Need a few small Christmas gifts for teachers, Christmas party/dinner host or party favours? Want to get your kids involved? Don’t want to spend a fortune or a lot of time? Try making this great homemade gift.
What you’ll need;
A big bowl and wooden spoon for mixing the spices.
Spice Jars (can get them at the dollar store).
Spices from your recipe (cheaper to buy in bulk).
Ribbon, twist-tie bows (the dollar store is great) and scissors.
Recipe of your choice (best to chose one that calls for equal amount of each spice)—either typed & printed or handwritten.
What to do:
Have the amount of spice you need prepared. Have your child pour each spice into a big bowl and mix them all together well.
Next, have you child fill each spice jar with the mixture. Fasten the lid and clean excess spice from outside of jar.
Roll the recipe into a scroll and fasten with twist-tie from bow. Fasten bow with recipe to jar with ribbon.
Here’s the recipe & spices I used:
Spices: Equal parts of Cumin, Coriander, Cinnamon and Ginger. I called it Moroccan Spice.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 brown Onion
3 Russet Potatoes
1 green & red pepper
2 tbsp Moroccan Spice
2 cups Chicken stock
1-cup mammoth green olives
½ golden raisins
Warm olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Brown onion, than stir in Moroccan Spice. Add salt & pepper. Add chicken stock and simmer for 1 hour. Add veggies & simmer ‘til tender. Add olives & raisins. Serve over couscous.
As an alternative; Make it a vegetarian tagine by using chick peas instead of meat or Add veggies & fruit of your choice, simmer ‘til tender...dried apricots would make a tasty addition.
Monday, December 19, 2011
This year a friend and I spent a day making Cookies in a Jar for all our Christmas gifts. They are great for hostess gifts, teacher gifts and small gifts for friends. Working with a friend made the process go much faster as we were able to have a small assembly line. We even whipped up a batch for ourselves to enjoy well we worked. I assure you they are delicious! These costs us approximately $5.00 a jar.
If you are looking for a similar gift that is cheaper, easier & you can have you kids help you with, check out my Easy Homemade Christmas Gift post.
• 1 & 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup rolled oats
• 1/2 cup dried cranberries
• 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup chopped pecans
• 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/3 cup white sugar
1. Layer the ingredients in a 1 liter jar, in the order listed.
2. Attach a tag with the following instructions:
Cranberry Cookies: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. 3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets, or remove to cool on wire racks.
Enjoy & Happy Holidays,