Project Surprise

I didn’t earn the ‘Honest Scrap’ award twice on this blog for nothing….I earned it fair and square, admitting all things kooky, nutty, and otherwise quirky about myself…..and I’m about to do it again.
I love the movie “A Christmas Carol.” No matter how many times I have seen it, I never fail to cry at the end when Scrooge embarks on his giving spree. I’m talking, something wells up inside of me and I have no choice but to sob…the happy kind…..(honest stinkin’ scrap, right?)

I have finally pinpointed the reason that part of the movie chokes me up. There is something so inherently beautiful and uplifting about giving that is extravagant and unexpected, and something magical about being thought of by someone we would never guess….. Scrooge discovered the complete joy in giving, not out of obligation, but for the sheer sake that he could……and I’ve been thinkin’…….

What if we all chose someone, just someONE completely unsuspecting this Christmas and gave extravagantly just because we can. Maybe someone in your neighborhood you’ve been meaning to get to know, a co-worker you appreciate, or perhaps a long distance friend you always intend to do something for…….Maybe even delight someone who you know has no one else this holiday season. Project Surprise……….

Choose just one person and give them and unexpected gift, tin of cookies, or even a little of your time. I know we are living in times when both time and financial resources are limited, but I can almost guarantee that the ‘cost to the giver’/’delight of the givee’ ratio is a VERY favorable one. I’ve already mailed a Twillypop to a very unsuspecting recipient and plan to add a few more people in the neighborhood to my ‘cookie plate’ list.

Below, please find one of my most tried and true recipes for the holidays to help make it a more handmade Christmas or perhaps for Project Surprise.

I would love to hear anyone’s stories of either having done something like this at Christmas, or having been on the receiving end……
Pecan Butterscotch Squares
2 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar
10. T. Butter (no subs.)

Preheat oven @ 375 degrees. Grease 9×13 in. pan, line with foil and grease foil. Mix dough ingredients til blended and press into pan evenly. Bake for 15 to 20 min.

4 eggs
1 1/3 c. brown sugar
4 T. flour
2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt
2 c. pecans
2c. sweetened coconut
1 1/2 c. butterscotch chips

Mix first five filling ing. ’til blended and add pecans, coconut and chips. Pour over warm crust and bake 20 to 25 min. until golden around edges. Cool in pan on wire rack at least 5 hour until cutting.

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  1. “I’m talking, something wells up inside of me and I have no choice but to sob…the happy kind”….. now it’s happening to me….. Beautiful post and I wholeheartedly agree. Hugs!

  2. There’s a lady I worked with years ago and just loved working with her. I received a card from her this year, and spontaneously wrapped up a necklace and earrings and stuck them in the mail to her yesterday. Made me so happy.
    Great idea, great post.

  3. I actually received a Christmas card today from someone who had no reason at all to waste postage on me… that brightened up my day a little. 🙂

  4. Great idea, Project Surprise. I too, love the happy endings, I’m right there with ya. Will spring that on some unsuspecting person. 🙂

  5. I love Project Surprise – so awesome of you to remind us that we need to give back – it’s so important 😉 I think I will do something special for the older woman in my building…

    And can you say DELISH to those Pecan Butterscotch Squares – yummy!


  6. Of course YOU would think up something lovely and thoughtful like this. Funny, I sent a couple of gifts off to strangers, too. People I like but don’t actually know. Makes you feel good to think of the look on someone’s face. I hope your mailbox is full of happy surprises!

  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing…you are a doll!

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