Gifts in a Jar…for Xmas!

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      I know there are alot of ppl out there that are either single parents

      or are living on a fixed income and can not spend alot of money on

      gifts for xmas.

      I came across this and thought I would share it with all of you.

      Give you some ideas. I too am on a fixed income and have used many

      of these for gifts and the ppl I gave them to as gifts loved them!

      Plus they are easy and cheap enough to make. You can get most of the

      stuff at the “Dollar Store”.

      Cappuccino Mix in a Jar recipe

      Makes two 12-ounce jars.

      1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer

      1 cup powdered chocolate drink mix

      2/3 cup instant coffee granules

      1/2 cup granulated sugar

      3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

      3/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

      Have ready 2 (12-ounce) canning jars. Put the instant coffee into a

      food processor, and process to a fine powder. If you don’t have a

      food processor, put it into a large plastic bag, and crush with a

      rolling pin.

      In a large bowl, combine creamer, chocolate mix, instant coffee,

      sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir together until well mixed. Spoon

      into the jars.

      Attach a note to each jar:


      Mix 3 tablespoons of powder with 6 fluid ounces hot water.

      Makes 16 servings.


      Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix in a Jar recipe

      1/3 cup light brown sugar

      3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

      1 1/2 teaspoons powdered vanilla

      1/4 cup cocoa

      2 1/2 cups powdered milk

      Combine and blend ingredients in a small bowl. Place in an airtight


      Attach these instructions to the jar:

      Mexican Hot Chocolate:

      Serves 6

      3 cups water

      Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix (to taste)

      Cinnamon sticks for garnish

      Heat the water to boiling and add the Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix. Stir

      with a whisk until the mixture is smooth. Garnish with cinnamon


      For a frothier hot chocolate, mix in a blender.


      Spicy Raspberry Tea Mix in a Jar recipe

      3/4 cup instant tea, unsweetened

      4 (.23 ounce) packets raspberry-flavored unsweetened drink mix

      2 tablespoons lemonade drink mix

      1 cup granulated sugar

      1 teaspoon ground cardamom

      1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

      1 teaspoon ground ginger

      1/2 teaspoon allspice

      Stir all ingredients in mixing bowl with wire whisk. Transfer mixture

      to 1-pint wide-mouth jar. If jar is full, gently tap bottom of jar on

      palm of hand to settle mix. Seal jar.

      Decorate jar and attach the following instructions on a gift tag:

      Spiced Raspberry Tea:

      Makes 1 (6 ounce) serving.

      1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons Spiced Raspberry Tea Mix

      6 ounces boiling water

      Fresh raspberries (optional)

      Fresh orange slice (optional)

      Sprig of fresh mint (optional)

      Combine jar mix with boiling water. Adjust amount of mix to your

      taste. Stir to dissolve mix. Serve hot or add ice for refreshing hot

      weather cooler. Garnish with fresh raspberries, orange slice and mint



      Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Mix in a Jar recipe

      1/2 cup chocolate chips

      1/2 cup dried bananas, finely chopped

      1/2 cup granulated sugar

      2 1/2 cups Bisquick

      1 teaspoon baking powder

      1/4 teaspoon salt

      Layer ingredients in a wide-mouth 1-quart canning jar in order given.

      Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.

      Attach a gift tag with the following instructions:

      Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:

      Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

      In a large bowl, place the contents of this jar. Make a well in the

      center. Mix 1 1/4 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 eggs

      (slightly beaten) and 1/2 cup butter or margarine (softened) into dry

      mixture. Stir until completely blended. Spoon the batter into a large

      loaf pan that is well greased with wax paper in the bottom. Bake for

      1 hour or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in

      the pan on a wire rack before removing.


      Crazy Cake Mix in a Jar recipe

      1 (1-quart) wide-mouth canning jar

      2 cups flour

      2/3 cup cocoa powder

      3/4 teaspoon salt

      1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

      1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

      In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking powder.

      Layer ingredients in jar in order. Secure with lid, decorated or


      Give as a gift with the following instructions attached:

      Crazy Cake:

      Contents of gift jar

      3/4 cup vegetable oil

      2 teaspoons vinegar

      1 teaspoon vanilla extract

      2 cups water

      Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

      Stir cake ingredients together using a wire whisk or fork, making

      certain that all ingredients are completely mixed together. Bake for

      35 minutes.

      Frost as desired or serve sprinkled with confectioners sugar with

      fresh fruit on the side.


      Friendship Cake and Starter recipe

      1-gallon jar

      1 cup canned cubed pineapple

      1 cup granulated sugar

      2 tablespoons brandy

      1 cup maraschino cherries, including juice

      1 cup granulated sugar

      2 tablespoons brandy

      1 cup sliced canned peaches, including juice

      1 cup granulated sugar

      2 tablespoons brandy


      1 (18.25 ounce) box cake mix (flavor desired)

      1 small box instant pudding (flavor to compliment cake mix)

      3/8 cup vegetable oil

      4 eggs

      1 cup chopped nuts

      1 portion fruit

      In the one gallon jar, combine the pineapple, 1 cup sugar and 2

      tablespoons of brandy. Let ingredients sit in jar for 2 weeks,

      stirring daily.

      At the end of two weeks, add the maraschino cherries, 1 cup of sugar

      and 2 tablespoons of brandy. Let the mixture sit for two more weeks,

      stirring daily.

      During the forth week add the canned peaches, 1 cup of sugar and 2

      tablespoons of brandy. Let sit another two weeks, stirring daily.

      Separate the liquid from the fruit. The liquid is your starter and

      you can use the fruit on ice cream or cake.

      Now you are ready to prepare the fruit for two cakes. do not

      refrigerate the liquid.

      in a large gallon jar, put 1 1/2 cups of the starter, 2 1/2 cups of

      sugar and 1 (28 ounce) can sliced peaches. Mix well and cover jar

      with a paper towel. Do not refrigerate or screw lid on jar. Stir

      every day for 10 days.

      Next, add 2 1/2 cups of sugar and 1 can (16 ounce) crushed pineapple.

      Stir every day for 10 days.

      Add 2 1/2 cups sugar and 1 (16 ounce) can fruit cocktail. Slice

      contents of 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries and add with juice.

      Stir every day for 10 days.

      On baking day, drain the fruit and divide it into two equal parts.

      Save the juice and use it as starter for friends. You will have

      enough for five starters (approximately 2 cups each). do not

      refrigerate the liquid because it will stop the fermenting action.

      to each cake mix, add pudding mix, oil, and eggs. beat until smooth

      and fold in fruit and nuts (batter will be thick). pour mixture into

      a greased tube pan, then bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.

      Turn cake out of pan while hot. When cooled, the cake freezes well.

      The choices of flavored cake mixes and pudding mixes is yours and

      coconut may be substituted for nuts.

      Makes 5 cakes with starter to give as a gift with each cake.


      Holiday Gift Cake recipe

      8 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese

      1 cup butter

      1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

      4 eggs

      2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour

      1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

      1 (8 ounce) jar well-drained, chopped maraschino cherries

      1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

      1 cup chopped walnuts

      Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a Bundt pan.

      Blend cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs one

      at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add 2 cups of

      flour, sifted with baking powder.

      Combine remaining flour with cherries and 1/2 cup nuts; fold into

      batter. Sprinkle prepared Bundt pan with 1/2 cup nuts. Pour batter

      into pan. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.

      Remove from pan.


      1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar

      2 tablespoons milk

      Mix confectioners sugar and milk.


      Taffy Apple Cookies Mix in a Jar recipe

      1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

      1 teaspoon baking soda

      1/4 teaspoon baking powder

      1/4 teaspoon salt

      3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)

      1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips

      1 cup dried apples

      Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in mixing

      bowl. Add ingredients to 1-quart wide-mouth jar in following order:

      flour mixture, brown sugar, butterscotch chips and apples. Seal jar.

      Decorate jar and attach a gift tag with the following instructions:

      Taffy Apple Cookies:

      Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

      1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

      1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

      1 egg

      1 jar Taffy Apple Cookies Mix

      1 cup caramel apple dip

      1/2 cup chopped peanuts

      Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

      Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl at medium speed of

      electric mixer until smooth. Add egg and jar mix. Beat until well


      Drop dough by rounded tablespoonsful 2 inches apart onto baking

      sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool

      cookies 2 minutes on cookie sheets. Remove to wire rack and cool


      Spread about 1 teaspoon caramel apple dip on each cookie. Sprinkle

      with peanuts.


      Snow Balls in a Jar recipe

      1/2 cup confectioners sugar

      2 cups all-purpose flour

      1 cup chopped pecans

      In a medium bowl, combine the confectioners sugar and flour. Place

      into a 1-quart canning jar. Put the chopped pecans on top. Seal well.

      Attach the following instructions to a gift tag:

      Snow Balls:

      Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.

      In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup shortening and 1/4 cup

      butter or margarine. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Add the

      entire contents of the jar and mix well. Roll dough into 1-inch balls

      and place them on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25

      minutes, until lightly browned. Cool, and roll in confectioners sugar.

      Makes 4 dozen.


      Sweet Potato Cookies Mix in a Jar recipe

      Layer the following in a quart-size jar:

      1 cup whole-wheat flour

      1 teaspoon baking powder

      1/4 teaspoon baking soda

      3/4 teaspoon salt

      1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

      1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

      3 tablespoons wheat germ

      1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

      1/3 cup brown sugar

      1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder

      1 1/4 cup rolled oats

      1/3 cup chopped nuts

      1/4 cup grated coconut

      Attach the following recipe on a gift tag:

      Sweet Potato Cookies:

      Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

      Cream 1/3 cup softened butter and 1/3 cup honey together in bowl;

      beat in 1 egg. Stir in contents of jar and 1 cup shredded sweet

      potato; mix well. Drop dough by teaspoons onto greased cookie sheet.

      Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet, and cool on



      Preparation and Presentation Ideas

      Labeling gifts: Buy pretty decorative labels for your homemade gifts.

      Include with the name important information on storing and serving.

      To clean empty bottles, fill them half full of water. Add 1

      tablespoon baking soda and shake well. Let stand for 1 hour and then

      rinse thoroughly.

      Save empty wine, liqueur, vinegar, olive oil, chili sauce, pancake

      syrup, spaghetti sauce and salad dressing bottles throughout the year

      and fill them with your homemade versions for gift giving. Decorate

      by tying plaid or colored ribbon around the neck.

      Recipe Gift Cards:

      Spray mount adhesive

      Hole punch

      3 (3 x 5) unruled white index cards

      Felt-tip marker, coordinated color

      1/4 yard glazed small print chintz

      3 (8-inch) lengths 1/4-inch satin

      fabric ribbon, coordinated to fabric color

      X-Acto knife

      Spray one side of each card with adhesive and press down to wrong

      side of fabric. Turn fabric over and smooth out any creases or lumps.

      Trim fabric to edge of cards with X-Acto knife. Fold cards in half

      with fabric on outside. Punch hole through both sides, near upper

      left corner. Open cards and write appropriate recipe or instructions

      for the type of gift. Close cards, thread ribbon through each hole,

      and attach to necks of bottles, basket handles, etc.

      Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup Bottle:

      1 empty bottle Mrs. Butterworth’s

      maple syrup, without label

      1/4 yard small check brown gingham

      Felt tip fabric marker

      Fill bottle with homemade syrup using a funnel for easy pouring.

      Screw on cap. Wash and dry outside of bottle and cap. From gingham

      cut a 7-inch square, a 4 x 10-inch strip, and a 1 1/2 x 15-inch

      strip. Fold 7-inch square diagonally into a triangle and press. Fold

      4 x 10-inch strip in half to a 4 x 5-inch rectangle. Press with fold

      at top. Fold 1 1/2 x 15-inch strip in half, lengthwise to a 3/4 x 15-

      inch band. Press.

      Tie triangle bandana-style over bottle cap, tucking pointed end under

      tied ends at back of bottle’s head. On the 4 x 5-inch fabric, fold

      back top layer (which will be the apron front). On the inside write

      with marker on lower half of fabric the following:

      (your name)’s (food item name)

      Heat and serve warm over pancakes or waffles.

      Top with toasted walnuts, sliced bananas, or chopped apple.

      Tie apron around bottle by slipping folded edge of 15-inch band under

      folded edge of 4 x 5-inch rectangle. With apron centered on band, tie

      around waist, with bow at back of bottle.

      Fabric Bag: (for pancake mixes, etc.)

      1 (11 x 40-inch) piece of fabric

      With right sides of cloth together and matching short edges, fold

      fabric in half. Finger press folded edge (bottom of bag. Using a 1/4-

      inch seam allowance and thread to match fabric, sew sides of bag

      together. Press top edge of bag 1/4-inch to the wrong side. Press 1/2-

      inch to the wrong side again and stitch in place.

      For a bag with a flat bottom, match each side seam to fold line at

      bottom of bag; sew across each corner 1 inch from point. Turn bag

      right side out. Pour mix into bag and close the top of the bag with a

      pretty ribbon.

      Attach the recipe for the mix to the bag.

      Kelly in IL

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