1,000 Likes and Giveaway Fun!


A couple of weeks ago my Cozycakes Cottage Facebook page reached 1,000 likes.  Heavens, I never expected to make so many “friends” over there and I’ve had a darn good time meeting such fun gals, sharing and learning from one another.  ♥

That being said, welcome to Cozycakes Cottage’s 1,000 Likes Giveaway!

One of my favorite people (or favorite people who I don’t know personally) is the artist and author Susan Branch.  I discovered her work when I lived on my own, far from home.  I was in my early 20s and I would visit the bookstore on weekend evenings, getting lost in the aisles of adventures and inspiration until closing time.  I always hit the clearance racks on my way out the door and that’s where I discovered the most darling little book (Sweets to the Sweet) by Susan Branch.  I don’t know who thought she belonged on the clearance shelf (for shame), but I thank them just the same.  Who knows how long it would’ve been until I happened upon her charming, handwritten, water-colored books again.

Susan Branch’s books include all of her own water-color artwork and she hand writes each word on every page which include recipes, seasonal/holiday tips and ideas, and more.  She is the epitome of cozy and her blog and website offer sweet peeks into her life on Martha’s Vineyard.  SIGH.

Can you tell I adore her?  Seems everything I adore, she adores.  How can I not like her?  So, dear friends, I’m giving away the Susan Branch personal recipe binder keeper pictured above.  You can see her work on the cover and then you fill it up with your tried and true, beloved recipes.  This 8×9 personal recipe keeper includes recipe pages, 6 tab dividers, 2 splash guards, 6 vinyl sleeves, measurements, hints and cooking tips.  I own 2 (or 3) myself.  I wish I had a copy of one of her cookbooks for you, but this will give you a taste of what those have to offer–they include page after page of charm and cottage loveliness.

I was perusing the stores (I peruse too often.  Dave Ramsey would tell me to go home and clean out my closet) recently and found a few copies of The Cottage Journal Seasons Magazine.  But, sweet friends, it isn’t just a read-toss type magazine.  The $10+ price tag clues one in on that fact (yes, fact).  As is my custom when I find a steal and gem, I snatched up a copy for myself, a copy for my sis, and…a copy for one of you!  This is the Christmas 2011 issue, but I tell ya, you won’t care what year it is.  It’s Christmas magic in paper form (high-quality paper form, mind you 😉 ).

If you’re interested in winning my 1,000 Likes Giveaway for the Susan Branch personal recipe keeper & The Cottage Journal Seasons Magazine Christmas 2011 issue all you need to do is leave a comment answering the following questions:

  • What favorite recipe would you add to this personal recipe keeper and what is your favorite holiday season tradition?  (I’m in the all-holiday spirit!)

For an additional entry you may do the following and come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment for this additional entry so you have multiple entries:

  • Follow Cozycakes Cottage via email by entering your email address in the “Follow Cozycakes Cottage” box on the right hand menu (or fellow bloggers can just click “follow”).

And though it’s against Facebook regulation for me to count Facebook “likes” as entries, I would love for you to stop by my Facebook page and follow me there. We have a good time over there and I’d love for you to join in!

Best of luck to you and thank you for visiting my cottage!

This giveaway ends Monday, November 5, 2012 and is open to residents of the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.   A winner will be chosen by and announced here on my blog.  I was not compensated for this giveaway nor was I sponsored by the book’s/magazine’s authors, publishing company, or WordPress.  I just wanted to share the love with you! 🙂
*Although you’re welcome to “like” Cozycakes Cottage on Facebook, Facebook comments at the Cozycakes Cottage page do not count as entry into this giveaway. 


  1. Lora Roberts says:

    Congrats on all the likes! Great giveaway!

  2. I would need to add my sugar cookie recipe…yum!

  3. My latest holiday tradition is going to some type of holiday program and dinner in the city with my baby girl, who is now the mom of two

  4. Dianne Lester says:

    The recipe I would for sure add to my recipe keeper is my grandmother’s chocolate pie!!!

  5. Dianne Lester says:

    My favorite Christmas holiday tradition is watching Christmas movies with the family the weekend before Christmas….. So much fun!!!!!

  6. A recipe that I would want make to put into the recipe binder would be my Million Dollar Pound cake recipe- it is a favorite in my family especially my Grandson, He calls it “Gammy’s Pound Cake!!!
    A favorite traditiion would be the baking of Christmas cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve with my Grandson. And we always make a Bunny cake at Easter. I have had him “helping” me cook since he was about 15 mi. old- I hope to pass along all if my recipes & traditions on to him.

  7. Linda Sica says:

    My recipe would be bread pudding and a family tradition is having my dad and kids over on Christmas Eve for dinner and gifts .

  8. My recipe would be my Daddy’s Fudge.
    My tradition is making my Daddy’s Fudge for Christmas. Daddy died in 1984 ,when I make this fudge I always think of daddy and cry, I passed the recipe to my daughters and told them it always turns out best if you think of Papaw ,so they called me the first time they made it and told be while they were stirring the fudge and thought of Papaw it made them cry , I said hows the fudge, and their answer was ,it turned out great. Does every time for me.also.

  9. Congratulations on 1,000 likes!!! So excited for you. What would I add? Christmas tree cookies (shortbread with holes poked in so that the jam “ornaments” show through). My favorite tradition is going to a Christmas tree farm each year to pick out our tree, and picking up a baby Christmas tree to plant. One of the baby trees is taller than me now!

  10. Congratulations on getting to 1,000 followers… I would add my butter tart recipes… this recipe is something I always made on Christmas evening when I would go home to my dad’s. I think I will start that tradition for my husband and I as he now loves butter tart. Thanks for the opportunity to possible win this great giveaway.

  11. I follow you by email…. facebook and now twitter too 🙂

  12. Congrats !! I would add my recipe for butter tart pie, so yummy !! My favorite tradition is having our Christmas dinner on Christmas eve with our daughter and her family, always a very special time 🙂 Thanks !!

  13. I would add my recipe for Michigan Rocks. I only make these cookies during the holiday season. My Mom started this tradition and I’m continuing it in her honor.

  14. I just checked out your facebook page……me likey!

  15. Heidi Arkenbout says:

    The first recipe I would put in the recipe keeper would be Mixed Berry Crumble Pie. One of my favorite traditions is decorating the Christmas tree. 🙂

  16. Heather Bridenstine says:

    My favorite tradition is snuggling up with my boys and reading them a different Christmas book each night, starting December 1 and going through the 24. Such wonderful memories!

  17. My favorite recipe I would add is for my sweet gooey pecan pie, and my favorite holiday tradition is gathering with family on Thanksgiving and sharing thanks and bountiful delicious food ❤

  18. Joann Marchand says:

    Going out as a family and cutting our tree is my fave tradition…..I would put Tuscan bean soup as my first recipe…..YUM!

  19. Patty Elmore says:

    My recipe…Cranberry UpsideDown Cake!
    My tradition for the last 33 years…Matching jammies for my kids and grandkids on christmas Eve!

  20. Like times infinity! I am so proud of you!

  21. Hard to say what recipes I would add, I have so many that are family favorites! Our holiday tradition is our annual New Year’s Eve party open to friends & family because the weeks leading up to Christmas are always so hectic and we can’t get to see everyone. This is our way to share the holiday season with those we love.

  22. I am also following you with my everyday email!

  23. Leslie gagne says:

    First, I would like to say congratulations on your 1,000+ LIKES! It is wonderful that you have so many wonderful FB friends. I have so many family recipes that I love, so I would make sure that they all got added to the recipe binder. I would also make sure that all of my Christmas cookie recipes were in there too. I love to make butter cookies using my grandmother’s original Spritz cookie maker. I love it and have used it since I was a little girl. It was one recipe that Grandma always made with me as I was growing up. I remember putting sliced pieces of candied cherries in the center of the wreaths and red and green sprinkles on the Christmas trees. Oh’ so many wonderful memories. I have actually started the saem Christmas tradition with my daughter and neices as they were growing up. My favorite Holiday tradition is “Family”. It wouldn’t be a holiday without them!

  24. I’d add my Cannoli recipe. An Italian pastry that is loved any time of year! 🙂 The tradition I have is making sure every room-including the bathrooms have Christmas lights in them! lol

  25. I’d definitely add my granny’s rice pudding {arroz con leche} recipe. Been thinking bout that lately!
    My favorite tradition, thus far…ahhh there’s so many besides the baking with my mini-me it’s starting up the fire, sitting on the couch after dinner and talking and talking til we all fall asleep on the couch.

    ps. I am glad facebook likes don’t count, I am not a facebooker:( But I am a follower:)

  26. I do homemade dressing from scratch. Also, i do my aunt’s cranberry relish. I enjoy your site.

  27. Teresa Gill says:

    I would Add chocolate cobbler! My favorite tradition for Christmas would be to have everyone of my children and all the grandchildren home watching A Christmas Story together!

  28. Cathy Dunn says:

    I would add my mother’s “nutty twist” pastry recipe. Always sold out at bake sales and wonderful with tea or coffee. So many holiday traditions….one of my favorite is picking out a pair of soft, cozy socks for my daughter-in-law each year to put in with her Christmas gifts. Another is the Christmas box my out-of-state friend and I send to each other each year….we try to fill it as tightly as possible with litle things we pick up at yard sale, Goodwill, and flea markets all year long. Always fun to send, and then to unwrap my own!

  29. I love your blog and page Danielle, as you know. 🙂 I would definitely add my mothers French Silk Pie recipe. One of my favorite pies to make and eat, I’m a pie girl for sure! As far as traditions go, keeping the Christmas magic alive for my girls is one tradition that we hope keep for a long time. They are 9 and 6 and have begun to ask if Santa is real and my answer to them is always “Is he real to you? If so, than he is real.” They answer “YES! he is real to me.” now but I know there will come a time that they won’t. It is important that they have these memories to look back on and remember the magic of Christmas… to pass down to their children one day.

  30. I would add my favorite Cheesey Potato Bake…so yummy and feeds a group! Great for holiday parties! I usually serve this with ham bites and other fun little foods after we carol in the neighborhood. My favorite holiday tradition is decorating on Thanksgiving day when my son is gone, and when he gets home, his eyes light up….it’s like stepping into winter wonderland….everything all sparkly and bright. He is 20, and it still gets him! 🙂

  31. I would put two favorite recipes in, for sure: Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie and Roasted Pears with walnuts and bleu cheese. And that’s just for starters. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to have friends over after our Christmas Eve service, for chili and cornbread. I leave it simmering in my crockpot and when we come in from church, it’s all ready, and I get to share some relaxing moments with good friends! Plus my house is all decorated and pretty! I would love to win these giveaway items, and congratulations on your facebook milestone!

  32. And I just signed up to follow your blog via email. Thanks!

  33. I saw your post last week and kept meaning to stop by to comment! 🙂 Both of these would be amazing to have! I’m sure there is a ton of inspiration in The Cottage magazine and as far as keeping my favorite recipes in one organized place that would great also!! Thanks for hosting a fun giveaway Danielle!

  34. Found your post via my friend, Selena, of Oh the Places you will go Blog…I would add my buckeyes recipe. I am required by family members to make these EVERY.YEAR! I am looking forward to creating new family traditions this year as we will have our first grandchild…Due on the 14th of December!! In the past, we have always read the Christmas story from Luke, on Christmas morning before opening any presents…our two children(now grown) would take turns each year adding the baby Jesus to the manger as we read that part of the story.

  35. great giveaway! Thanks!!


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