I always love it when real life intersects with work projects! When Lizzie asked me if I'd pop in with a DT tips, I thought I'd share a project with you that we will be working on in our GEMs girls' club meeting next week. (GEMs stands for Girls Everywhere Meeting their Savior, in case you were wondering. :-) )
We are planning on spreading a little love on Valentine's day to some of the shut-ins in our community. We usually do this around Christmas time, but decided to change it up a little this year. February can be such a cold, dreary month for the elderly, when winter seems to drag on, and it's difficult for them to get out and about. We will be serenading them and treating them to some soup and homemade bread.
There are so many different Papertrey products to pick from for this type of project! I think Papertrey does tags and wraps like nobody else! To create tags for the soup mix jars, I decided to pull out the cute bowl and spoon from the Comfort Foods set. The Tag Sale #9 die is the perfect base. I used the smaller tag from the set for the front tag, decorated with the soup and spoon. The sentiment is from the Cozy Christmas set.
The larger tag from the Tag Sale #9 set was layered behind the smaller one, with instructions for making the soup. I stamped the gingham border from the Canned set along the bottom. The lid of the jar was decorated with fabric cut using the Jar Bonnet die.
For the mini bread loaves, I added a paper heart doily to the top and wrapped it with a strip of patterned paper. The tag was cut using the Folded Foodie tag and stamped with elements from the Canned stamp set. The inside has instructions for baking the bread.
I think the girls will have fun both putting these together AND delivering them in a few weeks! It's always fun to surprise people with a little treat and brighten their day.
**Edited to add: Several of you have asked which recipe I used for the soup. I used THIS chicken soup recipe from Melissa over at the Living a Frugal Life blog. I tried it out for dinner last night and can tell you first hand that it's delicious! I did cut down the amount of water, from 14 cups to 10 cups though, FYI, and also used more noodles than the recipe called for - I just filled a quart jar to the top.
As for those that asked about the bread, one of the other counselors is handling that aspect of the project, so I'm not sure exactly what she has planned, but it will be frozen dough of some sort.
I hope that helps!
Thanks so much for stopping by today - I hope you have a great weekend!