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pattit
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check this out http://www.recipegoldmine.com/foodgift/foodgift.html

Two years ago I did a lot of these, soups, cookies, brownies etc. It was fun and everyone enjoyed them.

There are many other sites, can't remember for sure which one I used.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made
Dragon Salt
This mixture is terrific as a dry rub for steaks, chicken, and pork chops, and even sprinkled on hot popcorn.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients
1/3 cup coarse-grain sea salt
1/3 cup coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 cup ground red pepper
1/4 cup dried dillweed
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon celery seeds

Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.


Found cute shakers at the dollar store. Than it's not food but my hair clients loved it!! Again I found cute jars at the dollar store 2/1.00
Dollar store hand & body lotion
2 - 15oz. bottles baby lotion
1 - 8oz. vitamin E cream
1 - 8oz. creamy petroleum jelly

Mix all together.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey! Thanks everybody for the great websites about "gifts in a jar".
Some of those are really original! That sounds like a great alternative to shopping for those hard to buy gifts.

I always give cookie trays with 10-15 different kinds of cookies and they're a big hit to people who either don't have the time or the know-how to bake. It's great to have them available for a unexpected gift-giving situation, or hostess gift or thank-you gift (the mailman, newspaper guy, teacher, etc) and I always used to take them in to my office or to the boss or relatives when you go to visit. It's always amazing to me how impressed people are with "home-made goodies"!

If I have time, I try to make some candy or something too. I have a great recipe that makes caramels that are to die for... and it makes about 5 lbs of them! http://www.bakespace.com/recipes/detail/Chewy-Caramels/13960/

That Peppermint Bark sounds good too. If anybody else has any good ideas...please share them. In this economy I think "homemade" is a really awesome alternative without looking like a cheapskate.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is something that I found a few years ago and I gave some of them for gifts and also sold some at a cr4aft show . They are really easy to do and a cute gag gift.

http://christmas.organizedhome.com/printable-gifts/dustpan-cookies
I like all of the tips all of you have too. I will have to check out some of them.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I try to make little boxes or gift baskets for friends so they get a little of a few things...

This year I'm making quilted apples, reusable cotton sandwich and snack bags, reusable un-paper towels, a jar of sauce or salsa and a jar of my homemade jams.

Occasionally I throw in a pound of my biscotti and a package of coffee if the person is a coffee person (like my mom is NOT we skip the coffee on in her basket).

I did see a suggestion in Mary Jane's Farm Magazine about buying clearance plants and ferns this time of year to transplant into basket center pieces to give our for Christmas. They say studies show having greenery in the house over winter can brighten your mood at home all winter. You're less likely to be down and out!

Now, if the gift was homemade food for me for Christmas, we're HUGE fans of caramel popcorn... if anyone is interested!? LOL Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like to wrap cellophane around food items and tie a ribbon around the top. For instance, I made a pie for a friend who made my video for me last Saturday.



Sometimes I just bake zucchini bread or banana bread in foil pans and wrap them up. Michaels sells decorative ceramic mini loaf pans around the holidays that are cute to use, too. I think they were a dollar a piece last year. And when I make pumpkin bread, I bake them in 1 lb coffee cans. They wrap up really cute!

http://www.bakespace.com/recipes/detail/Coffee-Can-Pumpkin-Bread/33122/
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohhh!! The first time I met people from another forum, I bought those mini ceramic loaf pans and baked pumpkin bread for everyone! They had a fall design in/on them... I still get emails at this time of year, that they loved the pumpkin bread and love to decorate with the loaf pans!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys are really creative and have great ideas!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an idea for you gardening people. This time of year your fresh herbs have had it and are wearing out and dying. That means time to harvest what you can and dry them. Try making a mixed herb bouquet with ribbon and paper! Start drying them according to their mix.

Like a bouquet of Parsely, Basil and Oregano and give it with a tag that says "Italian Night Bouquet" so they can add a pinch of the mix to their pasta or to make italian style roast chicken one night.

Find recipes that call for all the herbs in the bouquet you make (Stuffing, roast duck, stir fry, casserole, ect) and add the recipe to the bouquet so they know how to use it when they are ready. Maybe just use the bouquet as a decoration to another food basket you give?!

I just like the idea... I've gone and package all my dry herbs... may be too late for me to do it, but it sounded nice.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check this out. There are tons of original ideas here!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/571543
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