Rogue Zahmbie Chickens

Gift in a Jar Ideas

Mamas “like me” (code for frugal, going against the grain, spirited, crafty and/or perhaps downright cheap) enjoy making gifts to give for Christmas (and birthdays, other holidays!). I’m including a couple recipes of my favorite things to make for Holiday gift-giving.

Cream of Potato Soup (I usually triple this for one large batch for many gifts)

2 cups mashed potato flakes
2 t. chicken bullion (can use vegetable instead)
2 t. dried minced onion
1 t. dried parsley (or chives)
1/4 t. dried thyme
1 1/2 cup dry powdered milk
1/8 t. turmeric
1/2 t. seasoning salt
Mix everything together in a large bowl. Scoop finished mix into jars or plastic gift bags (with twist ties). Attach a card with directions: Add 1 cup boiling water to 1/2 cup soup mix.

Ideas to go with the soup mix for gifting:
A big soup mug.
A package (homemade of course) of biscuit mix, with preparation instructions.

Hot Cocoa Mix

4 Cups powdered milk
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup cocoa
1 Cup powdered non-dairy creamer (you can use flavored creamers for this for flavored cocoa)
2 dashes salt.

Mix together all ingredients into a large bowl. Scoop into jars or plastic bags (with twist ties) for gift giving. Attach a card with instructions for a nice mug of cocoa: Add 8 oz boiling water to a mug with 3-4 T cocoa mix.

Little ideas to go with hot cocoa mix:
Chocolate dipped marshmallows (add a few drops of peppermint extract to chocolate if desired)
Chocolate dipped mini-candy canes.
Chocolate dipped pretzel rods.
Several store-bought candy canes.
A nice mug or set of mugs.


Rogue Zahmbie Chickens

Days in the life of a conservative, frugal and crunchy mama, her ultra-conservative hubby, her homeschooled children, all of the crazy animals wandering around on the farm and the occasional rogue chicken. And a girl goat named George.