Stir-and-Pour Bread Mix ~ a Great $1.00 Gift Idea

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Wow, Laura. You sure do talk about Stir-and-Pour Bread a lot.

Does this surprise you? Did I or did I not warn you that the Stir-and-Pour Bread would change your life? I did. There’s no way I will ever go back to the “old way” of making bread when this recipe makes a bread just as good with such a tiny amount of effort. I can’t stop talking about it!!!!!

We could talk about the weather if you want. Brr. It’s cold. I could really go for some warm homemade bread.

Well, I tried.

So guess what? All of the dry ingredients for Stir-and-Pour Bread fit in a one-quart jar! This means that you can fill jars with bread mix, tie them up with pretty ribbons, and give the gift that will change people’s lives!

I mean, Jesus is really what changes people’s lives. But Jesus is the Bread of Life, so there is a very deep connection here that we should discuss at length. Perhaps while the bread is in the oven baking???

Stir-and-Pour Bread Mix Gift Jar with Free Printable Gift Tags

This gift idea costs about $1.00 per jar. For a more elaborate gift that is still on the frugal side, how about gifting this jar of bread mix with a new ceramic bread dish? Who wouldn’t love that?? You could include a jar of homemade jelly. Maybe a jug of honey. A stick of butter? Well, that might be taking things too far.

Stir-and-Pour Bread Mix in a Jar

Stir-and-Pour Bread Mix ~ a Great $1.00 Gift Idea
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 4 cups flour (I use freshly ground hard white wheat)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sucanat or sugar
  1. Stir ingredients and funnel into a quart-sized jar.
  2. Add gift tag with instructions to add water and bake!

I created a printable with instructions on how to stir together the bread and bake it. Print them, cut them, and tie them onto your gift jar!

Download FREE Stir-and-Pour Bread Tags

Stir and Pour Bread Mix Gift TagsCheck out the other recent low cost gift ideas I shared earlier this week. Tis the season to turn food into gifts, right? Right.

Free Printables That Make Great Gifts

Before we get to the printables, I thought I’d give you a little insight into family life around here our place.

Soccer season ended just in time for basketball season to begin. I feel like I’ve finally come up for air since school started this fall. Breathing is so very nice.

Asa (our 18-year old) is as busy as ever juggling his freshman year of college. He’s rocking it, working very hard in his classes (and on his social life too). Sleep is optional for him. ;)

Justus (our 15-year old) is taking one college class on campus – Basic Speech – which has been great for him. This is a kid who does not get the least bit nervous giving speeches in front of traditional college students. Dual credit classes are so nice. Elias (our 13-year old) was super sick for 4 weeks and is finally just about back to normal. Ugh, that was awful. I’ve never been so thankful to see my kid eat. Malachi (our 10-year old) has had the opportunity to attend a fantastic horse class as well as participate in some wonderful science days with our local homeschool group.


science day

So Wiggams. You remember Wiggams? That darling cat has been so high maintenance the past few weeks, bless her little cat heart. You can read here to catch up on all the mama-baby-drama if you dare. Not wanting to risk going through that again, we took her in to be spayed last week. It is a relief to have this taken care of. When we went to pick her up the next day, they said that she appears to have a bladder infection. Ugh, not this too! The poor thing.


Since she is an outdoor cat they kept her (at our local Adopt-a-Pet facility) so she can heal properly before she comes home. Poor Malachi misses his daily Wiggams play time. We go visit her when we can sneak in a trip (in my spare time).

We’ve been talking an awful lot about holiday food around here. Well, obviously. Food is where it’s at. There is so much to love about food. Slowly but surely I am making our Thanksgiving food and putting it into the freezer. Check out all of the Getting Ahead for the Holidays info here. Here’s what I’ve checked off my list so far:

If feels great to have so many of those big jobs crossed off my list already. Shoot, I’m running out of Pyrex dishes – if you can possibly imagine. It’s a good problem to have, as long as we don’t need to make a casserole between now and next Thursday.

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I’m excited to be participating in a fun online Thanksgiving Recipe Swap this year! It’s a “progressive dinner” so each day this week, more recipes will be added. Start today by finding some yummy appetizer recipes. The first one I’m going to try is the Pumpkin Spice Fruit Dip. Wow, that looks good.

fruit dip

Go check out all the appetizer recipes and see what’s coming up later this week. This is going to be awesome! I love free resources like this!

So now let’s look at the fun printables, want to?

I’m hoping that next week we can take a bit of a Thanksgiving break from most of our school work. We’ll still need to do math lessons, but overall, I hope to play a lot of board games and work on some fun Christmas projects.

All of the following printables are free. I thought you might enjoy looking through them to see what you might want to use as inexpensive gifts this Christmas. For just the cost of paper and ink, you can put together some nice packages!

This first one says “Summer Blessings” but I hereby declare that they can be used in the fall and winter too. Print them onto cardstock, cut them, grab some envelopes, and tie them up with a ribbon.

Summer Blessings Printables

Blessings Card Printables

Galatians 6:9 is one of my favorite Bible verses. This can be printed and framed for a sweet gift of encouragement.


Galatians 6:9 Printable

Of course, we have to talk about giving gifts of food. Here are some fun printable labels to go with food gifts that are fitting for this time of year:

Pumpkin and Apple Stickers

Pumpkin and Apple Treat Labels

It’s fun to put together a basket of apples with a jar of homemade caramel dip…



Caramel Apple Treat Labels and Recipe

Below are sticker printables that can be used to label any treats you put into jars!


Canning Jar Labels

You can print gift tags to attach to any of your gifts…

Christmas Gift Tags HHM

Christmas Gift Tags 2 HHM

Christmas Gift Tag Printables

…Or fun Christmas cards.

Free Printable Christmas Cards

Christmas Card Printables

Our family made these wrapped candy bars last year to give to some of our youth workers at church and adopted college students. They were a hit!

Christmas Candy Bar Gifts

Candy Bar Labels

I have more fun (and inexpensive) gift ideas up my sleeve that I’ll share during the next few weeks!

How are your holiday preparations coming?

Homemade Instant Oatmeal in a Jar With Printable Gift Tags ~ A Great Gift For Less Than $5

oatmeal gift

What’s more exciting than receiving a sock full of dry rice for Christmas?  Getting a jar full of oatmeal, of course.

I wish you could have seen my 12 year old’s face when I told him we were going to make Instant Oatmeal as gifts for our church ministry staff.  After all, in a land full of chocolate, candy canes, and marshmallow snowmen – why in the world would we want to give someone instant oatmeal?  I reminded my son that our minister has had heart surgery and would likely not appreciate a gift of sugar covered corn syrup.  I told him that our office administrator loves to eat healthy food, and that the others on staff would surely appreciate a convenient, warm breakfast.

I also reminded him how delicious this Instant Oatmeal is and assured him that it would look adorable in the jars I’d gotten on clearance after Christmas last year.  I lost him after the word adorable.  Ahhhh, boys.  It’s okay though.  He still helped me, and even if he doesn’t get why oatmeal in a jar is a great gift idea, I hold to the belief that our office staff will be thrilled.  It comes in a jar, after all.  What’s not to love?

Homemade Instant Oatmeal in a Jar Gift Idea

If you haven’t made this Instant Oatmeal for your own family yet, I highly recommend that you get right on it.  You’ll especially find it helpful this holiday season as you may be just a little bit busy with extra jobs like stuffing rice into socks, pounding nails into boards, and frosting homemade mint oreo cookies.  Not only is this a very convenient and quick breakfast, it’ll warm you right up.

Find our Instant Oatmeal Recipe here.

Skip the individual bags and instead fill up gift jars with Instant Oatmeal Mix.  Download and print these fun gift tags, then attach them to the jar so your recipient will know how to make their oatmeal.

Instant Oatmeal Recipe and Free Printable Gift Tags

Download Our Free Printable Instant Oatmeal Gift Tags

I may be in the running for the “Most Practical Gift Giver Award.”  Who’s with me?

Homemade Seasoned Salt with Recipe Cards Attached ~ Homemade Gifts for Under $5

Homemade Seasoned Salt is a recipe I’ve had on my list to try to recreate for several months. What better time than now while we’re thinking about inexpensive gifts!

Homemade Gifts for Less Than $5

What’s fun is that not only did I come up with a very easy and MSG free way to make this seasoing (similar to Lawry’s), I also came up with ideas for delicious ways to use it in new yummy recipes. Now we can mix up some Seasoned Salt for gift purposes, as well as print off cute recipe cards so our recipients will have fun ideas for cooking with their gift. Package it all up together and it will be a hit!

Homemade Seasoned Salt Shaker Gift

Homemade Seasoned Salt

Homemade Seasoned Salt with Recipe Cards Attached ~ Homemade Gifts for Under $5
  • ½ cup sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons sucanat
  • 1½ Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • 1  teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  1. Mix all ingredients well.
  2. Funnel mixture into a salt shaker.
  3. This recipe makes about ⅔ cup of Seasoned Salt.

(I use Redmonds Sea Salt.) This seasoning is perfect for your French fries, for your burgers or steaks, for chicken – for adding a little pizzazz to just about any food. In addition, you’ll want to download these Seasoned Salt Recipes for tasty and easy ideas. Mixing this seasoning up to give as a gift? Print those recipe cards and include them in the package.

Look how pretty all the colors are before you mix them all together!

Homemade Seasoned Salt Recipe

I found the shaker jar for this at Wal-mart for 97¢. I’d look at the dollar store too for fun shaker variations at a low cost. The ingredients cost a minimal amount, making this gift delicious, fun, and inexpensive too!

More Homemade Gifts for Under $5 coming soon. This is too much fun!

Download Your Free Seasoned Salt Recipe Cards here.

Want to Give Homemade Vanilla For Gifts This Christmas? Time To Get it Started!


Yep, it’s that time of year again. It takes 4-6 months of brewing time to get a really good, pure vanilla extract. If you would like to give Homemade Vanilla Extract for Christmas gifts this year, it’s time to get your supplies together and start a batch!

Here is all the information you need about making homemade vanilla. Be sure to take advantage of the 10% discount offer Olive Nation gives us here at Heavenly Homemakers. Use the code home to receive the discount at check-out.  I love their vanilla beans, their price, their quality and their free shipping on this product!

Important Announcement!  We have a batch of our Heavenly Homemakers Vanilla Extract ready to bottle and sell. If you would like to give it a try while you wait for your own vanilla to brew, or if you simply don’t want to make your own, we are thrilled to offer you a bottle of ours! We plan to offer this batch for sale on Saturday, June 14 beginning at 8:00 am CST. It will only be available while supplies last, and the supply typically only lasts a few hours. So mark your calendar and be prepared to stop by our site to snatch some up if you’re interested!

Homemade Bubble Bath

I’ve had this Homemade Bubble Bath recipe on my site for over six years.   Since it’s become buried among all the food recipes, I decided to pull it out and share it again. I first made this when Elias turned 6. As far as I can remember, his 6th birthday was about twenty minutes ago. But in fact, Elias is now 12 – and not so much into bubble baths. (He is learning some great card tricks, though!)

Why make homemade bubble bath? Well, because it’s fun. Because it is very inexpensive. Because you can personalize it if you want to give it as a gift. And because you can use ingredients you feel good about.

I think making this together with your kids, then letting them enjoy using it might just be a very helpful way to get through these spring/winter/warm/cold/rainy/windy/crazy days many of us are experiencing this March!

Homemade Bubble Bath

1/2 cup shampoo (I use this shampoo)
3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

In a bowl, mix the shampoo and water until well combined. Add salt and stir until it thickens slightly. Use a funnel to pour it into a bottle.

Homemade Bubble Bath
To use this Bubble Bath, pour a few Tablespoons into the bath water as the tub is filling. Have fun!

Want more fun activities to do with your kids?

A Jar in My Ceiling Fan

I’m not sure how long it was up there without me noticing it. Finally, Matt pulled me into the kitchen and asked, “Hey, have you seen the new addition to our dining area?”

Let’s see…fresh crumbs and a chunk of scrambled eggs under the table. Surely that’s not what he’s referring to. Tablecloth is the same. Scattered paper pile under my Bible, same. I give up.

“Look higher,” he suggested.



Does my husband know me, or what?

He had seen the idea online somewhere to replace our regular light bulb cover with a quart sized jar. Knowing my love for and obsession with jars, he took the opportunity to make the switch while I was out with the boys one afternoon.

Love that guy.

Apparently, it was as easy as finding a jar that fit, and screwing it in where the regular cover had been.  In our case, a regular-sized mouth (not wide mouth) jar worked perfectly.

If only all of our home improvement projects were this fun, easy, and jar themed… :)

12 Days of Gifts in a Jar Recap

Thank you all so much for your fun input as I shared 12 days of Gifts in a Jar ideas! To make things simpler for us all, I compiled a list of all of the ideas and links here. Need some ideas for inexpensive, homemade gifts? We’ve gotcha covered!

1. Applesauce Bread
2. Cranberry Biscuit Mix
3. Steak Rub
4. Homemade Bubble Bath
5. Caramel Sauce with Apple Basket
6. Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix
7. Apple Crisp
8. Peppernuts
9. Santa’s Snot
10. Cranberry Pecan Granola
11. Whole Wheat Pancake Mix
12. Fruit and Nuts Trail Mix

For more ideas, don’t forget to download our FREE Gifts in a Jar eBook!

Be sure to Download Your Free Gifts In A Jar Tags too!

Fruit and Nuts Trail Mix {Gifts in a Jar ~ Day Twelve}

We made it! 12 days in a row of Gifts in a Jar.

(I wasn’t actually sure it was going to happen today. Did you try to check my site today and see that it was nowhere to be found? My server was down ALL day. Wow.  I never realized how much I rely on my own website to look up recipes until I didn’t have access to it today. Anyway, here we are and all is well. Even if I did have to wing it when I made Breakfast Cookies this afternoon.)

Today’s Gift in a Jar idea is really too simple. There’s not really a “recipe” for this trail mix, because you can throw in whatever dried fruit and nuts that you like. Of course, I like to pour in some chocolate chips for good measure. :)

Here are some suggestions for ingredients to use when creating your Trail Mix:

Roasted peanuts, cashews, pecans, and/or almonds.
Dried cranberries, blueberries, cherries, and/or raisins
Chocolate Chips – any variety (dark, semi-sweet, or milk)

You can use any size jar – and simply fill it with the recipients favorite trail mix treats. 

And there you have it. Twelve days of Gifts in a Jar that ended just a little bit…nutty.   But you expected nothing less, right? :)

Whole Wheat Pancake Mix {Gifts in a Jar ~ Day Eleven}

Our family devours homemade whole wheat pancakes! Storing this mix in the freezer is best. Be sure to attach mixing instructions if you’re giving this as a gift. 

I think it would be fun to tie a whisk and/or a metal spatula (for flipping pancakes) to this jar of mix. And, you could sprinkle mini chocolate chips into the mix to make Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix, which would be even more fun!

Whole Wheat Pancake Mix

6 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup baking powder
3 teaspoons sea salt
3 teaspoons sucanat (optional)

Mix ingredients and place in a 1.5 quart jar. 

Instructions for making pancakes:  Mix 1 cup mix with 1 egg, 1 cup of milk, and 1 Tablespoon melted butter or coconut oil. Cook pancakes on a hot griddle or skillet.

Want a fun tag to use for your gift? Download Your Free Gifts In A Jar Tags Here!