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Herb Butter Recipe

Herb butter adds a special touch and flavorful accent to any meal. Mold the herb butter into individual servings shaped like a leaf for an added wow factor!

Herb Butter Recipe

This year for Thanksgiving I’ve decided to treat each of my guests to their very own herb butter pat shaped like a leaf. You won’t believe how incredibly easy it is to make!

Herb Butter Recipe

With all of the delicious flavors going on at our Thanksgiving table I chose to make a very simple herb butter that complimented rather than competed. I went with a thyme butter.

Herb Butter Recipe

The thyme butter just gives a gentle savory suggestion of flavor to the rolls and mashed potatoes as well as the vegetables or even the turkey! And the best news is that it takes only moments to put together!  I just let the butter soften to room temperature, added a teaspoon of dried thyme and mixed until incorporated. Then I spread the herb butter into a plastic leaf mold sheet (that is usually used for chocolates) and popped it into the fridge for a few hours.

Herb Butter Recipe

That’s it! How easy is that? If you’re looking for leaf molds click here. If you don’t have the thyme (sorry, I couldn’t resist) to find some molds, no worries!  Just roll your butter into a loaf wrapped in wax paper and then cover with foil and chill until set.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wenderly

Herb Butter Recipe
Author: Wenderly | Wendy Hondroulis
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Serves: 12 pats
Thyme herb butter adds a special touch and flavorful accent to any meal. Mold the herb butter into individual servings shaped like a leaf for an added wow factor!
Ingredients
  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Instructions
  1. Let the butter soften to room temperature.
  2. Place butter in a bowl, add dried thyme and mix until incorporated.
  3. Spread the herb butter into the leaf molds taking care to wipe off the excess around the edges of the leaf shapes.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  5. Gently pop out the leaf shapes onto a plate (if you put your serving plate in the freezer beforehand, the butter will stay cold longer).
  6. Serve & enjoy!

 

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Melt Someone’s Heart With Crayons

Who doesn’t just love a new box of crayons and all of the promise that it holds? A fresh box makes my heart go a-pitter-pat. The creative possibilities are absolutely endless! Well, I ask you,  what does one do with all of the tattered and battered used little pieces once all of the creativity is done?

You make heart crayons of course!

Aren’t they precious? And they’re the perfect DIY gift for Valentine’s Day! Simple, creative, easy and fun! I just made them at work with the kiddos I supervise in the after school program and I knew that I had to share them with you! I snapped a few quick photos on my phone of the simple process…

First, peel the paper off of the crayons and then break the crayons into small pieces. Next, place the pieces into a non-stick, heart shaped pan (making sure not to over stuff) and bake in a pre-heated 350° oven.

Watch closely as the crayons melt (3-5 minutes depending on your oven) as soon as you see that they have completely melted,

carefully take the cookie sheet out of the oven and place on a flat surface in your freezer.

(Note: the metallic crayons didn’t melt, next time we’ll skip those colors.)

After about 5-7 minutes in the freezer they’ll be firm and ready to go!

Tah-daaaaaaa…

Wasn’t that easy?

I just can’t think of a cuter way to say Happy Valentine’s Day.

A heart felt gift that will make anyone’s heart melt.

xoxoxo-

~Wenderly

 

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Homemade Body Sugar Scrub

I love to make homemade body sugar scrub that makes a beautiful gift for yourself as well as friends.

Looking for a last minute gift idea?  Well, I’ve got the perfect solution! A homemade body sugar scrub that’s sure to make someone feel pampered & special!

Homemade gifts are best kind, don’t you think?

And you’ll never believe how simple it is to treat someone (or yourself) to soft and subtle, yummy smelling skin!

You’ll just need a small container, I used a Ball Glass Jar adorned with a festive red & white striped paper on top and a handwritten label that came with the jars on the front.

I adore Ball Glass Jars!

Next, you’ll need 2 parts sugar to one part baby oil and 2 drops of a fragrance oil. Just pour everything in and give a good stir! Make SURE that you have a fragrance oil that is for the skin NOT cooking! You can find these at your local craft store in the soap making section.

I decided to lavish my recipients with a lavender fragrance.

It smells heavenly! I feel relaxed and pampered already!

Homemade body sugar scrub in a lavendar scent is absolutely lovely!

Simple, lovely, inexpensive and a decadently sweet treat! This homemade body sugar scrub is certain to dazzle and delight!

Wishing you a pampered holiday season!

~Wenderly

 

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Hot Chocolate Spoons

Hot chocolate spoons make a mugful of milk turn instantly into something magical.

Need a festive quick last minute gift for that hostess with the mostess or the mailman or lady?

Doesn’t it seem like the clock ticks faster and faster as the days get shorter and shorter and we are all scurrying about trying to fit 48 hours worth of stuff into 24 hours worth of time?

And why does it always seems like I need that perfect little something at the last minute? Well this year I decided to STOP the madness…

I came up with the perfect solution to my last-minute-gift-giving-woes…

Hot chocolate spoons!

I mean who doesn’t like hot chocolate for heaven sakes?

They’re a sweet treat that will make anyone smile! They add the perfect chocolaty touch to a hot cup of milk, or even a sweet little somethin’-somethin’ to a cup of coffee!

I made a big ole batch of the little darlings in no time flat and now I’m armed for any occasion!

Want to see how?

First, you’ll want some sweet embellishments.

I used sprinkles and crunched up candy canes, really you could whatever you think would be a sweet addition even chocolate shavings would be nice.

Let you imagination go to town.

Next melt some chocolate…

I used white and semi sweet because I happened to have both, once again you could really have fun with this and buy the colored melting chips that come in a rainbow of colors if you so choose!

Once your chocolate is melted, it’s time to dip the plastic spoon (I like to use the clear plastic spoons) into the melted chocolate. Let the spoon dry a minute or two and then dip it again just to make sure that it has a nice thick layer of chocolate.

One can never have enough chocolate.

Let the spoons dry for another minute or two then dip the tip into the sprinkles or crunched up candy canes or whatever sweet embellishment you think worthy,

let the spoons sit a spell and look pretty until the chocolate is completely dry.

Once they’re nice and dry, tie them up in a little cello bag with a bow and you’re good to go!

I mean how cute is that?

Darling little hot chocolate spoons in no time flat!

Cheers to no more last-minute-gift-giving-woes!

Wenderly

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Thankful Muffins

With Thanksgiving and the holidays fast approaching, my mind is a buzz with ten thousand different things that I must somehow accomplish in the days that I’ve got left. Every year the same thing seems to happen as I find myself stepping into the second week of November.

I find myself making lists…

And checking them twice, even thrice.

Then there’s shopping.

More lists.

Cleaning.

More shopping.

Panicking.

A mild breakdown that leads to a “why in the world do I do this to myself every year?”

A self talk that usually involves more list making, perhaps a glass of wine with soft music and candles and then finally a calm

I remember that I am human, not super woman…

that I live in Suburbia not on an HGTV set…

and that my guests and family will remember the special details not the hours that I’ve spent killing myself.

So you know what I do to make Thanksgiving less stressful? I make boxed pumpkin muffins iced with a pre-made icing and topped with a sweet festive handmade flag!

Here’s how to do it…

A box mix is so simple and easy and ya know what? It still fills my house with the deliciously intoxicating spicy pumpkin aroma that the muffins from scratch do. Only with less work.

I happen to love the Trader Joe’s pumpkin mix! It’s fabulous!

Have you ever tried Pillsbury’s cream cheese frosting? Um, incredible.

I could whip up the frosting in no time flat, but why bother when I have this?

Begin by following the easy directions on your boxed pumpkin mix, pour the batter into pretty paper muffin liners placed in a muffin tin (I used the gold ones) and bake according to box instructions.

While the muffins are baking, it’s time to make the flags.

Here’s what you’ll need: a paper cutter (or scissors) glue, and some pretty paper.

I happen to love scrap booking paper as you may already know, but any paper will do. I chose colors and subtle patterns that I thought looked “Thanksgivingly.”

You’ll also need toothpicks.

Now cut the paper into long, thin strips (the length of the paper)using a paper cutter or scissors.

After you’ve cut the long strips, you’ll then want to cut them into 4 inch long pieces.

Fold the four inch piece in half and cut a little triangle piece out of the open end. Then squeeze a bead of glue on the inside of the fold and down the inside length of the flag, place the toothpick along the fold and hold the two pieces together until you think that they’ve stuck together.

Next, grab a pen and write what you’re thankful for on the flag. It can be anything, family, laughter, hope, Starbucks…oops, did I just say that out loud?

Or sometimes I just like to write my guests names on one side and what I’m thankful for about them on the other side!

Just use your imagination and have fun with it! Obviously this idea can carry over to any holiday or special event!

After the muffins have cooled and you’ve told your kids for the hundredth time that they can’t eat any muffins until Thanksgiving…

Just slather on some of that creamy, rich and yummy pre-made icing…

Then stick a flag toothpick right in the center…

and make a silent promise to yourself to never, ever, let yourself get stressed about hosting a family holiday or get together again.

Aren’t they just darling?

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned through all the blood, sweat and tears of life, it’s that life is too short to be stressed and to always try to have a house full of …

Now go enjoy the holidays! I know I will!

Wenderly