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$50 Gift Card Giveaway

[This contest is closed; congrats to Andrea!]

You know what I hardly ever do on my blog? (Write a sentence without a dash, semicolon, ellipses or all three. . . (I also do not under-use parentheses)). Do giveaways.

Obviously, that lead-in lets you know that THIS will be giveaway post (the title might have been a bit of a hint too, I’m guessing).

Along with an enormous box of flatbreads (which are pretty much my new favorite thing as I’ve given up cooking dinner for Lent because of our new baby, preferring to spend all my cooking energy making as many cookies, scones, and other carbs as I possibly can), Flatout gave me a $50 gift card to Walmart to giveaway. 

I dislike hoops for giveaways and I REALLY dislike when giveaways force you to be a follower on Twitter/Pinterest/Google Friend Connect/Facebook/Name Your Social Media Tool of Choice, so just leave a comment about any old thing you want (if you need an idea, why don’t you tell me what recipes for carby-carby goodness you recommend), and a winner will be selected at random.

Also, if you happen to actually be making dinner instead of cookies, here are some pizza recipes I’d highly recommend:

Giveaway Rules: Must be 18 years of age and live in the U.S. Ends 12/31/2012 at midnight CST.

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163 Comments

  • Reply Sweetened Style December 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Awesome! Baked mac and cheese is my carby recipe of choice lately. πŸ™‚

  • Reply April December 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Ooh, I can't top the homemade mac and cheese.

  • Reply melbh4284 December 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Monkey Bread!

  • Reply Juliet December 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    mmmm pizza.

  • Reply Mrs. December 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Yummy — I've never met a carb I didn't like! But I agree, that mac n cheese sounds really good!!

  • Reply Cami and Juan December 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Awesome! I hope you guys have a good, warm Christmas there. We drove through -2 degrees yesterday. And now as a true Texan, I was literally in shock.

  • Reply BrittWilk December 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    oooh. carbs. i love carbs. i'm emailing you the world's best breadstick recipe. and yes, you can make it 100% whole wheat. YES.

  • Reply Mary December 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I always like chocolate chip cookies – never fail. Also, can we talk about Ani's cheeks? Awesome! I really love kissing on chubby baby cheeks!

  • Reply heather December 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Hooray for easy giveaways! One thing I'm avoiding making this year because I would never ever stop eating them is carmelitas. I made mine with homemade buttermilk caramel sauce and dark chocolate. Oh my heavens.
    http://luluthebaker.blogspot.com/2010/10/carmelitas.html

  • Reply balancejoyanddelicias December 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    winter calls for carb-load meals… I like anything that involves a lot of it, like mashed potato (sweet potato), squash puree, kabocha (my favorite), pasta, rice. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kelsey December 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I love anything that involves an English Muffin πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brooke December 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Love giveaways, but one that force me to follow certain things, half of the time I don't enter because it's quite annoying.

    As for pizza recipes, goat cheese is my absolute favorite thing, so I will definitely be trying the Goat Cheese and Pesto one! Thanks for the recipes!

  • Reply Ann December 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Here's my comment. As of today, I am 28 weeks (gestationally speaking)!

    Merry Christmas

  • Reply Meridith December 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    So glad you are enjoying that sweet baby and your holiday season. πŸ™‚ I made a recipe for cinnamon rolls my sister gave me last week that I'm still drooling about. I may have to buy more bread flour just so I can make seven more batches (to, uh, give to neighbors).

  • Reply Rachel December 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Congrats on the new babe – when I was in the early post partum period, all I wanted was the easiest pasta dish I could make πŸ™‚ laziness combined with nursing agony I guess

  • Reply bethany December 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    We are having monkey bread on Christmas morning and I can't wait!!

  • Reply Karen December 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Sorry. No carb recommendations. What I am craving lately is anything citrus, especially clementines.

  • Reply Jenny December 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    My new favorite thing is to load my carbs with whipped flavored butters. Cinnamon honey butter and strawberry butter (mixed with seedless strawberry preserves) are my latest faves. Have a wonderful holiday season with your new bundle of joy!!
    XOXO

  • Reply Mami2jcn December 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I've been wanting to try the rustic white flatout flatbreads.

    Thanks!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  • Reply ct December 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I've been wanting cinnamon rolls recently. Yum!

  • Reply The Maughan-sters December 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    2 words: Snickerdoodle Bread. it is heaven in your mouth!!

  • Reply Laura H December 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Kids and i are making peanut butter bars tomorrow. I could eat the whole pan by myself

  • Reply ellen December 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Happy food filled holidays!

  • Reply Anne December 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I'm so excited for our new tradition – cinnamon-sugar pull-apart bread for Christmas brunch (Joy the Baker's recipe)! I highly, highly recommend it!

  • Reply Emily December 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    We're having beans and wieners for dinner tonight! How's that for not cooking!

  • Reply chanel December 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Old Skool give away- simple comment RULZ!!
    I hope you and fam have a wonderful Christmas!! You are such a gem a real person who brings pure joy and light in the world!! Wish I personally knew you, I might explode if I did.
    Merry Christmas!!!

  • Reply Kate Pouliot December 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Congrats on your cute babies. I love your blog and Ian glad your giveaway is so sime

  • Reply Shelly December 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Lately my carb overload choice is potato salad.

  • Reply Kimberly December 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Yay! Love giveaways with no crazy hoops to jump though! Happy holidays to you and your adorable family.

  • Reply Mary December 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    That flatbread did look yummy!

  • Reply Katie Walker December 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I made pretzel rolls on Sunday. And then I made them again on Wednesday. I would make them again, but the element in my oven burnt out last night. I'm supposedly cooking a turkey on Monday, we'll see what happens…
    By the way-I don't believe I've ever commented before, but I love your blog. I really appreciate all the book recommendations–and I appreciate our library's digital downloading of audiobooks.

  • Reply Kate December 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Pizza is my husband's very favorite food in the world, so I've loved your pizza posts.

  • Reply Jillian December 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    My current carb overload of choice is bagels. I eat one every morning. However, I have never made them myself!

  • Reply wtiger9 December 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I love making these cheese breads

    http://pinterest.com/pin/184999497162986091/

  • Reply Elaine December 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Here is what I am making for Christmas breakfast: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grandmas-peach-french-toast/
    I added a container of low-fat ricotta to the recipe which makes it slightly less sweet and it tastes like blitzes. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Kayris December 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I made 2 kinds of fudge, carmelized sesame chickpeas and gingery cheesecake pops to take to my kids school. Today I am making more of the same for family, along with french style apple butter. Food gifts rule!

  • Reply Norby family December 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    My carb choice right now is orange rolls, I can't seem to get enough!

  • Reply Melinda December 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I had creme brΓ»lΓ©e French toast for the first time on Monday and seriously considered making that every day for the rest of my life. Then I got real and understood that if I could barely finish one slice of it, it wasn't meant to be eaten all the time. I am planning on making it for Christmas, though. It is an overnighter/sleeps in the fridge recipe that has a million versions via google.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • Reply Gretchen Alice December 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I had a green chile mac and cheese when I was in New Mexico over Christmas and it changed my life. Merry Christmas to you guys!

  • Reply Audrey B December 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Those flatbread pizzas look amazing! Merry Christmas.

  • Reply Tara M. December 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I've been making batch after batch of gingerbread men – they are my favorite holiday treat.

  • Reply Morris December 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I have been eating way too much of my home made almond rocha. Not necessarily high carb, but very high fat.

  • Reply Heather December 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I am currently craving baked potatoes with all sorts of different toppings, yum! Thanks for the giveaway :). I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Danielle December 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I've been craving some homemade mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes, and veggie pot pie! In addition to a ridiculous amounts of cookies πŸ™‚ Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Priscilla December 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I also get irritated when blogs make you jump through a bunch of hoops just to enter the giveaways! This is why your blog is so much better. πŸ˜‰ Merry Christmas!

  • Reply melissa @ 1lbr December 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I make candy, of course. Peanut brittle is my absolute favorite, though homemade caramel is divine. So much butter and sugar it nearly kills me. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Angiegirl December 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Congrats on the new addition, Janssen. Hope your Christmas is one of peace and recovery. πŸ™‚

    I made your jam-filled muffins yesterday morning and they were a resounding hit with the entire family. Thanks for that!

  • Reply Janie December 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I won't shame myself by saying how much poppyseed bread I've eaten in the past two weeks. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply ccr in MA December 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Do you mean that there are things without carbs? What are they like?

  • Reply Stephanie @ The Good Stuff December 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I'd love to win! Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply TheMoncurs December 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I just really really like pizza.

  • Reply preethi December 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    We mad some roasted veggie enchiladas with a creamy green chile sauce last week that were to die for. We had somehow run out of cheese (how does that even happen???) and so I made them without and they were STILL amazing.

  • Reply Rae December 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for offering the giveaway, those flatbreads sound yummy! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Isabel December 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Merry, Merry Christmas!

    (I love hyphens – and…ellipses!)

  • Reply Lindsay December 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Wow! Thanks for doing the giveaway! I'm a fan of the sugar cookies from the recipe on Our Best Bites: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/12/sugar-cookies/
    I think everyone has different preferences on how they like their sugar cookies… but I follow their recipe and make my own buttercream frosting with almond extract. They taste good and keep their shape without being crispy. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Alesa December 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I bet I could have worn those boots yesterday if my legs were not so swolen.
    Flatbreads sound good.
    πŸ™‚ happy random comment.

  • Reply Amanda December 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I, too, am a super big fan of scones. Nobody else in my house shares the love as much as I do, so unfortunately (or not) I get most of them to myself. Which is why I can't make them as often as I'd like. I finally made a recipe that I've been hoarding for a while. I ripped it off a package of Tillamook butter years ago. Cherry Almond Scones. Delish.

  • Reply Jen B. December 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I love scones! Another recipe I want to try is making homemade cinnamon rolls.. But I am too tired to try most days! πŸ™‚

  • Reply kpotter19 December 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I have been eating more than my fair share of macaroni lately. I usually just shred up some cheese, mix it with milk and a bit of cream cheese if I have it. Pasta goes in and I'm done! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Heather West December 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Your girls are beautiful!! Miss you!!

  • Reply Shannon December 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I can't wait to make some cinnamon rolls for Christmas!!

  • Reply Jenny December 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Sugar cookies.. Mmmmm

  • Reply Rachel December 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Hurrah! My kind of giveaway- easy! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Audrey December 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I feel very strongly that the holidays are all about Butter and Sugar. (And family, too, obvs.) I love me some pizza with cookies for dessert!

  • Reply Jessie December 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    So many comments about mac & cheese…I may need to make myself some for dinner! Our favorite Christmas treats have got to be homemade toffee. I could eat the entire batch!

  • Reply Janice December 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I just won the dessert contest at my husband's holiday party with oreo truffles. Three ingredients: oreo crushed and mixed with cream cheese and covered in melted chocolate chips. Yum!

  • Reply jpetroroy December 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    My comment will just be to tell you how adorable your children are.

  • Reply Celeste Rubalcava December 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I recently made a really good chicken salad dip for a Christmas work party! check it out on my blog!

    celesteloya.blogspot.com

    Wal-Mart, yes please.

    ayol1988@ymail.com

  • Reply JC December 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I'd like to try grilled chicken and veggie rolls.

  • Reply Elizabeth December 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I really need to get some of those because it's been raining for days and some delicious cheese pizza is sounding pretty amazing right now.

  • Reply Sarah S. December 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I'm really craving some homemade Enchilladas. I should make some this weekend… sounds like a plan!

  • Reply Deanna G. December 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Count me in, please! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Librarian Lisa December 21, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Congrats on your second daughter!

  • Reply Janelle December 21, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I just made our family's traditional bread wreath-yummy! We took them to our neighbors yesterday along with a little Christmas caroling.

  • Reply Becky December 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you for not making me like flatout on facebook. That always drives me mad when I have to do three things to enter a giveaway that I logically know that I will not win. But, maybe someday I will be lucky and actually win a giveaway that I enter. *crosses fingers*

  • Reply Elsha December 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    The carby-carbs on my mind right now are cinnamon rolls! Christmas morning egg bake plus cinnamon rolls. YUM.

  • Reply Lindsey J December 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Fun! And such a relief to have an easy givaway with no hoops πŸ™‚ Our local Walmart is ginormous and I can think of at least 10 things I want/need there. On the food front – I have been wanting to try the jam-filled muffins you posted about last week (or the week before?) I went out and got all of the ingredients but have been so busy baking other things…I am forcing myself to eat them this weekend! (ps I am telling myself they will be an excellent snack for my toddler, but most days I end up eating a snack with him…so…I really just want them)

  • Reply Natalie December 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I don't think I can give you any carb recommendations since I currently have 3 dinner rolls recipes from YOU that I've been meaning to try πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Merrick December 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Ha, obviously everyone else hates the mandatory likes and follows for an entry. Glad we're not alone in that.

    Also, I could really go for some good pizza right now. Or anything carby for that matter. Are those flat breads really better homemade pizza crust? Or equally as good and just much easier?

  • Reply Gail December 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I am quite surprised by what I am about to write, but the impression is strong so here goes: If I win, pick again because I don't need to win a prize.

    I just want to tell you that I am so glad I found your blog because I love to read and have recently moved and don't have a book club right now and I feel that I can trust your recommendations to be books of worth rather than books of smut.

    Your daughters are BEAUTIFUL! (that is my favorite word to write in cursive)

    Have a Merry Christmas

  • Reply Colleen December 22, 2012 at 12:21 am

    My current favorite carby recipe is for lasagna soup. I think my sister sent it to me on Pinterest and it is TO DIE FOR.

  • Reply Heather December 22, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I join in the hoop-jumping dislike. Carb recommendations, have you tried super yummy garlic chicken pasta from our food blog? Yummy. The bacon makes the boys happy too.

  • Reply *LaUrA* December 22, 2012 at 12:53 am

    yay!! I love giveaways! and I love your blog! I don't have any recipes…but I just want some tortilla chips with an amazingly gooey, delicious, dip. mmmmmmmm.

  • Reply kimmie December 22, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!! and mmmmm flatbreads πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nicole December 22, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I love these caramels that I made this year. Simplest recipe yet, and SO good.

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,177,149186-254199,00.html

    I doubled it, made it in a jellyroll pan, and probably ate far too many.

  • Reply Holly Marie December 22, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I've been sitting at home all day waiting for Fedex deliver a package. I keep thinking they will show up and I can finally leave the house, so I haven't done anything for dinner yet, but now all I can think about is delicious cheesy scalloped potatoes πŸ™‚

  • Reply J. December 22, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Mmm, carbs. Here's the recipe for the cake batter pudding cookies I made for my exchange this year: http://www.chef-in-training.com/2011/10/cake-batter-pudding-cookies/ Super delicious!

  • Reply megan December 22, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I will happily comment to be entered into a giveaway. There, I commented. πŸ™‚

    Those flatbreads sound awesome, and we could all use a little easy.

  • Reply Amber December 22, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Wow! A giveaway! Thanks for the pizza recipes. I love to make pizza πŸ™‚

  • Reply Natalie December 22, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Cheesy, gooey garlic bread is my latest carb overload – the buttery, the better!

  • Reply Amy December 22, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Awesome. This is exactly the kind of giveaway I like, and if I ever do one on my blog, I will follow your good example.

  • Reply Kylie December 22, 2012 at 4:00 am

    For extra carby goodness, try out this recipe. It was a big hit at our house. http://www.rhodesbread.com/blog/blog/braided-spaghetti-bread

  • Reply Kelly December 22, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Potato soup…yum!

  • Reply Emily December 22, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I love the easy giveaways….and I think you have lots of great carb recommendations but for another one…almost any cookie dough eaten while children are sleeping tastes amazing! Here's a good Christmas-inspired recipe with chocolate and gingerbread from Martha http://www.marthastewart.com/339353/chewy-chocolate-gingerbread-cookies

    Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Andrea Smith December 22, 2012 at 4:37 am

    I LOVE flatbreads, they are so tasty!! I wanted naan bread and got it today, so good!

  • Reply Jenn December 22, 2012 at 4:44 am

    My carb of choice lately has been biscuits (they go so well with winter soups)but since I got the recipe from your blog, I'm guessing I don't need to leave you the link. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Erin December 22, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I enjoy your book recommendations… both for kids and me!

  • Reply Lindsay December 22, 2012 at 5:13 am

    My mom used to make caramel dumplings from scratch on the stove — and while I don't know the recipe (and I don't even think she does, since she makes them without thinking), it's what I thought of when you said "carby goodness." πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Lisa December 22, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Carbs are my speciality and my weakness.

    We have a family favorite dubbed "Yummy Rolls" that my mom came up with when she was feeding breakfast to eight kids – four of them bottomless teenage boys. Roll out a rectangle of your favorite biscuit dough, spread on a little softened butter, sprinkle on brown sugar and cinnamon and roll it up and slice it like you would cinnamon rolls. Bake according to biscuit time and temp. They're best eaten warm and dunked in cold milk or hot chocolate. My mom's biscuit dough was made with half all-purpose and half soft white wheat flour so it filled us up well. I make these for my little family often and for my childhood best friend every time we get together. Tastes like home for us both.

    Congratulation on beautiful Ani!

  • Reply Kristi December 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

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  • Reply Mrs Gray December 22, 2012 at 8:04 am

    What a great giveaway! Thanks!

  • Reply MerMarty December 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Haha, my kind of giveaway! I always get sucked into following all kinds of crazy stuff for entries. Happy Holidays to you and yours! (mer.marty@yahoo.com)

  • Reply Ash December 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I think you should win something just for making this an easy giveaway! That's why we love you πŸ™‚ Anyway, I've really never tried my hand at homemade pizza because I'm sooo lazy but now I'm tempted to try!

  • Reply Amanda December 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway! This time of year all I want is carbs, too. I blame the weather.

  • Reply alli December 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for an easy-to-enter giveaway! I've been reading your blog for most of the year, but this may be my first time to comment…I'm kind of a lurker. I hope you have a merry Christmas!

  • Reply zeghsy grrl December 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Brilliant giveaway! As for carbs, if there are potatoes or pasta involved, we're happy. But when it comes to the gift card, I would be either spending it on my friend who is currently home with an almost 4 year old and a new baby, or giving it to her outright. Fingers crossed.

  • Reply Allison December 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Awesome giveaway! I saw Merrick at story time at the Provo library before she moved. I told her to tell you hi for me, so hopefully she did! Congrats again on your new baby! My favorite carb lately is pizza so I'm going to look into the links you posted.

  • Reply Suzanne Scow December 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Sweet! I like your style of a give-away! I hope you and Bart have a very Merry Christmas!!

  • Reply girlseeksplace December 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I actually have a book recommendation for you: When It Happens To You by Molly Ringwald. It's gotten a little buzz, but it's a seriously good book. I picked it up because I like her, but she's a legitimately good writer. Now, maybe she has a ghostwriter, but her personality (at least what we see in movies and TV) shows through.

  • Reply Tessa December 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    This is a sad post. there are no pictures of your adorable little girls. Congrats on little Ani by the way!

  • Reply debby December 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    a great and versatile giveaway! i am craving some cinnamon buttery pull-apart bread right now.

  • Reply mdgates December 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Congratulations on your new baby and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  • Reply Sara December 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Pick me! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Mikey December 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    My homemade whole wheat bread!

  • Reply Meghan Sowards December 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I hope there will be enough carbs left for everyone else when I am done with them. <3

  • Reply KT December 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    yay for no lame hoops to jump through. Sadly, we have wheat allergies in our house, so not very many yummy carbs around here (oh how I miss pizza!). We do love your green enchiladas and Mel's Kitchen Cafe red enchiladas though. We'll be having both within the next week because apparently enchiladas scream Christmas spirit to me.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Deanna H December 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I recently made these little slice of Heaven cookies. We devoured the entire batch in 24 hours. They taste wonderful and look really fancy and cute sitting in your kitchen.
    http://www.ourbestbites.com/2012/12/peppermint-meltaway-cookies/

    Fun giveaway and love that no strings are attached!

  • Reply Kelly Jo December 23, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Chocolate Chip cookies sound amazing right now! I might have to go whip up a batch to satisfy that craving. If anyone asks, the baby wants them ;o)

  • Reply Donna December 23, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Enjoy reading your blog. My granddaughter is about the same age as Ella, so I like the recommendations on books you post, and have ordered a few. Your new baby is beautiful. Enjoy these moments with her. They grow up so quickly. πŸ™‚

  • Reply lindseycragun December 23, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Working on making a Carmel apple bundt cake. And yes I am willing to share πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mandy December 23, 2012 at 3:23 am

    just recently found your blog and am enjoying it. love the pirate preschool ideas you just posted. i'm a preschool teacher and always have my eyes open for new ideas! thanks for the chance to win….have a merry christmas!

  • Reply Ash December 23, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Love your blog. I'm pregnant and get great fashion ideas from you πŸ™‚ I also love the children's book recommendations. Thank you!

  • Reply G December 23, 2012 at 4:24 am

    I think I'm having the same problem with giving up dinner in favor of treats and I don't even have a new baby as an excuse!!!

  • Reply Emily December 23, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Thanks for not making me join Twitter just to enter the contest! Let's see…for carby goodness I recommend this Persian-style rice with potatoes. It sounds crazy at first, but now that I've tried it I'm addicted.

    http://mimiskitchen.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/polo-sefeed-persian-style-white-rice/

  • Reply Bettie December 23, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Feeling blessed today. πŸ™‚ A day of rest was good. I have no recipes because I can't cook my way out of a bucket, but I am enjoying some divinity that a friend made for me. It is quite tasty.

  • Reply Bettie December 23, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Feeling blessed today. πŸ™‚ A day of rest was good. I have no recipes because I can't cook my way out of a bucket, but I am enjoying some divinity that a friend made for me. It is quite tasty.

  • Reply meizhen79 December 23, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I found your blog recently and love it! Congrats on your new baby.

  • Reply Sara December 23, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Snacky treat?! I love some Nutella Puppy Chow – or maybe this little recipe I found that consists of crescent rolls, cream cheese and cinnamon/sugar- delightful. Thank you Pinterest for sharing these delicacies with the world.

  • Reply Maren T. December 23, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Yet another reason to love your blog no ridiculous sell your cyber soul tactics for give always. I love nachos and straight up bread as my carbs of choice

  • Reply Rhea December 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Love your blog! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Rebecca Major December 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Pizza is always a winner for me.

  • Reply Rik December 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    This is great! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Jennie December 23, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Oh fun! I'll say that I really enjoyed the rolo cookies I made last night. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anna-Lisa December 24, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Yay – a contest where all I do is post a comment! Thanks, I love it. Thanks for your blog, I came across it by accident but I love it and have read a lot of great books from your recommendations.

  • Reply Anna-Lisa December 24, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Yay – a contest where all I do is post a comment! Thanks, I love it. Thanks for your blog, I came across it by accident but I love it and have read a lot of great books from your recommendations.

  • Reply Tamsen December 24, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Miss you guys and wish we could meet that new baby girl of yours. Hope that one day we can get our little families together again.

  • Reply Brillante and Darin December 24, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Here's my comment :). Love you blog! Congrats on the new baby!

  • Reply runtspickins December 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Here's my comment =] Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Clearbluewater3 December 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hooray for EAsy Giveaways! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Lori L December 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Carby goodness, huh? Well, this time of the year I adore sugar cookies made with almond extract that just have sugary sprinkles on them, no frosting. I also love pretzels dipped in almond bark with sprinkles.

  • Reply Becca December 26, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Mmm… carbs and free money. Merry Christmas indeed.

    (And just realized the two times I tried to comment from my phone didn't work.)

  • Reply chapfan December 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Have you ever tried buttermilk syrup? It is heavenly on all those carby things. Yum! (sarahrebeccachapman at gmail dot com)

  • Reply SeΓ±ora H-B December 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I can't get enough of pretzel rolls from Costco. So delicious.

  • Reply Michelle December 27, 2012 at 2:27 am

    This is yummy and easy! http://iowagirleats.com/2012/08/16/cheesy-broccoli-orzo/

  • Reply Ang December 27, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Our best bites cinnamon rolls. SO SO SO good.

  • Reply KKD December 27, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I need a carb vacation!

  • Reply Emily December 27, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Janssen! I don't know if you'll remember me, but I thought I would say hello. I was roommates with Kristy Robinson and a peer mentor with all the other FRAC folks, and now Katie and Jensen Warnock are my neighbors! Katie and I just did some post-Christmas deal shopping together tonight, in fact. Anyway, you and your blog are lovely. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ryan and Abby December 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Your healthy no bake cookies!

  • Reply Kristy December 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Sign me up!

  • Reply Jenae December 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I would like to comment on how stinkin' cute your Christmas card is! I loved getting that in the mail! I manged to get mine printed well before Christmas… but have not sent them yet. I guess you can not win them all.

    jj

  • Reply Shannon R December 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for the simple easy giveaway. I'd love to check out the crispy bacon tomato recipe but it linked me to walmart's ad instead. Oh well, the rest look awesome!!

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  • Reply stefanie gladden December 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I think the Crispy Bacon and Tomato sounds absolutely delicious! I'm definitely going to try it out!

  • Reply Melissa Thompson December 28, 2012 at 4:59 am

    I love to double up on the carbs and have both pizza AND alfredo pasta!

    -Melissa T.

  • Reply Claire December 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Ani is so adorable!!

  • Reply Sammy December 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Christmas time Cinnamon Rolls. The recipe from Our Best Bites is my fave!

  • Reply Abby December 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Your blog is so cute. Love your book ideas.
    PS Of course we don't know each other, but we have a mutual friend, "C." from SmallDog.

  • Reply allisa December 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Ah! Thank you for the pizza recipes! Tyler and I both agreed that homemade pizza is on the menu for this week, and it's always fun to try something new!

  • Reply Cathy December 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I love your blog! I found it through my brother, Ben Crowder, and now I always read it. I could always use a GC to Walmart! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Neil & Michelle Harrison December 30, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Thanks for making it simple to enter!

  • Reply Ashley and Dave December 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Hmmmmm… Carbs……

  • Reply Unknown December 31, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Enjoying your blog! Pasta with pesto is a carb favorite of mine.

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