honestly, if it weren't for vh1 classic running a short segment of back-to-back christmas songs, i would have hardly noticed that there is less than a week to go until the 2-month old abscess of consumerist frenzy bursts into the new year.
it ain't all bad though, the best part of christmas is approaching! the part where people get to spend time with their family, eat giant meals, and play scrabble. or if you're a jew; get to spend time with your adoptive christian family, eat giant meals, and play scrabble. i can't believe i'm missing turkey and ck's lemon squares this year!
anyway, gifts are nice and all, but if you despise the whole shopping hysteria, and you want to give something straight from the heart/kitchen, then i've got something for you. (martha stewart probably has a million more, but i'm aiming for quality).
GRANOLA! i made some today, and just as an afterthought realized it's the cutest and most useful gift ever. ever.
right, so, you will need: rolled oats, raw nuts (hazel, brazil, macadamia, pecans, almonds...), seeds (sunflower, hemp, pumpkin...) , dried fruit (cran, raisins, figs, apricots, apple, pineapple, papaya...), vanilla extract, shredded coconut, maple syrup or brown sugar or honey, canola oil, some juice, cinnamon. annnd an adorable container (glass or tin).
i made apple chips in the oven: thinly sliced apples with lemon juice on a baking tray at 200C for about 30 minutes. you can also do this with pears, or bananas...easy enough, but you can also buy them.
in a large bowl mix 3 or 4 cups of oats with 2 cups of shredded coconut. add 1 tbsp of vanilla, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp juice, 2 tbsp sugar/honey/syrup. and then all the bite-sized fruit and nuts and seeds your heart desires. you can personalize these things for each recipient, and in the card, write just how much you think they are mango-currant-hemp. you're very welcome.
mixy mixy, spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 30ish minutes at 300C. every 10 minutes, give the granoles a good stir. the mixture should turn golden. it will become dry in the oven, but will crunch up even more when it cools.
cran-apple-brazil-hazelnut. because that's how i roll(ed oats).
and how cute is this tin? i think it used to house chocolates.