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Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Preserved Whole Strawberries (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Guess what? I have another something special for you. I’d like to welcome a very special guest, miss Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique. Yes, that Eat Boutique, the fabulous blog and purveyor of our favorite foodie gift boxes. Not only is she sharing a delicious summer dessert recipe, but don’t miss the end of the post. You just might win an EB Summer Gift Box (also, a hearty congrats to Molly and Nichole, the lucky winners of the Nudo chocolate giveaway!). Take it away, Maggie!

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Preserved Whole Strawberries

This happens to be a short story of two yeses, two recipes and a giveaway.

Let’s start with the yeses. I’ve only known Lindsay since the start of this year, but I feel like she’s a sweet, forever friend. We’ve built up our friendship over the course of two giveaways (here and here). Lindsay’s a big supporter of my blog, Eat Boutique, where we share recipes and guides, spotlight food makers and sell homespun gift boxes. (Thanks, Lindsay!)

Preserved Whole Strawberries

When I told Lindsay about Eat Boutique’s summer gift box, a crafty box packed with food fit for a summer picnic, she said, “yes” to a summer box giveaway. (Don’t you just love a giveaway?) And when she asked me to write the blog post, I couldn’t help but get excited and say “yes” – though, of course, secretly stressing about what I might share with you all.

Preserved Whole Strawberries

While I’ve been a food blogger for four years, baking for this crowd is a bit scary; you’re all such great bakers! More so than baking, I love preserving. I’ve found my passion in homemade jams, vinegars, syrups and sweet cordials with whatever is in season. Our strawberry season is coming to a close in New England, but I managed to preserve several quarts, including this easy recipe for preserved whole strawberries.

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Preserved Whole Strawberries

Since we’re not preserving these strawberries to take us through to next year, the preparation is really easy. And let’s be realistic, local strawberries don’t last more than a few weeks in my house, whether freshly picked or preserved; they’re just too delicious.

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Preserved Whole Strawberries

Keep in mind: You could add spices, like an adobe chile during cooking, or even liquor, like a few splashes of Campari just after the cooking, to the strawberries for some added flavor. (My oh my, Campari-flavored preserved strawberries make for a great Americano cocktail!) But I kept it simple, as this strawberry buttermilk cake doesn’t need much to shine. Maybe just a touch of homemade whipped cream. And while the cake is perfect at room temperature, I actually loved the “ice box” nature of chilling it in the fridge for a bit before serving.

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Preserved Whole Strawberries

Yield: about 8 servings

Ingredients:

For cake:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 handful fresh strawberries
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon sugar (If you don’t have lemon sugar on hand, there’s a nice version in the Eat Boutique gift box, or just use plain sugar)

For preserved strawberries:
1 pound cleaned and hulled strawberries, but kept whole
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 a lemon, juiced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour an 8-inch spring form cake pan or a 9-inch regular metal cake pan. If using a spring form cake pan, cut a round piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan and place in the pan. (I got lazy and just placed a large sheet of parchment paper on the base and placed the spring form side right on top snugly.)

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. In a larger bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in vanilla and zest. Add the egg and beat well.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture in three batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined. Spoon batter into prepared cake pan, smoothing out the top. Scatter strawberries evenly over top, loading in as many as you would like. Sprinkle the top of the batter with the lemon sugar.

Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove the spring form or invert from your pan, and cool. Some prefer to serve this cake warm with a bit of vanilla ice cream. I opted to put mine in the fridge and serve it with freshly made whipped cream and preserved strawberries.

To make the preserved strawberries, place the strawberries in a heavy, medium-size pot with the sugar and the lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat – as the fruit begins to juice, the sugar will melt. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, skimming off the foam, if you’d like. Stir it every 10 minutes or so – do so gently because you want the strawberries to stay intact. The strawberries are done when they’ve shrunken and the syrup has thickened a bit. Serve drizzled on top of the slices of the buttermilk cake and store any leftovers in the fridge for two to three weeks.

These recipes were adapted from Amanda Hesser’s Preserved Strawberries with Chiles on Food 52, and Melissa Robert’s Raspberry Buttermilk Cake featured in Gourmet in June 2009.

Eat Boutique Summer Gift Box

Now let’s get to the good part. (Finally!) I am thrilled to be able to personally giveaway one of my Eat Boutique summer gift boxes. This summer box is filled with the following handmade food that I’ve personally sourced and tasted: lime & hibiscus syrup, s’mores marshmallows, a picnic set of preserved pickles, sweet beets and a sweet & spicy barbecue sauce, bacon fat roasted Old Bay peanuts, a trio of citrus sugars, and, perhaps, the best brownie I’ve ever tasted.

Just enter your comment below, per Lindsay’s directions, and one lucky winner will get this box shipped directly to them or, if they’d like, shipped to a friend (with a personal hand-written gift message). And because I am so in love with this site, all Love and Olive Oil readers will get free shipping on their summer gift box order by using the code “LAOO” at check out.  Happy summer!

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What artisan treat from the summer Eat Boutique gift box would you most like to try?

Entries open through Tuesday, July 12 at 11:59 CST. Winner will be selected using a random number generator on the morning of Wednesday, July 13th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from Eat Boutique (to either you, or the recipient of your choice). Due to the perishable nature of this product this giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
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Leave a comment here with a link to the tweet and/or your twitter handle.
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!). Leave a comment here with your first name and last initial so I can stalk verify you.

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. 201
    Tara
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Those smores marshmallows look yummy! I’d also love to try the pickles and beets I’m 7 months pregnant so u know they would satisfy a craving! :)

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  2. 202
    jenn in tenn
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Those bacon peanuts sound awesome!! How can you go wrong with bacon!?

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  3. 203
    Angela
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Lime and Hibiscus syrup would be my vote.

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  4. 204
    Dana
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

    left my tweet at @18milesnh

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  5. 205
    Dana
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Liked you on FB! Dana U :)

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  6. 206
    Rebecca
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

    The brownie looks delicious!

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  7. 207
    Dana
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Probably the trio of citrus sugars – those would be perfect sprinkled on top of some margarita sugar cookies! Yum!

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  8. 208
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I’m a total sucker for anything s’mores — I’d love to try the s’mores marshmallows!

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  9. 209
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

    woah! S’mores marshmallows…want!

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  10. 210
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 10:23 am

    The brownie! The brownie! (I say this as I eat a cookie.)

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  11. 211
    Emily Davis
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Lime & Hibiscus Syrup — on fluffy pancakes!!

    Reply

  12. 212
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 10:53 am

    what a fun giveaway! i definitely want to try that s’more!!

    Reply

  13. 213
    Natalie
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

    SWEET BEETS!!! (and pickles) :)

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  14. 214
    Natalie
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 11:04 am
  15. 215
    Natalie
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I’m a fan on FB – Natalie W. :)

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  16. 216
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I would love to try the S’mores marshmallows!!

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  17. 217
    Kate
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    The lime & hibiscus syrup sounds divine!

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  18. 218
    Anna Mkhikian
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    THE BROWNIE!!

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  19. 219
    Anna Mkhikian
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    mmmmmm…and the s’mores marshmallows. I’m a fan on facebook (Anna M.)!

    Reply

  20. 220
    Dorothea
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Oh my! Everything sounds so good, but I’d surely go for the brownie first!

    Reply

  21. 221
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I am thoroughly intriqued by the pickles and beets!

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  22. 222
    Alison G.
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    The nuts, they sound delicious!

    Reply

  23. 223
    ronda
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I just tweeted you @rondamjones

    Reply

  24. 224
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    http://twitter.com/#!/sarahhartshorne and I’m a fan on Facebook! I hope I win!

    Reply

  25. 225
    Ami
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Those Old Salties peanuts roasted in bacon fat are calling my name!

    Reply

  26. 226
    amanda s
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    oh…. i gotta vote for the pickles. everything sounds amazing though!

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  27. 227
    Debbie
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    The citrus sugar sounds so interesting and I do love all pickles. It all sounds very yummy.

    Reply

  28. 228
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Absolutely the pickles. I think they’d be a versatile addition to summer entertaining or lazy suppers on the patio.

    Cheers,

    Heather

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  29. 229
    Erica
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    The Lime & Hibiscus Syrup sounds delicious. I’d love to try some.

    Reply

  30. 230
    Sarah B.
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    My taste buds are calling out to the S’mores Marshmallows! Looks great!

    I liked your page on Facebook!

    Reply

  31. 231
    Ginny
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Lovely! Both the cake and the box!

    Reply

  32. 232
    Susan
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Definitely the brownie-dessert first!

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  33. 233
    Susan
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Brownie

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  34. 234
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Definitely lime and hibiscus syrup!

    Reply

  35. 235
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    And I already “like” L&OO on facebook.

    Reply

  36. 237
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I’m sort of obsessed with Old Bay, so maybe the peanuts… but that lime and hibiscus syrup is so tempting! :)

    Reply

  37. 238
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I’m also a fan on Facebook! (And have been for a while!) I’m Kristen D.

    Reply

  38. 239
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Everything looks amazing…it’s a toss up between the brownie and the lime & hibiscus syrup. The strawberry cake looks amazing by the way!

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  39. 240
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I follow L&O on Facebook

    Reply

  40. 241
    mary morrison
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I’d love to try the 240 Sweet S’more

    Reply

  41. 242
    PurpleLarkspur
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I would like to try the Lime & Hibiscus Syrup!

    Reply

  42. 243
    PurpleLarkspur
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm
  43. 244
    Eunice
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I really want to try those smores marshmellows! yum!

    Reply

  44. 245
    Jill Shirley
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Oh my god I can’t decide between the lime hibiscus syrup, the s’mores marshmallows, the pickles or the peanuts. All of it. I want to try all of it!

    Reply

  45. 246
    Cori
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 5:59 am

    The bacon fat peanuts! Dang!

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  46. 247
    abby
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 8:33 am

    The beets or the brownies, I can’t decide!

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  47. 248
    M
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

    the Lime & Hibiscus Syrup sounds divine!

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  48. 249
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    love love love eat boutique, and this recipe sounds just divine. everything in the box sounds delicious, but i’m not gonna lie – i’d probably break into the pickles first. i just love a good pickle.

    off to find you on twitter!

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  49. 250
    Haley
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Lime & Hibiscus Syrup!

    Reply

  50. 251
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

    ooo… i’ll have to say the brownie. i really want to try EVERYTHING in there, but chocolate always win with me!

    Reply

  51. 252
    Ivy
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

    It’s hard to pick just 1 I’d like to try the most. I’d have to say the smores. Love chocolate and marshmallow, enough said, right? =)

    Reply

  52. 253
    Allison C
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Everything looks great, but the smores caught my eye immediately.

    Reply

  53. 254
    Leah
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    The lime and hibiscus syrup looks incredible.

    Reply

  54. 255
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I think I most want to try the Lime & Hibiscus Syrup!! I love the idea of flowers used in “food” ways. My mom has always (my entire like) made jam with rose petals… its a special pink rose, very fragrant.. and so yummy! Anyway, I can imagine this must be so good!

    Also: http://twitter.com/#!/anidoll/statuses/89803737945739265
    And I totally like you on FB –> Ani G

    #WINNING!! :-)

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  55. 256
    Natasha
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    simply love your blog, I will be making the strawberry buttermilk cake tomorrow for brunch .. wish me luck ;)

    Reply

  56. 257
    Pat R
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Coming from Maryland, I’ve got to pick the Old Bay Peauts! Yummmm

    Reply

  57. 258
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I would love to try the lime and hibiscus syrup, hoping it would remind me of an amazing trip I took to Hawai’i. :)

    Reply

  58. 259
    Jo
    Posted On July 9, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Um, bacon-fat roasted peanuts? YES PLEASE.

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  59. 260
    Wendy
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 5:32 am

    The Smore’s marshmallows, yummm!

    Reply

  60. 261
    Cheryl
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

    The brownie! I am a brownie addict. Can’t get enough of em!

    Reply

  61. 262
    Lauren
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Lime and hibiscus syrup sounds amazing!!

    Reply

  62. 263
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Although the BBQ sauce is tempting I would have to say the Brownie has me.

    Reply

  63. 264
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I like on FB!

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  64. 265
    Bethany
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I would have to pick the sweet beats. I know it is the one thing in the basket no on else in my house but me would eat and they would be ALL MINE!!

    Reply

  65. 266
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I’d never even thought of preserving strawberries whole! What a great idea. As far as the box goes…the citrus sugars intrigue me most of all.

    Reply

  66. 267
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I follow you on Twitter (@orlndofoodie) and have tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/orlndofoodie/status/90082264288993280

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  67. 268
    Stephanie
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Without a doubt, s’mores marshmallows. Can you imagine those babies with peanut butter? Oh my… that’s sinful.

    Reply

  68. 269
    Kari
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    The marshmallows—no contest!

    Reply

  69. 270
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Citrus sugar? Sign me up.

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  70. 271
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I’m a facebook fan!

    Reply

  71. 272
    Mina
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I can’t wait to try the marshmallows! :)

    Reply

  72. 273
    Katherine
    Posted On July 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    C’moooon baby! Momma needs a new jar of hibiscus syrup!

    Reply

  73. 274
    Dawna C
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I am a fan….
    Choosing is a toss up between the Old Salties and the Chocolate Brownies…. I can’t choose!!!

    Reply

  74. 275
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 3:52 am

    How have you done the whipped cream on top of the cake? It looks like fluffy clouds! Lovely.

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  75. 276
    Bree
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 5:09 am

    I want the S’mores marhmallows. Hands down. Yummmm!

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  76. 277
    Erin R
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I would love the citrus sugars! I can’t name the number of summer recipes they would complement.

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  77. 278
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I would love to try the citrus sugar trio, I want to use them to rim the glass of my fresh strawberry margarita as an alternative to salt. And I also want to try the pickles, simply because I love pickles :)

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  78. 279
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I would love to try the citrus sugar trio, I want to use them to rim the glass of my fresh strawberry margarita as an alternative to salt. And I also want to try the pickles, simply because I love pickles!!!!

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  79. 280
    Polly
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 8:10 am

    The Lime & Hibiscus Syrup sounds heavenly and also like something that I could re-create where I live. But I’d have to go with the lemon sugar since I’m obsessed with anything lemon!

    Reply

  80. 281
    Polly
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I like like like you on facebook!!!

    Reply

  81. 282
    Amelia
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

    The honeyheat sauce sounds amazing.

    Reply

  82. 283
    Amelia
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I like you on facebook!

    Reply

  83. 284
    Laura B
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I think I’ll have to fight my husband for the bacon fat roasted Old Bay peanuts, they sound delicious!

    Also a Facebook follower.

    Reply

  84. 285
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    The bacon fat roasted peanuts, definitely! Bacon makes everything better

    Reply

  85. 286
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Oh the citrus sugar sounds amazing!!!!

    Reply

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    Jeana H.
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    You totally had me at bacon fat roasted old bay peanuts!! Sounds awesome.

    Reply

  87. 288
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    The cream on that cake just looks so sinful.

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    renea
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    would love to try the brownie! have not been craving any chocolate for months and i am beginning to think that i am abnormal. lol.

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  89. 290
    Stacey
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I would love to try the S’mores Marshmellow… a s’more within a marshmellow?! It’s brilliant madness!

    Reply

  90. 291
    Stacey
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I am following you on Twitter and tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/frankly_n

    (I definitely don’t know how to link to a single tweet… sigh)

    Reply

  91. 292
    Stacey
    Posted On July 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I am also a fan on facebook!

    Reply

  92. 293
    Aimee Dawn Scott
    Posted On July 12, 2011 at 3:21 am

    The Lime & Hibiscus Syrup would be devine. I would like to try it in summer cocktails or over ice and soda. Potentially on vanilla frozen yoghurt, or to add a kick to home brewed iced tea. I follow on twitter, but my account is protected, and I like you on facebook. :)

    Reply

  93. 294
    Posted On July 12, 2011 at 9:41 am

    bacon-fat roasted, Old-Bay peanuts and anything labeled smores sounds amazing!!

    Reply

  94. 295
    Posted On July 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

    just added you on facebook. my FB name is Shari Leigh

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    Nesrin
    Posted On July 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I would LOVE to try those marshmallows!

    Reply

  96. 297
    Posted On July 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

    The brownie, definitely the brownie!

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  97. 298
    Posted On July 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I tweeted- my handle is @kinziesays

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  98. 299
    Posted On July 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I also liked the Facebook page– I’m Maya O!

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    Sonnet
    Posted On July 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

    uh, bacon-fat Old Bay peanuts? i am in heaven!

    Reply

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