Hello! I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday afternoon….But, if you celebrate Christmas, it’s quite likely that you’re realizing it’s the last weekend before the holiday, and you might be freaking out about all the gifts you haven’t bought, and the cards that haven’t been sent, and the outfits that haven’t been planned and and and…!
But just chillax for a sec. Srsly. It totally bums me out that my favorite time of year also induces serious vacays to Stress City. But the thing is…it so doesn’t have to! Just take a deep breath, and make sure you’re still exercising and/or yoga-ing and eating well, because your body is the most important thing to keep sturdy during a busy, stressful time. Then, get your priorities straight. What would matter more to your friends and family? One more probably unnecessary gift, or a happier, healthier, less-broke you to visit with? I’m guessing the latter.
I realize that for some folks not giving gifts really isn’t an option. Expectations from the family or good old-fashioned self-guilt might inspire some of this gift-stress.
Never fear. If you’re reading this blog, you probably like making food, so why not do something you like and knock some stuff off your to-do list? Edible gifts are always a big hit, and if you want the gift to be less fleeting, why not consider including the recipe you used on a pretty note card? It will be the gift that keeps on giving!
One edible gift I’ve been making for years is granola. I made some for my granola-loving grandmother on a whim, and she’s relied on it ever since! This year, I’m pleased to say, I’ve discovered the secret to making my best batch yet: buckwheat! Who knew that adding this crunchy grain could pack such a punch?! I’ve already given it to three pals, and you may remember this photo from my post about our recent gift exchange:
Pumpkin Pecan Buckwheat Granola
1 c oats
1 c raw buckwheat groats
1/2 c pecans
1/8 c amaranth
1/3 c pumpkin puree
1/3 c maple syrup
2-3 T coconut oil (melted; you could use another oil of choice too)
Spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg (about 1 t each)
raisins, dried cherries or dried cranberries
Mix all of your ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until all the dry ingredients are covered by the wet. Pour on to a large baking sheet, and spread the mixture out evenly. Bake for about an hour at 300 degrees.
Do you ever make edible gifts? What’s your favorite thing to make and gift?