Sunday, December 5, 2010


Check out all of the fabulous holiday-themed projects, gift ideas, and more from our wonderful EtsyMom Blog Hop Contributors from around the world!!

Here's how it works:
1. Hop through each of the blogs listed above to get fabulous holiday inspiration and leave a comment. If you are starting at a blog in the middle of the Hop, start back at the EtsyMom Blog. You may have to scroll down a bit on the blogs to find the Blog Hop posts as the week progresses.
2. Leave a comment on the EtsyMom Blog post between now and December 11, 2010.
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On December 11, 2010 we'll choose a winner using the Random Integer Generator from The winner will receive this super sweet gift basket full of handmade holiday goodies, including:

a pair of Turquoise Earrings from
a lampwork bead bracelet by
sterling silver and Swarovski pearl/crystal holiday earrings by
a cream colored cotton scarf given by
a raincloud ornament from
a matching splat mat and baby bib from
two pair of earrings from
a gift pack of over 30 pages of vintage paper ephemera by
a lovely sustainable stocking from
a set of holly jolly gift tags from
a set of toddler pajamas in a style of the winner's choice from
a $15 gift certificate from
A gift certificate from http://babyswank.etsy,com/
A Custom copper heart necklace from

I, as a part of five generations of wonderful women, am so very blessed this December to be celebrating my grandmother's 100th birthday.  Gram has always been known for her incredible holiday baking.  One of our family favorites among her famous cookie collection (Sea World Orlando even asked to use her cookie recipes when they opened their Florida Festival exposition) are her Candy Bar Brownies.  Here is the recipe first in her hand writing and then printed below.
Candy Bar Brownies
2 chocolate covered Mounds Bars - 4 sections
1/2 c. shortening            1 c. flour
1 c. sugar                       1 tsp. salt
2 eggs                            1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
In a large saucepan melt candy bars & shortening over low heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Add remaining ingredients and blend well.
Spread in greased 9" square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes.  While warm, cut in bars.

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Happy Holidays to all & enjoy the Hop!


Heather Larsen said...

Yummy! I have some of grandma's recipes also. They are the best!! I'll have to try these out!

Ana's Baby Couture said...

Great recipe! Passing by during the blog hop!

The Bitsy Beau said...

Great picture! Thanks for sharing this special family recipe!

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Jocelyn Ascherman said...

Thanks for sharing your family treasures!

AnnaVirginia said...

How fun! Thanks for sharing!

Jenn said...

Thanks for the great recipe!

Anonymous said...

awesome recipe!!

Quirefly said...

oh yum yum yum. Who could ask for anything more....
I must remember to share them, though. Must remember to share.

Guinivere Norrington said...

Those sound good and what a great post (love the picture of the original recipe!). said...

Starting my holiday baking this weekend. These might have to be included! Thanks so much for sharing!

Lisa.s said...

I will definitely have to try this- I love chocolate!!

cinnamonspice said...

What a wonderful post...I love family traditions...thank you so much for sharing yours!

AllieThomas said...

Don't you just love having your grandmother's recipes? I know I treasure mine. I love looking at the beautiful penmanship of generations past...thanks for including the origigal card! And how cool that her cookies are so well known...and they sound delish, by the way! Thanks for sharing :)

Unknown said...

How cool that Sea World Orlando asked to use her recipe! What a compliment! These look scrumptious! Thanks for the recipe. I love your 5 generation photo. It made me think. My daughter will be here for Christmas from college and my mom has been bugging me to get a 3 generation photo for years now. This would make her so happy. I'm going to arrange it. Thanks for the great idea!

Jingle said...

Those sound yummy! Great family photo!

Karen said...

What a treasure to have this recipe!
Thanks, Karen
lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

Mystica said...

Lovely photos and receipes!

Tautchia said...

How fun that you have her original recipe card. What a treasure!

Michelle Frame said...

I love this recipe. I love that it came from a family member. That makes it extra special.

Barbara said...

thanks for the recipe...and the sweet story with it :) yeah for grandmas!

Amanda said...

Those sound so good! I love mounds!

Lee said...

Thank you for a lovely recipe. Love the 5 generations pictures - how wonderful!

Unknown said...

Wow, so amazing that there are 5 generations alive in your family! I'm excited to welcome the fourth into our little family in early 2011! :)

Jasmine1485 said...

That recipe sounds wonderful, and not too hard either, I'm sure I could make it :)

All You Need Designs said...

Holy moly, those sound fabulous! Thanks for the recipe!!!

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