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Thread: Do you make the gifts in jars Jar Mix Recipes (Cookies, Hot Chocolate, Mixes etc.)

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    Do you make the gifts in jars?

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    Food, trinkets, candles, other goodies... :D:D:D

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    while I was surfing last night someone put fabric pieces in a jar and gave as a gift, so cute!

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    Food, trinkets, candles, other goodies... :D:D:D

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    I have both received them and given them. When I gave I did pea soup and layered green and yellow split peas in the jar. I have also done mixed bean soup and layered all different kinds of beans in the jar. They looked really cute and could be used to make the soup and eat or simply decorative. I like to cook so I like getting them as well.

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    never had pea soup, I bet those jars look pretty with different types of beans in them

    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    I have both received them and given them. When I gave I did pea soup and layered green and yellow split peas in the jar. I have also done mixed bean soup and layered all different kinds of beans in the jar. They looked really cute and could be used to make the soup and eat or simply decorative. I like to cook so I like getting them as well.

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    I've gotten the layered oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe in a jar before....SOOOO darling! :D

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    I did that a few years ago and am thinking of doing some again this year! :D

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    One year I made up a bunch of these for gifts for Christmas - made many different cookie mixes - gave them away and then the problems began - the cookies were horrible - I then had to call everybody and tell them to just sift out the chocolate chips, nuts, etc. and throw the rest of the mix away. So, you better try out your cookie mix recipe before you waste good ingredients.

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    I make soup mixes but I don't put them in a jar. I send then as gifts and the jars weight causes the postage to go up. Also I don't know where you live but canning jars cost around $10 for a dozen, another added expense for what should be an inexpensive gift. So I put the mix in the celophane bags the kids use at parties as goodie bags. They are really cheap somethng like 20 bags for $2. Since I like making soup mixes I got wooden spoons at the $ store they were 3 in a pack and I attach a wooden spoon to the bag with pretty ribbons.
    My favorites are Cream of Potato Soup it is great for collage kids as all you do is add hot water it is kind of like cup of soup. The other one I make is a layered bean soup. At times I have made biscuit mix and have given both the soup and biscuits so that the person has a complete meal. It is a nice gift for a new mom along with a baby quilt. All they have to do is add water and let it simmer away and lunch or dinner is done. Now that I am writting this I better make sure I have Christmas celophane bags as soup will make a nice gift to include with Secret Santa and also to send to some friends.


    As for jars I have baked fruit breads in the jars, when they are done baking you put the lid on and back in the oven for about 5 minutes that seals the jar. Just to see how long they would last I saved one for 6 months then opened it and it tasted as if it was just baked. The web site I got it from said they last forever. You can aslo use the 4 oz jar and bake small pies in them. You do the same thing you put the lid on when it is done and pop it back into the oven to seal the lid.

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    Tru Peach, I get jars at goodwill and thrift stores. You can pick up a box of quart size for like $3. I also use them to pack our honey in, because honey does not require processing.

    Sometimes I am really lucky and get the really old fashioned ones with the glass lid. Finding the gasket for these kind is harder, we have to order on line. I use the old fasioned ones mostly for honey. Also because I do can, I seem to have an abundance of jars.

    I never shipped them but you are right that would make it expensive, not only for the weight but the bubble wrap to package them in. So for your ship to recipients your cellophane bag idea is great.

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    I'v done both.......this past christmas I did the small canning jars with homemade Chai Tea mix. It was wonderful. Designed homemade tags and tied on to jar rings. I use to be able purchase chai tea, but longer can find unless it's really expensive and I spend my money on fabric.......so I did some research and found a perfect recipe. Also include a Fabric folded christmas ornament for each that I gave.
    Love doing the gift mixes.

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    Wow! These are really interesting ideas! Could people post the websites for their favorite recipes/ornaments, etc.? I know I will get hundreds of hits if I Google, but I can't tell a good recipe from a bad recipe by looking at it.....

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    I do a Pancake a Lemon Square and a Tea Biscuit mix mostly for friends and family many of them like it in the summer quick to make when camping also.I love the idea of the wooden spoons and bows this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing this.

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    Chai Tea came from Allrecipes.com

    As to the ornaments I will post when I get home. Waiting for my ladies to get theirs in the mail from the ornament exchange.



    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Wow! These are really interesting ideas! Could people post the websites for their favorite recipes/ornaments, etc.? I know I will get hundreds of hits if I Google, but I can't tell a good recipe from a bad recipe by looking at it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Tru Peach, I get jars at goodwill and thrift stores. You can pick up a box of quart size for like $3.
    I am sure I can and if I was able to go to goodwill I would. However it is only me and DD and since her injury last year the church does our grocery shopping. Food is a necessity I couldn't impose upon them to go to goodwill for me. I hate it when I have to ask them to go to the post office to mail something for a swap that is why I do so few swaps.

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    I've done Oatmeal Chocolate Chips cookies in layers in a Mason Jar for the girls at work...At one time we were exchanging with 7 girls at the 3 stores. We had a $5 limit so this was appreciated by all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trupeach1
    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Tru Peach, I get jars at goodwill and thrift stores. You can pick up a box of quart size for like $3.
    I am sure I can and if I was able to go to goodwill I would. However it is only me and DD and since her injury last year the church does our grocery shopping. Food is a necessity I couldn't impose upon them to go to goodwill for me. I hate it when I have to ask them to go to the post office to mail something for a swap that is why I do so few swaps.
    Trupeach, if I was the church person, it wouldn't be an imposition. This also could be something a girlscout does. Think of the fun, you could talk to a potential girlscout about fabric and making these type of gifts. They may even decide to do a project as well.

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    Alright now!!! So where are the recipes for all these wonderful sounding goodies!!?? :?

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    I did mint chocolate chip cookies with swirled chips as teacher gifts for my kids to give a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pab58
    Alright now!!! So where are the recipes for all these wonderful sounding goodies!!?? :?
    This.

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    I'll have to look for the recipe...

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    was in Kmart (australia)

    they have gingerbread cookie mix in gingerbread man shaped jars, really cute, but not for me at nearly $10

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    I make hot chocolate mix, with marshmellows! Will look for the recipes!

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    I make cookies only from scratch.

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    Yes, my granddaughter made some cookies in a jar a couple years ago, everyone raved about them. They were delicious cookies

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