So I have a confession to make – I didn’t bake AGAIN last night! Shocking – I know.
It’s a long story but basically another of my lovely A-team supporters was incredibly generous with her time and baked for me – but through a mix up with train schedules I stuffed things up and ended up on a different train than her! (SO sorry Corinne!!) But never fear, we will gift the baking tomorrow instead. It’s actually pretty exciting as I have no idea what she has made – and it’s a great realisation to know that that what started as a little baking mission is now being shared amongst my community.
BUT – thankfully I have some other excellent news to share. Giftism is taking flight. The concept of promoting joy & connectedness through sharing baking with strangers is spreading – just like I hoped! I have two fantastic stories to share.
Firstly – the one and only Megan Savage and her gorgeous kids Nilah & Jonte took up the challenge and performed some xmas Giftism all the way from the Wairarapa to Wellington. They made a whopping 50 chocolate, cranberry and pistachio truffles (OMG – how good does that sound?!) and spread some hard core joy amongst passengers on their train. I have known Megan since I was 10 and she’s one of those sparkly, divine humans whose positive energy is totally infectious, you just end up hugging her all the time! So its no wonder she was the first to properly embrace this project. Her kids totally loved getting involved, and their act of giving completely lit up the carriage and made everyone’s morning. RESULT – pure sweetness on all levels!
Here is their handywork:
They really upped the anti by presenting their baking in a cute wicker basket lined with a pretty cloth, and offered little bags in case people wanted to take the goodies away instead of eating them on the spot. Jonte apparently strolled through the carriage saying – “Would you like your truffle now, or to take away?” Go Jonte you little ripper. But how genius! I will definitely have to incorporate this for my next round of Giftism.
I met them at the Wellington station to congratulate them on their success. Their truffles were so popular there were none left for me to try (no wonder with the takeaway option how could you possibly say no!) not that I need any more chocolate or sugar this month!
Go you guys – I’m SO stoked that you took the plunge and did it! Surely all your xmas wishes will now come true.
My other success story comes from my hometown of New Plymouth. One of my lovely friends from high school – Renee Penman – (also a super bubbly & awesome lady) was inspired by the Giftism project this week too. Instead of buying little gifts or chocolates as xmas presents for her husbands work, she decided to bake something instead!
Renee is also a non-baker like me, so the fact that she did this is a great act of courage and love. It is definitely harder to make something than to buy it – but the rewards are just tenfold! Check out these beauties – Fudge truffles (remember them from last week?) and mint truffles.
The mint ones are made using crushed up mint slice biscuits blended with cream cheese and then rolled in coconut. (Also a genius invention Renee!) And for a non-baker these are pretty exquisite – they put my truffles to absolute shame….
Renee has been loving the project and said it was really nice to be inspired to do something different. Yay for you sweetheart – I am smiling from ear to ear writing about your act of kindness.
So its THE LAST DAY of the project tomorrow – for this time around anyway. I am only part way through my baking so I better go finish things off.
Merry xmas everyone xxxxx