Wednesday, December 19, 2012

May Arts Ribbonista Blog Hop - Day 3



It's time for Day 3 of the May Arts Ribbonista Christmas blog hop.  If you missed Days 1 and/or 2, you can find the links here and here.  Be sure to comment on each blog for a chance to win some awesome rolls of ribbon of your choice!

If you arrived here from Candy's blogyou're in the right place and it's my turn!  I'll have today's blog hop list at the end of this post.

One thing I've always loved to do at Christmas time is share homemade treats with our neighbors and friends.   



  One of my most favorite gifts to give are big beautiful loaves of homemade bread. I never cease to be amazed how simple ingredients like these



can become these with just a little time and effort.  It smells sooo good!


As beautiful as these loaves are by themselves, they become a really special gift when tied up with some beautiful May Arts Ribbon!  I used the festive Grosgrain with Ivory Stripes (RG14) to dress up a simple parchment paper wrap with a double loop bow.   A stamped tag, a few jingle bells and a bit of May Arts Natural Burlap String and a humble loaf of bread becomes an elegant gift that can't be bought in any store because a little of yourself goes into each loaf.


To wrap the bread, cut a length of natural parchment paper a bit longer than your loaf.  Lay the bread diagonal on the parchment. Begin by bringing up the bottom, then wrap the left side over the right, the right over the left side (like swaddling a baby) and secure with a bit of tape. Tie on your May Arts Ribbon and tag and done.



I know there are novice bakers out there who think they can't possibly bake bread, so I've written a step by step printable tutorial with pictures. This is my go to super simple recipe that I've used for over 30 years and I can almost guarantee you perfect success even if you've never baked bread before. You can do it!!
 Here's today's hop list: (remember to comment for a chance to win some gorgeous ribbon!)

Candy
  Charlene (that's me!)
Johanna
Lalo

Thanks so much for joining us today.  If you have questions about baking the bread, just send me an email!

Wishing a Very Merry Christmas to Julia and all the wonderful crafters who pop in at Julia's Stamping Ground for WOYWW185!    Homemade bread on the workdesk this week!
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35 comments:

Helen said...

What gorgeous looking bread! Happy Christmas, Helen 3

MrsC.x said...

gorgeous bread what a lovely gift
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
TFS Happy WOYWW Mrs.C.xx #34

Annie said...

I'm just dropping in to say....
May you have a wonderful Christmas filled with everything that makes you happy.
Hugs,
A x #38

~amy~ said...

such thee wonderful gift and packaging!!!!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Such beautiful loaves! And your packaging makes them really special. I bet your neighbors just love you.

Virginia said...

MMMMM! looks so good, great idea for a neighbour gift!

Sue D said...

Lovely way to present your bread. I will have to check out the recipe.

Chrissy said...

MMmmmmmMMMMmmmm! Fresh bread AND adorable gift wrap??!! Yes please!

JoZart said...

Thanks Charlene and may I wish you a very Happy Christmas too.
your bread looks so wonderful and no doubt tastes so good but the presentation makes it amazingly special!
Jo x

Jessica Strider said...

Oh, those loaves look delicious. Great wrapping idea. Love the ribbons. :)

KellyG said...

That looks awesome, the bread and the packaging!!

Annette said...

wow this is the great gift ever... I sooooo love fresh bread..love how you wrapped it...great idea.

Ava Gavloski said...

great packaging tips and presentation inspiration, thanks for sharing
ava g

Debby said...

totally perfect packaging. I love it.

Maria said...

that looks so good

Carole said...

A wonderful gift beautifully packaged. Have a Merry Christmas Carole #58

Diana Evensen said...

That is a beautiful gift! Thanks for the recipie and instructions.

About Me said...

Oh my gosh! What a beautiful presentation~ I thought I was the only one that baked bread! I use the same flour :) Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays~

Misty
http://cardsbygeyda.blogspot.com/

Karen B. said...

Wow, wow, wow! What an impact, and a perfect gift!

Indy said...

What a lovely package!

sharon g said...

You must be very popular for giving away such yummy bread, and decorated in such a cute way!!!!

marylouh said...

the bread looks delicious. If I had the butter handy I could have a snack. I love to eat hot bread and butter - just out of the oven. thanks for making me hungry :-)

Beatrice Lawson said...

Can you be my neighbour please??? I have never tried to make bread but I am saving your recipe and giving it a try. It looks scrumptious.

jordanbev5 said...

What a lushious mouthwatering gift! Love that lushous bow especially because I am never going to make anything as beautiful as that bread!

Ronda Archangelo said...

Yum!! Who wouldn't love that gift? The ribbon and tag make it so festive...gotta get some stripey ribbon soon :)

Karen Wedding said...

You are a woman after my own heart. I love baking goodies at Christmas and giving them away. This year, however, I haven't had time to do the fancy wrapping.

Scraps said...

That bread looks heavenly! And the big, fluffy bow really sets it off nicely. You have very lucky neighbors!

Miriam Prantner said...

That bread looks delicious and the bow is divine!

Teresa said...

what a great gift idea!

Natasha G.P. said...

The ribbon is so pretty and luxurious for food. I just love the idea.

okienurse said...

WOW Charlene what gorgeous bread braids and I can smell it all the way here...just a tad bit envious! Just stopping by to say I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Blessings to you and your family in the coming year. Vickie #100

Holly and little people said...

Wow, that bread looks so yummy, I'm going to have to try your recipe, thanks for sharing!

Camille Short said...

What a gorgeous-looking package!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love how some fabulous ribbon can dress up a gift so beautifully.

jen said...

What a stunning & thoughtful gift!!!