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12/5/12 11:14 A

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I've done similar things. When you're away on a trip it's a good idea to pick up small items such as the honey to have for future gifts. They don't need to be expensive at all.

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12/5/12 10:01 A

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How about small things from an interesting place. We visited a Roman Catholic Monastery called Holy Hill which is supposed to be on the highest hill in the Kettle Moraines (hills and valleys carved out by ice age glaciers in Wisconsin). They had jars of honey from their own bees. Those will be in gift bags for my sponsor ("Godmother") and the adults I have sponsored as converts in our local Church.

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11/8/12 6:41 P

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KNYAGENYA - YUM YUM!!!!
Homemade gifts are the best.
Not sure what I'll give this year. What I'd like to do is give people gifts via Food for the Poor, World Vision or Heifer.org.
The other gift I'm considering giving to people is this flashlight from LL Bean. It doesn't need batteries, it can be charged via solar energy or by a hand crank. After Hurricane Sandy and the snow storm, I don't want to rely on batteries.
KNYAGENYA - I hope and pray that you get the gift of a job.

Edited by: SALTYCHOCOLATE at: 11/8/2012 (18:43)
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11/8/12 6:25 P

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Well I was just laid off so Christmas is probably going to be very tiny. I am going to make everyone chocolate covered oreos.

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11/8/12 5:49 P

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It's not too early to begin thinking about this! What are you planning to give friends and family for Christmas this year?

I'm hoping to have a quilt made for my younger daughter from some of her old favorite T-shirts. My hairdresser showed me an easy way to do this -- now to carve out the time!

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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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12/19/10 8:39 P

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What kinds of gifts are you giving this year? I usually make fudge for friends at church and others that I don't necessarily want to spend a lot of money on -- when you spend a lot of money, I think others feel obligated to do the same for you, and I don't want people to feel that way. Here is a great tasting, and easy! fudge recipe for gift giving:

MICROWAVE FUDGE
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 oz. package)
1 cup milk chocolate chips (6 oz. package)
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (or more) broken nuts, optional, * see note
dash salt, optional

In a 1-quart microwave container (glass measuring cup is fine), combine chips and sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on full power (high) 3 minutes. Stir until chips melt and mixture is smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread evenly into wax-paper-lined 8 or 9 inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares.

*Note: Use nuts just as they come from the package--you do not have to chop them.

Hints: If making this in the winter (for Christmas gifts for example), park your car outside and chill the extra batches in your car.

If making in a 9X13 pan, do not double the recipe--use two batches instead. Fill two microwave-safe containers each with one recipe's worth of ingredients. Microwave the first batch. After you take it out of the oven, microwave the second batch while you are stirring the first. The you can pour them into the pan at about the same time.

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11/8/08 6:51 P

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That's a great idea. It's a fun way to share your recipes. And you know there is always a friend or someone who's been wanting one of your recipes for years!

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11/8/08 1:41 P

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That's a great idea. We have so much stuff -- why get another doodad when you can really help someone out?

One thing I'm thinking about (if I can get around to it)is making a collection of my favorite recipes -- including some old family recipes -- and putting them into attractive binders and giving them to my grown kids and my sister-in-law.

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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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I've been trying to buy fair trade products as much as possible. There is also the "Gift of giving" - giving the gift of a farm animal to a poor family. Some great online stores are:

www.tenthousandvillages.com/home.php
www.serrv.org/
www.anansevillage.com/
www.heifer.org/
gifts.crs.org/

So, whether you buy a fair trade product or buy a gift of giving, you will be giving a gift that helps people become self sustaining.

Edited by: SALTYCHOCOLATE at: 11/7/2008 (13:11)
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Looking ahead to Advent and Christmas... Does anyone have any good Christmas gift ideas that won't cost a lot of money, but still will be meaningful to give and appreciated by the recipient?
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