Sunday, December 19, 2010

more homemade gift's not too late!

It's amazing how long our gift giving lists get this time of year.  It's easy enough to run out to The Christmas Tree Shop or other discount department store and pick up a few knick knacks, candles or other chochkies (defined in the Urban Dictionary as 'worthless crap!' Seriously!).  But as a former teacher, I beg you, please don't.  

Last year, our  minestrone soup mix recipe was a big hit.  We also used The Food Network as a resource  and made some other fabulous mixes!  The curried lentil soup mix on their site is amazing as is Alton Brown's hot cocoa mix (shown above).

Last night I experimented with a magic bar mix and came up with this version.  We sent Mike to the baking aisle at our local market where he was able to quickly pick up the several ingredients needed to complete our project!  The girls LOVE making these jars.  They finished this project today, beaming with pride.  It's so nice to see my little ones begin to truly understand the joy of giving!

Magic Bar Mix
In a 1 quart jar, layer the ingredients in the following order...

1 cup graham cracker crumbs (be sure to press them down with either the end of a spice jar or your fingers)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup butterscotch chocolate chips
1/2 old fashioned oats 
3/4 cup shredded coconut

Attach these directions to the jar:

Magic Bars
1/3-cup butter
1 jar magic bar mix
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

1.  Preheat oven to 350°F.  Place the butter in a 13 X 9 inch pan; heat in the oven until melted.  Remove pan from the oven.
2.  Place contents of the jar in a large bowl; mix well.  Add sweetened condensed milk and stir until blended.
3.  Bake 22-25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Resist the urge to cut until they are completely cool!  Enjoy!

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