Saturday, December 17, 2016
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - Last minute Christmas gifts
Today I awoke to a layer of freezing rain on snow and reports of cars being stuck on the Interstate overnight. It is not fit for man nor beast out there.
So I'm doing what every Grammie knows to do in such weather, putting on the stockpot to make chicken soup. I had a chicken defrosting already after seeing the long range weather forecast. Yesterday I made two loaves of my favorite orange cranberry bread again, one for the freezer and one for the kitchen (a breakfast carb treat).
I also recently made a new-to-me recipe to put in the freezer for last minute gifts. I love these kinds of recipes that are easy to make and (most) people will love them. I saw it online as one of those copycat recipes and it is delicious.
Texas Roadhouse Butter
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup honey
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Mix all together (I actually whipped it in the stand mixer).
This would not only be good on dinner rolls or toast but wonderful as a topping for sweet potatoes. Believe it or not, it is one of those high carb foods that are best for diabetics because the fat content is high enough it keeps the blood sugar from spiking. Much better than just honey or brown sugar alone.
This made enough for two pint jars to put in the freezer for gifts and some left over for our use, probably on Christmas Eve. However, I think it would make at least three and perhaps four gifts if placed in half pint jars.
It is hard to believe Christmas is a week away already. My daughter-in-law messaged me last night, saying she had just realized it was so close. Our Christmas Eve dinner is the one time I tell her not to bring anything, just to enjoy the meal and later their church service. Although this year I did say they had to bring Piper. I think that was the plan, anyway. ;)
I have some good candy and cookie recipes for gift giving on the Recipe Blog (where I park them for when needed)... here and here.
I like to give some kind of emergency preparedness gift each year, too. My son has really appreciated getting a new flashlight or a camping lantern in the past. This year he is getting a light source which I read on a prepper blog that they use all the time. It is here (an Associate's link).
It comes in a small box, just the perfect size for a stocking! I plan to order a couple more for us soon with credit. For which I thank you. I read it is perfect for late night reading when you don't want to disturb anyone. Just saying...