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Apr
18
2010

Spring in Pictures

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Mar
11
2010

NotQuiteJuneCleaver’s Spring Fling Giveaway and SO much more!

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Happy Spring!  I promised you a giveaway and here it is!  I will be giving away three lovely prizes! The first prize will be this vintage patchwork apron I grabbed up on one of mine and Rachel’s antiquing excursions.

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I love this apron! A lot.  So please know how much I want some who will love it as much to have it! And with the apron you will get this vintage cookbooklet from 1950! It is FULL of great recipes and some amazing ads! You will love it.

Second Prize will be a bag of  my personal blend coffee (beans or ground) and this ADORABLE coffee mug!Q5EVU

And last but not least, a pound of granola (if you have a special request such as no nuts, I will happily oblige) and  a tin of loose chocolate chai tea!


So there you have it!  THREE prizes and now THREE ways to enter!

  1. Leave me a comment on this post. Tell me about Spring’s arrival at your house.
  2. Steal the button below, talk about this giveaway on your blog/facebook,  if you have one and tell me so I can take a peek.
  3. If someone leaves me a comment and says they surfed over here from your blog or facebook page, I will add your name AGAIN.

I will be posting more pictures soon.  Jumping back in with a great giveaway like this feels GOOD!  And will be a great way to introduce you to my new shoppe.

Thanks to all of you have been so faithful and keep stopping by even when I have been MIA.  Talk to you all VERY soon!

Oh okay…I will give you a recipe to round out this post.  This is for those who will, like me, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next Wednesday.

Bailey’s Fudge Cake

1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup chocolate syrup
2/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
pecan halves

GLAZE:
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels melted
1/4 cup sour cream room temp.
1 tablespoon Baileys

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9″ round cake pan. Cream butter and sugar, blend in eggs. Add chocolate syrup, Baileys, coffee crystals and flour, mixing until well blended. Fold in chopped pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 55-60 minutes., until center is firm and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan onto wire rack to cool. Dip one end of pecan halves halfway into melted chocolate to coat, place on waxed paper and chill.

To remaining melted chocolate add sour cream and Baileys. Spread over top of cooled cake that has been placed on a serving platter, letting some chocolate drizzle down side of cake. Decorate with dipped pecans. Cool to set topping.



Jan
19
2010

DOUGH for HAITI

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Please feel free to use my idea and do something similar in your area! And if  you are looking for a charity be sure and read more about Doctors Without Borders.  It is worth your time to go to their website and see the work they are doing not just in Haiti but all over the world. (www.doctorswithoutborders.com)

Rachel and I have been trying to think of a way to help the people of Haiti even if it is in a small way. We looked at many charities and decided what these people needed most urgently was medical attention.

Then it came to us! DOUGH for HAITI! Dough as in money and Dough as in cookies. Cookies are what we do and do well. Is nice to write a check but if you have to work a little, it seems to make it more real. I hope we never know first hand the sorrow and pain the people of Haiti are feeling right now. They started with so little and have nothing now.  But if the few dollars we can raise, along with our own personal contributions, can buy a few meals or medical supplies then that’s a few meals and medical supplies they didn’t have, but needed.

You can help us by purchasing our Ready-To-Bake Cookie Dough. Proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders. We will donate the ingredients. You will receive a frozen resealable bag of 24 frozen pieces of  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough  or Oatmeal Cookie Dough ready to place on a baking sheet and pop in the oven. How convenient is that? All the instructions you need will come with your dough.

Here’s what you do: Send me a private email or call me and place your order. We will take orders from now until February 1st. The cookie dough will be ready for pickup after noon Friday February 12. If you want your dough delivered to your place of work within the town of Many, and you have a freezer available to keep your dough frozen, then we will make arrangements to get your dough to you after February 12. I know a lot of friends of my friends (and family) live in the outlying areas and if there is enough interest we will arrange a drop for Natchitoches and as far as Shreveport. Maybe someone will have freezer room and will volunteer to be the pick up point. And last but not least the cost.

Bag of 24 pieces of frozen Cookie DOUGH ~  $7

Why $7 – I don’t know, I like the number – and it is a fair amount.

Of course if you want to give more, that is great.

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