Holiday Gifting

Dear Caitlin,

Have you started thinking about what to gift people this year?


I’m doing massive batches of granola, inspired by Homesick Texan.  It keeps well, it  transports well, and it’s even (reasonably) affordable to ship.  And it’s not cookies.  There’s a lot of cookies this time of year, and I like to make an impression.

Spoiler:  Your Christmas present from me is granola.  But look how good it looks!


I get a lot of this in the kitchen:

IMG_1810[1]Who can blame them?


But there’s so much gifting goodness on the interwebs.  Let’s not just limit ourselves to granola.

What about some chocolate covered orange peel from Whisks and Whimsy?  I’m totally making these for my Dad.

I’m doing 5 Ingredient Chewy Chocolate Coconut Cookies from Healthful Pursuit for my GF buddies.

Mister Meatball provides a recipe for aged fruit cake.  Why have I not heard of this before now?!

And, if you’re feeling crafty (realistically, this is a Caitlin-type project), then definitely investigate Offbeat Home‘s custom screen printing.  You know there’s at least one person in your life who wants a Star Trek insignia on dishtowels.  (I might be that person.)

Thanks for dreaming with me.  Now.  Here’s granola.


10 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats
1 Cup Dried Milk
5 Cups Raw Almonds
5 Cups Sweetened Shredded Coconut
3 Teaspoons Salt
1 1/2 Cups Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Honey
3 Teaspoons Vanilla
Raisins to Taste (2-3 Cups recommended in original – I like more, but, gauge your giftee.  Raisins are controversial.)

(1) Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.

(2) Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl (there’s a lot that goes in here – it took my biggest mixing bowl and there was still danger of spilling).

(3) Add wet ingredients, beginning with oil.  I usually use the same measuring cup for oil as honey, because the oil will make the honey less viscous.*)

(4) Spread across several cookie sheets and bake.  Stir things up every five minutes or so to ensure it cooks evenly.  Granola is done when it just begins browning.  It will crunch up once it has set out a little while.  You can always put it back in if it needs more time.

(5) Put in bags that remind you of the domestic divas in your life and distribute.

*Remember that two year period in college when we couldn’t consistently remember whether this word meant sticky or slick?  Still have to look it up.  Every. Time.


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