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Old 11-11-2008, 08:29 AM   #41
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Another simple gift I enjoy making and folks seem to appreciate is cheese balls. Not very frugal but not too costly, but oh so good. I can make a lot of them in a short amount of time and then pair them with good crackers (and some get a nice bottle of wine) in a tin or basket throw a bow on top and voila! A nice and tasty non-sweet treat from the kitchen.
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:31 AM   #42
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If we ever have an E-R.org fundraiser, I will buy lots of raffle tickets for the items pictured in this thread. Or, how can I get on T-Al's Christmas list? Or at least your birthday card list?

I have a ton of yarn (it is just so beautiful in bundles on shelves in the yarn stores) and this year I am knitting scarves for the girls in the family (it's "pretty" yarn or I would knit them for the boys too). Since I already have the yarn I guess these would be "free" but on the other hand, it wasn't cheap to buy.

I would be happy to get all hand-made gifts (please send cheese ball, Connie, no tin required ), but if I were a youngster and thinking new iPod, I would be quite disappointed to receive a scarf from auntie bestwifeever instead of an iTunes gift card
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:32 AM   #43
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Hmmm, I am thinking we need a Christmas food recipe addition to the Early Retirement cookbook. I need some of these recipes!

T-Al, are you busy right now?
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:34 AM   #44
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In the past I have made home made soaps and also done stained glass for presents. Done right these haven't been especially cheap and have a learning curve, but I think have been appreciated more than some junky item from the mall.
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Sarah, I think we need a Christmas food STORE here on ER.org!!! And overnight delivery
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Hmmm, I am thinking we need a Christmas food recipe addition to the Early Retirement cookbook. I need some of these recipes!

T-Al, are you busy right now?
Speaking of which, I was reading that old thread a little while ago and tried to download the cookbook and it wasn't there! Is there a broken link? Or was it a limited time offer?
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I've started a thread for Christmas Present Food Recipes, but I hope someone else will do the compiling (if that's necessary).

I reuploaded the ER Forum Cookbook. Where is the link that you were using, Harley?

In any case, this link will take you there.
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Fruitcake recipe:

1lb dried fruit
1 bag cement
water to make a slurry

Bake until impervious...
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I think H.F.W.R. if I eat that.
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I just did a test batch of peanut brittle. It tastes great, but sticks to the teeth too much, so that's out, and I have to find some way to get rid of it.
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I reuploaded the ER Forum Cookbook. Where is the link that you were using, Harley?

In any case, this link will take you there.
Same link, works now. Thanks.
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Alright people--bring on those recipes! That thread is empty!
Where's a good one for pie? Cookies? Stop holding out on us!
Get on over to
Christmas Present Food Recipes
so I can get to cooking!
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