Friday, December 3, 2010

Tis the Season

Sometimes times get tough and money gets tight.  Recipes in a jar are a great way to save a little money and gift people something from the heart.  They can also be a great way to prepare some items for yourself and save time :O).  Here are a couple of great recipes that everyone will love.

Hot Chocolate Jar Mix Recipe


Ingredients:
1½ cups skim milk powder
1½ cups white sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
¾ cup non-dairy creamer

To Make this Jar Gift:

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well. For a finer mix, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix well. Store in an air tight container.

Directions:(print these out and use as a tag)
Place 2 or 3 tablespoons in a mug and add boiling water. 



Butterscotch Cookies Recipe


Ingredients:
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup white sugar

To Make the Layered Jar Gift:
Layer ingredients in a one quart mason jar, in the order given. Screw the jar on the lid.


Directions:(Print these out and use as a tag)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter or margarine. Add 1 egg and 3 to 4 tablespoons of water. Add entire jar of butterscotch cookie mix and stir until blended. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookies sheet. Bake for 12 minutes in 350 degree F. oven. Remove from oven and cool.




Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Scone Mix in a Jar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose
flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1cup (4 ounces) dark chocolate, cut into small chunks
1/2 cup dried cherries

Sift flour and baking powder together in mixing
bowl. Add sugar and salt and toss together to blend well. transfer mixture to 1-quart wide-mouth jar.Place chocolate in small plastic zip-type bag and seal. Add to jar. Place cherries in small palstic zip-type bag and seal. Add to jar. Seal jar.

Decorate jar and attach gift tag with the following instructions:


Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Scones:


Makes 8 scones.


1 jar Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Scone Mix

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, chilled
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Egg Wash:

1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick liner.


Add flour mixture from jar mix to work bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade. Cut butter into pieces and add to bowl. Pulse until butter is cut into tiny pieces. Add
chocolate and cherries from jar and pulse three times.  Mix 2 eggs and 3/4 cup cream together. Add mixture through feed tube with processor running. Process until dough forms ball.  Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface. Pat into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Cut out two 6-inch circles. Cut each circle into quarters. Place scones on baking sheet 2 inches apart. 

      Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons cream together. Brush tops of scones with wash and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for 13 to 14 minutes or until light golden. Cool on rack.

Regardless if these are for yourself or for a friend they are sure to always please :O)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ahhhhhhh!!!........Make it go away!

       So if you are anything like me you bought a turkey that is WAY to big for your family.  So here we were 5 days after Thanksgiving and I STILL have left over turkey.  A couple of bitter cold nights gave me the idea that I should make some tasty turkey noodle soup.  So I thought I would share with you my recipe in case you are left with more turkey then your stomachs can handle.


TASTY TURKEY NOODLE SOUP
Ingrediants
12 cups of water
Chicken bouillon
Left over celery stocks
2 cups Carrots
4 cups left over turkey
1/2 bag of egg noodles
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning


This recipe can be made in two different ways, in a pot or in a crockpot.  The recipe will be the same regardless. However if you chose to make this in a crockpot reserve noodles till about an hour before you will serve it.  To make the soup is simple dice your carrots, celery and turkey into bite size pieces.  Prepare Your water with your chicken bouillon to the package directions.  Place the remaining ingredients into your pot or crockpot.  If you are preparing this on the stove turn on Medium and bring to a low boil.  Then turn to a simmer till the carrots are fork tender.