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College Care Packages 
 
Oct. 6, 2011 8:44 am 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2011 12:09 pm
I know at this time of year there are tons of Moms out there putting together care packages to send to their kids who are away attending college. I was in this position myself not too long ago and will be again very soon. It's always great to try and include a home baked goodie. Nothing tastes better than something Mom made when you are no longer living at home. One of the great benefits to having your kids leave is the new found appreciation they gain for your kitchen skills. Whenever my oldest son would return home for a visit, he seemed quite interested in what I had going on in the kitchen. The idea of eating out was no longer as exciting as it was before he left home. To this day, when he visits, he heads to the refrigerator to see what kind of leftovers I've got. 

This all brings me back to the idea of sending care packages. I found that some things ship really well and arrive at their destination perfect and fresh and then there are some other items that don't do as well. What are your experiences with this? Do you have a favorite item to bake and ship? Any special tips or advice on how to put together a great college care package? 

These Caramel Oat Bars are the first thing that come to mind when I think about shipping goodies. I'd love to know if you have a favorite recipe or other item that you like to include when you send off a package to your son or daughter.


 
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Oct. 6, 2011 7:13 pm
Hi Valerie. The Caramel Oat Bars look good. They ship well? I'd like to send something to my son in Tacoma (Army), but sometimes he doesn't get his packages very promptly. So I want something that won't be stale by the time he gets it. Thanks!
 
Oct. 7, 2011 9:06 am
How long does it take for mail to reach him? It took two days for a package to reach my son when I used to send these to him and they were perfect on arrival. I think 2 to 3 days and you'd be fine. Or, you can try freezing them and then package them up frozen to add an extra day or two to their life.
 
Oct. 8, 2011 6:17 pm
Thanks Valerie. I will have to ask him. There is a difference between the pkg. actually arrives on base and when he physically gets it in his hands. Freezing might be the way to go.
 
 
 
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Valerie's Kitchen

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Sunnyvale, California, USA
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San Jose, California, USA

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

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About Me
I've been married for 28 years and cooking even longer. I am the mother of 4 boys ages 25, 23, 19, and 17. I am always looking for inspiration and have been VERY inspired by this site. I have found so many great recipes here and the reviews are so helpful. I try to review every recipe I make so I've compiled a pretty good list of reviews to date. From day to day I'm not sure whether I'll be serving 4 or 12 so I always try to be prepared for anything! I had the pleasure of working with the crew from Allrecipes.tv when they came to San Jose to film a webisode of "What's Cooking" from my kitchen in November 2010. You can see my webisode here http://allrecipes.tv/whatscooking/sanjose_ca.aspx Currently I'm enjoying my time as an Allrecipes Allstar and Brand Ambassador. I look forward to seeing what is yet to come from this great site! Please stop by my blog www.fromvalerieskitchen.com for more.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a very seasonal cook and love to cook and bake things that suit the time of year so we do a lot of grilling in the summer and there are lots of good, hearty dishes in the fall and winter. I enjoy making use of my garden tomatoes at the end of summer and into the fall. I love to bake and have been making pies and cakes for many years.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I know everyone thinks that their Mom was the absolute best cook in the world but actually it was mine! I am sixth out of a family of 5 girls and 1 boy and the action was always in the kitchen. I watched and learned how to be a good cook from her. My best memories are of our large family gathering spontaneously on Sundays for a pizza party where my Mom would throw together delicious home made pizzas. Her Thanksgiving dinners were to die for with every dish made from scratch. She could throw a pie together so effortlessly without ever touching a measuring cup! She was at her best when we had crowds of people in our house waiting for anything from a pancake breakfast to a wonderfully prepared sit down dinner. She will always be my biggest inspiration.
My cooking triumphs
I think the most memorable things I make are my baked goods. I've got a husband and 2 boys who ask for a home baked pie on their birthdays instead of cake.
My cooking tragedies
We used to host a family party each Christmas season at our house. I have a very large family and had 30+ people in my house. I had spent the day preparing all the dishes that I would serve and had several things in my double oven when all of the sudden the power went off! I heard my sister shout "somebody call Dominos" and my heart sunk. Luckily, within just a couple of minutes (very long minutes) the power came back and I was able to finish cooking everything. I guess this counts as a near tragedy but it was memorable.
 
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