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Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Food Gifts

I know you might think that it is too late to make some holiday gifts, but if you need a last minute gift the answer could be in your pantry.  These can be used year round as well as Christmas.  I made these last week for a party I was going to.

Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments
Buy some clear ornaments, wash them and let them air dry for a day or so.  You can use any flavor of hot chocolate mix or make your own.
I found a little bowl to sit the ornament in.
Find a funnel that will work.  Pour the cocoa through the funnel.
Then add some of the peppermint baking pieces.  If you do not want peppermint you could add some mini chocolate chips.
Add some mini mini marshmallows.  These are found in a plastic jar next to the hot chocolate mixes.
Put the lids back on and you have some cute little gifts for friends.  These would make great gifts for kids to make and give to their friends or have a party with their friends to make them.  I will say I don't know what kind of mess kids would make but I made a pretty big one myself.


These next gifts are dip mixes.  Most of them you just add a few ingredients to have a nice dip for all those bowl games or when friends drop by,

Fiesta Dip Mix

Now these mixes say to put them in an light bulb shaped ornament.  I didn't find any of those but I did find some small ornaments but there was too much of the spice mix for the ornament so I had to go to plan B.  But they would be cute in little baby food jars or other small containers.
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
3/4 teaspoon dried chives
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt

Add a tag that says mix with 1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt and 1/2 cup mayonnaise.  Place in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.


Italian Dip Mix

1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon season salt
Just mix well.  Add 1/2 cup sour cream.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Bacon Dip Mix

1 Tablespoon bacon bits (imitation unless storing in fridge)
1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1/2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
1/8 teaspoon dried minced garlic
Add 1/2 cup sour cream.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Ranch Herb Dip and Dressing Mix

2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1 1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Add 1 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup mayo, and 2 teaspoon lemon juice.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.



Fiesta Dip Mix
1 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
3/4 teaspoon dried chives
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt

add 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup mayo

Italian Dip Mix
1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon season salt

add 1/2 cup sour cream

Bacon Dip Mix

1 Tablespoon bacon bits
1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1/2 Tablespoon dried minced onion
1/8 teaspoon dried minced garlic
Add 1/2 cup sour cream

Ranch Herb Dip and Dressing Mix

2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Add 1 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup mayo, and 2 teaspoon lemon juice

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