Christmas Baking, Elves, Fairies and a Winner

This post is a bit of this and a bit of that, just the way life goes sometimes, right?

This past weekend we finished off my daughter’s birthday celebrations with another Tinkerbell cake. Just sharing, here’s a pic of the two cakes that I made for her. She was very pleased with both of them. I used the Frozen Buttercream Transfer method, and I’m in love with that method. Makes decorating a cake so much less stressful for party day.

And today, December 1st, we had an elf named Jingles arrive at our place. He’s been sent here to keep an eye on the kids for Santa, and he leaves on December 24th to report back to Santa. So, the kids have to behave between now and Christmas (although, really, not a problem with our kids most of the time). However, the elves are known for getting into mischief and trouble during the night, while the kids are sleeping. All sorts of elf antics will be happening here between now and the 24th, I’m sure.

Jingles arrived in his little sleigh, along with a note from Santa himself, his journal, where he keeps notes on the kids (and the antics he plays), as well as some advent calendars for the kids to start their holiday countdown. The kids were very excited, talking about it all the way to the bus, and Jingles is even going to school with my boy today for show & tell.

You can follow along with our elf antics on the Baking Beauties Facebook page. Join in the fun!

Do you have any silly holiday traditions that you do with your kids? Anyone else have an elf at their place?

Has anyone started their holiday baking yet? Besides the Holiday Baking e-book that you can download for FREE, there is more gluten-free cookie goodness going around the next little while.

Dish Towel Diaries is having 31 gluten-free cookie recipes and 31 giveaways over the next 31 days. How awesome is that?? You can check out the Cookie calendar right here.

Maggie over at She Let Them Eat Cake has also gotten the help of a bunch of other bloggers for 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. More great gluten-free cookie recipes happening there, and on Dec. 12th there will be a linky round up, so you can enter your favorite Christmas cookies then as well!

Jules Gluten Free also has a Gluten-free Cookie Swap going on over on Facebook. You can enter your gluten-free cookie recipes, and vote on your favorites. The 3 cookies with the most votes wins a prize. I have entered my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, so if you’re on Facebook, please pop by there and click “Like” on my cookies, I’d really appreciate it! Not to mention, there is a great selection of GF cookie recipes posted there, should make the holiday baking a little easier this year.

FINALLY, thank you to everyone that commented to enter to win a free copy of Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook. All your Christmas morning breakfasts sound fantastic!

Using, the winner is Georgianna!

Blogger Georgianna said…

This book looks great and congratulations for getting your recipe printed in it!

I am a lover of Cinnamon rolls on christmas morning. This year it’ll be gluten free cinnamon rolls for the first time!

November 26, 2010 11:20 AM
Congratulations, Georgianna! I emailed you on Dec 1st, you have until Dec. 3rd to email me with your shipping address, or I will have to pick another winner.


  1. Stephanie says

    Great cake decorating!

    My favorite tradition my parents did when I was a kid was the Christmas Mouse. He would come by every Saturday night in December, up until Christmas, leaving little goodies and "rat droppings" (chocolate chips).

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