Not everyone can cook so show you care by giving home cooked gifts this Christmas to family, friends or those less fortunate than you.
There are many homeless people living in cars because they cannot afford to pay rent these days. If you look around your own street you may even see that your neighbours are doing it tough too. Quite often you find single people find it harder to make ends meet as there is only one income.
Paying rent for a home or mortgage on one income is harder than for a family. Living expenses are the same because we all have to pay for electricity, a place to live, food, and home maintenance.
Giving home cooked gifts this Christmas
If you give something small to help someone battling it will make a wealth of difference to them knowing that someone cares. Show you care by giving them home cooked gifts; they would really appreciate your thoughtfulness. It could be a small basket of goodies, home made cookies, chocolates, pickles, or assorted sweets.
We all need to cook for ourselves this Christmas so why not double the quantities and give the excess to someone in need. It won't take any longer to make although I know the cooking may take a little extra time. The smile on their face will make up for that when you surprise them with their unexpected Christmas gift.
Gift Ideas for you to try
Here are a few ideas for you to try and even decorate the container or jars to make this Christmas very special for someone.
Ginger bread men
- 3 cups SR Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoon ginger prefer grated fresh
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup golden syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1 egg
Mix the spices, salt, baking soda and flour in a large bowl.
In a saucepan place the golden syrup, butter, vinegar and sugar. Heat and stir until it comes to the boil. Remove from the heat and mix in the vanilla then let cool.
Beat egg in another bowl then add to pan, continue stirring. Add the flour mixture and stir until well mixed to form soft dough. Divide mixture into three or four portions.
Roll each one flat then cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours or leave overnight if you have the time.
Dust board and gingerbread man cutter with flour and roll out dough to 1/4" thick and cut out. Place them on greased baking trays allow room to expand. Bake 8-10 minutes in preheated oven or until golden brown.
They should spring back when toughed. Remove from tray and leave to cool.
- 2-3kg small onions
- 1 tablespoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon Cloves
- 1 tablespoon whole pepper
- 1 tablespoon mace
- 2 litres vinegar
- pinch salt
Peel the onions. Place the vinegar, spices and salt in a saucepan and bring to boil. Sterilize the jars and lids you intend to use and place onions into them.
While jars still hot pour mixture over them and seal.
Tip: To help prevent crying from the onions place in water and peel while wet. Leave onions for at least a month before eating or if you need them quicker place a couple of jars on the roof of your house in the sun and they will be ready in a few days.
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup pwd milk
- 1 cup mixed fruit
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- 1-1/2 cups rice bubbles
- 240 grams copha
Mix all the dry ingredients and vanilla
Melt the copha then add to the dry ingredients and mix well
Press mixture flat into a shallow tin tray. Place in fridge to firm then cut into squares and store in cool place.
There are hundreds of things that anyone can make or cook to give for Gifts this Christmas. Here are a few other suggestions:
Bottled gift ideas
Make Jams, pickles or chutneys
Bottle olives, or pickle gherkins, carrots or a mixture of vegetables
Slice and bottle a variety of fruits (like the old days with vacola bottles).
Use a dehydrator; dry out bananas, pears, tomatoes or glazed fruits
Cooking gift ideas
Cook some fruit mince pies, party meat pies, mini quiches, chilli meat balls, sausage rolls or savouries. Or for the sweet tooth you could make cheese cakes, meringues or any type of cakes or treats and slices.
Now that you have done all that preparation for everyone it is time to dress them up a little to spread the theme of Christmas cheer to go with this Christmas gift.
Decorating jars: cover the lid of a jar with a piece of checked material and tie with a red ribbon.
Or buy some of that wide sticky tape and wrap it around the jars to make it look festive.
Platters: Use the Christmas paper plates cover your goodies with glad wrap and place a bow on the top.
Chocolates and confectionery gifts
Buy some fancy moulds and melt the chocolate inserting nuts or fruit centres of your choice. You could also make some Turkish delight or Peppermint creams.
Decorate a flat box with Christmas paper, place the goodies inside then tape the clear glad wrap over the top.
Combine crochet gift with cooked gift
If you are extra generous and creative then why not crochet a few small doilies and cover the tops of your bottled produce with a doily then tie with a Christmas ribbon. They will have something to eat and keep to remember you by.
There are so many different ways to use your cooking and creative talents if you take the time to think. Why not try some of these ideas or come up with creative ideas of your own. If you would like to share your ideas why not mention them in the comments section below this article.
Whatever you do this year, make sure you have fun and enjoy showing you care by giving home cooked gifts this Christmas.
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