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As I mentioned the other day, I tried to multitask last weekend. Other than not being able to get to everything that I wanted to it didn’t turn out that bad…

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Confession time… I’ve never made brownies from scratch. I didn’t even like brownies all that much until about a year ago when I was introduced to Ghirardelli double chocolate brownie mix. You can’t go wrong with Ghirardelli and this mix turns out perfect. Not to mention it’s super easy.

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled program for this short announcement…

I realize that it was only last week when I challenged myself to make a recipe each week from one of my cookbooks (Cookbook Tuesdays), but we have only 4 days till Christmas and I’m still trying to get through the other challenge (12 Days of Christmas Baking) I set myself. Maybe it would have been smart to make a Christmas recipe from a cookbook, but I didn’t. So although I did make a cookbook recipe you’ll just have to wait till next week, when I’ll be done with all this Christmas baking, to hear about it.

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Just a quick post, as I’m getting ready to go to the first family Christmas gathering of the season.

While I was thinking about making chocolate chip cookies as one of my 12 Days of Christmas recipes, my mind changed three times with how to go about making them. My original intention to make a classic and simple chewy chocolate chip cookie first changed when I realized that there were mint chocolate chips in the pantry. So my the recipe changed to mint chocolate chip cookies. Just a bit of a twist on the classic chocolate chip recipe but with more of a Christmasy feel. Then I saw the leftover mint marshmallows and decided to change the whole direction of the cookie.

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Nanaimo bars are one of my most favorite desserts. Surprisingly, I’ve never made hem myself. It’s my Aunt Joy that has the best recipe. Unfortunately I didn’t ask her for it before I made these. Although mine are good, they just aren’t as good as hers. I’m sure that it’s just a matter of using a different brand of one of the ingredients.

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These are the absolute best shortbread cookies. They are also my moms favorite. I remember, when I was growing up, baking these with her at Christmas time. Only at Christmas time. I don’t really know why. But I’ve stuck to that tradition and only ever made them around Christmas.

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