I am so incredibly excited that it’s FINALLY the most wonderful time of the year. Seriously, the holiday season is the time that I look forward to more than any other in my home. There are decorations. And gifts. And parties. It seems like everywhere I look during these few magical weeks, there are reasons to celebrate. However, I often find that as I prep for the holiday season, a little stress sneaks in. Although I’m wrapped in the joy of perfectly trimmed trees and presents that are presented just right, I find myself worried about coming up with the perfect hostess gift for the many gatherings that we’ve been invited to. I begin to rob myself of some of the holiday cheer and instead “spin” as my mama calls it. During these moments, the hubs encourages me to take a deep breath, let it out and move on. And this year, with help from Glade® products, I’ve been able to do just that as well as come up with the perfect holiday hostess gift basket that inspires friends and family to do the same.
You see, as I was recently shopping at my local Harris Teeter for sights and smells that would help me capture the holiday spirit in my home, my eyes landed on the Glade® Winter Collection. With amazing scents like Happy Glow™, Shimmering Wonder™, Timeless Joy™ and Merry Fun™, I quickly recognized that these holiday scents would invoke a feeling of calm in my home while at the same time allowing me to give the gift of holiday joy to all of the friends whose houses I’ll be frequenting this year. Knowing that in those moments when stress sneaks in, scent is the perfect way to combat it, I picked up a few different Glade® Limited Edition Holiday scents and continued on my shopping trip. As I walked up and down the aisles, I kept stopping to smell my Glade® Wax Melt 6 ct. Refills in Happy Glow™ scent. With hints of cinnamon and a little apple shining through, the scent helped me feel the peace of the holiday season. As I quickly realized how this scent invoked thoughts of moments with family and friends, I was inspired to pair it with Cinnamon Apple Streusel Muffins to create a holiday hostess gift basket that was sure to help bring peace and joy to all the homes I visit.
After heading home with my Glade® Limited Edition Holiday Collection selections, I got to work creating the Cinnamon Apple Streusel Muffins that my Glade® Wax Melt 6 ct. Refills in Happy Glow™ scent has inspired…but not before really capturing the holiday spirit by locating the Shazam logo on my packaging (can also be found on displays and in-store signs) that lead me to Spotify playlists, video content, giveaways and more! Once I had explored all the Shazam app had to offer to increase the holiday spirit in my home, I was ready to get to work on my delicious creation!
What You Will Need:
2 Large Apples
2 Cups + 3 Teaspoons of Flour
3 Teaspoons of Ground Cinnamon
1 and 1/4 Cup of Sugar
3 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
3/4 of a Cup of Sour Cream
1/2 Cup of Butter
How to Make It:
After smelling the hints of cinnamon and apple in the Glade® Happy Glow™ scent and experiencing the stress relief that just the smell helped with, I knew I had to make these Cinnamon Apple Streusel Muffins for my holiday hostess gift basket. To start, I added my eggs, sour cream and 1/4 cup of my butter to my mixer and combined them well. Then I immediately added in 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1 cup of sugar and my baking powder and baking soda.
Once I had mixed my batter just until it was combined, I set it aside and got to work peeling and chopping my two apples.
With my apples peeled and cut into small cubes, I gently stirred them into my batter.
Next, I filled my waiting lined muffins tins about three fourths of the way full with my muffin batter.
Once my muffin tins were ready, I mixed together 1/4 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and the remaining 1/4 cup of butter to create my streusel mixture. After adding all of my streusel ingredients to a bowl, I used my hands to smush them together until I had created a mixture that looked almost like sand.
Then I added a teaspoon of my mixture to each of my muffins and gently pushed it down into them.
After adding the streusel topping to all of my muffins, I placed them into my oven which was preheated to 400 degrees and cooked them for 18 minutes. Once I had removed them from the oven, I inserted a toothpick into them to make sure they were fully cooked and then placed them on a cooling rack to cool completely.
With my Glade® Happy Glow™ scent inspired muffins complete, I was ready to assemble my Holiday Hostess Gift Basket that I hoped would bring the same feelings of holiday joy to friends as family and the Glade® products had brought to me. I started by pulling out a gift basket and filling it with holiday colored filling.
Next, I wrapped my prepared Cinnamon Apple Streusel Muffins inspired by the Glade® Happy Glow™ scent in saran wrap and added them to the basket.
After adding my Cinnamon Apple Streusel muffins to my holiday hostess gift basket, I added in some festive touches like a special ornament, holiday hand towels and a mug with hot chocolate and marshmallows inside.
Once everything in my gift basket was arranged perfectly, I added in my Glade® Limited Edition Holiday Collection products for a finishing touch that I knew would not only inspire joyful moments today but for the weeks to come of the holiday season as well.
After my holiday hostess gift basket was complete, all that was left to do was get dressed, head out the door and present my perfectly created gift to friends and family as we attend a variety of holiday events.
Now, everywhere we go, I know I’m able to give the gift of holiday joy through this beautiful gift basket that not captures the holiday spirit in looks, but in scent as well.
As you head into the holiday season, I encourage you to say goodbye to the hustle and bustle and instead wrap yourself in the feelings that the Glade® Limited Edition Holiday Collection can inspire! Start by heading to your local Kroger or Kroger Banner Store today and looking for the Glade® Winter Collection display.
Be sure to use the Shazam app to scan the logo on the display and product packaging to unlock a variety of holiday inspired fun. Then find your own perfect way to gift the feelings of peace, comfort and joy with help from Glade®!
Then tell me, how will you inspired holiday feelings with help from the Glade® Limited Edition Holiday Collection this holiday season?