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.
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.