Thursday, December 2, 2010

Karen's 2 Days of Christmas Extravaganza and a CSN Giveaway






It seems like all I do lately is whine, and I’m sorry about that but I’m at it again. I hope you’ll give me this one because I have just spent no less than 15 minutes trying to figure out my username and password for my Domino’s Pizza account… really??? I finally just gave up and made a grilled cheese. Why does everyone think they need to complicate things by asking for a login?

I’m not stupid; I know that you aren’t supposed to use the same password for everything just in case someone cracks your top secret code. Then, heaven forbid, the crook could for instance have access to all of your Domino’s information and order pizzas without permission. Just the thought of that makes me shiver with fear. To keep the identity thieves as confused as I am, I have several different passwords that I shuffle around. I am beginning to believe that the only person that this clever system of mine confounds is me; which leaves me spending precious moments of my life entering every possible combination of letters and numbers until something, anything works. . . or not.

The only problem with this is now I am sometimes limited to the number of times I can fumble around and try the wrong password before I am locked out. In sheer frustration I have considered hiring an identity thief to help me break into my own online accounts. I guess if nothing else, I’ll just write all my passwords down and carry them around in a briefcase handcuffed to my wrist. Sheesh! This is progress?

Moving on, the other thing on my mind are all these Favorite Things and 12 Days of Christmas extravaganza shows that Oprah and Ellen Degeneres do every year. I’m really sick and tired of seeing the audience jump up and down and scream because they get to take home a new car and two week vacation to Australia. I mean I’m happy for them and all (no, let’s get real, I hate them) but I’m tired of feeling like the bridesmaid and never the bride. Now Oprah has done her last Favorite Things show and I never did make it (damn!). Ellen does hers for 12 days but something tells me I’m not going to make it there this year either.

I know that most of you have never gotten to go either so I’m going to do something about it. I’m going to have another giveaway this month and I’m going to call it Part 2 of Karen’s 2 Days of Christmas Extravaganza. My big prize is a very generous $65.00 online gift code to the CSN stores. Take that Oprah and Ellen! So, let’s make everyone else watch us jump up and down with glee at our good fortune. Oh yeah, since I only have one to give away, I’m treating the rest of my “audience” to the consolation prize of a really great chewy bar cookie recipe that is patterned after a fabulous old Italian almond cake recipe. These cookies are so addictive you won’t be able to keep them it the house. These are definitely on the list of my favorite things.

My 2 Days of Christmas, CSN $65.00 giveaway is open to all of my followers in the US and Canada, one entry per person please. On December 10th around noon, I’ll have Random.org select my winner so you have plenty of time to make your selection from one of CSN’s 200+ online stores in time for Christmas.





Italian Almond Cookies

3/4 cup (170g) butter, melted
1-1/2 cups (300g) plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1-1/2 cups (225g) all-purpose flour
2 ounces (60g) sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium size bowl, combine butter and 1-1/2 cups of the sugar; stir until creamy. Add the eggs, salt, vanilla extract, almond extract and flour; stir well.
Spray a 9” pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread dough in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the sliced almonds evenly over the top, followed by the remaining tablespoon of the sugar.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 35 – 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for approximately 10 minutes before carefully turning out onto a large flat plate or cookie sheet. Carefully invert onto a cutting board and slice into 2” square cookies. Slice again diagonally for bite size cookies if desired.

Makes 16 – 2” cookies

107 comments:

suburban prep said...

These almond bars looks wonderful. Love almonds.
(I am a follower)

Yenta Mary said...

Happy Friday! I gave you an award today ....

http://foodfloozie.blogspot.com/2010/12/be-nice-to-mary-week.html

megan said...

I'm a follower and I, too, hate all of the different password requirements that make me forget which password goes to which website. If you have a Blackberry, they have a little app that stores all of your usernames and passwords. :)

tawnda said...

these do look great!

tawnda said...

you weren't kidding... easy vote GL, you're at 4% ☺

Karen Harris said...

Megan from Charleston voted - second entry

Tj and Amy said...

those look amazing! I"m a follower. amypugmire@live.com

Peace Love and Pets said...

I follow through GFC (Peace Love and Pets)

Peace Love and Pets said...

Voted: Eat Drink Wash Up: Sizzling Cherry Almond Crumb Cobbler w/ Vanilla Ice Cream (4%, 31 Votes)

Tammigirl said...

I'm a new google follower.

I can relate to being in a different country and missing some American things. When I was living in Venezuela I would bring suitcases with 'real' pepperoni and pudding and Downy dryer sheets back with me.

peg42 said...

I'm a GFC follower (rickpeggysmith)
What a wonderful prize.
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

peg42 said...

Your recipe sounds so delicious. Vote for you 4%/32 votes.
Thanks again
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

samf36 said...

I follow your blog with gfc.

I give myself a brain freeze when I am trying to remember my passwords and log ins...

samf36 said...

I voted for you. 33 votes 5%

samf36 ( at) gmail.com

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc. Thanks for the chance!

abfantom said...

I follow via GFC: abfantom

abfantom at yahoo dot com

abfantom said...

I voted for your recipe.

abfantom at yahoo dot com

amanda said...

So funny! You should just make your Dominoes login "pizza" so you can remember it. :)

amanda(dot)mahnke(at)gmail

amanda said...

I also voted for you. Good luck!

slb3334 said...

Those look yummy.

slb3334@gmail.com

Courtney said...

i'm a blog follower, thanks for the great recipe!

vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

Lea Ann said...

I'm jumping up and down screaming over this give away! :-) LOL over the Domino's password thing. It's all rediculous!

Lea Ann said...

Even though it took me 15 minutes to remember my Google password, I'm now a follower. :-)

Laurah said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway - way better than Oprah! Follow you as laurah via GFC

Laurah said...

I voted for your recipe, which looks great

Pam said...

Oh, the almond bars look great! Good job!

Cherloo said...

YUMMY!! Follower
cher_theblondeprincess@hotmail.com

Cherloo said...

Voted
cher_theblondeprincess@hotmail.com

meeyeehere said...

I am a new follower
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

meeyeehere said...

I voted but I don't know if it went through,it didn't say anything,just went back to the usual page
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

momznite said...

I am a GFC follower and have my eye on a few things at CSN stores.
momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

momznite said...

Looks like a fab recipe - gave you your 37th vote.
momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

Sharon Harmon said...

I voted for your yummy recipe! ;)
Clownscrytoo@gmail.com

dawns41 said...

GFC as dawns41
CSN is a great place to shop and compare prices.
dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

Amanda said...

Haha, I am so with you on the passwords. I have so many (and all different) that I've taken to writing them all down on a piece of paper. I keep it hidden inside the CD tray of my PC. Oy.

Thank you for another wonderful giveaway opportunity! I'm a follower.

sksweeps said...

The almond bars look delicious! I found a recipe for homemade blackberry ice cream last spring (I have lots of blackberry vines and tons of blackberries!) and I've been coveting an ice cream maker from CSN since then!

sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

mogrill said...

Oh my...these look yummy.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

rae1124 said...

Follow via GFC (rae1124)
rae1124(at)aol(dot)com

rae1124 said...

Voted!
rae1124(at)aol(dot)com

Yenta Mary said...

As always, you are a girl after my own heart with the password saga! My brain is a sieve, so I'm endlessly staring at a screen that tells me I'm not allowed to gain access -- talk about feeling rejected! -- and then waiting for alarms to sound when I finally try one too many times and they think I'm a hacker ....

Yenta Mary said...

Voted in Marx, but they won't let me vote and vote and vote like some vote generating computer program ... :(

clc408 said...

Following on gfc (clc408)
The cookies look wonderful!

clc408 said...

I voted for your recipe. Good luck!

Tim said...

I follow with google friends.


tahearn at roadrunner dot com

h. mcnaron said...

already a gfc follower.
good luck w/the recipe!!!

llinda29 said...

I gfc

Jessica said...

I would love to win! I'm a follower :)

missreneer said...

I follow with GFC.
Username: missreneer :)
Those bars look so yummy. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

agordon10 said...

I'd get Rachael Ray cookware.

McKim said...

Lookds like a good recipe to add to my recipe box.

rosannepm said...

Follow on GFC-rosannepm
rosans4@comcast.net

jlafount said...

They look a bit tasty

Sweeter the berry said...

I'm a gfc follower.

Yummy looking goodies!

letessha@yahoo.com

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I follow GFC

jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

Debbie said...

Yum! Those look incredible~
And I'm a follower.
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Suz said...

GFC follower.

The almond bars look great!

txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

Hoa said...

GFC Follower: Hoa
Those cookies look amazing!

alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
Happy holidays!
=]

Nancy said...

I'm a GFC follower. These cookies sound so good! I'm going to make them for my friends for Christmas!

nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com

apeyjo2626 said...

Those look yummy! Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower.

apeyjo2626 @ yahoo . com

Gina said...

I follow via GFC & I cannot wait to make these amazing sounding cookies, thanks!!!
yummyfaerie at hotmail dot com

nfmgirl said...

Wonderful! (Both the giveaway AND the cookies/bars!) I follow!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

terri142 said...

The Almond Bars look delicious! I follow your blog with google friend connect.

tderosa142 at gmail dot com

Kylie said...

I love almond cookies, crunchy and crumbly rather than chewy like most cookies. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

Jenn S. said...

These bars look so yummy! Making me hungry.

jas8929 at gmail dot com

GFC:JennS

Hotsnotty2 said...

Those look delicious, yummy! I follow your blog, thanks!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

Debbie C said...

Almond Cookies... yummmmmmmm.

I love CSN too.

I follow you on Google Friend Connect. (Debbie C)

Have a Merry Christmas!

dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

tdean30 said...

I know exactly what you mean about Oprah and Ellen. I've entered their sweeps online everyday and would totally freak out if I actually won from them. I love CSN. They have the fastest shipping I have ever seen.
GFC follower - Tonya Dean

tdlsfm(at)gmail(dot)com

ellie said...

I follow via GFC (ellie)
I so agree about what a hassle all the different passwords can be. I have mine all saved to Roboform and if something ever goes wrong with that, I'd be totally lost.
eswright18 at gmail dot com

dddiva @ discriminating_diva(at)yahoo(dot)com said...

I am a follower and I never did make it either :(

The good thing about living in the boonies is I will NEVER have to have a Domino's log in cuz I for sure won't go out of my way to pick them up. ;)

Viva said...

These look delicious. Move over Oprah and Ellen, Thanks Karen for the chance!

Leslie S. said...

I follow on GFC.Thanks!
lstanziani(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lisa said...

These look delicious. Thanks for the giveaway. msmith572@yahoo.com- i follow.

Adrienne said...

I'm a follower. The almond look so good.n

Jennifer M said...

They look yummy.

Linda said...

Thanks of the yummy cookies recipe. I follow you on GFC!
mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

Joy said...

I follow you on google. Thanks for the recipe.
magic5905@embarqmial.com

Julieh said...

I follow on gfc (julieh) honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

Michele said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I love CSN! Those bars look delicious.
mrsmiki77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Mom2anutball said...

Google Friend Connect Follower! {mom2anutball}

Your bars looks really good!
fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

paula michele said...

I'm a GFc follower.

hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

Tammy said...

I follow and those look yummy!

charity/ccboobooy said...

I'm a new follower. I having to remember so many passwords.


charisscharity at yahoo dot com

Erica C. said...

I'm a GFC follower :) The almond cookies look yummy.

Teegan Briggs said...

That looks absolutely delectable!

I'm a new follower :) Great blog!

Ardy22 said...

I follow you gfc
ardy22

I know what you mean about the passwords.. Ugh.........

ardy22 at earthlink dot net

kakihara said...

The almond bars look yummy and I would love to go shopping at CSN.
kakihararocks@gmail.com

Pamela S said...

Already a follower on GFC. Those cookies look yummy! I love almonds. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

07violet said...

I'm following, the recipe sounds good

alterna7 at hotmail dot com

Angelene said...

i am a follower on gfc, i hope i win
angukena at hotmail dot com

Gianna said...

I'm a GFC follower. I have my eye on some childrens furniture on CSN :)
I've never had bars like that before, they look pretty good. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Following the blog via GFC.(panicxduh)
It would be hard to choose one thing out of so many at CSN!
panicxduh[at]yahoo[dot]com

susansmoaks said...

i am a follower and i use lastpass for my usernames and passwords
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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

Following!

THANKS. tripsma at gmail dot com

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...Bake Almond Cookies & Enjoy the Holidays !

senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

GFC Follower: Brian E.

crystalf said...

I'm now a follower! Thank you!

Tracey said...

I follow via GFC-traymona.
traymona[at]aol.com

Laura said...

These bars do look yummy (I follow you).

kathy pease said...

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

susan1215 said...

I follow via GFC, Thanks for the contest!

s2s2 at comcast dot net

dvice said...

These look tasty. The gift card would be great. I follow.

purango said...

I agree with you about having to login. It is impossible to keep up with all your passwords. Some have to have a combination of words, letters and more. You register but when you can try to log in it won't take your information or it tells you yu don't have an account. It is easy for someone to access your account but the registered user can't log in. The recipe looks good. Thanks for the very generous giveaway. I don't care for Oprah's holiday shenigans. garrettsambo@aol.com

mail4rosey said...

Logging in drives me crazy!!

msurosey@yahoo.com

gnwg said...

I'm a follower on gfc. Thanks for the giveaway. I love csn stores, those bars look great!

lyndseyluvsjj said...

GFC Follower.

I too hate all the passwords. I can't use the same password for everything due to security issues. Roboform is great though!

lyndsey.rullman at hotmail dot com

Nicole said...

Grr... don't even talk to me about logins/passwords!! I seriously always think about a wonderful world where facial recognition or fingerprints will log us in - and NOT just into our computers - but websites!

Look delicious, BTW.. now I am hungry!

GFC follower (Nicole H/MamaNYC)

nhartmann54 at gmail dot com

Barbara said...

I hear ya on the password situation! If I don't enter a credit card or other financial information, why do you need a password? What really annoys me is when they tell my my password isn't secure enough and I need to go back and make it longer and add numbers and cyrillic characters. Really? To protect my pizza habits from falling into the wrong hands? Well, I suppose my doctor could be trolling pizza sites, breaking into his patient's accounts so he knows who to lecture.