Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Quick and Inexpensive May Gift


This is a gift for a daughter of some friends. It was quick to make and used items that I had on hand: strawberries (bought for Mother's Day), dipping chocolate, a clean fast food paper tray, gold spray paint, and a paper doily.


The clean and unused fast food tray was white with a red basket-weave pattern, and looked more like it should have fries in it. So, I grabbed my can of gold spray paint and gave the bottom and outside a couple of coats. I then lined it with a paper doily. I think it looks nice enough for a small gift.


I selected the biggest, nicest-looking berries from the batch that I bought this morning and washed then dried them thoroughly. Next, I dipped them in melted candy-coating milk chocolate, then drizzled with a tiny bit of melted white chocolate. 4 large strawberries used 1 ounce of dipping milk chocolate and 1/4-ounce of white dipping chocolate.

I wrapped the tray of dipped berries in plastic wrap then placed them in a clear cellophane bag, which I tied with a deep red ribbon.

I think this would also make a lovely and inexpensive Mother's Day gift, should anyone be looking for a last-minute idea.

15 comments:

  1. It's all in the presentation which you nail every time. Lovely.

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    1. Thank you!
      I made some extras, and wow, I love the flavors of berries with chocolate together. I hope the young woman that we gave these to enjoyed them.

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  2. Beautiful! And tasty, I'm sure. Good job working with what you had.

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    1. Thank you, Cat. That is the challenge these days, working with what I have.

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  3. Beautiful!

    We made our mother's a Dutch favorite among the older ladies crowd. It is a custard like dessert that is made with eggs, sugar, brandy and vanilla. It is called Advocaat and often served with whipped cream. Just a small serving of maybe a 1/4 cup with a healthy serving of whipped cream. Some store bought Advocaat is thin and should be sipped but other types are thick and use a small spoon to eat it. We made the very thick kind and presented it to our mother's with the whipped cream in a can.

    Alice

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    1. Alice, your Advocaat sounds lovely!! Is this something like a thicker eggnog? Would love your recipe, if you wouldn't mind sharing it!

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    2. It is like a thick eggnog! The recipe comes from www.thedutchtable.com

      Alice

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    3. Hi Alice,
      That sounds delicious. I can imagine how pleased your mothers were with this as a gift. Wonderful!

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  4. Those look better than some "professional" ones I've seen. I'd be thrilled with that as a gift, as I'm sure the recipient was.

    I was practical with gifts for my mom this year. She is now in assisted living where space is limited, as are her needs. I spotted some fancy straws on clearance last week, so I bought her those (she loves to drink out of a straw), plastic tableware that looks real (from the dollar store--she doesn't have a kitchen, but does have a fridge, and sometimes the need for table service comes up), and hand soap from JoAnn's. Gifts are tricky at this stage in her life so I'm glad I could come up with those ideas.

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    1. Hi Kris,
      Thanks.
      I know what you mean about the challenges of gift-giving for an older adult. There is only so much someone in assisted living actually needs. Mostly they need the gift of our company, when we can offer it. I think you found wonderful gifts for your mom.

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