Brown paper packages tied up with string.

This years packaged goods for neighbors and friends were especially fun to put together.
What could possibly be more charming than brown paper & string in place of wrapping paper & ribbon?
Especially because anything old fashioned feels especially Christmassy to me.
And naturally the soundtrack to the sound of music was playing in my head the entire time I was putting them together.  
The contents? My grandmas infamously delicious amadama bread. 
(made with oatmeal, cornmeal, only 2 Tablespoons of butter, and molasses for sweetening - among other things)
It's my all time favorite thing, not just because it induces an incredibly nostalgic flashback to my childhood, but because it's simply scrumptious. 

 *note: isn't it funny how these jars look like a row of shepherds? 

These loaves were accompanied with her equally popular pear butter.
These two flavors combined is the sum of my childhood.

And this is how I transported all these freshly baked goods to our lovelies.
Ikea saved the day, once again.


  1. Leah those are so cute. I love your ideas. you make everything beautiful.

  2. How do you turn everything you touch into something spectacular? Love the gifts. I just wish I was your neighbor.

  3. You guys are so sweet. And Nat, how I wish you were our neighbor too. What fun that would be!!


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