Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Homemade Holiday Gifts!

The past few years I've done a lot of homemade gifts... growing up that's pretty much all I saw my mom doing for her friends and other family members.  She rarely ever gave an actual store bought gift to anyone but me and my dad.  I started the same tradition two years ago when I spent hours making homemade cookie baskets for everyone.  Those cookies were AMAZING.  Last year I scaled back a bit and just did homemade buckeyes... which are still great gifts- just not as elaborate as the year before.  This year I took a new approach and went with the ever popular "in a jar" gifts.  I found some really great recipes and I'm so excited about these gifts!  They're perfect because the receiver doesn't have to use the gift immediately, it takes up very little space and once made, it's delicious!  

Pictured below are the two I recently gave away... one is a coffee mixture (which I lovingly call, "Amanda's amazing mocha"- since I tweaked the heck out of a few recipes I found...) and the other is a mix for gingerbread cookies.  I've also made jars for bean soup and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  I just found another "in a jar" recipe that I'm super excited to try tonight as well- Simple S'mores Bars by Paula Deen (my culinary hero).  

1 comment:

Martha said...

I am just too proud