Saturday, December 10, 2011

Baking Day ~~ Homemade gifts

I talked to my mom and sister earlier today.  Sis had gone to mom and dad's for the weekend and was elbow deep in flour.  They'd stirred and sifted and baked all morning.  I stayed home to study for my last two finals but was able to get a few sweets made this morning.


Peanut butter fudge is Mav's favorite.  

Peanut Butter Fudge
1 1/2 sticks real butter
5 oz can evaporated milk
3 cups sugar

Cook for four minutes or until it reaches 234 degrees on a candy thermometer.
Remove from heat, add 1 package peanut butter chips, a teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 jar marshmallow cream. 

Pour into a buttered 9 X 9 pan until firm. 

* You can substitute chocolate chips for the peanut butter chips.

The Naked Gingerbread Men

Just hanging out and waiting to be iced

Again, one of Mav's favorites.  He requested them this morning before 8:30 . . .






Remember the homemade mustard relish?  The boys got off the bus early this week and said the bus driver had asked if I was giving out the mustard again.  I had already planned on giving her chunky apple butter, but she may just get two gifts instead of one!

Do you enjoy receiving homemade gifts?  I sure do!  I enjoy giving them, but always wonder if the recipient feels the same way.  What kind of homemade gifts have you given/received?
I've given fleece no sew blankets in school or favorite colors, baked goods, canned goodies like jams or jellies, mustards, etc.  I've also made my own vanilla extract but because I couldn't find an affordable source for small glass bottles, I may not be able to give this.  I've also given the brown sugar hand scrub and the peppermint hand scrub.  I sure wish I knew how to make scarves because that would definitely be a gift!

50 comments:

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

I love to make homemade gifts. I love the peanut butter fudge recipe. I have pumpkin, vanilla, and chocolate (of course). I can't wait to try it. Season's Greetings.

Bossy Betty said...

Love that you make all these and give them away. I love getting homemade gifts. That fudge looks SO good!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Your goodies look wonderful Cathy - I've resigned myself to no baking this year....sigh. Not enough of me to go around, and besides, I'm the one who eats most of it. I LOVE handmade gifts - giving and receiving. Unfortunately, most of the people on my list aren't appropriate candidates. But our neighbors/friends and us do exchange homemade gifts - they've given us a dead chicken (they raise chickens and we take it and have it smoked), homemade soaps, baked goods, simple outdoor greens and light arrangements, etc. I usually end up doing some kind of craft - a punch needle piece, etc. And have to say, those are the most enjoyable gifts of the season....Hope you're having a great Sunday! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Jules said...

Homemade gifts to me are REAL gifts. Like getting a piece of someones heart. And I knew I would be hungry when I left here. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Leann said...

CONGRATUALTIONS!!! So happy for you!

Love all the treats - they look oh so yummy!

Enjoy the season!

Leann

Anonymous said...

Hey, told you about the Candied Jalapenos that I purchased. Looked on line for a recipe, but so far have not found it. Hope you can duplicate this - it is great poured over a block of cream cheese and served with wheat thins. Ann

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