Monday, December 19, 2011

19 : 25 {gifting}

Busy here today preparing our gifts for the wonderful people who work at our church. We all love this day.

From our kids to the other pastors' kids - a tabletop s'more kit.

I found the fun red and white striped parchment paper at World Market.

Baker's twine to hold it all together.

I use these labels for everything. Cut the rounded corners off for a sharper/less Avery-label look.

The clear bags I had were too small. Oh well. It still works... kind of.

The kids loved assembling these. A can of Sterno fuel, a cellophane bag of marshmallows, a giant chocolate bar, a pack of graham crackers, and some long skewers.

While they did that, I made cranberry-orange granola.

These wooden snowflakes are from Crate and Barrel - came in a pack of 24. So pretty... I wish I bought more.

And we baked piles and piles of our favorite ginger cookies. I'll be packaging those today.

All the "Can I help?" kitchen questions, led me to pull out the oranges and cloves. Pomanders are a favorite, slow-down Christmas activity here. This way we could all be together. It's nearly impossible for all four of us to bake together in our kitchen.

I had to include this photo of Will - so proud of the car he built with his new birthday Lego set. This is a fabulous Creator set, if you need a last minute gift.


  1. Thanks for the great ideas!
    Hope you have a great Christmas w/your family!

  2. I made your recipe for yummy granola for a friend for Christmas. She loved it. I do too. How do you make it orange cranberry?
    And how do you make your pompanders? I've never done it before. Thanks so much for the wonderful blog. LOVE IT!
    Merry Christmas.

  3. Angela,

    I went ahead and posted the cranberry-orange granola recipe. Enjoy.

    Here is That Artist Woman's post about pomanders:

    Merry Christmas to you!

  4. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
    I didn't mention that I made homemade vanilla extract for gifts this year too. Between you and Soule mama, I've done well with homemade gifts. Thanks again.



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