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Show you Care by Giving Home Cooked Gifts this Christmas

By Edited May 27, 2015 4 13

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

 

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.
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Pickled onions

Ingredients

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

White Christmas
Ingredients

  • 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
  • vanilla
  • 240 grams copha

Method

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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Christmas Gifts to avoid

 

 

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Comments

Nov 16, 2010 10:07pm
dpeach
These are great suggestions. Giving away cookies or canned food is an inexpensive way to let those around you know you care. If they are going through hard times they will appreciate the gesture and not be at all offended. Thanks for the reminder.
Nov 16, 2010 10:17pm
eileen
Thanks DPeach, thats what Christmas is all about thinking of others it should not be about the amount you spend but the thought or thoughtfulness behind the gift because it means something to someone especially those less fortunate than ourselves.
Nov 17, 2010 12:00am
Deborah-Diane
Home cooked gifts are the very best gifts to give to people you care about, and I love it that you included some wonderful recipes in this article. Great ideas!
Nov 17, 2010 12:16am
eileen
Thanks Deborah, They say it is the way to a mans heart too. Not from my kitchen though as not a great cook but still get by. We can only do our best.
Nov 17, 2010 12:19am
askformore
All home made gifts are "true Christmas gifts"!
People who receive such a gift will know that the gift was prepared with love.
Nov 17, 2010 12:37am
eileen
Thanks askformore, I have to agree with you there thats for sure. Christmas is often a sad time if you are on your own, so we need to help those lonely people too.
Nov 17, 2010 10:49am
Lynsuz
Very good ideas. The white Christmas recipe, what are rice bubbles and copha?
Nov 17, 2010 7:49pm
eileen
thanks lynsuz, the rice bubbles are a cereal like puffed wheat and copha is a type of oil or butter which you buy in a block and melt then solidifies once mixed with other ingredients.
Nov 18, 2010 3:39pm
Lynsuz
Ok. Thanks eileen.
Nov 20, 2010 9:56am
LoveSpaces
Very nice idea! Thanks for sharing. I prefer to receive them -:)
Nov 20, 2010 10:12am
eileen
Home cooked stuff tastes and looks better than bought clothing.
Nov 20, 2010 8:05pm
rrobillard
Thanks for including some great recipes! We give out home cooked gifts every year. My wife makes about 20 lbs of homemade fudge at Christmas time and people really appreciate the thought and effort that goes into it.
Nov 20, 2010 9:42pm
eileen
rrobillard, that is terrific to hear someone else doing this. I am also making up grocery gifts this year instead of giving dust harborors.
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