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Monday, November 8, 2010

Inexpensive Christmas Gifts

Oatmeal Pancakes in a Jar
(recipe follows)

Mixes in a jar are an inexpensive and fun gift to give as a Christmas present.  A wide variety of mixes can be put in jars for giving: cookie mixes, cake, hot chocolate, almost anything you can imagine.  Assembly is simple; you need:
1 canning jar or other appropriate container
a scrap of fabric for the top (optional)
cotton batting to add dimension for lid (optional)
tag with instructions

This is a jar full of oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mix.

Using a plate or bowl, trace a circle on the wrong side of the fabric. Cut out.

Use the lid to trace on the batting. Cut out.

Center on lid and screw on band.

Make a tag with instructions for using the mix.

Tie the tag on with a ribbon.
This is a recipe I recently got from my daughter.  It's really good- and uses food storage items.
Oatmeal Pancake Mix
3 1/2 cups dry oats (Quaker oats)
3 cups wheat flour
2 cups white flour
3 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients until crumbly. Store in an air tight container in refrigerator for maxium freshness. When ready to make a batch of pancakes, mix 1 1/2 of mix, 1 egg, and 1 cup of buttermilk. (Instead of buttermilk you can take 1 tablespoon of lemon juice put it in bottom of a cup and pour 1 cup of milk on top of it and let set for 5 min, stir and add add to mix). Cook.

1 1/2 cup of mix will serve 3-4

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