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Sugar and Spice: 4 Recipes for Homemade Holiday Treats

Avoid the malls this holiday season by making mouthwatering consumables from simple, wholesome ingredients.
By Rachel Albert-Matesz
November/December 2007
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Simple and classic, macaroons are a great treat to give as a gift or serve at a holiday party.
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Love the holidays but not the gluttony of shopping, spending, eating and waste? You can avoid the malls by making mouthwatering consumables from simple, wholesome ingredients. Pack your treasures in half-pint, pint and quart canning jars, redecorated salad dressing bottles, plant-based cellulose bags with twist ties, or gift boxes lined with foil and parchment paper. Make fun and pretty gift and instruction cards and attach them with festive ribbons.

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