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post #81 of 328
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Originally Posted by hklinefelter22
Let's just say I have a serious canning problem, er, um, I mean Hobby, yeah, that's it!
Hi, I'm Jennisee, and I have a canning addiction. "Hi, Jennisee."

My canned goods went over SO well last year that I'm doing it again this year. In addition to the usual pickles, jams, relishes, and fruit-in-syrup, I'm planning to add some funky things this year--BBQ sauce, honey mustard, pesto, blackberry liquor sauce. Jam is very easy to make, even for newbies, and you can check out a book on canning from the library.

If you have a few herb plants, you can make some dried herb blends and put them in pretty bottles. I've already decided that I'm making a Simon & Garfunkel blend--parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. It's for chicken, and I'll round it out with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I'll probably also do an Italian blend--basil, oregano, parsley, and garlic powder.

I grow my own popcorn and may give some of that in pretty containers.
I've acquired a lot of holiday tins over the years, and I need to fill them with food and regift them, LOL--cookies and candy for the sweet tooths, and spiced nuts for those with hotter palettes.

I need to start checking out thrift stores for vintage T-shirts with band logos, quirky sayings, product promotions, etc. That kind of thing is right up my teenage brother's alley, and he has no qualms about wearing secondhand.

I'll try to think of more to add later.
post #82 of 328
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Originally Posted by Jennisee View Post
I'm planning to add some funky things this year--BBQ sauce, honey mustard, pesto, blackberry liquor sauce.

If you have a few herb plants, you can make some dried herb blends and put them in pretty bottles. I've already decided that I'm making a Simon & Garfunkel blend--parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Careful, Jennisee, from one addict to another, trust me when i say it is easier and cheaper (and in my case, tastier!) to buy bbq sauce from the store! I spent 14 hours making bbq sauce 2 years ago, only to end up with like 6 - 1/2 pints. Sooo not worth it! I did pick up a good tip of making butters (apple, peach, tomato) in the slow cooker, after I also spent 12 hours stirring my peach butter also only to get about 6 - 1/2 pints. Thus, I think, my, err, "problem"!

Oh, and as for Scarborough Faire - I made this Scarborough Faire Apple Jelly for my wedding favors! The recipe for spiced apple jelly came off a box of lids, i think, and the spices I had, were, do I have to say it? Oh, man, I have issues!
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A paul simon song just came on the radio at work! weird!
post #84 of 328
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Originally Posted by hklinefelter22 View Post
Careful, Jennisee, from one addict to another, trust me when i say it is easier and cheaper (and in my case, tastier!) to buy bbq sauce from the store! I spent 14 hours making bbq sauce 2 years ago, only to end up with like 6 - 1/2 pints. Sooo not worth it! I did pick up a good tip of making butters (apple, peach, tomato) in the slow cooker, after I also spent 12 hours stirring my peach butter also only to get about 6 - 1/2 pints. Thus, I think, my, err, "problem"!
Hmmm, I might still be crazy enough to try it just once. : I wonder if BBQ sauce would be easier in the crock pot as well. My Ball book has a whole chapter devoted to condiments, and I really want to try some.

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A paul simon song just came on the radio at work! weird!



For young children, I remembered something my local library did. They had a reading program, and one of the prizes was a "traveling fun pack" that they made on their own computers and printed--crossword puzzles, word searches, coloring pages, travel bingo (pictures of things you would see while driving), list of the 50 states for looking for license plates. I think it also included a pencil, a crayon or two, an eraser, and a piece of candy.
post #85 of 328
I would like to join. Here's my list so far:

Dd
- handknit stocking from stash yarn $0
- candyland rug game (big rug , and it's a game too, bonus!) $2 salvation army, unopened and unused

Sister1
- tan crocheted bag keeper (she requested it) $0 (yarn from stash)
- a bunch of thrift store cardigans (she constantly wants mine, so these aren't really a gift just a quick wanting my stuff kind of thing) $1.50

Sister2
- blue crocheted bag keeper $0 (yarn from stash)
- a cool, dragon tea pot from a garage sale, very unique looking $2

Sister1 Dh
- small box of unopened golf balls, garage sale $0.25

Sister2 Bf
- Vintage Star Wars collectible glass $2

GM
- dark blue crocheted bag keeper $0 (yarn from stash)

Okay, I have to think on the rest. I know I've made more things but not sure who to give it to yet.


I'd like to also make homemade Irish Cream for FIL. More added later!
post #86 of 328
since this is the 1st year w/ a DC, i think it is important to start traditions, yet hard to decide what they will be.
post #87 of 328
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since this is the 1st year w/ a DC, i think it is important to start traditions, yet hard to decide what they will be.
We have our own traditions too. It stems from our faith. We buy/make a few gifts for each child and we don't do santa. Never have, never will. The Advent is most important to me.
post #88 of 328
Yeah, Advent's very important to me, too, so I hear that.

The biggest hurdle we have around the holidays is that we both come from more-is-better families, particularly at Christmas. We mostly do thrift gifts, which is a step in the right direction...
post #89 of 328
YAY! I'm so glad other mommas are thinking along these lines as well .....

I mentioned this to my DH the other day ..
I'm going to do Christmas on the cheap this year .. for a number of reasons
--why spend the money(that we don't have) to buy "something" .. that may get shoved in a closet, or tossed to Goodwill
--we both have large families, and for the life of me, I can't get anyone to draw names!!
I like getting gifts for people that they ENJOY and USE ... instead of just getting just anything ...

What I did last year ...
--earrings for the women/girls .. took me about 1 minute to make a pair! Hobby Lobby had the hook thingys, as well as really pretty pre-made straight pins with beads .. all you had to do was put them together
--WINE MARKERS --- these turned out so pretty, and I think I still have some sets left over to give as teacher gifts this year

Things I am considering this year ...
--peppermint brittle (piece of cake to make, and I could package it up cute)
this is for sale on websites for $9 and up
--chocolate covered pretzels .... I've done these for YEARS, since I was a little girl! This year, I'm going gourmet, and doing them fancy, with some toppings, like here ...
http://www.metrocandy.com/Gourmet-Ch...vered-Pretzels
http://fretzels.com/original_assortment.htm#
I'm going to do the big pretzels, and maybe the rods. My idea is package up 12 big pretzels for a family(couple, etc), or 18 rods. I may package up some minis for the kids. A lot of the price when buying 'store bought' things is the packaging/presentation, so I want to spend some time/thought about how I'm going to wrap these up.

Another idea is chocolate covered spoons ..... dip plastic spoons in chocolate, wrap up pretty and give to folks to use with coffee ...
http://www.metrocandy.com/Gourmet-Ch...vered-Pretzels

There are some ideas for packaging here ...
http://www.celloinabox.com/shop/shop...categories.asp

I read in one of these threads ...
Buy school supplies (extra) NOW while they are on sale, like pencils, pens, markers, crayons. Put these aside for a crafty gift later. I'm going to pick up a few sand pails on clearance at the end of summer, and package these up for the nieces and nephews.

Books ....
Clean out your bookshelves, and pick up some books you want for next to nothing. All you pay is postage (less than 2.50!)
http://paperbackswap.com
Earn giftcards to give as presents ...
http://mypoints.com

With a bit of planning, I'm going to do this Christmas cheap ... saving for re-doing some of my house!

Keep the ideas coming!!
post #90 of 328
Okay, as promised, here is the link to the Betty Crocker's Best Christmas. DH thought it was funny I got a BC book, but it has great craft ideas, as well as food recipes, gift recipes, kids crafts, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Betty-Crockers...4949711&sr=8-1

I think I'm going to try to make a couple of the apple slice wreaths this year too.

Good luck frugal mommas!
post #91 of 328
Okay, This tip was in my latest Mother Earth News, and I was recommending it for the wedding present thread, but thought I'd paste it in here too:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Homes...er-Plates.aspx

Pretty handmade plates & vases using plain cheap glass ware & pressed flowers. Plus, I want to bump this back up top! :
post #92 of 328
Peppermint brittle is a great idea... Another one that would be good for those random office people/guy at a party/etc gifts that always bite me in the rear!

Plus, the idea of using glass and pressed flowers reminded me that I'd always intended to make sun-catchers from the flowers I saved from my wedding boquet... they're stupidly easy, and can be made from any pretty flowers you might have in your garden. Just dry them, press them in books, and sandwitch between two squares of glass from Hobby Lobby. You can finish the corners with clear tubing or the stuff they use on stained glass (which is like $4 a roll) and a bit of solder. They look SO professional when done and cost under $4 to make.
post #93 of 328
Here are some ideas I have for gifts on a budget:

For Grandpa's -
Using a plain canvas bag - (any ideas where to get inexpensively?) - decorate with fabric paint "Grandpa Bob's Road Warrior Kit" (both grandpa's are on the road/travel a bunch). DS will paint some designs on back (maybe stencil etc) Inside the bag - 2007 atlas (rand mcnally has them on sale for around $6.50, GC to McD's (they both like the coffee there) for $10.00, some snacks like nuts, dried fruts and maybe a travel mug of some sort if I can find at a clearance price. Total for bag - around $20.00

For Grandma's
Same Idea - on Canvas Bag "Grandma Josephine's Home Diva Kit" (Interesting, both Grandma's spend a lot of time at home! LOL) - $10 GC to Michaels for craft supplies, either a book or CD or dvd - and a coffee mug painted by DS filled with tea bags. Around $20

I have a niece that is 3 that will get a small canvas bag decorated with sequins and pink and purple letters with her name on it. Inside will be some princess playdoh and maybe a handmaid bracelet. (She is all Girl!) - around $4.

The nephews are 9 and 7 and I have no idea what to get them.

My boys - DS 4 is getting a pirate ship, a few books, and DH is building a train table for his trains. I am scouring Craigs list for a bike. Hoping for $20 or less. I got a helmet from freecycle this weekend. LOL.

DS 1.5 - some bath toys, PJ's and books.

DH - Looking on Craigslist for a nice wood dart board. Saw one for $25 but missed it! AI.

That is the end of my shopping list.

By the way - the person that made Lavendar bags - do you have some hints. I have a lavendar plant and some lavendar EO. How do I make them? Would love to put them in the Grandma bags.

Traci
post #94 of 328
I think DH and I are going to make soap this year. We have had most of the ingredients for a few years now so I guess we should just break down and DO IT. Other than that, I am going to attempt to make some mini quilts for the women in my family. The men will get socks and a flashlight or work gloves or something. Maybe a gift basket type thing with batteries, scratch tickets, etc. Whatever I can get cheap... I usually spend a little more on DH and he will get boots or some carhart pants or something. I am going to have a newborn in Nov so I better start sewing soon!
post #95 of 328
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I think DH and I are going to make soap this year. We have had most of the ingredients for a few years now so I guess we should just break down and DO IT. Other than that, I am going to attempt to make some mini quilts for the women in my family. The men will get socks and a flashlight or work gloves or something. Maybe a gift basket type thing with batteries, scratch tickets, etc. Whatever I can get cheap... I usually spend a little more on DH and he will get boots or some carhart pants or something. I am going to have a newborn in Nov so I better start sewing soon!
In the spirit of being "frugal" maybe you could intro your family to rechargable batteries. We have replaced all ours with rechargeable. AA's are the most common, but we found a great market on ebay of generic rechargeables when we needed D's for the baby swing and Radio Shak wanted lik $100 for 4 batts & charger. We got 8 batts & charger (that does all sizes & brands!) for only $30. The brand is Juice. FWIW. Batteries are toxic, and run out so quickly! A lot of the recycling programs have been discontinued, too. The rechargeables last SOOOO much longer in digital cameras, like 10X as long!
post #96 of 328
*bumping*
i got the idea at craftster last night to make a spreadsheet of my gift list, so did that.
i'm planning on doing a batch of dyeing for the etsy store tonight, but i'm also going to throw in a few more things that i had in mind to do as gifts. maybe that way i won't end up with a huge batch of dyeing on christmas eve. lol.
i am going to try to take levi to target to get their $7.99 picture package a couple of time sbetween now and Christmas. i'll just have to restrain myself from buying more than that...lol. that's how they get ya. everyone likes pictures of the baby though, so that will go over well with almost everyone.
i'm drawing a blank on what to do for my mom this year. she lives in a teeny house, and has pretty much everything she needs. she has multiple sclerosis, and she isn't doing that well, so she's cut way back on her hobbies...she would probably appreciate a commitment from me to come do stuff for her throughout the year, but she lives out of state, and i don't get to visit her that much...
post #97 of 328
I stumbled onto one of the things we're doing for our loved ones this Christmas. We got who knows what all over some of our white dish towels and even bleach didn't solve it, so I tied them and put them through with another dye batch. If I do say so myself, they're fabulous.

So, if you're ion our Christmas list, you'll be getting a set of tie-dyed dish towels. Act surprised!
post #98 of 328
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i am going to try to take levi to target to get their $7.99 picture package a couple of time sbetween now and Christmas. i'll just have to restrain myself from buying more than that...lol. that's how they get ya. everyone likes pictures of the baby though, so that will go over well with almost everyone.
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IMO, once you get those pics, you own them, even though they say you don't! I have scanned in every professional pic I have had taken to make additional copies for my family. With a scanner & a good photo printer, you can make nice copies. HP makes a really proffessional looking soft gloss picture paper now. I love it.

Please don't turn me in! If you go to sears, you can buy a cd with your pics on it. But I'm cheap and like to live dangerously!

Oh, I started crocheting a scarf last night. We'll see how it goes.
post #99 of 328
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*bumping*

i'm drawing a blank on what to do for my mom this year. she lives in a teeny house, and has pretty much everything she needs. she has multiple sclerosis, and she isn't doing that well, so she's cut way back on her hobbies...she would probably appreciate a commitment from me to come do stuff for her throughout the year, but she lives out of state, and i don't get to visit her that much...
You could get her a gift certificate for a massage.
post #100 of 328
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Please don't turn me in! If you go to sears, you can buy a cd with your pics on it. But I'm cheap and like to live dangerously!
hehe, to the target photo police?
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