Welcome Guest Blogger Beth Schupanitz of Inspiring Health Solutions
My family and my husband’s extended family just returned from Costa Rica to celebrate my father in-laws 80th birthday. All he wanted for his birthday was to check off a “bucket list” item of catching a Sail Fish. I am happy to report that he did just that.
It was fabulous to see the delight on his face as this big dream of his became a reality. Myself and my family were filled with joy to see how happy he was and how perfect his day was accomplishing this with all his family members by his side. Everything was lined up perfectly.
It got me thinking about the gift giving season. We didn’t buy him gifts for his birthday but we all rallied around him to share an experience that created a memory that will last a lifetime.
The gift of giving can be something so much more then a tangible item that sits on a shelf. I personally like to give gifts of experience or of a teaching manner.
For example, with the cousins in our family we plan an experience together, such as:
Overnight stay at an indoor Waterpark to be used during the winter months.
A day at the Zoo
Ice Skating and dinner
My kids don’t need more toys that they play with once or twice, but creating memories with their cousins is something that will never grow old.
What about gifts for family, neighbors, associates or hostess gifts?
This time of year there are many people I want to share a gift with but having enough time to shop or the money to show appreciation isn’t always an option.
Obviously, I love to give the gift of health. So this time of year I make several items that can be purposeful in two areas, giving the gift of health and in giving something that everyone can use. And most important is putting some love into it. My oldest always asks, “Did you put some Mommy love into it?”
Below is an easy recipe for homemade gift giving:
Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- 2 cups almond flour sifted
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut oil liquid
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 medium apples diced (I keep the peels on)
- 1/4 cup amaranth flour
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 350˚ F
- Line the muffin tins with paper liners, or grease tins with coconut oil
- Combine all the dry ingredients
- Combine all the wet ingredients
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, and mix into a batter
- Fold the diced apples into the batter
- Spoon the batter into greased muffin tray
- Bake for 30 minutes
- Another easy and simple recipe that you can make several of at a time and give to many different people is this healthy seed cereal recipe. So many people want something healthy for breakfast but not quite ready to give up their box cereal items. This recipe is filled with great protein, fat, fiber and will fill you up.
- Decorating a cute mason jar is a nice activity you can do with your kids. Have fun.
What is your favorite gift to give in the holidays?