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Frugal Gift in a Jar Ideas
One of the most thoughtful gifts a person can give is a gift that is useful and is made with the recipient in mind. Gifts in a Jar come in an endless variety. You start with a wide-mouthed quart jar and layer the ingredients for a recipe. The ingredients can be cakes, cookies, soups, pasta, or one of any number of things. I have included two recipes to get you started. Dream Cookies 1/2 cup orange-flavored drink mix (Tang) 3/4 cup white sugar 1 1/2 cups vanilla baking chips 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Combine the flour with baking soda and baking powder.
Starting with the Tang, then sugar, chips and flour mix, layer the ingredients in a glass jar. Attach Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F Empty contents into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix well. Roll heaping tablespoonfuls into balls.
Place 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Colorful Soup Mix in a Jar 1 cube beef bouillon 1/4 cup dried minced onion 1/2 cup dried split peas 1/2 cup uncooked twist macaroni 1/4 cup barley 1/2 cup dry lentils 1/3 cup long-grain white rice 1 cup uncooked tri-color spiral pasta Use a funnel. Layer ingredients in the following order: bouillon, onion flakes, split peas, small shape pasta, barley, lentils, rice, and enough tricolor spiral pasta to fill jar. Attach Instructions: Brown 1 pound ground beef or stew beef in a little olive oil. Remove tricolor pasta from top of jar and reserve. Add the rest of the jar contents to the pan and add 12 cups water. Boil and simmer 45 minutes. Add tricolor pasta and simmer 15 minutes more.
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