Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vibrant colored lilies are gracing the flower beds now, in this county.  Today, my uncle
took this picture on his daily walk.  I like that he shared it with me.  He knows how much
that means to me.

Ever since I started blogging, I have shared quite simple ways of creating gifts, whether
hostess gifts, birthday gifts, get well gifts, or just "thinking of you" gifts.  Giving is a
special part of my life, and fortunately, receiving is too.

I would not label myself, a baker.  I so admire those who do.  At times, I travel through blog
land, or visit family and friends, and believe me, some of you are certainly skilled bakers. 
I admire that so much!  Especially those of you who bake those amazing pies.
Me, I like, quick and simple, but, the taste must be more than mediocre, or the recipe falls by
the way side.  When I find a semi-store bought product, that has exceptional taste (according to
my husband and families taste ), then and only then, do I share it with you.  Today, I will
share a few products I found, and ways that I share them with others.

A few months ago, I discovered boxes of "Gorillas" in the frozen section of the grocery store. 
Because the design and words on the box caught my attention, I picked it up and read the words
on the box.  At that point, I liked the design, and I appreciated all that I read on the box...
...18 amazing cookies
...ready to bake
...no hydrogenated oils or other junk:)  (it does say that)
...radiating goodness since 1999
...and so on.

So I bought two boxes to keep on hand in my freezer.  The chocolate chip variety, and the
oatmeal raisin with white chocolate chip variety.  At different times, I pulled a box out
of my freezer, and placed the eighteen small, already formed, frozen cookies on the cookie
sheet and baked them.  How easy is that!  My house smelled like I had been baking all
afternoon.  Is that deceptive?

I must tell you, that I received rave reviews when I served them, warm out of the oven
of course:)  Best way in my book!

Eighteen warm, fresh from the oven cookies.  I needed a hostess gift.  What should I do with
the cookies?  How shall I give them?

Remember that I liked the design of the box?  With my hole punch, I punched two holes on
the both sides of the box.  I took a piece of tan ribbon, placed through each hole and knotted
each side.  I placed an open Ziploc Slider bag inside the tissue, filled with a dozen cookies,
closed it, added another half sheet of white tissue.

My final step was to add a tag with my message on it.

Now it is ready to give.  A fun and easy gift, that has a cleverly designed box.

But, if you happen to be one that does not want to share already frozen,
ready to be baked cookies, and you prefer to make them from scratch, that is just
fine too.  I made the recipe inside the lid of my Quaker Oats box already,
and I know that it is a delicious recipe too.  So, if you want to make
these cookies for your needed gift, go right ahead and use this
recipe if you want.

If you need an idea for a container to give them, this might just help you.
It doesn't cost much, it is colorful, the recipient can throw it away when she is
finished serving the cookies.  Just an idea.  Don't forget the tag though.

Another recently found cookie mix.  Yes, I know it is a brownie mix, but up at the top,
it has a great cookie idea.  And, yes, my husband really likes the taste of these cookies

This has a few more steps, but it is just as quick.

Within a few minutes, you will pull yummy, soft chocolate, peanut butter cookies out of your
oven.  Let them cool, if they last that long:)

Repeat the steps for the ribbon, and bag, and place cookies in the empty box, along with
a tag.

Come to think of it though, just maybe, since it is swim suit weather, you might just want
to share a fresh bowl of fruit as a gift.  Maybe, you could carve a halved cantaloupe, fill
it with fresh, cut up fruit, and cover it with plastic.  Another pretty, great tasting gift!

You are all so kind to let me share ideas with you.  Someday, I might have something real
interesting to share, but for now, I continue on sharing...just a little something with you.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


http://bitsandpieces-sonja.blogspot.com/ said...

Your 'sharings' inspire me, always! You can take something simple and make it a beautiful gift from your heart. I learn from you over and over. Keep 'em coming!!

Stacey said...

Oh my goodness, Judy those are such great ideas! I'll never look at an empty box the same way again.

Pinning your wonderful gifts. :)

Anneliese said...

I absolutely love these ideas! How creative!

Debbie said...

You always have the best ideas! This is a great one! I love fresh baked cookies and have such a hard time resisting sweets I have eliminated them altogether. However! I am going to look for those frozen gorilla ones as I could keep a box of those in my freezer for when grandkids pop over! Enjoy your day Judy!

debi said...

I think you're full of interesting ideas. These ones I really loved!! What a great idea to package them in the package :-)

Your the best, Hugs!

lindsey said...

Judy you always come up with such great ideas...those cookie bags are wonderful! And those flowers are fantastic! I am no gardener at all but love to see what others achieve, thanks for sharing


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