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Country Living Magazine’s  December January 2013 issue had a wonderful 9 page spread of all sorts of edible gift ideas.  Gifts don’t have to be expensive, and sometimes a gift that is handmade can impress someone more than something store bought. Country Living details several gift ideas in this editorial that can wow family, friends and co-workers.  The first featured are sugar cookie buttons.

Sugar Cookies-

These  cookies contain just a few ingredients; unsalted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, all purpose flour and salt.  Cookies are a fantastic gift to give for any special occasion.

Recipe: Sugar-Cookie Buttons

Recipe: Shortbread Cookies

Recipe: Gingerbread Animals

Articles To Help

Sugar Cookie Recipe craftbits.com

Recipes for Homemade Holiday Gifts RealSimple.com

Holiday Cookie Recipes – Homemade Holiday Gifts –Oprah.com

How to Make Sugar Cookies from Scratch- delish.com

Flavored Salts

The most basic of seasonings turns truly gift-worthy when you incorporate wild mushrooms, ancho chilies, or garam masala—then arrange it all in adorable jars sporting our typewriter-style labels.

Recipe:Flavored Salts (Plastic jars, $1.49 each; 2 oz.; containerstore.com

Dark Chocolate Gifts-

In a double boiler set over simmering water, heat chocolate, stiring frequently until melted for 5 minutes.  Fill candy molds with chocolate using a spatula to smooth the top.  Tap the molds to remove any air pockets.  Re-fridgerate until set.  Chocolate keeps up to 4 weeks.

Articles To Help

Two Versatile Homemade Chocolates for Gifting –Simple Bites

Handmade Belgian Dark Chocolate –Oh! Nuts

Infused Vodkas-

Use a 2 gallon pitcher, and combine 4 bottles of (750 milileter) vodka, along with flavorings, and let them sit for a specified time, and simply strain the fruit.  Country Living suggests a few interesting recipes such as Cucumber Lime, or Horseradish flavorings.  Fruit can be a great choice for vodka.  Our neighbors end up with bucket loads of black berries, blue berries and strawberries at the end of the season, that they often have to find something to do with, other than for pies.  They mash up the fruit, and pour it into a bucket.  They let it sit for several days, stirring each day, which they later strain and decant.

Recipe: Infused Vodkas

Articles To Help:

How to Infuse Vodka with Flavor: 5 Steps –wikiHow

Infused Vodka –Real Simple

How to Infuse Vodka – Learn how to Make Flavored Vodka theshiksa.com

Make Your Cocktails Shine: Infused Vodka Recipes –Craftsy

Honey Gift Ideas

All that is needed for this gift is 8 cups of honey and 1o springs of rosemary dried.  In a medium saucepan over low heat, cook honey and rosemary until the honey begins to bubble around the edges of the pan.  Remove from the heat and let steep for 20 minutes.  Remove the rosemary, and strain any leaves.  To decant, divide honey into 4 – 16ounce jars, and let cool for 40 minutes.  Insert 1 fresh sprig rosemary into the jar and tighten the lids to seal.

Recipe: Rosemary Honey

Articles To Help:

Rosemary Honey – Homemade Food Gifts Country Living

Gifts In A Jar – How To and Instructions Martha Stewart

Honey for the Holidays –Culinary.net

Spicy Cocktail Pecans

Spicy Cocktail Pecans Recipe -See a picture of this at  Country Living

1 Stick of Unsalted Butter melted

4 tsp Tabasco sauce

2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp garlic powder

6 cups of pecans

Preheat the oven to 325.  In a bowl , mix together the ingredients except the pecans.

Next place pecans in a large bowl, and pour butter mixture over the pecans, tossing to combine.

Next, spread pecans evenly on 2 baking sheets and toast for 12 minutes rotating the pans half way through.  Transfer to a paper towel and let cool for 20 minutes.  To package, place pecans in 4 kraft lined paper bags.

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This trio of slice-and-bake crisps gets its cheesy richness from Parmesan, Gouda, and Cheddar. A divided wood box delivers ready-to-serve ease. Recipe: Savory Cracker Sampler (Wood box, $6.49; 9½”W x 4½”L x 3¼“D; woodcrafter.com.

 

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