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Mexican Orange Cookies

I recently came across an old article posted on the New York Times website which talks about the Psychology of Gift Giving. With Christmas only a few days away I thought it would be appropriate to share it with you today.

The main point of the article basically helped reiterate something we’ve known all along… It’s the act or thought of giving and not the gift itself that matters. It lets our friends and loved ones know they are important to us and that we care about them regardless of what the gift itself might be; which in turn makes us feel good.

A win-win situation if you ask me!



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September 2010 – Daring Bakers’ Challenge

My attempt at a Halo Reach Decorated Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie

This months Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.

The inspiration for these cookies originated from a certain someone in my household who happens to love this game, and who kept dropping subtle hints (reminding me of it’s release date every chance he could, naming all his friends who have already bought, etc.) that he would love to have this game for his birthday which happens to be this Wednesday.

He was so excited when he saw me making these, he automatically asked if he could help decorate them! Once I was done outlining them, we both took off on a flooding mission… good times!