One thing I love about the holidays is all the food. I'm currently working on an article for a local magazine supplement about ideas for Holiday Foods as gift. When you find something unique it becomes a good way to gift neighbors, teachers and other friends.
If you don't feel like doing the work alone you can invite a friend or two over to help. And turn it into a party. I've done it in Holidays past with making Limoncello, Cake Balls and Cookie decorating.
And there are a number of recipes I only pull out between the first of November and New Year's like Baked Brie. I might be on the early side this year because I already made it for a friend get together last week.
For my birthday an old friend from Texas sent me a yummy recipe for Apple Cake that she thought I'd like to try along with a sweet card. It's a bundt cake and if you know anything about me, I'm a big fan of the bundt. So I bought a big bag of fresh apples and I'm going to bake it over the weekend.
As for the recipe for Baked Brie with Mango Chutney, it's delicious and super easy. Give it a try. Simply take a brie wheel and spread mango chutney and chopped pecans on top of the wheel, wrap it in a sheet of puff pastry. Place it on a cookie sheet or in a pie plate then bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes and serve with your favorite crackers or small bits of bread.