There is just something about
putting together a bunch of stuff
in a basket and decorating it …
that I just love. Yep, I *love*
good ol’ fashioned gift baskets.
I think they kinda get a bad wrap
now that people associate them with
The worry that people might
think that you went shopping down the
pre-made isle at Target for their gift…
But, honestly… there is a big difference
between a home made gift basket and
one down an isle at a box store.
First, you can really fill them up with
*nice* goodies… For example, say you
have a good friend who *loves* chocolate…
maybe do an array of Godiva bars with a
small fondue pot and perhaps even a nice
bottle of bubbly… WOW, that’s a
gift basket!! Right!
And then, because you’re crafty, you
up the stakes and decorate your
basket with paper and tags…
Let me tell you… your gift will
be the talk of the Christmas tree!
They also make great hostess gifts too!
With all those parties we’re invited to.. it’s
nice to bring a little basket of movie tickets and
popcorn to say ‘thanks’… hosting a party is
hard work… and unless you stay to do the dishes ..
a hostess gift is a MUST!
So here is one of my baskets this year…
Sorry for the ‘desk top’ photo… lol…
only draw back of gift baskets… they’re
really hard to photo 🙂
I used the ‘Tree Traditions’ stamp set
for a lot of this basket…
Lots of snow!
Take a closer peek at the glass jars
full of candied nuts…
Here is a quick video showing
how I made the tree and some
tips on putting together a nice
Also, if you would like my recipe for my
super yummy candy nuts… here it is…
2 gallon size ziplock bags
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 pound of nuts (I use pecans or walnuts)
1 cup sugar (or splenda works good too!)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of all spice
Preheat oven to 250 and spray a baking sheet
with non-stick oil. (like pam)
In a bowl mix together the egg and water
until frothy. Pour into a gallon ziplock
Pour into the other ziplock all the
dry ingredients. Mix together.
Pour nuts into the egg mixture…
seal and mix mix mix until all the nuts
are evenly covered with egg.
Pour wet nuts into the ziplock with
the dry ingredients and mix mix mix until
all the nuts are dry and evenly coded.
Spread nuts onto baking sheet in single
layer. Bake at 250 for one hour.
**Stir nuts every 15 minutes***