I knitted these wristwarmers for a gift. I think I knit them this month, but it might have been in November. It's sort of been a blur. They are super easy and don't require much yarn or brain activity, which was exactly what I needed. I am so sad I didn't have super cute nail polish on when I shot this, like they do on the cover of Learn to Knit, Love to Knit, by Anna Wilkinson, which is where this wonderful pattern came from. I was sent a review copy (the US version, the original UK version came out in 2012) and LOVE it—this is all I have knitted from the book, but I have my eye on a hat pattern next. I love it that Ravelry has all the patterns to look at.
I have been baking. A lot. And have had some baking fails this month—forgetting the flour in a cake. What? Granted, it is a very wet cake batter even with the flour, so it's not as crazypants as it sounds. But still, a bit crazy. It boiled over violently and the oven with filled with chocolate magma. There was also a disastrous coconut macaroon episode. I'm still not sure what happen there, but they were way too wet, again ruining the bottom of the oven.
These apricot ginger shortbread squares saved the day. They call them apricot crumbles, but it doesn't really describe them enough in my book. I make them every year. I bake them, freeze them in the parchment-lined pan, and then take the whole thing out frozen and cut into perfect squares. Then thaw. They are so good and so pleasing. I just made another batch with raspberry jam and chopped pecans.