BLOGMAS | I Made A Christmas Baking Notebook

 

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What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas. 

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One of my favourite things about the holidays is knowing that for a few days before Christmas, the house is going to smell amazing. My mother-in-law and I would bake lots of treats not only to serve on Christmas Eve and/or Day, but also to give out as presents for our friends and family. It always gets a bit hectic especially when you have a long list to bake and with only two people to make them. Top that with trying to finish, cool, and store them before they get eaten. We started a little late this year so were taking advantage of every spare time we can. It also doesn’t help that  were pretty much running out of freezer space.

What I noticed this year is there are certain treats we make every year. It’s not even a question of if we’re making them, it’s more of when. My mother-in-law have her recipes written out on index cards, while I don’t have anything. Some of the holiday treats I make is online so I just look it up whenever I needed to make them. This, I found out, is a terrible idea. I had to skim through at least 6 Food For The Gods recipes before I found the right one. So I decided this year, I will make myself a baking notebook containing treats we usually always make during the holidays to spare us the time of going through all the cookbooks, magazines, and online recipes. I have a spare traveller’s notebook insert so why not, right?

So far, I only have four recipes in it: my mother-in-law’s Sugar Cookies and Shortbread Refrigerator Cookies; and a Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie and Food For The Gods which I found online. I can already tell it will be a growing list.

As I’m writing this we still have about 4 or 5 treats to make. If you’re also doing some holiday baking this time of the year, good luck and have fun. 🙂

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David’s Tea 24 Days Of Tea Wrap Up and Thoughts

It’s been 2 days since I was able to finish unboxing every single tea that came in this year’s 24 Days Of Tea. They came in 24 small gold tins wherein each tin is a perfect sampler size.

As much as I was extremely excited about purchasing this, I was also very hesitant because $40 CAD (pre-sale price) is a lot of money for a tea sampler if I only ended up liking 4 or 5 teas out of 24. Fortunately I liked more than expected, some I will be purchasing maybe a 50g or 100g tin soon.

One thing I enjoyed about this advent calendar is the variety of teas you get. There are some which are caffeinated, herbal, fruit infusions. Each one perfect for the fall/winter season.

Would I buy myself one again next year? The great thing about this advent calendar is they include a list of the teas inside but not in the order they come in. This means one would get an idea of whether or not it will be worth it to buy or repurchase it. This also makes it easy if one decides to separate these as stocking stuffers. My decision of whether I would repurchase it or not will depend on the kinds of teas included in next year’s calendar. However, knowing myself I probably would end up repurchasing it nonetheless. 🙂

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