Tag Archives: Christmas

A Modern Spin on Gift Giving

24 Dec

It just wouldn’t be my style if I didn’t come up with a
creative way to wrap gifts at Christmas. Half of gift giving is the
presentation! This year instead of pulling my inspiration from the
pages of “Martha Stewart Living,” I drew my vision from my day job
as a digital strategist. I adorned packages of baked goods with
custom QR codes instead of gift tags to let recipients unlock my
Christmas wishes for them. It’s easy to make your own QR code and you
can even get creative with codes
that play music
. Check out my goodie bags below!

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WMATA Holiday Cheer (No, Really)

14 Dec

It’s not often I find a reason to laud anything related to WMATA, but this morning I found myself singing a different tune (literally) because the Farragut West metro station has been turned into a center of holiday cheer. Honest to goodness I swear on my life, people were smiling and in great spirits leaving the station. No, really. I bore witness to this once thought impossible feat.

What could prompt people to audibly say something nice about metro during the morning commute? Well, sometime in the past week or so holiday decorations appeared at the station -ribbon wrapped around rails, bows, candy cane poles, and a wreath or two. But, this morning the #WMATA employees had taken it up a notch with the addition of icicle lights to the booth and MUSIC!

That’s right – I exited that station to the merry sounds of Christmas music and lights! While it’s nothing grandiose, I really appreciate the effort to spread some cheer. If I had to guess, I think it’s the fantastic WMATA employee who usually stands in front of the gates and says good morning to all the customers. She is awesome and if she is responsible for the decorations she is doubly awesome.

Does anyone else have decorations at their metro stations?

 

A Two-Day Affair with Cookies

13 Dec

It’s no secret I love to bake – cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, cupcakes – you name it and I’ve probably baked it. Though I need little reason to whittle away time in the kitchen, Christmas brings with it a “no excuses, just do it” type attitude when it comes to tasty treats.

I have a carefully crafted list of creations I only prepare at this time year, including caramels, toffee, and fudge. Each of these treats requires a bit more time and attention than your average cookie or brownie that’s worth the effort when gift recipients find homemade candy inside a package.

While candy takes precision, none of these treats amount to the commitment that is the palmier. These french cookies are a rare treat among Christmas cookie spreads. Slightly crisp on the outside, flakey on the inside, palmiers melt in your mouth.

My Gingersnap Palmiers are courteous of Martha Stewart Living, December 2006. The cookies require at least three hours of prep time in the freezer once assembled, plus another 30 minutes in the freezer once on the baking sheets. Between assembling and freezing the cookies it takes two days to make them. But, I promise the extra effort comes through in every bite.