I’ll be the first to admit that I go waaaay overboard when it comes to baking during the Holidays. I’m willing to bet that every other recipe that I see is one that I want to try to make….and I really, truly believe I can make them all.
One way that I can simplify this baking extravaganza you mere mortals call “December” is by making double batches of goodies and freezing as we go through the month. I usually start around Thanksgiving and mix up batches of my favorite cookies. I roll/cut/shape them out on a wax paper lined cookie sheet as if I was going to bake them, then set them in the freezer for about a couple of hours. When they are set I can pop them off the cookie sheet and put them in a labeled bag and stick them back in the freezer. Now they are ready to go when I’m actually ready to bake them. I have prepared….and I don’t miss out on that yummy baking smell filling up the house later.
I also like to have quick breads and muffins in the freezer. I often double up on these recipes so I have one for now, and one for later. These make for great snacks and breakfasts when company starts to arrive. Made in mini-loaves they also make great gifts for teachers or neighbors.
My favorite bread is Cranberry-Orange. I could make this all throughout the year but it is much better with a little anticipation, so I break out this recipe only during the winter months.
- 3c. Flour
- 1c. Sugar
- 1Tbsp. Baking Powder
- ½tsp. salt
- ¼tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 Beaten Egg
- 1 ²⁄3c. Milk
- ¼c. Oil
- ¾c. Chopped Nuts
- 2tsp. Finely Shredded Orange Peel
- 1c. Coarsely Chopped Cranberries
- Stir together dry ingredients with orange peel.
- In a separate bowl mix together wet ingredients (except cranberries)
- Mix wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
- Add the cranberries and nuts.
Bake at 350° according to the following time schedule:
- 1 – 9 x 5 x 3″ Bread Pan 1 – 1¼ Hrs.
- 2 – 7 ½ x 3½ x 2″ Pans 40 – 45 Mins.
- 6 – 4½ x 2½ x 1½” Pans 30 – 35 Mins.
Cool in pans for 10 minutes then turn onto a wire cooling rack and cool thoroughly. Wrap tightly overnight.
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Now the really good part? You can win a P&G Gift Basket with over $90 of excellent P&G products! Keep them to pamper yourself or share them as gifts and stocking stuffers.
How To Win:
To enter you just need to leave a comment here with your favorite tip for keeping the holidays simple!
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This giveaway is open until 11:59pm CST Sunday December 4, 2011. Open to residents of the United States age 18 or older. I will draw a winner using random.org and notify the winner via email. Winner will have 24 hrs to respond before a new winner is drawn. SuperJenn, The Motherhood and P&G Beauty are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails.
I received a P&G gift basket and compensation for writing this post. The recipe is mine (okay..my mom’s) and the thoughts expressed in the post are mine.Read More
It is no secret to anyone who reads my blog that I am far from perfect, and I’ve chosen to embrace those flawed aspects of my life and keep on movin’ on. Having SuperBaby however really REALLY knocked the wind out of my sails. One thing that went by the wayside when I was pregnant was dinnertime routines.
That’s not true. We had routines. They involved me throwing together something that passed as a healthy, well rounded meal and serving it to my family … in front of the television.
Very shortly after SuperBaby arrived my husband and I agreed we needed to take back dinnertime; and fast.
Sitting together as a family to eat your meals is much more than gathering for food. it is a time to enjoy each other. It is a time to share with each other. I truly believe that sitting down to eat together shows a level of respect for the family unit that is healthy and necessary.
So we came back to the table.
A couple of months ago I got an email from Erin at The Motherhood inviting me to participate in Libby’s Back to the Table event in Kansas City with some amazing KC bloggers; benefiting Hillcrest, a great Kansas City cause. Let’s see…food, charity, bloggers…How could I refuse? I did receive compensation from The Motherhood for my time, but really, this event was right up my alley!
Then we got to work. We filled 30 reusable grocery bags with some great canned goods and topped it off with our own ideas of what would help families make and share dinner together:
Hillcrest received 30 bags stuffed with these items to share with families that are transitioning into independent living. For whatever reason they’ve been down on their luck and are working their way up.
Because Libby’s was THAT COOL about this event…they have a goodie bag for each of us to pass on to one of our readers. The goodie bag includes some canned goods (fruits and veggies) from Libby’s, a state of the art can opener, and a copy of Hannah’s book Total Mom Makeover.
All you have to do is leave me a comment with your favorite tip for keeping family dinner a number one priority. That’s it!
Entries will be accepted until midnight CST on Sunday, October 10. The person with the best “Back to the Table Tip” will be the winner! You must be over 18 to win.Read More