Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 15



Wrapped a couple of last minute gifts this morning and got them ready to ship. We delivered gifts to our pastors and the secretary at church today, then completed a few errands including shipping those last two packages. This evening we enjoyed a  picnic snack in front of the fireplace while enjoying The Santa Clause and Santa Clause 2 movies.

HANDMADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
We have delivered most of the cookies-in-a-jar gifts that we made this year, so I thought today I would show y'all the process of creating these gifts.

First, I tried various recipes - I was searching for a recipe that filled the jar and looked nice with varying layers of ingredients, plus one that did not require a large number of additional ingredients to be added to the jar contents. (It seems to defeat the purpose of giving a gift that requires seven other ingredients to complete the recipe.) I finally decided on an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe that only requires three additional ingredients that most of us usually have on hand - egg, butter, vanilla.

Second, we filled the jars. Since the brown sugar had to be pressed firmly when measured, then loosened to be poured into the jars, then pressed firmly again to correctly fill the jars, Robbie volunteered to help and it went so smoothly.

And last, I decorated the jars. I punched scalloped circles for the tops of the jars and for the front label. I used wide ribbon around the jar and a small ribbon or yarn around the lid. I tied the printed recipe cards on and they were ready for delivery.













OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES
(makes 2 dozen cookies)

(Jar Ingredients)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup white sugar
2 cups oats
raisins

Preheat oven to 350ยบ

Empty jar of cookie mix into large bowl, thoroughly blend. Add ¾ cup butter or margarine (softened), 1 egg & 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until completely blended. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.

Cool 2 mins on baking sheet. ENJOY!

4 comments:

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Great idea! I've received a gift like this before and it was such fun to have the ingredients all ready to go! Love how you decorated the jar!

Rachel B said...

Fab idea, see look like so much fun to make and to receive them! I really like the way they are beautifully decorated :)

Sian said...

I love your series of photos for this - it felt like we were putting the gifts together with you, right there in your kitchen!

Debbie P said...

Fantastic idea on the Jars of Cookies! I've seen this done before. I'm loving your photos. You and your hubby are so darn cute! Have a great weekend!