I said I'd come back and add some of the 'recipes' for the mason jars so here goes:
Gift Giving Soup Mix
beef bouillon powder 1/4 cup (60ml)
Red lentils 1/4 cup (60ml)
Dry vegetable soup mix 1/4 cup
pearl barley 1/4 cup
very small bow pasta 1/4 cup
yellow split peas 1/4 cup
wild rice 1/4 cup
Layer all 7 ingredients, in order given, in jar. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
Directions: Combine contents of jar and 7 cups water in large pot or dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover. Simmer for about 50 minutes until peas and rice are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 7 1/2 cups.
Southern Popcorn Mix
Chili powder 1 tsp
Envelope of spaghetti sauce mix 1 1 /2 oz
granulated sugar 1 tsp
garlic salt 1 tsp
cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp
Combine all 5 ingredients in small bowl. Spoon into small jar with tight fitting lid. Makes about 1/2 cup. Directions: Melt 3 tbsp. hard margarine (or butter) in small saucepan. Stir in 1 tbsp Southern Popcorn Mix. Drizzle over about 6 cups popped corn in large bowl. Toss to coat.
Chocolate Popcorn Mix
Icing sugar (confectioner's) 1 1/2 cups
cocoa 1/2 cup
Ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp
Combine all 3 ingredients in medium bowl. Spoon into jar with tight fitting lid. Makes about 2 cups.
Directions: Melt 1/4 cup hard margarine (or butter) in small saucepan. Stir in 1/4 cup Chocolate Popcorn Mix. Drizzle over about 6 cups popped corn in large bowl. Toss to coat.
The above two would be fun giving with some raw popping corn.
Spiced Tea Mix
Powdered Orange juice crystals (like tang) 1/2 cup
granulated sugar 2/3 cup
instant tea granules with lemon 2 tbsp
ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp
ground cloves 1/4 tsp
Pour orange crystals into jar with tight fitting lid. Spoon sugar over orange crystals. Combine tea, cinnamon and cloves in small cup. Spoon over orange crystals. Makes 1 1/4 cups.
Directions: Stir contents of jar before measuring. Measure 2 tsp into mug. Add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir. Serves 1.
Might be fun given with a mug and you can often pick mugs up at dollar stores and what not. And so would the next one.
Cafe latte mix
skim milk powder 2 cups
instant coffee granules 3 tbsp
powdered coffee whitener 1/2 cup
Combine all 3 ingredients in plastic bag or jar with tight fitting lid. Makes about 2 1/3 cups.
Directions: Measure 1/3 cup Cafe latte mix into blender. Add 1 cup boiling water. Process until foamy. Pour into large mug. Sweeten to taste. Serves 1.
Hot Choco Coffee Mix
granulate sugar 2/3 cup
cocoa 1/3 cup
ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp
instant coffee granules 1/4 cup
Measure sugare in small bowl. Sift cocoa, cinnamon and coffee granules into sugar. Sitr. Spoon into plastic bag or jar with tight fitting lid. Makes about 1 cup.
Directions: Heat 1 cup milk in large mug in microwave on high (100%) for about 2 minutes until very hot. Add 1 1/2 tbsp. hot choco coffee mix. Stir. Serves 1.
Paprika 1/4 cup
poultry seasoning 2 tsp
garlic powder 2 tsp
celery seed 2 tsp
onion powder 1 1/2 tsp
curry powder 1 tsp
Combine all 6 ingredients in small . Spoon into small jar with tight fitting lid. Makes about 6 tbsp.
A great substitute for salt and therefore great with just about everything.
Cran Raisin cookie Mix
All purpose flour 3/4 cup
quick cooking rolled oats (not instant) 1/2 cup
all purpose flour 3/4 cup
baking soda 1/2 tsp
salt 1/2 tsp
brown sugar (packed) 1/3 cup
granulated sugar 1/3 cup
dried cranberries 1/4 cup
dark raisins 1/4 cup
candy coated chocolate candy (such as M&M) 1/2 cup
pecans (or walnuts), chopped 1/2 cup
Layer all 11 ingredients, in order given, in large jar with tight fitting lid. Makes about 4 cups.
Directions: Cream 3/4 cup softened hard margarine (or butter), 1 large egg and 1 tsp vanilla together in medium bowl until fluffy. Add contents of jar. Mix by hand until well combined. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree F(175 degrees C) oven for about 16 minutes until edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 36 (3 dozen) cookies.
Cakey Brownie Mix
Granulated Sugar 1 1/4 cups
cocoa, sifted if lumpy 1/2 cup
all purpose flour 1 1/2 cups
baking powder 1 tsp
baking soda 1/4 tsp
salt 1/2 tsp
chopped walnuts 1/2 cup
white (or semi sweet) chocolate chips 1/2 cup
Layer all 8 ingredients, in order given, in large jar with tight fitting lid. Makes about 4 cups.
directions: Empty contents of jar into large bowl. Add 1 tsp of vanilla, 2/3 cup cooking oil, 3 large eggs and 1/4 cup water. Mix for about 15 strokes. Turn into greased 8 X 8 inch (20 X 20 cm) pan. Bake in 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for about 40 minutes. Wooden pick inserted in center should come out clean. Cool. Cuts into 16 pieces.
I hope these ideas help. And go into the internet, you might find some other ideas. But enough. My fingers are tired!!! Take care and good eating and good gift giving!!!
ps the book these came from is "Company's Coming - Gifts from the Kitchen."
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