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Goodie Baskets

December 4th, 2011 at 08:45 pm

Years ago my grandma made peanut brittle and fudge. Her friend, Gussie baked cookies. Now, my grandma has been gone over 30 years. But even then, people would buy these goodies from these ladies because some would prefer to buy quality products instead of trying to make them themselves during the holidays.

The past couple of years I have baked cookies and made other goodies, and given them as gifts. I hope that they are tasty enough that people enjoy them. I enjoy doing it -- maybe it makes me think of my grandmother -- and I hope that is brings joy to the folks who receive them.

Besides the goodies, most of my friends already have more than enough "stuff" and I'm at a loss at what to buy them. It used to be, years ago, folks baked things to save money. If you've been to the grocery store lately, baking isn't always the cheapest option.

I found a good deal on the baskets and bought the cloth napkins reasonably as well. I washed and ironed the napkins before putting them in the baskets. Anyway, I thought I'd share my bounty before I started giving them away.

6 Responses to “Goodie Baskets”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    Those are beautiful! What is in them?

    I'm doing gift bags with a bottle of Charles Shaw wine (it's excellent, and it's famous because it's too good to only cost $3.79 a bottle!), and I'm baking blondies, gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon icing, and chocolate cupcakes with peppermint icing. I'm throwing in a few inexpensive personal gifts with all of that. I hope it goes over well.

  2. Shiela Says:

    WOW! That's amazing.

  3. littlegopher Says:

    They look wonderful! I do up tins or boxes of cookies and treats, but I have to say yours look so beautiful in the baskets.

    I too remember my grandma and mom when baking at this time of year. Their recipes continue on at my house!

  4. baselle Says:

    They look wonderful. Piggybacking on MonkeyMama's cookie project, perhaps a good family gift would be a family recipe book. Less likely to turn into crumbs during shipping.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Thrift, the baskets have cookies, some party mix, some sweet breads or muffins, some frosting covered crackers, and small candy canes.

  6. Amber Says:

    Hmmm yummy, you just gave me an idea. I think I will make mini baskets. Wow, they look great

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