I love to bake! I love to share my creations with others! What better time to share baked goods with friends and neighbors than at the holiday season. I am going to share with you how to make up holiday sample plates for gift giving to your friends and neighbors for the holidays.
After the Thanksgiving bustle is finished, I take the time to write down a list of goodies (around a dozen) and some are family favorites while a few others are new things to try. I always look through my pantry stockpile to see what baked goods on the list I can do without having to purchase items to complete the goodies. Once I have completed my list I look over it to see what goodies (like fudge, & bread) will freeze without problems and I mark those as the first to complete. When I make my list I try to make things that share the same ingredients but are different, like my peanut butter & chocolate day, so that I do not have to get LOTS of different ingredients that I might not use again.
Now that we have the list of goodies figured out, it is time to get baking! I try to make something every day during the first three weeks of December so that I do not feel overwhelmed, however, that doesn’t always happen! Some years I have done one or two big baking days and called it good!One tip about baking cookies for the sample plates: if you have a small scoop or small cookie cutters or a cookie press use those instead of your larger scoops or cutters! Using the smaller items means that you will get more cookies out of your dough and it will take less baking time, hence making things move a little faster and truly making the plates where you are able to get a sampling of everything that you have baked rather than just a few items.
Once the plate is full, I put a piece of saran wrap over each plate and fill out a gift tag and get a bow to stick on the top of the plate. The plates are now ready to deliver. I put the plates together so it is hubby turn to do his part of the giving! He and a couple of the older kids deliver the goodies to the neighbors either on December 23rd or Christmas Eve before the different families leave for Christmas celebrations.
So even though the sample goodie plates take time and effort they are something that the whole family can help in preparing and the neighbors will appreciate the thoughtfulness.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
This post is linked to:
- Living Well Wednesday at Women Living Well Ministries!