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Home-made gifts

Do you make any of your Christmas gifts by hand? Do you have the time to do it?

I used to make alot more gifts than I do now. (But maybe that was a factor of my being a dirt-poor student….) And I’m sorta in the mood to start again.

Which is why I’m considering making this from the Gluten Free Mom:

Or… any of these ideas!

Gifts in a Jar Recipes

I know I love me some scrubbing sugar! And I’ve collected a ton of “spa day” recipes for bath bombs, salts, scrubs, and lotions over the years. I even have most of the makings, and the bottles and jars to put them in!

I think I know what I might be doing this weekend…

How about you? Do you have any home-made things you’re making (or have already made, you go-getter, you!)

Shutterfly R-O-C-K-S!

I just doodled around a bit and came up with a cool design for this year’s Christmas cards:

And they were on sale — and had a discount AND HAD FREE SHIPPING!


And it was super duper easy too. It took me some time to build the image collage in PhotoShop, but if I only wanted a single image, it would’ve taken me less than 5 minutes from start to finish.

Christmas in the Kitchen

Seeing as how I’m in the process of writing out Christmas lists *and* making Christmas cookies, I decided to procrastinate a bit and give you all my thoughts on excellent kitchen-related gifts to put on your lists!

That is, if you wouldn’t mind getting kitchen-related presents.
(Some women, like my mom, never liked getting kitchen stuff instead of more personal gifts. Certainly not after she was given three tubes of peppercorns wrapped up one year and her daughter thought they were dynamite… — actually *hoped* they were dynamite!)

Now, I’m all for doing stuff by hand, but there’s really no replacement for a good, sturdy, properly-sized stand mixer. If you do the occasional batch of cookies, you can get away without one, but if you bake A-L-O-T, then I can’t say enough good things about a KitchenAid stand mixer. (And go for the better motor and bowl lifter version. I started out with the low-end one and had to move up to the “professional series.” But my buddy Manny benefitted from my error in purchasing a low-end model… and makes TheHubster the occasional Dutch apple pie as a thank you gift!)

And, I totally love this Better Beater! It scrapes the bowl while it beats! (They make them in all sizes for the various KitchenAid mixers.) The plastic feels like it won’t hold up like the KitchenAid metal ones do, but I’ve never had a problem with the Better Beater I bought more than a year ago and would highly recommend it to anyone. Plus, like the other KitchenAid mixer parts, it’s dishwasher safe!


Oh tannenbaum…

I had to torture The Hubster to do it, but our Christmas tree is up!

And it involved stringing the lights once, only to find that The Boy hadn’t spaced them properly. Once again with the stringing, only to find that it was popping fuses. Out I ran to various stores for a couple of hours trying to hunt the elusive replacement fuses. As an “ace in my back pocket,” I listened to the sage advice of The Hubster and bought four sets of the new LED lights, just in case.

Which turned out to be a brilliant idea, as the new fuses kept blowing too — making my dear, darling, even-tempered husband mutter things that are decidedly un-Christmas-like.


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