My D-I-Y Christmas
We have a rule in my office that we are only allowed to spend $5
for Christmas gifts per person, so you know that $5 doesn’t spread very easily, so I opted to make their gifts. Last year, for the first time ever, I made Mulled Wine (bottled in personalized bottles) and Wine Jelly. It was pretty tasty and made for a nice presentation, so this year I had to do something different and expand myself (which is not very hard when you don’t have much cooking ability or creativity.)Then I got this nutty idea to try out my Kitchen Aid attachments and make Homemade Pasta and Pesto…
Well, I couldn’t have been luckier than when I turned on my TV and Ms. Martha Stewart was using her Kitchen Aid to create pasta – and she had already made beautiful labels for me to use (downloaded from Martha Stewart.com.) So of course, then I knew that this was exactly what I needed to make. The recipe was simple; but the process…not so much. I actually was kind of surprised that the execution was also relatively simple, but it took a LONG time to make them, then to dry them and ultimately store them. I had cute bags and baskets that I purchased from Dollar Tree (LOVE THAT PLACE.) The pesto was easy, thank goodness, and was stored in jars with bows and placed in the basket. It looked very festive, but still looked like it needed a little something else. So another got a bright idea…(those are bad).
Everybody likes chocolate, so I made truffles. Fortunately for me, I found a lovely recipe in Food and Wine Magazine and although it was time consuming, it was easy, yummy and made for beautiful presentation. What I ended up with was peppermint, coconut, rum and chipotle truffles and placed them in cheap basket from Dollar Tree. Now my baskets were complete and because I had so many truffles left over, I had enough to present to my neighbors and for our friends!
I highly suggest making things for other for Christmas, but make sure you have a practice round and you also stay to the plan before you take over your kitchen for three days trying to channel your Martha. She only comes in shifts and it becomes less fun when you have three loads of dishes to look forward to…nothing rings in the Christmas blues than thinking about the cleanup before it begins!