This little package is headed for a new home owner sister-in-law I happen to have who just bought her first home in Nevada. I can only imagine the scrutiny this thing will receive as it's a. a barely wrapped beer box and b. going to freakin' Las Vegas. Despite it's sketchiness, what is inside is in fact a loaf of Oatmeal Bread courtesy of me and Kim Boyce's book Good the Grain. Despite all odds, this recipe has become a weekly staple in my household excepting one week we lived through Mark Bittman's Rich Molasses Bread (he's not kidding - this is like a swamp of molasses) from How to Cook Everything.
The number of wholesome things sent to Las Vegas in dubious packages is probably quite slim, so I'm going to count my lucky stars if this arrives intact and delicious. In fact, should I get confirmation it was not a crumbly mess I'm going to immediately buy a lottery ticket and enough books of stamps to keep our postal workers employed until their salaries and pensions are raided to pay for another tax cut or war.
Digressions aside, I've come to decide that a good gift for new home owners might be a nice home baked loaf of bread. This doesn't except you from a more permanent purchase, of course, but it is a nice way to share some coziness with someone going through the horrid experience of moving, not to mention working with mortgage brokers. Hindsight is 20/20, but I clearly was remiss in not including a bottle of whiskey as well. At least we know that you can get in Vegas.