Christmas Holidays & Occasions

Nine Nifty Homemade Christmas Gifts

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Christmas Candy Crunch Ice Cream Topping
1 stick butter, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup whole milk, 2 cups sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 cups oats.

Boil butter, cocoa, milk, sugar, and vanilla for 1 1/2 minutes. Add peanut butter and oats; mix well. Spoon onto wax paper. Let sit out overnight on your kitchen counter. Crumble slightly and place in jars. Include a little card that says, “Christmas Candy Crunch Ice Cream Topping”. Best kept in refrigerator.

Peanut Butter Christmas Ice Cream Topping

2 cups sugar, 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup whole milk, 3 cups quick oatmeal, 3/4 cup peanut butter, 1 tablespoon vanilla.

Boil butter, milk, sugar, and vanilla for 1 1/2 minutes. Add peanut butter and oats; mix well. Spoon onto wax paper. Let sit out overnight on your kitchen counter. Crumble slightly and place in jars. Include a little card that says, “Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping.” Best kept in refrigerator.

Lemon Pie Ice Cream Topping
6 tablespoons butter, 1 cup sugar, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 beaten eggs.

Melt butter. Remove from heat and add sugar, lemon juice, and beaten eggs. The eggs must be beaten very well or they may curdle. Put back on heat and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Cool. Pour sauce into jar.

Include on tag: Lemon Pie Ice Cream Topping. Do not heat in this jar. Will stay fresh for one week in the refrigerator.

German Chocolate Ice Cream Topping
1 cup evaporated milk, 1 cup sugar, 3 egg yolks, 1/2 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 1/3 cup coconut, 1 cup pecans.

Combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly. Stir in coconut and pecans,

Include gift tag that says: German Chocolate Ice Cream Topping. Serve hot or cold on ice cream. Do not heat in this jar. Will stay fresh for one week in the refrigerator.

Christmas Bread Jar
Zuc is coconut quick bread with a few maraschino cherries mixed in.

Spray a wide mouth Ball jar with non-stick cooking spray. Fill jar no more than half full. You must place all the filled jars on a cookie sheet (the jars should not be touching). Do not put more than six to eight jars on one cookie sheet. The jars must be placed on the cookie sheet so they do not break in the oven. Bake 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the jar. Seal with the lid while jars are still hot then add the screw top. Decorate with a cute fabric topper and a tag that reads, Christmas Bread in a Jar. Keep refrigerated for up to one week.

Zuc-Coconut Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 cups white sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cup vegetable oil, 3 eggs beaten, 1 cup shredded coconut or flaked coconut, 2 cups raw unpeeled grated zucchini, 1 cup of maraschino cherries drained and chopped (optional).

Mix together the first nine ingredients. Fold in coconut and zucchini. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the jar. Make sure wide-mouth jars are used.

Children’s Handprints
As a cute grandma or mom gift buy some fabric and cut with patterned scissors. Have each of your children put their handprints and write their own name (if they can) and then date it–all in fabric paint. You can make it any size and fabric of your choice. Depending upon the size of your fabric you can make a tablecloth, table runner, placemats, even wall hangings. It is especially clever as a grandparent gift with all the grandkids’ handprints together.

Merry Christmas Placemats
These are placemats Grandpa and Grandma will love. Find and collect some pine needles. Take a picture of your child near a pine tree and dressed in Christmas colors. Write on a small index card:

God has said:
“Never will l leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Merry Christmas!

Cut four pieces of wax paper about 16 inches long. Lay two pieces of wax paper, wax side up on your work table. Situate several springs of pine needles on the wax paper right side up, leaving at least a one inch border around every side of the wax paper. Situate the Bible verse card and the photograph of your child near the pine tree right side up. Lay the other piece of wax paper upside down so the wax is touching the leaves. Make sure the two pieces of paper are the same size and match up or cut accordingly. With a hot iron and with a light touch, quickly iron the two pieces of wax paper together.

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons
The big thing for Christmas gifts this year is buttons, buttons, buttons. Hot glue gun buttons to barrettes, flip-flops, magnets, and cardboard (frame in a cute picture frame).

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 NIV

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” I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open it once a month.”
Harlan Miller

About Cheryl Moeller

Cheryl Moeller has been married to her best friend Bob for 30 years. They are the parents of six children, one son-in-law, and three lively dogs. She uses her over-the-counter-top stand up comedy at women's groups and retreats, prays like it's her full-time job, writes a syndicated humor column, blogs about life with lots of kids at www.momlaughs.blogspot.com, and authors books such as Keep Courting: 100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage (purchase on their website) and Marriage Miracle (Harvest House 2010). Bob and Cheryl's passion is to connect two hearts for a lifetime. They have co-founded For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries www.bobandcherylmoeller.com.

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Cheryl Moeller

Cheryl Moeller has been married to her best friend Bob for 30 years. They are the parents of six children, one son-in-law, and three lively dogs. She uses her over-the-counter-top stand up comedy at women's groups and retreats, prays like it's her full-time job, writes a syndicated humor column, blogs about life with lots of kids at www.momlaughs.blogspot.com, and authors books such as Keep Courting: 100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage (purchase on their website) and Marriage Miracle (Harvest House 2010). Bob and Cheryl's passion is to connect two hearts for a lifetime. They have co-founded For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries www.bobandcherylmoeller.com.

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