Making Holiday Baking Easier

You have all heard the advice... bake ahead and freeze. Sound advice to be sure, but if you do that, you will miss all the heady smells of holiday baking when you are IN the holiday mood...right? I have a solution that might make your holiday baking easier and less stressful during the busy days right before Christmas.

 

I schedule a day in late November to chop, toast, grind and measure the ingredients that I plan to prepare during December: nuts, dried fruits, chocolate, coconut, dry ingredients - anything that will not spoil or deteriorate.

Link Roundup: Great Holiday Websites

The web is, of course, a fabulous place to find holiday crafts and recipes. But just for fun, I thought I'd share some of my other favorite internet holiday resources:

First, soundtrack your season at AccuHolidays, where you can find a wide array of seasonal music channels, from classical to rock to Latin to Reggae and more. (I'm listening to the Blue and White Christmas Channel as I write this post!)

If you want to dig deeper into holiday traditions from around the world, you'll find these sites fascinating:

How to Make Punched "Tin" Light Shields

 

Punched "tin" light shields catch, reflect and amplify the lights on trees and garlands.

Design possibilities are endless and making them is a very simple process. If you need inspiration for designs, check out these Mexican tin ornaments offered through La Fuente; but basic star, or flower cookie cutters about 3" diameter work great as patterns.

Amazing Advent Calendars

A very short post! Not everyone is into making their own advent calendars. Here are a couple sites that offer really wonderful calendars to bring out the child in anyone. I just ordered and received the one pictured above. I just couldn't resist it!! And I really can't wait for December 1st. So hard not to peak.

The Vermont Christmas Company offers so many calendars I have yet to see them all which, now that I think about it, is probably a very good thing.  Another site offering a smaller but equally beautiful collection of advent calendars is one of Martha Stewart's favorites Blumchen.com. The link will take you directly to the advent calendar page.

You have just enough time to order one. December 1st is only 2 weeks away.

Getting Acquainted with Wheat Weaving

 

This wheat spiral has been on my tree over 35 years and the star and snowflake almost that long. OUCH!;

My eyes and heart fell in love with wheat weaving a long time ago. So...this past Spring I decided that now that I have the whole internet world at my finger tips, I would learn more about it and maybe try my hand at making a few simple ornaments. And here are two of them.

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