Some easy gifting lifehacks for the holidays

I know this is usually supposed to be a sex blog and a lot of people would expect that my gift ideas would be all about sex toys but at this time, when I have been seeing people become homeless and experiencing money shortages and not knowing what to do, I have a couple of recipes and hacks that may help to make the season easier, especially when we are dealing with our vanilla friends.

There is a sex tip. It’s one others have used but seriously, coconut oil is a nice lube. You can get it raw or refined. Just don’t use it in conjunction with latex. It’s cheap and can be used for so many things, your vanilla friends won’t bat an eye.

OK, so you have that bag of choc melts and some whipping cream and cocoa powder in the house and you have to make presents for people. Here’s what you do.
Ganache Truffles
(makes about 36)
Ingredients:

200 ml fresh cream
200 G cooking chocolate
A splash of flavouring or edible essential oils if you have them. I used peppermint
Enough cocoa powder for mixing and rolling later on about a cup all up

Method:
Heat cream on middle heat and then add chocolate and flavouring. Stay with the pot and stir until everything is melted together.
Take off the heat and refridgerate until cold.
Add enough cocoa powder to make the cold mixture a dough and shape into little balls.
Roll in cocoa powder and put into little paper bags for gifting.

Lavender shortbread
(makes about a slice tin full)

Ingredients:
2 cups plain flour
1 cup sugar
125 G butter
a splash of vanilla essence
1 or 2 drops of edible lavender essential oil

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Mix all ingredients with your hands until you form a dough. You may need a bit more butter or vanilla to make it stick.
Put the dough into a square slice tin and pack it right down so it isn’t crumbly. I use silicone baking forms because you don’t have to grease them.
Put in the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
Take out and let it cool. Then cut into little squares. Put about 6 into a small paper bag and start gifting!!

I hope this has been helpful, if somewhat unusual for this blog. Please look after yourselves and stay safe during this holiday season.

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