With the days creeping closer to Christmas and our Inspire My Creativity Challenge theme “RED” I decided to create an adorable red tag for neighbor gifts and share one of my favorite sweet bread recipes.
Neighbor gifts can be tricky and costly. They also come at a time when you are most likely overloaded with lots of To-Dos…so a simple and inexpensive idea is just the ticket. I created two different gift tags with one of my favorite scriptures about Jesus Christ from the book of Matthew. I’ve left space for you to write a message and sign your name, but otherwise, all you need to do is attach it to a loaf of bread. You can grab either (or both) of these tags from my FREE Gift Printables library by signing up for The Gifty Girl newsletter below.
Now for the bread part…this can be as easy as buying some tasty bread at the store or local bakery…or you can make some SUPER delicious bread of your own with this easy recipe! This was a recipe I got from my college roommate(Hey Serena!) many, many moons ago. It is quick to whip up and extremely versatile. You can choose what to put INTO the bread (blueberries? cranberries? raspberries? poppyseeds? Plain yogurt? Lemon Yogurt?) and you can add a vanilla or lemon glaze (or go without!). I named this recipe “Pretty Bread” because it is beautiful to look at and so delicious to eat!
This recipe makes 4 medium-sized loaves or 3 large ones. If you want to give this to individuals you could also make quite a few in an awesome pan like this mini-loaf pan.
1 cup margarine
2 cups sugar
Cream until fluffy.
9 egg whites
4 1/2 cups flour
1 1/8 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups yogurt (plain or lemon)
2 cups frozen blueberries, cranberries, raspberries OR 1/4 cup poppyseed
Put into loaf pans sprayed with oil and powdered with either flour or sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean).
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Put in saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until lumps are gone.
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1-2 Tbsp milk
Mix together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add milk until desired consistency is reached.
A few helpful tips for you:
Purchase bread bags from the ziploc bag aisle in your grocery store. They come about 100 to a box and are very cheap. It’s super easy to bag them up this way!
Print the bread tags at your local photo place. They are 4″ x 6″ so it works out perfectly and doesn’t use up a ton of printer ink. I wrapped the loaf in a strip of brown kraft paper and tied it up with red twine
I hope this yummy recipe and printable tags help make your neighbor gifts a little easier!
Now it is time to check out other”RED” ideas from the Inspire My Creativity Link Up Party. Feel free to add your links below!