October 6, 2012

Our Best Bites Cookbook Giveaway Plus Baked Oatmeal

**Giveaway is now closed**
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Savoring the Seasons With Our Best Bites
(Image from Amazon)

Today is a Happy Day!  I recently got Our Best Bites new cookbook in the mail, but not only did I get one copy, I got two copies and I would love to share one of them with you.

This new book is a little different than their first book.  Rather than dividing it up into sections like appetizers, main dishes and desserts, they divided it up into Seasons.  Hence the name . . . Savoring the Seasons!  That way, you get a little bit of everything in each section.  I loved their first book, but a part of me wished it had more desserts.  This new cookbook is loaded with desserts.  They have also included a drool-worthy photo of EVERY SINGLE RECIPE.  Plus, they have a "Rollover Ingredients" section that includes several ingredients that are used in multiple recipes and it lists those recipes.  That way, if you buy a big thing of celery, you will have 9 other recipes to make that will help you use it up.

Today, I am going to share their Baked Oatmeal recipe with you.  It comes from the "Winter" section of the book and it made my house smell amazing while it was baking.  They described it as almost tasting like a warm oatmeal cookie, but I personally thought it tasted like banana bread.  I thought it was yummy, but I did feel kind of guilty about eating that much butter in something that wasn't a dessert.  The good news is, they did include a way to make it lower-fat and I would like to try that next time.  The recipe says it serves 6-8, but I thought, no way, it probably only serves 4.  So, I filled up a huge bowl and I ended up only finishing 1/3 of it, so yeah, it will probably serve 6-8.

 I really think your kids would love this oatmeal.  

Next thing on the list to try . . . Orange Rolls, no wait . . . S'mores Hot Chocolate . . . or maybe Peppermint Mousse Cake???
Baked Oatmeal
3 c. rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. raisins, dried cherries or other dried fruit
1 c. milk
1/2 c. butter, melted 
   (or 1/4 c. applesauce and 1/4 c. butter)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
Optional Toppings:
  chocolate chips, shredded coconut, toasted nuts, 
  honey, almond or coconut milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and dried fruit.  In a smaller bowl, mix together the milk, butter, vanilla and eggs.  Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and whisk to combine.  Pour into an 8x8'' or 9x9'' baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown.  Serve immediately with a splash or two of warmed milk.  Serves 6-8

Jenn's Notes: I used old-fashioned rolled oats.  I omitted the dried fruit and served mine with sliced bananas, sliced almonds and a little coconut.  It is a must to serve with a little milk.  


Here are some of my other favorite Our Best Bites Recipes


***TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY*** 
Giveaway is only open to U.S. Residents

MANDATORY ENTRY:  You MUST be a follower of Eat Cake For Dinner via Google Friend Connect, Facebook, Pinterest OR E-mail.  All of which can be found on the right hand side of my blog.  Leave me a comment and let me know which way you follow.  If your name does not link me to a blog, be sure to leave me your E-mail address, so I can contact you if you win!


FOR A 2ND ENTRY:  Leave me a separate comment letting me know what your favorite Season is!  Mine is Fall!


FOR A 3RD ENTRY:  Leave me a separate comment telling me what your favorite Fall-Time recipe is!  Mine involves anything with Pumpkin!



*Giveaway will end on Friday, October 12th and I will announce the winner the next day.  Winner must contact me within 72 hours or a new winner will be selected*

I was provided a copy of this cookbook by the publisher, but the opinions expressed here are my own.  Cookbook will be shipped by me. 

185 comments:

  1. What a fun giveaway! I follow via GFC, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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  2. My favorite season is also fall! I love it!

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  3. This is one of my very favorite fall recipes! http://cupcakediariesblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/pumpkin-waffes-with-cinnamon-syrup.html
    SO good!

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  4. I follow on facebook, haven't figured out twitter or those other ones yet :). I don't know if my name is linked so my email is odessastarr81@gmail.com

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  5. My favorite season is fall, seems very family friendly and lots of cooking. My email is odessastarr81@gmail.com

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  6. I love cookbooks-thanks for the chance to try a new one!
    andrea at ccaonline dot com

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  7. I have 2 favorite seasons-fall & spring--LOVE the colors!
    andrea at ccaonline dot com

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  8. I have an old fashioned oatmeal cake recipe that involves pecans and a brown sugar bake on glaze. Super yummy with cinnamon flavored whipped cream and lemon zest. Wish I knew how to post it. My Email is odessastarr81@gmail.com

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  9. we like to eat chili & soups in the fall
    I make pumpkin treats for the family
    andrea at ccaonline dot com

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  10. I follow by e-mail. Love your recipes!

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  11. My favorite season is summer because the pool is open, there is no homework, and the garden is growing!

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  12. My favorite Fall recipe is chocolate chip pumpkin bread.

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  13. For me it's a toss up between Fall and Winter even though south Florida doesn't really have season. I'm originally from California (with seasons).
    I'd have to say Fall is my ultimate favorite!

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  14. I am a GFC follower - momFITtingitallin

    Sharee'

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  15. My favoriate season is fall/winter. I live in Cali so I don't get to enjoy them long!

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  16. I love fall and all the weather changes!

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  17. I love different soups in the fall time!

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  18. I follow you via facebook, email, and pinterest!

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  19. I love doing apple dishes in the fall! I just made an apple cake called apple-licious and it was soooo good!

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  20. My favorite season is probably fall. I love the change of the leaves and the pumpkin patch. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays so I really think fall it is!

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  21. I love fall and spring seasons!

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  22. Favorite fall recipes are anything with pumpkin or apple in them!

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  23. I love lemon recipes and anything with blueberries or raspberries.

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  24. My favorite season is the Fall.I love the cooler weather, change of colors and being able to wear a long sleeve shirt or sweater after months of 100+ degree heat. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  25. One of my very favorite recipes for Fall is Paula Dean's Gooey Pumpkin Butter cake. So yummy!

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  26. my favorite season is spring

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  27. my favorite fall treat is pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

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  28. one of my favorite fall recipes is apple cake with streusel

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  29. Following Eat Cake For Dinner via Pinterest! Love it!

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  30. My favorite fall recipe is definitely anything with pumpkin in it! pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, bread, waffles, pancakes, muffins, hmmmmmm mmmmmm! So good!

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  31. Favorite season is definitely FALL! I love the holiday season...changing weather....football and boots!

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  32. I love fall and everything about it!

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  33. I like to bake with apples this time of year.

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  34. I follow via FaceBook! Love the Fall season,.here in PA the trees are turned and colors are amazing this year! Makes for my favorite season,.plus time for soups and more baking! I love anything with pumpkin or cinnamon! jsmith606@neo.rr.com

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  35. I follow via e-mail. I love to get your wonderful e-mails in my inbox!

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  36. My favorite season is winter, snowmen, snow angels, and all the holidays with family to look forward to.

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  37. My favorite fall recipe is pumpkin bread, I always find it so sad that pumpkin is reserved for fall, when it should be an everyday flavor. I always buy a lot of sugar pumpkins (next year I'm going to try to grow some) and store the puree in the freezer for all year round.

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  38. I follow you on facebook, email and pinterest

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  39. my favorite season is SPRING

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  40. my favorite fall recipe is PUMPKIN PIE, yummy

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  41. I follow by e-mail.
    vklmarie78@gmail.com

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  42. My favorite season is fall.
    vklmarie78@gmail.com

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  43. My favorite fall recipe is apple crumble pie!
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  44. I hope I win!! I love it!!
    followed you on pintrest and facebook

    thanks
    Cindy

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  45. favorite recipe is Anything that has to do with S'mores

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  46. I follow you via email!

    Debbie
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  47. I follow you via email and my favorite season is right now - Fall!

    Debbie
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  48. I follow you via email, my favorite season is Fall, and my favorite recipe is for Mennonite pumpkin chocolate chip bread!

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  49. I am a follower of Eat Cake For Dinner via Google Friend Connect, Facebook, Pinterest and E-mail. cjbrick@ymail.com

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  50. My favorite Season I have to say is Summer and Summer only! I think I should move, I live in Pennsylvania. cjbrick@ymail.com

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  51. I follow you via email!
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  52. My favorite fall food would also be anything with pumpkin. And I love the smell of fresh bread baking, whether it would be pumpkin, zucchini or any of the others I bake. cjbrick@ymail.com

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  53. My favorite season is fall!
    keshakeke@aol.com

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  54. My favorite fall recipe is Pumpkin Pie Bars
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  55. I follow you and you are one of my very favorites!! Just check my pinterest board if you don't believe me.=)

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  56. Would have a ball with the cookbook and share it w/ my daughters too. I follow on facebook from cutters23@gmail.com

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  57. My favorite season is a tie between winter and fall.

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  58. Currently, my favorite fall recipe is anything involving butternut squash. I've never worked with it before, but now that I have, I'm obsessed!

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  59. My favorite fall time recipe is pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice hot cocoa.
    Well-Balanced Wife

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  60. I follow you by Google, Pinterest, FB and Email :))
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  61. I love Fall and Summer Equal!!

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  62. My favorite Ingredients to use in the Fall are Pumpkin and Apple anything I can cook or bake with those two ingredients make me Happy!

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  63. My favorite season is definitely Fall! Always has been.

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  64. I follow via email. elahnah @aim.com

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  65. Fall, especially when I lived in the cold North, here in Las Vegas it's a sorry excuse for fall but a welcome relief after the brutal summer.

    Elahnah@aim.com

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  66. Soup, all kinds, mostly bean no meat. Cooking in the crockpot all day!!

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  67. my favorite season is Fall and Summer. so much good fresh veggies!

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  68. my favorite fall recipe is anything with squash or pumpkin. I love both so much I can eat them an way at all!

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  69. I follow on Pinterest. barbiecooking@hotmail.com

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  70. My favorite season is Fall! barbiecooking@hotmail.com

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  71. And my favorite fall recipe is a hearty beef stew served over perfectly cooked noodles. Heaven.

    Thanks so much for hosting such a great giveaway!!

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  72. I think my favorite Fall meal is something in the crockpot. The house smells so good all day long! barbiecooking@hotmail.com

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  73. I follow on Facebook. Btw there is only 1/2 T of butter per serving of that oatmeal and most people easily put that much on one piece of toast.

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  74. I am looking forward to some good tomato Basil soup this fall. And caramel apples. Yum

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  75. I follow via mail subscribe-
    sting901@gmail.com

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  76. Fall is the best season, without question.
    sting901@gmail.com

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  77. Pumpkin dunp cake from cookiesandcups.com is my new fall favorite recipe!
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  78. I follow you by email and love it.

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  79. favorite fall recipe is apple pie with pumpkin pie a close second

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  80. I don't know if I can choose just one, I love anything with apple or pumpkin for fall.

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  81. I am a Follower and would LOVE to win this cookbook. Everything you post is sooooooooo delicious.
    kosec@sbcglobal.net

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  82. My favorite season is SPRING. Since this post is all about Autumn, I'm sure you were expecting that answer, huh? I love the newness and the freshness of nature - like everything is coming to life.
    kosec@sbcglobal.net

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  83. Anything pumpkin ... gosh, doesn't pumpkin pie just scream Autumn? Yummmmmmy.
    kosec@sbcglobal.net

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  84. Oh, pick me...pick me! cambodialsf@live.com

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  85. I am following you on facebook! tamramorgan@gmail.com

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  86. My favorite season is fall! I love the weather, the food, and it has my birthday in it!

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  87. I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and gingersnaps! Basically any fall-type dessert!

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  88. I follow Eat Cake For Dinner via email :)
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  89. Fall is my favorite season ~ I love the changing colors, the crisp weather, the baking, the comfort food, the cute clothes, and most of all, the return of football!!
    adb6{at}humboldt{dot}edu

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  90. I follow on GFC. I would be thrilled to win. I keep picking up their book and putting it down as I debate, but I really do want it.

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  91. Beef Stew is my favorite Fall recipe!
    adb6{at}humboldt{dot}edu

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  92. I can never choose between Spring and Fall. I love Spring b/c it means good bye to Winter and I love Fall b/c it means good bye to the LONG Hot summer.

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  93. So hard to choose a favorite fall recipe. I love soups in the fall, also pumpkin and apple desserts. I have to make something pumpkin this week for a get together and I have 2 big boxes of apples that I need to do something with (my father-in-law gave them to us).

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  94. This oatmeal looks delicious. And yes I follow you, you are my best friend--if you lived closer I would have you over to dinner!

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  95. i'm not elligible as i dont live in US but i wanted to comment anyway :)
    that sounds YUMMY! and you have made me want to include that book on my amazon wishlist.
    i love reading what you're up to on this blog - everything you make sounds glorious. dont know how on earth you have the time and energy to do it! energy mostly, time, we all have 24 hours a day of it lol.
    anyhow, my fave season is FALL!!!!!!! i lvoe love love fall - the colors, weather, smell, feel, sights, sounds, everything!!!! the soups, the coziness, the brisk walks. i love it :D
    my fave fall treat my dh's pumpkin pie! omg is it good!!!!!!!! i amso embarrassed and ashamed - being from the south of the USA, let me tell you, we know our pies, esp pumpkin pies at thanksgiving. BUT i never really liked them. no matter how much cool-whip i loaded on that thing, it always seemed too ruch and heavy. I made pumpkin pie for dh once and he kind of liked it - enough to make it one day while i was at work. when i came home and tried his i thought id died and gone to heaven! so my french DH has one upped me on what i consider to be (probably wrongly) a southern delicacy.
    oh well ;P

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  96. I follow on Facebook under the name Rachel Lamoreaux Clark. My email address is clarkfam@gmail.com in case it doesn't link you which it should.

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  97. My favorite season is fall, and spring. I really can't choose between the two. Fall because there is excitement in the air, there are holidays to plan for, and there are family and friends to see. Spring because after a dismal dark winter its like the world is waking up and life starts again.

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  98. My favorite fall recipe is probably chicken noodle soup. It just warms you clear through on those cold nights.

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  99. I follow by email. futureamerica@hotmail.com

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  100. My favorite season is probably spring. I love the fresh, clean air then. (futureamerica@hotmail.com)

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  101. My favorite fall recipe is probably pumpkin oatmeal in the crockpot. Then you can take the leftovers and make oatmeal pancakes. YUM!!! (futureamerica@hotmail.com)

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  102. My favorite season is also fall. I love the change in color of the leaves, the nip in the air.

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  103. My favorite season is summer..for pontooning!

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  104. My favorite fall recipe is pumpkin pie.

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  105. I love fall and love fall clothes. I also love pumpkin bars with frosting.

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  106. I follow you with e-mail!

    csbailey@charter.net

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  107. My favorite season is summer because I'm off work and can spend more time with my children!

    csbailey@charter.net

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  108. My favorite fall recipe is pumpkin scones!
    csbailey@charter.net

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  109. I follow via email debbow91@yahoo.com

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  110. I follow both email and facebook.

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  111. My favorite time of year is spting.

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  112. My favorite recipe for fall is apple cheesecake bars

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  113. I am a follower of Eat Cake For Dinner via Google Friend Connect, Facebook, Pinterest and E-mail.
    cjbrick@ymail.com

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  114. I follow you on Pinterest and on email! jsnsl@hotmail.com

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  115. My favorite season is FALL!! jsnsl@hotmail.com

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  116. My favorite fall-time recipe is anything with pumpkin and soup! I could eat those two things all day, every day!! jsnsl@hotmail.com

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  117. I follow by email. robinmoss@hotmail.com

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  118. I have two favorite seasons which is fall for the colors and spring for the rebirth of everything. robinmoss@hotmail.com

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  119. I love soups or stews when it starts getting cold. I also enjoy baking at this time of the year. It gives me comfort. robinmoss@hotmail.com

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  120. My favorite fall time recipe includes anything with pumpkin too.

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  121. I love fall, in arizona, its the only one to love. :)

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  122. Pecan pie, i love pecan pie.
    amber.petersen@cox.net

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  123. I folow you on fb.
    schillaci.lisa@gmail.com

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  124. my favorite season is spring
    schillaci.lisa@gmail.com

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  125. my favorite fall recipe is pumpkin muffins!
    schillaci.lisa@gmail.com

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  126. I follow you on pinterest! My email is dj_whitcomb@hotmail.com

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  127. My favorite season is all! Dj_whitcomb@hotmail.com

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  128. Anything with apples or cider is my favorite! dj_whitcomb@hotmail.com

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  129. I follow Facebook and GFC (and I think Pinterest...).

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  130. My favorite season used to be Fall but in my old age, I think I now prefer Summer...

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  131. I have so many favorite recipes. My favorite dessert recipe is a pumpkin cheesecake braid, my favorite dinner recipe is probably either Beef Stew or Split Pea Ham and Barley soup. Yum... time to go start my crock pot!

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  132. I follow you on Facebook!
    Timsara@gmail.com

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  133. My favorite season is spring!
    Timsara@gmail.com

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  134. My fav fall recipe is a tie right now. Cream cheese chicken chili and pumpkin dump cake!
    Timsara@gmail.com

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  135. favorite fall recipe is pumpkin roll

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  136. I love hot chocolate and apple cider!
    A.lou.hanson@gmail.com

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  137. Hi Jenn, I'm a follower on Google already!

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  138. I love anything made with pumpkin...bars, cake roll, scones, muffins, pie, you name it!

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  139. I follow you by Facebook!
    Lauraniemela@gmail.com

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  140. My fave season is fall too!
    LauraNiemela@gmail.com

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  141. My fave fall recipe is the pumpkin cool whip dip recipe! Yummy with trader joes cinnamon graham crackers!
    LauraNiemela@gmail.com

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  142. my fav season is fall and anything with pumpkin and choc of course. I follow you on Pinterest and also receive your great emails! You can contact me via yahoo email Thanks!

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  143. I am following on google friend connect
    lsundin at live dot com

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  144. My favorite season is summer.
    lsundin at live dot com

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  145. My favorite fall recipe is my grandmothers cheesy cauliflower recipe.
    lsundin at live dot com

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  146. My fave season's are Summer then fall.

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  147. I following you on facebook!

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  148. I really enjoy spring


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  149. I really enjoy apple and pears in my desserts this time of year!!



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