Making crafty things has been lost on me. I rarely finish anything I start and I rarely start anything I bookmark when it comes to crafts, both food and nonfood.
As a frequent recipient, I always appreciate the time, thought and attention paid to a homemade gift.
So many gifts involving food around the holidays tend to be indulgent and guilt-laden.
Below is a recipe for a homemade gift that is not only healthy and affordable, it can be prepared in less than an hour (start to finish) and requires only handwriting skills, no crafting.
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Holiday Muesli Mix Gifts
Makes 18 cups of dry muesli (enough for 9-18 gift bags depending on the size of your bag)
4 pounds extra thick rolled oats
5 ounces dried mission figs, stems removed and quartered
5 ounces dried cranberries
1/2 pound pecan pieces, toasted and cooled
1/2 pound unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted and cooled
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Cello gift bags
Bright colored gel pen or chalk pen
Ribbon or other decoration
Recipe card (instructions below)
For the muesli: In a very large bowl, combine all ingredients. Divide dry muesli mix between cello bags. The amount per bag will vary depending on the size of your bags.
Using a gel pen, write a holiday message, recipe (see below) or the recipient’s name on the gift tag.
For the recipe card: Write on a small card or large gift tag:
1/4 cup muesli
1/4 cup milk
Chop and add:
Cover and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!
To finish the bags: Gather bag closed and tie with a gift tag and/or ribbon. If using a recipe card separate from the gift tag, secure it with a decorative close pin, clip or additional ribbon.
Resources: Cello bags, chalkboard gift tags, chalk gel pen and decorative clothes pins are all from Paper Source at 621 W. 48th St. Telephone number: 816-753-2777.
Jessica James is a millennial mom and professional chef whose passion is inspiring families to cook and spend quality time together in the kitchen.