December 5, 2011

Homemade Gift Week: Meyer Lemon-Ginger Loaves & KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway! {Naptime Simple Tips}

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Welcome to Naptime Chef homemade gift week! This week we are going to talk all about edible homemade gifts. I, for one, am so excited to give my friends some of my favorite homemade gifts this season. Do you make anything for your friends and family? I’ve heard some people say they are hesitant to give edible homemade gifts because they think it means they have to tackle complicated, intimidating recipes. But I can assure you this is not the case. There are many tasty and easy recipes that are very simple to make and are terrific presents. Those are the ones we will talk about this week!

Today I am sharing a recipe for Meyer Lemon-Ginger Loaves, one of my favorite easy tea breads to give as gifts. I whip up the batter in one bowl during naptime and bake them in individual paper baking pans. Then I just wrap the baking pans in clear plastic bags and tie them with a ribbon. Voila! A homemade gift!

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To add to the fun this week my friends at Duda Farm Fresh Foods are providing a great giveaway package that will run all month long! It includes a weekly giveaway of one tote of fresh Meyer Lemons and a $25 Williams-Sonoma gift card. The entries from each week will then be compiled into one big pool at the end of the month and a grand prize winner will receive a brand new KitchenAid mixer (!!!) How cool is that? Here is how you can enter to win the Meyer Lemon gift packages and be entered into the KitchenAid mixer grand prize drawing! Check it out, isn’t it pretty? It is a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer in Majestic Yellow.

To keep this challenge fun I encourage you to post pictures of your homemade edible gifts or tell us about it on Twitter (tag @TheNaptimeChef) or by tagging The Naptime Chef Facebook fanpage. If you do this, you’ll get extra entries to win the awesome giveaway. I also hope you’ll join my group Pinterest Board Titled “Project #13: Homemade Gifts! and pin up some of your favorite homemade gift recipes!

If you want to become one of my official blogging sponsors write a post about your favorite homemade gift recipe and link to this post on your blog. I’ll include a list of sponsors in my daily posts as well as in my weekly newsletter. Last but not least, check out the official rules below and tune back in here every day this week. Yes, I’ll be posting EVERY DAY and will even have an extra special guest post from a friend and food blogger – you don’t want to miss a single thing!

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Rules for Homemade Gift Giveaway & KitchenAid mixer grand prize!:

1. Leave a comment sharing what your favorite homemade edible gift to give or receive.

2. Subscribe to The Naptime Chef newsletter (upper right hand corner) – I’ll check!

3. Become a fan of The Naptime Chef on Facebook
4. Visit Duda’s website and tell me what recipe you would like to try to make using meyer lemons (use the ‘Older Entries’ link at the bottom of the page to view even more recipes). Leave a comment telling me which recipe.

5. 1 Extra Entry: Share the link to this post with your friends on Facebook and link to @TheNaptimeChef Facebook fanpage

6. 1 Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter and link to hashtag @TheNaptimeChef

7. 1 Extra Entry: Follow me on Stumbleupon and stumble this entry by clicking the green thumbs up.

8. 6 Extra Entries: Share the post about this article from my Facebook fanpage to at least 10 friends to help The Naptime Chef get to 4,000 fans by New Years! (I can see who shares what, so I will note when you share!)

9. Weekly winners will be announced on Sunday December 11th at 7:00am ET, Sunday December 18th at 7:00am ET, and Monday December 26th at 7:00am ET. The GRAND PRIZE drawing for the KitchenAid mixer will be announced on December 30th at 7:00opm.

10. All winners will be selected by Random.org. Each week the contest for the Meyer Lemon Tote and $25 giftcard will start fresh. Entries from the previous week will not be considered. The grand prize drawing pool will include all entries from the start of the contest on December 5th at 7:00amET through December 29th at 9:00pm ET.

Disclosure: I received the same products the winner will receive. The items were generously donated by Duda Farm Fresh Foods but the opinions and recipe expressed are entirely my own.

Recipe

 Meyer Lemon-Ginger Loaves

makes 2 small 9×5 loaves, or several smaller loaves*

Ingredients

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup candied ginger, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 ¾ cups sugar
3 eggs
¾ cup whole milk
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 Meyer lemons, juiced and zested

Glaze:

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 Meyer lemon, juiced and zested

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter and flour two 9×5 loaf pans or smaller baking pans of desired size.

2. Whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and ginger and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl whisk together the lemon juice and zest, oil, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla extract.

4. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well until completely smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans until they are half full and bake for about 45 minutes, or less time if the pan is smaller. If the pan is smaller start with 30 minutes bake time and test the loaves every five minutes after that.

5. To make the glaze: Whisk together the lemon juice, zest and sugar until completely smooth, adding drops of water as needed until the glaze reaches desired consistency. The consistency I use it fairly thick, it holds it shape when drizzled on the loaves and spreads like a frosting.

* for loftier loaves use 8×4 loaf pans. The 9×5 loaf pans make lower loaves that are great for tea.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This tea bread is perfect for nearly any time of day, we love it for dessert or breakfast. The ginger is optional, feel free to omit it if necessary.

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time, 30 minutes bake time

Naptime Reviews

This is always a hit no matter who is eating it. Keep it in your gift repertoire for life!

 

  • http://squirrelbread.wordpress.com/ heather

    It might be “plain Jane” of me, but I simply love homemade granola.

  • Denise B

    I always give fudge and caramel.

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  • Jen

    For the past few years, I’ve made a ton of cookies, including sugar cookies, gingerbread men, soft ginger chews, and rugelach.  And then put them in pretty packaging and give them out as gifts!

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  • Jen

    I would make the panna cotta recipe!  I first had some last year at New Years, and got obsessed.  It sounds delicious!

  • Mindykobrin

    We love baking Bodacious Banana Bread.  Wrapped in festive ribbon with attached recipe, this tasty loaf makes for a delicious host gift that keeps on giving.  Happy holidays and merry baking!

  • gmp505

    Small loaves of homemade quick breads, and/or maybe some homemade jam to go with it.

  • Sarah H.P.

    This year I’m doing homemade foodie gift boxes for everyone and I think the one item that is classic for gift-giving is definitely cookies. Everyone loves cookies and almost any kind will go over well! I’m making Chocolate Crinkles, Cherry Blossoms, and Peanut Butter Star Cookies!

  • Malerie C

    I really love the good fudge my aunt gives every year!

  • Bebe

    Every year I give friends and neighbors cookie plates.

  • Linscottjmb

    WE love making and giving my grandma’s nut roll cookies.  They are flaky, nutty, not to sweet, crescents of Christmas goodness.  She has been gone many years now but we still make her nut rolls.  We remember the past and talk for hours while working the family assembly line to make these cookies.

    These 2 recipes from Duda’s website look yummy!
    White Chocolate & Culinary Harvest Meyer Lemon Tart

    Red Celery Tzaziki Dip

  • Linda S.

    I like making and giving biscotti.  But this lemon-ginger loaf sounds like a perfect gift for my sister-in-law, who loves ginger.

  • Laura S.

    I love making and gifting lavender shortbread cookies.  I’d love to try Nanny’s Lemon-Glazed Pound Cake!

  • Thomas Steele

    My favorite food gift is homemade bread. It’s easy to make and everyone loves it.

  • Thomas Steele

    I would like to try to make the Red Celery Tzaziki Dip.

  • Liz the Chef

    Love your recipe – but I don’t need any lemons as both trees are full ;) The ginger is a great touch here.

  • Erin Cochrane

    LOVE my dad’s toffee.

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  • Erin Cochrane

    the holiday turkey recipe looks amazing!

  • Deb

    The pairing of lemon and ginger is delightful. Since I am planning to make candied ginger for gifts this week, I just had to stop by and leave a quick comment!  Packaged in decorated canning jars this candied ginger is my favorite gift for giving. 

  • Deborah H.

    To give?  Cookies.  All different kinds.  To receive?  My BILs Peppermint Bark and Buckeyes.  He makes the best candy!

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  • Deborah H.

    I’d also like to try the tzaziki dip or the pound cake recipes – both sound great!

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    I’m making homemade cocoa and marshmallows, fudge and party/chex mix to give away! I made peanut butter balls, but we’re keeping them!!!

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    i like both giving  receiving premade mixes in jars-they’re perfect for last minute guests!

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  • Amy

    fudge. definitely fudge. and cocoa mix. and cookie trays with mint brownies.

  • Karen O

    I love Christmas cookies…all kinds!

  • Nelsestuen

    I love receiving any type of bread or muffins we can have for breakfast. And I love giving cookies, candy and quick breads.

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    I the idea of giving homemade vanilla extract.  I think I’m going to do it next year. I didn’t have enough lead time to do it this year.

  • Errinfiend

    My favorite homemade gift to receive is my mom’s Caramel Corn.  It’s amazingly good and she makes it every Christmas and sends me some. :)

  • Errinfiend

    This meyer lemon and ginger loaf recipe looks amazing!  I love lemon.  I think the risotto recipe on Duda’s website looks really good, but we make a lot of turkey in my house (even not on holidays) so I we’ll likely try the Savory Holiday Turkey Rub first. Yum!

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  • Kim D.

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  • Joannewalton2003

    I love to make and give gluten free coconut macaroons… My daughter has started making peanut butter blossoms to give as gifts…

  • Joannewalton2003

    The mushroom risotto looks yummy!

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  • Joannewalton2003

    Where do you get your paper baking pans?

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    I would love to make and eat the chopped salad with meyer lemon dressing. It sounds so refreshing!

  • Rowena

    I love giving (and getting) homemade jams.

  • HHicks

    I love making peanut butter balls and pecan snowballs to give away.

  • Rosie

    Cookies! And the lemon and ginger bread is right up my alley.

  • steph

    i love chocolate chip cookies!

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  • Mary Beth Hunt

    My favorite edible gift to give is cookies…..even Better is some Cookie DOUGH! Then, they can make a few cookies whenever they want :)

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  • Mary Beth Hunt

    Oh I would love to make this Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake. yum. http://www.dudafresh.com/recipes/?p=201

  • Mary Beth Hunt

    I blogged about my favorite gift to give……cookies! This post is about OoeyGooeyMonsterCookies I’m taking to my college son and his friends for Finals Week studying. http://redmittens.com/2011/12/05/chewy-gooey-monster-cookies/

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  • jules p

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  • Jacqui

    My favorite gift to receive is either cookies or cupcakes!! But anything sweet will do!

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    I think I would love to try the meyer lemon dressing!

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  • Jacqui

    The recipe I would most like to try on Duda’s website is Nanny’s Lemon Glazed Pound Cake. Yum!

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  • Amy

    Homemade cream caramels dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt.  I also dip pretzel rods in the caramel and then in chocolate and Christmas sprinkles.  Yum!

  • Amy

    The meyer lemon panna cotta and the sweet lemon drop sound divine!

  • Faitcameth5

    I love to make homemade sweet tea mix for holiday gifts!

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    My favorite gift to make is cheesecake.

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  • Christine Podolski

    I love getting baking mixes, they are great in a pinch with surprise company and always better than a box! 

    I’m already a fb fan and twitter follower!  I would make the pana-cotta it looks beautiful.

  • claire

    I love getting carrot cake cupcakes ! hah

  • Sue McNulty

    I am going to try the Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette – it sounds Delicious !

  • Jdnlbrooks

    I love lemons…

  • Carolyn Mccambridge

    I’m actually super excited to give people homemade vanilla extract for Christmas this year along with some other goodies!

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  • Meg314

    I love to give Oreo truffles.

  • April V

    I love giving spiced pecans!

  • April V

    I would like the savory holiday turkey rub using Meyer lemons!

  • Christine M

    My favorite gift to give is my homemade cookies

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    I would love to try Nanny’s Lemon Glazed Pound Cake.  My pound cake uses lemon extract which I love so I think I would love this too!

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  • Sjrjturner

    Sounds lame, but my favorite edible present is white chocolate covered pretzels!

  • Sjrjturner

    I think that the turkey rub sounds great-may even attmept for Christmas :)

  • Cindy

    I love your recipes because not only do they sound tantilizing, they taste amazing and you make everything so easy to follow, everyone can succeed!

    Thank you so much for sharing your talents, they help us to become better cooks therefore making happier families!!

  • MK

    Kelsey….My favorite homemade gift…as you know…is Hot Fudge Sauce!  However…I neither have, nor will ever have a Facebook page..nor do I “tweet” (just a dinosaur, I guess) Can I still qualify for the mixer????  I promise to follow all the other rules!

  • Robin Whiting

    I love to give cookies and caramels at Christmas time.  Thanks for this recipe I plan to make and give this as well!

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  • http://www.paoequeijo.typepad.com Sarah @ pão e queijo

    These loaves look beautiful and delicious!  I love homemade gifts and especially food ones ;) This year I’m making marzipan and candied orange peel dipped in chocolate to send to family.  I pretty much enjoy any food gifts except pickled things!

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    I’d really love to try the Meyer lemon poppy seed vinaigrette… yum!

  • http://twitter.com/LisaEvanoff Lisa Evanoff

    My favorite food gift is any kind of homemade snack mix….and even more so if it contains M&M’s!

  • SewSimply

    I love homemade flavored vodka’s and homemade wine vinegars

  • Jodi

    I give homemade chocolate pecan toffee.  The recipe is from a dear friend who has since passed.  She always gave the toffee to her friends for Christmas, so I always feel that I’m doing it in her honor.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wisedup1 Yvonne Davis

    I love when my aunt makes her anise seed bread!  It is awesome!

  • Wanda

    I love fruitcake!

  • Judy

    I enjoy making different candies to share for Christmas. 

  • Kristi Krauss

    I love to give chocolate chip pumpkin bread as a food gift anytime!  I have a recipe that is easy and makes 2-3 loaves or many mini loaves.  Great for teachers as a surprise in the morning for no particular occasion.  So excited to try the Meyer lemon-ginger loaf recipe!  Lemons are my favorite – our wedding cake was lemon!  Thanks so much and fingers crossed  for the mixer!  Happy Holidays, NC! 

  • Kristi Krauss

    Make…..
    White Chocolate & Culinary Harvest Meyer Lemon Tartfrom the Duda website… is this good?

  • Maureen

    I’m a fan on Facebook and subscribe to your newsletter… My favorite edible gift to give is vanilla extract.  On the Duda Fresh site, I’m eyeing the Chopped Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing.  Sounds tasty.  Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

  • Ashley So

    My favorite is definitely the baking mixes that I make for people, especially the oatmeal cookie ones. I pack the dry ingredients into a jar, decorate it with fabric, ribbon, and of course, directions, and it’s an adorable little gift. My favorite to receive is definitely the 
    homemade “just add milk” hot chocolate mixes.   =)

  • Pam N

    I love to bake new recipes and share them with those around me.  I have stumbled across a recipe for Sweet Bacon Crackers that is too die for.  I have not quite perfected the oven temp and time, but these snacks are addicting, unique, and easy.  They are going to make a fabulous gift bag this year!

  • Pam N

    In checking out all of the super recipes on the Duda website, I would love to try a slight variation of the Grilled Fresh Fruit Pizza.  I would alter the choice of fruit to include lemon, blueberries, raspberries and peaches instead of orange, strawberries and banana.  Yummm

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    I’m making vanilla salt for gifts this holiday!

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  • Stef

    I love to receive homemade truffles! My neighbor used to always bring her homemade sweets by our house around the holidays. This year, I’m going to attempt to make my own! 

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  • Stef

    I would love to try the Meyer Lemon Dressing!  Sounds refreshing..

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    I subscribe to your wonderful newsletter and I love to receive holiday cookies decorated by children, whose imaginations know no bounds!

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  • Micaela P. Torregrosa-Mahoney

    I love getting cookies because I can never eat (or bake) enough of them! 

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  • Lihorseegirl

    Cookies are definitely my favorite homemade gift to make and give. They can be as simple or exotic as you want but seem to bring a smile no matter what. :)

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  • Schmidty

    My favorite edible gift to give is date nut loaf with freshly shelled pecans.

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    From Duda’s site, I’d like to try the Low Fat Dandy Orange and Cranberry Scones.

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    I like to giveaway granola as a homemade gift. 

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  • shalo

    I’m a simple recipe girl so the meyer lemon spritzer and the risotto sound like my kinda dishes.  (I have made lemon pie with the meyer lemons and it turned out really nice.)

  • shalo

    My edible gifts have changed over the past few years since my little girl was born.  Now we bake and decorate cookies and give each person a cookie cutter and the recipe.  Sometimes its ginger bread,  or sugar, or a new cookie we found during the year.   This year I think it’ll be a new recipe.

  • Chitownchica

    Favorite edible gift to give is definitely yemas because there are so few places to get them and our recipe has been in the family for generations, passed down by a great great aunt that lived in a convent as a girl!

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    Just liked your fb page, love your recipes. I love to receive anything edible, maybe esp cookies 

  • Tammy

    I love quick breads but my favorite would be cookies!

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    My favorite gift is making someones favorite cookie or treat and surprising them out of the blue, it makes them feel good and I love to do things like that for my friends and family! :) 

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    I would make the Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta! I LOVE panna cotta!!

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  • Valerie

    I love giving AND receiving ANY kind of cookies, but especially italian cookies.   I enjoy giving a delicious pastry called “Swedish Tea Ring” that my Mom used t make and also I have this great recipe for an Apple Cranberry bread which is fun to give and is very festive.  As for the meyer lemon recipes, I look forward to making the:

    White Chocolate & Culinary Harvest Meyer Lemon Tart

  • Stacy Schuck

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    I love to give homemade caramel corn. And homemade fudge.

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  • Marisa Livesay

    My fav thing to receive is homemade toffee (though i have a hard time sharing with my family!), and every year I want to make homemade gifts but have yet to do more than halfway knit some beanies. I am looking forward to trying this lemon bread (if i can keep from eating it all!). I subscribe to the naptime chef and love getting your emails. I have 2 non-nappers so I’m a train and car time chef however :). thanks!

  • Denise B

    This bread looks great!

  • Alison

    last year i gave loaves of poundcake with cinnamon honey butter, that was my fave gift to give

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  • Alison Speerbrecker

    i would like to try the meyer lemon poppy seed vinagrette

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  • Julie @BananasforBourbon

    I love fudge!

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    I like you on facebook. :)

  • Julie @BananasforBourbon

    I tweeted the giveaway

  • Julie @BananasforBourbon

    Mushroom risotto with meyer lemon?  That sounds amazing!

  • Amy

    my fave gift to receive is coffee toffee bars from Aunt Elsie. 

  • Tyra

    My favorite Christmas treat to make is this amazing coconut brunch bread with a coconut glaze.  I love it and get lots of  smiles when I deliver it with our Christmas card.  And it makes my house smell amazing while its cooking:)

  • Tyra

    I would make the lemon poppy seed dressing.  Looks delicious!

  • Tyra

    I facebooked it too:)

  • Rebecca Z

    I like to make biscotti or truffles to give away.

  • Heather Hicks

    I love making and giving away all sorts of cookies.

  • http://profiles.google.com/squasebarth Stacy Quasebarth

    This year I have been baking and giving Lemon Crinkle Cookies! So good! Would be even better with actual Meyer lemons I am sure!

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  • Emilycabeza

    My favorite gift to receive is homemade vanilla extract. It’s been a few years now and it continues to be the most memorable and lasting

  • Jessica W

    peppermint bark

  • Ashley

    1. Every year, I love to give my friends and family platters of holiday cookies!  Lemon drops, peppermint cookies, snickerdoodles, buckeyes, snowballs, and so many more!  Everyone has their favorite kind and looks forward to my cookies every year! :)

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    4.  All of the recipes look so amazing, but I would have to make the Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta! :)

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    5.  I shared a link to this post on Facebook, and I tagged you!  (Ashley n’Miles Krayniak)

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    6.  I tweeted about the giveaway.  (Ashaka_is_SWEET)  :)

  • 2sisters2cities

    I actually just did a post about some ideas on my blog today- caramel corn, spice rubs, and a spiced nut mix!  Love your ideas- I’ll add a link to today’s post.  http://www.2sisters2cities.com/2011/12/three-easy-edible-stocking-stuffers/

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  • bev f

    I like to give homemade Pecan Nut Bread baked in a can

  • Jean

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    Joined Naptime Chef newsletter ;)

    Just found you doing search for recipes.  Like what I see & look forward to your updates.
    Just started my own food blog & having difficulty making time to post!!!  Looking to do much better with it come the new year.

    Happy Holidays & nice to meet you!

  • http://www.deybreakhomemade.com Jean

    From Duda’s site, I think I’d go with the chicken soup.  Especially this time of year and that I’ve been too ‘chicken’ to try my hand @ homemade soup, this recipe seems pretty simple to get my feet wet with soup.

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    I would like to try…Nanny’s Lemon Glazed Poundcake

  • cindyskitchen

    My favorite homemade edible gift to give is Caramel Popcorn.

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    I’m a fan of The NT Chef on Facebook

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    The Lemon Pound Cake and the Lemon Drops.

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    I share the post about this article from your Facebook  on my Facebook page

  • Chelsei Ryan

    I love to give and recieve all types of cookies especially no bake oatmeal cookies and oatmeal raisin!

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    I would like to try the Red Celery Tzaziki Dip recipe

  • Brenda Rumfola

    My favorite item to bake for holiday giving is Pizzelle cookies. I also sub to your newsletter.

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  • Nessa

    absolute favorite treat to give/receive is thumbprint cookies! or anything pumpkin :)   i also subscribed to your newsletter.

  • Nessa

    Nanny’s Lemon-Glazed Pound Cake <<< this sounds delicious! Love lemon.

  • Ashley H

    I like giving “Gifts in jars” Things people can make themselves! So cute!!

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  • http://twitter.com/XanderJL Harrison

    one of my favorite things to gift or bring to somewhere would be a crepe layer cake with lemon curd in between the layers, amazing, or even a small drizzle of chocolate at the top

  • Kimiko

    I love to give and receive Christmas cookies

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    I’m a fan of The Naptime Chef on Facebook

  • Miranda Couse

    I love to give and receive peanut butter fudge!

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    I subscribed via e-mail.

  • Miranda Couse

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  • Miranda Couse

    I would like to make Nanny’s lemon-glazed pound cake!

  • Miranda Couse

    I tweeted about the giveaway! @mmirnanda:twitter

  • Miranda Couse

    I facebooked the giveaway and your fan page!

  • Sharon R

    Lemon glazed pound cake is my all time fav!  Heavy with just a touch of lemon glaze!I subscribed as well.
    Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/3KidsandUs Cat@3KidsandUs

    My favorite homemade treat is a simple sugar cookie with vanilla bean icing.

  • sarah

    fave edible christmas gift: it’s a toss-up between going to a christmas cookie exchange and creating jars of cookie mixes and giving those as gifts!

  • Katy Morris

    I love giving pumpkin bread at Thanksgiving and peppermint/ chocolate bark during the holidays. 

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  • Katy Morris

    I’d love to try their lemon pound cake! Yummy!!!

    Thanks!!!

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    I just shared this giveaway on FB as Katy M. here: 
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  • al_arely

    chocolate cookies

  • Heather

    I love to make and give sugar cookies (made with a touch of lemon)

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  • Heather

    I want to try duda’s mushroom risotto with lemon (sounds so good!)

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  • Melissa Tan

    1. My favorite homemade edible gift to give is chocolate crinkle cookies.

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    3. I’m a fan of The Naptime Chef on Facebook.

  • Melissa Tan

    4. I visited Duda’s website and I’d like to try the Meyer lemon iced tea.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10904538 Sheena Ortiz

    I love to give & receive yummy gingerbread cookies as gifts!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10904538 Sheena Ortiz

    Visited Duda’s website.. would love to try making that Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette! 

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      I’ve been trying to get hold of you because you won the prize for the week. Can you send me an email to naptimechef (at) gmail (dot) com within 48 hours? Thanks! Kelsey

  • Anonymous

    My favorite edible gift to give is mexican wedding cookies.

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  • Anonymous

    I want to try the wild mushroom risotto

  • Karen Lynch

    I make Merengue Pecans to give out and they are always a hit

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  • Karen Lynch

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  • Karen Lynch

    I’d like to make Linguine and Shrimp with Creamy Meyer Lemon Sauce

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  • Dee

    I love giving homemade truffles! :)

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  • Dee

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    I follow you on stumbleupon as deegee13 and stumbled.

  • Dee

    the
    Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette recipe sounds delicious!

  • Cindi

    I Love Truffles!
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  • Cindi

    The “Nanny’s Lemon-Glazed Pound Cake sounds fabulous…
    Thanks bunches,  Cindi
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  • Cass0289

    HHomemade Jam for sure. Shouldn’t even be such thing as store jam.

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    I subscribe VIA email already

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    I am a FB fan

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    II tweeted giveaway

  • Cjbsrn

    Everyone wants me to make fudge and cookies for them for the holidays 

  • erica best

    i love homemade cookies

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    fan of your blog erica best

  • erica best

    Savory Holiday Turkey Rub with Meyer Lemon, Fresh Herbs and Garlic sound great

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  • Tiff Pippin

    I love to give my own Kahlua and cookies to family and friends :)

  • Tiff Pippin

    I would like to try
    Wild Mushroom Risotto

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.stigleman Tracy Stigleman

    I “like” you on Facebook and subscribe to your newsletter. I checked out the site and would love to try the frozen Meyers lemon cups!

  • Carolyn

    The classic cookie will always be my favorite homemade gift to give. :)

  • Doradel78

    I like to bake chocolate chip chunky cookies and share them at work

  • Doradel78

    http://www.dudafresh.com/recipes/?p=433 The orange cake balls is one of the recipes I would like to try. I’m a chocolate fan so this would be something good for a weekend game night. I think I’ll experiment making some with “meyer lemon” and some with orange. 

  • Stephanie Clark

    I love giving fudge or truffles (especially because you can make well ahead of time and package them beautifully) Thank you for a chance!

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    I am a fan of Naptime Chef

  • Shos2gou

    My favorite gifts to receive are food gifts because I work overnights in a warehouse and have no time during the week to cook or bake.  My sister in law makes me a cookie basket at Christmas time, and my son in law invites me for the best dinner each year.  If I scrape together enough time I make cookies to give, but that is rare since I work 6 days a week and tend to sleep through the 7th.

  • Shos2gou

    I checked out the recipes on the Duda site, and gotta tell you I would like to try the panna cotta recipe.  In the north we have to hunt for Meyer Lemons, and most people here don’t understand the insanely delicious in your face lemon that comes from Meyer Lemons.  I hunt like a madman to find them.  But I would love to try this recipe and will (without winning a thing) be using this recipe this year after my hunt and on a Saturday (only day off) night.

  • susitravl

    Cookies!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1510856295 Nicole Ortolano

    I love making and gifting baklava. While it’s a little labor intensive it’s a special thing that people don’t get everyday. I use an old family recipe and those who get it always ask for it again.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1510856295 Nicole Ortolano

    I’d love to try the Duda recipe for
    Nanny’s Lemon-Glazed Pound Cake

  • Christine E Owens

    I love to make homemade brownies!

  • Emily Benziger

    My favorite homemade recipe to give out during the holidays is my grandma’s Toffee Squares! My mom has been making them ever since I can remember, and I don’t know a single soul who doesn’t go nuts over them!

  • Emily Benziger

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  • Emily Benziger

    With the holiday season over with, it’s time to get back into shape for the new year! The chopped salad made with the meyer lemon looks like the PERFECT start to eating healthy again!

  • Kelli Johnson

    I am always looking for new side dishes and light lunches. The Spinach and Herb Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette looks fantastic!

  • Adelaide Mueller

    I love to give away mini cornbreads – sometimes I flavor them with jalapeño and cheddar or lavender and lemon zest. Just plain is fine too! They look so cute in plastic candy wrapping with a ribbon.

  • Home Treasures

    My favorite home made edible gift to give or receive would have to be Almond Roca.  I can’t believe my tastebuds have never enjoyed this delicious treat before this Christmas – when my amazingly talented chef friend Teresa whipped some up and gifted some to me in an adorable little gift bag.

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  • Heather

    I like receiving chocolate!

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  • Heather

    I would like to make the lemon risotto

  • Heather
  • Nancy Larma

    I love giving cookies!!

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  • Cjbsrn

    My favorite gift to give at the holidays is homemade fudge and cookies to families.  It is especially nice for working moms who  have little time to do such things.  I subscribe to your newsletter!

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  • Eagleeyeskt

    OK, I just made these. WOW. I made the first batch incorrectly with only 1 teaspoon of baking powder. YUK. Heavy and hard. Then I discovered the mistake, fixed it, and made the second batch. I made one loaf and a whole bunch of cupcakes. They turned out great. Thanks so much. I may try it without the ginger, too. In case some folks don’t love ginger. It is very lemony. I am truly in heaven.

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