A lot to celebrate at my house this weekend: our 9th wedding anniversary, the completion of graduate school, and our beloved babysitter is home from college, so we get to go out on a real live celebratory date. Oh, and Christmas is here, so we are delivering some goodies to neighbors and friends this weekend. It’s always such a conundrum for me, deciding what to share with them. My Auntie Nan always gives her homemade sweet pickles, my mother always does lemon poppy seed bread. I always ask myself: do I go with the tried and true sweets of years past? Do I attempt something new and daring, like the year I did homemade vanilla extract (they loved it!)?
Hard to make the right call, but I do like to share something with our lovely neighbors, who make our little life in this little town just a little bit richer and warmer. And these neighbors, they give really nice gifts. So I’m feeling a little pressure. I was going to do granola, since I have a great recipe, but it involves nuts, which are risky. I won’t say what decided upon–it’s a surprise for them you know–but I will say it involves absurd quantities of butter. Lots and lots of butter. And maybe some marshmallow fluff, in a good way, I swear. Jane B, if you are reading this, I think have you to blame thank for my family’s obsession with this recipe! Be assured whatever it is, it will be tied up with ribbon.
Do you give neighbor gifts? What do you give? What’s the best holiday gift you ever received from a neighbor?