House Warming Gift for a friend by Wife in the Country

I love putting gifts together. Perhaps it is partially because I can’t buy new things for myself all the time due to the simple life that I live. It is fun to buy new things and arrange them into attractive gifts. It is also pure joy to share some of my homemade hard work with others!

Today I went to a house warming party for a college friend from our days at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. It was good to see her again, catch up on life after college, meet her little family, and help them celebrate their new home.

I never seem to prepare my gifts ahead of time. 🙂 I am always rushing around at the last minute trying to pull something together. Well, here is what I came up with (overnight) this time.


Vanilla, Lemon, and Cinnamon extract, all homemade. Italian infused vinegar, a cute honey bear, a dozen eggs, and some springs of Rosemary for color. I put these items together, then stopped at the store on the way to the party to grab the “wrapping”. I was so please to find such a cute basket; just what I had envisioned! Thanks to Ross Dress for Less!! One of my favorite stores. Then to find a smaller round basket…..ok, a bowl will do….for the eggs. And wahlaw! A gift basket. Okay, so it is lacking the “foo-foo”, as my MIL says, and a professional arranger but hey, I was happy with how it turned out. And my friend seemed excited to try the goods in her cooking!


These cute canning labels are available from: I was so happy to find them, also at the last minute. 😉 And here is a link to my favorite Homemade Extracts page: DIY Flavored Extracts. Basically, you put a few pieces of the desired flavor into a small jar, cover with vodka, and wait….for 6-8 weeks. So simple, so delicious!

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Kassie - March 21, 2017 Reply

This is a great idea! Definitely going to use this. I love to share the things we grow and make here

Rachel - April 6, 2017 Reply

And we loved the basket! We used that bowl constantly. My hubby has claimed it for his daily cereal habit. We thought it was so cute!

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