Friday, February 14, 2020

valentines day in a jar gift idea ♥

i have to admit breakfast is my favorite meal of the day... 
i mean what's not to love about any kind of breakfast food? muffins pastries waffles bacon 
eggs oatmeal cookies bagels cookies french toast cookies...
speaking of bagels, i love a good bagel with butter and some raspberry jam on top yummm.
 bonne maman happens to be our favorite store bought jam, have you ever had it?
 (and ps. this not a paid post just really love the stuff)

besides, lets talk about what's really important here - the gingham lids on those jars ♥
i mean really good jam in a cute jar? it's like icing on the cake - or like the jam on the bagel? hehe

anyways, file this Valentines day in a jar gift idea away for next year - or if you are celebrating throughout this weekend, you still have time to pull some of these together with any jars you might have laying around!

i soaked my jars in a bowl of really hot water with a few drops of dawn blue dishsoap 
for about an hour - the labels slid right off - easy peasy.

the fun part is going to target walmart michaels where ever and picking out all the little things that go inside! i try to keep things all the same color, but sometimes the items vary depending on who i'm gifting to - for instance i know my mom doesn't like things that are rose scented and my sister in law is conscious about clean ingredients - keep those things in mind! it would be sad to get a gift full of things that are really super cute but maybe not items that are useful

 if you have trouble thinking of what to put inside - just think about all the things that YOU love! 
a favorite polish color, chapstick, a favorite kind of chocolate or gum ... you get the idea ♥

if there's extra room in your jars when you've put everything in,
fill the empty spaces with small candy like hershey kisses or dove hearts,
 even heart confetti would be cute in the bottom of the jar!

add some matching ribbon maybe a gift tag with a note to personalize ♥

definitely feeling like my jar hoarding skills paid off for this little gift idea :)

SO CUTE! happy Valentines day everyone! ♥

Thursday, February 13, 2020

heart shaped sugar cookies ♥

Valentines Day has always been my favorite holiday - i think it's all the hearts, sprinkles, and pink stuff that's on everything :) so when it comes to making heart cookies i always get excited ... maybe about eating them as much as making them ♥

make a batch of these cookies for your family or to put into cute bags/containers
 to give to friends or neighbors - i promise they will love them!

this roll out cookie dough recipe has been my go-to recipe for twenty years 
um. wow. that makes me feel really old
 anywayssss...... this recipe has never failed me! the cookies are soft, buttery 
and at the perfect thickness when rolled out to a quarter inch

but the real game changer was when i learned to roll the dough out onto parchment paper first 
(light bulb moment) and THEN chill it in the fridge right on the cookie sheets! 
it makes so much more sense than chilling the dough in a big lump then trying to handle and roll it out when it's too cold to work with anyways right? 

i always double this recipe, plus i use extra large cookie sheets for a larger rolling surface for the dough and for more cookie space when baking - this rolled chilled dough bakes up so nicely and the cookie shape holds perfectly

for the simple icing i combine 2-3 cups of powdered sugar with a few tablespoons of milk - just add slowly until it reaches desired consistency & add a few drops of red food coloring for pink frosting - spoon the icing into a ziploc bag and cut off a small tip from one of the corners - pipe in a zigzag pattern and sprinkle with nonpareils right away before it sets. SO GOOD.

i hope you love them & happy Valentines Day friends ♥ 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

banana chocolate chip muffins ♥

the long winter months always bring out the baker in me...
not that i don't bake in the warmer months too, but there's just something about 
chilly nights and snowy weather that make me want to whip up all the 
cookies, breads & muffins 

if you're like me, then you always happen to have a couple bananas that are ripe 
on the counter yes? i sometimes wonder if my family leaves the last few 
on purpose so that i will bake somthing? 
hmm. i might be on to them :)

i've been using this recipe for a loooong time 
and i'm not sure which relative it came from, but it's a favorite...
nothing really fancy or out of the ordinary about it - just good.
oh and it's great with or without the chocolate chips - i make it both ways
just depends what we're feelin' :)

here it is all typed up nice & cute - it's sized perfectly at 4x6 
for you to print and slip right into your recipe binder or box

enjoy! and let me know here in the comments if you make them!

head over there and take a peek! ;)

Monday, December 16, 2019

simple Christmas gift ideas ♥

Merry almost Christmas friends!
we're only a little over a week away from the big day and you might be overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done, but don't be! bake some cookies, put the kettle on and have some tea with me while you browse through some of my pictures - then you'll realize gift giving doesn't have to be complicated or over-thought - 
just simple and from the heart ♥ 

the baking inspired gift pictured above started when i saw this post and decided to make a batch of homemade vanilla extract for Christmas gifts! (just be sure to think ahead when gifting these, since it takes a while for the mixture to infuse before using) i knew i would want to pair the bottles with something before i handed them out - so off to browse the isles of Home Goods i went :) i found the glass measuring cups (because who has enough of those?) some cute spatulas & kitchen towels - then some pretty ribbon for that extra special finish. 
oh and the free printable labels for the bottles are from here - aren't they super cute?!

another idea is to keep a basket or crate by your door - fill it with with multiples of the same gift - something simple, inexpensive & that anyone will love - something that you can hand out to your mail carrier when they delilver packages, the bus driver as the kids head out to school in the morning or for the neighbors that you see outside or beat you to it and pop up at your door first! this year i bought a few of these BIG boxes of chocolates from Costco - at only $10 each they don't break the bank, but still feel like a substantial gift.

 take it up a notch with some ribbon, jingle bells and even a handwritten note or tag! 
boom. a simple store bought gift with a side of thoughtfulness - 
people notice! and they feel special ♥

a few years ago i gave my mom and some friends this super fun slipper filled gift - 
it was received so well and full of things that pamper your recipient.
the slippers were from target at the time but any slippers will work - even for a guy gift.
i tried to color coordinate the items i put inside which is easy to do once you start browsing the isles - first place i go to is the travel section! think nailpolish, chapstick/lip gloss, face masks, lotions, candy even a rolled up magazine or a book if it will fit.

i went next level for my mom's gift by adding a small 
kate spade monogrammed ID holder that i got super cheap during a black friday sale online.

when my girls were still bringing teacher gifts to school, mugs were my go-to starting point when i wanted to build a gift - not too expensive and can be filled with anything! initial mugs make it even more personal - i would put these types of gifts in a simple gift bag with tissue paper if it was travelling to school with my kids - if it is for neighbors or friends, just hand it over as is - with a waving hand & a big smile on your face :)

just a few more ideas i pulled from my camera roll from way back - these felt buckets were in the dollar section at target and the mugs were from pottery barn - they also had a huge sale on monogrammed blankets so i tucked a few of them into gifts for some of the couples we are friends with through my husbands work.

'by the fire' was the theme i had in mind when i put these gifts together (i know, i'm weird)
 sipping cocoa with marshmallows & peppermint sticks, blankets and chocolate ♥

and in the end - if you're in a pinch - grab a box of mandarin oranges - in those really fun crates they come in around Christmas time - and tie a ribbon around it with bells & chocolates tucked in between the fruit - and walk it right next door! (or send your kids ha.) who wouldn't want to have that hand delivered on Christmas day?? with a house full of company that would be just the thing to put out between dinner & dessert. If you have extra time you can make an clementine wreath like the one pictured below using cellophane wrap and bakers twine to separate each one - jingle bells and a bow with a special note and leave that on doorknobs for neighbors who are out for the day - what a fun thing to come home to :)

i hope some of these ideas inspire you to give a few simple Christmas gifts 
to people you don't normally think about or maybe to someone who you think might feel overlooked ♥ happy gift giving friends!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Christmas in my Etsy shop 2019 ♥

Christmas is in full swing in my etsy shop this week!
i feel like i pour my heart & soul into all my products - but especially at Christmas time ♥
it's almost like a culmination of working hard all year then going out with a big bang at the very end :)

i try to think about what you as my small shop customers would love to purchase and give as gifts - those ideas result in me spending months of designing, testing, revising, wrapping and packaging...
the end result is definitely a labor of love.

this year i created a collection of farmhouse style paper products - starting right in the kitchen
with recipe cards, tags, stickers & gift giving cards

even bookmarks! 
do you have a reader on your gift list? slide this bookmark into a good book with a Starbucks gift card
tie a ribbon around it and what a great gift to give! & receive ♥

last year i created a set of Christmas story nativity cards with farm manger animals and it was a best-seller! two new sets - snowy woods animals & fancy holiday florals - are new for this year.

display your Christmas story cards or any scripture cards from my shop on this little wooden easel that can be purchased as an add on to any card set - your easel & card set will come packaged all pretty like in a cute drawstring polka dot bag

buffalo check trucks & polka dots just make everything better
cards can be purchased with envelopes & all notepads come wrapped up pretty with a Christmas pencil attached.

all stickers in my shop come in sets of 20 and are packageds into glassine envelopes

Jesus is the Reason planner charms are sold individually 
and are also included in December's bible verse of the month box!

the subscription boxes come with a set of six cards, 20 matching stickers, 
the planner charm & a treat just for you! the box itself is valued over $35 
and is priced at $25 and bonus - it ships for free! 

the red truck key chain is probably one of my most favorite things in my shop this year ♥ 
maybe because it's really so true for me! all i really want to do during all of December is bake Christmas cookies, drink hot cocoa with lots of whipped cream and sprinkles & have hallmark Christmas movies on repeat.

beaded charm bracelets are totally new for me
 i love learning how to make new things and perfecting a skill over time
tweaking the little details and trying things out
i've learned so many new things from owning my own little business.

i also try to make things that i would love to use and
wear in hopes that is translates to you the same way!

some of the worded bead bracelets are so pretty - i would like to keep them all ♥
when i started making these my younger daughter Jayla was helping me - then she came up with some ideas for some kids style bracelets and she got crafty with me! i think they all turned out so cute.

 i hope you're able to check a few gifts off of your Christmas shopping list and 
as always i am so very thankful for all of the customers/friends who have supported and
shopped in my little store - you are such a blessing to me and i LOVE seeing & knowing your names on my worktable when i pack my orders each week - thankyou so much
you are SO loved ♥

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