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What does Christmas day look like in your family? We usually spend Christmas morning home unwrapping gifts, then go to my parent’s house in the afternoon and have dinner with my husband’s family in the evening. This year though things are going to be a little different since my mother-in-law’s passing in August. Our loss has left a big void in our hearts and holiday so I wanted to do something for my husband’s siblings (and myself) to help fill that void.
One of our most loved traditions that she started was making gingerbread houses. Every November we would all get together (which was no easy feat with 6 kids and their families not to mention the cousins and extended family that came too) and have an early Thanksgiving dinner and make gingerbread houses. I still remember decorating my first gingerbread at her house and how much fun it was. It’s a tradition we are most definitely keeping alive with our kids.
She looked long and hard for “her” gingerbread recipe and made that recipe for years. When we were going through her things after she passed I managed to get a hand written copy of that recipe and knew just what I could do with it to keep the tradition alive for everyone’s family. For Christmas this year I turned that recipe in to dish towels and will be giving one to each of my husband’s five siblings. They were really easy to make (and super affordable too) and this simple gift is the perfect gift to give to any loved one, any time of year.
Tea towel or thin dish towel
Hand written recipe
Scan your recipe into your computer and print a copy out (you want to do this so that you don’t accidentally ruin it if your Sharpie bleeds through. I didn’t have this issue on any of mine but just in case).
Tape your recipe to the back side of your towel.
With your Sharpie trace the recipe on to the towel.
Run a warm iron over the print to protect it from coming off in the wash (Ours will probably never be washed since they will be more decor than actual use but it was a good step to really help the ink set in.)
You may notice the recipe on this towel isn’t for gingerbread but for snickerdoodles. Her recipe is a “secret family recipe” and I have been asked not to share it yet so I used my mom’s snickerdoodle recipe for this tutorial.
I also wanted to include something for each sibling letting them know how much they mean to our family. When I was at Walmart picking up wrapping paper and a few other things I stopped by the Hallmark card section and spent some time browsing. I found some really great cards. I even found a few that would have been perfect to give my mother-in-law; I’m sure people thought I was crazy bawling in the gift card section. I was lucky enough to also find these $2 off 3 cards coupon to which really helped out when buying so many cards. If your store doesn’t have these you can print a $1 off coupon at the end of this post.
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What a fun idea and perfect for gift giving! I think this would work well paired with a wooden spoon and cookie ingredients! #client