Last Minute Gifts Ideas to Make

It's a week before Christmas, and suddenly you need to come up with a few gifts for family members, or neighbors, teachers, coworkers, etc. yet you don't want to spend a ton of money either!

There is time to make some gifts! Inexpensive, yet nice!

Here are few ideas from my files I dug up to share with you!

Handmade Fabric Notecards, (and Gift Bags/ Gift Tag Sets)

Make Your Own Moisturing Hand Cream
Honey Lemon Spoons (for a Tea Basket )
or go along with Ginger (ale or tea) Base
2 Ingredient Body Scrub
Surprise Filled Gift Balls
Homemade Granola


Caramel Crispix Mix

Caramel Crispix Mix is so good, you'll have a hard time stopping yourself from snacking on it! It makes for a perfect holiday treat, party treat, movie snack, or just because treat. You may even become famous for it in your own family!
Caramel Chex Mix

I got this recipe from my good friend Val over at Corn Bean Pigs and Kids. She is a busy Wife, Mother, and Farmer, and sharing good food and helping others  turning them into traditions is something she loves to do, and this one will become your new tradition! If you don't already follow her, You should! I love when we get to Chat live with her from her "tractor" during harvest, or taste test the latest crazy Lay's chips flavors together! She is so fun! and great "farm" recipes to boot!

Caramel Chex Mix

I love that you don't need a candy thermometer or any fancy equipment to make this! Just follow the steps, a few minutes over the stove and then a few steps in the microwave! Easy Peazy!

The Caramel hardens into a crispy, non sticky coating when it cools. So no mess! (Well.. that's only if  you can keep your hands out of it long enough to let it cool!)
Caramel Snack Mix

Mix in's: Have fun choosing your additonal add-ins: M & M's, Candy corns, peanuts or cashews, the sky is the limit, it's totally up to you!

Whether you make these in to treat bags for gifts, or serve this up for a party, I promise everyone will be coming back for more!

Printable Recipe

Caramel Crispix Mix:

1 12 oz. box Crispix Cereal (or similar type)
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Your choice of Mix-ins: M&M's, Peanuts,Candy Corns, etc.


  • Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in pot and heat until boiling.
  • Let boil for 30 seconds.
  • Add baking soda adn stir until foamy.
  • Pour mixture over cereal in large microwave safe bowl. Mix to coat squares.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir to evenly coat. Repeat 3 times.
  • Spread on waxed paper to cool. (I opened up the empty cereal bag liner and used it )
  • Once cool, stir in your choice of mix in's.

Enjoy!.. Don't nibble now.. cause then you're hooked!.. I' warned you!
Caramel Snack Mix


Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies Recipe #ChristmasCookies

My love for gingersnaps has been a secret obsession my entire life.. as you'll see this week during our Christmas cookie Countdown! And now that I have my Grandma's recipe? Divine! Perfect for the holidays!

gingersnap cookies
Have you ever loved something your mother or grandmother made, never gotten the recipe and wished you had it? Well, as my cousin's and I were all "chatting' via facebook a while back we started mentioning who had what recipe of our Grandmother's and "does anyone have?".. questions.
It turned into a family website to share what recipes we can scrounge up of her's as well as our parents before they are lost. Since then we have also lost 2 of our own parents, and a cousin. So slowly sharing and documenting family recipes is a way we can connect.

My grandmothers gingersnap recipe is just classic for the holidays, it is a must have for any treat tray you put together, and this is a tried and true recipe that is worth keeping.

Jan's Tip: Her recipe has you chill the dough overnight. So i always do! I've never just made the cookies fresh after mixing it, 'cause Grandma says not to! The dough will hold together better if cold, and frankly i think the ginger, cinnamon & molasses need time to just "meld" together for the best "snappy" flavor! Go ahead and try if you'd like..I have no idea how it'll go!

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Grandma's Gingersnaps
This is my grandmother's Gingesnap cookie recipe. It is a classic, tried and true recipe, worth keeping!
  • 4 cups sifted flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 /2 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margerine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
Measure and sift dry ingredients.Cream sugar, shortening and margarine Add unbeaten eggs and molasses and mix.Add dry ingredients and mix until a uniform dough forms. Chill dough overnight.When ready to bake, form dough into small balls and roll in sugar.Place cookie balls on ungreased cookie sheet.Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Here's more #ChristmasCookies Ideas to Inspire you!:


Pecan Caramel Turtle Bars #ChristmasCookies

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Pecan Caramel Turtle Bars have all the taste of those wonderful candies, but in a very fast & easy to assemble  bar cookie that your guest will go crazy over! They are sure to become a classic you make every year!

These easy to make bar cookies have a wonderful sweet and buttery cookie bottom, topped  with chocolate, pecans and caramel and then baked to perfection, that with your first bite, will become your secret addiction!
Christmas Cookie Recipes

It's Cookie Week and bloggers are gathering together all week to give you a wonderful selection of  great cookie recipes to ad dto your holiday baking, treat trays, and gifts for giving!

A must have classic additon to your annual baking tradition made easy with this recipe! In just moments you can have  these popped into the oven! It starts out by using Vanilla Wafer cookies as the cookie crumb base, then just sprinkle, pour and pop into the oven!

Here's what it looks like just before you pop it into the oven, easy peazy, right?:

And here it is ready to cut and serve! (clearly someone has already started!)

The hardest part?? Waiting while it cools! Its best to let it cool both on the counter for awhile and then in the fridge.. so you're patience is tested to the max on this one, in the taste testing department! But once you cut into these sweet treats??  Your Patience is rewarded! It is delicious!
Christmas   Cookie Recipes

Let's get  baking!

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Pecan Caramel Turtle Bars
A gourmet, classic bar cookie with the taste of a turtle candy, yet fast and easy to bake.
  • 1 16 oz. box Vanilla Wafers
  • 1 1/2 sticks Butter or margerine, melted
  • 1 (16 oz) bag Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 14 oz. jar Caramel topping
Preheat oven to 350 °.Crush Vanilla Wafers in a blender or food processor into fine crumbs. Mix with melted butter till well blended.Press crumb mixture into a 9" x 13" pan, pressing down firmly and evenly. Sprinkle on Chocolate chips evenly over Crumb mixture. Top with chopped pecans.Drizzle the jar of caramel sauce evenly over the entire mixture.
Bake 20-25 minutes till edges of cookie base are starting to brown.
Remove from oven, and let cool 1 hour..
Place in refrigerator 2 hours before cutting into bars.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yold: 1 9x 13 pan

Now onto some more great CookieWeek Recipes for you!:


Cookie Exchange Recipe Ideas: Celebrate365 Blog Party

With the Christmas Season upon us, you may find yourself baking to fill treat plates, to make gifts,or to participate in a cookie exchange. Whatever your reasons for baking, sometimes you need some new cookie ideas

So Celebrate365 Blog Party is hosting a Cookie Recipe Exchange! Inviting Bloggers to share their favorite cookie recipes!

Whether it's a bar cookie, a good old fashioned short bread cookie, frosted cut outs, or jam filled thumbprint cookies, please help us fill our homes with the smells of baking cookies with new inspiring ideas!

Join, Carlee, from Cooking with Carlee
Val from Corn Beans, Pigs & Kids
Nicole from A Kansas Farm Mom
and Myself, Jan here at Tip Garden, as we host this Cookie Exchange!

Feel free to share as many as you like
Invite any blogger friends along you know! 
If you run into each other's posts on social media, please share, like or comment!

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