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Happy weekend, and welcome to Friday Finds! Today it's all about holiday hostess gifts. It about the time when you may have several seasonal parties and functions to attend, and you should never show up empty-handed. The best hostess gift should be something just for the hostess that he or she can use at a later time, either for entertaining or just for themselves. Just because you may have been assigned a side dish or drinks, you should still being along a special hostess gift.

A hostess gift doesn't need to cost a lot. They can range anywhere from $10-$25, and really should be on average $20. There are so many appropriate options in this price range - anything from a set of tea towels to a cookbook, or something gourmet, or even a little bath and body gift. If you need a hostess gift for a party or dinner this holiday season, you can't go wrong with one of the picks below.


This first one is my favorite, because it's a versatile multi-use item, and it's so chic. …

Easy Salted Caramel Sauce


One of my favorite flavors for fall is salted caramel. I love to drizzle it over pancakes, pumpkin cake, brownies; the possibilities are truly endless. This homemade caramel sauce couldn't be easier. You don't need a candy thermometer, and you don't have to pour cream into boiling sugar to create a sizzling, splattering hot mess. You simply mix everything then heat it up. Just like most of my treats, I made this dairy-free for my daughters, though you can easily swap in heavy cream if you wish. Note: It doesn't harden enough for candy making or caramel apples. This is strictly a recipe for liquid caramel sauce.
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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy milk or coconut milk for dairy-free (or whole milk)
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Combine and whisk 6-8 min over med low heat. Do the plate test (pictured above) to make sure it's ready. Before you begin making the sauce, place a plate in the fridge. To test the caramel sauce, spoon some onto the cold plate and run your finger through it. If the caramel stays separated, then it's done! No thermometer needed. Refrigerate to thicken. It may become a little crystallized upon thickening; simply stir before using. Put it through the canning process to store it at room temp or to give away for some handmade holiday gifts.

To package it as a pretty handmade gift, use these jelly jars and chocolate-brown ribbon.

*Add in some pumpkin pie spice for pumpkin salted caramel sauce, or even better - bourbon! Serve it over your favorite fall dessert or a big bowl of ice cream.


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  1. This look easy to prepare and even taster to try.
    Thanks for sharing.
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