As I'm busy doing everything that needs to get done around the house and testing recipes that I plan on posting, I'm also taking some time to send a care package to some special kids. It's nice for me to be able to spoil my niece & nephews with a few homemade treats every once in awhile, because I know they always love whatever I send their way. The moment they see the postman delivering one of my famous boxes, the kids are jumping up & down waiting to see what I've sent from Pennsylvania. I do it for their birthdays and for the holidays, with Christmas being the biggest extravaganza of them all. As a kid, I was spoiled by a few of my aunts & uncles whenever we'd pay them a visit & vice versa, so in a way I want my little ones to feel the same kindness and love I had growing up. There are moments, however, when I don't wait for a special milestone event or for a holiday to send a box full of cheer. If I know that someone isn't feeling well or is a little down for some reason or another, I get to work.
Some of you may know that my niece is going through her battle with leukemia at the moment. Just last week she had one of her gruelling treatments which always take their toll on the days that follow these hospital visits, so as you can imagine it breaks my heart every time she has to endure one. As much as I would like her battle with this disease to be done & over with, I know that it isn't going to be the case for several more months. In the meantime, this uncle is going to try his best to make sure she smiles, laughs & is happy even on those days when she doesn't feel too well.
A sampling of cookies getting packaged for gift giving.
My little one has a penchant for homemade cookies pushing store bought ones aside if she has the choice. This smart cookie adores shortbread in all its versions, but truth be told, she loves Martha's Cranberry Coins to no end. I simply have to include a batch of these every single time I send a care package; I also decided to make a batch of my Blueberry Cookies, minus the icing, because they have a hint of lemon which she loves. Naturally, she shares with her siblings, parents & grandparents, so I make sure to make a lot of them.
This time around I had to include toys for my niece as well as for my nephews because no child should be left out when sending surprise packages like this one. Everyone will have a little something to open by the end of the week. To us adults it may not seem like a lot, but I can assure you that for the kids, it means everything in the world to them. How do I know? Well, without prompting from anyone the kids always tell their mom & dad that uncle David makes the best cookies ever.
Perhaps I'm doing something right!