Baking Goodies & A Couple Of Books Giveaway!

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I was this close to posting a new recipe when I started getting a flurry of email about Christmas cookies (baking time, shelf life, etc…). It made me realize that if I did not start on my own Christmas baking soon, no one in the family would get their present.

For the past ten years, we have bagged the idea of buying presents for Bill’s family and we give each (friends too) a big box filled with homemade cookies, truffles, confections. (Click on this link to see a sample look). Depending on the recipient we also include a couple of movie tickets, a coffee shop card, a babysitting pass, a gas card or two…you get the idea.

It's Starting To Look Like Christmas...

Yes, this is our actual mantel deco every year…

I personally don’t mind doing all that baking, sends me back to my days as a pastry chef getting ready for the holidays. I also like that on Christmas Eve, it’s Bill and I boxing it all up, labeling everything and of course…sampling the broken pieces.

Here are all the goodies going in the gift boxes this year, recipes gleaned from my archives and from all around the blogs I read and enjoy.

Chocolate Fudge from Baked Bree
Spritz Cookies from Rasa Malaysia
White Christmas Meringues from Jul’s Kitchen
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies from Brown Eyed Baker
English Toffee from The Little Red House
Speculaas Cookies from Gluten Free Canteen
Key Lime Meltaways from Smitten Kitchen
Pistachio Cocoa Nib Cookies
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Honey Walnut Cake (in mini muffin from this time)

Stars & Bubbles


Maybe this will give you an idea for a last minute baking spree!

In addition, as my Christmas gift to you, I am giving away one copy of Girl Hunter by Georgia Pellegrini and two copies of “Plate To Pixel. Digital Food Photography and Styling”. Funny to think I was right in the deep of writing it this time last year and now it is in its third printing! Third!! Woohoo! Thanks everyone for the support and love for this book.

Anyway…Three books, three winners!

All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this post (no anonymous, no double entry). A winner will be selected on Christmas Day at 10pm and announced shortly after.

Mr Softie


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331 responses to “Baking Goodies & A Couple Of Books Giveaway!”

  1. Steph Avatar
    Steph

    I love the mantel decorations! Thanks for the list of cookies. I still have a little more to do (mainly to get rid of all of the chocolate and sugar in the house) and was looking for a few more new cookie ideas.

  2. Adrienne Avatar
    Adrienne

    Happy Holidays to you, with much success and happiness in the new year! 🙂

  3. Brianne Avatar
    Brianne

    Merry Christmas! Hope you and Bill have a wonderful time!

  4. saghi Avatar
    saghi

    I generally follow your blog's feed, today I clicked on one of the images, I was sent to flickr and wow… you have a great album of wonderful pictures 🙂 loved them all.

    🙂
    I'll be happy to join in your giveaway idea 😀 so let's hope… 😉

    My name: Saghi

  5. Avidan Avatar
    Avidan

    Ooh, the Plate to Pixel book looks like it'd be super helpful.

    Traditional holiday baking for me would involve frying doughnuts, which I really hate doing, so I think I'm just gonna make some brownies.

  6. fabimassage@gmail.com Avatar
    fabimassage@gmail.com

    Merry Christmas! What a lovely giveaway gift idea. Thank you:)

  7. Kelly Edm Avatar
    Kelly Edm

    I love the idea of giving big goodie boxes like that! It's always fun to get food gifts just to see what everyone else is baking. Merry Christmas!

  8. Cătălina Avatar
    Cătălina

    I wish you happy holidays and strength to follow your passion as you did so far. I love your images, lines and recipes. I made some tartelettes from one of your recipes and they were very much appreciated.

    Take care,

    Catalina

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums Avatar
    Rosa's Yummy Yums

    Merry Christmas, dear! Have a good time and eat well.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga Avatar
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I love the roundup of goodies you made and I love love love your book and recommend it to everyone, all the time, as much as possible. It's the BEST book on food photography, period.

    And Georgia's book..I would love to win a copy of that.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  11. Lauren Williams Avatar
    Lauren Williams

    Ah, I've been wanting your Plate to Pixel Book forever!!!!

  12. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    I love your cookie basket gift ideas. I wish we lived closer to family because they would love something like this. Happy baking!

  13. Mitch Avatar
    Mitch

    So many cookies, so little time. This time of year, I always crave the ones my mother and grandmother made. As they were both prolific bakers, it makes it difficult to find the time to add new recipes to the inherited repertoire!

  14. Amber2Zoe Avatar
    Amber2Zoe

    Merry Christmas!

  15. Kari Avatar
    Kari

    Merry Christmas!

  16. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Merry Christmas! All those treats sound delicious 🙂

  17. Sarah Avatar
    Sarah

    Merry Christmas! I think I have the same snowman ornament as the one you have pictured at the very end.

  18. MARGARET Avatar
    MARGARET

    I've wanted to read Plate to Pixel for awhile now actually as I love your photos and want to work on my own.

    Merry Christmas Helene!

    Warmest Wishes,
    Margaret

    margeincharge(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Amber Avatar
    Amber

    Your mantel decorations are adorable! Loving the cookie recipes you selected! Have a Merry Christmas!

  20. The Urban Poser Avatar
    The Urban Poser

    Thanks SO much for the recipes listings. Your packages were beautiful! Merry Christmas.

  21. Esther Avatar
    Esther

    LOVE the mantle decorations! Happy holidays 🙂

  22. The Redbud Acres Farmhouse Avatar
    The Redbud Acres Farmhouse

    Everything looks so beautiful and your Christmas gift ideals are excellent! Merry Christmas!

  23. Hannah Avatar
    Hannah

    Merry Christmas, and best wishes for the New Year! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Amy Avatar
    Amy

    Wow, Congratulations on your 3rd printing. I would love to win a copy of the Plate To Pixel! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Take care.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  25. The Redbud Acres Farmhouse Avatar
    The Redbud Acres Farmhouse

    Everything looks so beautiful and I love the Christmas gift ideals! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  26. Matilda Avatar
    Matilda

    Merry Christmas to you! 🙂 I Hope you will have a wonderful time! /Matilda

  27. Holly Avatar
    Holly

    Merry Christmas to you! Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. Because of you, I have made macarons, homemade buttercream, and have a HUGE list of other wonderful sweet & savory things to try out in the upcoming year. It is always a treat to visit your site and I learn so much. THANK YOU!

    ~holly in the "other" Charleston (WV)

  28. Melissa Avatar
    Melissa

    Wow these are great ideas!! I hope you have a great Christmas!!
    Great giveaways!! So excited!!
    Good luck to all and Happy Holidays!!

  29. Katie Rose Avatar
    Katie Rose

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season with your loved ones! 🙂

  30. Heather Avatar
    Heather

    Reading your last posts made me very nostalgic about family and Christmas, and spending this time of the year with the people we love. Its hard to lose any member of your family, but especially at this time of the year. I'm sure he was very proud of you- and as always, your food and photos look amazing. Merry Christmas x

  31. RonGoldman Avatar
    RonGoldman

    Thanks for the great opportunity to win a book and Happy Holidays!

  32. Rose /Magpie Avatar
    Rose /Magpie

    I'm baking biscoff/ speculaas cookies too! All those other goodies sound awesome. You have lucky family and friends 🙂 Merry Christmas Helene!

  33. Abby Avatar
    Abby

    Merry Christmas!

  34. Camille Avatar
    Camille

    Good luck with all the baking. I'm sure all your friends will appreciate it!

  35. Anna Avatar
    Anna

    Mmm, that toffee and those honey cakes sound divine! I knew that with work this year's baking spree would probably not happen so a few months ago I started a couple of huge batches of green walnut wine and green walnut liquor. They're both bottled and labeled and wrapped and ready to share (nevermind the not-quite-full bottles I'd been sipping from in the fridge to make the season merrier 😀 )

  36. Jessica Avatar
    Jessica

    I am such a terrible procrastinator. I was really bad about getting my baking done this year!

  37. Emilie in MN Avatar
    Emilie in MN

    Helene,

    Thanks for such a nice giveaway. I know this holiday will probably be bittersweet for you, but know so many people are out here thinking about you.

    Hope you have a chance to recharge and find some peace.

  38. Taryne Jakobi Avatar
    Taryne Jakobi

    Hi. Love the Christmas decorations, especially the baubles with the snow man face . Cute. Merry Christmas!

  39. Lauren Avatar
    Lauren

    Making more baked goods as we speak!

  40. Kati Avatar
    Kati

    Coucou,
    bonnes fetes et bisous de la France! I love your blog and the way you convey such a lovely atmosphere with your great recipes, your pictures and what you write!
    I would love to win a book but I am not sure how this commenting works so I just leave my email Katharrr@aol.com

    Joyeux Noel!

  41. Ashley Sharp Avatar
    Ashley Sharp

    Well you really spoil your friends and family with goodies like that! 🙂

    Thank you for the opportunity to win one of those wonderful books. I hope you have a great Christmas!

  42. bellibabies Avatar
    bellibabies

    I just finished making butter cookies with my daughter Leah,4, and her cousin Alex,8. We had snowmen, raindeer, hearts, stars and Lightning McQueen cutout shapes (a character known by most parents of preschoolers). Then I saw your post about baking at Christmas. Perfect timimg! Merry Christmas everyone.

  43. Jux Avatar
    Jux

    Helene!
    Your photos are more than simple photos, they are work of art. Amazing and inspiring!
    😀
    Joyeux Noël et bonne année!

    Jux

  44. Laura Avatar
    Laura

    I made cake pops and rugelach, but that list of cookies sounds tempting.

  45. adriprints Avatar
    adriprints

    Merry Christmas, and good luck with all your holiday baking. This year I went with a printed holiday card, but since we will be away from our families, no baked goodies from us…
    I'm excited to participate in this giveaway as your book is on my wishlist! 😀

  46. Winter Redd Avatar
    Winter Redd

    Merry Christmas all! I love that snowman ornament!

  47. Jacqui Avatar
    Jacqui

    Your mantel decorations are adorable!! Love it. Happy holidays!!

  48. paws Avatar
    paws

    Merry Christmas! I hope to find time to bake today. Wishing you a joyous holiday!

  49. anja Avatar
    anja

    You're doing wonderful pictures. I love Your blog. Merry Christmas Helene!

  50. Sophie Avatar
    Sophie

    I always love your blog! This giveaway sounds awesome as I've been really wanting to get better at food photography/ read Girl Hunter!
    Thanks and happy holidays! 🙂

  51. Emily380 Avatar
    Emily380

    I started giving my family food gifts at Christmas a few years ago, as well. And, it turns out I enjoy all the planning and frenzy of cooking/baking/prep/presentation. And, as an added bonus, my family looks forward to it, and appreciates it.

  52. Lisa @ GF Canteen Avatar
    Lisa @ GF Canteen

    Helene – I'm tickled that you included our Speculaas in your gift boxes this year. Thanks so much for including them in your list! Have a wonderful holiday and here's to a fabulous New Year filled with delicious bites of great goodies.

  53. Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog Avatar
    Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog

    Hoping to win your book! Have a wonderful holiday 🙂

  54. Heidi @ Food Doodles Avatar
    Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Happy holidays!

  55. Nathan Smith Avatar
    Nathan Smith

    What a wonderful idea, we might need to do this next year for people!

  56. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Happy Christmas from the upstate!

  57. Praline Avatar
    Praline

    Ok. So, it is my first comment here. I've read your blog for four years. But all this time I was afraid of say something. But today.. The occasion to get your fantastic book is too (oooo) big. Please do not think I only want to get. It's performance for me. I'm checking myself in writting in English and I hope I'm not making a lot of mistakes. I've got my own blog about food and photography, where I invite you to visit 🙂 It would be a honor for me.

    OO! It so long comment. I belive you smile now 🙂

    I'm baking a panettone now, so it's time to conclude the speech :))

    Big hugs for you, your family&friends! :))

    Praline
    lendryggen.blogspot.com

  58. Allison Avatar
    Allison

    Sounds great!

  59. Sarah Avatar
    Sarah

    Merry Christmas Helene! Beautiful photos as always, and what a goodie box that would be!

  60. Claire Avatar
    Claire

    I love the photo on the Girl Hunter cookbook, it's a winner from 2011 in my opinion. Happy Holidays!

  61. Marge V, Avatar
    Marge V,

    I've been baking late into the night in a quiet kitchen by the reflected light of a Christmas tree for almost thirty years now. Though my baking list is less ambitious and my packaging less creative, the love is the same. And this means Christmas to me!

  62. Margot Avatar
    Margot

    Reading your blog makes me smile everytime. And as a photographer I learn a lot just looking at your photos (and reading your plate to pixel book, I bought is a while ago and it's great).

    Have fun baking cookies and making those great presents out of them. And most of all: have a great Christmas!

  63. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    These recipes all look great and I love the cute santa suit decorations! I didn't have time to make any foodie gifts this year, but I'm definitely going to bake some goodies to give away next Christmas!

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas,
    Thanks! Katy x

  64. Juliana Avatar
    Juliana

    I hope you have a merry Christmas, Hélène! Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  65. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Love the idea of the baked goodies in boxes for gifts! Merry Christmas 🙂

  66. Hannah Ellaham-Raffel Avatar
    Hannah Ellaham-Raffel

    Joyeux Noel,

    My mum and I always thoroughly enjoy cooking our way through your desserts and sweet treats. Your work inspires us, even when we are having a rough day. Thank you!

  67. Ashlae Avatar
    Ashlae

    Holy extravagant goodie baskets! Seriously, those are beautiful. Happy holidays!

  68. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    I also prepare cookies and sweets as gifts. This year I made merengue bites. I reallly like your box idea that can include other staff too!
    Have a Happy Christmas!

  69. Jeanne Avatar
    Jeanne

    Such thoughtful gifts and a whole lot of inspiration in that baked goodie list! Merry Christmas!

  70. Barbara Avatar
    Barbara

    Merry Christmas Helene. I'm sorry you won't be spending it with your parents as you had planned. I think of your mother often and I do hope she is well. xo

  71. sydney85 Avatar
    sydney85

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. They have been enjoyed very much.

    Happy holidays.

  72. terri Avatar
    terri

    Thanks for all the last-minute baking ideas! Merry Christmas!

  73. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    Sounds great!

  74. Becca Avatar
    Becca

    I did a flurry of holiday baking for friends too. I love it, it's so much fun to give our friends our favorite holiday treats!
    Your book was on my Christmas list, I am hoping it's under the tree, I would still love to win too!

  75. Bucil Avatar
    Bucil

    Frohe Weihnacht!
    Danke für die Rezepte und die tollen Fotos!

  76. Joy Avatar
    Joy

    Why oh why are the delicious things in life so calorie-laden? Thanks Helene for sharing the goodie box idea for xmas – maybe next year I'll be organised enough to steal your great idea!

  77. Glenda Avatar
    Glenda

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! Wow, what a wonderful gift idea.

  78. Rebecca Gabriel Avatar
    Rebecca Gabriel

    I also make boxes of goodies to give away. I enjoy testing new recipes and this year added Pain D'Amonde and chocolate macarons. I love to see the looks on people's faces as they taste the scrumptiousness of these treats.

  79. Terri A. Avatar
    Terri A.

    Love the idea of the boxes! Will have to remember those for next year.

  80. sweetchef Avatar
    sweetchef

    Love your ideas… I've done a spiced pumpkin seed toffee in boxes as well. It goes over really well.

    Merry Christmas

    Jenifer

  81. Alli Avatar
    Alli

    Would love to win! Merry Christmas!

  82. Sarah @ pão e queijo Avatar
    Sarah @ pão e queijo

    Thanks for the recipe roundup, I can't wait to make my (GF) mom the GF speculaas cookies! I'd love to win one of the lovely books 🙂

    sarahepardee at gmail dot com

  83. Baking in the Attic Avatar
    Baking in the Attic

    I love your clothesline on the mantel, so cute! Merry Christmas, Helene!

  84. Cindy Martin Avatar
    Cindy Martin

    Hello Helene! Looking forward to trying the Key Lime cookies. Sending you and yours a Merry Christmas greeting from Kansas City!

  85. Christine Avatar
    Christine

    That's a lot of baking! And here I thought my coworker was crazy making 6-8 recipes to bring into work. Definitely inspiring though, and it puts your love of food on display! Merry Christmas!

  86. GALaxy Avatar
    GALaxy

    I've been wishing for Plate to Pixel for a while now. Fingers crossed!

  87. pytchick Avatar
    pytchick

    Plate to Pixel! I'd love to have a copy!

  88. Carmen Avatar
    Carmen

    Amazing gift ideas! I will definitely have to try this next year!

  89. Annemieke Avatar
    Annemieke

    Yum speculaas

  90. Monnie Avatar
    Monnie

    Merry Christmas 🙂 I heard it's a fabulous book!

  91. vertigob Avatar
    vertigob

    oh my. English Toffee…I may not be able to resist.

  92. Gina Avatar
    Gina

    I have also started giving away baked goodies. This year has been a bit hectic though.

    Gina

  93. Eva @ Eva Bakes Avatar
    Eva @ Eva Bakes

    Merry Christmas!

  94. Karthika gupta Avatar
    Karthika gupta

    What a wonderful Christmas gift for 3 lucky winners…thank you and happy holidays

  95. Namitha Avatar
    Namitha

    Merry X'mas Helene !! I love everything about your blog 🙂

  96. Trish Wallace Avatar
    Trish Wallace

    Thank you so much for these give-aways! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  97. Trish Wallace Avatar
    Trish Wallace

    Happy Holidays to you and your family! Thank you for all that you do!!

  98. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    I love the snowman ornament! Happy Holidays!

  99. Vegas and Food Avatar
    Vegas and Food

    Let me be one of the winner.. Happy Holidays!

  100. WendyinKK  Avatar
    WendyinKK

    Merry Christmas!

    I do prefer practical gifts as well.

  101. Laura Avatar
    Laura

    We just finished our wrapping which is totally my favourite part of christmas!

  102. athena Avatar
    athena

    This was the first year I really put my heart into baking and sent goodies out to loved ones — made me feel great to hear how much the homemade things mean to them. I may just make it a yearly tradition from now on.

    I already have a (1st edition!) well-loved copy of your book, but the Girl Hunter one sounds intriguing.

    Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy Holidays to you and yours, Helene.

    Athena

  103. Yuliya Avatar
    Yuliya

    Happy Holidays to you and yours Helene! Thank you so much for this chance, to win something you had in your talented hands! 🙂 I was absolutely late to find your etsy shop to get your print, so this is the only chance. I already have your book and enjoying it enormously, but still would like to enter as it is from You 🙂 Or if it would be possible in future, to get my copy signed if I ever meet you in person 🙂

    Thank you so much for all the inspiration you share and wonderful things you create! :):)

    My Best Wishes to you,
    Yuliya

  104. Rikki Avatar
    Rikki

    I love your mantel decor, it's adorable [:

    So nice of you to be doing this giveaway.
    Merry Christmas!

  105. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    One of the best gifts I ever got was a giant tin of homemade goodies! There was a little music box magnet stuck to the inside of the lid, so when you lifted it for a treat Christmas music played. You goodie boxes look delightful!! And I love the softness in all of your Holiday photos, such a warm, inviting feel to them.

  106. Nicole Avatar
    Nicole

    I love homemade gifts. Happy holidays to you and your family!

  107. Rose White Avatar
    Rose White

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the links to your holiday goodies! I'm hoping to get your book for Christmas, so if I win I'll be able to pass one along to a friend…fingers crossed!

  108. Tamara B Avatar
    Tamara B

    What a great Chriastmas present, to be a winner!

  109. hickeyja Avatar
    hickeyja

    Happy Holidays to you and your family. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes all year long.

  110. Rosita Avatar
    Rosita

    These cookies sound yummy—thank you for the recipes.

  111. Randi Lynne Avatar
    Randi Lynne

    Merry Christmas. I'd love to win a book. 🙂

  112. Wendy Avatar
    Wendy

    Merry Christmas, and congratulations on the third print run… that's awesome!!

  113. lai mai Avatar
    lai mai

    Love the pretty ornaments and good cookie selection!

  114. Lorri Avatar
    Lorri

    I love it! Sooooo yummy sounding 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  115. Yolanda Avatar
    Yolanda

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for the book giveaway!

  116. clairedille Avatar
    clairedille

    Ben dying for a book!

  117. alice2 Avatar
    alice2

    just received food gifts from across the country. chutney and maple cream to remind me of a happy visit. enjoy the holidays!

  118. Audie Avatar
    Audie

    I wish I could have baked more this year but with a new baby it's been difficult! I'll have to come back to your list of links next year.

  119. Joanna Floyd Avatar
    Joanna Floyd

    This year my home made gifts included peanut butter and almond cookies. I had to stop myself eating too any before they made it into a gift box!

    Love the recipe ideas!

  120. Miss Lemon Avatar
    Miss Lemon

    OH my. Your book has been on my wish list for so long!

  121. Keli Avatar
    Keli

    Those key lime meltaways sound heavenly. I love how a citrusy cookie lightens up a mix of the usual holiday favorites. Don't get me wrong, I love my frosted sugar cookies, but the tanginess of a lemon butter cookie provides a nice contrast.

  122. Lisa Avatar
    Lisa

    Blessed Christmas!

  123. Nir B. Avatar
    Nir B.

    Merry Christmas – hope you'll get as much as you give.

  124. lin Avatar
    lin

    Love your pictures and styling. Have been making tons of your macarons as xmas gifts!!

    Wishing you and bill a blessed and peaceful x'mas and a great year ahead!

  125. Dulcistella Avatar
    Dulcistella

    wonderful books, I hope to be lucky enough 😉 Merry Christmas to everybody!

  126. lleufer Avatar
    lleufer

    Happy holidays!!!

  127. mandelaugen Avatar
    mandelaugen

    Wow Helene, you have a new post from a different reader every few minutes, that's really impressive! I wish you Joyeux Noël and happy new year 🙂

  128. lo81 Avatar
    lo81

    Great gift ideas!! Merry Christmas!!

  129. Alessa Avatar
    Alessa

    You have very pretty decorations! I made hot-chocolate-on-a-stick and eggnog this year, to give away to friends. I'm also making a couple of spice-cakes-in-a-glass today. 🙂
    Happy holidays!

  130. Roselie Avatar
    Roselie

    I 'd love to win! Happy holidays!

  131. Sini Avatar
    Sini

    Won't be able to bake all those goodies for this years christmas but they have been marked for next year! 🙂
    I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the coming year 2012!

  132. Zoe Avatar
    Zoe

    That snowman is so cute! 🙂

  133. Beth Avatar
    Beth

    Would absolutely love a copy of your book. The next best thing to receiving a box of Christmas cookies! Great idea. Merry Christmas!

  134. Ashley Avatar
    Ashley

    You make quite the box of baked goods! Thanks for the giveaway!

  135. Joanna Leasure Avatar
    Joanna Leasure

    Happy Holidays! Love your blog!

  136. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    hi helene,
    since i never won anything {apart from a box of crayons when i was 6 years old} i don't have my hopes up 😉
    just wanted to wish you and your loved ones a very merry christmas.
    i read your blog on a regular basis {almost every day} and i love it. your picture taking is divine and "plate to pixel" is on my amazon wishlist anyways 😉 this year i will get a camera as a present and then i will try to take lovely pics as well…
    xo, helene {from germany}

  137. Magda Avatar
    Magda

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Helene!!

  138. Valérie (France) Avatar
    Valérie (France)

    Je te souhaite un bon réveillon et un joyeux Noël.
    Valérie.

  139. Jennie Avatar
    Jennie

    Love giveaways… Merry Christmas!

  140. alexandra Avatar
    alexandra

    Love your mantle art! I made something similar this year (not quite as charming) with felt and clothespins. Merry Christmas!

  141. riandei Avatar
    riandei

    Merry christmas…happy baking

  142. riandei Avatar
    riandei

    Merry christmas

  143. Margaret Rizzuto Avatar
    Margaret Rizzuto

    Wishing everyone a lovely holiday! A chance to win – another Christmas delight to look forward to!

  144. sami Avatar
    sami

    Merry Christmas to all!

  145. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for all your ideas and inspiration this year!

  146. D Murphy Avatar
    D Murphy

    Love your decorations! I spent three full days last week baking Christmas treats for my grandkids…a labor of love!

  147. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Thank you for a very warm holiday message. I love the baking ideas you have and the decorations on the mantle are awesome. Congrats on your third printing of Plate to Pixel. I use it all the time. Merry Merry.

  148. Melody G Avatar
    Melody G

    I hope you have a wonderful and Merry Christmas! I too, am in the middle of a baking flurry. I completely did not realize that Christmas is -tomorrow- and am now behind. lol My hustle and bustle is in the kitchen at least instead of the malls fighting other shoppers.

    I would really love a copy of your book. I've been eye-ing it and it's on my wish list. Unfortunately, purchasing a new book is at the end of my list (after bills and attempting to make my kids Christmas a good one).

    Reading your post this morning has me adding to my baking list for today! I'm adding those key lime meltaways & white Christmas meringues to my gift boxes now. 🙂

    Happy Holidays to Everyone!
    ~Melody

  149. Roxanne Avatar
    Roxanne

    Merry Christmas! Books and food are always welcome gifts!

  150. Mimi Avatar
    Mimi

    Merry Christmas!

  151. Jenny Mendes Avatar
    Jenny Mendes

    Thank you for giving so much of yourself! It is really appreciated. Merry Christmas!

  152. Franci Avatar
    Franci

    Oh, I would LOVE a copy of Plate to Pixel! That would be perfect Christmas present. 🙂

  153. Elodie Avatar
    Elodie

    Merry Christmas! Very nice decorations.

  154. Mellissa Avatar
    Mellissa

    I'm not commenting because I want to win the book, I'm commenting to tell you I HAVE it and LOVE it! I've been reading it voraciously and already picked up some excellent tips to take my photos to the next level! Just need to upgrade my lighting options but I enjoyed so much seeing the behind the scenes photos and the set ups. It's a really great read, comprehensive and well written – the best I've ever purchased on food photography! Thanks for all of your hard work!

  155. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    How wonderful! I'd love to win one of these!

  156. Anja Avatar
    Anja

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and thanks for all the inspiration you are giving me with each of your posts!

  157. Kunyo Avatar
    Kunyo

    Your photographs are always so beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us 🙂

  158. nita Avatar
    nita

    I'm trying to do the same this year with gifts, giving away cookies, for which I've already made the dough and froze them, so they only need to be baked and packed. thanks for the other links too, there's always room for more baked goodies 🙂

  159. Molly Pisula Avatar
    Molly Pisula

    Happy Holidays, Helene! I love the cookie baking time of year!

  160. Maria Isabella Avatar
    Maria Isabella

    Your blog is always like a little bit of sunshine. Thanks for another great year!

  161. NancyB Avatar
    NancyB

    Wonderful set of cookies!

  162. juliaelmer at hotmail dot com Avatar
    juliaelmer at hotmail dot com

    Happy holidays! I'm living vicariously through your mouth-watering list of cookies because this year is the first year in a long time that I have not made cookie boxes for friends.

    (Also wanted to let you know there's a tiny typo in your cookie list above. I believe you meant to write muffin "form" rather than "from.")

  163. Liz Rueven Avatar
    Liz Rueven

    Your spare (in the best sense) images allow the food to breathe in the space you create. Nothing short of inspiring… Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  164. Debbie Avatar
    Debbie

    I love the boxed goodies you give away!

  165. Robin (Hippo Flambe) Avatar
    Robin (Hippo Flambe)

    I am not making any cookies for gifts this year but I still need to make triple layer peppermint bark for Santa (my children insist without their gift from him will not be as good). For teacher gifts I made cracked wheat bread and paired it with a jar of jam. Happy Holidays to you!

  166. MsPepper Avatar
    MsPepper

    Yum! I am always so excited to try the recipes you post! My husband got me your book for Christmas this year and I am loving it! I got him a book on baking artisan bread, so while he bakes, I practice the techniques in your book It's a match made in heaven. 🙂 I hadn't heard of the Hunter Girl book, but it looks interesting! I'll have to add it to my Amazon Wishlist! Thanks for sharing!

  167. MerveillesbyEstelle Avatar
    MerveillesbyEstelle

    Joyeux Noel…merci pour les recettes, ca donne envie de les essayer et je ne suis pas une bonne patissiere.

    Your photos are so gorgeous 🙂

  168. Ardala Evans Avatar
    Ardala Evans

    Absolutely love your blog and your photography. Baking makes the holidays fun for me!

  169. Deirdre Avatar
    Deirdre

    Since stumbling on your website several months ago, I have made several of your recipes–most recently your financiers. They were wonderful and everyone loved them in their xmas goodie bags. Your photography is beautiful and inspiring.

  170. Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY Avatar
    Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY

    It's been a pleasure to pop over this year to soak up your food styling photos and inspiration. I resolve to improve my own photography in the New Year (and I have an inkling that a new lens is under the tree with my name on it-lol).

    On the baking front, my daughter and I baked gingerbread people and reindeer this year and at the last minute decided to use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape in the center of each gingerbread cookie. Perfect final touch.

    Happy holidays!

  171. Robin Avatar
    Robin

    You have some of the cutest snowmen decorations I have seen! I collect snowmen because they can stay put a little longer than the other Christmas decorations. I love your idea of giving "goodies" for gifts. I may have to try this next year. Thank you for such a wonderful blog. Merry Christmas to you. 🙂

  172. Bob Thomas Avatar
    Bob Thomas

    Enjoying each and every issue of your blog and the photos, so beautiful and evocative. Looking forward to another year of food, flavors and photos. Wishing for you a happy and loving holiday.

  173. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Avatar
    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    Merry Xmas!!!!!!!!

  174. ary Avatar
    ary

    Happy holidays! What a wonderful giveaway!!

  175. Raindrops on Roses Avatar
    Raindrops on Roses

    This sounds wonderful! I've been doing this on a smaller scale for quite some time. Its tough since my time is so constrained but I do what I can! Merry Christmas Eve!

  176. Debbi_in_California Avatar
    Debbi_in_California

    Thank you for your blog! I have learned so much! Happy holidays

  177. Rosanne Avatar
    Rosanne

    I always love your photography and your recipes! Have a Happy Holiday and a Wonderful New Year!

  178. Jan Avatar
    Jan

    Happy Holidays! Love the gift box idea-

  179. Jodib Avatar
    Jodib

    Have a wonderful Christmas, I just found your blog and started following, love your photos….I am an old school photographer(film) and you've been an inspiration to learn digital and food…….thank you!!!

  180. LadybugB Avatar
    LadybugB

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog! I too like to give homemade goodies to family and friends. It is always so much nicer to receive something that that your heart went into than something bought.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours and may the New Year be a Blessing!
    Thanks again for all of the great ideas in the kitchen!

  181. okcamp Avatar
    okcamp

    Your gift boxes look yummy (wish I were on your gift list).

    Merry Christmas!
    Diane

  182. Angela Avatar
    Angela

    Love your mantel! Now we know where baby Santa gets his laundry done!

    Cheers & Happy Photo-ing!

    Angela

  183. Peppermint Ph.D. Avatar
    Peppermint Ph.D.

    My daughters and I bake cookies, one recipe a night, over the holidays…we usually don't get started until they are out of school and their lives settle down a little bit, but we eat almost everything we make 🙂 It's nice to have ready baked fresh cookies for any drop in guests though. One of my students in the culinary program at our community college gave me the most wonderful gift box with some of the most beautiful, tasty confections inside!! I loved it!! My family actually fought over the red velvet brownie!!
    Have a wonderful holiday!

  184. Bo Wayne Avatar
    Bo Wayne

    Happiest of Holidays! My favorite gifts have always been handmade and baked goods are among the top. Being able to share something made with love is the best. And your blog is the best! Merry Merry Merry!

  185. Chelsea Avatar
    Chelsea

    Happy Holidays! Thanks for creating such lovely recipes!!

  186. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Your gift boxes are beautiful. It's too late for this year, but next year…! Thanks for your wonderful recipes and ideas. Merry Christmas.

  187. angela@spinachtiger Avatar
    angela@spinachtiger

    Thanks for the generous give away. I nearly started baking again this morning and had to stop myself. I have one cake left to make for tomorrow and I'm done, but like you, I bake to give. It's the best kind of gift giving. Merry Christmas. Look forward to a new blogging year in 2012 and many visits back.

  188. Cynthia M Avatar
    Cynthia M

    I love your mantel decorations…the mini clothes line is so cute. Your friends and family are so lucky to receive such wonderful home-baked gifts each year. Merry Christmas!

  189. Karen Avatar
    Karen

    Ooh, both books are on my wish list! Have a very happy Christmas!

  190. Minnik Avatar
    Minnik

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  191. Holli Edwards Avatar
    Holli Edwards

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. I've SO enjoyed each and every past this year and look forward to 2012.

  192. Ann (napangel) Avatar
    Ann (napangel)

    I love the idea of giving homemade goods … and a little something else. I may have to adopt that idea next year! And I just bought Plate to Pixel … can't wait to dive into it.

  193. Anastasia Avatar
    Anastasia

    Merry Christmas! What a lovely gift giveaway!

  194. monica Avatar
    monica

    I love you site…would love your book too. Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!!

  195. Christy @ Confessions of a culinary diva Avatar
    Christy @ Confessions of a culinary diva

    Your mantel decorations are so charming and quaint! Really love them and gives me an idea for
    R our home next year. You baking list looks amazing – lucky friends and family! Merry Christmas!

  196. Kansas Daisy Avatar
    Kansas Daisy

    Happy Holidays!!! Thanks for another year of great photos and recipes. Would looove a chance to get your book!

  197. Me Avatar
    Me

    … love your presents with home made treats and personal fun items.

    Joyeux Noël!

  198. Cristina | Positively Beauty Avatar
    Cristina | Positively Beauty

    Merry Christmas, and thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  199. Margaret Avatar
    Margaret

    Thank you Helene for sharing your Christmas recipes! No time to bake anything today but will certainly save for next year! merry Christmas!

  200. The Suzzzz Avatar
    The Suzzzz

    I still can't believe it is Christmas Eve. I have been tortured at my day job with non-stop Christmas music since the day after Thanksgiving and relief is in sight! When the music and phoney Christmas cheer got to be too much I'd take my break and peruse your site. Thanks for the sanity.

  201. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Merci pour ton livre que je me suis procurée l'été dernier 🙂 Tes photos sont toujours aussi belles unes que les autres ♥ J'adore ton petit bonhomme de neige ci-haut 🙂 Je te souhaite un joyeux temps des fêtes et une très belle nouvelle année 2012 remplie de santé, bonheur et prospérité ! Merci pour le concours 🙂
    Nadia — xXOo

  202. Bloemendaal Avatar
    Bloemendaal

    Many thanks for the Xmas cookie suggestions, your book looks amazing!

  203. Andrea Avatar
    Andrea

    I love your ideas and blog. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

  204. Bloemendaal Avatar
    Bloemendaal

    Many thanks for the Xmas cookie suggestions, your book looks amazing!

  205. Carol Avatar
    Carol

    That mantel decoration is so stinking cute!

  206. AbrewFamily Avatar
    AbrewFamily

    Happy Holidays and Happy baking. I love your mantel decorations.

  207. Dolci Fusa Avatar
    Dolci Fusa

    Merry Christmas!
    Hugs,
    Veronica

  208. marbellawalk Avatar
    marbellawalk

    Needed a dessert for Christmas Eve for 7 – ended up with a black Forest Cake, Blackberry Cobbler (Pioneer Woman), Mini Apricot Cheesecakes, Chocolate Pie, shortbread and baklava – something for everybody – now I just have to transport it there safely

  209. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Love the decorations. I'd love to win Girl Hunter! Merry Christmas!

  210. linda Avatar
    linda

    Love the decorations Helene! Have a blessed Christmas and enjoy the special moments

  211. Susan Eaton Avatar
    Susan Eaton

    Sorry if I doubled posted. I forgot to put my name and link of my fb page. I love your work and your photography and that would be cool to win those books!
    Susan's Decorated Sweets or Susan Faia Eaton on FB.
    wseaton@comcast.net

  212. Jacqueline Avatar
    Jacqueline

    Wow. What an inspiration. Thank you for continuing to share your gracious gifts with the world. I've found peace and inner stillness following your story. Happy Holidays.

  213. carol Avatar
    carol

    merry merry & happy 2012 to you & your family, helene!! enjoy the festivities and all the scrumptious food together… cheers!! carol

  214. Darcy Avatar
    Darcy

    Your mantel is beautiful! I hope you and Bill have a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year! I would love to win "Girl Hunter"!
    I treasure my autographed copy of "From Plate to Pixel"♥ *hugs*

  215. Andrea Avatar
    Andrea

    Merry Christmas! What a great idea for gifts.

  216. Amber, RD Avatar
    Amber, RD

    Love your decorations! I made eggnog truffles for my neighbors and they have been very well received! Merry Christmas!

  217. julie Avatar
    julie

    Thank you for sharing your recipes and photography tips with us all through the year. Happy Christmas!

  218. ela:::ela:::ela Avatar
    ela:::ela:::ela

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! 🙂

  219. Veronica Avatar
    Veronica

    I do a similar thing at Christmas that you do. My gifts are homemade, this year I made mostly confections (almond nougat, honey caramels, peppermint bark, three types of truffles, fig,anise, almond bark), I canned crabapple jelly, pepper jam, cranberry relish, dill pickles, pickled beans, pickled garlic scapes, bread and butter pickles and peaches for gifts. I combine these with some personal touch items similar to what you do.

    I don't seem to have the same touch as you have with putting it all together, so I was glad to get a peek at what you did. I'll have to try that next year.

    Merry Christmas Helene. I am so glad that I found your blog. It is a delight to find gluten free recipes that suite my personal tastes. And hubby, who is the photographer in the house, admires your non-cooking skills with a camera.

  220. Lisabella Avatar
    Lisabella

    I'm looking forward to improving my food photography skills in the coming year!

  221. Suzi Avatar
    Suzi

    Loved you snowman layout! Merry Christmas and thank you for your great ideas.

  222. ElizabethB Avatar
    ElizabethB

    Merry Christmas! Hope your cookies turned out great!

  223. Suzi Avatar
    Suzi

    Adorable work! Merry Christmas.

  224. Jody Avatar
    Jody

    I'm making it a goal to box up yummy goodness next Christmas!!

  225. Jan S Avatar
    Jan S

    I would love either book, but you photography book would be great help!

  226. Danielle Avatar
    Danielle

    Merry Christmas! I read about these books on another blog which led me to your blog and Georgia's blog, what a great giveaway!

  227. hb Avatar
    hb

    LOVE your decorations. Would love to know where I could find something similar. Can't wait to bake some of your cookies. Thanks for the wonderful blog. Merry Christmas!

  228. Kristina B Avatar
    Kristina B

    I asked for your book for Christmas so I am keeping my fingers crossed! Happy Holidays!

  229. Amanda Thompson Avatar
    Amanda Thompson

    I love your decorations ~ so cute and so beautiful! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

    adb6{at}humboldt{dot}edu

  230. leslie Avatar
    leslie

    Your pictures and recipes are an inspiration, as always. Today I am making my aunt's cream wafers – they signify Christmas to me. Have a wonderful time with your baking and gifting.

  231. Nisa-mom Avatar
    Nisa-mom

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.
    *wish the best for me to get your book, or whoever will get your book must be a lucky person.. 🙂

  232. Emily Avatar
    Emily

    that IS inspired!! I would love a post about creative (i.e., functional) packaging ideas, since that's where my baked gifts often break down. and sadly, I mean this literally…

  233. Diana Hu Avatar
    Diana Hu

    Happy holidays! Congrats on your third printing~

    dianahu78@hotmail.com

  234. Danielle Avatar
    Danielle

    I've been wanting your book forEVER, so maybe I'll win. 🙂

    Also, I love the snowman ornament photo!!

  235. Shauna Avatar
    Shauna

    Happy Holidays, what a great idea with the boxes of homemade goodies!

  236. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    I'm looking for gf Christmas cookie inspiration and if I were home I would give speculaas a try!

  237. Carolyn Avatar
    Carolyn

    Thank you for all the wonderful work you do and for sharing your expertise with all of us, your fans.

  238. Michele Avatar
    Michele

    Merry Christmas!! Blessings and love to all!

  239. Melissa | Dash of east Avatar
    Melissa | Dash of east

    I love this idea of giving baked goodies to friends and family instead of presents. Especially if they come from you – what lucky recipients!

    Your book is amazing, I love it and recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their food photography.

    Have a great Christmas!

  240. jeanjean38553 Avatar
    jeanjean38553

    Thanks for the recipes and all the hard work you put into your site all the time. I truly enjoy your postings. Happy Holidays

  241. KeyonnaRenea Avatar
    KeyonnaRenea

    Thank you for always sharing your great insight 🙂

  242. Pétra Avatar
    Pétra

    Congratulations on your third printing!! I love the mantle decoration so cute.
    I made my first macarons this holiday thank you for the great recipes and tips they turned out amazing!
    Merry Christmas!

  243. Jennifer Cochran Avatar
    Jennifer Cochran

    Thank you Helene for your beautiful blog and photographs. They are enchanting and inspiring! Have a lovely Christmas…Joyeux Noel!

  244. Chez Us Avatar
    Chez Us

    Happy Holidays!

  245. Miriam Avatar
    Miriam

    Would love to win. Your recipes and photos give much inspiration. Love them.

  246. garden Avatar
    garden

    Merry Christmas!

  247. Jean Lewis Avatar
    Jean Lewis

    Love the photos. Great gift ideas. Keep it simple.

  248. Desiree Avatar
    Desiree

    I've gone the making treats route before and it never turns out exactly the way that I intend. Either I don't have enough treats to put in the package; therefore, it looks puny and no where near representative of how much time and effort I put into baking everything or something I bake doesn't turn out to taste the way I want! I would be so excited to get one of yours though!!

  249. Jessica Avatar
    Jessica

    Those look like some amazing recipes your making!!

  250. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Merry Christmas! Great ideas for a Christmas gifts!

  251. Ashley Avatar
    Ashley

    The mantle decorations are very cute!

  252. Claudia Lima Avatar
    Claudia Lima

    Merry Christmas! 🙂

  253. poimlady Avatar
    poimlady

    Happy Holidays.

    Love this blog and the photos – simply amazing.

    This blog is a present itself.
    Each time I visit, I leave with a smile.

    Thanks for taking time to share.

  254. Diane Avatar
    Diane

    Merry Christmas!!

  255. Whimsical Bakery Avatar
    Whimsical Bakery

    Love the great idea of boxed treats and gift cards for family members … thanks for the list of cookies, always looking for new ideas. Merry Christmas.

    Christine ~ Whimsical Bakery
    bakery@whimsicalbakery.ca
    http://www.whimsicalbakery.ca

  256. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Happy Christmas. I'd love to win a copy of your beautiful book!

  257. Marguerite T Avatar
    Marguerite T

    Merry Christmas!
    I love the ornament at the end of the post, such a simple silly little design.

  258. Meghan Avatar
    Meghan

    Merry Christmas. All of your suggested treats sound G-R-E-ate!

  259. dris209 Avatar
    dris209

    Merry Christmas! Health and peace to you!

  260. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    What a wonderful gift you give your friends! Something which is really from the heart.
    Love the snowman picture.

    Happy Holidays

  261. theperfectdetails Avatar
    theperfectdetails

    Love your blog and sending you heartfelt holiday wishes and my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear grandfather. Blessings to you for a happy and healthy 2012!

  262. Nisha Avatar
    Nisha

    Hi Hélène!
    I like your mantel deco, so cute!
    Just a while back was driving around a neighborhood in Houston to see the Christmas decorations & lights with different themes people in different communities put outside their homes.
    It's my first Christmas in US ever since I moved here 9 months back, so it was really nice to see!
    Hope I get to meet some families around sometime in future, and be able to see just as beautifully decorated homes on the inside, and actually celebrate this along with them, their way 🙂
    If I may add, I'd love to receive a copy of your book "Plate To Pixel. Digital Food Photography and Styling" if I'm chosen as one of the winners.
    Would be thrilled to learn from the book that I've read about in so many blogs when they share a thing or two about food photography!
    Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you 🙂
    Cheers,
    Nisha
    (Your follower since quite recently!)

  263. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Its always a delight to see your photos. Thank you. Happy Christmas.
    Blessings,
    Chandi

  264. chinmayie @ love food eat Avatar
    chinmayie @ love food eat

    Congrats! Love your blog, photos and recipes 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  265. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Happy Holidays! I would love a chance to win your book!

  266. Sophia Avatar
    Sophia

    Happy Holidays to you ! the Plate to Pixel Book will be a great win for this year ! your decorations are so lovely and cute ♡

  267. Jacqueline Wyble Avatar
    Jacqueline Wyble

    Thank you for the idea of not exchanging gifts yet instead, give food gifts which most people appreciate even more so. I love coming to your blog just to see what beautiful pictures you will post next.

    Happy Holidays and congratulations on your third printing! How exciting and wonderful!

  268. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    I love the idea of the cookie gift boxes and a card or ticket besides. Perfect gift and I would love to do that – I seem to run out of time each year after my baking spree but maybe next year I can do that. Merry Christmas!

  269. DineInDiva Avatar
    DineInDiva

    Beautiful photos, as always. Would love to win Plate to Pixel. Merry Christmas!

  270. Three-Cookies Avatar
    Three-Cookies

    Merry Xmas and happy new year to you and your family. That box of goodies sounds superb

  271. Sunnie Avatar
    Sunnie

    Thanks for the giveaway, pretty decorations!
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

  272. Chiara M Avatar
    Chiara M

    A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  273. passioninterest Avatar
    passioninterest

    am i too late for this? merry christmas

  274. Natalija Avatar
    Natalija

    What a wonderful and truly thoughtful idea! Thank you for the beautiful photos and the inspired treats. I have already purchased "Plate to Pixel" recently and cannot wait to put it to good use. I plan on doing some baking today and hope to photograph the results. 😉

  275. moni.zuza Avatar
    moni.zuza

    Homemade gifts are always the best. Happy Holidays!

  276. Judy H  Avatar
    Judy H

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures and the great food.

  277. Anne Avatar
    Anne

    Ce ne sont pas des petites boîtes!
    Le petit bonhomme de neige est vraiment adorable! Joyeux Noël!

  278. Sheila R Avatar
    Sheila R

    Happy Christmas!

    Thank you so much for the lovely recipes and even lovelier photography. I first came to your website for the cashew gateau, but stayed around because of the gorgeous photos.

    You have really added to all of our lives here. Thank you so much! I hope you come to NYC with a workshop soon!

  279. Gosia Avatar
    Gosia

    What gorgeous gifts these cookie bundles are. I'm totally impressed with the selection. Thank you for listing the sources for this deliciousness. Merry Christmas!

  280. joan.ekimball Avatar
    joan.ekimball

    Love your book so much. such helpful thoughts and inspiration.

    JoanE

  281. Frances Avatar
    Frances

    Merry Christmas, Helene. The goodies sound yummy. Hope your day is merry and bright.

  282. S Avatar
    S

    i love your festive decorations!

  283. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming Avatar
    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming

    have a very merry christmas 🙂

  284. Ava Avatar
    Ava

    Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into your blog!! I cant tell you how much I enjoy it! Merry Christmas!

  285. Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen Avatar
    Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen

    What an adorable mantel decorations. I subscribe by email and wanted to tell you how much I enjoy seeing your latest post in my inbox.

    Happy holidays to you and your family.
    Sam

  286. Karine Avatar
    Karine

    Merry Christmas Helene. May this year bring you health, joy, love and success. All the best!!!

    Thank you for all your good recipes and creative ideas. You keep inspiring us.

  287. Laryssa Avatar
    Laryssa

    Merry Christmas, Helene!

  288. Sarah H.P. Avatar
    Sarah H.P.

    I made homemade goodies for everyone's Christmas presents this year and they've gone down a treat! From now on, it's the only thing I want to give to others at this festive time of year! It's fun, easy, and means so much more than just any old present from a store!

  289. Laure S Avatar
    Laure S

    I love the edible gifts idea! I can't go home this year, so just had the family Christmas dinner through webcam (me in the US, family in France). That's definitely the kind of gifts I'd like to share so I can be with them a little bit when I have to stay here 🙂

  290. Elaine Avatar
    Elaine

    Merry Christmas! And thank you so much for all of the recipes you've shared with us. I've tried so many and none have ever looked as lovely as yours 🙂

  291. Valerie Avatar
    Valerie

    Merry Christmas! Hope you are having a wonderful day with family and friends!

  292. Mary Avatar
    Mary

    I love your blog so much, don't know why I never comment!

  293. The Prudent Homemaker Avatar
    The Prudent Homemaker

    Would love to win a copy of your book!

  294. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    I love your decorations!
    But the best present you could give me is the fantastic book Plate to Pixel, in my possession since last night! Thank you 🙂

  295. Blue Sky Avatar
    Blue Sky

    Merry Christmas!
    Love your site.

  296. dpchef Avatar
    dpchef

    As a Pastry Chef I know what busy at Christmas means! Thank you for your year long inspiration as well as links to others who also inspire us. I appreciate your work.
    If you pick me, I have a copy of your wonderful book but would love the other one!
    Joyeux Noel!

  297. Win O. Avatar
    Win O.

    I love your snowman. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  298. Gloria Avatar
    Gloria

    I love homemade gifts! My favorite brother in law gifts us with his amazing Gumbo. We always look forward to it!

    Merry Christmas!

  299. Ricette&Vignette Avatar
    Ricette&Vignette

    A big hug from Italy ! Merry Christmas!

  300. Kyla Avatar
    Kyla

    Merry Christmas, and thank you for sharing so many wonderful recipes! I made the scallop and beet fettucine a few days ago, it was delicious!

  301. Susan Avatar
    Susan

    Merry Christmas, so looking forward to doing some more!! baking with these great ideas.

  302. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Merry Christmas!

  303. Yoon J Avatar
    Yoon J

    I would love to pursue an ambitious goodie box project for ny friends as well. . . . Will definitely look back to this post again. Merry christmas!

  304. Ilke Avatar
    Ilke

    Happy holidays to you! I have your book and I love it that it gives me a different perspective of how I shoot the pics. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge and tips!

  305. 幸福de贝儿 Avatar
    幸福de贝儿

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

    Sara Lu

  306. muglinka c. Avatar
    muglinka c.

    merry christmas. xoxo m

  307. Shelby Avatar
    Shelby

    What a lovely idea for homemade, sincere Christmas gifts! Another beautiful and inspiring holiday post, thank you!

  308. Jenni O Avatar
    Jenni O

    I am so glad to have found your beautiful blog this year; you rock.

  309. Kim Avatar
    Kim

    Merry Christmas. Thanks for a great giveaway

  310. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    I really admire your work! It would be dazzling to win the giveaway 🙂

  311. Ellie Avatar
    Ellie

    What great cookie ideas! Making Christmas cookies is one of my favourite parts of Christmas. My favourite that we make is my Grandmother's old recipe for 'Russian Snowballs' – beautiful, melt in the mouth walnut shortbread!

  312. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Would love to win this. Happy holiday! 🙂

  313. Duygu Avatar
    Duygu

    Happy holidays,Helene.

  314. Valérie (France) Avatar
    Valérie (France)

    Je te souhaite un bon lendemain de Noël
    Valérie

  315. Carmen Avatar
    Carmen

    I love your recipes and even more your perfect photos.
    Happy Holidays from the Caribbean Islands!
    I hope you have a wonderful new year!

  316. dena Avatar
    dena

    Happy Holidays! I hope to win the photography book. If you've seen my blog, you know why.

  317. Barb Avatar
    Barb

    Thank you so much for all of your beautiful posts and wonderful recipes, Helene. I have enjoyed reading them all and have passed on your blog address to my friends who have gluten intolerances/ allergies. I find you site an inspiration. I hope you and your husband had a good Christmas and will have a wondeful New Year! Happy Baking!

  318. Me And My Sweets Avatar
    Me And My Sweets

    Thanks for the cookie recipes! I got your book "From Pixle to Plate" this Christmas and I think it will help me a lot with the pictures for my newly created baking blog http://www.meandmysweets.blogspot.com

    Thanks and happy Holidays!

  319. Jen Laceda | Milk Guides Avatar
    Jen Laceda | Milk Guides

    I have your Plate to Pixel book, but would love to win Girl Hunter 🙂

  320. Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet Avatar
    Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet

    I actually received a copy of "Plate to Pixel" for Christmas this year, and have already blazed through almost all of it!
    Happy Holidays!

  321. Juls @ Juls' Kitchen Avatar
    Juls @ Juls' Kitchen

    I just came out of the kitchen where I cooked for the first time the family Christmas lunch (and dinner) and our usual get together with friends on Boxing day, and discovered my name here! I'm so happy you made the meringues!

  322. Juls @ Juls' Kitchen Avatar
    Juls @ Juls' Kitchen

    I just came out of the kitchen where I cooked for the first time our family Christmas lunch (and dinner) and our usual get together dinner with friends on Boxing day, and discovered the link to the meringues here.. I'm so happy you decided to bake them!

  323. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours. Love that mantel runner with Santa's clothing items!

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

  324. northbysudouest Avatar
    northbysudouest

    Hello, I really like the blog. Especially the pictures. Do you mind if I ask what camera you are using? I'm planning a present to myself for Christmas of a new camera so looking for ideas! You might like to look at my other half's blog too?
    We both moved from the UK three years ago to live and cook in the South West of France. He is a chef so the blog is about cooking and living in France generally. Anyway, just incase…
    http://www.northbysudouest.blogspot.com

  325. simjen Avatar
    simjen

    Your gift boxes and mantel decorations are very beautiful.Will work on it sometime.Hope you enjoyed more this christmas!!May God shower his blessings on you 🙂

  326. Paula Avatar
    Paula

    Great ideas! Thank you for all the wonderful photos and suggestions.

  327. Ryan Avatar
    Ryan

    Cute snowman!

  328. Jan Avatar
    Jan

    great giveaway… LOVE your blog! Your recipes are the best!

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