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A Homemade Gift Is From The Heart And Not Just The Bank Account

As I said previously, I have decided to have a little bit of a break from my blog until after Christmas.  Unfortunately we have a lot going on at home and I need to take time out for a few weeks to concentrate on my family, though I won’t go into detail about this.

However as I said before I will still be posting each Friday with a few older posts that I particularly like and most people reading my blog now will not have seen them.  I also promise to be around to read and answer any comments that you leave on my blog.

So if you have read any of the posts before, I must apologise and ask you to bear with me.

In a few weeks time things in the ‘Thrift’ household will be changing and I will let you know the details in the New Year when they have been finalised.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Extracts from two blog posts in December 2012:

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Teachers Biscuits:

When my daughters were both in Primary School, they liked to give their teachers a present at Christmas.

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I didn’t like to give their teachers an ordinary shop bought box of chocolates or a ‘Teacher Mug’ as I didn’t think it was very special.  So instead my daughters made ‘Christmas Biscuits’ (with a little help from me).

We would gift wrap the biscuits nicely and they would look very special.

We have had many times leading up to Christmas when we have made Christmas Biscuits and as a mother, this has given me lots of lovely Christmas memories seeing them make the biscuits and hand them to their teachers with big smiles on their faces.

Just one more thing….it’s a very cheap present to make.

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You can make any kind of biscuits, but I found ginger biscuits and shortbread biscuits easiest for my daughters to make.  You can find the recipes here and here.

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We rolled the dough out and used Christmas pastry cutters that I bought a few years ago.  They were well worth buying as I have used them every single Christmas since.

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My cutters are Angels, Holly and Stars.

After the biscuits are cooked we left them on a cooling tray.

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When they were cold we melted some chocolate and dipped some of the biscuits into it.  We then put them onto a piece of greaseproof paper to set.

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I bought a cheap jar from Wilikinsons (for approximately £2.00) and placed the biscuits in it and wrapped a nice bow around it.

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The teachers all seemed to really like them.

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Christmas gifts are expensive to buy for all of your children’s friends.  One thing, which is a good idea at christmas for smaller children, is to wrap a few of the biscuits up in cellophane and give them out to their friends as a Christmas present.

They look really good and expensive, when really they haven’t cost much at all.

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I also cut a large star biscuit, with a smaller star cut out of it.  I popped a boiled sweet in the centre before I cooked the biscuits and this makes a beautiful star biscuit.  Again I wrapped it in cellophane and it looks great to give out to friends and again it’s cheap to make.

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Homemade Hampers:

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Today, I finished wrapping the hampers that I have made for my family.

I tied a piece of tissue paper on all the jars of pickles, chutneys, jams etc and tied them with some raffia to make them look nice.

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In the hampers I put the homemade preserves, homemade mini christmas cakes and bottles of wine with the bottle covers I made last week.

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I added the handmade luxury dishcloths,

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I then also added one or two ‘surprises’ in each hamper too.

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I wrapped the hampers in cellophane (I bought a big roll, cheap from ebay, that will last me a few years).

I was really pleased with the result.  I’m hoping they will really love them.

I think “A homemade gift is from the heart and not just the bank account”.

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Thank you for reading my blog today.

I will be back next Friday at my usual time.

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Welcome to my new blog

…which will be up and running in two weeks time.  I will be writing about how I live day-to-day and the things I make and do.  I will be cooking from scratch, cleaning the old fashion way and growing fruit, vegetables and flowers organically in my four UK allotments.  All in all you will see how my family live well on less.

The picture above shows raspberries and strawberries from my allotment, that I picked an hour ago.  They are ready to ‘open freeze’ (so they don’t stick together).  I will put them in freezer bags when they are frozen.   These will be used for various things e.g. Jams, cordials, puddings, purees etc. I will post all the recipes on here as I make them.    Behind the trays are sweet peas which I also picked from my allotment.  I grow them as they look pretty, smell wonderful and most importantly to me, they attract beneficial insects which help to pollinate my crops.

I will also share with you how I shop for food, toiletries, clothes, presents and even holidays.  I will show you how I store my vegetables, including pickling and  juicing and how I also use my vegetables and flowers in unusual ways e.g. lavender cakes, pea pod soup or my famous chocolate beetroot cake.  I will write about how we celebrate birthdays and christmas and how I make  hampers for  family presents.  I have to be organised to do all this and I will show you how I do it.

Everyone is different and my way is not necessarily the right way, but it may give you some ideas to take away and try yourself.

I really hope you will find this blog useful.

Thanks for reading it.

Freshly picked produce 8th July 2012