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BACON FLAVORED DIP MIX
2 tbs. Instant Bacon Bits
1 tsp Instant Beef Bouillon
1 tbs. Instant Minced Onion
1/8 tsp Minced Garlic

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; blend well. Spoon mixture
onto a 6-inch square of aluminum foil and fold to make airtight.
Label as Bacon-Flavored Dip Mix. Store in a cool, dry place and use
within 6 months.
Makes 1 package (about 3 T) of mix.

Add these directions to label:
Bacon Flavored Dip:
Combine 1 cup of sour cream and 1 package of
mix. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Makes about 1 cup of dip.

VARIATIONS:
Substitute 1 cup yogurt, 1 cup cottage cheese or 1 (8
oz) package of softened cream cheese for sour cream.

Fill a large mason jar with any type of snacks for dipping (small
snack crackers, pretzels, breadsticks, etc.). Attach package of dip
mix to jar and decorate for gift giving.

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BLUEBERRY SCONES
These are delicious warm from the oven with butter and jam; a perfect breakfast food. A jar of homemade blueberry jam would make a wonderful accompaniment to this.

2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup Vanilla sugar**
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp dried lemon peel
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup dried blueberries

Stir together flour, sugar, milk, baking powder, lemon peel, and salt. Cut in shortening using a pastry cutter or fork until the
mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in berries. Layer into a 1
quart canning jar, tapping gently on the counter between layers to
settle before adding the next. Add additional dried blueberries to
fill in small gaps if necessary. Stores at room temp for up to 6
weeks, or freeze for up to 6 months.

**To make vanilla sugar, fill a 1 quart jar with sugar. Split a
vanilla bean in half lengthwise and add both halves to the sugar.
Flavor gets better after a couple of weeks, and it will keep as long
as regular sugar.

GIFT TAG DIRECTIONS:
Place jar contents in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 beaten egg and 1/4
cup water; stir just until moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly
floured surface and quickly knead gently for 12 to 15 strokes or
until nearly smooth. Pat to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into desired
shape and place 1 inch apart on an un-greased baking sheet. Brush
with milk. Bake at 400* for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Transfer
to a rack to cool slightly and serve warm.

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BOSTON BAKED BEANS RECIPE IN A JAR

2 c Small white pea beans
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 Bay leaf
1/4 tsp Ground ginger
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 1/2 tsp Salt

Mix and store in an airtight container.

Attach the following instructions to jar:

*Boston Baked Beans*
1 jar Bean Mix
2 slices bacon; diced
4 3/4 c water
3/4 c chopped onion
1 clove garlic; minced
3 tbs dark molasses
2 tbs mustard

Combine all ingredients in bean pot or crockpot. Cook at 300 in
oven, or on low in crockpot 10-12 hours, stirring occasionally to
prevent sticking. 8-10 servings.

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BREAKFAST MUFFINS

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons finely minced candied
lemon peel
1/2 cup finely minced dried cherries, apples
or apricots
1/3 cup chopped almonds or walnuts

Layer ingredients in a jar and seal.

Add recipe directions to jar:
Beat 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup milk or vanilla yogurt, and 1 egg
in a mixing bowl until combined. Stir in jar contents, approximately
40 strokes. Spoon into 12 greased or lined muffin cups. Bake at 400
for 20-25 minutes, cool in pan for five minutes and transfer to a
wire rack. Serve warm. Makes 12 muffins.

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BROWNIE MIX

2-1/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa (clean inside of jar with paper towel after this layer)
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1-1/4 cups flour mixed with 1 tsp. salt

Layer ingredients in jar in order given. Press each layer firmly in
place before adding next ingredient.

Recipe to attach to jar:
Empty brownie mix in large mixing bowl; stir to combine. Add 3/4 cup
melted butter and 4 eggs slightly beaten; mix until completely
blended. Spread batter in a greased 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake at
350º for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Cut into 2-inch
squares.

Yield: 2 dozen.

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BUTTERSCOTCH CHIP COOKIES IN A JAR

1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup high protein crisp rice and wheat cereal
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Layer the ingredients in the order given in a one quart wide mouth
canning jar. Firmly pack each ingredient in place. It will be a
tight fit, but all ingredients will fit in the jar. Use pinking
shears to cut an 8 or 9 inch circle from gingham, calico, or a
seasonal fabric. Place the fabric over the wide mouth lid and rim
and secure with a rubber band. Tie on a raffia or ribbon bow to
cover the rubber band.

Attach a card to the ribbon or raffia with the following mixing and baking.

Directions:
Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of
butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Use hands
to mix the wet and dry ingredients together. When completely
blended, roll into large walnut sized balls. Place on unprepared
cookie sheets and use the palm of your hand to flatten each cookie
ball. Bake at 350 in a preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.
Makes 2 dozen.

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CAESAR SALAD DRESSING MIX

1 1/2 t Grated Lemon Peel
1 t Oregano
1/8 t Instant Minced Garlic
2 T Graded Parmesan Cheese
1/2 t Pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; stir until well blended.
Put mixture in a foil packet or 1-pint glass jar (or use a salad
dressing cruet and the dressing can be made right in the cruet!).
Label as Caesar Salad Dressing Mix. Store in a cool dry place and
use within 3 to 4 months.

Instructions for Label:
Caesar Salad Dressing: Combine mix, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, and 1/4
cup lemon juice in a glass jar. Shake until well blended. Chill
before serving.

Makes about 3/4 cup of Salad Dressing.

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CAFE AU LAIT MIX IN A JAR

2 cups Powdered non dairy creamer
1 cup instant coffee

Blend ingredients together. Store in airtight jar.

Attach this to jar:
To use: Mix 1 tablespoon mix with 1 cup hot water.

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CALIFORNIA CORN BREAD MIX
This is a sweet, cake-like corn bread that is delicious with honey
butter.

2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder

In a large glass or ceramic bowl, stir all the ingredients together.
Store in an airtight container.

Attach this to the Jar:
California Corn Bread
Serves 4 to 6
1 package California Corn Bread Mix
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the corn bread mix in a
large mixing bowl and add the eggs, milk and butter. Blend until the
mixture is smooth. Poor into a greased 8-inch baking pan and bake
for 30 minutes.

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CANDY COOKIE MIX

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. powdered vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk the ingredients
together until they are evenly distributed, making sure all brown
sugar lumps are crushed. Store in an airtight container

Attach this to the Jar:
Candy Cookies
Makes 3 dozen cookies
1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 large egg
1 package Candy Cookie Mix
1 cup candy bar chunks (Reese's peanut butter cups, Butterfinger
bars, white or milk chocolate chunks)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In the large bowl of an electric
mixer, beat the butter until it is smooth. Add the egg, and continue
beating until the egg is combined. Add the Candy Cookie Mix and
candy bar chunks and blend on low just until the cookie mix is
incorporated. Form the cookies into 11/2-inch balls & place them 2
inches apart on an un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden on the edges. Remove from
oven, and cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes.

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CHICKEN SOUP WITH BOW NOODLES

Approx 3 1/2 cup Bow Noodles (farfalle)
1/4 cup Mushrooms -- dried, chopped (opt.)
2 Tbs Minced Onion -- dried
3 Tbs Chicken Bouillon granules -- instant
1 Tbs Parsley flakes
1 teaspoon Thyme
6 -7 whole cloves

You can do this two ways. You can layer the bow noodles with the
spices in between (except for whole cloves). Or you can put the
noodles in the jar with the spices tied up in a baggie.

Add these directions to your gift card...
Chicken Soup with Bow Noodles
Bring 8 cups water to boil in a large pot. Add contents of jars
EXCEPT whole cloves. Push whole cloves into a small onion and drop
into soup. Simmer until noodles are done approx 8- 12 minutes. The
cloves give this soup a WONDERFUL flavor!!

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