A Homemade Christmas Gift: Curried Lentil Soup in Jars

After seeing the Curried Lentil Soup in jars my friend Leslie over at DefinitelyNotMartha.com put together for gifts, I knew I had to do it too! I think they’re perfect for spur of the moment gifts as well as a good idea for teacher gifts. I especially like the fact that the recipient only has to add water and the contents of the jar to enjoy!

I made up these quick labels for the jars if you’d like to use them when you put together the jars.

Easy Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Now here’s a Christmas fudge recipe that will be great for gift giving!  I think it would pair nicely with this Homemade Peppermint Bark!

I’m afraid I’m getting a reputation for only making easy things, but really, if you have to add extra things to your already full calendar, why spend a lot of time creating?  It’s the thought that counts, right?  Anyways, this recipe is so easy, it only calls for four ingredients. That, my friends, is how you impress on a budget and use minimal effort and time. 🙂

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
Ingredients
  • 2 packages of 12 oz. Wilton dark chocolate candy melts
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 ½ Cans of sweetened condensed milk 14 oz cans
  • 6 candy canes crushed
Instructions
  1. Spray an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Pour the candy melts and the sweetened condensed milk into a large microwave safe dish. Add in the 1 tsp of peppermint extract.
  3. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute and stir. Heat for another minute and stir again, heat again in 20 second increments stirring if not completely melted.
  4. Immediately pour the melted mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes (see photo).
  5. Allow the chocolate to cool at room temperature. Once it is cool, place the baking dish in the fridge (covered) to allow the fudge to completely set.
  6. Cut into 12 large squares or 24 mini squares.

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge 2

I sure hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Peppermint Bark

Simple and quick homemade peppermint bark! Makes a great gift!

One of my favourite things to give as gifts is homemade edible goods.  In my mind, it’s the perfect little something.  It’s a treat as well as a gift that won’t take up room in the recipient’s home!

Today’ I’d like to share this recipe for Peppermint Bark.  Not only do I love it because it’s tasty, it’s really simple to make!

Peppermint Bark
Ingredients
  • 270 g bag Milk Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 225 g bag White Baking Chips
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 12 Candy Canes
Instructions
  1. Place the Candy Canes in a Food Processor and crush or place them in a Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  2. Line a pan with parchment paper.
  3. Melt milk chocolate chips in the microwave by heating at 50% for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.
  4. Pour melted milk chocolate chips into the pan and level.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  6. Melt White Chocolate chips in microwave by heating at 50% for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.
  7. Add peppermint extract to the white chocolate chips, stir.
  8. Pour melted white chocolate chips into the pan on top of the milk chocolate and level.
  9. Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the white chocolate.
  10. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  11. Break apart into pieces and put the pieces into gift bags for gift giving!

What is your favourite edible gift to give?

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Peppermint Brownie Jar

Peppermint Brownie Jar. Those three words bring joy to my ears. 🙂

There’s no chocolate that I love more than After Eight wafers around Christmas time.  And well, a brownie will do just about any time of the year. So, in my eyes, there’s nothing quite like this homemade Christmas gift idea: peppermint brownie jar!  It makes the most wonderful hostess gift or it’s perfect for that person on your list that likes consumable (no clutter) gifts.

Here is how to create a Peppermint Brownie jar:

Peppermint Brownie Jar Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 package of mint flavoured chocolate chips
  • 6 crushed candy canes
  • 1 32oz wide mouth mason jar with lid

Peppermint Brownie Jar Instructions:

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Mix well and pour into the mason jar.
  2. Tap the jar on the counter a few times for the mix to settle. Then pour the chocolate chips and candy cane pieces on top.
  3. Close the jar. Decorate with ribbon or twine, if you wish.

Enclose these directions for baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Pour the contents of the jar into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.
  4. Grease a 9×13 pan and pour the batter in.
  5. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.
Peppermint Brownie Jar
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ package of mint flavoured chocolate chips
  • 6 crushed up candy canes
  • 1 32 oz. wide mouth mason jar with lid
Instructions
  1. Combine all the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Mix well and pour into the mason jar.

  2. Tap the jar on the counter a few times for the mix to settle.Then pour the chocolate chips and candy cane pieces on top.

  3. Close the jar. Decorate with ribbon or twine, if you wish.

Enclose these directions for baking:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. Pour the contents of the jar into a large mixing bowl. Add 2 eggs and ½ a cup of vegetable oil.

  3. Grease a 9x13 pan and pour the batter in.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

This Peppermint Brownie Jar is the perfect Homemade Christmas Gift idea for party hosts or those that love consumable gifts.

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A Homemade Christmas Gift: Winter Hot Chocolate Mix

This Homemade Winter Hot Chocolate Mix is the perfect, simple, consumable gift for the hot chocolate lover on your Christmas list!

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I’m a big, big fan of consumable gifts. I like to give them and I like to receive them 🙂  This winter mix cocoa gift is perfect for a hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or for sticking in a care package! Really, the options are endless. It’s festive and versatile. (add different coloured candies if you want!)  Here’s how you can easily whip up a big batch for multiple jars of Winter Mix Cocoa:

Winter Hot Chocolate Mix Gift

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 Cups dry powdered milk
  • 1 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Cup powder coffee cream, original/regular flavor
  • 2 tsp cornstarch, to prevent sticking
  • Mini marshmallow bits
  • Blue and white sprinkles
  • Small glass jars
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DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine the dry ingredients, mixing well.
  2. Add about 1/4 cup of hot cocoa mix to the bottom of the each jar and allow it to settle.
  3. Add in the mini marshmallow bits and blue & white sprinkles and fill to the top.
    *Each jar is about 1 serving when added to 8-10 oz of hot water or warm milk.