Easy Oatmeal Crispies

An easy gift from the kitchen is oatmeal crispies.


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
Cooking Instructions:
  1. Cream sugars and softened margarine or butter together in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Mix in oil and egg.
  3. Add flour a little at a time until mixed.
  4. Stir in vanilla, nuts, and oatmeal.
  5. Drop a teaspoonful of the mixture onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Press flat.
  7. Bake at 350° until browned.

Easy Gifts from the Kitchen: Berry Filled Ornament

Supplies Needed:

  • Clear Glass Ball Ornament (Available at AC Moore or Michaels)
  • Small Artificial Berries or Artificial Berry Picks
  • 18" of 5/8" wide to 7/8" wide ribbon
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters

Use the photo as a guide
  • Separate the 2 pieces of the plastic ornament.
  • Use wire cutters to cut individual berries from the stems.
  • Fill the plastic ornament with the berries.
  • Replace other half of ornament and snap securely to close.
  • Hot glue a small cluster of berries around top of ornament.
  • Fold the ribbon in half and put a knot on the end, as shown.
  • Hot glue the ribbon in the center of the berry cluster. You may have to glue a few berries to cover where the ribbon was added.
  • Hot glue leaves or extra pieces from the remaining picks under the cluster of berries to give it an added accent.

Easy Gifts from the Kitchen: Christmas Candy Wreath

Here is a great, free project you can do with your family. The simple step-by-step instructions are super easy to follow and you will be making a Christmas Candy Wreath in no time.

Look for hard candy that is wrapped up and don't use chocolate because it might melt if you front door gets a lot of direct sun. Your guests will be able to enjoy a piece of candy each time they visit. Fun for all and a special gift from the kitchen.

This Christmas candy wreath is very simple to make and something the kids can easily do. You'll find complete instructions on what to buy and how to make.

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Easy Gifts from the Kitchen: Comfort Candy in a Jar

We all have some type of food that we call "comfort food" and for many it is candy or something sweet. Most of the time you will find a drawer full of hard candy, chocolate, or chewy candy next to my computer. I guess you could call it my comfort candy drawer.

This is the easiest gift there is to make.

You will need:

  • Jar with a reclosable lid (screw on is a good choice)
  • candy of your choice
  • a cute poem or story
  1. Type or copy and paste the poem or story into your favorite word processing program. Make the font small enough so that you can print it out and it will be approximately 4" x 6" and fit into your jar nicely. You might want to hand write the poem or story for a more personal touch.
  2. Fill the jar with candy.
  3. Add a bow on top.
Viola! Simple and easy gift from the kitchen.

If you need some ideas for poems or short stories ot add to your candy jar try this sources:

Easy Gifts from the Kitchen: Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown sugar cookies store well for gift giving. Put them in a resealable plastic container, place a bow on top and add the recipe card.


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cup flours
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Baking Instructions:
  1. Mix brown sugar and shortening, pressing out lumps with the back of a large spoon or the tines of a fork.
  2. Stir flour and baking soda until well blended.
  3. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  4. Add a little bit of milk if the dough is too dry.
  5. Preheat oven to 325°.
  6. Spray cookie sheet with spray oil.
  7. Place large spoonfuls of mixture on the cookie sheet.
  8. Place in center rack in oven.
  9. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes.

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