If you know the teacher is a baker, don’t shy away from spices – I love Penzey’s – the catalog is great but the store is better (in Arlington, MA) – I went there a really long time ago with the writer of Verbatim. It was deliciously aromatic and on the way home we passed Lakota Bakery (which I had read about but not tried) and we had to go in – as in I screamed, “Pull over the car!” We purchased many wonderful treats and I was actually swaying back and forth in joy while eating a particularly lovely butter and chocolate cookie that a couple ventured into the store because of my ‘happy cookie dance”. I really like cookies. You can even order these delicious cookies -or a cake – from Lakota Bakery and cut down on your baking list.
One last idea, a plant. Sure, you can do a poinsettia or a white amaryllis or some sweet paper whites. Sounds boring? Not this time of year in New England! Go get a nice orchid (Trader Joe’s has them as does Whole Foods) or a big gorgeous flowering tropical house plant (just be sure to cover it well when you run it outside). Nearby Garden centers will have a nice selection and you will get a dose of green while you shop. The amaryllis shown is from a favorite flower shop – Winston Flowers where they make the most gorgeous arrangements and have the best flowers (delivery and in store).
The 12 Days of Shopping
I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Pragmatic Mom. Each day, please visit her blog to see the other half of each post. Thanks!
Wed, Dec 15: High Tech/Low Tech
Thu, Dec 16: Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something
Fri, Dec 17: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer
Sat, Dec 18: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List)
Sun, Dec 19: Dog/Cat
Mon, Dec 20: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store
Tue, Dec 21: ’Cause I Am So Together, Last Minute Home Made Gifts