This doesn't mean we don't buy items. Honestly, about half our gifting in any one year is purchased, particularly items within our household, but i think this is in part because the handmade goods get given within the house throughout the year.
one gift some of our family and friends can expect this year is pictured below:
|orange and cherry fondants, with the small centre bits of chocolate covered candied ginger|
|candied ginger and eggnog fondant|
|coffee, peppermint, and chocolate flavours|
all told, i made over 3 pounds of chocolates!!!
one recipe i improvised was for the coffee flavored filling. i used the following:
1/2 tbsp instant coffee
to note with many of the filling recipes: some are too dry, and need extra butter (or a few drops of water)
and the rest are too moist, and need extra icing sugar. but they all taste wonderful!
oh, and one more thing: here's the finished super-secret gift for you to see:
|asymmetrically striped dogswool/wool mitts|
and for music today, here is a page with a number of songs, most containing an audio file. lots of nice variants on old standards!