So, the holidays are like…Here. We can’t believe it. We’re trying to take deep breaths in between working, running all over town, and cleaning our houses for guests, but sometimes this time of year can get the best of ya.
If you’re anything like us, you’re still scrambling to wrap up your Christmas shopping, but just aren’t getting lucky at any stores. You know the feeling: you’ve got just TWO people left to shop for but you can’t find anything you think they’ll like.
That’s where we come in to help you. We have two ideas for you if you’re good in the kitchen, and six ideas for you if you’re better at crafty things. You got this!
It kinda sounds gross, we know. But believe us- this stuff is so good, you’ll want to smear it on everything you eat. This recipe is pretty simple, and it makes the perfect gift for any bacon lover in your life!
1 lb bacon
1 ½ c chopped onion
3 cloves of garlic, minced
½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp paprika
⅓ c bourbon
⅓ c maple syrup
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
⅓ c brown sugar
A few dashes of black pepper
Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a cooling tray on top of the baking sheet. Place the bacon strips in a single layer on top of the cooling tray- this will allow the grease to drip to the bottom of the pan. Bake the bacon for 20-25 minutes, or until crispy.
Remove bacon from tray and blot excess oil off the slices with a paper towel. Reserve some of the bacon grease to cook your onion in.
Heat about 1 Tbsp bacon grease to a frying pan, then add the chopped onions. When the onions start caramelizing, add the garlic, chili powder, and paprika. Next, mix in the bourbon and maple syrup. Bring this mixture to a boil. Then mix in the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and black pepper.
While those ingredients are still cooking on the stove, coarsely chop the bacon strips and add the bacon to your frying pan. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes until the mixture thickens.
Let cool, then drain any excess liquid. Transfer mixture into jars, write the date on them, and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Who doesn’t like getting booze for the holidays? We have a simple infusion recipe for you that turns cheap booze into a lovely gift for anyone over 21 on your list.
¾ c water
½ c white sugar
¼ c brown sugar
1 Tbsp almond extract
2 tsp of vanilla
1 c vodka
⅓ c brandy
1 wedge of orange peel
Heat water in saucepan with orange peel. Bring to a boil, then remove the orange peel and add the sugars. Stir until fully dissolved, then remove from heat. Allow to cool before adding the vodka, brandy, and extracts of vanilla and almond. Funnel liquid into a clean bottle and let sit at room temperature for at least a few days before gifting.
Okay, now to the crafty things! These are some of our favorite DIYs from the web. We hope they inspire you to make something awesome!
Clay Jewelry/ Trinket Dish
Silk Eyelash Sleep Mask
Vintage Teacup Candles
Let us know if you try any of these ideas! We would love to hear from you!