Every year I try to make some kind of homemade goodie for our friends and family. Whether it be something as a favor if we host the holiday or just a little treat for everyone…I don’t bake so this is the next best thing. In the past, I have done homemade Granola which has been a HUGE hit – I also made that as a favor for my Grandma’s 90th Birthday and everyone absolutely loved it. Another year I made (you’ve probably seen on Pinterest), the Pretzels with Hershey kiss and M&M on top. SUPER easy and the most delicious thing ever! For the Rehearsal Dinner before our wedding Kevin even made Hot Sauce to give to everyone that evening. It’s just a fun, unique touch to add to an event to make it a little more personal.
Disclaimer – if you are a friend or family member that we exchange gifts with you may want to stop reading – otherwise the surprise will be ruined – unless you already saw my Instagram in which case – SPOILER ALERT no more.
This year, I wanted to infuse my own Olive Oil. I had seen this a few months back and thought it would be a super fun, pretty inexpensive thing to do for everyone this season. I looked at a few separate “recipes” which isn’t even the right terminology, and found the right mix that I wanted to do. We decided on Rosemary and Thyme to be the stars of this event. Personally, I am not really a fan of those flavors, or Sage, Fennel, Rye…but they work well with Oil and for a dipping sauce for bread!
When we do something new and creative like this…I tend to shop for the items, plan the event and Kevin basically executes it! I missed the pictures of the beginning stages – BUT – we bought fresh Rosemary and Thyme which he put on a rack on top of a sheet pan and dried them in the oven – WOW what a delicious smell. He put them in around 150-170 degrees for about 10 minutes – but keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. He turned off the oven and left them in there to cool – overnight basically. In the meantime, he was making a spicy oil from homegrown Ghost Chili Peppers for his father and my brother since they thrive on spice! For this, he heated up half of the amount of oil and added the whole chili right to it. Let this cool, then brought to the appropriate volume with unused oil. For the herb oils, we used 1-2 sprigs of each herb into each jar – if some pieces fall off, that’s ok! Then we topped off each jar with Olive Oil. It’s important to use good Olive Oil – you don’t want to go cheap’o on this gift. We used Whole Foods 365 brand which is very good and a decent price for a 3L carton!
I bought these jars from a random jar site online – I really can’t even guess on what the name of it was. But if you just search for Jars or Bottles you can find ANY size bottle. These were about $35 for 12 bottles, 250mL each (8oz). I used some seal-ons which we have at work, convenient, and the sticker at the top which says “Especially for you” I found on ETSY here.
Lastly, I am LOVING these cute little tags which also came from ETSY, I have a slight obsession with Mason Jars so I definitely wanted that on the tag to make it seem more homemade and then just wrote on the back what it was. These came out super cute and I can’t contain myself.
There you are, there’s my little homemade gift this season! Please comment and subscribe to my blog if you are enjoying what I do so I can keep doing what I love!