Sunday, January 30, 2022

The actual kitchen gift list


 Here goes with the actual kitchen gift list from 2021.    Let's do a little comparison of it with my tentative list:

So as you see,  I made the first 5 items on the list, then for "other cookies" I did Chocolate Mint Crisps and for "other candy" I did Heavenly Delight fudge.  

Instead of bran muffins, I made Oatmeal Jam Muffins.  More about that in a moment.

I made two Apricot Cakes with the intent of gifting one and freezing one as a birthday gift for my walking friend who loves this cake and has a February birthday.

I didn't get around to making hot chocolate mix or Christmas Jam this year.  

For years, I have baked bran muffins for my mother-in-law and added a bag of clementines and homemade hot cocoa mix to her gift.  It's been a consumable gift that she has really enjoyed.  However, over the past few years I have become increasingly disenchanted with my bran muffin recipe.  I thought I would try different recipes throughout 2021 and see if I could find a muffin recipe that might be better.  Of course, I didn't get around to doing so.  (I have made a plan, though, to do just that in 2022.)  So I ended up using an old recipe of mine for Oatmeal Jam Muffins.  If you should be interested in the recipe, you'll find it in this post: Champions of Breakfast.  My hubby baked the muffins and they were just okay.  The jam leaked and burned in some of them, but we picked the best looking ones to take to his mom.  

Hence, my plan to try a new muffin recipe most months of 2022 and see which is the winner.   The first recipe should be up tomorrow.

And there's the actual kitchen gift list for 2021.  It really does pay to keep these lists, from my perspective.


  1. Keeping lists like these is so important to me, especially as I age! In fact, as much as I have always enjoyed doing Rudolph Day in general for decades now, it is almost a necessity now, rather than just something to keep the Christmas Spirit alive!
    Both your blogs are so helpful to me in this regard, and even though I don't comment much ( as I don't have much to add) I want you to know how helpful they've been all along. Thank you!

  2. Ian's Girl, thank you SO VERY MUCH! It was so kind of you to let me know that my blogs are helpful to you! This is the type of comment that keeps me going.

    Yes, I know just what you mean about lists and Rudolph Day becoming more of a necessity as we age. I feel as if I just couldn't do it all without the lists.

    Please comment whenever you like -- I'm sure that you actually do have much to add and would love to hear from you anytime.

    Thank you again, so very much! This comment pretty much made my day!


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