But I vowed to spend a bit more time in the kitchen after my friend Jenni gifted me an adorable set of measuring cups.
I didn’t realize what I was in for.
The past few months at Smart have been a whirlwind of aprons, sugar and spatulas.
First, there was this cover shoot with Chrissy Sparks, where those cat measuring cups made a guest appearance.
Angie Anderson’s downtown York kitchen was a baker’s dream and we felt inspired to share cookie tips from local experts — find them inside on page 22.
Then there were the cooking videos — seven of them, to be exact. Our Cookie Cookbook app for the iPad is now available in the App Store. It’s filled with more than 120 local recipes, so we decided to test out a few of our favorites.
In October, we launched the annual Holiday Cookie Contest at smartmagpa.com. We’ll have an event later this month with 30 finalists and lots of taste-testing.
Needless to say, it wasn’t a surprise when my dentist broke the news that I have a cavity.
For me, cookies are a key ingredient for holiday spirit. My childhood Christmas memories aren’t filled with visions of sugarplums, but rather memories of Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Raspberry Thumbprints and Nut Rolled Cookies. I remember baking them with my mom and sister each year growing up.
No matter what the holidays mean to you, we’ve got you covered in this issue of Smart.
If your social calendar is packed starting Dec. 1, check out our fashion spread on page 7. We highlight the perfect dress to take you from party to party this year.
When your shopping list is longer than the North Pole’s, you might be in need of some help. We take a look at gifts for the men in your life on page 12. Favorite presents from local shop owners take over our Accents roundup on page 18. And we give you some ideas for non-traditional giving on page 30.
Family traditions are at the heart of all seasonal celebrations. Whether you’re setting the table for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas, we know how hard it can be to manage a house full of people. Look for tips for prepping your home and kitchen for friends and family on page 26.
And while we know there’s no place like home for the holidays, sometimes it’s just not happening. Women whose careers keep them away from the celebrations share tips for getting through the season on page 32.
No matter what you’re celebrating, where you’re celebrating or who you’re celebrating with, I hope it’s both merry and bright.
And best wishes for a beautiful home, happy family and healthy heart in 2014.