Family Date Night: Making Homemade Food Gifts

Mistletoe Cider

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Hi! My name is Toni and I blog at Design Dazzle. I’m excited to be here at The Dating Divas today! I’ve gotten to know Tara & Wendy over the years and they are just the cutest girls ever!

Right now over on Design Dazzle we have our Christmas Wonderful series going on which features many ideas from talented bloggers to make YOUR Christmas wonderful, so stop on by sometime!

My family is truly blessed with a lot of wonderful people in our lives… neighbors, teachers, church leaders and others who make our lives so much richer. At Christmas time we like to make all of these special people feel as special as they are by giving them something made with love. The majority of the time we make food gifts to give. Gathering together as a family to make gifts has become one of our treasured family traditions. Having a family date night to make gifts for others is a fabulous way to spend time as a family!

Today I’m sharing my Mistletoe Cider! Did you know that Mistletoe Cider spreads love and kisses everywhere?? {wink} Trust me – you’ll receive a lot of compliments on this gift. We’ve given spiced apple cider out a few times before and this is a very unique gift that people love!!

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Mistletoe Cider is simply Apple Cider (or juice) plus a blend of spices….everything you need to make a warm, delicious holiday drink that can be enjoyed by kids and adults!


I purchased 1/2 gallons of apple juice/cider at Target.  Both juice and cider are delicious when served warm with the spices. A crock pot is an easy way to serve spiced cider for large gatherings.

Nothing like working on your gift giving while drinking the spiced cider.  🙂

Spiced Cider Mix
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix all ingredients. Place 1/3 – 1/2 cup spiced cider mix in small ziploc bags or cheesecloth. Use 1/3 – 1/2 cup of spiced cider mix per 1/2 gallon of juice. You might want to experiment with how much mix to add to see what tastes best with your cider.

Optional instructions to include: Heat cider until hot but not boiling. Steep the Spiced Cider Mix in the liquid until sugar is dissolved.

Now it’s time to make your gift presentable!

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Download your FREE PRINTABLE LABEL, tie on your spice packet with some ribbon, add a cute tag and you’re all set! Both the mistletoe cider labels and tags are available as a free download over on Design Dazzle.

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If the Mistletoe Cider label with blue accents isn’t your style, I have 2 other designs available in my shop for purchase. Samples of the other label designs are below.

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Thank you so much for having me today! I hope you get to enjoy a family date night for making homemade food gifts with your family this season! You’ll be creating treasured memories and wonderful gifts.

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Frozen cookie dough is another really fun gift to give and perfect to make for a family date night!

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One of our family’s favorite Christmas traditions we’ve been doing for generations: Santa Sacks! Santa leaves gifts in the Santa Sacks to be opened on Christmas morning.  The BRILLIANT idea behind these sacks…there’s no wrapping of Santa gifts!!


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