Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Mary Hunt is my girl. I look forward to reading her column in the paper every day – it’s always my favorite article. The other day I read this one, giving a recipe for these delightful little yummies called Pecan Tossies. Today is our annual faculty gift exchange party and I was thinking of not going because it means I have to leave my kids in daycare an extra hour and I have to come up with some snack treats to bring to the party. After I saw this recipe I thought “I can do that with GF flour and they might taste like pecan pie! Maybe I should go to that party after all…” I am not going to the other after work faculty party and I get such a kick out of our gift exchange. So I made an extra stop at the grocery store for pecans and cream cheese and borrowed my mom’s little tart pans and made them last night. One of the things I thought I would never taste again in this life, after learning I have Celiac disease and can’t have wheat flour any more, is pecan pie. Um um um I love me some pecan pie. *tears* These are heaven.
The gift exchange is a hoot. Everyone brings a wrapped $15 gift and puts them in a pile in the middle of the circle. Each person gets a number. Person #1 chooses a gift to open. Person #2 can then take person #1’s gift or choose another gift to open. Person #3 can take either of those or choose another gift to open. The rules are that you can’t take back a gift that was just taken from you and each gift can only change hands three times before it is permanent. Presents get swapped around all over the room with much teasing, joking and laughter. You see another whole side of your friends and coworkers, as some of us are quite competitive and others concerned with peace-keeping. Some of us just like to keep the game going by taking the most popular gifts… My favorite part is that many of my colleagues make jewelry, ceramics, knitted items or other crafts for their gifts and they are beautiful. The gift I am bringing this year is for the kitchen. It’s wrapped in snowflake fabric gift bag I made after reading another one of Mary Hunts columns on simplifying your holiday gift giving. That year I made dozens of fabric gift bags and use them to wrap gifts for family and friends. Love ya, Mary Hunt!
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