Getting Ready for Christmas.....

Friday, November 20, 2009

And with Christmas comes the fun!

Now I don't know about you, but lying in bed at night and coming up with ideas for everyone's Christmas presents is such a fun, cozy, exciting thing to do. For me at least.

And after reading Miss Jen's post about a Homemade Christmas, I thought that I would share with you one fun idea for Holiday gifts......

Decorative Jar Mixes!

A decorative jar mix makes a great gift for friends and is very easy to do and looks so cute!

If you'd like to read more about jar mixes

and how to assemble them, feel free to take a look at

our canning website here.

Here is one that I assembed this afternoon.....a yummy pancake mix. This recipe, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, happens to be our favorite way to have pancakes!

Decorative yellow ribbons.....and a cute card attached with directions about how to make the pancakes.

And you can use any fabric you like for the top, of course.

Anyway.....there are many many delicious recipes for a variety of dry mixes.

Take a look at a large list of them here!

And is the recipe for Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

For the Dry Mix:

2 C. oats

1 C. white flour

1/2 C. chocolate chips

1 C. whole wheat flour

1/2 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. dry milk powder

1 1/2 T. baking powder

1 T. cinnamon

One at a time, layer the ingredients in order into a clean (and dry!) quart jar. With each ingredient, take time to pack down tightly and evenly. As you add each layer, press the sides down with your fingers and make sure the layers are even. It will be a tight squeeze, but all of this will fit into a quart jar!

Add a lid, band, and fabric circle to the top of the jar. Attach a decorated notecard with these directions:

To Make Pancakes:

Mix 2 C. of Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix with:

1/3 C. oil

2 eggs

1 C. water

Drop by spoonfuls onto lightly greased skillet. Cook until evenly browned on both sides. Serve warm with maple syrup.

I hope you enjoy this fun Christmas gift idea as much as I do!

And do not need to can these mixes. They are dry ingredients, so they will not spoil.


Lindsay said...

Great idea, Rachel!
Your labels are really cute. :)

~ Blessings,

Rachel said...

Oh, how lovely Miss Rachel! :D Your handwriting on the card is so nice and the decoration is so beautiful! :)

I love jar gifts! They are so easy to put together, and are such a touching thoughtful gift! :) I have received a few before on past Christmases, and they are so much fun! :D Thank you for sharing and for the links!

Blessings in Christ!
~Miss Rachel~ ;)

Leah said...

That is a great idea! I love gift giving, too. It is really fun to make gifts. Sometimes I can't sleep at night thinking of gifts. I will have to try those pancakes.



Joanna said...

We do these too! They are really nice for some of our friends, because they buy all those prepackaged foods anyway (yuck!), so this works for them, but is much more healthy. (whole wheat flour) Thanks for sharing!

Hannah said...

Oh what a unique gift idea! I might have to make one of those sometime!

Miss Jen said...

Rachel~ This is SO wonderful!!! :)
What a marvelous idea~ indeed...
I remember seeing some of these
at a Christmas Craft Fair years ago
and thought "what a lovely idea"
Your pictures, words and recipe are all beautiful~ thank you!

Love Your Sister in Christ~ Jen

Lily said...

I recently found your blog, Rachel, and I must say, it's one of my favorite blogs that I have found so far! Thank you for posting frequently. The posts are so encouraging! And I have to say one of my favorite Christmas 'things' is gift-giving too. You're not alone. :)
I've tried this jar idea too, and it's very delightful!
Anyway, I just wanted to advise you to keep blogging! May God richly bless you!

Your Sister-in-Christ,


Rachel's Blog said...

Thanks, everyone for your comments!

Thank you for stopping by, Lily!! I am glad you are encouraged by my blog - that's what it's there for! I am greatly encouraged by another blog, as well, and so I hope that mine can bless others too.


Lily said...

Well, your blog certainly blesses others. :)

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