Sunday, December 6

Homemade and Handmade for the Holidays

Cranberry Christmas Scones are Tasty any Time of Year (Recipe here)

Having my Cranberry Christmas Scones recipe featured on Sew Mama Sew's Third Annual Handmade Holidays series was the perfect excuse I needed last month to mix up a batch and finally take a more festive photo. (Any reason to bake, right?)

I enjoyed a few of the warm scones with butter and a hot cup of tea, then tucked the rest away in the freezer to save for my foodie mother's upcoming Christmas visit (because she'd rather brave the winter cold than show up for spring lambing season again). If you want to bake up fresh scones for breakfast or brunch, you can save a little time in the morning by mixing up the dry ingredients and cutting in the butter the night before.

Handmade Holidays is a month-long assortment of ideas to make the holidays unique, fun, and handmade, but you'll find enough crafty tutorials, gift suggestions, recipes, and shop features to carry you all the way through next year. The entire month is wrapped up on the Ultimate Handmade Holidays 2009 Master List.

If your skills tend more toward the kitchen than the crafts room, you might be inspired to do some holiday baking with these sweet recipes from the archives, all of which freeze beautifully.

These keep well—perfect for gift giving:
Molasses Ginger Spice Snaps
Baby Chocolate Chip and Toffee Shortbread Bites
Chocolate Biscotti for Beginners
Toasted Almond Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Sweet treats for anytime:
Easy Orange Yogurt Loaf Cake
Quick Emergency Chocolate Loaf Cake
Heavenly Lemon Coconut Quick Bread
Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Banana Mexican Monkey Cake

Indulge without the guilt—these aren't all that bad for you:
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookies (and How To Hug a Sheep)
Apple Blueberry Crumble Bars
Spicy Pumpkin Pecan Raisin Muffins
100% Whole Grain Bran Muffins (four different flavors)
100% Whole Grain Ginger Pear Bran Muffins
Autumn Pear and Apple Crisp (great for breakfast!)

Are you planning a homemade or handmade holiday this year?

© Copyright 2009, the half baked foodie farm blog where these temperatures in the teens (not to mention the upcoming snow predicted) have us wanting to simply keep the oven going all month long. I mean, can you ever really have too many holiday baked goods on hand? Not if there's still empty freezer space!


  1. These look so wonderful, I love good food like this..thanks! Come say hi :D

  2. Umm, these do look delicious. I'm going to try baking alot of my gifts this year for my friends. I'm hoping these will survive long enough.

  3. I just found your blog and what a wonderful place it is!

  4. Yummmmm! Homemade anything is wonderful in my opinion (okay, almost anything...) These look delicious so gotta give them a try.

    I made the Brussell Sprouts for dinner last night - DELICIOUIS!!!! (We ate every last morsel!) Thank You!

  5. I definitely prefer the cold weather over the heat, humidity, ticks, poison ivy and chiggers of summer! Even if I do have to haul firewood!

    Farmgirl's Mum

  6. I made the Christmas Scones yesterday after reading your email about them. They were fantastic and, ahem, notice the past tense! Loved them and the fact that they are not overly sweet. Got to admit that I wimped out and made them "drop" scones instead of rolling them out and cutting into triangels. The consistency of the batter was perfect.
    My word identification is resse: and reminds me of peanuts and chocolate candybars. It's all good.

  7. I'm making a lot of gifts this year! A bunch of tweed scarves, some needle rolls, and rice sacks you heat up to put on sore muscles. Yesterday I made some cranberry apple jam to give away too. I'll have to try your scone recipe this weekend.

  8. Hi I just made your "Christmas Cranberry Scones" for the second time :) I made them during Thanksgiving - and OMG we love them. So happy I found your site. Can't wait to try your chocolate chip biscotti!

    Happy Holidays


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