Handmade is better

I know that everyone is not crafty, but I am always determined that I am going to help those that say they don’t have a crafty bone in their body.  I remember a Christmas at our house, 36 of us in total, and I announced a couple of months ahead that it was going to be a homemade Christmas.  Each person was to bring something they handmade, one thing each, and we would do an exchange.


I remember hearing some grumbles, and many “I am not crafty, I can’t make anything” comments, but in the end, each and every person showed up with a handmade gift in hand, all wrapped up and ready for the exchange.  We did the exchange where you can snitch the gift from one another (I forget what it’s called) and we all waited till everyone had their gift and then we each took turns opening a gift so we could see all the different creativity.


Oh my goodness, what a bunch of different things, all so cool, so different, and everyone put a lot of time and thought into each and every gift.  To name a few – knitted afghan, quilted wall hanging, hooked rug, tied blanket, a case of homemade wine, a wooden shelf, a Christmas wreath, outdoor golf game (this came from a welder), some framed photographs, a cross-stitch picture, a carved wooden deer … seriously, it was so cool to see them all.  This still is one of the top talked about Christmas days at our house, we all loved it.

Today I will share another one of my Mom’s favorite recipes, which is now one of my favorites.

Rickety Uncles
1 cup softened butter
2 cups brown sugar
4 cups oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
Mix and press into 9×13 pan (lined with parchment is a good idea).
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cut into squares while hot, cool, break
apart and enjoy!

(When I bake this, I bake on a cookie sheet and do 1.5 times the recipe and bake 20 minutes.)


I have a picture of this on my phone somewhere, but it seems I need to clean up my photos … over 10,000 to go through.  So, I searched the web and found this one that looks almost exact to what mine does.

0 thoughts on “Handmade is better

  • Yes homemade gifts are the best ones and I love seeing what the kids come up with !! A handmade Christmas gift exchange would be lots of fun !!

  • Ohmygoodness Lori, that is the first recipe I ever baked on my own!!  I must have been 7!  That’s not what it was called in my mom’s cookbook, but it’s a way better name than oatmeal squares!!?
    I love the idea of everyone giving handmade gifts!!  It’s SO much more meaningful!!

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