Fa la la la la, la la la la… giveaway time!

Actually I have Good King Wenceslas stuck in my head. The song, not the good king that is. If past years are anything to go by it will play on repeat and I’ll sing along absentmindedly for the next three weeks.

I have a few favourite Christmas carols – the good king is one, along with Joy to the World and God Rest You Merry Gentlemen :oD

Do you have a favourite? or two? I like a Christmas carol that has an upbeat tone about it, for me there’s nothing worse than a Christmas carol that sounds like a funeral dirge. I’m not fond of children’s choir versions either, I like a good full-bodied adult choir thank you very much! :oD

Now that that’s out of the way lets get to business… it’s time for a GIVEAWAY!


As promised I am going to make a small mini quilt for (1) winner. I haven’t decided on the size or design yet, but it will be something you haven’t seen before, small and ultra-cute.

All you have to do is follow @meandmyredboots on Instagram and leave a comment below sharing your favourite Christmas recipe and why your family loves it.

You can provide a link to the recipe on your blog rather than writing it out in the comments section if you prefer, but you must tell me what it is and why your family love it in the comments section below.

I will close the giveaway on Christmas Day. Entry is open to international entries as well as Australian. You can read the rest of the T&C’s here.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, take care on the roads, toni xx

“Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen, when the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even. Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel, when a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel…”


29 thoughts on “Fa la la la la, la la la la… giveaway time!

  1. Our family, being of European heritage, just love Italian Panettone …. The recipe is so convoluted, and the process so long, that I won’t take up the entire page, but suffice to say it is our absolute favourite for the festive season. One that is requested without fail and I wouldn’t dare not make it. Thanks for a great giveaway 🙂

  2. We live in Texas USA and our fav holiday treat is Jalapeno Cheese Squares.
    Ingredients: 16 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheee; 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese; 10 jalapenos, seeded, de-veined, and chopped finely; 2 eggs; 1 cup flour; 1 cup evaporated milk.
    Mix cheese and peppers, then press into a 9×12 inch baking dish. wish eggs, milk, and flour until frothy (add more milk if it seems really thick, last time I used the whole can). Pour over cheese/peppers. Bake at 350 degrees (farenheit) for 30 minutes.
    They’re a great side dish, also delicious on a sandwich.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I love a sherry trifle but I don’t always make it as nobody else really likes it and I have to eat the whole thing myself!! I soak finger biscuits (can’t think of the fancy name) in sherry after spreading a little bit of my favourite apricot jam on them and then layer with biscuits then tinned peaches, then thick custard and biscuits again and all the others… ending with the custard. do this the day before then before serving a very generous layer of whipped cream and sprinkle with broken flakey chocolate and fresh cherries – or strawberries. Spoon generously onto your prettiest dessert plate and devour…

  4. The favorite recipe here is Festive Cranberry Bark. It’s very simple, rice krispies, white chocolate, dried cranberries, and chopped almonds. It tastes decadent. Sometimes we make it with dark chocolate, and that’s really rich!

  5. I love love Donna Hay reindeer cupcakes because they are yummy vanilla cupcakes with raspberries then decorated with choc icing, pretzels and m & m’s and Jaffa noses. They are so cute, yummy and make everyone smile!! I found the recipe online on the Daily Mail website, it’s Christmas when I get my Donna Hay reindeer recipe out!!

    Loving some of these recipes being posted, non nom nom…


  6. I don’t have an Instagram account but I love Frosty the Snowman. Recipes oh so many but they would be the wrong season for you. We make lots of sugar cookies and candy this time of year.

  7. I love Christmas. My fav recipe before a big dinner is Spinanch dip. Sour cream mixed with ranch dressing and chopped frozen spinanch. Quick and easy

  8. I make a chocolate pizza that my family loves because really who doesn’t love chocolate??!! You melt chocolate chips, stir in plain, unsalted raw peanuts, rice krispies and mini marshmallows. Spread evenly in a pizza pan and sprinkle with red and green cherries. Let cool and enjoy.

  9. Wow – how generous of you!! My families favorite Christmas recipe is a combination of the sugar cookies with the glace icing from Our Best Bites found here – http://ourbestbites.com/2008/12/tutorial-cookie-decorating-with-glace-icing/ (you can find the Sugar Cookie recipe at the bottom!) We love trying new cookie cutters and fun decorations each year! Best cookies ever – not the cookies you think of when you hear sugar cookies! I must try – even if you just glob the icing on!

  10. My kids and I love to bake sugar cookies and decorate them every Christmas season, we have so much fun together and talk about the memories we make every year. We also make gingerbread houses, I found cookie cutters for the houses. We love to make them from scratch instead of the premade houses. I use recipes from Bake at 350 website. http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/2013/12/perfect-every-time-cut-out-cookies.html and http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/2012/12/simple-decorated-gingerbread-cookies.html

    Find me at https://www.instagram.com/thestitchinbutterfly/ and https://www.facebook.com/Thestitchinbutterfly/

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  11. Hey there Red Boot Gal! I am a new IG follower and love your stuff! I sing in a large adult choir and I totally agree that there’s nothing like it, especially at Christmas. We just had our concerts over the weekend singing with the symphony and it was fabulous! OK, onto treats…my family’s favorite is a Raspberry Shortbread Bar. They are super yummy and super easy as it uses a cake mix! I make them only at Christmas time, but I know these hounds would eat them daily if I made them! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  12. Toni congratulations on being published. Looking forward to seeing your book. Will you be having a preview of it on Amazon?

  13. I have no cell phone and I don’t do instagram. However, I do have a favourite recipe. My mom always made pulla – a traditional Finnish coffee bread flavoured with cardamom. Here’s a bread machine version that I do now.
    1/2 cup milk, 2 tblsp butter, 1 egg – beaten, 2 cups flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 (plus) tsp cardamom, 1+1/2 tsp bread machine yeast. Put setting on dough and add raisins when it beeps. When it’s done, shape into a braid and let it rise for an hour. Brush with beaten egg, sprinkle sugar and shaved (sliced?) almonds on top and bake for 30 minutes at 350F. I usually double the recipe and it’s gone within days. I like my slice dunked in coffee or tea, my husband eats it with butter while some of my children prefer it toasted.
    Merry Christmas.

  14. Following you on Instagram, @hopefulthreads Thanks!
    Recipe….we love Buffalo Chicken Dip….Chicken breast, “Frank’s” hot sauce, cream cheese and ranch mixed in the crockpot, covered with shredded cheddar and heated on low until it all melts together. Dip with tortilla chips. YUM!!!

  15. My Mince Pies are very moreish:) this pastry is more like shortbread than pastry:)

    Mince Pie Pastry

    Oven 180Deg C or Gas 4 for 10-15 minutes

    6oz plain flour
    4oz butter
    1.5oz ground almonds
    1.5oz castor sugar
    1 egg yolk
    1 tablespn water

    Mix together and use! I usually double the quantities.

  16. Monkey Bread! (Pull-a-part bread) So good, but one day a year is enough! Sugar overload! Ha ha! It’s just biscuit dough cut in 1/4, then tossed in a mix of cinnamon and sugar. Put them in a greased bunt pan, add raisins or nuts if you like…we usually do without, and pour a homemade caramel mixture over the top, then bake.

    1. I forgot to add why my family loves it…because it is yummy! It’s easy to make too! It smells like Christmas! But like I said, once a year…it puts you in a sugar coma! Ha ha!

  17. Well, this recipe is crazy easy but oh so delicious! It is a Danish Applesauce Cake that has been made every Christmas that I can remember (over 60 years now). While my Danish grandmother was alive, she would be the one to bring it to our gathering, but the family has continued the tradition. There are only 3 ingredients: dried bread crumbs sweetened with a bit of sugar and spiced with cinnamon, applesauce (chunky homemade is best) and sweetened thick heavy whipped cream. We layer these ingredients in a special clear glass bowl (my grandmother’s, of course) starting with breadcrumbs, applesauce, breadcrumbs, cream, breadcrumbs, applesauce… and continue until the bowl is filled. It doesn’t even sound like it would be good, but believe me, I can’t imagine a Christmas without this special treat!! I hope that everyone has a blessed Christmas season filled with love and joy!!

  18. I don’t do Instagram, but my favourite recipe is the chocolate mint patties that my mom used to make. Very labour intensive and she refuses, at almost 89, to make them anymore. But they were so good and i can’t get my to taste or even look like hers.

  19. One of our favorite recipes is a simple one for nut bread (please forgive the American measurements): 2.5c flour (I use unbleached all-purpose), 1 c sugar, 4 teaspoons of baking *powder*, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 c chopped nuts (I use walnuts, not too finely chopped), 1 c milk, 1 large egg. Mix ingredients in order, put into greased loaf pan and let rest 10 minutes. Put into pre-heated 350*F oven for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean…YUM! Can be served warm or room-temperature. We like to cut it thick and slather real butter on it! Another friend likes it with cream cheese. I have been known to make this at random times during the year and it doesn’t last long. It can also be made and frozen. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

    AND I LOVE the snowflakes over the blog! What fun, especially when your temps are not conducive to snow at the moment! We are in the 50s in SE North Carolina at the moment and don’t expect snow until at least January or February! I hope you keep cool! 🙂 >^..^<

  20. Our favorite family recipe is actually a pretty new one. My daughter doesn’t like pie…imagine life without pie?!??!??!?!??! So she came up with a cake recipe. It’s a strawberry cake that is so light and fluffy. It takes her several hours to make it. It’s so yummy. It became a regular for us. We also enjoy peffernusse. It’s an old family recipe from my Dad’s family. The ingredients are hard to find today since the recipe is so old. It came from Prussia in the 1800’s. Yummy, nutty little cookies. As for favorite Christmas music, Jingle Bell Rock wins here. I just love it. It’s so upbeat and easy to dance to. Also the Sleigh Bell song and Oh come all ye faithful.

  21. Thank you for the give away. My fav recipe for holidays is shortbread : )
    As soon as the kids get out of school for the break we go shopping for ingredients to bake. Each year each child makes a stacking Christmas tree made from shortbread stars! We have so much fun. Of course decorating is the most fun. We make lots of cookies too. Then as we are invited to events for the holidays we take one of the trees and use as a centerpiece and add cookies around it. Mmmmmmm….
    Following you on Instagram @mliss247

  22. NOOOOO!!! Some of us are firmly in denial still about the fast-approaching “C” word … CHRISTMAS!! EEK! :0) Although … we HAVE hung fairy lights this week in three more rooms … but they will stay all year round … so the fairies have lights to guide them, of course! :0) Hmm … there are quite a few Christmas carols I like … most not the usual suspects. Have saved a link to a fabulous version of “Mary Did You Know” on FB last year, love “The Little Drummer Boy”, “Do You See What I See?”, “Mary’s Boy Child” … a few more. Just cos I’m in denial about it doesn’t mean I don’t like the music that accompanies it … but if I hear “White Christmas” or “Winter Wonderland” one more time, I may just scream!! :0) Say g’day to ol’ King Wennie for me. :0) Bear Hugs! KRIS xx

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