It’s Comin’ On Christmas
I’m poor. Really poor. I’m a journalist and paying heaps of money for my graduate degree. So this year, my loved ones will be getting a little less swag and a little more thought.
I am sure many of you are in similar positions as myself, so here are some of my ideas for this year. Feel free to copy!
Make your friends and family a special treat by assembling a cup with all the fixin’s for a delicious cup of hot chocolate:
- 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them until they are evenly blended.
- Store the mix in a tightly covered container at room temperature until you’re ready to package it. Makes about 4 cups of mix.
- 1 cup sesame seeds (about 6 ounces)
- 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Generously coat two large sheets of waxed paper with cooking spray. In a medium skillet, toast the sesame seeds over medium-low heat, stirring often, until they’re fragrant and golden, 5 to 7 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar and honey. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until the sugar is melted and the mixture is thick, about 5 minutes (because melted sugar can get quite hot, this is a step best left to parents). Add the sesame seeds to the sugar and stir well with a wooden spoon.
- Place one sheet of the waxed paper on a work surface, greased-side up. Scrape the mixture onto the paper and top it with the remaining sheet of waxed paper, greased-side down. Using a rolling pin, roll the mixture into a square about 1/4 inch thick (a great job for kids).
- Remove the top sheet of paper and cut the candy into 1-inch squares with a sharp knife. Let the candy cool completely. Break apart the pieces and store them in an airtight container at room temperature until you’re ready to package them. Makes about twenty-four 1-inch squares.
- Fabric scraps
- Fabric glue
- Potpourri, such as lavender flowers or balsam fir needles
- For each sachet, place 2 matching 5-inch fabric squares back-to-back and glue the edges together on 3 sides. Spread the glue close to the edges to prevent fraying.
- Once the glue is dry, fill the sachet with about 1/2 cup of potpourri. Then glue together the open edges and again let the glue dry.
- Arrange the finished sachets in multicolored stacks and tie them together with a festive ribbon or yarn.
For more great ideas, check on Disney’s family website!