Kahlúa Marshmallows

Kahlua Marshmallows

I love giving homemade food gifts and I don't think it gets any better than homemade Kahlúa Marshmallows. Well, maybe if you put them in a DIY Kahlúa Gift Basket. Here's how you can make and give this delicious gift for Christmas or anytime. While I think one of the best gifts is just a simple bottle of Kahlúa liqueur, I decided that we could go one step further and put it into a gift basket with some other items that go well with Kahlúa. But why stop there? I think my gift basket needs … [Read more...]

3 Valentine Gifts in a Jar


Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I love all the hearts and any excuse to play with red and pink colors, so I put together a few quick and inexpensive Valentine gift ideas to share with you. What could be better than that? Well, how about if all of the gift ideas are in a jar too? Yes, that's where I'm going, but that's still not the best news. I'm holding an awesome giveaway -- $100 to spend on your own canning jars, food storage containers and more for making your own food gifts or … [Read more...]

Spiced Nuts

Spiced Nuts

As usual, I had bigger holiday plans than what I actually had time for. I had a long list of goodies that I wanted to make for Christmas, but time ran short. One of the things I wanted to make the most was Spiced Nuts. I've tried making Spiced Nuts before (with a different recipe than what I am sharing today) and I wasn't really happy with the results. But this year, I was determined to do it right. I had several pound of almonds ready to go, and but even though they are so simple to make, I … [Read more...]

Homemade Food Gifts: White Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (with free printable label)

Homemade Food GIfts: White Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

So here's the deal: you want to give a homemade food gift to someone this Christmas. You're thinking cookies. You're thinking bread. Maybe even fudge or peanut brittle. [all great choices...I'll wait for my package to arrive] Well, today I'm sharing one of the easiest ways to give a Christmas treats to someone special: cookie dough!  All you have to do is mix it up, put it in a container, print off some instructions and it's good to go. No heating up the kitchen. No overbaked cookies. … [Read more...]

Orange Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

Orange Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

I've been making and giving food gifts from the kitchen for years. When David and I were first married, I did so mostly because it was frugal. We didn't have much money for buying gifts for extended family and friends, so I would give gifts that I could bake - breads, cookies, candies -- even savory items from time to time. Making a loaf of banana bread didn't cost much, but it always seem to make people happy. … [Read more...]