Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gift Idea: A Little Remedy For The Post-Vacation Blues


Coming back from vacation can be kind of a bummer, right? While it's great to sleep in your own bed again (especially if you managed to change the sheets before you left), facing reality after a couple weeks of break bliss isn't fun. There's all the mail to go through, an empty fridge, and no more hotel breakfasts...


My friend Dana had been enjoying a few blueberry days in Maine but flew back to a Seattle that had suddenly gone all grey and rainy, so I wanted to take the edge off her return. Home baked blueberry muffins seemed the perfect place to start.


This is my go-to recipe (click here) - love the crumble on top and a little bit of lemon zest gives them just the slightest hint of zing.



Throw them into a pretty blue basket, add some striped tea towels, coordinating ribbon and specially made gift tag and you have a pretty package that will help make the homecoming truly welcome. It would make a lovely housewarming gift, too.


It's not quite room service, but will hopefully make that first morning's breakfast a bit sweeter!


How do you make that vacation feeling last even after you've returned home?

Happy Wednesday! XO

18 comments:

  1. Marian Wiltshire, EnglandAugust 13, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    what a lovely idea!! I shall put that in my special box file! Is your recipe for the muffins on here somewhere? if not........ please! Looking out of my cottage window at a blue sky with clouds scudding across at a rate of knots courtesy I guess of Bertha! Hope the rain has stopped where you are. Have a lovely day.

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    1. Hi Marian, so glad you liked the idea. There was a link to the recipe but it must have been hard to see! Hopefully I've fixed it and just in case here it is: http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2012/07/best-blueberry-muffins-youll-ever-have.html

      They are delicious! Hope things are drying out where you are. Still raining here... XOXO

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  2. Simply gorgeous! Pretty PLEASE share your beautiful blue pagoda tags! Did you paint them? I love making gift tags from the paintings you share with us. These are perfect! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Cathy, Thank you, yes I did paint the pagoda tags! I'm working with a printer to see if I can get them produced in larger quantities - all are hand cut at this point, so a little labor intenseive.
      Have a beautiful day! XO

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  3. Wow you are so my kind of friend, fresh blueberry muffins, yum!!!! And you really need to sell those pagoda tags, I love them and would buy them in a heartbeat, they are fabulous!

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    1. Thanks, Tina! I'm going to get in touch with you about tags. Would love to get your opinion on a few things. Have a lovely day. XOXO

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  4. Jeanne - How did you know? I can't wait to get my blueberry muffins :) We were in Maine and the wild blueberries were divine!!! It's blueberry season there. And yes I was just staring at an empty fridge after being gone for 2 weeks. Ughhh! xo

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    1. Loi, that's so funny! I was wondering if you and Dana might have crossed paths at some point - she was at a wedding in Blueberry Hill. That empty fridge is no fun. Hope you get adjusted soon - but I suspect that your home in DC is pretty darn lovely to return to! XO

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  5. Firstly, you are such a kind and lovely woman of grace. The mere thought that you show such kindness and compassion after mourning the fact that vacation is over and time to get back to reality. What a lovely welcome home treat you have created. The tag is just charming.
    Share that "Blueberry recipe" if you will? Thanks!
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    1. Thank you, Patricia! You are very kind. I tried to make the recipe link in the post a bit more visible, but just in case, here it is again: http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2012/07/best-blueberry-muffins-youll-ever-have.html

      Have a lovely Wednesday! XOXO

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  6. I love this idea and am thinking you could do it, or something like it, for yourself too. You know - make up a batch of something yummy that's waiting when you get home.

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    1. Hi Barb, I think that is a fantastic idea - to bake up a little something and then leave it in the freezer. You'd have to plan ahead and be organized, but wouldn't it make the return that much better! Have a lovely day! XOXO

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  7. Such a sweet friend and considerate friend you are! Those muffins look SO yummy and you tags the presentation (and your tags!) are perfect. Hope you are having a great week:)

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  8. Jeanne, you make the perfect friend and neighbor and we would love to come home to such a thoughtful gift! After a week away in Canada and California, we're actually looking forward to getting home and while we relished not having to cook all the time, we miss it. We hope you are well and enjoying the last weeks of summer.
    xxoo
    C + C

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  9. Another great and delicious idea from your kitchen! Will try this recipe, and such a nice presentation!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  10. What a gorgeous! Pretty please share your beautiful blue pagoda tags.Thank you for such an inspiring, interesting post.
    Interior Design

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