Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12 Days of Christmas {Day 7}

Are we panicked yet? Christmas is LESS than a week away. I'm going to go ahead and say it, even though I risk sounding cliche. Where did the year go!? If you're still in need of some last minute gift ideas, I have your back. Here are three more simple homemade gifts!

Soup in a Jar
You'll need 1/2 cup lentils, 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup split peas, and 1/2 cup barley. Layer all of these items into your jar in whatever order you prefer. On top I put four beef bouillon cubes, so all that the receiver will need to add is water! You could add whatever bouillon cubes you'd prefer (vegetable would be a great option to keep this vegetarian). Directions: Add the contents of the jar into a large pot along with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for at least 45 minutes. Add water if needed. 

Cookies in a Jar
Inside of this jar you need to layer 1/2 cup quick oats, 1/8 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup pecans. I also added butterscotch chips at the top because there was a little extra room and I wanted everything to be secure. I didn't measure them, but it was probably about 1/4 cup. You could just add more oats or nuts if you'd prefer. The directions are slightly more complicated, just because the receiver will have to add some of their own ingredients. Directions: Cream together 1/4 cup of softened butter along with 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix in the contents of this jar until a dough is formed. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. 

Bath Salts in a Jar
I decided to make the bath salts peppermint scented (and colored) since it is the Christmas season. You'll need Epsom Salt (2 cups), peppermint essential oil, and red food coloring. Split your Epsom Salt into two separate bowls (1 cup in each bowl). Add about 10 drops of red food coloring into one of the bowls and mix thoroughly. Then add some peppermint oil to each of the bowls and mix it in. You can add as much of the oil as you want. Basically add it until it smells good to you. Then layer the salt 1/8 cup at a time (alternating the colors each time) until you've filled the jar. Directions: Add a handful of bath salt to your warm bath and enjoy!

There are SO many options for making gifts in a jar. I hope these ideas help you to come up with some of your own! Feel free to borrow and pass along these specific ideas. You can also decorate the jars up a little, since they're going to be gifts. Make sure to include the directions on how to make or use each of these items (if you missed it, I listed the directions under each set of photos). This was another great opportunity for me to use up some of my mason jars. Yay!

Until next time. 

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