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Meet Joshua Isaac

Surprise! My water broke before work last Friday and although my labor started a few hours later, it was slow-progressing and I was induced later at midnight.  Joshua Isaac was born happy and healthy on November 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm, weighing 6 lb. 14 oz and 18 1/2 inches long.

Praise the Lord! I’m so in love with this little man that I can’t stand it.  I’m just so so thankful for this precious miracle.  I have so many pictures but will share a few for now.  I’ve discovered that new parents sleep on average 1 hour a day (or at least, that’s my average since my water broke), and the rest of the time is taken up with caring for baby and figuring out how to do this parenting thing.  It’s overwhelming and wonderful at the same time.


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Thankful Thursday #107: I’m pregnant :)

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I know, I can’t believe it either!  Praise the Lord, who remembers our prayers even after many years.  We are so thankful and it has been so hard not to share this on every Thankful Thursday since we found out!  I’m now 13 weeks along and baby is due December 9, 2013 (that’s Dennis’ birthday-lol).  We just celebrated our 13th anniversary on June 4th and I’m starting to think 13 isn’t such an unlucky number after all. :)

Grandmother Bread

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So I guess you guys know all my dirty little yeast bread secrets, about all the loaves I’ve ruined over the years…

But hey, I’ve also won two ribbons for yeast bread!  So I’m not totally helpless, right?  I mean I have like some sort of maybe talent sort of.

Anyway, fellow Kansan blogger, Diana Starenisic Deane, a local historian and author of Shadow on the Hill, asked me to do a guest post for her on bread.  Yes, she knows all about my bread failure escapades and she still asked me!  Her book, which I’ve read and highly recommend–it’s a true life murder mystery!–features bread dough as one of the clues to Florence Knoblock’s murder, and she thought it would be groovy to have a food blogger to do a bread post.  Heck to the yes, I’m all over that, qualified or not!

I don’t do many step-by-step tutorials any more, but I did for this post since it’s special, and I hope you’ll do me the honor of stopping by Diana’s blog to check it out today.  Besides,  you’ll want the recipe for this old-fashioned white bread.  It’s super simple, without any fat, eggs, or milk, and wow you won’t believe how good a loaf made with just flour, water, sugar, salt and yeast can be!  Especially when you slather it in butter.  :)  Click here to check it out!

Win a GALLON of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil! {CLOSED}

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This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Hanh Nguyen!

No, this is not an early April Fool’s joke, this is fer real, peeps.  The good folks at Tropical Traditions are now offering a full gallon of their good-as-gold (AKA Gold Label) coconut oil to one of my readers.  So if you didn’t win the quart, lucky you, you can enter to win a gallon instead!

Note: if you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Thank you to those who order, I’ve earned $50 in gift certificates so far and soon hope to be buying my own gallon so that I don’t die of jealousy!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - gallon.Win 1 gallon of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.


To enter to win, all you have to do is click here to sign up for their newsletter (required for entry, no comments count as a vote unless you have done this first) and then leave a comment letting me know you did or are already subscribed.  Then you have to agree to let me move in with you until the coconut oil is gone.  OK, just kidding about that last part, but I would be a great partner in crime when it comes to using up all that glorious oil.  Please? Yes? Maybe?

You can earn up to seven more chances to win by doing any of the following and leave a separate comment for each, letting me know you did (however you must subscribe to the newsletter first and leave a comment telling me you did/do so, or no comments you leave will count as an entry):

o    “Like” Veronica’s Cornucopia on Facebook
o    “Like” Tropical Traditions on Facebook (Please no, “I was sent by…” posts or posting a link to your blog, they will be removed)
o    Follow me on Twitter
o    Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter
o    Follow me on Pinterest
o    Follow Tropical Traditions on Pinterest
o    Follow Tropical Traditions on Google +

The giveaway will be open until Wednesday, January 23rd, at midnight.  I will notify the winner by email and the winner will have 48 hours to reply or another winner will be chosen.  Good luck!  I’ll start packing now…

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to commenter #261, Hanh Nguyen!

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Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now closed.  The random number generator gave me #1 (too crazy, second time that has happened to me on giveaways), so congratulations to Caren King!




We’re two days into the new year, and by now a large percentage of people have made resolutions to get healthier and are already doing things to accomplish this task.  To help get you off to a great start this year, Tropical Traditions is offering a jar of their Gold Label Coconut Oil to one of my readers.  Nice!

Note: if you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Super sweeeet. :)

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Tropical Traditions sent me a jar of their Gold Label and I’m really happy with it.  So far the only coconut oil I’ve met that I haven’t adored is the refined kind, which doesn’t have the wonderful flavor of the virgin oil, but this oil did stand out from my other favorites.  As soon as I got my jar I dug in with a spoon to try it (I often eat a spoonful for a treat–coconut oil is like candy to me, without the addictive quality). It had the pure coconut flavor I expected but for me the biggest difference between it and other virgin coconut oils was the ultra satiny-smooth texture it had in its solid state before it melted in my mouth.  Another favorite of mine, Barlean’s, has a great flavor but it almost feels like it has coconut pulp in it, it definitely has a fuller texture, which I personally don’t like as much.  I could definitely tell from the first bite that Tropical Traditions is premium quality and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to try coconut oil.

If you’d like to win a jar, you can subscribe to their newsletter here (required to enter the drawing, and the newsletter is great–you will be notified every time they have a sale or special offer), then leave a comment on this post telling me you did so.  The giveaway is open to the US and Canada and will be open for a week, until next Wednesday (1/9/13) at midnight.  The winner will be contacted by email (you can also check back on this post on Thursday, January 10th, to see who won).  If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.  Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed.  The random number generator gave me #1 (too crazy, second time that has happened to me on giveaways), so congratulations to Caren King!

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Coming soon to a blog near you…

Today is reveal day for Group C (my group) of the Secret Recipe Club.  I usually schedule my posts for 8 am but our agreed upon reveal time for the club is 11 am CST so please check back then for a delicious cookie recipe and a tip on how to whip  misshapen cookies back into shape!

If you’re super bored and need something to do in the mean time, you can scope out my past posts for the Secret Recipe Club:


February: Steak au Poivre
March: Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
April: Lemongrass Chicken
June: Blueberry-Lemon Upside Down Cake
July: Whole Wheat Potato Bread
August: Quick Veggie Quesadillas
September: Sour Cream Pound Cake
October: Apple Pie Cupcakes


November: Gołąbki {Polish Cabbage Rolls}
October: Sugar-Free Banana Bread Two Ways
September: Chuncheon Chicken Wings
August: Choco-Cherry Cheesecake Cookie Bars
July: Raw Double Chocolate Brownie Bites


Celebrating 3 Years

Veronica’s Cornucopia is now three years old!  Happy birthday, VC! :)  In keeping with my annual blogiversary tradition, let’s review the top ten posts (those with the most views) within the last year…

Cake Pops

You guys are seriously. obsessed. with cake pops.  I’m convinced this will always be my number one most popular post, though I’ve grown enough that the pops don’t account for most of my blog views as they did last year.  Only a third of them now!

Cake Pops, Balls, & Truffles: Troubleshooting & FAQ

I had to post this a year and a half ago because of the obsession.  I got so many questions about cake pops that I finally had to close down the comment section on that post after it reached over 200 comments.  This really helps answer most questions regarding cake pops, whether how to store them, or troubleshooting, etc.

Baked Potato Salad

Thanks to Pinterest, my Baked Potato Salad exploded in popularity over the summer.  I can actually thank Pinterest for most of my page views this year, I believe.  I’m thankful because my photography isn’t good enough to be on Foodgawker or Tastespotting, so it’s nice to have a place like Pinterest where my amateur point-and-shoot photos are good enough for most people.

Oreo Cookie (or Cookies ‘n Cream) Cake

Although I really don’t like Oreos, I love this cake.  So much that I even submitted it to our company’s fundraiser cookbook.  I really need to make this more often.

Turtle Cookies

(AAAA my eyes, my eyes! Why did I leave that blue cast on the photo? I need to fix that!)  I’m proud that a recipe I posted within the last year and created myself made it to the top ten!  I really love these cookies, you just can’t beat the combination of chewy caramel, nutty pecans, and semisweet chocolate in a buttery vanilla cookie dough.

Cupcake Bites

Of course! Another variation of cake pops and people are all over it! This is my favorite way to make them, so easy, no cracking, and so cute!

Cherry Cordials (Chocolate Covered Cherries)

I used to love cheap cherry cordials but now, I can’t really stand them.  But I will totally eat these!  Homemade is almost always best.

Homemade Kahlua {Coffee Liqueur}

This reminds me I need to make some more!  After my last batch of Kahlua brownies, I only have about 1/2 cup left.  Better get on that!

Vegan Dark Chocolate Cake Pops

What, did you think vegans didn’t obsess over cake pops too?  This is a universal obsession, people!

Favorite Chocolate Cake, plus tiered cake tips

Ohhhh yeah.  OK you guys, I have to tell you I make this cake at least once a month (the two-layer cake recipe, not a three-tier version.  I’m crazy but not that crazy.)  Everyone goes c-razy for it.  If you haven’t made it yet…do it. :)

After looking at all that sugar, I’m so ready to eat a healthy dinner!  LOL!  I wanted to include my own favorites (right now I’d pick all savory foods–I’m totally sugared out with today’s post-lol!) but don’t have time today, so hopefully I can do that tomorrow.  In the mean-time, you can scope out my updated “current favorites” in the side-bar, which are all Thanksgiving-friendly. Thanks everyone for making this a great year for Veronica’s Cornucopia!

Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins & Pine Nuts for An Edible Mosaic’s Virtual Book Launch Party

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Ever since my blogging buddy, Faith, announced that she’d gotten a cookbook deal, I’ve been anxiously awaiting its release.  Pins and needles, I tell you.  The day finally came and her cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flare, is now available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!  I’ve been following Faith since I started my blog and it’s been pretty surreal to watch her blossom and become so successful, eventually publishing her very own cookbook.  I’m so thrilled for her!  It is an incredible thing to fulfill your dreams.

Faith Gorsky, photo by Michael Safarini

From the title of her book, you may have guessed that Faith is from the Middle East.  Well, Faith was born and raised in America!  After getting married, she spent six months living in the Middle East where she fell in love with the culture and cuisine. Subsequently, she returned four more times for visits, each time delving deeper into the cuisine and deepening her passion for and appreciation of the region.  Recipes in her book are authentic Middle Eastern (taught to Faith mostly by her mother-in-law, Sahar), but streamlined just a bit for the way we cook today, with unique ingredients demystified and cooking techniques anyone can follow. If you didn’t grow up eating Middle Eastern food, it can be a difficult art to master; Faith understands that, and explains complicated dishes in an approachable, easy-to-follow way.

Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins & Pine Nuts, photo by Faith Gorsky

An Edible Mosaic contains over 100 Middle-Eastern recipes with a focus mainly on dishes from the Levant, but also a few recipes from other areas of the Middle East.  As part of the virtual book launch party, I’m joining with other bloggers to announce her book’s release and share  her recipe for Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins & Pine Nuts from the cookbook (click the launch party link to enter all the giveaways from sponsors on Faith’s blog!).

I made the rice to accompany a simple dinner of roasted chicken and a green salad, and it was fabulous.  She says the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon are optional but I highly recommend them.  (I didn’t have the whole spices but added pinches of the ground spices.)  While I’ve never traveled to the Middle East, I felt like I brought a piece of it to my own kitchen as soon as I opened the pot and the fragrant steam wafted up.  The savory rice in combination with the spices & sweet bits of plump golden raisins had me wishing for a complete Middle Eastern meal, and I’ll surely be cooking one up as soon as I have my hands on the cookbook.

FYI, I had some of the leftovers for breakfast, heated with almond milk as a hot cereal.  It was good, I promise!  And vegan & gluten-free, too. :)

If you are interested in getting your own copy of the cookbook, please click the Amazon or Barnes & Noble links above, and don’t forget to head on over to the launch party headquarters on Faith’s blog!

Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts

Recipe courtesy of An Edible Mosaic:  Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair by Faith Gorsky (Tuttle Publishing; Nov. 2012); reprinted with permission.

Serves 4 to 6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes, plus 15 minutes to let the rice sit after cooking

1½ cups (325 g) basmati rice, rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1 onion, finely diced
4 tablespoons sultanas (golden raisins)
1¾ cups (425 ml) boiling water
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon saffron threads (or ½ teaspoon turmeric)

  1. Soak the rice in tepid water for 10 minutes; drain. While the rice is soaking, put half a kettle of water on to boil.
  2. Add the oil to a medium, thick-bottomed lidded saucepan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer the pine nuts to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the onion to the saucepan you cooked the pine nuts in, and cook until softened and just starting to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rice and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the sultanas, boiling water, salt, and saffron (or turmeric), turn the heat up to high, and bring it to a rolling boil.
  4. Give the rice a stir, then cover the saucepan, turn the heat down to very low, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes (do not open the lid during this time). Turn the heat off and let the rice sit (covered) 15 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle the toasted pine nuts on top; serve.

 OPTIONAL Add two pods of cardamom, two whole cloves, and one 2-inch (5 cm) piece of cinnamon stick at the same time that you add the rice.

Mixed White & Yellow Rice, photo by Faith Gorsky


Mixed White and Yellow Rice
Serves 4 to 6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes, plus 15 minutes to let the rice sit after cooking

1½ cups (325 g) uncooked basmati rice, rinsed
2 tablespoons oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
2 whole cloves
2 pods cardamom, cracked open
2 whole peppercorns
¾ teaspoon salt
1¾ cups (425 ml) boiling water
1-2 pinches saffron threads or ½ teaspoon turmeric dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water

  1. Soak the rice in tepid water for 10 minutes; drain. While the rice is soaking, put half a kettle of water on to boil.
  2. Add the oil to a medium, thick-bottomed lidded saucepan, cover and place over moderately high heat. Once hot, add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the rice, bay leaf, cloves, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and salt, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the boiling water to the rice, turn heat up to high, and bring it to a rolling boil. Give it a stir, cover the pot, turn heat down to very low, and cook 10 minutes (don’t open the lid during this time).
  4. After the rice is cooked, let the pot sit with the lid on for 15 minutes, then fluff the rice with a fork. Transfer 1/3 of the rice to a separate bowl.
  5. Stir the saffron or turmeric-colored water into 1/3 of the rice (the rice will turn yellow). Mix together the yellow rice and white rice; serve.

My socks are missing

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Do you know why my socks are missing?  Because you rocked them off!  I could not have imagined the bake sale going any better than it did.  When I imagined what the day would be like, I thought I’d be checking my email once an hour, being excited that there would be maybe one or two new bids, updating my post, and then returning to doing something else in the mean time.

Instead I was glued to my computer the entire day, getting new emails at least every fifteen minutes if not more often.  Not every one was a bid, but that’s how often I was receiving emails about the bake sale.  And yeah, that collage up there was about how it went for me on Friday, feeling like a train wreck when I had to act like a normal person and wake up at 8 AM (I was up until 4 am, which is actually an early bedtime for me), but then I was pretty much rocking out (not necessarily with banana bread in hand but I think you get the idea-lol) for the majority of the day-it was so exciting the day just flew! And then by the end of it, I was melting with exhaustion. It. was. awesome.  (BTW, try not to be too jealous of how photogenic I am!)

I know you’re dying to know how we did with raising money for Suzie so without further ado, here’s the breakdown:

Total bake sale bids: $860

Donations from Suzie’s friends and family: $315

Extra donations from bake sale bidders & bidders that didn’t win anything but donated anyway: $265

Total to date: $1440

I’m so happy with the amount we were able to raise!  Her medical expenses will be much more, but $1440 is a whole lot more than she had to put toward them, and she will be that much less in debt after her gallbladder surgery. And I’m not done yet!  I have a few more tricks up my sleeve.  :)

But first, I want to thank everyone who donated, baked goods or money (in some cases, you did both!) everyone who played a part-not only those who made bids or donated money/baked goods, but also those who tweeted and shared on Facebook and in messages.  One friend sent me a message saying she asked Martha (Stewart) to retweet about the bake sale and she was going to hit up Ellen next. Bwah!  So that’s why we did so good! ;)

OK, so are you ready to hear about these tricks I have up my sleeve?  First of all, I started “selling” my award-winning recipe for carrot cake for donations, and that’s part of the reason why there was so much extra donated from winners and from non-winners that participated in the sale.  And I’m now going to open this up to every one.  If you make a minimum $5 donation on Suzie’s fundraising page, I will email you my blue ribbon & sweepstakes carrot cake recipe as soon as you forward your donation receipt to VRAKLIS@YAHOO.COM.    (Sweepstakes means it won best of all cakes submitted for judging, not just best carrot cake.)  I will not be blogging this for at least another year so you will have a recipe that is pretty special and not readily accessible.

The other trick up my sleeve is something else donated that didn’t make it to the bake sale in time.  My Foodie Mama, whom I’ve mentioned extensively in many posts, has kindly offered two of her cookbooks, which she will sign to the winners with whatever inscription they choose.  Marina has won hundreds (and hundreds!) of ribbons for her recipes, sweet and savory alike, over the last thirty years.

Just a few of Marina’s ribbons.

I have blogged some of the recipes in this book so you can sneak a preview of the yumminess you’re in store for by checking out my posts on Cookie Brittle, Chocolate Eclair Squares, Heavenly Peanut Butter Pie, Crab & Avocado Enchiladas, and Fiesta Chicken & Southwest Cornbread Casserole.  She has a special section in the back for some of her award-winning recipes, including that peanut butter pie, and she is also offering to include four bonus recipes with each cookbook: Grace’s Danish Pastries Tea Cakes, Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies, Four Layer Dessert, and Eggnog Pie Apple Pie Cookies (Marina realized too late her Eggnog Pie is already in the cookbook so I had to update this).

Marina’s 4-Layer Pistachio Dessert

If you’d like a cookbook, you can email me at VRAKLIS@YAHOO.COM with your bid ($10 minimum starting bid).  The auction on these will run until the end of the week and I’ll email the two highest bidders on Saturday. I will put the current high bids on this post so you can check back from time to time to make sure you’re still one of the high bidders. :)  Current High Bids: Joan $10

The last trick I have up my sleeve is something I would need help with.  I would like to put together a PDF cookbook holding all my own award-winning recipes so that I could “sell” it for more donations for Suzie.  But I simply don’t have the time to put it together.  If there is anyone reading this that has mad Adobe skillz and also has time to put the cookbook together, please let me know!  I would be so grateful.

I’m terribly sorry this post is so long, I’m done now except for a reminder.  Don’t forget the sign-up deadline for the cookie swap is this Friday, November 9th.  Click here for details. Peace out my Cornicopi-cats!

P.S. You owe me a pair of socks!

THE Online Bake Sale

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Update: The bake sale is over. If you missed it or weren’t a successful bidder, I will make you an offer Monday or Tuesday that you can’t refuse. :)  Click here to see how much we’ve raised for Suzie so far!

Welcome to my online bake sale to raise money for Suzie, a friend who fell ill at the beginning of October and needs help paying her medical bills.  (You can read more about Suzie’s situation here.)  The blogging community, along with some friends, have joined together to make this bake sale happen, and you’d better be ready for some deliciousness because it’s about to smack you in the face!

Below you’ll find a list of yummy goodies that have all been donated by bloggers & friends, which are awaiting your bids. :) Before you start bidding, please review the Rules & Logistics. All funds raised from the Online Bake Sale will go directly to Suzie to pay her medical bills. I will update the ‘bid section’ on the bottom of this post throughout the day, so you can see the high bids for each item. Bidding for the Online Bake Sale will run from now until 10 pm CST tonight and I will notify the winners by email (you can also check the final bids on this page to see the list of winning bidders). A few quick reminders:

  • There is a minimum bid of $15 on each item.
  • All bids must be emailed to VRAKLIS@YAHOO.COM with the item you are bidding on in the subject (bids in the comment section will not be counted).
  • If a baked good does not specify a certain shipping location then it is open to U.S. Residents only. I have put those available for international shipping at the end of the list to make them easier to find.  If you have questions, please let me know.
  • The funds from winning bids must be posted to Suzie’s fundraising page within 24 hours of receiving the winning confirmation email or the next highest bidder automatically wins.
  • Winning bidders can expect to have their product shipped within five (5) to seven (7) days of the bake sale as long as shipping address is received promptly.

Now that we’ve got the rules all figured out let’s get to the fun part! Here’s to you getting the goodie you can’t live without! Let the bidding begin!!!

1 batch (about 2 1/2 dozen) Snickercrinkles (a cross between snickerdoodles and molasses crinkles) from Faith of An Edible Mosaic.


1 batch (about 5 dozen) Florentine Lace Cookies sandwiched with chocolate from Faith of An Edible Mosaic.

1 lb. granola of your choice from Katrina of Baking and Boys!  Pictured are 1) Dark Chocolate Raspberry 2) Camilla’s Pecan Stovetop Granola 3) Coconut Lime Granola with Pecans 4) Loaded Fruit & Nut 5) Banana Split  6) Peanut Butter  7) Chunky Monkey 8) Ultimate Healthy Granola, or request a custom blend–Katrina will work with you.


1 dozen large 4″ Jacque Torres’ New York TimesChocolate Chip Cookies from Katrina of Baking and Boys!

2 dozen Wookie Cookies (double chocolate chip, cinnamon-laced cookies) from Debbi Does Dinner Healthy.

Plum Jam and Country Peach Preserves (1 pint each, 2 pints total) from Natasha’s Kitchen.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread made with unsweetened applesauce and flax seed from Jorie of Midwest Maven.

Apple Cider Applesauce Coffee Cake

Apple Cider Applesauce Coffee Cake from Suzanne of A Pug in the Kitchen

1 dozen Brownie Pops from Angela, The Squishy Monster.

1 batch (about 6 cups) Pumpkin Granola from Sarah, The Pajama Chef.  This item is customizeable-specify with or without nuts, with no or more dried fruit.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies from Joanne of Eats Well with Others.

A gift basket from Jane of The Healthy Beehive that includes 4 homemade jellies in 12 oz. jars (Raspberry Jam, White Balsamic Peach Jam, cantaloupe jelly, and cherry marmalade), and 4 bars of her homemade soap (2 Vanilla Dreams, 1 Cappucino Layered Soap, and 1 Goat’s Milk Soap).

2 dozen Blue Ribbon Almond Fudge Cookies (gluten-free) from Veronica’s Cornucopia.

1 batch of Cinnabon Caramel Corn, regular or vegan from Veronica’s Cornucopia.

12 half-pint jars of Baja Fresh Grilled Salsa from My Bizzy Kitchen.

Two loaves of super moist Pumpkin Bread from The Gingersnap Girl. Gloria said this ships great, as she has sent it twice to the military overseas (pictured in one of her military shipment boxes).

1 dozen Double Chocolate Biscotti from Heather of Join Us, Pull up a Chair (pictured with nuts but the dozen up for sale will not have nuts).

1 batch (minimum of 20 pieces) of Toot, from Fari & Azita of Fig & Quince. Toot (what a name!) is a Persian confection that translates to Marzipan Mulberry, as they are fashioned to look like mulberries with pistachio “stems” sticking out of the tops.

1/2 pint of Grape Jam with Orange Essence and 1/2 pint of Vintage Secret Family Recipe Grape Jelly, from Debra of Eliot’s Eats.  Both are made with her homegrown grapes.  Please note that although 7 jars are pictured, only TWO are up for auction.

2 dozen Candy Cookies from Desi of Steak ‘n Potatoes Kinda Gurl.

2 dozen Ginger-Toffee-Molasses Cookies from Chris of The Cafe Sucre Farine.

2 dozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles from Renee of My Kitchen Adventures.

2 dozen Monster Cookies from Julie’s Eats & Treats.

2 half-pint jars of Kelly’s Jelly: Spiced Pear & White Peach.  Kelly is a co-worker of mine and she uses fruit from her own trees to make her jelly-it is divine and my absolute favorite jelly. I have both kinds in my fridge right now!

2 dozen large Chocolate Chip Cookies from Adriene Rathbun, a friend that does cooking classes here in Wichita.

2 dozen Butterfly-Stamped Sugar Cookies, individually bagged and tied with ribbons, from my friend Tina Freels. She’s a sugar artist and I can attest to her baking skills!  This is a nut-free item.


1 dozen KISD Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies from Lauren of Keep it Sweet Desserts.

3 half pint jars of Robin’s Triple Berry Jam. Ingredients are sugar, pectin, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and butter.


1/2 batch (about 3 1/2 cups) of Coconut-Sour Cherry Granola from Melissa Likes to Eat.  Will ship internationally.

4 dozen Green Spelt Cookies from Angie’s Recipes. Ships to Germany only.

A pumpkin gift basket including  Pumpkin Pie Biscotti drizzled with white chocolate, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and a batch of Spicy Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds from Alice of A Mama, A Baby, and a Shar-pei in the Kitchen. Will ship to the US, Italy, Portugal, Japan, the UK, and Canada – including any APO/FPO addresses.

A signed copy of Faith Gorsky’s An Edible Mosaic cookbook. (!)  That’s right, if you win one of the first two items in the bake sale, you will be eating cookies prepared by a famous cookbook author. :)  I purchased two copies of Faith’s soon-to-be released Middle-Eastern cookbook and Faith has offered to sign one to the highest bidder with the inscription you desire.  Please be aware that you will not receive this until later in the month, as it will ship to Faith on November 6th, when it releases, and then she will ship it to you after signing it. You can preview some of the recipes in it here, here, and here. Will ship internationally.

Bidding is now closed. And just look how well we did!  Thank you!  If you see your name below and have not received an email from me, please send an email to vraklis@yahoo.com. Bakers, I will send address information to you once the donation for your item has been confirmed.

Current bids:
Faith’s Snickercrinkles: Letty $35.00
Faith’s Florentine Lace Cookies: Emma $25.00
Katrina’s Granola: Suzanne $20.00
Katrina’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies: Suzanne $30.00
Debbi’s Wookie Cookies: Michelle $25.00
Natasha’s Plum Jam & Country Peach Preserves: Emma $25.00
Jorie’s Healthy Pumpkin Bread: Cassandra $15.00
Suzanne’s Apple Cider Applesauce Coffee Cake: Angel $35.00
Angela’s Brownie Pops: MJ $15.00
Sarah’s Pumpkin Granola: Aimee $15.00
Joanne’s Pumpkin Swirl Brownies: Suzanne $35.00
Jane’s Jelly & Soap Gift Basket: Emma $50.00
Veronica’s Almond Fudge Cookies: Emma $25.00
Veronica’s Cinnabon Caramel Corn: Icy $30.00
Biz’s Baja Fresh Grilled Salsa: Christine $100.00
Gloria’s Pumpkin Bread: Erin $25.00
Heather’s Double Chocolate Biscotti: Suzanne $25.00
Fari & Azita’s Persian Toot: Danielle $15.00
Debra’s Grape Jam & Jelly: Biz $15.00
Desi’s Candy Cookies: Dru $20.00
Chris’s Ginger-Toffee-Molasses Cookies: Suzanne $30.00
Renee’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles: Desi $25.00
Julie’s Monster Cookies: Marie $20.00
Kelly’s Spiced Pear & White Peach Jellies: Erin $30.00
Adriene’s Chocolate Chip Cookies: Debbi $15.00
Tina’s Butterfly-Stamped Sugar Cookies: Leslie $25.00
Lauren’s KISD Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies: Katrina $25.00
Robin’s Triple Berry Jam: Erin $25.00
Melissa’s Coconut-Sour Cherry Granola: Aimee $15.00
Angie’s Green Spelt Cookies: Andrea $15.00
Alice’s Pumpkin Gift Basket: Icy $30.00
Faith’s cookbook: Lettie $40.00


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