This year I wanted to go about the gifting process in a more mindful way and without a charred wake behind me the size of Texas as a carbon footprint.
In the mugs, I packaged the dry ingredients of Lindsay Nixon's Mug Cake along with instructions on how to prepare. What a cute little gift that is and I'm doing a peppermint variation on Lindsay's recipe (added crushed peppermint candy) and including a candy cane. There are endless variations on this Mug Cake. Some of the ones I am gifting are: Vanilla (omit chocolate/cacao and replace with additional flour/sugar), Chocolate-Cherry (include dried cherries in place or in addition to chocolate chips), Spice Cake (omit chocolate, increase flour/sugar and add cinnamon, pie spice, nutmeg, etc.). Just let your imagination go wild. All the recipient will have to do is add applesauce, a few drops of vanilla and microwave for 3 minutes.
I finished the baskets out by including some fresh fruit and a sand-art with rice mason jar.
I did also include a jar of applesauce and also some whole-wheat pasta and sauce. (I'll be encouraging people to make the switch to whole-wheat pasta---I'm still surprised at how many people have never tried it!).
I'm enclosing a note with these baskets, explaining the purpose behind the gift and referencing the video "The Story of Stuff". http://www.storyofstuff.org/. I suggest reusing the mason jars and switching to cloth napkins instead of paper. I don't want to sound preachy but I want to convey my concern over what is happening to the planet and our need for action now. I'm hoping that this doesn't go over as 'the stupid gift', but I think that most of the recipients will accept it in the spirit it was given---especially since these folks already know I dance to the beat of a wacky drummer.
Diana Dyer writes a blog on kale. Yep, an entire blog on kale. Gotta love somebody like that. http://www.365daysofkale.com/ She's got quite a story, is a cancer survivor and is an inspiration. She's not vegan but has some great recipes on her site that are very easily adaptable to a vegan diet.....like this one for Kale Burgers
I subbed the eggs for my traditional egg substitute, mix ground flax seeds in water, let sit (1 T flax seeds to 3 T water per egg being subbed).
My husband hates the ground that peppers walk on, so I split this recipe in half and did 'his' half with mushrooms (which I don't care for) and 'my' half had the peppers.
I didn't get these patties to do real well in the skillet, so made up enough for us to have for dinner, then baked the rest meatloaf style in a casserole dish. Pretty tasty!
kale 'loaf' over on left side of plate
May you have the best of holidays, in whatever ways you celebrate them. And I wish you health and happiness in the new year.
Sue, working on sustainable, in Ohio