Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday Gift Basket Ideas

Holiday Gift Basket Ideas with fun ideas for teenagers, men or women including a DIY Lavender Rosemary Mineral Bath and Homemade Cinnamon Candle.
Sometimes it's hard to know what to get someone for the holidays but I always find gift baskets an easy versatile gift that can be individualized for any one.
Holiday Gift Baskets are always fun to receive and give whether it's for Mom, a best friend, coworker or neighbor I think everyone loves a basket filled with goodies! 
Holiday Gift Baskets are easy to adapt for teenagers, men, and women.
I made this basket with a women in mind however men will enjoy the GODIVA Chocolate Gift Box and DIY Lavender Rosemary Mineral Bath for achy muscles as much as anyone else.
The DIY Cinnamon Wrapped Candle can be swapped out with a grooming kit or old fashioned shave kit for something a little more masculine. 
For teenage girls you might add lip gloss, a set of knee high socks or an eye mask.
I also always include a Christmas Ornament when I give a gift at the holidays! 
This year we are doing wooden chalk gift tags that double as an ornament or can be reused later.
I always love receiving ornaments and think it's so nostalgic as I remember each year where they came from and the story behind them.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cranberry Orange Coffeecake With Brown Sugar Crumb #SundaySupper

Cranberry Orange Coffeecake With Brown Sugar Crumb is the perfect holiday dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

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I surprised Colt and the kids with this Cranberry Orange Coffeecake With Brown Sugar Crumb the other day to let them know just how thankful I am for them!
Colt even brought a few slices into work to share. 
It happens to be a favorite in our house with the lightly sweetened airy spiced cake filled with little bites of bursting cranberries, flecks of orange zest and plenty of crunchy brown sugar crumb for the perfect balance of holiday flavor! 
The last few years I have really tried to remember to be thankful everyday for my family, our health, a warm house and a roof over our head.
I am so thankful to have spent so much of my childhood with my Grandparents learning what life was like before cars and televisions. 
Growing up Granny had shared pictures of her family's horse and buggy they used to transport produce to the market.
It was always a great reminder to be thankful for modern day transportation.
Life can become so busy it's easy to forget how lucky we are to have clean running water and Internet.
I don't think life is ever easy but I think when you take time to give thanks it makes what you have in your life so much more fulfilling. 
For me I am Thankful to have had a day where I could make this Cranberry Orange Coffeecake and a husband who spends his lunch hour with me on the phone.
I'm thankful for each of my kids because they each teach me something new everyday.
I love how unique they are! 
I am Thankful for each day I have and to be able to share the recipe for this delectable cake with you!  
What are you thankful for this holiday season? 

Friday, November 20, 2015

How To Clean A Stained Stainless Steel Coffee Pot

How to Clean a Stained Stainless Steel Coffee Pot without a lot of elbow grease!

I'm almost ashamed to admit just how bad the stain on the inside of our Stainless Steel Coffee Pot had become but I'm sure some of you have run into the same dilemma and wondered how to clean a stained stainless steel coffee pot!  
The coffee oils have slowly cooked into a thick layer of build up that is seemingly impossible to removed no matter how much elbow grease you apply! 
Even the regular run through the dishwasher didn't touch it! 
But never fear my friends I'm sharing another one of my all time favorite Cleaning 101 tips: How To Clean A Stainless Steel Coffee Pot! 
Best part is it takes very little effort and you should have both ingredients readily available! 
With the holidays here I figure it's perfect time to clean the coffee pot before company arrives but easy enough to do once a week so you'll never encounter the embarrassment of a stained coffee pot again.
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