11.09.2012

Five Baked Goods to Give as Gifts



I can't really believe it's time to start thinking about the holidays. I'm a terribly last-minute holiday planner, but I'm attempting to be a little more on top of things this year. I already have some vanilla extract brewing in my basement, and I'm planning some very fun gift-related posts for you in the coming weeks.


All my gift-related posts are going to be a part of a four-week series by the Modern Alternative Mama Team, of which I am a part! Starting next Friday, a different blog will host Homemade Holiday each week for four weeks. I'll be hosting one of the weeks and I'm SO excited! The host will also link to related posts on other MAM team sites. So you're going to get a ton of awesome gift ideas!

So, do you need some no-brainer gift ideas?

I know I do. I've been trying to make almost all the gifts we give for Christmas for the last several years. Some years, this has been rather stressful, as I try to make something really special for each person. It has become more stressful with two kids in the mix. So this year, I'm trying to go even simpler. Baked goods will definitely be a large part of the gifts we give this year!

Why give baked goods?

  • Baked goods don't fill people's homes with more stuff.
  • If you already bake, it's just a matter of baking a little more and giving it away. Easy!
  • If you have kids, baking is a great way to involve them in the gift-making process.
  • People love to eat!
But you realize, of course, that we're going to to this "Real Food" style. I don't want to fill people's lives with more white sugar, white flour, and hydrogenated oils. I want to fill them with delicious nourishing goodness.

So here are five [nourishing] baked goods you can give away as gifts.  

  Five Baked Goods to Give as Gifts

 


#1. These Cranberry Orange-Ricotta Muffins scream "holidays" to me. Made with sprouted whole wheat flour, real butter, and pastured eggs, they are loaded with nutrition! Put a few in a little basket lined with a pretty cloth napkin, or wrap in a paper bag tied with twine.



#2. Have some rhubarb in the freezer? Remind your friends and family that spring will come again with a pan of this delightful Rhubarb Coffeecake.


#3. Who doesn't love a loaf of homemade bread? This Soaked Honey Oatmeal Bread is a nice reprieve from sugar-laden treats. This would make a great gift for a teacher or the host of a holiday party.


#4. Last year I gave away pint-sized jars of my Perfect Soaked Granola to extended family members. I make this granola all the time so it was a breeze to make a big batch and jar it up. And they were so cute!


#5. Breakfast Brownies: They're breakfast. They're dessert. They're both! These brownies are loaded with oats, nuts, & dried fruit, making them a hearty and satisfying snack anytime of day. I wrapped them up in parchment and tied with kitchen string for a quick & easy package.

Do you give away baked goods as gifts during the holiday season? What are your favorites?

This is part of Farm Girl Friday, Foodie Friday, Freaky Friday, Fresh Bites Friday, Fill Those Jars Friday, Natural Living Monday, Monday Mania, Make Your Own Monday, Traditional Tuesday, Hearth and Soul, Fat Tuesday, Tiny Tip Tuesday

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13 comments:

  1. Delicious ideas! I love giving baked goods as gifts.

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  2. Hi Joanna, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from Farmgirl Friday.

    This is such a good idea. I'm with you -- down with clutter, up with edibles!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

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    1. thanks for stopping by Anne! I checked out your blog and it looks like good stuff!

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  3. Glad we got to be the recipients of the fifth one :^)

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  4. Great selection of baked goods. Thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.

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  5. Great ideas for gift giving. The bread is so pretty. I have NO talent with yeast but this might be enough to get me to try again!
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday.

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    1. Thanks Angela! Give yeast another try, it's not bad once you get the hang of it! And instant yeast is a lot easier because you don't even have to dissolve it. You just mix it right in!

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  6. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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  7. Homemade treats are a wonderful gift, especially for folks who really do have all the trinkets and stuff they could want. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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  8. Thanks for sharing with Natural Living Monday! They all sound amazing!!!!

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