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  • Tracey Shaffer: Gifts-in-a-jar make perfect holiday gifts

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  • Having a hard time deciding what to get your child's teacher, coach or your neighbors and co-workers for the holidays this year?
    Don't have time to bake batches of cookies and candy? One easy, homemade and budget-friendly gift that everyone will love is a gift from your kitchen that comes in a jar.
    Gifts-in-a-jar are simple and give that special homemade touch. There are so many gifts you can create, from hot cocoa, to cookies, to dog biscuits or pancakes. And they are easy for kids to make without the use of the oven. Say “Happy Holidays” with one of these homemade gifts.
    Crème De Menthe Hot Cocoa Mix
    All you need:
    1 1/4 cups instant nonfat dry milk 1/4 cup instant powdered chocolate drink mix 2 tbsp powdered creamy chocolate coffee creamer 1/3 cup Andes Crème De Menthe baking chips
    All you do:
    Place all ingredients into a medium bowl and combine. Place mixture into a pint jar. Include the following instructions on a gift tag and attach to jar:
    Crème De Menthe Hot Cocoa In-A-Jar
    Measure 1/3 cup Crème De Menthe Hot Cocoa Mix and place into a mug. Pour 1 cup hot water over cocoa mixture. Stir until well-blended and mint chips are melted.
    Makes about 5 cups prepared drink.
    Bed-and-Breakfast Pancake Mix
    All you need:
    3 cups flour 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup dried blueberries 5 tablespoons baking powder 1 tablespoon salt
    All you do:
    Combine all ingredients. Place mixture in pint or quart jar with tight-fitting lid. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. Include the following instructions on a gift tag and attach to jar:
    Bed-and-Breakfast Pancakes
    Start your day with a hearty pancake rich in whole grains and fiber. 3 cups Bed-and-Breakfast Pancake Mix 2 cups milk 1/2 cup canola oil 2 eggs
    Tracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian at the Blue Springs location The information provided should not be construed as professional medical advice. Email her at tshaffer@hy-vee.com.

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