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Carol Thompson

A grand tradition in our family is Christmas cookies. When my children were young, they would help decorate and they got to eat any "Whoops, it fell into the frosting", cookies. Now I enjoy baking with my daughter (she's blind). We set a date right after Thanksgiving and spend an entire day baking...Spritz, which her children decorate, Raspberry bars, M&M cookies, chocolate chip (of course), gingerbread! We give most of the cookies away to friends and neighbors but we have fun and everyone enjoys receiving them.

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I live in Phoenix, AZ and needless to say, the baking season is shorter than other parts of the country. That makes it all the more exciting and special to me when it’s finally cool enough to bake. I start getting the baking bug in September but never start baking until the temps are at least under 100F. Usually, baking season for me starts in late October, just in time for the nieces to visit on Halloween. From then on out, it’s all baking all the time until it gets too hot again (Usually around April). Sadly, once the heat comes back, all the baking stops until the next October. My neighbors and my husband’s coworkers really look forward to the holiday season because they know I love to bake. It’s just me and my husband and as much as I love baking (at least once a week, more around Christmas), we’d both be 500 pounds if I didn’t give away most of what I make. They are the lucky beneficiaries of my love of baking, from Halloween all the way through the first of the year! I love sharing my baking with anyone that appreciates it, it really brings me the joy of the season.

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I begin holiday baking after Thanksgiving. I don't celebrate Christmas, but I bake for people who do. Here's what I put on the platters I brought to all our favorite local businesses last year. It's a fun (for me) annual tradition - one that lets me be part of the holiday spirit! Deborah


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