Food for Gifts

I recently received an email suggesting some changes in the way we Americans (and probably other countries as well), handle our Christmas gift list.

Rather than add dollars to foreign businesses and companies, let’s try to keep our Christmas dollars at home, and help our neighbors stay in business. Plus, do we really need to make a gift of something that end up in the landfill in a year or two?  There were several suggestions, and I’ll be sharing them through the week, before the big Christmas shopping rush begins on Friday.

One often appreciated gift is the gift of food. Your niece who’s busy with family and work might enjoy a gift of a frozen meal she can just bake one evening. The elderly friend or relative who lives alone probably doesn’t cook meals for one, you could prepare a dish, package it in individual servings, a gift of several meals, sure to be appreciated. If you have a favorite teacher, how about a plate of appetizers she and her family can munch on that evening after school and before heading out to the school program. The appetizer may become their meal for the evening. She will appreciate the help you give her, the candy you didn’t, and not having to find a place for yet another knickknack.

Food, of course, won’t be the perfect gift for everyone, but it may be just right for one or two people on your list. To help you out here are some of my favorite food blogs.

First up, Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman. She has some recipes I wouldn’t touch, no matter who prepared them, like the Pumpkin Smoothie (not a big fan of pumpkin unless it’s in bread.). But, then she has some recipes that look so good I might be tempted to try preparing them. Recipes like, the Dreamy Apple Pie (um, looks sooo good), or the Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Apples. Now there’s a recipe I think I’ll try.

Cynthia Matzat at What’s for Dinner, not only blogs about that question mom’s often hear all day, every day, “Mom, what’s for dinner?” She not only posts her menu plans for the week, she includes the recipes, and the notations as to whether or not a certain dish would be tried again at her house.  Not only does she have dinner menus, she shares appetizers and finger foods (my favorite kind of food), like these BLT Roll-ups.

Finally there’s my friend Tracy at her recipe blog, Recipes From Miller Manor.  I’ve eaten Tracy’s creations, they are always wonderful and tasty. Much better when prepared by her instead of me, however, her directions are simple enough, even I have trouble ruining them. Her baked pancakes sound especially tasty.

I’ll stop here and save the sewing, and gift idea posts for next week.


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