On The 11th Day of Christmas… (25 Days of Christmas Giveway!!)

by Maryse on December 11, 2012 · 341 comments

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WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!! Congratulations to Nona who responded to her email notification and has won this prize!!

They’re back!! The sweet treat reindeer just HAD to be in this picture, and a few extra delicious treat-like Christmas ornaments from my very own pink tree!! ‘Cause they are so perfectly suited to this sweet, funny (and, yes, hilariously obnoxious) sexy series! Tara Sivec’s FABULOUS “Chocolate Lovers” series.

THIS is the set, right here. I got it, ready and waiting!! :P ——>

And guess what? The entire set is SIGNED by the author and is today’s 11th Day of Christmas giveaway! Thank you Tara for this AWESOME gift. You ROCK (and you are beyond sweet!!)

*sigh* What a HUGE treat!!! I just wanna eat it all up. I need some snacks. Pronto! As delicious as it all looks, 
the only edible treat in the bunch is the candy canes, and I’m really wanting those cupcakes.
 And everything on those book covers.

This signed set right here, belongs to one of you!


Okay so…

How to enter for a chance to win the signed set? Just leave a comment below (or better yet, tell me about a your most memorable Christmas/Holiday food memory – good or bad. For example: mine is sweet and simple. Those little hard candy cinnamon and cloves fish (either the red ones or the white ones) remind me of all my childhood Christmases at my grandmothers. Fond memories, and my cousins and I devoured those things when we were little, and whenever I find ‘em today, it takes me right back home).

So anyway, tomorrow night (Wednesday December 12th, 2012) by 10pm EST, I will randomly select one winner.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. Sorry for my international readers, this is a open to U.S. residents only (but you’re welcome to comment and join in any time!!).

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{ 341 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth@Nightmare on Bookstreet December 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Another fantastic giveaway! Every Christmas morning since I was able to eat solids my mom has made cinnamon rolls for breakfast!

Jennifer N December 11, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Frosted sugar cookies and they have to be homemade! Also See’s candies are a must at our house during the holidays. Love Christmas time!

Sharon December 11, 2012 at 8:14 PM

LOVE these books, hilarious! My favorite holiday treat that I look forward to every year is chocolate pecan pie!!!! I believe I gain 5 pounds every holiday just from pie and it’s worth every pound! :)

Beth M. December 11, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Caramels my mother-in-law makes. Yum!

Shantel December 11, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Now these I HAVE NOT read so me likey…hmmm, most favorite/memorable Christmas dessert has got to be when my mom used to make these things that had shortbread on the bottom, cream cheese/whip cream and sugar concoction in the middle and jello on the top…soooo yum!

leslie December 11, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Making my grandmother’s cinnamon bread from scratch every year on Christmas morning.

Ashley F December 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM

The year a potholder burned with the cookies…good times.

Traci December 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Great books. My favorite holiday treat started this year. My daughter is now old enough to help bake. Lots of fun in a kitchen with an 8 yr old. We made a Christmas reef out of rice crispy treats.

Stacey C December 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

My fav holiday treat has always been my Nonna’s lasagna and her crustino, then for desert her Italian cookies..my new guilty pleasure is freezing the cookies & dunking them in my coffee *yumm*

Michaela December 11, 2012 at 8:21 PM

My mom makes a Christmas wreath every year.. It’s like Rice Krispie treats but she uses green food coloring, marshmellows, frosted flakes (shaped in a wreath) and little cinnamon discs to look like berries! It’s delicious! That and she always makes it a few days before Christmas (Santa likes having a piece of the “wreath” to eat!) so we always know what’s to come! :)

sara December 11, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I want please <3

Julia December 11, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Making Christmas cookies with my Grandma! The BEST ever! She made 6 different kinds and kept the jars full the whole month of December! As we got older we got to help pick out what kinds and help make them!!!

Kim Riddell December 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Our family bakes together every year. Its a gun time! Our buckeyes are my very favorite :) I would love to check out these books!

Joanne Bustamante December 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Crispy roast pork. Reminds me of the holidays growing up in the Philippines.

Jaymi December 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Yum! I’m so loving this. Also love how Colleen Hoover posted about your giveaway on her Facebook page.

Tiffany December 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM

My favorite holiday treat is my grandma’s homemade chocolate pie. We have it every year at Christmas. It goes fast so we usually always argue over who gets the last piece! Its all in fun tho and my grandma usually just sets back and laughs at all of us! :-)

Tanya B December 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I know alot of people dont like it but my mom makes the best homemade fruitcake…or maybe its just the irish whiskey she puts in it. : )

aubery December 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I think my favorite holiday food is all the Christmas cookies. Which are nothing special, but everyone gets together and decorates the cookeies and bakes them. Its just a fun tradition for me.

TamaraS December 11, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Every year I get butter rum lifesavers in my stocking:)

Maryse December 11, 2012 at 8:31 PM

OMG Joanne!! I LOVE Filipino food!!! Chicken Adobo and Halo-Halo being my “regular” easy choices when we go out to our favorite Filipino place. But I’ve had so much of it!! Sinigang (totally my thing – so delicious and sour), fried pork belly, even dinuguan. ;) I tried Balut… but well… apparently I draw the line at that. LOL!

Cheri December 11, 2012 at 8:32 PM

My favorite is making all different Christmas cookies with my mom… And eating the dough of course :)

Donna December 11, 2012 at 8:36 PM

My favorite is my mom’s turtles and peanut butter balls. Yum! I can’t wait!!

Maggie December 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Years ago I fell in love with peppermint bark. One year I decided to learn to make it myself, now it’s an annual tradition I share with my two little ones. Their favorite part is beating the daylights out of the candy canes and sprinkling them on top.

Nona Hove December 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

We ALWAYS color the mashed potatoes. My mom picks a different person every year and they get to pick what color they want. It is super silly, but it is always a good laugh!!

Maryse December 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

OMG you guys are making me SO hungry!!!

Husband just left to get us food, and now he’s back talking on the phone in the other room and I’m getting antsy. My question is… why did he come back so quickly, and why don’t I smell food?

Carrie December 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Wow! Awesome b-day present too! LOL

carrie December 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Oh pick me pick me.

Allie T. December 11, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Gotta love baking with the family

Brandi Franklin December 11, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Great books! My favorite is peppermint bark…..love make it with my kiddos and it is so yummy :)

Leah December 11, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Making Christmas cookies and candies for friends and family with my mother and sister!

Avery December 11, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Awesome give away! Love this series so far!

Maryse December 11, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Tanya, I actually like fruitcake and yours sounds AH-MAZING!

jen December 11, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Kolacky cookies. My gram made the best!!!

Lisa December 11, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I hope to win this!

Maria Malaveci December 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM

O-M-G. I would be Squeel!!!! If I won this.

O.K, so my favorite holiday memory has to do with a tradition we have (I am Greek). So on New years we cut something called a “vasilopita” which is a sweet bread. A coin is placed in the bread and whoever gets it gets good luck all year. Each person in the family gets a piece. Well when expecting my daughter, my husband kept counting the pieces and he would say there are 7 people here, and my uncle said “What is wrong with you?” There are only 6, and he said “One that we are expecting” — (in my belly!)

Karen December 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM

We always make a variety of cookies, this is probably why I gain 10 pounds around Christmas…lol

Samantha December 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Love these books laugh all the way through Iam reading Troubles and Treats right now i they are laugh out funny good i recommend them to everyone !!! For the holidays i look forward to the no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies that mom always made with me by the dozens ..I luv these because they are so easy and i now do them with my daughter ..Thank you once again for the chance at winning …and Happy Holidays to you and all your family =)

Nikee McFann December 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

My mother-in-law makes delicious PB balls at Christmas, and she’s been cranking them out by the dozens every other weeks just for me and my pregnant-lady cravings :)

Maria Cassera December 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Love those books & your site!!!! Plzzzz pick me:)

Jenny December 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Cookies, candies, pies… Oh my! My favorite Christmas food has to be one of them, but I can’t pick which one,

Kendra Hubbard December 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series! So hilarious:D And who doesn’t love sweets and treats?! Only people that are cray-cray….which we all know book lovers are not! Right? Anyway, I hope I get a chance at winning this wonderful series. ROCK ON girl!

Heather P December 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

My favorite holiday food memory is making a gingerbread house with my grammar and she would also give us creme de mint on our vanilla ice cream!

Mariel December 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Mommy always made a home made cheese cake that we would eat after Christmas dinner… It was only my mom, my brother and I so we would eat right off the platter while watching home alone 1 2 and 3 :)

Desiree December 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM

ive been wanting to get these books!!! Chicken and dumplings my grandma always made them and they would be the first dish everyone would put on their plate and be the first dish GONE so you better get in the front of the line or you would be out of luck lol!!!

Sue S. December 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Every year my sisters and Mom get together to bake cookies. Over the years my nieces have helped us and this year we had help from my 41/2 and 3 year great-nieces.

Irene December 11, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I love a sweet flan on the Holidays!

Jessica Sotelo December 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM

My kids and I literally made gingerbread houses 20 minutes ago. One house (my 8 and 3 year olds made) came out AWESOME! The other house (my 4 and 6 year olds made) looks like a homeless shelter because they ate all the decorations!!

Clearly we could use more of Tara Sivec’s treats! Hint hint!! :-)

Tesca December 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM

We always made oatmeal raisin cookies to put out for “santa” :) A tradition i have carried on with my own kids

Wendy December 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I love that series!!!

Ingris December 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Baking cookies with my kids every year!!!

patricia December 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

“I’m a quirky, intelligent, dark haired chick! Me, me, me, pick me! And who the hell keeps whining and ruining my perfect moment? I will cut a bitch.” ― Tara Sivec, Seduction and Snacks
this is the stuff legends ate made from

sarah December 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I love this series. My favorite thing about Christmas is chocolate chip waffles after we open presents on Christmas morning.

Shanna Roberson December 11, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Pumpkin Lattes and ginger snaps. <3 I can't think of the holidays without either of them. Thanks Maryse! You are so awesome!

Allison December 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I <3 these books! My favorite Christmas treats are things you could have anytime but family usually doesn't…Peanut butter cookies with hersey kisses in the middle and cream cheese with pepper jelly on crackers.

B Palmer December 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM

My favorite holiday food memory/tradition is the chocolate fondue I make every christmas eve. I put together a spread of fruit, cookies, pretzels…all kinds of yummy stuff! We dig in once we get home from christmas eve service. By that time our dinner has settled and we are ready to indulge yet again. :-) The kids love it and talk about it throughout the year!

Jody Duffy December 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I love making cinnamon rolls for breakfast every Christmas Morning while the kids are unwrapping–My husband and I have some. ;)

Danielle G December 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

My family always makes something we call “Guiduna” apparently its called cardone in English…. anywho… we are all in the kitchen helping with the prep work my ultra conservative 70 year old aunt takes a bite of one and exclaims (right in front of my at the time new boyfriend) “my god its better than sex!” I took away her martini after that…. apparently she was on her 3rd or 4th….

Jenn December 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Love this series….

Kaitlin December 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Every Christmas my family and i eat chicken broccoli casserole… Wierd I know lol

Traci B. December 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Oh me…love this series

Lindsay R December 11, 2012 at 8:56 PM

I would love to win these!!

Susan December 11, 2012 at 8:57 PM

We always have sausage gravy and biscuits for brunch… pushing into lunch. And just snack the rest of the day. But this is the meal I look forward to most each year! And I just love making candy at this time of year.

paula k. December 11, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Those little curly hard ribbon candies. My grandma always had those at her house at Christmas.

Lea December 11, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Growing up, I had a relative who baked and gifted everyone with a tin of various cookies. My favorites were the oatmeal raisin as well as her peanut butter blossoms. She’s since passed and we miss her greatly, but I now make those with my kids every year.

Tammy December 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I love love Mrs. Prindables apples. :)

Melissa December 11, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Every year my mom makes homemade caramels. They are soooo good! All soft and gooey. Fond memories!

Sherry :D December 11, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I Love the 25 days of Christmas :D

TRYING to make peanut brittle w/the family and NOT succeeding very well…but so much fun trying

Nancy L.R December 11, 2012 at 9:02 PM

All this sounds so good! I tried to get on a diet for winter. It didn’t work out LOL. Well!

My family makes Buñuelos (Mexican Fritters) with Piloncillo and they are DELICIOUS! Along with Atole (a drink) so you won’t get tired of the sweetness of the buñuelos, you all have to check them out! It’s not the holidays without all these goodies and they remind me of family and being in Mexico with them. Awesome. :)

Jill December 11, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I would love to read this series. I love my moms sugar cookies.

DC Hall December 11, 2012 at 9:04 PM

My favorite holiday treat were my grandma’s cakes. I remember eating so much that I would throw up (before going back for another slice.)

LucyLou December 11, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Love the giveaway. Homemade gingerbread cookies and gum drops on a gum drop tree are my favorite holiday treats. :)

Sheri Zee December 11, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Tara Sivec is DELICIOUS! My most memorable holiday food memory is our annual tradition of having cinnamon buns for breakfast on Christmas morning fater opening gifts. 2 years ago we decided to make them from scratch. Well, as good as they tasted, it took the entire day on Christmas Eve to prepare them. Way more trouble than they were worth. Needless to say, we’ve decided to stick with buying them pre-made!

Nicole December 11, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Seafood chowder for Christmas supper :)

Julie December 11, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I’ve been wanting to read these. Making myself sick on my Grandmas cherry cheesecake :/

Kelly December 11, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Before my mom passed away, we always had the Christmas eve tradition of having Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, lefse, lutefisk and root beer for supper. We all had to eat at least one bite of lutefisk before we could open presents and we had to wait for our dad to finish eating (I think he ate as much as he possibly could, just so we’d have to wait longer – lol). As I got older, I didn’t mind the lutefisk as much and miss it now that we don’t have it every year.

Aleyna December 11, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning!

Beth B December 11, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Love this series so far. I am reading Futures and Frosting now!! Thanks for all the great giveaways.

lindsey p December 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I love making homemade apple pies with my mom since I get to eat the sugary spiced apples before they get baked!!! Best apple pie in the whole world :)

Kim December 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM

OMG!!!!!! I’d die if I won this lol!! Fantastic series by one of my fav authors!!!! I love the wreath cookies made out of corn flakes and hit cinnamon candies!!! Who wouldn’t like green teeth & green tongues from food coloring!!!

Jamie December 11, 2012 at 9:21 PM

So far behind on my tbr, I haven’t had a chance to read the last one yet! My favorite part of Christmas is our family meal. The whole family sits, leans or stands where they can! And it’s a huge family!

Mindi Stacey December 11, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Me and my mom make buckeyes together every year and every Christmas morning me and the hubby head to my moms house for spiced cider and breakfast casserole…yum

Ash December 11, 2012 at 9:22 PM

My family always makes me my favorite meal ever: mac & cheese, green beans and mashed potatoes! <3 you guys!

Kayla December 11, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Great giveaway! My mom’s homemade Martha Washington candies!

Carrie December 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Once again thanks for giving us a chance to win something this good!

Shanna December 11, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The candy I always have to have at Christmas is ribbon candy and spice drops. My grandmother always had it at her house when I was younger. Wouldn’t be Christmas without it :)

Yolanda Gomez December 11, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I would love to have these books…

Maria Ramirez Esquivel December 11, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Our family every year makes Bunuelos (mexican fritters). Its something we look forward to have every year. thanks for the awesome giveaway.

Charlene December 11, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Love these books! My grandma’s homeade xmas cookies (that you have to wrestle out of my mom’s hands to get any :) )

Lisa Martz December 11, 2012 at 9:29 PM

These books were so funny!!! I loved them.

Clista Seals December 11, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Love these books! My husband bakes sugar cookies and decorates them every year with the kids. They still expect it and participate as college kids! LOVE!

Len Francisco December 11, 2012 at 9:32 PM

So great to hear you love Filipino food! There’s this food in Philippines that only comes out in Christmas,it’s called puto bumbong. It’s a purple-colored rice cake and you eat it with coconut shavings and sugar on top. Love it!

Claudia t December 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

GREAT books!!!!

jody December 11, 2012 at 9:34 PM

LOVE these books! SOOOO FUNNY!!!!!

Paula Novack December 11, 2012 at 9:34 PM

We eat my mom’s jello salad every Christmas. It’s a tradition!!

christina December 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

My favorite holiday treat are candy canes! But not just regular candy canes but the sour pacth flavors, hershey flavors and now and later flavors! We put them all over the the tree and they dwindle down till Christmas day! Looovveee them.

Julie N. December 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I love to make apricot/coconut/pineapple bars. I had these when I was little at church and when I grew older I got the recipe from the nice lady who made them. Now I make them every year for my children. These books look yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jerri December 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I will always remember my moms hard candy. We made it every year.

Brandi W December 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

For us, the best holiday food comes out at New Year’s! The greatest memories I have are of making manju and futomaki sushi while my grandma/mom/aunt made the pig’s feet soup. Gross sounding I know, but it really is good (the soup part, anyway…i don’t touch those feet! lol).

Talena Ann December 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Ohhh…I want!!!

diane December 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

My favorites are oatmeal scotches and Russian tea cakes.
Merry Christmas

Dita December 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I’m in love with Cucidati Cookies (Italian Fig Cookies). This is my great grandmother’s recipe that’s been in our family forever it seems. It’s not Christmas in our home without them haha They’re very time consuming in making but it gives my mom and I opportunity to bond and drink wine :3

Kelly December 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

OMG I would love to read these. =)

Nikki A. December 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM

This series is hilarious! Would be awesome to win signed copies!……Favorite Christmas food…. My favorite thing to make is homemade sugar cookies with my kids. We cut out different holiday shapes and decorate them with frosting, sprinkles, and colored sugar. My kids pile on so much sugary goodness that you sometimes can’t tell what shape it is supposed to be! So much fun! And yummy too! :)

Summer December 11, 2012 at 9:47 PM

oh me me me, I need to read these.

Nikki A. December 11, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Oh, and I am going to have to find a set of those reindeer! They are so friggin’ cute!

Shelly December 11, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Carmels that my dad makes. It is the one and only things he bakes and the one thing everyone wants on their cookie plates for christmas.

Brooke S. December 11, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I am the pumpkin dessert queen in my family. :)

Caitlin December 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Every year my grandma makes her homeade poundcake which we used to love as kids because we thought we were cool eating cake with brandy in it thinking we would get drunk lol

Beth R December 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Loved these books!!!!

Nancy December 11, 2012 at 9:59 PM

My grandma’s marshmallow fudge!

Kim December 11, 2012 at 9:59 PM

My mother makes the MOST FABULOUS almond cookies every Christmas. It wouldn’t be Christmas without them!

Robin December 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Hot chocolate, for me, reminds me of quiet time with my mom (while my dad and brothers were sleeping) sitting in the living room with no lights but the Christmas lights on, just talking. It may seem stupid, but those are done of my all-time favorite memories!!!

Melody December 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Would love to win these!!! Our Xmas dinner tradition is grilling steaks outside and sitting by the pool all day……ahhhhh…..Xmas in Florida; nothing beats it!!

April December 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

OMG! I loved this series! never laughed so hard!

Abigail December 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Making cookies with my g-ma with a cookie press

sandy December 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Awesome giveaway! This may sound strange but I really love popcorn tins during this time of year.

Beth Knipple December 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I’m starting the tradition of making Christmas cookies with my grandchildren. Last year was a blast, and I hope this year will be even more fun!

LaurenR December 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM

LOVE this series!! One of my favorite Christmas treats are buckeyes (chocolate covered peanut butter balls). Discovered them when I met my husband and his family. They are delicious!!

Lisa December 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

You are so awesome. Okay my favorite memory/ food is watching my Mom make homemade candies for the family, our friends & even neighbors. The woman make homemade caramel & divinity – do you know how many batches I have seen her throw away because the humidity messed it up – yeah probably not something that happens during December in the North. She also makes Bon Bon balls, chocolate pies, carrot cake, coconut cake – and something really awesome that has no name that is crackers, peanut butter, chocolate & not sure what else but damn they are good . I have asked that her recipe book be left to ME because I am selfish like that. So these are some of the reasons why I think I need these books. Lol!

Angelia December 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I know it seems silly, but you know those boxes of chocolate covered cherries, my dad always got them for me when I was a kid at christmas, know I get them for my kids, it makes me think of when I was little , and my dad, and always makes me happy, just doesn’t feel like christmas with out them. And wouldn’t you know I just rearranged my book case tonight so I just happen to have the perfect place for those.

Nicole December 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Baking cookies with my mom when i was little and now with my kids

Barbara December 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Favorite holiday treat: Ritz cracker sandwiched with peanut butter in between dipper in white chocolate….yum!

Natasha December 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM

My moms homemade fudge. Love it!!

TracyMarie December 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

I love all holiday food. We don’t have many traditions because we’re all recipe hounds. So we always want to try new things all the time. I’m so excited to read this series. I just downloaded the first two.

Lauren December 11, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Making pralines with my mom! Hers are the best

Aimee Dennis December 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Wow….i really have a sweet tooth too!!

My best memory — which I keep alive to this day — is when my grandmother finally taught me how to make her pigs in a blanket and coffee cake (polish style). My dad came from a 9 sibling household and every Thanksgiving and Christmas she would pull out the flour, sugar and yeast (with a spoon and bowl as her tools) whip up a batch of dough to make pigs and cake. YUM!!! *sigh* I miss her laugh…

Cassidy December 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Making handmade ornaments each year with my babies. Our tree is a work of art!!! (:

sonya owens December 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM

My Mom and I used to make tons of different kinds of cookies every year! I miss doing that, I need to start that tradition with my girls :-) Love these books, can’t wait to read the 3rd book…so excited :-)

Nikki Eddy December 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM

We tend to spend xmas time in Dallas. Soooo, being a native Texans we don’t always do traditional turkey. I’ve had everything from Gumbo to Barbeque. We know how to do it right. Would love to win. thanks.

Jessica H December 11, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Mine is thin mints. I love them and get them every year.

Mindy December 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Making butter cookies and letting the kids cut them out and decorate them ! We usually end up with icing everywhere but it’s a lot of fun :)

Rose December 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Love, love, love this series(and my friends do too!) My favorite treat is from a VERY old recipe from Sears “Roebuck & Co.”(can’t remember the last time I heard Roebuck). It’s a brownie recipe with marshmallows that is so yummy/chewey and disappears in 5minutes! I only make it at Christmas and have been doing so for over 20 years(wow-now I feel old!)

Lisa December 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Egg custard pie my grandmother makes. Love it.

Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Buche de noel!

Heather @ Red Headed Bookworm December 11, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Every year since I was a little girl, my mom, my sisters and I get together and make Christmas cookies and candies. It takes hours and it’s a lot of work, but we have so much fun laughing and talking while we do it. Of course, after a while we get tired, and goofy, so someone almost always ends up throwing flour and sugar at someone else. The kitchen is a disaster area once we are finished, but we have a blast! And now since our kids are old enough, they get to help too! It’s our best Christmas tradition! Thanks so much!
hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com

Felicia December 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I try out new Christmas candy recipes every year with 2 of my friends

mel k December 11, 2012 at 10:39 PM

omg i NEED these books!!!

Liene December 11, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Pancakes with the fam on Christmas morning, but it’s more like Christmas afternoon by the time we get around to eating!

Amanda Gale December 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM

My favorite holiday treat would be my moms sugar cookies and homemade whipped icing. All recipes she got from my babysitter when I was little. She was sweet old lady and her and my grandma made great sweets around the holidays. Oh and another favorite is my grandmas peanut butter fudge.

Jennifer Singh December 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I always bake Christmas cookies with my mom. But the best food memory for Christmas is the dessert my aunt makes. It’s called death by chocolate and it’s amazing! It’s devils food cake with chocolate pudding and cool whip. I look forward to it every year. Last year was great because my two youngest cousins took theirs and smashed it into my uncles face for his birthday! Lol that was so great!

Awesome giveaway. Would love to have this!

Tracie December 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I’ve read all three of these. They are the funniest books I’ve ever read. I can’t wait for her new series to come out.

sabrina blanco December 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Love love love these books couldn’t stop laughing the whole time

Celine December 11, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Every Christmas Eve the guys in the family get together in the afternoon to make Hungarian Goulash for that evening’s meal – it’s the only night during the entire year that we feast on this incredible dish! And I think it’s made that much better from the sheer anticipation of it all year long… :)

Annie December 11, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Christmas baked goods along with fudge with nuts..that’s was the holidays are all about!

Michelle M. December 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Mmmmmm…those books look yummy! I miss my aunt’s peanutbutter fudge. Mine never turns out quite as good.

Jennifer V December 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Oh man!!! I want these!!!!

Chris December 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Being Swedish we always have fruit soup. ICK.

Bojana December 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Every Christmas morning after opening gifts we have homade cinnamon buns with frosting and homade hot chocolate with homade marshmallows!!!!!! Yummmmmm…. I want some now. :) Great giveaway as always. Would love these. Haven’t read them but they are all on my TBR list.

Maria G December 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I want ‘em!!! :-)

Homemade ice cream…every. single. family get-together! Best memories ever!!

Carrie k December 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM


Nicole A. December 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Any type of homemade cookies…yum!

Amy December 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I live for chocolate mint cookies with melted smoothe and melts candies on top as frosting. My favorite Christmas cookie since childhood!

Jennifer M December 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM

We make a frozen fruit dessert with pineapples, mand. oranges, cherries, marshmallows and whipped cream!!! Yummy!!!!

Anne December 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM

My moms peanut butter balls!! OMG I can’t do Christmas without them.

Selena Mc December 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM

★ Tis the season to add a little kick to my holiday drinks ★ Spiked Eggnog a Hot Totti & a little Baileys to my Hot Chocolate make me a happy girl. The best part is that no one frowns upon this! Its as if they know that making cookies & preparing meals with my family is easier with a buzz ;) Lol!

-Selena Mc

Melanie December 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Sweet potatoes. And homemade yeast rolls! AND any kind of pie!! :-)

Wendy December 11, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Candy walnuts that my grandmother only makes at Christmas.

Tricia Edwards December 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I always have to have Egg Nog at Cristmas and it always has to be AE Dairy. LOL. Yummy!!!!!

Shay December 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Chocolate covered cherries. But my diet is safe because they fall in the fruit food group…..right?

Jeanie V December 11, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Absolutely love this series!!! Love Claire & Carter soooo much!!! These are my go-to books when I’m down and need a good laugh. I’ve read them over and over and it never gets old. Truly one of my favorite books of all time! Love, love, love it!!!

Marsha Shew December 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM

This giveaway looks delicious !! My favorite Christmas Sweet treat is chocolate covered cherries !

Sandra December 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM

OMG!!! Love those books so funny!!! Wow I have to say all the home made cheesecakes and cheesecake cookies with strawberries and raspberry filling so good.. Triple chocolate fudge cake… Those are the best!!!!

Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM

I would love the chance to read these books! I love my Mom’s Christmas cookies she makes the same ones every year and they are sooooo good!

Kelly December 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM

We always always have sausage balls for Christmas morning breakfast. Yum

Amanda December 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I love spending a whole day baking for our Christmas get togethers!!!

Emely December 11, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Wow your giveaways are the best but so hard to win lol everyone loves you ;-) your site is awesome and fun

Amy December 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

My mom always made home made fudge every christmas. One year my friend and i got into the fudge in the middle of the night. We ate almost all of it. Lets just say there was a lot a lotof fudge. The next morring i did not feel so good. Needless to say u know where i was… In the potty room.. my friend an i spent most of the day in there.. Every sence that day my mom never made fudge again. It was so fun eating it thou….

Kay December 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Oh I LOVE Tara’s books! Just finished T&T and I had to bite my lip so hard on the train reading it so I didn’t laugh out loud and freak out all my fellow commuters! I would so love to get signed copies of the series so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!

Christian December 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM

We love coconut balls and cinnamon/wintergreen gum drops they use to put on the plastic trees. Takes me back! Truly love everything about x-mas!

Chrissy December 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM

My aunt made White Jello every year for christmas when I was growing up. It was the only time of year I got to eat it since no one else could make it!!

Clarice December 12, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Oooh I like this giveaway! I’ll tell you one thing though…anything I make, food-wise, for Christmas isn’t all that appetizing. But I can always count on my mom with her pecan tarts, these yummy delicious Hershey Kiss cookies, and candy canes :-)

Norma palacio December 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM

My favorite holiday food memory is my grandmothers tamales. She will be 98 in January and won’t be making them this year. Lol, so me and my girls are attempting to make them. We’ve made them few times trying to duplicate grandmas, but hasn’t happened yet. Even in her 90′s for every 1 we make grandma made 4. Lol.

Amber Gleisner December 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM

My favorite holiday memory…… My second Christmas with my boyfriend…. I got lots of black diamonds in pretty boxes! Nothing better than that!

Stacie December 12, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Those little peanut butter cookies with the Hershey kisses pushed in the middle totally bring me back to my childhood Christmases!!

Keri December 12, 2012 at 12:16 AM

My favorite is baking during Christmas! My favorite cookie is a Peanut Bitter Blossom or Snikerdoodle!

Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM

I love candy cane pie from village inn!

Annie December 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Oh this is too cute!

Jenn December 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM

What an awesome giveaway! Love me some Tara = )
My fav holiday treat memory is making peppermint bark every year with my son. He loves smashing the candy canes!

Stacy m December 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Favorite holiday food is homemade caveman corn I make it every year and give it as gifts. Great giveaway

Stevie December 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Chocolate covered pretzels with red and green sprinkles that my neighbor makes me every year..

Christine December 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM

My favorite holiday treat is pumpkin cheese cakes pies!! Hope I win some new reads!! Happy Holidays!!

Maya Brkic December 12, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Love this giveaway!! =]
My favorite holiday food memory is decorating cookies with my nephews. I’ve got 4 nephews, so they pick a day when they’re on break from school to sleep over. We make hot chocolate, start a fire in the fireplace and make TONS of cookies! It’s so simple, but it’s so much fun!

Pam Hodgin December 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM

my favorite Christmas food is Yams! The way my momma used to make them. Yams, butter, brown sugar, marshmallows and cinnamon imperials! She passed early this year, so we are carrying on her traditions the best we can!

Lisa December 12, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Every year my mom and I attempt to make a dessert we’ve never made (or often even have ever tasted) before. There have definitely been good years and bad!

Alicia December 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Whitmans sampler box in our stockings!

LisaMarie December 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

The only one that comes to mind is this last thanksgiving when I asked my mother-in-law if there was meat in the stuffing, because my daughter and I are vegetarian, and she said no there wasn’t so we got some and half way through it there was sausage! I stated vomiting right away and then she’s says “oh yeah I forgot.” :(

Sarah Handrich December 12, 2012 at 1:16 AM

My mom makes a cheeseball every year and we just have tons of finger foods we eat on all day anf she makes tons of desserts! Thats one of my favorite things!

Cassie Hoffman December 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM

OMG I’m foaming out of my mouth and jumping up and down. This is such a AMAZING giveaway! I would give up my child for this, lol JOKING…Well MAYBE not! My favorite Christmas food has to be our sugar cookies that my son, daughter, husband and I make on Christmas Eve. We make all kinds of different shapes, but they never turn out like they are suppose to. We decorate them and the kids make a huge mess and we sit them out for Santa with his milk. It’s my husbands job to eat the cookies, poor thing they have icing PACKED on to them. So my favorite Christmas food is our Sugar Christmas cookies :)

Batool Hosain December 12, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Woohoo! Been wanting to read this!!

Brenna December 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Making Christmas cookies! Especially the peanut butter ones with hugs on top!

Kimmy December 12, 2012 at 1:36 AM

My favorite dessert for holiday dessert are fried apple pies. My mom made them every year. We sat around table while she fried them. If we were good he gave us a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Delicious :-)

Alina Stoica December 12, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Sour cherry cake. It is simply the best and it took me years to find a recipe that was close enough to my grandma’s :)

Christie December 12, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Breakfast on Christmas morning. The perfect start to some awesome family time :)

Holley December 12, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Sugar cookies always make me think of Christmas!

Brieanna December 12, 2012 at 2:23 AM

My favorite christmas moment was when I was little and we would go to my grandparents house and after eating all kinds of yummy snacks, all the grandchildren would be ushered into a bedroom with one our mom’s and all the sudden we would hear a clip-clop sound on the roof and we would all get really excited and knew that santa was there and that a few minutes later we would get to open gifts. I really miss those days of being younger. :)

Diana S December 12, 2012 at 2:55 AM

One of my favorites is my grandmas Christmas cookies, and also baking with my mom for the holidays.

malissa December 12, 2012 at 4:25 AM

Love these books great giveaway

Jennifer Jones December 12, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Fudge that my mom makes for me every year at Christmas

Tess H. December 12, 2012 at 4:32 AM

OMG!! These books are my SWEET HOLY GRAIL!! Your giveaways are AMAZING!! One year during Christmas, we went out for dinner at a seafood restaurant and one of the dishes we ordered was garlic butter mussels. What’s really memorable about it (besides how yummylicious they tasted!) was that we found little tiny colorful baby crabs inside the mussels! Poor fellas, they were probably eaten by the mussels, but it was so fun opening the mussels and finding these cute little colorful crabs! The mussels were like little X’mas presents! Haha! Thanks again for the giveaway :)

Teresa H. December 12, 2012 at 5:02 AM

I loved this series….so funny! For Christmas, I love my mom’s cherry cheesecake pies….so yummy!

Susan December 12, 2012 at 5:44 AM

Love your blog! So funny and so full of information (love the series lists!)

Our Christmas “food” is Bagna Cauda – equal parts anchovies/garlic, sauteed or swimming in melted butter or cream. You dip bread or veggies in it. Sounds nasty, tastes like heaven!

Merry Christmas!

Jacie December 12, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Funniest books…ever! Love them! My favorite Christmas foods are peanut butter balls and whoopie pies. Tara would have a field day with those!

mary December 12, 2012 at 6:07 AM

My favorite memory is the little candy ribbons my mom and aunts would keep in candy dishes, they all did it and all of us kids ate it.

Denise Butler December 12, 2012 at 6:23 AM

First of all this site rocks, Tara is fantastic, and my favorite Christmas treat is homemade Peppermint Patties….they are so yummy and much better than store bought ones!

Tobie December 12, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Making blueberry overnight french toast for Christmas morning. And I love that my 5 year old daughter is old enough to make cookies with me, my mom, sister, grandma and great-grandma..passing down the family cookie recipes!!!

Laura December 12, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Every year my mom bakes the best Christmas cookies ever. My fave are her walnut cups. Can’t wait to eat them!! They are so YUMMY!!!

Misty Treviño December 12, 2012 at 6:52 AM

My favorite would definitely have to be waking up to a mountain stack if buñelos and hot chocolate! My grandma would make them. It’s a fried flour tortilla dusted with cinnamon and sugar, but I loved the idea of waking up to find them in large stacks. My sisters and sister in laws have now been making them every holiday season for the last 7 or 8 years. Love it!!

lisa markson December 12, 2012 at 7:09 AM

I love the pans and pans of. Many different flavors of FUDGE

sandy s December 12, 2012 at 7:19 AM

every since my hubby and i married, 22yrs,, i have tried baking cookies, his moms reciepes, anyway everyone’s favorite is the chocolate balls, or as some folks call them buckeyes, but they are a pain to make, first u have to roll out the peanut butter balls, we do around 400, then they sit over nite and the next day u dip them in chocolate, taste awesome but tons of work, one year we ordered pizza while we were making them and i mentioned what we were doing, the pizza guy said he loved those so i sent a box back to the store with the driver, couple days later got a bunch of coupons in the mail for free pizza, :)

Jenn December 12, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Since I was a kid we always spent one whole day wrapping presents, baking and listening to X-mas music. One of the first things I learned to make when I was little was “Monkey Nuts” and still do to this day. I have always called them this but learned that the politically correct term is Monkey Bread; but to hell with being politically correct. :)

Allie Mathews December 12, 2012 at 7:32 AM

I haven’t had the chance to read these yet. It would be epic to win signed copies! Fondest memory is getting spend time with my grandmother in Christmas Eve with the rest of my family too. We’d make an afternoon of it. A nice dinner (my step-grandfather making these mouth watering ribs that I have no words to describe their tastiness), and then the presents! If I stayed the night the night before, Christmas Eve morning would bring me and my grandmother making Swedish pancakes from scratch. Love those memories.

Tammie December 12, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Fantasy Fudge…..mmmmmm

twilla December 12, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Marys you’re great. Thanks for all the great books.

Yonarkis Leon December 12, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Making Gingerbread houses! Those ornaments are a perfect reminder of the books!!

Heather December 12, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Awesome Giveaway! Baking the Christmas cookies of course ; )

Elva C December 12, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Favorite desert is my mom makes the best flan :) thanks for the giveaway

Anne Marie December 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM

This is one of the funniest series I have ever read!!! I absolutely loved reading these books.

Nelly Squicciarini December 12, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Loveee these books :) my favorite holiday memory is making sugar cookies with my mom, getting carried away decorating them we burnt the last batches

Karen December 12, 2012 at 8:11 AM

We used to make candy with my grandmother when I was a kid and box it up and pass it out as presents to our friends/family. Loved that time with her! I also love this series!

Cece December 12, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Wow…my favorite series this year! Love ribbon candies. Don’t see them as much any more. Grandma always had a glass dish filled with em!

Shantel December 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

I absolutely cannot live without honey baked ham!

Andrea K December 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

This series has been on my TBR list for awhile. It would be great to win the whole series and dive in for the holidays! My food memory is Christmas morning with Italian Panettone bread and dried apricots. It isn’t Christmas morning without it!

Kelly Watson December 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Want to read these soooo bad. Hope I win! Thank you!

Brandy Bell December 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Would love these books. They’re better than chocolate!

Lisa76 December 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Hoping to win :)

Brandy December 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I love old timey candy at Christmas. I remember going to my great grandmother’s house and eating stuff like that when I was younger.

Heather December 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

These books are so stinking funny! I just love Tara Sivec! My favorite holiday food memory would be my dad’s bourbon bread pudding. That is one of those recipes I hope to inherit from him! Used to make our house smell heavenly on Christmas Eve.

Dawn Bush December 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Christmas treats?….hmmm…well the first thing that comes to mind are the little bubble gum rocks we used to find in a tiny drawstring bag labeled “coal”. These turned up in our Chistmas stockings every year when we were kids. We did get gifts, too. I guess we were a little naughty and a little nice!

Dana December 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Bad Christmas food is the passing can of Dinty Moore stew that my dad starts several years back to piss me off!!

Stephanie D December 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I would have to say cookies….lots and lots of cookies :)

Tessa December 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Cookie baking with my family and friends!

Nancy Parken December 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Now these are “sweet” books!

Emily December 12, 2012 at 9:20 AM

OMG – I love this series! Best Christmas treat is my mothers carmels! Mmmmmm!

Michele T December 12, 2012 at 9:27 AM

WANT THIS! tee hee. xx

Trisha December 12, 2012 at 9:34 AM

This series is one of my favorites!!! The best Christmas treat would have to be my Grandma’s chocolate pie.ONLY hers. She has a special recipe for the crust and it is AMAZING.

Kelly December 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Loved these books! Favorite Christmas tradition – breakfast pizza. I only make it once a year on Christmas morning. The kids are already excited about it.

Jessica Katz December 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

My favorite memory is the year my dad went overboard and filled our livingroom with presents against my mom’s wishes.

Kiki December 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM


cristy eaken December 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I always make cinnamon rolls on christmas morning. Everytime i smell them it makes me think of christmas :)

Alicia December 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

These books are amazeballs! Some of the funniest stuff I have ever read. My favorite christmas tradition would have to be my mom’s christmas cookies…amazing.

Melanie December 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

My favorite memory is a new one that I have just started with my children the last couple of years… Making sugar cookies for Santa with my whole family!

Stephanie December 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The first two were great haven’t read the 3rd one yet!

Shelley December 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I have been wanting to read these books!

Sonia December 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Looking forward to reading these! They look great.

Becky December 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Chinese food reminds me of Christmas!! Crazy I know but we always go out for Chinese and that’s our Christmas dinner. It’s much less stressful and has become a great tradition.

Kandyce Harris December 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

My favorite that rermines me of Christmas is a lemon with the top cut off with a candy cane used for a straw. Oh the memories and very yummy too.

Kerri December 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM

My grandma lived on a farm and we would spend every Christmas there as a child. I remember so many of the wonderful foods she made, she even churned her own butter. Most of all she made these homemade rolls for Christmas and if my mom would have let me I would have them alone for Christmas dinner. :) I have only read the 1st book in this series would love to read the rest! Thanks!!

Sarah December 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I will never forget the year I was a kid and was SO excited for pumpkin pie at Christmas dinner. I went in and grabbed some pie and went to chow down, and realized it wasn’t pumpkin, but pecan instead. I’ve never eaten either pie again because they’re both gross tasting. I stick to the jello cake now! :)

BethW December 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Well – I *do* love pink.. *Smiles* All of these are new for me.. and can I just say – I am so glad I found this site – now that I have gone PNR – I definitely have needed some guidance.. *LOL*

Sarah B. December 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

My grandma’s famous rum cake. Now that my grandma is no longer with us, I make it every year. We all sit around with a cup of coffee/tea and remember all the wonderful memories we had of her playing the piano and all the grandchildren singing the Christmas carols. Her memory lives on through our stories to our children.

Elizabeth E December 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

my favorite christmas food – my mother’s sour cream cinnamon coffee cake… it must be made every year even though its just the two of us now…. we only make it at Christmas…. as for Christmas memories – there are sooo many…

Cassandra December 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

We eat Cioppino (an Italian Fish Stew) every Christmas Eve, and it is my favorite thing all year long!!!

Karen December 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I loved making (and eating) cookies and candies with my mom every year but the real highlight was when my Grandmother came to visit. She always brought her home made chocolate fudge, I remember how it would melt in my mouth!

Doris L December 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Pumpkin rolls!! Cream cheese, butter and vanilla mixed with confectionery sugar for the filling, yum!! Never enough to go around!!

Maryann Buchanan December 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I think a memory of xmas food for me would be fruit cake, not that I eat it, my mommom loves fruit cake (yes, they do exist) and every year we have several sitting around our house not being touched unless she is there to eat them…just says xmas to me…I think whatever she doesn’t eat makes it to next year, I mean, can you even tell if a fruit cake it old?

Doris L December 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Our family never gets enough of the pumpkin rolls!! There filled with cream cheese, butter, vanilla and confectionary sugar yum!! There are at least 2 hidden to satisfy the craving after everyone thinks they are all gone.

Tessa December 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Walnuts in their shell!! Everytime I see them I think of Christmas. Every Christmas my mom used to buy a bag of them and we would crack them together. I used a funny looking nut craker, it was fun.

Rachel December 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Would love to win this!! Loved this series!

Brianna Lee December 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM

ANOTHER FABULOUS GIVEAWAY! YOU ARE AWESOME =D ummm…it is not one particular thing like your memory, but I sure do love my mom’s homecooking! She makes a delicious xmas dinner that I love! And she always has some yummy dessert, like seven layer cake, icebox cake *mouth waters*, or good ol’ fashion pies! Plus! There are always the delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies for santa and these other great cookies she makes! There is just always fantastic homecooked food on the holidays that I love!

Chinyere Ezinwanyi December 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Memorable Christmas is waking up to homemade banana waffles, turkey bacon and eggs. Sitting down in our family house saying our prayers before we run to open our presents.

lisa December 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

hi there, everyone! every christmas morning my mom makes her famous sausage egg casserole. we love it. now that my sister and i are married our husbands feel the need to tell us they dont like it all that well. too bad for them! its a TRADITION! hahah!

Tanya December 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

My grandmother making cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning then she would make homemade chicken and dumplings the day after. She would let me and my brother help her roll out the dough and cut it. I looked forward to it every year. I miss her :(

Jen December 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Oh I would love to win this! These 3 books are on my all time favorites list! I never laughed so hard reading ever!

When I think of Christmas and food, I think about my family’s traditional Slovak meal we eat every Christmas Eve together which is also my Grandma’s birthday. One year as my Grandma was preparing it, I took notes and pictures while helping and made it into a book. There weren’t any written recipes to pass down but now there are! That’s what I think about! Thanks!

Laura P December 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The first two were some of the funniest and hottest books I’ve read!!
I laughed out loud a lot.
A college boyfriend and I made an asian Thanksgiving dinner instead of turkey. The chicken came out blue b/c of the seasoning we used. It looked weird but was yummy all the same.

Melissa B December 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

My most memorable would be the life saver books. My dad would always buy them for my brother and me. Since he has passed away I still make sure I have one under the tree for me :)

JoAnn December 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I love this series. I laughed so hard I was crying!
My favorite holiday treat is the chocolate chip nut roll my Mom makes, yum!

crystal December 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

i have to say this was the month my mom would make her yummy in my tummy tamales…. won’t be the same without her.thanks for the give crossing fingers fire a win..

tonya hubbard December 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I just remember my mom making a HUGE breakfast for us every christmas morning…I mean HUGE!!! As far as sweets i would say it was the homemade monkey bread:) or dirt pudding love that stuff:)

Karen December 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Super rad giveaway! I NEED these books like I need air. Or chocolate. Anywho…my Christmas food memory is hands-down eating fresh kielbasa aka Polish sausage on Christmas morning. I’m a Midwest girl and my mom would always get the good stuff, from a butcher, and it was sooooo good. I do the same thing now – I have scouted out the best authentic sausage place on the west coast and buy a whole bunch to eat on Christmas morning. Yay!

stephanie v. December 12, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Christmas book lifesavers. They always remind me of my grandma. She used to get them for me every christmas when I was a kid…

Laura December 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

We would have pancakes made from scratch with barriers and whip cream. mmmmmmmmmmmm

Jordana December 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I want!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease

Penny December 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM

What a fun series Tara gave us! Can’t help but remember when wine came out of my nose because I laughed so hard reading the first book. Not a Christmas memory, but one I’ll never forget! ;-)

Jeannie Smith December 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

My first Thanksgiving dinner I remembered to take the turkey out of the freezer at 5am that morning. I spent the day trying defrost it with hair dryers, running it in warm water, etc. We at about 8pm that night.

Michelle Kibodeaux December 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Oh would I love to win this! Fondest food memory from Christmas? Old fashioned ribbon candy. Huge pieces that as a child I was supposed to break up into pieces to eat but never did, those things were so good and soooo sticky!! Always left a piece along with cookies and milk for Santa…my mom said Santa could get candy canes any where, but ribbon candy was special!

Brandy R December 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I would have to say that my fav holiday foods are well for thansgiving time it is BANANA PUDDING! mmmm but for Christmas have to say it is Tamales!!! because we make them as a family (the girls) and they are so yummy!

Erica H December 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I love you blog! Finals week = no reading what I want to read = me going crazy

Laura December 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Every Christmas my mom and all us girls ( now our kids come too) have one Saturday set aside where all we do is bake cookies all day. We make fudge and choc. Chip, haystacks, wedding cookies, thumbprints, buckeyes, bourbon balls, sugar cookies( my least favorite but the kids most favorite) and anything else that strikes our fancy but the one mandatory cookie and all of our absolute favorites are the seven layer bars ( coconut, butterscotch, chocolate, and nuts how can you go wrong). Cookie day is this Saturday, I can’t wait.

Danielle December 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I didn’t even know there was a 3rd book! Ooo Ooo, please pick me Santa Maryse!

Chandi December 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I just stumbled onto your website & I’m so glad I did! I love your book recommendations & can’t wait to get started reading! My holiday food memories are bitter sweet. A couple of years ago we lost my paternal grandmother, she made THE BEST homemade noodles! I never really aknowledged the fact that she one day she wouldn’t be here, so unfortunately I never learned to make her noodles. My 92 year old maternal grandmother, who is still with us makes THE BEST frosted sugar cookies! Determined not to make the same mistake my kids & I bring her to our house every year to help us bake those famous cookies!

Thalia December 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Porcupine Balls that my sister makes. Yummy!!!!

Elyse December 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

My favorite food memory is my grandmas ginger snaps. They’re sooo good and bring back memories of family and love.

Julie Cole December 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

My favorite food is Honey baked ham for Christmas dinner. And divinity candy my mom makes. My mouth is watering not for these!:)

Wendy M December 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

My grandparents would get boxes of assorted chocolates at Christmas time. We always tried to beat my cousins to my grandparents house for Christmas dinner because the first ones there would poke holes in the bottom of all the candies and put them back in the box until they found the ones with the centers they liked!! If you got there late, you not only had to eat the ones that everyone had their hands on but you had to eat the yucky leftovers that no one wanted :-)

Hannah Salter December 12, 2012 at 1:53 PM

My favourite christmas food is stollen which is an amazing german fruit cake. I haven’t had it for a few years as no-one else apart from my Grandad(who passed away in 2001) and me liked it however this year my son Mason has tried some and is obsessed with it so I now have someone to eat stollen with :) YAY! Xxx

Melissa December 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

My hubs all-time favorite treat is a frosted sugar cookie. So the kids and I make them every year for him (and us too!) I bake the cookies and the kids frost and decorate. We make a great team.

Meredith December 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I simply love red and green covered Hershey kisses!!!

Susana Dorado December 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Love these books so funny…I haven’t read the third one yet….One of my family’s tradition is getting together on Christmas morning where we have menudo (my favorite) made by my mom… then after that we open presents…

Liz December 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I have heard so much about these books. Apparently, they need to be put on the top of my TBR list. Favorite Christmas food memories are of my Mom’s Meltaway cookies (they are basically Italian Wedding cookies). For a couple of years we even went so far as dipping them in a chocolate fountain. It was perfection :) . Family staple and ohh so good.

Christine December 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

another fun giveaway! I love to bake tea cake cookies rolled iin powdered sugar. Have eaten them since childhood around the holidays, always makes me happy, they’re really really good too..

salli December 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

My favortie Christmas memory food is cinnamon rolls. My husband ask me to make some for Christmas morning. When I opened the oven there was a note that said meet me in the car. My husband suprised me with a mountain trip that weekend. We had been having trouble conceiving. My daughter was born exactly nine months later. We still eat cinnamon rolls every Christmas and there is always a suprise for my daughter and I in the oven. Merry Christmas y’all!

Nat December 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

My grandmother’s butterscotch and pretzels treats. Not sure what they’re called! Would love this giveaway, thx!

Kellye December 12, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Ohhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhhhhh!! Pick me! Pick me!

Tracy December 12, 2012 at 3:03 PM

When I was kid we always got the life savor “books” in our stockings. Now that I’m an adult my mother-in-law gives me See’s Toffeettes. So good!

ashly c December 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Sees candy! We always have a box at Christmas

Mandy M December 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Homemade Chex mix

Danielle December 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Everyyear before Christmas all the women and kids in the family get together and make cookies and candy…When we are done we hand out plates of cookies and candy…..pick me please

Janet December 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Well in the spanish culture it’s tradition to make tamales. My favorite memory is of all the ladies getting together in the kitchen to help prepare and cook. Even at the age of 5 my Mom made it a point to let me help, even though I made a bring mess than I was help. Please pick me, I love the first 2 books but have not read the 3rd yet.

BethL December 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Pick Me! Pick Me!

Patrice V December 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Just love this series. Every Christmas, at the family gathering, my Grandma would have 16 individual tins for all her grandchildren. We never knew what delicious cookies would be in there. I miss her and that tradition

Lisa December 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM


Erika December 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Spending a day making gingerbread cookies with my grandmother was definitely my favorite memory. We’d make a gingerbread person for each member of the family…we’d talk about everything under the sun. I was her only granddaughter so that was our special time :)

Vanessa S December 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

My grandmother used to make divinity every year for Christmas when we lived together. So after she passed, I attempted it with a recipe I found online (my Grandma didn’t use one). I got up to the point of beating everything just fine… but I had no clue divinity makes easier with no moisture in the air… so I spent probably a good hour trying to beat the mixture to what it was supposed to be. Despite my best efforts, the mixture would never set. I ended up burning my mother’s nice handheld mixer. So next Christmas I bought her an upright mixer for Christmas… since it was only my fault she didn’t have a nice one.

Tracie December 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

mmmm, my mom’s homemade miniature pecan pies!

Kit December 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Great books to break a diet with )

Tina December 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

My favorite holiday food has to be my ya-ya’s (thats grandma in Greek) Christmas cookies kourabiedes. They are these diamond shaped cookies that are smothered in powdered sugar and you know they’re perfectly made when they stick to the roof of your mouth. She & my grandpa unfortunately passed when I was 10 so I was subjected to many holidays without their deliciousness. Ive since learned to make them for my own son but nothing can compare to the memories of having my face covered in powered sugar with a mouthful of my ya-ya’s kourabiedes.
Happy Holidays!

lee December 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Last year is my most memorable Christmas. It was the last Christmas that I have spent with my mother. She asked me to go Christmas shopping with her.. What I didn’t was she was shopping for her burial clothes.. She’s been fighting breast cancer for 2 years.. I tried to stop her from reaching the bridal section of the mall in tutuban in divisoria but we got lost in the process and ended up at the bridal section.. My mom was pissed that she had already used up her money buying fruits and vegetables and clothes and shoes for my daughter that she doesn’t have enough money to buy her gown.. We made a stop over at SM MALL OF ASIA where they have this snow globe that produce snow.. My mom requested that I would take her and my daughters’ picture as remembrance not knowing that it would be the last..

This year will be our first Christmas without her. I miss her “experiment” cooking.. Where she will always try to create a new dish.. :(

If I get chosen, I wish you could send the books to my cousin.. He and his wife lives in New York.. They are both book lovers. They introduce me to the joy of opening and smelling a newly purchased book.. At the same time they helped me and my family, specially my mother a lot during the time when we need it the most..

Thank you so much!!!

Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

We always got pomegranates in our stockings. It was the one time a year when we got them. Now, as an adult, I can’t help but to smile when the pomegranates start showing up in the stores. :)

Pam Perez December 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Tis the season, and another great giveaway, Maryse!

renee December 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM


Stacey December 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

My favorite Christmas food. Pierogi’s! (a polish tradition from my grandmother). Uh-maz-ingly delicious!

Brandi Bradford December 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

My favorite and funniest holiday food memory was when I was 9 years old and went to stay with my Memaw for our Christmas Break! She decided to teach me how to make peanut butter cookies from scratch and gave me the job of measuring out the ingredients. She had theses cute little canisters with sugar, salt, and flour in them. She worked on the cookies and told me to pour my ingredients in the mixing bowl. Well…..needless to say Memaw must not have watched me get the “sugar” from the proper canister, because after the cookies were made they were the SALTIEST things EVER! I mixed up the sugar and the salt. Of course, being 9 I cried and Memaw had to throw out my batch and make us a new one. But I will always remember my first cooking experience and cherish that time I had with my grandmother!

Regina S. December 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

My mother made the best sugar cookies. Everybody couldn’t wait to eat them.

Regina S.

Cynthia December 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

My favorite Christmas food is the tamales my mom makes. It’s tradition to eat one at midnight Christmas Eve.

Megan Hansen December 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM


Melissa K December 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

This series is my favorite, truly laugh out loud funny although my husband doen’t always seem to get it when I try to explain why I am laughing so hard at my e-reader. My favorite holiday food memories are of making peanut brittle with my mom and the infamous green gravy created by my sisters when there was no gravy master available

Cindy December 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Seduction and Snacks is one of the funniest books I have ever read. My favorite holiday food would have to be fudge, but as far a Christmas food memories go….My mom makes homemade dinner rolls every year for our Christmas feast. When I was about five my cousin ate one of the rolls and promptly turned to my mother and said “Aunt Connie I like your buns!” My family thought it was so funny that it has been brought up EVERY YEAR! My poor cousin, he will never live it down.

Ana December 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Going Christmas carolling with my bestest friends back in my teens will always be a fond memory.

Melissa December 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Chocolate and biscuits!!!!!!! Like Chocolate pie for breakfast-nothing better!! My great great mamaw started the Christmas morning tradition and we still do it, so good though my kids request it everytime they spend the night with mamaw and papaw.

Vicky December 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

We love our ham. Every year we devour a Honey Baked ham then we finish up the leftovers for breakfast. The smell, the taste…gotta have it!!! Like I gotta have these books…..

kayna December 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Cool giveaway those book covers are making me hungry though… to the kitchen I go

Anne December 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Looks like a tasty treat!

Ashley P December 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Loved Seduction and Snacks! I haven’t read the others. One of my favorite Christmas treats is scotcheroos (peanut butter rice krispie treats with a chocolate and butterscotch topping). Yum. I found out I couldn’t have gluten a few months ago, but luckily I recently found a gluten-free recipe for scotcheroos. Thank goodness! Christmas will be hard enough this year without cookies, but now I can have my scotcheroos!

Krista December 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Can’t wait to read these!!

kim December 12, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Chex party mix, I will eat it non stop when visiting home!

Christina December 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Getting my mom and my kids in the kitchen making sugar cookies is my favorite part of the holidays!

Melissa Hardy December 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I love making candy and cookies with my Mom and Granny. We get together every year and make all kinds of goodies. We change it up, but we always make Millionaire candy (kind of like the Turtle Candy you get at the store). That candy always makes me think of home. Oh, and the smell of sweet potato pie :)

Heather December 12, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I loved these books!! My favorite is Christmas morning breakfast casserole with my family.

Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Anything at my grandma’s Christmas dinners, but especially the homemade chocolate cake, homemade turkey ‘n dressing, and pecan pie! (I think I’m hungry now!)

Jocelyn S. December 12, 2012 at 8:25 PM

My grandmother’s mashes potatoes and sliced hard boiled eggs:D Yummy lol I love eating that, and look forward to it every year! Thanks for the giveaway:)

Dena December 12, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I loved all of these so much. My favorite holiday food is my father in laws “goodie” bags that he gives every family at xmas. Peanut brittle, peanut butter cookies with kisses on top, white chocolate cranberry bark and lots more. Just great to have little goodies to eat for the next week. =)

Christine December 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

My favorite Christmas food is rock road fudge. It is the only time that I make it. Good thing because I love it.

Brandee December 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Going with the theme of the books — would chocolate martinis be considered a food? I would choose them over the food :-)

Krista December 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Eating warm cardamom bread Christmas morning while opening presents.

Sarah B December 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

My grandparents always had a big party and for dessert served Santa ice cream cones. Now that I have dinner at my house I do the same thing : )

Christy December 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Baking tons of treats every Christmas Eve with my mom, then putting plates together for all of our neighbors.

Shavonne December 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

My Grandma making the most delicious fudge! Yummy!

Amanda December 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Breakfast Casseroles!!!!!

Stephanie Loper December 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM


Stephanie Loper December 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Pick pick pick me!

Marlena Fein December 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM

So pretty! I have those books on my wish list so I could knock out three for one! Woo Hoo. Another great giveaway but by now, we expect nothing less.

Merry Christmas,

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