Welcometofeedyourfamilytonightpodcasteachweek.Weareservingupmotivationandinspirationtohelpyougetweeknightdinneronthetablelettingyourecapturealittlecommonthegreatandnowyourhostspeakerauthorandmarriedmother-of-fourMariefiebach.Hellofriends,welcometothefeedyourfamilytonightpodcastepisode109ofyourhostMariefiebachandIamsohappytobeherewithyoutodayabouttwoofmyfavoritethingsandthatispresentinfoodactuallycombiningthemevergoingtotalkaboutgifttoday.ItsDecember.Ifyourelisteningtothisinrealtimethistimeofyeararealotofusgetinthekitchenandwegetbacktoourfriendsandneighborsandmanyofushavelong-standingtraditionsofthethingthatwemakeourfriendsandNeighborscometoknowandenjoythesamethingoverandoverayearafteryearasIliketotrydifferentthingseachyear,ormaybewedosomeofthesameoldsameoldandsomeofthenewthingsIhaveagroupoffriendsthatIhavebeengettingtogetherwithForcoffeeformanymanyyearsnow.Its6inthemorningonWednesdaymornings.Nowthatitscovid-19.WeremeetingoverZoom.ButeveryyearatChristmastime,weallhaveourlittlethingsthatwebringandwesharelittlepresents.Irememberthefirstyearthatithappened.Wedidntplanit,butwealljustkindofbroughttoourlastcoffeebeforeChristmasandthenitkindofturnedintoitthinginatraditionthatthefirstyearittotallyhappensspontaneously,whichIjustthinkissofine.Andnowitsastandingtradition.MostoftheseladiesbringthesamethingeveryyearIthefoodladydontevenbringfood.IusuallybringpersonalizednotepadsthatmybestfriendJenmakesifyoureinterestedinpersonalizednotepadsalllinkedtoherFacebookpagebecausetheyrereallyinexpensiveandsheshipsalloverthecountryandtheymakereallyneatpresentsforteachersandfriendsbut1galalwaysmakesthesedippedpretzelrodsthataresogood.Anotheronemakesthisspicyandsweetcrunchymixedwithnutsandpretzels.Oneofthemisfamousforhergingercookies.AndtheseRosemarypecansthatarejusttodieforanotheronemakesthebestChexMixever.IvetalkedaboutmyfriendandherChexMixandhowitsamazing.Ihavearecipeforpartymixuponmywebsite.IdontknowifitsquiteasgoodasansecretrecipebutminesprettygoodtohurtisamazingandthenmyotherfriendBev,shealwaysmakesthisbagofallsortsofdifferenttreatsandmyfavoritethingintherearethesedateballs.TheyhavelikeRiceKrispiesandpowderedsugarindatesintherelikecrunchyandchewyandsweetwithalittlebitofsaltyandohmygoodness.TheyrejustlittlebitsofHeaven.Theressomethinggoodaboutthesamethingyearinyearoutbecausetheressomethingpredictableandstableaboutthat,butdontfeellikeyouhavetogivethesamethingeveryyearforYearsgrowingup.Mymotherwouldmakecookiesandcandyandshestilltothisdaymakesthesamerecipesforcookiesasmatterfactlaterthisweek.Imgoingovertoherhouseandwellprobablymake40or50batchesofcookiedough.SheskindofcutdownbackintheDavidmakes70or80batchesofcookiedoughthisyear,butwillmakemanymanybatchesofcookiedoughandshewillmakethesecookiesandgivethemtofriendsandfamily.Sheusedtoshipcookiestorelativesandnowsheprettymuchjustchipscandycandyisaloteasiertoshipitlastatroomtemperaturelongerandyoudonthavetoworryaboutthingsgettingcrushedorbroken.Sosheoftenshipscandytosomeofherbrothersandsistersandmyfathersbrothersandsistersmyauntsandunclesandtheygetusedtohavingthesamerecipesyearinyearout.ButmymotherlastyousaidImreadyforsomethingdifferent.SharethisbeforebutyouknowforyearsIwouldtryanddocut-outcookiesandgingerbreadmenandtakethemtotheirfriendsandneighborsandthenIrealizedthatIwasnotgoingtoworkthathardforgiftsforfriendsandneighborsandtryingworryaboutmykidslikelickingtheirfingersinthosetypesofthingsandthatIwouldenjoythatactivitywithmychildrenandthenIwouldgetsomethingdifferenttotheneighborsandIkindofchangeditupfromyeartoyear.Myhusbandhastakengiantsellbagsofpuppychowtohisco-workersformanyyearsandIdidntdoitforacoupleyearsandoneofhisco-workershadtoshowwifestillmakethatpuppychow.AndsoImadesalmonsentittohimforworkPuppyChowhasanicefunfoodgifttomakebecauseitsreallysimple.Itsnottooexpensiveandpeoplereallytendtoenjoyitbutitsnotsomethingyouusuallymakeforyourself.WhensthelasttimeyoujustmadeabowlofpuppychowjustforusatMidnightoralittledesserttreatstomakebutitskindofawaitthisyear.Ivealsogivenawaymymaplecandiednuts.Irememberoneyear.ImadethemearlyinthemorningonKTVandthenmadesureIhadbagsofcandiesnutstogivetoallofmyfriendsinthestudio.Andthatwasareallyfungiftthatrecipeisuponmywebsite.IfyoureinterestedinmakingMaplecandynuts,theyrekindofnicebecausetheresonlythreeingredientstheyarepaleofriendly.Ifyouhavefriendsthatarepaleo.TheyjusthavepuremaplesyrupnutsandsaltandthatsitandtheycometogetherreallyquicklysoyoucanmakebatchafterbatchreallyfastandhavethoseasgiftstogiveWhichiskindoffuntodayiswetalkaboutfoodgift.IkindofgoingtotalkaboutsomeofthethingsthatIvebeendoing.IvebeendoingaseriesonKTVthesepastfewweeksofhomemadefoodgiftsandIvebroughtbackthoseMaplecandiednuts.Imadeabeerbreadmixearlierthisfall.ImademyhomemadebeerbreadrecipeonairandIknowthatthereslotsofcompaniesthatlikesellbeerbreadmixesandIthoughtwellthatmightbeafungift.SoImadetherecipeintoamixthatyoucanputinamasonjarandIliketowrapitupinaCellarbagwithabottleofbeer.Itmakeskindofafungifttogivewheresomeonealltheyhavetodoismixthebeerandthebeerbreadmixandthenmeltmostofastickofbutteratputitoverthetopinapanandbakeit.SoforpeoplethatarentreallybigCooksisstillareallysimplefunandeasylittleHomemadegiftsthenicethingaboutthatisthatitsshelf-stableandsotheydonthavetomakeituntilMarchiftheywanttoitdoesnthavetobemaderightawayinDecembersooftenwehavesomanytreatsinDecember,butitsnicetohavesomethinginthatwinterafteralloftheChristmastreatsaregoneissomethingthatsavoryratherthansweetoftenthistimeofyear.EverybodyskindofmakingtheirownSuitesandthentheyregivingawaySuitesandwegetalittleinundatedwithsweets.SoIkindoflikethebeerbreadbecauseitssomethingthatsalittlebitSavorythemaplecandy.Thatsourlittlebitlikethattoeventhoughtheyresweet.Youcanthrowhimonasalad.ThatsmyfavoritethingtodowithMaplecandiednutsistoputthemonasalad.Itkindoftakesasaladfromho-humtoamazing.Thisyourkindofthinkingoutsideoftheboxfoodgiftideas.ShewillgivehermothersMaplemustardvinaigrettesaladdressingisagiftandIthinkthatthatskindoffunhomemadevanillaiscommongiftsthatyouwillseeandifyouhaventstartedthatbackinSeptember,itsalittlelatetomakeitforthisyear.Butyoudefinitelycouldmakeitfornextyear.Andagain,itstwoingredientsvanillabeansandvodka,butshecouldpackageitupandprettylittlebottleswithbowsanditmakesnicelittlefungiftsthisyearwerenotreallyneedingHostessgifts.ArewebecausewerenotgoingtoalotofgatheringsbutalittlebottleofhomemadevanillainthepastwasalwaysafunlittlehostessgiftthismorningasIwastalkingwithmyfriendsatCoffee.Weweretalkingaboutthephenomenonofthehotcocoabombsthatarekindofallinthisyear.Haveyouseen?WheretheirballsofchocolatethatinsidehavemarshmallowsandhotcocoamixandyoupourmilkoverthemhotmilkoverthemandtheymeltintothiscreamyhotchocolateorifyouseentheTraderJoesmeltingsnowmanthewhitechocolatesnowmanthatyoupourmilkoverandtheyturnintoadeliciouscreamywhitechocolatedrink.Hegotreallyambitious.IthinkthiswouldbereallyfuntomakeIamnotthebestwithtemperingchocolateanddealingwithmeltingchocolate.Sowell,soIdontknowthatIwouldgotomakethembutIdohavearecipeformymothershotcocoamixandIhavegiftedthatmanyyearsaspresentsforfriendsandfamily.Mymothershot.Cocoamixisreallycreamyandyoudonthavetoaddmilkbecauseithaspowderedmilkinthemixanditsayschocolateycreamy.Yummyhot.Cocoaisitjustremindsmeofmychildhood?Ihavegiventhatwithhomemademarshmallows.IllmakeagiantpanofthesegiganticmarshmallowsandIllgivelikealittlebagofthehotcocoamixwithagiantmarshmallowandmaybeacoffeemugasagiftwhenmychildrenareinmiddleschool.Theyoftendolittlelikewhiteelephanttypegiftexchangesandyouresupposedtobringagiftthatsvaluedat$10orunderthatcanbegoodforaboyoragirlandsometimesitskindofhardtofindsomething.Thatsjustnotlikea$10giftcard,butmykidshavetakeninthepastandhassaidthatitsbeenkindofapopulargiftinthesegiftexchangeswhereyougetamugandaboxofhotcocoamixandabagofmarshmallowsandthatskindofafunlittlegiftthatyoucangiveanditsnothomemadebecausetheydontallowthatintheschools,butitskindofafunlittlegiftsatthefoodgiftthatyoucouldgiveandthatsSomethingfunforgiftexchangesisthehotcocoamixinamuginabagofmarshmallowsasIwasplanningforthisepisode.Iwastalkingwithmyparentsandmyparentssaid,youknow,itsgettinghardertogivefoodgiftsbecausesomanypeopleareonspecialdietsorhaveallergiesandtheyhaveafriendwhodoesnoteathardlyanycarbstoeatreallyreallylowcarb,butmyparentsareputtingtogetheracheesebasketforthemandtheyregoingtoAldiandgettingallsortsofdifferentspecialtycheeses.IfyouhavenotgottenontheAldispecialtycheesetrainandyoulikespecialtycheesesjustgetinyourcarnowandgotheyhavetrufflecheeseandsmokedcheesesandeverythingyoucouldeverneedforacharcuterieboard.Somydadwasgoingtogoandbuyseveraldifferentspecialtycheesesandtakethemasagifttothisfriendwhodoesnteathardlyanycarbs.Ithinkitwouldbereallyfun.IfyouputtogetheracharcuterieboardkitanditcouldbeasfancyasyouwantedittobeoritcouldbeassimpleasyouwantedittobeyoucouldbeassimpleasthreedifferentcheesesandIhaveapostabouthowtobuildacharcuterieboardtalksabouttwodifferentkindsofcheesesthatyouwant.Youwantsomethingthathardsomethingthatsoftissomethingthatsalittlebitfunky.Ifyouhavethosethreekindsofcheesesonyourcheeseboard,youregoingtohaveabalancedshesbored.SoyoucouldgetthreecheesessomethinghardsomethingsawsomethingfunkygetapackageofthreedifferentkindsofmeatAlotoftimesatAldiorTraderJoesorevenyourgrocerystore.YoucangetacryovacpackageofthreedifferentMeatsallinonelittlepackageandyoucouldgetabagofnutsandsomedriedfruit,maybealittlebitofchocolateandyoucouldgivethatasagiftsothatsomeonecouldmakeacharcuterieboardifyoureallyWantedtogofancy,youcouldcutitwithabeautifullikehandmadecuttingboard.IhavetoArtisansthatarefriendsintownwhomakebeautifulhandmadecuttingboardsandthatcouldbekindofawaytokindofdressupandgiftacuttingboardwithyou.Nocheesesandmeatswithyourfriendsandfamilycouldmakecharcuterieboards,youknow,werenotsharingcharcuterieboardswithfriends,butyoucanstillhavethemathomeandIthinkthisyearitsgoingtobeextraimportanttobefocusingonenjoyingthingsthatyouwouldusuallyonlyenjoyitlargeGatheringsandsmallerportionswithjustyourfamilybecauseIstillthinkitsimportanttocelebrateandenjoythethingsthatarespecialyoujustkindofhavetoadapttohaveitjustatyourhouse.SothegiftofacharcuterieboardtoafamilycouldbeareallyfunfamilygiftthatyoucouldgiveButifyoureadthetitleoftodayspodcastyouwouldseethatitsaysbringbackthefruitbasket.Growingup.Iremembergoingtothegrocerystoreduringtheholidaysandtheywouldhavetheseboxesfilledwithshinyfruitwrappedincellophane.TheresusuallylikealittleboxofRussellStoverchocolatesinthereandtheyhadapplesandgreenandredapplesandpineappleandorangesandtherewasusuallyevenabagofnutsintheshellinthesebiggiantFruitBasketsatthegrocerystoreandIalwaysthoughttheylooksoprettyandsomuchfun.AndIvenoticedthatyoucantjustgointothegrocerystoreandbuyfruitbaskets.Iguessitwaskindofathinginthe80s.Well,ImherefriendstobringbackthefruitbasketandImjustgoingtotalkalittlebitaboutwhyIlikefruitbasketssomeofmyhistorywithfruitbasketsandwhyIthinktheyresofunmyauntlivesinDenverandinthe80SheownedagourmetshopthatsoldspecialtycoffeesandSpecialtyteas,buttheymakemostoftheirmoneybetweenThanksgivingandChristmasmakingfruitbasketsandgiftbasketsforcorporateclientsandhersister.MyotherAuntwouldwatchtheDenverBroncosonTVeverySundayandshewouldmakehundredsofbowsoutofribbontoputonthesefruitbasketsthatmyauntwoulddelivertocorporateclientsanditwasthebulkoftheirbusinesswasthesefruitbasketsandtheywouldcarefullyassemblethefruitbaskets.Theyhadspecialbasketsandwhenyourebuildingafruitbasket,youwanttostartwithabaseoflikegrapefruittothatkindoffeelsthebottomandifyouwantthemtolooklikeextraprettyandeverythingjustsoyoucanactuallyphysicallylikeusedoublestickytapeorlittleLoopsofmaskingtapeandliketapethefruitandplacetoholdthemIhaveWorkedmanyacharityauctionwhereIhavetapeditemstolookagiftbasketsothattheystandupandtheylookprettyinthesameconceptworksforthefruitbasketandIwanttobringfruitbasketsbackbecauseIthinktherearereallyfunniceandpracticalgift.FirstthingisifyoudontputthebagofnutsintherewhichnotverymanypeopleevenhaveanutcrackertocracknutsintheShellanymore.SoIwouldntencourageputtingthoseinbuttheregluten-freetherepaleo.TheyareveganafruitbasketofsomethingthatjustaboutanybodyonanydietcouldeatandenjoyyoucouldaddspecialtythingsforpeoplelikeabagofcoffeeorabagofspecialtyteasoragainthisquintessentialboxesofchocolatesthatIfeellikefruitbasketsarejustafunandpracticalgift.IremembergrowingupmyfatherworkedinretailandeveryyearmyparentswouldgivegiftstohisassistantmanagersForyears,theywouldhaveagiantassemblylineofbasketsalloverthefamilyroomfloorandtheywouldbeassemblingthesehandmadefruitbasketsofmymotherwasbroughtthemupincellophaneandputbigprettybowsonthem.AndIrememberhelpingmyparentsassemblethesefruitbaskets.IdontknowwhytheyfallingoutoffashionmysisterIwastellingheraboutthisandshesaidwellfruitusedtobekindofaspecialthingthatusedtobealotmoreexpensiveandwhenIwasaskingmymothershesaidyesbecauseIwouldputapineappleintherebutthepineapplesonsaleyoucangetpineapplesforadollaror$2.Soitsnotquiteasuniqueandspecialasitusedtobe.Butevenifwehaveaccesstopineappleandpearpomegranateandclementineswhicharethingsthatwedidntalwayshaveaccesstointhepast.IstillthinkthegiftofafruitbasketcouldbeareallyfunthingandIImheretobringitbackandIwastellingmyfriendsatcoffeethismorninginmyfriendmessageandmyotherfriendhasamother-in-lawwhosinassistedlivingrightnow,andshesaidIamgoingtobemakingherfruitbasketbecauseIrealizethatyouknowintheseassistedlivingfacilities,theyaresooftenquarantineandisolatedbutsomethingbrightandcheerybutstillhealthyandfunforthemtoeatandjusttoletthemknowthatyourethinkingofthem.Ijustlovetheideaofbringingbackthefruitbasket.SowhenyoustartseeingfruitbasketstrendingthisyearknowthatyouhearditherefirstrightthatIamhereforbringingbackthefruitbasketbecauseIthinkthatitsafunandpracticalgifts.Itsanicewaytoshowalittlebitoflovetothepeoplearoundyoubutitsnotsweetstopsugar.Itsnotcarbsandcarbsinfruit.ButitjustgoeswithsomanypeoplesdifferentdietaryneedsthatIthinkafruitbasketissomethingthatanyonewouldenjoysomeonebroughtyouabeautifulbasketoffruitpracticalChristmasgifts.SoImheretobringbackthefruitbasket.Iwanttoknowfirstofallaifyouremembergettingfruitbaskets,andifyouthinkthatitwouldbeagoodideatostarthavingthatTrendasagiftagain.Andalsowhatkindoffoodgiftsthatyouliketogivewhatareyourtraditionalfoodgiftsthatyoueithergiveorreceive?SoweregoingtotalkaboutthatinthefuturefamilytonightFacebookgroupbecauseIthinktheresalotoffungoodmemoriestherewithfoodgiftsovertheholidayseason.SofornowFrance,thankssomuchforjoiningmeonthefeaturefamilytonightpodcast.Ihopethatyouarehavingacallandintentionalholidayseasonandjoinconnectionswiththosethatyouloveme.ThanksforlisteningtofeedyourfamilytonightpodcastwithyourhostMariefiebach.Ifyouliketheshowandwanttoknowmore,pleasevisitfeedyourfamilytonight.Calmandifyoudliketohelpsupporttheshow,pleaseleavearatingorreviewoniTunesorapplepodcastithelpedspreadthewordthatyoucanfeedyourfamilytonight.

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