Thursday, December 04, 2008

Gifties, Cookies & a Giveaway ~

Look what came in the mail yesterday ~ these surprise precious gifties! My sweet Bella friend Jessi sent them to me. I collect these German glass ornies; how sweet is the little bird house, and you can never have enough of the clip-on birds! I love the feather stamp too ~ it will get lots of use! Thanks sweetie I will treasure them all!

She is hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap today
That's Jessi! Do you remember those play kitchens!? A girl down the street had the whole set and I loved playing with her ~ kitchen envy, still got that ~ lol! Only now I want all white with marble counters and vintage hardware ~ someday!

Here's one of our holiday favorites ~
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
I adapted this version from Susan Branch's "Christmas From the Heart of the Home"

2 2/3 cup flake coconut, firmly packed
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
3 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

To make Susan's original variation: Add 1 more egg white, 1 cup sliced almonds & 1 tsp. almond extract to above recipe.

Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl combine coconut, sugar & flour with a spoon. Stir in egg whites & vanilla (almonds & almond extract.) Form balls from rounded tablespoonfuls & place 2" apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 20 - 25 min. until golden. Remove from pan & cool.
Chocolate ~ Melt in microwave 30 seconds at a time until smooth, stir between each. Dip one edge of each cookie into chocolate and set on wax paper until set. Makes 18 - 24 cookies.

and now a Giveaway!
One lucky winner will get a Holiday Decor Box
See my Lollishop for more details of the kit, and be sure to leave a comment here ~ winner will be drawn and announced one week from today ~ Friday the 12th!

Best of luck!


Judy said...

I love these cookies. I work for Susan Branch in California and we love when she brings these cookies into the office. Yumm....

Scrappy Jessi said...

mmmm yummo!!!
i love these cookies.
a classic.
im so glad you like you little gifts.
enjoy the season.

have fun


LindaSonia said...

I've been craving a good coconut cookie... think I'll try this recipe, they look yummo. xo LindaSonia

katie said...

I can't even imagine what magical items could be hidden inside! How exciting. Cookie baking isn't quite as fun as cookie eating. ENJOY!

McMaster & Storm said...

love your kits! glad to see your new posts.......have fun with your Christmas preparations.

Becky said...

Oh, Your cookies look delish. Will have to make these for sure. Love you kit too.

terri k said...

Oh what fun is contained in that BOX!!! just think of the possibilities.......

Jessica said...

I would love to win this box! Everything inside looks gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

You are so sweet to share this delicious sounding recipe and even sweeter for offering such a wonderful give away. I would be so excited to win! Twyla

Heidi - what's in a name? said...

These are one of husbands favorites! yum!
:) Heidi G.

Nicki said...

Those cookies look absolutely delicious! I will definitely add these to my list this year!
Thanks for sharing!

Maija said...

Please throw my name in the hat for your give away Heidi!

Sweetina said...

Hi Heidi~
Yummy recipe! I'm not much of a baker, but I'm going to try this over the weekend!
I'd love to be added to the giveaway!

Melissa said...

You know I love your rufflies almost as much as I enjoy cookies! Happy Holidays!!

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

Yummy cookies. So, you're gonna make us wait a whole week? tee- hee. I dont think I can stand it! xoxo, Joanna

Rochelle said...

I just love giveaways!! I am having the most fun crafting with the ruffled crepe paper I ordered from you! And, in my most favorite color - RED! I am going to have to check out Lollipops!

Have a great day

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

The cookies look yummy, and I would love to enter your giveaway!

Cheryl said...

Your cookies look so scrumptious...I love macaroons!
Happy Holidays!

Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

I love ANY cookie dipped in chocolate! These look super good! I love how Jessi is so sweet to all her "girls"! I'd love to win your box, thanks for the chance!
Hugs, Heidi

Anonymous said...

Hey chickadee!! I love LOVE these cookies! they are sooooo yummy!! thanks for sharing it and hosting a giveaway can ya enter me into it!! funfun! hugs

Yin said...

Ooo a cookie recipe and a giveaway?! Too many good things! Thank you for both!

Hannah said...

Those cookies look delicious, I know what I'll be making today! Thank you so much!
Have a wonderful day!

Wanda said...

Thanks for the cookie recipe,I am a first time visitor. TTFN

Recycled Rita said...

Your lollishops site is really pretty. I would love to win this decor box! The cookies look yummy too, I think I will make them for a cookie swap I am going to next week! thanks for sharing!

littlethings1 said...

Those cookies look so wonderful !!
Would be amazing to win the "box" !!!
The Little Things

Robin said...

Greetings! I just found your blog by searching for you after seeing your lovely cage in SSG. I am enoying reading, and thrilled to enter your giveaway. I have so many cookie recipes from the Cookie swap my co-workers are getting cookie chubby!
Thanks so much for doing a giveaway.


craftyhala said...

the ornaments are so sweet and love the feather stamp. i may have to try the cookies.

Sandi said...

The box looks terrific. I would love to win. Your Lollishop looks great too. I'll be back

Jill Elaine said...

Beautiful ornaments. I love the german ornaments too, where do you find them to buy?

Amanda said...

Yummy looking cookies! And an enticing looking kit. I just started following your blog, but am a fellow LolliShop vendor. Good luck with your shop!

Danielle Muller said...

how lovely! please enter me in your giveaway!


cammyk said...

I am SO making these cookies! I would love to be entered into your lovely giveaway. Cammy

Debra said...

Your kits are lovely. What a treat to win one. Please enter me in your drawing.


Caitlin said...

What a great giveaway! :)

Monica said...

Oh how yummy! Please put my name in the hat.


ArtsyMama said...

Such fun holiday goodies, Heather! Can't wait to try the cookie recipe too. Yum!!
Please put my name in the hat.
Merry! Merry!!

Recycled Rita said...

I love your blog and I would love to win the giveaway!

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