This year, of course, Purim is (was) a Sunday. We had to work that in somehow, and I thought a fun way would be with a cookie decorated with an edible image of the Sunday comics. There is not much we miss more than having a Sunday, and with that the Sunday paper, especially the funny pages. From there, it was not too complicated. We made cinnamon buns and banana chocolate chip muffins, packaged up egg shaped gummy candies, and threw in an orange. Pop the comics cookie on top, and you've got a pretty decent mishloach manot.
Of course, we won't mention the fact that I am not a big yeast baker, and I have never made cinnamon buns before. Or that I thought I would be really clever and somewhat healthy with my first attempt. The lesson I learned was that fat is added for a reason, and that reason is deliciousness. Just deal with it. So my second attempt was far more successful, and, thus, went in the packages. Maybe someday the experience will provide fodder for another post...
Shana tied the whole thing together with a label that sent the message of "Enjoy your Sunday brunch, from the sunny side-up eggs and baked goods down to the fresh squeezed orange juice (you'll have to squeeze it yourself) and the comics, and have a great Purim." There were, naturally, a few glitches. We ran out of cookies at some point, and the oranges too, and then had to juggle a bit to make complete packages. It was not all perfect, though it was fun. But overall, we were happy, and we survived another year.
Happy Purim to one and all!