Showing posts with label a recipe for gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label a recipe for gifts. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cocoa gift for the holidays from author @DarylWoodGerber

There's nothing that feels better during the holidays than making something to give. Something from the heart. It could be a card. A personal ornament. A batch of cookies.

Or hot cocoa. 

This is a luscious gift your recipient can savor now, or in the months to come. Because this particular gift doesn't go "bad." Granted, it might not be as good a year from now, but it'll keep well for at least three months in a sealed tight jar. [I dare you to keep it that long!]

I learned about this recipe after seeing a picture on Pinterest last year, a few days before Christmas, but I didn't have a chance to share it with you. I have to say that the people I gave it to were so excited. Big smiles. What's not to like? It's rich and satisfying.


PS I can't for the life of me find the recipe via Pinterest again, so I'm sorry for "borrowing" from the Internet without making note of who designed this easy recipe.

Hot Cocoa for Christmas Gifts

(1 recipe makes 3-4 jars * I doubled the recipe in photos below)

2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa (use a high-quality brand; I used Penzey’s)
2 ½ cups powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Small marshmallows * (see note Gluten-free)

Dump the ingredients into a bowl. Stir. Distribute into jars with lids. You can top with some marshmallows. Close the lid.

Add some ribbon and a tag with directions for your recipient to fill a mug half full with mix and then add steaming hot water.  Stir and enjoy!

You can handwrite a card...

Or print one out like this:

Note: * if you have a gluten-free recipient, don’t add marshmallows unless the marshmallows are gluten-free. FYI: Kraft Marshmallows are!  

Last gasp:  I had one cup left over after filling 6 jars. What to do? What to do?

Duh. I made myself a mug. 

You simply cannot be "grumpy" drinking this. 

Savor the mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

A recipe for giving!

Okay, true confession time.
I'm a crafter. When I pull into
my local Michael's store, I think
they all start Snoopy dancing
with joy because they know I've
come up with some insane
project that will require at
least ten trips to their store and
a blown paycheck. Seriously.

On the upside of this character flaw, however, I have a bazillion ideas for cute homemade gifts (because I genuinely believe those are the best kind -- except for alcohol -- in my experience that should be bought;-).

So, here is one of my favorites, which has proven to be a huge hit with
teachers, grandparents and co-workers!
Cinnamon Scented Ornaments!


1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue
(like Elmer's)
Plastic food wrap
Rolling pin
Wax paper
Cookie cutters
Straw or awl
White glue
Ribbon to hang

The How To's:

Mix cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl. The dough should be as thick as cookie dough. Add a bit of water if the dough is too stiff. Remove from bowl and knead. Put it back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for at least a half hour. Roll the dough between waxed paper until it's between 1/2" thick and 1/4" thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. Use a straw or an awl to punch a hole for the ribbon to hang. Place the shapes on a piece of clean wax paper. They will take 3-5 days to dry, and you will need to turn them over a couple of times a day for them to dry evenly and flat. When dry, decorate with glue and glitter and thread a piece of ribbon or yarn through the hole to hang.

This is a wreath I made for mother
in law with each of the grandkiddos
as a gingerbread boy/girl. The nice
thing about these ornaments is they
retain the lovely scent of cinnamon
for years!

Happy crafting, everyone!


Coming January 2011
"A sublime mystery" -- says
Genre Go Round Reviews!

And speaking of gifts, Krista's newest release makes a perfect gift!
And don't miss out on her cookie contest!

Krista's Christmas
Cookie Contest

Krista Davis is celebrating the upcoming release
of her new holiday mystery, The Diva Cooks a Goose.

She's holding a delicious contest!
Send Krista your favorite cookie recipe
at Krista at KristaDavis dot com and you might win!