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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Household Recipes to Share

As I stated in my previous post, we're having a homemade Christmas this year. I'm leaning towards the idea of putting together some homemade items together in a basket and making it look nice.

I have a website that I absolutely love that has HUNDREDS of recipes like I'm looking for. It's called The name suits the site just right!

Here are a couple of recipes I'm interested in making ...

Vanilla Room Spray
1 (4 ounce) clean spray bottle with a fine mist setting
1 1/2 ounces distilled water
1 1/2 ounces clear vanilla extract

- Fill the spray bottle with vanilla extract and distilled water.
- Let the bottle sit for one day before use.
- Shake the bottle prior to each use. Mist lightly in the room. Be careful not to allow the air freshener mist to fall onto furniture or into open beverages.

Simply the Best Pancake Syrup
3 cups brown sugar (one 1-pound box)
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks, broken
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
Zest of one orange or one lemon
1 teaspoon maple extract (optional)

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Mix brown sugar and water together. Add whole spices and citrus zest. Cover and let steep for several hours. Taste to see if spicy enough and, if so, strain into a container with a cover. Stir in maple and almond extracts. Store in the refrigerator.

Makes about 2 cups.

Pecan Pie Jam
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup granulated sugar
1 pinches salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 tablespoons apple cider or lemon juice

Mix ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is well blended. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Transfer to sterile jars, and refrigerate.

Yields about 2 cups.

These are EASY recipes that are going to make great gifts. I found a website, lol, I'm always finding websites, that has all kinds of canning jars that are going to be useful for these gifts. I'm going to purchase some of the 4 oz. jars. I'm also going to be get some labels so I can create my own personalized labels to put on the jars. Then, of course, I'll be getting some fabric and rattan twine so I can make the jars look pretty!

TA-DA! This will be great for almost everyone on my list. And I can even mke something for the kids because that website has a recipes like Rootbeer Jelly, Kool-Aid Jelly, and Cinnamon Cocoa Mix in a Jar! I also plan on making these little Puzzles in a Jar gifts. I found them in a Christmas Crafts book and basically you buy a puzzle, put the peices in a jar and cut out the small picture on the puzzle box and put it in on the tag and decorate the jar. It's cute.

I think this is going to come together quite easily. I mean, if I head to Sam's Club I could buy in bulk and really save some money! Hopefully, this gave you some ideas, too! :o)

Merry Christmas!


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Anonymous said...

Hi, I was just wondering if you ever made the pecan pie jam, if so what did you serve it with? I am going camping tomorrow and this is one of the things I am sharing. Thanks and keep up the great work

Kaprice said...

Hey Carmen! I have not made the Pecan Pie Jam but I would think you would serve it with biscuits and things like that. ?? I would think it would be good on warm croissants. :o) Have fun camping.

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