Neighbor Gift no.1 + Cranberry Orange Bread

• 22 December 2009













































Since making the decision to not send out Christmas cards this year (a 1st in our 10-year-marriage), I've suddenly felt a desire to bake and wrap and do all sorts of fun {but simple} holiday projects. Making this decision was quite a relief, actually, something had to give. I know I say this every year, but next year will be the year I have Christmas done by Thanksgiving so I can enjoy a stress-free holiday and send out cards :)

With unexpected time on my hands I now feel like I can bake, craft with my kids, and make simple, homemade gifts. A delicious baked good is always a hit when it comes to gift-giving, wouldn't you agree? I made a few mini-loaves of Cranberry Orange Bread last week and liked it so much I decided to go for batch no.2 this week. Between the flavor, the colors, and the perfect size, it's a win-win. Plus, it presented another occasion to create a brown paper package tied up with string :)

I'm sharing my recipe for Cranberry Orange Bread over at Zupas today, so follow me there for a moment if you are in need of a delicious, festive holiday recipe. Keep in mind that it's quite addicting so make sure you bake extra loaves for you to munch on as well.

12 comments:

  1. This looks fabulous! I can't wait to try it. Anything with cranberry and orange together is wonderful. I too decided to forgo Christmas cards this year. This is a 1st for me too. It is a little sad...but mostly it feels really good! :) Next year I'll do them again, but for now I'll enjoy my break.
    Merry Christmas! www.apinacolada.blogspot.com

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  2. Okay, I'm adding fresh cranberries to my grocery list right now!

    That red-and-white twine is fabulous, by the way. Everything I've wrapped so far this season has been tied with twine--the plain kind--and I've loved it, but the twine in your picture just makes that package! What a sweet little neighbor gift.

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  3. Why didn't you send our a Christmas card this year? And that cranberry bread looks AAAmaazzzzing

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  4. It was really great to meet you last night! You are just as lovely in person. I now know why you were eyeing all of those cranberries!

    FYI...you were the final push to get me to open my shop! I'll keep you posted!

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  5. We decided not to do a card this year as well, and I feel oddly sad about it. Just couldn't justify the extra expense this year.

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  6. No cards for us too. :) Time and money for other things... kinda nice.

    Question: Where did the twine come from in that image?... I love that it has a lot of red and is thick... the kind I have is not as much that way. If you would be so kind to share... THANKS!!! Keep up the good work!

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  7. Looks yummy! I need to bake up some neighbor gifts soon.

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  8. Is this the recipe that we grew up with? Oh, I'd forgotten about it...my mouth is watering thinking about it.

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  9. way to make a command decision and stick to it!! i was going to not do christmas cards either but then at the last minute i couldn't stop myself and ended up being all stressed out trying to get them done with no planning. :)

    the bread looks delicious! i always love how you present your gifts. so charming.

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  10. Kris, it's the same in that it has cranberries in it, but it's been re-worked to include fresh, non-processed ingredients and fewer nuts. I like it better this way :) It took a few tries to get it right, but I think I've got it. Wish you were here to munch on it with me...xoxo

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  11. It looks very yummy, and the photos are fantastic!!

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  12. thanks for this! I have a recipe but it always turns out too dense. also have to say your carrot souffle has become a hit with all family, extended family, and friends. so thanks.

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