The Plaid Post

The one in which I apologize profusely

Friday, 15 August 2008 17:32 by sara

I'm officially late on at least three gifts (sorry loved ones!), there are at least four phone calls I was supposed to return a week ago, I'm behind schedule planning our MOPS Kick-Off Carnival, and several other areas of my Mom world have fallen into disrepair.  And you, too, have been neglected.  Big apologies! Thanks for hanging in there, though, and I think we're officially back to normal. Or as close to normal as it gets around here. 

School is officially underway.  No tears were shed by the Kindergartener, and I wish I could say the same of myself.  I've found that the few morning hours provided by kindergarten actually leave little time for anything productive to happen around the house.  We'll be working on that over the next week or so.  I'm thinking some quiet reading time will be instituted, just to give everyone a chance to think.

I did have a chance to make more bread from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. They're not kidding about this bread. It really is nearly artisan, and it really does take only five minutes (of hands-on time) each day. I read the amazon reviews, and I think some of the comments are funny.  People seemed to quarrel with the "five minute" aspect of the title.  Really?! Obviously that figure doesn't include rising time, but it was pretty true that I mixed up a batch super quickly, kept it in the fridge, and on baking day was able to shape it and have it ready for the oven--usually in less than five minutes.

I heart warm bread. 

I'm so hooked on the book, that my sister-in-law (one of the overdue gifts that is no longer overdue) received a copy of the book for her birthday this week.

I still owe Grandma a birthday gift (can you imagine the guilt?!) and a return phone call. 

Turns out that Grandma is not easy to shop for, not even on Etsy.  What do you buy a practical 85 year old?  Melamine divided plates

Who doesn't need a good robe? I like the colors on this one from Disrobe. And the big flower is fun.

When Mr. Plaid and I first met, he liked to mock my habit of giving candles for most occassions.  What can I say, it's an easy, practical gift.

Seriously...what do you give the grandma who has everything?! 

 A set of vintage garden water faucet knobs?

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August 16. 2008 15:02

I don't know, Sara, but when you figure it out, let me know! My grandma is turning 69 on September 6th and it's fast approaching. Her and my grandfather recently sold their house and bought a motor home... so she has minimal space. It's almost impossible to find something to give her.

Hannah

August 17. 2008 01:54

Hey Sara, thanks so much for trying our bread (I'm one of the co-authors of "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day"). I'm so glad our recipes are working well for you. Come visit us anytime at www.artisanbreadinfive.com" rel="nofollow">http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com, where you can post questions into any "Comments" field, or click on "Bread Questions" on the left side of the homepage and choose among the options.

Jeff Hertzberg
www.artisanbreadinfive.com

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August 17. 2008 02:07

I have the same problem with buying for grandmas. For my grandma-in-law I usually suggest doing some activity with her (dinner at a restaurant with a big band playing / trip to botanical gardens etc.) as I think she appreciates our time more than any material gift. But that doesn't help me when it come to my nan - she's on the other side of the Atlantic...

Lil' d

August 17. 2008 03:49

My grandmother's birthday is tomorrow and I'm making her cloth grocery bags. I know it's not a sweet personal item, but her and I have talked about cloth bags a lot and she is starting to really think about doing her part. She was telling me she has one cloth bag that she has started keeping in her car. I'm hoping a few foldable (in a pocket) bags will inspire her a bit more.

Jennifer

August 19. 2008 15:24

i love those faucets knobs!

last year i embroidered on some flour sack dish cloths for my gma.

maybe you could make some linen napkins and embroider something in the corner. they're great to use in a bread basket or something like that.

here's some i made for my MIL for mothers day:therobbiereesefamily.blogspot.com/.../green-gift.html

maybe a simple skirt apron? vintage-ish.

liz

August 20. 2008 10:04

@ Liz: That looks cute! For her last birthday I made her the BTRS placemats and coasters, then for Christmas she got a matching apron.

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