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The holidays are coming and, if you’re like me, you’re starting to plan ahead to avoid the December rush. Biscotti makes a great hostess gift for dinner parties, a lovely accompaniment to a gift of freshly roasted coffee beans (*coughBytownBeanerycough*), or as a sweet indulgence for yourself when assembling childrens’ gifts late on Christmas Eve. It keeps well and can be made fresh up to a week in advance of gifting. Alternately, you can make, cut and freeze the cookies, and then thaw and dip in chocolate just prior to gifting.

While these can’t be made too far in advance, November (or earlier!) is a great time to start sourcing some funky serving plates, vintage tins, or other repurposed storage containers for gifting these. Would you believe that the handmade stoneware plate in the picture above was bought for $0.50 at a local rummage sale?

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A mostly wordless post, in honour of Thanksgiving leftovers:

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I don’t do resolutions anymore — too often, they’d be left undone and become a list of guilt for things I’d wanted to accomplish, but never did. A few years ago, I wrote up a short list that I reaffirm every year — Resolve — and I recommit to it again this year. I didn’t do it all perfectly — my aim to be creative every day slid a bit, unless you count roasting coffee as being “Creative” — but I more or less stayed on track and overall am happy with how 2011 unfolded.

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Happy Boxing Day! Today is the day we have our big holiday meal, and I’m starting my day with a chocolate eggnog steamer, served in my new abi lyon wicke mug — a gift from my husband.

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