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Gifting is my favorite

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I try to be great at gifting.

To me someone’s reaction to a gift you spent time thinking about is the best.

I’m currently getting a baby shower basket ready for a friend who unexpectedly lost her husband a couple months ago. She’s about to have their first child.

I put together a basket I bought from michaels for her that includes…
A stuffed animal
Mints
Gum
Shampoo
Bed time bath
Nail polish (blue for boy)
Yogurt pretzels
Etsy monthly milestone cards
Month to month cards
Parenting magazine
Baby wipes
Free printed congrats card
Scented lotion and hand soap
Onesie cupcakes
Shutterfly custom photo baby book

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These are the cupcake onesies. It’s four onesies, two pairs of socks, a cupcake box, four cupcake liners, tape and a ribbon!
You just roll the onesies with a sock sticking out of the top to make them look like cupcakes! It’s super easy and totally adorable!

The shutterfly book is my favorite. I put it together of pictures of her husband and her with cute sayings throughout. I added spots for her to add photos too such as months 1-4, first vacation, first haircut, baptism etc. I know she will appreciate this and can’t wait to see her face!

Thanks for reading!

Taco bueno-Michael Curtin

Stuffed bear animal

Mom is knitting these adorable stuffed bears for each of her grandchildren.

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She is using alpaca wool that she picked up from a renaissance fair in Virginia which will make for a super soft cuddly gift.

She got the pattern for this from allaboutyou.com.

I asked if it was difficult and she said the pattern had great directions.

She still wants to embroider a face and even knit a little jacket which would be super cute!

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It sits about 5″ high so makes a perfect size for little ones!

Good luck if you give it a go!

Bacon “BROquet”

I called Mom and asked what Dad got her for Valentine’s Day and vise versa… Well one of her creative gifts was a bacon bouquet!

I’d never heard of such a thing but a hit with the guys indeed!

Mom just rolled thick bacon and put each roll in a muffin cup and baked for 20 minutes!!

 

I also found another way to do this… but seems pretty complicated compared to Mom’s way!…

 

Sarah Tisdale’s Bacon Broquet, Baked From the Heart

1 package delicious bacon (thin or thick both work well)
1 package bamboo skewers
some thin skewers you can break
1 or 2 mini muffin tins (varies depending on if you want to make a traditional dozen or go big)
slotted broiler pan
love
hammer
nails
foil
parchment paper
some sort of tough ribbon
recipient

Start with good intentions. Don’t do it if it’s not what you feel is right in your heart. Bacon should evoke a visceral reaction within you and within your intended recipient, for greatest maximum impact.

Pick out your bacon. I look for the cuts that have the most meat and less fat.

Prepare your muffin tins. Use the hammer and nail to puncture a hole or two in the bottom of each cup. Then set the pans on top of the broiler pan. This allows the fat to drain out while the rosettes are baking.

Preheat your oven to about 350-375 degrees.

Open up your package of bacon and take a moment to bask in its raw beautiful pink glory. Take one strip and roll it up like a scroll and insert it into the mini muffin tin. You can pull the center of the bacon roll out slightly here if you want to make it a little more stylin’ but no worries, it will look great as is. Repeat until muffin tin is full.

Put the whole thing in the oven and bake it until it’s done. Watch it to make sure it doesn’t burn. When it looks dark pink take it out and let it cool a bit. Be careful: the grease will burn you if you spill it.

Take the roses out of the tins and set them on the broiler pan. if they aren’t cooked enough put them back in minus the muffin tin for a few minutes. You dont want to overcook them, or you wont be able to skewer the stems.

Use the fatter skewers as the stems and poke one into each rose. next, use the little skewers to poke the roses together in a bouquet style.

Wrap the whole thing in waxed or parchment paper and then foil (to give it structure and hold it together) and tie it off with a ribbon.

Take a photo of your bacon bouquet.

Hand deliver with a card and smile expressing your unconditional love for the boy (or girl) and bacon. Prepare yourself for an instant marriage proposal on the spot and/or to be ignored for 10-30 minutes as the recipient freaks out over how awesome the bouquet is and starts eating.

Zoo-tastic

Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Talkers with Animal Sounds

Kyler loves this toy! It’s great because it has so much going on at once. He gets distracted/bored easily of course but this toy keeps him entertained for awhile.

It comes with four figurines but other animals are sold separately.

That little red peg you see on the left bottom of the zoo structure is a place where you sit each animal on and it tells you the name of the animal and then makes the sound of that specific animal. It’s so cute and a great way to teach children the different types of animals.

It also has an easy to carry handle on top for your convenience!

I would most definitely recommend this to you, and I can’t wait to purchase the additional animals!

You can find this item on Amazon for about $30 which is a great price considering all of the different things it does!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004R1ZUNA/ref=asc_df_B004R1ZUNA1867056?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B004R1ZUNA

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