Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 9/13 + Giveaway! (closed)


Hi friends, how are you this fine Monday?  I’m going to keep this short and sweet today as I know we are all busy.  However keep in mind that it’s during these busy times that it’s especially important to have a menu plan.  I know it’s hard to do when you have a million other things going on but if I can offer any kind of encouragement during this time, it would be not to neglect your menu planning.  Trust me you’ll thank me later :)

This week I’m hosting dinner club at my house.  My theme is red, white and green.  Everyone has to bring food in those colors (we do potluck style) and dress in those colors as well.  I’m really looking forward to it!  Does anyone else participate in a dinner club each month?


As a tiny token of my appreciation to my lovely readers, today I want to giveaway a couple of my favorite holiday soft cover cookbooks from this year to help you with your Christmas preparations.   I purchased them for myself as well and they are great.  I love my slow cooker and am always looking for new recipes to try out.  One person is going to win both cookbooks.  It’s easy to enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite Christmas treat is.  Open to everyone and giveaway will close this Thursday, December 12/13 at 4:00 pm PST.  Winner selected by random draw using    Winner is #126 Rebekah!!

Taste of Home Holiday Cookbooks

Have a super organized and delicious week everyone!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:   BBQ Chicken Hashbrown Casserole

Tuesday:  Creamy Pasta with Sausage

Wednesday:  Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup (I’ll use rice instead of barley)

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Dinner Club!  I’ll be making Chipotle Salsa from the Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook (red),  Loaded Baked Potato Chip Dip (white) and Guacamole (green).  For dessert:  Chocolate Strawberry Dip

Saturday:  Pepperoni and Cheese Quesadillas (I’ll be making homemade corn tortillas for these)

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own)

Christmas goodies I’ll be making:  White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge and Green Mint Bark


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137 Responses to “Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 9/13 + Giveaway! (closed)”
  1. 1
    Susan says:

    My favorite Christmas treat are chocolate mint brownies … hoping to make them in the next week or two :)

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    Margo says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is a yummy punch my mother makes! :)

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    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    My favorite Christmas treat is sort of new to me…it’s a Christmas candy made of saltines, butter, brown sugar and chocolate chips. It’s so good, you can’t stop eating it!

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    Marsha says:

    My favorite Christmas treats are my grandma’s nut rolls.

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    Beth says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is my mother-in-laws pizzells. She makes one set vanilla flavored for our family that doesn’t like the traditional anise flavoring. Yum, Yum!

    mindingmomma at aol dot com

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    Amy says:

    That’s a hard one! Hmm … sandtarts or whoopie pies, maybe. I don’t make either very often!

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    What a yummy looking week – and your dinner party sounds really fun. We don’t do a formal dinner club, but we do have dinner with our friends every 3 months of so, which is a treat.

    I think my favorite Christmas treat are my mom’s homemade caramels!! The recipe is a family secret, but the smell and taste are truly equated with Christmas for me.

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    Miz Helen says:

    Good Morning Laura,
    We are having some of your low temperatures here this week, it is really cold. Hope you have a cozy week and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    Rachel says:

    My grandmothers fudge…. She passed away this year so I’m attempting it myself… eek.

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    Courtney S says:

    My favorite holiday treats are ones we create at home with the kids. There’s nothing better than small children making cookies or candies (even if they taste bad! ha!).

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    Rita says:

    My favorite treat is chocolate covered macaroons. I love anything coconut!

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    Sarah W. says:

    I love sausage balls for breakfast and homemade cheese ball for parties.

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    Rita says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is the Christmas pecans my mom makes. I LOVE them!

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    Brandy says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is Peppermint Bark!

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    jane says:

    I have lots of favorites, but the one I’m thinking of now is boiled custard.

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    Cindy says:

    I love all the Norwegian cookies that family makes this time of year.

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    Tiffany says:

    Our family favorite is called tea ring – it’s a yeast based breakfast pastry with tons of cinnamon, sugar, and butter. Pure heaven.

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    CrftySAHM says:

    I cannot believe it is so close to Christmas. I have been so busy with my kitchen remodel that the time has just slipped up on me. The house is a total disaster with everything emptied out of the kitchen. I get to start putting part of it back today. My new appliances are scheduled to arrive this morning, depends on if the passes are open or still closed due to snow. Tomorrow they come to measure the counter tops and then once they are installed I will have a kitchen sink again. How I miss my kitchen sink and the water dispenser for my fridge, the ice maker too. LOL

    Sadly though, holiday baking just isn’t happening. I have however been keeping a few recipes in a folder to try out once my kitchen is up and running again. Will also be spending some time over the holidays to plan out some menus for the new year as well.

    Merry Christmas all.

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    Hillary S says:

    Christmas Oatmeal Lace Cookies! :)


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    SusieQTpies says:

    Thanks for hosting! My favorite treat will always will be my homemade holiday fudge recipe that I’ve been making since I was a young teen!

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    Leslie MP says:


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    Dawn says:

    Chocolate Chip-Cinnamon Breakfast Ring

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    Tammy Beagen says:

    oreo bonbons

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    My favorite Christmas treat is my grandmother’s Rum balls. Unfortunately I never got her recipe so I’ve been trying to recreate it ever since. I think I’m getting close!

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    Sugar cookies and hot chocolate!

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    Maricela says:

    My favorite treat during the holidays is the Capirotada (bread pudding) that my mom makes only during the holdiays.

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    Esther says:

    I love gingerbread cookies! I found a great recipe last year on the Taste of Home website that was a huge success. I’m not sure I even ate one of the cookies as the kids and my husband were constantly eating them! :)

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    Diane says:

    Christmas cookies with eggnog is my annual treat. I usually indulge on Christmas Eve when everyone is asleep and all the “chores” are done. It’s a nice moment of peace before the celebrations begin.

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    Janessa says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is peppermint bark and chocolate covered peanut butter balls!

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    Kayla says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is one of those tins of Danish cookies. LOVE them and only get a tiny tin every Christmas now, but my Meemaw used to give me and my sister a HUGE tin to share when we were kids.

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    Julie says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is the Dutch Baby Pancake we make every year on Christmas Day. It is like a pancake souffle!

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    Catherine says:

    I love my mom’s sugar cookies during the holidays!

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    Amy S says:

    My favorite would have to be Great Grandmother Etta Lee’s Fresh Apple Cake that has been passed down through the generations of family. SOOOOO good!

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    Keri says:

    My mother-in-law makes the best Christmas candy! She makes fudge, divinity, Martha Washingtons, and chocolate-covered cherries.

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    Janet says:

    I always love the decorated cookies. Thanks for hosting and the giveaway!

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    Your dinner club sounds fun, I’d enjoy being a part of something like that.

    I would LOVE to add these cookbooks to my collection! My favorite Christmas treat is my homemade Gingersnap Cookies with a glass of cold milk.

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    Christina says:

    My favorite christmas treat is my uncle’s chocolate triffle!

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    Kristin Peterson says:

    I would have to say either the traditional frosted sugar cookies or biscotti with chocoate coating and peppermint sprinkles.

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    Jeanne says:

    My favorite Christmas treat has changed because now I can’t eat gluten. I think it’s peppermint bark!

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    Lisawpt says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is getting together with family and friends to make candy. We then share what we’ve made with each other. My mom and her friend started this 40+ years ago and we are still at it!

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    My favorite Christmas Treat are Chocolate Cherry Bubbles. I will be making them for my cookie exchange next week.

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    Jennifer R. says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

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    Joan Boxell says:

    I love to make candies. Each year we pick different recipes to try. This year we are making peppermint candies, fudge (always) and divinity. We are looking at more but with a 7 yr old granddaughter helping the recipes are not always kid friendly.

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    Jacque R says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is Peppermint Bark.!

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    Annette M. says:

    I love cinnamon sugared covered almonds or pecans. Very tasting that a friend personally makes herself each year.

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    Mimi says:

    Favorite Christmas treat would be cookies, especially Sand Tarts. Yummy. Merry Christmas.

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    Rebecca says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is snicker brownies – YUM!!!

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    Jennifer says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is gingerbread cookies and Buckeyes! :) Every year I look forward to making them!

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    Dara says:

    Eggnog and peppermint bark!

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    Tiffany says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is peanut butter fudge! Second favorite would be pralines. Both are yummy!

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    Lori says:

    Plain and simple homemade, warm chocolate chip cookies shared with my boys before Santa comes.

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    Vanessa says:

    Favorite Christmas treat is my Mom’s homemade apple pie. Delicious!

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    Jen C. says:

    I love all Christmas goodies – especially decorated sugar cookies and peanut butter blossoms!

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    Kelly Smith says:

    I love your menu planning Mondays! I get some great ideas, and look forward to the new recipes! Thanks for all your time and effort you put into ALL your posts! You are awesome!

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    April V says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is mashed potato candy that my grandmother makes!

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    I love to use my Crock pot as well – since I keep my 18 month old grand daughter it makes my life so much easier! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Candace says:

    I love peppermint meringues. So easy and not too many calories.

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    You are so sweet. You know what I love this time of year? Eggnog. I love the stuff and I actually made my own last year and it was really good too.

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    Sharon says:

    What yummy looking cookbooks! My favorite Christmas treat is the cookies. Favorite ones are mint surprise cookies and Christmas spritz.

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    Shirley says:

    My favorite Christmas treats are our cookies that we cut out with the cookie cutters and colored icing! We just made some this past weekend and they are disappearing so fast! Great cookbook contest!

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    dana says:

    Black Russian cake is my favorite. Cant wait to whip some up.

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    Mare says:

    My favorite Christmas treat are the almond Christmas tree press cookies that my mom taught me how to make when I was a little girl. They are such a delicious and treasured memory!

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    Rona B says:

    My favorite treat are sugar cookies. Yum.

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    Natalie says:

    I love Christmas cookies

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    Sally says:

    My favorite is my Grandmother’s Divinity.

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    LPaasch says:

    My favorite holiday foods are my mom’s home-made stuffing, my sweet potatoe casserole, and SOCO (non alcoholic) vanilla spice eggnog! I also love making sugar cookies with my kids!

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    Sarah says:

    Favorite Christmas treat? Eggnog. Hands down.

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    Kate says:

    My favorite christmas treat is Trader Joe Peppermint Joe Joes.

    Or my MIL’s standing rib roast…

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    Kathy Henry says:


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    SalBug says:

    My mom’s Sandies cookies.

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    Melinda says:

    One of my neighbors makes the most wonderful cinnamon rolls every Christmas. After 25 years, we’re very spoiled. It wouldn’t be Christmas without them!

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    Kerry says:

    Sugar cookies and cheesecake.

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    Tina says:

    Dark Christmas Cake!

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    Jane says:

    I love Wreath Cookies and Peppermint Cookies.

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    miranda says:

    I love chocolate chip cookies

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    gary says:

    I like anything with walnuts

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    Joansy says:

    I think my favorite treat is Christmas breakfast. I always make Cranberry Coffee Cake and Christmas Morning Rolls, and it just makes me feel so cozy to sit down with my family and hear them chattering away, eating and laughing. So blessed.

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    Charlene M. says:

    We love traditional wedding cookies. We call them Sands…. mmmm, melt in your mouth goodness.

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    benessi says:

    anything sweet but top of the list are puff pastry plum tarts!

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    Chrystal says:

    We’ll be making some “gingerbread” houses later this week out of graham crackers, vanilla frosting, and assorted sweets

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    Pat says:

    Love your website! My favorite Christmas treat is Martha Washington balls.

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    Chelsea says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is white-chocolate dipped pretzels!

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    Sandra says:

    Definitely Snickerdoodles!

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    Laura says:

    GingerSnap cookies. Always good.

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    Jenny says:

    My favorite holiday treat is the fudge my mom makes with velveeta cheese! I love it when I tell people the secret ingredient and they are so confused. Cheese and chocolate who’d a thought…….yummy! Menu looks good by the way!

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    Connie Kline says:

    My Christmas treat is the lovely glazed ham I cook every year. I have to watch my diet so I eat very little pork – until Christmas – then I get to indulge for a few days. Yummy.

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    Lynne B says:

    my favorite Christmas treat is mint meltaways from Fanny May. I’d love a copy cat recipe for them

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    Linda says:

    My favorite is chocolate crinkles. cookies. Oh and of course getting free foodie things! Love the site!

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    Lisa W. says:

    My favorite is Date Nut Roll. So good and different.

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    Cindy says:

    My favorite treat to make and give is my microwave peanut brittle – Each batch makes a pound of candy and is done in less than 10 minutes, not including the cooling and clean up time.

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    Morgan says:

    My favourite Christmas treat is the Rum Balls my mom makes. She has made them ever since I was a kid. They don’t actually have any rum in them so we could eat them as kids, but even when we got older they still got made the same way. They are so good, definitely my favourite! :)

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    Cher says:

    Home made sugar cookies from the recipe that my mom used. No other sugar cookie is quite as yummy, in my opinion! Love hot chocolate, too, especially after I take the dog for a walk – no matter what the weather, I have to do that! My reward is hot chocolate to warm up my cold body.

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    Katherine says:

    My favorite is peanut butter balls.

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    My favorite holiday treat is oreo truffles.

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    Judi says:

    My favorite holiday treat is my Mom’s shortbread cookies. Nobody makes them like my Mom.

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    Stephanie Jennings says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is a cherry, almond glazed pie. However, now we are dealing with some food allergies in the house, so no pie :(

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    Myrna Fanney says:

    My favorite holiday treat is going to a cookie swap! It’s so much fun and you come away with great assortments of cookies and recipes!

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    My favorite treat is the boxes of SEE’S chocolates with nuts.

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    Bernice J says:

    Our hands-down favourite recipe over the years for Christmas is my Nuts and Bolts, a snack mix that disappears very quickly over the holidays!

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    Goldie P says:

    Just discovered your blog. Very interesting!

    Our favorite holiday treat is Chex party mix. Homemade… much better than the pre-packaged version. I like to add Honey Grahams cereal for just a touch of sweetness with the spice.

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    Tonnie says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is our family’s homemade English Toffee! Many batches are made during the season. It’s hard not to keep sneaking another piece!

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    Brenda A. says:

    my favorite treat is white chocolate raspberry cheesecake!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Homemade fudge and caramels. Only at Christmas!

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    lynaeve says:

    My favorite is candy canes. Only because I dont have an awesome christmas cookbook to show me what I should make lol. Thanks for the chance!

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    JoeyfromSC says:

    My fave treat is homemade fudge! My Aunt & I make it every year as a tradition!! SO rich but yummy!! lol

    Thanks for the chance to win! I LOVE cookbooks!

    Happy Holidays!


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    Jill R says:

    I love peppermint bark! And frosted sugar cookies.

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    MemeGRL says:

    One favorite? Really?
    Favorite meal: beef tenderloin with pink peppercorns.
    Favorite tradition: seven fishes, modern style, on Christmas Eve. (No salt cod or smelts; Trader Joe’s scallops in bacon, oysters on crackers, California rolls from the supermarket, lobster bisque, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, and poached salmon…and pizza for the kids.)
    Favorite cookie: craisin and white chocolate
    Favorite comment: Lynaeve’s above! Good luck to all and thanks for the question that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Denny says:

    My favrite Christmas treat: tamales!

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    Jill Hartley says:

    Yummmy! My grandma’s chocolate cream pie!!!

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    Kristi says:

    My grandma’s peanut brittle!

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    Rachel says:

    Peanut butter balls!

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    Sean says:

    I’m not sure I have a favorite Christmas treat–if it has sugar and especially if it has chocolate, I’m good!. For Christmas dinner though, there must be pecan pie!

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    julie says:

    I love to indulge in eggnog. And the best part? No one else in my family likes it so it’s ALL mine!

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    Christa Jones says:

    My favorite treat is Oreo truffles

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    fave christmas treat is pumpkin cheesecake or pumpkin pie- or a good cobbler!!!

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    Brenda S. says:

    Russian Tea Cakes!

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    My favorite thing to make and eat for Christmas is called Patience Fudge. Lots of sugar and nuts all caramelized and so goood

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    Sara says:

    Do I have to pick one? :) As far as sweets…probably good pfeufferneusse or stollen. Though I love peppermint. And caramel. And am a sucker for a sweet/salty treat. :)

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    Tiffany R says:

    Linzer Cookies using my homemade jam. Yum.

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    It’s really hard to just pick one. I feel around the holidays I eat what sweet treat is in front of me. But if I had to choose one it would be salted chocolate caramels.

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    Dorothy says:

    I love sugar cookies, and fudge, and all the other sweets too!

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    Julie says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is my Mom’s Pineapple Carrot Bread.

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    TaraO says:

    I love any Christmas cookies, but especially pecan tassies

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    Rebekah says:

    My new favorite Christmas treat is Snickers Fudge. My old favorite Christmas treat is Pecan Tassies. I love the idea of a Dinner Club and may try to get that together for the coming year. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Jean McKinney says:

    My favorite is Boston Creme pie.

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    Vera says:

    My favorite is sugar cookies!!

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    kim o. says:

    Pie! In any type size, shape or form!

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    Toni W. says:

    My favorite treat is peanut butter fudge!

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    ilona t says:

    love peppermint bark

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    Leann H. says:

    Thank you for this great opportunity!! My favorite treat has got to be a recipe that I actually made two of earlier today. I lost my Mom to Alzheimer’s Dz. this past January. Every year for as long as I can remember, Mom used to make “Merk’s Coffee Cake”. It’s like a pound cake with a cinnamon/sugar/nut center and topping. It is wonderful. I’m trying to carry on her tradition of making them for the rest of the family every Christmas.

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    Carolsue says:

    I just commented — how did it end up as a “Reply” to someone else’s comment? I will try again.
    Snickerdoodle Fudge ius my favorite holiday treat!

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    Heidi Mitrushi says:

    I love brownies- so whether they are brownies with candy canes mixed in or regular brownies decorated with red and green M&M’s they are my fav!

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    Kat says:

    My favorite treat has to be peanut butter blossoms!

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