Yesterday morning looked kind of like this, but a thousand times messier (since these were taken after everything was put together):
And that’s even after some were gone already.
You should have seen the aftermath in my apartment.
Here’s what was in each of those gifts (I’ll post recipes/ instructions – some of them don’t quite qualify as recipes – in the coming days):
Peppermint Kiss Cookies
Black and White Chocolate-Covered Pretzels
Peppermint Candy Pretzels
Christmas M&M Cookies
I was especially proud of the Peppermint Bark.
Then, I wrapped everything up. Here’s what the bags looked like on the inside:
And on the outside:
Then, for Boss #1 (the one without a sweet tooth), I made Whole Wheat Cheddar & Chive scones. I used this recipe from Rachel, but used whole wheat pastry flour because I didn’t realize I was out of all purpose flour, cheddar instead of gruyere, and chili powder instead of paprika because I totally thought I had paprika but, clearly, was completely wrong. Anyway, it didn’t matter because the scones were still pretty awesome. Also, these were my first scones. Hooray for success!
And for Boss #2, I made a batch of Almond Bark.
This was a lot of work, but it was worth it! It required baking after work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. And wrapping on Thursday morning. Whew! The payoff, of course, was that people seemed to really like everything… and that’s what it’s all about!
Gift-giving is one of my favorite parts of the holidays and I think homemade gifts are the best.
Are you giving any homemade gifts this season? I’d love to hear about them!