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{Christmas in July-ish} Guest Post by Kristyn

Let me introduce you to a good friend of mine, and a great cook. Kristyn is one of those people I have stolen a few recipes from. She blogs over at pretty kitten, and I’m pleased to have her here to share a Christmas recipe with you.

Christmas Dinner: Balsamic Roasted Pork with Roasted Root Vegetables

Hi everyone! My name is Kristyn. I head up a blog called pretty kitten, where I write about real-life recipes and other kitchen wizardry. I was thrilled when Colleen asked me to do a guest post for her during her Christmas in July series. Well… it’s August now, but the Christmas-in-July spirit remains and I have a fantastic, simple recipe to share with you.

{Christmas in July} Baking

The tip to holiday baking is to do it all at once. I remember my grandma used to say, “It’s just as easy to make 4 dozen cookies as it is to make one.” Sure, she was referring to just a regular baking day, not the holidays, but the same principle applies.

I love baking. (Almost) every Wednesday I bake cookies or some other treat. So, a few weeks ago, instead of making just my regular batch of cookies, I made three. One batch of three different kinds of cookies. And you know what? It really didn’t take me much longer than making my regular batch. Here are the three types I made:

{Christmas in July} Neighbor Gifts

Let’s get this one out of the way quickly. It’s probably the least “fun” of my topics, but likely the most rewarding.

Wait, did I say that? Most rewarding? These are just neighbor gifts, right? Let’s see… what have I received (or gifted) with neighbors? Ornaments. Wall hangings (some absolutely adorable… others not). Treat plates. Ice scrapers (it was actually a cool scraper. Too bad my sister took it for her car).

Let’s face it, not a lot of meaning in those gifts. But what if you could give a seemingly mundane gift that really packs a lot of meaning? Have you seen lists like this lately?

{Christmas in July} Rules of Giftgiving

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Did you know there are rules about giving and receiving gifts? Well, of course there are. And of course, the late Emily Post had something to say about it. Here is a great article about gifts for service professionals in your life.  Now, before you read this article and scan the list, just remember that there are very well-to-do people out there who use all of these services. I, for one, am not one of those people. But some of the notes here are interesting

Here are a few points I especially want to highlight:

{Christmas in July} Making a list

Are you all list people? I am. I haven’t been lately, and I’m really feeling it in my organizational skills. I started making lists again. Feeling much more on top of things. And when planning for Christmas, lists are essential. After all, if the big guy makes one, shouldn’t we all? Don’t want to forget anyone.

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So, with that in mind, let’s start our {Christmas in July} with a list of everyone we would like to have a gift for. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • family – that goes without saying, right? Who is on your family list?
    • spouse