Saturday, June 1, 2013

Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

It's a giveaway bonanza this weekend at The Country Cook!

Let me just say, this blog and website would not be half as much fun if I didn't have some very special readers to share it with. These past few years have been hilarious, exciting, interesting, and so much fun because I have had a chance to interact and chat with so many of you on a daily basis.  Many of you have been so supportive and encouraging and I can't tell you how much your positive comments make my day. 
So this weekend of giveaways is just for you to say thank you!

Like that first morning cup of coffee, I love to start my day off with each of you.
So, in honor of that morning cup of java, Starbucks has agreed to help me celebrate all of you amazing folks. Starbucks is going to give one lucky Country Cook reader a $25 gift card!! 
Now, if you aren't a big coffee drinker, you know there are lots of offerings at Starbucks besides the coffee. There are specialty teas and goodies to choose from as well (I highly recommend their lemon loaf-mmmmmm). 
How to Enter:
1.Tell me about one of your favorite coffee memories. Was it having that first cup of coffee while getting up early to go fishing with your Dad? Or that time you spilled coffee down your shirt on your way to work? Whatever your memory, let's hear about it! 

2. For a second chance to win, leave me a separate comment below telling me which recipe from The Country Cook is your favorite.

The Details:
You must be 18 years or older to enter and live in the United States.
You must leave a valid email address in your comments so that I have a way
 to contact you if you win.

Good luck! Thank you so much for being a part of The Country Cook family!
Giveaway ends Monday night at midnight EST

Come back tomorrow for another special giveaway!

***GIVEAWAY ENDED***
The winner was Sharon. Sharon, I sent you an email to get all your details.
Thank you so very much for everyone who entered.
Oh my goodness, I just loved reading all your comments. Some of y'all made me cry. SO many special memories and so much love associated with those coffee moments. 
You blessed me with your special memories! 

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Regina said...

My favorite coffee memory is anytime I can get time to sit with my best friend to just talk and sip. As we get older with busy lives it's harder to have those moments so we make the most of it when we can.
Regina

Regina said...

clowdu@yahoo.com meant to add to comment

Anonymous said...

My mother, who has passed, was a big coffee drinker. When I was young, she would wake me for school and I would smell the coffee she was making. I really didn't like the smell then, and altho I don't drink coffee now, everytime I get a whiff of coffee in the morning, it always takes me back to her and my childhood.
Anne Sheridan Herrin annedh@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Hard to pick just one recipe as my fav, but I guess I'll have to go with the first one of yours I tried and became a fan, Easy Cheese Danish :)
annedh@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My father and I would sit outside and have a cup of coffee as we watched the birds at the birdfeeders, the squirrels running to and fro, and the rabbits hopping in the yard. What I would give for one more cup of coffee with him.
bjbreeves@comporium.net

Anonymous said...

My family's most favorite recipe from this site is the Crockpot Beef Tips! We look forward to having it along with mashed potatoes or potato salad, country corn, and bread!
bjbreeves@comporium.net

Anonymous said...

Coffee is a big part of my Cuban heritage. As far back as I remember all my loved ones enjoyed a "cafecito" aka small shot of cuban espresso a few times throughout the day. As I was growing up all us kids wanted to take a sip so bad but all we would get was a bit mixed in as a "cafe con leche" or latte. The first time I was deemed old enough to finally try a shot I couldn't believe it. I kept saying are you sure?! Haha I still remember that day, I couldn 't even finish my small serving.

As for my favorite recipe, that is a difficult question. Your blog is a weekly go to for me and my family. The one recipe that we have made the most though has to be the Fresh Strawberry Cake. My family just can't get enough of it! Thank you for all you do.

pagano3930@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

My first coffee memory was with my Mother,
She collected miniature coffee cups, and when I was 8 or 9 yrs. old, her and I had a tea/coffee party.
She always made it special for me. Now as a grown adult woman, I look back, and remember, every morning I went to pick her up for Dialysis, she had a perfect little coffee cup waiting for me. I treasured special coffee moments with my mom! She passed away at 83, and every now and then, I'll have coffee in one of those miniature cups, and I remember mom.
My favorite recipe of yours, is the Pecan Praline Cake, it was shared with me by my Grandson's other Granny....I love making it, and my family devours it.
thank you,
gcindysue13@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite memory is everyday. My husband gets up and makes coffee while I get my shower. Then when I'm done the coffee is done. I love my husband.

Anonymous said...

OOPS mreaves2@bellsouth.net

Anonymous said...

My husband loves loves loves the Pina Colada Cake.
mreaves2@bellsouth.net

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Anonymous said...

My mom used to let us have "coffee" occasionally as as special treat when I was little.It was mostly a mug of milk with a little coffee,but we thought we were all grown up :).

I think my favorite recipe so far has been the Banana Pudding Poke Cake.I have made it several times,always to rave reviews!I have also shared this blog with my daughters,and they enjoy it,too!Thanks for helping us with dinner and dessert!

Lisa Bryant
busmaniac77@yahoo.com

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Anonymous said...

My best moment was just having a cup of coffie with my best frind and talking about old times. Linda Gehrett lclark@kuhnco.net

Anonymous said...

lclark@kuhncom.net

Unknown said...

Had to delete and start over as I forgot to enter email addy...My best and favorite coffee moment is right now. I lost my apartment because of high rent and she took me in till I can find a new place.. Now we have coffee every morning and talk and laugh for a couple hours every morning and then get on with our day...We have both enjoyed having that time together...suzyqzy08@aol.com
Susan Chalker

Unknown said...

My favorite recipe, at least for now, is Eclair cake...love it..

suzyqzy08@aol.com

Anonymous said...

my favorite coffee memory is taking my mom to our local Starbucks to get coffee. she states you can make coffee at home why do you drive this far passing by all these places to get this coffee. I said well mom I like it. do you want to try it . so I got her a Caramel macchiato to her surprise she loved it now she's a Starbucks junkie

Betsy said...

having coffee with my husband in the morning before the craziness begins

Betsy said...

favorite recipe: the eclair cake

Kelly Miller said...

My first coffee memory was tasting my dad's cold black coffee for the first time and then spitting it out! Now I love it of course. :)

lorih said...

Spasagna! My family gobbles it up, company can't get enough, church family loves when I bring it to pot luck and families in need appreciate it when I take it to them. Love it!

Anonymous said...

I loved drinking coffee with my Mother as I got older. I would surprise her Late
in the afternoon when I was working in the area. Wewould talk about memories, laughtogether and drink coffee. She is gone now, but I treasure the cups that we drank coffee from.

lorih said...

oops . . . lorih@btes.tv

Anonymous said...

mY FAVORITE RECIPE OF YOURS IS THE BOSTON CREAM CAKE POKE CAKE..OH MY G-D WE DEVOURED IT
SHANA1035A@AOL.COM
SHARON
P.S. YOUR SITE IS MY FIRST GO TO BLOG FOR RECIPES..LOVE EVERYTHING I HAVE MADE FROM YOUR BLOG!
I ALSO BELIEVE I WAS THE FIRST TO POST A RECIPE OF YOURS ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE

Kelly Miller said...

My favorite Country Cook recipe is absolutely the Boston Cream Poke Cake - it's amazing! Thank you for such a fun giveaway. :)

lorih said...

My favorite coffee memory is actually many coffee chats with my friend up the road over the last 15 years. Sadly, she is moving away and I'm losing my coffee buddy. :( I would love to be able to treat her to Starbucks when I go visit her later this summer!
lorih@btes.tv

dptalley said...

I remember waking to the wonderful aroma of my grandmother's coffee percolating on the stove in her white and red enamel percolator.

Anonymous said...

My favorite rememberance of my first encounter with starbucks, was adding tons of sugar and cream and tasting all the while..was so not used to strong coffee and after 8 or so sugars and I cannot remember how many creams i looked up and a man was hysterical watching me. We chatted and actually dated for a while...wasn't meant to be however, will never forget this chance meeting.
shana1035a@aol.com
sharon

dptalley said...

I remember waking to the wonderful aroma of my grandmother's coffee percolating on the stove in her white and red enamel percolator.

dptalley said...

It's hard to pick a favorite recipe, but I loved the Almond Joy Cake.

Anonymous said...

Waking up as a kid and hearing the percolator going then hearing my mom pour a cup for my dad. The smell was incredible!

Dana Rowan said...

I went to a private Lutheran high school in Minnesota. Nearly everyone there (except me) was Norwegian. We went on a band tour to the east coast, staying with the families from the churches we performed in. Every one of them served dark, black coffee with breakfast in the mornings. To be polite, I always indulged with my hosts, adding LOTS of milk and sugar to my cup to make it palatable. To this day, I love anything coffee...iced, hot, sweetened or not, it's one of my favorite beverages. Dana Rowan dana.rowan@mead354.org

Anonymous said...

I live in Canada so I know I won't win but just wanted to let you know one of my favorite parts of Friday is checking out all of the recipes submitted on your weekend potluck round up! And I LOVE my coffee!
Thank you!
:)
Linda Cook

Dana Rowan said...

It's hard to pick just one favorite recipe because everything I have ever made from one of your recipes has been a hit. I will say, though, that your Ham and Cheese Party Rolls are becoming my "signature dish"! I have made them so many times, I've lost count. I don't even need the recipe anymore....I know it by heart! Every party I go to, people request these rolls. I have started to print off copies of the recipe to bring with me because everyone always wants it! I always cite your blog on the recipe and tell everyone to check you out. You're THAT good! : ) Dana Rowan dana.rowan@mead354.org

Kelly Clark said...

I just recently discovered your Facebook page and I am a huge fan. I have pinned many of your recipes and plan on trying them. Thanks for the blog and keep up the good work!

YADIRA CRUZ said...

I live in Fl but I'm from Puerto Rico. We are coffee lovers and drinkers. When I moved I couldnt find and I still cant coffee as strong and good so my best memories are when I receive a package from home and is coffee the smell the taste makes the morning different. Yadi_cn@hotmail.com

YADIRA CRUZ said...

My favorite recipe is the cheese danish. They are amazing.

Chelle said...

Fave coffee memory is my dad had woken me up about 4am because we were going fishing. He always took a huge thermos of coffee along, and that morning, right after we got there & set up, I went to cast my line & I hooked that thermos & sent it flying out into the lake. He thought it was hilarious & I 'caught' it on my first try & reeled it back in!

Chelle said...

My fave recipe of yours is your Crock Pot Lasagna! So happy to have found that & shared it with my daughters, they love it as well!

Corby said...

My first memory of drinking coffee wasn't when I was very young... it was at my first print shop job when I was 20. And I have no idea why that nasty black tar made me ever want to drink coffee again! Print shops, like many other industries, specialize in truly horrible coffee that you could stand a spoon up in. These days I take it light but not sweet. The amount of cream that gets added is dependent on how good the coffee is. Although this morning I'm working on a "special" orange mocha with some triple sec added in!

Corby said...

My favorite recipe? How hard is THIS? My CURRENT favorite recipe is the cheesy chicken tater tot casserole. But I have plans to make the chicken parmesan for dinner tomorrow, with your peach cobbler for dessert, so that could all change.

Anonymous said...

No favorite moment just always been around coffee drinkers and enjoyed the fellowship of sharing a cup of coffee over visiting with friends

Anonymous said...

My favorite recipe is the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake with a good cup of coffee, sharing with family and friends.

mmocklin@gmail.com

Krista said...

I love a good cup of cup anytime & especially if it's Starbucks. Always wonderful when I can sit, sip coffee & visit with friends.

Krista said...

I can't just choose one favorite, but the most recent favorite is you Southern Pecan Praline Cake. Made it a couple of weeks ago for a church pot luck & it was such a hit that I didn't have any to bring home :(. Will be making it again very soon.

cappywanna said...

My favorite coffee memory is the time we spent 4th of July at a camp in Michigan. We wanted to make coffee but all they had was a french press and none of us had ever used one. i gave it a go and it ended up being the most delicious cup of joe i had ever had. as soon as i got home i bought myself a french press, and now that is the only way i make coffee!

Mary Rios said...

I've been drinking coffee for as long as I could remember! My mother used to make us cafe con leche every morning before heading out to school. Paired with buttered toast sprinkled with cinnamon sugar - the best!! Ok now I want some!

MaryRios.chicago@gmail.com :-)

cappywanna said...

Its hard to pic a favorite recipe of yours, i have made so many! I own/run a tiny BBQ out in the middle of nowhere Ohio, and i have used tons of your dessert recipes there. you have saved my butt a number of times! i make your poke cakes a lot, but recently i made the Honey Bun Cake and that has definitely become a crowd favorite. thanks so much for all the great ideas!

suburban prep said...

It might seem weird but when my sister going through cancer treatment we would go to the local coffee shop and have a coffee cooler or blended drink. It would make my sister feel good and it would get her out of the house. She is now almost 12 yrs out from a bone marrow transplant and we still will meet up at the coffee shop.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

Jocelyn said...

My favorite coffee memories are coffee dates with my husband or my daughter. We love to get a cup of coffee and go for walks or shopping dates together.

suburban prep said...

I have made the honey bun cake before and well it was a great success and loved by all who tried it.

Angie said...

My best memories of coffee are getting to have it as a kid on a cool morning during my mom's garage sales. Made me feel so grown up :)

Celeste said...

I've never actually been a coffee drinker (I still do like Starbucks, though -- I just prefer tea, iced mochas, etc.) :) But -- my dad is such the coffee drinker! He honestly will drink 2 full pots a day! From an early age, I would help my daddy get the coffee maker started in the morning and keep it brewing throughout the day. He taught me the "way of coffee."

email:
celeste@mail4me.com

Celeste said...

I love your Taco Soup recipe! I've made it several times and it's always a hit!

email:
celeste@mail4me.com

Angie said...

Forgot my email! (doh!) angielcollins@omnicityusa.com

Elena said...

I loved having a cup of coffee with my husband when we traveled to Italy and stayed in a nice Italian villa

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena said...

My favorite recipe is Southern Baked Beans

elena150980@yahoo.com

Heather Rohde said...

My favorite memories of drinking coffee are with my grandma when we were kids. We would stay the night and get up to watch Captain Kangaroo (that surley ages me, haha)and as my grandma had hers, we had to have ours too, though it was mostly sugar and milk. Now I love that my mom has my kids doing the same thing!

Debbie Arcuri said...

When my children were in school I would enjoy a cup of coffee with the sunrise. It was peaceful before getting them ready for school.

khacker said...

My favorite coffee memory is sitting with my best friend in college almost every morning in our local coffee shop. We would each get s huge coffee, she then split a bagel. I loved our time to just chat.

Debbie Arcuri said...

Now my favorite recipe is taco soup.

Eolist Petite said...

mmmmm coffee... when aren't there memories when coffee is involved? my earliest memory is sitting on my grandfather's lap helping him add brown sugar lumps to his cup of coffee and savoring the flavor it created in the cup. i do believe i was three. ;) eolistpetite@gmail.com

Pam said...

It was when my grandmother was still knowing who I was and she fix a pot of coffee for us and her famous cinnamon rolls and she asked me how I took my coffee and I said black. She got so excited and hugged me and told me she takes her coffee black too. It wasn't long after that, that dementia took her from us

Pam said...

Sticking with the coffee theme - I would have to say your German Chocolate Cheesecake that and a cup of black coffee makes my heart sing

Lisa said...

My husband and I met online and our first face to face meet up was at Starbucks. At the time neither one of us drank coffee. I sheepishly admitted I didn't like coffee. He looked relieved and said he didn't either. So we each got hot chocolate. I knew he was the one that night. We both love coffee now! Lismarier89@yahoo.com

Pam said...

email address: caponefamily3[at]yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite coffee memory is the first time I had a Frap from Starbucks it was amazing
Mia
jazzymom1220@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite recipe on your site is the shredded tacos in the crackpot yumm
Mia
jazzymom1220@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite coffee memory would be the last time I had coffee with my father before he passed away. He was suffering from Sundowners which is a form of Alzheimers and was in a nursing home. He was having a good day and loved to go to his local Starbucks, so I took him. He was alert for a short while and looked like a king holding court. All his friends stopped by to say hello. He left with the biggest smile on his face!!!

Anonymous said...

My favorite coffee memory would be the last time I had coffee with my father before he passed away. He was suffering from Sundowners which is a form of Alzheimers and was in a nursing home. He was having a good day and loved to go to his local Starbucks, so I took him. He was alert for a short while and looked like a king holding court. All his friends stopped by to say hello. He left with the biggest smile on his face! janiela@wavecable.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite recipe is the Strawberry cake. I can't wait to try it. janiela@wavecable.com

BumbleBeeLane said...

My favorite thing was waking up and smelling fresh coffee and grandma's on weekend mornings, that ment a big country breakfast was soon to follow. Warm Blessings! Amy
cottageprims@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I have never been a coffee drinker, but have always enjoyed sitting around the table listening to stories from "the olden" days that my parents and Aunts/Uncles would share during dessert and coffee...vacahighgradnite@sbcglobal.net

BumbleBeeLane said...

My favorite recipe that I've tried is the coconut cream poke cake.
cottageprims@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite coffee memory, happens to be a Starbucks experience. I was 19 years old and not sure I even liked coffee. I had never had a latte before (mind you this was 11 years ago). My cousin's best friend was a manager at Starbucks and so she'd go in almost daily and get special drinks and rave about how amazing they were. Well since I wasn't at a point in which coffee seemed palatable (for lack of better words), she showed up the morning of my gown fitting (wedding dress) with a Iced Grande Raspberry White Mocha. It was love at first..um...sip! From that point on I was sold and continued to frequent Starbucks. Through the years I have been a Barista (just for fun of course and the love of coffee) at Starbucks and I have perfected my drinks and know exactly what I love when I go! I don't have the opportunity to go there as often because I am now an in home childcare provider and have 3 lovely little babe's of mine own however I still get a special 'treat' almost weekly when I run errands or go to Super Target! E-mail: littlerascalsandfamily@gmail.com (Jennifer)

RebekahRose said...

One of my favorite coffee memories is how when my hubby and I were newlyweds and living at Camp Pendleton our weekend "date" would be a stop at Starbucks before we did our shopping together. I loved counting on that visit for a frappaccino or mocha and then walking the aisles of a store holding hands with my husband and enjoying our drinks.

Rachel said...

While my husband and I were dating we would wake up especially early (rare for both of us) to meet each other for coffee. We had some great early morning conversations (with plenty of googly eyes). Coffee dates are still our favorite.

Kristie Talley said...
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Ashley said...

The first time I ever had a caramel frap. It changed my life!

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

I like the homemade mac and cheese recipe.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Heather McD said...

My favorite coffee memories are from when my now-husband and I worked at a summer camp together. When he started working there, he wasn't a coffee drinker, but I kept fixing it for him anyway, and by the end of the summer he was hooked on coffee AND on me! We still have a cup together every morning :-)

Anonymous said...

My grandmother and I use to drink coffee together my entire childhood to now. No matter how hot it was outside, she made sure we both had our cups ready throughout the day. I have a Keurig brewer, regular coffee pot, and a kettle so that I can have all kinds of coffees. She has dementia now and can't really remember a lot of the things we use to do(which is very hard for me to deal with). But when I go to her house, we still have our cups of coffee because I would make us some while she sits back, laugh, and talk about any and everything. She may not remember what we talked about but knowing that I can still sit with her, while she's laughing,talking, and sipping on her coffee, I know that she's alright and so am I. My grandmother is the main reason why I love coffee and every time I have a cup, she's the first person that pops up in my head. Ooooo....I love her so much!

Heather McD said...

And my favorite recipe of yours, although it's hard to pick, is probably the ground beef stroganoff. We were never big stroganoff people before, but we really enjoy this recipe! In fact, it's on my meal-planner for this coming week!

Kathy said...

My wheelchair bound brother had to spend some time in the VA Hospital in Spokane, WASH many years back. A vendor had set up a Coffee Bar similar to a Starbucks in the hospital aND My brother discovered the joys of Americanos, Lattes, etc. LOL He was over the moon when it came time for me to come and get him for a return to our homes in rural Montana, because he spotted a drive up coffee stand in Ellensburg, ID and insisted I needed to taste what he had been talking about. We ordered and pulled up a bit so I could adjust my seat. Well, you need 2 hands for that, so I set my hot cup on the floor of the van. Yep, forgot to pick it up before I started driving.. By the time I hit the brakes most of my Grandee cup was in the door well and dribbling out the door. He wanted me to go back for another, but with my luck it would have been another mess cause that floor got sticky and we were most of 300 miles still from home. I did get to taste his, and the dribbles left in mine, so at least I knew what he was so enjoying. Next time he went back for another hospital visit I made sure he had plenty of dollar bills because making change out there was almost impossible! I still have to get myself coffee stand coffees thanks to his getting me addicted to them! LOL Wish he were still with me so we could enjoy another, but he's been gone for 6 plus years now.
mtrver@gmail.com

Teresa said...

Mine would be on a vacation to colorado, making coffee in the morning while it is still cold out and sitting outside with a blanket enjoying the view and a cup of coffee :)

Teresa said...

And my favorite recipe is for your chicken salad. YUMMO!!! And the banana poke cake !!!

Anonymous said...

My favorite coffee memory is having coffee (mostly milk) with my beloved Papaw! I was very young, but it's still crystal clear. We lost him when I was only 8 1/2 yrs old...

Debbie
DebNJoizee919@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite recipe (so far!) on your blog is the Olive Garden Pasta E Fagiole soup copycat. We all just loved it!

DebNJoizee919@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite coffee memory was stopping by my Mom and Dad's house early in the morning and the smell of coffee perking on the stove, and the big old white mugs we had to drink the coffee from.

http://knickknackpaddywack.blogspot.com said...

First coffee memory? Sitting around in KY with friends and everyone having coffee after dessert.....except me. I tried it...and haven't looked back! That was 18 years ago and I wish I had gotten hooked sooner! HA! Thanks for the chance!

http://knickknackpaddywack.blogspot.com said...

FAvorite recipe??? ANY of your POKE cakes!! :)

Anonymous said...

My family were friends with an older man and his wife. They didn't have children although they loved all children. I can remember visiting them and while my parents and the wife were having coffee and refreshments, the husband would help me pull out my little metal tea set and we would have our own coffee with lots of milk and sugar. Of course there was always cookies to enjoy too. Robin - robeader53@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love soup no matter what time of year. Your stuff pepper soup is just delightful. Robin - robeader53@yahoo.com

Amanda Rauch said...

My favorite coffee is the early early morning coffee while doing or waiting for something special. When my son was little we went to disneyland-i loved getting up early in the hotel and drinking coffee while everyone still slept. I loved the calm before the storm i guess. Just waiting for everyone to wake up and the excitement to pour into the room. That is my favorite coffee drinking memory and moment in time!

Amanda Rauch said...

The recipe I have liked the most so far is the Banana Poke Cake. I just made it the other day and it is so moist and yummy!!

amandajoyrauch at yahoo dot com

Susan said...

My earliest coffee memory is of me around 7 years old, sneaking sips of my Mama's coffee while we were folding laundry.
She would go to attend to something on the stove, or put another load in the dryer and I'd have a sip or two.
I've always loved coffee, but couldn't drink it "legally", until I was in high school.

shelly8806 said...

My Grandma used to always drink coffee every morning. I remember like it was yesterday the day she let me have a cup! Such a great memory of her!

shelly8806@hotmail.com

Jill Franz said...

Well I LOVE coffee and I have it every morning when I get up! I was just making a new cookie recipe today and was drinking my coffee while I was waiting for them to come out of the oven! I also love Starbucks and I go there several times a week...I love the green tea!!
Thanks!
Jill Franz
jillee65@att.net

Susan said...

One of my favorite recipes on your site is Cinna minni's using crescent roll dough!
Ingenious and Soooooooo good!

Jill Franz said...

And for my favorite recipe of yours it has to be the banana pudding poke cake! Every time I make it for a big group it's gone before I ever even get my own piece!!
Thanks!!
Jill Franz
jillee65@att.net

shelly8806 said...

My favorite recipe of yours is definitely your Oreo pudding poke cake!

shelly8806@hotmail.com

Susan said...

My favorite coffee memory is sharing a coffee with my grandpa and seeing him pour some in his saucer to cool and then sipping from his saucer. Thanks for chance to win.

Susan said...

I love the coconut cream cake. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I love getting up in the wee early hours when even the birds are sleeping. But I am a zombie because of it during the day.
All the recipes are awesome. Forwarded them today to a friend.

Susan said...

Address is elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com

Danielle said...

My husband is a farmer. So my favorite coffee memories are just getting up at sunrise before he gets in the fields to eat breakfast and have a cup of coffee...just the two of us, before our son is awake. Special times!! :)

Susan said...

Address is elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com

Danielle said...

Our favorite Country Cook recipe is the crockpot italian beef! The whole family loves it!

Amy said...

My mom would occasionally have a cuppa SANKA. That was coffee. But, I practically lived at my friend's house, growing up. They were a huge Slavic family. I recall the intoxicating aroma of strong coffee that the adults drank. BUT, all the children were allowed a tall glass filled with torn up home-made bread. We poured fresh cream & sugar on it & topped it with that wonderful coffee. That was often breakfast. Such a cozy memory. I was a neglected only child with busy parents. This Slavic family thought one more kid was no big deal. Hardly any English was spoken but I felt loved with all the vats of sauces, foods, breads and that coffee.

Anonymous said...

I was soo excited to find your blog. I get tired of trying to find interesting but yet different recipes that I could see pictures of as well. My ultimate is love of your recipe's is the coconut cream cake! I love coconut anything but I will say the rest of my family has a toss up between the crock-pot chocolate cake heaven or they also love the Banana Pudding Cheesecake since they're not as nutso as I am over coconut! All three in our house are made at least monthly!!!

Thank you so much for you blog. I love it and I so love your sense of humor. We all could use more of that humor these days!!

Rhonda
gamblefamily@comcast.net

Jillian said...

My fav coffee memory must be getting fraps with my then boyfriend, now fiance, inbetween the wedding ceremony and the reception for a good friend. We had a bit of a drive and time to kill so we stopped in and enjoyed some deliciousness while reflecting on our own love and time together. j.carroll88@gmail.com

Jillian said...

I am a huge fan of your kit kat bars. Guilty pleasure. j.carroll88@gmail.com

Debbie said...

My favorite coffee moment is one we started at church. The first Sunday of each month is Coffee & Connections - 30 minutes before service starts, we sit around and drink coffee and have a snack. It's a chance for all of us to chill with each other, get to know people better. It's a lovely tradition.

Anonymous said...

My mother taught me how to make a pot of coffee (we had a percolator!!), then when it was finished, I was to bring her the first cup with cream and sugar. I would take a sip before taking it to her and loved it instantly.

I have loved every recipe of yours that I've tried, but your Cookie Monster Dessert is a particular favorite in my house. Love your website!!

Elisabeth - elisabethapass@yahoo.com

Debbie said...

Oh - and my favorite recipe . . . whichever one I just downloaded. LOL.

There are so many good recipes that are shared, I fall in love every week with at least one of them - or two or three.

A recent one, the Honey Bun Cake, has been popular at funerals. It's different, but oh, so good! My husband even decided to make it, he liked it so well.

Anonymous said...

A dear friend (now deceased) and I would get up early to arrive at Pintala Creek twice a week in the spring when the water warmed just right for the crappie to go on the banks to spawn. It would be cold in the mornings but warm up as the morning grew later; the coffee from the thermos was so good after sculling the banks and taking a break to rest. This was many years ago as I am now in my early 70's. We were known as the two ladies that fished Pintala Creek every spring and fall. We always left early to get home before the last school bell rang.
BJ Wells

Anonymous said...

I am enjoying trying all the poke cake recipes.

BJ Wells

Anonymous said...

I'm NOT A COFFEE DRINKER BUT THE SMELL IS TO DIE FOR AND THE WAY MY HUSBAND MAKES HIS COFFEE (MORE MILK AND SUGAR THAN COFFEE) IS SO GOOD.

THANKS FOR YOUR BLOG.

Cartonbird@ellipse.net


Anonymous said...

I can honestly say without a doubt my most favorite time was when I stopped and bought two "caramel macchiato's" and drove to my mother's house. She had me at a young age (17) so she and I were so closer. She had one heart attack when she was 44 and had to have a heart transplant at age 46. It was a tough road and right about the time that was getting closer to the top of the list for a new heart, I brought over the coffee and we sat there all day talking and reminicing about our lives and our relationship, life in general and the bible shsould she die at any time or with a new heart. It was one of the most heartfelt talk we've ever eperienced together. It was fun, sad, funny, sad, insightful, sad and though she passed away 9 years later at the tender age of 57, it was one of the first moments of sharing over coffee that I will never ever forget.

Thank you so much for reminding again that it all started that day with me bringing two of the carmel macchiatto's from Starbucks to share with my mom.

Rhonda
gamblefamily@comcast.net

Susan McMenamin said...

My favorite coffee memories are shared stories over Starbucks with my coworkers when we were trying to stay under the bosses radar.It was like playing hookie!
Best recipe EVER and my hubby's favorite is the "Slow-cooker beef dip". Most requested at our house :)

Kari Lindsay said...

I started drinking coffee in college. I had just began a diet so I had to drink my coffee black; so now that's how I like it, hard core, straight up! Espresso, however I do drink with milk and sugar.

Grace Culbreath said...

My favorite coffee memory is just thinking about how much my mother loved to drink it. I miss her so much.

Kari Lindsay said...

I loooove the Butter Dip Biscuits. I made them a while back, they're kinda hearty and totally buttery, perfect with soup or stew.

AnnaZed said...

I can remember being introduced to coffee the New Orleans way; a cafe au lait that is 99% milk, then 95% and down as you grow starting at about age 5 years!

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Grace Culbreath said...

My favorite Country Cook recipe, right now, is the No-Bake Apple Pie! It turned out great!

JMD said...

Hands down, the honey bun cake! Love it.

Dora said...

I will always remember while working for Sears in sewing machine sales and my daughters dress for a sority dance needed taken up and I was taking it to work to do alterations. Had to hit brakes and coffee met dress. I got the alterations finished and dropped off at cleaners to have cleanbed. The daughter came home early so I sent her to pickup dress that I sent to have pressed. The lady came back with dress and said the coffee all came out. I was busted.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite memories of coffee is my dad sitting at the kitchen table early in the morning with a cup of hot coffee and a piece of my mother's homemade cake as he read the paper. This was one of his favorite ways of starting the day.

My favorite recipe so far is the Frito Corn Salad. I made it today for the first time for a choir social and doubled the recipe. Everyone loved it and just as we were leaving someone said, "Everybody loved the corn salad and wants the recipe! You may be getting some new readers! Thanks for all the great recipes ... they are always easy and sooooo good!

LaFern

Anonymous said...

Almost forgot ... LMC722@bellsouth.net

LaFern

Low Carb Band-It said...

My favorite coffee memory was my first one. I was on my very first "alone with a boy" date. He took me too a coffee shop. Now I'm 47 so that is a LONG time ago, but we lived in California and it seemed to be all the rage then. I told him I didn't like coffee, but he said "Trust me" and sure enough I was hooked. I also remember him ordering me a plain croissant (which was hot from the oven) and the butter and jam came on a sea shell.

linda said...

I have been following your "yummy" blog for about 3 months now, and I am pretty sure I have made every cake. I started with the fresh strawberry cake, and make the vanilla/chocolate poke cake last night. Seems like I am taking in extra calories because of you! But what great tasty calories they are. Keep it up! I am a big fan.

Barb S. said...

My favorite memories of coffee are those spent with my husband when we first got married. We had a Mr. Coffeemaker, and we made many cups of coffee with it! Nowadays, the memories are made with a Keurig, and I've been having good coffee cup memories with husband and son on the weekends and while son's been home since school let out. Our family of 3 loves Starbucks, too---hubby likes his hot, and son and I go for the Venti Iced Skinny mocha!

Barb S. said...

I like your Crockpot Chicken Parmesan!!

Low Carb Band-It said...

So far, my favorite recipe is the banana cream poke cake! But I'm pretty new to the site.

Low Carb Band-It said...

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Unknown said...

My favorite coffee memory is sitting around the breakfast table with Mom and Dad back in the early 60's drinking our coffee at 4;00 Am before Dad and myself walked a 1/4 mile to go milk our 40 cows each morning, and that was a vital 2-3 cups coffee since I had been out till 3;AM.

Paper doll said...

I don't think I have a favorite memory BUT you don't want to be around me when I forget my travel mug on the counter and I have already made it to work!

Paper doll said...

Just one favorite LOL, my pick would be the stuffed shells recipe!

Anonymous said...

My favorite coffee memory is anytime my Hubby stops at Starbucks as a surprise for me!! Those are times to be treasured immensely! jmiya211@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

As for my favorite recipe - it has to be the Butter Dipped Biscuits! They were a huge hit at a dinner party I took them to!! jmiya211@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I hated coffee until I was in my 40s. But my granny would tell me over and over again that I MUST learn to like coffee because if I didn't I would be missing out on one of the greatest pleasures in life. Granny would give me a cup whenever I was at her house and I kept trying and trying to like it. And finally, one day, to my surprise I liked coffee. Now I love coffee and have passed that love for coffee on to two more generations. Granny knew what she was talking about--coffee is one of the "pleasures" of life that shouldn't be missed. When other pleasures have come and gone, we still have our coffee.

AnnaZed said...

I like this one: http://www.thecountrycook.net/2012/11/southern-pecan-praline-cake-with-butter.html The Southern Pecan Praline Cake


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Chris Nolan said...

My favorite coffee memory is driving into New Orleans over the highrise bridge and smelling the local coffee company roasting & packaging their coffee. It fills the air when you get to the top of the bridge & it smells sooo good. Also, I thought you be interested in seeing this wonderful coffee video I just read & watched before opening your email. It's spooky to see both your email about coffee. Enjoy Life is LIke Coffee: http://www.flickspire.com/_videos/flash/LILC/LILC.swf
How appropriate.
P.S. Creamy chicken enchiladas is a favorite. Thanks

Samantha C said...

My favorite coffee memory happens every morning. Even though my husband does not like coffee, he has a pot ready every morning when I wake up and pours my first cup.

Samantha C said...

My favorite recipe from this site is definitely the chicken and dumplings. I make it OFTEN!!

Samantha C said...

I forgot to leave my email address
jsbj@sbcglobal.net
Thanks!

Courtney said...

My favorite coffee memory (twice, because I made my husband go back a second time) was sitting on the patio of Starbucks in downtown Nassau, Bahamas overlooking the ocean. Best.Starbucks.Patio.Ever
I've deemed it "my favorite place in the world"
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Courtney said...

My favorite recipe is the oreo poke cake. Mmmm.
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Madeline Brubaker said...

My favorite memory is of trying my first cup when I went to get my hair cut at a hair salon. Thinking back, the coffee was terrible but I liked it at the time!

Madeline Brubaker said...

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Regina T. said...

The first time I drank coffee was when I was about five. I spent the night at my grandma's house often and she liked to get up early in the morning and make breakfast. When I opened my eyes I could smell, eggs, bacon, toast, and fresh brewed coffee. She called me to the table and had coffee with milk and sugar ready for me. I was so much fun pretending to be big. This is one of my most precious memories of my grandma.

Anonymous said...

MY first coffee was as a younger girl at my friends home. Her mom let us have the smallest cup of coffee with lots of cream and sugar. We thought we were so grown up, but neither of us liked it enough to ever ask for it again. Such a fond memory of her mom.
I love the Strawberry cake recipe, yum!
donnalgentry@hotmail.com

Trisha M said...

At the age of 54 I just started drinking coffee about 6 months ago. So far my best memory of coffee is my 5 yr old granddaughter spending the night and asking me for her own cup of coffee in the morning. I poured her a tiny bit and then diluted it 3 parts French vanilla creamer to 1 part coffee. She loves it and thinks that's how grown ups drink coffee.

Debbie Arcuri said...

My email is debbie.arcuri@yahoo.com I commented earlier this morning but forgot my emai. Sorry.

Kat Minnick said...

We have many favorites but I am going to go with our top favorite of the Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. I cook it in the crockpot all day and it is soooo good. Also love the Banana Cream Poke Cake! kittenkjm@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have fond memories of going to Mexico City for our summers or Christmas vacations to visit family. Every morning my great grandmother would make a pot of coffee that smelled so good. Of course being children we were not allowed to drink any but my great grandmother would always give me a small sip from her mug. Café con Leche brings back memories of my Bisabuela Rosita. <3

Linda Montes linelu55@yahoo.com

Marsha Baker said...

How crazy fun is this? I was going to say the same thing "Anonymous" made in two comments above! =) The smell of coffee always reminds me of my mom...she always had toast and coffee in the morning. She could drink hers black...I like mine 'doctored'. I LOVE Starbucks! What an awesome giveaway Brandie. We enjoy the interaction with you too.

Purplehaze said...

my favorite memory of coffee is smelling my parents coffee in the morning.
marthaasbill@yahoo.com

Marsha Baker said...

My fav recipe of yours is Easy Cheese Danish! Perfect with a cuppa joe. ;-}

Purplehaze said...

My favorite recipe is any of the poke cakes!! Love them!!

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Anonymous said...

I have made the Éclair Cake...which is a hit at Sunday family get togethers. Can't wait to try the Warm Lemon Pudding Cake. Thank you for the opportunity.

Linda Montes linelu55@yahoo.com

karen bullion said...

I love coffee and my favorite thing about it is the way it smells. I can remember waking up at my granny's and smelling it--welcoming me into the kitchen with love and comfort. Even now, years later, I smell coffee and I think of hanging out in the kitchen sharing coffee and love. Best thing is that coffee tastes as good as it smells.

Anonymous said...

My favorite memory of coffee was during my childhood. My mother would get up early in the morning, put a big pot of coffee on to perk while she made breakfast for my father before he left for work. The smell of fresh brewing coffee would wake me up early in the mornings before school. I was not allowed to drink coffee until I became a latter teenager. My mother believed that growing children should not drink coffee because it would stunt their growth and caffeine would make them nerveous. So she never gave it to my brother of I until in our latter teens. But once I did get a chance to taste it, well from that day on I never missed a good cup of coffee to start my mornings off as a awake up moment of pleasure for me. Those were good coffee memories as I was growing up.
Elizabeth
elizabedu3@aol.com

Alicia said...

My grandmother taught us how to drink coffee. She would make it really sweet and lots of milk. That's how I taught my boys to drink it.

Alicia said...

I love your butter dip biscuits.

karen bullion said...

Absolute favorite recipe you have shared by far is the Southern Pecan Praline Cake but your guest, Becky, shared the Apple Walnut Cake is really good also. You can't ever go wrong with a poke cake--thanks Brandie for all the time you take to share these recipes. I know I can always find something here to fix to eat.

Anonymous said...

My favorite cake is coconut cream poke cake. I love the taste of the cake and has become a favorite at family reunions and potlucks wherever I go. People ask me to please bring the Coconut Cream Poke Cake, and I love when they ask because I get a good piece for myself...LOL....
Elizabeth
elizabedu3@aol.com
elizabedu3@aol.com

Anonymous said...

You have to understand that coffee to me is the same as crack is to a crack addict, that being said one of my workers came in to the office and spilled a fresh cup and I fired him on the spot!!!
Harsh, but was justified at the time.
jim@birdsnest.biz

Anonymous said...

Your recipe for home made Mac & cheese it's the "bomb"!!
jim@birdsnest.biz

Cassandra DeGan said...

I love coffee! my favorite thing to drink on a hot or cold day is a cup of cold blended caramel coffee. I love when my husband and i drink coffee together on my lunch break at work. it keeps the day going. thank you so much for your wonderful webisite! my email address is cfdegan@gmail.com

mathmahna said...

When my husband and I were dating, I learned that he had never had a cup of coffee...not even when he was in the Navy. He was sweet enough to make a pot for me but he filled the basket in my mother's old electric percolator to the top. We've never stopped chuckling about the coffee that made my hair stand on end.

mathmahna said...

OOPS...mathmahna's e-mail is: carolhynes16@yahoo.com

meganlela said...

I went on my first date with my husband to Starbucks!

Lisa Luken said...

My favorite coffee memories are when I visit my Father. He lives on the other side of the U.S. and we don't see each other as often as I would like. Whenever I visit him, we go have coffee at the Starbucks near his home.
I enjoy your website very much.
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Pat Hoffmeister said...

Getting up to already made coffee and getting a chance to relax before beginning the day. grannyhoff@gmail.com

Lisa Luken said...

My favorite recipe of yours is the Creamy Ambrosia! In fact, I'm making it to take to our Church potluck tomorrow.

Joan said...

I always remember my dad slurping coffee. It was funny.

Lisa Luken said...

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Joan said...

I like your poke cake recipes but your baked ziti is my fav.

SaraBeAn said...

My favorite recipe...although it is so hard to narrow down is the Coconut Cream Poke Cake.

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SaraBeAn said...

My favorite coffee memory was spending the summer months at my grandparents. Grandpa would be up first thing in the morning with his coffee and newspaper. I'd sit there at the table with him and he would fix me my "coffee" which was a mug of milk and enough coffee to color the milk.

Pat Hoffmeister said...

I am new here, but grannyhoff@gmail.com can't wait to try your Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan (I may actually use Parmesan). My crockpot is actually a slow cooker I got for a wedding gift 55+ years ago. It is still chugging along and I hope I don't ever have to do without it.

on changing my life said...

My favorite coffee time is actually when we go camping. I'm always an early riser. Being the first one up, I get the fire going for the day, set the coffee pot on top, and sit in the quiet waiting for the coffee to start percolating. It's amazing to watch the world wake up, watch the wildlife, listen to the nothingness, and then - getting that first cup of coffee off the fire - to savor the morning.

Mary-Margaret Unger said...

I can drink a good cup of coffee anytime. I love grinding the beans and watching the pot do the magic. I started drinking when I was small. Grandma made a very weak pot of coffee (usually re-used the grounds twice) and we diluted it with lots of milk. Loved to have it with out toast. Later my brother and I would have a waitress leave us a pot for our table - we could probably drink two pots between us. I now have to decaf though - problems with aging.

Mary-Margaret Unger said...

I love all of your poke cake recipes. My favorite was the Boston Cream Pie Cake though. Love to read your recipes and share them with my sister.

Aloha Jan said...

Freshly out of college and my first day of work: My guide for the day spilled a full of coffee on my lap. How's that for a memory?!

Aloha Jan said...

Mac 'n Cheese --- bring on the comfort food!!

char218 said...

My favorite coffee memory involves my grandparents farm in Virginia. Papaw was a farmer and he would be up at the crack of dawn to tend to the animals and the crops. My mamaw always had a big breakfast fixed- eggs, sausage, bisquits and gravy. Sometimes the meat varied - might be ham or even chicken - but something that was constant was the wonderful aroma of coffee. I can still see everyone at the table savoring the amazing brew before papaw would go out in the early morning light to take carer of business. Today when I smell coffee it takes me back to the farm.

KENTUCKY LADY 717 said...

My favorite time is sitting on my daughter's front porch in the mornings having a cup of coffee when I spend the nite there :)everyone else is in bed, just her and I are up sitting on the porch with our coffee and I have a donut or something sweet :) gotta have that sugar....

char218 said...

SORRY - forgot my email address
char218@gmail.com

KENTUCKY LADY 717 said...

My favorite recipe of yours would be the CREAMY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS .....also love your easy pie dough recipe......

char218 said...

Your butter dip bisquits are THE best!!
char218@gmail.com

Doreen said...

Coffee in the morning while camping on a cool day.

Doreen said...

Olive garden breadsticks! yum

NHall said...

OK, so I am not a coffe drinker myself (but I do love the Double Chocolate chip frapaccino at Starbucks), but I do have a favorite coffe memory! My dad used to drink at least a pot of coffee every day, sometime 2! Every time I smell coffee brewing, I think of my dad!

NHall said...

You have put so many great recipes out here! One of my favoites is the Frito Corn Salad! We had it for dinner tonight!

Samantha said...

1. I actually didn't start drinking coffee until a few years ago. I tried a sample of a frappe that the Target Starbucks was handing out and I was hooked. Now my favorite escape is a frappe and a grocery shopping trip at target by myself (I'm a mom of three).
2. My favorite is your olive garden salad dressing. I have brought it to a couple potlucks and always get asked for the recipe.

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