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I am all about doing little things for those around you to show that you care. With the winter season upon us, that means we all seem to be constantly sick. I thought it would be really nice to create a little care package for our neighbors that we can leave on their doorstep when they are sick! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how I created ours that you can use to create one for your neighbors too!
1. Gather your supplies | You will want to start by finding amedium sized basket that will be sturdy enough to carry all your items. You will also need some tissue paper to pack your basket up with. Then you can gather all the “ingredients” for your baskets. I headed to our local Kroger to pick up the supplies for our basket.
First, I knew that I wanted to include Campbell’s® Chicken Noodle Soup and Premium Crackers. If I crave anything while I am sick, it is Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. My mom and nana used to make Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup for me when I was sick when I was young. It not only warms you up when you are feeling icky, but it reminds you of home. You just cannot serve soup without Premium Crackers. They are also great to have on hand when you have an upset stomach too!
Next, I picked up a box of Lipton Daily Support Herbal Supplement with Green Tea. On cold winter days when you are sick, it is always good to have some tea on hand. Whether it is to warm you up, soothe a sore throat or calm an upset stomach, tea is always a must when I am sick. Lipton has a few different herbal supplements out now that are boosted with botanicals. I chose the Daily Support to help our neighbors boost their immune systems to help fight off whatever cold they have more quickly.*
I figured that I would continue with the warming theme and picked up a bottle of Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu Syrup that provides a warming relief when taken. Just taking the medicine makes you feel a bit better before the medicine has even had a chance to kick in. It is powerful relief that you don’t need a prescription for.
Next up, I grabbed a box of TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night. Tylenol is one of those trusted brands that you know will provide relief. This pack will work to relieve coughing, congestion and sore throat so I thought it would be a one stop shop that could help our neighbors regardless what they were suffering from.
Finally I picked a few little extras to include in the box – a box of tissues and a cute bear bottle of honey. It is pretty self-explanatory as to why I included them! Tissues are a necessity to have on during the winter months. I think most people love to add a little honey to their tea, especially when they are sick. It’s just a few more little touches to show you put some thought into this.
Another fun touch you can include in your care package are homemade cookies! We love to make sugar cookies around here. They are perfect to make holiday themed ones or just a fun shapes if you are doing this with your children! Here is my very favorite cookie recipe that makes the best sugar cookies. While we were at Kroger grabbing the sick days supplies for our basket, we also got the ingredients to make these yummy cookies to give to our friends and neighbors too!
- 1 cup butter, softened (no substitutes)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl combine butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract; beat using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.
- In another bowl combine the flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Gradually stir into the butter mixture until well blended.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (do not grease cookie sheets use parchment paper only).
- On a very lightly floured surface roll out the dough into about 1/4-inch thickness.
- Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters.
- Place cookies 2-inches apart on cookie sheet.
- Bake 6-7 minutes.
- Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely before icing.
2. Pack Up Your Basket | This is where you can get a little creative with how you arrange everything. I always start with the larger items in the back. As you start arranging your items, you may need to add a little tissue paper here and there to help prop up your items in your basket. Once you get the biggest items arranged, next add in the medium sized items. Last, you will add in the smallest items. This may take a little trial and error to get the items and tissue paper the way you want them.
3. Add a sweet note | I know that handwritten notes are not done very much anymore but I think it adds an extra little touch. It doesn’t have to be anything long or detailed, just a simple note wishing them well will make all the difference.
4. Deliver your basket to their doorstep | Finally you will want to take your basket over to your neighbors! This is the fun part! Quietly make your way to their doorstep and leave the basket. You may want to ring the doorbell as you walk away since you don’t tend to leave the house much when you are sick and you will definitely want your neighbors to know that it is there!
So there you have our little basket we created for our neighbors when they are sick! I really hope this basket helps them feel a bit better and helps them to know that someone cares! Have you ever made a sick basket for your neighbors or friends? What did you include in your basket?
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