Saturday, December 06, 2008

Hand/Homemade Gifts

For years I have made THINGS for people that are in our lives in a non family way.
This all started when I was a kid...
The mail carrier
We live in a small town, so 6 more for all the workers at the Post Office, yup even
the cleaner upper person.
The garage mechanic, the sanitation workers
The people that I purchase gasoline from
My Florist and her staff
Friends at a couple of place I do business on a regular basis
Used to give to the children’s bus drivers…
Not money, NOPE, stuff made from hand/or by Hand
Cookies, all kinds
Soup in a jar already to add liquid…enuff for a family

Remember the Constant Comet TEA?

Spiced Tea Mix

One year I made all sorts of spices, all grown from our garden.
Another time canned veggies, like when we had a GLUT of green beans or applesauce
Still want to do infused vinegars and oils with the herbs etc from the garden,
maybe next year…Do have the bottles, bought 6 years ago on SALE
Hot Cocoa Mix
Everyone will love sipping on this rich hot chocolate!
For a hot cocoa twist, try different flavored coffee creamer.
5 cups powdered milk
2 cups powdered coffee creamer
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder, sifted *
3 cups powdered sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar miniature marshmallows, optional
1. With a wire whisk, thoroughly mix dry ingredients together.
Stir in marshmallows.
Divide mix into containers.
2. Attach instructions to jar:
To use, fill mug one third full of cocoa mix and then stir in hot water.
* For a richer, darker cocoa mix, use Dutch cocoa.
Yields: 11 cups cocoa mix
Shades of Cub Scout days for sure!
This year something a tad different.
1 Coffee Mug
4 tablespoons flour(that's plain flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) some nuts (optional)
Small splash of vanilla
Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.
Add the egg and mixthoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT!
(this can serve 2 if you want to share!)
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the
day or night!


Anonymous said...

I like your attitude and the things you do for others and it shows up in your blog.

I also wanted to think you for your comments on my Birds Blog.

And finally, I can say that I used to get a bottle of wine, nothing special, and deliver it to the girls and guys behind the counter at the post office at Christmas. And I would set 3 bottles out for the trash men when they came around just before Christmas.

DeeMom said...

Dad used to do the Vodka for the garbage men, now we call them Sanitation workers, never a thing was said, but the parcel was not there the next day. Mom added cookies wrapped VERY WELL [like Green backs tucked into the bow] ...never saw a crumb.

Abe, thank you for your kind words...

Merry Christmas to you and your lovely wife, Patty… Glad you are feeling better, continued prayers, thoughts and concerns to you all

Julie said...

What a great chocolate cake recipe! Thank you too Dee for your continuing support of and interest in my blog :o) Have a lovely run up to Christmas.

Tene Murray said...

I'm taking a break from making sis' grandkids' Christmas presents and decided to read your blog... about homemade/handmade gifts, of all things! All the girls at the shop loved the gift, and of course, I love mine too! I'm very blessed to be in your circle of friends, Dee...

Kerri said...

Homemade gifts are by far the best!
Great post!!