Christmas Basket Series: The Finished Product

Well, that’s it folks. Christmas is over for another year. There’s always so much build-up, and then it’s over in a flash. My family basically had a Christmas extravaganza that spanned over three days. It was awesome to see and spend time with so many people we love. It was also our baby boy’s first Christmas, which makes the holidays exponentially more fun.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’ve been putting together food-themed gift baskets this year. Here they are, in all their yummy glory:

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Christmas Basket Series: Sauces & Jams

Cranberry sauces and jams are holiday staples that round out any gift basket. I like them because they’re versatile and can be made in big batches. I preserve them using a boiling water method to make sure they’ll keep for several months. Canning preserves can seem daunting at first (at least it did for me), but once you understand the basics, it’s easy to DIY some great food gifts.

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Christmas Basket Series: Candied Pecans

A few Christmases ago, in my quest for frugality and creativity, I realized that food-themed gift baskets may be THE perfect gift…

  1. They’re like stockings for adults.
  2. Everyone needs to eat (that’s just science).
  3. Making things is therapeutic.
  4. People tend to appreciate handmade gifts.
  5. You can make them look cute as all get out without spending a ton of money.
  6. They’re completely customizable.

Gift baskets are always a hit with my family. I like to include a mix of fresh-baked items and ones that have a bit of a “shelf life” because, let’s be honest, nobody is hurting for sweet and savoury goodies at Christmastime. This year is round three or four of my food-themed baskets, and I’m doing it bigger and better! This is the first in a series of posts where I show you what goes into making these baskets, starting with candied pecans.

*DROOL*

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