Giveaway Week–Day 5 (my favorite!)

**This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered!**

Oooo Oooo – Merry Christmas Eve Eve (yes, it’s a day I’ve been “celebrating” for years)! I sorta feel like as the day goes on today, I’m going to end up looking more and more like this guy…


Hopefully I can pull it together. Winking smile


I have a funny feeling that there are going to be some cookies in my future today (you’ll see why in a second), so I made sure to take some precautionary measures this morning in an attempt to balance things out.

First up – Workout

I was in the mood for cardio today so I decided to do my Pyramid Treadmill Workout. My latest adjustment to make to that workout is to substitute the 5 minutes @ 6.0mph with 1 minute @ 8.5mph. That way, it shaves about 4 minutes off my time and ups the intensity just a teeny bit more. Give it a try!

Next up – Prep a Healthy Lunch

This actually caused somewhat of a conundrum this morning with breakfast. As I was making breakfast, I also figured I’d prep lunch. I knew I wanted to fill up with lots of veggies and protein, so I whipped up a quick veggie & egg scramble, complete with a melted wedge of The Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese.


Well this thing ended up smelling so darn good that I almost switched things up last minute. Thank goodness I didn’t, because breakfast was incredible today. Which brings me to…

Next Step – A Hearty, Healthy Breakfast

Not that this isn’t always the case, but ya know.


Today’s bowl of oatmeal was extra special, thanks to one mini piece of prep work. After I finished my workout this morning, I filled my usual saucepot with 1/3 cup water and 2 teaspoons chia seeds. I let the seeds soak while I was getting ready, so by the time I came out, they were already starting to absorb the water and “puff” up.


I finished making my oats as usual (topped with some more Love Blondies) and was left was a fluffy, voluminous bowl of deliciousness.


Last Step – Lots of Water!

I loaded up my water bottles today and plan on making several trips to the bathroom chugging like it’s my job.




So last night, I ended up being pretty busy in the kitchen, putting together all of these…


Finally! Time to share all the goodies that came about after all those hours of cookie baking. Hubby has his tray to bring to work…


I have my tray to bring to work (hence the reason I am foreseeing cookies in my future today!)…


And then I wound up with this other tin…


Hmmm…what shall I do with this extra tin of Homemade Christmas Cookies?

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Ohhhhhh, I know! It’s Day 5 of Giveaway Week, isn’t it??

Well isn’t that just perfect! How ‘bout we put these babies up for grabs? Winking smile


As out final, Day 5, of Giveaway Week, one lucky winner will receive a tin of Homemade Christmas Cookies, courtesy of Yours Truly!

***Because I want these goodies to stay fresh, today’s giveaway is only going to last until this afternoon. That’s because I’m hoping to be able to get these out in the mail TODAY!***

To Enter:

  1. (Mandatory) Leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you’re thankful for this holiday season.
  2. (Optional) Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter and leave a comment telling me that you did. – “It’s Day 5 of @SweetToothCourt’s Giveaway Week. It’s only lasting a few hours though! –”
  3. (Optional) Share the giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment telling me that you did.

**ALL WINNERS have been announced and this giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered!**


  1. Emily H says

    I’m thankful for all my many blessings – a good family, a loving fiance, a good job, and my health. I find myself getting greedy and wanting “more,” and when I reflect I always feel so silly because I truly am so lucky to have the wonderful life that I do. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  2. Alyssa says

    I am very thankful to be healthy and happy during this holiday season, along with the rest of my family. I am also thankful that most of my family lives close by which lets me spend the holidays with all of them! Family is the best and I do not know where I would be without them!! I hope you have a Happy Holiday and enjoy every second of it with your loved ones :) Your cookies look delicious!!

  3. Elizabeth says

    I’m thankful for many things, but mostly that I survived my first semester of law school, my health and my wonderful friends and family!

  4. says

    I’m thankful for the health of my family who ((touch wood)) have had a much better year than the last.
    I’m in the UK so I think the cookies might be out for me but I just wanted to say have a very happy Christmas time.
    Thank you for taking the time over your blog, I love reading it over here in the UK and drooling over the pictures.
    Stay happy and safe over the festive period. Hope Santa is good to you and yours. :)
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  5. Sarah S says

    i’m thankful for the warm weather! i just moved to north carolina in august and it’s still gotten into the 70s this week! i’m always cold, so this is exciting for me :) (i’m also thankful for the usual things like my friends and family)

  6. says

    I am most thankful for having my cousin home and safe for the first time in 3 years from Afghanistan. My family hasn’t been able to see him or celebrate a holiday with him in so long because he is special ops in the military. So this year we finally get to see him and his now 1 year old son. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for this. It’s the one and only thing I wanted this year. =]

    I also posted this on Twitter. Your giveaways are awesome.

  7. says

    I am thankful that my mom just had hip surgery, and while she will be recovering during Christmas (which makes for a very light Christmas this year), she will be super healthy for 2012 and stop walking with that damn limp she’s had for years! She also claims she’ll try one of my spin classes once she’s healthy… :)

  8. says

    This holiday season, I am thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve had to grow this past year. Between finishing my Masters, running my first half marathon and marathon, and making an important career and personal decision, it has been a huge year of opportunity. I am so fortunate.

  9. Julie says

    Hi Courtney- those treats look fabulous!
    This holiday season I am thankful to be able to spend time with my family and loved ones. I am also thankful for all I have been blessed with and how fortunate I am to have a supportive and loving family.
    Happy holidays- again thank you for this opportunity!

  10. Brigitte says

    This holiday season I am extremely thankful for my family as always. I’m also very thankful to have a good amount of time off of work so I can test out a lot of your recipes that have been piling up :)

  11. Ali says

    Those look fabulous! This holiday season, I’m especially thankful for my family all being together and getting to spend time with my long distance boyfriend :)

  12. Courtney says

    I’m thankful for my niece and nephew… they are 2 1/2 and 1 yo, and absolutely the best part of my life!! I sure bet they’d looove some homemade cookies to snack on! :)

  13. brianne says

    I am thankful that this year my hubby and i are spending our christmas in our brand new home we have worked so hard for! :) merry christmas!

  14. Diane says

    I’m thankful for my friends, family, and that I’m finally feeling better this morning! (awful case of food poisoning yesterday!)

  15. Rachel F says

    I’m thankful for spending time with my family over Christmas break–I’m in grad school 8 hours away, so I am grateful that we can spend so much time together this week!

  16. Kayla says

    I am thankful for my family because they are there for me through the hard times and the good times, in sickness and in health and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. xoxo!

  17. says

    I am thankful to be able to have a wonderful holiday season at home with my family and also I am thankful that I am fortunate enough to be able to give back to people in my community. Giving back to my community is a highlight of my Christmas season every year.
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  18. Katie says

    I’m obviously thankful for my amazing family, but that’s a daily occurrence. With all of the luck friends and family (and self) were having over the past year or so, I’m thankful–even though I have to work the day after Christmas–to have a job to go to!

  19. Wanda says

    I am thankful for a loving husband and family. I am thankful for a great job that provides for my family. I am thankful we are all healthy and can be together for the holidays.

  20. says

    Haha I love the photos in this post! “Keep calm and SANTA” and “Everyday I’m Guzzlin” both made me chuckle.

    I am thankful for a full week off from work. Work can sometimes encompass my life and it’s nice to be able to remove myself for a few days. I need it!
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  21. Emily says

    I’m thankful for my health and my wonderful family. And my new dalmatian puppy! And I’d love to be thankful for those cookies!

  22. Brittany V says

    I am thankful for so many blessing this year- a healthy and happy family, a new puppy, a house that is fixed after Irene, and some time off from work after today – I am feeling very lucky this year.

  23. Kelly says

    I am thankful I get to spend Christmas with my family and I am thankful that this was the year I found the love of my life! :)

  24. Michelle says

    I am thankful for a healthy family. Over the past couple of years we have had some ups and downs with both my mom and sisters health, so I couldn’t be happier to be celebrating another lovely Christmas together! These cookies would add some lovely holiday cheer to our Christmas! :)

  25. Cassie says

    I’m thankful for so many things- my career, and my side baking aspirations, my work family, my real family- and that my Dad is still in good health, my own health and mobility and ability to heal quickly, my awesome friends- especially my best friend, my apartment–my own little cozy place in the world, with neighbors who have never once complained about the noise (i love my music), and I’d be especially thankful when my hot water is fixed and i can take a shower longer than 5 minutes.

    Thanks Courtney!

  26. Heather says

    I am thankful that this year I will be able to celebrate Christmas at all of the celebrations my families have. And that it is now snowing so there will be a white Christmas!!

  27. Traci says

    I’m thankful for my health, family, friends and boyfriend of 4 years. Thanks, Courtney, for all of the giveaways this week. You’re too sweet! Happy holidays!

  28. Kaitlin says

    This may seem like a cop out on a blog about healthy living, but I am truly thankful for my health this holiday season. This year, a close family friend was diagnosed with an aggressive form of esophageal cancer that requires intense chemotherapy. He was in the best shape of his life, running every morning and achieving his “college weight,” when suddenly his life completely changed. Luckily he has incredible faith in God, an amazing wife, and three beautiful children who will help him get through these tough times, but his story truly makes me appreciate each day that I am able to get up and exercise.

  29. Cristin says

    I am thankful for my faith, my family & my improving health! Thank you for being a major motivator! Merry Christmas, Courtney!

  30. Lindsay says

    This is a giveaway to beat! Nothing is better than a homemade gift. This season I am most thankful to be able to see my boyfriend who has been away at Army training for several months. Seeing him is a present in itself!

  31. Heather M says

    I gave birth to my son on November 18 so I am definitely most thankful for him and celebrating his first Christmas!!

  32. Amy says

    I am thankful for my loving family and friends. I am also thankful for all of my students (I’m a teacher) who are the spirit of the season. Watching them is priceless

  33. sara says

    I’m thankful for my fiance (he just proposed 2 weeks ago!) And my amazing family. I hope to also be thankful for winning this giveaway :-)

  34. Katy says

    I am most thankful for my health (and my friends & family’s health). You never realize how fragile it is until something threatens it. Happy Holidays love! All the best to you for a happy and healthy 2012!

  35. Daniela says

    I am most thankful for my family. They are the most supportive people I know and I am just grateful to have them in my life!

  36. Christine says

    I’m thankful for my supportive friends and family! And my health. And my job. There are too many things to be thankful for!

  37. Jordan K. says

    I am thankful for old friends! I recently ran into a couple of old friends from high school that were in town for Christmas, and it was just such a nice surprise. It’s so fun to catch up and see where life can take people!

  38. Elizabeth says

    I’m thankful that I’ve been able to enjoy the holiday season with my whole family, and be in good health while doing so!

  39. Lisa says

    I have 2 very large extended families that i am so thank ful for. and 2 beautiful healthy little ones that are so excited for Santa this year :)

  40. SARAH says

    I’m thankful that my family is happy and healthy this Christmas season, that we will all be together and enjoying the holidays! I can’t wait for tomorrow & Sunday!

  41. Kelsey Y. says

    I am thankful that my sister and niece are here to celebrate with us, as they were living in Oregon for a few months of this year. Even more so, I am simply thankful that I am able to see most of my extended family this time every year. I love them!

  42. Natalie says

    There is so much to be thankful for but I am very thankful I get to fly home to Texas to be with my family for a week! Leaving today and can not wait! Merry Christmas!

  43. lauren says

    I’m very thankful for my family this holiday. They are so supportive and loving. I don’t know what I’d do without them!

  44. Deb says

    I am thankful for my family and health! So cliche but so true.
    Not to mention your jelly donut cupcakes which I’m going to try out tonight for a Hanukkah party I’m going to…fits in with the theme! Hoping they come out as perfect as yours…

  45. Sue says

    I am especially thankful for my family this year. We lost my FIL this summer to cancer and I know this is going to be a tough holiday but with my wonderful family we’ll get through it. I lost my own dad a few years ago so I know both my “dads” are my guardian angels. They would love to sample your cookies too. They were always my “test tasters” whenever I baked anything. Thanks for the giveaway and have a wonderful holiday!!!

  46. Kalynn says

    I am thankful for family! And the fact that they all live close so we can spend lots of time together over the holidays! I’ll actually be spending the afternoon today with my cousin and grandmother doing our annual Christmas cookie baking/decorating session, so I’m really excited! Thanks for the week of giveaways, and I wish y’all a very Merry Christmas!!

  47. Sara says

    I am thankful that everyone in my family is healthy this year! It’s something I sometimes take for granted, and I have just been feeling so blessed lately! :)

  48. Andrea says

    I am thankful for my health, my loved one’s health, and generous people like yourself. I love to see generosity in today’s world :)

  49. Sarah says

    my grandmother unexpectedly passed away on what will be exactly two weeks two the day before christmas. After the shock of her death settled, many of us found orselves asking the question of what to do for christmas. My grandmother was christmas, and it is just not going to be the same. WHile her passing has been no means easy, i think that there is something to be taken from every situation (good and bad). My grandmother`s sudden and unexpected death has taught me to appreciate a little more the beaultiful blessing of life. I think that sometimes it is, in fact, the fragility of life and the unexpectedness of death that makes our existance on this earth so precious. While it is not uncommon to become caught up in fear when faced with the prospect of death, i have learned that nothing is certain. Things are constantly changing and there is no way to predict when our time might be up. With that said i think that it is important to focus on living life to the fullest, this christmas in particular, as we attempt to come to terms with this sad event. Life is beautiful. I am so thankful to have been blessed with a beautiful grandmother whom i have shared many great memories with. I am also so very thankful for my loving family and how close we have become in this time of sorrow. merry christmas courtney love your blog :)

  50. says

    This year I am grateful to be home celebrating with my family and my husbands family. Last year we had just gotten married and spend Christmas on a cruise for our honeymoon. It was amazing but it wasn’t the same as celebrating with family. I am also grateful for the relationship I now have with my brother and his wife. As they gear up to move across the country again. I’m glad I don’t feel like I am losing either of them during this transition.

  51. Julie says

    i am thankful that my brother, his fiance and several of my cousins and their kids were able to come home for Christmas this year. We’ve missed them all year!

  52. April Miller-Rose says

    I don’t get to see my family much throughout the year, but at christmas time..its when we all get together and enjoy eachothers company and celebrate the true meaning of christmas! I LOVE it…christmas is my favorite time of year!

  53. Katherine M. says

    I am most thankful this Christmas for my wonderful husband. We just got married this summer and I feel so blessed for a perfect-for-me partner in crime :)

  54. says

    This year I’m grateful for being able to find the good in life and be thankful. Many people get so angry and hold grudges, in the past few months haven’t been the easiest, but I am grateful that I’ve looked past it and have been able to remain happy and thankful for the things I do have. And of course my family and friends.

    Also, I’m thankful for Christmas cookies :)
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  55. Tami says

    I am thankful for having all of my family home together!! My sister and her fiance are coming and my boyfriend is coming too! I can’t wait :)

  56. Lisa says

    I’m thankful that my in-laws are being so understanding about my healthy eating tendencies and buying me lots of veggies! :)

  57. Kellie says

    I’m thankful for my husband. He is an awesome father and man and he puts up with me. He is a wonderful blessing in my life.

  58. Tiffany says

    Im thankful this will be my first Christmas in 3 years I spend with my family since I won’t have to be working! :) and would it help my chances to win if I told you I always look at your blog at work right before lunch time and drool at all your foodie pics? Esp the cookies!! 😉

  59. Courtney says

    This holiday I’m thankful for my family, my friends, and my incredibly sweet new boyfriends 😀
    Those cookies look so good.

  60. Michelle B. says

    I’m thankful that my whole family and boyfriend (who lives 4 hours away this year!) will all be in town for the holidays!

  61. says

    I’m thankful that I’m able to spend another Christmas with my husband, who is in the military! We aren’t going into a full-out traditional Christmas celebration because we’re moving in a couple of weeks – cross-country to Newport, Rhode Island ; ) P.S. – We LOVE cookies, too!
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  62. Helen says

    I am thankful to be spending Christmas with my fiance this year. My fiance will be leaving for Iraq next July so this will be our last Christmas together for awhile : /

  63. Dana says

    I am thankful that God willing my Grandfather will live to see his 100th birthday in 2 weeks! I am also thankful for my health, my happiness, and the wonderful people who I surround myself with on a regular basis

  64. Shannon says

    I am thankful for my friends and the opportunities that I have been given this past year.

    Your giveaway just made my day! Cookies and candy and yummy sweets are my favorite foods in the world. :)

  65. Bri says

    I am thankful for my family this holiday season. I’m away at college most of the year so it’s always nice to come home and have this time to spend with them.

  66. says

    I am thankful blogs like yours because they keep me motivated to workout and eat healthfully, even around the holiday season. That way, when eating tons of Xmas cookies, I don’t feel so bad :)

  67. Elena says

    i am so thankful for a roof over my head, food on my table, and of course the possibility to win a gorgeous plate of those cookies!

  68. Erin says

    So thankful I get to spend Christmas with my family & I don’t have to work this year! In the hospitality business, a holiday off is hard to find!

  69. Kelly says

    I am thankful for my body’s ability to heal itself after my wisdom tooth removal 2 days ago! what better way to celebrate being able to eat again than with a ton of christmas cookies :)

  70. Heather B says

    I am thankful for my family and my health and theirs. Also for people like you who are so kind to do something like this. Whoever wins, thank you!!

  71. Jennifer says

    I am thankful for my kids and being able to give them a wonderful Christmas! I love making the magic of the season happen for them. I am also thankful my husband made it home for Christams.

  72. says

    I’m thankful for my boyfriend and what may be the weirdest Christmas ever as there’s no snow, the sun’s shining and I’m having early spring weather here.

  73. Lisa Meyer says

    Hi Courtney –

    First of all I have to say how excited I am to see that you are giving away your home baked cookies! I have been drooling every day that you post a new one!

    My step-father passed away in March of this year while on a cruise with my mom. My mom has had an awful time dealing with this and I am so thankful that she is able to come to Wisconsin from Florida and spend time with all of the family here that love her so much. My mom is my best friend and I am so lucky and thankful to have her in my life.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday!

  74. Whitney L. says

    This holiday season I’m thankful for my pets! They are such a stress-reliever when I’ve been running around like crazy to get everything finished up, wrapped, baked, cleaned, etc. (especially when my man is driving me crazy!) 😉

  75. susan says

    Even though I lost my job of 25 years, I am thankful to have had this time to spend more time with my husband and daughters. Never realized how much time I spent on work and not enough with family. Do miss the paycheck but you learn to think more about your purchases.

  76. Cassie says

    I am thankful for my wonderful, supportive husband who traveled four and a half hours with me to spend time with my family for the holidays. Holy yum those cookies look delish! Merry Christmas!

  77. Amanda says

    I am very thankful for my new FIANCE! We just got engaged last week while vacationing and I couldn’t be happier =] ..The cookies look amazing btw.. Merry Christmas!

  78. Nicole says

    I am thankful for optimism! There always seems to be an extra dose of pessimistic people this time of year – it’s nice to see people staying true to the spirit of the holidays… Merry Christmas!!

  79. dee says

    Ow amazingly awesome is giveaway #5? Whoever wins will get to finally put a taste to the pictures we all drool over on your blog. How exciting! :)

  80. Jessica says

    I’m thankful that I am able to spend Christmas with my family, even if it means taking a redeye flight tonight and getting in on Christmas eve!

  81. Aska says

    I am very thankful for being able to see my family this Christmas and thankful to have such amazing people in my life. I feel so blessed!

  82. Kristy says

    I am thankful for time off with my family – it has been a hectic few months, so our time together is priceless! Happy Holidays!

  83. Karen says

    I am so thankful for my wonderful family and the little one inside the belly…can’t wait to meet him or her very soon!!

  84. Mollie says

    I am so thankful to have a family who supports me through everything, especially as a post-graduate trying to figure out her life!!!

    Have a great Christmas weekend!

  85. Samantha says

    I am thankful that my husband and my families live so close, although my husband won’t be home until monday morning and has to work new years eve and new years day (he’s a firefighter and picked up extra time), I still have our families to spend the holiday with. And I know that as we grow to become a family more than the two of us, they will be there for all the holidays!


    I am thankful for Christ being the center of my families life…=) For He is always faithful….Merry Christmas to all…..

  87. says

    I don’t think I could name just one thing I am thankful but mostly I’m thankful to have my family and loved ones on Christmas! My grandfather has cancer, and any holiday he can make it to makes our family grateful! My boyfriend also just made it through surgery with ease! So I’m totally grateful for all the people in my life! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with all your loved ones!

    *SN: I made your chocolate raspberry bars this morning for my fam – AMAZING!

  88. Kathryn L says

    I am thankful for the multiple blessings God has provided for me this year, including a college degree, a new job that I love, a new home, a new puppy, and a new HUBBY!

  89. Lindsey says

    Woah- So much to be thankful for. About to leave for the airport to pick up my brother.. so thankful that I get to spend a week with him!

  90. Rebecca says

    I’m thankful that my husband has Christmas off this year and we can spend our first married Christmas together with our families!

  91. Deborah says

    I am thankful that everyone in my family was healthy in 2011. Here’s hoping that our good luck continues into the next year!


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