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The second in my Gifts in a Jar posts for Christmas, and also an entry for Vanessa’s very seasonal Let’s Make Christmas event. This is part of my Trio of Festive Beverages in a Jar series ~ Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate and Christmas Morning Tea to follow later on next week.
Wonderful home-made and original gifts
for Christmas……….and all in a jar.
It is better to give than to receive is the age-old adage ~ and Christmas is a wonderful time to give of course, but, what do you give your friends, family, colleagues or neighbours especially when the finances are a little tight or you are stumped for original ideas. I first discovered Gifts in a Jar when I visited a craft fair many years ago, and I thought what a brilliant idea they were ~ the gift is IN the jar and you get to keep an attractive container as well ~ recycling at its best. The craft fair had rows and rows of beautiful jars, pots and containers, all displayed with an astonishing array of delicious and decadent contents ~ from luxury beverage mixes to herbal bath concoctions, I was hooked. Since then, I always include home-made gifts in a jar on my Christmas gift list; in fact, if I didn’t, I would have an army of friends and family asking where they were this year!
The possibilities are endless, over the years I have perfected numerous recipes that work very well when arranged in a jar, or an attractive pot, bowl or even a pretty box or bag. There is NOTHING as popular as food or luxury bath products when given as gifts; and the beauty of these gifts in a jar is that the recipient can see how much thought and time went into creating such original gifts ~ MUCH better than an over-packaged gift box that is all cardboard and no contents.
Christmas Day Spiced Coffee is the first of my Trio of Festive Beverages, and I hope that this decadent gift idea inspires you to make all three of them as a gift for a beverage lover in your family or circle of friends……I will be back tomorrow, but I would just like to mention how much fun Ren and I had the other day when we met for lunch ~ Ren is just as lovely as she appears on-line and on her blog Fabulious Food, and we gassed away for nearly three hours over soup, seeded bread rolls, hot chocolate, cakes and other sundry foodie treats! That’s all for today, I am off out for a meal tonight with my daughter to the The Fox ~ see you tomorrow with my tastings review.
GIFTS IN A JAR
A Trio of Festive Beverages:
Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate
Christmas Morning Tea
Christmas Day Spiced Coffee
Three rich, spiced and decadent beverage mixes to cover ALL of your Christmas tea, coffee and hot chocolate requirements. These would look wonderful in a small wicker basket with some home-made biscuits, perfect for a festive cuppa! First in the series is:
Christmas Day Spiced Coffee
2 cups of freshly ground coffee, medium roast
2 tablespoons icing sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
candy cane for a “stirrer”
Mix all the ingredients together well. Add them to a jar or tin with an attached label to say:
“ Place one scoop per person into the coffee machine’s coffee filter; add water and allow to filter through. Pour the hot coffee into a mug or cup and add cream, milk and sugar to taste and use the candy cane as a seasonal stirrer.”