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Old 11-22-2004, 10:39 PM   #11
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Catchy Sayings for Quick Kitchen Gifts


"You're getting 'muffin' for Christmas" tied to a box or jar of muffin mix.
"May your holiday's be merry and sprite" on a jug of Sprite soda pop.
"Jelly is like love-you can't spread it around without getting some on yourself." Attach to a jar of homemade jelly or jam.
"We whisk you a Merry Kiss-mas." Fill a wire whisk with chocolate kisses and attach greeting.
"Have a jolly Christmas!" on a bag of Jolly Ranchers or Jolly Time popcorn.
"When Santa "Chex" his list, he won't find anyone nicer than you." Give with Chex mix.
"Hope you have a 'ball' this holiday season." Attach to popcorn balls.
"We're 'rooting' for you to have a Happy New Year" on a jug of root beer.
"We're nuts about you! Merry Christmas." Share with your special blend of nuts.
"Blot out your troubles and absorb the Christmas Spirit." Fill the center of paper towels with a favorite holiday treat. Hold in the treats with crumpled foil, tissue paper, or paper towels!
"Holiday hugs from me." Attach to a handful of Hershey's Hugs.
"No one matches you as neighbors! Merry Christmas." Stick to a box of matches; include a candle or scented fire-starter pinecones.
"May your holiday's bubble over with fun!" Send along with bubble-gum or bubble bath.
"Knew you'd need (or knead) a little extra 'dough' for Christmas." Tie to a tub of cookie dough or frozen bread dough.
"Snap, crackle, pop! We think you're tops!" Place on a plate of rice-crispy treats.
"Wishing you a souper holiday season." Tag along with soup mix.
"May your holiday's be sprinkled with love and laughter." Decorated sugar cookies or cookie decorating basket-sugar cookies, icing, cookie cutters, and sprinkles.
"Wishing you a sparkling holiday season." Tie around a bottle of sparkling cider.
"Your friendship has warmed us the whole year through." Send with hot cocoa mix.
"Raise a little cane this season." Attach to a large candy cane or bag of candy canes.
"I hear you've been naughty/ So listen, here's the scoop . . . / I'm running short on coal this year, / Enjoy this 'Snowman Poop." / Love, Santa Tape this poem to a bag of marshmallows sent along with hot cocoa mix. Or simulate a melted snowman by giving a bottle of water, two pretzel sticks, enough raisins for eyes, buttons, and mouth, and a handful of marshmallows in a reclosable sandwich bag.
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Old 11-23-2004, 07:09 AM   #12
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Rainee, how clever! thanks for some great ideas for gift tags.
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Old 11-23-2004, 07:27 AM   #13
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These are great, rainee!!!
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:08 AM   #14
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APPLE CAKE IN A JAR


2/3 c Shortening
1 1/2 ts Salt
2 2/3 c Sugar
3 c Flour
4 ea Eggs
2/3 c Water
1 ts Cinnamon
3 c Apples; grated
2 ts Baking soda
2/3 c Raisins
1/2 ts Baking powder
2/3 c Chopped nuts

Mix the ingredients together in the order given. Sterilize 7 to 9 wide mouth pint jars and lids. Grease them with shortening. Fill the jars half full and bake on the middle wire rack in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes at 325°F. As soon as the cake is done, remove the bottles from the oven one at a time. Wipe the rim of the bottle clean with cloth and put on the hot sterilized Lids. Screw down the bands and let cool.

Important - Do not use small mouth jars. Do not add any other ingredients. As the cake cools in the sealed jar, it will pull away from the sides of the jar and come out easily when ready to serve. Slice and serve with lemon sauce.

Lemon Sauce

2 tbls. cornstarch
2 tbls. butter
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 tsp

Finely grated lemon rind pinch of salt 2 tbls lemon juice 1 cup boiling water in a pan, thoroughly stir together the corn starch, sugar, and salt. gradually stir in the boiling water, stirring constantly to keep it smooth. Continue stirring and cook over moderate heat until boiling. Boil gently for about 20 minutes. remove from heat, add butter, lemon rind and juice. stir thoroughly. Serve hot over apple cake in a jar. Makes about 1 1/4 cups. This sauce is thicker and more tart than the usual lemon sauce.
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:14 AM   #15
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BLARNEY STONE COOKIE MIX IN A JAR


1 cup sugar
3/4 cup golden raisins
1 1/2 c salted peanuts
1 3/4 c flour mixed with 1 t baking soda and 1 t allspice

Layer ingredients in order given in a 1 quart wide mouth canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next ingredient. (makes 5 cups of mix)

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Empty jar into large mixing bow; use you hands to thoroughly mix. Add 1/2 sticks soft butter, 2 eggs slightly beaten and 1 1/2 t vanilla. Mix until completely blended - you will need to finish mixing with your hands. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place 2" apart on sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for 9-11 minutes, until edges are lightly browned - cool 5 minutes on baking sheet and remove cookies to racks to cool completely. (Makes 3 1/2 dozen)
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:22 AM   #16
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BRIARWOOD BUTTON COOKIE MIX IN A JAR


Layer the following in a 1 qt. wide-mouth jar, using a canning funnel works great! Pack very firmly:

3/4 cup sugar
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup M&M's
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
Rice Krispies to fill jar
(4 1/2 cups go into the jar before the Rice Krispies)

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Briarwood Button Cookies

Place the contents of the cookie mix jar into a bowl and add 1 egg and 1 stick of butter or margarine. Mix well with a spoon. Drop, by the spoonful, onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:22 AM   #17
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BROWNIE CAKES IN A JAR


2 Canning jars; wide mouth
1 c All-purpose flour
1 c Sugar
1/2 ts Baking soda
1/4 ts Ground cinnamon (optional)
1/3 c Butter or Margarine
1/4 c -Water
3 tb Unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 c Buttermilk
1 Egg; beaten
1/2 ts Vanilla extract
1/4 c Walnuts; finely chopped

Here's one you can start out with, it makes 2 jars. Every recipe technique is the same, just different ingredients.. Sterilize, two 1-pint straight-sided wide-mouth canning jars (specifically made for canning jams and jellies) lids and rings by boiling for 10 minutes (keep the lids and rings in the hot water until ready to use); set aside. In a small bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon, if desired. Set aside. In a medium saucepan combine butter or margarine, water and cocoa powder; heat and stir until butter or margarine is melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat; stir in flour mixture. Add buttermilk, egg and vanilla; beat by hand until smooth. Stir in nuts. Pour mixture into the prepared canning jars; place jars onto a cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a pick inserted deep into each cake comes out clean. Remove cakes from the oven, one at a time. Place a lid, then a ring onto the jars and screw down tightly. USE HEAVY-DUTY MITTS, the jars ARE HOT!! Place jars onto your counter to cool. You'll hear a "plinking" sound. If you miss the sound, wait until the cakes are cool and press on the lids, they shouldn't move at all, that means they've sealed. Store cakes in a cool, dark place.
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Rainee!!!
I cannot keep up with you today. You are on a roll! thanks for all these great-sounding desserts.
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:26 AM   #19
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CANDY COOKIE MIX IN A JAR


1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. powdered vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
1 cup candy bar chunks (Reese's peanut butter cups, Butterfinger bars, white or milk chocolate chunks)

Combine first five ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until they are evenly distributed, making sure all brown sugar lumps are crushed. Place 1 cup candy bar chunks (Reese's peanut butter cups, Butterfinger bars, white or milk chocolate chunks) on top of mix. Store in an airtight container. (Makes 4 cups of mix)

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Candy Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 large egg
1 jar of Candy Cookie Mix

Preheat oven to 350°F. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until it is smooth. Add the egg, and continue beating until the egg is combined. Add the Candy Cookie Mix and candy bar chunks and blend on low just until the cookie mix is incorporated. Form the cookies into 1 1/2" balls and place them 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden on the edges. Remove from the oven, and cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. (Makes 3 dozen cookies.)
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:27 AM   #20
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CARROT CAKE MIX IN A JAR


2 c sugar
2 t powdered vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 c all purpose flour
2 t baking soda
1 T cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg

Combine and blend ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container (Makes about 5 3/4 cups)

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Carrot Cake


(Makes one 13x9" cake)

1 pkg. Carrot Cake Mix
1 1/2 c vegetable oil
3 large eggs
3 c grated carrots
1 (8oz) can crushed pineapple

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 13x9" pan. Place Carrot Cake Mix in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mix and add the oil, eggs, carrots and pineapple. Blend until smooth. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake and frost if desired or dust with powdered sugar.
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