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A Very Elfie Christmas

How do you select holiday gifts for your people at home?  Here, Elf is getting old enough to look online with me and compare prices and features and select his own Christmas gift.  He's too old to just be surprised with whatever I pick on Christmas morning, but too young to be truly happy with a gift card.  I was leaning toward a $200 model that would only make bitty one-pound loaves, but had super-great reviews and about 1000 different gourmet foo-foo ways to use the machine.  Elf didn't want something so expensive.  He wanted something basic.  So we decided on a cheaper breadmaker with fewer features.  This is his first loaf, a cinnamon-raisin 2 lb. loaf on the "light" setting.  I know the picture makes it look like it's halfway burnt and halfway doughy, but the colour differences weren't so pronounced in person.  And the bread was super-yummy.  Elf will also be receiving a hand-painted Polish pottery bread tray to go with it because while I don't parcel out gifts to be exactly dollar-amount even, I do try to stay in a general "range" with each child.  (He is going to love it.)


  1. I LOVE cinnamon raisin bread. Toasted with lots of butter on it. Coffee to wash it down.

    1. Right out of the breadmaker, no toasting needed. It was soooo yummy. And I had mine with butter, you betya.

  2. You don't make him wait until Christmas to open it? My kids would love you!!!! Ha!

    Looks good, Elfie! Have a lot of fun with it!

    1. I know. I have gotten so lax in my old age with the Christmas present thing... no waiting until Christmas!

  3. Elf could open a bakery where Emperor can teach people to play chess. :-)

    1. Awww. They would have to share an apartment up above the shop in their off hours, too. :)

  4. I prefer to be surprised. So, in turn, I try to provide surprises. In general, I ask for some kind of a list, and tell them that they will get SOMETHING on it. At most, we buy 2 things for the list. The kids tend to know that I will get them something personal, and low cost, and dad will buy some kind of electronic. I just re-bought an old toy for my husband that a sibling of his broke, and he talks about it all the time. Took me two years to find it. That's the kind of gift I give.

    ps. Love that Elf knows he wants to be a baker. I bet he will be great at it.

    1. I think he would be, so long as he does not have to do any customer service type stuff. :)


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