~FESTIVE HOMEMADE CROUTONS~
Welcoming Fall brings with it an air of excitement to my La Chaumière de Briarwood. With this being our twentieth Thanksgiving living in our Oklahoma home it's hard to believe how fast the years have passed by.
~TOASTED BUTTERY CHUNKS~
Our neighborhood has changed a lot since 1992. Back then many of the residents were the original owners of our block's 1970's era homes and sadly some of them have now passed on. I remember how my children and I would bake treats for them during the holidays and how fun it was to deliver them door to door. Now that my babes are grown and on their own my Mr. AGPMan continue with our little gift-giving tradition without them (sniff). Many things have changed over the years, but never the smiling faces of those being remembered.
~CUSTOM TAGS ADD CHARM~
Today I'm showing you a simple little treat gifted to friends and neighbors in honor of Thanksgiving! Simple to prepare and pleasing to the eye, too! Perfect for friends and family who can't have sugary sweets is a plus!
~VINTAGE GLASS JARS~
You start with a loaf of plain white bread (like Sunbeam) and working with six slices at a time you first remove the crust. Begin by cutting the bread into 1/2" pieces or tear them into small chunks. Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter into a skillet and add bread pieces. Coat all sides of the bread with butter and stir on medium heat until golden brown and toasty. Remove from stove top and salt and flavor as desired. I use Himalayan Pink Salt and TONE'S Garlic/Herb Seasoning (about 1/4 TSP each). Drain on paper towel. Once the croutons are cool place them in small vintage jars (I find mine at thrift stores all year long) and wrap them up with cello and tie with natural ribbon and hand crafted tags! Simple and easy.
Here's a tip: Don't season the bread while cooking as seasonings have a tendency to burn before the bread is fully toasted. Also work in small batches to ensure even coating of the bread with butter! ENJOY!
Looking forward to an awesome week creating! Go make something wonderful and then tell me about it! I'd LOVE to share your family traditions in the future!
Love to you...