Posts Tagged ‘homemade gifts’

Catching up with Christmas (pt. 2)

February 9, 2010

On Christmas Eve, I went to my grandmother’s house for an hour or so before I had to leave for work. I made a holiday punch:

This had 1 jug of Hawaiian Punch (fruit punch), 1 small bottle of Ginger Ale, 1 can of Apple-Pear-Passion Fruit concentrate, sliced oranges, and plenty of ice. It was amazzzing! Best punch I’ve ever made!

I was too busy doing other things, so the punch was all I made. Or maybe I made that mac-n-“cheese”.. I don’t remember. Either way, it was nice to have other people cook my holiday meals for once 🙂

We had dressing (which was awesome), sweet potato casserole with a candied pecan topping, Field Roast Celebration Roast, green bean caserole, and macaroni and cheese.

I didn’t like the Celebration Roast. It’s too grainy. 😦

Oh, wait! I made some Snowball Cookies, too. I just forgot about them.. haha. They’re my favorites!

After work, I went to Jon’s mom’s house for her Christmas party. Jon made us a Christmas-colored stir-fry with red and green bell peppers, Gardein beefless tips, and brown rice. It was good!

My sister sent home some goodies for us, too:

Vegan holiday goodies tray!

She made lemon bars, cranberry bread, candied pecans, and pumpkin (maple?) cookies. I can’t remember exactly what they were, but those cookies were SO FREAKIN’ GOOD.

On Christmas morning, I got up at 5:00 to open my presents. Jon came over at 6:00 and we exchanged gifts.

My Christmas decorations.


I started making breakfast around 6:30 or so and finished around 9:00. My sister and her boyfriend came over for breakfast and to exchange gifts around that time, as well.

"Sausage" and "Cheese" Biscuits

Breakfast Potatoes with Peppers and Onions

Scrambled Tofu

Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Gingerbread Muffins

And that’s that! For lunch, Jon made us Tofurky sandwiches to take to his dad’s family gathering. When we got back that night, we ate a bunch of leftovers from the day before and played a ridiculously long game of Scrabble. I was tired, so I got cranky and made everyone leave so I could go to sleep. Fun times!

Food-related presents I received: Red, scalloped casserole dishes; tealight chaffing dishes; two red and white scalloped dessert pedastals; Cuisinart ice cream maker; and extra mini trifle dishes.

I hope you all had a good holiday season!


Catching up with Christmas (pt. 1)

February 9, 2010

Ok, so the holidays made me totally neglect my blog. Sorry about that. I just haven’t really been in the blogging mood lately. But I’m back! First I’m going to catch up with what I didn’t post for Christmas and New Year’s, then I’ll get to what I’ll be doing for Valentine’s Day.

A few weeks before Christmas, me and my boyfriend had a fun night filled with cookies, cartoons, and puzzles.

Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vegan with a Vengance

We did a puzzle of Mickey and Minnie Mouse ice skating. We watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman throughout the night, as well. I also drew Jon a picture, and then he drew his own version of it. Let’s compare:

Which do you think is better?

A few days before Christmas, me and Jon went to a Palisade’s Park in Oneonta, AL, to see the Christmas lights.

You'd think he'd be a little happier, sitting next to Santa and all.

Like me!


The day before Christmas Eve, I started on my gift baskets:

I also bought a fireplace DVD to enjoy during the holidays!

Favorite basket.

This was my favorite basket. It had a green and red-striped mug, peanut brittle, a candy cane, chocolate truffles, peppermint coffee, pancake mix for two, chocolate-gingerbread cookies, and a cinnamon-scented candle. This went to Jon’s grandparents.

Finished baskets!

Up next: Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve!

Christmas Gift Basket Planning

December 8, 2009

In my last post, I was talking about what I wanted to include in my gift baskets this year. Well, I’ve narrowed things down a bit for now. Tonight I attempted some Christmas shopping and, in the process, found some components of my gifts baskets:

Gift Basket Planning

Basket: $1, Mug: $1, Plastic Canister: $1, Scented Candle: $1, Christmas Tree Gift Bags: $.25/each. So my gift baskets come to $4.25/each so far. I still need to pick up some some plastic baggies, but I think I’m pretty much set.

Here’s what I’ve decided to include (so far):

Hot Cocoa Mix, with instructions and a Candy Cane for a stir stick
Scented Holiday Candle (vanilla, cranberry, and cinnamon)
Homemade Peanut Brittle
Chocolate Truffles, rolled in various toppings
Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Then I’m going to wrap it all up in a plastic gift basket bag and tie it up with a pretty, red ribbon.

And that’s all I have so far. I’m still in the planning process, but I already like this a lot better than giving away tins filled with mis-matched cookies and candies! I still want to add some kind of dip mix, but I don’t know if I’m going to.

I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping, so I’m finally starting to feel better about the whole holiday season. I hate buying presents, but I do like giving them.

Happy holidays!

– Andrea

Decking the Halls + Waking to a Winter Wonderland

December 5, 2009

Last night I finally got out my Christmas onrmants and decorations to accompany my lonely tree. My cats seemed very interested in the tree once it was lit up. They all took turns rubbing their faces on it and sitting underneath it, on the tree skirt. It was adorable, as you can see 🙂

Christmas Kitty

I don’t like “pretty” Christmas trees. I like fun, happy, sentimental trees. So my Christmas ornaments consist of cartoon and movie characters, as well as ornaments made by me as a child. I also throw in some red, gold, and green balls to fill in the empty space. I watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action) while I decorated the tree.

Christmas ornaments

After I decorated my tree, I layed down on the couch and listened to Christmas music for about an hour. Then I went to bed and paged through an awesome book I checked out from the library earlier that day called The Spirit of Christmas: Gifts from the Kitchen.

This isn’t a vegan cookbook, but there are so many awesome ideas! I normally give out tins of the same cookies and candies, with some variation from year to year. But this year I wanted to do something different. I wanted to make little gift baskets filled with the best of the best cookies, along with some truffles and other chocolate candies. I also wanted to include small bags of homemade peanut brittle, and some hot chocolate mix. I’m also considering small loaves of holiday breads and/or dry soup mixes. I obviously won’t have the time or money to do all of these things, but that’s what I’m considering. I’m trying to narrow everything down right now.

After I woke up this morning, I watch Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Holiday special on the Food Network.  She had some really cute packaging ideas for homemade food gifts.

When I finally walked out of my room, I was shocked to see that it had snowed during the night!

Peeking outside the window!

So I put on a jacket and some fuzzy slippers and went outside to take pictures of the pretty snow!

Looking down the street.

It normally doesn’t snow in Alabama until at least January. So it was nice to wake up to a winter wonderland this close to Christmas!

Holly berries.

I’m trying to work on my Christmas acitvity calendar right now, so I’m going to get back to that!

Happy Holiday!

– Andrea