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Christmas Cookie Baking

Our family makes and bakes rollout cookies every Christmas season. It was funny because the day I decided we’d make cookies this year is the exact day we did the last year (via a reminder from Facebook). There was no planning in that whatsoever. Apparently, it was just time to do so! 

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Taste of Home Cookbook Gift Consideration

Do you or someone you know love to cook, bake, or both?  I personally can’t pick one over the other! I’m constantly looking for new treats, meals, drinks, appetizers, and other delicious goodies to make for friends and family. As much and as often as I look for recipes online, I still like having cookbooks on my shelves to flip through. The more pictures to tantalize the eyes and tickle the taste buds the better and that is why I adore the Taste of Home cookbooks! 

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Nielsen-Massey Fine Vanillas & Flavors




If your aim this Holiday season is to surprise some one with a gift that will leave a lasting impression, why not aim for something handmade? Nielsen-Massey with their fine vanillas and flavors makes this extremely easy! I think their products would make a wonderful addition to those desserts in a jar gifts that can be thrown together fast.

When looking through the companies recipes page ideas I learned their products can be used for more than just baking but in easy to make skin care products. These thoughtful DIY gift suggestions are sure to be well appreciated by friends a loved ones!


Over the weekend, I made chocolate chip cookies per the recipe suggestion found on the companies website. Let me just say, these chocolate chip cookies may just be the best I’ve ever had. The Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla was quite present in taste and just added that extra special something.

I can’t wait to try it out this vanilla for our annual December sugar cookies and for the cake frosting I plan on making for my sons upcoming 4th birthday cake! This vanilla is certainly very high quality and smells amazing! I would recommend every kitchen pantry having a bottle on hand.
It’s very easy to make the suggested skin care product with Neilsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Sugar and I’m happy to share the recipe below. I plan on making this as soon I get a jar for it. It sounds quite delightful and it’s not too late to start making this now before Christmas gets here!

 Vanilla Body Scrub

1 cup Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 or 2 drops of an essential oil such as lavender, eucalyptus, etc.
Decorative, waterproof container

Mix ingredients together in a bowl.

Spoon into a decorative, waterproof container.

Wrap in decorative paper.

Instructions for use: Apply a small amount to damp skin while in shower or bath. Gently scrub skin with a soft washcloth. Rinse thoroughly.


P1160645Overall, I’m quite impressed with the pure vanilla sugar and pure vanilla extract I’ve used from this company! I would certainly recommend these and am eager to see if I can find them locally! These products can be found at numerous places online and are well worth the price for the quality you are getting!

Please visit the Nielsen-Massey website for more product information and additional recipes, including more DIY gift ideas.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat Review


The BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat is a very useful product. I keep asking myself why I didn’t invest in one of these before. It would have saved the appearance of my pans, eliminated the need for oil or non-stick spray to prevent sticking, and saved me money in the long run from having to use parchment or wax paper when baking or freezing foods.


There’s been no more scraping, scrubbing or sighing when it comes to removing or cleaning off food from my baking sheets once I’ve placed this mat down. I’d recommend knowing the size of your pans. This mats corners were specifically cut to fit a 13x 8 inch pan perfectly. The exact measurements of the mat are 16 ½ x 11 inches. If your pan is larger than that, this mat will still work out any smaller really wouldn’t be recommended.

I’ve personally found the mat to be of premium quality! It’s BPA free and manufactured using FDA and LFGB approved materials. It uses the best food grade silicone. I’ve used it numerous times baking, freezing, and when rolling out dough. It can withstand temperatures as low as -40 and as high as 450 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m impressed that it has maintained it’s appearance with no staining or odors from what was put upon it.


That mat itself, has measurements all around it from 11 inches on one side and 15 on the other. On the face of the mat, there’s eleven circles. These circles are a handy guide when baking cookies and gives you a general idea of how many should be fitting on your pan. This mat I’ve used with baking cookies with my kids and they really liked knowing where on the mat the dough should go without worry of the cookies coming together.


Non-stick is right no matter if used in my microwave, toaster oven, freezer, or range. No cookies I have baked or berries I have frozen sticks to this mat! It’s nice to not have to use the backside of my spatula to scrape things off and potentially wreck havoc on my pans! I will point out that baking time may vary just a bit when using this mat, but that’s not a problem because I tend to keep an eye on what’s baking when it’s in the oven. Once I bake something enough I’ll just adjust accordingly in the future.


This mat is dishwasher safe but can just easily be cleaned in the sink with dishsoap. It’s recommended that upon your first use or after this has been in the dishwasher to apply a light coating of non-stick spray. This won’t need repeated if you make a point to wash the mat by hand. Once tried the mat easily just rolls up and can be stored taking up minimal space rolled up just about anywhere in the kitchen.

I’m 100% satisfied with this mat and would recommend it to anyone that has a kitchen. You’ll save money, time, and not to mention the appearance of your pans! Also with each purchase of this baking mat, you’ll receive a free bonus recipe book!

Interested in Purchasing?
The #1 BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat is on sale from $47.99 to $14.77 on Amazon as of this posting. Right now, you can use promo code BAKESALE during checkout to get a second baking mat for only $9.99.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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