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Monday, 17 December 2012

Hostess Gifts Made Easy

                         Welcome!!

                A simple, easy project ,
      A  homemade  gift that everyone could use.

Christmas Potpourri........



ingredients you will need:

dried orange slices
dried apple slices
cinnamon sticks
star of anise
small pine cones
 dried lemon peel
whole cloves

I dry my own orange slices......
so easy to do........
slice them thin and then lay them on parchment
paper on a cookie sheet..........
at low temp in the oven 200 degrees .........
for about 2 hours.



Do the same with the apple slices.........

Once your fruit has dried..........
gather the rest of the ingredients....


I went out and picked my pinecones then washed them thoroughly.........
Let them dry in a warm oven ...... same as your orange slices............

Placed all my ingredients into a plastic bag...
give it a good shake then leave it  for about a week 
so the aroma or scents could take on the pinecones.

While this was curring...... I went about making
Cinnamon Dough shapes.......

These are used as tags or can go on the tree....

The ingredients you will need:
1 cup of applesauce....
1 3/4 cup of cinnamon.......
cookie sheet .....
parchment paper....

 
In a bowl add these ingredients.....
mix till the applesauce becomes dough....
roll out onto a flat surface and then 
 
Knead together .......   

Roll out a bit of dough to 1/4 " thickness and 
then use your cookie cutters to make the shapes.

I used stars, hearts and Christmas trees.

Use a straw to make a hole in the dough that
can be used to hang your ornament.

Lay out your shapes on parchment paper /cookie sheet and dry in a warm oven at 200 degrees  
turning them once, for 2 hours............

Once they have cooled you can add your 
hanger.......
I used twine........
I also used a chalk pen and added some sayings...

Now it's time to assemble your bags.

I use clear cello and cut them into squares....

then take a little bit of your potpourri
in the centre of the square..............
pull up the sides and tie tightly with raffia....
finish it off with a tag.........

Have fun with it.............


      Here are mine already to give out ........

          Gifts made......
          Presents wrapped.......
          Baking done..........
Bring on Christmas..................

           As always thanks for stopping by  
                         Linda

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14 comments:

  1. This is a really sweet idea Linda. I have done the orange slices and the cinnamon 'cookies' before and hung them on a small tree. I guess the pine cones should be cleaned and 'baked' to get rid of bugs.

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  2. Very festive! Happy Holidays :) Seasons Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  3. Very fun and festive!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    Happy Holidays and Warm Seasons Greetings from Singapore~Sanghamitra.

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  4. Busy...Busy...Busy
    You and Santa's Elves, eh Linda?
    Lovely idea...
    Running out of time,tho...
    No snow here...crappy and cloudy...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  5. These are so cute, and I can almost smell how great they would be! I'm pinning these for next year! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. Great idea! I'm pretty sure I'm out of time for taking on another project but I would have loved to have made those!

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  7. What a nice gift idea Linda! This brings back memories of many years ago making homemade potpourri and gingerbread men ornaments. Christmas Blessings to you my friend, Gail

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  8. Merry Christmas Linda...I just added your cute burlap stocking to my post. I know Peggy mentioned she saw it at one of my parties...I am glad you saw it today so I could add yours as well.

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  9. Good Evening Linda, What a lovely gift idea. I have a few friends who I'm not sure what to buy for....this homemade potpourri is perfect. Thank you so much for the idea. Best Wishes Daphne

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  10. What a great gift this makes. I love potpourri!
    Mary Alice

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  11. I can almost smell Christmas in the air! Wonderful potpourri and a great tutorial!!! I'll be making your potpourri and simmer it through Christmas... minus the pinecone of course.

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  12. Happy Holidays from my home to yours! This looks delicious. I am visiting you via Wow Us Wednesdays and I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas!

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  13. What a perfect gift, I can smell is simmering now:) Delightful and heart felt thing to make. Thanks for linking up this week. If I have time I would like to use your recipe and make some for hostess gifts.

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