A Sweetie-Pie Giveaway!

There’s a saying in the rodeo royalty world that when the winner of Miss Rodeo America is announced, there are only two happy people in the room: the newly crowned queen and her mother. And so it was with the recent Apron Lover’s Giveaway. Catey, the winner of the second edition of apronology magazine, was ecstatic, and I shared in her excitement because I had the pleasure of telling her she’d won. That was fun, but at the same time, I was very aware of the many disappointed entrants. What to do?
I know! Replace bummer-ism with optimism and a new opportunity to win something neat: Hence, this Sweetie-Pie Giveaway! courtesy of my dear friend Susan, notquitejunecleaver herself!
First in a planned series, NQJC bakes a pie is page after page of recipe, encouragement (a decent pie crust does not require a college degree), storytelling…all classic Susan (a true sweetie-pie herself), and photography that is equal and better to what we see in national publications.

One winner will receive a personalized copy of …bakes a pie. Easy entry – just leave a comment on this blog, along with a contact email so you can be notified if you’ve won.

A Sweetie-Pie Giveaway! runs through Friday, February 12th; winner selected Saturday morning by a Random Human.

I prevailed on Susan to provide us an easy-to-bake Valentine sweet that includes cherries and chocolate. Here ’tis: St Valentine’s Tea Bread –

1 egg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped well drained maraschino cherries, candied cherries, or canned cherries, drained.
1/2 cup raisins or chopped dates
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I’m all for dark chocolate here!)

In mixing bowl, beat egg with electric mixer until light, about 1 minute. Add sugar, oil, and vanilla. Beat well. Blend in the buttermilk. In another bowl sift together the flour, soda, and salt. Add pecans, cherries, raisins or dates, and chocolate chips; blend well. Add to the first mixture and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9×5-inch loaf pan. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 1 hour, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove to a rack to cool completely.

I’m going to parcel the batter into little loaf pans, for extra to wrap and deliver to a few people I know who could use a little “heart.” Busy day I’ve set for myself. But a sweet tomorrow breakfast!


Tie One On…an apron, of course!


  1. Pie’s are my very favorite thing to bake and that book looks like a must-have for my shelves. I would love to win a copy! The bread recipe looks entirely delicious as well. Mmmmmmm…!

  2. YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM Me, too!
    As my (two year old) Aunt Marie said, when they caught her on the floor of her grandmother’s kitchen, slapping her hands up and down in flour and butter that she had dumped there, “Tootsie’s bakin’ pies! Tootsie’s bakin’ pies!”

    Enjoy all the posts here. Thanks so much. / AnnArtist

  3. Oh F U N!!! Yummies to win and make for my friends. Made two aprons yesterday with my friend Cindy at her house yesterday. Treated to grill cheese sandwiches and toasted veggies from her iron skillet that belonged to her Dad. A delightful day together! Thank you for your newsletter — ALWAYS a bright spot in the box!! Hugs, Allison

  4. Making pie crusts was taught to me my Mother, they always come out flakey! Now days most young cooks buy them at the grocery store and they just eat the pie filling because the crust is so thick! Oma

  5. Good morning from Virginia! We are quite snowed in this morning and expecting more snow/sleet/freezing rain, etc, throughout the day, so chocolate and cherries sound WONDERFUL! The Sweetie Pie book must be lovely. You both make me want to bake up a storm! Have a great day, wherever you have been planted! MaryC

  6. Susan inspires me to try all sorts of new things, and I’m loving it! I just took my first loaf of this tea bread out of the oven and it smells delicious!!! It’s supposed to be for a few of my friends who are coming over in the morning for coffee, but it remains to be seen if it will last that long! Thanks for the recipe, Susan…I was so ready to make something besides COOKIE DOUGH! Now, please help me with pie crust!!! Thank you for the chance to win your new cookbook.

  7. I have believed since childhood that when fruit is made any part of your dessert you have been rooked (bananas are excused here), but even I have to say this recipe looks special. We’re doing a low $$$ Valentine’s Day this year, and I think I’m going to make this as part of the festivities. After all, nothin’ says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven!

  8. My husband and I enjoy baking together. I like the extras added into this cookbook! Many thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful book that could be handed down from generation to generation.

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