We had such a great response to the Canning Pickling, and Freezing with Irma Harding Cookbook Giveaway (click the link for more information or to purchase the book directly from Octane Press) that we decided to giveaway TWO instead of just one – so congratulations to Lyndsey from Missouri and Karen from Kansas.
No need for forlorn faces though because we have another giveaway to offer!
This giveaway is for the Irma Harding Calendar 2015. (Click the link to learn more or to purchase the calendar direct from Octane Press) This calendar features period 1950's photographs of women showing off their International harvester freezers and refrigerators along with scenes from the farm, market and kitchen. It also includes a tip of the month for which fruits and vegetables are in season and includes 12 original laminated recipe cards from Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding.
So, for anyone who missed out on the cookbook you have a new chance to win something similar! Just like the cookbook, this would be a great gift for the upcoming holiday season.
CLICK HERE to go to the post at kristinashouse where you can enter to win between now and midnight Sunday, December 21.
This is only open for a short time so be sure to get your name in quick. We want to be sure there are enough days left in 2014 to get the calendar mailed off so it can be enjoyed right as we roll into 2015.
Also, as a special for the holiday season CLICK HERE to purchase both the cookbook and the calendar together directly from Octane Press for $25.00. Or if you are just out shopping you can easily find books from Octane Press wherever books are sold including Amazon.com and traditional bookstores.
I was again looking through our Google stats and found that a couple of our most popular recipe posts fall into the category of canning and freezing. In fact our top recipe post of all time is for Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Jam – this one is timely as is a great one to make for holiday gift giving.
We had some additional feedback from a couple people who tried Grandma’s Homemade Delicate Dinner Rolls over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend – Rick sent us a photo of the first batch he made prior to Thanksgiving along with these comments - This was my first batch as a trial run before Thanksgiving. I made 2 more batches the day of Thanksgiving (Second time around, they were even better). They were perfect!!! I wish I had taken a picture of them. Everyone loved them and took some home with them. They were perfect to use as sliders for turkey sandwiches. My sister-in-law sent a picture of our dining table all set for 16 with the baskets of dinner rolls. Her sister's only comment was, "Those rolls really look fresh", nothing about how beautiful the table was set. I wish they didn't taste so good.......now I feel I have the job to make these for family functions from here on out! No problem!!! Thank-you very much for posting this recipe, they did remind me of Grandmas' rolls. Brought back great memories! With great thanks!
I have no pride so am happy to share my reply to Rick for all to see - Such a great note! I am so glad they turned out for you. As you know – most often there are many laughable moments – I always feel it is better to be playful than perfect so I am not too proud to admit my rolls were a bust this year! – and I even proofed the yeast! Of course they were all eaten and they were still good for throwing around the room and they tasted great but they fell flat when baking for some reason – so I licked my wounds and set out to restore my sense of pride by making a second batch the next day – the second batch were more like rolls instead of biscuits and all of them were eaten too! LOL Yes – the fortunate and unfortunate thing is that now you will be “expected” to make the rolls. Thank you again for the note – I appreciate it so much and loved hearing the rest of the story! My very best to you, Kristina
Another visitor to the site who traded notes with us about the rolls asked how we shape them for baking. We certainly want to help those who want to try them but for which this is something really new. We tried to describe it in the comments to the website but are thinking it will be easier to just make a quick video to show how we do this. We have a few videos on the site and this really is something that is easier to understand by watching than reading a description. Too, this is also among one of our most popular recipe posts so want to have as much information there as possible for people to see should they want to give these a try. We will see about posting a video soon.
For those who are in the midst of their holiday baking – the following recipes have been among the top recent Google hit getters – we hope you will give them a try!
Cake Mix Chocolate Crinkles – inspired by our Lemon Gems we gave this a try and they worked out perfectly. Of course this is a popular one at Christmas and this is the top Google hit getter of all time for cookies that have been posted to our site.
Mom’s Peanut Clusters – this has been getting a lot of hits and prints recently. A tip that is not included in the post is that we feel these taste best using Hershey’s Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips.
Chocolate Thinny Mint Cookies – a spin off the Scouts. Great for an after dinner “little something.”
Salted Nut Rolls – this is another great one to add to the holiday treat tray.
Suzanne’s Sugar Cookies – we posted these for Valentines Day and dressed them up with pink frosting for that post but you could easily switch them out with red or green frosting for Christmas – these are very good!
Pretzel M&M Peppermints – perfect for Christmas and easy to for kids to make.
Mint Snowmen – another great one to keep kids busy.
Peppermint Bark – a traditional holiday treat!