Home for Holiday * Hostess Gifts

Home for the Holiday -Friday’s addition:

Welcome to my Home for the Holidays but maybe you are going away for the Holidays or going to a holiday party?

Today’s post is all about Hostess gifts: Some idea’s you can make yourself:

  • Bouquet of flowers in a vase.
  • Boxed candies.
  • Potted plant.
  • Bottles of wine.
  • Tin of cookies.
  • Decorator candles.
  • Guest soaps.
  • Flavored vinegars.
Re Porpoise an old cookie tin with spray pain and decorations.

Homemade Candy :

  • 30 crushed peppermint hard candies
  • , 1 1/2 pounds milk chocolate candy, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oil-based peppermint flavoring, or to taste
  1. Spread 1/3 of the peppermint candy over a 9×13-inch baking pan lined with wax paper.
  2. Melt the milk chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, just until melted. Pour the melted chocolate over peppermint candy in the prepared pan. Sprinkle another 1/3 of the candy on top of the milk chocolate. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes.
  3. Melt the white chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Stir in the oil-based peppermint flavoring. Pour the white chocolate over the milk chocolate, then spread the remaining 1/3 peppermint candy on top.
  4. Refrigerate until the white chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes. Cut or break into pieces to serve.
  5. Homemade cookies are great also.

Wine and Wine Tag :

Grab a great bottle of wine to share and make fun tags for your bottles.

A basket of Seasonal bath & body products:

I grab containers from the Dollar store and filled them with homemade bath and beauty products. You can match the holiday or your hostess likes.

Cranberry Vinegar :

  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries

In a saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the cranberries burst. Cool. Strain through a fine sieve into sterilized bottles or jars. Seal tightly. Discard cranberries and cinnamon stick. Chill until ready to use in your vinegar-and-oil salad dressing.

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