Sunday, October 11, 2015

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Week #3

Here we are at week 3 of our getting ready for the holidays series and we’re going to talk about ‘big batch’ gifting … you know, when you make/purchase several of the same things to give to multiple people.

What are some ‘big batch’ gifts that you have given or are giving this year?

Also, tell us what holiday preps you got done this past week? Gifts made? Supplies purchased? Gifts purchased? What are you working on? 

You’re assignment for the upcoming week is to do something/anything toward your holiday preps and be ready to report back here next week with what you did.

Let's get to sharing ...

patsi

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14 comments:

  1. Dear Patsi,
    Thank you so much for your blog! I enjoy it so much! I enjoy your challenges and seeing how God provides for you! I just finished crocheting a baby blanket for my daughter who is due any minute! I had been working on another blanket for my baby gift box and will take that one with me to give to my daughters sweet friend in Tx who is also due any minute! Now I need to start 2 more blankets for my baby box but will put that off for now. I need to return to sewing dish towels and pot holders for Christmas for my family. I was so glad you reminded us about paper plates in a recent post. That's on the next grocery list. Your a huge blessing. Could you talk about how you keep things rotated?
    Blessings from Nebraska
    Nettie

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    1. Nettie, I hope to be able to crochet well enough to crochet baby blankets some day! New babies ... aren't they just the best thing!

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    2. Patsi, I just re-picked it up with this blanket.i did just a single crochet using 3 different shades of blue,which made the blanket very thick for a Texas baby blanket! It may be a great blanket for the floor!
      I'd encourage you give it a try! I found a Utube video and I was on my way very quickly again!
      Thankyou again for your wonderful encouraging site!
      Nettie

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    3. Nettie Romine, I'm learning alot using Youtube!

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  2. Dear Patsy,
    I got two more Christmas presents completed. I made Christmas cakes for us and for gifts and got them all wrapped and ready. And we sampled one for quality control. :)
    I am working on turning my shopping bags from the year into Christmas gift bags... a lot of red glitter involved...
    This week I hope to finish another present and add supplies for later Christmas cooking like my coconut ice, biscuits etc.
    It's progress and I'm enjoying it too! With love, Annabel.xxx

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    1. Annabel, you are really doing good! I can't wait to see the shopping bags you turn into Christmas gift bags!

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  3. Every year, starting early, I make a bunch of holiday treats (tarts, cookies, squares etc.) and freeze them in anticipation of the holidays. Before the holidays, I decide who I am giving them to and count the number of gifts I need. I then take the masses of treats and divide each treat type into little baggies depending on the size of the treat (only 2 tarts but 5 cookies) and how much I have of the treats (I make less of the more costly treats), making sure to have one baggie for each recipient. Then I pack the treats into gift bags or boxes, labeling each one with the gift recipients name. I always make sure to keep enough treats to fill our Christmas platters as well.

    Mostly I do this for all my family members, so everyone gets a take away gift from us at our family Christmas exchange. I have 4 nephews and 1 niece that are teens, and this has been a huge hit with them every year. I mean really, what teenager wouldn't want their own stash of treats they don't have to share! Sometimes I will even do a smaller version for others, like my daughter's principal, teacher and EAs (she's on the Autism spectrum, so there are always several people involved with her education all the time). One year there were so many people involved with my daughter at the school, I just gave them a platter of treats with a couple boxes of flavoured teas and hot chocolate packages (bought on sale) for everyone to share in the teacher's lounge.

    Cost wise, it doesn't have to be expensive. Pinterest has a lot of great recipes that are simple to bake and use inexpensive pantry items. Most baked goods freeze well, so really it is just a matter of planning ahead, making the time to bake and making sure you have enough freezer space for all those containers of treats.

    I have made other batch gifts in the past. One year I took my daughters amazing artwork, scanned them into the computer. Using a program, I resized them to small pictures, put a cute border around the artwork, and printed them onto magnetic pages that I bought inexpensively at Staples. I cut around the borders to make little magnets and made little gift packs in empty CD holders to give to her teachers, aunts/uncles and of course grandparents. Last year I went through my fabric stash and sewed a bunch of infinity scarves for the various females on my gift list. Each one was different, but the designs were essentially the same and they were very easy to make.

    Looking forward to reading what others have done. I need some new ideas that I might be able to use this year!

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  4. At our house we pick one recipe and make it in huge amounts. Past years we have made white chocolate dipped pretzels, caramel corn, bath bombs, and brown sugar scrub. This year we have been testing out a big, soft molasses cookie recipe that stays soft and good for a couple weeks. I plan to make the dough in large batches and freeze it early in December then bake them up right before Christmas. Using cute plates or tins or cellophane bags and ribbon makes a big difference in how nice the gift looks so we put extra effort into it.

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    1. Kathryn, would you be willing to share your recipe? These sound delicious!

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    2. Our favorite so far is this one from Allrecipes but with butter instead of margarine. We rolled them up larger and only bake 6 on a tray. I was planning on using a large grained sugar to roll the ones we give away. Thttp://allrecipes.com/recipe/9311/molasses-cookies/?internalSource=search%20result&referringContentType=search%20result

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  5. I started my vanilla extract and vanilla sugar months ago. It will be ready to package up for gifts and to use for baking in about another month, perhaps a bit sooner. I need to make more preserves so I'm watching for a good price on fruit, particularly apples. I'm also toying with the idea of dipping pretzel rods to include in food gifts this year.

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  6. I bought Christmas presents for my brother's three boys. They will all be home for Thanksgiving but not Christmas so i plan to have them wrapped and ready to send home with them, saving myself the cost of shipping and the annoyance of standing in line at the post office!

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