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Monday, December 3, 2012

So What if it's not HOMEMADE....

Hello, dear hearts...

I've been noticing lots of ladies...probably WORKING ladies, that's mentioned they really want to give HOMEMADE goodies to some family and friends at this joyful time of year.... but just DON'T HAVE THE EXTRA TIME needed to bake or cook.....
...been there......done that !!

Well, ladies, these little loaves of GOODNESS comes from my local GROCERY STORE BAKERY and they are DELIGHTFUL and DELICIOUS.
Different flavors for different folks !!
They are moist with plenty of flavor....
and they are UNDER $4.00 a loaf.
I can tell you that I keep several in my freezer at all times.
At Christmas, they tie little bits of RED and GREEN on the package
but you can add your own decorations.
 They not only taste great...look how pretty they become on a
GLASS CAKEPLATE...(especially good-lookin' with BLACK and WHITE around :)

I've tucked these little LOAVES OF GOODNESS
into a cute little Christmas basket, nestled in green Christmas paper and a pretty tag attached.

....just's just knowing you thought of them that is the MAIN gift. :)
 Just look around in your grocery store bakery and you
will see that there's all kinds of delicious and pretty items,
just waiting to go to some of your family and friends.
 THIS particular loaf is
and it is MORE than good....
just delicious

and several more...and they are ALL good.
Sooo, guess what I'm trying to say is 
don't stress out because you can't find time to do
excessive cooking and baking.
If you want a homespun gift, check your stores...
bakeries tend to be more expensive for baked goods and
most aren't as tasty as these little loaves I've shown you.

I have received these or the awesome Christmas cookies from the
grocery store bakery and was just thrilled to death..
because they were tasty, because I received a Christmas hug from a friend
and tickled to death that I was on her FRIENDS Christmas list.
So will your friend be thrilled...
o, and don't forget THE HUG.
♥ ♥ ♥
You are going to have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS....
I just KNOW it.
Love and Kisses and Hugs...AND MANY
I am joining and supporting:
2 parties that I linked with are NO MORE so I had to remove them from my post.


Irene said...

What a great idea BJ. I Never would have thought of it. Sending hugs your way.

Stacey said...

That looks delicious BJ. I have taken bread from Panera before and wrapped it with a dish towel for a gift. It's so easy and wonderful. I'll have to check out my Tom Thumb for baked Panera here.

Salmagundi said...

Good idea, BJ. Us old folks have been there and know the tricks and what's important!! Sally

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I agree bj! Sometimes just something special from the bakery is as welcome as homemade! Pretty bow and tag and I would be thrilled! Hugs, Linda

Shirley said...

Hi Bj, There is nothing better. I have been buying my bread that way, slicing it and packaging it just the right size for me since hubby is in the nursing home. It doesn't go to waste that way. Your cranberry loaf sure does sound yummy. I had a cinnamon roll this morning for breakfast that I had got from the bakery. Pop it in the microwave for a few seconds. Yummy with a cup a coffee. Have a great day. Your Missouri Friend.

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful idea! I have been looking for ways to cut back on what all I have to do this year,thanks for sharing!

Donnie said...

With it just being the two of us here in Florida I prefer to buy already made rather than keeping loads of baking products around. They sure make pretty gifts.

Designs By Pinky said...

I SOOOO agree, BJ! The loaves, cookies etc. from the grocery store are DELICIOUS!!! I buy them for us and now am going to buy them to GIVE too! Thanks for the inspiration to do this. Once again your presentation is BEAUTIFUL. XO, Pinky

Rose Hascall said...

Your post couldn't have come at a better time. We do Christmas with our family on the 15 and my hubby and I came down with the flu, and yes we had the flu shots. Aches and pains, cough and weak. I am going to take your advice and see what I can find. Thanks.

Beth said...

A wonderful idea. They look delicious!

Vee said...

Good really can't buy the ingredients and bake them off for much cheaper than that. Not to mention that time is money. I'm going to take a twirl through my bakery section next time I'm at the market, even if it's for my hospitality freezer as you do.

Barbara F. said...

Hi BJ, this is very good advice. I am not stressing out this year. Keeping it simple and easy peasy, keeping it more about Christ than commercialism. Thanks for your warm thoughts! xo

Faythe Fukumoto said...

They do look delicious...Great idea

Annesphamily said...

Yum! There is a store here, or rather sandwich shop that sells Apple Carmel Bread! I am making it this year! Yum! Tastes like Autumn goodness! I also make an orange bread. It is a pain in the butt because you have to cut up the orange slices candies and roll them in a little flour so they don't stick! But it is a bread recipe I have had for 30 years and everyone loves it! Then my co worker Monica, bad influence (LOL)makes strawberry banana bread! Like heaven in a slice! Sigh! I work full time but find a minute or two to bake! I just pull out my big whip and make the phamily help me out! Ha Ha!
But when I need easy I do it too! Great ideas and love your sweet treats! Hugs Anne

Pondside said...

That's a great idea - who wouldn't just love to receive one of those loaves? Everyone I know would be thrilled!
I love your ramsign!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

MMMmmm ..a lemon and cranberry combination bread sounds so good and that price is wonderful! I think everyone would appreciate a nice gift like that any time of the year!

PS: I did do some shopping at Bethlehem, PA! I'm expecting my first granddaughter in a couple of months so I picked up a few things for her :)

allisamazing said...

Just repackaging something boughten gives it that extra touch :) Such a good idea!

Sandy said...

Hey if your asked "did you make this".. you don't have to lie, just mention how you found these cute little boxes, bags, etc to put them in and that's the end of the story..
Nothing wrong with that!
Love your idea and although I have a few little baked goods stored all ready in the freezer I may just go buy
thanks for sharing

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it and it looks sooooo good. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Great idea! It's the thought that counts and presentation helps a lot too. Who needs more things to do at an already busy time of year, so good idea!

Theresa said...

Great idea, I usually run out of baking time close to Christmas:) Have a really blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

xinex said...

How beautiful and delicious, BJ. I wish I had that store close to us too....Christine

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

So Smart!

I used to spend days baking. I no longer have the time but still want to share the love.

This is perfect!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Your setting and creativeness makes it definetly look SO YUMMY! You can also add a quick homemade touch with a drizzle of chocolate on top(or not)... I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your black&white tea mug with your special MC black&whites...AHHHH!!!
Have a wonderful week,
Big Squishy Hugs,

Liza said...

Great idea BJ! You are so right, it's the thought that counts. That bread looks delicious.

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Jeanne said...

Hi bj, Your idea works for me. I have to tell you, your photos are stunning. You sure do know your way around a camera. Bought in a bakery or baked at home, is always a good thing. Mmmmmmmm.

Merry Christmas is in the air.

Love, Jeanne

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That's a great idea! A lot of people get so stressed out trying to make everything themselves but most people just love that you thought enough of them to get them a gift - even if it isn't handmade. I'd be happy to receive something like this.

SmilingSally said...

Great idea, BJ.

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

Ohhh, that Lemon Cranberry bread looks soooo yummy! Anybody would be happy to receive a loaf of that.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You, bj dear, are a master at taking photo's...Your blog is addictive. :)

MyJourneyBack said...

Great idea. Your photo's are always so great.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a Beautiful Wednesday,

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh what a great idea. They do look great. I bet gals can find nice loaves like this at Corner Bakery or Panera Bread too. Just pretty them up and wa la! Thanks for sharing this.
And your photo's are so great.
You inspire.
Have a Beautiful Wednesday,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh, that looks delicious, BJ! How I miss cakes, cookies and pies this time of year since I've been gluten free. I have got to find a gluten free pound cake mix that I can add some of these things to. Lemon and cranberry sounds wonderful!

Madeline's Album said...

This is a wonderful idea for those who do not have time to bake for the holidays. As for me I have plenty of time so I always bake my friends and family pumpkin breads and my gingerbread cookies. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Anonymous said...

What a lovely and colorful post, with a great reminder for busy-busy gift givers!! Visiting from Ruby Tuesday!!

On Crooked Creek said...

EXCELLENT advice, dear friend!!!
It is the thought (and that hug) of friendship that matters the most @ Christmas!!!