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Karen, of Li’l Suburban Homestead, shows us how to make the perfect go-to holiday gift set in today’s entry of the 12 Homestead Bloggers of Christmas.


Every Holiday season my husband and I search for the perfect holiday gift for our friends and this year we think we’ve found the perfect go to gift.

We made homemade kahlua and mud scrub – separately – in the past. Both were big hits, so we decided to combine them in a gift set and call them “Muddy Buddies”.

Karen Lynn’s Holiday Kahlua



7-8 cups of vodka (depending on how strong you want it to be)

24 teaspoons of instant coffee (You need to use Instant Coffee)

2 cups sugar

2 oz. bottle of vanilla



Pour 24 cups of water into a huge pot. Add 24 teaspoons of instant coffee and 2 cups sugar and bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool below 160 degrees and then add vodka and vanilla.


Then – using a funnel — ladle into canning jars and seal with lids and rings.


Lil’ Suburban Homestead’s Holiday Mud Scrub



1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

6 tbsp Coffee grounds

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup coconut oil

1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract

1 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract





Mix all ingredients together thoroughly (use a fork to blend in the coconut oil) and scoop into canning jars.

I do use a funnel to help in making sure all ingredients get in the jars neatly. Make sure folks are mindful when you give this gift, as it is made with olive oil and coconut oil so it does have a shelf life. This stuff is so good, however, it will get used up quickly. This is a good time of year to find sales on coffee for this recipe so keep an eye out. I also collect coffee throughout the fall that we decide we don’t like for whatever reason.

This scrub is amazing. You can’t decide whether it smells more like, coffee, coconut, vanilla or peppermint. It leaves your hands smelling and feeling amazing. I have friends who request I make more for them each year. If you are a gardener, it is the perfect scrub to get the dirt off your hands and moisturize all in one. I even have a couple of friends that use it as an all over body scrub.

I so hope you enjoyed this “go-to” gift idea and I hope you agree that it’s a holiday keeper! Wishing you tidings of joy this Holiday Season!

Warm Regards,

Lil’ Suburban Homestead

Karen Lynn


Karen Thompson from Wilmington, North Carolina who signs off as Karen Lynn at Lil’ Suburban Homestead for more than three years and previously blogged for Frugal Families as well as being featured at several popular blogs. She is a member of The Homestead Bloggers Network; and was recently published in a collaboration with The Homestead Bloggers Network “Homemade Holiday Recipes — “80+ Recipes for Home-Cooked Holiday Magic” Cook book. After facing thyroid cancer and other family health issues she decided to share their passion for Sustainable living and they are constantly looking for ways to make their lil’ homestead more efficient; even her blog tag line states “Where Innovation & Homesteading Meet”.

She decided instead of moving to the farm they would move the farm to them. They supplement their diet from their backyard garden which is mostly raised beds and a small “upcycled”greenhouse. Both Karen and her husband she calls “The Viking” are beekeepers and also keep backyard chickens all on less than 1/3 of an acre. She will always thank you for stopping by her Lil’ Suburban Homestead she says it’s a “Lil’ Suburban Homestead Thing” but it could be that southern North Carolina hospitality.


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