Monday, December 20, 2010

Hostess Gifts - Beyond the Bottle of Wine

Don't get me wrong, a bottle of wine is a great hostess gift, but sometimes we want to give something more unique. Why don't you try a memorable hostess gift this holiday season!

Think breakfast!

The party was wonderful, your hosts had a blast, but a late night of cleaning made the morning come way too fast! Wouldn't it be nice to leave them a breakfast hostess gift!

Homemade Muffins

Fresh Bagels and Gourmet Coffee

Homemade Bread with Homemade Strawberry Jam

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola Recipe:

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup pecans, optional
1/3 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup coconut
1 cup dried fruit - craisins and golden raisins are yummy!

Homemade Granola Directions:
Preheat oven to 300.
Mix together oats and pecans.
Mix in apple juice concentrate, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Spread on non-stick cookie sheet.
Bake 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Stir in coconut and bake 15 more minutes.
Remove from oven and cool completely.
Stir in dried fruit and give in an airtight container.

No Cooking Required!

Look no further than your local T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Ross or Homegoods for inexpensive hostess gift ideas! The rosemary plant will have to be purchased from a garden center.

Rosemary Plant - smell great, looks great & it's useful!

Cocktail Napkins - seasonal or silly!


Christmas Ornament

Gourmet Foods - Pasta with sauce or soup mixes will make dinner the next day nice and easy!

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