Two Easy Homemade Christmas Gifts – Savory Crackers And Festive Salts
You wouldn’t know it with all the usual Black Friday hype of the past weekend, but we actually have a modicum of breathing room between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. With the November feast falling on the earliest possible calendar date it can, we don’t have to flip to the big “D” month until this weekend.
Somehow I find comfort in this small amount of extra time that is seemingly afforded me by a mere trick of the calendar. Never mind that this illusion completely reverses itself next year, this year whatever holidays you plan to celebrate, you have a little extra time to pull it all together.
If you think someone who ponders this kind of calendar logic would be a master at planning, you could not get much further from the truth. Yet with four entire weekends before my own Christmas celebration I do feel like I can rally around a little extra organization in addition to doing something both productive and pleasurable.
With the season upon us, this weekend seems like an ideal time to get a jump on Christmas dinner menu planning and get started on a few edible presents. There are all kinds of great food gifts that can be made in a relatively short amount of time and at a time of year when plates of sweets runneth over, my favorites tend towards the savory.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a tempting platter of cookies and fudge as much as anyone. But for a change of pace imagine how your recipient would delight in a tin of homemade crackers or spiced nuts. Crackers are as simple to make as cookies and you can top a basic one, such as parmesan shortbread, with different types of salt or herbs to make a great variety. Try these cheese and rosemary shortbread crackers.
Herb and salt mixes are also a fantastic and simple gift that will last well into the New Year. This Tuscan-inspired blend of garlic, sage and rosemary, is a one of my all time favorites that I never tire of. Whether sweet or savory, keep your cooking and baking simple and set yourself up for calmer days to remain.