Sunday, July 1, 2007

Baker's Profile

September Sweepstakes Winner Karen Hamilton

Karen Hamilton

Karen Hamilton has nine grandchildren, which means her Baldwin, Michigan, kitchen is often covered in sticky fingerprints, spilled sugar, and flour. The three youngest kids—two 3-year-olds and a 6-year-old—love spending time making goodies with their grandma, and their enthusiastic pouring and mixing leave a bit of a mess.

Not that Karen minds. "I love how excited the kids get in the kitchen," she says. "Their favorite things to bake are cookies and cakes, so I'm always keeping an eye out for new recipes like the ones on C&H boxes and the C&H website."

When the C&H 12 Special Memories Sweepstakes was posted online, Karen bookmarked the page and visited it frequently, hoping to win one of the twelve prizes. She improved her odds by frequently sharing recipes through email and by mailing in her entries.

Her perseverance paid off: In September 2006, Karen was selected as the winner of $2,000 to spend on groceries.

The windfall was timely. Karen lives on a fixed income, and the cash allowed her to enjoy the holiday season and focus on giving to her family.

To express her gratitude, Karen has offered to share one of her favorite family recipes with other bakers. Karen's Fudge Cake, which is baked and served on a rimmed cookie sheet and topped with fudgy frosting made with C&H Powdered Sugar, is a favorite of her grandchildren. "We're making it for the baby shower celebrating Grandbaby Number 10!" Karen says proudly.

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