I have a very special announcement to make. Brandy (of the delicious blog Nutmeg Nanny) and I are starting a throughout-the-year holiday cooking event! We’re calling our event “All Through the Year Cheer…Cooking with Faith and Nutmeg Nanny” (thanks to Brandy for the adorable name!).
What It’s All About: Brandy and I both have a love for the holidays. My favorite time of year lasts from early fall straight through until New Year’s Day. But for me, the holidays are more than just the actual day of the holiday itself…it’s everything leading up to that day, all the glitter and glow of the preparation, planning, and festivities.
Where the Idea Came From: A while ago, on Brandy’s blog, she mentioned that she had started looking for new Christmas cookie recipes. I was so excited (I was happy to learn that mid-summer I wasn’t the only one who was thinking about Christmas!), so I emailed Brandy asking her if she would be interested in doing some kind of Christmas cookie recipe event with me. Brandy agreed and she and I decided to carry out our idea through holidays year round.
What We’ll Be Doing: 2-4 weeks before a holiday, Brandy and I will make an announcement on both of our blogs, and from that time until the holiday, she and I will post recipes related to the upcoming holiday (and of course any other recipes that we feel like sharing). She and I will take turns hosting holidays.
But Brandy and I want you to participate! A couple of days before the holiday, either Brandy or I (whoever is hosting) will post, asking for people to submit their own holiday recipes. You don’t need a blog to be able to submit a recipe…you can always email us your recipe and a photo and we’ll include it in our round-up. Your holiday recipe can be for any type of dish that you feel is related to that holiday. The day after your recipe submissions we’ll post the round-up along with the winner. Brandy and I will be reviewing the recipes and selecting a winner who will receive a prize!
Here’s an example timeline of how we might expect Halloween and Thanksgiving to go:
Oct. 1: Faith Posts Announcement with Holiday Recipe for Halloween
Oct. 8: Brandy Posts Holiday Recipe
Oct. 15: Faith Posts Holiday Recipe
Oct. 22: Brandy Posts Holiday Recipe
Oct. 28: Faith Posts Asking for Your Recipe Submissions
Oct. 30: Faith Posts Recipe Round-Up and Winner
Nov. 1: Brandy Posts Announcement with Holiday Recipe for Thanksgiving
Nov. 8: Faith Posts Holiday Recipe
Nov. 15: Brandy Posts Holiday Recipe
Nov. 22: Faith Posts Holiday Recipe
Nov. 23: Brandy Posts Asking for Your Recipe Submissions
Nov. 24: Brandy Posts Recipe Round-Up and Winner
Holidays We’ll Be Celebrating:
New Year’s Day (January 1st)
Valentine’s Day (February 14th)
April Fool’s Day (April 1st)
Easter Sunday (First Sunday after first full moon during spring)
Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
Independence Day (July 4)
Labor Day (First Monday in September)
Halloween (October 31st)
Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
Christmas Day (December 25th)
Eid al-Fitr (Date varies)
Hanukkah* (Date varies)
*For Hanukkah, Brandy and I are both interested in celebrating it, but neither of us have any recipes. If you have a variety of Hanukkah recipes and would like to host this holiday, please contact either Brandy or myself.
I will be adding a new page to my blog…just look for the tab on top called “All Through the Year Cheer.” You’ll be able to find all of this information on that page; additionally, I’ll be including some information on holiday traditions in my family. Plus, once Brandy and I start posting our holiday recipes, I plan to put links to the recipes there too.
Come back tomorrow for my first Halloween recipe!