We think you’ll love these adorable, iconic Halloween candies made in your own home. Not only are they cute, they are easy enough for even small kids to make with you. And it’s fun to know exactly what is going in those little mouths!
Tis the season for gift exchanges, and the most difficult thing to buy each holiday tends to be the dreaded white elephant gift. White elephant gifts can be a huge success or a tragic failure, and to make it worse, it can be just plain difficult because everyone’s personalities and tastes are so different. But never fear! We have come up with a few white elephant gift ideas that are inexpensive, useful, and fun.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and the biggest shopping day of the year is well under way. And while some of us haven’t even started our holiday shopping (guilty!), eventually, all of those gifts are going to need to be wrapped. A thoughtful wrapping job can really elevate the gift giving experience and adds to the anticipation of receiving a gift. And, as with most things, creating a beautifully wrapped gift is all in the details. Here, we’ve come up with five simple gift wrap ideas that make a lasting impression.
Tensions run at an all-time high in the kitchen on Thanksgiving day. Even the best laid plans are bound to go awry and everything always takes longer than expected. Add to that a hungry crowd counting down to mealtime and we’re talking stress!
We may not be able to remind you to give that turkey plenty of time to thaw or make sure you have an extra pumpkin pie, just in case, but we can help satiate your waiting dinner guests with a couple super quick Thanksgiving appetizers. A little food distraction goes a long way.
One of our most popular classes at this years Chocolate Extravaganza was our Edible Gifts Class. Here’s a few fun ideas for you to whip up for friends and family this holiday season!
It’s already the last week in November, which means the holidays are here! Can you believe it?! The holidays are my inspiration for this post. With gifts being given, you’ll want to be prepared with a few ways to package up a treat or other small gift quickly. Here’s a list of packaging products that every gift giver must own. Keep them all together in a box or tote, that way you’ll always know where to find them:
Bags: Bags make a quick, easy way to throw a gift together quickly. Place an item in the bag and tie it off with a bow… and voila! You’re done. Here’s a few bags we think are worth having.
- 1. C-2 Clear Cellophane Bags: Because everything looks better in cellophane.
- 2. Honeycomb Middy Treat Bags: Perfect size for cookies and other treats.
- 3. Chevron Stripe Bitty Bags: This size fits a Gygi Gift Card nicely inside.
Boxes: Boxes have a way of up-scaling a gift. If it’s boxed, it looks a little nicer. Check out some of these boxes that are perfect for packaging:
- 4. Gable Boxes: For all of the DIY-ers out there, these boxes are perfect for you. Box up your treat and then get creative! What will you do the outside of this packaging to make it your own? (NOTE FROM ROZANNE TO KASSI: WE DON’T HAVE THESE ANYMORE. I WAS GOING TO EDIT THIS BUT IT THROUGH OFF THE NUMBERING. WHY THEY DIDN’T PUT PICTURES OF THE BOXES IN THIS POST IS A BIG MYSTERY…)
- 5. Chinese Take-Out Containers: A fun, unique way to approach gift giving. Here’s a fun snowman idea you should definitely check out.
- 6. 1/2 lb. White Candy Box: For a simple classic look.
- 7. 1/4 lb. Red Candy Box: Same as the white candy box, just with a little pizazz!
- 8. Blue Cupcake Box: Who doesn’t love a cupcake? Especially one that has been boxed up just for you!
- 9. 6″ Window Cake Box: Giving to families? Then these fun windowed cake boxes are just what you need.
Accessories: Packaging accessories come in handy, especially when you are using cellophane bags!
- 10. Red Polka Dot Candy Cups: Or any color for that matter. But how great are these candy cups? Stand up a few caramel-dipped pretzels and place them in a cellophane bag, and you’ve just accessorized your packaging!
- 11. Baking Cups: Everyone needs a few different styles of baking cups on hand. Which ones are your favorite?
- 12. Baker’s Twine: Who needs ribbon when you have bakers twine? Especially since you are giving homemade treats… nothing goes better.
- 13. Washi Tape: A fun way to add some personality to any packaged gift. Maybe on the gable boxes?
- 14. Gift Tags: No package is complete without a friendly tag attached.
Fall is in the air, which means the holidays are just around the corner… So it’s time to start thinking about gifts. Each week we’ll be bringing you a list of the perfect gift ideas for the foodies in your life. Let’s start with the cupcake lover.
Top 15 Gifts for the Cupcake Lover: (in no particular order)
1. Martha Stewart Cupcake Recipe Book: Or really any cupcake recipe book will do. We even have one for Vegans!
2. Cupcake Band-Aids: Baking cupcakes can get dangerous! But at least they’ll have a happy band-aid to cover the pain.
3. Cupcake Cookie Cutter: Just because they love cupcakes, doesn’t mean they hate cookies! As long as the cookie is in the shape of a cupcake… you are good.
4. Cupcake Flavored Toothpaste: Can’t get enough cupcake? Here’s a way to brush your teeth in the sweet flavor!
5. Cupcake Sticky Notes: A way to make notes and lists for ingredients and cupcake tools that they are short on.
6. Cupcake Plunger: Plunge right in and get rid of that center to fill with gooey goodness!
7. Cupcake Decorating Set: All you need to be able to decorate your cupcakes in style.
8. Collapsible Cupcake Carrier: Carry up to 24 delicious cupcakes with you wherever you go!
9. Cupcake Batter Dispenser: Quick and easy, this batter dispenser makes filling pans and liners without any mess.
10. Silicone Baking Cups: This way they don’t have to throw their baking cups away.
12. Cupcake Liners: Because every cupcake lover needs a variety of liners.
13. Cupcake Stand: The best way to display those delicious creations.
14. Flavoring Oils: A great way to add a kick to any cupcake.
Did we miss anything? What cupcake item would you love to receive as a gift?
Have you ever thought of adding some summer flavors to your usual baked goods?
Adding hints of delicious citrus is easy using the LorAnn flavoring oils. A little goes a long way, so you don’t need to use a lot. They are 3-4 times the strength of regular extracts. Just enough to give your cookies or sweet bread a burst of flavor.
See all of our citrus oil flavorings here.
How to use: When substituting for an extract, use 1/4 tsp – 1/2 tsp of flavoring oil to 1 tsp of extract. For instances where only a hint of flavor is needed, use an eyedropper until desired flavor has been achieved.For more flavor options, click here.
Things you should know about LorAnn Oils:
Here’s a few generic recipes that you can customize by choosing an oil to use:
Buttercream Frosting: Brought to you by LorAnn Oils
- 1 ½ cups butter or margarine, softened
- 4 cups sifted powdered sugar (about 1 pound)
- 2 tablespoons cream or milk
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon LorAnn Flavoring Oil (depending on intensity wanted)
- Food coloring if wanted
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating mixture until light and fluffy. Add milk, LorAnn flavoring, and coloring (as desired), beating until spreading consistency. (Yield: 3 cups) Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Beat again before using.
Sugar Cookies: Brought to you by LorAnn Oils
- 1 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon LorAnn Flavoring Oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, or bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment cream butter and confectioners sugar until well blended; about 2 minutes. Add egg and flavoring oil. Stir in flour mixture until dough just comes together. Divide dough in half, roll each half between waxed paper to 1/4 inch thickness; refrigerate or freeze until firm. Remove one disk of dough from refrigerator and cut into desired shapes, adding no additional flour. If dough becomes too sticky to cut, chill until firm again. Place cut-out dough on cookie sheet and chill for 10 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350ºF. oven for 8 – 10 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Repeat with remaining dough. Cool completely before frosting.
Cake or Cupcakes: Brought to you by LorAnn Oils
Make cake according to package directions and stir LorAnn Flavoring Oil into batter. Bake as directed.
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