Experiencing Christmas

As some of you know I did something a little different for Christmas presents this year.

Instead of physical gifts I decided to give my family experiences.

Alright, cue the laughter. I know it sounds cheesy. But I just felt that with each member of my family it would mean much more. We are all busy. We all love each other very much. So why not dedicate an activity as the gift. Either time spent doing something together or for them to spend on themselves.

Well, in the past few days I did two of the experiences gifted; one with my Mom and the other my Dad.

On Saturday my Mom and I attended a culinary class. If you keep up with my blog you’ll know I much prefer baking to cooking. This is 100% to do with control. When I cook a meal I tend to do one of two things.

1. Not vary at all and ALL my meals end up tasting the same.
or
2. Become too creative and make a muddy, overly flavored dish.

Baking is one of those things that truly reduces my stress. It is the simplicity of measuring and control over exactness. I can make anything and know, for the most part, that it will turn out like the picture. 

I find joy in taking creative license as well! Thanks to the recommendation of Heather, I recently bought the book Ratio for my Kindle. It breaks down the chemistry behind ingredients as to better understand replacements for certain recipes.

Black Forest Cupcakes

Peppermint Bark

This was such a fantastic class!! I highly recommend finding a cooking school or private company in your area. It’s such a great way to spend time with someone while having fun and learning new things! Great idea for Valentine’s Day…

Just sayin’.

Monday was time for experience #2. Celtics game with my Dad! My Dad is a big basketball fan. Being born and bred in Massachusetts, he loves Boston sports.That’s not to say that’s the only team he’ll root for. My Dad went to Bates College in Lewiston, ME. For as long as I can remember he has loved going up to watch games. My father even coached the Men’s Varsity basketball team at my high school while I attended.

Being involved in sports my whole life we’ve always connected on this level. I knew that for his experience that I wanted to do something sports related. Using the site Goldstar I was able to find great tickets at a reasonable price.

So we went last night and had a blast!! Great seats, fantastic game and of course good company 🙂

TD Garden

Have you ever done an activity as a gift instead of a physical present? If so, what did you do??
-TTT

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