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Holiday Baking Challenge

One of my first mentors after high school told us that it was best to keep busy, because it was much easier to accomplish a task when you had several things to do. This made it more difficult to procrastinate on any one thing, whereas having only one thing to do is counterintuitively more difficult and is much more easily left for tomorrow. At the time it sounded crazy, but it's definitely something I've come to appreciate. In graduate school, I find having one paper or assignment to work on can eat up entire days at a time without necessarily any progress, but a busy day with a full to-do list and multiple appointments usually results in most tasks getting accomplished.

To that end, I am giving myself a challenge for the rest of November and December: a Holiday Baking Challenge. I figure that by adding one delicious task to my to-do list, I will through sheer momentum achieve more of the non-baking things, and as a bonus have tons of treats to eat and/or bring in to school. I've already bought my outrageously large tub of 6 kinds of holiday sprinkles and 3 kinds of icing. I'm going to start with cookies, since I'm not as practiced in that department and I ought to try out a few recipes before the actual holidays where I intend to supply cookies (American Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's).

So, dear readers, are any of you planning any holiday baking? Have any recipes or suggestions for me? Let me know!


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