Save Money By Giving Gifts in a Jar

Remember all the fun ideas shared last year when we featured 12 fun Gifts in a Jar? Here are all the links for you again!

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

My personal favorite, for the jokester in your life:

Santa’s Snot

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!

Free Printables From Heavenly Homemakers ~ Fun Canning Labels

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It’s canning season (she says as she wipes tomato sauce out of her hair.)  I love this time of year (after it’s over). There’s nothing I love more than seeing jar after jar of homemade canned produce (finished and cleaned up after).

What can I say? I’m a little tired from putting up peaches and tomatoes. But the work is worth it as we are becoming well stocked on food for winter.

In honor of this season, what better free printable can we offer than some pages of canning labels – cute canning labels at that!

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Because we know that not only do you enjoy freebies and cute labels, you enjoy blessing others also – some of the labels sport a “Made for You” tagline if you are choosing to gift your jar of goodies to someone else. Or some are left blank so that you can use them as you wish. These are available in four different colors – all have the “Made for You” or blank option.

What if you don’t do any canning?  You can use these labels in all sorts of other ways too! They’d be great to put onto the top of a wrapped loaf of Applesauce Bread or plate of cookies. Better yet, bake the Applesauce Bread IN a jar.

Need more “Gifts in a Jar” inspiration? Check out all of these ideas.  Download this free Gifts in a Jar eBook too.

Download as many pages as you would like!

Pink Labels – Blank

Pink Labels – MadeForYou

Teal Labels – Blank

Teal Labels – MadeForYou

Gray Labels – Blank

Gray Labels – MadeForYou

Green Labels – Blank

Green Labels – MadeForYou

If you want to print them directly onto sticker paper, you’ll want to look for 2″ round sticker labels, 16 per page – like these.

 Looking for more free printables?  Click here to look through what we have so far. There are many more to come!

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!

 

Cranberry Pecan Granola {Gifts in a Jar ~ Day Ten}

Tweaking my Easy Homemade Granola recipe just a little bit, you can create a yummy Gift in a Jar that is perfect for the season. Shoot, what am I talking about? Cranberries and pecans are great during any season. ;)

Cranberry Pecan Granola

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sunflower nuts
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup honey

In a small sauce pan, melt together coconut oil and honey. Stir all remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Drizzle on the honey/coconut oil mixture and stir well. Pour mixture onto a large, parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 300° for 35 minutes, stirring after the first 20 minutes. Store granola in an air tight container.

This makes 4 pint sized jars of granola, so you can make lots of gifts…or have several servings of granola on hand for busy mornings. :)

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

Apple Crisp {Gifts in a Jar ~ Day Seven}

Remember how I mentioned how easy it is to bake in a jar? How about putting together some individual apple crisp desserts in small jars? Or peach crisp. Or cherry crisp. Or a combination of them all. :)

Find my Fruit Crisp Recipe, then fill several half-pint sized wide mouth jars with fruit and topping. Place the jars in a baking dish with just about an 1/8 inch of water in the dish. Bake at 375° for about 25-30 minutes or until fruit is tender. 

You may need to taste test one of these before giving them as gifts, as it is almost impossible to smell this baking and not eat one. :)

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix {Gifts in a Jar ~ Day Six}

I love muffins. Most people love muffins. Putting ingredients for muffins into a jar = happiness. :)

One of my favorite muffin recipes is Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins. If you layer the dry ingredients into a quart sized jar, the result is fun and enticing.

The ingredients in your jar will include:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup sucanat or brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Include instructions for mixing and baking:

Add 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter, 2/3 cup milk, and 1 egg. (Add a little extra milk if your dough is too stiff or dry.)  Mix well and scoop mixture into 12 paper lined muffin tins. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes.

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

 

Steak Rub {Gifts in a Jar ~ Day Three}

Are some men difficult to buy for, or is it just me? Well, maybe they aren’t so hard to buy for – but I’m not a big fan of forking out the money for power tools for all of the men in my life. ;)

If someone on your list loves to grill – this may be a great gift for them. It’s small and simple, so if it’s not quite enough, you may want to pair it with some grilling equipment or even a package of steaks. (I don’t, however,  recommend wrapping steaks and putting them under the tree to be opened three days later. That idea totally stinks. Literally.)

Steak Rub

3 Tablespoons sea salt
6 teaspoons paprika
4 1/2 teaspoons minced onion
6 teaspoons oregano
3 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients together in a half pint jar.

To use Steak Rub:  Rub 1 teaspoon of spice mix onto both sides of a 1 1/2 pound steak. Grill or broil as desired.

If you’re gifting this mix, you’ll want to be sure and attach a tag including the mixing and baking instructions. Want a fun tag to use for your gift? Download Your Free Gifts In A Jar Tags Here!

Cranberry Biscuit Mix {Gifts in a Jar ~ Day Two}

You will not believe how simple these biscuits are to make, and how tasty they are to eat! This mix is very nice to have on hand, and of course, it makes a very fun gift to put into a jar.

By the end of this series, I bet you’ll begin to think that I say that about everything. Not so. I promise that even though I love jars and think that food in jars is beautiful and makes a great gift…I will never suggest that Cheesy Salsa Enchiladas would make a great Gift in a Jar. Nor would I encourage you to give Angeled Eggs in a jar.  See? Even I have my limits. ;)

Have fun and be creative with this biscuit mix idea! You can switch out the dried cranberries for raisins and throw in some cinnamon just for fun. Or you could include a variety of dried fruit – cherries maybe? This recipe is definitely not limited to cranberries – although cranberries are really good at Christmastime. (And in April. And September. Dried cranberries rock.)

Cranberry Biscuit Mix

6 cups whole wheat flour (I used freshly ground hard white wheat)
6 Tablespoons sucanat
4 Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Divide the mix into two separate quart jars.

To make Cranberry Biscuits:

Place contents from one quart jar into a food processor or bowl.  Cut in 1/3 cup cold butter or palm shortening. Add 3/4 cup of milk and mix well. Roll dough onto a well floured surface and cut into 12 large biscuits. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 425° oven for 15-20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

I have even found that it works well to mix up the entire batch (both jars) of biscuits – bake the amount we want for one meal, then freeze the remaining biscuits (unbaked). Then, I thaw the prepared biscuits overnight and bake them as directed in the morning!

I freeze the cut out biscuits on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Once they are frozen, I transfer them to a freezer bag until we are ready to thaw and bake them.

 

If you’re gifting this mix, you’ll want to be sure and attach a tag including the mixing and baking instructions. Want a fun tag to use for your gift?  Download Your Free Gifts In A Jar Tags Here!

What dried fruits do you think you would like best in this mix?