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I used to be a pretty good baker. Preferring to spend hours working on amazing desserts that were ooh’d and ahh’d over, rather than cooking dinner which was scooped up and finished in minutes.  Lately I’ve become more of a cook, making dinner’s for the hubs and freezer cooking, and I’ve been enjoying it.  But now that the leaves have finished falling and they’re predicting possible light snow for tomorrow, I’m starting to think it’s time to start baking some of the yummy goodies I keep reading about on some of my favorite blogs.

I’ve been tweeting the blogs and their links, but because I want to go back and reference them in the future, I thought I’d post them here. Some of you may enjoy them as well!

Recipes & Holiday Baking Tips

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti is posted at Annie Eats.  It looks amazing!  But I think they need to be dipped in white chocolate !  These would make a great gift.Photo Credit:
CakeSpy is one of my favorite blogs mostly because the pictures are drool-worthy!  Here’s a recipe for Cinnamon Star Holiday Cookie recipes that I’ll be hoping to find time to make. I think they’d be adorable packaged and given as a gift.  They also do their own original artwork. Photo Credit:  CakeSpy
From the Kitschy Collector Home of Dianne Zweig comes Favorite Retro Cookbooks and Recipes In Time For Holiday Baking. Photo Credit:
Tidy Mom’s guest poster, Bridget of Bake at 350, shares great tips on Freezing Cookies for Holiday Baking (freeze after baking but before decorating). Sugar cookies are my fav holiday cookie and Bridget’s posted some really sweet ones.Photo Credit:
Check out the Frugal Holiday Cooking and Baking Tips from Eat at Home (every day food for busy people).Photo Credit:

DIY Crafts that make great Holiday Gifts!

There’s nothing better than homemade soap!  I hate when I have to use a commercial brand although I do use a commercial organic soap.  Check out the Holidays Soap Tutorial for making your own handmade soap and ideas on how to package it to give as gifts.  So cute!

Photo Credit: This Little Light