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Is it really November already?

It feels like 2011 just started, and here we are less than two months from New Years Day.

I can hardly believe it!

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas, and what gifts I’m going to give. I prefer not to spend a whole lot of money if I don’t have to, and if I can get away with making someone their gift that’s even better! But I must say I am a strong believer in only giving handmade gifts if the person is really going to like it. Because otherwise you’re working hard to make something that’s just going to be stowed away and forgotten.

I was recently turned on to this wonderful blog called The Daily Telegraph and this great post about things to do with plastic animals really struck my fancy. There’s one piece in particular where she uses the heads of decapitated plastic animals to make jewelry hooks and I can’t wait to make my own! View that post here.

About a week ago I wanted to surprise my husband with his favorite cookies so I whipped up these super yummy Chocolate Dipped Orange Sugar Cookies I came up with last year! They are really good and can be made with Oranges, Lemons, Limes or even Grapefruit!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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I’ve been feeling really homey this week and decided I was do for some time in the kitchen, I found a recipe for these wonderful Spinach and Cheese Muffins over at My Kitchen Experiments and they were just delicious! So moist and savory with just a hint of cayenne pepper which adds such lovely warmth.

On a Sweeter note I found the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake Recipe from Cupcake Project and it is AMAZING! I’ve never had a lot of success with making cake from scratch; It always comes out really dry or tasting of flour, but this recipe is super easy and the cupcakes came out perfect on my first try!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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