We are down to 2 Saturdays until Christmas! I am hopping a plane back to the midwest to attend a baptism in a few hours leaving Daddy and Daughters home for a little Daddy-Daughters weekend, in which they will be taking the Christmas Card Picture (hint… The Wisconsin Badgers will have something to do with the picture!) and possibly getting the tree. I am a little sad to miss out on the tree hunt, but I am very excited for my Godson, Cazimir’s, baptism.
So far, we’ve covered ladies, gentlemen and those-hard-to-shop-for ; this week… easy-peasy homemade gifts for even the most non-crafty! I’ll admit right at the outset… some of these ideas came from Pinterest. Pinterest is a crafty and non-crafty girls’ dream! But beware… it can be addicting. You’ve been warned.
This is an easy craft that doesn’t take that much time. You need two pieces of fleece, both the same length. Lay one piece on top of the other and make continuous cuts around the outside, 2″ (5cm) in length. Once all of the cuts are made, tie one fringe from fleece #1 to one fringe of fleece #2 all around, using square knots. Once you’ve finished, you have a great, practical gift for anyone! One key thing to keep in mind, make sure your shears are sharp because fleece is very dulling.
I personally love gifts in jars. They are pretty to look at. They store well and when you are done with them, you have a new jar! For most food-based gifts-in-jars, you will need a 1-QT Mason Jar with lid. You can jazz the jar up with some scrap fabric, ribbons and a hot glue gun. For bath/ beauty gifts-in-jars, the Pint Sized Mason Jar should suffice.
Chocolate Holiday Cookies (from Taste of Home)
1.5 c. All Purpose Flour
0.5t baking soda
0.5 c Dark Cocoa
0.3 c baked brown sugar
1.25c red and green M&M’s
0.3c white baking chips
1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. In a 1 QT jar, layer (in order) the flour mixture, cocoa, sugar, brown sugar, M&Ms and baking chips. Cover and store in a cool, dry place for up to one month. (Makes 36 cookies)
To the jar, add the following directions:
This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies. Store the mix in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month. To make these festive cookies, you will need:
0.75 c butter (softened)
1.5 t vanilla extract
1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, egg and vanilla until well-blended. Add contents of jar and stir until combined.
2. Drop by rounded tablespoons 2 in apart onto an ungreased baking pan. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in airtight container.
Mmm-Good Pasta Soup (from Taste of Home)
0.5 c. dried split peas
2T chicken bouillon granules
0.5 c dried lentils
2T dried minced onion
1t dried basil
1t dried parsley flakes
1 envelope vegetable soup mix
2c uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
1. In a 1QT jar, layer the first seven ingredients in the order listed. Place the pasta in a 1QT resealable plastic bag; add to the jar. Seal tightly, store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. (makes 3.5 QTs soup.)
To the jar, add the following directions:
This will make 3.5 quarts of a delicious soup… enough to feed 14 people! You will need:
Contents of your soup jar
10 cups water
3 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained.
1. Remove pasta from top of jar and set aside. Place water in a Dutch Oven; stir in soup mix. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
2. Add the chicken, tomatoes, and pasta. Cover and simmer 15-20 min longer or until pasta, peas and lentils are tender.
1 c. baking soda
0.5 c citric acid (order online)
0.5 c cornstarch
2T plus 1t oil (almond, sunflower, coconut, mineral, canola or baby)
1-2t essential oil (order online)
0.25 t Borax
Mix baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch. Mix the wet ingredients and the Borax and slowly add to the dry ingredients, mixing constantly. Mix SLOWLY or you will get bubbles. Pour into a 1 QT jar and add the following to the label:
Homemade Bath Seeds
Use 2-4 Tablespoons per bath
And now, from Pinterest!
Reindeer Thumbprint Ornament from Little Bit Funky
Memory Ornaments from InMyOwnStyle
T-shirt Shag Rug by Rags by Sock Monkey
Crayon Monogram by Chic and Chic Nursery (great for teachers!)
Hope this will help a bit in your holiday shopping! This has been a fun series and I hope that you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it!