How to gift Wind & Willow

Wind & Willow makes gifting during the holidays easy. Whether you are gifting to a friend, neighbors, teachers, or service providers like mail carriers, a Wind & Willow Mix is perfect. In this post we will show you how to feature our mixes in a gift basket, as a homemade gift, and even include printable gift tags as our gift to you!

Roasted Pecan Kit

Spatula, Check! Oven mitt, check! Roasted Pecan Seasoning Mix, double check! Give a friend everything they need to get started on making Roasted Pecans. They will love receiving it and will love it even more once they make them.

roasted pecan gourmet food gift

Hot Cocoa and All the Fixings

If you are looking for a festive gift, this is the one for you! Wind & Willow Hot Cocoa Mixes are delicious on their own, but your friends will love taking them over the top with marshmallows and candy canes. Include a couple of festive mugs to complete your basket.

hot chocolate gift basket

Grazing Board Kit

Wind & Willow is always the perfect gift for a friend who loves to host! Add your favorite mixes to a basket with a beautiful cutting board so the host will be stocked up for their next party.

wind and willow gourmet food gift basket

Hot Dip with a Pan and a Mitt

Everyone needs a cast iron pan, so why not go ahead and give your recipient a reason to use it by gifting it along side a Hot Dip Mix and a pot holder. A bit of ribbon and some greenery will make this mini gift basket complete!

hot dip in a cast iron pan gourmet food gift

Packaged Up Roasted Pecans

Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Pecans come together with just 3 ingredients (and that is including the pecans and the mix)! They are so simple, but taste super indulgent. A great way to gift is to prepare the pecans and package them up in a glass container. Make it look complete with a ribbon and a gift tag!

Roasted Pecans Christmas gift for teacher

More Great Gifting Ideas:

  • Just like the “Packaged Up Roasted Pecans” above, prepare our gourmet Party Mix recipe using Back at the Ranch Dip Mix and package it in a glass container and finish it off with a ribbon. This recipe makes 10 cups of mix, so you will have enough to bring to all your kids’ teachers, the neighbors, the mail carrier, your hair dresser, and still have plenty to snack on while you put them together!
  • There is nothing better than eating a warm soup out of a big cozy mug. Give your friends the gift of that feeling by placing a few One Cup Soup Mixes in a large soup mug. Add some ribbon or some ever green sprigs to turn it into a festive present.
  • Cookies are a very traditional choice for gifting during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t elevate those classic recipes. Our Orange Spice Cookies only have two ingredients including the English Wassail Mix, so you can have them ready to package up as soon as possible.

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How will you give Wind & Willow this season? Be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram in pictures of your Wind & Willow Gifts this season. Follow us on Pinterest and sign up for our newsletter for more ideas and inspiration. And don’t forget to grab our seasonal mixes like Hot Cocoa, Apple Cider, and Holiday Cheeseball Mixes before they sell out for the season!

Appetizer Ideas for a Friendsgiving Feast

Friendsgiving is a special opportunity to show our chosen family a little gratitude during this season thanksgiving. This recently coined holiday is usually celebrated in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and is typically a more casual event. This makes it the perfect time to try out less traditional holiday dishes. We say, keep it simple with an all appetizer menu! Each of the recipes featured here can be prepped ahead of time and finished off in minutes on the day of, leaving you free to spend time with your guests.

Wind and Willow Bacon Stuffed Mushroom Cheeseball and Appetizer Mix

One appetizer that is a must is Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms. No time to stuff a turkey? No problem! This is one of the easiest recipes to make (only 3 ingredients!!), but tastes like it took you lots of time and effort. The best part is that they can be completely prepped the day before and baked as guests arrive so that your home smells warm and inviting. Simply combine Wind & Willow Bacon Stuffed Mushroom Cheeseball & Appetizer Mix with cream cheese. Fill small mushrooms (stems removed) with about a tablespoon of the mixture and top each one with the breadcrumb topping. Cover the mushrooms and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake.

Jalapeno Cranberry Crostini are a fun twist on traditional flavors. Cranberry Sauce pairs with savory Jalapeno Jack Cheeseball for the perfect savory/sweet/heat combination. A garnish of rosemary completes this beautiful app. The best part is how simple it is to put together. You can toast baguettes ahead of time and prepare the cheeseball ahead as well. Just before guests arrive spread about a tablespoon of Jalapeno Jack Cheeseball onto each slice of toasted bread. Top with whole cranberry sauce and a bit of rosemary. These beauties will be the first thing to get polished off by your friends!

A board is the perfect way to display a variety of festive foods that guests can graze on. In addition to the traditional cured meats, cheeses, and fruit add a boost of flavor with your favorite Wind & Willow products! Savory Herb & Pecan Cheeseball, Tuscan Olive Cheeseball, and Cracked Pepper & Garlic Roasted Pecan make beautiful and delicious additions to this Friendsgiving platter.

All that’s left is to light some candles and set the food on the table for a family style feast. Fresh flowers, foliage, and seasonal produce can make fun additions to your table scape and can even serve as conversation starters!

From appetizers to desserts, drink mixes to soup, Wind & Willow has a product that will be perfect for you this holiday season whether you are hosting a holiday, attending a party, or picking out the perfect gift. Check out all our products and recipes on our website for more inspiration.

Find us on social media @windandwillow and don’t forget to tag us in your posts for a chance to be featured on our page!

16 Quick and Easy Fall Dessert Recipes Your Family Will Love

Pumpkin, Apple, Caramel, Pecan, Maple, and warm spices are all on display when the weather starts to get a little chilly. Making yummy homemade desserts full of these fall flavors doesn’t have to be tedious and time consuming. Below is a collection of every easy fall dessert from the Wind & Willow collection.

Caramel Apple Tarts

apple pie mini tart

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Cheesecake Baked Apples

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Apple Cider Pie

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Harvest Layer Cake

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Graveyard Dirt Cake

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Incredible Apple Cake

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Caramel Apple Popcorn

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Pumpkin Harvest Cookies

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Pumpkin Pie Cookies

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Pumpkin Spice Custard Pie

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Quick Harvest Cheesecake

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Caramel Apple Cream Pie

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Spiced Orange Cookie

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Spooky Dessert Pizza

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Turtle Brownies

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Whipped Pumpkin Dip

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We can’t wait to hear what your favorite fall recipe is! Tag us @windandwillow foods on Instagram and Facebook to tell us which dessert you are planning to make. All tagged photos have the chance to be featured on our page. We especially love seeing the new recipes you come up with. So get creative and show us your work! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Pinterest for even more delicious content.

How to Host a Fall Craft Night with your Friends

Nothing makes it feel more like fall than gathering with friends to celebrate the changing of the seasons. You don’t have to have a complicated menu or an elaborate activity to make a fun and memorable night. With Wind & Willow, it is easy to prepare simple gourmet snacks that will have your company thinking you have spent hours in the kitchen. As for the activity, there are a few things to keep in mind to choose a low-stress project and we are here to share all our secrets! So come along to discover how to host a fall themed craft night to kick off the season with your favorite people.

When hosting, it is easy to think you have to have dozens of different snacks that all require a grocery run, cooking, and lots of clean up. The truth is, for a small gathering, you really only need one sweet and one savory snack for everyone to nibble at while you work on your crafting. Wind & Willow Sweet Cheeseballs are easily prepared by combining the mix with a block of softened cream cheese and butter. After allowing the mixture to cool in the refrigerator, shape it into a ball and roll it in topping. For a taste of fall a Harvest Cheeseball flavor like Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apple, or Maple Pecan French Toast will set the autumn mood. We used the back of a knife to create indentations in our prepared Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball and topped it with a bell pepper stem to create a pumpkin! Served on an orange plate surrounded by fall leaf cookies, guests won’t be able to resist digging in.

For savory fare, any Wind & Willow Dip Mix will do the trick, and they couldn’t be easier to prepare; combine the mix with a cup of sour cream and a cup of mayonnaise and refrigerate until guests arrive. We love Fiesta Ranchero for its crowd-pleasing taste and vibrant pops of color. Cheesy Bacon and Chipotle Cheddar would also make excellent choices. Consider serving your dip with hearty crackers and vibrant orange veggies that will carry the warm fall color theme right through this savory snack. Small whole carrots are an unexpected twist from baby carrots and are sure to create conversation.

When choosing a craft, look for something simple that everyone will enjoy creating. It is also important to pick something that you will actually want to use when it is finished! Fall garlands made with wood beads are the perfect pick for a night like this (no glue, glitter, or paint required). All you will need to recreate this craft is twine, wooden beads of different colors, pre-made tassels, and festive wooden ornaments such as maple leaves, pumpkins, or in our case, flat ornaments painted with fun fall sayings such as “gather.” All of these components can easily be found at your local craft store.

Simply tie a tassel to one end of twine. Then, thread wooden beads of different colors, sizes, and shapes onto the string in a pattern. At the end, attach your wooden ornament to the other end to keep the beads secured. It may be beneficial to make one ahead of time as an example, or even show these pictures for inspiration. Everyone will have fun choosing their unique combinations to create a work of art all their own!

These fall garlands make the perfect accent to your fall decor. Tie one around the handle of a basket for an instant autumn look; add it to a tray like we did to make a statement on your coffee table; or simply hang it on a hook to spruce up an entry way. Every time you or your guests see their creation, it will be a reminder of the fun evening you had together!

We love to see all the ways you use Wind & Willow to bring your friends and family together. Tag us @windandwillowfoods on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to be featured on our page. See all our latest blog updates, recipes, and more on Pinterest.

Easy Pie Recipes for Every Craving

When cooler weather hits we start craving more decadent and cozy treats. No matter what you are craving, Wind & Willow’s vault of recipes has the perfect dessert for you. Today we are talking about the quintessential dessert: pie. Apple, pumpkin, and everything in between. We are listing our favorite pies to get cozy season started!

When you want the most gooey apple pie:

Caramel Apple Pie

Use Wind & Willow Caramel Apple Cider Mix to create this Caramel Apple pie. No need to measure every spice in your cabinet, simply lightly saute peeled and cored apple slices in butter, sprinkle with flour and the Cider Mix, and use it to fill a pre-made (unbaked) pie crust. After cooking at 350 for 25 minutes, the resulting pie is caramel filled and difficult to stop eating!

When you just want a bite…

Caramel Apple Tart

For individually portioned apple pies that don’t require the oven or peeling apples, try the Caramel Apple Tart recipe. Combine the Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix with flour, water, salt, and chopped apples and simmer on the stove for 20 minutes. Fill small tart cups with the filling. Whipped topping and caramel sauce are optional garnishes for this recipes, but they truly send the tarts over the edge to perfection!

When you want apple pie, but creamier…

Caramel Apple Cream Pie

For this creamy take on classic apple pie, heat apple pie filling on the stove, add cream cheese and the Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix, and pour the mixture into a graham cracker crust. This recipe could not be simpler, or more delicious!

When you want to feel like a fancy French chef…

Creme Brulee Pie

Wind & Willow Creme Brulee Cheeseball & Dessert Mix makes it easy to impress guests! You will just need the mix, a pie crust, cornstarch, butter, and heavy cream to make this masterpiece. Check out the full directions here.

When you are craving pumpkin…

Pumpkin Spice Custard Pie

Caught with a pumpkin craving, but don’t have pumpkin on hand? No worries! Wind & Willow Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball & Dessert Mix has you covered. This recipe is our twist on classic pumpkin pie.

When you want something decadent…

Turtle Cheesecake

This decadent recipe is on the back of the Turtle Cheesecake package! It is our classic quick cheesecake, but it is truly the garnishes that make it shine! Prepare the Turtle Cheesecake Mix using the package quick cheesecake directions, but opt for a chocolate graham crust. Garnish the pie with chocolate and caramel sauces, along with the included pecan topping, for the most decadent quick cheesecake!

When you want something savory…

Cheesy Bacon Broccoli Quiche

For all the people without much of a sweet tooth, this one is for you! Pies truly come in all forms, and quiche is our favorite savory option. Use Cheesy Bacon Dip Mix to add a punch of flavor in this easy recipe.

Pies, Pies, Pies…

…And that isn’t even all the pies! If you are still craving something different check out these recipes: Quick Pumpkin Cheesecake, Sweet Potato Pie, Cherry Cherry Cheesecake, Elegant Fruit Tarts, Mini Dessert Tarts, No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie, Classic Quick Cheesecake, and Key Lime Cheesecake Tart. If we start counting pizza “pie” recipes then the options are truly endless!

We can’t wait to hear what your favorite pie is! Tag us @windandwillow foods on Instagram and Facebook to tell us which pie you are planning to make. All tagged photos have the chance to be featured on our page. We especially love seeing the new recipes you come up with. So get creative and show us your work! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Pinterest for even more delicious content!

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NEW! Hot Cocoa Line

For years, customers have asked that we launch a line of Hot Cocoa Mixes. We have taken this time to develop the best cocoa mixes on the market, and we are so excited for you to try them! These mixes have great clean ingredient labels, rich luxurious flavors, and eye catching packaging. Each box contains a resealable pouch which makes 4 servings of Hot Cocoa (use 2 Tablespoons of the mix for a single serving). Combine with milk (or plant milk alternative) and microwave or heat on the stove top.

Each of the six flavors are unique and so delicious! The four traditional chocolate flavors include Original, Raspberry, Salted Caramel, and Cafe Mocha. For a seasonal twist, try one of the white chocolate flavors. Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate tastes like fall in a cup, while White Chocolate Peppermint would clearly be Santa’s favorite drink!

The beautiful, cozy packaging makes these mixes perfect for gifting. We can already imagine all of the cocoa, coffee, and holiday themed baskets. And they would make the sweetest stocking stuffer for everyone in your family!

Stocking stuffer, hot chocolate, hot cocoa, new years, boxing day

With everyday flavors like Chocolate Raspberry and Cafe Mocha, you won’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy a decadent cup of hot chocolate. These cocoas make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up all year round!

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Which flavor will you try first? We keep our pantry stocked with one of each at all times. After all, you never know which flavor will suit your mood!

pumpkin spiced white hot chocolate fall autumn cozy aesthetic

Don’t forget to shop all of our Fall Favorites like Apple Cider, Roasted Pecans, Soup, and Seasonal Cheeseball Mixes.

Follow us @windandwillowfoods on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for all of the latest updates on new releases, recipes, and more!

How to Pack Exciting Lunches for Kids

There is certainly no wrong way to pack a lunch for your family, but if you are in a rut, we have some great tips to get you and your kids excited about lunch again! From using Wind & Willow products to boost flavor to making lunches visually interesting, this advice is sure to engage your kiddos and have them bringing an empty lunch box home.

The easiest way to make meals more interesting for your kids is by simply arranging the same foods in a new way. In the picture below, you can see that we could have simply packed toast with a side of fruit and cheese. Instead, try spreading a Sweet Wind & Willow Cheeseball on the toast and arranging the fruit into little animal faces. Just like that this lunch instantly becomes adorable! Check out our full Critter Toast recipe here.

Another easy way to get the kids more excited about their fruits and veggies at lunch is to cut them out into little shapes with mini cookie cutters. They are inexpensive to buy online and make a big impact. Pair star shaped cucumbers with Wind & Willow Ranch Dip or flower shaped red peppers with Fresh Picked Spinach Dip.

One of the quickest ways to add a personal touch to your child’s lunch is by adding a hand written note. It doesn’t have to be long or profound, just a little mid-day reminder that you are thinking of them. It is sure to put a smile on their face.

Our favorite way to add interest to a standard lunch is by bumping up the flavor! Simply prepare and spread your favorite Savory Wind & Willow Cheeseball onto a tortilla and roll it up. Cut it into 1″ cross sections for pinwheels with lots of flavor. You can use the same cheeseball as a sandwich spread the next day, or even try adding it inside a grilled cheese for a twist on a classic (served with Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup of course). Make an easy chicken salad by adding a prepared Savory Dip Mix to diced rotisserie chicken.

It’s hard to think about putting together a healthy yet exciting lunch for your kids on those hectic mornings before school. If you can take a few minutes on Sunday to cut out veggies for the week, prepare a Wind & Willow Cheeseball or Dip, and portion out fresh fruit for each day it can make throwing together lunches throughout the week quick and easy.

It can also be helpful to write down a game plan for the week. Even if you don’t stick to it perfectly, it’s much better to have something to go off of than nothing at all. Trying to think of a meal while getting the kids ready for school is next to impossible! Simply make a list of 5 main dishes and ensure you have everything on hand. Then add quick sides like fresh fruit or vegetables with a sweet or savory dip.

Lastly, the right containers can make portioning lunches easy, and often makes them look more fun to kids. Bento box style containers have several compartments to keep foods separate. If you have a single compartment container, use cupcake liners (reusable silicone liners work the best) to separate different items. This will keep each item fresher and will let kids mix and match flavors with every bite.

There is no wrong way to pack a lunch, but if you and your family are ready to change things up, Wind & Willow products are a great way to start mixing up the flavors you are used to. We hope these tips make it easier for you to create extra special lunches that get your kids excited for their mid-day meal.

We can’t wait to hear how you and your little foodies are using Wind & Willow to create new and exciting weekday lunches! Tag us on Instagram and Facebook @windandwillowfoods for a chance to be featured.

How to make a Frozen Margarita Cheesecake

This fun dessert will be the life of the party! Just a shot full of your favorite tequila will kick up our quick cheesecake recipe to a whole new level. Follow these easy instructions to create this fun dessert that your friends will request over and over again!

First, gather your ingredients. There aren’t many! A Wind & Willow Key Lime Pie Cheeseball & Dessert Mix, 8 oz cream cheese, 1.5 ounces tequila (equivalent of one shot or 3 Tbs), and 8 oz whipped topping. Salt and lime are optional, but they give the dessert the full cocktail treatment.

If you want a salted rim (would also work with sugar), put about a half cup of course salt on a small plate-something with a ridge works best to keep everything in. Fill another small plate or shallow bowl with 1/4 inch of water. Dip the rim of each margarita glass in water first and then into the salt. Set the finished glasses aside.

Next, prepare the cheesecake filling. Combine Key Lime Pie Mix (reserve topping for later) and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Slowly add in tequila until well combined. Fold in whipped topping. Fill margarita glasses (or a pre-made graham cracker crust) with the mixture. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.

When the cheesecakes are ready to serve, sprinkle the top with the graham cracker topping packet and garnish with lime if desired.

This recipe will fill two standard margarita glasses to the brim for a sharable portion size in each glass. For smaller individual portion sizes, fill large shot glasses with the cheesecake mixture or fill a prepared graham cracker crust and cut into slices when ready to serve.

The Best Recipes for your Next Camp Out

Unplug and enjoy the great outdoors with Wind & Willow this summer! These easy gourmet recipes grantee that you won’t be sacrificing taste or convenience when you head out to your campsite.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

Combine Savory Cheeseball Mix of your choice and its topping packet with an 8oz package of cream cheese. Fill cored, halved jalapenos with the mixture. Place two filled halves together and wrap with a slice of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Carefully place the prepped jalapenos in an airtight container and bring to your campsite in a chilled cooler. Cook in a Dutch oven over a camp fire or in a cast iron skillet.

Soup Mixes Camping Style

Each Wind & Willow Soup Mix is simply prepared by adding water. This makes them super simple to prepare at your campsite over a fire in a cast iron pot. One of our favorite ways to stretch a Tortilla con Queso soup for a crowed is to add a can of drained black beans and a can of drained corn! Another option is to place the contents of a One Cup Soup Mix into a mug and then pour boiling water over them.

Chipotle Burgers

If you want to spice up your grilling this summer, combine 2 Lb of ground beef with Chipotle Cheddar Dip Mix. Tip: We love to prep our seasoned burgers into patties at home and store in an airtight container, keeping each patty separate between pieces of wax paper. Cook in a cast iron skillet right over the fire!

Roasted Corn

Simply combine Roasted Red Pepper Dip Mix with oil and brush it on to ears of corn while they roast on a grill or over a camp fire. They are packed with flavor and beautiful charred color. Everyone in the family will be asking for these each summer!

Everything Tastes Better on an Open Flame

There is something about being outdoors, watching a fire burn, and spending time with family that makes these recipes taste just that much better. Wind & Willow makes eating gourmet meals easy no matter where you are!

Be sure to take plenty of pictures when you cook outdoors with Wind & Willow this summer, and tag @windandwillowfoods on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to have your image shared!

How to Create a Vibrant Summer Grazing Board

Spontaneous gatherings with friends and family are a staple of the summer season. We love grilling out, picnics, pool parties, and just about any other excuse is enough to get us outdoors and with our favorite people. What we don’t love;  planning what to make, what to bring, or having to make an extra store run! The solution is simple; a grazing board! It is like a charcuterie board but without all the fuss. There are just a few steps to creating the perfect spread.

#1 Keep the essentials on hand: If you have your favorite Wind & Willow Dip Mixes on hand along with mayo and sour cream (or replace with Greek yogurt for a lighter snack) a vibrant grazing board can be your go to all summer long!

#2 Take inventory of your fridge: Check out what you already have on hand. If you keep your fridge stocked with produce and a box of chips or crackers in your pantry, you likely won’t need an extra trip to the store to whip up this impromptu snack.

#3 Create your board: Place dishes of your favorite Wind & Willow dips on your board first. Then, add small stacks of produce, chips, crackers, and any other small bites you might want to include.

#4 Take a picture for your social because it is a masterpiece! This vibrant summer grazing board will be your go-to all summer long for every backyard BBQ, pool party, and beach bash. It is beautiful, tasty, and makes you look like the life of the party! When you post a picture of your beautiful creation, make sure to tag us @windandwillowfoods on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to have your image shared!