Monday, December 19, 2011

My 1st giveaway! Details inside

Betsy South is a writer and artist living in the woods. She creates one of a kind jewelry and prints for sale while staying at home with her son. 

Visit her personal blog  at   

Also be sure to check our her Etsy shop for more jewelry!

The necklace she's generously giving away is pictured here and is done on a "floating" cord. Hits about mid chest when worn.

To win, you need to post a comment HERE, directly under THIS thread, telling me what your favorite New Year's Eve snack is. If you include the recipe, you get extra points.  The simpler the better, but I'm still looking for something delicious and new to me.  You have to live in the continental US, otherwise shipping would just be too costly.

We always do board games and drink champagne and I fix a TON of snacks like fresh vegi's. w/ranch dip, cheese & crackers, finger get the idea.  Now post away!

Winner will be determined tomorrow evening.  Betsy will be shipping the necklace directly to the winner.  Good luck to all and Happy Holidays!!!

~ Blessings,  Shelly


  1. What a cute necklace! My favorite New Year's snack would be tortilla chips with Ro-Tel Dip. To make it, you put 1 pkg. Velveeta cheese and a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes (tomatoes + chili peppers) in a crockpot and heat, sirring occasionally, until it all melts together. It's not exactly healthy, but I love it as a once-a-year treat!

  2. You know, New Year's Eve is one holiday we don't really celebrate. We do have a fondue party on New Year's Day though. My Jalapeno Cheese ball is what everyone requests throughout the holidays. Here is my recipe:

    Hey you should do a fudge giveaway... :)

  3. Esther, lol....well, it's a thought on the fudge. You're so sneaky ;-) I'm trying not to SPEND money (shipping), and not sure how much continued business it would bring me. I will check out your recipe! Thanks for entering.

  4. My favorite snack as of late, is your peanut butter fudge. ;-)

    However, I had a baby shower recently at which I served, your peanut butter fudge, and these yummy cucumber pita finger sandwiches.

    Take a block of cream cheese and add a packet of italian dressing mix. Mix the two together. Spread the cream cheese mixture over 4 - 6 pitas. Cut the pitas into triangle shapes (like you would slice pizza). Add a slice of cucumber to each and sprinkle with lemon pepper. They are pretty darn yummy.

    Another favorite that my mother made for us when we were kids, which is also super-easy starts with ritz crackers. Just spread some cream cheese on each cracker and spoon some sweet pepper relish on them. Howard's sweet pepper relish is my absolute favorite, but I have a hard time finding it here in indiana. Others that you find here are pretty good too.

  5. Vanessa, you sweet talker, you! lol....
    I like your 2nd idea. Interesting, and something I've NEVER heard of. I'm not a cucumber lover, so would have to pass on the first.
    Hope you are enjoying the season!
    Merry Christmas to you & yours!

  6. My favorite holiday treat is Spanikopita. It is a bit labor intensive but your guests will adore you.
    But it is awesome!

    1 10oz package of frozen spinach

    1/2 cup of chopped onion

    2 clove of garlic minced

    6 ounces of Feta cheese crumbled

    1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano

    12 sheets of Phyllo Dough (8-10 oz)

    3/4 cup of melted butter
    Oven 375

    1)Cook spinach, onion and garlic for 7-9 minutes.
    2)Drain well in colander. Squeeze out excess moisture with a spatula or spoon. In a bowl mix spinach mixture, feta and oregano.
    3)Lightly brush 1 sheet of phyllo with the melted butter. Place another phyllo sheet on top and brush again. Repeat again with third sheet.
    4)(Cover the remaining phyllo dough with a damp cloth to keep it from drying out).
    5)Cut phyllo butter stack into 6 long strips.
    6)For each triangle take 1 tablespoon of filling and place 1 inch from top of strip. Fold the end over at 45 degree angle.
    7)Continue folding to form triangle that encloses the filling.

    Repeat with remaining phyllo.

  7. Ok, one more to share. I was going through recipes last night to see what I am going to make this weekend and found this recipe. It really is my favorite snack to have but it is much more labor intensive than the other two I shared. But for someone who cooks all the time like you do this is probably a breeze. I call it Vicki's famous veggie dip because my friend Vicki gave me the original recipe. I have altered it a little but....its mostly the same.

    mix in a bowl,
    2 8oz blocks of cream cheese
    1 16 oz. sour cream
    12 -16 oz salsa (I just use tostitos but whatever your favorite is)

    spread this mixture in the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan.

    top with:
    2 - 3 tomatoes diced
    1 green pepper diced
    1 red pepper diced
    1 orange pepper diced
    1 yellow pepper diced
    sliced black olives
    scallions/chives chopped
    top with shredded mozzarella and/or monterey jack.

    serve with tortilla chips. It is really my favorite and jeez look at all the vegetables you are getting with it. Doesn't that make it healthy? Seriously if you want to make it healthier you can use the 1/3 fat cream cheese and low fat sour cream and it really still comes out wonderfully yummy.

  8. My favorite New Years Even snack is this:
    flour tortillas
    cream cheese
    finely chopped veggies like carrots, maybe something green too like broccoli or celery depending on what I have around here
    spring mix salad

    Then I just assemble the above into wraps (cream cheese on tortilla, turkey, veggies, more cream cheese to hold it together) and the roll them up and cut them into small pieces. It's easy and good!

    Vanessa in Oregon since there are two of us (which never happens! :)

  9. I'm so glad people are entering!! Umm....I'm loving the Vanessa W's. recipe.....gosh that sounds delish and not too hard, really. Vanessa H., yours sounds good too! Are yours like roll-ups?? I love those!

  10. My favorite New Year's snack is a dip that I make. I take a container of Breakstone Sour Cream, Hidden Valley ranch dip mix, spinach, and shredded cheddar cheese.

    First, I just make the ranch dip as you normally would, then I cook spinach, let it cool, and add it to the dip.

    Last, I add the shredded cheese. I blend it all together until it is mixed well, and then I refrigerate it for a few hours. It comes delicious when served with fresh veggies and crackers.

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