Well, it’s officially Fall which means…. yep, the holidays are just around the corner!! I know, “thanks for the reminder” is probably hovering on your lips.
So think of this as just a helpful reminder… and by helpful, I mean that in the truest sense. You see, the best way to beat holiday stress is to plan a little ahead.. and that is exactly what this post is about. One of the best things about writing a food blog is getting to review cookbooks, which make great holiday gifts right? Well, this one is not only drop dead gorgeous but filled with delicious recipes and clear and concise instructions for … candy, which also makes a great holiday gift, right? See, I told you this was gonna be helpful!!! Ok, so about this book. It’s called “Sweet Confections” by Nina Wanat and photographed by Diane Cu and Todd Porter, a.k.a White on Rice Couple. The book is filled with gorgeous and easy to make candies…. and trust me they are truly easy and I am not just saying that… hot sugar and I have never been friends so if I can do this, believe me, so can you.
Flipping through the book, I had a hard deciding what to make first… but I decided on the candied orange peel. I have several recipes that use it and I’d been thinking about making a cookie with it… and so of course I did both! The candied orange peel turned out exactly as I’d hoped – wonderful on it’s own and even better mixed into these cookies. It imparts an orange flavor that you can’t get using orange zest/juice/extract alone.
So do yourself a favor… pick up a copy (or two or three!) of this book…. it will inspire you to make some homemade treats for gift giving. Or let your “inner shopper” out and splurge on some adorable packaging supplies and package up some terrific holiday gifts!! And… to make this even EASIER I am giving away a copy of this gorgeous book!!! So no excuses NOT to get started on those holiday preparations!!
So, how do you win this book?? Easy!! Just leave me a comment with your favorite candy – want more chances? Sign up for my RSS feed (or just let me know that you already do!), follow me on Twitter and/or follow me on Facebook! Just leave a comment for each!! Winners will be drawn via Random. org on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th!!!