Thursday, December 18, 2008

Virtual Cookie Swap: Part Two

I'm thrilled, and really rather shocked, to announce that my humble Hungarian Horns have won 5 second rule's Virtual Cookie swap! I just received the news this afternoon and, if I'm being honest, I must admit that I'm ridiculously excited about it! I was out and about for the better part of the day - but hopped on to Cheryl's blog as soon as I got home to find out the results. I couldn't be happier - I called Mama Diva to share my joy the minute I read the news. Whee!

The prize? A box of Meyer Lemons from Cheryl's tree and a package of her adorable 5 second rule note cards. I'm chomping at the bit to get my hands on those delicious lemons and I know I'll put the note cards to good use as well. Thank you so much, Cheryl, you've made my day ... really, my week ... ok, my month!

The other cookie finalists were as follows:

Pistachio, Dark Chocolate and Cranberry Biscotti

Lemon Sunshine Cookies

Orange-Sables Ginger Cookies

... and really you couldn't go wrong with any one of those recipes. They all look spectacular and I'm excited about trying them as soon as time will allow. I was so pleased to even be included in the contest that, for me, winning wasn't really the point. I was mostly excited about adding a bunch of new recipes to my cookie repertoire. If you're looking for last minute ideas for your own cookie tray, do take a look. Cheryl's photography is truly remarkable and I know you'll enjoy her posts as much as I do.

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank those of you who voted for my Horns in the early stages of the contest. I couldn't have done it without you! I'd like to dedicate this victory to my dear Grandma Pam and the amazing Mama Diva. My love of baking comes from you both and I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to share this treasured family recipe with others.

And with that, I'm donning my apron and heading back into the kitchen. Its time to begin the long process of making my favorite cookie of all: butter cookie cut-outs. The mixer awaits!

Bon appetite!


Dana McCauley said...

Yeah! Go Diva, go!

Colin said...

thank you for introducing me to my new favorite cookie! Now that I've made a couple dozen of these I'm putting them into my repetoire... and I don't have many recipes in my repetoire, so that's a compliment that means something! :)

You made about 40 people very happy at PayPal today.


The Diva on a Diet said...

Aw, thanks, Dana! I appreciate the cheer. :)

Colin - you are most welcome indeed. I can't tell you how happy it makes me that my grandma's cookies have become your new fave - and I love that you baked them up and took them to the office. Thank you so much ... you made *me* very happy today. :)

p.s. - Simon is adorable! I'm the proud auntie of 3 pugs, and so have a special fondness for them.

Deb said...

Way to go Diva I knew you could do it. How can you go wrong, your talent, Grandma's recipe and your Mom's influence on your fromative years. The horns rule!

I just finished making another batch of a spice rub and some chex mix to give as gifts. I'll have to make more rub and more brittle tomorrow night and a batch of cookies. This holiday stuff is hard work!


pixelgal said...

My Diva makes me guilty for playing the knee card: re: baking this year. Someone had said in an earlier posting that these cookies are like Rugelach, but I think they're flakier and lighter, at least compared to the Rugelach I've tasted. Same basic principles but different taste. Anyway, I'm so proud and happy as well that our family recipe is famous. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Big congrats! Those cookies looked scrumdiddliumptious, so we have no doubt that they'd be a winner. Lucky you to get those lemons too. Imagine what lovely things you can cook up with those!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Thanks, Deb! You were instrumental in the voting so that's a BIG thanks!

Also, you sound like me ... miles to go before I sleep. Got the cut-outs baked today but no idea when they'll get frosted. Nothing is wrapped and I'm still shopping Oy. It IS hard work and I'm feeling every bit of it in my back and knees. Celebrex is my friend.

Pixelgal - See above ... I'm dead of the baking, dead I tell you! LOL
Kidding, I'm proud and happy too. Are you at least making the stained glass fudge?! ;)

Duodishes - Aw, thank you! I appreciate your kind words. :)

The Vintage Kitten said...

Hi Diva, just popping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas XXXX
P.S I havnt forgot to try your Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, Im going to have one on boxing day if there is any turkey leftovers X


Nice! But now I want cookies... Put it away please...

Scarlet x

Juliet said...

Congrats!! Your hungarian horns look absolutely delicious! :)

The Diva on a Diet said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Vintage Kitten! Hope your turkey is super yummy - I know it will be - and I hope you enjoy the sandwich too!

Scarlet, Merry Christmas to you too, sweetie! I need to catch up on your blog ... I also need like 50 more hours in each day! Cheers! xoxoxo

Thank you, Juliet! I need to catch up on your blog as well and I'm wishing you a wonderful holiday season! :)