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How to create a thoughtful housewarming gift

how to create a thoughtful housewarming gift
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We recently had new neighbors move in next door and I wanted to bring over something to welcome them to the neighborhood. I think it’s worth noting when you’re putting together a housewarming gift, it doesn’t need to be expensive.  Something homemade or specially wrapped I think feels like you put more time and care into it and feels special. I’m showing you how to create a thoughtful housewarming gift.

And scroll down for my free printable to add to your housewarming gift!

How to create a thoughtful housewarming gift

1.) Start with your vessel

I think baskets or decorative trays are a great place to start and nice way to deliver your gift.

I found a similar one to the one I used at Target.

 

2.) A baked good

Something freshly baked is always a nice touch. I made chocolate chip cookies, wrapped them in parchment paper and tied with twine. (My homemade banana bread or Joanna Gaines’ lemon poppyseed bread is also a favorite).

How to create a thoughtful housewarming gift

3.) Something decorative

I made a cute set of stamped books that says “Home Sweet Home” for our neighbors to display in their home.

how to create a thoughtful housewarming gift

Head to my Etsy shop for more custom bookstacks!

 

4.) Fresh flowers

I added some fresh cut blooms from the garden and made a cute little printable card.

welcome to the neighborhood housewarming gift printable

Click here to download the printable!

You can add your phone number or a little hand written note on the back to make it more personal.

 

And here it is all put together!

How to create a thoughtful housewarming gift

 

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4 In food/ Recipes

Weeknight Chicken Sausage Pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

This is such an easy weeknight meal and pure comfort food without being too heavy! I usually make enough for leftovers to have for lunch the next day. Chicken sausage with warm creamy pasta and peppery arugula topped with fresh Parmesan cheese (I use mozzarella for the boys because they don’t like “stinky cheese”).  Sharing my recipe below.

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Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta (I used shells because that's the boy's favorite)
  • olive oil (for heating the pan)
  • 2 packages roasted red pepper chicken sausage (I used alfesco brand) cut into rounds
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/2 bottle Annie's goddess dressing
  • parmesean cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, start to boil your water for pasta.
  • While your water is boiling, in a separate pan, heat a little olive oil and start to brown your sausage. Remove from heat once browned and set aside.
  • Once water comes to a boil, add your pasta and cook until al dente, then drain.
  • After draining your pasta, remove the pot from heat and add in pasta and sausage. Add a little oilve oil if needed so that the pasta doesn't stick together.
  • Mix in arugula and it will begin to wilt.
  • Stir in Goddess dressing (add more to taste if you wish).
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve!
Keyword pasta, weeknight

 

 

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Easy Weeknight chicken Sausage Pasta

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My Recent Late Night Amazon Purchases

recent late night amazon finds
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Who else has a tendency in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep to scroll Amazon and buy random stuff? I’m sharing some of my favorite recent late night Amazon purchases below. As always, everything is linked making it easy to shop.

 

My Recent Late Night Amazon Purchases

Bissel steamshot – You know you’re an adult when you get excited over cleaning stuff. This was a purchase influenced by Jacki at Crazylifewithlittles. Clean tough spots with the power of steam like the inside of your microwave, grout, carpets, etc.

bissell steamshot

Frother – be your own barista at home and whip up some delicious coffee drinks. I even use it on my protein shakes to make them really foamy and pour into my coffee. Sooo good.

coffee frother

Electric kettle – waiting for water to heat up when you just want a cup of tea or your french press coffee is the worst am I right? This electric kettle is so fast and looks cute on your counter.

electric kettle top amazon purchases

Pruners – I needed a good set of garden pruners and these are really comfortable and easy to use!

gardening pruners

Jumpsuit – This girl’s never met a jumpsuit that she didn’t like and this one is no exception. This jumpsuit is perfect for summer on its own or you can wear with a tshirt underneath or jacket over for fall. Comes in lots of different patterns/color options. TTS.

lounge jumpsuit

 

Aqua 4 in 1 pool float – super comfortable float that can be used in 4 different positions.

aqua 4 in 1 pool floata

Inflatable jumbo ball – the kids have literally been having a ball in this thing!

inflatable jumbo ball

Popsicle molds – these are perfect for making summer treats for the kids. Plus they’re non stick and easy to clean.

popsicle molds

 

Glow sticks – we keep these on hand for glow stick baths, making glow jars, and playing outside.

glow sticks

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4 In food/ Recipes

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

Easy homemade no churn ice cream

One of the things on our summer bucket list this year was to make homemade ice cream. This recipe is for easy homemade no churn ice cream and the best part is the flavor options are endless! I did a little experimenting in the kitchen last weekend and put two flavor combinations to the test. I’m sharing them below.

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

The base for the ice cream is super simple with only 4 ingredients – heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt. Once you have the base, you can add in whatever your taste buds desire to make different flavor combos.

Easy homemade no churn ice cream

5 from 3 votes
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks start to form.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt
  • Gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk mixture into the heavy whipping cream until combined.
  • If serving plain vanilla ice cream, spoon into a bread loaf pan or glass container. Cover and freeze.
  • If making flavored ice cream, add in your mix-ins of choice and then follow step 4.

2 of my favorite flavor combinations are lemon blueberry and one that I named “Salty Mama”.

Lemon Blueberry

Easy homamde no churn ice cream

This one is just so refreshing and perfect for summer. Prepare the ice cream using the recipe above. Add in 1 cup of blueberries (I did mine whole but I would probably suggest quartered or mashed) and 1 tbsp lemon zest. Freeze as instructed. Prior to serving, top with some additional grated lemon zest to taste.

Salty Mama

This one is definitely richer! Peanut butter and nutella flavored topped with salty pretzels for the perfect sweet and salty combo.

Prepare the vanilla ice cream base. Using a mixer, mix in 1 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of nutella until smooth. Freeze in your loaf pan or container. Prior to serving, top with crushed pretzels. Mmmmmm.

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

 

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Summer Bucket List

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Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream