Gifts From The Heart




I have a strong feeling during this time of year that I don’t want to purchase gifts just for the sake of having something to give.  I feel that everything I give absolutely must come from the heart.  And for that to happen it usually either comes out of my sewing room or my kitchen!

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  1. Joan H says:

    Oh, I’m with you Dori! Homemade is best! I’ve been sewing up a storm! Your recipes look outstanding. I’ve never tried to make lemon curd, other than for the top layer of lemon bars. Yours looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Thanks for writing Joan!

      Yes, I’ve been sewing up a storm too! Isn’t it the funnest???

      Make that lemon curd! You’ll never regret it!

      – Dori –

  2. Pat says:

    All you have to say to me is: “lemon” and I’m there! Thanks for sharing. i just printed this out and look forward to making it…yum!

  3. Binky Thorsson says:

    Dori, I sew:) agree with you. Gifts from the heart!!! Thanks for sharing your feelings about this. It’s so nice to know someone else feels this way.

    Stay warm and well.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Blinky,

      I guess part of the reason I feel the way I do is for selfish reasons! Ha! I would rather receive something home-made ANY DAY!!!

      Happy Holidays!

      – Dori –

  4. Marlene Capelle says:

    I just got back from Key West, Florida and brought a bottle of Key Lime juice. I’m going to try your recipe with lemon and with lime (separately). Thank you. Happy holidays.

  5. Maxine says:

    That looks and sounds delicious. I love homemade gifting too!♡

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Max,

      And some of the most yummy things come out of your kitchen. 🙂 (And your sewing room – this I have proof of!!!!)


      – Dori –

  6. Cyndie Gray says:

    Oh how I would love to join you in your delightful farmhouse kitchen & share some of this yummy-ness ❤

  7. Carleen Sisler says:

    I make cranberry pumpkin loaves and give away and my homemade canned hot pepper mustard and some crackers…i am so anxious to make your recipe and i like how you decorated yours to give away..Thank you for some new ways to fix up my homemade gifts….MERRY CHRISTMAS…

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Carleen,

      Ohhhhh cranberry pumpkin loaves sound SO GOOD. I think I need that recipe! (hint hint!)

      Happy Holidays!

      – Dori –

    • LoriAnn says:

      I would love the recipe for the bread and the jelly they both sound very delicious have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year

      • Dori Troutman says:

        Hi LoriAnn,

        If you scroll all the way to the end of the post (like the VERY end) you’ll see printable recipes for them both! Just click the little print button.

        Happy Holidays!

        – Dori –

  8. denise says:

    can’t wait to try your recipe and I’ll have to go to Target now and look for that cute little gift box! Merry Christmas!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Denise,

      Hopefully Target still has some of the gift boxes. I actually thought I should’ve bought all they had at my store and saved for next year! 🙂

      Happy Holidays!

      – Dori –

  9. Christine says:

    I totally agree with you! Gifts, anytime of year, should come from the heart. I’m actually waiting this very minute on a couple of rising doughs! Fresh loaves of bread are on the gift giving list for a family we know. They just moved here. 🙂
    Can’t wait to try your recipe!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Christine,

      Fresh loaves of bread make the best gifts ever. I absolutely LOVE fresh bread right out of the oven. I think I’ll be making some tomorrow now! 🙂

      Happy Holidays!

      – Dori –

  10. Doris says:

    Hey Dori, Guess what I would more than anything right now. I would love to come over to your house and have some of that Lemon Pound Cake and Lemon Curd. I love all 5 Farmgirl’s posts. I feel like I know each one of you personally. I love you all and wish you a Christmas full of blessings.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Doris,

      Wouldn’t that just be SO MUCH FUN????

      We start to feel like we know our readers personally too.


      – Dori –

  11. bonnie ellis says:

    That looks absolutely yummy! Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays Dori.

  12. Marilyn says:

    That lemon cake looks delicious.

  13. Vivian Monroe says:

    YUMMO is all I can say to Lemon anything as well. Thanks for sharing. I am going to try these but first hopefully in the next couple of days I will be making your moms Red Chili Enchilada recipe. Got my stuff together just waiting for the right moment to make. Merry Christmas and thanks again for sharing your wonderful recipes. Neta.

  14. Irene says:

    Hi Dori
    Homemade gifts mean so much more. I am going to try the mini cakes and look for the gift boxes. My son and daughter in law live in MN and we started a christmas tradition a few years ago along with our daughter in laws mom and grandma. We exchange recipes and this one is definitely one to give. Merry

  15. Rebecca says:

    I can’t wait to try those recipes. They sound delicious. I love to give (and get) homemade gifts. I always think warm thoughts of the giver as I enjoy their gift and am grateful that they thought of me and for the precious time they spent making it.

  16. Betty Ayers says:

    Dori, I’ve gathered the ingredients and plan to make this for gifts in a few days. Unfortunately, it seems there has been a serious run on low-fat buttermilk around here – so do you think I’m ok with full fat? Many thanks!

  17. Ariel Ewing says:

    I’m about to make the lemon cake. But, mostly I wanted to mention your sweet mother. I “look” about like her. The well worn hands etc. I have those same “beautiful brown spots” from many years of gardening, freezing, canning and eating the produce. I’m 81 and still have a large garden on our farm here in central MN, lived on the same property for 62 years–4 children, 22 grand-children and 12 “greats” (two more on the way) later. 🙂 I am also a 24/7 care-giver of my wonderful husband. My moto is “Together is the best place to be”. God bless you AND your mother. I might just make the Mexican food also!!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Ohhhhh Ariel.

      This was the sweetest comment I’ve gotten in forever. It made me so happy. And I think that you and my mother “look” alike in more ways than the ones you listed. You may just be cut out of the same cloth!!!

      Thank you so much for writing to me.

      – Dori –

      P.S. Make that Mexican food!!! 🙂

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