December 12, 2011

Gingerbread Delights & Hodgson Mill $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway
A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 50!

A page from my Great Grandmother's hand-written cookbook.


Welcome to 
"A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday No. 50!

To celebrate, everyone who links up and comments this week will be entered in a random drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Hodgson Mill!
(details below)


We may no longer bake with lard or molasses by the pint like my Great Grandma Maggie did, but one thing hasn't changed:  Using a high quality flour makes all the difference in your baked goods. I recently had the opportunity to sample some of the flours from Hodgson Mill, a family owned business that's been grinding grain since 1882!  I can honestly say their wheat flour is the best I've ever baked with.
I'll be sharing my recipe for Cranberry Upside-down Babycakes, using Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat flour on Friday, but in the meantime,   Hodgson Mill is generously giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky "A Little Birdie Told Me..." participant.  You can spend it in their online store where you'll find flours & meals, pastas, cereals, mixes, gifts and even some gluten-free products!

To enter:  Simply link-up (regular party rules apply) and leave a comment telling me what you're baking this month. 

I'll use to select a winner when the linky closes at 8:00 PM PST on the 14th


In honor of my great grandma's affinity of ginger treats (her cookbook is filled with them), I'm featuring two posts I know she would have loved!

from Fudge Ripple

from Susie QT Pies Scraps of Life


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I personally visit each and every link.
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3)  POST THE BUTTON OR A LINK-- Grab the code for the button (below) and paste it into your sidebar or the body of your post.

4)  VISIT ONE other link --  Isn't it great, when you're "discovered" by a new fan as a result of linking up to a party?  Pay it forward and make someone's day!


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Visit ONE other link and leave them a comment.

The links are featured from newest to oldest,
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Leaving a comment this week gives you an entry in the Hodgson Mill $25 GC Giveaway! 


  1. Delicious features Jenn! Thanks for hosting.

  2. I will be making Mr. B's grandmother's gingersnap cookies. His co workers request them every year. It calls for molasses but not a pint LOL! Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful week.

  3. We [heart] gingerbread! These features look delicious. I am curtailing my baking, but will be making a Go, Dog, Go! birthday cake for one of our little friends.

  4. I don't do much baking anymore since my husband is a diabetic, but I would really like to make some shortbread with real butter.

  5. Oh wow, what a treasure to have your grandmother's recipe!
    Tomorrow I'm going to bake some banana bread as gifts. It's been a while since I've made it and I have just enough ripe bananas, so wish me luck!
    Thanks Jenn for hosting the linky and for the giveaway!!

  6. Jenn your party is one that I look forward too each week and your personal comments mean the most:-) I am baking up a storm this month, but the thing I will make the most of will be Reeses Popcorn Munch!! Thank you so much for hosting each week.

  7. I will be baking up a storm...cookies, cookies, and more cookies! Plus my favorite gingerbread w/ lemon's just not the holidays without it!

  8. Jenn, thanks so much for hosting. I even linked up a craft for you, made by me. I know, who knew? Burlap table runner. Of course I linked up a treat too! Anyways, I've got toffee, caramel and cheesecake on my list, just for this week :)

  9. That is so cool that you have those recipes from your great-grandma!

    I'm going to be baking some cookies later in the week for a work exchange. Can't wait!

  10. What a sweetie to feature my Gingerbread Chocolate Eclair! xoxoxox I love your Great Grandmother's hand written cookbook! Thanks for sharing that with us.


  11. Hi Jenn! Grandma recipes are the best! And you are such a great baker... it's the perfect combo. Thanks for hosting my friend! xo

  12. Hi Jenn, Although I like to try a few new recipes each saeson, the best thing about the holidays is the tradition of family favorites passed down through the years. My favorite cookie for Christmas is the Russian Tea Cake - pretty and yummy!

  13. Love the look of gingerbread, thanks for hosting!

  14. Thanks for hosting Jenn... I think quality flour makes such a HUGE difference in cooking, so I am so excited for the giveaway! I found a great recipe for Ginger bread (just bread) I want to try out!


  15. Linking up for the first time in a month! Whew, what a crazy time of year!! Thanks for hosting! HUGS!!

  16. Thanks for hosting Jenn!! I do cookies every year, and a few quick breads too!

  17. Thank you for hosting and thanks for your sweet comment on my wreath! :)

  18. Hi Jenn. Great picks this week and thanks for hosting. I love Tuesdays! I'm sharing a short video that will hopefully help move people away from store bought dressings and make the healthier version at home.

  19. Thank you so much for making this party available and letting each post get a first place!!! Also, I think of you every week, as you live just around the corner from me!
    Lots of love,

  20. Thanks for hosting each week! The 2 Gingerbread recipes look delicious! Have a wonderful week!

  21. I'm baking mexican wedding cookies with my mother-in-law! So yummy.

  22. My friend from Holland sent me speculaas spices so I got to bake real Dutch treats this week!

    Thanks for hosting,

  23. I have been baking a lot of bread this month, and my nearly famous chocolate chip cookie bars!

  24. I subscribe to your blog.

  25. pies! pumpkin, sweet potato, fruit pies, and buttermilk pie!

  26. I have your button:

  27. Thanks for hosting! I'm a gingerbread lover so I'm hoping to bake some soon:)

  28. Oh I love this: Gingerbread Side-Cars. So pretty!

    Following your lovely blog. I am also inviting you to add your blog at Momma's Lounge ( ) where you meet more mom bloggers, shout away, add your giveaways and business links and get featured by sharing your crafts, recipes and interesting musings. Following us back is deeply appreciated.

    Thanks and have a great day!


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