Adult Easter Basket Ideas

adult Easter basket ideas

Easter is coming soon and it’s time to start thinking about putting together your Easter baskets! It always seems easy to find ideas for the kids at Easter time, but what about something for your husband, wife, or other special someone?

When I start assembling things at Easter, I always start by thinking of a person’s interests. That can usually spark a few ideas about what small gifts could go along with those themes. Sometimes I need a little more inspiration, so last year I started making a list of adult Easter basket ideas. Here is what I’ve come up with… our top 10 adult Easter basket ideas for gifts that go beyond the traditional jelly beans and chocolate bunnies (plus some creative ideas of how to display everything)!

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Adult Easter Basket Ideas for Men:

  • Airplane size liquor bottles
  • Lottery scratchers
  • Some favorite snacks like sunflower seeds, beef jerky, nuts, chips, etc.
  • Cologne
  • DVDs
  • Small electronic accessories like earbuds, car chargers, or aux cords
  • Cigars
  • Small tools
  • Travel mug
  • Tickets to a game, concert, or movie

Instead of using a basket to arrange your Easter goodies, think about what your gift recipient’s interests are. You could put everything in a baseball cap, a tool box or fishing tackle box, an ice cooler or a six-pack bottle carrier.

Adult Easter Basket Ideas for Women:

  • Nail Polish, lipstick, or other small cosmetics
  • Brandy Filled Easter Eggs
  • Magazines or books
  • Wine and 2 nice wine glasses
  • Gift card to a favorite restaurant or shop
  • Seeds for the garden and gardening gloves or tools
  • Jewelry
  • Flip flops
  • Kitchen gadgets
  • Bubble bath

Some fun ideas to use for holding your Easter gifts might include a large bowl, a pretty watering can, an upside down open umbrella, a beach bag, a large travel cosmetics case, a sun hat, or some colorful rain boots.





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thumb-easter-party1For more Easter party ideas and inspirations (plus some free Easter printables), be sure to check out our Easter party page!


Valentine Lunch Box Notes

free printable valentine lunch box notes to cut, print and send off!

Valentine’s Day is coming soon — time for hearts, flowers, and special surprises! One of my own kids’ very favorite treats has always been getting a special love note from home tucked into their lunch boxes (or as they got older hidden in their backpacks, gym clothes, or computer cases.) We thought it would be fun to create some free printable Valentine lunch box notes for you to give to your own kiddos in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. You might also use them as a little surprise for your sweetheart, because really, who ever outgrows the fun of a special love note!

We made two separate sheets of Valentine lunch box printables for you to choose from. One has pre-printed messages and one has blank hearts so you can write your own notes. Just click on the images below to access the downloadable pdf. file for each set of printables.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine Lunch Box Notes

Free printable Valentine lunch box notes Free printable Valentine lunch box notes

Click on either picture to print!

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Valentine's Day party ideasIf you are looking for even more ideas to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day, hop on over to our Valentine’s Day party ideas page for lots of inspirations!




Super Bowl Chili

Super Bowl chili recipe

Next Sunday, February 4th, is the Super Bowl! This year will be Super Bowl LII, held in the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Whether you are a football fan, or just tuning in for the half time show and all the great commercials, one thing guaranteed to make Super Bowl Sunday better is some amazing Super Bowl chili!

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We have a tradition in our house every year of getting together with friends on Super Bowl Sunday, and this recipe, commonly referred to by all the kids as “Super Bowl Chili”, is always the much anticipated highlight. It is an adaptation of the recipe originally found in The Silver Palate Cookbook, and it makes enough to keep a hungry group fed (with leftovers)! Here is how to make it:

SUPER BOWL CHILI RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lb. yellow onions (approx.), coarsely chopped
  • 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage meat, taken out of casings
  • 4 lb. ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 12 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 1/2 oz. cumin
  • 2 oz. chili powder
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. basil
  • 2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 3 lb. canned Italian plum tomatoes, drained (about 2 1/2 -3 cans each 2lb. before draining)
  • 1/4 cup Burgundy wine
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill  (**I think the dill gives this chili it’s great flavor, so I sometimes add a bit more)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 cans (16 oz. each) dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cans (5 1/2 oz. each) pitted black olives, drained

** For garnishing at serving time you will also want to have sour cream, chopped white onion, grated cheddar cheese, and Tabasco for those who like extra heat.




DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oil in a very large soup kettle. Add the onions and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, or until they are tender and translucent.
  2. Crumble your meats into the kettle and cook them at medium-high heat, stirring often, until they are well browned. Spoon off as much fat as possible.
  3. Over low heat stir in black pepper, tomato paste, garlic, cumin, chili powder, mustard, salt, basil, and oregano.
  4. Add the drained tomatoes, wine, lemon juice, dill, parsley, and drained kidney beans.  Stir well and simmer, uncovered, for another 15 minutes.
  5. Taste to see how the flavors are and make any adjustments. Add olives and simmer for another five minutes to heat through.

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Christmas Cookies in a Jar

How to make Christmas cookies in a jar

Christmas Cookies in a jar make a great gift for teachers, coaches, or anyone who deserves a little Christmas cheer!

It’s that time of year again, time to start thinking about holiday gifts for the special people in our lives. In our home, my girls have always wanted to contribute to holiday giving, so that means coming up with easy craft ideas for Christmas gifts. These Christmas cookies in a jar are a wonderful solution. They are pretty, easy to make, and taste great! I got this recipe years ago from a friend, but I think it originated in Family Fun magazine. Here is how to make these festive holiday cookies in a jar:

christmas-lights-dividerHere is what you need for each jar of cookies:

  • 1 quart glass wide mouthed jar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate covered candy (such as holiday M&Ms)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cocoa-crisped rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Ribbon and decorative tag

To Make the Cookies in a Jar:

  1. Add the ingredients to the jar in the order listed above, packing down each layer with the back of a spoon as you go.
  2. Screw on the jar’s lid, using a pretty ribbon to attach a decorative tag with the important baking directions (see below).

Here is what the baking directions say:

Happy Holidays!

To make your holiday cookies, cream together 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 egg in a large bowl. Add the contents of the jar and stir until well blended. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Makes 4 dozen cookies.

**If the cookies were going to a teacher, we also attached a picture of the girls to make it a little more special.

directions for making Christmas cookies in a jar

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 For some more great Christmas cookie party ideas, be sure to take a look at the Christmas party themes on our website, Creative Party Themes!