Homemade Gifts: Gift bags and Cereal Crunch

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The kids loved making the melted snowman.!!

Who doesn’t love a little baggie of sweets? Every Christmas we pick a day or two to make some goodies for our neighbors, friends, teachers and those who have served us throughout the year. Each year the kids get more and more involved, and each year I have to let go of more and more control 🙂

Thankfully I am learning as I go, and we do the kid-friendly treats first. They get all their decorating skills out and then they go watch a movie while I pound out the rest.

The yummies that came out of our kitchen this year….

2013 Christmas Goodies

Melted Snowmen

Triple Oreo Truffles

Chocolate Chip Cookie dough brownie bites

Mint Truffles

My Grandma’s Chex Mix

Pecan Tassies

Christmas Tree Rice Krispy Treats

Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookie Cake Bars

 

Our Neighbor's Treats

Our Neighbors’ Treats

I also made these cute little bags to hold some of the treats.

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They are simple to make and add a little flare to your already yummy delicacy.

All you need is cute scrapbook paper, ruler, pen, hole punch, little baggie and ribbon. You can also adjust the measurements to fit the size of bag that you have. These are measurements for a small bag (4 inches by 3 inches) so only little treats will fit into it. This will also work for gift cards.

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Cut your scrapbook paper into a 3 ½ inches by 11 inches strip of paper.

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Then on the back of the paper, starting at one end, put a mark at the 1 inch, 5 ¼ inch, 6 inch and 6 ¾ inch mark.

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Then either make your mark go all the way across the back of the paper or use your mark to eye ball where you will fold it.

Start by folding the paper at the 6 inch mark. You will fold the pretty sides of the paper together.

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Then at the 5 ¼ and 6 ¾ inch line fold the paper back. It will make a little triangle if you lay the paper pretty side down.

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The last fold is at the 1 inch mark. Lay the pretty side of the paper down on the table and fold the one inch down so that the white side of the paper is touching. This will be your flap that will go over the baggie and the other side of the bag.

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Then fold up the bag, white side of the paper facing in. Put the baggie on the inside with the top touch the crease of the inch flap.

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Put the other side of the paper over the baggie, also touching the inside crease of the flap. Close the flap over the baggie and other side of the paper.

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Hold all pieces together tightly and punch two holes through all of it.

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Then fill your baggie. Put it back in between the sides of the paper, fold the flap down and use a ribbon to secure it all together.

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There you have it: A simple, cute package that can be used for many different things!!

The kids loved making the melted snowman.!!

The kids loved making the melted snowmen.!!

Here is my Grandma’s Chex Mix recipe if you need one more treat to give to someone.

Cereal Crunch

1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup Karo Syrup
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
9 cups of Chex cereal (I use Corn Chex)
Nuts (optional-this year I used peanuts and chopped peacans)

In a microwave bowl melt butter, brown sugar and karo syrup. (Takes 2-3 minutes. Melt it for 1 one minute and then in 30 second intervals) Stir well. Once melted, add vanilla and salt then microwave for 30 seconds more. Put cereal and nuts into a bowl and pour sugar mixture over cereal. Mix until all of the cereal is coated.

Spread onto cookie sheet, making sure you only have one layer. (I have to use 2 cookie sheets per 1 recipe.) Bake at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Stir at the 10 minute mark and then every five minutes after that. It is SOOOOO important to STIR the mixture to help prevent it from burning!!!!!

Cool the mixture and then break it apart into bite size pieces and enjoy!

What are some ideas you have for ways to bless your friends, family, and neighbors?
What are some ‘tried and true’ recipes?

 

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