Surely one of the loveliest souls in blogland is the gracious Elizabeth of Pinecones and Acorns, who is our guest today and has come with deliciously decadent holiday baking gifts! Let’s eat with our eyes and not consider for one moment the cautionary ‘a moment on the lips…’ Ha!
I love her Pinecones and Acorns blog because we share similar sensibilities not limited to baking (I LOVE to BAKE!), blogging, and faith. But please don’t ever put me in a bake-off with the BELLA BAKERELLA Elizabeth who creates divine pastries and photographs them exquisitely. I’m so thankful for our online friendship and the support I feel from her beautiful heart. We are trading places today, and since I took three thousand million shots of those easy yet beautiful cheese boards last month, you’ll find me dishing about them at her place.
Good morning. I was so excited when Michele invited me to guest post on her beautiful blog. I love visiting Hello Lovely not only to follow along with the renovation of Michele’s Chicago “fixer-upper” and her Arizona house but to take in all of the lovely posts Michele writes about, from farmhouse decor, to choosing paint color, and these last few weeks tons of Christmas inspiration.
For those of you who do not know me, let me introduce myself, I am Elizabeth and I write, bake, travel, and ponder all of the beauty in life over at Pine Cones and Acorns.
Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year,” and I love everything about it: decorating the house and tree, Christmas movies, hot chocolate next to a roaring fire, shopping for gifts, wrapping and of course, baking.
Although I bake all of the time, Christmas baking is especially magical. It’s a little like the Christmas snow they talk about in Frosty the Snowman and its magic. Whenever I bake at Christmas, the recipes and the aroma of cookies transport me right back to my grandmother’s side. I can almost feel her standing next to me as I roll the dough and eat a little (or a lot!) and I can hear her telling me not too eat too much or there won’t be anything left for baking. So many of my happiest memories are baking with my mom and my grandmother.
I personally love to bake gifts for people be they friends, family, the UPS man, etc, because everyone loves something homemade. Maybe it reminds them of their grandmother, or maybe they do not like to bake or maybe they just love to eat, whatever the case your scrumptious gift will be enjoyed not only by the recipient but by whomever they share it will as well.
Each year I bake a selection of old favorites and a few new goodies and send a box to my uncle. He invites his 8 neighbor kids over, and they have a little cookie party. Then he puts some out on Christmas with his family, and he also shares the rugelach that I make each year with his good friend. He then puts the rest in the freezer to eat over the coming months.
As I said, your beautiful cake, cookies, tart or whatever you choose to make and give will be enjoyed by many.
This year we are giving two gifts baskets filled with things that my husband and I have both made to my step-father and to my brother and sister-in-law. The main reason to share many of the items that we have made this year is that because we live so far away they have only been able to see on Instagram or hear about on the phone. The other reason is that they already have everything that they need and we do not want to just give more stuff.
The baskets are going to include, homemade bacon, red-wine vinegar, a selection of nuts, brittle, crusty cranberry nut bread, and of course my specialty the sweets, marshmallows, barks, sweet rolls and both raspberry liquor and Irish cream.
I have included a “few of my favorite things” to make and bake as well as the links to the recipes. There is still time to prepare a batch or two of many of these treats. All of these recipes are easy to make and each time the recipient takes a bite they will think of you!
I hope that you make one wonderful food gift for your friends and family and then make one for yourself as well. Then invite someone to share it with you, give the gift of food and your time, after all making memories is what this season is all about.
Thank you Michele for inviting me to visit Hello Lovely
today. Please come and visit Pine Cones and Acorns
Have a great day and a wonderful holiday.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THESE DELICIOUSLY LOVELY IDEAS FOR GIFT GIVING, TALENTED FRIEND. ~michele