Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Gifts--Coffee Mixes

Vanilla Almond Coffee Mix
  • 1 (1 ounce) bottle of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (1 ounce) bottle of pure almond extract
  • 1 pound ground coffee (regular or decaf)
Mix ingredients together and store in mason jars.

Christmas Gifts: Spice Rub


Makes 1 1/4 cups (enough to season 5 to 10 pounds of meat, poultry, or seafood)

  • 1/3 cup coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional)
In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, using your hands to break up the sugar.
Store in an airtight container, away from heat and light, up to 6 months.

Taken from Martha Stewart's webpage.

Christmas Gifts: Hot Chocolate Mix

11⁄2 cups skim milk powder
11⁄2 cups white sugar
3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3⁄4 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 mason/canning jar-quart size.

Add the following directions to a cute stick-on label or note card. Decorate with a ribbon, raffia and maybe a side bag of mini marshmallows.

Place 2 or 3 tablespoons in a mug and add boiling water.