Welcome back for another blog hop with The Blended Blog gals.
Today we are hopping from one blog to the next showing off the goodies we received in our Christmas gift exchange. My pals and I used Elfster Secret Santa organizer to draw names for the blogger we would be giving to.
The Elfster free online app not only divvied up our names, but also enabled us to create and view wishlists, ask anonymous questions of our recipient, and even leave anonymous messages of thanks, once we received our gifts.
(I learned about that feature a little late!)
If you’re coming from Katie’s blog at The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life, then you know I was her Secret Santa, her Amigo Secreto. And I am glad you are here.
I loved buying for Katie because I feel a special bond with her. We have a lot in common for two gals who were born at least a couple of decades apart and have never met. We are both librarians. She lives in New York and I was born there. She likes wine and so do I.
See what I mean?
And welcome if you are coming by from a stop with Deena! I was the lucky recipient paired with Secret Santa Deena at Shoes to Shiraz.
I also have a number of things in common with Deena.
She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada. While I have never been there, I have been to Canada. And having been born in Buffalo, NY, I lived right on the U.S.-Canadian border. She is a teacher and I consider myself a teacher as I do a lot of teaching in my job as a librarian. She has two children and so do I, although her children could easily be my grandchildren.
That’s kind the “neat” thing about The Blended Bloggers. While we come in an assortment of personalities and ages, we all have things in common!
But I have wandered off topic, somehow. I know…hard to believe that of me! But tis true.
So, back to Secret Santa.
Here’s the box I received from Deena. Along with a sweet Christmas card with the prettiest message and a photo card of her lovely family.
In an earlier package, I had received the entire series of Anne of Green Gables books. I am pretty sure I had mentioned in a comment on her blog that I had never read Anne of Green Gables. I remember as a little girl loving the cover art on the copy of the book in my elementary school library. I remember checking the book out a time or two but I never read it. I remember wishing I could live in a house with green gables.
Now I can read the entire series of books!
The items inside the package pictured above are all about food.
Which is something I love. Love to think about, talk about, eat!
Look at those nummy treats!
I wasted no time sampling the chocolate chip cookies.
Did I say HOMEMADE chocolate chip cookies?
And chock full of chocolate chips!
Then I discovered a bottle of maple syrup.
Pretty certain I have mentioned how much I like pancakes. If not, I have been remiss because I love pancakes. And I cannot wait to try this heavenly syrup. I love the shape of the bottle. Love the golden color of the syrup. How about that label, in English and French!
And then take a look at this deliciousness.
More homemade goodness.
Home-canned, home-grown preserves or jam.
Not sure what the difference is between the two.
But I am sure that this is jar is full of whichever is the fruitiest and most flavorful.
Cannot wait to sample this tomorrow morning.
My mouth is absolutely watering as I finish this post.
Might just have to have breakfast for supper tonight in order to break open these goodies and enjoy.
Thank you, Deena, for a such thoughtful gifts. Doesn’t get much better than good books and good food from a good friend.
Please hurry over to see what Deena received from her Père Noël, her Kris Kringle; you can hop over there by clicking your heels then clicking here. And be sure to run by Katie’s blog here to see what I picked out for her.
Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day here with me.
Big holiday hugs and kisses,