Gifting Granola – Day 1 of the 12 Days of Shopping

From my place in a chocolate centered universe, I considered that some people might mind that this gift is (gasp!) chocolate free, but I have learned that not everyone likes chocolate. Really, it’s true. So while either of these granola recipes stand on their own, if you really feel you must, oh, I don’t know, put lipstick on a pig, feel free to add chocolate kisses or Lindt truffles or chocolate coins (coins pictured are from Trader Joe’s – they have a great selection of holiday candy) to ease your mind. I package these treats in a variety of ways, tins, cello bags, parchment paper, waxed paper bags – get creative, use what you have on hand and top it with some rick rack or ribbon and a card. Add tea, coffee or hot chocolate and you have a lovely gift. . . . → Read More: Gifting Granola – Day 1 of the 12 Days of Shopping

There’s a Whole Lot of Baking Going On…

Really. Sometimes I am productive in a normal way and then sometimes I am crazy productive and know that people are saying, “Someone give that woman a decaf. STAT. Or at the very least pry the cookie from her hand.”(brownie, banana bread and muffin can all be substituted here). I woke up at 4:50… something…that’s all I could process, and despite it being a perfect . . . → Read More: There’s a Whole Lot of Baking Going On…

May Day…as in the first of May, not Mayday as in help…

A friend is putting together a May Day Breakfast for our walking group tomorrow and I am making blueberry muffins from the Flour cookbook. No, they won’t be as good as Joanne Chang’s – no matter how closely I follow the recipe – that woman is magic – but I did a trial run yesterday with blackberries and the muffins were delicious (if I do say so myself) and I can make the batter today and bake tomorrow morning. I’ll let you know how they come out -I used fresh blackberries but wanted wild blueberries so I bought frozen packages at Trader Joe’s. . . . → Read More: May Day…as in the first of May, not Mayday as in help…

12 Days of Shopping – Day 1 – Homemade and Personal

plain coffee bags from the container store favorites of capability mom blog

So what is a great homemade gift? Well, my default is food for pretty much everything so that is where I start. I can bake and have a few tried and true recipes that I will post below. What if you can’t bake? No time? You hate it? Not a problem. Grab some nice chocolates or favorite candy (you cannot swing a cat without hitting some in almost ny store from Trader Joe’s to T.J. Max – I know – I was there this morning) and repackage it. Fill a nice container with them and a hand written note. No one will care that you did not bake. Seriously, relax. . . . → Read More: 12 Days of Shopping – Day 1 – Homemade and Personal