I know Christmas is over, but I have a fun Christmas project as well as a tasty Christmas collection that I want to brag about.
First the project. My brother and sister-in-law have great but very specific taste (in everything, from clothes to music to electronics). It makes it difficult to find presents to give them that they'll actually enjoy and keep. One thing I do know they'll consistently love is good food. They live in NYC and, understandably, eat a lot of takeout. The doctor recently recommended that they cut back a bit to be healthier, so I decided to get them some yummy "take in" food as a Christmas gift.
Being me, I also decided I wanted to give them the "take in" in an enormous chinese takeout container. I googled directions for making one, and after a quick trip to the dollar store to buy a few sheets of poster and foam board, I got to work whipping one up. The finished product didn't take long to make and looked oh.so.cute under the tree.
In other food related Christmas news, my Christmas tree was tastier than ever this year. A few years ago I decided I wanted to start a junk food themed Christmas tree as a counterpart to my mom's tree, which is fruit themed. Her tree is really beautiful and she's amassed an unbelievable collection of fruits both familiar and exotic. But fruit is too classy for my blood.
In just a few years, I've built up my own collection of tasty confections (with many gifts from friends and family who are always on the lookout for good food ornaments). The collection grows every year, and I'm strongly considering opening it up to food in general, and not just junk food. In any event, as I dismantled my tree today I snapped pictures of the major good groups to share :)
Mexican (empanada and taco -- the empanda was actually sold as a pierogi but I'm claiming it as an empanada instead)
Even more candy.
Cheese (gouda, blue, swiss, roquefort) and bread, of course.
Cookies & Smore
Donuts (the chocolate frosted with bright sprinkles might be my favorite of all the ornaments)
Drinks (not sure how I ended up with 2 margaritas, but I'll take 'em!)
Greens -- avocado, olive, cucumber (I dip mine in so much dressing they may as well be a junk food) and pickles.
Meat! T-Bone steak and bacon.
Pie (cherry and lemon meringue)
Sandwiches (sub, grilled cheese, PB&J)
Soda (I'm actually a diet pepsi drinker -- I know I'll find one someday!)
Candy button garland.
And last but not least, my Angel Food Cake topper -- I bake a new mini angel food cake each year and attach the wings.
My biggest supplier is bronners.com, which I can count on to release some great new food ornaments each year, as well as Sur le Table. Let me know if you know of any other great places where I can fatten up my calorie-laden tree!