Saturday, December 17, 2011

Last Minute Gifts

Every year we make our lists and check them twice.....but we always forget to buy a gift someone!  Or maybe you are looking for a budget friendly, heartfelt gift to give.  Nothing can beat a homemade gift!  Here are a few recipes for some quick and easy gifts:

1/4 C. Powdered Creamer
1/3 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Instant Coffee
2 T. Powdered Baking Cocoa
2 hard candy Peppermints
Process in a blender on liquefy until well blended.
*Store in an air tight/decorative container such as a mason jar.
*Attach directions to container: Use by tablespoonfuls according to taste.Spoon in cup and add hot water.

1 1/4 c. water
1 c. salt
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
Heat water and salt together until salt slightly dissolves. Add to flour mixture.
Mix with hands until dough is smooth. Roll out. Cut with cookie cutter. Place on
foil lined baking sheets. Place in 300 degree oven for about 1 hour. Turn often.
Feel free to paint an decorate as you'd like!  This is fun for the kids and makes great gifts for grandparents!

Mix and pour into jar: -- (makes one soup mix)
1 cup green split pea flour -- (dried split peas ground to a fine flour)
2 tablespoons chicken broth powder
2 tablespoons dried onions
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups non fat dry milk powder
Attach to the jar:
To make soup: In medium saucepan over medium high heat, whisk soup mix into 6 cups
boiling water. Stir about 1 minute until mixture is incorporated. Turn heat to low, cover
and cook 2-5 minutes. Note: if desired, add 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
(mixed, peas & carrots, or carrots), grated potatoes, minced celery, or ham to
boiling water and proceed as above. This soup thickens upon cooling. To reheat, add
a little milk or water to soup & heat.

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