As you may remember, I tried to reduce my consumption this Christmas by making “no gift!” agreements with friends and family. (Cousin Rachel and I took ourselves out to lunch today. Happy Holidays!) I am happy to report that I went the entire season without setting foot in a large mall, shopping center, Target, or Barnes and Noble. Hooray!
For the gifts I did give, I made a lot of consumable and usable items.
I highly recommend giving tins of these keylime cookies to your loved ones. They are easy to bake and keep well. Recipients tell me that they have a very good lime-y flavour. [British -u- just for kicks.]
I also made a large batch of these intense chocolate-chocolate chunk cookies. If I still left out cookies for Santa (instead of eating them myself), I think they would be a welcome change from the traditional chocolate chip cookies and over-rolled cut-out sugar cookies.
I knitted several cotton dishcloths and gave them in bundles of three, tied with pretty ribbon. These were so cute that I didn’t even bother to wrap them, which meant that I didn’t have to use wrapping paper.
All in all, a very successful holiday! I think I’ll start making things even earlier next year so that I’m not knitting down to the wire. Ah, ambition….