This is my friend Melissa. She runs the Solvang Bakery with her mom, Susan. A lot of people think Melissa looks like Kelly Ripa, which is funny, because Melissa and Susan have made custom gingerbread houses for celebs like Oprah Winfrey and Kelly Ripa. They ship hundreds of these intricate little houses across the country each December. Pretty much from now until the new year, they don’t sleep. They survive on gumdrops and caffeine. Not that they’re complaining. You’ll never see Melissa without that infectious smile!

Every Christmas, in addition to designing the custom gingerbread houses, Solvang Bakery offers workshops where people can come to the bakery and have everything they need to create their own gingerbread houses. Three years ago Melissa asked me and two friends if we would sing Christmas carols during the workshops.

Like I would turn down an opportunity to sing!

It has become our holiday tradition, the first Saturday of December, to sing carols at the bakery. We start at noon, right after the Christmas parade, and we keep at it until about 5pm. It’s a long day, but a lot of fun. We sing a capella, usually inside the cafΓ© area, but sometimes we venture outside. The only problem with being outside is the tourists who stop to take our picture. As if we’re a Solvang attraction. *sigh* We should have been charging that lady who was recording us on her phone. I mean, really!


Today is the Third Day of Christmas, and as you may have guessed, one of today’s prizes involves food — what are the holidays without treats?

Choice #1 is a delicious set of 4 gingerbread men from Solvang Bakery. I can’t even begin to tell you how yummy these are. They’ll be shipped fresh, your own little piece of Solvang to enjoy πŸ™‚

Choice #2 is a $10 gift card from Amazon. Use it to buy a gift for someone else, or for yourself!

Choice #3 is UNDERCOVER by Beth Kephart. You can read my interview with Beth or visit her blog. She is a great writer and a wonderful person. This is the paperback edition of UNDERCOVER, with extras in the back. It is a very gently used copy that I read as soon as it came from Amazon.

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing, make sure you’re a follower, and leave a comment. That’s it!

The winner from the Second Day of Christmas is:

Congratulations, Karen!! Email me at solvangsherrie at gmail dot com and let me know which prize you would like me to send from Day Two.

I’ll be drawing for today’s prizes on Tuesday night at 10pm, PST. Have a great Monday!