Baking Gift Guide

Thanksgiving was such a lovely day. Though raining, JP and I went with friends and ran the Turkey Trot for the first time. Afterwards, we came home to make rolls, green bean casserole, roasted sweet potatoes and rice krispy treats to take to our friend’s house for the Thanksgiving feast. I had the best pumpkin pie of  my life that night. I will never again make pumpkin pie with canned pumpkin. The fresh pumpkin gave the pie such a full pumpkin flavor and the custard was perfectly spiced and smooth. Not to mention the flaky crust or the whipped cream using a real vanilla bean. Friday morning came and I was still in Thanksgiving heaven. I told my family that no, I wasn’t quite ready to decorate for Christmas and maybe we would wait until next weekend. I didn’t want to break the spell.

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Saturday we went downtown and saw the Gingerbread installation at the Sheridan. This year the theme was Seattle. The sculptures of candy and cookies spun and twinkled, beckoning all to gather around. Next we walked through Pike Place Market. Lights were strung and the market was filled with holiday cheer. Ornaments, flowers and holiday greenery were on every corner. Santa had a line of children waiting to sit on his lap. I bought a beautiful fresh swag for the front door. The Christmas season had arrived.

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I love giving gifts around the holidays. Its a time to show friends, family and teachers how much I appreciate them. I care about the things that they like and I want them to feel joy with the package they receive. As I’ve been looking for gifts to give, I thought maybe you would like some ideas as well. Here are a few things that I have found that I know would be appreciated all year long.

Cookbooks on my wish list:

Kitchen Favorites:

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