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post #106 of 568
nickshalfpint..Theres a thread on home page( there was ) about what is allowed to post in the galleries. They have removed my whoopie pies and any bark/candy I had and the cocoa santa heads etc! And othere members stuff to ! It cant be like whoopie pies because they are not decorated I believe ? The Im not sure about what candy they allow.
post #107 of 568
Oh M-E-L puleeze stop! icon_cry.gif Milk toast was one of our favorites as a kid! Mom would make it whenever we were coming off having the flu or any other type of illness. I tried making it but never could get it quite like Mom's. <very deep sigh> We thought that was the best treat in the world when we were kids.

Had a friend once who made coffee soup.... crackers, coffee, milk & sugar. It was AWESOME! No one could make it like he did despite his being more than willing to give out the recipe & showing folks how. I've learned that some folks just have a "gift" to make certain things.

Here's another cinnamon toast idea... get a really dense loaf of whole wheat bread, toast it, butter & add cinnamon & honey! Even our 2 sons ate it with abandon when they were kids. It's breakfast time here in NW Ohio & I sure could use something like that! icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
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post #108 of 568
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This is my all time favorite recipe for holiday caramels. It seems to work every time and I wrap them in the wax coated squares from the cake supply place.



FABULOUS CARAMELS

1 cup butter
2-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
Dash of salt
1 cup light corn syrup
1--14 oz. can sweetened conendensed milk
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup coarsely chopped nuts

Lightly butter a 8 or 9 inch square pan.
Melt butter in heavy 3 qt. pan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and salt. Stir in corn syrup. Slowly pour in the milk stirring constantly until blended. Cook to 248 degrees ( about 25 minutes) stirring occasionaly but be careful as it will burn if unattended. Remove and stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour into prepared pan. Cool completely and pull out of pan. On wooden board, cut into squares using sawing motion with a serrated knife. Makes about 2 lbs.

This sounds like it might be touchy but it really isn't and they are sooooo good. One of my most popular items.
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post #109 of 568
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This gift was sent to me by my friend in Alaska. It is best if left to brew for several months and I always have it in my cupboard to give as gifts along with recipes for using it. I save all small glass bottles like the individual wine bottles, syrup bottles, etc. to give this in.

HOMEMADE KAHLUA

4 cups water
4 cups sugar
3/4 cup instant coffee granules
1 big vanilla bean cut in 1 inch pieces and split open
5th of vodka (3 cups)
1 Tbs. of dark chocolate syrup

Bring water to boil and dip out 1 cup to dissolve coffee in. Dissolve sugar in remaining water. Pour all back together in pan and add chocolate. Boil for 10 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes and add vodka. Pour into glass containers and divide the vanilla bean between the containers. Leave sit for 3 weeks, shaking everyday. The longer it sits the better and be sure to stir each time it is used.

KAHLUA AND CREAM
1-1/2 oz. Kahlua over ice
4 oz. half and half cream

KAHLUA POLAR BEARS
vanilla ice cream
half and half cream
Kahlua to taste (the more the better)
Blend all together

Don't forget the wonderful cakes on CC that use Kahlua. I get cute little bags or baskets and give a bottle of Kahlua, a chocolate cake mix and the cake recipe to friends all during the year.
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post #110 of 568
lilybird, HOW FUN!!!!! I love this idea, my mom has the recipe for homemade pure vanilla and it's similar, VERY expensive to make, vanilla beans are not cheap.

Thanks, love the idea!!!!

ginger

ps. I have a "Soave-tini" (my spin on chocolate martini's), can I put them in the cute glass bottles and give out as gifts too or will they go bad? It's all alcohol - so I wouldnt think so but just curious.

thanks for the recipes everyone!!!!!!
post #111 of 568
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Ginger--your chocolate martinis sound wonderful. Care to share your recipes for that and the vanilla? When I am in Texas, I go to Mexico and buy vanilla beans for .75 each so that isn't so bad, but I wonder if they are a really good kind. Someone mentioned a place to get the big fat beans for an unbelievably cheap price, but I can't remember where it was. Thanks for sharing.
Lily
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post #112 of 568
Yep, I will share both recipes, I need to find my moms homemade vanilla recipe.

I'll find them after my sons football and my daughters volleyball and my 2 hour demo at Michaels. So late this afternoon, so check back!!!!
post #113 of 568
Oh lilybird... Can I be on your gift list Please ! icon_lol.gif Or at the least a good neighbor that you love a lot icon_razz.gif
Im the one in my family/ friend circle that always does the homemade gifts ,all the extras and I so wish I had someone to do the same.Ever so often I get something like that but thats my favorite type gift . Everyone I give these gifts to really love them and always want a refill, I wish they understod how much I would love it to icon_cry.gificon_lol.gif Oh well I guess thats why everyone looks forward to MY gifts icon_biggrin.gif
post #114 of 568
Coffee Soup: YUM-O. We would use either cackers or bread. My sister still eats it to this day and she dont even drink coffee!

I also make pocket book notepads, cover a tea bag in a piece of paper that you designed, make snowman soup, which is cocoa and marshmallows and a nice little poem, really cute. Make some snowman poop. The tea baga and a nice mug is really nice. Just ake sure you use a good tea bag or spice bag. I can send pics to anyone if you like to see.
post #115 of 568
doodledo..That sounds very cute I would love to see the pictures !
post #116 of 568
Love the new ideas! Thanks so much. Here's what I did an few years ago for neighborhood gifts--

I made some sugar cookie dough, rolled it into a log, wrapped it in plastic wrap and added some holiday trim. Then I attached this note to it - Thought you could use a little extra "dough" for Christmas.

Another idea is.....I took a quart mason jar and layered the dry ingredients for muffins inside. I taped the full muffin recipe on the outside of the jar so they could finish making them sometime later. Then I attached this note - You're gettin "Muffin" for Christmas! ( A play off the old Christmas song "I'm gettin nothin' for Christmas.) icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

It was a big it. thumbs_up.gif
post #117 of 568
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Originally Posted by jjkarm

Love the new ideas! Thanks so much. Here's what I did an few years ago for neighborhood gifts--

I made some sugar cookie dough, rolled it into a log, wrapped it in plastic wrap and added some holiday trim. Then I attached this note to it - Thought you could use a little extra "dough" for Christmas.

Another idea is.....I took a quart mason jar and layered the dry ingredients for muffins inside. I taped the full muffin recipe on the outside of the jar so they could finish making them sometime later. Then I attached this note - You're gettin "Muffin" for Christmas! ( A play off the old Christmas song "I'm gettin nothin' for Christmas.) icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

It was a big it. thumbs_up.gif

Those are cute ideas I will have to try them. Thanks for sharing!!! icon_lol.gif
post #118 of 568
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Fiddle--i know what you mean about the gifts. Maybe we could get together this year and exchange. I look at it this way. I am the only one in my circle of friends and neighbors that has a knack for this kind of thing, so my gifts are the ones everyone likes the best. It is a talent that I was born with and it is great to do something special for others that no one else in my crowd duplicates. Think how nice our things look next to a box of chocolate covered cherries from Walgreens!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry in my old age, I forgot who just talked about all the cute things they do and would share pictures. Please share your poems and recipes and pictures as those things sounded really cute.
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post #119 of 568
jjkarm, you are a kill!! In my hubs family they take puns to a new level of appreciation... I can tell you what they are getting this year!

I love all these new ideas. This year is going to be VERY festive with all the new tricks and surprises!! I can't wait!
Melvira: Mistress of the dark... chocolate!

Well that's just great. Peanut butter in my crack.
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Melvira: Mistress of the dark... chocolate!

Well that's just great. Peanut butter in my crack.
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post #120 of 568
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Originally Posted by Melvira

Oh, and the file is updated! thumbs_up.gif

Yeah baby!! icon_lol.gif
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