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GIFTS IN A JAR RECIPES

These gifts in a jar have become very popular in the last couple of years.  They're great gifts  if you have a tea lover, a hot drink lover, someone who doesn't particularly like to cook but loves a good homemade soup, or someone with a sweet tooth on your list.  You can pretty up the jars/containers, add a nice recipe card and a pretty ribbon, tie on a few cookie cutters for cookie recipes, give a nice large size mug or some soup bowls to go with your jar gift, maybe a set of measuring cups and spoons or wooden mixing spoons or some spatulas (you can't have too many of those)  - the possibilities are endless!  Just use your imagination.
 
 
ALMOND RICE SEASONING MIX
 
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 tbsp dried parsley
4 1/2 tsp dillweed
1 tbsp dried minced onion
 1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp celery seed
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
 
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to three months. 
 
RECIPE TO GO ALONG WITH JAR GIFT:
 
3 tbsp almond rice seasoning mix
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup long grain rice
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
 
Shake seasoning mix before measuring.  In a large sauce pan bring broth and mix to a boil.  Add the rice, butter and lemon peel.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until broth is absorbed.
 
 
TIP:  Put cans of chicken broth, boxes of rices, a couple of lemons, and the jar of mix in a pretty basket for a nice gift.
 
FLAVORED MOCHA DRINK MIX
 
1 1/2 cups powdered nondairy creamer
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup instant coffee granules
1/2 cup baking cocoa
Dash salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
 
In a bowl, combine first five ingredients; mix well.  Divide mixture evenly into two smaller bowls.  Add vanilla extract to one, almond extract to the other; mix well.  Store in airtight containers in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.
 
RECIPE CARD FOR DRINK MIX:
 
3 tbsp flavored mocha drink mix
3/4 cup boiling water
whipped cream
 
Dissolve mix in water, stir well.  Top with whipped cream.
 
 
HOT RASPBERRY LEMONADE TEA MIX
 
1 1/2 cups powdered lemonade mix with sugar
1.3 oz raspberry drink mix
1 cup instant tea mix
 
Mix all three ingredients together in a bowl.  Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.l 
 
RECIPE CARD TO GO WITH MIX:
 
1 tsp drink mix
1 cup boiling water
 
Dissolve mix in water.  Enjoy!
 
TIP:  Include a couple of nice, large mugs and maybe a set of coasters with these two drink mixes.
 
 
CHICKEN RICE SOUP MIX
 
2 cups uncooked long grain brown rice
1/2 cup chicken bouillon granules
4 tsp dried tarragon
4 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp white pepper
 
Combine all ingredients. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
 
RECIPE CARD TO GO WITH MIX:
 
2/3 cup soup mix
3 cups water
1 tsp butter
 
Shake soup mix before measuring.  In a large saucepan bring water, butter and soup mix to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30-35 minutes or until rice is tender. Makes 2-3 servings of soup.
 
TIP:  Place in a basket with a couple of soup mugs and matching napkins or maybe a loaf of homemade or bakery bread for a thoughtful gift.
 
 
 
PEANUT BUTTER CHIP COOKIE MIX
 
1 pkg. chocolate cake mix
1 cup peanut butter chips
 
In a 1 quart glass container, layer half the cake mix, all the peanut butter chips, and the other half of the cake mix.  Cover and store in a cool, dry place up to 6 months.
 
RECIPE TO GO WITH MIX: 
 
4 cups cookie mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
 
In a large mixing bowl, combine cookie mix, oil and eggs.  Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches part on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 14-16 minutes or until surface cracks.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies
 
TIP:  Place in a basket with pretty pot holders and trivets.  Another idea would be to give with a cookie jar or nice serving plate.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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