Well not really but a close second for sure! I wanted to share a holiday favourite with you, a little after the holidays. I meant to make a big batch of this and give it away in mini mason jars as Christmas gifts for friends. Like many, time slipped away from me and the holidays we over. Still, I couldn’t resist this super simple recipe, a staple in our home: Cinnamon Butter! This batch should probably be called cinnamon-maple-vanilla-honey-butter though. If you have read any of my food posts before, you know that I tend to veer away from following recipes. I am more of an instinct person when it comes to ingredients. A dash here, a heavy hand there. In the end, if it tastes good it is probably working just fine. So rather than share exact measurements, I am just going to tell you the ingredients and steps. Everyone has different tastes so feel free to add more of one thing and less of another. Spread it on your morning toast and it tastes very close to french toast with half the work and none of the clean up. A win-win for all the busy mommas out there.
Butter – I use unsalted and a full pound. This made five mini mason jars.
Cinnamon – my personal favourite is by Watkins.
Maple Syrup – use the real stuff, not pancake syrup.
White Sugar – many of you will shake your head at that one but I am sure all the bakers can appreciate it’s importance.
Honey – liquefy before adding.
Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and MIX. I went old school and used a vintage hand egg-beater that my mom had. I was feeling the need to work out some aggression. Probably something to do with the kitchen faucet exploding that morning OR the furnace shutting down for 24 hours and leaving us all shivering our booties off. It’s been a tough week here! Using the hand mixer actually whipped up my butter and made it super frothy though so I will no doubt use that method in future. Taste as you go and add more of ingredients depending on your taste. In my case, it was all of them! But the result was perfection. Every buttery time. Enjoy! Full disclosure: Not the healthiest option and tastes even better on white bread. YUM!
If you are not already in the swing of things, for many people it is almost that time of year where holiday parties and gatherings seem to be happening all the time. Who doesn’t love a good holiday party?! A chance to dress up, eat tiny appetizers with excess amounts of cheese, drink one too many Christmas cocktails and sing along to carols on repeat. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Over the past few years, I have developed an obsession for finding the perfect hostess gift. When I host my own parties, it is just so NICE of someone to show up with a token of gratitude in a pretty form of a candle or even a bottle of wine. Of course it is NEVER expected but when it has happened, I have been completely delighted and full of gratitude. This act encourages me to always bring a gift when attending parties. Candles are my usual go-to. This year however I could not help but notice how many wonderful, giftable items are available. You can tailor it exactly to the person who is hosting the party. If they are a book lover, a foodie, a boozie or even have a green thumb, there is something for everyone. In my opinion, the more unexpected type of gift, the better. Below I have rounded up my holiday favourites, all of which would make fantastic hostess gifts. (I have included links to all of the items incase anything sparks your online-shopper eye!)