Courtney Creator and author of No Dinner Before Dessert. Collector of delicious recipes. Wife of the luckiest husband in the world (at least that's what he tells me).

Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

For the last few years, I have tried to make homemade gifts for Christmas. Previous years were soap and bath bombs in 2018, and crocheted hats in 2019. I knew from the previous year that I should get started early so in August 2020 I decided that I wanted to make jam of various kinds to give out as gifts for that coming Christmas. My husband and I had been to Hawaii the previous year and we were in love with pineapple jam so I thought we could share. I googled what other fruit would be in season in the coming months, and decided the flavors and got to work. I had to clear out a whole shelf in my freezer to fit them all since I wasn’t canning them. I’ve linked the recipes I still have saved.

Jam Flavors:
Peach (13)
Pomegranate (12)
Marmalade (orange)(17)
Pineapple (16)
Blackberry/Raspberry (8)
Jalapeno Berry (4)
Habanero Berry (4)
Also a few jars of Raspberry/Blackberry Syrup, which could double as a thin jam. (5)

For a total of 79 half-cup jars.

As Christmas was getting closer I thought, why not make bread to go with the jam?!! I had a good recipe and it had come out well several times… so sure! So I also make 17+ loaves of bread (the + being a few for us to eat too throughout the month).

I’d made these crackers a couple times and decided I could add those - crackers go with jam!

I also discovered a candied pecan recipe and had to share that joy.

So I made a list of everyone to take baskets to and we came up with 17 so we got 17 baskets, cellophane, and ribbons.

I made a couple batches of bread a week (along with crackers and pecans to keep up) and delivered baskets all through December. (Keeping track of people’s COVID contact preferences - some deliveries were drop and run). It was a lot of work but it was so much fun! And I’ve heard nothing but appreciation for such a warm and fuzzy gift at the end of that (cough) awesome (cough) year.