So in the month of December, I plan on having fun creating.  It’s something Flavored Buttersthat I love to do, but don’t often take the time to indulge in.  Most of what I’ll be making this month would be terrific for gifts, but you could also make and enjoy them for yourself!  I plan on doing a little bit of both.

Last year we purchased some delicious flavored butters at Costco that we enjoyed at Christmas dinner with the families.  As I was thinking about those butters, it occurred to me how simple they would be to make.  So, I gave it a try – and they turned out very successful!  It was super easy, the hands on work was quick and if I add a loaf of fresh baked bread (from the bakery of course!). these butters will make a fabulous hostess gift.  It was also less expensive for me to make them myself and I used better quality ingredients!  Win, win, win!

I made two types – Honey Cinnamon Butter and Roasted Garlic:

Honey Cinnamon Butter

Two sticks organic butter

1/4 cup raw honey

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  1.  Soften butter.  Add honey and cinnamon and whip until smooth and well mixed.IMG_2846
  2. Place into clean mason jars and label.  This recipe made two small jars (or one pint sized one) with a little leftover for me!
  3. Enjoy – that’s it – literally took me 5 minutes start to finish once the butter was softened.

Roasted Garlic Butter

Two sticks organic butter

4 heads garlic

olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper

  1. Soften butter.  Heat oven to 375.
  2. Cut tops off heads of garlic and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper – I probably used 2 – 3 T of oil and a few shakes of salt and pepper.IMG_2842
  3. Roast garlic for about an hour.  Remove garlic from oven and slip individual cloves out of the head of garlic.IMG_2844
  4. Whip butter and garlic cloves until smooth – you will still have some bits of garlic, but that’s okay – adds a nice texture.IMG_2850
  5. Place into clean jars and label.

See how sweet these look all gussied up for a gift basket?  Still to come this month I’ll be tackling jewelry making (we shall see how that goes . . .) as well as making some bath products with my essential oils.  Fun stuff!

Do you like to make things for gifts?  Or just for fun?  What type of things do you make?

Looking for other great ideas for hostess gifts or things to share with your friends? Check out my Things I Love page!

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