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Day 2 - 5 or so Days of Holiday Happy

November 22nd, 2010

5 or so Days of Holiday HappyWelcome to Day 2 of my 5 or so Days of Holiday Happy - 5 or so days of celebrating Gnoma Claus from my Holiday Happy fabric.

Reading the comments from Day 1 was soooo much fun! WOW, talk about bringing back some happy memories, and not just for me - I think everyone enjoyed reading all the comments. Funny how many Easy Bake Ovens were listed as the favorite toy or gift. And funny how many of those people like to bake and/or cook as adults. And even funnier… the people [moi] who didn’t get an Easy Bake Oven… who don’t like to bake/cook as adults! Coincidence??? I’ll always be happy with the Easy Make Menu Printer and my Easy Stroll Costco Cart that I got.

Today’s Holiday Happy goodie is a potholder/hot pad project. Perfect for taking cookies out of the oven or having your hot dish rest upon on your table. Maybe part of a cookie making kit gift pack?
5 or so Days of Holiday Happy - Day 2

You’ll need one Gnoma Claus panel (list of shops where you can buy one here) and about a yard of your favorite batting, (I used Warm & White).  Use 2 pieces of batting plus a front and back Gnoma Claus.  NOTE: You can use one layer of premium batting… but it’s too thin for a hot pad for my personal taste.
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Layer right side together atop 2 pieces of batting. Give yourself at least a ¼” to a ½” of fabric beyond the outside line of Gnoma.
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Use a window or a lamp to help you align your Gnoma front and back. Pin together front and back, and then pin to batting.
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Optional - add a hanger tab to the top of Gnoma’s cap.  A great use for ribbon scraps.
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Pin folded ribbon between the tops of Gnoma’s front and back cap.
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Stitch around Gnoma’s body, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning.
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Make your opening a size you’re comfortable with (at least 2½ - 3″).
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Trim edges. I like somewhere between ⅛” and ¼”. Leave a little extra at the turning opening (about a ½”).
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Turn inside out.  I love my plastic chop-stick as my turning tool. Turn the opening’s edges inside and pin.
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Top-stitch as close as you can to the edge of Gnoma. Start near the pinned edge so you can get that sealed up right away. (thus avoiding any rogue Gnoma poops).
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When you get to the to hat, turn and stitch across Gnoma’s hat.
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Next top stitch across Gnoma’s beard - and then continue top-stitching the remainder of Gnoma’s edges. Done. Now make the other 4 the same exact way.
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Maybe your Gnoma-pads will be a giant coaster - in case you have a visitor in the middle of the night who could use a cup of coffee and some cookies.
5 or so Days of Holiday Happy - Day 2

I’ll give a little charm pack of Holiday Happy to one lucky commenter who answers the question of the day (or just leave a comment).
5 or so Days of Holiday Happy - Day 2

Q: What food or what dish says to you “home” or “family gathering”? Mine is my mom’s potato pancakes and also my mom’s butter cookies - even the old metal deciliter she uses to make them makes my heart swell with happiness.

EDITED IN 11/24/10:
Winner picked for this day has now been picked (by random.org), and is… comment #67 Ramona of the Burkeshires! Congratulations, Ramona!

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247 Responses

  1. The fabulous floribunda allegedly said:

    wow — that’s a tough question, but I’ll say Popovers! My hubby got me started on these and they are so easy… not too decadent, and very yummy with some homemade jam.



  2. The fabulous Betsy Lynn allegedly said:

    Our favorite food dish is Waldorf Salad. I make it every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas.



  3. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    My Mom’s chocolate popcorn balls or her smooth peanut butter fudge. Mmmmm good!



  4. The fabulous Carla allegedly said:

    Have to say my moms Red Cross Fudge. Loved it as a child and as an adult.



  5. The fabulous ~Michelle~ allegedly said:

    Homemade fudge plus white chocolate covered pretzels… plus a veggie tray which always includes olives… always on the menu for pre-dinner snack with my “crazy” grandma (ie, she has no filter on her mouth)…



  6. The fabulous mo allegedly said:

    Is that what those are? I keep finding little white sparkly bits all over the house- rogue Gnoma poops? Mystery solved! If I didn’t know better I would think that you are trying to slip a M-g R-g in where a coaster and hot pad are said to be…



  7. The fabulous mo allegedly said:

    Oh and food wise in our house it has to be evil fudge (I will make you some and you will exclaim “This is evil!” because you will be powerless against not eating it. And my favorite spritz cookies.



  8. The fabulous Patty allegedly said:

    My Grandma’s lefse was always what I waited for. Just thinking about it still makes my mouth water!



  9. The fabulous Natalie VV allegedly said:

    Tamales.
    Mamacita, if I am eating tamales, it must be Christmas.
    You have so much goodness going on… how can I keep up?! At Chickenblog, I am telling all, all about the fun you are having over here.



  10. The fabulous kelly allegedly said:

    i’m from the south, and my mom makes THE BEST biscuits and gravy. whenever i go “home” she makes that for me…a few times. love it!



  11. The fabulous Anita allegedly said:

    My moms stuffing, it is the basic recipe from the stuffing bag, but boy do we love it. It will be on the table on Thursday, yum!



  12. The fabulous gmp allegedly said:

    WOW, I have to pick just one? My Mom was an excellent cook and baker, so everything was always excellent! But, if I do have to pick one, I would say her sauerbraten with grown gravy, potatos balls, and red cabbage with raisins. Boy, I would give anything to have one of those dinners right now.
    I love your pot holder/hot pads. This little Gnome is adorable.



  13. The fabulous jennifer allegedly said:

    the undeniably “home” dish is chicken paprikash. our family is of hungarian origin, and this hungarian dish is delicious!

    as far as holidays go… well, fudge tarts, duh! they are little cookies baked in a tartlet pan. there is a pie crust, which gets filled with fudge, and baked. don’t forget the pecan on top. very chocolaty, great with milk, and necessary at hadlock holidays.



  14. The fabulous Norma allegedly said:

    My mom’s traditional Mexican rice. Sooo good. Makes me miss home!



  15. The fabulous gmp allegedly said:

    Ooops…of course that is suppose to be BROWN gravy!! LOL - Sorry about that!!



  16. The fabulous Sue allegedly said:

    I would have to say my dad’s macaroni & cheese recipe, it’s the one recipe that all the kids have called to get since they’ve been out on their own.



  17. The fabulous Jen R. allegedly said:

    My Mom’s sour cream coffee cake for breakfast on Christmas morning.



  18. The fabulous byneedleandthread allegedly said:

    all christmas goodies that will make no sense. “dorris smith squares” named after the lady who brought them to a party long before I was born, “frogs” most people call them haystacks, and “marshmallow log” yummy. maybe i’ll post the recipes on my blog if i win..hehe. come on random number generator!!



  19. The fabulous Marci Girl allegedly said:

    My mom makes two GREAT items I enjoy every year, whether she makes it or whether now that I make it since I am an “adult.”
    1. A delicious cheeseball!
    2. Sugarplum bread, toasted with a smidgen of butter.

    Yummy! I love the potholders….and am so glad you are giving me ideas for the panel that I purchased months ago…I knew I saved it for a reason!!!!



  20. The fabulous Christie allegedly said:

    My mom’s apple pie…yum!



  21. The fabulous Rebekah allegedly said:

    My mom’s arroz con pollo…it’s delicious and impossible to replicate.



  22. The fabulous Kira allegedly said:

    My mom’s pumpkin bread. Mmmm…soooo tasty!



  23. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    Being another southern gal, I have to say biscuits and gravy too. My mom makes them just as her mother and grandmother did.



  24. The fabulous Samantha allegedly said:

    Sausage balls and pecan coffee cake!



  25. The fabulous SoozeM allegedly said:

    My mums sponge cake always does it for me, my mum is the best cook, and her sponges are one of her trademark specialties, just divine especially when it is a special occasion and she puts strawberries inside along with the cream - yum!!



  26. The fabulous Char allegedly said:

    My Mom made all kinds of cookies for Christmas but her Spritz cookies were always the best!



  27. The fabulous Jenny allegedly said:

    no doubt about it…my moms homemade egg noodles. thick and wide. love them!
    love your fabrics too!



  28. The fabulous Marjorie allegedly said:

    Pumpkin Pie…but made in a 1/2 bun pan (like a cookie sheet with edges). The only time my whole family gets together is Thanksgiving and Mom long ago figured out that pie, made in a thin layer and cut in squares, can be eaten in the hand with a napkin rather than requiring a plate and fork than she would have to wash. Brilliant.



  29. The fabulous Liz Boswell allegedly said:

    hiya,
    I love the idea of using the Gnoma-pads as a mug rug! my favorite cooking memory as a child was going to grandmas house to make sugar cookies that were cut out with the clear red cookie cutters. frosting them too. Grandmas roasted leg of lamb was the bestest! (mauh) Liz



  30. The fabulous Becky allegedly said:

    I guess there are a couple . . .

    The one that says ‘family gathering’ to me is deviled eggs, because hubby won’t eat them and I never make them unless it’s a family gathering.

    The one that says ‘home’ is my Mama’s homemade chicken and dumplings. Sooooo good!



  31. The fabulous kelly allegedly said:

    my mom’s spoonbread, a.k.a. corn pudding.



  32. The fabulous Billie K allegedly said:

    My Mom’s chocolate pie recipe. In fact, Mom who will be 90 in December will be here for Thanksgiving so of course, I’ll cook her famous chocolate pie for her…..and I’m going to make her peanut butter fudge if I have time. Two favorites in our family.



  33. The fabulous Betty @ She's Sew Pretty allegedly said:

    My dad’s stuffing. He’s been gone 20 years but we still make his recipe. Yummo! And that pot holder is “sew” cute!



  34. The fabulous Ruth Fidino allegedly said:

    My kids luv my cornbread stuffing. Even if they go somewhere else they make it to take along. Wouldn’t be the holidays without it.



  35. The fabulous Pookie allegedly said:

    Home is spaghetti, red sauce, and sausage. Family Gathering is my grandmother’s spice cookies! (I’m thinking the only way to improve the spice cookies is to take them out of the oven with a Gnoma Claus potholder…)



  36. The fabulous Gretchen allegedly said:

    Grandma’s chocolate pie piled high with meringue! That’s the extra special dessert for family holiday get togethers.



  37. The fabulous Missy Ann allegedly said:

    I just spent $6 in shipping on an overpriced $5 box of crackers so I could make my Grandmother’s turkey stuffing.

    Very timely question. I also squealed like a little girl when the box arrived today because I had the company I bought the crackers from include 2 boxes of Drake’s Devil Dogs. Which were my childhood crack. I could walk into Grandma’s kitchen today blindfolded and find the the drawer where they were kept.



  38. The fabulous Heidi U. allegedly said:

    My mom’s divinity. She has made it every Thanksgiving and Christmas since I can remember.



  39. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    Butterscotch pie without a doubt. My mom still has it taped to the inside of her cabinet in my grandmother’s handwriting and no matter how many times I make it, it is never as good as when my mom does!



  40. The fabulous tara allegedly said:

    What an awesome idea. So cute.
    Home foods are Nanaimo bars and sausage rolls.
    Imoved to the US from Canada.



  41. The fabulous eileensideways allegedly said:

    a tune comes to mind from my childhood days “swiss miss instant cocoa, makes you warm inside”. coming in after shoveling out from a winter storm and sipping hot chocolate with marshmallows makes me warm inside.



  42. The fabulous Denniele allegedly said:

    Christmas coffee cake…my mom isn’t the best of cooks but I love this cake-like concoction that we would have every year on Christmas morning. It is filled with cinnamon and pecans and oohhh so wonderful when fresh out of the oven. You will have to keep us updated on how the arm twirling goes!



  43. The fabulous Mickey allegedly said:

    cookies of course…but specifically, rum balls…once you get a few of these in your belly it feels like xmas!



  44. The fabulous Shari allegedly said:

    It would have to be my mom’s homemade stuffing, rolls, and her pumpkin or coconut cream pie. That is my home food from my mom! I love it, because she’s a fabulous cook and it’s always made from love!



  45. The fabulous Katie allegedly said:

    My mom’s pumpkin pie. She makes it every year with “Libby” brand canned pumpkins and the recipe on the back - it’s not gourmet, but it’s definitely the tie that binds my family for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. One year she forgot the sugar and there were frowny faces all round the table…



  46. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Nothing smells more like family than my stepmom’s red beans and rice cooking at our annual reunion at Holden Beach, NC. Beam me there now, Mr. Scott!



  47. The fabulous susan allegedly said:

    Awesome gnoma pads. Spritz cookies always remind me of childhood holidays. We always fought over who got to use the cookie press



  48. The fabulous Mary Beth allegedly said:

    Mom’s dressing. Warm and mushy. There will be a big bowl of it this Thursday!



  49. The fabulous Alisha allegedly said:

    Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete with my grandmother’s sweet potato pie. Even though she isn’t with us anymore, everytime I eat a pie made with her recipe, it always makes me think of her.



  50. The fabulous Jen allegedly said:

    Fried chicken! Maybe it’s because I don’t personally make it. Or Maybe that’s because 75% of our dinners were fried chicken growing up! These are cutest Santa gnomes! I love his beard!



  51. The fabulous Monica allegedly said:

    Hmm I would have to say my grandmas apple pie. She is 93 years old and no longer able to make it herself so I carry on the tradition.



  52. The fabulous Pink Fawn allegedly said:

    Love the little gnome trivet! My favorite holiday dish is hashbrown casserole. Lots of cheesy buttery goodness!



  53. The fabulous Kelly allegedly said:

    Nothing says family gathering in my house like the smell of roasting turkey. Because we are geographically separated, the only times we can all get together are around the holidays. Lucky me, my husband cooks Thanksgiving dinner every year, for the whole house full of guests!

    Speaking of, my husband’s sister is staying with us right now, and his mom will be here on Thursday. Guess what we will be doing tomorrow as a family? Making Gnomey gifts! Cut, sew, turn, stuff… couldn’t be easier, luv it!



  54. The fabulous MoeWest allegedly said:

    My Mom was a great cook. Sunday dinner was always some kind of roast. She made her roast beef with potatoes roasted with the meat. She had a special rub for the meat, and the gravy was delicious.



  55. The fabulous Cathy allegedly said:

    My mom’s chocolate chip cookies - yes, they are the ones on the package but they taste like home to me.



  56. The fabulous Texana allegedly said:

    Oh, aren’t you clever! I bought some Santa Gnomes a while back planning to stuff them and make toys for my grandkids, but on my drawing board are also plans to make some mug-rugs…Those would be so cute and certainly better used by the older grandkids to put under their cocoa and cider mugs. Thanks for the idea!

    To answer your question, Sausage Kolaches with spiced cider on Christmas Eve, then our favorite Christmas Cookie–Santa’s Whiskers, a couple left out for Santa.



  57. The fabulous Rachel Locke allegedly said:

    Most definitely my moms angel biscuits!! My sisters and I fight over the last one every year. Love them!! (well the sisters too)



  58. The fabulous Becky M allegedly said:

    My mom loved to make different gourmet meals so there isn’t one thing jumping out at me. I’d have to say my moms chocolate chipcookies. They are a constant at all gatherings and now I make them for holidays.



  59. The fabulous Polly allegedly said:

    Sweet potatoe cassarole with marshmallows!! Thanks for the chance to win!



  60. The fabulous mean sarah jean allegedly said:

    okay, those are the cutest potholders. i think i’ll be stopping at the fabric shop tomorrow. lucky for me, the one i go to carries your line.

    a winter time tradition for me and my grandpa is to stay up roasting pine nuts and cracking shelled nuts until they are all gone (or til our hands hurt)



  61. The fabulous Jill Majers allegedly said:

    The food that says home to me was Mom’s sweet potato casserole. It had marshmallows on top and I loved it! Thanks for the chance to win your fabulous charm pack!



  62. The fabulous Annette allegedly said:

    I have got to make some of those sweet hotpads! Nothing is more like home to me than a pot of hot soup, especially homemade chicken noodle. And my mom used to make the noodles from scratch! So good.



  63. The fabulous Kate allegedly said:

    My Mum’s roast lamb, with all the trimmings: roast potato and pumking, green beans, and cauliflower with cheese sauce.



  64. The fabulous Lynn Osborne allegedly said:

    Definitely meat loaf! Thanks for the chance to win.



  65. The fabulous nitasha j allegedly said:

    My grandma’s sweet potatoe pie and her peach cobbler! suuweeet!!!!



  66. The fabulous Suzanne allegedly said:

    Family dinner of corned beef and potato salad, made by Mom.



  67. The fabulous Ramona allegedly said:

    I just two panels of gnomes today, might have to go back for more tomorrow, because my sister would love these… Food wise, we almost always try something new, so the only constant is probably creamed pearl onions. Yum.



  68. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    My favorite holiday treat was my grandma’s peanut butter fudge. It was so good and always meant that it was holiday season to me. I have her recipe, and I make it every year, but it’s just not the same as hers was.



  69. The fabulous Janis allegedly said:

    Homemade bread feels like home and family along with our mother’s holiday cookie recipes.



  70. The fabulous Bailey allegedly said:

    The candies/desserts that one doesn’t think to make any other time of the year: fudge, peppermint bark, etc. I see a tray of stuff like that and it brings me right back to my childhood and spending Christmas Eve at my Grandma’s house with the whole family.



  71. The fabulous Christine M allegedly said:

    Gnoma Claus is very cute!



  72. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Ding ding ding! We have a winner! This is exactly what I’m going to make with my prized Gnoma Claus panel.

    Oh, and food that says family gathering? Italian feast! Crostini, linguini with clam sauce, ensalata caprese, Italian sausage, penne puttanesca, garlic focaccia, cappuccino pie, gelato…



  73. The fabulous Sue Goodin allegedly said:

    Mom’s nut rolls say home and love for me.
    This is our first Christmas without her so it’s going to be a hard one.



  74. The fabulous Penny g allegedly said:

    My dish that says home to me was my Dad’s fried cornbread. He die in 1994 and I have missed it so much since then.



  75. The fabulous JenniferB allegedly said:

    My favorite dish that makes me think “home” is sweet potato casserole made with my grandma’s recipe.
    Jennifer



  76. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    The Gnoma hot pad is so cute! Hmmm…food that says home…cookies…buttermilk sugar cookies!



  77. The fabulous Sharon Vrooman allegedly said:

    Oh, hard, but it’s the breakfast brunch when family and friends are here. A spread of so many goodies that you could eat all day. The favorite and fought over part are the blueberry pancakes.



  78. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    The hotpads are Gnomalicious!

    The dish that says home or family gatherings to me is Texas Sheet Cake. My mom made this a million times when we were teenagers (our house was the gathering spot) and still does for birthdays occasionally. It’s delish!



  79. The fabulous Charming's Mama allegedly said:

    A tall glass of cold milk and a fresh from the oven warm chocolate chip cookie. I could use a Gnoma hot pad, with the next batch, so cute.



  80. The fabulous Katie R allegedly said:

    home =banana bread, green pineapple jello, or peppermint christmas cookies :) yumm!



  81. The fabulous Pauline allegedly said:

    Candied yams is the first thing that comes to mind. Years ago, my mother-in-law (RIP) made them and I learned how to make them from her. They are made from scratch: scrub and boil the yams, peel them, and prepare them for baking. My daughter now makes them. They are still as yummy as ever and brings me many happy memories of family gatherings around the dinner table.



  82. The fabulous duff allegedly said:

    Fabulous hotpad! Careful, though, putting a mug on it–might be misconstrued as one of THOSE things.
    Nothing says family gathering to me like a dish my mother makes makes aptly named “The Man Pleaser.” It’s some mixture of potatoes, cream, peppers, Irish know-how, and cheese with corn flakes on top, baked within an inch of its life. the manfolk go berzerk.



  83. The fabulous Bridget allegedly said:

    Jello and Jello Sauce. I must keep the sauce recipe secret, as it’s a family tradition :)



  84. The fabulous Carol allegedly said:

    those hot pads/coasters/mug rugs are the cutest! I must find a source for them! Holiday to me is fresh cranberry-orange relish and a fresh cranberry orange salad–even cranberry orange bread. All have a whole orange ground in the dish and say Holiday Time to me.



  85. The fabulous Marcia W. allegedly said:

    Q: What food or what dish says to you “home” or “family gathering”? My mother makes several meat dishes and deserts regularly for our family gatherings: beef roast from the oven and ham; deep dish pecan pie and lemon meringue pie. She has the pecan pies ready for Thanksgiving!
    Please enter me into the charms giveaway #2. Thanks.



  86. The fabulous MollyP allegedly said:

    I have already started stock-piling gnoma panels and now I need to start using them. Love your gnoma hot pads! We have 2 always/gotta have holiday dishes- Sweet Potato Casserole with pecan crumble topping (at EVERY family holiday meal) and chocolate gravy (it’s a southern thing).



  87. The fabulous Lyn allegedly said:

    my mum’s peach cheesecake is the best, and it definitely speaks “home” to me :)



  88. The fabulous Sonia allegedly said:

    Wow you got some responses to this one. I am wondering what some are, I will have another internet search to do today. The food that makes me think home are yorkshire puddings, I can’t make them like my Mum so whenever I have them it takes me back to childhood in an instant. I must learn how to make them cause I always want to remember, maybe even my kids will too.



  89. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    That food question is a tough one. Funny, huh? But I have two questions for you: 1) Where is the latest issue of Quilts and More on your sidebar? I just got it, then had to buy more Holiday Happy fabric so that I could make the DARling quilt of yours in it; 2) (and I really want to swear here, and whine, and kick my feet) I don’t get the m_g r_g thing. Seriously. I have lain awake at night trying to figure it out. My girls are always telling me that I have a dirty mind. But apparently, it isn’t dirty enough.

    And the food thing? Right now I’m going to go with coffee.



  90. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    What a great questions Monica! My Mom’s braided Christmas bread with almonds and white raisins is to die for!!! I wish I would have learned how to make it. She’s not up to it any more at 90.



  91. The fabulous kara allegedly said:

    croissants and bacon on Christmas morning. mmmm, I never have them anywhere else.



  92. The fabulous Angie allegedly said:

    Dad’s pumpkin pies and mom’s deviled eggs mean family gatherings filled with heart-felt chats about how much we love and appreciate one another.



  93. The fabulous Debbie St. Germain allegedly said:

    Cornbread stuffing, I love the smell as it is cooking and I love eating it with hot gravy.

    Debbie



  94. The fabulous Cathy A allegedly said:

    It’s my grandma’s potato casserole that she always made. That’s one that the whole family agrees is reserved for holidays!



  95. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    A Gingerbread recipe that has been in our family for over 100 years…some like it, some hate it for it’s intense flavoring but it was the center of our holiday world during ‘Cookie Day’ at our house-some of the few happy family memories-I even have some of the original old tin cookie cutters like Gingerbread men with the pointy heads hmmm ironically shaped like Gnoma, coincidence? I don’t think so…



  96. The fabulous Laura K allegedly said:

    I love my mom’s sausage stuffing which is amazing because my mom is not known for her great cooking. She grew up with a mom who never ever cooked. I did not have a grandma who baked cookies and apple pie but I loved her to death anyway!



  97. The fabulous DianeY allegedly said:

    Chicken hekka! No way to explain this one!



  98. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    It would have to be dressing/stuffing.
    I love the smell of dressing. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I love it with the giblets or with sausage. Actually I just like food in general. Just the smell walking into someones house says ‘Home’ to me. pam

    Great looking pot holder. I will have to look for a panel so I can make some of these.



  99. The fabulous Laurel allegedly said:

    It has to be sugar cookies decorated with buttercream frosting, or maybe just smeared with some–it’s faster and you can get to eating them sooner!



  100. The fabulous anne allegedly said:

    Yule Kage - definitely a family favorite for us. My mom made it for all holidays. It is a swedish christmas bread. Yummy toasted with butter.



  101. The fabulous vivayne allegedly said:

    Wow, those Santa gnomes are super duper cute! Now if you would have been thinkingyou would have asked for recipes! All those comments above sound so tummy.

    My grandma made the best homemade spaghetti sauce and it definitely says home. She would start in the morning and let it simmer all day. By the time it was ready we had all skipped lunch waiting for the good stuff. We would have that sometimes on Christmas Eve since we would have turkey on thanksgiving and Christmas. Also we always celebrate on Christmas eve @ midnight.

    Our ‘holiday staple’ is definitely baked Mac n cheese. Baked noodles Layered with butter and cheese, salt & pepper then baked.

    If anyone wants to share recipes you can email them to me & I will forward all of them to whoever shares-if its good 4 ur holiday its good 4 mine!



  102. The fabulous Shannon allegedly said:

    For me it would be deviled eggs. We only have them at Easter and Thanksgiving.



  103. The fabulous Hayley allegedly said:

    Mine would have to be my Grandma’s Stuffing. Every one of the grand kids, and there were 5 of us, would pile their plate high with it, so much so she made two large batches every year in hopes for leftovers. It never happened, we always ate it all.

    It brings a lot of good memories to me because my grandma is no longer with us. My mom figured out my grandma’s recipe so we can have that little bit of Granny with us every holiday.



  104. The fabulous Mishka allegedly said:

    Gorgeous fabrics. My home recipe would have to be my mom’s roast beef or short ribs.. I never make them as well. For Christmas, it’s her coffee cake that we have in the morning while opening presents.



  105. The fabulous Leslie Schmidt allegedly said:

    Meat loaf and mashed potatoes! I don’t know that it was anything special, but it always says comfort to me. And one look at me and you will see that I took in all the comfort I could!



  106. The fabulous Pamela allegedly said:

    Sugar cookies with frosting and egg-nog by the Christmas tree in the evening while the lights twinkle. My favorite thing!



  107. The fabulous Jane allegedly said:

    Oh easy peasy, My Moms stuffing, it was the best ever!



  108. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    My Mom’s Deliscous Cookies. Oatmeal, Rice Krispies, Chocolate Chips. Nothing reminds me more of home than all of us cousins, nieces and nephews getting together to decorate cookies for the holidays. Home made microwave fudge and peanut brittle. Oh the memories. My Mom has been gone for eleven years and I miss those big fun hoildays. It’s just not the same without her.



  109. The fabulous Monica allegedly said:

    My grandparents every Christmas would make cookies, fudge, and other confectionary goodies and give me a little tray all my own. My favorite was their decorated cookie cutter cookies that looked like circus animals. They tasted like cardboard but they were beautiful…LOL.



  110. The fabulous Pari allegedly said:

    My mom makes a German dish called rouladen. It’s delicious! I haven’t had it in ages. I’ve tried making it myself, but it’s never quite the same as hers…



  111. The fabulous Kaye Prince allegedly said:

    Turkey always say home to me! Canadian Thanksgiving is always around my birthday (I was born on Thanksgiving weekend) and it’s the one time of year that I can count on having dinner with my Mum and grandparents (and for the last two years, Alex too)!

    My Mum also is not such a fan of making turkey but makes it special for me on Thanksgiving since it’s my birthday treat!



  112. The fabulous Andrea allegedly said:

    Spritzgeback and lebkuchen ….and homemade stollen… Mmmm



  113. The fabulous Joan Stoltz allegedly said:

    My grandmothers fruitcake, affectionately called Min’s Yum Yum Cake. Its really moist and even has frosting. The kids even like the filling before its mixed with the flour. Just juicy candied fruit, nuts, and raisin in a great sauce. Gave them all a jar one Christmas!



  114. The fabulous Beth T. allegedly said:

    My mom always made “Christmas salad”, a fruit salad concoction made with bing cherries (canned), pineapple (canned), orange slices, heavy cream, and marshmallows. We kids used to ask why we couldn’t have it at any time other than Thanksgiving and Christmas, and she would always say, “Then it wouldn’t be special.” She was right–by serving it only at holidays, it became a very special treat for us. When I became a vegetarian in my twenties, she would always make a separate bowl for me, sans marshmallows. What a good mom she was.



  115. The fabulous WYO Di allegedly said:

    Creamed peas and new potatoes direct from Grammy’s garden. Now, that is a comfort down home food for sure! One, any GNOMA would luv!



  116. The fabulous Lisa Arndt allegedly said:

    Seems strange but coleslaw… My mom makes it every year and it goes great with the potatoes:)



  117. The fabulous Jean allegedly said:

    Interesting question. My mom always used to make Russian Tea Cookies and Chinese Chews (a date cookie) every christmas. That along with her fudge and I was on a very happy surgar high!



  118. The fabulous Jeni Allen allegedly said:

    Homemade bread of all kinds. . . cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls or my all time favorite, scones! Fried bread with butter and honey on top. Super good memories that I continue on with my kids, because they are the best!



  119. The fabulous Lori K. allegedly said:

    Spinach Lasagne is the one dish that my kids always want me to make for family get togethers



  120. The fabulous Carol in E TN allegedly said:

    We always seem to want green bean casserole at our family gatherings!



  121. The fabulous Andi allegedly said:

    Don’t laugh but … CHICKEN SCHNITZEL!!!



  122. The fabulous Julia allegedly said:

    königsberger klopse! (meatballs in a white sauce with capers and beetroot) or spaghetti bolognese!
    love the idea of a gnoma hot pad…almost too cute to use (because mine get stains even before they get used! :) ).



  123. The fabulous Sivje Parish allegedly said:

    Simple, I know, but my mom’s fudge is always Christmas for me. When I was a kid, I was the only one allergic to walnuts in our family. So she would always make me my own batch of fudge that was nut free. And she would leave it in the metal pan and carve a giant “S” in the top of the fudge so it was clear it was mine!
    She still does it for me!



  124. The fabulous Laura allegedly said:

    Ohh…it would have to be irish wheaten bread - my mum would have it on the table as a ’starter’ for dinner, while she served the main dish. Everyone would be helping themselves and talking about their day. When we go to Ireland to visit my family its one of the things I really look forward to :)



  125. The fabulous Katy allegedly said:

    my mum thought she could cook, and also thought she could put on a really great spread for family gatherings. Now, for those special occasions like Christmas or Easter we would get the luxury canned ham and canned salmon out. Mmmmmm. I bet you wish you could come to my parent’s place, doncha?



  126. The fabulous Emma allegedly said:

    My mom’s sausage stuffing (technically it’s dressing since it doesn’t go inside of the bird, but still) with cranberry-strawberry sauce on top. It’s absolutely DIVINE.



  127. The fabulous Hayley allegedly said:

    My mom makes this cool wreath out of cornflakes and marshmellows. It is not difficult, but every time she or I make it, it just feels like home at Christmas.



  128. The fabulous Anne allegedly said:

    homemade chocolates - yum!



  129. The fabulous Stacey allegedly said:

    my fave home food during the holidays is a dish my mom used to make, that i do now every holiday, it’s actually a side dish, it’s bacon and fresh green beans, i cook the bacon in the pan, when it’s done, i add the green beans and cook till they are tender, it is so good, and every time i make it, my 4 kids and husband and i eat it all up, usually there are not much leftovers.



  130. The fabulous Janice allegedly said:

    What a lovely potholder.
    What reminds me of my mum who has passed away is Bread Pudding she would make this & do 2 big trays of it, i make it but theses days i do it a bit more healthy & not with the blocks of lard/fat that they use to use
    Happy Holidays to everyone
    Hugs Janice



  131. The fabulous maget allegedly said:

    My aunt makes these awesome Polish cookies called hrust (I can’t spell it). They’re a simple slightly orange flavoured dough that’s deep fried and coated in powdered sugar . . . soo good but soo bad. Thanks for the chance to win!



  132. The fabulous kern allegedly said:

    The dish at my parents’ house was what we called Canadian dressing. Thusly named because the recipe came from my maternal grandmother who is Canadian. We always called it that. Then when I was an adult my Grandmama corrected me and called it Irish Potato Dressing. Why? Because it came from her grandmother who was an Irish immigrant. By any name, it’s very tasty. All potato-y and sage-y.



  133. The fabulous Carol allegedly said:

    Mashed potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese.



  134. The fabulous Karin allegedly said:

    Darling potholders, Monica! Now for the question- At our house, it’s funeral potatoes. A terrible name for something so homely and delicious. Thinly sliced potatoes, a creamy bechamel, and cheese. Mmmmmmm. :)
    Have a happy Thanksgiving!



  135. The fabulous Audrey allegedly said:

    My Mom’s honey spice cut outs are ‘home’ to me and also her scalloped potatoes. Who doesn’t love cookies and potatoes@



  136. The fabulous Johanna allegedly said:

    Since we celebrate on christmas eve (yeah, that’s the German tradition here) we have to have something to eat that doesn’t take long to prepare (because all day long we are busy chasing the cat that wants to get into the christmas tree and buying gifts that we somehow forgot to buy before…).
    So we are eating pasta salad. Something that all four kids like (which is actually very rare!) and which won’t drive my Mom crazy preparing. Christmas eve is all about trying to avoid craziness. Emphasis on “trying”…



  137. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Absolutely LOVE the pot holders! They will make great gifts!! The food that reminds me of the holiday’s is ham. When my grandma was living, we’d always go to her house for the holidays. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t miss her. The smell of a tasty ham in the oven reminds me of all the love she gave, not only at holiday time, but year round. Those are some great hallmark memories! xoxo



  138. The fabulous simone allegedly said:

    Monica, the tutorial is perfect! I L-O-V-E it!
    I will use it as a coaster. So happy!!!

    The dish that makes me feel home with my parents: chocolade mousse. This is a dessert, with chocolate, cream, eggs etc. mixed in a very special way by my mom. Only my youngest sister can make it the way my mom does!



  139. The fabulous Jill allegedly said:

    Love the potholders!!!! Holidays at home always included cranberry sauce….yep right out of the can!!!!!! I don’t rewally remember anyone ever eating it but it was always there.
    Jill



  140. The fabulous Kathy allegedly said:

    This is too cute! I have to make these - perfect idea.
    Twice baked Potatoes are the “family gathering” item for me. Butter Cookies, now my job, are the “its Christmas” sign.



  141. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Thank you for the potholder tutorial Monica! They’re too cute to use for pots, so I think mine will turn out to be mug mats for Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.

    Favorite food that says home? Lasagna -my little Italian Mother made the best lasagna for us!

    P.S. What’s a deciliter? Is that like a cookie press?



  142. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    These days I’d say homemade gravy! My Grandma made gravy with every meal - but every meal was meat and potatoes! Now I only eat homemade gravy with family gathering meals.

    The others are right, I wouldn’t put a pot on that cute gnome! I would use it for a giant coaster if it came with yummy cookies!



  143. The fabulous Moon allegedly said:

    My mom’s cornbread stuffing. Celery, mushrooms, pecans…and a TON of butter. Lawsy, yes.



  144. The fabulous Becky in Georgia allegedly said:

    There are lots of dishes that say Home, but none like GUMBO. I grew up in Cajun country in Louisiana. Gumbo especially chicken and sausage Gumbo is family food. We’re havinig Turkey Gumbo tonight with neighbors. They had their family Thanksgiving last night. The Gumbo is from the turkey left-overs. Happy Thanksgiving!



  145. The fabulous Stray Stitches allegedly said:

    The food that says home to me is Bumbleberry pie. It is a mixture of blueberries, blackberries, and boysenberries. Sooooo good.



  146. The fabulous Jan allegedly said:

    Prune tarts, a treat from our Finnish heritage. They taste way better than they sound.



  147. The fabulous Colleen allegedly said:

    Nothing says Home to me like my moms pumpkin bars and they “day after turkey bundles!” Thanks for the tutorial - love the fabric!



  148. The fabulous kathy harris allegedly said:

    Pot roast says home to me. My grandmother made the best pot roast ever and now that she is gone, my aunt makes the best pot roast. I have tried to duplicate it (even have the same pot)but mine is definitely different. Thanks for sharing your cute patterns.



  149. The fabulous kade allegedly said:

    At family gatherins we always have my mom’s sweet potato casserole.



  150. The fabulous Rori Jensen allegedly said:

    We always have Swedish Meatballs for Christmas Eve and my mother-in-law gives us a Swedish Tea Ring for Christmas morning. Love the little gnomes…cute…cute…cute!



  151. The fabulous Kate allegedly said:

    Our favorite family dish is German Hamburgers. No bun for this tasty dish, just add salt, pepper, egg and chopped onion to the meat, fry up the patties and serve with mashed potatoes and gravy (made from the drippings). I am always amazed at how many people enjoy this dish when they visit.



  152. The fabulous Angela S allegedly said:

    My sister’s curried crab dip is one of my favorite things about the holidays



  153. The fabulous Valerie in CS allegedly said:

    For me, nothing says “family gathering” like our Christmas Eve chicken wings. We’ve been having the same wings now for 17 years —- and have celebrated Christmas Eve with the same close friends-who-are-like-family for just as long. The recipe came from them and it always spells “home” to me. *grin*



  154. The fabulous Nichole allegedly said:

    It would have to be my mom’s frosted sugar cookies. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them (even if I have to make them now).



  155. The fabulous Brenda Kula allegedly said:

    Cornbread stuffing. That answer just has to be cornbread stuffing. I just love your colorful creations!
    Brenda



  156. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    OH gosh! I’m almost weeping from cuteness overload!!!! Can’t even stand it. Off to get my Gnome panel without delay!

    (My fabric for my Holiday Happy apron came! Wa-hoo! Hoping to whip it out this weekend. It’s not for me, but to darn cute that I’m ordering more fabric because I NEED one too!!)
    xoxoxox

    I have something for you. Are you guys going to be hungry Sunday morning???



  157. The fabulous Kimmer allegedly said:

    Molasses cookies. The chewy, sugar-on-top molasses cookies like my Grandmother used to make. My mouth is watering just thinking about them!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win some adorable gnomas!



  158. The fabulous Mary Winegar allegedly said:

    Cutout cookies, with frosting on them. My Mother-in Law has a recipe that all her kids like. She doesn’t make them any more. So for Christmas last year I sent my sister-in-law, and brother-in-laws cookies.



  159. The fabulous Marianne allegedly said:

    For me it has to be the turkey with homemade stuffing and of course the gravy. But then it could be the Wifesaver breakfast our family shares or maybe the tray of Christmas cookies or…..? I love the cute project you have included today. thanks



  160. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    For a single dish, I would have to say my mom’s flank steak. It is my children’s favorite meal. Then, there’s the big Thanksgiving Day feast she prepares. There isn’t really any one dish on that day. What makes it special and memorable is that we’re all together with a table laden with everything delicious (my favorite being the cranberry jello salad–only prepared for Thanksgiving).



  161. The fabulous Tracey allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh, that takes me back. The dish that says home and holidays has got to be turkey, with everything. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy. MMMMMM. I get hungry just thinking about it.



  162. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    Rolls with homemade raspberry jam! Nothing say home to me like that. Thanks for the darling giveaway.



  163. The fabulous Paula L. allegedly said:

    My Mom’s almond cake, so yummy!
    Thanks for the giveaway!



  164. The fabulous Paula in NH allegedly said:

    Sugar cookies and thin ribbon candy and chocolate covered cherries . . . these are a few of my favorite foods at Christmas.



  165. The fabulous Dana allegedly said:

    O.K. I posted this by accident on day 1, please ignore it, I was lost in the world of a boob growing doll. Anyway, My mom makes an amazing veal stew with dumplings. I don’t eat veal anymore so that could be a problem, but the dumplings would be delicious. Mostly they just order out now, so I probably won’t have that problem.



  166. The fabulous Cori Niehoff allegedly said:

    Fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy.
    That just says homey and comforting to me.



  167. The fabulous cori allegedly said:

    My family dish is mashed potatoes with grandmama’s gravy. She makes the best gravy.I just can not make it like her.



  168. The fabulous Melly allegedly said:

    Around here it’s Breakfast Tacos. It’s too much food and too much work for us to make for ourselves but every time our families (the ones we were born into and the ones we make ourselves) come to visit we make them. We got the recipe off the Sin City DVD extras of all places. It’s soooo good and just fantastic for brunch (and by brunch I mean too-lazy-to-get-up-and-make-breakfast) or for those Breakfast for Dinner nights.



  169. The fabulous Vickie allegedly said:

    This is so hard but I would have to say home equals homemade cinnamon rolls hot out of the oven suffocated with lots of caramel icing!



  170. The fabulous Amber allegedly said:

    Mine is Mom’s fruit salad. Whenever I knew we were going to a family gathering, I’d ask her if she was going to make it. I love it so much, that I asked her for the recipe, and it was funny when she told me. It was “well you need a little of this, and a lot of that”. Because I don’t do well with that, she had to make it to give me a better idea what she uses lol



  171. The fabulous Cherry allegedly said:

    My favorite memory is steamed carrot pudding with rum sauce - yum! It was a hassle to make, but worth the effort.



  172. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Oh goodness! If these aren’t just the CUTEST things EVER!

    My great-grandmother’s lasagna recipe is one of my go-to “home” recipes. She was Italian and knew her way around the kitchen. It takes the better part of a day to put together but is the BEST lasagna I’ve ever tasted in my life. The secret is in the parmesan cheese sauce. Plus, it makes my whole house smell amazing.



  173. The fabulous Tara allegedly said:

    Cookies, cookies, and more cookies! Frankly, so many cookies that it’s nearly shameful. Note… I said “nearly”. :) My MIL used to make tons of cookies at Christmas and that habit was picked up by her son (not my husband, sadly!) and my FIL who rain upon us all manners of cookie goodness. Mmmm…I’m totally hungry now!



  174. The fabulous candace allegedly said:

    For Christmas it has to be my mum’s stuffed shells.



  175. The fabulous Angie allegedly said:

    Chicken and dumplins’ Soup beans and cornbread



  176. The fabulous baukje allegedly said:

    My mother’s filled apples in the oven. When I was a child I always was in the kitchen when she was baking, just the smell………



  177. The fabulous Brittany allegedly said:

    Cabin Potatoes!
    Potatoes chopped up and smothered in CHEESE, cream of mushroom soup, onions and sour cream. Yum!



  178. The fabulous Lynne allegedly said:

    I’m gonna say my mom’s green jello salad. I’ve had variations, but none quite the same. Hers is pure 1960’s delish- green jello, cottage cheese, pineapple, and grated American cheese. Sounds horrid, but it is simply yum!



  179. The fabulous Linda allegedly said:

    I love your fabric sooooo much!! My favorite Christmas memory is my Great Aunt making fried oysters for breakfast on Chrismas morning. But alas, I do not like oysters!! LOL!! She also made some awesome Chex mix that she called Party Pack for some reason!



  180. The fabulous Jessie allegedly said:

    Dressing! Any time we get together as a family someone makes cornbread dressing and it is my favorite thing ever!



  181. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    Mmmm… my mom makes crazy-awesome strawberry pie! (but that’s kind of a summer thing)

    For this time of year, it’s probably her cream cheese mashed potatoes. Soooo good!



  182. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    Turkey Tetrazzini with tiny little bits of red pimento made by my Mom. Best ever!



  183. The fabulous Kristen allegedly said:

    I make 15 different kinds of cookies. I make bunches and share. Oh so yummy!

    Italian wedding ball soup is also a well loved tradition in our house.



  184. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    My mom’s potato salad is the best. I definitely think of home. I can taste it now. Mmmm.



  185. The fabulous Chris allegedly said:

    I make and give out homemade cinnamon rolls every Christmas. The smell of cinnamon says holiday to me every time.



  186. The fabulous Janet K allegedly said:

    Baking is home for me - especially “Mrs. Dilworth’s Chocolate Chip Cookies” (my first babysitter’s recipe), and fresh blueberry pie.



  187. The fabulous Tonya allegedly said:

    My father’s turkey. He insists upon starting it at five in the morning for as far back as I can remember. We’re the only family I know of that eat turkey for breakfast. Needless to say, I can savor the smell of many a baking bird but unless it’s 5am, it’s not Christmas.



  188. The fabulous VickiT allegedly said:

    Oh gosh of all things I cook or bake, this is a very easy question. Everyone, not just family, but anyone who comes to visit me always asks if I’ll make my homemade biscuits and sausage gravy and/or my homemade brownies. I am known for both of those dishes as well as my own chili recipes perfected over the past 30 yrs. But the one that says “HOME” to them all has to be my biscuits and sausage gravy. None of us are ever tired of eating that meal and I love making it because honestly, it’s so easy but SOOOOOOo good.



  189. The fabulous Tammy Mabry allegedly said:

    Mine would be simple mashed potatoes and green beans. No matter what else she cooked, Mama always had these two dishes to go along too. Love your site. Thanks for the Holiday Happy.



  190. The fabulous Ellen Ban allegedly said:

    My mom’s Spritz cookies are a fond memory of Christmas time at home. I try to make at least one batch every year…



  191. The fabulous Stephane in Alaska allegedly said:

    From now on when I open your blog, I’m going to have to make sure I’m sitting in a chair with a back and arms because everytime your post appears, I just want to faint with all the cuteness.

    To answer your question, there are three things that say “home” and “family celebration” to me: gravy, English toffee and egg nog. All three meet the most stringent dietary and nutritional standards, of course!



  192. The fabulous Becky S allegedly said:

    Pumpkin pie and my Mom’s chicken soup are the foods that say “home” to me!



  193. The fabulous KatieQ allegedly said:

    I hate to say this, but my late mother was a pretty awful cook. She considered her specialty to be bread pudding, closely followed by the grease she would scoop out of the bottom of the pan and call gravy. Her bread pudding was loaded with fruit that made it heavy and gummy. The best part of it was the whipped cream we loaded on top of it to mask the taste and texture. Whenever I think of that bread pudding it reminds me, for better or worse, of the holidays when I was a little girl.



  194. The fabulous Robin J in Texas allegedly said:

    I would have to say my mom’s fried chicken says home or family. Everyone loves it.

    Also your site is one of my “happy” places that I visit often.



  195. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    My dad could make 1 thing 1 thing only…beanie weenies.
    He would mix pork and beans with cut-up hot dogs and heat it on the stove. To this day, 40 years later, I cannot eat a hot dog and pork and beans on the same plate!



  196. The fabulous chris allegedly said:

    i love my mother’s macaroni and cheese with sliced black olives baked in.



  197. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Tapioca pudding! I love the subtle flavour and the texture … I know it grosses some people out, but I loved it when my mom made it and still do! Thank you for the giveaway!



  198. The fabulous Judy George allegedly said:

    Nenaw’s dressing is what we all look forward to when we have Thanksgiving at home. We all try to imitate it, but can never duplicate hers!



  199. The fabulous dawn allegedly said:

    Nothing says home to me more than Cornish Pasties…short A in Pasties which is way different than the long A variety…lol



  200. The fabulous Heather F allegedly said:

    definitely my Mom’s cinnamon buns. They have been passed down for several generations and they are GOOOOOODDD!!



  201. The fabulous Becky P allegedly said:

    My mother is a fabulous cook but my very favorite of the many comfort foods she cooked was a great pot roast with gravy, potatoes and carrots. YUMMY!!!



  202. The fabulous Kristin J allegedly said:

    Holidays: Corn bread dressing, without a doubt is the MOM dish we crave. And the leftovers go into Dad’s “turkey tacos”
    I hope someday my kids have a great answer for their favorite dish, because I rarely cook for the holidays, we have too many good cooks in our family and are always going to their places.



  203. The fabulous Megan M. allegedly said:

    Thanksgiving home is my grandma’s stuffing (actually dressing but we always call it stuffing). Christmas home is my mom’s cranberry coffee cake she makes for Christmas morning. Easter home is cheese strata.



  204. The fabulous Dana B. allegedly said:

    My mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls are the best! Closely followed by her homemade pizza. (These potholders are so cute!!)



  205. The fabulous jodi allegedly said:

    Great project! Love it. Old fashioned sugar cookies. No holiday or family gathering would be the same without them.



  206. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    Peppermint ice cream pie- just ice cream pressed into a chocolate cookie pie crust. The key, of course, is to top it with my mom’s fabulous homemade hot fudge. I should really make on of those right now…



  207. The fabulous marjatta allegedly said:

    My mom’s cabbage rolls and “pulla”, which is a delicious coffee bread flavored with cardamon.



  208. The fabulous Liz A. allegedly said:

    no two ways about it, peppermint chiffon pie!



  209. The fabulous Laura Tawney allegedly said:

    One of our favorite meals is Hasbrown Quiche. I make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas Brunch every year and other timnes in between. It’s easy, delicious, and everyone loves it!
    Laura T



  210. The fabulous Donna allegedly said:

    When I think of family get-togethers I think of Christmas Eve when we have all of my husbands’s family in for supper before the Christmas Eve church services. I always make an assortment of cookies (especially my whipped shortbread with candied cherries on top). I was an easy bake oven child!



  211. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Definitely the Cranberry Pudding that we have on Christmas Night! Love those cute little potholders.

    And…um…I hate to state the obvious, but when I didn’t receive the e-mail that I won the last drawing, I checked and you spelled my name wrong. And on top of that, I was looking in a magazine the other day and I saw you and SW3 have been sl*ttin’ around without me! Just for that I had a few extra shifts…well, you know. (Congrats on a great project, btw!)



  212. The fabulous Stephanie allegedly said:

    Wow. There is a whole load of dishes that must be at every family gathering involving food… I guess everyone’s favorite is the deviled eggs. Especially if my dad is the one to make them. YUM!!
    (Special note for Christmas- the homemade candies that we only make at Christmas time might edge out the eggs. But only slightly!)



  213. The fabulous Linda allegedly said:

    I’M WITH YOU - IT’S MOM’S BUTTER COOKIES!
    SO YUMMY! THANKS SO FOR SHARING!



  214. The fabulous Ina allegedly said:

    Lasagna says ‘home’ to me. It is one of the very first things I cooked after I got married. It is still a favorite of hubby’s. ;0

    p.s. I had an Easy Bake Oven and I LOVED it and yes, I still love to bake. ;0



  215. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Love your first 2 Gnoma projects! I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments. I feel homey at the thought of Mama’s fudge and swedish cookies, oh, and slim jims lit a’fire. Of course. And so THAT’s what those fluffy little white balls are that are sprinkled throughout my sewing room, Gnoma poops!! xoxokma



  216. The fabulous Mearaid allegedly said:

    My Grandfather’s rice pancakes, sadly he is gone but thankfully my Dad makes them for us.



  217. The fabulous Sara allegedly said:

    Mmmm…it wouldn’t be a family holiday party without a big dish with both green and black olives. We’ve been known to have younger relatives run around with them stuck on their fingers or even put them on ice cream! :)



  218. The fabulous Ursula allegedly said:

    My mom makes a gingerbread slice that is spread with jam. The entire family tries to take home what isn’t eaten. One year she didn’t make it and everyone was whispering to one another asking if some one had taken it all. It was really quite funny when mom said she forgot to make it.



  219. The fabulous Dawn allegedly said:

    Every Christmas when we get together we have to have German sausage, potato salad and German coffee cake. No ifs, ands, or butts about it! My dad likes to put the sausage on the BBQ and cook it that way. Boy is it good! Can you tell that my family is German?!



  220. The fabulous Dawn allegedly said:

    My mom always made fruit-cake cookies. I loved the cookie part and picked out the nasty fruit thingies…



  221. The fabulous Doris allegedly said:

    Love the pot holders! Thank you for the lovely gift.
    Nothing says family gathering to me like Tamales!
    It is family dish that has been handed down through each gen. in my family. As is my Aunt Rose’s Harvey Wallbanger cake. Now we are cooking with gas!



  222. The fabulous PeachRainbow allegedly said:

    My mom’s light fruit cake & Jaggery cake



  223. The fabulous Chris Davis allegedly said:

    I was one of those that got an Easy Bake Oven and I still love to cook and bake!

    Anyhow, a traditional family gathering from my childhood was not complete without my mom’s spaghetti - finely minced veggies in a yummy tomato-based meat sauce, tangy yet slightly sweet. My sister makes the best approximation of it now that my mom has passed away.



  224. The fabulous Lissa allegedly said:

    Our ‘must have’ is Mars Bar slice or anzac biscuits.. When we have any family get together I get asked to make either… maybe its the only thing I can make thats edible perhaps???

    Lissa
    Australia



  225. The fabulous Jill allegedly said:

    For us at Christmas holidays it wouldn’t be the same without freshly baked cinnamon coffeecake. It bakes while we open gifts and makes the house smell heavenly!



  226. The fabulous Karen a/k/a/ The Lazy Quilter allegedly said:

    Toll house cookies (double the chips and double the nuts). :)



  227. The fabulous Roberta allegedly said:

    Mom wasn’t much of a cook but we sure did enjoy a good cup of Salada tea ;) It’s still my favorite black tea along with Red Rose. I gave up coffee years ago and now I only drink a combo of Red Rose and Blueberry Breeze (it’s a blueberry green tea combo) every day and hearing the spoon ring out as it hits the sides of the cup brings back memories of tea in the afternoon or early evenings with my Mom ;)



  228. The fabulous SewLindaAnn allegedly said:

    When I go to my mom’s the first thing I do is check the fridge to see what soup’s she’s made lately. She usually has 2 kinds in there. For me, that says home and family.



  229. The fabulous Christine allegedly said:

    mmmm…. they all sound yummy. I’d have to say Ham & Cheese casserole that my mom makes. It’s my favorite childhood recipe.



  230. The fabulous carolbrowne allegedly said:

    That’s an awesome Santa potholder. Love him! My mom makes shortbread every year - YAY! But she also decorates them with candied fruit - yuck. But still, I love seeing those cookies, picking off the red dyed candied fruit and eating them up. That’s Christmas for sure!



  231. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Oh the smell of Mom’s apple pies fresh from the oven! Mom is no longer here but sometimes I can just smell them. A girl can dream can’t she!!!!!



  232. The fabulous Melissa B. allegedly said:

    My Nannie’s homemade fried apple pies. Yum. I miss her so much.



  233. The fabulous Teri M allegedly said:

    My Granny’s dumplings!!!! Yummy.



  234. The fabulous Maria allegedly said:

    Grandma’s Pasteles which is a Puerto Rican dish, kind of like tamales but much better.



  235. The fabulous Kathie L allegedly said:

    For me it’s my Mom’s vegetable soup. It’s my one request each time I go home. kathie L in Allentown



  236. The fabulous Jody Herbert allegedly said:

    The dish that say’s ‘home’ for me would have to be freshly made piklets with strawberry jam or maple syrup. The whole family gathers at the kitchen bench while I cook them and eat them as soon as I take them out of the frying pan - yummy and warm.



  237. The fabulous susan allegedly said:

    Chocolate rum cake! YUMMY!



  238. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    A better question might be what food DOESN’T say home and holiday gathering to me? *snort* But seriously, my husband makes apple pancakes for breakfast on holidays, which I always look forward to. And when I think of going home for my mom’s cooking, it’s chicken and dumplings or lemon meringue pie that I most want.



  239. The fabulous rainey allegedly said:

    Don’t even have to think about that one: mac & cheese.

    …but not just any mac & cheese — I’m talking my crusty 4 cheese mac & cheese with only top quality cheddar (2 kinds), smoked gouda & Reggiano Parmigiano. It’s not creamy but it’s da bomb!



  240. The fabulous Judith Hogan allegedly said:

    Love the Santa potholder. It’s so cute. My favourite food and one my children always ask for at Christmas is a wonderous confection called “Secrets.” It’s a recipe given to me by my mother who got it from her sister in New Brunswick many years ago. We were sworn to secrecy and told never to give the recipe to anyone. I’ve never seen it in any magazine or cookbook, so I guess the “secret” is still safe.



  241. The fabulous kathleen grace allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh this is so stinkin cute!



  242. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    Family Jello. Hands down. Nothing says it’s a Berry or Terry family gathering (yep my mom’s maiden name was Berry and her married name was Terry)like Family Jello. For those of you not raised on jello like I was…this is the jello salad made with lime jello, cottage cheese, pineapple, mayo, walnuts, apple and I’m sure there’s a few other things in there. I love it - hubby hates it:) But since he is neither a Berry nor a Terry he has an excuse.



  243. The fabulous Susanne allegedly said:

    My mom’s Chef Boyardee pizza from a kit. We had it at the end of every week while watching Hee Haw. I still make it almost every Thursday evening- with leftovers for lunchboxes on Friday.



  244. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    My mom’s iced cut out cookies…no one can duplicate them!



  245. The fabulous Cara allegedly said:

    Turkey. We have turkey at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. We’re usually getting a little weary of it by Easter, but it’s such a long time until Thanksgiving that we’d never want to miss out on an opportunity for a bird and that homemade stuffing. And by the time September rolls around, we’re dreaming of turkey again!



  246. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    You do such cute things. I loved reading your last few posts. I have my holiday happy fabric out on my table. Love this idea you’ve got here. Fun fun fabric.



  247. The fabulous cat lady allegedly said:

    I plan to use the C&T Insul-Fleece for my hot plate/trivet. It’s a fabulous product! Thanks for the darling pattern.



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