For this simple gift, I am using a recipe I got from one of my favourite romance authors, Sheila Seabrook. Poppycock (or candied popcorn) is fun to make. Buy some festive tins at the Dollar Store and fill them with this treat!
Here’s how to make it:
Pop enough popcorn to make
8 cups of popped popcorn
Heat oven to 300 degrees.
Using an ungreased cookie sheet, spread
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup whole unblanched almonds
Now mix the nuts and popcorn together in a large bowl.
In a heavy saucepan, combine
1 1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup margarine
1/2 cup golden corn syrup
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
Stirring constantly, cook until the mixture forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water. This should take about five minutes.
Remove from the stove and stir in
1/2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. Vanilla
Careful! The soda can make the mixture foam!
Now pour this goo over the popcorn and nuts and stir with a wooden spoon, until it’s all mixed up. Let the mix cool a bit, stirring occasionally to keep it broken apart. Then spread it out on cookie sheets, and let it cool more, and break it apart. Might as well let it cool overnight. Then fill your tins, and another simple gift is ready to go.
Continuing from last week, here is another simple gift to make for Christmas. This week’s idea and recipe are from my cousin Katy. She got this from her friend Elizabeth as a shower gift. I know it will be perfect for Christmas too. Thank you Katy and Elizabeth!
ELIZABETH’S OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES
Makes 3 – 4 dozen
Empty entire jar of cookie mix into large bowl.
Mix thoroughly with fork.
Add 1 ½ sticks butter softened ** (Note: a stick of butter = ¼ pound)
1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla
Mix with hands
Shape into balls the size of walnuts.
Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350F for 9 – 11 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet then place on a rack to cool.
2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
½ cup white sugar
¾ cup dark brown sugar *
1 cup white flour mixed with:
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
3/4 cup raisins
Layer in 1 quart mason jar in order given, tapping each layer firmly down before adding next ingredient.
Both brown and white sugars can be reduced slightly. *
So what colour of ribbon should we put on this one?
Yes, it’s only the first week of November, but you may be thinking about Christmas gifts. “Soup Mix in a Jar” is a simple one that’s fun to put together, doesn’t cost a lot, and is pleasing to receive.
Layer in a 1 cup Mason jar
¼ cup red lentils
¼ cup dried onion
¼ cup wild rice
¼ cup pearl barley
½ tsp celery salt
½ tsp onion salt
½ tsp garlic powder
1 heaping tsp mild curry powder
(add the next item last – to cover the spices)
¼ cup split yellow or green peas
If you are weight watching, ¼ of the batch is worth about 4 points.
Note: the pearl barley has no bran husk but it may have contamination with wheat. So if you want completely gluten-free, leave out the barley and substitute with a different layer.
Print the following on a tag:
In a large soup pot, combine this mix with
1 litre chicken broth
1 cup water
Bring to boil, then simmer 1 hour.
May add crumbled, crispy bacon & parmesan.
Ingredients: red lentils, dried onion, wild rice, split green or yellow peas, pearl barley, celery salt, onion salt, garlic powder, curry powder
Loop a ribbon around the jar, attach the tag and you’ve made a little Merry.