Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cookie Exchange, Miracle Chase Giveaway Winner & More

Tonight is my annual Cookie Exchange. I have been hosting a Cookie Exchange almost every year since 1995. During the early years we moved often, but even though I barely knew my neighbors, I invited everyone over for some Holiday cocktails and a cookie swap. It was a great way to get to know people and have some fun. This year we are having a big turn out. My neighbors and I always look forward to it as a nice and welcome respite during the crazy Holiday season.
I usually make Pizzelles. They are a traditional Italian wafer cookie. You make them on a special waffle-like iron. My kids love them.
I wanted to make these adorable snowmen I saw over at The Decorated Cookie blog, but time got away from me. You can see the step by step directions to make him HERE.

Congratulations to PVE Designs for winning The Miracle Chase Giveaway. She will receive the 5 Miracle Chase books and the $25. Starbucks Gift Card. We will be anxious to hear how she and her girlfriends enjoy the book, and hopefully how it brings them even closer together. The authors have offered to Video Chat in to the women's get together. We will be anxious to hear how it goes.
Finally, please remember to enter our 3 Fine Grains Giveaway. Enter by Sunday at 6 pm to win this gorgeous Grainsack Christmas Tree. To enter click HERE.
Enjoy this wonderful Holiday week and check back on Sunday night for the winner!! I am off to make Pizzelles and get ready for the party.


  1. Your cookie party sounds like fun, enjoy it tonight!

  2. Have a wonderful time in your cookie party:)
    I love parties like that...Wish you a lovely day

    Ps: I am hosting a charming scarf GIVEAWAY later today, just in time for cozy Christmas!

  3. Hi Gina!
    What a delightful tradition! Beautiful! My favorite is the snowman.........Maryanne xo

  4. I haven't been to a cookie exchange in years and I remember I ate all the cookies on the long drive home - whoops! How fun that you've been doing one for so long. That snowman cookie is hilarious.

  5. Oh a cookie exchange! I haven't been to one in years; what a lovely tradition.
    Have fun!

  6. I love tradition! Wish baking was one of them! Envious of your skills~ they look fabulous!


  7. Always a nice tradition. The aqua snowflakes look to pretty to eat.

  8. Gina,
    Thanks! Miracles do happen!!!
    This is the first year, where I have worked hard to not have any sweets around and dedicate myself to a healthy regime....but all of the sudden, I am craving a cookie! Good thing we have a bakery and a little box on my counter for a treat!
    My group is super excited to read the book! We would love to do a video chat with the authors.

  9. What a great tradition, and a wonderful way to get to know neighbours. Those 1st cookie images are the cutest.

  10. I am sure I left a comment yesterday.... I remember telling you that I love Pizzelles and usually getting them at our market.... oh well, here I am again! They look delicious! It's a very German tradition as well to bake lovely cookies for the holidays!
    Come and visit my first give away today!!!

    xoxo V.

  11. Who doesn't love a cookie exchange?! I hope it was fun! I just came across your blog and I'm your newest follower. Please check out my Interior Design & Decor blog, SAS Interiors @ and become a follower too :)

    Happy Holidays!
    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

  12. Oh the frosty cookie has me giggling!

  13. Hello Gina~
    Those blue cookies are so beautiful!
    And your cookies looks pretty and yummy.
    Wish I were nearby, cookies are on my list of favorite things.
    Happy Weekend, Donna


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