The organization I work for has very strict rules on gift-giving: it’s generally discouraged but if you choose to exchange, the value of the gift has a $10 limit (and no booze). $10 these days won’t get you very far, so here are 2 coworker gift ideas that are not cheesy and come in well below the budget.
- Stovetop Potpurri
I found this idea on Pinterest and made it my own! I put the following ingredients in a bag and printed out an instruction tag on how to make.
- 2 oranges (whole)
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup cranberries
- 3 teaspoons cloves
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 2 sprigs rosemary
My mother used to do this at Christmas and the smell always brings back fond memories of my childhood!
Hot Cocoa & Chocolate Goodie Bag
I saw this idea on At Home With The Barkers and thought “genius!” (Although I must admit that I forgot to take a pic of the goodie bags before lugging all 32 of them into work, so photo cred goes to AHWTB)
What you’ll need:
- Goodie bags (I bought mine from the Dollar Tree – best store ever!)
- Candy canes
- Bags of small marshmallows (put a handful of marshmallows in sandwich baggies)
- Boxes of Starbucks Hot Cocoa packets (8 per box)
- Several bags of Godiva, Lindt and Ghirardelli chocolates (I used peppermint bark, coconut, mint chocolate chip, and sea salt caramel)
I bought enough of each ingredients to make 32 goodie bags and placed one of each of the above (including one of each kind of chocolate)and tied it off with curly ribbon to make a bow – viola!
One of my go-to Sunday breakfast/brunch meals is French Toast. And not to toot my own horn, but I make a pretty darn good French Toast (toot toot)! Here is my simple and delicious recipe that I’m sure your family will love the same as mine does!
Start with your normal ingredients: Bread (we use white, but Texas Toast would also be a tasty option), eggs (1 per slice), and milk. Mix eggs and milk together in a bowl. Then comes the magic… add a splash of vanilla extract (I don’t measure but it’s literally just a little splash since it is strong) and a few shakes of cinnamon.
Saturate each slice by flipping it several times. Place bread on a butter-greased frying pan or skillet. Add a pinch a sugar on each side before you flip, letting each side cook to a golden brown.
Place on plate and serve with topping of choice!
While it may not seem like much, the vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar made a huge difference to your taste buds!
I don’t know about you, but my crockpot is probably my favorite kitchen item. It just makes cooking SO EASY! Here is one of the easiest recipes in my arsenal of crockpot recipes,
- 3 lbs frozen chicken breasts
- 12 oz hot wing sauce (I like Frank’s, but any brand will do)
- 1 package rank dip mix
- 2 tbsp. butter (optional)
- Place frozen chicken, hot sauce, and rank dip mix in crockpot
- Cook on low 6 hours
- Using 2 forks, shred chicken (I took the chicken out of the crockpot to do this for easier logistics).
- Return to crockpot, add butter, and simmer cook another hour on low
- Place on buns and add cheese if desired
And that’s it! An easy, delicious dinner that’s prepared in a few simple steps.
(forgot to snap a pic of Hazel’s creation, so borrowing this one from Bit of the Good Stuff – check out her vegan recipe here)
Happy Sunday Morning! Chef Boy-At-Hazel was at it again this morning with her version of crepes. Inspired by a recipe she found on Facebook (I tracked down the original recipe here)
She didn’t make chocolate ones but instead melted some milk chocolate and spread that along with cinnamon on this morning’s breakfast. She has also used fresh fruit in the past, preferably strawberries, but we were out this morning 🙁
Crepes are easy, delicious, and kid-friendly and I highly recommend them as for a morning treat!
(photo cred: Julia’s Album)
So, my 12-year-old (step)daughter is a budding chef. She has taken an active interest in scouring Pinterest for recipes and putting her own twist on things. I received this text from her earlier this week:
“hi. I’m makin dinner tonight”
“cool. whatcha making?”
“its a surprise! can you pick up cream cheese on your way home?”
Now, I don’t know about you, but when my child uses the word “surprise”, I get nervous. I get more nervous when she requests a random item like cream cheese. But I am being supportive of her budding culinary career, so I stopped and got the cream cheese, not knowing what I was going home to.
I was pleasantly surprised (and so was her dad) when we finally got to enjoy her finished product! Hazel found this Bacon, Cream Cheese, Cheddar Chicken recipe on Julia’s Album. Instead of cheddar, she used American (her fav) and it still turned out yummy. I would highly recommend this easy & delicious weeknight meal!