Monday, December 16, 2013

Baking Day.

It's that time of year when gift-giving abounds.  If you're watching your budget like we are (and really, who isn't?) homemade goodies are a great gift that work for just about everyone.  I don't tend to branch out and try a whole bunch of new things if the old things work but I wanted to share my family's top three for this year.  We've got White chocolate peppermint popcorn, Andes mint fudge, and Peanut butter truffles.  Let me tell you something about the fudge.  It. is. amazing. I was swatting many hands away as I was portioning it out.  If you like chocolate mint, you'll love it. All are so easy you can make them without breaking a sweat in the kitchen, in between shuffling your daughter off to her many ballet dress rehearsals, gearing up to host a wedding in your home in about two weeks, and figuring out how to get a double bass into your Honda fit for Christmas break practices.  (Oh wait.  That's just me. Ha!)

We wanted to give something to Adrain's right hand sweetie at work. (She is one of those amazing gourmet-type people that send him home with preserves and candied orange peels and home made marshmallows on occasion.  Along with being a mother of triplets.  I think I need some lessons from her.) I printed the names of the treats onto a sheet of brown kraft paper and then used a fine point sharpie to draw a wheat stalk-like design on either side of the words. I cut the whole thing out in a circle and then tied some red and white twine around it.  Easy and sweet.  Literally.

We didn't know how we could swing teacher gifts for Joe's jr. high teachers so we decided on a nice card from him for each of them... Ava's teacher (and student teacher) was getting in on the goodies though, and I may or may not have held back an eat drink & be merry flour sack dishtowel to tuck in with her goodies. I found Martha Stewart boxes 60% off at JoAnn's and then added my own tags and packaging to make them extra special.  They came with little scalloped-edged inner boxes and red tissue inserts.  I used Avery kraft labels (#22846) and used my own publisher program to design them because I wanted to use my favorite font (bombshell pro).

And now for the recipes- The White chocolate peppermint popcorn recipe can be found here.  I posted here, last year, on the Peanut butter truffle recipe (We use gf chocolate crispy cereal instead of rice crispies)

Andes Mint Fudge
3/4 c butter
3 c sugar
2/3 evaporated milk
3 pkgs andes mints
1 jar marshmallow creme
1 tsp vanilla 
*Lightly grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.  In heavy saucepan, bring butter, sugar, and evaporated milk to full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly.  Continue boiling and stirring for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and mix in the unwrapped mints, and marshmallow creme until melted and well mixed.  Stir in the vanilla, then pour into prepared pan and let sit at room temp until cool.  Slice and refrigerate. 

 Have you been baking much this season?  Do you have any other good ideas to share, for teacher gifts and such? 

Isaiah 54:10 
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you."


  1. Sasha, those look amazing and I just love your packaging! Super cute and perfect for gift giving. Love it!

  2. Beautiful food gifts; lucky recipients!

  3. Great recipe I'm sure, but the packaging is superb! With packaging that cute it doesn't really matter what's in the box. :o) Christmas blessings!

  4. yum yum yum! yet another reason i want to be your child's teacher. : )

  5. Did you package the popcorn in Mason jars? It all looks so lovely.

  6. Move over Martha Stewart.... Very nice Sasha!

  7. Soooo excited to try the fudge. How many Andes mints is in a package? Lovely talented!!

  8. Hi, i absolutely love your goodies and the packaging, beautiful! Can you tell me what font you used for the labels, please, i have been on a search for that font.

  9. Those look SO good! And the packaging is adorable. :)

  10. The treats look so yummy and the packaging is just as pretty! Andes mints are one of my favorites so I do believe this fudge will be on my to do list this year - thanks much for sharing!

  11. They sound and look delicious. I love your pretty packaging!

  12. I read your blog constantly coz it's so very interesting. Would you share what font you used on your packaging? Thanks so much for sharing your life with us. Love from New Orleans!