Garnish ~ A Fun Way to Package All Things

I have been stuck like glue to my computer for a day and a half. Wow. It’s been cool though. Getting things done, being resourceful, making new friends, etc. So in my constant searches for new and fun things to share with you I stumbled upon this fun site. Do you have gifts to give but need some type of packaging? Yet you still want it to seem like it came from you? Well check out this fun lil’ company. Garnish offers simple packaging for many of your homemade holiday needs. I really like this fun idea of a Gingerbread House Party.

The options are pretty endless. Sweet. Simple. To the point. I like it! Head on over to their site and see what other great ideas you might find.

Fun Crafts = Great Gifts

OK — so we all know it {yes, i am tooting my own horn! :)}, I am crafty but mostly I am a crafty copycat. I wanted to share a few fun craft ideas that are on my holiday to do list. Ready. Set. Craft!

I absolutely love It’s the little things that make a house a home. She has so many fun ideas and her site is just so pretty! I am always inspired when I visit. These sparkly candles look fun and simple {I like both of these concepts very much!}. Here is a photo of the finished project. For the easy how to — head on over to her blog by clicking here.

Whipperberry is doing a fun 12 Days of Christmas Project — you hand-make and deliver one gift a day for 12 days to someone you love. Kinda like a Secret Santa. I am digging this wreath. Click here for the directions.

How about these cute snowman blocks over at Cucumber and Vinegar? Click here for directions.

This is a gift idea that I am keeping in mind for sure {so if you are family reading this — pretend you didn’t see this idea :)} House of Smiths is a recently stumbled upon blog and I dig it. A lot. So many fun ideas! Click here for the low down on this project.

Do you have some special girlfriends that you’d like to give a homemade gift too? How about these fun washer necklaces over at The Crafting Chicks?

Of course there is this recipe for lemon sugar scrub from Gluesticks — I have seen it so many places and it has been on my chronic To Do List, yet it has not happened. Yet. I love the idea though. Have you ever used sugar scrub? It’s lovely.

I just love these pretty lil’ faux cookie ornaments over at Creature Comforts. Click here for the step by step of how to create these little masterpieces {she makes it look EASY!}. I think these will be on the Christmas Break Craft To Do List {yes, there really is such a thing}.

So there you have it, just a few of thousands of ideas on homemade gifts. I have the supplies to create a few of these myself. I’d love to make the sugar scrub BUT I don’t love the idea of using glass in the shower as the oils + glass could make a big dangerous mess if dropped. I have yet to find plastic ones that will work. Ideas?

Fun Find for Animals Lovers

Are you looking for some puppy bling? Then you will LOVE this stuff. There are so many fun accessories for your dog or cat. Also, it is a LOCAL Etsy shop. Woot woot! I do love local stuff.  Please head on over to my new friend Amy’s fun lil’ Etsy shop, Murphy & Gert. She has cute things for your beloved pets.

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Eggnog Quick Bread

This sweet little recipe came from one of my many Gooseberry Patch Christmas Books. I use them often during the holiday season. My hubby loves this bread and I make it in double batches often during the season. I also made it into muffins last week. Muffins are so easy to stick in lunches, etc. My kids prefer them over the bread anyway. When making muffins, I found that 19 minutes seemed to be the perfect amount of time for them. At least in my oven :)

Eggnog Quick Bread as adapted from Allrecipes

{original source, Gooseberry Patch}

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 2 teaspoons rum flavored extract {I actually just add rum — yes really!}
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease bottom only of a 9×5 inch loaf pan, or three 6×3 inch loaf pans.
  2. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in sugar, melted butter, eggnog, rum extract, and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Stir into eggnog mixture, just enough to moisten dry ingredients. Pour batter into prepared pan or pans.
  3. Bake bread in large pan for 40 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Breads baked in the smaller pans require 25 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack, and cool completely. Wrap tightly, and store in the refrigerator.*I do not keep mine in the fridge — simply stick in a covered container or wrap up with Saran Wrap and leave out.