How to make cozy treats for your pantry

 
How to make cozy treats for your pantry
 

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It's that time of year again, the warm blankets are out and the candles are lit. It's winter in the Northeast! It's a cozy time of year to become a homebody and dig into warm comfort foods. 

Today I'm sharing a curated selection of pantry items you can make yourself, including a few tips for making them at home and gifting them! Trust me, you'll want to brave the supermarket one last time to pick up the ingredients to make these special cozy treats.

Cozy treats happen to make perfect last-minute holiday gifts as well, so for those looking to impress friends and relatives, here are some ideas to get you started.

Savory

1 / DIY taco seasoning via Fox and Briar 

2 / Picante sauce via Chili Pepper Madness

3 / Chiu Chow chili sauce via The Woks of Life

4 / Yellow curry paste via Pinch of Yum

5 / Ginger pickled carrots via Healthy Seasonal Recipes

6 / Indian makhani gravy (curry) via My Food Story

Sweet

1 / Caramel cardamom pear jam via Lark and Linen

2 / Date paste via Feasting on Fruit

3 / Chai-spiced almond hazelnut butter via Ambitious Kitchen

4 / Yellow cake mix via I Am Baker

5 / Spiced pumpkin apple butter via Kitschen Cat

6 / Two-ingredient Nutella via The Almond Eater

Drink

1 / Orange Bitters via Lovely Indeed

2 / Toasted marshmallow syrup via Crumb Blog

3 / Hot chocolate mix via The Pioneer Woman

4 / Bourbon apple shrub via Nutmeg Nanny

5 / Eggnog mix via Sprinkle Bakes

6 / Ginger syrup via Sugar and Charm

Tips for making cozy treats at home

1 / The longer the shelf life, the better: Especially when you're giving cozy treats as gifts you want to make sure they're shelf-stable or can be refrigerated. Spice mixes are a safe bet, but make sure you read up on canning best practices when giving jams or nut butters!

2 / Think versatile: Create a treat that can be used multiple ways, not just for one use. If you're giving a homemade item to someone as a gift, include recipes so they'll use your gift right up.

3 / Enjoyed warm: It's cold out, so consider making treats that compliment drinks and dishes that can be enjoyed warm! Think hot chocolate mixes, curry pastes, and spice mix-ins for a hot toddy.

Mini Sunburst Mirror

By Sarah Adiutori of Weekend Pursuits

Mini Sunburst Mirror via Print (Em) Shop

If you live in temporary housing (i.e. dorms and apartments) you may think that your options for decorating your walls are limited. Perhaps you have even resigned yourself to living in a home with blank walls, which for a gallery wall enthusiast like myself would be unbearable. However, thanks to 3Ms Command Brand there are a slew of lightweight options, like Print (Em) frames and this Mini Sunburst Mirror, that can help you reinvent your space and design the room of your dreams without damaging the walls.

Mini Sunburst Mirror via Print (Em) Shop

Supply List
3 inch Small Round Mirror
8 ­- 7.5 inch Flat Wooden Sticks

24 -­ 5.75 inch Flat Wooden Sticks Gold Spray Paint
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Sharpie 

Directions

1. Spray paint the wooden sticks and allow to dry. 

Mini Sunburst Mirror via Print (Em) Shop

2. On the back of the mirror, mark the center and four areas on the edge of the mirror equidistance from one another (see photo). 

Mini Sunburst Mirror via Print (Em) Shop

3. Attach the 7.5 inch wooden sticks to the back of the mirror using hot glue, adhere four of the wooden sticks where you placed the marks on the edge of the mirror, making sure they meet in the middle. Then glue the remaining four in the center of the first four wooden sticks, allow the glue to dry. 

Mini Sunburst Mirror via Print (Em) Shop

4. Next attach the 5.75 inch wooden sticks to the back of the mirror using hot glue, adhere three wooden sticks in between each of the 7.5 inch wooden sticks, allow the glue to dry and hang up. 

Mini Sunburst Mirror via Print (Em) Shop

Sarah Adiutori is the editor and founder of Weekend Pursuits, where she inspires DIY Mavens to embrace the best days of each week. From Friday night (post-happy hour #cheers) to Sunday (pre-bunch), she knows a DIY lady will cook, create and celebrate until her heart is content or she runs out of sequins. Adiutori has bounced between the west and east coast throughout her life and currently resides in the Northeast. A self proclaimed (although confirmed by most everyone she meets) glitter obsessed, caffeine addicted, craft lover who has never met a hashtag she didn’t like. She always has a “just in case” piece of jewelry in her extra large handbag and lots of hand sanitizer. 


4 last minute DIY holiday gifts

Last minute DIY holiday gifts

Christmas is in 3 days, which means that all of you late-minute shoppers are going absolutely insane. But that's ok, because you have plenty of time to make some cute last minute DIYs for all of those on your list. I've collected my four favorite last minute DIY holiday gifts from around the web for you. From the edible to those that will pamper, there is definitely a holiday DIY here that you can bang out without breaking a sweat. 

1 // Winter is the perfect time to amp up your beauty regiment + there is no better way to treat your friends + family than to gift them something great. This DIY vanilla sugar cookie body scrub + soak will do the trick.

2 // Glittered wooden spoons! I love this idea because it is incredible easy to customize for the holidays or to match your receiver's home. It's simple, but a lovely gesture.

3 // Another great customization DIY, a tissue paper watercolor mug. So pull those scrap pieces of tissue paper together, find a simple mug + get ModPodge-ing.

4 // When all else fails, melt a bunch of chocolate + stick some great ingredients in it. Viola, it's chocolate bark AND it tastes really great. You likely have most of the ingredients on hand for this already, but you cannot go wrong with the dried cherry, pecan + sea salt combo.

Small space holiday DIYs No. 2

Small space DIY food gifts via Print (Em) Shop

It's been another great week of Blogmas + a huge shoutout goes to those of you following along. This week we covered a wide range of topics, from food to fashion, but I always love sharing great small space tips from around the web. This week we are focusing on small space edible DIY gifts. These are great ideas for when you want to make something for someone who may not have too much room to store much. Plus once all of these DIYs are eaten (or drunk!) they are gone, making them the perfect gift for those that live in small spaces!

1 // Peppermint white chocolate krispie treats takes our favorite classic treat up a notch. This one gave me warm and fuzzy memories of making rice krispie treats when I was younger. I think that is what gift giving is all about.

2 // I had to include a boozy DIY gift + these holiday infused vodkas are perfect! Purists aside, people love infused vodkas, but taking the time to make them is not usually worth it. It is the perfect boozy gift to make + in flavors like cranberry orange + candy cane it will be gladly received.

3 // Herb + flower infused honey is actually really great for the the gift giver, because most will probably have everything on hand already! Create a custom flavor for your gift receiver, like juniper, thyme, rose flavored honey, because why not?!

4 // We have plenty of table salt, sure, but no one really has the time to create flavored salts even though they are absolutely amazing. Make a friend or family member's day with DIY basil salt. So simple anyone can do it.

Christmas Napkin Rings

Christmas Napkin Rings via Print (Em) Shop

By Sarah Adiutori of Weekend Pursuits 

I am a firm believer in not allowing your fancy glassware and pretty dishes to collect dust, which is why I use mine on Tuesdays or Thursdays or really any day. I never understood hiding away the goods for a special occasion, everyday is special! However, growing up the fancy dishes were squirreled away until the holidays, until they were placed on our dinner table alongside several candles and a cheerful centerpiece. I have helped set our holiday table for several years and I love adding special touches, like these adorable and super easy Christmas Napkin Rings!

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Supply List
2” PVC Pipe, cut into 1” pieces
Fabric Ribbon, cut into 8” pieces
Christmas Ornaments (I purchased mine from the Dollar Tree)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

To Create

1. Apply hot glue to a cut piece of PVC pipe, attach a piece of ribbon to the PVC pipe ring, making sure to center the ring on the ribbon (see photo).

xmasnapkinrings2.jpg

2. Continue applying glue to the ring and attaching the ribbon all the way around the ring, making sure to smooth the ribbon down as you go.

3. When you have covered the entire outside of the ring, apply hot glue to the end of the ribbon and fold over about 1⁄4” inch of the ribbon to create a neat edge (see photo) then continue gluing until all of the remaining ribbon is attached to the ring.

4. Turn your ring so that you can see the cut edge of the PVC pipe, apply glue to the cut edge and smooth the ribbon down over the cut edge toward the inside of the ring. Repeat on the other side.

5. Hot glue an ornament on to your ribbon covered PVC ring.

6. Add a napkin and jazz up your holiday table!

Christmas Napkin Rings via Print (Em) Shop

p.s. How adorable are those place cards? Head over to Weekend Pursuits to see the tutorial! 


Contributor Bio - Sarah Adiutori

Sarah Adiutori is the editor and founder of Weekend Pursuits, where she inspires DIY Mavens to embrace the best days of each week. From Friday night (post-happy hour #cheers) to Sunday (pre-bunch), she knows a DIY lady will cook, create and celebrate until her heart is content or she runs out of sequins. Adiutori has bounced between the west and east coast throughout her life and currently resides in the Northeast. A self proclaimed (although confirmed by most everyone she meets) glitter obsessed, caffeine addicted, craft lover who has never met a hashtag she didn’t like. She always has a “just in case” piece of jewelry in her extra large handbag and lots of hand sanitizer. 


Last minute Thanksgiving DIYs

Last minute thanksgiving days via Print (Em) Shop

Thanksgiving is in a few days, and although you might have the cranberry sauce set and the brine is almost ready for that turkey, decor is not your forte. You want it to be charming + simple, but sadly your budget + time is running low. Last week I shared four of my favorite Thanksgiving DIYs + I wanted to top those crazy simple DIYs with some that are even more, well, crazy simple. 

1 // DIY Thanksgiving Placemat // Craft paper is like the duct tape of paper. You can use it for anything and everything. It makes a shabby chic placemat for those of you looking for a solution to your bare table right now.

2 // Painted Leaf Place Settings // Take a look outside + there are leaves, tons of leaves everywhere. A bit of copper spray paint and you have a perfect addition to your table setting.

3 // Flowerless Thanksgiving Centerpiece // Stuffing? Check. Brussel Sprouts? You bet. Flowers? Uh, does a cactus count? Instead of freaking out pile up those ingredients you are using to cook with anyway and make a Thanksgiving centerpiece sans the flowers.

4 // Gilded flatware // Everything is set and perfect, but your flatware is boring. This quick DIY will take care of that.