HAVE: Granjan is Grand!

maggie2094July 28, 2006

I am truly floored by the box I receieved today from Granjan. I am grinning from ear to ear. I was leaving the house when I saw the box on the porch. Hey, doesnt UPS even ring the bell anymore? I had to run out so I put it in the house. I didnÂt recognize the name but when I saw Berkeley, CA I knew It must be the great Granjan. I was so excited!!! Her posts always stand out to me because Berkeley just appeals to me and I admire her food philosophy. Here is the box  all 23 pounds!


WouldnÂt you know today I have overnight guests coming. Don't they know I want to be alone with my swap box and admire my presents all night long :D

Here is everything wrapped. I am amazed at the time put into this.


I just donÂt know if I can do this justice  it is so amazing. Here are the categories and cards.


Janet said my post about leading a "flip flop" casual lifestyle inspired her. She wrote how she enjoyed shopping for fun things because her entertaining style is more formal. She could not have been more on target. Did I tell you that I actually skipped around the house today? (oh yeah I can skip in flip flops)

Cook It UP




Brunch Cookbook: Janet is an expert on this subject. I am looking forward to reading this. I peeked and the first recipe I saw was donut muffins  thatÂs for me. She also related the pancakes to flip flops  clever!

Cedar Grilling Planks: These are large!

High Heat Spatula: Can you see the clever design on this? You can use both ends.

Bash and Chop: I have always always wanted one of these. Janet explained that it is really a dough or bench scraper  one of her favorite tools. Also great for getting veggies in the pan.

The Dip Cooler



Frog Plate and Dish: I canÂt stop looking at this. I have never seen anything like it. See that the dish is footed? The frogs are adorable. This is gorgeous.



Cake Plate and Server: I canÂt stop staring at this. OMG! The server. Janet said she loved that the black and white border matched the frog plate. This will forever and ever be a tradition in our house to have your birthday cake on this plate. Guess what? My son and I share the same birthday and it is next month! I donÂt know if I can wait to use this, though.


Flower Chip and Dip and cake flower plates: This is so me. It just looks like summer.



(oops that bottom box doesn't belong there)

Flamingo Flip Flop Cheese Plate: Where does she find these unique things? Is this cool, or what? Janet recalled the highlight of her trip to Southwest France was the flamingos.

Spreaders: Too cute or what? The colors match the glasses, too!

Chocolate Body Frosting: Ah hem. Gotta go!!! HeeeÂJanet mentioned something about Jessy hereÂ.



Flip Flop glasses: More flip flops! Cute and colorful.

Drink Umbrellas: Need these for my rum cocktails!

AHA Mini Hot Peppers: Janet recommends these as a garnish for martinis. Dirty martinis will be featured for my guests tomorrow with these adorable pepper garnishes.

Rocket pop molds: Now I only just posted a few days ago asking someone here about where to get the pop molds (Sburkhart). My son loves rockets and usually starts asking for a pop about 10 minutes after he wakes up. I canÂt wait to surprise him with a rocket pop!

Here it isÂI could barely fit it all in one photo.


I am not kidding when I tell you I could just faint dead away. Janet put so much care in her beautiful presentation and lovely notes and stickers. I donÂt remember having this much fun with gifts since I was a kid at Christmas. All of these things are just the things I always look at and want but just donÂt spend the money on myself most times. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now back to that chocolate frosting...

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What a terrific package! So many great items, it's hard to comment on just one. I'd be happy to take that frog in pond plate or the birthday platter and knife off your hands....
Jan you did an outstanding job and I know Maggie is going to have a great time using it!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 2:30AM
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Great score Maggie! Some really unique things in that package! Enjoy them all.

Granjan you are too much!


    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 6:40AM
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Oh MY! Some really neat things. I love those tumblers and dishes, just too cool!

Granjan you really put your heart into this, great job


    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 7:26AM
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I would faint dead away too..

What a nice package..I am truly taken aback,it is like Christmas on this forum..
Through the exchange you all did I learned abot Tovolo's great little items and will keep an open eye..
Numerous other in my head lusts for the kitchen.. This is like a shopping trip in my fav stores (kitchen) with people who make terrific suggestions:)

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 7:36AM
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So much fun packed into one box! Gran Jan that is an amazing swap, must have been so much fun putting it together. Maggie I bet your guests are in awe, I am!!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 8:03AM
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OMG! What a colorful, fun package. I love those serving pieces, especially the flip flop flamingo cheese server. Gran Jan you did a terrific job amassing so many cute and unique pieces!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 8:27AM
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That is a beautiful swap package. Kudos on the presentation, just gorgeous.

I'm dying for the recipe for donut muffins!


    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 8:42AM
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OMG! I DID faint dead away! I can't believe all the adorable things you got!

That cake plate and the cake cutter is just so cute! I loved it all - the colors, so pretty!

Good job Granjan!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 8:49AM
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Maggie, that is really a fun package. So many neat things!
Janet, as always, you put together a super package.


    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 9:07AM
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No wonder it took so long! UPS had to find their extra big delivery truck. I heard that their most hunky delivery guy drives it, too bad you didn't get to see him.

Have a wonderful time playing with all of your goodies.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 9:32AM
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Wow! What a really fun and unique group of goodies! A great theme, Janet - so clever! Have fun with all your swap gifts, Maggie. Now....how was that chocolate body frosting????


    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 9:43AM
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Well, flip my flop. That's amazing and very generous. I never knew there were so many flip-flop items out there. I love that serving dish. Goody goody!


    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 10:00AM
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Ohhhh, I didn't think so much fun could be packed in a box! Great job Janet!

I love the fact that you will be setting a tradition by having your families birthday cake on that platter. I LOVE traditions! You will think of Janet at every birthday and that is what I love about these swaps. EVERYTIME I use something I have gotten in a swap I think of that person in a loving way. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 10:01AM
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Jan, where in the world do you find so many beautiful and whimsical things? I am ine awe....
Maggie, control yourself! Okay, don't. I know that I couldn't with that wonderful bounty in front of me!


    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 10:32AM
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I am speechless! Well, almost.

I love color and that is the most colorful presentation and collection of fun any one box could hold.

Maggie, How will you ever decide which one of those adorable serving peices to use? Not the cake plate, I get that, but the frogs or the divided server? They all warrant immediate use. Let's have a virtual party at your house. I have flip-flops somewhere.

The scraper thingie is invaluable in my house for all kinds of prep and clean up.

Super-duper swap gift, Janet. Wow!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 10:43AM
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Okay people, I believe we need a lesson here!

Repeat after me:






LOL!!! I announce the offical death of the "mini" swap!

Super swap box you got Maggie - enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 11:40AM
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I had such fun putting this box together. Since Maggie said she liked a flip flop, island life style I just succumbed to bright, casual, fun things. The kind of things I'd like IF I really could use my deck for summer meals. (Always too cool in the evening, last week's heat was a RARE exception.)

I was looking for just flip or flop things; pancakes and frogs flip?, right, but couldn't find enough to work. And flop was HARD!

I wasn't sure about the birthday plate but the border went well with the frog plate and once you put something on the plate who can see the birthday cake? I went back and forth several times but it kept calling to me. And now I know that it was because Maggie and her son REALLY needed it for their birthdays next month!

Since Maggie, like me, lives in an area with access to almost all food stuffs I stayed away from edibles. But the body frosting was too cute, even if the only place you spread it is on your finger! (I'll shut up now!)

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 11:59AM
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Flip-flopping fantastic! Everything is so adorable. Great job, Janet. Traditions... yeah, we like traditions and what better way to memoralize a swap, Maggie!


    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 1:05PM
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What a fun package, Maggie! LOL thinking of you skipping around in your flip flops -- Granjan, what a great box you put together. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 3:18PM
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I'd flip over a package like that, too! The serving pieces are just fantastic, and I love the spatula and scraper, too.

Great package!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 3:41PM
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lol @ Gina!

GranJan, you managed to pack a swap box loaded with whimsey & fun ~ the black & white borders on the plates are awesome!

Oh Maggie, have fun & lots of smiles with your bounty!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 4:06PM
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Maggie, that is a fun and very cute package. I love the cake plate and the frog platter and....

Well, I'm not going to mention that body frosting. Much.


    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 6:27PM
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Yeah, I don't know where to start either but I know Maggie will start having some fun! That is a whopper of a package. Grand job, GranJan! And learn to count, will ya? Oh, never mind, Gina's declared the time of death for the mini. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 7:52PM
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There seem to be very few good counters around here. But I don't think there's anything wrong with being numerically challenged! I feel color coding is much more useful. So there! Janet

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 8:40PM
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Maggie--I'm so tickled that you received such an awesome package! You send some really awesome packages yourself.

You are going to have such fun with this package of wonderful goodies! Way to go, Granjan!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 10:56PM
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Maggie, I got the first swap box granjan even sent and it floored me also. She is ubergenerous! And very creative. I love everything you got!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2006 at 8:58AM
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Wow, what a package! I just love unusual dishes. Enjoy everything :)

    Bookmark   July 29, 2006 at 11:06AM
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Hey I got those Tovolo's molds too - from Alison! They're in the freezer now! What a fabulous package - granjan...so unique and fun!

Maggie, your description takes the cake! I think it got us all caught up in it - lol!


    Bookmark   July 29, 2006 at 5:58PM
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Bubbe, you are right! Everyone - get your flip flops and let's party. I still have my guests and have been so busy I haven't taken pictures:( I used the hot peppers in our martinis - excellent and cute. Earlier today we had iced tea in the glasses - I didn't realize they are tall ice tea glasses and I did use the umbrellas, too!

My guests are my BIL and wife and two kids. He is a chef and Chase - you are right - they are in awe!

Oh, and I made 3 types of pops. My son had the blueberry one this morning (it was okay because it was just blueberries and milk so it counts as breakfast!)

AM - at your request - I hope you see this. I may try them tomorrow - I need to know if they really taste like doughnuts! I know you are so good with your cupcakes and hope you make them.

Doughnut Muffins
makes 12 muffins

6 ounces butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
1 cup superfine sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
generous 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nugmeg
generous 1 cup milk

1/2 cup superfine sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Grease 12 cup muffin pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add the eggs, a little at a time, beating well between additions.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg together. Add half to the creamed mixture with half of the milk. Gently fold the ingredients together before incorporating the remianing flour and milk. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan, filling each hole to about two-thrirds full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the muffins are lightly brown and firm to the touch.

For the topping, mix the sugar and cinnamon together. While the muffins re still warm from the oven, brush lightly with melted butter, and sprinkle over the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Eat warm or cold.

Note: It is important to brush the warm muffins with the melted butter and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture over them immediatley. If you wait too long the butter will sink into the muffins and the sugar will not stick.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2006 at 11:09PM
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Okay it is official Janet is the most math challenged on this forum. LOL!

Very nice package. I especially love that the frog plate. Too cute. I like the idea of that spatula too and the Brunch Cookbook.

Enjoy all your new treats Maggie.


    Bookmark   July 30, 2006 at 11:34AM
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Such a fun, interesting and thoughtful package!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2006 at 3:54PM
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Wowza! What a great package Janet! I love the themes and the colorful presentation, too. Hope the UPS man didn't get a hernia!

I love having special dishes for special occasions like birthdays etc. That cake plate is sooo cool! I love the server. You'll have many special memories with that and all your fun flip-flop items!

And thanks for posting the Doughnut Muffin recipe! I can't wait to try it!


    Bookmark   July 30, 2006 at 6:00PM
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Oh Boy ! - now that's a fun package !! Very clever tying it all together Janet -- whimsical & useful and certainly a good read on Maggie .

Maggie you'll have a great time using all that bounty.


    Bookmark   July 30, 2006 at 9:25PM
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Janet that is one amazing package. It's a good thing you didn't have a bigger box who knows what would have ended up in there.

Maggie I want to see a cake on that plate! Enjoy your treats!


    Bookmark   July 31, 2006 at 7:39AM
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Oh my. Not only do I second Gina, but this box has so much to covet that I'm almost thinking of suggesting 'Swap box white elephant exchange' - get rid of something in your box - and jonesing (sp?) for something in here....nice try,eh?

Yeah, I caught that chocolate thing. I like the shell stuff - you know, it dries hard? hee hee

    Bookmark   July 31, 2006 at 9:06AM
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Wow, what a package. i love the footed frog plate. Too cute!

Grandjan, you really did it big. Nice job!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2006 at 3:52PM
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Can't count either can you Granjan?! Super swap box you put together for Janet. I can't find one thing in there that I wouldn't like!! Like Gina said....the end of the mini swap! LOL!


    Bookmark   August 2, 2006 at 11:25PM
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Wowee wow!!! Incredible package!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2006 at 12:04PM
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Wow! I love those themes! I agree with you Maggie...why don't guests know when you need "alone time" with your swap packages!!

I love that high heat spatula! I'd love that cookbook, too! Hey, those plates look like they'd go with Jessica's tea set! Very cute!! I must get one of those footed frog plates! The cake server is great. Ohmigosh! Those spreaders and that flamingo flip flop plate are terrific!! Everything in the Drink It Down category is great! It's ALL great! I'm with Renee! It all warrants immediate use! What a fabulous package!!!

Janet! Superb job! It's obvious this was as much fun for you!!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2006 at 12:54PM
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Oh it was! I love sending swaps. Everyone here is so into them. It's better than Xmas ans birthdays when so often no one gets excited except me and the toddlers!LOL

I hate giving gift certificates and items from a list that specify every detail. That's not gift giving! I opted out of the family name drawing after the year my brother told me just to send him the money and he'd order the wine glasses that were the only thing my niece-in-law (DNIL?) wanted. I'm sure they were at least $50 a stem so he didn't want to have her get only one from me. (I never pay attention to the limit if I find something great but don't give me an order!)

    Bookmark   August 5, 2006 at 1:05AM
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