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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

High Expectations

Every year I start the holiday season full of ideas. Decorating ideas, DIY ideas, food ideas, gift ideas etc etc. And every year I disappoint myself and do none of them.

This year, especially with the introduction of Pinterest to my life (feel free to follow me: Nakiya Schurman), I found myself overwhelmed with projects. So I bought pre-made cards (THE HORROR!) instead of making these:

(Idea from here)

And instead of making new decorations, like this gorgeous wreath below, I decided to stick with the decorations I already owned.

(From here)

However, I DID keep my idea of making homemade edible gifts on my list. Specifically: marshmallows. A comment on my Facebook page stirred this interest within me, and then a recent conversation with a friend solidified it. I am going to make marshmallows.

(Found here)

As well as marshmallows, I am thinking about making some Chai Tea Mix, some Bark, and some yummy cookies as well.

I'll let you know what I end up making (and hopefully I won't end up saying "nothing!")

What about you? Any homemade gifts, edible or non-edible, to make soon?


theminx said...

I'm going to make bacon jam, pumpkin butter, toffee, caramels, and fruitcake for gifts. And jewelry. I'm thinking of making a new wreath, too. I'm getting a little tired of the ones I made years back and think it's time for a change.

Beth said...

I made a bunch of apple butter earlier this fall that i'm planning on gifting!

Nakiya said...

Minx - They all sound AWESOME! I hope you post about all the recipes, especially the fruitcake! :)

Beth - YUM. Good gift and I am impressed that you are done so early too!!!

theminx said...

Nakiya - I'll probably just make this version again:

Laura said...

marshmallow weekend is coming know you want to do them. :P they're so EASY.

Laura said...

and by "marshmallow weekend" i mean in my house. brain and fingers aren't communicating today, so i'm leaving things out of everything i'm typing.

Erin said...

I've always made a lot of items for the holidays so that I would have something to give to each person in my enormous family. We used to make many different things, but then settled on only making the "difficult" things that nobody else bothers to do. This year I plan on making Baklava, Thumbprint Cookies, and Gingerbread Men... But, of course I want to try new recipes. That Pinterest is also getting to me too!

Nakiya said...

Laura - Let me know how they turn out! I think my marshmallow weekend is going to be next week. Do they take a long time?

Erin - baklava?! you are adventurous! I love baking...I feel like giving baked gifts helps get the baking need out of my system without me gaining 10 pounds in the process.

Juice said...

I'm preserving lemons this year! Fingers crossed they turn out. :)

sonia said...

Homemade Marshmallows!!! Genius!

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