We are surrounded by some pretty incredible neighbors but with all of the acreage between our homes, you have to go out of your way to connect and to see one another. That is probably why we are all out here and I would guess that most of us out here like having that privacy. Can you say introverts unite? I also think we are so lucky to have six incredible families that surround us that we get to call friends. Each year we put together these hot toddy kits and our neighbors LOVE them! This has now become a tradition. Find something you love to give, others love to receive and don’t feel like you need to reinvent the giving wheel each year. Sharing appreciation for others around you shouldn’t stress you out.
When I was in Normany, France for one of my Living Studio workshops, one of my favorite moments of the trip was when the chateau staff set up chairs, blankets and a roaring fire up a hill and path not far from the house. It was a cooler night and one of the workshop guests had asked the staff to bring up pots of hot toddies and desserts that she had purchased. I think it was just one of those perfect nights that you couldn’t recreate if you tried. Since that trip, I love a good hot toddy on cold nights or when I am under the weather. I knew hot toddy kits would make the perfect gifts for my sweet neighbors.
When I shared this on my Instagram account and my IG stories I had such a huge response that I wanted to share it here so you have a place to find the ingredients, recipe, and photos. Enjoy!
I was looking for reusable baskets at HomeGoods but couldn’t find six of them so I ended up going with round gift boxes from Target. I layered each box with crinkle paper that I buy in bulk from Uline but you can find it at Michaels or any craft store. Inside the boxes, I layered the recipe card (included below), whiskey, lemon, honey, cinnamon sticks and a bag of whole cloves. I purchased the cinnamon sticks and whole cloves in the bulk section of our local grocery store to say money. I wrapped the boxes with ribbon, a bell and then some fresh pines from our yard.
Let me know if you put one together too!
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