There's a little history behind all this baking. Not so many years ago, I wasn't a bad cook or baker, but I honestly didn't know HOW to do either. Can you believe it? However, I am really passionate about great food and baked goods. I firmly believe that the best cooking and baking in the world can be done in your own kitchen. IF you are willing to try and fail, eventually the successes come!
|Turtle brownies, anyone?|
-Molasses Spiced Cookies
-Nutmeg Sugar Cookies
-Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
I do know that sometimes, there is just NO TIME to bake. So, please don't feel like your gifts are lessened! Christmas is about giving, period. Whether it is homemade or store bought, just the fact that you are taking the time and energy (and money) to let someone know you appreciate them is more than enough. Never lessen yourself by thinking less of what you can or can't do.
Moving on, I knitted a TON. I learned how to knit about two years ago, when I was still pregnant and on bed rest with our son. It took time, trial and error, help from friends, books, videos, etc. I am so happy I learned how to knit though! I love thinking of things that are just for different people, whether it's a set of potholders in their favorite colors, a toy for a kiddo, a blanket, etc.
|The beginning of Eva's cupcake purse.|
|YARN! Yarn for potholders, hats, scarves galore! Eva's rainbow hat!|
|I use a lot of patterns from Ravelry and Amy Gaines. Her site is- http://amygaines.com/|
One of the coolest gifts we made this year, was a book for each of our children. I made each of them a simple picture book, literally put in a binder. I'm no great artistic talent but we both can draw and paint a little. I just made each page about Eva or Owen, things they like, their families, things we hope for them. What kid wouldn't want a book all about them?
We had also both received a few gift cards and gifts we just honestly couldn't use or knew we wouldn't use. I know re-gifting seems to be a huge faux pas, but honestly? If someone else has better use for a gift cards to Batteries Plus (or wherever), why NOT give it to them? We received two games for the kids we already had. We decided to go ahead and donate or gift to other kiddos we knew didn't have them.
|Oodles of snow flakes that we made together!|
When it comes down to it, I know people are short on time and short of cash during the holidays, sometimes. I just want to say that however you give is your choice. It's giving that matters most of all. But, I wanted to present the fact that we couldn't afford to do expensive store bought things, so with ever batch of cookies, set of pot holders, or bracelet made, we were making it out of love and creativity.