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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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Steph December 23, 2011 um 7:04 pm

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.


Adrienne December 23, 2011 um 7:05 pm

Happy Holidays to you, with much success and happiness in the new year! ๐Ÿ™‚


Brianne December 23, 2011 um 7:05 pm

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


saghi December 23, 2011 um 7:08 pm

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ loved them all.

๐Ÿ™‚
I'll be happy to join in your giveaway idea ๐Ÿ˜€ so let's hope… ๐Ÿ˜‰

My name: Saghi


Avidan December 23, 2011 um 7:09 pm

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.


fabimassage@gmail.com December 23, 2011 um 7:09 pm

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


Kelly Edm December 23, 2011 um 7:11 pm

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!


Cฤƒtฤƒlina December 23, 2011 um 7:14 pm

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


Rosa's Yummy Yums December 23, 2011 um 7:15 pm

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

Cheers,

Rosa


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 23, 2011 um 7:15 pm

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!


Lauren Williams December 23, 2011 um 7:16 pm

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


Unknown December 23, 2011 um 7:16 pm

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


Mitch December 23, 2011 um 7:17 pm

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!


Amber2Zoe December 23, 2011 um 7:18 pm

Merry Christmas!


Kari December 23, 2011 um 7:20 pm

Merry Christmas!


Unknown December 23, 2011 um 7:22 pm

Merry Christmas! All those treats sound delicious ๐Ÿ™‚


Sarah December 23, 2011 um 7:24 pm

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


MARGARET December 23, 2011 um 7:25 pm

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


Amber December 23, 2011 um 7:26 pm

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


The Urban Poser December 23, 2011 um 7:29 pm

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


Esther December 23, 2011 um 7:30 pm

LOVE the mantle decorations! Happy holidays ๐Ÿ™‚


The Redbud Acres Farmhouse December 23, 2011 um 7:34 pm

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


Hannah December 23, 2011 um 7:35 pm

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


Amy December 23, 2011 um 7:36 pm

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


The Redbud Acres Farmhouse December 23, 2011 um 7:37 pm

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


Matilda December 23, 2011 um 7:40 pm

Merry Christmas to you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I Hope you will have a wonderful time! /Matilda


Holly December 23, 2011 um 7:42 pm

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)


Melissa December 23, 2011 um 7:43 pm

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


Katie Rose December 23, 2011 um 7:48 pm

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season with your loved ones! ๐Ÿ™‚


Heather December 23, 2011 um 7:49 pm

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


RonGoldman December 23, 2011 um 7:52 pm

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


Rose /Magpie December 23, 2011 um 7:53 pm

I'm baking biscoff/ speculaas cookies too! All those other goodies sound awesome. You have lucky family and friends ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas Helene!


Abby December 23, 2011 um 7:56 pm

Merry Christmas!


Camille December 23, 2011 um 8:04 pm

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


Anna December 23, 2011 um 8:07 pm

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 ๐Ÿ˜€ )


Jessica December 23, 2011 um 8:09 pm

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


Emilie in MN December 23, 2011 um 8:27 pm

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.


Taryne Jakobi December 23, 2011 um 8:27 pm

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


Lauren December 23, 2011 um 8:29 pm

Making more baked goods as we speak!


Kati December 23, 2011 um 8:33 pm

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!


Ashley Sharp December 23, 2011 um 8:34 pm

Well you really spoil your friends and family with goodies like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

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


bellibabies December 23, 2011 um 8:36 pm

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.


Jux December 23, 2011 um 8:37 pm

Helene!
Your photos are more than simple photos, they are work of art. Amazing and inspiring!
๐Ÿ˜€
Joyeux Noรซl et bonne annรฉe!

Jux


Laura December 23, 2011 um 8:41 pm

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


adriprints December 23, 2011 um 8:43 pm

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! ๐Ÿ˜€


Winter Redd December 23, 2011 um 8:46 pm

Merry Christmas all! I love that snowman ornament!


Jacqui December 23, 2011 um 8:49 pm

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


paws December 23, 2011 um 8:54 pm

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


anja December 23, 2011 um 8:54 pm

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


Sophie December 23, 2011 um 9:09 pm

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! ๐Ÿ™‚


Emily380 December 23, 2011 um 9:18 pm

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.


Lisa @ GF Canteen December 23, 2011 um 9:26 pm

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.


Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog December 23, 2011 um 9:28 pm

Hoping to win your book! Have a wonderful holiday ๐Ÿ™‚


Heidi @ Food Doodles December 23, 2011 um 9:37 pm

Happy holidays!


Nathan Smith December 23, 2011 um 9:37 pm

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


Unknown December 23, 2011 um 9:37 pm

Happy Christmas from the upstate!


Praline December 23, 2011 um 9:38 pm

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ It would be a honor for me.

OO! It so long comment. I belive you smile now ๐Ÿ™‚

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


Allison December 23, 2011 um 9:42 pm

Sounds great!


Sarah December 23, 2011 um 9:44 pm

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


Claire December 23, 2011 um 9:51 pm

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


Marge V, December 23, 2011 um 9:54 pm

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!


Margot December 23, 2011 um 10:01 pm

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!


Unknown December 23, 2011 um 10:13 pm

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


Juliana December 23, 2011 um 10:15 pm

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


Unknown December 23, 2011 um 10:23 pm

Love the idea of the baked goodies in boxes for gifts! Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚


Hannah Ellaham-Raffel December 23, 2011 um 10:38 pm

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!


Ashlae December 23, 2011 um 10:41 pm

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


Anonymous December 23, 2011 um 11:09 pm

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!


Jeanne December 23, 2011 um 11:22 pm

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


Barbara December 23, 2011 um 11:25 pm

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


sydney85 December 23, 2011 um 11:29 pm

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

Happy holidays.


terri December 23, 2011 um 11:29 pm

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


Chris December 23, 2011 um 11:30 pm

Sounds great!


Becca December 23, 2011 um 11:50 pm

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!


Bucil December 23, 2011 um 11:52 pm

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


Joy December 23, 2011 um 11:53 pm

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!


Glenda December 24, 2011 um 12:16 am

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


Rebecca Gabriel December 24, 2011 um 12:27 am

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.


Terri A. December 24, 2011 um 12:31 am

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


sweetchef December 24, 2011 um 12:44 am

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

Merry Christmas

Jenifer


Alli December 24, 2011 um 12:48 am

Would love to win! Merry Christmas!


Sarah @ pรฃo e queijo December 24, 2011 um 12:51 am

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

sarahepardee at gmail dot com


Baking in the Attic December 24, 2011 um 1:03 am

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


Cindy Martin December 24, 2011 um 1:22 am

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


Christine December 24, 2011 um 1:34 am

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!


GALaxy December 24, 2011 um 1:39 am

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


pytchick December 24, 2011 um 2:27 am

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


Carmen December 24, 2011 um 2:28 am

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


Annemieke December 24, 2011 um 2:32 am

Yum speculaas


Monnie December 24, 2011 um 2:39 am

Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I heard it's a fabulous book!


vertigob December 24, 2011 um 2:39 am

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


Gina December 24, 2011 um 2:41 am

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

Gina


Eva @ Eva Bakes December 24, 2011 um 2:49 am

Merry Christmas!


Karthika gupta December 24, 2011 um 2:59 am

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


Namitha December 24, 2011 um 3:00 am

Merry X'mas Helene !! I love everything about your blog ๐Ÿ™‚


Trish Wallace December 24, 2011 um 3:05 am

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


Trish Wallace December 24, 2011 um 3:06 am

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


Unknown December 24, 2011 um 3:30 am

I love the snowman ornament! Happy Holidays!


Vegas and Food December 24, 2011 um 3:32 am

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


WendyinKK December 24, 2011 um 3:42 am

Merry Christmas!

I do prefer practical gifts as well.


Laura December 24, 2011 um 3:59 am

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


athena December 24, 2011 um 4:00 am

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


Yuliya December 24, 2011 um 4:03 am

Happy Holidays to you and yours Helene! Thank you so much for this chance, to win something you had in your talented hands! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Or if it would be possible in future, to get my copy signed if I ever meet you in person ๐Ÿ™‚

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

My Best Wishes to you,
Yuliya


Rikki December 24, 2011 um 4:08 am

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

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


Anonymous December 24, 2011 um 4:09 am

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.


Nicole December 24, 2011 um 4:26 am

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


Rose White December 24, 2011 um 4:42 am

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!


Tamara B December 24, 2011 um 4:52 am

What a great Chriastmas present, to be a winner!


hickeyja December 24, 2011 um 4:52 am

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


Rosita December 24, 2011 um 4:56 am

These cookies sound yummy—thank you for the recipes.


Randi Lynne December 24, 2011 um 4:58 am

Merry Christmas. I'd love to win a book. ๐Ÿ™‚


Wendy December 24, 2011 um 5:05 am

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


lai mai December 24, 2011 um 5:15 am

Love the pretty ornaments and good cookie selection!


Lorri December 24, 2011 um 5:31 am

I love it! Sooooo yummy sounding ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Holidays!


Yolanda December 24, 2011 um 5:32 am

Merry Christmas! Thank you for the book giveaway!


clairedille December 24, 2011 um 5:55 am

Ben dying for a book!


alice2 December 24, 2011 um 5:59 am

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


Audie December 24, 2011 um 6:03 am

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.


Joanna Floyd December 24, 2011 um 7:03 am

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!


Miss Lemon December 24, 2011 um 7:43 am

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


Keli December 24, 2011 um 7:58 am

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.


Lisa December 24, 2011 um 8:12 am

Blessed Christmas!


Nir B. December 24, 2011 um 8:24 am

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


lin December 24, 2011 um 8:55 am

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!


Dulcistella December 24, 2011 um 8:58 am

wonderful books, I hope to be lucky enough ๐Ÿ˜‰ Merry Christmas to everybody!


lleufer December 24, 2011 um 8:59 am

Happy holidays!!!


mandelaugen December 24, 2011 um 9:25 am

Wow Helene, you have a new post from a different reader every few minutes, that's really impressive! I wish you Joyeux Noรซl and happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚


lo81 December 24, 2011 um 9:50 am

Great gift ideas!! Merry Christmas!!


Alessa December 24, 2011 um 10:34 am

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. ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy holidays!


Roselie December 24, 2011 um 10:45 am

I 'd love to win! Happy holidays!


Sini December 24, 2011 um 11:21 am

Won't be able to bake all those goodies for this years christmas but they have been marked for next year! ๐Ÿ™‚
I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the coming year 2012!


Zoe December 24, 2011 um 11:25 am

That snowman is so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚


Beth December 24, 2011 um 12:00 pm

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


Ashley December 24, 2011 um 12:02 pm

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


Joanna Leasure December 24, 2011 um 12:13 pm

Happy Holidays! Love your blog!


Anonymous December 24, 2011 um 12:23 pm

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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}


Magda December 24, 2011 um 12:26 pm

Merry Christmas to you and your family Helene!!


Valรฉrie (France) December 24, 2011 um 12:26 pm

Je te souhaite un bon rรฉveillon et un joyeux Noรซl.
Valรฉrie.


Jennie December 24, 2011 um 12:29 pm

Love giveaways… Merry Christmas!


alexandra December 24, 2011 um 12:29 pm

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


riandei December 24, 2011 um 12:34 pm

Merry christmas…happy baking


riandei December 24, 2011 um 12:39 pm

Merry christmas


Margaret Rizzuto December 24, 2011 um 12:43 pm

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


sami December 24, 2011 um 12:45 pm

Merry Christmas to all!


Unknown December 24, 2011 um 12:47 pm

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


D Murphy December 24, 2011 um 12:48 pm

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


Unknown December 24, 2011 um 12:50 pm

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.


Melody G December 24, 2011 um 12:55 pm

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Holidays to Everyone!
~Melody


Roxanne December 24, 2011 um 12:58 pm

Merry Christmas! Books and food are always welcome gifts!


Mimi December 24, 2011 um 1:02 pm

Merry Christmas!


Jenny Mendes December 24, 2011 um 1:03 pm

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


Franci December 24, 2011 um 1:07 pm

Oh, I would LOVE a copy of Plate to Pixel! That would be perfect Christmas present. ๐Ÿ™‚


Elodie December 24, 2011 um 1:09 pm

Merry Christmas! Very nice decorations.


Mellissa December 24, 2011 um 1:19 pm

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!


Unknown December 24, 2011 um 1:20 pm

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


Anja December 24, 2011 um 1:35 pm

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


Kunyo December 24, 2011 um 1:46 pm

Your photographs are always so beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us ๐Ÿ™‚


nita December 24, 2011 um 1:50 pm

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Molly Pisula December 24, 2011 um 1:50 pm

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


Maria Isabella December 24, 2011 um 2:01 pm

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


NancyB December 24, 2011 um 2:03 pm

Wonderful set of cookies!


juliaelmer at hotmail dot com December 24, 2011 um 2:16 pm

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.")


Liz Rueven December 24, 2011 um 2:17 pm

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.


Debbie December 24, 2011 um 2:17 pm

I love the boxed goodies you give away!


Robin (Hippo Flambe) December 24, 2011 um 2:17 pm

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!


MsPepper December 24, 2011 um 2:26 pm

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!


MerveillesbyEstelle December 24, 2011 um 2:34 pm

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Ardala Evans December 24, 2011 um 2:37 pm

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


Deirdre December 24, 2011 um 2:38 pm

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.


Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY December 24, 2011 um 2:51 pm

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!


Robin December 24, 2011 um 2:56 pm

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. ๐Ÿ™‚


Bob Thomas December 24, 2011 um 2:58 pm

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.


Andi of My Beautiful Adventures December 24, 2011 um 2:59 pm

Merry Xmas!!!!!!!!


ary December 24, 2011 um 3:00 pm

Happy holidays! What a wonderful giveaway!!


Raindrops on Roses December 24, 2011 um 3:08 pm

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!


Debbi_in_California December 24, 2011 um 3:20 pm

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


Rosanne December 24, 2011 um 3:21 pm

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


Jan December 24, 2011 um 3:22 pm

Happy Holidays! Love the gift box idea-


Jodib December 24, 2011 um 3:25 pm

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!!!


LadybugB December 24, 2011 um 3:25 pm

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!


okcamp December 24, 2011 um 3:26 pm

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

Merry Christmas!
Diane


Angela December 24, 2011 um 3:44 pm

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

Cheers & Happy Photo-ing!

Angela


Peppermint Ph.D. December 24, 2011 um 3:44 pm

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!


Bo Wayne December 24, 2011 um 3:47 pm

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!


Chelsea December 24, 2011 um 3:47 pm

Happy Holidays! Thanks for creating such lovely recipes!!


Unknown December 24, 2011 um 3:48 pm

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


angela@spinachtiger December 24, 2011 um 3:48 pm

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.


Cynthia M December 24, 2011 um 3:50 pm

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!


Karen December 24, 2011 um 3:52 pm

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


Minnik December 24, 2011 um 3:56 pm

Merry Christmas!!!!


Holli Edwards December 24, 2011 um 3:59 pm

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


Ann (napangel) December 24, 2011 um 4:01 pm

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.


Anastasia December 24, 2011 um 4:02 pm

Merry Christmas! What a lovely gift giveaway!


monica December 24, 2011 um 4:04 pm

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


Christy @ Confessions of a culinary diva December 24, 2011 um 4:07 pm

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!


Kansas Daisy December 24, 2011 um 4:12 pm

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


Me December 24, 2011 um 4:13 pm

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

Joyeux Noรซl!


Cristina | Positively Beauty December 24, 2011 um 4:14 pm

Merry Christmas, and thanks for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚


Margaret December 24, 2011 um 4:16 pm

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


The Suzzzz December 24, 2011 um 4:16 pm

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.


Unknown December 24, 2011 um 4:21 pm

Merci pour ton livre que je me suis procurรฉe l'รฉtรฉ dernier ๐Ÿ™‚ Tes photos sont toujours aussi belles unes que les autres โ™ฅ J'adore ton petit bonhomme de neige ci-haut ๐Ÿ™‚ Je te souhaite un joyeux temps des fรชtes et une trรจs belle nouvelle annรฉe 2012 remplie de santรฉ, bonheur et prospรฉritรฉ ! Merci pour le concours ๐Ÿ™‚
Nadia — xXOo


Bloemendaal December 24, 2011 um 4:25 pm

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


Andrea December 24, 2011 um 4:25 pm

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

Andrea D.
short74717@msn.com


Bloemendaal December 24, 2011 um 4:25 pm

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


Carol December 24, 2011 um 4:39 pm

That mantel decoration is so stinking cute!


AbrewFamily December 24, 2011 um 4:40 pm

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


Dolci Fusa December 24, 2011 um 4:55 pm

Merry Christmas!
Hugs,
Veronica


marbellawalk December 24, 2011 um 4:57 pm

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


Anonymous December 24, 2011 um 5:02 pm

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


linda December 24, 2011 um 5:05 pm

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


Susan Eaton December 24, 2011 um 5:06 pm

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


Jacqueline December 24, 2011 um 5:18 pm

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.


carol December 24, 2011 um 5:22 pm

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


Darcy December 24, 2011 um 5:26 pm

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"โ™ฅ *hugs*


Lu December 24, 2011 um 5:28 pm

Evviva


Andrea December 24, 2011 um 5:32 pm

Merry Christmas! What a great idea for gifts.


Amber, RD December 24, 2011 um 5:34 pm

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


julie December 24, 2011 um 5:45 pm

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


ela:::ela:::ela December 24, 2011 um 5:56 pm

Merry Christmas to you and yours! ๐Ÿ™‚


Veronica December 24, 2011 um 6:10 pm

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.


Lisabella December 24, 2011 um 6:29 pm

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


Suzi December 24, 2011 um 6:33 pm

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


ElizabethB December 24, 2011 um 6:34 pm

Merry Christmas! Hope your cookies turned out great!


Suzi December 24, 2011 um 6:36 pm

Adorable work! Merry Christmas.


Jody December 24, 2011 um 6:44 pm

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


Jan S December 24, 2011 um 7:02 pm

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


Danielle December 24, 2011 um 7:07 pm

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


hb December 24, 2011 um 7:35 pm

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!


Kristina B December 24, 2011 um 7:47 pm

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


Amanda Thompson December 24, 2011 um 7:53 pm

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


leslie December 24, 2011 um 8:03 pm

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.


Nisa-mom December 24, 2011 um 8:07 pm

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.. ๐Ÿ™‚


Emily December 24, 2011 um 8:17 pm

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…


Diana Hu December 24, 2011 um 8:41 pm

Happy holidays! Congrats on your third printing~

dianahu78@hotmail.com


Danielle December 24, 2011 um 8:49 pm

I've been wanting your book forEVER, so maybe I'll win. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I love the snowman ornament photo!!


Shauna December 24, 2011 um 8:52 pm

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


Unknown December 24, 2011 um 9:00 pm

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


Carolyn December 24, 2011 um 9:03 pm

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


Michele December 24, 2011 um 9:14 pm

Merry Christmas!! Blessings and love to all!


Melissa | Dash of east December 24, 2011 um 9:18 pm

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!


jeanjean38553 December 24, 2011 um 9:28 pm

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


KeyonnaRenea December 24, 2011 um 9:29 pm

Thank you for always sharing your great insight ๐Ÿ™‚


Pรฉtra December 24, 2011 um 9:37 pm

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!


Jennifer Cochran December 24, 2011 um 9:38 pm

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


Chez Us December 24, 2011 um 10:09 pm

Happy Holidays!


Miriam December 24, 2011 um 10:14 pm

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


garden December 24, 2011 um 10:25 pm

Merry Christmas!


Jean Lewis December 24, 2011 um 10:41 pm

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


Desiree December 24, 2011 um 11:01 pm

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!!


Jessica December 25, 2011 um 12:22 am

Those look like some amazing recipes your making!!


Unknown December 25, 2011 um 1:05 am

Merry Christmas! Great ideas for a Christmas gifts!


Ashley December 25, 2011 um 1:05 am

The mantle decorations are very cute!


Claudia Lima December 25, 2011 um 1:37 am

Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚


poimlady December 25, 2011 um 2:59 am

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.


Mandy December 25, 2011 um 3:13 am

Oh, yum (:


Diane December 25, 2011 um 3:38 am

Merry Christmas!!


Whimsical Bakery December 25, 2011 um 3:39 am

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
www.whimsicalbakery.ca


Anonymous December 25, 2011 um 4:10 am

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


Marguerite T December 25, 2011 um 4:32 am

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


Meghan December 25, 2011 um 4:34 am

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


dris209 December 25, 2011 um 4:53 am

Merry Christmas! Health and peace to you!


Anonymous December 25, 2011 um 5:19 am

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

Happy Holidays


theperfectdetails December 25, 2011 um 5:19 am

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!


Nisha December 25, 2011 um 5:35 am

Hi Hรฉlรจne!
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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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 ๐Ÿ™‚
Cheers,
Nisha
(Your follower since quite recently!)


Unknown December 25, 2011 um 7:10 am

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


chinmayie @ love food eat December 25, 2011 um 8:54 am

Congrats! Love your blog, photos and recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Anonymous December 25, 2011 um 9:05 am

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


Sophia December 25, 2011 um 9:17 am

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


Jacqueline Wyble December 25, 2011 um 10:06 am

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!


Anonymous December 25, 2011 um 11:59 am

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!


DineInDiva December 25, 2011 um 12:33 pm

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


Three-Cookies December 25, 2011 um 1:08 pm

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


Sunnie December 25, 2011 um 2:08 pm

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


Chiara M December 25, 2011 um 2:13 pm

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.


passioninterest December 25, 2011 um 2:29 pm

am i too late for this? merry christmas


Natalija December 25, 2011 um 2:59 pm

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰


moni.zuza December 25, 2011 um 3:03 pm

Homemade gifts are always the best. Happy Holidays!


Judy H December 25, 2011 um 3:07 pm

Thanks for the beautiful pictures and the great food.


Anne December 25, 2011 um 3:11 pm

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


Sheila R December 25, 2011 um 3:29 pm

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!


Gosia December 25, 2011 um 3:32 pm

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!


joan.ekimball December 25, 2011 um 3:40 pm

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

JoanE


Frances December 25, 2011 um 3:59 pm

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


S December 25, 2011 um 4:04 pm

i love your festive decorations!


Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming December 25, 2011 um 4:35 pm

have a very merry christmas ๐Ÿ™‚


Ava December 25, 2011 um 5:06 pm

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


Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen December 25, 2011 um 5:19 pm

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


Karine December 25, 2011 um 5:20 pm

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.


Laryssa December 25, 2011 um 6:12 pm

Merry Christmas, Helene!


Sarah H.P. December 25, 2011 um 6:15 pm

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!


Laure S December 25, 2011 um 7:56 pm

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Elaine December 25, 2011 um 8:04 pm

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Valerie December 25, 2011 um 8:25 pm

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


Mary December 25, 2011 um 8:29 pm

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


The Prudent Homemaker December 25, 2011 um 8:38 pm

Would love to win a copy of your book!


Anonymous December 25, 2011 um 8:49 pm

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Blue Sky December 25, 2011 um 8:51 pm

Merry Christmas!
Love your site.


dpchef December 25, 2011 um 9:18 pm

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!


Win O. December 25, 2011 um 9:55 pm

I love your snowman. Have a very Merry Christmas!


Gloria December 25, 2011 um 9:56 pm

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

Merry Christmas!


Ricette&Vignette December 25, 2011 um 10:01 pm

A big hug from Italy ! Merry Christmas!


Kyla December 25, 2011 um 10:05 pm

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!


Susan December 25, 2011 um 10:10 pm

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


Unknown December 25, 2011 um 10:47 pm

Merry Christmas!


Yoon J December 25, 2011 um 11:05 pm

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!


Ilke December 26, 2011 um 12:00 am

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!


ๅนธ็ฆde่ดๅ„ฟ December 26, 2011 um 12:30 am

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Sara Lu


muglinka c. December 26, 2011 um 12:34 am

merry christmas. xoxo m


Shelby December 26, 2011 um 12:38 am

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


Jenni O December 26, 2011 um 12:48 am

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


Kim December 26, 2011 um 12:51 am

Merry Christmas. Thanks for a great giveaway


Anonymous December 26, 2011 um 1:13 am

I really admire your work! It would be dazzling to win the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚


wen December 26, 2011 um 1:34 am

xooxoxxoxo…


Ellie December 26, 2011 um 2:06 am

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!


Unknown December 26, 2011 um 6:56 am

Would love to win this. Happy holiday! ๐Ÿ™‚


Duygu December 26, 2011 um 11:26 am

Happy holidays,Helene.


Valรฉrie (France) December 26, 2011 um 12:52 pm

Je te souhaite un bon lendemain de Noรซl
Valรฉrie


Carmen December 26, 2011 um 3:20 pm

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


dena December 26, 2011 um 5:06 pm

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


Barb December 26, 2011 um 5:25 pm

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!


Me And My Sweets December 27, 2011 um 2:20 pm

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 www.meandmysweets.blogspot.com

Thanks and happy Holidays!


Jen Laceda | Milk Guides December 27, 2011 um 3:06 pm

I have your Plate to Pixel book, but would love to win Girl Hunter ๐Ÿ™‚


Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet December 27, 2011 um 5:57 pm

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


Juls @ Juls' Kitchen December 27, 2011 um 10:30 pm

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!


Juls @ Juls' Kitchen December 27, 2011 um 10:33 pm

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!


Anonymous December 28, 2011 um 3:02 pm

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

Cheers,

*Heather*


northbysudouest December 31, 2011 um 10:38 am

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…
www.northbysudouest.blogspot.com


simjen January 3, 2012 um 5:50 am

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Paula January 9, 2012 um 3:08 pm

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


Ryan January 9, 2012 um 4:26 pm

Cute snowman!


Jan January 10, 2012 um 3:17 pm

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


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