December 5, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Giveaway


Hello, everyone! This year I am participating in the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop hosted by Just Let Me Quilt. It is all about sharing Christmas traditions, cookie recipes, and many giveaways - a perfect way to begin this December, don't you agree?

My best memories are from Christmases growing up in Brazil. Look at the fabric above by Dear Stella Designs - there is no snow where I was born in Brazil at Christmas but our Santa Claus might as well be wearing shorts like this one! There we decorate our trees with cotton to mimic snow, the ornaments are beautiful on the artificial trees, and the Spirit of Christmas permeates everything we do in December.


We exchange Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve after midnight and then eat a delicious meal together. On Christmas Day we gather at lunchtime, eat, play games, and stay together until evening falls. However, since I have been in the United States for 31 years I am totally into our traditions here. One of them has to do with the foods we eat at this time, especially cookies!


Above is my favorite recipe for Gingerbread Snaps which I make every year. They are easy, so soft, and everyone loves them. They are perfect as gifts for friends and neighbors when you put them inside cellophane sacks decorated with Christmas images. You should try them!

 
Here is another 'food' you may want to try: how would you like to win a copy of Easy Layer-Cake Quilts: Simple Quilts That Start With 10" Squares by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs? I love their fun patterns which use 10"-square precuts in such unexpected ways to create beautiful designs. Here are two of my favorites:


Photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.

The instructions are well written and straightforward, the diagrams are clear, and their designs make clever use of the layer-cakes. I love it and know you will love it, too.

For a chance to win it, just like Pieced Brain's Facebook page, and click on the option in the Rafflecopter box below. Leave me a comment telling me you did. This is open to international followers also, which will receive the eVersion copy. If you live in the US you will receive a hardcopy of the book.

[Giveaway not over! Trying to fix Rafflecopter gadget. Ai ai ai... Do leave me a comment and I will manually enter you in the giveaway.]

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be announced on December 8 on this blog. Be sure to leave your email address (use this format so you don't get spammed: "soandso at gmail dot com") so I have a way to contact you.

Below is the schedule for the Blog Hop. Let's visit their blogs to learn about their traditions, gather delicious cookie recipes, and maybe win prizes:



I am so glad Carol from Just Let Me Quilt invited me to participate in the 2017 Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop, and am grateful to Martingale for the giveaway. I have this nagging feeling that the blog hop will not be good for my waistline, though! :-)

Enjoy your day,






41 comments:

  1. The cookies look delicious--I love gingersnaps and want to make some this year. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Gingersnaps are a favourite. Thanks for sharing your recipe

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  3. Hi Denise,
    Yummy - these cookies look delicious and ones that I should add to my make-every-year list. Thanks for sharing the recipe! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  4. Yummy cookies Denise, thanks for sharing!

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  5. Those cookies look delish! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway. It looks like a fun book.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your recipe and the giveaway. I have only ever had crispy gingersnaps, we may have to try those!

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  7. Denise your FB link didn't work to click it, but I got there by typing it in. Just a heads up.

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  8. I adore a soft gingerbread cookie, so will be making your recipe! Mine always turn out hard and crunchy...not my favorite. I am a new FB follower of yours!

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  9. I will give the gingerbread cookie a go! Thanks!!

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  10. Thanks for the recipe, I like my gingerbread soft too! Found you on FB so now I can follow along! deonn at quiltscapesqs dot com.

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  11. All these cookie recipes have me drooling. The Layer Cake book looks tempting also. rozz01(at)cox(dot)net

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  12. Looks like a great gingersnap cookie recipe- love those gingersnap cookies. some very cool quilt patterns too

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  13. I never had soft gingersnap cookies. I'll be making these for sure.

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  14. I already like your Facebook page. Thanks for the great cookie recipe and giveaway. I love Me and My Sisters' patterns and fabrics.
    cecilialyoung at gmail dot com

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  15. I follow your FB page and these cookies are a favorite of ours and have been for many years. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  16. great looking recipe. I've already tested my recipe twice, testing all of the others is going to be wicked fun.

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  17. About to cookie hop...can't wait. Always like to try new recipes.

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  18. I think I might make these cookies for our cookie swap.....
    monica at icanquilt2 dot com

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  19. My stomach thanks you! I liked you on FB! :)

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  20. Soft cookies are the best! Thanks for sharing recipe. I clicked to like you on FB and left my email in the comment for the raffle drawing. : )

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  21. These look good! I follow you on Facebook!

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  22. They look delicious! I will definitely be making them. P.S. My magazine arrived today...thank you!

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  23. I want to try your cookie. I don't care for hard gingersnap cookies.

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  24. I haven't made gingersnaps yet. Thanks for the recommendation on this recipe. I'm hoping to give it a try this year.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  25. Ginger snaps are my husband's favorite cookie!

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  26. The recipe sounds good. I'll have to try them.

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  27. I love ginger cookies and yes I like your FB page.

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  28. Ginger is one of my fav flavours! Mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Those gingersnap cookies look yummy! I am following on Facebook under Dee Johnson. Thanks!

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  30. Ginger snaps was my mother's favorite cookie. I liked you FB page.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  31. My hubby eats ginger snaps every time we travel. Someone told him it helps with motion sickness and he swears by them now. Loved hearing about your traditions in Brazil and love your designs! Have a very blessed Christmas!

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  32. Such cute quilts, I'm following on Facebook

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  33. I've made and eaten Gingersnaps that are quite crispy so I'm liking that these are a soft cookie. Thanks for sharing. I don't do Facebook. :(

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  34. I liked your page on facebook.

    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  35. I love gingersnaps! Ginger anything really. :) I liked your facebook page.

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  36. Gingersnaps are a yummy cookie. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. Wish I could enter for this giveaway, but I don't FB. Soft Gingersnaps sound great, only had crispy in my time.

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  38. Thank you for the recipe. Lovely quilts.

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  39. I have been looking for a soft ginger cookie recipe....Thanks
    jdyblr6107 at gmail dot com. I liked your facebook page

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  40. Hi,
    Thank you for the recipe! We never have enough cookies to share with family and friends. These look delicious. And the layer cake book too :).
    Merry christhmas

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