We are already a week into December, and the Christmas festivities are in full swing! Today I spent some time with a dear friend who helped me make a wreath for my front door, and tonight Sam is over on campus at the Christmas Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony!
Shopping is started (finally), and the challenge to keep to the budget is…well, challenging! Homemade gifts are always welcomed by those receiving them, and they are fun, thoughtful, and less expensive than purchased gifts. Cookie mixes or muffin mixes in jars make wonderful gifts. They are often easy enough to make that even small children can help create them. Why not consider making some of these to give this year?
1-quart canning jar with a tight-fitting lid
1 c chopped pecans
1 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1-3/4 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
Layer the ingredients in order in the 1-quart Mason jar. Lightly pack down the ingredients before adding the next layer. Put lid on the jar and cover with a pretty piece of Christmas fabric using a piece of ribbon to hold it in place. Write out the following directions and attach to the jar.
1 jar Cranberry Pecan muffin mix
3/4 c. milk
1 stick butter, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten
Pour contents of jar into large mixing bowl. Combine milk, butter and egg in separate bowl, mixing well. Add to jar mixture and stir until just moistened. Spoon evenly into 12 greased muffin cups.
Bake at 400 degrees for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for about 5 minutes. Remove to rack to cool completely.