Handmade Homemade gift ideas

Call me crazy, but I would rather spend time at home making a gift then spending time in a packed mall.

One of my favorite gifts that I made was for my sister-in-law. She loves to host parties at her house, so I put together a Gold Themed: Party-in-a-Box gift package! 

What you'll need:
1. Thank you cards or Invites
2. Drink Stirrers
3. Banner/Garland
4. Cupcake mix and cupcake liners
5. Candles
6. Gift for the hostess

How I did it:
For the invites/thank yous - I bought blank white cards and made a heart shape with glue and sprinkled glitter. 

For the drink stirrers - I bought skewers and wrapped feathers to them.

For the candles - I bought glass jar candles and used spray adhesive and glitter to make them pretty. 

Paper banner/garland - I took my heart puncher and sewing machine to make a banner for the party. It's quite easy if you have a sewing machine.

I bundled it all together with labels and fun wrapping. It's simply, but takes some time to put it all together! 

Hope this helps give you some last minute ideas.

with joy,
aneta nina

#HandmadeHomemade2013 // Pastries

My husband, loves pop tarts. I'm not super crazy about them. But I made homemade pastries and I liked them! It's part of my #handmadehomemade2013 series (been slacking).

I purchased The Homemade Pantry and chose the pastries as my first recipe. Making homemade dough is always intimidating, but the recipe of pie dough that this book includes WORKS or I just followed the directions for the first time baking.

The two things I would add to the recipe is a bit more vinegar and water mixture when you're making the dough AND put a thin layer of jam or filling because it will ooze out!

The Dough:
2 sticks cold, unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups flour
2 t apple cider vinegar
1/2 t salt

Cut butter into 1/2 in squares - Combine with flour - Toss the mixture and place in freezer for 10 min
Combine 1/3 cup of water with the vinegar and salt - Let salt dissolve and place in freezer for 10 min
Take the flour out and blend on low speed - Wait for it to become crumbly then start pouring in the vinegar/water - Add more vinegar/water if the mixture seems dry
Turn dough on counter and roll out into pieces - Refrigerate for at least one hour (to 3 days)

The Pastry:
Preheat oven to 375 F - Roll out the first half of the dough - Cut into six smaller rectangles (I just made small rectangles until the dough ran out) - Place on cookie sheet - With a pastry brush, paint each rectangle with the beaten egg - Scoop 1 tbl of filling onto each rectangle - Cut six more rectangles to match the size of the first batch - Place on top of each pastry that has filling - Press a fork along the edges and brush egg mixture on the - Poke holes with the fork on the pastries - Bake for 5/10 minutes OR seal them and place them in the freezer.

I placed my pastries in the freezer in a air tight container after I wrapped each one separately. As far as filling options, be creative: Nutella, ricotta cheese, chorizo and veggies....

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