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Happy anniversary Shelby, and a giveaway!


Happy Boxing Day! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, and everything else :)

Today's post is a special tribute to Shelby, who I'm sure you know from her very delicious and delightful blog, The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch. In celebration of Shelby's 4-year blog anniversary -- 4 great years!! -- she is very generously giving away a $50 gift card to a store of the winner's choice, from the following list:

  • Sears
  • Kohl's
  • Amazon
  • Target
  • Wal-Mart
  • Chili's
  • Uno's
  • Marshall's/TJ Maxx
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Macaroni Grill
  • Olive Garden
  • Starbucks
  • Barnes & Noble

Here are the rules:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling me who is your inspiration in life and what special part that person plays in your life.
  • Giveaway will end on January 7th at 5 PM EST.
  • Winner will be announced on January 8th via blog post on The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch.
  • Winner will be chosen via random drawing - drawing to be done by Grumpy.

    In honor of this special event, Shelby asked some of her blogging buddies to post a favorite small bite or appetizer, so I chose these yummy pinwheels that I made for a dear friend's bridal shower. They're just my kind of recipe because 1) They're can't-eat-just-one fantastic; 2) You can make them in advance and 3) They look fancy but they're really easy. Make them for New Year's!

    Enjoy, good luck in the contest, and happy anniversary, Shelby! Here's to many more years with Grumpy's Honeybunch!


    Cream Cheese-Herb Pinwheels

    Makes about 30

    Adapted from this recipe on Serious Eats


    12 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

    1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest

    1 to 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

    1 to 2 Tbsp. prepared pesto

    Salt and pepper, optional

    1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

    1/2 cup snipped fresh chives (or any combo of chopped fresh herbs - I bet thyme would be lovely)


    1. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, lemon zest and juice, and pesto. Mix well, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

    2. On a lightly floured surface, roll puff pastry to about 1/8 to 1/16 inch thickness, about a 16-inch square. Using an offset spatula, spread cream cheese mixture in a thin, even layer over pastry, leaving 1 inch of 1 side bare. Sprinkle with chives.

    3. Starting with the side opposite the bare side, roll pastry into a tight log. Wrap with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 1 hour (I froze it for several days).

    4. Preheat oven to 375ºF; line 2 large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment or Silpat. Remove log from freezer and let stand for about 10 minutes. It should still be frozen and firm, but not solid. Cut log into 1/4-inch slices and arrange on baking sheets, leaving some space around them. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden and crisp. Let cool slightly and serve warm.

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    Reader Comments (13)

    My inspiration is my Dad because he is such a generous person...I always look to him as an example of how to be less selfish and think of others.

    December 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

    My inspiration is my husband because he is loyal, true and faithful to God.
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

    December 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteraubreylaine

    I'm inspired by 2 people. I'm inspired by my mom for raising me as a single mother and getting her college education at night while working a full time job. She came to this country without knowing the language and taught herself English by walking around with a Spanish-English dictionary. My husband is inspirational because he works so hard to take care of us, and he is the most motivated person I've ever met.

    Both my mother and my husband have taken care of me and I'm grateful to them both.

    December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMami2jcn

    What a great appetizer! I want some for breakfast!

    December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia @Whats Cookin

    Yummm..who wouldn't love these! Pinwheels are visually appealing, and the flavors sound delicious!

    December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

    My Grandmother inspires me the most, both in the kitchen and in life. I learn to be strong and courageous like her and not afraid to try new things in the kitchen.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

    December 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ uTryIt

    These look delicious, I love the "pick up and go" type of appetizer.

    December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColeens Recipes

    These look so easy and delicious!

    December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara @ Barbara Bakes

    Those pinwheels do look great and easy is just my style.

    December 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

    my inspiration is my hubby, he is a strong person and does well under pressure! Thanks for a super giveaway!

    December 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranash

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    December 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterParnin

    Yummy looking pinwheels!

    My inspiration is my hubs. He's so kind, sweet, thoughtful, and generous that he makes me want to be as amazing as he thinks I am.

    January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

    Simple and delicious pinwheels!

    My inspiration in life was my mother. She was always open to learning new things and new technology even as she grew old. She taught me be adventurous and creative.

    January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

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