Although going to the beach is more of a summer thing, we see the coastal inspired home as a year-round affair! And in that spirit we’ve created a collection of stunning yet simple Holiday items designed to bring a touch of the beach to your Holiday festivities. Our unique Coastal Christmas collection includes hand-made ornaments with Starfish and Sand Dollars on wood, painted and distressed in shades of turquoise, seafoam and driftwood; wood cut Christmas trees in three different sizes adorned with Starfish and Sea Dollars; a framed Reindeer print in a large driftwood frame; a framed wooden snowflake; plus a boat cleat stocking holder guaranteed to give your Christmas the perfect nautical touch. This collection in a neutral coastal color palette will give you beachy Christmas memories for many years to come.
Every year Colleen and I try to come up with something personal to give our children’s teachers for a holiday gift. We want them to know they are appreciated, but we’re also short on time – and funds. I also happen to be married to a teacher and I especially appreciate all the gifts he receives that he can share with me like homemade cookies, cakes and of course, booze. This year we plan on making our famous Apple Pie Moonshine adorned with a Project Cottage original Christmas tree ornament.
Moonshine you say? Well, its a tamer version because we use 180 proof grain alcohol instead of alcohol you can use to remove paint. It tastes just like you’re eating an apple pie! Its a big favorite of our friends and family and we get requests for it all the time. I’ve included the recipe below, just buy some Mason jars and ribbon (plus an ornament!) and you have an inexpensive and fun gift. We also make custom labels to give it an extra personal touch.
Apple Pie Moonshine:
1 liter 180 proof grain alcohol
1 gallon apple cider
1 gallon apple juice
2 cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
6 cinnamon sticks
Put the apple cider, apple juice, sugar and cinnamon sticks in a large pot on the stove and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Put to the side and let cool. IMPORTANT: do not put in alcohol while the pot is hot or on boil. After it cools, mix in the bottle of alcohol and put in mason jars. Put a 1/2 a cinnamon stick in each jar for extra flavor and panache. You can drink it immediately but we’ve found the longer in stays in the jar the better it all settles together. And be careful, apple pie moonshine has been known to sneak up on people!
What does your holiday decor look like this year? Have you added anything coastal? Any ideas for cheap and easy gifts for teachers? We’d love to hear from you – and please follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to keep the conversation going.