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Heatherb
« on: November 14, 2004 08:54:34 AM »

I try to make a small crafty treat every Christmas for friends and those I work with - I have made candy cane reindeers in the past but would like to try something different this year.  A friend of mine suggested glass balls with popcorn in them.  Any more ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2004 09:43:24 AM »

do you mean stuff you can eat, or little gifts too? This year i"m making candles covered in cinnamon sticks.  Its really simple but looks nice, and smells great.  I'll post a pic if i remember, but i just bought the little pilar candles, probably about 3 inches high and 3 inches in diameter, and stand the cin. sticks vertically agaisnt the candle.  I Secure them w/a hair elastic temporarily just so its easier to work with. once you have all the sticks lined up, tie w/ twine or hemp to give it a rustic looks.  You could probably use some sort of Christmas ribbon as well.  It takes like 10 minutes to make and is such a nice gift.   I'm also doing the wire wrapped servers that someone suggested.  I'd link but i cant find it now..lol
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2004 10:02:21 AM »

One year I gave my co-workers hot chocolate kits with homemade mix (there are gazillions of hot chocolate mix recipes on the web -- for all kinds of different flavors) and marshmalllows in baggies packed into mugs tied with ribbons.  Everyone really liked the gift.  Also, you could always hand paint something on the mugs if you wanted a craftier angle.

Last year I gave papier mache bowls (painted wildly, of course) filled with gougeres.  The great thing about gougeres (which are little cheese pastries) is that everyone will think you're a French pastry genius, and they're actually really easy to make -- they just require a lot of stirring.  Also, sometimes people appreciate getting a food gift that isn't sweet.  If nothing else, it really makes your gift stand out.

Hope this helps -- however, I have no idea what I'm giving this year!  I'm going to watch this thread myself...


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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2004 06:05:39 PM »

Thank you both for your suggestions!  I am considering both of these - I usually make 30-40 of them and they don't have to be something you can eat but who doesn't like hot chocolate!  I will post any more ideas I will come across as well Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2004 06:53:55 PM »

Cheese straws (sticks) are very easy & fast, & not to expensive.   Get frozen puff pastry. It's very importanmt that you take out only the shreet you are working on at that time so it doesn't dry out. keep the rest wrapped in saran & covered with a damp towel.  Open up one sheet of pastry & sprikle with grated cheese parm. & a little garlic powder & celery seed.  (dill & lemon pepper,  cinnamon & sugar, basil & lime rind. are all good ... dreid spices seem to work well)   Then cut into log think strips & twist them & lay on a cookie sheet.  bake according to directions on the package.  a few in a long clear cello bag ties with a liltte twine with a nice bottle of imported beer or a split or wine make a nice gift.

A large cooking whisk stuffed with Hershey Hugs & Kisses & a tag that says whisking you a Happy Holiday Seaon is quick & easy.


I rran across this recipie today, sounds alittle differnt. 
CHEESE WAFERS
2 c. of flour                                 1 tsp. salt                   1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder                  2 sticks of butter          10 oz. pkg. extra sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce
Mix together until smooth. Add 2 cups Rice Krispies. Make into small balls and flatten on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees until slightly brown 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 120 wafers.


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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2004 08:23:14 AM »

Anybody got any idead for the highly allergic/dietary freaks out there who don't eat dairy products!!??
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2004 08:39:36 AM »

those cinnamin candles just might save me!  i couldn't think of anything to make my aunts, and they're all into the rustic look, so the twine-wrapped candles are perfect!
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2004 08:54:23 AM »

Anybody got any idead for the highly allergic/dietary freaks out there who don't eat dairy products!!??

How about meringues?  They won't work for vegans, but they are dairy free and even wheat free for celiac types.  They're basically just egg whites, sugar, and some flavoring (vanilla, chocolate, whatever) and you can make really cute shapes with a pastry bag and a large star tip.
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2004 10:09:53 AM »

those cinnamin candles just might save me!  i couldn't think of anything to make my aunts, and they're all into the rustic look, so the twine-wrapped candles are perfect!

aww, I'm so happy! Smiley    just make sure when your wrapping the cinnamon around, you hold them there with a hair elastic.   Its so much easier than trying to hold all the cinnamon sticks and trying to tie the twine w/ one hand..lol...trial and error.
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