Ideas requested as thanks to my Fire Dept.
I didn't have the best morning - 5 trucks from the fire dept. at 8:15 a.m. is not a great way to start the day. Fortunately, a smoke detector and their fast response kept the situation from being terrible.
I'd like to make some food to take to the station as a thank you, but I'm on a *very* tight budget. Judging from how many people arrived at my house, it's a pretty big crew. Though I know snickerdoodles will do, I thought I'd ask for other suggestions that might be more interesting. I'm still a little rattled and, therefore, brain dead.
The problem is that $20 is the most I can do (which sounds awful considering they saved me, but I'm unemployed). Should I just do baked goods?
Thanks for any more interesting ideas.
What about something more healthy, like some homemade hummus or salsa? Was thinking these guys probably stay pretty fit for their job and might appreciate it, and a big batch would be pretty cheap. You could determine if you had money for chips, or let them decide what to do with it (ex: use as part of a staff meal).
Probably just me but I don't like homemade food gifts from strangers. Cynical maybe but you just don't know other people's standards.
If I were you, I'd go to the bulk store and buy as much as $20 would get you of jelly beans or something cheery like that and Bob's your uncle. Besides these guys like to do their own cooking. How about a nice bottle of olive oil?
Afterall it's the thought that counts.
Baked goods are probably the most budget-friendly way to go - it doesn't get a whole lot cheaper than sugar and flour. If you wanted to do something a little more interesting, though, what about quiche? Eggs are cheap, and you don't have to use a ton of expensive cheese/cream if you don't want to - I've had perfectly tasty quiche made just with whole milk and a little cream cheese to add richness. A little sausage or other meat to flavor it, some onions or other veg and you're all set. Along the same lines, a breakfast strata made with homemade bread can be pretty economical and delicious - you could even cook it in muffin cups for individual servings.
I'd go for the cookies -- they'll appreciate it, it doesn't require any special care, there's enough in a batch to make sure the entire station gets at least one, and they don't go bad.
How about caramel corn? $20 should go far and the homemade variety is amazingly delicious. If you want to vary it, I have seen some recipes which use kool ade for flavor and color.
Glad you are safe!