Christmas Goodies {& Sonos Giveaway!}

Sonos Giveaway

I’ve just unloaded groceries, and they consist of record amounts of butter, yeast, flour and sugar. I’m getting ready for my annual marathon baking session, which, depending on how ambitious I am, will yield 16-24 Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cakes for delivery to neighbors and friends.

If you love spending time in the kitchen, do you always have a “soundtrack” going? I do! Especially during these “marathon” sessions… Right now I’ve got a strange, but great mix of Christmas music – Michael Bublé, Chris Tomlin, Dean Martin, Willie Nelson & Kelly Clarkson, just to name a few.

I’m especially excited about this post, because my friends at Sonos know that I am always listening to music when I cook, so they are partnering with me for my FIRST EVER Raisin & Fig Giveaway!

cinnamon twist coffee cake

christmas goodies wrapped

When we did our remodel last year, we figured it was time to get into the new millennium and upgrade our sound system. We kept hearing about Sonos and our audio guy recommended it as well. I have to say, it’s one of my favorite parts of the finished project! I can be anywhere in the house and using my Mac, my iPhone or my iPad, easily change what I’m listening to and adjust the volume. When chopping gets tedious, I just pick another genre, and crank it up!

christmas goodies tags

By the way, I love these tags – since these coffee cakes sometimes go into someone’s freezer, I like that they are clearly marked with who they’re from, what’s inside that foil package, and instructions for reheating. These tags are from Labels by the Sheet and come 6 to a page {perforated}, and work great with a laser printer.

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Andrew from North Charleston, South Carolina!  Happy listening, and Merry Christmas!

You can read the official disclaimer in the contest widget, but Sonos has provided the prize for this giveaway, and as a thank you to me for running the contest, sent me an additional speaker for the system we purchased with our remodel.  My enthusiasm for the product is genuine and in no way influenced by their generosity.


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59 Responses to Christmas Goodies {& Sonos Giveaway!}

  1. Mandy Young December 13, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    love your recipes and pictures :) so great…and now i’m totally making that deelish looking bread….my husband will love!

    • Morgan Wood December 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Mandy! Thanks for stopping by :) Let me know how the bread turns out for you!

  2. Mim December 13, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    I can attest this is definitely on the naughty list and worth every single fat gram! A taste of love in every bite!

    • Morgan Wood December 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      You know you’re on “the list” Mim!

  3. Bob N. December 13, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Taste, smells, vision in the kitchen, and now a great place for beautiful sound. Brilliant!

  4. Jason December 13, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Loving the Woods family tags.

  5. Julie December 13, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I love the look of your kitchen! The food looks wonderful.

  6. Michelle December 13, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Can’t wait to try this. Tomorrow is “testing” day for Christmas and this will now be included!

  7. Chris December 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Always enjoy your posts

  8. Marilyn December 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    I’ve been streaming Christmas music from the SomaFM website (Christmas Lounge) and enjoying it immensely! It’s a fun eclectic mix.

    • Morgan Wood December 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Marilyn, I’ll give the Christmas Lounge a try! Thanks!

  9. Mello December 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I like to listen to pop music like Britney or 1D while I cook

  10. Eric W December 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Anything to keep me moving and productive!

  11. Crystal Taylor December 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    This is awesome. Music soothes the soul. Great gift to give away.

  12. Crystal Taylor December 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    This is awesome. Music soothes the soul. Loveit

  13. Melanie Han December 13, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    I love all your recipes. My dad loves having home baked goods and I always make them for him. He just loves them!

  14. mysweetiepiepie December 14, 2013 at 3:23 am #

    Oldies, Italian folk songs, disco… you name it :+)

  15. Sue December 14, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Susan Boyle and Celtic Woman

    • Morgan Wood December 14, 2013 at 8:51 am #

      Oh Sue! I need to add those to my playlist!

  16. Sue December 14, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Morgan —

    We love the Chocolate Bark Recipe. I’ve modified it a bit — and we’ve given it as gifts!

  17. Jacob R December 14, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Great recipe!

  18. jonas December 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm #


  19. Kimberly Kihega December 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    It depends on what kind of mood I am in, but normally Pink and Katy Perry.

  20. Ivan92116 December 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Mostly classical music.

  21. david haug December 15, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    My baking music is Christmas Carols. Otherwise I like anything with an upbeat tempo, usually rock from all decades.

  22. Terry F December 15, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    Bing crosby and frank sinatra

  23. Jan December 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    I totally agree that playing music is a must-do while cooking. It makes the experience more playful and fun. Christmas music of all varieties is currently on my rotation.

  24. amanda paa December 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    My favorite kind of music to listen to while cooking is light jazz. It’s so relaxing!

  25. Laura Ching December 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    That bread looks amazing

  26. Laura Ching December 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    What ever my teens are into is the usual soundtrack. :) makes the cooking go faster.

  27. Erin December 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Love Dave Barnes and Michael Buble!

  28. Courtney December 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    I listen to the classical music Pandora station while cooking.

  29. tracy stach December 16, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    I love cooking to holiday music =)

  30. Lauren caillouet December 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I love listening to country music while I’m in the kitchen :)

  31. Lorrie December 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    My “Husband” has created a Christmas playlist from the oodles and oodles of Christmas compilations I’ve acquired over years of being a holiday song lover. As I listen in the kitchen working on my caramels…yes, on their way to your house…I particularly LOVE Josh Groban’s “Oh Holy Night.” Oh, How I Love That Voice!

    • Morgan Wood December 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Lorrie, TOTALLY agree about Josh. “To Where You Are” always makes me cry…

  32. Solducky December 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Folksy stuff mostly

  33. Barbara V December 17, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    Jazz, Country & Rock!!

  34. Raul December 17, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    Amos Lee is definitely at the top of the list. However, there’s nothing like an African gospel choir to kick it up a notch. Just try not to be happy while watching this:

  35. Victor December 17, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    Pop Music!

  36. Bee December 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Old classics … Sinatra, Crosby, the works.

  37. Rebecca Stine December 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    I love free stuff!

  38. rayraycartucci December 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Mostly we listen to lots of kid music when we are in the kitchen to keep Jack busy while he waits for food.

  39. Leah berg December 17, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    This. Is. Awesome! Best Christmas giveaway ever!

  40. Robert Herrington December 18, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    I really enjoy playing the old christmas classics while cooking something delicious

  41. Chelsea McCafferty December 18, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Right now it’s Jeremy Camp’s Christmas album :-)

  42. Guillaume Lacasse December 18, 2013 at 4:54 am #

    The newest Annie Mac Presents !

  43. braai December 18, 2013 at 8:05 am #


  44. mattq December 18, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Usually open to pretty much anything!

  45. Cathy C December 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    I don’t have music in my kitchen.

  46. Cindy A. December 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    My cooking soundtrack includes Queen, The Ramones, Thin Lizzy, The Cars, Otis Redding, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cash, etc.

  47. Marilyn Nawara December 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    80s Hard Rock — Aerosmith, Bob Seager, Queen, CCR and Grateful Dead are some of the best ones!!

  48. Sean December 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    I’ll Listen to anything while cooking. Pandora!

  49. Natalie yeoman December 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Mines is mostly hip-hop

  50. Dana (@DragynAlly) December 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Anything I can dance to. I love to jam and cook.

  51. shawn December 19, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    I need to win so I can have music in the kitchen.

  52. Sally December 19, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    I usually stream classic rock but right now I have on Christmas music!

  53. Melissa S December 19, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I love 80’s Music.

  54. Lisa December 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Meat Loaf!

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