Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe Party and Sweet Kiwi Crochet Giveaway!!!

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!**


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(‘

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining and/or #chefintrainingblog. I would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens.

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  1. Carolyn

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

  2. Carolyn

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

  3. Carolyn

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

  4. Carolyn

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

  5. Rachel

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

  6. Rachel

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

  7. Jerri

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

  8. shelly8806

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

  9. Aimee

    Cute hats! I'm a follower on GFC

  10. Brenda

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

  11. Brenda

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

  12. Brenda

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

  13. Brenda

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

  14. Brenda

    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

  15. Jocelyn

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

  16. mamatkins

    I follow you! Thanks, mamatkins@hotmail.com

  17. mamatkins

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

  18. Sue Frazier

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

  19. mamatkins

    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

  20. Anne

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

  21. Sue Frazier

    I love the pink headband with the big white flower!

  22. Anonymous

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

  23. Alyssa

    I am already a follower of your blog!

  24. 4Sisters

    I follow Chef In TrainingBecca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  25. Alyssa

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

  26. 4Sisters

    I like you on FBBecca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  27. MrsFoxsSweets

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

  28. MrsFoxsSweets

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

  29. MrsFoxsSweets

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

  30. MrsFoxsSweets

    Tweeted Giveaway https://twitter.com/#!/MrsFoxsSweets/status/146586918006702082

  31. jeanneod

    I am now a follower of Chef in Training!

  32. Becky

    I follow Sweet Kiwi Crochet's website!

  33. Sarah E.

    I liked Sweet Kiwi and said you sent me :)

  34. Sarah E.

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

  35. Aimee

    i like chef in training on fb

  36. Aimee

    my fav is the giraffe beanie!

  37. Mandy

    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!

  38. Mandy

    I love the pink or red sock monkeys. Adorable!

  39. Wanda

    Those are precious! I Like you on FBWanda Staton Galloway

  40. Texas JennyWren

    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!!

  41. Texas JennyWren

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

  42. Texas JennyWren

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

  43. Texas JennyWren

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

  44. MickiV

    i liked chef in training on fb!

  45. MickiV

    i shared the giveaway on fb too

  46. MickiV

    and i'm a new follower of chef in training

  47. Lori H

    I am a follower of yours already!

  48. Lori H

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

  49. Lori H

    I follow u & her now on FB as well.

  50. Amy

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

  51. Katie

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

  52. arbunch

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

  53. nicole

    Following Chef in Training now :)

  54. nicole

    Now following Sweet Kiwi's website

  55. nicole

    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 :)

  56. Frazzled Mom of Five

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

  57. Frazzled Mom of Five

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

  58. Katie S.

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

  59. Katie S.

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

  60. Annie

    Following Sweet Kiwi Crochet :)

  61. Annie

    I liked Sweet Kiwi Crochet on FB :)

  62. Annie

    I'm following you already :)

  63. Annie

    I like the blue cyclops beanie :)

  64. Annie

    I tweeted about the giveaway :)

  65. Staci J

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

  66. MPWife 153 (Heather)

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

  67. Jami Dianne

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

  68. Moore or Less Cooking

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

  69. Nikki

    I love the skunk, zebra, and sock monkey hats

  70. The Axtell's

    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!!

  71. Vivian

    So sweet! I liked you on Facebook!

  72. Vivian

    Liked Sweet Kiwi Crochet on Facebook!

  73. Jillian

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