For Christmas this year, I made and delivered Cinnamon Honey Butter to neighbors, family and friends. The butter was very easy to make and turned out to be delicious. I have received so many requests for the recipe that I figured I should post it on HAP!
This is supposedly the recipe for the Texas Road House honey butter. You can find variations all over the internet, but this combination is my favorite.
Cinnamon Honey Butter
1 cup butter, softened (not melted)
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Blend all of the ingredients together with a mixer until smooth. Store in jars and refrigerate.
We have used this on everything from toast to sweet potatoes. The possibilities are endless and so delicious!
We are Rudolph obsessed in our house this year, therefore, this project was inspired by my little guy. If you are looking for a last minute way to wrap up some of those delicious Christmas cookies or homemade goodies for your friends and neighbors, or looking for a cute and simple way to wrap a gift for a little one, call on the most favorite reindeer of all – Rudolph! I recently made these goodie bags for a kid’s Christmas party and filled them with bags of homemade hot chocolate mix, hot chocolate spoons and Christmas cookies. They are easy to make and fun for your little elves to help with as well.
What you need:
Brown paper lunch bags
Large google eyes
Red pom poms
Scissors or circle punch
Black permanent marker
Brown pipe cleaners
Scissors or wire cutter
Glue (Elmers or Tacky)
Using a circle punch or scissors. Cut one-inch circles from brown cardstock.
Lay the paper bag flat. Glue on eyes. Make sure to leave at least 3-4 inches of space at the top to fold over. Glue brown paper circle to bag. Glue red pom on top of brown circle. Using a marker, draw a mouth. I had fun with this and made them all different. Some with buck teeth, some sticking their tongue out, etc. Allow to dry.
Fill bag with goodies or gift. Fold over firmly. Slide one pipe clear tightly to the crease of the bag. Tape the bag in place. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner upward. With a scissors or wire cutter, cut a pipe cleaner in half. Twist one on each side to create antlers.
I’m sure everyone will love these so much, they will shout out with glee. Too far?
Happy holidays to you and yours.
Filed under Christmas, DIY
My mother-in-law always has the best cookie plate every year. She makes sure everyone has their annual favorites and takes the time to make dozens of batches. Last year, I couldn’t get enough of these Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints. They are somewhat time consuming, but make the most delicious cookie!
Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
For the cookies, combine butter, sugar and almond extract in large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until creamy. Reduce speed to
low; add flour. Beat until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes). Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb (edges may crack slightly). Fill each indentation with about 1/4 tsp jam.
Bake for 14 to 18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute, remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely.
Meanwhile, stir together all glaze ingredients in small bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies. Makes 3 1/2 dozen
We always like to wrap things up with gifts for the haute hostess (or host) with chic ideas to bring to those holiday parties, winter weekend getaways or even the in-laws. Be sure to check back next week for our holiday cookie ideas!
If your hostess likes to cook, then chances are her pot holders have been through the ringer. Surprise her with a brand new set that she will be sure to put to good use. Mint tea is also a great choice to keep the stress of the season at bay.
1. Cutlery Potrait Napkins ($16) 2. Organic Chestnut Honey ($12) 3. Gunpowder Mint Tea ($12) 4. Mildred Potholders ($14) 5. Alain Milliat Nectars ($12)
In terms of bang for your buck, Restoration Hardware’s luxe throws come at a great deal because they’re often on sale. Last year I went a little overboard and bought three of them as gifts (and one for myself…shhh!) Warm, stylish and easily washed without losing their plushness, these cozy finds are a great gift especially if you’ll be someone’s house guest.
1. Pie Plate ($45) 2. Cora & Lis Tumblers ($4.90, $6.90) 3. Truck Food Cookbook ($18.95) 4. Spritely Jig Potholders ($14) 5. Olivewood Coasters ($24) 6. Luxury Plush Throw ($39)
If your host or hostess is social media savvy, now they can rest their glasses on their own Instagram pictures. Coastergrams allow you to turn those iPhone snapped photos into stone coasters. Fancy flavored olive oils always make a great hostess gift. Who doesn’t love themselves a bottle of truffle oil?
1. Joy the Baker Cookbook ($12) 2. Coastergrams ($30) 3. Chevron Hand Towels ($23.50) 4. Labeled Kitchen Utility Jar ($16) 5. Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Ornament ($10) 6. Truffle Olive Oil ($16.50)
Anne’s Picks: for the Homemaker
Most homemakers love serving their creations in a creative way which is why my top pick is a versatile soup and sandwich tray. Can not only be used for soup and sandwiches but also for morning oatmeal and fruit, ice cream and apple pie or salad and croissant…the possibilities are endless! You also can’t go wring with the Capri Blue Candle from Anthropologie. It is the perfect scent for any home.
1. Soup & Sandwich Tray Duo ($30) 2. Flavor-infused Mayonnaise ($7) 3. Capri Blue candle ($25) 4. Waffle Dipper Pan ($13) 5. Storybook Romance Dishtowels ($42)
Katie’s Picks: for the Workaholic
My job has required demanding hours this year so any gift that makes my day a little more manageable – whether it’s time, travel or stress friendly – is high on my list. For your workaholic friends or family, I’d give a double de-stresser and pair Aveda’s heavenly Stress-fix rollerball concentrate with a subscription to Yogaglo’s online yoga classes. Both will help them relax at home after a hectic day and are completely travel-friendly for business trips.
1. Fix, Freeze, Feast Cookbook ($10) 2. Travel Thermos ($31) 3. Yogaglo subscription (from $18) 4. Bose headphones ($135) 5. Stress-fix concentrate ($22) 6. iPad case ($19.50) 7. Paula custom duffel ($225)
Stef’s Picks: For the Do-It-Yourselfer
For all of those people out there that love to craft, paint, knit, cook crazy things from scratch and marvel at their own masterpieces, I bring you the gift guide for the DIYers. Surprise the independent in your life with a gift certificate to Arte Paint and Wine Bar. If you don’t live in the Milwaukee area, search for paint and wine bars in your area, they are popping up everywhere. They will get a blank canvas, some painting instructions and wine galore. If the piece doesn’t turn out like Van Gogh’s, you can blame it on the wine.
1. Arte Wine Bar & Art Studio class (prices vary) 2. Cricut Create machine ($129) 3. Created with Love stamp ($20) 4. Wilton decorating set ($48) 5. DIY Butter Making Kit ($30) 6. Keep Calm and Craft On Sign ($8)
For the little girl in your life, you can’t go wrong with a pair of fringe boots. Warning: if your little girl is anything like mine, putting these cute boots on will also add a touch of sass to her attitude. You also can’t go wrong with any of the Olivia books which documents the adventures of a smart and creative little girl.
1. Olivia book ($18) 2. Fill and Spill Picnic Basket ($25) 3. Wee Wonderfuls Fern doll ($39) 4. Fleece Mouse Robe ($40) 5. Tall Boot ($30)
For the budding chef in your life, the MiMi the Sardine organic cooking aprons are the perfect gift. They are super easy to wipe off and have adjustable ties, so the apron grows with your little one. I’m also a big fan of the kid-tough Fisher Price digital cameras. Now your mini Ansel Adams can keep his paws off your camera and create his own masterpiece.
1. Curious George Matching Game ($8) 2. Train Sound Puzzle ($11) 3. Veggie Tales Christmas Collection ($15) 4. Organic Cotton Child’s Apron ($20) 5. Kid’s Digital Camera ($38) 6. Battatt Bristle Block Set ($24)
I’ll always have a soft spot for sparkly pet collars but this year I’m also intrigued by the Bolt laser toy. Whether you’ve got a dog or a cat, your furry companion will be very entertained by this laser pointer. The best part? You’ll be equally entertained by their antics as they chase the beam around your home.
1. Chevron Pet Bed Cover ($59) 2. Sparkle Dog Collar ($23) 3. Interactive Laser Pet Toy ($16) 4. Cat Scratcher Lounge ($49.95) 5. Soggy Doggy Slopmat ($24.95)