Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship. ~Dorothy Parker
It has become a tradition in our family to take a few days -- with our friends, Mark and Eleanor -- to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Holidays. Their daughters, Katie and Kayla, are Emily's best friends and we love being with Mark and Eleanor so it's a win/win situation. The tradition was started to celebrate Katie's birthday.
Katie was married in October; she and her husband, Ivan, live in North Carolina. Past years we have gone to Chicago, and since we weren't willing to give up Katie being along, was an easy pick to decide on Gatlinburg. A 3-hour trip for them and 6 for us.
We rented a cabin that sleeps ten, complete with fireplace and game room. We're having the best of times. I wanted to take Katie a We're-happy-to-see-you gift. My mother and I brainstormed and came up with baking-in-a-can. It was fun getting it all together. I found a youthful tin and matching Christmas tea towel. Gingerbread and sugar cookie mixes, peppermint crushed candy, holly sprinkles, cup cake picks and polka dot napkins... with a fun Christmas spatula tied on top. It made an adorable gift -- and giving gifts to Katie is so much fun becasuse she gets so excited about every little thing.
Another idea for the tin: cookie cookbook (I wanted one but couldn't find one to fit in the tin).
I love giving gifts in a sort of random way -- without the celebration of specific holidays. Do you know a newlywed who would love a baking tin? What would you include?