. I’ll send the recipe if you want!

  30. Tammy Avatar

    My favorite Christmas cookie are Spritz!! I love spiral ham!! I love all the appetizers that my family puts out!! I love your website and your blog!! I look at your blog every day and cannot wait to start using my coupon book January 1st! Merry Christmas Lisa!!

  31. Mary C. Avatar
    Mary C.

    I love making spritz cookies with my Mom’s (now antique) cookie gun and decorating them with colored sugar. One of my favorite childhood memories is of Mom making Divinity candy. Had to be a cold dry day and she’d stir it on the stove til it got to the right temperature, then run outside and beat it by hand until it was the right texture. Then back in the house for us to help spoon it out onto waxed paper as quick as we could! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  32. Lori Avatar

    This is a family Christmas favorite:
    Sugared Nuts
    2 egg whites
    1C sugar
    3C pecan halves
    1 stick butter
    In a 9 x 13 pan melt butter in a 325 degree oven. Beat egg whites til frothy and add sugar slowly til thick. Remove pan from oven and toss nuts in egg mixture. Put in pan and flatten with spatula and bake 10 min. Toss nuts and bake 10 more min. and repeat for a total cooking time of 30 min. Cool, toss and loosen from pan and enjoy!

    Love your patterns and website! Wishing you many Christmas blessings!

  33. Nancy E Avatar
    Nancy E

    Love reading your blog and seeing pics of the quilts you make. Recently made two small quilts using your primitive pinwheel ruler. Can’t wait to get my hands on the smaller one you are designing or maybe it is already out. Below is a recipe that I had at my bees Christmas luncheon. It was so yummy, taste like a dessert. Enjoy! Thanks for the great giveaways!

    Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

    8oz Cream Cheese
    1 stick Butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
    3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
    12 oz mini Chocolate Chips (use about 2/3 package)
    Chopped Pecans

    Cream the cheese, butter and vanilla together.
    Add the sugars and cream again.
    Fold in the Chocolate Chips.
    Refrigerate until firm.
    May want to divide into two balls before rolling in chopped pecans.
    Serve with graham crackers.

  34. judith Avatar

    Lisa…I’m one of your faithful followers and I wanted to share this easy and quick recipe for Truffles. They are dark, rich and chocolaty! I always make these for Christmas and everyone thinks I’m an expert candy maker!

    Mocha Truffles

    66 Servings Prep: 25 min. + chillingIngredients

    2 packages (12 ounces each) Nestlé® Tollhouse® Semi-Sweet Morsels
    1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
    2 teaspoons water
    1 pound dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
    White candy coating, optional
    In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Add the cream cheese, coffee and water. Chill until firm enough to shape. Shape into 1-in. balls and place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Chill for 1-2 hours or until firm.
    In a microwave, melt chocolate coating; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Melt white coating and drizzle over truffles if desired. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.

    Editor’s Note: Dark, white or milk chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometime labeled “almond bark” or “candy coating” and is often sold in bulk packages (1 to 1-1/2 pounds). It is the product used for dipping chocolate. A substitute for 6 ounces chocolate coating would be 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet, dark or white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening melted together. Truffles can be frozen for several months before dipping in chocolate. Thaw in the refrigerator before dipping.

    Do not dip if the balls are cold as the coating will crack. This recipe is from Taste of Home.

  35. Mary Avatar

    I have too many favorite recipes, but here’s an oldie, but a goody I will share. My Mom made these chocolates every Christmas and I haven’t for awhile, but decided to this year and I’m so glad I did. Everyone seems to love them. I hope you and your readers do too!

    Mary’s Mom’s Chocolates
    1 stick butter or margarine, softened to room temp
    1 7 oz package flaked coconut
    3 cups finely chopped walnuts or pecans
    1 can sweetened Condensed Milk (Eagle Brand or store version)
    1 pound powdered sugar
    2 bags Wilton dark cocoa candy melts
    Mix together butter, coconut, nuts and Condensed milk, then mix in powdered sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Scoop or shape into 1 inch balls. (I use a 1″ diameter cookie scoop).
    Place on parchment liked cookie sheets and place in the freezer until firm. (Overnight is fine.)
    Melt candy melts in the microwave about a cup at a time in a shallow bowl. Dip chocolates using a fork and place on parchment until firm. (They firm up quickly.) Store in a closed container in a cool place. My garage is super cold, so I have a nice cupboard where I can keep the Christmas candies til serving or sharing with friends and neighbors.
    Merry Christmas!

  36. Ann Avatar

    Lisa, I have to say my favorite cookies for Christmas have to be ones that have been made every year since I can remember. One is from my grandma on my dads side – sour cream cutout cookies. And the other is from my grandma on my moms side – Scottish shortbread. I did try your soft and chewy ginger cookie recipe that you shared during the Christmas blog hop. They were delicious! I enjoy following your blog, seeing you at quilt shows, and ordering from your website. I do not live close but hope to someday make it to your shop. 🙂

  37. Kristine Avatar

    What a fun post!! (I actually grew up in East Troy, where Lori said that she lives!) I finally had a chance to visit your shop last fall when I was visiting for a few days. It’s a good thing that you aren’t in my backyard!!

    My favorite cookies at Christmas are peanut butter blossoms. Unfortunately, I don’t have the recipe because my mom always makes a few for me! And those pecan shortbread balls, that are dusted in powdered sugar, only to show evidence on your black outfit, aren’t bad either!

    Thanks so much.

    Merry Christmas, Lisa!

  38. Carolyn Avatar

    this is the Christmas coffee cake that gets rave reviews everywhere it goes! It also freezes well without the glaze! Best if eaten the day after it is made as it needs time to mellow.

    Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

    Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

    ¼ pound stick margarine 2 cups flour
    1 cup sugar 1 cup sour cream
    2 eggs 1 tsp almond extract
    1 tsp baking soda 1 (7 or 8 oz) can whole
    berry cranberry sauce
    ½ tsp salt ½ cup chopped walnuts

    ¾ cup confectioners sugar 1 T warm water ½ tsp almond

    Cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs singly, beating after each one. Mix dry ingredients and add alternately with sour cream. Add almond extract. Grease tube pan. Put layer of batter on bottom, then swirl in ½ can cranberry sauce. Sprinkle with a few nuts. Repeat. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake 350 degrees for 55 minutes. Cool 5 minutes and then turn out onto pan. Drizzle with glaze when well cooled.

  39. Nancy Avatar

    I do a finger food buffet for Christmas Day. It is the tradition that was started a few years ago when my parents stopped having it at their home. My sons and families, both sets of parents, and other friends and family are welcome to stop by whenever they wish during the day and food is always available for them. Do a couple of hot dishes…the grape jelly and chili sauce meatballs, and my kielbasa recipe which is as follows…..
    1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp. mustard, 2 tbsp. cornstarch, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 white karo syrup, 8 oz. cranberry sauce. Heat and stir til well blended and simmer for an hr; then add 2lbs. of slice kielbasa and place in a crockpot or slow cooker for a couple hrs.
    Thank you for this lovely giveaway…I will take any of them!!
    Merry Christmas

  40. Sandy Kipphut Avatar
    Sandy Kipphut

    I love your website and blog. Will miss not seeing you at the Chicago quilt show.
    My Christmas dinner will be spiral ham, cheesy potatoes, ribbon jello and whatever else I can think of.

  41. Vicki Avatar

    I love the basic…toll house and chocolate krinkle cookies. But I look forward to trying some new recipes from the Home for the Holidays Blog Hop! Wish I was closer to visit your store (Chesapeake,VA), but for now will continue to enjoy you blog and shop on line. Merry Christmas!

  42. Carolyn Avatar

    Like others I have to visit your blog and see you at quilt shows since I live far away. But getting to your shop and to the Retreat is on the top of my “to-do” list. Favorite cookie is the pecan tassies.

  43. Kathy Avatar

    Here is my recipe for an easy Cranberry side dish:

    2 Cans whole cranberry cranberry sauce
    1 can crushed pineapple
    1 package frozen strawberries Frozen in juice
    1 package fozen raspberries Frozen in juice

    Drain the pineapple and mix all the fruits together. You can add chopped walnuts if you like.

    My husband and kids eat this as a topping for ice cream, too.

    Thanks for the gifts. Even if I don’t win, it’s gracious of you to have the draw!

  44. Cindy Avatar

    Happy Holidays. Two great salad favorites to share with others. One is from a long time ago and still a family favorite and the other one somewhat new but still yummy!

    Old Family Favorite:
    Strawberry Pretzel Salad

    2 1/2 cups crushed stick pretzels
    3/4 cup melted butter
    3 Tbsp sugar

    Mix and pat into 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 325 for 10 minutes and cool.

    Mix together:
    8 oz cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Add 1 cup cool whip and spread over cooled crust.

    Last layer:
    2- 3 oz pkg strawberry jello
    2 1/4 cups boiling water
    2- 10 oz pkg frozen strawberries.

    Mix all together and allow to cool and thicken slightly. Pour over other 2 layers and refrigerate. Enjoy!

    New recipe and just as yummy!

    Champagne Salad:

    blend together 6 oz of cream chees and 3/4 cup sugar.

    10 oz frozen strawberries and juice (or raspberries)
    2 sliced bananas
    1 large can pineapple (crushed) drained
    1/2 cup chopped nuts
    12 oz whipped topping

    freeze in 9 x 13 pan. Take out of freezer 1/2 hour before serving!

  45. Rita Avatar

    My favorite Christmas cookie are Spritzs. Simple and always a hit. Merry Christmas!

  46. Debbie Avatar


    My favorite cookie recipe may sound a little odd but, is really yummy…

    makes 48 cookies

    2/3 cup superfine sugar
    2 ½ sticks unsalted butter
    2 ½ cups flour
    2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely minced
    2 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar, for sprinkling

    1.Preheat oven to 3000
    2.In a food processor with the metal blade: put in the sugar and add the butter in small pieces and process until smooth and creamy. Scrape down sides of bowl; add rosemary four and process just until mixture turns to crumbly bits.
    3.Scrape out of food processor bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Mash together into a ball. Knead until mixture holds together.
    4.Divide dough into two equal parts. Pat each piece of dough into a flat disk; wrap it in plastic wrap tightly and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
    5.Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out the cookies using plain round or fluted 2” cookie cutter and place on cookie sheets. Sprinkle tops of the cookies with granulated sugar.
    6.Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cookies are pale gold in color. They should not burn –Remove from oven and transfer to wire racks to cool. Store completely cooled cookies in an airtight container.

  47. Juliann Avatar

    Christmas morning egg dishes are the recipes that I have been collecting for a few years. I love this one because you prep it the day before and then stick it in the oven while opening gifts!
    Salmon Goat cheese Frittata (adapted from a recipe found on

    Extra virgin olive oil
    8 gluten-free waffles, lightly toasted, but still soft and tearable
    3 cups hand torn pieces of smoked salmon (lox would also work)
    1 large bag chopped frozen spinach, thawed, drained (or two 10-oz boxes)
    6 cloves of garlic, chopped
    Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
    A pinch of nutmeg, to taste
    1 15-oz jar organic red and yellow roasted peppers, drained, seeded, cut into strips
    12 medium to large organic free-range eggs
    1 cup Half and Half or light cream
    Nutmeg or Old Bay Seasoning, to taste
    8 oz. fresh goat cheese
    2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan

    Prepare a large lasagna-style baking pan- say, 12 x 15 inches- by schmearing it with extra virgin olive oil. Tear the cooled waffles into two or three pieces and line the bottom and sides of the oiled pan to make a crust.

    Dump the thawed spinach into a hot skillet, add the garlic, season with sea salt and pepper. Stir and cook it down over medium to low heat until all the liquid is reduced, about ten minutes. Press with paper towels, if needed, to remove all the moisture. Remove from heat and set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, beat the heck out of the dozen eggs and add the milk. Add a dash of nutmeg or Old Bay Seasoning, to taste.

    Assemble the strata:
    1. Scatter the smoked salmon all over the waffles.
    2. Cut and layer the goat cheese evenly over the salmon.
    3. Spread the garlicky spinach evenly over the goat cheese.
    4. Press the spinach with a flat spatula [if there is any remaining liquid, blot it up with a clean paper towel].
    5. Add a layer of red and yellow pepper strips. Pat gently with the spatula to flatten.
    6. Slowly pour the egg custard all over the layers, and allow the mixture to seep in and around all the nooks and crannies, without disturbing the layers. You want the egg custard to reach the bottom crust and soak in.
    7. Sprinkle some shredded Parmesan all over the top- but not too much- let the beautiful red and green colors of the spinach and peppers show through.
    8. Cover the strata with plastic wrap and chill overnight (or at least eight hours).

    Next Day:
    Remove the strata from the fridge thirty minutes before baking. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Take off the plastic wrap and bake the strata in the center of the oven till set and slightly golden. For me, that was about 45 to 50 minutes. Just keep an eye on it. Test the center with a wooden pick to make sure it is cooked all the way through. Set the strata on a wire rack for ten minutes before slicing and serving.

    Serves 6 hearty appetites or 8 as a light meal or side dish.

  48. Jeanette Avatar

    My favorite holiday recipe is for sugar cookies with frosting. I remember getting sugar cookies from a Sunday School teacher when I was really little and I asked her for the recipe and have used that one ever since. I think her name was Sis. Harris. 🙂 I wish I could tell her that I really did love the cookies that much! Merry Christmas!!

  49. Jan Avatar

    I received this link to a website for a recipe I would like to make and thought you might like to try it too: Looks yummy and easy and would make a great gift.

  50. Kathy Avatar

    Thanks for the giveaway chance! Here is my family’s favorite holiday recipe.

    Apricot Bread Recipe

    2 cups dried apricots, diced
    Warm water to cover apricots

    2 cups sugar
    2 eggs
    4 Tbsp. butter or margarine
    ½ tsp. baking soda
    ½ cup water – from apricots
    1 cup orange juice
    4 cups flour
    4 tsp. baking powder
    ½ tsp. salt
    1 cup nuts, chopped

    Cover apricots with warm water and let set 30 minutes. Don’t skip this step or the bread will be really dry.

    Drain apricots, reserving water. Mix sugar, eggs, and butter. Stir in ½ cup of apricot water and orange juice. Stir flour, baking powder, soda and salt together and add to creamed mix. Add apricots and nuts and mix. (I don’t know how long to mix – I just hand mix until everything is mixed together- won’t take long.)

    Grease and flour pans. Pour into pans. Let stand 20 minutes. Bake 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

    This makes seven little loaf pans, or you can make larger loaves if you want. Start checking after about 40 minutes – the little pans cook faster. I use a toothpick test to check for doneness. They will crack across the top when done.

    These freeze well if you wrap them in foil. Enjoy!

  51. Kay Avatar

    I have made Night Before Christmas Clam Bisque for many years, my family looks forward to it every year. I would love to share the recipe with you:
    1-10 3/4 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
    1-10 3/4 oz can condensed cream of celery soup
    1 1/3 c. half and half or light cream
    2-6 1/2 oz cans minced clams
    1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
    1/4 c. dry vermouth or chicken broth
    Green onion tops or chives
    In large saucepan, stir together soups and half and half. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, till the mixture simmers. Add clams with liquid and red pepper. Heat through, but don’t boil. Stir in vermouth, heat through. Ladle into mugs. Garnish with a pat of butter, a dash of paprika and snipped onions tops, if you like. Enjoy! Merry Christmas

  52. Nancy Yeomans Avatar
    Nancy Yeomans

    I have cut back dramatically on my holiday cooking and baking but I still make my favorite –

    Peanut Butter Cup Fudge
    2 sticks butter
    Heaping 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
    1 lb.powdered sugar
    14 oz chocolate (I use a blend of milk and dark)

    Melt butter and pb in microwave. Add sugar. Spread in lined 9×13 pan. Melt chocolate and spread on top. Refrigerate. Return to room temp to cut. Store covered.


  53. Linda Zeider Avatar
    Linda Zeider

    Sugar Cookies are a favorite of mine, but my family love my Fresh Coconut Cake and I can’t have Xmas without it. This year they are also asking for my Standing Rib Roast.

    Lisa I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas. I love your blog and sure hope 2011 brings me to your shop.


  54. Gayle Avatar

    My favorite recipe is from an old family cook book for Date Nut Bread – it just wouldn’t be Christmas without it at my house! Mmmm……

  55. Diane Smith Avatar
    Diane Smith


    New sugar cookie recipe I just received just last night and they are easy and good. Took them to work at the Post Office and everyone enjoyed them.

    Sugar Cookies: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup butter, 1 cup oil, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp. almond extract, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. soda, 1 tsp. cream of tartar, 4 3/4 cups of flour. Cream together sugars, butter, oil and eggs. Mix together dry ingrediants and mix all together and then add flavorings. Roll into ball and flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 375 for 9-10 min. It makes a big batch.

    Frosting: 1- 2 lb. bag powdered sugar, 1 cup buttered flavored crisco, 3/4 cup of water
    1 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. almond extract.

    Diane Smith- Ames, Ia 50014

  56. Kathy Elvin Avatar
    Kathy Elvin

    Your blog is the only one I have on automatic notice when you write, so I can read it right away. I love all of your energy and many creative ideas. Just putting the last border on my BOM Hop To It. It has turned out great! Thanks for the inspirations! Kathy E

  57. Mary Harwood Avatar
    Mary Harwood

    My favorite Christmas cookie are gingerbread men. We have a tradition in our family that started in 1988 when my oldest son was 2 years old. We take an afternoon and make, decorate and bake them. In fact my two sons,daughter-in-law, and I did this yesterday afternoon! (Of course you can imagine during the teenage years we had some kind of “obscene” decorating going on!) Anyway, love your website and thanks for all your inspiration. Wish I didn’t live so far!

  58. Kathleen Shortell Avatar
    Kathleen Shortell

    Merry Christmas. I thought I did this once, but here goes again. My day starts by looking at your blog. I so enjoy the pictures and projects. Thanks for the chance to win a prize, and for keeping me inspired.

    Peanut Brittle

    1c sugar
    1/2c light corn syrup
    1 TB butter
    2c peanuts
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp vanilla

    – spray baking sheet with cooking spray or grease it….set aside
    -mix sugar and corn syrup in large microwaveable bown until moistened. microwave for 5min…..(owl will be hot…use pot holders).
    -stir in butter and peanuts, microwave 4min until golden brown.
    -add bakind soda and vanilla ( mix may foam) stir up and immediatly spread mix as thin as possible onto the baking sheet….pop in freezer to cool….break into pieces!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. Rita Frantz Avatar
    Rita Frantz

    My family’s favorite cookie is a carmel ice box cookie that was a recipe from my Grandmother. It is a crisp cookie that has pecans. I would love to be able to visit your shop.

    Carmel Ice Box Cookies
    2 cups brown sugar
    1 cup shortening
    2 eggs
    3 cups flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon soda
    1 Tablespoon hot water
    1 teaspoon cream of tarter
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup chopped pecans

    Cream brown sugar and shortening well, add eggs one at a time. Sift flour, cream of tarter, salt and soda together and add to the shortening mixture. Add nuts, water and vanilla, mix. Make into 3 rolls, wrap in wax paper and place in refrigerator until chilled, several hours or overnight. Slice and bake at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly browned.

  60. Ginny Worden Avatar
    Ginny Worden

    What a generous “Elf”. Merry Christmas.

  61. Charlotte S Avatar
    Charlotte S

    Hi Lisa,

    This should be fun. The treasures look wonderful.

    My husband does not like bread stuffing so I make a wild rice dressing that can be put in the turkey or in a casserole dish. Can be served with other dishes than turkey also.

    Wild Rice Dressing

    2 6oz. packages of Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice mix
    2 chicken bouillon cubes
    2 TB butter
    1 1/2 cups diced celery
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    8 oz. package of fresh mushrooms – sliced

    Prepare rice according to package directions – adding 2 bouillon cubes to the cooking water. Meanwhile,saute celery and onion in butter and then add mushrooms. Add to cooked rice mixture. If cooking in casserole, place in preheated oven of 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.

    Good warmed up or put in turkey soup.

    Christmas blessings to you and your family.

    Charlotte S.

  62. Tina Gordon Avatar

    My favorite Christmas recipes are for cookies. I cannot live without my Christmas cookies. I like Russian Tea cakes, sour cream sugar cookies with frosting, spritz, peanut blossoms, fudge, caramel corn. Some of those were not cookies were they!

  63. Ann Avatar

    What beautiful presents you are giving away. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I try to make all of my kids favorite recipes. It is so much fun. One dessert that we love is called Moon Cake so I’ll give you that one. I hope your family enjoys it.

    1 cup water and 1/2 cup butter – bring to a boil and make sure butter melts

    Add 1 cup flour, then boil rapdily until mixture forms a ball (stirring constantly). Remove from heat and cool awhile. Beat in 4 eggs, 1 at a time; beating well.
    Spread on ungreated cookie sheet, 11×15.
    Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. It will rise and look like moon surface. Let cool.

    Mix 2 small boxes of vanilla instant pudding according to directions, beat in 8 oz cream cheese and then spread on crust.
    Refrigerate for 20 minutes or longer.
    Top with cool whip and drizzle with chocolate sauce and chopped nuts.

  64. Joyce Avatar

    Here’s my all time favorite sugar cookie recipe..
    Works great with cookie cutters – will hold it’s shape and very little spread. (I wish I could say that about me!) It also freezes well!

    6 cups flour
    3 tsp. baking powder
    2 cups butter
    2 cups sugar
    2 eggs
    2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring (I like almond myself)
    1 tsp. salt

    Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.

    Chill for 1 to 2 hours

    Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350
    degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges.

    This recipe can make up to 5-dozen 3” cookies.


  65. Leslie B. Avatar
    Leslie B.

    Great site and online store! I am looking forward to details of the Sweet sixteen BOM coming later in December. A gift would be great too!

    My easy-peasy recipe:

    2 c. choc chips, 2 c. butterscotch chips. Melt together and add 2 c. peanuts, 2 cups chow mein noodles.

    Mix until peanuts and noodles are coated. Drop onto wax paper (using 2 forks work well). Chill until firm. Enjoy …. if you are like me, they are hard to resist!!!

  66. Laurie in Iowa Avatar
    Laurie in Iowa

    What a fun giveaway. My favorite Christmas dish is a cranberry/apple salad.

  67. Annemarie Avatar

    What a wonderful and Jolly idea. I LOVE a good recipe. Here is the one my son and I made today. Only 4 ingredients. EVERYONE loves them and it is so easy and no oven is necessary!

    Seasoned Pretzels
    12 oz. Orville Redenbacker Popping Oil
    1 envelope Hidden Vally Ranch dressing
    1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    2 – 15 oz. bags of Pretzels (I use Old Dutch sticks and knots or mini pretzels)

    Mix the oil, Hidden Valley Ranch dressing & garlic powder together in a large bowl. Pour in all pretzels. Stir every 15 minutes until the oil is absorbed. About 1 hour. Spread on a paper towel for about 30 mins. Store in an air tight container. Pretzels will NOT get soggy – promise! No cooking necessary. Make 2-3 days before you want to serve them as they taste better. ENJOY…Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  68. Marian Nickerson Avatar
    Marian Nickerson


    I met you at Houston Quilt Festival. What a crowd your booth had! I am now hooked on Mini’s and loving it.

    Coconut Cranberry Bars

    1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
    1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted
    1 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
    1 1/2 c. dried cranberries
    1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
    1 c. flaked coconut
    1 c. chopped pecans

    Combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press into a 13×9 inch baking dish. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spread over the crust. Bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool and cut into bars. Makes about 3 dozen

    Wishing you the merriest!

    Houston TX

  69. LoriD Avatar

    After losing quite a bit of weight I really do not make a lot of recipes, but one of my favorites around the holidays is smoked turkey with mustard sauce!!
    What a gorgeous array of gifts! That little doll is so adorable!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  70. Cindy Avatar

    I visit your blog and website daily. It’s Christmas all year! I truly love the baby doll in the photo – she will steal your heart. I don’t really cook anything special, but I sure do love to eat. Thank you for being so kind and generous all year.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  71. Nancy Greenfield Avatar
    Nancy Greenfield

    I visited your shop & warehouse sale last summer–90 degrees & humid; I had a GREAT time and went home with lots of goodies. You will love these bars; they are nice on a Christmas cookie tray, or could be used for Valentine’s day; Geo. Washington’s B’day, and/or tasty dessert at the Gathering.
    Cherry Coconut Bars
    2 c. sifted flour
    1 c. unsalted butter
    6 Tab. conf. sugar
    Mix together and spread in an ungreased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees until just faintly brown.
    4 eggs, slightly beaten
    2 c. cugar
    1/2 c. flour
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. vanilla
    1 1/2 c. chopped nuts
    1 c. coconut
    1 c. quartered marchino cherries, well drained.
    Stir the rest of the ingredients into the eggs. Spread filling on baked pastry. No need to cool pastry first. Bake about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool, cut into bars and enjoy!

  72. Suzanne Morgan Avatar
    Suzanne Morgan

    Dear Lisa,

    Here are a few recipes you might enjoy!

    Forgotten Cookies
    2 egg whites 3/4 c. sugar 1/4 t. cream of tartar 1/2 t. vanilla 1 bag chocolate chips
    Beat egg whites until foamy with cream of tartar. Gradually add sugar. Beat until stiff. Add chips and vanilla and drop by teaspoons on foil. Place cookies in 350 degree oven and turn oven off heat. Leave in overnight.

    Bacon Chestnuts
    2 – 7 oz. can whole chestnuts 10 strips bacon 1/4 c. brown sugar 2 T. soy sauce
    Drain chestnuts and toss with brown sugar and soy sauce. Marinate 1-2 hours to overnight. Wrap each chestnut with a piece of bacon, secure with a toothpick. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees, or until bacon is crisp. Serve hot. Good with sour cream and horseradish dip.

    Thank you for a wonderful year of beautiful projects.

  73. Brenda Y Avatar
    Brenda Y

    I love your shop & website, I don’t live close (Chippewa Falls) but have been to the shop a couple of times and I always tell my friends and family about it. I’m very happy that I can order on-line and look forward to using the coupon book on-line for 2011. Currently working on the wool purse from a kit I ordered from you. Keep up the awesome work, looking forward to reading the newsletters. I don’t bake a whole lot for the holidays but I do enjoy making Cut out Sugar Cookies. I wish you,your staff, and your family a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2011.

  74. Nancy Avatar

    Hi Lisa… Just finished reading your newsletter too. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. I have quite a collection of your patterns. Here is one of my favorite holiday recipes to make and give away:

    Saltine Cracker Toffee

    Preheat oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with foil (a bit extra foil so you can use it to lift from the pan.) Butter or spray the foil with Pam. Fill the cookie sheet with saltine crackers in single layer. In saucepan, combine 1 cup butter and 1 cup dk brown sugar (or light brown as you wish). Bring to a boil and boil for a full three minutes. You can stir in a teaspoon of vanilla at this point. Immediately pour over the crackers and spread to cover crackers completely. Bake for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle either 2 cups of semisweet choc chips or a large Hershey’s Symphony Bar that has been chopped into small chip sized pieces. Add chopped almonds or pecans if desired. You can also use graham crackers on the bottom but I like saltines better. When it has completely cooled, peel the candy off the foil and break into pieces.

  75. Debbie Diedrich Avatar
    Debbie Diedrich

    Hey Lisa, Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!We have Christmas Eve at our house every year and this is a must. I actually wasn’t going to make them this year, but one of the boys asked if I was making them, so you know how that goes. Anything to please the boys.

    Appetizer Mushrooms
    4- 12oz.cantainers mushrooms
    1 cup butter
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    2 tablespoons of minced onions or chives
    2 tablespoons marjoram (spice)
    1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    3/4 cup oil
    Wash mushrooms and place on 2 cookie sheets. Place the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour evenly over the mushrooms and place in oven at 300 degrees for 1 hour. I then put them in a slow cooker to keep warm. I usually serve with our main meal. Enjoy!!!

  76. Jean Elliott Avatar
    Jean Elliott

    Please enter my name in the drawings for the gifts! Thank you.

  77. Amy Avatar

    What generous gifts you are giving away. My favorite christmas cookies are sugar cookies and peanut butter blossoms (the ones with the hershey kisses in the middle). I think it’s because I only make these two cookies at this time of year that they just scream Christmas to me. Another favorite is caramel corn. Instead of using real popcorn, buy the Old Dutch Puffcorn. On the back is the recipe for caramel corn using the Puffcorn. I don’t have a bag right now or I would copy the recipe here, but it’s always on the back of the bag. It’s super rich and buttery and you don’t get any hulls or old maids. Yummy!

  78. Kathy Brown Avatar

    South Louisiana Lagnippe Potatoes

    5 lb bag russet potatoes
    8 oz fresh muishrooms, chopped
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 1/2 sticks butter (not margarine)
    16 oz container sour cream
    Minced garlic

    Peel and boil the potatoes. In a seperate pot cook the onions and mushrooms in the butter and garlic (we use a heaping tablespoon – we like garlic!) and salt and pepper.

    Mash the potatoes with sour cream and a little milk – you want the potatoes to be stiff. Fold in the butter/onion/mushroom mix. Add a little milk if needed for consistency along with extra salt and pepper if needed. Place in a LARGE casserole dish, sprinkle with paprika and bake covered for an hour at 350 degrees.

    Makes you wanna slap ya mama, sha!

  79. Mary Beth Paulson Avatar

    Lisa love your patterns and blog…I love making and eating frosted sugar cookies.. the recipes you are getting!!YUM Have a Happy Holiday..great giveaways ..would love to receive one..Beth

  80. Liza Schultz Avatar
    Liza Schultz

    Lisa Merry Christmas to you and your family. I have enjoyed your website and all that you do. I just found a coarse breadcrumb mix by Progresso. Panko comes in lemon pepper, plain and italian style. I dipped boneless chicken breasts in egg/ milk and then dredged thru panko. I baked in the oven for an hr or a bit more along with sweet potatoes. so easy and delicious.

  81. Gretchen Avatar

    Thanks for the chance at a wonderful giveaway! During the holidays, I always make special cookie recipes that I don’t make the rest of the year. These cookies are usually richer or more time consuming to make or just have that “tastes better at Christmastime” quality. Two of my favorites are Russian Tea Cakes (also called Mexican Wedding Cookies) and Buckeyes.

  82. Marie Beers Avatar
    Marie Beers

    Merry Christmas to your and your family. Since we moved to the NW from Florida and family doesn’t get to visit often we keep things simple. Dinner is prime rib with mashed potatoes and southern green beans with Black Bottom Pie for desert. If I make a snack it’s usually spinach, feta cheese stuffed mushrooms, a Paula Deen recipe. The gifts you are giving our wonderful and would be happy to win any one of them. I love your blog and website and hoping one day I’ll get to visit your shop—-sure you don’t want to open an annex in Oregon.

  83. Linda Bakken Avatar
    Linda Bakken

    Hello Lisa! I read your blog all the time and just wanted to let you know I’m working on a Christmas project for me now! I’m almost done with the six wool mitten ornies; too cute!

  84. Dia Avatar

    Lisa, I only wish I could actually visit you- I follow you on line and read your blog faithfully. Please consider coming to The Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in Feb- you are so creative and you inspire me to finish my UFO’s to start even more. Thanks, Lisa… I know it takes a lot of work and sacrifice on your part, not to mention the time it takes away from Nick and the boys- thanks for all you do to inspire us. You are a blessing. I’ll send a recipe soon- just wanted to drop you a line.
    Merry Christmas and all of the very best for 2011!!! Blessings always!

  85. Sally Lansing Avatar
    Sally Lansing

    First of all let me tell you thank you for sharing and showing on your web site and your blog. I look forward to receiving your updates every time they come to my email.

    Here’s a quick recipe that I used for several holiday parties and it even looks like the holidays.

  86. Sally Lansing Avatar
    Sally Lansing

    First of all let me tell you thank you for sharing and showing on your web site and your blog. I look forward to receiving your updates every time they come to my email.

    Here’s a quick recipe that I used for several holiday parties and it even looks like the holidays.S

    Green Beans Stir Fry with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes

    Clean and cut diagonally fresh green beans into serving size pieces
    In tupperware container add 1 Tablespoon of Spiced Japanese Vinegar
    Marinate in vinegar for several minutes
    Precook in microwave oven on high for 5-6 minutes….do not add water …..this will steam the par cook the beans
    In same container as beans add mushrooms and let set for at least 30 minutes
    In Wok or large fry pan– spray olive oil cooking spray to coat lightly
    Add green bean and mushroom mixture. Stir fry and cook until beans are tender. Add cherry tomatoes at last minute.

    Serve on flat platter so the guests can see the combination of colors and textures.


    Sally Lansing

  87. Nancy Knight Avatar
    Nancy Knight

    You shared a great green bean recipe awhile back – here’s mine for Sesame Green Beans. They are great hot or cold!
    1 lb Fresh Green beans when in season or a bag of Frozen, cooked. I like to steam.
    Combine 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil, 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce,1 Tbsp Brown Sugar, 1 tsp white wine vinegar, 1 tsp ginger powder 2 Tablespoons toasted Sesame Seeds in a bowl. Pour over beans and stir well.
    Merry Christmas!

  88. Cindi P. Avatar
    Cindi P.

    One of our favorites is cookie salad…
    1 pt buttermilk
    1 can crushed pineapple
    1 pkg. vanilla pudding
    16 oz of whipped topping.
    Mix together.
    1 pkg. fudge stripe cookies – save 4 or 5 for the top and crush the rest.
    Just before serving stir in the crushed cookies and put the whole ones on top.
    Thanks for all your ideas!!!

  89. Tammy Avatar

    Merry Christmas to you & yours! I can hardly believe Christmas is less than a couple days, but in all honesty, I cannot wait for the holidays to be behind me, to pack it all away & lock myself into my sewing room for the winter months sewing!! Can’t wait to get out to your shop in search of that perfect quilt pattern & fabric!!
    One of my families favorite Christmas eve snacks is:
    Nippy Franks
    1/2 c catsup, 1/2 c packed brown sugar, 1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce, 1/2 c barbeque sauce, 1 1b cocktail weiners or little smokies. Mix together catsup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce & barbeque sauce together in slow cooker. Add smokies.

    Hope to see you soon!

  90. Lynn Avatar

    Hi Lisa! I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you are up to. You are an inspiration! I especially enjoy your pictures.

    A favorite Christmas tradition for our family is homemade carmels, so here is the recipe:

    2 cans Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
    2 cups sugar
    2 cups real butter (must use butter)
    1 large bottle Karo syrup

    Slow boil sweetened condensed milk in the can for 2 hours the night before you make the carmels. The next day combine all ingredients, bring to a boil, stirring constantly. This mixture should be cooked until it reaches 240 degrees with a candy thermometer (or soft ball stage). Pour into buttered cookie sheet. Let cool, cut into squares and wrap in waxed paper.

    If this is cooked too long, you will have slo poke carmels. It is always a challenge every year to see if we can get “the perfect carmel.” We sometimes put walnuts, peacans or almonds on the cookie sheet before pouring the hot carmel mixture out of the pan.

    I hope you have a great holiday season and hope your try our recipe.


  91. Jane Winton Avatar
    Jane Winton

    Green bean bundles are my new favorite recpe for any/no occasion. 🙂

  92. Laura Swensen Avatar
    Laura Swensen

    Mine is Turkey with my dressing made with raisins and white wine.

  93. Vanya Avatar


    We met you at the Iowa Show last year. I can’t wait to shop again. Hope to see you soon. I did wool crazy thru the shop. Merry Christmas!

  94. DianeH Avatar

    Yum, you’ve been left some interesting recipes already – going to copy some of these down.
    Here’s one for an extremely easy to make melt in your mouth shortbread. Thank you, Lisa and a Blessed Holiday to you and yours.

    Prep. Time 15 min.
    Baking Time 13-15 min.

    2 cups butter(no substitutes)at room temperature
    1 cup sifted icing sugar
    1/2 cup cornstarch
    1 tsp vanilla
    3 cups all purpose flour

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream butter and icing sugar until very fluffy. Beat in cornstarch, vanilla and then flour. Beat until mixture is very light and fluffy. Drop by
    teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet. Bake until edges and bottoms are a light golden brown.
    Makes 60 cookies.

  95. Gail Avatar

    I enjoy your blog and have ordered numerous times from your website, hope to get alot of sewing done after the holidays. To visit your shop is on the to do list for this coming year! Thankyou for the generous give aways with an order on the day after Thanksgiving! Our family always has to have cheese ball for Christmas. 1 8 oz. cream cheese, 1 c. mild shredded cheddar cheese, one small onion, cut up, 1 tbsp. worchestershire sauce and 1/2 c. sliced stuffed olives. Mix all together. Shape into a ball and roll in 1 c. chopped nuts—we skip rolling it in the nuts. Refrigerate or freeze. I like the snowflakes falling on this page! Merry Christmas!

  96. Colleen Avatar

    Merry Christmas Lisa! My favoriate recipe is for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie dunked in a bit of chocolate once it has cooled….. they go fast! If you want the recipe… just e-mail me :o)

    Looking forward to shopping after Christmas. Hope to see you there!

  97. Lois Stewart Avatar
    Lois Stewart

    I am on month three of your Lisa’s Flower Garden BOM and am just loving it.
    We always have pancakes and hot sausage for Christmas eve meal after church. Started with my parents many years ago and it’s nice to keep traditions going.
    Merry Christmas from New York.

  98. Debby Avatar

    Love, love, love your website and your blog. New favorite cookies are Truffles made with oreos. 1 pkg chocolate oreo cookies, 1 -8 oz package cream cheese softened, semi sweet baking chocolate melted.

    Crush cookies in food processor add cream cheese, mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture in to about 40 balls. Dip balls in melted chocolate and place on wax paper. refrigerate until firm about 1 hour. I can tell you there will never be any leftovers, these cookies are just that good.
    Enjoy, Debby

  99. Marlene Avatar

    My son, who is 34 now and a big football coach guy, loves “Pink Salad.” He and all 6 year olds. 🙂 My mother first made this for him for Christmas when he was about that age – 1 large Cool Whip, 1 large cottage cheese, 1 large Cherry or Strawberry Jello mix, and 1 large can crushed pineapple (drained). Mix all together and children will lick the bowl! blessings, marlene

  100. cornbreadandbeansquilting Avatar

    I always bring a cheese ball to holiday gatherings. Super easy…just mix up a packet of Ranch dip mix with a package of Philly cream cheese, add some chopped green onions, fresh bacon bits, and shredded cheddar. Roll into a ball and roll in more shredded cheddar. Place on a festive Christmas plate with crackers and a Christmas cheese knife and you are good to go!
    Have a Merry Christmas!

  101. Peggy Avatar

    Merry Christmas and I hope you and your family have a great coming year. I love this recipe and use it all year with many different meats, poultry and fish.

    Cranberry Gelatine Mold

    1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries, I just put the whole bag of fresh berries in the freezer
    1 cup sugar
    1 small can crushed pineapple, drain juice into liquid measuring cup
    2 small packages raspberry gelatine
    Add enough water to the pineapple juice to equal 2 cups of liquid.

    Grind cranberries while still frozen or process a few seconds in a large processor. Add the sugar. Heat the liquid mixture until near boiling. Add gelatine stirring to disolve. Add pineapple and gelatine to the cranberry mixture. Stir well and put into abowl or mold. Chill until set.

    This can be made with sugar free or reduced products. Can be made several days ahead or the meal.

  102. Beth Fruit Avatar
    Beth Fruit

    I made over 20 different kinds of candy and cookies this year. I get lots of comments on my Snicker candy.

  103. Pat Duddleston Avatar
    Pat Duddleston

    Corn Casserole Brown 1 ch. onion in 1 stick of butter. Let cool some. Add 1 can creamed corn, 1 can whole kernal corn with liquid, 1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix, 3 beaten eggs, 1 cup sourcream & mix well. Pour in sprayed(Pam)covered casserole dish, bake @ 400 1 hour+ til center is set. Towards end of baking time top with shredded cheddar cheese. Yum

  104. Randy Avatar

    My favorite Candy

    Peanut Butter Roll

    1/2 c. Light syrup 2 eggs
    2 1/2 sugar 1 tsp. vanilla
    1/4 tsp. salt Peanut butter (I like Crunchy)
    1/2 c. water

    Combine the syrup, sugar, salt and water in saucepan. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. Cook without stirring to 248 degrees. Just before syrup reaches 248, beat egg white until stiff. Pour about half of the syrup into egg whites, beating constantly. Cook remainder of the syrup to 272. If using a hand held mixer set bowl on a damp towel so the bowl does not spin on you. Add syrup slowly to the first mixture, beating constantly until it begins to pull away from sides of bowl and holds it shape. Pout onto sprinkled board or counter top with confectioner sugar. Sugar your hands and rolling pin, roll into a rectangular shape about 1/4 inch thick and cover with a thin layer of peanut butter. Roll up like a jelly roll with seam side down cut into fourths wrap in press and seal or waxed paper( I like press and seal better it keeps it fresher). Refrigerate cut into 1/4 inch pieces about 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy

  105. Pat Avatar

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Our favorite recipe is microwave carmel corn
    3 qts. popped corn (use a large brown paper bag sprayed with pam or a large glass bowl
    1c brown sugar greased) I use the bag
    1/2c marg.
    1/4c corn syrup
    1/2t baking soda
    In a large bowl mix br. sugar, marg, and corn syrup. Put in microwave on high till it comes to a boil. boil for 2 min. add soda and stir till it foams up.
    Pour over popped corn (in bag or bowl) stir a little bit
    Microwave on high 1 1/2 min.
    Stir (shake the bag)
    Microwave on high 1 min.
    Microwave on high 1/2 min.
    Pour onto a cookie sheet to cool Enjoy!

  106. Lynn M Avatar
    Lynn M

    Happy Holidays, Lisa! What a generous giveaway!

    One of my favorite cookie recipes this time of year is Jan Hagel Cookies:

    1 C. Sugar ½ tsp. Cinnamon
    1 C. Butter, softened 1 T. Water, mix with egg white
    1 Egg, separated ½ tsp. Vanilla
    2 C. Flour ½ C. Walnuts, finely chopped

    Preheat oven to 350°. Mix sugar, butter, and egg yolk. Stir in flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. Press out on 1½” jelly roll pan that has been lightly greased. Spread out as thin as possible. (Use flour on hands if needed). Beat egg white and water until foamy. Brush over dough. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake until very light brown (approximately 20-25 minutes). Immediately cut into 3″ x 1″ bars or 2″ x 2″ squares. Cool. Store in an air tight container.

  107. Jodi Avatar

    Hi Lisa. We just made our 3rd batch of these, so this year these are our fave. Almond Bark Candies – 1 1/2 pounds almond bark, 2 c. mini marshmallows, 1 c. peanut butter, 2 c. rice krispies, 2 c. salted peanuts. Melt almond bark, stir in peanut butter, rice krispies and peanuts. Fold in marshmallows. Easy and yummy.
    Happy Holidays!

  108. Dianne Kellock Avatar

    I love your blog and I especially love working with wool. The thing I make the most is biscuits. I know biscuit. However: 2cups flour(sifted)…4tsps. Baking powder… 1/2 tsp. salt. Combine. Then add 1/3 cup of veggie oil & milk to make 1 full cup.Mix together & roll out to about i/2 inch thickCut out with your cutter&. Place on your baking sheet & let them rest for about 4mins. Bake 425 oven for 12 to 13 mins. I started using the oil when I went to a HEART smart classes to bake healthier I do hopr you like them. Dianne.

  109. Kristy Avatar

    I could really use those precuts….I have been in physical therapy for months as a result of a mishap by my doctor. Anyway my therapy allows me to sew but only do minimal cutting, so I have found precuts are in my future for a while. Your fabric giveaways are luscious.
    My whole family loves my Spiced Nuts
    1 egg white
    2 tsp water
    4 1/2 cups pecans (or any nuts)
    1 cup sugar
    1 T cinnamon
    3-4 shakes of ground ginger
    Beat the egg white and water until foamy not stiff.
    Pour nuts in this mix until they are all wet.
    Mix remaining ingreds and then toss in the wet pecans to coat
    butter a pan well and add sugared pecans (I try to make a flat layer of nuts)
    In 250 degree oven bake for 1/2 hour then turn and bake an additional 1/2 hour
    May be frozen, but who are we kidding they are usually eaten before you get the chance.

    Merry Christmas….I will be hoping to win this giveaway…but understand that we can’t all be winners! Krsity

  110. Julie Forslev Avatar
    Julie Forslev

    What a great giveaway! One of my favorite Christmas recipes is for Apricot Bars. These are DELICIOUS!!

    Apricot Bars

    1 stick of butter
    1 stick of margarine (do NOT use two sticks of butter–it doesn’t work!)
    2 cups flour
    1 cup sugar
    2 egg yolks
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 10-12oz. jar of apricot preserves

    Cream butter, margarine, and sugar well. Add egg yolks, flour, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Spread dough in 9×13 greased baking dish, but save enough to put over the preserves (about the size of an orange). Spread preserves over dough; then dot with remaining dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cut in squares when cool.

  111. Janell Avatar

    This summer I made your ‘Forest Floor’ pattern and loved it so much I made another and donated it for a charity auction to benefit a heart transplant recipient from our community. Even better yet, a quilter friend purchased the quilt so it is being loved & appreciated! My sister and I are passionate about your designs & seeing your booth @ the Madison show. One of these days, we’ll make it to Menasha. Two friends here in Iowa have already beat us to it after hearing us talk about your wool patterns.
    Recipes … being of Norwegian and German descent, lefse and the honey cookie recipe passed down from my Great Aunt, are “must dos.” I also love to make Christmas Tree Bread. You roll the dough into a rope and starting at the top, weave it back & forth in the shape of a Christmas tree. Add the trunk at the bottom and after its baked, frost and add red & green maraschino cherries and even sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. It’s gorgeous & everyone loves it!

  112. Linda Avatar

    How fun! What an amazing and generous giveaway!! One of my favorite and easy recipes is stuffed mushrooms.

    2 packages fresh clean mushroom tops
    1 package cream cheese softened.
    1 package Bob Evans Sage Sausage

    Preheat oven to 350. Fry sausage in pan. Drain grease. Mix in cream cheese. Stuff mushroom tops and place on a cookie sheet. Make sure to spray cookie sheet with Pam. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm out of oven.

    It’s a real crowd pleaser! The guys love them!


  113. Michele Klein Avatar
    Michele Klein

    Love your shop! It’s a must visit every time we are in the area and at any quilt show you are at! Simple candy for you….mini pretzels, Rolo candy and pecans. Place pretzels on a foil lined cookie sheet. Place an unwrapped Rolo candy on it. Put in 250 degree oven for about 4 minutes. Press a pecan on the top of the candy…it will smoosh down. Let cool. Quick and easy and yummy!

  114. Nancy Opsteen Avatar
    Nancy Opsteen

    Hi Lisa: Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and blessings for the New Year. Here is my favorite Christmas recipe. My family & Blockhead friends love it!

    Pepper Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
    1 well-trimmed whole beef tenderloin roast (4 to 5 pounds)
    2 Tbsp. Olive oil
    2 tsp. cracked mixed peppercorns
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tsp. dried basil leaves, crushed
    1 tsp. dried oregano leaves, crushed
    Optional: salt
    Mix in small bowl.

    Heat oven to 425 degrees.
    Place roast in shallow roasting pan lined with foil.
    Press seasoning evenly onto all surfaces of whole tenderloin.
    Do not add water or cover.
    Roast 50-60 min. for medium rare, 60-70 min. for medium doneness – but depends on how thick/fat your tenderloin is.
    When cooked to your likeness, let stand 15-20 minutes.
    Cut tenderloin into very thin slices and serve with small dinner rolls.
    Enjoy :o)

  115. Fran Bianchi Avatar
    Fran Bianchi


    What a nice idea, thank you for giving so much to your customers. I live in California, so I’m really too far away to ever get to your shop, but I always look forward to seeing you at Road to California and the Long Beach show in July. I wanted to tell you that my friendship circle decided this year to draw names and make wool projects. We all bought kits online from your website (some of us had kits we purchased from you at shows) and exchanged them on Saturday 12/18 at our holiday brunch. It was so much fun we decided to do it again in 2011.

    The pictures of The Gathering are great…maybe someday!

  116. Margaret Witt Avatar
    Margaret Witt

    Wow, so nice of you but then you ARE nice.. I love this special time of year and my favorite cookie is Russian Tea Cakes.. I have made them from my Betty Crocker Cookbook that I have had for 53 years.. They have lots of names,, wedding balls,snowballs and almond cresents,, I make mine into balls. They melt in your mouth..I make them small so you can just pop them in your mouth and let them dissolve.. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm
    Have a wonderful holiday
    Maggey & Jim

  117. Lynn Nowak Avatar
    Lynn Nowak

    Love all your goodies and surprises!!
    Here is a great Spread for crackers or fruit/vegtables
    It got rave reviews at my quilt Christmas Potluck
    Pineapple Cheese Spread

    2 8 oz cream cheese
    1 8oz crushed pineapple DO NOT DRAIN
    1 cup chopped pecans
    1/4 cup chopped green pepper
    2T chopped green onion
    2t season salt

    Mix together and Chill

  118. Mary Standaert Avatar
    Mary Standaert

    I work part time for a caterer and learned to make these, they use it as a garnish on steaks but my family likes it as a side dish on Christmas when I make a rib roast. I don’t like parsnips but love these. (Are they still healthy if they are fried?)
    Fried Parsnips
    Peel and discard outer layer of parsnips as they have a waxy coating.
    Peel the rest in long strips down to the core.
    Deep fry at 350 degrees a minute or two , until light brown. Drain on paper towel and salt.

    Can do it in a deep pan on the stove and check temp with a candy thermometer. Do these in small batches so the temp doesn’t drop too much. You can do these a head of time.

  119. Jan Mueller Avatar
    Jan Mueller

    My family loves when I serve appetizers on Christmas Eve. Nothing fancy at all…just simple things like bacon wrapped water chestnuts in BBQ sauce, cocktail weiners in BBQ sauce and pickles slathered in cream cheese, wrapped in Buddig Beef and sliced! Awesome! Aren’t the holidays all about the love of family AND food?

  120. Lois Avatar

    How fun Lisa! Thank you for your generosity! My favorite Christmas salad is the traditional Seven Layer Salad. Start out with a casserole type dish. The seven layers consist of lettuce, frozen peas that are thawed and drained, green peppers, onion. Take a cup of mayonaise, thin it with an equal amount of sugar and vinegar (1/8 cup each),and add black pepper: spread over the top of the salad, add a layer of shreaded mild cheddar cheese and bacon that has been cooked and crumbled. Refrigerate several hours before eating. Enjoy!
    Lois Wilhelm

  121. Kathy U Avatar
    Kathy U

    What a great idea and generous! The gifts look awesome! Holiday fudge is what I make many Christmas’s for a very special family member (my Mom in Law)…

    12 oz chocolate chips….or a handful more if you love chocolate!
    1 – 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk (you can use fat free and it tastes the same!)
    1- tsp vanilla
    1 – cup chopped walnuts optional
    Line a 9×5 loaf pan with wax paper.
    Melt chocolate slowly in a saucepan; remove from heat add condensed milk, vanilla and walnuts. Stir well. Pour into wax paper lined pan. Refrigerate several hours until firm. Turn out of pan and cut.
    Makes about 2 lbs.
    Have a Wonderful Holiday.
    Kathy U

  122. Patty Archuleta Avatar
    Patty Archuleta

    Just waiting for my local quilt shop to get in your primitive muslins. Here is a fast and easy
    candy recipe.

    Rolo Turtles

    Place 1 Rolo candy on a pretzel on wax paper. Place in a warm oven 175′-200′ until soft. 5 minutes or so.
    When rolo starts to soften remove from oven. Place a pecan half on top of Rolo and push down
    flattening the Rolo. Let cool. Enjoy!!!

  123. Char Dachelet Avatar
    Char Dachelet

    Hi Lisa,
    Merry Christmas to you and all the girls working in the shop. I’ll share this wonderful dip recipe.
    2 C Hellman’s Mayo
    1/2 C brown sugar
    1/4 C French’s yellow mustard
    1 Tbsp garlic powder
    1 heaping Tsp horseradish
    1/4 C World Harbor After Glow
    Buffalo Style Hot Wing Sauce (Can substitute Frank’s Hot Wing Sauce)
    Serve with pretzel’s or crackers, tastes great on a ham sandwich too.

  124. Jocelyn Avatar

    Wow how fun! One thing we do at Christmas is take a good chocolate chip cookie recipe, leave out the chocolate chips and replace them with M&M’s. It takes the cookies to the next level 🙂 Thanks for such a generous giveaway 🙂

  125. Karen M Avatar
    Karen M

    Hi Lisa, Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    Here’s an easy fudge recipe that is so good and pretty for giving,

    Peppermint Fudge

    1 12oz pkg(2c) vanilla milk chips
    1 can pillsbury vanilla creamy supreme frosting
    1/2 tsp peppermint extract
    4 drops red food coloring
    2 Tblsp peppermint candies crushed

    Line 8″ pan with foil, extending foil over edges, lightly butter foil. Melt chips in large saucepan over low heat, stirring till smooth. remove from heat, stir in frosting & peppermint extract. Spread in buttered lined pan. Drop food color over fudge and pull knife through mixture to marble. Sprinkle with crushed candy. Press lightly. Refrigerate until firm about 1 hour. Remove fudge from pan by lifting foil. Remove foil from fudge and cut into squares. Enjoy!

    Thanks, Karen M

  126. Sandra Hampton Avatar
    Sandra Hampton

    Lisa, you’re always so good to us. At Christmas I love cooking (and eating) almost as much as opening presents. One of my favorite recipes is a chili dip. I use my small crock pot to heat it and keep it hot.
    So easy and GOOD!

    Chili Dip

    1 can wolf brand chili, no beans
    16 oz. velvetta cheese (cut in cubes)
    1 bunch chopped green onions
    1 can of chopped green chiles
    1 can of rotel
    serve with fritos

    Combine all ingredients and heat in small crock pot.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  127. Mary Brown Avatar
    Mary Brown

    Merry Christmas, Everyone,
    I have this quick and pretty salad recipe that we have every holiday:
    8 oz. Cool Whip
    8 oz. cottage cheese
    Small can of crushed pineapple, well-drained
    small box of strawberry jello
    1 banana sliced
    Combine all ingredients in a medium serving bowl.
    It’s so pretty and even little ones will eat the cottage cheese when served this way.
    I love your shop and wish I could visit in person, Lisa.
    Happy New Year, Mary

  128. Rachel Childress Avatar
    Rachel Childress

    I live in Stuttgart, Germany, and I have been a faithful customer of your shop since I have lived overseas. We were in Seoul, Korea before this. My husband is an Army officer, and we have been stationed now overseas for almost SIX years! 🙂 Your shop has been so great to send me things I needed…lots of BOMs, fabric, etc! I am doing the A Christmas quilt and finishing up the Pocket of Posies quilt (finally). I can’t wait to one day meet you, and thank you personally for helping a military wife enjoy her quilting while overseas. We will be returning to the US this May. I do a fair amount of entertaining, and one of the favorite appetizers I serve around Christmas time is a favorite with the men. Very simple: bacon, parmesan cheese and club crackers.

    Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Take a club cracker, put a teaspoon of parmesan cheese on it, and wrap with a half slice of bacon. Place on a broiler pan. Do this for as many appetizers as you like. Bake for 2 hours. Let sit for an hour. In my German oven, this sometimes takes a little longer I found out. I had to up the degrees some! You can bake these ahead and freeze. Reheat until warm. Easy and good!

    I hope you have a wonderful, merry Christmas!

  129. Nancyb Avatar

    Hi Lisa ,

    Love your site. Have ordered many kits from your site. Love it when you are at qult shows I attend. You really need to make a trip to Minneapolis to see your good buddy Stacy. Teach a class. I could fill it with just my friends. Here is a favorite simple recipe.

    Banana Cake

    1 yellow cake Mix according to directions on the box. Add 2-3 very ripe bananas. Bake according to directions on box. Let cool


    1 small package instant vanilla pudding. Make as directed on box. I ususally use about 1/4 cup less milk. Fold the pudding into one container of cool whip. yummy

    Have a great Christmas!

  130. Leisa Wiggley Avatar
    Leisa Wiggley

    My favorite Christmas recipe

    Wild Rice and Cranberry Salad

    1 box Uncle Bens wild rice cooked and cold
    1 Cup Oceanspray dried cranberries
    3 Celery stalks chopped
    1 Cup broccoli chopped
    4 green onions chopped
    1 two ounce jar pimentoes
    1/2 Cup dry roasted peanut
    1/2 Cup to 1 cup Kraft Poppyseed dressing

    Mix all above ingredents with the cold rice to the desired wettness you like. Every time I make this it goes like wildfire and I always double this recipe, the cranberries and the broccoli make it look Christmasy.

    Hope you enjoy,

  131. Rhonda Avatar

    Wow what a generous gift you are giving. I would love to have all of that and head to my sewing room.
    I love to make carmel corn out of the Puff Corn and the recipe is on the bag. Also I sometimes like to melt White Almond bark and coat the puffs with that. Both are so good.

    Merry Christmas!
    Rhonda in ND where we had 11″ of snow today. 🙂

  132. Cindy Crowell Avatar

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for making the quilting world more exciting. I really like your designs and am so thankful for you bringing your patterns, kits, and talent to California. I am looking forward to seeing you at The Road To California. Snowball cookies are a tradition in our family.

  133. Jill Avatar

    What a generous giveaway! One of my family favorite recipes is simply called that weird green jello salad. Make one large box of green jello. Let it set up until it is soft set, then add one can crushed pineapple, drained. About 2 cups of cottage cheese and one cup grated cheddar chess. Let set up completely. It looks awful but tastes heavenly.

  134. Vicki Hargett Avatar
    Vicki Hargett

    This is my favorite recipe for a Christmas treat.

    Pecan Tarts

    3 oz. cream cheese
    1/2 cup butter
    1 cup flour

    Mix cream cheese and butter. Cream well.
    Add flour mix. Form into ball. Chill overnight.

    Divide dough to make 24 balls. Put one in a mini muffin tin. Press with thumb to bring crust up to the top of tin and over a little bit.

    1 egg
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1 TB melted butter
    1 tsp. vanilla
    dash salt
    2/3 cup broken pecans

    Slightly beat eggs, add other ingredients and mix well. Drop by spoon into crust.

    Bake 325 for 25 min.

    I doubled this recipe to make 48 tarts but needed to triple filling ingredients.

    Lisa…thank you for having such a wonderful web site…I look forward to each day to read your blog and all the new projects.

    Merry Christmas to all….
    Happy Quilting..
    Vicki from the Pacific Northwest

  135. Kathy Avatar

    I’m so glad that most of my shopping is done and now I can get on with the final things that need to be done. Namely cooking and cleaning. I truly hope you can enjoy your couple of days with your family. I use to be in retail and now how draining it can be. Thanks for the generous and wonderful giveaway. One my family’s favorite salad recipe is Pina Colada Salad

    1 C crushed pretzels
    1/3 C sugar
    1/2 C melted butter
    8 oz. cool whip
    8 oz. cream cheese
    1 Sm. can crushed pineapple
    1/2 C sugar
    Preheat oven to 400. Melt 1/2 c. butter add pretzels and 1/3 c. sugar. Bake 7′.Stir once

    Mix softened cream cheese and 1/2 c sugar. Stir in cool whip, add drained pineapple.Just before serving stir in the pretzel. Save some for the top. Enjoy.

    Thanks again, Lisa, merry merry to you and yours.

  136. Kathy B. Avatar
    Kathy B.

    Lisa, thanks again for yet another wonderful opportunity. Love reading your blog and shopping at your website!

    My favorite recipe for a holiday appetizer is stuffed mushroom caps, quite a different version from an earlier post by Linda, but equally yummy. I don’t have a “written” version, so here’s my best attempt at how I make them.

    one package of large button mushrooms (I buy the package that contains about 15 mushrooms)
    2 cups bread cubes (unseasoned)
    1 to 2 teaspoons dried marjoram (depends on taste preference)
    1/2 cup butter (divided)
    one half of a small sweet onion, chopped
    2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    2-3 slices of swiss cheese (chopped up or cut into squares the size of the mushroom caps)
    pepper to taste

    Wash and cut stems from mushrooms to leave just the cap. Hollow out some of the cap to allow room for the “stuffing.” Save the stems to add to the onions and celery. I usually dry my own bread cubes from Italian bread, but you can use unseasoned dried bread cubes (much like croutons.) Sprinkle dried marjoram over bread cubes placed in a small bowl. Set aside.

    Chop the mushroom stems and combine with the chopped onion and celery. Saute in a pan with one-fourth cup butter until onions are transparent. Add fresh ground pepper to your taste preference. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Pour this mixture over the bread cubes with marjoram; stir and allow time for liquid to absorb and soften the bread cubes, . (Add more broth if using packaged bread cubes. They tend to be quite dry.)

    Melt the remaining one fourth cup butter in the saute pan. Dip the mushroom caps in the melted butter and place in a 13″ X 9″ baking dish, cap side down. Spoon a mound of stuffing into each mushroom cap. Top with cheese (I prefer the milder taste of Alpine Lace swiss)

    Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

    Merry Christmas and best of health in the New Year!

  137. lisa Avatar

    Hi Lisa! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas Day! We are just wrapping up an early celebration with all 3 kids plus our little grandson here! Too fun! Something we had on hand is Butter Toffee- so, so yummy! The recipe I used this year is a new one from Pioneer Woman- enjoy!

  138. Sharon Ulrich Avatar

    Hi Lisa,
    Hope you’re feeling better. Here’s a favorite “make the night before” recipe for Christmas morning. We serve this at our quilting retreats here in So. CA. Hope I can be a retreat guest at “The Gathering” one day. Merry Christmas!

    Creme Brulee French Toast
    6-8 servings.

    1/2 cup unsalted butter
    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    1 tablespoons corn syrup
    6 (1 inch thick) sliced bread (brioche or challah work well
    5 eggs
    1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon brandy-based orange liqueur (Grand Marnier®)
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4-1/2 cup pecans (optional)
    1 Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix
    in brown sugar and corn syrup, stirring until sugar is
    dissolved. Pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle pecans in dish.
    2 Remove crusts from bread, and arrange in the baking
    dish in a single layer. In a small bowl, whisk together
    eggs, half and half, vanilla extract, orange brandy, and
    salt. Pour over the bread. Cover, and chill at least 8
    hours, or overnight.
    3 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove
    the dish from the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature.
    4 Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven,
    until puffed and lightly browned. Loosen the edges with a knife, place serving platter on top of dish and flip onto serving platter.

  139. Sue Stichbuy Avatar
    Sue Stichbuy

    Would love to visit your store, but can dream!!! Heres our family favourite recipe. Bear with me for English translations….you will get the drift!

    Grreat British Stuffing

    packet pork sausagemeat
    1 onion, finely chopped
    packet or two fresh cranberries
    standard can English Cider
    chopped mushrooms
    salt pepper.
    Sweat down the onions, in seperate pan cook the cranberries in the cider, until soft and mushy, mix with onions, mushrooms and sausagemeat….yes girls, with your fingers…season with salt and pepper. pack into a nice oven-to-table dish and cook in the oven with your turkey for an hour or so. yummy.

  140. Debby Verschoor Avatar

    Hi there,
    Ik like everything with choclate!! I am not a good cook but a simple chocolat cookie wil do.

    Greetings from Debby,
    the Netherlands

  141. Kate S Avatar
    Kate S

    Hi Lisa~

    Please come East for a class, show, etc! My favorite holiday cookie so far this holiday season has been the Fudgy Brownie Cookie recipe from To make it a little more festive for the holidays, you can add crushed candy canes. I brought these to our guild party and everyone thought they were awesome. Here is wishing you a happy holiday and a great New Year. I can’t wait to see what you “cook up” for us next year!

  142. patty Bairn Avatar
    patty Bairn

    I LOVE your blog and website. You are an inspiration.

  143. Luned Avatar

    What a gorgeous looking bundle!
    My favourite Christmas recipe is one my family call ‘alternatives’ as they were made as an alternative for those who don’t like mince pies. It’s basically a batter with a little sugar added, throw in any dried fruit and nuts you like, put them into individual muffin or fairy cake trays and bake in a medium oven for about 15-20 minutes depending on you oven until they turn light brown.

  144. Kelley Avatar

    What a wonderful giveaway ~

    We don’t make this often anymore because it’s too tempting…this is a recipe my Mom (87) learned from her Mom…worth the effort!

    Mrs. Banks’ Peanutbbutter Fudge

    In heavy saucepan, combine:

    3 cups sugar
    about ¾ cup Jif creamy peanut butter
    pinch salt
    1 ½ cups milk

    Stirring occasional at first, then constantly toward the end…
    Cook on low heat until boiling, next, cook on very low heat until soft ball (232*) is reached on candy thermometer

    Remove from stove and add:

    ¼ cup butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Beat with electric mixer until it looks hard enough to pour
    into buttered pan (8 x8 or 9x 9)

  145. Brenda Peplinskie Avatar
    Brenda Peplinskie

    Hi Lisa

    My sister, Debbie, and I are from Ontario, Canada, and have been very fortunate, and quite a bit poorer, after visiting your booths in Nashville, Houston and Chicago. You seem to always remember us, not too hard I guess, because we visit your booth several times each show. It’s always our favorite – hands down. I am currently involved in your Aunt Maggie’s BOM and am loving it – it’s brought me out of my comfort zone. I love the idea of coming for a retreat, and am going to try to convince my sister and the quilt group I started this fall in our small town (so far we’re 15 strong and having a great time) to consider it. My wish for you and yours is a peaceful, joyous Christmas and a New Year filled with health and happiness!

    Here’s my recipe for my favorite Christmas cookies – I’ve got somewhat of a reputation for my baking, and these always get raves!

    White Chocolate Candy Cane Drops

    8 oz white chocolate baking bars (I use white choc chips)
    1/2 cup butter softened
    1 cup sugar
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    2/3 cup crushed peppermint candy canes
    1 cup mini chocolate chips

    1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside Chop 4 oz of the white chocolate and set aside. Melt the remaining 4 oz. white chocolate (I use the microwave, on half power, for short periods of time).

    2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in melted white chocolate. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in the chopped white chocolate, crushed candy canes and mini chocolate chips.

    3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared oookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 8 – 10 minutes (9 minutes in my oven) until cookies are lightly browned around edges.

    They freeze wonderfully.

  146. Crystal Knight Avatar
    Crystal Knight

    My favorite dessert is The Ultimate Strawberry Shortcake. It is to die for. 20 minutes to prep. serves 12. 1 quart of strawberries. 1/2 cup sugar, 8 ounces cream cheese, softened, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 (8 0unce) container frozen whipped topping, 1 (14 ounce) angel food cake cubes. I buy the cake already made. Wash berries, cut in half, add sugar: toss to mix well. Chill, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar well. Fold in whipped topping and cake cubes. Spread cake into an ungreased 13 x 9 dish. Cover chill for at least 2 hours. Cut cake into squares; top with strawberries.
    Lisa I make this all the time. Seems I never have any left. In the winter I have to use frozen berries but it is still so good. Try it I am sure you will love it and your family will thank you for it! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  147. Betty Forester Avatar
    Betty Forester

    Hi Lisa, It was so nice to meet you this summer in Dulth, Ga. I have ordered from you for several years and felt like I knew you. Thanks for all that you do for your customers. I love it. My receipe is for a Cheese Ball. You will need 2 8-ounce pkgs. of cream cheese, 1 stick of butter, softened, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup of craisins(dried cranberries). Mix all in mixer and shape into a ball and roll in chopped pecans. Let set in refrigerater overnight. Delicious!!! I use wheat thin and club crackers with the cheese ball. Enjoy. Betty Forester Trenton, Ga.

  148. Roxanne Ferguson Avatar
    Roxanne Ferguson

    Thank you for your generosity now at Christmas time. My favorite recipe is Dreamscycle Fudge by Bonnie Hunter over at I have been busy cutting out all the flowers and leaves for the Lisa’s Flower Garden block of the week. It is my wintertime lapwork project for the cold days coming in January. Thank you for being an inspiration to so many of us.

  149. Lorrie McDonnell Avatar
    Lorrie McDonnell

    Grandma Siemon’s Gumdrop Cake
    1 lb. golden raisins
    1 lb. gumdrops – Defrost in microwave for 2 minutes and cut into small pieces with scissors. These are the big gumdrops, coated with sugar, not the tiny baking ones.
    Place in a bowl and stir together with 1 cup flour. Set aside.
    Cream together:
    1 cup white sugar
    1 cup butter
    2 eggs
    Add in 2 cups applesauce and stir.
    1 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. baking powder
    2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. flour
    Now add your gumdrop and raisin mixture.
    I have a set of 3 square pans, in graduated sizes, with removable bottoms. Choose either the large one, or the small and medium one. Line with a double layer of parchment paper. Spray the top layer with cooking spray. Add batter.
    Bake at 275F for 1 1/2 hours, until done. Allow 3 hours for baking as it is slow!

  150. Laura Korff Avatar
    Laura Korff

    Merry Christmas Lisa, here is my favorite recipe- orange creamsickle jello
    1 -3oz. tapioca pudding (not instant)
    1- 3oz. instant vanilla pudding
    1 3 oz. orange jello
    2 1/4 c. water
    2 10 oz.cans mandarine oranges
    1 8oz. cool whip

    mix jello & pudding in pan with water. cook until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. remove from heat cool to room temperature. Stir in oranges and cool whip. chill for at least 3 hours.(It is not a mistake, cook even if pudding is instant)

  151. Kathy from Green Bay Avatar
    Kathy from Green Bay

    Lisa; Your chewy gingerbread cookies have become one of our favorites. I can’t keep them in the house…as soon as I make a batch my husband starts munching on them daily until they are all gone!

  152. Patti O'Donnell Avatar
    Patti O’Donnell

    I love your blog as it inspires me daily as does your online shop. I wish I had a recipe to share but I am not a baker, DH is diabetic. But I can dream as I read all the recipes left.

  153. Kathy G Avatar

    HI Lisa…Hope your Christmas is Joyful! At least once during the season I have to make ‘Orange Date Bars’ This was a bar my mother-in-law made 40+ years ago and would have on her dessert bar for the holidays. Wouldn’t be Christmas without it!
    Orange Date Bars
    1 C brown sugar
    1 C butter, unsalted
    2 eggs
    2 TBS hot milk
    1 TBS + 1 tsp hot water
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 & 3/4 C flour
    Combine ingredients in usual manner and spread 1/2 on the bottom of a 9 x 13 greased cake pan. Spread filling over and top with the remaining 1/2 of the cake batter.
    Bake 30 to 35 min. in a 350 oven. Cool before slicing.
    Date Filling
    1 c chopped dates
    15-18 chopped orange candy slices
    1/4 C sugar
    1 TBS flour
    3/4 C water
    Cook over LOW heat until thick. Cool. Stir in 1C chopped nuts (I use either walnuts or pecans)
    After cutting the bars I dust them with powdered sugar on the serving tray.

    Thanks for a wonderful shop and the great girls you have working in it! They make shopping there a joy!
    Kathy G

  154. Dawn Avatar

    I wixh you and your family a Merry Christmas. My favorite Christmas recipe is Saltine Toffee. It’s the first cookie my son and I make every year. We always end up making another batch since it never makes it to Christmas.


  155. Sara Avatar

    Hi Lisa,

    I was introduced to quilting and your shop about a year ago by my friend Katie. I am really enjoying my new hobby. I hope you and your family and staff have a wonderful holiday season.


  156. sandy jones Avatar
    sandy jones

    You are so generous! Thank you for all the great things that you do all year long,
    A favorite holiday appetizer —- a loaf of Pepperidge Farm thin skiced bread. Romove crusts and roll each slice thin with rolling pin. The original recipe calls for a can of asparagus drained well but we love roasted asparagus so I do that and use it instead. Mix 8 oz. Cream cheese, 3 oz. Crumbled blue cheese, 1/2 tsp. Horseradish and 1 egg. Spread mix on bread slices, add a stalk of asparagus and roll up tightly. Refrigerate. Melt 1/4 lb butter. Dip each roll in butter, place in freezer bag or container and freeze. When ready to serve, slice each roll into pieces, place frozen on cookie tin and bake at400 for 15 min.
    These are great to have on hand in the freezer.
    Thanks again for all you do and wishing you and all your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Sandy Jones

  157. Caryl Brix Avatar
    Caryl Brix

    What a fabulous and festive idea! I have been enjoying your blog for quite awhile now. There is always something inspiring to look at. I especially loved all the quilts in ’25 years of quilting’ show. Love your shop and your books! They are the only books I have where I want to and have made many more than just one thing. I’m current;y working on the strawberry candle mat and the jar of daisies wool appliques!
    My recipe was originally an honorable mention in the Chicago Tribune cookie contest in 2001. I have been baking it every year ever since. I also found it in my mother’s recipe collection.

    Orange Pecan Ice Box Cookies
    1 cup butter
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 light brown sugar
    1 egg
    2 Tbsp orange juice
    1 Tbsp orange zest
    2 1/2 cups flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    Beat butter and granulated sugar in bowl until light, about 3 minutes. Beat in brown sugar, egg, orange juice, and zest on medium speed. Stir in flour and baking soda. Stir in nuts. Shape into two 9 X 2 1/2 inch bars and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 8 hours. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut bars into thin slices and place on lightly greased cookie sheets and bake until edges begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

    Thanks for all you do! Caryl

  158. Janet Avatar

    Hi Lisa, I visit your website and blog daily. It is such inspiration. Thank you for making the internet customers feel part of everything you do. Hope to get to your shop and The Gathering one day. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  159. DebrafromMD Avatar

    My favorite recipe is this Peanut Butter Mint cookie. I bake about four batches of these every Christmas because they are everyone else’s favorites too. They also look very impressive.

    Peanut Butter Mint Cookies

    1 ¾ cups flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    pinch of salt (optional)
    ½ cup butter
    ½ cup peanut butter
    ½ cup granulated sugar
    ½ cup brown sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    granulated sugar
    6 ounces Andes Crème de Menthe Wafers

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. Cream together butter, peanut butter and the sugars. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Using generous half-tablespoons* of dough, shape into logs about 2 inches long, roll in granulated sugar and place on greased baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until crackled and lightly brown. Cool five minutes, remove to cooling rack. Place Andes Crème de Menthe Wafers in small saucepan or top of double boiler, set over hot (not boiling) water, cover and allow to melt 10 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Dip one end of each cookie into melted Andes, tipping pan if necessary to cover about ½ of the cookie with the coating. Drain off excess and place in wax paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate 15 minutes or more. Remove to room temperature. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

  160. judy hubnik Avatar
    judy hubnik

    Lisa, my family always asks for this cheese ball. We eat on it for weeks!

    1 lb. grated cheddar cheese
    1 8 oz. package cream cheese
    2 sticks margarine
    1 grated onion
    1 small can chopped jalapeno peppers
    1 cup chopped pecans
    Garlic salt to taset
    2 tablespoons Worchestershire

    Soften the cheese & margarine to room temperature. Blend together and then add the remaining ingredients. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic & chill.

    Happy holidays!

  161. Mary Avatar

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without pizzeles. My husbands Aunt got us hooked on them. She is gone now but I think of her when I make these I play with the recipe sometimes but this is the original.

    6 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    3/4 cup vegetable oil
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1 tablespoons anise seeds
    You can add vanilla or lemon extract in place of the anise.

    Just mix it all up and bake in a pizzele maker.

    Love you blog. I order from you, would love to visit your store some day. I live in PA.

  162. Sharon Morton Avatar
    Sharon Morton

    Butter Cookies: 1cup softened butter, mix in 3/4 cup sugar, cream. Add 2 egg yolks and a dash of salt and i tsp vanilla. Mix in 2 cups of flour. Roll into balls, flatten slightly. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes

  163. Patti Avatar

    Hi Lisa, Merry Christmas to you and your family. I have a favorite sugar cookie recipe from my neighbor. It’s called Special Sugar Cookies and it needs to refrigerate(I didn’t know that the first time I made them). 1 teas. baking soda; 1 teas. salt; 1 teas baking powder; 1 cup sugar; 3 cups flour; sift together. 1/2 cup butter; 1/2 cup crisco. Cut into dry ingredients, til looks like corn meal. Add 2 eggs, beaten; 4 TBL milk; 2 teas. vanilla. Refrigerate overnight or for a few hours. Roll out 1/4 inch think and bake at 400 on a greased cookie sheet 3 to 5 minutes. Butter Frosting: 1 stick butter softened; 1 lb powdered sugar; 1 1/2 teas vanilla; add a little bit of milk or evaporated milk. The frosting recipe makes ALOT. I cut it in half for the cookie recipe and had plenty.

    1. Paula Avatar

      Hi Lisa,
      Happy Holidays to you and your family!
      Want your house smelling yummy on Christmas morning!
      These are so easy and they taste so yummy!!!
      Quick Caramel Rolls
      1 bag (36 count) dinner rolls
      1 C butter
      1 1/2 C brown sugar
      1/4 C cinnamon ( I always double or triple this)
      2- 3oz packages vanilla pudding ( NOT instant )
      1/4 C milk
      Spray 9 X 13 pan or jelly roll pan with PAM. Place frozen rolls in pan.

      Melt butter over low hear, add remaining ingredients and stir well. Pour over frozen rolls.

      Allow to rise overnight

      Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately flip rolls over onto large platter.

      This is a big hit and they think I was up all night baking…lol
      ~ enjoy!

  164. Laurie Avatar

    From one LB to another–Merry Christmas! Actually, it’s like Christmas every time I visit your web site. It’s such a treat to see all the yummy things you offer. Hopefully I’ll get to your shop one day and see it all in person, and of course I wouldn’t mind at all if you drew my name and sent me one of quilter santa’s goodies. Here’s my favorite recipe for the holidays. It’s not particularly Christmasy but it always gets rave reviews and it feeds a lot of people, so it’s perfect for when the entire family is over or for the quilt guild Christmas party. Enjoy!

    Kentucky Butter Cake

    3 c. all-purpose flour
    2 c. sugar
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1 c. buttermilk
    1 c. butter or margarine, softened
    2 tsp. vanilla or rum extract
    4 eggs

    Butter Sauce
    3/4 c. sugar
    1/3 c. butter or margarine
    3 tbsp. water
    1 to 2 tsp. vanilla or rum extract

    2 to 3 tsp. powdered sugar

    Heat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease and lightly flour 12-cup Bundt pan or 10-inch tube pan. In large bowl, combine cake ingredients; blend at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour batter into greased and floured pan. Bake for 55 to 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

    In small saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients; cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter melts. DO NOT BOIL. Using long-tined fork, pierce cake 10 to 12 times (I poke more holes to distribute the buttery goodness). Slowly pour hot sauce over warm cake. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes or until sauce is absorbed. Invert cake onto serving plate. Just before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

  165. Kathy Avatar

    Merry Christmas Lisa. Wishing you good health. My recipe is a tradition. It’s hearty and full of flavor. Our family loves it.
    Christmas Eve Beans
    1 pound ground beef
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 can (16 ounces) baked beans, undrained
    1 can (15 1/2 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
    1/2 cup ketchup
    1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
    1/4 teaspoon Worstershire sauce
    In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
    Transfer to a 5 qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until heated through.
    I serve this when everyone brings fingerfoods. I sometimes add other canned beans for variety.

  166. Susie B Avatar
    Susie B

    Hi Lisa! Love, love, love your website, store and blog (and Nick is awesome of course)! For Christmas we actually make homemade caramels. It takes almost an hour of constant stirring but the end product is well worth the effort. Everyone looks forward to them at Christmas. I have also started making chocolates and truffles. I do love the seasoned pretzels that was posted earlier. Merry Christmas and we’ll see you the week after Christmas for your sale.

  167. Karen Sikes Avatar
    Karen Sikes

    Hope you are doing okay now. My favorite recipe is what ever my sister cooks. We always travel to visit family during the Christmas Holiday and my sisters do all the cooking. Have a very Merry Christmas…

  168. Lana Drum Avatar
    Lana Drum

    Hi Lisa, I love all of your patterns, books, fabrics and wool. I would like to share a favorite Cranberry Salad recipe with you. The salad has the taste of “fresh fruit”.
    Cranberry Salad
    1 – 3 oz. box Orange Jello
    1 – 16 oz. can WHOLE Cranberry Sauce
    1 – 8 oz. can crushed pineapple – Undrained
    1 – 11 oz. can Mandarin Oranages, drained
    1 cup chopped unpeeled apple
    Prepare orange Jello with 1 cup boiling water. Cool. Add cranberry sauce and pineapple and stir (you may need to mash the “jel” with a fork). Add apples and stir, then add mandarin oranges and stir. Put into an 8 x 8 inch square dish or mold.

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  169. Rose Avatar

    I love your website and your blog, one of my goals in life is to visit your shop and maybe now with “the gathering” that will be possible. I make a praline chex mix every year and no one ever seems to get tired of it, it is always a hit. So here goes.. Preheat oven to 325, On a cookie sheet with a rim, place 6 cups of your favorite chex combination add 1 cup of peanuts, in a small pan put 3/4 c butter and 3/4 c brown sugar bring these to a boil, boil and stir for 2 min. Then pour over the chex mix, Bake in oven for 8 min, when time is up pour out onto a brown bag (I use Kraft paper on a roll) and let cool. After the mixture is cool pour into a lg bowl and add, christmas colored M&M’s, 1 cup or more of craisen’ and 2 cups vanilla covered pretzels. Muy delicioso……..Thanks for the great giveways, and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  170. Barbara L Avatar
    Barbara L

    Wow…what very generous giveaways! My husband and I love soup in the winter, and our favorite is a chicken curry soup. Over the years I’ve made changes to the original recipe, and here is our favorite version. We like soup with lots of “stuff” in it!

    1 large onion, chopped
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    2 carrots, diced
    2-3 Tablespoons butter
    3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
    Curry Powder (we like ours quite strong–I use 1 Tablespoon Hot Curry, but you might
    want to use 1 1/2 tsp as per the original recipe if you’re not sure)
    4 cups chicken broth
    1/2 apple, cored and chopped (sometimes I omit this)
    1 cup white rice (sometimes I use more)
    1 small can of corn (or frozen 10 pkg)
    2 cooked boneless chicken breasts (I use meat from a deli rotisserie chicken)
    salt to taste
    ground black pepper to taste
    1 pinch dried thyme
    1/2 cup heavy cream, heated

    Saute onions, celery, carrot in the butter in a large soup pot until softened. Add flour and curry, and cook 3 more minutes stirring occassionally. Add chicken stock, mix well, and bring to a boil. Simmer about 15-20 minutes. Add apple, rice, corn, chicken, salt, pepper, and thyme. Simmer 15-20 minutes, or until rice is done. Just before serving, stir in the cream.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  171. Barb Larrabee Avatar
    Barb Larrabee

    Merry Christmas!

    Thank you for sharing your recipes and pics on your blog. I’m fixing your green bean recipe for Christmas dinner. I’m in the process of finding new favorite recipes that are gluten free.

  172. Stephanie Avatar

    Lisa, If you enter me in the drawing, I will send you my recipe for Overnight French Toast. It’s always a big hit and it’s easy to make the evening before. Thanks, Stephanie

  173. Denny Shaw Avatar

    Love this sharing of recipes. My favorite is

    Mini Pretzels topped with a Hershey Kiss and a M&M

    Put a mini pretzel on a baking sheet and top with a unwrapped Hershey Kiss – any flavor. Put in 350 degree oven for about two minutes – to soften the kiss. Remove from oven and immediately top with a M&M. Viola! You are finished.

    Peace and blessings to all for an amazing Christmas and 2011.
    Denny in PA

  174. Jean Avatar

    Lisa your blog is wonderful. Anyone that does not know you personally certainly gets the feeling by reading your blog that you are a long time friend.

    My receipe for the holiday is pickled mushrooms for your favorite drinks.

    1 cup red wine vinegar
    1 cup water
    4 bay leaves
    4 tablespoons sugar
    3 teaspoons salt
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1 pound fresh mushrooms

    In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegar, water, bay leaves, sugar, salt and garlic. Add WHOLE mushrooms. Bring to a boit boil for 4 minutes. Cool slightly. Transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. You can keep in refrig. for couple of months, that is, if they last that long!!!!! (If you decide to make another batch do not reuse this liquid)

    Happy Holidays!!

  175. Kris S Avatar

    One of my favorite treats at Christmas time is coconut layer cake. My mom always made it every year. She used Cool Whip in the frosting and it was always fresh and moist.

    I enjoy your blog and love your shop.

  176. Deb Roberts Avatar

    What I a great idea, I wish I would have thought of it.

    I love old movies – and when my adult kids are home around the holidays we love to make kettle corn and put in a circa 1930-40 remake on a DVD.

    Easy Kettle Corn –
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    3/4 cup popcorn kernels
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    Microwave popcorn does not work well, it works best to make popcorn the old fashioned way, with oil in a pan for best taste and adhering of the sugar and salt.

    Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot with a tightfitting lid. When it shimmers, add kernels, cover, and shake to evenly distribute. Once kernels start popping, gently shake the pot until the popping dies down, about 2 to 3 minutes.
    Remove from heat, immediately toss popcorn with sugar and salt, and serve.

  177. Lori Avatar

    you are the best i love your blog & shop some day i will c it in real time hope u are ok after your cut job (sugery) it is no fun.

  178. Bonni Brooks Avatar
    Bonni Brooks

    One of the favorite cookies at our house are the ginger cookies, similar to the recipe you put on your blog, but a little crisp and not soft. I almost tried your recipe but was afraid my family would freak!
    I so enjoy working with your wonderful wools and your patterns. Thanks so much for contributing to my sanity!

  179. Debbie Avatar

    I have been a fan of yours for a very long time. I have purchased your books and love to work with wool now that I saw your tips and tricks lecture at Madison. Your inspiration, your boundless energy, and ideas are amazing. I love reading your blog to find out new things you are doing. I even made a wall hanging of the miniature blocks your posted last year (plus a few more). I wish you a Merry Christmas and to all or your coworkers as well.

  180. Pam Buda Avatar

    Hi Lisa,

    There are two recipes that will always be a part of our Christmas! The first one is a wonderful peach slush made with peach schnapps. We drink this all year, but I make 4 batches and bring it to my cousins for Christmas Eve. Here’s the recipe:

    Peach Slush

    In a large Tupperware bowl, mix:

    3 cups low or no-pulp orange juice
    1½ cans 7-Up soda
    1 bottle of good quality Peach Schnapps (like DuBouchet)
    1 bottle of Sweet & Sour cocktail mix
    ½ cup maraschino cherry juice
    15-20 maraschino cherries, quartered

    Freeze. Mix until slushy….serve.

    The next can’t miss recipe is for the most wonderful potato casserole. It’s the best I’ve ever had and not too much work. Here’s that recipe:

    Creamy Cheesy Potatoes

    6 Idaho potatoes, boiled until tender
    ¼ cup butter
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    ⅓ cup chopped green onion
    1 pink sour cream
    2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese; divided

    Peel and shred potatoes. Heat butter and soup; blend in sour cream, green onions and 1½ cups of cheese. Add potatoes and mix well. Bake in buttered 9 x 13 pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Top with remaining cheese, and bake an additional 15 minutes.

    Happy Holidays to everyone at Primitive Gatherings!

  181. Jennifer Avatar

    My Best friend and I first found you when we went with my Quilt guild to the Chicago
    show about 4 years ago. So we will be turning 50 in a few years and we are planning
    a get away for a few days. And you shop is on the top of our list! Several years ago
    I had to move away from our home town, And we have stayed best friends via email,texting
    etc. We also look at the new stuff and compare what we each like!

    I resently finished your block of the month Winter Wonderland and it is hanging in
    our living room in central Indiana

    Hope you, your family and all your employees have a Very Merry Holiday season!

    quiltingly yours


  182. Karen Avatar

    Some pretty wonderful presents!
    I would love to share my old family recipe for Cheese Cake. However, I am at work today and do not have access to it. I’ll try to post it tomorrow! Karen in CA

  183. Vi Avatar

    Lisa, I follow your blog religiously but have never commented–I’ve ordered numerous times and visited your store twice while traveling however. Your drawing for gifts was incentive enough for me to comment! By the way, your merchandise offerings, blog, shop, and your shop staff are wonderful. Wish I had an opportunity to take one of your wool applique classes.

    For several years now I have made this CHOCOLATE YULE LOG for our family gathering. (This is from a TASTE OF HOME cookbook)

    5 eggs,separated
    1 cup sugar, divided
    1/2 cup cake flour
    1/4 cup baking cocoa
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

    1 cup heavy whipping cream
    1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
    1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules

    1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1/3 cup baking cocoa
    2 cups confectioners’ sugar
    1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon brewed coffee
    2 to 3 tablespoons milk

    Line a 15 inch x 10 inch baking pan with parchment paper; grease the paper. Place egg whites in a small mixing bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks on high until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to egg yolk mixture until blended.

    Beat egg whites on medium until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Stir a fourth into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites until no streaks remain.

    Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back (do not overbake). Cool for 5 minutes; invert onto a “linen” towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Peel off parchment paper. Roll up the towel, starting with a short side. Cool on a wire rack. In a mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and coffee granules. Beat until stiff peaks form; chill. Unroll cooled cake; spread filling to within 1/2 inch of edges. Roll up again. Place on serving platter; chill.

    In a mixing bowl, beat frosting ingredients until smooth. Frost cake. Using a fork, make lines resembling tree bark. Yield: 12 servings.

    This may look like a lot of work, but it is not difficult to do and tastes wonderful.

    Hope you are recovering well from your surgery and that your family has a wonderful Christmas.

  184. Sharon Laurin Avatar

    Hi Lisa…You are constant source of inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. Dale and I hope that you and your family have an absolutely wonderful Christmas!

  185. Lara Avatar

    Love your blog! I’m lucky that my husband does our cooking…so I’d have to ask him for his favorite recipe. Sorry. Thanks for always keeping us up to date on what is going on in your world.

  186. Kathy Avatar

    You are so sweet to do this, thank you! My favorite recipe is for Chocolate Chip Tea Cakes. They are shortbread type balls loaded with chocolate chips. My kids love them! I just finished making your reindeer mat the other day, it came out so cute! Have a great Christmas!!!

  187. Mary L Avatar
    Mary L

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and the entire staff….Hope you are feeling better each day. Really enjoy your shop and thanks for sharing your talent!!!. Really liked the Holiday Blog, fun to see what goes on in the rest of the country.
    The Gathering looks wonderful, can’t wait to come and spend a weekend!!!
    Mary L

  188. Sheryn Lewis Avatar
    Sheryn Lewis

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for all you do for us throughout the year. Your ideas are great and I love the wool! I have a great, easy snack to share. I don’t have a name for it, but it is very addicting.

    2 cups peanut butter Capt’n Crunch
    2 cups nuts-I use coctail
    2 cups broken up pretzel sticks-the small ones-not the rods
    2 cups Rice Krispies.

    Mix all together in a bowl. Melt 1 pound of the white candy coating disks. Pour over the cereal/nut mixture, stir and put it on a cookie sheet, spread it out, let it dry and break it up. You won’t be able to leave it alone!

    Thanks again!

  189. Paula Avatar

    Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Buttercream


    Makes 12 Cupcakes.

    For the cupcakes:

    * 1/2 cup Guinness Stout
    * 1 stick unsalted butter
    * 3/8 or little less then1/2 a cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
    * 1 cup all purpose flour
    * 1 cup sugar
    * 3/4 tsp of baking soda
    * 3/8 or little less then 1/2 tsp of salt
    * 1 egg
    * 1/3 cup sour cream

    For filling:

    * 4 oz bittersweet chocolate (minced/small shavings)
    * 1/3 heavy whipping cream
    * 1 tbl butter at room temperature

    For buttercream:

    * 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
    * 1/2 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
    * 3 tbl Baileys Irish Cream (or you can substitute it with milk or heavy cream)

    Preheat oven to 350°F and line muffin pan.

    Making the cupcakes:

    1. Take unsalted butter and Guinness and let simmer in a small sauce pan. When mixture is simmering, add cocoa powder and whisk thoroughly. Turn off heat and allow mixture to cool.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Whisk.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, combine egg and sour cream. Whisk until the consistency begins to look like cream.
    4. Take Guinness mixture from fridge and combine into egg/sour cream mix bowl. Whisk.
    5. Add your flour mix, and continue to whisk thoroughly.
    6. Using a large spoon, scoop mix into lined muffin pan. Place in oven and allow to bake.


    1. Bring heavy cream to a simmer in a small sauce pan.
    2. Pour over bittersweet chocolate. Allow to sit for one minute, then whisk. Add in butter and continue to whisk until consistency becomes creamy.
    3. Pipe filling into center of each cupcake.

    Baileys Butter Cream Frosting

    1. Whisk butter. Add in a few tablespoons of powdered sugar at a time and continue to whisk butter.
    2. Once all the sugar has been used up, add in Baileys and continue to whisk. If cream becomes too thin, add in a few more tablespoons of powdered sugar.
    3. Pipe or spread butter cream over cupcakes and serve.

    ganyard at gmail dot com

  190. Rebecca Hoffmann Avatar
    Rebecca Hoffmann

    Thank you so much for the chance to win one of your gifts. I love your blog and webstore & look forward to seeing you again in FL next year at the Feather Princesses Guild.
    One of my favorites is Hot Wassail; not only is it a great warm drink, it makes your house smell wonderful.
    Combine a quart of hot tea, a quart of cranberry juice, & a quart of apple juice with 2 cups of orange juice & 3/4 cup of lemon juice. Stir in 1 cup of sugar, add 12 whole cloves & 4 sticks of cinnamon. Bring just to a boil, pour into warmed punch bowl. Float orange & lemon slices on top. (I like to keep in a crockpot on low). Enjoy
    Merry Christmas

  191. Tina Gordon Avatar

    Lisa, Yesterday I told you what cookies I am making for Christmas. Today I have been doing the baking and have my recipe ready to give you. I just read through all the ones in the comments and we have decided to make the pretzel, kiss candy too.

    Russian Tea Cakes

    1 cup butter
    1/2 cup powdered sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 1/4 cups flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
    additional powdered sugar

    1. Heat oven to 400. Beat butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and the vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in flour and salt. Stir in nuts.
    2. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
    3.Bake 8-9 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and roll in additional powdered sugar. Cool completely on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.

  192. Karin E Avatar
    Karin E

    I have ordered from your web site, Saw your booth in St. Cloud in June. Loved it. Of course I couldn’t go home empty. Love your books and everything you do with Wool :).
    My family loves my peanut brittle, time consuming but worth every calorie. If you or any one would like it, I will get and forward. Merry Christmas. Kari E 🙂

  193. Kris Gahm Avatar
    Kris Gahm

    Love your blog & looking forward to a shop hop with some friends to visit your shop.

    Quick & easy Peppermint bark
    Melt one bag of white chocolate disks in micriwave. Unwrap & crush in food processor one box of candy canes. Pour crushed candy canes into melted chocolate & drop by teaspoonful onto waxed paper.

    Hope you are feeling better & have a very Merry Christmas!

  194. Lorraine Hofmann Avatar
    Lorraine Hofmann

    My favorite Christmas recipe is Sour Cream Coffee Cake, which we have every Christmas for breakfast.

  195. Patty Morning Avatar
    Patty Morning

    I love to make all the traditional Norwegian Christmas goodies: Sand Bakkels, Krum Kake, Flat Bread, Fedt Bread and Fattimond. I can’t wait to get together with our friends and family!! Don’t forget to relax and enjoy!! :o)

  196. Sherrill Avatar

    I like it quick and easy–lay pretzels on cookie sheet in single layer, top each with Rolo candy and put in 350 oven for 5 min (til Rolo’s get soft). Remove from oven and top each with pecan half. Let cool (if you can). These will be gone in a FLASH! Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!!

  197. Barbara Pavlas Avatar
    Barbara Pavlas

    Lisa, I am a big fan of your designs. I especially love the wool projects. Thanks for the Home for the Holidays blog pattern with the cracker jars. I had intended to make several of these and fill them with some homemade party mix. But I didn’t get that far. There is always next year.

    One of the recipes I make every year for Christmas is Snowflake Trash. Here is the recipe.

    1 24 oz. almond bark
    3 cups crispix
    3 cups rice chex
    3 cups corn or wheat chex
    1/2 bag stick pretzels
    1 10 oz. can salted peanuts

    Melt almond bark in bowl in microwave. Pour over other ingredients and mix thoroughly until will coated. Pour out on cookie sheets covered with wax paper and separate in thin layers. Chill and break into pieces to store.

  198. Linda Avatar

    CANDY CANE RECIPE: Simply melt white chocolate (any kind,I use Nestles)
    Add broken peppermint bits (place peppermint canes in
    Zip-Loc+mash with a hammer)
    Stir together and pour on foil lined pan.
    So pretty for Christmas,not so sweet as fudges.
    Hint:If you can find red+green candy canes, it is more festive looking.
    Nuts,instead of candy canes are very good too.


  199. Kaaren Nowlin Avatar
    Kaaren Nowlin

    Merry Christmas to you, your family and staff! I hope everyone there is taking very good care of you and giving you all the pampering you deserve! We need you well and fully recovered so you will be ready to go at Road to California. Looking forward to seeing you in January.

  200. Julie Avatar

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. Here’s wishing you, your staff and family a very Merry Christmas! Love your on-line shop and blog.

  201. Kathi Miller Avatar
    Kathi Miller

    Thanks for the opportunity to win something from you.

    I live in Washington state where cranberries are grown like in Wisconsin. My sister and her husband had cranberry bogs a number of years ago so many of our family recipes contain cranberries. Here’s one of my favorites:

    Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

    12 oz. fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over for stems
    1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
    ½ c. lightly packed light brown sugar
    1 T. grated orange zest (about 2 oranges)
    ¼ c. freshly squeezed orange juice
    1⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon (divided)
    2 extra-large or large eggs, at room temperature
    1 c. plus 1 T. granulated sugar (divided)
    ½ c. butter, melted and slightly cooled (1 stick)
    1 tsp. vanilla
    ¼ c. sour cream
    1 c. all-purpose flour
    ¼ tsp. salt

    Preheat over to 325°.

    Combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer on medium, add 1 c. granulated sugar, butter, vanilla and sour cream and beat just until combined. On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.

    Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate. Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely. Combine the remaining 1 T. granulated sugar and remaining ⅛ tsp. cinnamon and sprinkle over the batter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling around the edges.

    Serve warm or at room temperature. Delicious served warm with French Vanilla ice cream.

  202. Sue Tokash Avatar
    Sue Tokash

    Favorite Cookie Recipe

    1 bag of small pretzels or the waffle shape pretzels
    1 tube of favorite chocolate chip cookie dough

    roll the dough into small balls. place a ball on each pretzel and bake. delicious combo of sweet and salty!

  203. Christine Rohloff Avatar
    Christine Rohloff

    What a great selection of recipes!!! I am going to enjoy browsing thru them. I also check your blog everyday….was in your shop last summer and can hardly wait to get back!
    christine from Washington state

  204. Julie T. Avatar
    Julie T.

    Well, I am late to the party, but better late than never! I have a really easy, wonderful Fudge Pie:
    Melt & Cool
    3 squares of semisweet baking chocolate
    3/4 cup of butter

    In a bowl add together:
    1 1/2 cup sugar
    3 beaten eggs
    3/4 cup flour
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (nuts are optional)

    Add the cooled choclate mixture.

    Pour into a 9 inch buttered pie pan. Bake 300 – 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes (may take longer). Middle will be moist, but cooked.

    This is an all-time favorite that we actually serve for any occassion and is perfect for when friends and family get together. Enjoy and Merry Christmas. Thank you!

  205. Betsy Avatar

    I use to make all kinds of Christmas cookies, but the favorite of young and old is still the Toll House Chocolate chip cookie recipe. So, I’ve given in and make that cookie and a peanut butter bar and they are all happy. Happy Holidays! Would love to win any of your prizes.. Ho Ho Ho!

  206. Diane Kubicki Avatar
    Diane Kubicki

    All these wonderful receipes you are going to have to make up a cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity to join in the fun and win prizes. I love the holidays. Besides being a time for family togetherness, we can enjoy the spinach dip, cheese roll and all the yummy treats we try to stay away from all year.

    Hope your holiday is wonderful.

  207. Darlene Avatar

    I have several recipes that we enjoy but I’m going to share a quick and easy sweet treat!

    pretzel squares spread on cookie sheet
    put a Rolo candy on each pretzel square

    put cookie sheet in a warm oven until candy’s soften

    pull cookie sheet out of the oven and add a pecan or walnut half to the top of each rolo candy pushing down. Allow to cool and enjoy!

    Easy peasy!


  208. Cathy Avatar

    I always enjoy your blog. Now treats! Thanks.
    I found this recipe on a bag of cranberries about 20 years ago. It’s become my family’s favorite and has been requested by everyone who tries it.

    Cranberry Salad
    3/4 lb cranberries, ground or chopped in a food processor
    1/4 lb miniature marshmallows
    1 cup crushed pineapple, with some juice
    Mix and let stand in refrigerator for several hours.
    3/4 cup sugar(or less)
    1 cup whipping cream, whipped
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    Fold gently. Chill until ready to serve.

  209. Debra Avatar

    Chocolates are one of my favorites this time of year…Dark Chocolate, especially!
    I do anything and everything covered in chocolate, but a family favorite is
    Cream Centered Peanut Clusters
    1/2 c Butter, scant 2 cups powdered sugar, one teaspoon vanilla and milk-a teaspoon at a time – mix and knead until smooth and creamy and will hold the shape of a flattened all. Chill, then dip into melted chocolate with salted, redskin peanuts. Cool on wax paper. Store covered.
    Merry Christmas!

  210. Pati Beck Avatar
    Pati Beck

    Lisa, First I am wishing you and your family the very Happiest of Holidays and good health in the coming year. I want to thank you for sharing your talent with the rest of us. I am always excited to see what you have to offer us on your blog or at a show.
    Here is a fast but fun holiday treat…

    Christmas Treats
    Start with either a round or square pretzel as the base.
    Top with a Rolo (by Hershey) piece of candy.
    Place in a 250 degree oven for about 5 minutes.
    Take out of the oven, and while the candy is still warm, press an M&M into the top.
    Place the treats in the fridge until cool (around 20 minutes?) before serving.

    My grandchildren love to make these but of course the adults love to eat them.

  211. Lisa Avatar

    I have enjoyed reading all of the great recipes. I have a favorite dip to share. It is good with vegetables and carckers or pretzel thins.
    1/2 cup may
    1/2 cup ranch dressing
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup shredded parmesan
    1/4 cups crumbled bacon(I buy it isn the jar from the salad section)
    Mix together.

    Sure would be fun to win one fo your generous prizes.

  212. Patti S. Avatar
    Patti S.

    Lisa, Happy Holidays! I really enjoy your patterns. Here is a quick, simple and good recipe for cauliflower.

    Cook a whole head of cauliflower in the microwave, add a little water and cover with clear wrap, cook approx. 12 min. until tender. Drain water.
    Sprinkle with 2 cloves of garlic, then add 1/4 C olive oil, and 1/2 C parmesan cheese over cauliflower. I break the cauliflower up after the garlic, olive oil and parmesan are added to make it easier to serve.

    Hope you enjoy.

  213. Sharon Avatar

    Lisa…Wisj=hing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday. Here is one of my favorite holiday recipes. It’s healthy too!
    1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
    3 cups chicken broth
    3 tbs. butter
    1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    salt & pepper to taste
    Bring cauliflower and chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover the saucepan and increase to medium-high heat. Allow cauliflower to simmer until soft and the cooking liquid has reduced by half, about 10 minutes.

    Remove cauliflower from heat and add butter, cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese. Mash with a potato masher until the cheeses have melted and the cauliflower is smooth. Add salt & pepper to taste.

    P.S. I love the necklace on the picture…where can I get one!

  214. Vanya Avatar

    We make chocolate covered peanuts too – but we use almond bark and chocolate chips with dry roasted peanuts. YUM – salt and sweet! Merry Christmas!

  215. Valerie Avatar

    One of our favorite treats for the holidays is Peanut Butter Balls.
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1 cup peanut butter
    1/2 cup softened butter
    1 cup finely chopped walnuts
    2 tsp. vanilla
    Mix together and refrigerate. When firm, roll into bite size balls. Melt 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet choc. chips with about 2 Tbsp. parafin. Cool slightly. Using a toothpick, dip peanut butter balls in chocolate, then place on wax paper. Swirl chocolate on top to cover holes. ( If peanut butter balls get to soft you may need to refrigerate again for awhile and if the chocolate gets to thick, reheat.) Refrigerate till served.

    I will be back after the holidays to read thru all these great recipes (don’t have time right now, busy, busy, getting last minute preparations done). This was a great idea Lisa!
    Merry Christmas!

  216. Marjan Avatar

    Wauw, first off all I hope you will feel a 100% again soon.
    Would be nice to win the aged muslin ;-), I’ve never won a a contest but you never know.

    My recipy:
    200 Grams black chocolate
    25 gr. soft butter
    100 gr. sugar
    3 large eggs
    25 gr. flour

    6 muffinshape tins.
    Preheat oven at 200 degrees
    Melt chocolate for 30 sec. in microwave, keep stirring every 10 secs.
    Beat sugar with butter, whisk the egga in one by one. Then the flour and a pinch off salt.
    Stirr the chocolate in very soft. Put it in the tins. Bake for 10 to 15 min. The inside shouls stay soft en melting. Serve with icecream and red fuit. Yammy..

  217. Marcia W. Avatar
    Marcia W.

    Shame on me – I posted my entry in the wrong place! My favorite recipe is the pecan pie recipe on the Karo syrup bottle. Melt butter 3/4 stick, add white sugar 1 cup, flour 1 Tbsp, and karo syrup 1 cup – mix well. Add vanilla flavoring 1 tsp and 4 eggs – mix well. Then last, add pecans 2 cups. Bake purchased frozen pie crust 10 minutes at 350 degrees before putting the mixture into it. Pour mixture into prepared pie crust and bake for 1 hour until the middle is only slightly shaky (will get harder as cools). If the top looks like it is browning too much, then cover with foil.
    Thanks for sharing from your stash! Merry Christmas.

  218. Lil Avatar

    first of all, I’m totally in love with your blog
    there’s just one bad thing about you, you’re in Wisconsin and I’m in Europe, but on the other hand that’s good for my wallet, ;))

    now my recipe
    turkey stuffing: for an +/- 11 lbs turkey
    (you have to know that one of the traditionnal dishes overhere is turkey for xmas)
    – 1 lbs sandwich bread (white)
    – 1/2 cup butter
    – 2 tbsp crushed coriander seeds
    – 1 cup chopped walnuts
    – 2 1/4 cup cream
    – 2 pinches of saffron threads
    – 2 bunches parsley
    – 5 eggs
    – salt, pepper

    melt the butter in 2 pans and add 1/2 tbsp of coriander seeds into each pan
    cut the bread into cubes 1 1/2″ size and add it to the butter coriander mix

    put the bread dices on a tray and roast it 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 400°F
    heat the cream and add the ground saffron, stir till dissolved
    chop the parsley roughly

    put the bread into a bowl and add the cream, stir well, let the mix cool down till medium
    heat and then add eggs, nuts, the remaining coriander seeds and the parsley
    mix all these ingredients and add some salt and pepper for seasoning

    well, that’s all, now you can stuff your turkey, or even a chicken, it’s up to you

    I love this stuffing as it’s no meat and the juices from the pultry make it really moist
    just in case you’re gonna try that, tell me how it was

    merry xmas and a happy new year to you too


  219. Cindy Witheft Avatar
    Cindy Witheft

    “Three cheeses bring their distinctive flavors to this rich, delicious hot artichoke dip!”
    1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts,
    1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped
    spinach, thawed and drained
    1/3 cup heavy cream
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    2. In a blender or food processor, place artichoke hearts, Romano cheese, Parmesan cheese and garlic . Pulse until chopped, but not ground. Set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl, mix together spinach, heavy cream, sour cream and mozzarella cheese. Stir in artichoke mixture. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


    Have a wonderful Christmas!!!!


  220. janet chrzanowski Avatar
    janet chrzanowski

    Hope you all have a Merry Christmas. Love all the great recipes. Have a couple I will be trying. Thanks Lisa for the wonderful giveaway. You’re the best! Janet

  221. Debbie Avatar

    Hi Lisa,
    Merry Christmas to you & your family! LOVE your website & blog, thanks for the chance to win, altho I may be too late?! Hope you’re feeling better soon! I had the pleasure of meeting you @ prims of the Midwest & am really hoping to be able to visit your Retreat House this coming year ~ have to wit ’til it warms up a little, my blood is thinned out from living in Florida!
    Fav recipe is the egg/bacon/hashbrown casserole, since you can prepare it the night before, then pop in the oven while the gifts are being opened, & it’s ready when everyone’s done unwrapping!
    Found the recipe on
    Thanks! Take care! 🙂

  222. Patsy Avatar

    Hope you are recovering nicely. Don’t over do it! My Recipe for Christmas Eve:
    A warm fire
    Some Jiffy pop Pop Corn
    Family gathered
    Miracle on 34th Street
    Beverage of Choice
    Add some snow coming down outside
    Life is good! Thanks for all you do. Merry Xmas to your family!
    From Marty , Patsy , Juice + Polly

  223. Jerald Avatar

    I enjoy looking through a post that will make people think.
    Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  224. Kathy H Avatar
    Kathy H

    There sure are some awesome recipes on here!! Sure glad that I popped in! Be especially blessed!!

  225. Lisa Avatar

    My favorite new holiday recipe came from the internet. I made some pretzel toffee and it is addicitng. I could eat the whole pan. Easy and quick to make. Also stocking up on the Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon. Great over ice cream!

  226. Peggy Welchert Avatar
    Peggy Welchert

    My new favorite recipe is for peanut butter fudge. So simple, smooth and good.
    Peanut Butter Fudge
    1 can vanilla frosting
    1 jar smooth peanut butter
    Put both in microwaveable bowl. Microwave to melt and mix well. Pour into buttered 9″x9″x2″buttered pan. Let set a few minutes to set . Cut into squares and serve. Mmmmmmmm good.

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