Episode 20: Easy Homemade Food Gifts + More Ways to Holiday Like a Boss
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It’s December! Hanukkah has begun and there’s no escaping the advent calendars, long lines, shipping day countdowns, and holiday music playlists. This week, we do our part to keep it all from feeling overwhelming by helping you take charge of how you want the next month to look.
We’re far from life coaches — in fact, sometimes we barely hold it together ourselves — but we are experts in the kitchen and have tons of suggestions for easy homemade food gifts that will save you time and money. We also share our fastest, simplest family meals that you can whip up when you’re super exhausted thanks to all of the extra stuff you have to take care of this month, or when you’d rather spend time doing something fun with your kid than cooking a 40 minute dinner.
Basically: We share ideas and shortcuts that we hope will help you take care of yourself so that you can holiday like a boss.
Easy Homemade Food Gifts
Because, Honestly, Everyone Loves to Eat
Let’s be honest: everyone loves food, so gifting something delicious will never disappoint. This year, batch cook an easy homemade food gift instead of buying tons of presents to save money and, yes, even time. Because we’ve curated a big list of recipes that aren’t particularly fussy.
Here’s our list, and listen to this week’s episode for what we think qualifies as a great, easy edible food gift (not anything will do). Also listen for our tips on how to get the kids involved at all ages.
Chocolate Dipped Spoons at Jelly Toast (pictured; listen for how we think these should be used - yum!)
Lily Diamond’s homemade chocolate gelt at Whole Foods
Stacie’s Ginger Hot Chocolate Mix (and listen for Meghan’s hot chocolate idea too - it’s even easier!)
Stacie’s Gingered Lemon Curd at Momtastic
Infused Honey at Simple Bites
Mango Passion Jam at Love and Olive Oil
Garlic Confit at Food & Wine
Ranch Spice Mix at Kitchn
Spicy Herb Salt at Food & Wine
Meghan’s Sweet and Salty Chocolate Sprinkle Mix at Kitchn
Mulled Wine Gift Kit at Tasty Yummies (pictured)
Spicy Cinnamon Syrup at Martha Stewart (there are other flavored simple syrups here, too, and listen for how we think these can be used, which you can include on your card)
Preserved Lemons at the New York Times
Ice Cream Sundae Sauces at Martha Stewart
Hawaij Spice Blend recipe at the New York Times, plus how to use hawaij at Healthy-ish and a recipe for Hawaij Seasoned Roast Chicken at A Brown Table (print the how to and recipe to include in your car with the spice mix!)
Meghan’s recipe for making Vanilla Extract in the Instant Pot at Kitchn
Stacie will also post her Sweet and Salty Granola recipe from Make It Easy in our Didn’t I Just Feed You Listeners Facebook Group - it’s the most popular recipe in the book and makes a FANTASTIC gift!
Dead Easy Dinners for When You’re Dead Tired
Because Being a Holiday Boss Take a Lot of Energy
On November 30th, Stacie posted about holiday cooking burnout in the private Didn’t I Just Feed You Listeners Facebook Group (are you a member?!). With all the extra to-do’s on her list, a strong desire to do holiday projects with her kids, and of course, extra holiday cooking, she wondered how folks were dealing with the weeknight dinners. Which gave us the idea to do a lightening round brainstorm of our easiest family meal ideas for you.
Listen for all the dinner ideas. You can also check out the Kitchn for recipes like their round up of balanced sheet pan dinners and miracle meal series, including this Trader Joe’s Flatbread Pizza idea.
About Our Sponsor
A huge thank you to Raddish Kids for sponsoring this week’s episode of Didn’t I Just Feed You.
Even kids who don’t love to eat, love to cook. And it’s no wonder: The kitchen is a fantastic place for kids to flex their independence, learn real-life skills, and cultivates healthier habits. That’s why we’re such HUGE fans of our sponsor Raddish Kids, a cooking kit for kids ages 2- to 14-years-old that sends illustrated recipe guides, activities, conversation cards, a patch, and even a kitchen tool to your doorstep every month.
We know first-hand that Raddish kits work for such a wide range of ages because we’ve used them with our own kids who range in age from 4- to nearly 12-years-old — and they ALL love them. In fact, the 12-year-old insists on using the kits all on his own, and hey, no complaints here!
This holiday season, give the gift of bringing a family together in the kitchen to experience the fun of taking risks, getting creative, and enjoying a delicious, well-earned meal together.
To learn more about how Raddish subscriptions work, what’s included, and pricing options, go to RaddishKids.com
Try This At Home
This week we took a slightly different approach to Try This At Home and asked each other what we’re doing to maintain our sanity during the holidays. Hopefully our personal self-care commitments spark inspiration for you.
After having gotten a little sloppy about it, Stacie is recommitted to going on at least one date night per week. (More reason to save money with those homemade food gifts!) She finds that a chance to re-connect with her husband away from the kids is key to enjoying them more when they are together — especially during months when the kids are home from school more.
She’s also committed to sticking to her exercise and meditation routine no matter what! If you’re curious, she uses the 10% Happier app (it’s for “fidgety skeptics” - perfect!).
Meghan has promised herself to keep from scrolling through social media at night and, instead, is returning to reading more. Currently on her nightstand: How to Be a Happier Parent, which she is loving.
Also, she has already finished her holiday shopping! Amazing, right? Listen to how and why: Her reasoning is really smart and inspirational. In fact, it might get you moving into high gear to finish this week, which just might improve the rest of your month tremendously.