Friday, June 23, 2017

Edible DIY: simple, giftable recipes to savor and share

Time to switch gears.

184 days until Christmas! Are you ready? Are your tactical plans in place for Black Friday shopping? Are your Christmas lists created and budgeted for? Obviously, I take planning seriously. If you’re a DIY’er, planning is even more imperative. What kind of items will you create? How many are you planning? Do you have your supplies, as well as time budgeted? Do you have any upcoming distractions such as school, vacation, or other projects? Are you overwhelmed yet? When it gets to be too overwhelming, simpler is always better. Take a tip from Lucy Baker in her book Edible DIY: simple, giftable recipes to savor and share.

When it comes to cooking, it can be easy to recreate. When it comes to DIY, not so much. Luckily, Baker has a knack for boiling a recipe down to its simplest elements. She also proposes changes to the recipes, such as additions and substitutions in case one wants to try something new. She also shares little snippets of her life and childhood at the beginning of each chapter and recipe. This beautifully photographed book is separated into different categories such as crunchy, boozy, sweet, and more. She also offers packaging suggestions to make your gifts shine.

Edible gifts may not your cup of tea. However, you can still create gifts for family and friends. Try 100 Little Christmas Gifts to Make by Search Press Studio, which has a variety of different kinds of gifts, including sugar creations and papercraft. Maybe the tried and true Last-Minute Knitted Gifts or its sequel More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson is more your speed, previously reviewed by Sara. Need more ideas? Check out recommendations in our tagged craft projects or crafts or knitting posts. And have a merry, early holiday planning session.

-Nicole

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