Posts Tagged ‘Gift’

Yep, I know, FOOD!

I really enjoy giving food as gifts, especially when I get to make it myself. Over the years I have made gingerbread trees, rum balls, coconut ice, white christmas, cookies, fudge etc etc.
Cowgirl Cookies, and more granny love!

gingerbread trees

Here are also some idea I found on Pinterest and can’t wait to try ­čśÇ

Source: squidoo.com via Tanya on Pinterest

Source: howdoesshe.com via Tanya on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via Tanya on Pinterest

 

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So, where I can, I really like to try to give hand made gifts. I don’t do it for everyone, as I often wonder if they are truly appreciated. Sometimes, I think some people interpret my hand made gifts as me trying to be “cheap”, when in reality the time, and often money invested/value of materials, is way more than what I would have spent in store.
Anyway, in my regular group over on Ravelry┬áthere has been quite the fascination with Cowgirl Cookies┬áby Bakerella for quite some time, and in the lead up to Christmas it was revealed by one member that IGA supermarkets were stocking the pink and white m&m’s. To say we all went a little crazy would be an understatement! We basically had our own black market trading happening, as people stocked up, and shipped m&m’s off around the country, even across the ditch to NZ!!……quite amusing really!
I decided the concept was great for gifts, so I also went to my local store and purchased every packet they had left in stock…may have been a bit OTT, but hey, they are awesome!
I gave the recipe a whirl, and was quite impressed!
Not only was the cookie dough super yummy, but the cooked version was amzing! (I made a double batch, rolled all the balls, then froze some. They were super good for whacking in the oven at the last minute for snacks, school lunches etc).
Anyway, after having successfully made the cookies, I was SO keen to gift the mix in the jar, just like on the Bakerella┬ásite. The opportunity arose when Miss C was invited to Miss A’s 5th birthday party.
Miss A loves to bake, and has her own cute little apron and chef’s hat etc, so I knew they would be perfect! I did have to play around with quantities to get the mix to fit in the jar, but I got there in the end.
I made some labels, and grabbed some fabric and leather ties from Lincraft to pretty it all up, and was super happy with the result. My girls also LOVED the concept, and have suggested I give them to all their friends for their birthdays! I thought it needed a little extra to go with it though, so got my craft on to make some cute little clips, and a mini crochet hand bag.
The clips are just fabric yo yo’s with buttons sew on, then hot glued to the clips. I also added a yo yo to the hand bag, which I thought finished it off nicely.
I used Family Roots Kona Worsted in “Camilla” with a 5mm hook, and the pattern is Granny Stripe Boutique bag, which I found over at Ravelry.