The Christmastime is the best time of the year for baking and entertaining; nothing sets off the festive spirit like the aromas and tastes of holiday baking. Here are five tips for making sure everything goes right in the kitchen this Christmas season.

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Keep Extra Baking Ingredients on Hand
Keep extra baking ingredients on hand for those moments that you need to make something in a hurry. Melting chocolates and holiday tins are the perfect ingredients to stock up on for the holidays. When you receive a last minute invitation to an event, you can grab a bag of pretzels, or your favorite store bought cookies, and dip them in chocolate for a quick Christmas party treat that everyone will love.

Double Your Recipes
When you bake sweet breads, fruit cakes, brownies or other holiday recipes similar to these, double the batch and freeze some for hostess gifts or when unexpected guests drop by. It’s just as easy to bake two items as it is to bake one.

Install a Smoke Detector System
Make sure you always set your oven timer when baking and have a reliable smoke detector system installed in your home. It is easy to get busy and forget that you have something in the oven. Vivint Home Security offers an ideal home protection system and is available in the Oakland CA area. The best home security systems should offer protection from theft, carbon monoxide poisoning and fire.

Create Christmas Gifts in Your Kitchen
Make use of your kitchen and save time and money. Christmas shopping takes time and is very expensive. Yummy homemade candies, cookies and baked goods make the best gifts for family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. You can visit a local dollar store or craft store for creating festive, inexpensive packaging for your gifts.

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Make Traditional Christmas Dinners
When hosting Christmas dinners in your home, try to keep it as simple as possible.
For example, it’s not a good time to try out new complicated recipes that you have never made before. Serve easy favorite holiday meals that you have perfected throughout the years. To make it even simpler, ask your guests to bring a dessert or side dish.

Christmastime is the most popular time of the year for baking. It’s a great way to create new memories and for reminiscing old childhood memories by baking family recipes that have been passed down through the years. After all, Christmas festivities are all about the smells and tastes of holiday recipes.
April Labarron
About the Author:

April Labarron is a native of Southern California. She has her BA in English/Literature from MSJC in Menifee, Ca. She views her freelance writing, not only as a career, but as her passion. Other areas of interest include; movies, food, singing, soccer, traveling, shopping and a continuous desire for learning. She lives on her own and is accompanied by her Pomeranian named, Elvis. She currently resides in Temecula, CA.

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