Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Time Stories and Sweets (Plus, a giveaway!!)

Two of the things I love the most about the holidays are Christmas books and baking. Books I know a thing or two about. Baking, however, that's a whole other story. I tend to stick to the recipes I know best and have made about a million times (like my Little Twists or the tried-and-true recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag). Enter my good friend, neighbor, and fellow blogger Betsy.

Christmas Giveaway

Betsy and I have teamed up to bring you a series for the Christmas season that pairs a delightful Christmas book with a delicious Christmas cookie recipe. Here at the Skull, I'll tell you a little about some new Christmas books to add to your December reading list, and Betsy, over at her blog BMoore Healthy, will share recipes for healthy, yummy twists on our favorite Christmas cookies. A perfect pair, right? Welcome to part 1 of 3 in the series!!

Christmas Cookies Book Baking
You can order a copy of Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons here.
The book I'd like to share today to kick us off is Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jane Dyer. It's a great picture book to get you and your kids in the mood for baking away the days of December (plus, there's a sugar-cookie recipe at the end;)). Here's an overview from the product description: "This scrumptious follow-up to the bestselling Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons captures the spirit of the holiday season. From making the same kind of cookies at the same time each year (tradition) to decorating them with lots of sprinkles (celebrate), youngsters will gobble up vocabulary words and holiday lessons in this charming dictionary of sorts. Amy Krouse Rosenthal's timeless morsels of wisdom paired with Jane Dyer's cozy illustrations are as irresistible as the aroma of cookies fresh from the oven. Go ahead, take another bite!"

Be sure to stop by Betsy's blog this week, where she is sharing a recipe for a healthy cookie dough that can be eaten cooked or uncooked (that sounds amazing, right?! Who doesn't love to eat the cookie dough? Admit it. You know you do;)). Also, check her out on Facebook and Instagram. Seriously great ideas and programs for getting your kids (and you) to eat more mindfully and healthfully all year long.  I cannot wait to try these cookies!

Edible Cookie Dough

One last thing - a fun thing! We will be running a giveaway throughout the month of December for a copy of Robert Sabuda's pop-up book The Night Before Christmas (I'll be posting about this book soon; Sabuda's work is amazing - check out this old post I did on my Alice Sabuda pop-up) and ingredients to make one of the recipes (details soon). One major thing, sign up for our newsletters to be entered (look in the right-sidebar for the entry form for ours). The winner will be announced the week before Christmas.

1. To enter the giveaway, you must be a fan of both BMoore Healthy and Alice in East Washington on Facebook. Also, you must be receiving The Owl's Skull's monthly newsletters. You can sign up for our newsletter in the right sidebar on the blog (where it says "Subscribe to Our Mailing List").

2. Use the Rafflecopter tool right here to enter to win. This giveaway is available to US residents only. Good luck! The contest ends Wednesday, December 17th at 9:00 PM. A winner will be announced shortly after that.

Enter and share away:)!! A/J

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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