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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 11/9/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
   It is hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner. I find myself flipping through endless pages of "do-it-yourself" magazine articles looking for "Homemade gift" ideas. So, I thought perhaps I would ask all of you what ideas you have for homemade (or handmade) gifts.
    So far the only one I found was an idea for soup.... 
Curried Lentil Soup Gift


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  • 2  ( 1 quart) jars with tight-fitting lids (Mason Jar)
  • 1 pound(s) red lentils
  • Salt
  • 6 tablespoon(s) minced dried onion
  • 2 tablespoon(s) curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon(s) garlic powder
  • 1 pound(s) green lentils
  • 1/2 package(s) (5-ounce) dried apple rings, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoon(s) dried parsley leaves


  1. In bottom of each glass jar, place 8 ounces red lentils; top with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 3 tablespoons dried onion, 1 tablespoon curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 8 ounces green lentils, 1/2 cup apple pieces, and 1 tablespoon parsley, in that order. Seal jars and store at room temperature up to 1 month. (layerd color effect)


  1. Prepare labels with cooking instructions; attach to jars. Add these cooking directions to each label before giving as a gift: Place lentil soup mix in 3-quart saucepan with 7 cups water. Heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 8 cups soup.
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   Posted 11/9/2010 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Cocoa Mix (makes 17 cups of mix)
10 2/3 C (8 Qt) Powdered Milk
6 oz plain non-dairy creamer (like Coffee Mate)
1 lb powdered chocolate drink mix (like Nestle Quik)
1-2 C powdered sugar

Mix together. Store in an air tight container (old pasta sauce jars work great -- make sure to air out for a few days ahead of time)

Directions for recipient: Mix 2-3 heaping teaspoons of mix with 1 C hot water.

** It's super cheap -- makes enough for several people -- and I've gotten nothing but compliments on it every time. :) **

Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 11/9/2010 11:00:39 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/9/2010 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to cross stitch gifts or plastic canvas,
but that gets harder and harder to do and I'm slow
with my stitching...maybe you could give a millhill kit and wrap it in
aida (x-stitch) fabric and use a nice ribbon to bring it all together...
They have lots of choice selections with the buttoned and beaded millhill kits
and are great for those that like cross-stitch, just an idea...
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   Posted 11/9/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
One year when money was tight I went around (very sneaky) and managed to find out what everyone's dream present was. I then proceeded to make a home-made card explaining their "gift" and gave a small toy of it.
For example: My sister wanted a husband for Christmas. My present was a booklet on how to catch a man from the practical (flirt) to the insane (lasso him) and put a small windup Hulk in a box attached to it. She liked to never stopped laughing.
My father wanted a Cadillac. I made a comical card where I tried to spell it many ways and crossed it out each time. Finally I wrote "I got you a really big car!" I added a small toy car with it. He cackled at the card.
It was a hilarious Christmas! :)

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   Posted 11/11/2010 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Great topic, Dani!

I'm using photos we've taken over the past year to make Christmas presents. Some I will 'fancy up' and print them off for framing. But the majority I'm making into a slide show for each of the families. One of the software programs I use has a very easy 'point and click' system for putting together a very nice slide show complete with music. Hubby has bucket loads of tunes on his computer so I'll use some of those. He buys disks in bulk so those are already available. I think this will not only be appreciated but very reasonable when the number of kids/grandkids/etc. keeps growing and growing. Of course the young ones get something fun also.

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