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Ideas for DIY holiday gifts?

Posted by on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM
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I'm not really looking for any for myself, but this would be a great post for us to share all of our ideas!

by on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM
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by Rhonda on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM
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How about soup mixes in a jar, given with muffin mixes in a jar?


recipes to follow

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

BEEF BARLEY SOUP IN A JAR
1 (1 pt.) jar
3/4 C. medium pearl barley, separated
1/2 C. dried lentils
2 T. dried parsley flakes
1/4 C. dried minced onions
1/4 C. instant beef bouillon
2 T. dried celery flakes
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried minced garlic
Layer soup kit ingredients in jar in order listed, using half of barley first and then
remaining barley at the top. Close jar securely with lid. Attach cooking instructions.


Beef Barley Soup
2 lb. boneless beef chuck, cut in 1/2−
to 3/4−inch pieces or 2 lb. lean hamburger
1 T. vegetable oil
Contents of gift jar
10 C. water
Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat and brown the meat. Pour off drippings.
Add the contents of soup kit jar and water to Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce
heat; cover tightly and simmer 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until beef is fork tender.
Discard bay leaves. Yields 8 servings.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP MIX IN A JAR
Place below ingredients into airtight jar:
1 C. uncooked fine egg noodles
1 1/2 T. chicken−flavored bouillon
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried whole thyme
1/8 tsp. celery seeds
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 bay leaf


Attach this recipe to the jar:
Chicken Noodle Soup
Entire contents of soup mix from the jar
8 C. water
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 C. minced onion
3 C. cooked diced chicken
Empty the soup mix from the jar and the water into a large stockpot. Add the
carrots, celery, and onion and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer.
Simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove the bay leaf. Stir in the chicken and simmer an additional 5 minutes.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

COLORFUL SOUP MIX IN A JAR
18 cubes beef bouillon
1/4 C. dried minced onion
1/2 C. dried split peas
1/2 C. uncooked twist macaroni
1/4 C. barley
1/2 C. dry lentils
1/3 C. long−grain white rice
1 C. uncooked tri−color spiral pasta
Use a canning funnel or any funnel that has about a 2−inch neck. This will make it
easier to fill the jars with the ingredients. Be sure to use a wide−mouth, 1−quart
canning jar.
Layer ingredients in the order given: bouillon, onion flakes, split peas, small shape
pasta, barley, lentils, rice, and enough tricolor spiral pasta to fill jar.


Attach tag with cooking instructions:
In large kettle, brown 1 pound ground beef or stew beef cut into bite−size pieces in
a little olive oil. Remove tricolor pasta from top of jar and reserve. Add the rest of
the jar contents to the kettle with 12 cups water. Let come to a boil and simmer 45
minutes. Add tricolor pasta and simmer 15 minutes more. Serve with your favorite
bread or rolls and a tossed salad.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

COUNTRY SOUP MIX IN A JAR
Fills one 1−quart jar
1/2 C. barley
1/2 C. dried split peas
1/2 C. uncooked rice
1/2 C. dry lentils
2 T. dried minced onion
2 T. dried parsley
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
2 T. beef bouillon granules
1/2 C. uncooked alphabet pasta
1 C. uncooked twist macaroni
In a wide mouth 1−quart jar, layer the barley, peas, rice and lentils. Then layer
around the edges the onion, parsley, salt, lemon pepper, bouillon and the alphabet
pasta. Fill the rest of the jar with the twist macaroni. Seal and attach a gift card
which reads as follows:


Add contents of jar to 3 quarts of water, 2 stalks chopped celery, 2 sliced carrots, 1
cup shredded cabbage (optional) and 2 cups diced tomatoes. Over medium low
heat, cover and simmer about 1 hour, or until vegetables are tender.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

LAYERED DRIED BEAN SOUP MIX IN A JAR
Dried Bean Mix
1/2 C. kidney beans
1/2 C. split yellow peas
1/2 C. black beans
1/2 C. red lentils
1/2 C. small red beans
1/2 C. split green peas
Layer each type of bean in a 24 oz. clear gift jar.
Seasoning Mix
1 T. dried sweet pepper flakes
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
2 tsp. dried minced onion
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. celery seed
4 T. brown sugar
Combine ingredients. Store in a resealable plastic bag. Attach to jar and give with
recipe for Seasoned Bean Soup. Yields about 3 cups dried bean mix and 1/4 cup
seasoning mix.


Attach to jar:
SEASONED BEAN SOUP
Dried Bean Mix
2 (14 1/2 oz.) cans tomatoes
Seasoning Mix
1 tsp. liquid smoke ( optional )
Rinse beans and place in large Dutch oven or stock pot. Pour 4 cups boiling water
over beans; cover and let soak overnight.
Drain beans and return to stock pot. Add 6 cups water, cover, and bring to a boil
over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 to 1/2 hours or until beans are
almost tender.
Add tomatoes and seasoning mix. Stirring occasionally, cover and simmer 30 minutes.  Uncover beans and continue to simmer about 1 hour longer or until
beans are tender and soup thickens. Serve warm. Yields about 10 cups soup

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

MEXICAN BEAN SOUP MIX
3/4 C. each dried pinto and red kidney beans
Flavor Packet
2 T. dried onion flakes
2 T. dried parsley flakes
1 T. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
6 chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 C. uncooked white rice
1 C. small−cut pasta
Put beans in a 1−quart jar with lid. Put flavor packet ingredients in a
sandwich−size plastic bag. Seal bag with tie or ribbon. Do the same with the rice
and pasta. Place in jar with beans.


Type or print neatly the Cooking Directions on a small card, punch a hole in the
corner, and attach with a ribbon to the jar.
Cooking Directions
Rinse and pick over beans. Put into a 4− to 5−quart heavy pot with 4 cups water.
Bring to a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 1 hour.
Drain beans and return to pot. Add 8 cups water and contents of flavor packet.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour or until beans are
firm−tender (time will vary depending on age of beans). Stir in rice and bring to a
simmer. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
Uncover, stir in pasta and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is
tender.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM
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POTATO SOUP IN A JAR
1 3/4 C. instant mashed potatoes
1 1/2 C. dried milk
2 T. instant chicken bouillon
2 tsp. dried minced onion
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/8 tsp. turmeric
1 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well. Put ingredients in a 1 quart jar.


On gift tag write: Place 1/2 cup mix in soup bowl; add 1 cup of boiling water; stir
until smooth.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM
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Sugar Free Instant Rice Pudding mix

  1. Empty pudding mix into 1/2 pint jelly jar -- add cinnamon and nutmeg. Using a spoon to spread evenly in jar.Add French Vanilla instant creamer.
  2. Add 1/2" layer of rice and half the raisins.
  3. Repeat layers of rice and raisins.
  4. Fill to the top with remaining rice.
  5. Attach the tag with following recipe instructions:.
  6. Empty contents of jar into small saucepan.
  7. Add 3 cups of fat free milk and whisk together.
  8. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.
  9. Serve hot or cold.
  10. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon before serving if desired.
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Spiced Tea

  • 2 c. orange breakfast drink mix
  • 1 c. instant tea
  • 1 pkg. (makes 2 quart) sweetened lemonade drink mix 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves

Mix all ingredients together. Use to 2 to 3 teaspoons mix per cup of boiling water.  Store in airtight container.


NOTE:  for sugar free mix, use artificially sweetened lemonade drink mix

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