I am super late posting because I had to go to the post office and mail all of my out of state gifts. You don't even want to know how much that cost! But, I love making and giving gifts and getting them all mailed is a big relief to me. Now I can focus on the things I need to finish up at home.
Do you ever realize that just when you thought you had everyone covered, there is a friend or a neighber that you really want to do something for? Here is a sweet way to remember someone that is tasty, warm, personal and useful that doesn't break the bank, but adds that extra touch that says you gave some thought to your gift. It is a bread cozy for a loaf of your special bread. The great thing about this cozy is that you can use any scraps of fabric that you may have. You can make a few in advance to have ready for when your bread is baked and your friend can use it again to keep bread warm when she takes her own bread to share at a family or church function. (Or wherever)
For the Cozy: You need about 1/3 of a yard of any cotton fabric and the same amount of batting and about 1 yard of ribbon.
Now, are you wondering about that loaf of bread?
Citrus is getting ripe and so prolific right now that this is a great time of year to bake an Orange Poppy seed Loaf. It is super quick and simple to whip up and the orange glaze makes it extra special. Do you have lemons instead of oranges? It works for lemons just as well. Here is the recipe:
When I put the bread in the cozy, I lined the cozy with some waxed paper or parchment paper.
Since I was giving this loaf away, I decided to put the glaze in a little container so it wouldn't be too messy and they can add the glaze on their own. Have you seen these cute little containers at Dollar Tree? I use them for so many things and you can fit just the right amount of glaze in one for this loaf. I used a round self-adhesive label on the top. (I just drew on it myself).
Now, here is how the loaf looks when you put on the glaze and serve it.
There you have it! It took me much longer to wite this post about this little gift than it took me to make it. You can make the cozy for any special loaf you make and you will have an extra special gift for someone! I hope you enjoy it!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!