Receiving gift baskets are great, if it's made right. I have seen gift basket's that are not worth making. The smell of soap that will give your skin a rash. Then there is the scent that is too strong. I think over the years gift baskets have definitely improved, in store. However, there are many pre-made gift baskets sold for double the price of what you could make yourself for way less! Would you like to know how to make a wine gift basket?
Every Christmas I make Chocolate Peppermint Bark. I should say every December, as I make it a few times for my home and to gift! I enjoy making goodies that don't require much work since I am usually making large batches. My favorite Christmas goodie is BARK! It is super easy and no cooking required! You really can't mess this up unless you scare the chocolate during the double boiler method with water. If that's the case, melt your chocolate in the microwave.
Kids make all sorts of things at school during the month of December. Over the years it becomes a collection of things. The first year, as a parent, you are excited and display these crafts on your Christmas tree. But year after year your tree becomes too cluttered and way to many crafts that don't go with your own Christmas decorations. Why not make a Kids Christmas Tree Craft? Also known as a memory tree.
I love Christmas! All the things you have to do just to prepare for the holiday. You need to purchase gifts, wrap, decorate your home, prepare a meal. Wow, a lot! To get ready and not overwhelm myself. I make a list of everyone I need to buy gifts for. I make a list for all the kids, the adults, another for teachers, bus drivers and coaches and then a separate list for my kids and husband. I honestly make this list in October, just to have since we always have new babies in the family. I don't want to forget anyone!
For dinner I made a buttery garlic shrimp pasta. I have to admit I have been wanting pasta lately and my little one really enjoys it. It's also an excuse to make it more often. First of all it's easy, quick and very filling. Pasta is definitely a dish for those busy school nights. On top of that, the shrimp cooks in just about the same time your pasta cooks! I made this dish with the thought I could make it for Christmas Eve or Christmas. Pasta and seafood are dishes I lean towards for the holidays. Maybe because they are comforting dishes. Garlic Shrimp Pasta is easy but can be made as fancy as you want it!