I love baking! There is nothing quite like the smell of something good coming from the oven. It makes a house more comforting and homey when the aroma of cookies fill the air. Doesn't matter if I make the dough from scratch, or if I buy refrigerated cookie dough, once they are baking they all smell the same! I do a lot of baking at christmas time. I don't have a ton of money to buy presents for everyone on my list so I make dozens of different cookies and then fill tins to share as gifts. Its just a small thing I do to say "I love you" to my friends and neighbors.
During this busy season we go through a lot of parchment paper in our home. I make probably 30 dozen cookies, maybe more and my roommate makes even more than I do. I would say we easily go through 2 rolls of parchment paper and possibly more like three rolls. We even try to stretch it by turning the paper over and reusing it. The problem is after baking a couple of times, the paper burns so it is no longer of any use to us. This is really a big waste of paper and it just dumps more into our landfills.
The BakeItFun Silicone Baking Mat is reusable and it dosen't scorch or burn. You put it on your cookie sheet and put your dough on it and then bake as you would normally do. You do have to oil it the very first time you use it but that will be the last time you have to use oil on it. I baked some yummy chocolate chip cookies on it and it worked great. The cookies didn't stick to the mat and there were no burn marks on the mat after I was done. I was a little concerned that the silicone would leave some type of taste in the cookies but that also wasn't true. The cookies tasted just like they always do.....like chocolate chip cookies! Cleaning up is so easy too. I just had to wash it with soap and water and then let it air dry for about an hour. It is now rolled up in my cabinet with all my other baking supplies ready to be used again next time. I really feel that this is a great invention and might eliminate parchment paper in the future. I would suggest having two or three on hand so you can bake faster because you will always have a tray ready to go into the oven. You can buy these baking mats on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Measurements-Professional-Certified-Non-Stick-BakeitFun/dp/B00SGFTFVQ
You can watch my demonstration here from YouTube