No, it's not cookies! I just came home to this lovely arrangement of maraschino cherry & chocolate kiss delights earlier this week....and it was so appealing I just wanted to share.
It also made me laugh a little, because Miss Chef and I were both dead tired the night before when we tried to figure out how to store these without damaging them. I tried to help her put plastic wrap over the cookie sheets they were on, but my plastic wrap skills were so pathetic she had to take over, at which point I retired in ignominy to bed.
But I digress...
First, I want to sincerely thank everyone for their thoughtful and enthusiastic responses to my little giveaway. I was a bit overwhelmed when it came time to write up the little slips of paper with your names on them! So everybody gets a gold star!
And now I will reveal the prize: not only is this something locally made, but it is a non-food product made (in part) by Miss Chef herself! As I told Liz and Alison, you had to go pretty far back--almost a year, in fact--to remember my visit to Bosky Acres farm, where I helped Miss Chef and Michele. Not only did we start a batch of cheese, but there was also mention of:
Hey, I did say "mention!" I knew this would be a hard guess, which is why, since nobody figured it out, I picked TWO winners! Each will receive a bar of soft, fragrant Bosky Acres goat-milk soap and a bottle of luscious, silky lotion. I can honestly say that the patchouli-rose soaps smell good enough to eat. (And that's no exaggeration, because Rosie has actually eaten two of them! And I can also assure you, as a result, of their, um purity and gentleness...I shall say no more.)
In fact, I had Rosie pick the winners of the giveaway. I tossed all the names on the floor, and picked the first ones she sniffed at. (It took several tries for 2nd place, since she was more interested in sitting and lying on them for a tummy rub...but we eventually worked it out.)
Ok, so with no further ado, our winners are:
1st place: Alison of The French Experience Alison will be receiving a bar of Patchouli-Rose and a bottle of Lavender lotion.
2nd place: Jennifer of Goats in the Garden Jennifer will receive both soap and lotion of Patchouli-Rose ('cause Michele was out of Lavender lotion.)
Congratulations to both our deserving winners (not that the rest of you weren't equally deserving...) and thanks once again for playing along! Ladies, if you'll please email me at "Flartus" at hotmail.com, I'll send your prizes along post haste!
As a footnote, here are links to the favorite posts you all "voted" for:
Are You A Slave Driver? (migrant workers in Florida's tomato fields)
Farmers' Markets (just a sample)