Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe Party and …

It’s  Holly Bloggy Christmas Week and time for the Recipe Link Up!!

There is also a great giveaway from Sweet Kiwi Crochet for you today!

I can’t tell you how honored and excited I am to be part of this year’s Holly Bloggy Christmas put on by Simply Sweet Home!  Yesterday was the first day of the event, where you linked up at Tatertots and Jello to show of your Homemade Gifts (If you haven’t yet, be sure to go do so!) Today is day two, and you get share your Christmas Recipes! I am so excited to see all your recipes and I know others are too!  If you want the rest of the Holly Bloggy Christmas Schedule, be sure and check the “Holly Bloggy Christmas” Tab. You don’t want to miss you on any of these parties! Tomorrow you can link up your Christmas crafts at Just Sew Sassy!Christmas is such a fun time of year.  People seem to be extra nice, stores always have great sales, family gets together, and there is a definite peace about this season.  This time is also fun because there is a lot of gift-giving between family, friends and neighbors.  I love making up neighborhood gifts to give out.

Here is some treats that went into this years handouts:

Do you like chocolate chip cookies?!  Well then you are going to LOVE these gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies!


1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
semi-sweet chocolate chips
Shredded Coconut
mini marshmallows
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Put shredded coconut on a cookie sheet and broil until toasted.Cream butter and sugars together.Add dry ingredients and mix together.Add semi-sweet chocolate chips Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes.Melt white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips and pour into separate ziplock baggies. snip off a tiny tiny corner and drizzle over cookies.Put on some mini marshmallows over the wet drizzled chocolate.Drizzle both chocolates again over cookiessprinkle on some toasted coconut.Melt some caramels and drizzle over the tops.



I LOVE fudge!  Fudge seems to remind me of Christmas….maybe because it is the only time my mom ever made it? This is a fabulous recipe for traditional fudge! It is so good that I am probably going to have to make it throughout the year, not just at Christmas time! :)


Recipe from: The Hungry Housewife

3 cups Sugar
1 1/2 sticks Butter
1 (5 oz) can Evaporated Milk
1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 jar (7oz) Jet-Pufferd Marshmallow Creme
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Line a 9″ square pan with foil.In a medium pot over medium heat, bring the sugar, butter and milk to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
Allow to boil (at a FULL BOIL) for 3 minutes (set the timer!!!)
Remove from the heat.
Stir in chocolate chips and marshmallow cream until completely smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Pour into your foil lined pan and allow to completely cool.
Lift the fudge out of the pan by the foil liner.
Cut to the size you desire.


Today, I have an AMAZING giveaway for you!

I want to introduce you to a company that makes just about the cutest and some of the most creative beanies you will find, Sweet Kiwi Crochet!  I absolutely LOVE all of her beanies!  She has a wide variety of styles and sizes from newborn to adult.  Here in Utah, it is pretty cold to say the least and hats for my little ones are a must have!My daughter and her sock monkey “Moe” are inseparable.  She can’t go or do anything without him.  When I saw this sock monkey beanie, I knew it would be PERFECT for her!  She adores it and wants to wear it every second of the day.




For my boy, I instantly fell in love with this monster beanie.  It is so fun and unique…and pretty cool if you ask me!

{I also need to give a BIG shout out to Arika Averett Photography for taking these cute pictures of my kiddos! She has done several of my kids’ pictures and is amazing at what she does! If you live in Utah, you should definitely check her out :)}

Here are some of my other favorites from Sweet Kiwi Crochet:









well, guess what?!Sweet Kiwi Crochet is giving away one adorable beanie of the winner’s choice and size!!!

Want to win?!

Here is how to enter:
**Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!**

1. Be a follower of Chef In Training (Under the “Let’s Be Friends!” section at the top left side bar.  If it isn’t showing, just refresh the page) and leave me a comment to let you know you did so….1 Entry

2.  ”Like” Chef In Training on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so…..1 Entry

3.  Follow Sweet Kiwi Crochet’s website (scroll down to the bottom of the page and the follow button is on the bottom left side of the website)

4. Like “Sweet Kiwi Crochet” on Facebook (Tell her Chef in Training set you!) and leave me a comment telling me you did so…1 Entry

5. Head over to Sweet Kiwi Crochet and tell me what your favorite beanie is (hover over the “shop” tab and a list of options will come up) and leave me a comment to let me know you did so….1 Entry

6.  Blog, Facebook, or tweet about this giveaway and leave me a comment to let me know you did so…..Up to 3 separate Entries


The Giveaway will close on Tuesday December 20th at midnight MST and a winner will be randomly selected using random.org and announced on Wednesday December 21stGood Luck! document.write(‘

Leave a Comment



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    I'm a follower already! =)Carolyncmclain0517 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    I "liked" ya on FB!Carolyncmclain0517 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    I "liked" Sweet Crochet's on FBCarolyncmclain0517 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    I can't get over her giraffe hats! =)Carolyncmclain0517 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    Those hats are so cute! I follow your blog.

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    i'm a follower :)

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    i liked "sweet crochet on fb

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    the sleepy owl is my favorite but they are all very cute!

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    i'm following sweet kiwi crochet's blog :O)

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    Great party Nikki! Thanks so much for hosting with me!!

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    I follow you.

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    I like you on FB.

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    I like Sweet Kiwi Crochet on FB.

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    I would LOVE the Skunk one. SO stinkin' adorable!

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    I am following you on facebook! =)

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    I want to join in :)I am a follower of Chef in training now :)

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    I like/ am a follower of Sweet Kiwi Crochet! =)

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    I'm a follower of Chef in training on FB :)

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    I'd love to win the purple awake owl !

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    I am a follower of sweet kiwi crochet's blog

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    I like Sweet Kiwi Crochet's dog beanie!

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    I am a follower of Sweet Kiwi Crochet's webpage!

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    I'm a follower!

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    I'm a follower.

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    I like you on FB.

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    I follow Sweet Kiwi Crochet.

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    My favorite beanie is the chick one…We happen to call our daughter little chickie so that would be perfect for her!

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    Cute hats! I'm a follower on GFC

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    I am a follower of your blog and love your stuff~!bur300@gmail.com

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    I "liked" you on Facebook!bur300@gmail.com

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    Already a follower of Sweet Kiwi's website!!bur300@gmail.com

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    Already "like" Sweet Kiwi on FB!!bur300@gmail.com

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    I would love to win Sweet Kiwi's pattern for the awake owl hat!! It's just adorable!! Thanks for the great giveaway!! bur300@gmail.com

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    THose are the cutest hats ever!!! I follow you for sure!!! You always have the greatest food here…those cookies are amazing!!!!

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    I follow you! Thanks, mamatkins@hotmail.com

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    I follow sweet kiwis website. Thanks, mamatkins@hotmail.com

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    I'm a new follower! Great Blog! Everything looks delicious!

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    I am due with baby number 2 in 6 days so I would love the little owl hat. OR maybe the sockmonkey for my 4 yr old. Thanks, mamatkins@hotmail.com

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    Liking you on FB!

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    These hats are so darn cute! Love the sock monkey one.

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    Liking sweet kiwi crochet on FB!

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    I love the pink headband with the big white flower!

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    Thanks so much for hosting. tonight might be the night the fudge gets made here.

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    Wow – so cute. I love the skunks….Linda Crowe @ Majer59@aol.com

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    I am already a follower of your blog!

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    I liked you on Facebook

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    I follow Chef In TrainingBecca @ Crumbs and Chaos

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    The hats are so cute! I love the monster one for my 6 month old!

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    I like you on FBBecca @ Crumbs and Chaos

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    These are the most adorable beanies! I love the monkey one. I am a follower of Chef n Training via gfc!

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    I follow Chef in Training on FB (Christina Fox) cfox75@gmail.com

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    "Liked" you on Facebook!! Happy holidays!

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    I like the girl sock monkey best! cfox75@gmail.com

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    I liked Sweet Kiwi Crochet on FB and left comment :) cfox75@gmail.com

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    Following Sweet Kiwi via emailcandkmason@gmail.com

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    'like' Sweet on fbcandkmason@gmail.com

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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sock monkey hats!!!candkmason@gmail.com

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    I am now a follower of Chef in Training!

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    I like Chef in Training on facebook.

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    I'm a follower!

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    I follow Sweet Kiwi Crochet's website!

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    I LOVE the owl beanie!!!!

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    I follow Chef in Training :)

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    I like Chef in Training on FB

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    I follow Sweet Kiwi via email

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    I liked Sweet Kiwi and said you sent me :)

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    I'm torn between the purple owl and the skunk! So cute!

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    I facebooked about the giveaway

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    I tweeted about the giveaway.

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    I'm a follower of yours!

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    I like you on FB

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    i follow chef in training

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    i like chef in training on fb

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    my fav is the giraffe beanie!

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    I am a follower of you and I didn't realize you live in Utah! I grew up in North Ogden where my family still lives. Great giveaway!

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    I like you on Facebook!

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    I'm already your follower.

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    I love the pink or red sock monkeys. Adorable!

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    I already like CIT on facebook too!

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    I follow her website =)

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    Adore the pink sock money beanie!

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    Those are precious! I Like you on FBWanda Staton Galloway

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    Your just mean! Those are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever seen!

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    Oh these are too cute!! I love the owl! My daughter would fall in love with the monkey!

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    I'm a chef in training follower.

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    I follow sweet kiwi crochet blog.

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    The zebra hat is my favorite!

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    The zebra hat is my favorite!

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    I became a follower of your wonderful blog!!

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    I "liked" your facebook page for another chance to win.

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    I visited the Sweet Kiwi Crochet blog and think the OWL hat is adorable!! Love it!! Enter me in a chance to win it for my granddaughter please!!

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    I LIKED the Sweet Kiwi Crochet facebook page for another chance to win a CUTE HAT.

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    I became a follower of Sweet Kiwi Crochet blog for another change to win.

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    I emailed my friends about your website, bloghop and giveaway for another chance to win.

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    I am a follower of your blog!

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    I liked chef in training on fb!

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    i liked chef in training on fb!

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    i shared the giveaway on fb too

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    and i'm a new follower of chef in training

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    I am a follower of Chef In Training

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    I "Like" Chef In Training on Facebook

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    I Follow Sweet Kiwi Crochet's website

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    I Like "Sweet Kiwi Crochet" on Facebook

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    I love the Classic Sock Monkey Crochet Hat!

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    I am a follower of yours already!

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    I love the sock monkey beanie the little girl has on! ADORABLE!

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    I follow u & her now on FB as well.

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    I follow you!

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    My son would LOVE that monster hat in blue! He'd like the sock monkey too…

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    sock monkey for me!

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    I follow your blog!

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    I like you on Facebook too!!

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    I follow Sweet Kiwi's blog.

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    I follow Sweet Kiwi's facebook page.

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    I love the sock monkey!!

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    I follow you on your blog!

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    I follow you on facebook!

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    visited sweet kiwi and LOVED the owl hat for Kendyl!

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    I follow sweet kiwi on facebook!

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    I sent out a facebook post about this giveaway!

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    I now follow sweet kiwi on her blog

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    What a fun site she has! I love the lady bug beanie!

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    I am following you! Love it!

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    I liked you on Facebook.

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    I am in love with the giraffe hat. Might have to have it for my son.

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    Now Following.

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    Following Chef in Training now :)

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    Have also liked your FB page

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    Now following Sweet Kiwi's website

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    Liked Sweet Kiwi's FB page

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    My favorite hats on Sweet Kiwi's page have got to be the skunk ones!! They are all adorable, but the skunk ones are the best :)

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    Liked Chef In Training on Facebook – you are one of my new fav blogs! So Happy to have found you from Just Sew Sassy!

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    Liked "Sweet Kiwi Crochet" on Facebook Her products are adorable!

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    Follow Sweet Kiwi Crochet's website- too exciting!!!

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    Be a follower of Chef In Training – cannot wait to try some of your recipes!

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    Fav Beanie- the 'Moe'. My 3yr old Elise loves anything monkey, and only wants monkeys from santa..

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    Just became a follower of Chef in Training! Love your blog!

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    just liked you on Facebook!

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    Just liked Sweet Kiwi on Facebook!

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    My favorite beanie is the sleeping owl! I would love to see my daughter in that one!

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    I liked you on FB :)

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    Following Sweet Kiwi Crochet :)

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    I liked Sweet Kiwi Crochet on FB :)

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    I'm following you already :)

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    I like the blue cyclops beanie :)

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    I tweeted about the giveaway :)

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    These beanies are ADORABLE!!! I would love to win a giraffe beanie:)

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    I'm a follower of CIT

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    I like CIT on FB

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    I like SKD on Fb

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    I follow your blog ~ I love cooking & baking & looking forward to trying out the oreo truffles!!

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    I like Sweet Kiwi Crochet on FB

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    I like CIT on FB

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    It's hard to choose a favorite, but I love SKC sock monkeys & sleeping owls.

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    I am following your website!

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    I like CIT on FB

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    I like Sweet Kiwi Crochet on FB

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    I love the pink and light brown monkey beanie with the pink bow, it is precious!

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    I am Following Sweet Kiwi

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    I Like "Sweet Kiwi Crochet" on Facebook

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    I am a follower!sanders4 at austin dot rr dot com

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    Merry Christmas Nikki, I shared my Caramel Nut Revel Bars! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday!!Nettie

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    I am a follower! Nettie

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    I like you on Facebook!

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    I am following Sweet Kiwi!Nettie

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    I love the skunk, zebra, and sock monkey hats

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    I am a follower

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    I like you on facebook

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    I have been a follower for a while and now I am following this wonderful Chef in Traning. I love the little pink monkey or the sleeping owl. I have comments and liked, followed on all of the above requests. :] Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents!!

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    So sweet! I liked you on Facebook!

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    Liked Sweet Kiwi Crochet on Facebook!

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    I am a follower!

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    She has some amazing designs, but I love the pink sock monkey hat the best!