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Gift Basket Recipes
September 30, 2009
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Recipes that fit well in a mug, jar, or baggie that are perfect for Christmas basket gift-giving!  Let's pile 'em up all in one topic and I'll create a special area for them over on the index.

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September 30, 2009
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Gingerbread Cake In A Mug

Prepare the Mix

Microwavable/Oven Safe Mug (must hold at least 1 1/2 cups)

4 Tbl. Flour

2 Tbl. dark brown sugar

1 tsp. cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch of ground cloves

Round Tag

Small Clear Baggie

Piece of Homespun

In a small clear baggie place all ingredients, shake together, and tie off with a piece of homespun. Place into mug for later use. On Round tag write, “Gingerbread Cake Mix”

Attach a nice gift tag to the mug handle or tuck a small card inside your mug with the following directions:

Gingerbread Cake

Ingredients:

Gingerbread Cake Mix

2 Tablespoons Molasses

1 small egg

2 Tablespoons Warm water

Directions:

In a small bowl, place Gingerbread Cake Mix from baggie. Add molasses, egg and warm water and blend together with fork until thoroughly mixed, about 1 minute. Pour mixture into a lightly greased mug. Place in microwave for 3-5 minutes on High. Times vary for each microwave, so I recommend checking every 30 seconds after 3 minutes for doneness. Enjoy!!!

OPTIONAL OVEN METHOD: Mix everything just as described above. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place Mug in oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Enjoy!!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

September 30, 2009
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Pumpkin Spiced Apple Crisp In A Mug

 

Prepare the Mix

 

Microwavable/Oven Safe Mug (must hold at least 1 1/2 cups)

2 1/2 T. flour, divided

3 T. sugar

1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice, divided

4 T. Old Fashioned Oats

2 1/2 T. brown sugar

Optional: Raisins

1 ft. piece of homespun

2 Round Tags

2 Clear Baggies

 

Baggie #1

In small bowl, combine sugar, 1 T. flour and 1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice, raisins. Mix well and place into your small baggie. Tie with a nice piece of homespun. Attach tag to homespun and mark this Baggie as “#1″.

 

Baggie #2

In other small baggie place oats, brown sugar, remaining flour & remaining Pumpkin Pie Spice. Shake baggie to mix ingredients. Tie with another piece of homespun. Attach homespun and mark this Baggie as “#2″. Place both baggies now inside the Mug.

 

Attach a nice gift tag to the mug handle or tuck a small card inside your mug with directions below on how to prepare the Pumpkin Spiced Apple Crisp.

 

Pumpkin Spiced Apple Crisp

 

Ingredients:

1 small apple

3 1/2 T. butter

Apple Crisp Mix (in baggies)

 

Directions:

Peel, core, and chop apple into pieces. Lightly grease inside of Mug with 1/2 T. butter. Melt remaining butter in microwave. In small bowl place contents of baggie #1, add apple pieces and toss until evenly coated. Place mixture into Mug. In separate bowl, place contents of baggie #2, pour melted butter over mixture and stir well. Crumble Oats mixture over Apple Mixture inside Mug. Bake in Microwave for 3-4 minutes, checking after 3 minutes and then every 30 seconds thereafter (Microwave watts vary). Let Cool slightly. Pour onto small plate or just eat right from the mug. This also tastes wonderful with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on top or a little milk added to it!!! Enjoy!

OPTIONAL OVEN RECIPE: Complete all steps above except bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes!

 

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

September 30, 2009
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Apple Muffins Mix in a Jar Recipe

2 C. self rising flour
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 C. brown sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1 C. chopped dried apple

Mix: Combine and store in an airtight container.

Attach this to the Jar:

Apple Muffins

1 package mix
1 egg
3/4 C. milk
1/4 C. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 400° F. Mix all ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

September 30, 2009
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Potato Soup Mix

INGREDIENTS:

1 3/4 cups instant mashed
potato flakes
1 1/2 cups dry milk powder
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (I use chives instead)
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt

DIRECTIONS:
1.Combine potato flakes, dry milk, bouillon granules, onion,
parsley, pepper, thyme, turmeric and seasoning salt in a bowl and
stir to mix. Pour into a 1 quart jar.

2.Attach the following instructions:
To serve, place 1/2 cup soup mix in bowl. Stir in 1 cup boiling
water until smooth.

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September 30, 2009
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Here is the recipe for my Nanny's caramels - she had a slew of
grandkids with having six children, and these were her Christmas treat
for us - a big chunk or two wrapped in waxed paper.

Oh, they were SO good. My maternal grandparents had a Holstein dairy farm. Lots of cream
available.
Her name was Dora Violet, 'Vi' for short and here is the recipe
that my cousin has from her.

Nanny Vi's Hard Caramels

2 pints white sugar
2/3 cup clear karo syrup
1 1/2 cups cream
nuts (optional)

Combine sugar and syrup with 1/3 of the cream, boil down. Add 1/3 of
the cream, boil down. Add the last 1/3 of the cream and boil down
until it forms a hard ball in cold water. Pour out onto large buttered
pan and let cool and harden. Cut into pieces and wrap in waxed paper.

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September 30, 2009
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Peppermint Bark Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Yield: about 2 pounds of candy

Crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup
2 pounds white chocolate
Peppermint flavorings, optional

Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks
or smaller. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Combine candy
cane chunks with chocolate (add peppermint flavoring at this point
if desired.) Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment
or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until
firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut
brittle.)

***We did not use peppermint flavoring - it's not needed.
***I bought red-colored vanilla candy wafers, melted them, and
drizzled this over the white bark before putting in the fridge to
set up, which really made this candy even more appealing to look at.
***We simply used stainless steel bowls over a cooking pot half-
filled with water for the double boiler.
***Ran out of candy canes, so I bought a bag of hard peppermint
candies (Starlight Mints). We liked these much better! Easier to
unwrap & crush, and the red color didn't bleed into the white
chocolate and turn it pink like the candy canes sometimes did.
***Break this candy into small pieces - it's way too rich to eat a
large piece in one sitting ;-)

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October 1, 2009
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Found this online a few years ago and it was a hit in baskets :)

Tortilla Soup Mix in a Mug

3 tablespoons crushed tortilla chips
2 tablespoons instant rice
1 tablespoon Lipton Vegetable Soup Mix
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cumin

Measure all ingredients into a small zip-top plastic bag. Shake to combine. Tuck plastic bag into a microwavable mug. Attach a gift tag with the following instructions:

Tortilla Soup:
Empty contents of bag into mug. Add 1 cup water. Stir, and microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir again. Cover and let sit for 3 minutes. All ready to eat!

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October 1, 2009
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Herbed Beer Bread

Bread Mix:

2 3/4 c flour

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 oregano

1/4 tsp thyme

Pinch of dill weed

Stir together above ingredients and pack mix into airtight container or bag.  (Can be stored at room temp for up to 1 month)

Attach these directions:

To make bread empty contents of container into a medium sized mixing bowl.  Stir in 1 can or bottle of room temperature beer.  Mix just until dry ingredients become wet.  Don't overmix.

Pour batter into a greased 8X4 inch loaf pan.  Bake at 375F for 45 to 50 minutes or until crust is a nice golden brown.

Remove from oven and let stand in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out on cooling rack.  If you like a softer crust on your bread, brush top of loaf with butter.

I used to give this mix in a basket along with a jar of my bean soup mix to teachers and friends for Christmas gifts.

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October 1, 2009
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Here’s my recipe for Bean Soup Mix. 

You’ll need 1 lb of each of the following:

Pinto Beans

Dark Red Kidney Beans

Small Lima Beans

Great Northern Beans

Black Beans

Garbanzo Beans

Dump all the beans into a big bowl.  Mix thoroughly and measure into jars.  The above yields approximately 3 ½ quarts of bean soup mix.   To the top of each jar, add one bouillion cube if packaged into pints and two, if packaged into quart jars.

Attached the following instructions:

Either soak beans overnight covered in water or on the morning of the day you want to serve the soup, put beans in large pot covered with at least 2 inches of water.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for approximately one hour.  Turn off and let sit covered until you are ready to make the soup.  If desired, drain off liquid.   Dissolve bouillion cube(s) in hot water… 2 c for one, 4 c for two.  Add to beans.  (If you have drained off liquid you may need to add more water.)  If desired, add chopped onions and celery.    Bring beans to a boil and cook until soft.

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October 1, 2009
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The beer bread made me laugh, last year for Christmas, I made a big basket for my boss (the greatest).  He spends Christmas with his children and grands at his beach house.  In the basket I put several jars of jelly and jam.  I made a loaf of the Cranberry-Walnut bread (posted here) and a loaf of beer bread.  I always make mine with cheddar cheese and for something different, I added a pkg of Italian seasonings to his loaf.  After the holidays, I asked if he liked the breads.  He said "You didn't tell me to put the cheese bread in the fridge and it was moldy when we opened it."  I now suggest labels on all gift goodies.

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October 2, 2009
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HelloBack from vacation, thrilled about the Christmas recipe posts. I make one yall may be interested in as it can be so tailored to an your likes.

Hot Cocoa Mix

2 cups powdered milk

2 cups confectioners sugar (or Splenda)

1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa

3/4 cup coffee creamer

dash of salt

Mix everything in a large bowl, package in a plastic bag that will fit your container, mug, etc. Instructions, put 3 heaping teaspoons of mix in a cup, stir in 6 to 8 ounces of very hot water, mix until dissolved.

I also add ground vanilla beans (King Arthur's) and I have used several different creamers. Hazelnut is very good. I have also added to one batch dried orange zest, and to another, cinnamon. I have made these several years and added chocolate spoons in variety of flavors, especially if I make plain cocoa mix. My hope is this year to make homemade marshmellows to go with the mix. I'm thinking of rolling them in toasted coconut.

October 3, 2009
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Holiday Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti
Layer dry ingredients in a one quart jar along with a gift tag with baking directions.

3/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
3/4 cup shelled green pistachios
2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup sugar*

Use a clean 1 quart jar. Layer ingredients in order.
Tap gently on the counter top to settle each layer before adding the next. Add additional dried fruits or pistachios to fill any gaps.

Attach note:

Holiday Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti
Beat 1/3 cup butter on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Add 2 eggs and beat on medium until well combined.
Using a wooden spoon, stir in contents of jar just until combined.
Divide into 2 loaves on cookie sheet, chilling if necessary to make dough easier to handle. Each loaf should be about 9 inches long and 2 inches wide.
Bake at 375°F for 25-30 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on sheet for 1 hour.
Cut each loaf diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices using a serrated (bread) knife. Place slices on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 325°F for 8 minutes, then turn over and bake for 8-10 minutes more or until dry and crisp.
Transfer to wire rack to cool.
Makes 32 cookies.

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November 9, 2009
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Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer
2 ½ cups white sugar
1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
¼ tsp white pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it is a fine powder (If you have a small food processor, you can combine just the instant tea and spices in the food processor & then combine everything together in a bowl). Add two-three tablespoons of mix to 8 ounces of hot water or milk.

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November 10, 2009
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Here's another variation of Hot Cocoa Mix (I found it online yesterday and I can't find where, so I can't credit it)

6 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 (5 oz.) pkg. of NON-INSTANT chocolate pudding

1 c. powdered chocolate drink mix

1/2 c. powdered non-dairy creamer

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

***OPTIONAL: BROKEN CANDY CANES OR MINI MARSHMALLOW



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November 10, 2009
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jane said:

Potato Soup in a cup

1 1/2 cups Hungry Jack instant potato flakes ( I used walmart brand)

1 cup powdered coffee creamer or powdered milk

1/2 of a  1 oz packet chicken gravy mix

1 tb dried parsley flakes

2 tb grated parmesan cheese ( green can)

1 tsp salt free seasoning blend ( Ms. Dash or Spike orsimilar blend)

1/2 tsp dried minced onion

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Mix all very well with a whisk

Place 1/2 cup plus 1 tb in small jar or baggie to give or sell. 

this recipe makes 5 individual soup mixes.  I put the baggie in a large soup mug I get at Dollar tree or garage sales.

recipe card to attach

empty soup mix into a plain coffee cup or soup mug that holds 1 1/2 cups liquid

no metallic ones

add 1 cup of water ( or a little less).  stir well

microwave on high 1 1/2 min.  stir.  cover and let stand 3 min. 

i love it. 

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

November 10, 2009
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Here is a link to "sand art" cookie recipes that y'all might like

http://www.theswap.com/cookbook1/sefer.cgi?display:1017608252-71360.txt

November 10, 2009
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Home made liqueurs – two options!

Any time I’ve made these for gifts, they’ve been at the top of people’s wish lists!  They need to sit for several weeks to be at their best, so it’s about time to think about making them.  The basic syrup is made ahead and allowed to cool completely.  That’s important so you can mix whichever flavor you choose then seal it into a bottle.  Not so good an idea if the liquid is warm, and you want to seal them up tight once you add the alcohol!

 

Basic Syrup

1 ½ c. brown sugar

1 c.     white sugar

2 c.     water

 

Bring all to a boil and simmer carefully 10 minutes, set aside and let cool completely before using in the following recipes. 

 

Liquor mix for Amaretto

I don’t use top-shelf vodka for this, but neither do I use the really cheap stuff… though, it’d probably be ok either way!

 

1 ¾ c.           Vodka

2-3 tsp         Almond Extract

2 tsp             Vanilla

1 ¼ c.           basic syrup

 

Liquor mix for “Jameson’s Liqueur  I have no doubt the company would be horrified by this, but I’ve never given a more popular Christmas gift!!  It goes down WAY too smooth and has quite a kick.

 

1 ¾ c.    Jamesons

2-3 tsp   Vanilla (I use 3)

1 ¼ c.    basic syrup

 

Stir together and put in a clean bottle and store in a cool dark place for at least 2 weeks (longer is better) before drinking.  I pour it back into the large bottles to age and mellow a bit, then pour carefully into some smaller and pretty bottles for giving.  Last time I used some nice bale-wire top bottles.  I intended to decorate them and all that jazz, but it turned out to be unnecessary.  Everyone just loved what was in them!

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November 10, 2009
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Oh wow, that sounds wonderful!!!!

Clover made me do it.

November 10, 2009
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That made me think of these (these were favorite college gifts!)

Homemade Kahlua or Tia Maria

4 cups water

4 cups sugar

2 cups alcohol (vodka for Kahlua, rum for Tia Maria)

1 cup dry instant coffee

1 whole vanilla bean, or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Boil the water and sugar in large pot, until sugar is completely dissolved. Stir.

Remove from heat, cool for half an hour.

Slowly add in the dry instant, stirring continuously.

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