Traveling with Gifts & Other Misadventures

Pear & Butternut Squash Preserves
Pear & Butternut Squash Preserves

This week I am in California visiting family. Unfortunately, because of a series of travel snafus most of the homemade preserves I packed to give as gifts did not make it to their intended recipients.

Apologies for sending you elsewhere to read the full story, but this version will give you links to the recipes (including the Pear & Butternut Squash Preserves in the pic above). Here’s How NOT to Travel with Homemade Gifts.

Having survived those unfortunate travel adventures, I went up to Yreka (near Mt. Shasta) to spend a couple of days with my mom and her husband. This is the first holiday season without my Grandma Nea, and it felt especially important to spend time with family.

It was a quick visit though: I’m on the red eye back to Brooklyn tonight. Meanwhile, I’m going to go enjoy the rest of this sunny West Coast afternoon with my dad.

me & my dad after a crazy-good brunch at Tartine's
me & my dad after a crazy-good brunch at Tartine's

I wish you uneventful travels and delightful celebrations! Leda
P.S. – Don’t worry. This time I’ve already got my boarding pass printed out. And sorry TSA folks, but there aren’t any goodies left in my bag for you to confiscate.

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