The official start to my holiday baking is always the Holly Bazaar so things are now off and running; from here on in to about December 24 the house smells of various combinations of butter, sugar, cinnamon and chocolate. Could be worse, right? :)
I was having a hard time figuring out what to bake this year and ended up going with three old favourites: White Chocolate Gingerbread, Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Shortbread. Imagine that - chocolate in every recipe...
Last year I picked up new cello bags during the holiday sales and so they came in handy for packing. They are cute and were a fabulous deal but there's something about the simplicity of the white only patterns that I think are still my favourite.
Despite getting an earlier start this year on the felt birds for the craft table I was attaching bows and putting on eyes almost to the last minute. I had a dozen made but ran out of ribbon so only 11 made it to the bazaar with the pot holders.
The bazaar includes a bake table, a White Elephant table, craft table and a ham & scalloped potato luncheon, which means that the hall is full of great smells, lots of wonderful chatter and fellowship. By all accounts, this one appears to have been another success....M