A Gracious Thanksgiving
Typically we host Thanksgiving. We’ve had upwards of 25 people here and usually have no less than 15. I love it, mostly because the house is decorated for Christmas and my husband and friends to all of the cooking. I just clean the house. I’m usually dead tired by the time we carve the turkey, but hey, my house is clean.
But this Thanksgiving we will be changing things up a bit and going to a friend’s house. I did a little happy dance when she invited us. She also invited all of the people we normally host for Thanksgiving (I’m not sure she knows that we have invited people that we meet in Cracker Barrel in the past, but I’m sure she won’t mind).
So I need a little hostess gift to bring to her. And nothing says “You are the hostess with the mostess” like a homemade gift.
I love the smells that come with Thanksgiving cooking, well most of the smells anyway.
Brussel sprouts are a different story. They taste so good, but they smell up the house and not in a good way. So I gathered a few ingredients that make a simmer pot for her stove. The cinnamon, spices, fruits and extracts make a warm and spicy aroma. You can let them simmer all day as long as you add a little water every now and then.
Oh, and they are pretty as well! All of the colors look so festive and welcoming.
To make one of these, just assemble the ingredients in whatever amount you want and put in a wide-mouth mason jar. After adding the ingredients to your wide-mouth mason jar, just cover with water and put on the lid. I would keep this refrigerated until it’s time to head over to your friend’s house.
To make this gift even more special, I have included two printables for you. The first goes on top of the lid and under the ring of the mason jar.
The second one is a tag that gives your special hostess the instructions. Just tie this onto the jar with whatever twine you have around your house. You will also find the shopping list of ingredients to add to your jar on this sheet.
This would also be a great gift to give to your company if YOU are the hostess with the mostess this year. Just make an extra one in case you pick up more guests while you’re out for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Stranger things have happened…
If you want some more gracious Thanksgiving ideas, you’re in luck! Some of my friends have come up with a few ideas of their own for you to enjoy. Just hop on over to their blogs and see what they’ve whipped up for you.
Kristen at The Ruffled Mango has a A Table For Giving Thanks that is alive with color and textures!
We hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving season. We are definitely thankful for you. 😉
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