Monday, December 10, 2018

Baking Spirits Bright

modcloth christmas sweater

Holiday shopping is so much fun, isn't it? I love spending time scouring websites and stores in search of the perfect present. I actually pride myself on my gift-giving abilities. I don't like the thought of phoning it in and giving a loved one something generic. Fortunately, there are a lot of options available to me so that I can always find something truly special.

vintage baker book

For many years, I've turned to ModCloth for gift items that are quirky, unique, and fun. My apartment is actually filled with housewares and office supplies I've found on their website, including dish drying racks, measuring spoons, candy dishes, silverware, mugs, and lots of other home accents. And while I've definitely purchased presents for others from their site, I'm always tempted to keep these items for myself. This time, I actually did – oops!

christmas tree sweater modcloth
the vintage baker recipe book
pillsbury cut out cookies

One of the things I knew I needed was this beautiful vintage baking book! I'm a big fan of The British Baking Show (and of baked goods in general), but I have virtually no skills when it comes to baking. I'm making a concerted effort to get more comfortable in the kitchen and this book looked so delightful... so I had to treat myself (literally). All of the recipes sound amazing. Maybe I can even add one of the cookie recipes into our holiday baking repertoire this year! For now, enjoy the sight of these cut-out cookies I made on a whim and have been eating ever since. And let me know what your favorite cookie is for this time of year – I'd love your input!

baking book
vintage baking book
modcloth plaid skirt
Outfit Details
Holiday Nights Knit Sweater: c/o ModCloth
Potluck Hostess Plaid Skirt: c/o ModCloth (similar)
Heels: ModCloth (similar)  ||  Brooch: similar

quirky books
cookies pyrex
llama dish towels
Gifts and Housewares
The Vintage Baker: c/o ModCloth (available here)
Writers and Their Cats: c/o ModCloth (available here)
Llama tea towel set: c/o ModCloth
Gingerbread house Pyrex: Target
Hearth and Hand candle (Fir and Leather): Target

writers and their cats book

I think the holidays are hard for a lot of people. I've always really loved them, but the last few years have included some sad times. This year might be sad for other reasons. I'm trying not to think about that, though I'm not always successful. Still, I am really looking forward to celebrating with my parents and with my friends. Focusing on finding just the right thing for everyone on my list has been a welcome distraction. Now I just need to wrap everything (and watch some Christmas movies)!

cat book writers

If you're still looking for some great gift ideas, ModCloth's Holiday Gift Guide has you covered. Plus, they're running a great sale through today (40% off orders $100+) that can take the sting out of holiday spending. They've already sold out of a lot of items – including just about everything I'm wearing or showing off in this post! – so don't wait too long! 

Have a great start to your week!


  1. COOKIES! ALL THE COOKIES! That's my advice ;)

    I love this sweater on you and that cookbook is SO CUTE! Love it. Now, pass me a dang cookie already!!

    1. I'm a cookie monster no matter the season but ESPECIALLY around the holidays! I can't wait to bake with my mom :)

  2. Hope this Christmas treats you well, Sammi! You're already creating great memories with your Christmas baking! X


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