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The best hostess gift to give for the holidays – overnight breakfast strata

The best hostess gift idea to give for the holidays - overnight breakfast strata. Aluminum baking tray with printable gift tag and ribbon

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The holidays are upon us and no one likes to show up empty handed am I right? This is the best hostess gift to give for the holidays, my overnight breakfast strata. Not only is it extremely thoughtful for your hostess, but it’s super easy to put  together and is the only thing I will give from now on. All they have to do is simply bake and enjoy!

I’m sharing my recipe below and my printable gift tag.

 

The Best Hostess Gift For The Holidays

Now I would never turn down a bottle of wine, chocolates, nice candle or truly anything that someone thought to bring me. But if you’ve ever hosted a party or event before the holidays, we all know it can be stressful. The next day my house usually looks like a tornado blew through and I’m usually exhausted from all the party prep and the fun. Showing up at someone’s door with a ready to bake breakfast for the next day will be a welcome surprise for your hostess and her family.

To make this hostess gift you will need:

  • Disposable 9×13 baking dish
  • Ingredients for the Overnight Breakfast Strata
  • Ribbon
  • Copy of my printable (make sure you’re a subscriber so you have access to my printable library) or a handwritten note.

Prepare the overnight strata in a disposable pan according to recipe. Cover with aluminum foil.

NOTE – Do not deliver this baked. Give to your hostess chilled and have them place in the fridge so that they just pop in the oven the next morning 🙂

Add some ribbon and a little thank you note.

You can absolutely write your own. I printed up this cute little note including the recipe for my overnight breakfast strata for if your hostess decides to return the favor one day or make again for her family. And trust me, they will! This recipe is soooo good!

Click here to go to my printable library and download the printable! (Password in your email from me)

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The best hostess gift idea for the holidays - overnight breakfast strata. Thank you tag that says "Something special just for you to make the next morning a little easier"

the best hostess gift to give for the holidays - overnight breakfast strata. Recipe card

thank you cards with kraft paper envelope red white and green velvet Christmas ribbon

Overnight Breakfast Strata

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup ham, diced
  • 1 cup chives, chopped
  • 1 cup red peppers, diced
  • 1 loaf french bread, torn into pieces
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, ground mustard to taste

The best hostess gift to give for the holdiays - overnight breakfast strata. Disposable baking dish, eggs, loaf of bread

Directions:

1.) Grease the inside of a disposable 9×13 baking dish.

2.) In a large bowl, beat together eggs, half and half, cheeses, ham, chives, peppers and seasonings.

3.) Place the torn bread chunks into the baking dish.

4.) Pour the egg mixture over the bread and use a spatula to fold the bread on top so it is evenly covered.

The best hostess gift to give for the holidays overnight breakfast strata. Bowl of mixed eggs, cheese about to pour into pan of torn french bread.

The best hostess gift to give for the holidays - overnight breakfast strata. All strata ingredients in a baking dish to chill in refrigerator.

5.) Cover with aluminum foil and chill. Allow the strata to chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to baking.

6.) When ready, bake at 350 degrees F, uncovered for about 50 minutes or until golden brown.

The best hostess gift to give for the holidays, overnight breakfast strata.

 

For more handmade gift ideas check out

This DIY simmer pot gift

My homemade Irish Cream

Housewarming gift

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The only hostess gift you will make from now on and for the holidays overnight breakfast strata

 

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6 In DIY/ halloween/ printables

Drink Up Witches – You’ve been boozed printable

Drink Up Witches, You've Been Boozed printable on bottle of wine with witch hat for Halloween.

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Print up these fun “Drink Up Witches – You’ve been boozed” tags for your friends and surprise them with some treats at their doorstep.

A few years ago, I shared my “You’ve been boo’ed!” printable and boo bags that I had fun leaving for neighbors and friends in the weeks leading up to Halloween. All of the little ones loved it! But who says Halloween is just for the kids? These Drink Up Witches-You’ve been boozed printable wine tags are the perfect way to “Booze” your adult friends and neighbors for Halloween.

Simply print up the tag, tie to your favorite bottle of wine or liquor and top with a cute witch hat! Leave at your friends doorstep.

You will need:

  • Paper to print out your printable
  • Construction Paper
  • Ribbon or string
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Witch hat wine topper – linking them here

How to print the printable wine tag

Drink up witches! You've been boozed printable wine tag for Halloween

1.) First you will need to be a blog subscriber to get access to the free printable library. If you’re already a subscriber, click here to enter! If you aren’t already a subscriber, subscribe below and I will email you the password to the printable library.

2.) Once have access to the library, you will need to print out the Drink Up Witches printable.

Drink up witches you've been boozed printable wine tag for Halloween

3.) Cut down the printable tag to your desired size. I glued mine onto a piece of orange construction paper to give a little border.

Drink up witches you've been boozed printable wine tag for Halloween

4.) Using a hole puncher, punch a hole in the top corner of the tag.

5.) String some ribbon through the hole and tie around the neck of your wine bottle.

6.) Top with a witch hat. (I saw these cute witch hats on Amazon and had to have the. Linking them here.)

Deliver to your friends and neighbors for some festive adult fun this Halloween!

Drink up witches you've been boozed printable wine tag on bottle of wine with witch hat left on friend's doorstep for Halloween.

Drink up witches!

 

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I love to see when you re-create one of my ideas! Be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

For more Halloween fun check out

My “Boo Bags” which are perfect for the kids!

DIY Ghost Lanterns

My crockpot pumpkin spice hot chocolate

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

 

 

20 In DIY/ home

The coziest fall simmer pot

The coziest fall simmer pot

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This is the coziest fall simmer pot to make your home smell so good and feel warm.

We are heading into fall and cozy season. One of my favorite things to do is simmer a nice simmer pot and make the house smell amazing. This one reminds me of coffee cake or like you are sitting in a cozy coffee house with Rory Gilmore in your favorite cableknit sweater.

What is a simmer pot?

A simmer pot is a basically a pot of water, fruits, herbs and spices that you simmer throughout the day to fill your home with a nice aroma. Simmer pots are really nice around the holidays with warm spices like cinnamon and clove and they make a great gift too! (Click here to see my DIY simmer pot gift).

I’ve tried alot of different combinations and recently I started adding coffee beans! The smell is incredible! Not only does it neutralize any odors, but it will make your home smell like your favorite coffee shop and is perfect for fall.

To make the coziest fall simmer pot

You will need:

  • a pot (I like to use this glass simmer pot because it looks pretty too!)
  • coffee beans
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 slices of orange

The coziest fall simmer pot - glass pot with coffee beans, cinnamon sticks and oranges

Directions:

1.) Start by filling your pot with some coffee beans and cinnamon sticks.

2.) Slice two wedges of fresh orange and add to the pot.

3.) Fill the pot about 2/3’s full of water.

The coziest fall simmer pot - glass simmer pot filled with coffee beans, cinnamon and orange slices then filling with water

4.) Put on the stove, bring to a simmer then lower the heat.

5.) Allow to simmer for 3-4 hours, you can add more water as needed to avoid drying out.

Glass simmer pot on stove with coffee beans, orange slices and cinnamon for the coziest fall simmer pot.

 

Linking some things below to re-create a simmer pot and cozy up!

glass simmer pot spices and herbs for simmer pot cinnamon and clove for the coziest fall simmer pot chunky knit gray blanket glass etched coffee mug with gold spoon

the coziest fall simmer pot with coffee beans brown hooded cableknit cardigan rabbit fur sandals

For more cozy fall ideas check out

My pumpkin cold foam coffee

Cozy fall home decor

My pumpkin baked brie

 

 

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21 In DIY

DIY Beach Memory Box

How to make a DIY beach memory box- shadowbox with sand, photo at the beach, seashells, sand dollars and decorated with sea glass on a round coastal tray

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If you are going to the beach this summer then you will want to see how to make this DIY Beach Memory Box as a keepsake of your trip.

One of our family’s special places is Narragansett, Rhode Island. We look forward to going whenever we can. It holds a special place in our hearts (I’m linking a post I wrote previously with some of our favorite things to do there). This DIY beach memory box is a great way to remember your beach vacation. Bring back some sand and seashells from your favorite place, and scroll down to see how to make this special keepsake.

This post is brought to you by The Cozy Creative Collaborative

A group of ladies who love all things home, DIY, and food. We team up every month to share a new themed project and this month we are sharing all things coastal. Be sure to scroll to the end to see everyone’s coastal ideas!

The Cozy Creative Collaborative

If you are coming from my friend Jen at Cottage on Bunker Hill, welcome and I hope you will stick around here awhile!!! When I think of a true coastal girl, Jen comes to mind. How amazing did her lobster cobb salad look? Yummm!!!

 

 

How to make a DIY Beach Memory Box

You will need:

  • shadowbox
  • sand
  • seashells and sea glass
  • photo
  • sand dollar
  • permanent marker
  • hot glue gun

DIY beach memory box shadow box with seashells, sand and photo for a beach vacation keepsake 1.) Start by taking apart the shadow box. If desired, cover the backing with cardstock or paper. I chose to cover my black backing with white paper.

2.) Secure your photo to the backing.

3.) Using a gold permanent marker, I wrote each of our names on a sanddollar. If you are using a larger shadowbox and have the space, you could do one for each person.

4.) I secured the sanddollar to the backing using hot glue so that it didn’t roll around.

DIY beach memory box shadow box with seashells, and beach photo

5.) Fill the bottom of the shadow box with some sand and secure the backing on. I also hot glued around the edges to seal the backing so that no sand could leak out.

6.) Using hot glue, glue the seaglass and seashells around the border of the shadow box and allow to dry.

DIY beach memory box shadow box with beach sand, seashells, seaglass and photo for beach vacation keepsake

That’s it! So easy! This is perfect so display on your shelves, coffee table or desk so that you can go back to the beach anytime you need a getaway!

How to make a DIY beach memory box- shadowbox with sand, photo at the beach, seashells, sand dollars and decorated with sea glass on a round coastal tray

I’m linking some things below if you want to re-create your own shadow box.

white shadow box for DIY beach memory box shadow box for crafts and DIY beach memory box aqua, green and clear sea glass for crafts, decor and DIY beach memory box oyster shells for crafts, decor and DIY beach memory box  

For more coastal and beach inspiration, you can also see how I put together this coastal tray decor.

 

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DIY beach memory box shadow box with seashells, beach sand and photo for beach vacation keepsake

 

Next head on over to my friend Heidi where she is sharing how to make the prettiest seashell candles.

 

Coastal Inspiration from The Cozy Creative Collaborative

Coastal inspired frame with seashells and seaglass.

DIY Beach Keepsake | Nicolle of Our Tiny Nest Blog

Homemade candles with soy wax and scallop shells.

How to Make Homemade Candles in Scallop Seashells | Heidi of Eleanor Rose Home

DIY seashell wall art for summer coastal decor.

DIY Seashell Wall Decor | Charity of Mornings on Macedonia

A coastal themed tablescape with shell accents.

How to Set a Casual Coastal Table | Kelly of The Tattered Pew

New England Cobb salad with lobster, hard boiled eggs, and croutons.

New England Lobster Cobb Salad | Jennifer of Cottage on Bunkerhill