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Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway!

December 9, 2011
by Jackie Garvin
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We are coming down the home stretch  of Gooseberry Patch week and a celebration of 101 Soups, Salads and Sandwiches, a Gooseberry Patch cookbook publication.   Please check out the recipe for Sausage and Bean Soup and the review of the cookbook plus a recipe for Spicy Cabbage – Apple Slaw.

You have a chance to win this cookbook before it even hits the shelves!   Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are dedicated to favorite recipes, family and wonderful memories.  In celebration of the Christmas season and in keeping with the Gooseberry Patch theme of capturing memories,  leave a comment describing your favorite Christmas memory to be entered into the contest.   The memory can be a childhood memory or recent memory and  can involve gift giving or receiving, food, family, shopping or anything that  makes you smile.

The comment must be left in the comment section below, and not on Facebook, in order to be entered in the contest.

Please share this post with as many people as you would like.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday,  December 14, 2011.

Good luck and may the best memory win!

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  1. Daina Chamness permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:18 am

    Cabbage is the perfect veggie for this time of year! Enter me for the cookbook contest. I wanna see more!

  2. julie weber permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:20 am

    I love the Christmas eve service with my family each year.

  3. Sharon permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:20 am

    My best Christmas memory is making and eating Christmas fudge with my family.

  4. Jane permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:22 am

    Love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks- and your blog as well! I clearly remember Christmas, 1989. We’d had a tough six months, with family members’ illnesses and my father-in-law’s death and my starting/learning a new job, so we were hoping for a spirit-lifting holiday. That morning, I opened the drapes that covered the French doors in our dining room, and there, in the snowy backyard, were about 2 dozen Evening Grosbeaks at our feeder! What a glorious sight- they are not commonly seen in this part of Virginia, except in the heavily wooded areas. We fed them heartily, of course, and they remained for about six weeks. I’ve only seen one since then, but will never forget that flock.

  5. Jean permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:23 am

    Love Gooseberry Patch!

  6. December 9, 2011 9:26 am

    I’ll be making the Sausage and Bean Soup before the day is over. Perfect for this cold weather. Maybe I should just wait and eat the book.

  7. December 9, 2011 9:29 am

    The Sausage and Bean Soup will be cooking on my stove before the day is over. Thanks!

  8. Crystal Allen permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:34 am

    My favorite….having two girls on Christmas Day! 1988, & 1998! What a special blessing God gave me! I am forever grateful! Sharing Jesus’ Birthday! Best Christmas gifts I’ve ever received! :-)

  9. Crystal Allen permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:38 am

    Well, my IPhone has mind of its own….Dates are 1989, & 1998! Last couple of years, they’ve wanted their own Birthday Cakes! Understandable….Good Luck to all…would love to have cookbook, to add to my collection! Lol I have so many, and I live them all! God Bless, & Merry Christmas! :-)

  10. Celia Winters permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:45 am

    Love singing in the church Christmas musical that brings a large group of people together in one voice. We begin tonight and twice tomorrow. Then the final touch for Christmas is the 11 pm Christmas eve service that ends shortly after midnight – a very touching/inspirational time to be a part of and leave with a smile on your face and in your heart.

  11. Ann permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:47 am

    One of my favorite childhood memories was going to my Grandma’s house on Christmas morning after we had opened our Santa. Grandma always had a small cedar tree cut from the woods and decorated, with a gift for everyone under it! “Everyone” included her six children, their wives and at least three children each!! It was never very much, there were “girl” gifts and “boy” gifts for all the grandchildren. We were as excited to be there opening our little gifts, in the midst of all our cousins and aunts and uncles as if Santa himself had showed up! Then we would have a huge Christmas dinner that every family made their best dishes for – it was just a wonderful, warm loving family time!

  12. December 9, 2011 9:47 am

    My best Christmas memory is always the time spent with my family. One that I always looked forward to was the look on their faces on Christmas morning. Now that they are older, I relish the time we spend in the kitchen. They are now the instigators of the ‘Christmas experiment’ which is usually the one dish that we’ve never had before and trying for the first time for the Christmas dinner.

  13. terri permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:56 am

    The delight in my grandaughters eyes seing the first lights and decor of the season. Priceless!

  14. rebecca stringer permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:57 am

    very nice!

  15. Jerry Ann Gregory permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:59 am

    I love the cabbage slaw recipe. Love anything from Gooseberry!

  16. Julie permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:08 am

    I love soup but never know where to start with the base beside chicken stock. I would love to win this so I could begin my soup repertoire.

  17. Danny Taylor permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:11 am

    Always looking for a cooking aid..this one looks like a good one!!
    The Sausage and Bean Soup is a must do for the cold Holiday Season…no doubt about it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Cindy permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:15 am

    Christmas Eve when all of my children and grandchildren are at my house and we open presents together. That’s my favorite memory of all! Looking forward to making more memories with them this year.

  19. Joyce permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:23 am

    I love it when all the kids, gk &ggk come over for 2 days of Christmas – one night we open
    gifts & I have mostly finger foods and sweets, then on Christmas day I fix a big pot of seafood
    gumbo & potato salad & rice & that’s it – I make enought so everyone gets to take some home-
    by Christmas we are tired of turkey & ham – the best I remember is when we took the WHOLE
    family (18 all together) on a cruise – everyone still talks about that as none except hubby & I
    had been on one – not only that I finally got a picture of the whole family together – good
    memories & good food – dh loves soup & the sausage & bean soup looks great-

  20. Sonya Miller permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:25 am

    My favorite memory is eating Christmas lunch with all of my extended family as a child – parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles. Must have been 30-40 of us at different tables spread out throughout the living room and kitchen! Today is my birthday and hoping that it’s my lucky day to enter and win the Gooseberry Patch cookbook. I’ve always wanted one and never gotten any.

  21. Cindy McGraw permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:46 am

    My high school friends and I sang in our church youth choir. We had about 60 kids in the choir. I love the Christmas program that we participated in that was held outside in the Sunset Acres shopping center that was across the street from our church. Nothing like a little cold air and Christmas music to set the spirit for the season.

  22. Judy permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:53 am

    Favorite Christmas memories are of Christmas Eve Candlelight services and church and then gathering with my family at my parent’s for a wonderful time full of laughter

  23. Lori Peterson permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:55 am

    I have so many great Christmas memories. My favorites are watching my mom put up decorations, helping my mom bake cookies, going to my grandma’s to help put up the tree and other decorations and helping her make cookies and candy then going to my other grandma’s to help put up her tree. All of these happened every year. So much love and memories. I can still remember my favorite ornaments on each of my grandparents’ trees.

  24. December 9, 2011 11:50 am

    My favorite Christmas memory was always decorating the tree and the house to the Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee Christmas CD’s .

    My best Christmas present was my set of homemade ceramic Frogs with pistachio paint on them. Mom made them. I am a true believer in Christmas ought to me homemade gifts.

    Please enter me into the contest I would love to win this book.

  25. mary fanara coleman permalink
    December 9, 2011 12:24 pm

    Learning how to bake my Mother’s Hungarian pastries as a child in our little little kitchen at home. I now teach my daughter.

  26. Vicki Chambliss permalink
    December 9, 2011 12:43 pm

    I love to cook and always have given teachers at school and church food for Christmas. It is nice now that my two daughters, 16 & 13, get in the kitchen with me and we cook things together to share with our friends, family and teachers!

  27. Janice Marra permalink
    December 9, 2011 1:57 pm

    My fondest memory as a child was waking up with my sister, dressed in matching P.J’s and running out into the living room all excited to open up Christmas presents and being greeted by these bright lights coming from my fathers Super 8 home movie camera.By the time my grandparents would arrive the spots in our eyes created by the lights that accompanied my fathers movie making exploits were beginning to fade sufficiently enough for us to navigate our way into the kitchen and view the welcome sight of the traditional pancake breakfast my father would prepare gracing our kitchen table.A tradition that continues today.

  28. Ginny Sargent permalink
    December 9, 2011 2:06 pm

    My dad was a carpenter and there was always an ebb and tide with finances. One Christmas I had my second surgery on my right leg. I was in a cast hip to toe. My heart’s desire was a new bike (my first one was a rusty used one) …a pink sting ray bike with the high handlebars, a white basket, streamers and a banana seat. Because I had a growth problem as well, my parents were really trying to talk me out of getting this bike until the summer when I could actually sort of be fitted one. It was the only thing I wanted, the only think I asked Santa for. Much to my glee, Christmas morning, my pretty pink sting ray was beside the very chair that Santa ate the cookies I left for him! My parents got the bike on faith, knowing that I couldn’t even use it (we lived in the New England snow AND I was in a cast for another 4 months) and prayed that it was the right size. It was perfect, and so was the memory because as I got older I realized that my parents were in a tough situation financially and to go out and risk that kind of money on something they didn’t even know I could use for another 5 months, was a pure act of sacrifice and love. It created a memory that 45 years later is treasured and kept dear and always close in my heart.

  29. Asabi permalink
    December 9, 2011 2:49 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is of my mom baking multi-colored candy cane cookies and sprinkling them with crushed candy cane powder. Yummy!!

  30. Brittin Elise permalink
    December 9, 2011 2:59 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory was the Christmas of 1984 and my sister was just 2 weeks old…I got a Fisher Price record player along with a Micheal Jackson/Paul McCartney 45 record I wanted…it was Awesome!

  31. Jane A Bratton permalink
    December 9, 2011 3:06 pm

    My memories of Christmas are of family – and how our celebration changes and grows as our family does. As an adult, I cherish the story my mother tells of frantically running around town on Christmas Eve looking for roller skates for all four of us kids. She had discovered that almost all of the neighborhood children were getting skates (the old-fashioned metal kind that attached to your shoes) and she knew how disappointed we would be if Santa forgot any of us. Late that day she found what she describes as “the last pair of skates in town” and Santa came through. Of course, I didn’t hear this story until many years later! I honestly don’t remember getting skates for Christmas but I do remember hours and hours of fun skating around the neighborhood with my friend.

  32. christy howald permalink
    December 9, 2011 3:27 pm

    My fondest Christmas memory is of sitting at the kids’ table with my cousins. We weren’t together for meals too often, so we always had a blast. I also have warm memories of my family’s wacky tradition of drinking a shot of whiskey when another group would show up or call on the phone on Christmas morning. (I really come from a good Catholic family, really) They had a special toast that they would say and then shot them back. Us kids would have ginger ale. Some (my father included) would try to time it out so that they would be the last to arrive.

  33. Connie Lee permalink
    December 9, 2011 4:06 pm

    I have a lot of favorite Christmas memories. Some of the earliest was going to church and seeing the Christmas play, and afterwards the church gave everyone a “paper poke” of goodies, such as oranges, apples, nuts, candy bar, and chewing gum. There was the Christmas of the best present of all, Santa brought me a blue and white bicycle with a basket on it. It took a few skinned knees, but I finally learned to ride it. Mom always had the best food around Christmas. She would make her fruit cakes, coconut cake, pound cake, pineapple upside down cake, oatmeal cookies, sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, apple pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, and I don’t know how many other things. Christmas dinner was the best, pork chops, ham, roast beef, cannied yams, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, coleslaw, squash casserole, biscuits and rolls, coffee and tea. The best memory of all was all the family being together and sharing a good time.

  34. Kae Hovater permalink
    December 9, 2011 4:36 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory, was Christmas 2003. I just had my first child, for whom I had been praying for a long, long time. My husband and I didn’t exchange gifts that year but, as cliche and corny as it sounds, we truly had the greatest gift of all that year!

  35. December 9, 2011 4:53 pm

    That would be the night we put up the Christmas tree every year when my beloved grandparents came over and we had munchies (like RC and Chickin n Biscuit crackers!) as we decorated it while Christmas music played — what memories!!

  36. December 9, 2011 4:57 pm

    Putting up and decorating the tree every year with my beloved grandparents while listening to Christmas music!!

  37. Brenda Turner permalink
    December 9, 2011 6:28 pm

    I remember seeing my daughters with their newborn babies sitting under the Christmas tree, and how beautiful they were!

  38. Kathy Anderson permalink
    December 9, 2011 8:42 pm

    I would love to be entered in the contest for the Cookbook. I have a sister that I would like to teach to cook and think this Cookbook could really help her out. I wish everyone in the family enjoyed cooking as much as I do.

  39. Patti Keil permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:18 pm

    My best Christmas memory was when I was 7. I got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. There was a nightlight on in there because our Grandma was visiting so I didn’t need to turn on the “big” light. As I was doing what I got up to do, I glanced out the window and could see the glow of Rudolph’s nose all over the backyard. I then looked up the hallway as I left the bathroom and could see a red coat on the back of a chair in the living room. I knew for sure then that Santa was in my house!! I hurried back to bed so fast and pulled the covers up over my head because I knew if he saw that I was up, I wouldn’t get any presents! No one ever believed me but this is totally true…I was not dreaming or sleepwalking either!

  40. Joan permalink
    December 10, 2011 6:32 am

    One of my best Christmas memories is the year our daughter and son were very young and they awoke to what we called red Flintstone Cars with yellow tops. The smiles on their faces were pricless as they sat in those cars amazed and happy.Those little feet took those cars many a mile until they finally out grew them. They then passed them on to a sister and brother that lived near us who also traveled many a mile by food power.

    • Cheri Emery permalink
      December 10, 2011 2:05 pm

      My favorite memory of the holidays would have to be the smells eminating from my mothers kitchen. She was an amazing cook, but her baking skills were unsurpassed. At Christmas, she made her famous cinnamon rolls for everyone she knew, including doctors, friends, neighbors and, of course her children. The smell of yeast and cinnamon always takes me back to my momma’s kitchen, and the memory of delivering those sweet, gooey cinnamon rolls to very appreciative recipients.

  41. Megan Watson permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:05 pm

    Love Gooseberry Patch and soups.

  42. Molly permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:06 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory was definitly making gingerbread cookies with my mom to put on the tree. It was so much fun!
    My email address is mmjacobs1@yahoo.com

  43. December 10, 2011 2:09 pm

    Love GBP! Love Soups, Salads etc. OMGosh, would love to add this to my collection :)

    My favorite Christmas memory is the year I got my kitchen set from Santa. We have pictures of the look on my face and I hope I can give my son that same feeling!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  44. Michelle W permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:09 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is the first Christmas for both of my kids!

  45. Betty Jackson permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:10 pm

    Perfect time of year for soup & sandwiches, we love them. would love new receipes. Please enter me

  46. Molly permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:10 pm

    When I was 10, mama made a concoction (probably from one of her “ladies” magazines) from tide soap and who know what else and we put it by hand on the tree to resemble snow. Looked ok, but the scent was not pine!!

  47. Cheri Emery permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:10 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory would have to be the smell of yeast and cinnamon that eminated from my momma’s kitchen. She was an amazing cook, but her breadmaking skills were unsurpassed. Every Christmas she made dozens of her delicious cinnamon rolls to give to her friends, neighbors, physicians and of course her family. I remember going with her to deliver these gooey treats and the expressions of gratitude from her recipients. Though momma has been gone for many years, the memory of her Cinnamon rolls lives on, especially during the Christmas season. I have continued the tradition to the best of my ability, but nobody bakes cinnamon rolls like momma.

  48. Debbie permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:12 pm

    My best christmas memory is making candy of all sorts with my mom. she came from a large family, she always made sure that each one had a gift of homemade candy and cookies. we’d start about a week before christmas as we cooked she’d tell stories of her childhood and how much cooking and family meant to her. As a little girl she instilled in me the love of christmas and a love for cooking we didnt have alot but when we got in the kitchen the gifts didnt matter there was love and a spirit of christmas that i hope i have passed on to my children. My mom has passed now and baking isnt the same but when i do bake and make candy for the holidays i remember her and I feel as if shes there with me. its the little things that make christmas special..

  49. December 10, 2011 2:13 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory was a long, long time ago. When my sisters and I were little, my mom and dad would pile us into the car and we would drive 2 hours south to my maternal grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve; we would sing Christmas carols and we would take presents and everything down there to spend the night on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, when we would wake up, my cousins, aunties and uncles would come over to Grandma’s house and open presents, and then we would have Christmas dinner. I can only remember us doing that 2 to 3 years, and then we started staying at home for Christmas, but those memories are sweet to me.

  50. Patti permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:15 pm

    I love trying all kinds of soup and sandwiches. I am getting tired of the same old things, want to try something new and this book would be terrific!!

  51. Linda Dubbelman permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:16 pm

    Please enter me into your contest. I’d love to win the Gooseberry Patch cookbook. :) My favorite Christmas memory is going to church Christmas eve with my parents & brother & sister & opening presents Christmas Eve.

  52. Linda Lundmark permalink
    December 10, 2011 3:19 pm

    My favorite christmas memory is my dad coming out for Christmas for many years after I married. We will ask him to come around 9 or so, and he would be there at 7 A,m, knocking on the door, because he couldn’t hardly wait to make the 20 mile drive to our house. I would fix he and my son and husband and I a huge breakfast and then we would open gits, then I would prepare a special lunch. He passed away tragically at home at the age of 68. He lay dead in his home for 2 days before anyone discovered him. I have never gotten over his death completely. The holidays are very hard for me, as I also lost my first baby right before christmas 32 years ago. Miss them both being at my house for the holidays.

  53. Sharilyn Howie permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:22 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win a great Gooseberry Patch Cookbook.
    Favorite thing at Christmas is baking for family and friends.

  54. judy glass permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:24 pm

    My favorite memory is of going to the Christmas play at church most of the time me snd my fsmily were involved in it, after the play Santa would come down the aisle hading out goodie bags filled with fruit, nuts, and candy.

  55. Erin Parker permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:24 pm

    I love decorating with my mom. Always special.

  56. Joyce Wallace permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:26 pm

    Our greatest Christmas memories are that of our family sitting around the Christmas dinner table, and sharing food from our Polish heritage. Polish kiełbasa, parogies and fried onions, stuffed cabbage, poppy seed bread, nut roll just to give an example. We also take part is another Christmas tradition of passing the Oplatek (the Christmas wafer). The word “Oplatek” derives from the Latin word “Oblatum”, meaning sacred bread. Made of unleavened dough, it first began to be used in the lOth century as a liturgical wafer, with a religious motif engraved on a side. In Poland the tradition of baking wafers in engraved metal forms, and of using these wafers for sacral and secular purposes dates back to the Middle Ages. The wafer-sharing ritual is accompanied by mutual wishes of health and prosperity in the coming year. At Christmas time, it is now also sent to absent members of the family and close fiends in foreign lands, who, in their loneliness, partake of it and so, are in communion with their Ioved ones. They dream that they are seated with their family at the Wigilia table, enjoying blessings, forgiveness and warmth of those under the parental roof.

  57. HILDRED TYLER WATKINS permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:28 pm

    Being from the South, we are kinda laid back and this is something we could live on 6 days a week!

  58. Betsy Rugen permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:39 pm

    I’m making my family’s traditional Christmas candy this afternoon- fudge, chow mien noodle candy, peanut brittle, and peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. I fondly remember the times I’ve helped my mom and even a cousin make these for family get-togethers.

  59. Carol permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:40 pm

    The very best thing about Christmas is family being together! That’s when all the wonderful memories are made. Sharing, eating, ,loving..God is good…

  60. Shampa Davie permalink
    December 10, 2011 2:52 pm

    I love having soups and sandwiches during the busy holiday season in between all the shopping and baking. One of my fondest memories was watching “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer” with my sisters after we played out in the snow. Hot chocolate was a treat and we got to warm up by the fire. I still try to keep the tradition to this day with my family. I would love to add this cookbook to my collection.

  61. Rebecca Harp permalink
    December 10, 2011 3:14 pm

    My best Christmas memories are when we lived on the farm and the grandchildren, now grown, would come to visit at Christmas.

  62. Carol Huck permalink
    December 10, 2011 3:21 pm

    Christmas has many memories. I cherish being in church each Christmas eve with my family. especially everyone holding lighted candles in the dark sanctuary singing Silent Night.
    And there was the year we told the boys on Christmas day right after opening gifts that we were leaving for Disney World in 2 hours!

  63. Jan Williams permalink
    December 10, 2011 3:24 pm

    This is a memory that made the biggest impact on my life….When I was about 10 years old, we had a Christmas Program at Church that talked about Xmas – leaving Christ out of Christmas. To this day (I’m 59 now) I refuse to write anything but Christmas, because Jesus is truly the reason for the season!

  64. Melissa permalink
    December 10, 2011 3:26 pm

    I love every single book they publish!! I cook everything at least once!

  65. Kay Zemke permalink
    December 10, 2011 3:27 pm

    Christmas 1976,our first daughter was born 2 days earlier. Best food ever was delivered by my mother-in-law, the BEST cook and person ever on Christmas eve. Something about how she makes potato salad! Christmas has been at her house every year for more than 30 years! Always great family and food, however slow for the kids waiting until dinner is over to unwrap presents. Some uncles have seconds or thirds.

  66. MARY STOTT permalink
    December 10, 2011 3:42 pm

    ONE MEMORY WAS THE YEAR A GOT A HUGH (4 FOOT) TIGER. I HAD WANTED IT FOR EVER. KEPT IT FOR YEARS.

  67. patty kasiewicz permalink
    December 10, 2011 3:59 pm

    One of my best Christmas memories was when I was younger and Dad would load mom and all seven kids in the hay wagon and we go for a ride in the woods looking for that perfect tree.
    Mom would bring cookies and hot cocoa for us to keep us occupied. later Dad would make popcorn so that mom and us kids could make the strings of popcorn for the tree, however dad would have to make extra popcorn because we would eat it faster than it got strung. Now I think i am ready to cry.

  68. December 10, 2011 4:03 pm

    I am having such a good time reading each and every memory! Choosing a winner is going to be most difficult!

  69. December 10, 2011 4:05 pm

    I can hardly wait to try the recipes!!

  70. mary campbell permalink
    December 10, 2011 4:13 pm

    My best Christmas memory is the year I got to have with my father, stepmother, and all four of my brothers. That was real Joy!

  71. sharon taylor permalink
    December 10, 2011 4:33 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is when my sister and I were small my father would wake us up about midnight on Christmas Eve to open our presents because he couldn’t wait till Christmas morning for us to do it.

  72. Pat Beach permalink
    December 10, 2011 4:34 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory was hearing my sweet mother, who is now in Heaven, whistle Christmas carols while preparing Christmas dinner every year for our family. Oh, how I miss hearing her whistle! She loved the holidays and her precious family!!!

  73. Sally Davison permalink
    December 10, 2011 4:40 pm

    I can never get enough cabbage! I have one of my recipes in a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook. I absolutely love them! Thanks for this offer.

    • Sally Davison permalink
      December 10, 2011 4:45 pm

      I meant to add a recent memory – our big move from 2 homes to a smaller one from AZ to MO. I’ll never forget the experience! An adventure in a new land with wonderful loving & friendly people. We love it already!

  74. Katie Rodriguez permalink
    December 10, 2011 5:18 pm

    When my husband and I got married, we started the tradition of cutting our own Christmas tree from the nearby mountains. I love this new tradition and the memories it creates!!

  75. Susan Willie permalink
    December 10, 2011 5:24 pm

    Susan says…
    A favortie Christmas memory of mine is a candle light Christmas Eve service at church at which my husband, daughter, and myself sang a Christmas song as a trio. It was a very touching moment for me.

    Thank you for a chance to win the Gooseberry Patch cookbook.

  76. December 10, 2011 5:32 pm

    I love your cookbooks! I used one of your recipes from Get-togethers with Gooseberry Patch. We were snowed in one Christmas and couldn’t get to my mom’s in a neighboring town. We knew the snow was coming so stocked up on food and had a great time cooking a Christmas breakfast. We stayed in our pajamas all day, watched movies, played with the new toys and watched the snow blowing outside. It’s my favorite Christmas memory.

  77. Linda B. permalink
    December 10, 2011 5:35 pm

    Best Christmas memories are of when all three of us sisters and our families would all gather at my mom and dad’s for opening gifts and the big dinner after. Those days are gone now but the sweet memories linger on.

  78. Katina permalink
    December 10, 2011 5:40 pm

    The apple slaw sounds very interesting.

  79. Melanie permalink
    December 10, 2011 6:22 pm

    Some of my favorite Christmas memories are watching Christmas movies together, doing a Jesse tree with my kids when they were little, and my husband reading to us from Luke 2 every Christmas morning.

  80. Tracy permalink
    December 10, 2011 6:48 pm

    My favorite Christmas memories are the first 8 Christmas’ of my life because they had my mom in them…I lost her when I was 9 a few months before Christmas…. I always remember her putting on Christmas music and then decorating the tree, and then when we were done we would have a cup of hot chocolate with marshmellow cream….mmmm the best!!

    • December 10, 2011 6:55 pm

      Tracy,

      What a lovely comment. You make us remember what’s important. You’ve made your Mama very proud. :)

  81. Kelly P permalink
    December 10, 2011 7:56 pm

    Once a year I make a chilli recipe that takes a lot of ingredients and even more time to make, note that’s why I only make it once a year. But I love the reaction I get when my family eats that first spoonful after waiting a year for it. Then we call our friends and have them come over for some and this year we even delivered several bowls as well. I enjoy feeding the people I love and seeing what pleasure it brings to them as they eat my food. Oh how blessed we are to have such wonderful memories with those we love so much.

  82. Mae Leach permalink
    December 10, 2011 6:56 pm

    My favorite memory from childhood is the way my father would decorate the Christmas tree – it was always so beautiful! It was always a real tree with colored lights and everything was placed just perfect on the tree and covered with silver tinsel. Always wished I had his talent!

  83. Kathie permalink
    December 10, 2011 7:20 pm

    I have had many wonderful Christmas memories raising two children, seeing them marry and have children of their own, but last Christmas was magical, even though I was separated from my children and grandchildren. Two years earlier I had met my true soul mate. He proposed to me in September of last year, but we were separated until December, when he came to get me, my things in a big UHaul truck, pulling my Jeep behind, and drove us 600 miles in the first snow storm of the season, so that we could be together for Christmas. On Christmas Eve it started snowing, big beautiful flakes. The lamp posts outside his apartment building were the black, old fashioned kind. I stepped out onto the patio and to my surprise, the nearby church chimes were playing Christmas carols. The whole scene was picture perfect and I was with the man I love. Tears of joy streamed down my face. Oh what a beautiful winter wonderland it was and what a mystical, magical Christmas memory it is . . . oh, by the way, I am 59 and the love of my life is 61!

  84. Kim Senart permalink
    December 10, 2011 8:30 pm

    Looking back many years ago, my family would go
    To Grandma and Grandpa’s to celebrate Christmas with
    My aunts, uncles, and first cousins. We would eat sweet soup
    And flatbread first. Then poles, boiled potatoes, scalloped
    Corn, lutifisk (which I would not touch). Of course there was
    Melted butter and lefsa, too. We ate so much it would
    hurt, but Grandma’s cooking was always something we looked
    Forward to, all the time anyway. Then dishes had to be done
    Before gift opening. When I was twenty-one, this tradition ended.
    We lost my Grandma that past June. We tried to do the best we could with following the traditional ways we had had for years, it just wasn’t the same. We since then have made new traditions of our own.

  85. Tess Meyer permalink
    December 10, 2011 7:30 pm

    My best memory of Christmas was 1993 – was pregnant with my first child due late January, so I was looking forward to a relaxing Christmas…… but my son decided he wanted to see Santa early. I was rushed to the hospital in a horrible snowstorm in labor. Finally got to the hospital which seemed to be deserted in our small country-community, including the maternity ward. Got settled into a room, expecting a long labor…that didn’t happen. The nurses barely had time to call the doctor on call – who barely had time to find his way to the hospital in the terrible blowing/drifting storm – the doctor came rushing into the room, just as the nurse was preparing to catch my newborn son. No, I didn’t name him Nick – I named him Elijah, since he seemed insistent on making it to Christmas on time. He will be 18 years old this Christmas – where has the time gone? On his way to a bright accomplished future. Love you Elijah! and thank you Jackie for all of your stories that make me smile and make me cry. I look forward to each and every story/memory. Merry Christmas!

  86. Kim Senart permalink
    December 10, 2011 8:32 pm

    Need to edit the word levee, should be lefsa.

    • Kim Senart permalink
      December 10, 2011 8:35 pm

      Do I do that or do you?

  87. Ann permalink
    December 10, 2011 7:44 pm

    Like Gooseberry Patch anything

  88. JoEllynn Crowthers permalink
    December 10, 2011 8:13 pm

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  89. Betty permalink
    December 10, 2011 8:46 pm

    Santa reading my letter on the radio and commenting about it being on pretty yellow paper.

  90. Deborah W permalink
    December 10, 2011 8:57 pm

    One of my favorite Christmas memories was when I was 12. My father had just re-married and moved us from Alabama to New Mexico. I was miserable. I wasn’t sure about the new “Mom”, and I was dreading the rest of my life. When December rolled around, I was feeling some better, but I was noticing that it didn’t snow much in New Mexico where we lived. So, I was stressing about having a white Christmas, when on Christmas Eve, it turned out to be shirt-sleeve weather. That night, we sat around the tree, and we were allowed to open one present. After the presents were opened, my stepmom stood up and declared, “If it doesn’t snow for Christmas, I’m going to have to do something drastic!” Well, when we got up Christmas morning, it was WHITE!! We had several inches of snow. Later that afternoon, we had a big ol’ snowball fight! Awesome fun, and one of my favorite memories.

  91. Janet permalink
    December 10, 2011 9:28 pm

    My favorite memory of Christmas was being able to spend Christmas with my husband. He was very ill. The Doctors let him come home for Christmas. He passed in February the next year.

  92. natalie mcknight permalink
    December 10, 2011 9:43 pm

    I love gooseberry patch but i never have any money to buy them so it would be
    wonderful if i won one thank you :)

  93. Patricia Thomas permalink
    December 10, 2011 11:20 pm

    I love cabbage & love cabbage soup. I would love to win the cookbook.

  94. Jill J permalink
    December 11, 2011 12:33 am

    My favorite Christmas memories are of the years my grandparents would come to town and stay at our house. Mom and Grandma would spend days in the kitchen making all kinds of cookies, fudge, peanut brittle and toffee. Yummmm – I just loved those days!

  95. Pam permalink
    December 11, 2011 12:37 am

    Can’t think of a better present, and each year as new recipes are devoured and become new family favorites new memories are built to be shared, much to the delight of everyone!

  96. Teslaca permalink
    December 11, 2011 1:15 pm

    One Christmas Eve when I was quite small, my father ran across the roof of the house ringing sleigh bells. My sister and I just KNEW it was Santa Claus and his reindeer. I cherish that memory.

  97. nancy slone permalink
    December 11, 2011 3:30 pm

    I love everything to do with the christmas . I loved it when my children were younger on christmas , just to see there faces . they are grown and have there own homes now , but I will always the memories

  98. Doris Hobbs permalink
    December 11, 2011 8:29 pm

    One of my favorite Christmas memories was when my children were little. We always stayed home so our two sons could play to their hearts’ content. I liked playing with them, too, so we always had homemade hamburgers on Christmas Day. We had family celebrations with the usual food items later in the week. I still love the “Hamburger Christmas Days!”

    Please enter me in the contest.

    Enjoy your blog!

  99. sylvia waters permalink
    December 11, 2011 9:36 pm

    I am a beginner cook but I am having the time of my life! I super enjoy old fashioned recipes, I love making stews and breads. I would definitely put this cookbook to constant use, and enjoy sharing with friends and family.

  100. sylvia waters permalink
    December 11, 2011 9:38 pm

    Almost forgot! I love reading syrup and biscuits website also. Thank you so very much

  101. Sheila Dewey permalink
    December 12, 2011 12:16 am

    After my husband & I were Blessed with our 2 girls, Most Christmas Eves his parents stayed with us overnight so they could be with our kids Christmas day.( he is an only child) Many times my Mom would be with us too. I had a sister,so Mom would sometimes be with my sister & her family in southern AL. We lived in MI . Our parents have passed on and I miss them so much, but I have so many special memories of our times together. I was very young & so far away from my family.He & his family welcomed me into their hearts so my life in MI (33 yr) was a good.

  102. Danny Taylor permalink
    December 12, 2011 9:45 am

    There’s a wonderful book right here on this page. Reading these memories posted here give me warm and loving feeling for those days past. I pray that everyone is fortunate enough to continue to build these memories for their kids and grand kids to call on in the years to come. Gathering around the table for some great food and fun is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle to keep this country in the good grace’s of God. Thanks Jackie and everyone for their contribution!

    • December 12, 2011 1:55 pm

      Danny,

      I couldn’t agree with you more! I’ve enjoyed reading each and every comment. :)

  103. Val Burns permalink
    December 12, 2011 10:30 am

    Great Christmas memories from a tradition started with friends to do Christmas eve dinner at one home followed by church service and then dessert at the other home. Wonderful evening!

  104. amy bromley permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:07 pm

    Goose Berry Patch helps you make new family traditions that feel like they have been in place for generations! Well…..they have been family traditions for generations and that is what makes them so special! There is nothing better than knowing that the recipes are “no-fail” and your family will love them!! Thank you Goose Berry Patch for bringing us home for the holidays!

  105. Robin Coxon permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:33 pm

    My favorite meal is either soup and sandwich or soup and salad. I would really love to win this cookbook so I can create some new meal ideas.

  106. Lynda McCormick permalink
    December 13, 2011 12:36 pm

    Oh, do I still have a chance? I would love to win this!

    The Spicy Cabbage ~ Apple Slaw sounds wonderful!

    LyndaLoo

  107. Kaye Evans permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:49 pm

    I have a salad and soup or Salad and sandwich just about every day for lunch so I would love to have some new idea’s.
    Kaye

  108. Debbie KW permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:04 pm

    My favorite memories were cooking and baking alongside my grandma. She left her recipe book to me when she passed away. I still love to make her recipes. :)

  109. Cassie Blankenship permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:05 pm

    I Love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks!!

  110. Jeanine Knight permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:07 pm

    I love soup and sandwiches for a cold winter night! :)

  111. Susan E. Gooch permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:07 pm

    To me, Christmas is a time of making wonderful memories with the family. Making it as magical as possible for the little ones and adults. It’s also a time of remembrance of those no longer with us. The placing of a beloved ornament on the tree, can bring me back to memories of being a child, back home at Mom and Daddy’s house. The foods that I cook also bring back wonderful memories. Each Christmas, when I cook Mom and Gramma’s recipes, I feel they’re still there with me. The smells of the foods cooking, the tastes of the foods. Yes, the foods that I cook are one of the biggest parts of what makes Christmas so very special in the kitchen and our home. MERRY CHRISTMAS, Susie :)

  112. Susan H. permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:09 pm

    My favorite Christmas memories are of going to my Grandma’s house and getting to spend time with my cousins. We would decorate the tree with paper chain garland, string berries and popcorn and have wonderful family time. And my grandma would have her dining room buffet loaded down with every kind of homemade cake imaginable. I miss those simpler times.

  113. Megan Goodman permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:11 pm

    Making homemade gifts and treats for family and friends!

  114. Peg permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:11 pm

    Having my family all together to celebrate Christmas. Maybe not on Christmas day, but on the one day during the season that everyone can be there. Lots of memories shared during the day on past Christmas celebrations.

  115. Pam Thompson permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:12 pm

    My favorite memories of the holidays is my three brothers and I waking up in the middle of the night, to sneak out to the livingroom to see what Santa brought us. We’d get to the edge of the hallway and hear Dad yell GET BACK IN YOUR BEDS! To which we would all scamper back to bed, only to wait a while then try again. This would go on over and over until Mom and Dad gave up and let us go see what Santa brought us! Many years later and all the children are adults with kids of our own, we are remembering this story and wonder how mom and dad always knew. Mom chuckles, saying we would all have the ‘theater whispers’ (loud whispers) saying ‘ssshhh don’t let mom dad hear us’ etc!!! That story STILL makes me giggle!

  116. Patricia Raugust permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:14 pm

    I collect cookbooks…and yours are my favorites!!!

  117. Shannon Owen permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:17 pm

    One of my favorite Christmas memories was probably 15 years ago or so; my brother & I both got bicycles from Santa. And for the first time I could ever remember, it was actually warm enough in Michigan to ride them that day! We put on spring jackets & rode our bikes up and down the street for hours. I’ve been thinking of this more and more as there is still no snow in my part of Michigan yet this year! I hope everyone has a blessed and Merry Christmas this year!

  118. Katharine Haro-Stroud permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:17 pm

    I love to cook, this time of year and all year long….we rarely go out to eat, I always have leftovers that I can make into other dinners or lunches or breakfast even. I would love to win this cookbook.

  119. Ruth Naylor permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:18 pm

    I was born in the Philippines and came to the states when I was still very young, almost 4. The first time I saw snow was a few years later and I remember my grandmother and I went out to collect some for snow cream and she always told me don’t pick up the yellow snow. It took me a little while to understand why! Lol!

  120. Cindi Bailey permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:20 pm

    I would love to have this cookbook. Not only am I a fan of Gooseberry Patch but I try to have Homemade soups on Sunday nights and would love to try some new recipes.

  121. Margaret Scott permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:21 pm

    Just love cabbage and all things made in the country style. Please enter me to win the cook book.

  122. Nancy Wilkinson permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:26 pm

    My brother is a Marine and doesn’t get to come home often. But when him and his family get to come home, it is such a blessing.

  123. Kelly Marriott permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:34 pm

    I remember going to the Ryssby Candlelight Services and listening to my father sing “Oh Holy Night” in his beautiful tenor voice. I cried every time because it brought so much joy into my heart. Love you Dad! Merry Christmas everyone!!

  124. Lisa Durst permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:39 pm

    I was just wishing this morning how I would love a recipe book with just soups and sandwiches! Best memories: Christmas Programs I participated in at Church, Riding around looking at Christmas lights and the large red teddy bear I got for Christmas when I was four years old! It was as big as I was! I cried when I was about 14 and my mother had to throw him away, he just couldn’t go back to the teddy bear hospital one more time, he had been loved to death!

  125. Lynne Zoller permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:40 pm

    I could have soup every day. Love new recipes. Enter me.

  126. Melissa Mains permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:41 pm

    As a child, my father would always say that he heard santa’s sleigh bells, and then send me off to bed, where he would read me a vintage copy of Twas the Night Before Christmas. I would then make him read me his special version of the story that was told to him as a child. It’s the story with the words jumbled up in a silly way (“and the sash threw up” or “a mouse not even a”) it always made me laugh uncontrollably! To this day, I still have to read both versions and can’t wait to start the same tradition with my own children!

  127. Rachel permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:44 pm

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is of my mom making her famous “snowball” cookies and pecan cups for a special treat. Now I cherish my own tradition of making sugar cookies and decorating them with my children!

  128. Melissa Mains permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:48 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory begins on every Christmas Eve when my father would proclaim that he heard Santa’s sleigh bells and off to bed he’d send me. He would then proceed to read me a vintage copy of Twas the Night Before Christmas, a beautiful flocked book with equally beautiful illustrations. After the story I would always beg him to read me the “version” he was told as a child. A silly version of the traditional story with all the words jumbled up in different order (“the sash threw up”, or ” a mouse not even a”) I would laugh uncontrollably, and I still insist on reading both versions to this day and look forward to continuing the tradition with my children!

  129. Sandra W permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:54 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is of watching my kids’ faces light up one Christmas morning when they were little and their Christmas gifts were handmade. My son received a miniature log cabin and my daughter a rocking horse, both wooden and made by their dad. They still have both – and they are 32 & 35 yrs. old. Store-bought toys rarely last a lifetime,

  130. Denise B. permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:00 pm

    One of my best childhood memories would be when we went to my grandmother’s and the whole family was there. We went in the woods and cut down the tree. Spent Christmas eve opening gifts which included alot of gag gifts.

  131. Yvonne Bagley permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:07 pm

    Goossberry is my very favorite and yes I keep you in business I have many of your cookbooks , I have a friend whom I play bunco with and we always bring stuff out of your books we compete to see which book we use!!

  132. Eileenrn permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:17 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is going to Christmas eve service at church, coming home to open one gift and going to bed to await Christmas morning.

  133. Jen Taylor permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:37 pm

    My fondest Christmas memory…
    Dragging down a dozen totes from the attic every year, decorating and hauling them back up the stairs only to drag them back down again a few weeks later and undecorate! :) strangely enough I enjoy it!

  134. betty keppy permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:41 pm

    having ferned,bacon and jello for chirtsmas eve supper. and after opening present we would make the remainer batch of ferned into coffee cake for chirstmas morning breakest.

  135. Lisa G. Durst permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:43 pm

    I sent a previous comment, but I don’t think it posted! I was just wishing this AM for a recipe book of soups! This would be a great surprise! Love Gooseberry Patch!
    Favorite Christmas Memories: Singing in Church Christmas Programs, Riding around looking at Christmas lights, and getting a red teddy bear, that was bigger than I was when I was 4!
    Merry Christmas!

  136. Jill J permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:45 pm

    It’s a Gooseberry Patch cookbook – how can you go wrong?! I would love to be entered to win :)

  137. deanna heale permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:48 pm

    Each year baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my children.

  138. Linda Storer permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:50 pm

    Favorite Christmas memory is making candy and giving plates to neighbors.

  139. Jane Roberts permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:57 pm

    When I was in about the first grade and my brother, sister and I had gone to bed I remember hearing my mom start up the sewing machine and my dad would go out in the garage getting homemade gifts ready for us for Christmas. That year I got some homemade doll clothes and a refinished piece of furniture. I wish I had the doll clothes and the piece of furniture now. And, I look forward to seeing Mom & Dad again one day!

  140. Rebecca Woloszyk permalink
    December 13, 2011 3:17 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is of when I was 5 or 6 yrs old. I came downstairs and found black soot footprints leading from the fireplace to the stockings, then to the tree, then to the cookies and milk (which were gone) and finally back to the fireplace. That convinced me for years that Santa was the real deal. If that wasn’t enough to convince me, under the tree I found the most perfect present, my Suzy Homemaker oven along with pots and pans and extra boxes of cake and cookie mixes. I think it is still my all time favorite gift. It’s great to have cars, diamonds, electronics, and trips but nothing can ever take the place of my Suzy Homemaker oven. I still have it. Good times!!!

  141. Tina Rollins permalink
    December 13, 2011 3:23 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is waking up on Christmas morning and finding a gift left on the landing of our staircase for us to open and play with till Mom woke up and this is a tradition that I continued with my own children.

  142. December 13, 2011 4:02 pm

    As a child, I loved hanging a mismatched sock from my Dad’s drawer on his deer and elk antlers in the living room and wondering what Santa would leave for me. I also love gathering around the tree and reading Luke chapter 2 of Jesus’ birth.

  143. Kimberly Hillman permalink
    December 13, 2011 4:20 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory….When I was a little girl my family was a very close family,
    Each nite from Christmas to New Years we would celebrate at a different aunts house each nite. Whos’ ever house we were at for that evening they would make their special Christmas foods, such as ham, kielbasi, pierogies, haluski, and a big verity of cookies. It was sooo much fun getting together with all the cousins every nite. No one cared that there was work the next day either. I wish we still had the family closeness like that.

  144. Nan S. permalink
    December 13, 2011 4:46 pm

    My favorite Christmas memories were when all the families met at my Grandparents house and we woke up Christmas morning and Santa had come. There was no place like Mamaw and Granddad’s house at Christmas.

  145. Carrie Madden-Pohl permalink
    December 13, 2011 4:47 pm

    One of my many favorite memories of the holidays is baking & icing & decorating sugar cookies! Everyone in the family gets involved and of course we love to sample them along the way! Yummmmmmy!

  146. Karen Cunningham permalink
    December 13, 2011 4:49 pm

    I have 101 Homestyle favorites, and would LOVE to add this to my collection!! Love gooseberry patch cookbooks and use them all the time. Please enter me in this giveaway!! Thanks and God Bless

  147. Olivia permalink
    December 13, 2011 4:49 pm

    I don’t always get to see my all of my grandkids at Christmas, but we put up their “stockings” just the same as though they were coming. That way, it still feels like they are part of our Christmas celebration.

  148. Joyce Meinhardt permalink
    December 13, 2011 5:12 pm

    Oh those wonderful old-fashioned Christmas trees from my childhood – the shiny, well-worn ornaments… the crinkled silver tinsel… and a sparkly star on top. Lots of cherished memories and a few captured in pictures. Happy Holidays to all!

  149. Jonnie permalink
    December 13, 2011 6:38 pm

    I intend on using as many recipes from this book for the holidays as I possibly can ! Please enter me in the contest. Thank You.

  150. Jonnie permalink
    December 13, 2011 6:40 pm

    Please enter me in this contest. I am looking forward to making as many of the recipes as I can ! Thank You !

  151. Jonnie permalink
    December 13, 2011 6:41 pm

    Please enter me in this contest. I am looking forward to making as many of these recipes as I can ! Thank You !

  152. Britt permalink
    December 13, 2011 9:45 pm

    Decorating my grandma’s tree; the smell of pine takes me back there.

  153. DeNean permalink
    December 13, 2011 10:09 pm

    I love baking cookies with my grandchildren. This is a great Christmas memory and I hope they remember it always. That’s why I love your cookbooks! Lots of recipes! Please enter me into your contest! I’d love to have your cookbook!

  154. Gina Thomas permalink
    December 13, 2011 10:22 pm

    My favorite Christmas memories were when my 2 children were growing up, every Christmas eve we would make roll out sugar cookies for Santa. This one eve, both kids were sitting on the table so to use the rolling pin, they started to fight over who’s turn it was and got into a flour and dough throwing fight. It was quite messy but a fun and special time. Now my daughter has started the same tradition with her little boy, Christmas eve making roll out sugar cookies for santa.

  155. December 14, 2011 12:09 am

    My favorite Christmas memories were when i was at home with my brothers and sisters. I love the smell of cinnamon and ginger and pine from a fresh tree that prevaded the entire Christmas season. I loved the sound of Christmas carols playing from my mother’s radio high on the shelf in the kitchen, and I loved especfially hearing all the giggles when we were guessing what Santa would bring for Christmas and what our parents would wrap and give us. I remember wrapping marshmellow santas individually for presents for my family. I remember the prickliness of the pine as we hung ornaments on the tree, and Oh the sparkling lights and the bubbling of the bubble lights on the tree. I loved too the smell of the attic from where the ornaments and decorations came from. I loved most of all the manger,made of sticks from our yard and a very very old Polish nativity made from paper mache, crude, but meaningful and I’d play with the figures all season long. And I love the taste of Christmas, the chocolates, the gingerbread the Polish duck soup. And best of all the feeling of love in the hugs and kisses passed between one and all. I love Christmas then and now.

  156. Belinda permalink
    December 14, 2011 2:38 am

    love the idea of simplification and new ways to do sandwiches

  157. Sabra Dodson permalink
    December 14, 2011 7:44 am

    I always love a good soup and sandwich..especially if it’s chilly outside…Enter me in please. :)

  158. Denise McCrea permalink
    December 14, 2011 8:45 am

    Love cookbooks…Enter me please

  159. Mary Holloman permalink
    December 14, 2011 11:37 am

    Favorite Christmas memories are the family gatherings. Everyone coming to eat and share gifts and just the talk and enjoy. We had a big family so it was especially fun to see everyone and watch all the young ones grow.

  160. Laurie T permalink
    December 14, 2011 3:37 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is after all our gifts were opened, and turkey dinner was almost ready, my grandmother would arrive with a basket of homemade pickles and jams and a pair of knitted mittens for me! When I think back, I’m always amazed why I relish this memory the most, after all the other gifts I received, why were the mittens so important? Because my grandmother made them? Or because they were the last gift to be opened? Hmmm ….. Merry Christmas everyone!

  161. Laura C permalink
    December 14, 2011 5:23 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is of my Grandma baking her many, many specialties. I was so young and everything smelled and tasted so good!

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