A Christmas Eve Surprise

Hi and happy Monday after Christmas to you all. 
Whew weee it was a busy 4 days for us here at 21 Rosemary Lane. We had dinner guests, overnight company, family gatherings and even a basketball tournament over the weekend, so today we are pretty pooped out! But I have to tell you about a little surprise I received on Christmas eve. A brown box delivered by UPS was left on our front porch sometime after 5 pm in the evening. Our dinner guests had already arrived and we were enjoying a lovely start to our Christmas festivities when Mr. Rosemary Lane discovered the unopened brown box with my name on it. He handed it to me and said "You must have forgotten a gift you ordered." I quickly replied that I had only ordered 2 items and I already had them wrapped. So I went ahead and opened up the box. Inside was a copy of Taste of Home Holiday & Celebrations cookbook and a note telling me that a recipe I had submitted some time ago, was featured in the publication and that this is my free contributor's copy.

Surprised and excited I quickly searched for my recipe. There it was on page 118 of the book along with a beautiful picture of my dish.

I was in shock. I must have submitted this recipe about two years ago as part of a contest the TOH people were running. Needless to say it didn't win, but they had contacted me via email sometime later asking if they could have permission to use it in a future publication. I agreed and then had forgotten all about it. That was until Christmas Eve. 

What a wonderfully unexpected Christmas gift this was for me. I have been really busy but as soon as I can catch a few moments for myself I plan to sit down and go through the entire book. Can't wait to try a few new recipes!

How about you...did you receive a fabulously unexpected gift or gifts for Christmas? As always the greatest gift for me is to have my family around at Christmastime, but this surprise was the icing on the cake! 

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday week!



  1. How wonderful Barbara to get this surprise Christmas Gift. The recipe you submitted sounds delish. Happy New Year.

  2. How exciting is that, Barbara?! Congratulations! A very special Christmas surprise, indeed! Happy New Year!

  3. Congratulations!! I love TOH and will look for this at my bookstore when I go tomorrow! How exciting for you!

  4. Oh my word, how exciting, I am so thrilled for you. This is fantastic. Congratulations.

  5. Barbara,
    Congratulations, dear friend!!!
    What an amazing Christmas Surprise!!!
    Wishing you a Happy New Year!!!

  6. What a wonderful surprise!! I bought one of their recipe books for a gift. They are on Facebook so I see lots of yummy recipes. Congratulations!! An extra special Christmas for you. So cool!!

  7. Oh, Barbara- that is really wonderful news- what a nice surprise!

    A big congrats to you - what fun to have that happen! (and your recipe looks soooo delish!)

    Happy New Year to you!

  8. Barbara, what a great surprise. But I want to know why it didn't win? But to be published is really a great achievement. Congrats and Happy New Year my friend..Judy

  9. Merry Christmas, Barbara, and a very happy, healthy New Year! I remember this post as I made this pie for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago, after reading your blog. Loved it. Congratulations.

  10. What an exciting surprise!! So neat!


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