This morning I’m enjoying the quiet that can only come from moments of peace with loved ones nearby. I’ve been sitting in my favorite chair with a warm afghan and a cup of jasmine tea. Snoozing near my feet is our dog Hallah. Outside is cool and quiet with the winter grey sky that soothes rather than saddens.
Later today, I’ll see what I can do to bring in from the garage the Christmas decorations (late, as usual) and plan some gifts for family and friends. But before that I hope to get some of my Christmas baking done.
I began baking gift breads for Christmas during my college years. With a limited budget it allowed me to show love to my friends – especially those away from home and hopeless at baking. Today my friends have made their own homes but still treasure the thoughtfulness of home-baked quick breads and other goodies.
You might be interested in doing a bit of gift baking this year. That’s why I have collected a baker’s dozen of recipes I’ve collected over the years for quick holiday preparation. They include pumpkin spice bread, sour cream oatmeal muffins, spiced almonds, and the ever-popular eggnog pound cake. Get your copy by clicking on the link below.