Teacakes: You know you want them.

Or maybe you’d rather have chocolate chip cookies or sugar cookies, or both. Or a batch of pralines. Or some brightly iced Easter cookies.

This week’s giveaway is a package of freshly baked goodies shipped to you from Abeeya’s Bakery in Zachary, Louisiana. Head sweetie pie Donna M. Butler offers you a true dilemma: Which of the above-listed goodies to choose?

I like to support small businesses and Donna’s is an interesting one: After a couple of years’ worth of financial and personal challenges for her family, she’s fighting a foreclosure and creating her own job by baking cookies, cakes and pies at Abeeya’s Bakery. (“Abeeya” is the way her toddler grandson pronounced “abuelita,” which is Spanish for “Grandma.”)

Donna also founded The Broke Wives Club, which she envisions as a “tow chain” of women helping women, i.e., pulling one another forward in life.

Her baked-with-love treats could be desserts or coffee breaks, or snacks for you and a friend as you catch up on episodes of “30 Rock.” Maybe you’ll specify delivery close to Easter and put them in your kids’ baskets.

Or perhaps you’ll use them as a time machine, recalling the times you used to spend baking with your mom, or your abeeya, or a favorite auntie. The fragrance and flavor of freshly baked sweets have the power to transport.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

I’ve decided to make the deadline a day later from here on out, to give readers coming over from Money Talks News a shot at the giveaways. (My writing is syndicated on MTN every Tuesday.) This week’s entries must be received by 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. If I don’t hear back from the winner by Thursday morning, I’ll pull another name.

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  1. Melinda

    Yum!!! I’m going to check out her website right now!

  2. Melinda

    I’m also a subscriber! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Elizabeth

    Wow, these look amazing.

  4. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email. I also like to support small businesses — both out of principle, and because the quality is usually so much better, and if there’s any issue, you know where to find the owner.

  5. Mary Harrington

    Yum!! My mother made pralines when I was a child. Will check out her web site.

  6. Mary Harrington

    Signed up on facebook.

  7. Julie R

    I would love to win some of the iced Easter cookies!

  8. “Broke wives” is an interesting link. Thanks for keeping us informed…and fed.

  9. Via email, I follow both you and your daughter’s “I Pick up Pennies.”

  10. They all sound great!

  11. I subscribe via RSS

  12. Pralines sound delicious right now!

  13. I like you on facebook

  14. Mmmm what a way to blow my diet!

  15. Katherine

    I love sugar cookies, and subscribe via RSS

  16. Oh pralines…how I miss you….would love to win some! Thanks for supporting the small businesses – much better than a big box store!

  17. jestjack

    What a cool story! And neat that you offer this gal a bit of exposure.

  18. follow you on facebook!

  19. and read you here!

  20. Followed the link to the bakery and couldn’t help but lick and smack my lips!

  21. Those Eastery sugar cookies look fantastic. Will be checking out her website, now.

  22. Cindy W.

    Love her story !! The bunnies look delicious!

  23. Cindy W.

    I have liked you on facebook!

  24. Cindy W.

    I have subscribed on e-mail…love your articles, Donna!

  25. Those Easter cookies look beautiful! I just subscribed via Facebook (found your blog because I loved your articles on MSN and then saw Frugal Cool).

  26. All of them sound SERIOUSLY good!!!!!!

  27. SherryH

    Enter me, please! I love to support small businesses – my husband both owns a small business and participates in the local small business community.

    (Also, did you know the Facebook link you gave a while back where you list the winners of your giveaways won’t let you see it if you don’t have a Facebook account? Is there any way to make that publicly visible, or to list the winner somewhere here on the blog? I suppose it won’t kill me not to know, but I thought I’d bring it up just in case.)

    • Donna Freedman

      @SherryH: I used to list each week’s on the site in a separate post but that began to feel superfluous somehow. If I can remind myself to do this in the future, I’ll put the previous week’s winner in the current giveaway announcement.
      Thanks for letting me know.

  28. I’m in for this one. Easter cookies for sure.

  29. You know I’m subscribed (and I’m partial to anyone who names their bakery after their Abuela)

  30. And you also know I stalk you, er follow you, on like everything.

    P.S. I miss you. I unsubscribed from GRS cause I was bored of their stuff but I’m sad I miss your writing too.

  31. Maureen g

    Sounds yummy! And in my home state!

  32. Laura P.

    I’d love those tea-cakes!

  33. Yum! I’d love to win.

  34. I follow you on Facebook.

  35. Yum, love to win this one! Love your new Frugal Cool too!

  36. I admire Donna’s initiative

  37. I’m an email subscriber

  38. I follow on twitter (moeyshay)

  39. It’s important to support small businesses and give people the tools they need to succeed. Great giveaway. Thank you!

  40. Marcia Carli

    I subscribe via facebook.

  41. Marcia Carli

    I follow you on Twitter and the photos are so pretty, someone will surely have a joyous Easter with these treats!

  42. Michelle

    Yum! I’d love to win!

  43. I love cookies….these look great!

  44. I subscribe via RSS.

  45. Those teacakes sound good! I will check out her website. Thanks!

  46. Sounds yummy! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  47. I like you on FB:)

  48. Yummy!

  49. Facebook too!

  50. Hey Donna,
    Thanks for shifting some attitudes toward cookies and candy today! Abeeya’s Bakery knows how to make ’em. The Broke Wives’ Club appreciate you and know that you are certainly a sister ready and willing to link up with another and pull her out of the ditch of life back on the road to financial success! Broke to stoked Donna, broke to stoked. xo

  51. Thanks for sharing this info!! Those bunny rabbits are precious!!!

  52. what a yummy giveaway!! thank you!!

  53. i subscribe by rss

  54. i like you on twitter @oshkoshbgosh123 and fb

  55. Yummy! They look good!

  56. Holly Samlan

    I’m in. Always a go for goodies; especially anything chocolate or in a pinch lemon, lime or cream cheese.

  57. Groundy

    Wow! Who wouldn’t want some free bakery cookies! Count me in! Thanks for all the great giveaways, Donna!

  58. Tracy Stone

    Yumola! These look great! Thanks for the info. It’s a great idea and a wonderful way to take care of yourself.

  59. They would go well with my new house!

  60. i FOLLOW ON FB

  61. I receive emails.

  62. Thank you for the sweet giveaway!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  63. I subscribe via email
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  64. I follow on facebook
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  65. Sweet, sweet, sweet! oooh – iced bunnies and chicks!

  66. I subscribe by email.

  67. I follow on twitter.

  68. Sign me up for a ride in the cookie time machine!!!

  69. i subscribe and follow on facebook

  70. yum–treats for easter!

  71. ImJuniperNow

    This is now my favorite piece by you.

    I want those cookies. I need those cookies.

    Thank you!

  72. Sherry H

    Would love to win some of those delicious cookies! Your blog is one of my favorites! 🙂

  73. These look wonderful.

  74. I subscribe via email.

  75. Mary W.

    I’d love to win some of those yummy bunny cookies!

  76. I’m a facebook fan.

  77. These cookies look delish!

  78. I subscribe via email.

  79. I get your rss feed too.

  80. Ro in San Diego

    I follow you on Facebook. As usual, I would like to win!

  81. Ro in San Diego

    I follow you via email. As usual, I would like to win!

  82. what a nice giveaway!

  83. email subscriber

  84. facebook fan

  85. My sweet tooth needs to be fed.

  86. Just in time for Easter for those of us to “old” for an Easter Basket. : )

    • Donna Freedman

      @Lynn: Awww, you’re never too old for an Easter basket.

  87. Veronica

    I’m drooling. Teacakes, please!

  88. Veronica

    I subscribe via email, too.

  89. Alissa A

    I’m an email subscriber. captainliss(at)gmail(dot)com

  90. Yummy treats!

  91. OH my goodness, a fresh cookie sounds wonderful right now…

  92. And yes, I am subscribed via e-mail.

  93. Carnette ball


  94. Would love some cookies!!!

  95. I signed up to follow on FB. I am really enjoying your posts! And the cookies look fabulous!

  96. These would be so delicious with my morning coffee. Thanks!


  97. I subscribe by email.


  98. Twitter follower @hofken


  99. I Like you on Facebook – Cynthia M Richardson


  100. Entering to win.

  101. Subscribe via email.

  102. Follow you on Facebook.

  103. Oh, I like cookies.

  104. Please please tell me you ship to Canada! Excellent story btw and cookies look awesome!

  105. Eleanor

    sounds yummy

  106. Rachael


  107. Nancy from Mass

    mmm, cookies. (and my niece lives in Louisiana).

  108. Jamie Ross

    Teacakes sound yummy! Would go great with my cup of java right now! 🙂

  109. Kathy E

    I love the cute little iced Easter cookies. They’d look great in an Easter basket!

  110. Kathy E

    I subscribe to your emails eyreka1 at gmail dot com

  111. NEED a sweet treat break BAD!

  112. Lilypad

    Congratulations to Donna for starting her own business! That rocks!

  113. Lilypad

    I follow you on Facebook…

  114. Lilypad

    …and I’m an email subscriber.

  115. Wishing all a Hoppy Easter! Follow you on FB and appreciate all your info!

  116. Dee coy

    Love you on facebook, email and MSN.

  117. Jersey Babs

    My Dad was stationed in Louisiana many, many, many years ago; and his Bday is in April. So if I won these would be a fun addition to his birthday goodies ……and hopefully he’d share some with me 😉

  118. Now A Country Mouse

    Count me in…thanks!

  119. Oh goodness! Feed me and I’m yours!

  120. Tracy Graves

    I would love cookies to add a liitke something sweet to my children’s Easter Baskets with there bibles. Going back to why we celebrate Easter

  121. Liamsmom

    Thanks Donna! Would love those Easter cookies! I subscribed to your blog via email!

  122. Just discovered you–followed from smartmoney site

  123. I’ll take some chocolate chip cookies – my husband’s favorite cookie. Thank you.


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