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Involve your children witih Quick and Easy Gifts from your Kitchen

We made these recipes for years for gifts as we were on a very tight budget.  Kids loved it.  Precious memories.  I know the peanut brittle has that nasty corn syrup in it.  What would you substitute?  Its just a fund and easy gift children can make with supervision.

MICROWAVE PEANUT BRITTLE
My kids make this for gifts with my supervision. Quick and Easy
1 cup raw peanuts
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda

Stir together peanuts, sugar, syrup, and salt in a 1-1/2 quart casserole or batter bowl. Place in microwave oven and cook 7-9 minutes, stirring well, after 4 minutes. Color should turn a pale yellow-brown.Add butter and vanilla to syrup, blending well. Return to oven and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Peanuts will be lightly browned and syrup very hot. Add baking soda and stir as quickly as possible until light and foamy. Pour mixture onto lightly greased cookie sheet, let cool 1/2 to 1 hour. When cool, break into small pieces and store in airtight container.

NOTE: If roasted salted peanuts are used, omit salt and add peanuts after first 4 minutes of cooking.

SNOWMAN SOUP
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Directions: Fill sandwich-size zip lock bags with:

one packet hot cocoa mix – or 1/4 Cup Commercial Hot Chocolate Mix
some chocolate chips
some mini-marshmallows
a mini candy cane

Label: Snowman Soup (Poem)

I was told you’ve been real good this year.
I’m always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
you’ll need to warm the spirit.
So here’s a little Snowman Soup
complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!

The little poem could be printed on a computer label or nicely written or calligraphied with special pens, stickers, etc. Place the baggie in cute little mugs found in the dollar store for an extra special, and economical gift.

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