one delicious gift idea

christmas is approaching…

while some may default to picking something up from the mall, others are getting more creative this year. whether you’re frugal, eco-conscious or crafty, being meaningful is what sets apart an awesome gift-giver. nothing says “I’m thoughtful” more than a present made by your own two hands.

If it’s festive and scrumptious, you’ve gained even more brownie points (says i–the self-proclaimed foodie)

take for example this gorgeous red pepper marmalade. i mean seriously, it looks like it was purchased from an expensive gourmet food store, right?

red pepper marmalade

save your self some major moolah, and try this recipe . i would suggest making a small batch first. if you’ve mastered it, then why not cook enough for those on your list? your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends would be delighted.

pretty jars, decorative ribbon, and homemade labels transforms this spread into lovely gifts.


1 cup bell pepper, finely diced (no stem and seeds)

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon dried chili flakes


Place all ingredients in a pot together on medium high heat. When it starts boiling, bring the heat down to low stirring regularly. Cook for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates and becomes a thick syrup


*for more ideas especially those with latin flair, i highly recommend hungry food love. not only is melissa a rockstar in the kitchen, but she’s also dominican ;-)

happy cooking and gifting!




13 thoughts on “one delicious gift idea

  1. localsugarhawaii says:

    oh I wish i had just one more day in my kitchen… I’d so make this! Thanks for the sweet recipe.

    The boys and I will be boarding a plane soon in search of holidays with loved ones and snow– oh my goodness we may just freeze our little island toes off, but I wanted to stop by here first, to:

    Thank you for being a sweet part of last week’s An Aloha Affair.
    And, to personally invite you to join us again today.


    • the heart & art says:

      Nicole – Thank yo so much for paying me a visit. i really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the aloha affair. glad you invited me once more. i hope you enjoy you family during the holidays (even if it is freezing). talk to yo soon! <3

  2. angie says:

    came across your blog from the bloggy moms blog hop… this recipe looks delicious! i’m definitely going to give it a try… thanks for sharing :)

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