To Warm the House

One of my very closest friends was moving into a new house and I wanted to get her something thoughtful for a housewarming gift. I had to miss her housewarming party because we were in Mexico so I knew the gift had to have a little extra love in it. My amazing friend Breanne had made me a gift basket as a gift when we moved into  our new house and I absolutely loved it so I completely ripped off her work and I’m presenting it here as my own! You have probably seen these or versions of these floating around pinterest, so here is my homemade housewarming gift basket.

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Find yourself a large gift basket and decide what you want to include in it. I decided on wine, salt, honey, olive oil, and I made a banana bread.


Pick up some neutral, blank gift tags and some ribbon of whatever colour you like to make your tags for each piece. This is what I wrote on each part of the gift

WINE – that joy and prosperity may reign forever

SALT – that life will always have flavour

HONEY – that you’ll always enjoy the sweetness of life

OLIVE OIL – that you will be blessed with health and well being

BREAD – that this house may never know hunger


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Then just arrange your basket however you like. This is such a simple craft, but a great gift when it’s all done, especially if you make the bread. Here is an extremely simple recipe.

4 very ripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup melted butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup crushed walnuts

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Mix your wet ingredients in one small bowl (egg, vanilla, banana, butter) and your dry ingredients in another. Mix those two together, don’t over beat. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips. Bake for one hour at 350 in a 4×8 loaf pan.

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Have fun with the gift basket, there are so many creative options! If I do this gift again I would probably add a candle for light, tea for warmth, and maybe a small plant or flower for growth, and I want to figure out some way to add home made jam (my new obsession). Is there some way you could tie in lavender? There are so many ways to go with this. Good luck!

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