Well..well….well. Hanukkah is upon us. Christmas is soon to follow then New Years. I don’t know about you but I feel like December has f-l-o-w-n by. Wizzed. Sprinted. Galloped.
It will be 2012 in 9 days. Whoa.
In the meantime, I’ve been frantically creating edible & non-edible gifts (Jillian’s lotion from the Ebook is AMAZING) and watching HOURS & HOURS of Felicity while creating/wrapping/printing/infusing/roasting/baking/melting. That’s right. I’m an almost 36 year old woman (birthday is the 29th) and I’m watching a melodramatic show about going to college in NYC. I never watched an episode before two weeks ago, and now I’m hooked. H-o-o-k-e-d.Hahaha… holiDAZE craziness can do weird things to your sense of reality & taste…..
Here’s a pic to prove it:
We are about to go on BLOGcation until January 1st, when we will start fresh with exciting new content “Winter Projects 2012”, “New In 2012” and some exciting news & projects to share. Until then, I wanted to take a moment to look back and roundup all the awesome edible gift content from this past November & December as most of these gifts are not winter holiday-specific but can be given a birthday, anniversary, valentine or anytime gift.
Heather explained all the “how to’s” of roasting coffee in a popcorn popper with directions, where to buy green beans & more.
Christine gave us the always-fabulous (and very popular) Chai Concentrate In a Jar for teas & coffees. Yum.
Erika rocked it with a full-on informative post “Scrub-a-dub-dub” on Body Scrubs from edible ingredients like sugar, salt & oils.
Jillian shared Deliciously Easy Toffee Cookies, which are seriously addicting. Like, its a problem addicting.
A simple family cookbook made with photocopies, plastic sleeves & a 3-ring binder as a food-related gift shared by Dianna.
Britin spiced things up with a winter health tonic: Fire Cider.
A few days before Thanksgiving, I had cranberry on the brain and shared my newest creation of Maple, Citrus & Ginger Cranberry Preserves.
Saratoga Swapper Corrie wrote a Swap Recap but also included a great recipe that could be paired with some homemade crackers to be a perfect edible gift: Cookie Dough Hummus.
Dianna has a gluten free cookie suggestion: Algeria the traditional amaranth dessert.
Heather has a another coffee-related edible gift post: DIY Coffee Creamer. She shares two flavors: Peppermint Mocha Creamer & Pumpkin Spice.
Liz knocked it out of the park with a fudge recipe that is to die for. I made it with coconut oil and allergy-friendly chocolate chips and homemade marshmallows. Y-U-M!!!! Anyone who was visited us at the Troy Farmers Market, we sampled this recipe!
Is you have a booze-lover in your life then Britin has the answer- Homemade Irish Cream. Whoa.
Christine created FREE PRINTABLES for your wrapping needs: Holiday Gift Tags & Canning Labels. I am using them on ALL my gifts- both homemade & store-bought.
Ever wanted to use natural food coloring for your holiday cookie icings? Well, after months of trial & error, Becky has done it and tells you how to mix up various colors using fruits & veggies.
Our two final edible gift ideas are really fantastic, so much so that I am frantically making them tomorrow: Dianna shared a Chocolate Covered Candied Orange Peels and Deanna has three mixer recipes that can be given as a gift to make non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverages (recipes for both included).
and finally, we produced & published our first Ebook, From Scratch Holidays, that has 11 edible gift recipes including Limoncello, Mulled Cider, GF Pasta Dough, Vegan Cinnamon Rolls, Maple Muesli, DIY Spice Blends and more. It will be free to download through the end of the year.
and for all of our 2011 “from scratch holiday” posts, including entrees, appetizers & salads for your holiday table: