We are now on the downward side of preparing for Christmas. Less than six weeks. YIKES
Today I will list a few ideas for families or adults (and even teens), that come from your kitchen and will cost you only pennies for each gift.
I am a huge giver of homemade goodies and that is probably my favorite gift to receive. WE ALL HAVE TO EAT!!!!!
There are always the lovely gifts of homemade cookies and candy. Homemade breads and jams and jellies are always a big hit too. Any home canned item is a special treat.
EASY ONE BOWL BANANA BREAD
1/3 C oil
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/3 C baking mix (homemade or something like Bisquick)
1 C sugar
1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional - can use your favorite nuts)
Beat all the ingredients together for about 30 second. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 5 loaf pan. 350* oven for 35 - 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. I like to make in mini foil pans (I use over and over). If making smaller loaves, adjust baking time. (I usually get 4 small ones per one recipe)
CHEDDAR BASIL BISCUITS
2 C baking mix
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 C milk
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 c butter, melted
Stir together biscuit mix, cheese and milk until a soft dough forms. Drop by heaping spoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 450* for 10-12 minutes. Combine basil, garlic powder and butter: Brush over the tops of hot biscuits.
Wrap up in plastic wrap and a bow and set into a Dollar Tree basket, bowl, or colander - maybe add a jar of homemade pepper jelly or a jar of homemade butter.
APPLE PIE IN A JAR
(The cost of a bag of apples)
5 lbs. apples, peeled, cored and sliced
4 1/2 C sugar
1 C cornstarch
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
10 C water
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
Pack apples tightly into wide mouth jars. In a large sauce pan cook sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and water over a med. heat until thick and bubbly, add lemon juice. Cover apples in syrup, wipe jars, add lids. Water bath for 20 minutes. Makes 7 quarts.
This will make 7 gifts! Maybe wrap in a Dollar Tree kitchen towel.
COFFEE STIR STICKS
1. Dip candy canes into melted chocolate or chocolate chips. Dip about half way up the candy cane. Let dry and wrap in plastic wrap with a ribbon or jute (gift 5 or 6 each). Gift in a pretty $1 mug.
2. Dip the spoon end of plastic flatware into melted chocolate. Let dry and package up as above (with candy canes). Again gift with a $1 mug.
These are so simple to make - and they have always been appreciated and enjoyed when I have given them.
**You could also add a couple drops of peppermint extract to melted chocolate for a chocolate peppermint stirrer.
**Make a batch of flavored croutons and gift with perhaps a jar of homemade dressing or attach a nice pair of salad tongs.
**Make up dressing bread, and gift with dehydrated celery and onions and a container of stock.
**Jar up any cookie, cake or brownie recipe (dry ingredients) with an attached card with instructions on wet ingredients needed and baking temp and time. ** Remember to layer your ingredients to make for a pretty jar. Attached a ribbon or jute tie to the top with recipe card.
**Dip pretzel rods in melted chocolate (cover about 2/3 of pretzel). Dry and package up for giving. OR dip small pretzel rounds or squares in chocolate. Sprinkles can be added while chocolate is still wet. If using almond bark or white chocolate, you can also add food color to make them more festive.
I LOVE getting chocolate covered pretzels. They are always a hit with young and old alike.
**Use tins (bought at thrift stores or Dollar Tree) or large glass jars and fill with homemade cookies or candies. Maybe gift someone special that much loved cookie jar or family dish filled with goodies (2 gifts in one).
** Never forget homemade pickles, soups, sauces, jellies, jams, relishes, etc. or any home canned goodies. Odds are, it something they won't already have!
A GIFT FROM THE KITCHEN IS A GIFT FROM THE HEART!
Gifts don't have to cost a fortune. The best gifts are the ones that contain LOVE!
Have a blessed day!