Thursday, December 18, 2014

{5 Minute} Food Gifts

Five Minute Homemade Food Gifts - recipes and gifts for any occasion!
Confession time. I had glorious plans for multiple posts this December with new cookie and treat recipes that I could photograph in perfect daylight and then package and send out as gifts. What is it they say about the best laid plans?

The good news is I had a fantastic plan B. Perhaps you need a gift that isn't time intensive this week as well? Instead of tackling my ambitious list of brand new recipes, I spent just about an hour yesterday making five easy food gifts. These are tested and true recipes that I've been making for years. Most of these recipes come together in just minutes.

In contrast to many holidays in the past, this year I have spent more time out of the kitchen than in the kitchen. However, I still wanted to give homemade treats to friends and family. Edible gifts will probably be my favorite things to give for as long as I am able, but the lesson I've learned over the years is that the gifts do not need to be fancy or time consuming in order to be appreciated.

If you're looking for a last minute gift idea, I hope that one of these will help you! These recipes are all favorites on the blog and each one requires just a few minutes hands on time. With a quick grocery shopping trip and about an hour in the kitchen, I had enough goodies and treats for over a dozen food gifts.

Easy Last Minute Homemade Food Gifts - recipes and gifts for any occasion!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix or Simple Hot Cocoa Mix - Stir together all the dry ingredients and pour it into a jar. I usually write the directions on the lid, 1/4 mix for every cup of milk. If you are more crafty that I am, a cute tag and ribbon would be great too.

Five Minute Homemade Food Gifts - recipes for any occasion!

Creamy Peanut Butter FudgeThis is the best peanut butter fudge I've ever tasted, and it is beyond simple to make. Made on the stove or in the microwave, this is barely a five minute recipe.

Five Minute Homemade Food Gifts - recipes and gifts for any occasion!

Peppermint Bark - This classic holiday treat is perfect for any occasion and it is one of the easiest chocolate barks to make at home.

Last Minute Homemade Food Gifts - easy recipes for any occasion!

Dark Chocolate Almond Fudge This is a melt in your mouth, smooth and creamy fudge; rich with dark chocolate and almonds. This microwave recipe takes less than five minutes to stir together.

Last Minute Homemade Food Gifts - recipes and treats for any occasion!

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Toffee - Salty pretzels, buttery toffee and rich chocolate are layered in this easy to make candy. While it technically takes more than 5 minutes on the stove, the hands-on time is far less than that. If you've never made candy before, this toffee recipe or Classic Butter Toffee is a great place to start. Combine everything in a pan, simmer without stirring, and then pour it onto a tray. It really is that easy!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Italian Red Wine Roast Beef

Slow-Cooked Italian Red Wine Roast Beef recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
This Italian Red Wine Roast Beef slowly cooks in the crock-pot creating an unforgettable dinner with almost no effort at all. This smells so fantastic as it cooks, I could hardly wait to taste the roast the first time I made it and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Seasoned with just a light blend of Italian spices and then cooked in red wine, this roast is happily eaten by every member of the family.

I've been making this Red Wine Roast Beef for a couple years now and it never fails to impress. The aroma while it cooks is almost as amazing as the resulting meat. I could eat this roast beef every week all year long.

Holiday CASH Giveaway & Bonus Prizes!

I can't stop grinning today, because I've teamed up with some friends to bring you a HUGE holiday cash giveaway to help with your Christmas shopping!! 
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If you're like me, you've been eating lots of holiday treats and will want to burn some calories in the new year. Since working out is always much more fun with a friend, we’re also giving away a FitBit Flex Wireless Wristband for both YOU and a friend!
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Monday, December 15, 2014

{5 Minute} Peppermint Bark

{5 Minute} Swirled Peppermint Bark makes a great holiday gift!
Smooth chocolate combines with peppermint to make this classic holiday treat. Whether you want a dessert for a party or a gift for a friend, Peppermint Bark is perfect for almost any holiday occasion. I'm going to show you today just how easy it is to make. Once you've made peppermint bark at home, the odds are good that you'll never be tempted to buy it again.

For more great food gifts, check out all of these ideas:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stocking Stuffers for the Baker, Cook, and Coffee Lover

If you're looking for some last minute gift ideas, I have you covered with everything from our favorite training chopsticks to the best hand warming coffee mug ever. This list is chock-full of fun kitchen and food related gifts ranging from $3 - $30. AND check back later this week for a HUGE giveaway and a chance to make your Christmas extra special!

Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas - kitchen and food related gift guide ranging from $3 - $30

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