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2013 Christmas Baskets!

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Another Christmas, and another edition of the gift all adults wish for (They do. Trust me on this.) — every year, my parents assemble and throw a blanket over large [laundry baskets / plastic storage bins] full of groceries and household goods. There are, as usual, too many for me to sit and draw a list of — but please enjoy the wide variety of items both gourmet and hilarious, including:

  • 15 cans of broth
  • snacks
  • smoked salmon
  • nutritional yeast
  • bag of sugar
  • sprats in tomato sauce
  • 2 cans of vienna sausages
  • tea bags
  • coffee
  • dried bonito flakes (cat treat)
  • 9 gravy packets
  • tooth flossers
  • light bulbs
  • dishwasher tablets
  • bag of razors

Tabling each item and photographing the lot was only the first step of this multi-prong process. There will be no recipe again today, since I’ll be spending the morning figuring out where to put everything. And probably still eating leftovers.

Happy New Year!

Enter the Christmas Basket, 2012

In my pantry today:2012basket2

Instead of actually typing out a list of everything in the 50+lb tupperware bins my brothers and I each received from mom and dad this year, here’s a snapshot of its contents on my kitchen table. To know why this is happening check out last year’s post explaining the wonder of these baskets. In fact, these baskets warrant quoting directly from that post:

You know all those things at World Market or Big Lots you’d like to try but don’t have the disposable income to waste? SANTA’S GOT YOUR BACK! Now, this is not to say my folks are highfalutin and can slap together jaunty foodwealth like this so easily — it is a process in which three equal baskets must be compiled over the weeks or even months before the holidays. My parents are more-than-admirably steadfast in their goal of sibling equality. It is a labor of love, and one for which I will gladly go ahead and clear out some cupboards.

In lieu of writing (and/or then typing) a list of every item, I’ll share a couple photos of some of my favorite individual basket items:

2012basket_bayleaveFlavored (cooking?) Oil: I imagine I understand why this might’ve been on the clearance rack. I mean, I “bay leave” why.

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OSTRIM beef/ostrich “jerkee”: This might be more respectable were it named less like a nightmare about haircuts.

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Larry the Cable Guy Cheesy Tuna Dinner: To be fair, not everything in the basket is necessarily intended to be edible. I don’t give two whits what a picture of Larry the Cable Guy tells me to do with my tuna.

The Christmas Baskets

In my pantry today:

It never fails that these baskets — made for my brothers and myself — are an astounding hit every year under the Christmas tree. You most assuredly cannot tell, from eyeballing alone, the heft of this laundry basket (approx 50lbs of stuff). A photograph really only touches the surface of its depths. You know all those things at World Market or Big Lots you’d like to try but don’t have the disposable income to waste? SANTA’S GOT YOUR BACK! Now, this is not to say my folks are highfalutin and can slap together jaunty foodwealth like this so easily — it is a process in which three equal baskets must be compiled over the weeks or even months before the holidays. My parents are more-than-admirably steadfast in their goal of sibling equality. It is a labor of love, and one for which I will gladly go ahead and clear out some cupboards.

I imagine I’ll do something fun enough in the kitchen with all the leftovers accrued from the three Christmas dinners, and I cannot wait to start adding all of the random asides from this basket into my pantry. Let us all pause now to rub our collective hands together in glee. Amen.