Friday, December 7, 2007

Homemade gifts

I got the first recipe, for Cranberry Buttermilk Muffins, from Clean Home Journal.  That reminded me to post some of my other recipes for homemade gifts from the kitchen.  I've had most my recipes for several years, they come from several cookbooks,r recipes that have been sent to me or are one's that I've found from various web sites.  I've had most of them for years and can't give you the original source.  I hope you find something interesting that you would like to try out.

These are a lot of fun to give and a great way to get the kids to help out and make them feel like a big part of the process of gift making and giving.  If you have real little ones, you can always pre-measure the ingredients and let them pour each one into the jars.  Then you can buy some stickers or ribbon, etc, and let them have fun decorating the jars. 

Muffins In A Jar

1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
To assemble the gift jar:
step 1Wash and thoroughly dry a 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar.
step 2Layer the ingredients in the jar as listed above, starting with the sugar on the bottom, then flour, cranberries, ginger, baking powder, baking soda and finally salt. Press each ingredient layer firmly into place with a flat-bottomed object (like a large plastic cup) before adding the next.
step 3Secure the lid and download our recipe card that shares instructions for baking the muffins.

Roll the following recipe directions into a scroll and tie to the jar with a colorful ribbon; affix holiday stickers to the jar and lid or put the directions on the back of a holiday photo or postcard.
Cranberry Buttermilk Muffins

Contents of gift jar:
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Plus you add:
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Servings: 12
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl combine buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla.
3. Add contents of jar and stir until just combined.
4. Spoon batter into greased or papered muffin tins, filling each cup two-thirds full.
5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Cool for 10 minutes in the muffin tins and then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
7. Serve immediately or store in a Ziploc® Brand Snap 'n Seal Container for up to one week.

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Hot Choco Coffee Mix

2/3 cup Granulated sugar
1/3 cup Cocoa
1/4 tsp. Ground cinnamon
1/4 cup Instatnt coffee granules

Measure sugar into small bowl.  Sift cocoa, cinnamon and coffee granules into sugar.  Stir.  Store in plastic bag or jar with tight fitting lid.  Makes about 1 cup mix.

Directions to include:  Heat 1 cup milk in large mug in microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until very hot.  Add 1 1/2 Tbsp. mix.  Stir.  Serves 1.

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Dang near Hamburger Helper Mix

2 cups nonfat dry milk
1 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup beef bouillon powder
2 tablespoons onion flakes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon garlic powder  
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt                                      

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight jar.

Attach the following recipes to the jar:

Chili Mac

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1 cup water
1/2 cup macaroni noodles (uncooked)
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 cup mix

Combine all and simmer 20 minutes or until macaroni is cooked.


1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
2 cups water
1/2 cup mix
2 cups uncooked egg noodles
1/2 cup sour cream

Combine all except sour cream. Simmer 20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stir in sour cream and serve.

Potato Beef Casserole

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
3/4 cup water
6 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 cup mix

Combine all and simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and cook until excess water is evaporated.

Quick Lasagna

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1/2 cup mix
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
16 ounces tomato sauce
3 cups lasagna noodles, uncooked, broken into bits
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Combine all except mozzarella in large skillet. Bring to a boil, let simmer for 15 minutes or until noodles are cooked. Top with mozzarella. Turn off heat and let cheese melt.

I have more recipes like this and will be adding them soon, so be sure to come back and check for them.  I hope you found something interesting to try.  I don't know about ya'll, but I love to include a homemade gift with my Christmas presents.

Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!
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