December 1, 2011

Holiday Cheer - Gifts in a Bag

Welcome to my month-long Holiday Cheer blog...a different recipe (or two) every day through New Year's Day.  Looking for something cheap to give as a gift to the neighbors, teachers, etc.?  Here's a couple of Gifts in a Bag. You can find the bags at a craft/hobby store...I found mine at Hobby Lobby in the jewelry section.  I made up the recipes cards on the computer using business cards.

**For a gift basket: Fill with dip mixes, crackers, chips, pretzels and dip bowl/cracker platter, movie, cards or board game.


BTW -  if you leave a comment with your email you'll be entered in the drawing. This week's prize is Kohl's Cares Good Housekeeping "A Very Merry Christmas" Cookbook. It "features hearty dishes, mouthwatering cookies and traditional table centerpieces the entire family will enjoy." I'll draw a winner for it next Wednesday, Dec. 7th.

CHIVES AND GARLIC DIP

4 tsp dried chives
2 tsp minced onion
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp celery seed
Pinch pepper

Combine all ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in a 3x4-inch ziplock bag and seal.  Attach a gift tag with the directions on how to prepare the dip.

Gift Tag:

CHIVES AND GARLIC DIP

1 pkg. Chive and Garlic Dip
3 cups sour cream

Combine the Chives and Garlic Dip Mix with the sour cream.  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with chips, crackers or fresh vegetables.




MEXICAN FIESTA DIP MIX

1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp plus 1/8 tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp plus 1/8 tsp onion powder
¼ tsp plus 1/8 tsp dried cilantro
1/8 heaping tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 heaping tsp pepper
1/8 heaping tsp salt

Combine all ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in a 3x4-inch ziplock bag and seal.  Attach a gift tag with the directions on how to prepare the dip.

Gift Tag:

MEXICAN FIESTA DIP MIX

1 pkg. Mexican Fiesta Dip Mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream

Combine the Mexican Fiesta Dip Mix with mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate 8 or more hours.  Serve with chips, crackers or fresh vegetables.

**For a gift basket: Fill with dip mixes, crackers, chips, pretzels and dip bowl/cracker platter, movie, cards or board game.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

11 comments:

Callie said...

Yum. I love new recipes, and these sound wonderful. I'll be adding them to my list of new things to try.

Callie Hutton

Melissa said...

What a great idea! I'm always struggling to find gifts for the kid's teachers. :) These dips sound yummy!

mdohnoutka@yahoo.com

Sandy L. Rowland said...

Finally!
I've been searching for these dip recipe's.
Thank you!

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Glad you're finding them helpful. I'm going to post several "gifts in a bag/jar" during the month--for soups and cookies. So check back.

Nancy Jardine said...

I definitely like it..the recipes that is and ...the man candy.

Anonymous said...

Yumm never read any of your books before but the recipe looks yummy n i would be a very happy lady this christmas to win the book.Christmas is truly an amazing event when all the magic and miracles will happen:) . It's the time for Santa and his elves to start preparing our Christmas gifts :) cheers for all the romance lover n Christmas believer:D. aretha_zhen@yahoo.com

Ginger Simpson said...

Your blog ALMOST makes me wish I liked to cook. Almost! You do make my mouth water from time to time with your delicious recipes, and I'm still getting kudos for the one I submitted to you on how to boil water. *lol*

Caroline Clemmons said...

What a great gift idea. I need a hostess gift for Saturday, and this is original. Also would be great to give to neighbors. Thanks for sharing your great recipes! You and Virginia Campbell are going to keep my "fluffy." You know, "Ewe's not fat, you're just fluffy."

marybelle said...

Making up gift bags is a great idea. It's personal, which I like.

Nancy said...

I love cookbooks. So please enter me in this contest. Thank you.

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

I have to have an email, or at least know who you are, in order for you to win a drawing. If I can't contact you, I can't award the prize. Please leave an email. Or if you don't want to do that, send me your email at annaklanier@aol.com and let me know you want to be in the drawing. I love giving away prizes, but it is frustrating when I can't contact the winner (then I have to pick another person).