I don’t know about you, but I often find myself visiting friends or neighbours’ homes and wishing that I had something a little more interesting than wine to offer as a hostess gift. Don’t get me wrong – wine is a wonderful gift. But it’s sometimes nice to show up with something a little different. And who doesn’t love receiving something sweet (and oh so pretty)?
Although it’s great in cocktails, over ice cream, and with summer berries, vanilla-infused simple syrup also pairs nicely with hot cocoa, coffee and pancakes so this is also a lovely gift leading into Fall and the holidays beyond. Just change up your labels to something festive and you’re set!
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Packaged in vintage or new mason jars with a handwritten label, this granola makes a wonderful hostess or housewarming gift, or a nice treat for a new mom (who would appreciate the benefits of eating something straight out of the jar). Submitted by: Jessica Kosmack (recipe courtesy of Andrea Nash) Read more
I had planned on skipping Father’s Day this year (looong story which involved a very lame Mother’s day), however the reality is that I love celebrating holidays and I want my daughters to have an appreciation for them too. And although my husband sucks when it comes to Mother’s Day (yes Kyle, now the whole world knows it!), my husband is a great dad and he deserves a special day of recognition.
I wanted Robin to get involved with her Dad’s gift and since she loves helping me bake so much, I found a gift idea that fit both Kyle’s love of barbecuing and her love of measuring spoons perfectly – a BBQ spice rub!
We got up yesterday and spent the morning discussing Father’s Day, spices and shopping. By the time we got to the Bulk Food store, Robin was over-the-moon, talking about spices and how she would stir them together in her bowl. You’d think we were going to be baking cupcakes by the amount of enthusiasm she had! After lunch and a quick nap, I couldn’t hold her back any longer – it was time to break out the measuring spoons. We used a recipe from a really fun cooking blog – My Life as a Mrs. This blog has delicious recipes and is a good read! After stirring all the ingredients together, a trip to Dollarama to find jars, and a quick one-handed Photoshop label design (while holding a fussy baby) – our spice rub gifts were complete.
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