One of the things I most enjoy about spending time with friends over the summer break is thinking about what to bring as a "hostess" gift. I love coming up with little ways to show my friends just how much they mean to me. The last time I was invited over to a friend's for dinner I brought some homemade pesto fancied up in a little squatty mason jar. This time I decided to go a little simpler.
[Changing the subject for just a minute]: Did I ever mention that my husband and I bought ourselves a combined gift this past Christmas? Well, it was the first time I'd ever bought something from a paid commercial, but I was so impressed with this little guy we decided to splurge and buy it.
Here's a picture of the Healthmaster:
It is similar to a Vitamix (and I've wanted one of those for a l-o-n-g time) in that it will juice and blend with ease and quickness. We love to make homemade smoothies with it using only fresh and/or frozen fruit, veggies, a little juice and skim milk. And, the reason for telling you all that is....it also makes the most delicious peanut butter and almond butter.
So, for this last get together I knew I wanted to whip up a few batches of homemade almond butter to give out. It is so yummy and good for you!
I bought two bags of roasted and salted organic almonds from Whole Foods and blended them with three tablespoons of Canola oil. That's it! I poured an equal amount into four containers and fancied them up using a computer-printed label which I attached to a scalloped die cut.
And, because it made four of these 6 oz. containers I was able to keep some for myself which we are enjoying this week for breakfast. (The little house image in the center of the label is a clear rubber stamp from the dollar bin at Michael's.)
I also wanted to invite you back for an "Open House" of sorts. I've been thinking for a long time about giving a tour of my house and some of its thrifted contents. I love seeing my stuff in all its "glory" and remembering back to the time when I purchased each item for just a small amount of money. I have a mixture of items, some coming from garage sales, thrift stores, hand-me-downs, and even the trash. I plan to go room-by-room and give you guys the VIP tour. (Because you are all VIPs in my book.) I'll start off with my kitchen and we'll see where I go from there. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think...good or bad.