HAVEN Conference: Ticket Giveaway

December 20th, 2011

Greetings all, can you believe 2011 is almost over?  Well 2012 brings great things, like the HAVEN Conference scheduled for June 21-22 in Atlanta.  HAVEN is a gathering of notable DIY and home bloggers from across the country, and is sponsored by big brands like Home Depot, Rust-Oleum, and Minwax to name a few.

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I’ll be there with the rest of the Haven team and we have put together two days of fantastic workshops for you ~ it will all take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. 

There are some fabulous speakers and presenters you won’t want to miss, including our keynote John & Sherry from Young House Love, so for those of you who want to go, but haven’t bought your ticket yet, this is the giveaway for you! 

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment naming the one thing you’re looking forward to at Haven.  Is it to become a better blogger or more skilled DIYer?  To learn something new in the hands-on workshops?  Or simply to mix and mingle with your favorite bloggers? 

One winner only, chosen by Random.org.  Does not include travel or hotel expenses, only the ticket to the conference (a $199 value).  Giveaway ends Friday December 23rd at 8 p.m. PST.  

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to the winner #48 Barbara at 21 Rosemary Lane

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Apricot Almond Shortbread Bars + Cookiepalooza Party

December 20th, 2011

‘Tis the season of baking and I did my share last week!  One of my favorite recipes I make every year is apricot almond shortbread bars, they’re always a big hit at our Christmas party and my go-to recipe if I ever get invited to a cookie swap. 

This recipe originally appeared in Bon Appétit in December 2005, and I made it when it first was published. Over the years I’ve modified it slightly, subtracting the almond paste, adding orange zest, and also doubling the recipe to make a full cookie sheet.  You can find the original recipe here.  The following is my version of apricot almond shortbread bars: 

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