Saturday, November 27, 2010

Black Friday Blues and Tate's Bake Shop Giveaway

Random.org chose "ohkeeka" as the winner of this wonderful giveaway from Tate's Bake Shop. Thanks to everyone who entered and please leave a comment on my "Karen's 2 Days of Christmas Extravanganza" post to win my next giveaway for a $65.00 CSN online gift code.

What the heck are we Americans thinking? This Christmas shopping thing has gotten totally out of control. Not only do we have people in our neighborhood decorating for Christmas a couple of days after Halloween, but Black Friday has now bled into Thanksgiving Day. In case you didn’t know it, Sears was open on Thanksgiving from 7 – 12 so you could pick up a new fridge on the way to grandma’s house for lunch. Kohl’s opened their doors at 3 am on Friday. 3 AM?! What could Kohl’s have in stock that gets people to interrupt their tryptophan coma and crawl out of their warm beds in the middle of the night only to stand in line for hours? Industrial diamond rings for $39.00 or quesadilla makers for $9.99? Sorry, I’ll pass and pay the extra 10% on Cyber Monday. I admit that several years ago I got up and was at Target at 4:45 am. With my tired turkey baking muscles burning and blood shot eyes feeling like someone had thrown a handful of sand in them; I took my place in line to buy two $29.00 Kawasaki (I should have known better) 7” compact video players for the kids. Long story short, I managed to beat some old woman with a walker and two pregnant ladies in a foot race to the electronics department (losers!) and got two of the last few players. Karma caught up with me a week after Christmas when my daughter’s player stopped working. I promptly took it back to Target only to find out that it was part of their limited seasonal stock that they only carry for Black Friday. I landed up paying full price on a brand name replacement. Lesson learned, no more off brand Black Friday specials for me. You can keep your Windex power tools and Keebler televisions; the man is no longer tempting me with his pseudo bargains.

I have a beautiful box of cookies and one of Tate Bake Shop's glorious cookbooks to give away to one of my readers. If you’d like a chance to win, all you have to do is be one of my followers and leave a comment to be entered. If you would like an extra entry, “Like” Tate’s Bakeshop on their Facebook page and state so in your comment. In the meantime if you’d like to order some of these special cookies, Tate’s is offering my readers a 15% discount on their online orders at tatesbakeshop.com from now until December 31st. Just enter the coupon code “cookie” at checkout. Good luck and happy shopping! Of course, if you’d rather stand in line for that industrial diamond, don’t let me discourage you. Oh by the way, I will let Random.org choose my winner on December 6th so hurry and get those entries in!





I decided to bake something from Tate's beautiful cookbook for you here today. It was a hard decision but I finally decided on the blueberry buckle. It came out beautifully as written even though I prepared it above 6,000 feet so high altitude bakers, this one's for you. It is soft and fluffy and not overly sweet. The crunchy cinnamon crumb topping is just perfect. This will definitely be on my Christmas brunch table.


Blueberry Buckle

Cake Batter:
1/2 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 – 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
Topping:
1 cup firmly packed dark or light brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup salted butter, chilled

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9-inch square pan.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until they are well combined. Add the egg, milk, baking powder, and salt. Mix the ingredients well. Stir in the flour 1 cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions. Fold in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and set it aside.

To make the topping: Combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Mix them with a pastry blender or your hands until they are combined and crumble. Sprinkle it evenly on top of the cake batter.

Bake the cake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Yield: 1 – 9” square buckle.

106 comments:

Lea Ann said...

Don't get me started about the ridiculous Black Friday shenanigans. My blood pressure went up just reading your post. When my son told me that my DIL in Tucson was participating I said to him "just don't tell me she's one of those who runs when the doors open". :::sigh Great give away. Just think, If I win you'll save on postage. :-)

Yenta Mary said...

A new cookbook AND treats to enjoy while waiting for goodies to come out of the oven??? Oh, I am SO entering this! Love love love the post -- I, for one, will pay more for my sanity and have never been out on Black Friday. I'm originally from NYC, so I can work a crowd; but I don't know that a trip to the ER when someone tackles me for a set of pink sparkly headphones is how I want to spend the rest of that day after I haul in the loot ....

Karen Harris said...

Lea Ann: Maybe your DIL will have an epiphany like I did and let the elderly and pregnant have first crack at the bargains. Afterall, they really need a break.

Mary: We have already established that you are my soul sister and our outlook on Black Friday is just one more example.

laurielufkin said...

Holy Cow! What a great giveaway! I must admit I did get up at 4 and go shopping....and but went to civilized stores like Macy's and Williams Sonoma--and there were no crowds, free hot cider and a nice free latte....and finished up my list....

CEB said...

My daughter that cooks would love that cookbook. She was looking for "Special" things to cook for Thanksgiving.

ayeembored at hotmail dot com

Angela FRS said...

You. Crack. Me. Up! I wholeheartedly agree--no Black Friday for me. I do like to partake in Cyber Monday, however.

Karen Harris said...

Carole Resnick: Sorry you're having trouble leaving a comment. I'll just count this message as your entry.

Amber said...

I follow your blog with google friend connect and I'd so love to win this yummy giveaway!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber said...

I like Tate's Bake Shop on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

jennem said...

Public GFC follower as jennem.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

jennem said...

Like 'em on Facebook as Jennifer Maslowski.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

lemonlaurie said...

I have to say your story about Black Friday was so funny I almost spit out my potato chips thinking about surviving shopping and working through Black Fiday's.I only shop those on the web now where its safer:)

suburban prep said...

I would so so love to read this cookbook. I have only heard wonderful things about Tate's having not yet experience their goodies.

I am a new follower.

slb3334 said...

I follow on gfc.

slb3334@Gmail.com

slb3334 said...

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Michelle said...

These look delicious. I would love to win!

P.S. I follow your blog

blackbearpie@aol.com

EmmaPeel said...

I love any kind of baking and cooking and my favorite is to bake tons of goodies for the Christmas holidays. I'm a follower of yours.

EmmaPeel said...

I Like Tate’s Bakeshop on their Facebook page. id Emm Enger

Kiara said...

I follow your blog via google friend connect.
austma7@aol.com

amp said...

I stay home on Black Friday.

The items in the prize basket look great. I love cookbooks especially.

I am a follower.

nick said...

those cookies looks so good

sohamolina said...

I am eddiem11 a GFC public follower---eddiem11@ca.rr.com

sohamolina said...

FB liker of Tate's Bake Shop

brenda said...

as a major foodie this is a fantastic giveaway. i follow on gfc as brenda

bg_sweeps@yahoo.com

brenda said...

i like tate's on fb as brenda gaines

bg_sweeps@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

I'm a GFC follower.
lisaberkery AT gmail DOT com

Kristen said...

I follow you on GFC.
kristen702 at yahoo dot com.

These cookies sound really yummy!

5webs said...

I follow you on GFC(5webs) and the Oatmeal Raisin cookies look particularly yummy!
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

Sharon Harmon said...

GFC Follower ;)
Clownscrytoo@gmail.com
Those cookies look so scrumptious! Crunchy cookies are my fave!

sksweeps said...

I'm a GFC follower and REFUSE to have anything to do with Black Friday, ever, ever, ever!!!!!

sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

ohkeeka said...

I did my Black Friday shopping online--I value my sleep and my sanity too much to deal with the crowds! These cookies look totally amazing, though, and I would love to try them!

ellie said...

I follow via GFC (ellie) and I'd love to be entered for this.
Thanks for the giveaway!
eswright18 at gmail dot com

ellie said...

I Like Tate’s Bakeshop Facebook (Ellie Wright)
eswright18 at gmail dot com

Pat said...

Yes! Sounds great to me.

DaniD said...

I love Tate's Bake Shop! Growing up on Long Island, it's long been one of our pit stops on the way to Montauk! What fun!

llinda29 said...

I follow gfc

Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

I like to take up a big belief in fate when it comes to post-Christmas sales (I didn't realise you guys also had post Thanksgiving sales!). I figure that if whatever bargain I would like to buy is not still there to be bought by the time I eventually get down to the shops then it was just not meant to be. I can assure you this has absolutely nothing to do with laziness. It's all about fate. Yep.

wisconsin rapids said...

follow you of GFC (linda H)


Love the giveaway. From the midwest and had not heard of Tates but ohhhhhh myyyyyy

wisconsin rapids said...

I Like Tates on facebook (how can you not?)

Jessica said...

Awesome giveaway! I'm a follower :) I love Black Friday, I'm sorry to say.

julis55 said...

I follow your blog with google friend connect

Nancy said...

Funny story, sad that it's true! Would love to win some yumminess!

nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com

karen d said...

Not a fan of Black Friday, but I am a fan of Tate's on Facebook.

karen d said...

I'm not a fan of Black Friday, but I am a fan of Tate's on FB

Quaker Orts said...

Please enter me in the drawing. I have also friended Tate on Facebook.

Keelie Sheridan said...

I was traveling on Black Friday, and the airport parking lot was MUCH less hectic than the Target and Walmarts we passed on our way....

Great post!

Andrew's Mom said...

I love Tate's cookies! Enter me.

Andrew's Mom said...

I'm already a Tate's liker on FB.

Jeannette said...

I totally went out on black friday for a few deals that i couldn't pass up. no off brand loot though :)

yum cookies!!

jpinnick86@gmail.com

Jeannette said...

i am also a liker of tate's on facebook :)

jpinnick86@gmail.com

Anibanan said...

That buckle looks delicious!

amanda said...

Following ya! This all looks delicious!

amanda said...

I'm a fan on facebook!

LHerrema said...

I love chocolate chip cookies and would love to taste these crispy little guys!

LHerrema said...

I am a fan on facebook

Midwest to Midlands said...

I couldn't read through the whole description of the cookies because it made me drool for them too much. Did you ever find a subsitute for Nestle's Toll House choc chips when you lived in England? Some things I just don't make anymore because of the difficulty in finding the proper substitution. Also do you have self raising flour? I just started using it this year as I didn't "trust" it before, but it is fantastic and so much easier. Just can't remember if it is available in the USA. OK I will go now:)

Midwest to Midlands said...

PS - I'm not a believer in Black Friday either. Wait till after Christmas when everything is on sale.

Jean said...

I follow with gfc, and I'm getting awfully hungry

Cherloo said...

Oh my heck I totally agree 100 % with you about black friday seriously wtf!!
cher_theblondeprincess@hotmail.com

cowboyswife said...

These looks so good, talk about making me hungry

Sarah said...

I'm a follower and I empathize with you.

momznite said...

A new cookbook would be fun.
momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

intime said...

follow gfc intime@myself.com

intime said...

like on fb jen twark gersch

terri142 said...

This sounds like a great cookbook, and the cookies look delicious.Black Friday shopping is to crazy for me.

tderosa142 at gmail dot com

terri142 said...

I Like Tate's Bake Shop on facebook.

tderosa142 at gmail dot com

pickledseeds said...

I'm a follower.

Sandy said...

GFC follower (akagamma). I refused to get sucked into that Black Friday mess! That means I spend more but it's worth it!

jandsfox_143 said...

I totally agree with you on the black friday thing...and thanks for the laugh!!
jandsfox_143@msn.com

Anonymous said...

I am a follower. Happy December!

edgenemmers@gmail.com

ky2here said...

GFC follower kycouple2000.

ky2here at msn dot com

susitravl said...

Follow your blog via GFC
susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

susitravl said...

Like Tate's on Facebook (SusanBenegas)
susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

Vanessa Carta said...

I am a follower!

vmhspam[at]yahoo[dot]com

Vanessa Carta said...

I am a fan of Tates bake shop on facebook under van hugcart.

vmhspam[at]yahoo[dot]com

pmj said...

No black friday for me , I was to busy cleaning up after turkey thursday! GFC follower.
pjames330 at aol dot com

pmj said...

I like Tate's Bakeshop on FB. pamela james.
pjames330 at aol dot com

kakihara said...

following on gfc
I would love to win---I love Christmas but I hate that it's gotten so out of control. I miss a simpler time.
kakihararocks@gmail.com

Kate said...

I follow :)

strycker@slu.edu

carolpie said...

I follow-carol lewis.
This all looks TOO good!

spencer1953 at gmail dot com-carol.

Alison A / tripsma at gmail dot com said...

Following you!

THANKS. tripsma at gmail dot com

Alison A / tripsma at gmail dot com said...

I liked Tate's Bake Shop on FB. Alison Adams

THANKS. tripsma at gmail dot com

kimbly said...

I'm a follower and I am loving the picture of the blueberry buckle - I can almost taste it!


I abstain from Black Friday shopping


kimbly at g mail dot com

Pamela S said...

I used to take my mother shopping on black Friday, but since she's died, I've skipped that whole scene. Can't say I miss it!! I think I get just as good offers later on.

Follower GFC
Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

07violet said...

following, I'd love to try these and get some recipes

alterna7 at hotmail dot com

Gianna said...

I'm a GFC follower.
Thanks for that blueberry buckle recipe! I'm going to try it in a few days :)

FDP 4 Life said...

i am a follower and i would love to win this book, i love to bake and shop
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Melissa B. said...

This would be an awesome treat for the holidays.

missreneer said...

The Blueberry Buckle looks so yummy.
I follow with GFC.
Username: missreneer :)
Thanks for the great giveaway!

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

Jeanine said...

i am your newest gfc follower and tate's newest fb fan.

susan1215 said...

I follow you via GFC and I'd love to try these treats

s2s2 at comcast dot net

susan1215 said...

Like Tates on FB
Susan S

Karen Harris said...

Janine's second entry.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I follow you via GFC as dwellenstein. I slept in on Black friday.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I like Tate's Bake Shop on Facebook as Debbi Otto Wellenstein.

dwellenstein at cox dot net

MarielDumas said...

Black Friday was a tough one this year. A new cookbook and treats sounds like the best thing in the world right now.

Carol said...

Follower via GFC (clynsg)

cgclynsg0 at gmail dot com

Atreau said...

Black Friday is just out of control. When I was young, I'd go shopping with my parents on that day at 7:00 in the morning and Target was giving out free gift bags with samples. The store was so empty that they were handing out the gift bags two at a time!

purango said...

I follow. This cookbook sounds great. Thanks for the great giveaway. garrettsambo@aol.com

kathy pease said...

google friend klp1965
Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

Hotsnotty2 said...

Follower, I would love to win this, thanks for the chance!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

loni said...

I follow through GFC

trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

loni said...

I Like” Tate’s Bakeshop on their Facebook page

trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

Diane52 said...

Your story was fun-I kind of decided to skip the whole Black Friday and CyberMonday thing....I am kind of a last minute person!
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

tristatecruisers said...

i follow via GFC :)

marci
tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

tristatecruisers said...

"like" Tate's Bake Shop on FB :)

marci
tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com