No post yesterday, we were too busy getting ready to have friends over for our Christmas party. It was perfect, snow softly falling and candle lit lanterns to greet them on the front porch. Everyone brought something yummy to pass and we served hot soup, Pasta E Fagioli in a crockpot and fresh bread, and our friends brought lots of delicious appetizers and desserts. It was so much fun, nothing fancy, just friends spending time together :>)
This morning the sun was blindingly bright on the new snow and the sunny kitchen is calling me to make some treats to give to friends and family. Sometimes the best gift is something you take the time to bake or put together that the recipient just doesn't have time to do themselves. We usually give fresh bread, cookies, home made jams, pies and candies that are a once a year treat to someone who doesn't cook everything from scratch like we do.
When we moved into this house 30+ years ago, this was a door on the built in cupboard that was in the kitchen. We tore that cupboard out to use the space for the refrigerator, and Earl has been trying to sneak them into the trash for years to no avail. I always catch sight of them and haul them back in before the trash man can take my doors! One of them hangs in the hallway painted with hollyhocks, and this one got some chalkboard paint and BAKERY printed on it for the spot near the back door that was just the right size. It seems fitting since we spend so much time baking and cooking for others and it's a fun piece of our home's history so I'm glad I rescued it!
What is your favorite thing to give (or receive!) in a gift basket?