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Hostess Gift Ideas

As a hostess one of the things I have always enjoyed were handmade gifts. Some of my favorites to give and receive is handmade fudge, cookies, or maybe a good bottle of wine!

Is your hostess a coffee lover? What better than a loaf of homemade banana bread with some flavored coffee!

Or for the hostess that loves to spend time in the kitchen, how about some new towels, and new cooking utensils.

Can’t you just imagine to look on your hostess’ face when you put a little thought into a special gift for her!

Have an awesome day!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Easy Winter Chili in a Jar

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to showcase some easy, yet tasty jar recipes to give as gifts or to put in the cupboard for a long day of work and school activities!

When giving as a gift, just copy the recipe on a recipe card, or pretty paper and attach to the jar with pretty ribbon.



Easy Winter Chili In A Jar (makes 1 soup mix jar – 1 jar makes 8-10 servings of soup)


  • 2/3 cup brown or green lentils
  • 2/3 cup yellow split peas
  • 2/3 cup green split peas
  • 1 cup Barley
  • 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 10 cups water


1. In a quart-sized mason jar, layer 1/2 of the lentils, 1/2 of the yellow split peas, 1/2 of the green split peas, the barley, 1/2 of the green split peas, 1/2 of the yellow split peas, 1/2 of the lentils. Top with the spices and bouillon cubes.

2. To make the soup: combine contents of jar with the tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 1 – 1-1/2 hours, until the lentils and barley are soft.


Until next time! And don’t forget to share your favorites with us! We love to share!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy