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« Reply #40 on: October 29, 2009 12:04:20 PM »

I'm wanting to make a sort of Smores bars. I was thinking of making them like you would rice crispies treats but use something like Golden Grahams cereal (or a knock off to save $$) then throw some chocolate chips on top, maybe even a few marshmallows too. Does someone have a better recipe or am I on the right track?

The Golden Grahams cereal usually has this recipe on the side of the box.  It is very similar to rice crispie treats.  I found this link after a quick google search, it should help.  Or just google "golden graham cereal treats" or smores treats or something similar.


this recipe has peanuts and peanut butter in it, but you could always omit that.  i've never had a smores with peanut butter..  Undecided

« Reply #41 on: November 11, 2009 11:41:42 AM »

I'm making candies to add to all my presents this year:

Candied citrus peel - went over really well with my boyfriend and his parents last year

sea glass candies - I think I'll make a bunch of different flavours http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/diy-wedding-favors-make-your-own-sea-glass-candy/

Candy canes/ ribbon candy - my room mate wants to try these, so we'll probably make a bunch

Almond roca - all I can say is YUM! also, it's a favorite of my mom's http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/almond_roca/

These gummies look cool too, I may try them out -

My dad and brother are also getting licorice pipes.  I don't know how to make those at home  Cheesy

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« Reply #42 on: November 11, 2009 03:22:26 PM »

What a lovely thread. I am making food gift baskets this year.

My ideas included
pumpkin bread
chocolate and peanut butter fudge OR bark, can't decide which.
apple butter
chocolate  & peppermint coffee spoons
mocha cocoa in a jar
and apparently these oreo balls everyone is making Wink

I can share some of the recipes I will be using, if you would like.

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« Reply #43 on: November 28, 2009 12:11:00 PM »

I'm making cranberry orange relish today to be included in my booth at an upcoming craft fair. I had people asking me for it in the last couple of weeks. Wink

You can package it up in cute little jars with lids. I actually hot process it so that it doesn't have to be refrigerated immediately making for better gift giving.

Here's the recipe:

 Cranberry-Orange Relish Recipe


    * 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed and drained
    * 1 large orange
    * 3/4 cup sugar, or to taste

Finely chop cranberries in food processor or put through meat grinder. Peel orange, without too much of the white pith, reserving peel; remove seeds and white membrane. Put orange and orange peel through grinder or chop in food processor. Mix all ingredients together and store in covered container in the refrigerator. Refrigerate several hours before serving. A delicious accompaniment to the holiday bird, or serve the relish with pork or wild game.

**I add a goodly dash of cinnamon. Smiley **

Source: http://southernfood.about.com/od/cranberryrelishrecipes/r/blbb466.htm

A couple of side notes...

~Be sure to cover the fruit mixture as it is cooking. Those cranberries will make a mess of your counter tops and stove if you don't.

~Wear shoes while working with this! I found out the hard way that those little berries will continue to pop even after coming off of the stove. :-/

~My favorite way to eat this is drizzled over a toasted bagel that has a smear of plain cream cheese. Cheesy
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« Reply #44 on: November 28, 2009 04:49:57 PM »

I decided to make food gifts for the guys in our family this year & with the venison jerky, I did jarred BBQ sauces & spice rubs:


There are pork & beef rub recipes on that website, too, but I'm not doing those. 

And of course I'm making the family shortbread recipe, too.  Couldn't be completely absent sweets.  Wink

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« Reply #45 on: November 28, 2009 05:23:52 PM »

here's an excellent demo on removing the peel for candied peel --> clicky

I keep a running list of food gifts to make.  I usually make cookie trays, plus a few other things.  Here's my list, much of which has been mentioned already:

spicy nuts
caramel corn
bbq rub
homemade marshmallows with hot chocolate mix or
ganache for hot chocolate/chocolate milk (pioneerwoman.com)
ginger syrup
molded and dipped chocolates
chocolate barks - the chocolate bacon bark is very popular
quick breads - cranberry orange, pumpkin, banana

I'd like to make macarons, but can't seem to get the technique down. 

« Reply #46 on: November 28, 2009 06:44:32 PM »

I love this thread, because my husband and I are planning to make some food gifts this year to supplement our strictly-budgeted gifts.  We want to make some mini-loaves of my Aunt Susan's Best Banana Bread, hazelnut truffles, pumpkin fudge, orange creams, and some kind of as-yet-to-be-decided cookies.
pinkmichk, I am using your recipe for orange creams (thank you!), and I was wondering if you, or anyone here, knows if those can be frozen.  I have read that the truffles can't be frozen, but I know that fudge can.  I am just worried about having to scramble the two or three days before Christmas trying to cook all of this stuff, but I don't want to make it too far ahead and have it go stale or bad.
« Reply #47 on: December 01, 2009 07:48:56 PM »

A big hit at my school is Puppy Chow (you may know it as another name, I think White Trash is my favorite  Cheesy) You coat Chex Mix cereal with melted chocolate, peanut butter, and a little vanilla extract, then shake it all up in a plasic bag with powdered sugar. Super easy to make and DELICIOUS! Here's an exact recipe, though with a treat like this one, measurements aren't all that important, hahah: http://www.chex.com/recipes/RecipeView.aspx?RecipeId=19919&CategoryId=342
« Reply #48 on: December 01, 2009 08:13:25 PM »

This thread is great! I am giving a lot of homemade food gifts this year. I was wondering if anyone had some great healthy recipes that would be good for gifting. I did granola last year but I don't think it went over very well. Maybe something healthy but less...hippy. haha. I love the stuff but my back-woods family isn't buying it. I'd love your ideas!
« Reply #49 on: December 01, 2009 08:24:55 PM »

I'm going to get some little gift boxes, decorate them and put some yummy truffles inside! =) Probably put different sprinkles/toppings too. Some white, some dark, some milk chocolate.
For some kiddos at work, I'll make some puppy chow and decorated sugar cookies. Hmm... and I think a friend of mine is doing jam; she's recently made orange and pear. pretty good! i had a go at plum, that was deeee-licious!

Good luck!

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