As an alternative to a gift basket, use a box! I feel like gift baskets and boxes can be the gifts that keep on giving. You get whatever is inside and you get to keep the container it came in to use elsewhere. Have you seen the storage boxes at Target lately? They are so pretty! Target has a variety of sizes but I chose this one for the depth and I love the black and white.
The theme for this easy gift box stemmed from these glass mugs I found for a great price. I monogrammed them with the first letter of our friends last name to give in celebration of their anniversary.
I wanted to add something extra, so it made sense to include something to use with the glasses. Above they are pictured with hibiscus tea, but since it’s currently winter, I thought they’d also make great hot chocolate mugs! I found fancy chocolate stirrers at Marshall’s and included it in the box along with a new tin of powdered hot cocoa mix.
Putting it all together was so easy. I used tissue paper to pad the bottom of the box and also stuffed some paper inside the glass mugs so the etched monogram would show up a little more.
It’s fun and thoughtful to give personalized gifts in a pretty, reusable container (wooden boxes or picnic baskets would work well too!) and the sky’s the limit on all the variations you can put together!
This meal is seriously the best. It’s quick and easy to make and it’s delicious. You can make this in 20 minutes and save yourself from takeout.
Penne Rosa is basically a pasta dish with a spicy red sauce. I adapted this recipe in a few ways. The sauce has a little creaminess to it but I didn’t use cream or yogurt. I used Tofutti Better than Sour Cream. It’s soy based and a dairy free replacement for regular sour cream but the sauce still tastes amazingly yummy. I also added in a little red wine. Instead of whole wheat pasta, I used gluten free pasta and this brand really does taste like ‘normal’ pasta. Many gluten free things taste like cardboard but rest assured, this dish is not ruined by the GF pasta.
2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and the red pepper flakes. Saute for a few minutes.
Will you give it a try? Bon Appetit!
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