Freaking out yet?
Christmas is tomorrow!
I’m psyched. Jay and I are driving the full 17 minutes and spending the night with my parents tonight. It’s gonna be fun, and it’ll likely send my father to an early grave, because according to him, we drink too much.
According to him, I said.
I have a great gift idea that you can give to ANYONE tomorrow, or later this week if you spread out your events like some folks do.
You buy a dish. You make a casserole in said dish. Then you take the casserole to the person you’re giving the gift to. They can freeze it or refrigerate it, depending on the casserole and when they want to eat it, and keep the dish as the gift?
I would seriously love this gift. I love baking dishes and I love eating. Know anyone else like that? This is perfect for them!
ARE YOU STILL OUT THERE?
You didn’t get whooshed up did you?
Are we all gone?
Nope? I’m fine. If you are too then I guess we’re good to go for the next little bit.
Phew – that was close.
In other news, how’s that Christmas shopping going? I have two more gifts to get and then I’m onto wrapping. PHEW. It’s been a long time coming! I love giving things to people. I especially love giving homemade gifts that people can USE. There’s never anything wrong with some chocolate and a great bottle of wine, but you can totally make some things to give away and really blow people away. It’s almost ALWAYS cheaper to make your own gifts too, so hurray for frugalitay!
In that, I’m telling the world what they’re getting for Christmas.
I learned this trick from my mother. When I turned 6 months old and became super duper picky about clothes (I don’t care about them, I just don’t want to wear what I don’t want to wear. It’s tough.), she started shopping for me and my sisters each fall and having us try on tons and tons of things that we might like. Then, she returned everything that didn’t work and wrapped everything else, with strict instructions for us to act surprised on Christmas.
This didn’t really happen when I was an infant – but for several years, this has been our MO for gift-giving. It works great, for me at least. I get to “shop” a few months before Christmas, which is fun, and then I get to have new stuff paid for by my dear parents, which is kind of the only way I can ever get new clothes because I spend all my money on boxed wine.
Aren’t you glad you know this? It’s very important to this post.
The time has come.
For me, “the time” means that I’m realizing how many people are in my life I love so much, and how I want to give them all fabulous gifts, and how having 4 jobs that I love mostly means that I’m embarrassingly poor but really quite happy so I’d better get on making some homemade gifts asap so I don’t lose my house.
THE TIME HAS COME TO MAKE OUR OWN CHRISTMAS GIFTS!
It’s more fun, too.
I found this little project on Pinterest, where I regularly spend hours looking at craft projects that I’ll never do. It’s not that I can’t craft…it’s just that I hurry too much and things end up looking sloppier than the perfect pictures you see on the interwebz.
Also see: The End Of This Post.
This has been a superbly fun week. I’ve had a blast reading all your submissions for our Facebook question:
WHAT is your favorite thing is to cook/eat/do/order using puff pastry?
Y’all had some great ideas. For realzies.
So much, in fact, that we are DYING to give you some money! For Free! For Serious!
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HURRAY FOR MONEY! We love you guys.
So, here is our gift to you….
I’m sure you’ve already done your shopping and wrapping and planning for this weekend, but….just in case you haven’t….I think this is a sweet gift idea!
This cheesecake recipe came from my friend Ginger, and I make it multiple times per year! I made it for Jay’s birthday at Thanksgiving this year and it was a hit!
To hold it’s shape, cheesecake should be made in a springform pan – you can buy them anywhere for not much money, so don’t freak out. Why not buy a pan, make a cheesecake, and give the cake and the pan as a gift with the recipe attached?
I say go for it.