My Day to be Santa

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Today I'm heading downtown to give my friend the baked goodies I've been working on for the past two days.

If you missed my post from yesterday, that's Cherry-Almond Bread with Amaretto Glaze on the left.  In the middle is Gingerbread Biscotti (yum!).  On the right in the tin is Peppermint Bark, which is to die for.  Honestly that stuff is positively addicting.  And it's so easy to make.  It requires just three ingredients:  white chocolate (and who doesn't like that?), peppermint extract, and candy canes.  You can make it in less than an hour.  It makes a great gift for someone you like a lot.  In fact, I'm probably going to have to make some more.  Soon.

I found all that packaging at the Container Store.  They have a great selection of food safe packaging.  One year I went in and bought out the store, so I always have plenty of that kind of stuff around.  All my goodies fit nicely in this Christmas paper sack.  Love it!

This evening, we're having dinner with a group of our neighbors.  I'm giving the hostess one of the little wine cork Christmas tree ornaments I won in a giveaway.  You can see them in the upper right hand corner of the image.

The other is hanging on the tree.  It's okay to re-gift with something like that, isn't it?  Oh well.  I've made up my mind.  In any case, I always like to add my own little handmade touch to it, and so this morning, I made up one of these little gift pouches for it.  I think these are so cute.

I found the tutorial at A Spoonful of Sugar quite some time ago.  This is the second one I've made, and they go together in about ten minutes.  I used ribbon instead of the crochet thread this time around.

And speaking of Santa, did you know there's a great linky party going on?  Check this out:

Patricia is having a linky party over at her blog, Quilting Lines.  Did you make any Christmas stockings this year?  Link up over at her Christmas Stocking Hangout today.  There are prizes, and you can see some really cute stockings!

So...a busy day ahead for me.  Better be on my way.

9 comments from clever and witty friends:

Patricia said...

Thank you so much for spreading the word about my Christmas Stocking Hang Out! You are a good Santa! I am planning to do chocolate covered pretzels for the neighbors this year. Easy and Fast. That's what I need this week for sure!

Denise :) said...

Totally busy day for you -- but what fun!! I totally don't look at that as re-gifting. You won two -- one for you and one to give, right?! have fun tonight and thanks for the heads up on the stocking linky party! :)

Angel and Kirby said...

The baked goods look yummy! I did not make any stockings this year, but will have to make one next year for the new grandson.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I checked out that tutorial- really easy looking. Maybe I'll try it.

Anonymous said...

The best gifts are the ones made with love and patience and packed with some extra laughter and happiness to the recipient. Your baked gifts look so yummy...
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May the coming year bless you and your family with everything that your hearts desire.


Teresa in Music City said...

What a great Santa you are! Your friend is very lucky :*) Packaging is half the gift - you did a great job making everything look wonderful!

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Snoodles said...

I'm so glad that you put the link in, for that tutorial...I'm going to use that now! Merry Christmas!

quiltzyx said...

Yes, it's OK to regift something you've won!

Hope you had a nice visit - I'm sure the goodies will be relished.