Deck the Halls…and a Giveaway!

by doughmesstic on December 9, 2011

in christmas, Giveaways, holidays


Today I am off on a little holiday vacation with Seven and Jon.  We are headed back to Great Wolf Lodge near Charlotte, NC, for a couple of nights family time.  I’m looking so forward to the Snowland experience (It’s going to snow in the lobby!), the writing letters to Santa, the indoor waterpark, and of course, MagiQuest.  The last time we were there, Seven became a Master Magi, so this time, we will be doing the more difficult adventures…wish us luck!

So, in the holiday spirit, I thought I’d share a little peek into my home as it is decorated for the holidays.

Mainly, the tree.


For the past few years, we’ve gone to the Christmas Tree Farm in Newport to cut down our tree.  We like concolor firs, for their long but strong needles and color.  It’s always a fun little trek, but this year it took forevvvver.  I think we looked at just about every tree on the farm.  First on foot, and then on the haywagon.

It isn’t a small farm.

But, the wagon ride was fun, it was a beautiful day, and we secured a good looking tree.

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Unlike a lot of folks who change up their tree from year to year, or every few years, I am attached to my ornaments.  I love them, and each has a special memory or relates to something I love.  many we have brought home from our travels – like an amazing birds nest from Kenya, some antique style globes from Amalfi, some blown glass from Murano.  Then there are the ornaments that were gifts from friends and family, like the little Baker Snowman, airplanes to reflect our world travels, ornaments in the shape of famous landmarks we’ve visited.


befanaOne favorite is a larger La Befana.  I bought this so-ugly-she’s-cute witch at the Christmas Bazaar in Rome’s Piazza Navona.  it was beyond crowded, with stalls of artists, ornaments, toboggans, street foods.  Bustling and vibrant, and one of my favorite memories. She now graces our tree, ready to bring us gifts in early January.

What are YOUR favorite ornaments?  Don’t you just love unpacking them every year, remembering where each came from?  Who bought them for you, and what they mean?  it’s one of the best parts of the holidays for me.

Another great part of the holidays is sharing.

Remember those cookies I posted on Monday?


Well, they were packed up, wrapped up, and mailed off to a friend.  I was fortunate this year – I’ve had more good than bad, more ups than downs.

My friend?  Well, she’s had a few more downs, especially in the money department.  I’ve been there (I AM there), but thanks to McCormick, who also supplied me with a few baking goodies and spices, I was able to send her a $100 Visa Gift Card.  I hope that will help brighten her holidays for her and her child…she deserves it.  So, thank you, McCormick, for the opportunity to share…it feels good.

You, too, can share with your family and friends, at least in the virtual cookie department.  McCormick has a fun way to “decorate” a cookie with a message on their Facebook Page, called the Big Cookie Share, and you can send these virtual cookies to your loved ones.  Cool, huh?  Give it a try!

The Giveaway

I gave away a great VTech Phone a couple of weeks ago.  it’s an amazing phone!  (It has a headset, so if your hands are full of flour, you’re okay to talk!)  It’s been a godsend here in my crazy kitchen…so many great features, especially the spoken call ID.  Love it.  I don’t have to screen my calls, the phone tells me who’s calling!

Now, thanks to VTech, I have ANOTHER phone to give away, imageexcept this time, it comes with a few more goodies!

  • Functional leather basket
  • Chocolates
  • Beverage warmer
  • $100 Staples gift card
  • Desktop organizer
  • VTech Multi-tasking phone system
  • Fun holiday trimmings


Nice, right?  I want it, too!  But, let’s give it to one of you.

Leave me a comment here, letting me know you’d like to have it.  Do that, and you’re entered to win.

For another entry, please share this post with your friends, either on Facebook or Twitter (or both), then return here and let me know you did so.  Each share counts, so if you share it on both sites, that counts as two entries.

Of course, I’d LOVE to have you as a Fan on Facebook.  Become one?  Ask your friends to become one?  The more friends I have there, to more great giveaways I’ll be able to have, and we all love giveaways, right?  So, come on over and join me!  Do that, and you’ve gained yet another entry…just be sure to leave me a comment here letting me know you did.

Good Luck!

Prize is courtesy of and is shipped by VTech. ERV $300.  US addresses only, please, sorry internationals.  Contest is open until December 13, 2011 at 11:59pm EST.  Good Luck!


imageSee that 7 Quart KitchenAid?  I know you want it.  I certainly can’t blame you.  So, to keep it fun and interesting, I’m giving you LOTS of extra opportunities to win it.  For every giveaway you enter during my 25 Days of Doughmesstic Christmas, if you’ll go comment on THIS POST (Click thru!) saying “I entered to win the …” (you know, whatever you entered to win), you’ll get a BONUS entry to win the mixer.  That’s 24 additional chances to win that bad boy.  So scoot! Go enter to win today’s giveaway, and then visit THIS POST to comment for your bonus entries on the mixer.

Good Luck, and see you back here tomorrow for more fun things to win!

{ 192 comments… read them below or add one }

Katy December 10, 2011 at 10:57 am

Yes, I want the VTech phone basket!


Katy December 10, 2011 at 10:58 am

I’m a fan of your page on Facebook


Traci L December 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I love it all.


roseann December 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

would LOVE to win this vtech basket! need a new phone!


roseann December 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm
roseann December 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

i am already a fan of “she’s becoming doughMessTic” on my fb account!


Donna F. December 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I would love to win this!


Donna F. December 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

shared on twitter @DonnaJustine


Donna F. December 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

shared on facebook too!


Donna F. December 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm

also a fan on facebook


Adele December 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Please enter me to win this amazing basket.


Adele December 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I shared this giveaway on my Facebook page.


Adele December 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I am following you on Facebook.


Angela December 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm

The timing of this would be great, since my old handsets just finally died out on me a few days ago.


Angela December 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Shared on twitter! @jezebelseven


Angela December 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I’m a fan on facebook!


Veronica @ Café con Leche December 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm

id love to win that cool basket!


Veronica @ Café con Leche December 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Im a facebook fan!


Charles Watson December 11, 2011 at 3:12 am

I’d so love to win the Vtech basket!!!


Charles Watson December 11, 2011 at 3:13 am

I’m also a FB fan.


Charles Watson December 11, 2011 at 3:16 am

…and, shared on my FB wall.


Olivia December 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

I would love the basket of goodies :)


Tiffany December 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

Your cookies are so pretty! I would love to win the prize package.


PurpleLarkspur December 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

I would like to win this!!


Carrie @ December 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

I would love to have this! Our phones just went out, and we’re looking to replace them. What perfect timing!


Carrie @ December 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

I follow you on Facebook.


Heidi G December 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm

This looks like a fabulous giveaway! I’d love to win it. Thanks for offering it!


Donna @ Cookistry December 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Looks like a fun giveaway, and it’s handy to have an extra phone.


Aura December 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm

all these seem like really good organization items and thats why I really like staples- they carry lots of good organizational items and have great sales


Aura December 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm

facebook fan


Aura December 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm
Erica Best December 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

i would love this giveaway i need a new phone


Erica Best December 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm

fan of you blog erica best


Erica Best December 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm
Erica Best December 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Belladatura December 12, 2011 at 12:06 am

What a great giveaway! I’d love to win that basket.


Belladatura December 12, 2011 at 12:07 am

And I liked you on FB


Imelda December 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm

me likey…!!


Bev Babarovich December 12, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I’d love to win the VTech basket. The phone would go to my son and the rest to his deserving- and modest mother. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!


Bev Babarovich December 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Have been a Facebook fan since you started.


Tikvah underwood December 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I would love this!


Julie @BananasForBourbon December 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I am an office supply junky! $100 to staples is dangerous and awesome!


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