Friday, December 12, 2014

Swap Goodies & Gift for Someone!

 I was in Eric's Christmas Kitchen Swap and my partner was Linda, from Ala Carte and the 3 photos above are the goodies I received. We were to make 2 items related to a Christmas kitchen, send a recipe and make a card or tag. Linda altered a vintage grader, cool, made an ornie and sent along lots of fun treasures. Love the vintage towel and icicles! THANK YOU, Linda! It was a great swap! Of course I always forget to take photos of what I sent to her, so you'll have to visit her blog!

 I forgot to show you the desserts that were served at the Christmas Luncheon. 4 types of mini bundt cakes! YUM!! Lemon, red velvet, chocolate and a cranberry!!! Don't they look pretty on the plates!

I would like to send one of you these small Christmas goodies. I altered an putz house and ornie. Included a vintage hankie, chocolates, recipe book and kitchen towel.  How about telling me 1 of your favorite Christmas memories to be entered into the giveaway. I will pick a name on Sunday and get it in the mail on Monday!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your prayers for my sister. Keep them coming!!! I'll update you on Sunday.



Melissa said...

You are so sweet to offer a special gift like that this time of year! My favorite Christmas memory was when I was very little. Maybe 5 or 6. My dad worked evening shift at the time and was driving home very late on Christmas eve. It has been snowing, etc. Well, unfortunately a deer ran out in front of him and he hit it. So he made it home with a pretty banged up car with bits of deer fur on it. He told me and my little brother (who was 3 or 4) that he hit Rudolph. We instantly cried. Then he told us it was just a deer. We were much happier!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

You always have the best giveaways! Love all the Christmas themed goodies. My favorite Christmas memory would be the year that my hubby surprised me with an amazing gift. I had NO idea, but he bought a brand new Sewing machine for me. I had never asked for one, but he spied around and he learned that I thought a Bernina was the best machine for the kind of sewing I do. I was in total shock when I opened the box. I've had the machine for 10 years now, and it's still the best gift I've ever gotten.

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Hi Deb, thanks for the Christmas giveaway!One year when I was about six Santa brought my sister and I each a Chatty Cathy doll. Dad called us to breakfast, and I had just pulled the string on the doll and she said no,no,no,no! My dad said that's all he needed, another one saying NO! :-)
Have a blessed Christmas,

Susie said...

Deb, Your desserts look wonderful. I think you had some great swap gifts too. What a fun time. Blessings for an enjoyable weekend, xoxo,Susie

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Such a cute swap package from Linda, and your mini bundts look delicious. Been catching up on blog reading and will also join in with the sending of prayers and positive healing thoughts for your dear sister.

How sweet is your giveaway. As a child, I always had old rusty hand-me-down bikes. Then one Christmas I got a beautiful new purple Raleigh english bike, with gears and the works. I was so overwhelmed I burst into tears when I saw it. It was freezing outside, but I rode that bike on Christmas until my face was chapped and my cheeks were red as a Santa suit, and they made me come back inside. I loved that bike for years, still a fond memory for me. :)

Great idea to share a memory, and such much fun to read them all!

Tammy's in Love said...

Sweet story! Now "Jessica" is Eric! Oh, you will keep her laughing... Praying for your sister and her family (you!) in this time.


Oliva Ohlson said...

Me me me...!!! My most memorable Christmas was when I received my Easy Bake Oven!!! I was so thrilled!

Keeping your sister in my prayers.
Linda is so talented, and love her gifts!
The bundt cakes looks so good!

Annette said...

How very generous of you to offer a give away when things are sooo busy.I remember one Christmas when I was little and we had finished opening our presents. I drew back the drapes and we were in a winter wonderland. It rarely snowed where we lived and all I wanted was to go outside and play. Mother made me eat first. :>)

Debby said...

This is a memory that I won't ever forget but it isn't my favorite. Two days before Christmas we had a horrible ice storm. We lost power and it was freezing outside. We packed up some clothes our son and two dogs. One was just given to us a couple days before, a Yorkie puppy. She was so tiny and we knew she couldn't get too cold. We put a sweater from one of my teddy bears on her. We didn't have a cell phone and phones were down anyway. We went to a town 40 minutes away to find a friend's house to stay in, they were gone. We started looking for a hotel that would take dogs. We searched quite awhile and within an hour's distance. We ended up in one close to my husband's job. Christmas eve we stayed at out DIL's house. Our son was in Afghanistan. We stayed there 2 nights and then back to the hotel for another 5. I remember pulling out of our driveway and it looked like a war zone. We were lucky we could even get out. I just looked back and cried. Hubby always left his shopping to do on Christmas Eve. Guess what the mall was closed. I don't think we opened presents til New Years Eve. So all of our Christmases since have been a lot less stressful.

Incipient Wings said...

it's so nice to visit and feel such holiday spirit!
I think my favorite has to be last year's Christmas.
Everyone was here..there was laughter and food and everything you expect from the's suspended in my mind like a bubble.

Hope you have a wonderful night.

Musings from Kim K. said...

Always the generous blogger. deb. I think one of favorite memories is Josie's first christmas home from china. She had a cast from shoulder to fingertip and opening gifts was rather interesting but she was so excited to see so many presents. Our family was finally complete. It was the best Christmas having two daughters to spoil and love.

Donna G said...

Thank you for the great giveaway! Favorite memory from Christmases past are all the relatives visiting, bearing wonderful cookies from one aunt, and candy from another. Oh, and polishing the kitchen floor on Christmas Eve day with the electric floor polisher!

Beth said...

One of my favorite memories (though not necessarily a happy one at the time)was as a child I really wanted a Punky Brewster Doll and I asked my parents and Santa for it. One day my brother and I decided to snoop in my parents closet and I saw a box that I swore was Punky Brewster but before I could confirm it we got caught and we got in so much trouble. Well Christmas morning I kept looking for the box and I finally saw it. I was so excited until I opened it. Boy was I disappointed...It was a doll dressed in exercise clothing that sort of looked like the girl from flash dance. I was one disappointed little girl that Christmas...but I still have that doll and my memories.

Thanks for the chance to win such lovely gifts. Keeping your sister in my thoughts and prayers.

Marci said...

I did that swap also and it was such fun! Love your gifts, mine will be featured tomorrow. One of my most memorable (but not best) memories was when I was about 5. My mom hired a Santa to come to our house to visit me and my two brothers. I was scared to death if him and clung to my dad screaming and crying. I wouldn't go near him! My brothers asked him why he came in a taxi and where the heck were his reindeer? Fun memory (but not at the time!)

Libbie Doyle said...

Praying Deb!!!

Those lil' cakes ARE making me a little hungry :)

What a fun swap too! I love the theme!

Stephanie said...

Oh my, look at those delicious desserts - yum! The items you received in the swap are absolutely darling :)

How sweet of you, Deb, to give away such lovely items! I have many favorite Christmas memories, but I think my top one would be as a young girl when my mom would pull out the Christmas ornaments and I would lovingly go through them, play with them, and hang them on the tree in a special spot. Now when I decorate the tree I always think back to when I was younger...

Happy weekend to you!

boopnut said...

I just read about your sister. Of course, she has my prayers. What an awful disease! That swap looks like it was a lot of fun!
My favorite Christmas memory was when I was small and we were very poor, my sister and I both got sleds (mine was an aluminum snow coaster), dolls, and a table and chair set. My mom had everything on lay away. I didn't know that was the Christmas that almost didn't happen. My dad had spent his paycheck, and Mom went to borrow some money to get the toys that year. I have a picture of my younger sister and I holding our dolls.
I think I would have to eat each of those different bundt cakes!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Deb, what a fun swap. Love all the goodies. The desserts for the luncheon look so good.

Your giveaway is so generous and special. I would love to enter!
My favorite Christmas memory is going with my dad to see Santa on a sleigh ride into a winter wonderland where at the end was Santa waiting to talk to the children. It was magical for a little one and I wish they had this today for children.

Prayers for your sister.
Hugs and Blessings

Theresa said...

Praying for your Sister and drooling over all of those hankies and desserts:) Enjoy your day dear Deb, HUGS!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Deb, I am so happy you liked your exchange gifts. You are such a sweet friend. I had fun making them for you. Oh yummy cakes! I'm getting photos taken today and will post my amazing exchange gifts from you by tomorrow! Feeling so joyous today. Continued prayers for you sister and hugs for you!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I forgot to say what a sweet giveaway! I know someone will enjoy it so much! Don't enter me since I was your exchange partner! One of my favorite Christmas memories is being Mary in a Christmas pageant at Church and the wonderful feelings it created. Knowing the real reason for the season!

NanaDiana said...

I won't enter the giveaway because I have been so blessed by "givers" this year, Deb....but this is a wonderful post. I love those plates of goodies, too, and what great swap gifts. xo Diana

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Such sweet and cute swap goodies you got! I will have to go visit Linda to see hers she got from you too! :) Love those little bundt cakes! They are so adorable and look so yummy!! A favorite Christmas memory, getting up Christmas morning with our family, opening gifts together by the fire and then enjoying some of dad's homemade breakfast together. :) Thoughts and prayers for your dear sister!! Merry Christmas, xo Holly

Mary Steinbrink said...

So nice of you to share Christmas goodies with your readers! I always love to read about your vintage treasures! My daughter is 7 and these last few Christmases have been wonderful because she is such a true believer! It never crosses her mind that anything but Christmas "magic" is happening - Santa, flying reindeer, Elf on the Shelf - it's all very real. She also never forgets the real reason for the season and keeps our family focused on Jesus birth and our many blessings! Merry Christmas!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Thank your for offering the goodies....Oh love the church goodie cakes. My fondest memory was Christmas Eve we alway has oyster stew....Is that a Minnesota thing? Still praying for Sis


Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

How did I miss this post???
I love the towel that Linda sent you! And her ornaments are adorable!
I thought those Bundt Cakes were fake at first! They're so perfect and cute!
Erica :)

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Linda did a great job on her swap items! It was fun for me to do a swap again, too! So many talented people in blogland! The cute tiny bundts look so sweet!
And yes I will send out prayers for your dear sister. My that is tough to go through.
As far as a Christmas memory, I will share all the family tree decorating as my big memory. Every year this is so much fun to get out all the old ornaments and remember the people and times connected to them! I really love that. And the last Christmas I got to spend with my dad. I miss him so much!
Merry Christmas!