Homemade Gifts.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not super artsy.  So normally the thought of making a gift would scare me.  I give people thing I make practically every day.  In fact, when  I show up to work without something people ask, “Where is the food?”  But actually giving something as a gift, that scares me.  It means that it can’t taste/look/smell bad.  Normally if someone doesn’t like my food I think, too stinking bad – it’s free food!  But a gift, well a stinky gift is just rude.
My first attempt was salsa.  I didn’t exactly intend to give this as a gift but when I made Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant Salsa I didn’t realize how much it would make!  It turned out so tasty and there was a mass amount of it, so I decided to give  canning a whirl.
I’m no professional canner but I made it work.
First homemade gift, jarred salsa… well I’d call it a success :)
Next up, homemade rosemary rolls.  I actually found the recipe for rolls in The Joy of Cooking and improvised by adding my own touch.
Preheat oven to 400°
You will need:
•2 cups bread flour
•1 TBS sugar
•1 package (2 1/4 tsp) quick rising active dry yeast
•1 1/4 tsp salt
Mix these ingredients in a large mixing bowl or in a heavy duty mixer.
I also mixed in some fresh rosemary for  some added flavor.
Next, add:
•1cup very warm water (115° to 125°)
•1 TBS olive oil
You can knead by hand or use the dough hook on low to medium until dough is smooth and elastic.
Transfer dough to a bowl with enough oil to cover the dough.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 30-45 minutes.
In the meantime, slice about a half of a vidalia onion into strips and spray in a pan with cooking spray.  Cook at a low heat until they have caramelized and cooked down.
After dough has risen, punch down and allow to rise again for another 30-45 minutes until it has doubled in volume.
Cut dough into 12 even pieces and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes and then reduce heat to 350 °.  At this time add the caramelized onions on top of each roll. Bake for about 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.
I wrapped each roll in a plastic gift bag and tied some straw ribbon around.  I also cut a few holly leaves from a bush  in front of my house for an added touch!
Threw them all in a basket and hoped for the best!  And so?  I’d say another gift success :)
So maybe creating gifts isn’t so hard after all.  It helped that everything wound up tasting good.  And  if it comes from the heart that’s all that matters right?