Have I mentioned before that I LOVE making gift baskets? I love coordinating gifts in a theme and putting them all in a basket...in fact years ago I had this dream of opening my own shop. I was going to call it "The Basket Loft" and I would sell all of my favorite things...candles, chocolates, baskets, baking and dip mixes, coffees and mugs, and all kinds of coordinating things that could be given as theme gifts. I had a vision of it being a rustic little store with a real loft filled with baskets and benches, wooden shelves and signs with cute sayings on them. I would custom design gift baskets for people with coordinating cloth and ribbons. Who knows, maybe someday...
For my "nice" list today my theme is "all things chocolate". If you know me at all you know that I can be quite fanatical about chocolate, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite chocoholic fixes...along with a gift basket theme idea, you know since it's Christmas and all and maybe you have some last minute shopping to do yet (not that I'd know anything about that).
Tiramisu Wind & Willow Cheeseball Mix - it's the bomb! Except with all their dip mixes, I think they taste better mixed with 12 oz. cream cheese instead of just 8 oz. that the box calls for. Serve it with animal crackers, or graham cracker sticks. And if you are looking for a great gift idea, get one of these mixes and a cute spreader for under $10...or if you can spend a little more you can get a coordinating dip bowl too!
nutty butter. Yummo.
One more for now...
~ The Naughty List ~
It does not taste like chocolate anymore than margarine tastes like real butter. The only reason I know this is because my parents thought I was allergic to chocolate growing up, but alas I was not. I won't revisit that story...suffice to say that my parents would buy me carob bars as a substitute for the real thing (which I really did appreciate because they did it out of love and sympathy and this was the only option available except for tootsie rolls which don't contain any chocolate either, but you can only eat so many tootsie rolls). Yes, it's true, I was deprived of chocolate as a child, but don't feel too sorry for me as I am more than making up for it as an adult!