The run-up to the holidays is often a hectic time, with a seemingly endless list of to-dos and to-gets to check off. However, holiday errands are often a wonderful time for me. I'm quite a holiday enthusiast and I get giddy thinking of gift shopping and wrapping, tree decorating, and holiday baking and cooking.
This year, I tried something I've never done before. As part of my Christmas presents, I decided to bake holiday-themed sweets for my friends and family using that delicious autumnal ingredient: pumpkin.
I found a couple of cute festive jars at the Container Store, along with some holiday boxes perfect for loaves and bread. These got the gears going in my head and the end results were delicious freshly baked pumpkin cookies and loaves.