Welcome to The Monday Box.
This blog is the result of my fascination with the world of food blogging and my desire to somehow be a part of it. For the past few years I have lurked, found blogs that were both beautiful and a delight to read, and bloggers whose dedication to perfecting recipes led to many delicious discoveries. I began to search for my own blogging niche. So many blogs are already doing amazing things with general recipes, baking, or cake/cookie decorating. I wanted to try something a little different.
Enter “The Monday Box”. For the past 24 years it may have looked like I was actively pursuing a “Super Mom” title (note: pursuing not achieving). You know the mom who is always room mother at school (for both of her kids), Brownie leader, bakes and decorates birthday cakes that match the birthday theme (not to mention the painted t-shirts that also match the theme), and drives to in-town and out-of-town chess tournaments and dance competitions. You know those kinds of crazy moms. Well, I’m not just the kind of crazy mom who does those things, but I actually enjoy it. However, when my youngest left for college this fall, he figuratively handed me my crazy mom pink slip. I am determined to maintain my crazy mom status, even if it is only on a very part-time basis. Consequently, almost every Monday I send my son a care package. We call this package “The Monday Box”.
Inside The Monday Box are typical care package things: cookies/cakes/brownies, purchased bagels, microwave wonders, extra quarters for the washer. When it comes to baked goods, I have discovered that some items travel better than others. Some baked goods stay fresh for a long time and others really need to be eaten the day they are made. I have been searching the internet and through libraries of cookbooks to find mailable treats. I couldn’t find any one source that provided more than a few ideas. I did find that I am not the only one out there who wants to connect to those they love through a package of goodies. I hope that this blog will be a source of recipes for those wishing to ship homemade treats across town or much further. All of the recipes will be for treats that travel well for at least 3 days. Many recipes will be for things that last even longer, making them good choices for shipping to service men and women across the world.
I hope you’ll find this blog useful. Feedback is enthusiastically encouraged. Please share any recipes that have worked well in your care packages.