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No matter how carefully you organize your life and your holiday, something, or someone is going to be overlooked. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, and tell ourselves every year that next year is going to be different and that we won’t be looking for those low cost last minute gifts. The paperboy, the milkman, the neighbor boy who mows your lawn, or just the lady next door who visits over the fence will enjoy one of these small tokens for the holiday.

Last minute gift giving can be easier if you have a few of these last minute offerings made up in advance stashed in a cupboard to offer up when you finally figured out who you missed.

Perfect for the paperboy or the lawn mower, or even for that chocolate lover on your list, this little token of thanks

Snowman Soup.

I make this in a small zip lock baggie. Then I tuck it into the cup so that the snowman soup is sealed.

Snowman Soup!

Assemble in a small zipper food storage bag:

1 individual pack hot chocolate mix
3 Hershey’s chocolate kisses
10-15 mini-marshmallows
small candy cane for a stirring stick.

Mix it and put in a baggie, stick inside a pretty holiday cup.

This recipe, layered in a jar, with a square of gingham fabric tied over the top or a pretty cross stitched
ornament for the top of the jar makes a super last minute gift for a neighbor or an older person who lives alone and doesn’t bake much.

Cowboy Cookies (gifts in a jar)


* 1 1/3 cups rolled oats
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup chopped pecans
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
* 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart jar in the order given. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next layer.
2. Include a card with the following instructions: Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. 2. In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir in the entire contents of the jar. You may need to use your hands to finish mixing. Shape into walnut sized balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. 3. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven. Transfer from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.


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