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Another CSN Giveaway and Jam Kolaczki!

Winter is just beginning here in the Midwest with our share of snow, ice and very cold weather with horrific wind chill readings. 

So many people around here love snowmobiling, skiing and even ice fishing.  I remember when I met Bill and he told me about his father going ice fishing.  I thought he was pulling my leg and I was waiting for the punch line.  In fact, his father ice fished quite often.  He had a home-made sled in which he placed a sterno heater to sit on to keep warm; along with an auger, an ice pick plus the usual fishing equipment.  That was paradise to my father-in-law!

My father-in-law loading up his sled to go ice fishing ~ Feb. 1974

Paradise to me is sunning on a beach and swimming in the warm ocean water at the Riviera Maya or in a nearby pool.  If I can’t be there, then second best is parked in my recliner at home, eating these Christmas cookies and watching TV.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso ~ Riviera Maya, Mexico

Speaking of TV, if you will be purchasing a new flat screen TV or should be lucky enough to receive one as a Christmas gift, you will be in need of a new TV stand and CSN stores is the place for you to shop for it!  Sean at CSN has kindly given me another wonderful opportunity for a giveaway for you good people.  Look at these great TV stands:    

CSN Stores has about everything you could imagine in their over 200 specialty online stores ~ an amazing array of products for you to choose from.  They have everything from wall art to lighting to au gratin dishes, furniture, baby items and even beds for your favorite cat or dog. 

Or maybe you’d like:

A Chicago Cubs inflatable chair

A new bed for your favorite cat

So after you browse around CSN and see what you would like to purchase, take a break and enjoy one or two of these cookies with a cup of coffee or tea, if you favor.  The dough for these kolaczki is what makes them irresistible. 

The kolaczki are filled with jam or preserves, such as peach, apricot, strawberry or pineapple.   I made some with apricot preserves and the remainder with blackberry preserves.  They are a very popular item in this area of “Chicagoland” and after making them yourself, you will see why.  They are delicious!

JAM Kolaczki


1 cup butter, at room temperature
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups flour
Your favorite jam, I used apricot and blackberry
Confectioners sugar


Cream butter well.
Mix in cream cheese until smooth.
Gradually work in flour until a dough forms.
Gather in a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees
Roll out chilled dough on floured surface 1/8” thickness.
Cut out circles with a 2” round cutter.
Dot center of each circle with about ¼ teaspoon jam.  Don’t use too much.
Place on greased cookie sheets, or sheets with Silpat mats or parchment paper.
Bake until golden about 8-12 minutes.
Let cool for a minute or two.
Transfer to a wire rack.
Sprinkle lightly with confectioners sugar when cool.

Mmmm  Mmmmmm!!!!

Now, more about the great $35 gift certificate from CSN…

The $35 gift certificate does not include shipping costs but, you can use the gift certificate on ANY product from ANY one of the CSN sites.

Here are the rules for entering:

  1. Leave a comment telling me you are a follower through Google Friend Connect (on the side bar of this blog) and tell me what you would like from CSN when you win the giveaway.

  1. For an extra entry, follow this blog on the Facebook Networked Blogs (on the side bar of this blog) and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

  1. This giveaway is open through midnight, CST, Monday, December 27th.  The drawing will be by a random number generator on Tuesday, December 28th and is open to US entrants only. 

Good luck and I hope you win!


  1. Those Jam Kolaczki sounds delicious especially with a cup of tea. Living in a temperate country is great. There is something to do for each season :) Great giveaway!

  2. I am a follower of your blog.

    I would love a wall clock.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

    Great recipe. My husband loves these cookies.

  3. I'm with you on the ice fishing! I'd take a warm sunny beach any day! Those kolaczki look like a great recipe to add to my Christmas goodie table. My cats would love to fight over a cute bed like that, is CSN an online store (we don't have that store here in S.D.) I'm a follower...sign me up please!

  4. I am a follower!
    I am thinking that I would love to purchase from CSN a homemade pasta maker!

  5. Biren, you are so right and have a good day!

    suburban prep, good choice! CSN has some gorgeous clocks!

    Sall's Country Life , thanks! My cats would fight over the bed also. Yes, CSN is an online store with a multitude of items. Check it out!

    Clements Family, the pasta machine sounds great. I've never made it from scratch but would love to give it a try!

  6. Those look SO GOOD! Very simple too!

    I need a microwave! Mine was bought from Montgomery Wards back in the dark ages. It's SO old! I'm a follower!

  7. I'm a follower and I love your blog!
    I'm thinking along the lines of ramekins or cookie cutters if I win!

  8. pam these look fabulous
    lovely giveaway

  9. I follow on gfc.

    I'd use it toward a guidecraft kitchen helper.

  10. These cookies look so good! Any cookie with jam has my attention!

  11. I'm a follower and would love to get a new set of measuring cups and spoons.

  12. I follow you! I'd love to use a gift certificate toward the purchase of a sundial for my garden next summer!

  13. I already follow you an Networked Blogs!

  14. I'm a follower, and it's so hard to choose one thing from CSN. They have so much stuff! But I think I've narrowed it down to something for the kitchen. :)

  15. I'm a follower and would love new bakeware.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  16. I love these cookies! They are one of my favorite types of cookies. I don't make them often, because I would eat too many! Great giveaway as always!

  17. I have always wanted to try these, these are lovely, so much better than the colorful thumb centers filled, these little turnovers are perfect...
    I love them so glad you posted these have a wonderful holiday Pam beautiful cookies~

  18. cookies look simply droolworthy,so delicious darling...lovely giveaway...already ur to buy some toys for my toddler

  19. Hi Pam

    hope you are all well. It's been really cold here too and we've had loads of snow over the last month - VERY early for us in the UK. It's pretty much brought our postal system and courier networks to their knees !

    Those little pastries do look delightful and very festive.

    Merry Christmas my dear and thank you for all your wonderful posts.

  20. I have never had these cookies but they look delicious.

    Great giveaway. I love the inflatable sports chair. I have been hoping to win a CSN giveaway so that I can buy some much needed Le Creuset bakeware:)

    I am a follower.

  21. Grew up in Michigan around the lake from you. My new grandson is due on Feb. 14th also! I have become a follower and could really use a TV stand as a new flat screen is in our future.

  22. I am a follower and I would like a nice rocking chair but I bet I would get some new knives if I won

  23. network blog follower too

  24. Hi, I'm a follower through Google Friend Connect. I'd like the Fangio Table Lamp in Antique Beige - 13012. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    maddiemb (at) comcast (dot) net

  25. I follow you on Networked Blogs (FB name: Maddie Brubaker).
    maddiemb (at) comcast (dot) net

  26. I follow via gfc as DG and would love the cloud b twilight sea turtle night light.

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  27. I follow through networked blogs as Dee G

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  28. Looks delicious! My husband loves to ice fish too...he loves pretty much any activity that is in the outdoors! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  29. I am following you on networked blogs.

  30. I'm a follower and even do better not that I have the reader gadget on my Google home page!!

  31. With a GC to CSN... I thing I would pick up some organizational products ... to keep the entertainment contained... (dark wicker baskets of course), movies/music/DVD since one of our current pieces had a nervous breakdown this weekend! Perfect timing!

  32. I follow with google friends.

    I would get an fire extinguisher

    tahearn at roadrunner dot com

  33. i gfc follow you.
    i like that cat bed you showed! my kitty likes to burrow so that would be a nice bed for her. i think i would get a step stool for my toddler.
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

  34. i follow with networked blogs as wren nelson
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

  35. I am following! I would like an Epicurean cutting board.

  36. I follow, and I'd get some new mixing bowls!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  37. I follow with Networked Blogs!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  38. I am a new follower with Google Friends. I's like to get a bedside lamp. My lamp is broken, and I enjoy reading at night before bed, but hate dragging myself out of bed to turn off the main light! :-)
    quarabr AT gmail DOT com


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