DIY Gift Giving from the Kitchen 2015 Recap


A recap of the 2015 Series with ADDED Recipes! 


As we gear up for another season of preparing our Do-It-Yourself holiday gift suggestions, we thought we would give you a recap of last year’s most popular series on 21st Century Simple Living. Here are all the recipes, tips, and tricks we chronicled last year to help with those special people in your life.

We have also included more recipes we have published throughout 2016 to give you more options for your Foodie gift-giving list. Take a look at these selections to get those creative juices flowing.


Popular Herb-Spice Blend Recipes

Part 1: Popular Herb/Spice Blend Recipes

Gift a Foodie friend with some wonderful Herb/Spice Blends from your own kitchen. There are 7 recipes here for your Herbal Gift Baskets. Try:

  1. Apple Pie Spice Blend,
  2. Chili Powder Blend,
  3. Herbes de Provence French Blend,
  4. Italian Seasoning Blend,
  5. Poultry Seasoning Blend,
  6. Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend, and
  7. Salt-less Herbal Blend

with Free Labels you can download and print.

Or check out our other recipes for herb/spice blends you can make here: 40+ Herb/Spice Blends from Around the World.


Popcorn Gifts

Part 2: The REAL Stars of Movie Night—Popcorn Seasoning Blends

What could be better than a big bowl full of Popcorn seasonings wrapped around popping kernels? Or perhaps try these seasoning blends on your favorite dehydrated veggie chips or dry nuts or even—my personal favorite—roasted chickpeas! Allow these seasoning combos to spark your own creativity or use the 9 recipes here:

  1. BBQ Popcorn Seasoning,
  2. Slap Your Mama Cajun Popcorn Seasoning,
  3. Mexican Chocolate Popcorn Seasoning,
  4. Curry Popcorn Seasoning,
  5. South of the Border Popcorn Seasoning,
  6. Herbie the Love Bug Popcorn Seasoning,
  7. Pickled Popcorn Seasoning Mix,
  8. Buffalo Popcorn Seasoning, and
  9. Ranch Popcorn Seasoning

with Free Labels you can download and print.

Instead of eating popcorn straight from the bowl, how about a trail mix made with popcorn, dehydrated fruit, and dehydrated or roasted nuts—maybe even dusted with white chocolate powder or fruit or vegetable powder? Oh, the possibilities are endless!


Gifts from the Sea—Flavored Salt Blends

Part 3: Gifts from the Sea—Flavored Salt Blends

For those on your gift list who are not on a salt-restricted diet, salt blends add a depth of flavor with very few ingredients needed to carry out the goal. Seasoned salt is often the standard on foods such as chicken, chips, and deep-fried seafood, or potatoes. But it also is used for many other dishes as well as the finishing salt that graces your table. Flavored salts have the potential to give a subtle change to your dish or a dynamic transformation; it’s up to you! Try your hand at these flavorful salt seasoning blends with our 8 recipes here:

  1. Bacon Salt,
  2. Celery Salt,
  3. Chile-Lime Salt,
  4. Citrus Herb Salt,
  5. Cocoa-Coffee Salt,
  6. Porcini-Parmesan Salt,
  7. Smoked Paprika and Ancho Salt, and
  8. “Vegan” Salt

with Free Labels you can download and print.

Or check out our other recipes for 14 more blends you can make here: BBQ Seasoned Salt • Citrus Salts • Fresh Herb Salt Blend • Garlic Salt (using Garlic Powder) • Herb Salts • Onion Salt (using Onion Powder) • Red Wine Finishing Salt • Seasoned Salt • Sel de Provence, French Herb Sea Salt • Smoked Salts • Spicy Salts • Sriracha Salt • Thai Seasoning Salt Blend • White Wine Finishing Salt


Dry Rub Seasonings, the Ultimate Man Food

Part 4: Dry Rub Seasonings, the Ultimate “Man Food”

Do you have the “Grill-Mates” on your Foodie list that love the great outdoors and all the food that goes with it? Well then, belly up to a flavorful rack of 6 dry rub seasoning recipes that will please any Weber Addict:

  1. Montreal Steak Seasoning Rub,
  2. Dry Rub for Wild Game,
  3. Chipotle Dry Rub,
  4. Pork Country-Style Rib Rub,
  5. Pollo Tropical Chicken Rub, and
  6. Fish Sweet and Spicy Rub

with Free Labels you can download and print.

Or test out one of our other recipes for 9 more dry rubs you can make here: Applewood Smoky Rub • Australian Barby Rub • Australian White Meat Spice Rub • Barbecue Meat Rub • Ham Spice Blend • Mediterranean Herb Rub • Pork Tenderloin Rub • Poultry Seasoning Blend • Wine Salt Dry Rub


The Awesome Flavor of Homemade Dry Seasoning Mixes

Part 5: The Awesome Flavor of Homemade Dry Seasoning Mixes

A basket of these packaged seasoning recipe mixes are convenient, delicious, and the perfect blend of seasonings your friends can pull out of their cupboard just as they would those packaged mixes from the grocery store. BUT these will be your own ingredients, your own blends, and your own special flours, herbs, and spices, etc. You will KNOW exactly what is in them and be able to plan any dietary changes you need for that special friend. Choose from these 7 recipes:

  1. Buffalo Wing Seasoning Mix,
  2. Chili Seasoning Mix
  3. Fajita Seasoning Mix,
  4. Meat Loaf Seasoning Mix,
  5. Onion Soup Seasoning Mix,
  6. Spaghetti Seasoning Mix (like McCormick’s), and
  7. Taco Seasoning Mix

with Free Labels you can download and print.

Or test out one of our other recipes for 15 more dry seasoning mixes you can make here: Adobo Seasoning Mix • Beefy Onion Mushroom Soup & Dip Mix • Beefy Onion Soup & Dip Mix • Buttermilk Ranch Dry Seasoning Mix • Golden Mushroom Soup & Dip Mix • Golden Onion Soup & Dip Mix • Jerky Cajun Seasoning Mix • Jerky Meatloaf Seasoning Mix • Jerky Southern BBQ Seasoning Mix • Mexican Rice Seasoning Mix • Mole Seasoning Mix • Onion Mushroom Soup & Dip Mix • Salsa Seasoning Mix • “Spatini” Spaghetti Sauce Dry Mix • Tamale Seasoning Mix


Taste the Seduction of Homemade Liqueurs

Part 6: Taste the Seduction of Homemade Liqueurs

You can learn to make industry quality liqueur & cordials at home. You won’t believe how easy it is. The Billion dollar liquor industry would rather you not know about liqueur production, for if you knew, sales might just be a little different. Is it legal? You bet. And your friends will love you for the gift of these special liqueurs. It is time to start because these recipe do need to mature for a smooth blend. Try these 5 flavors:

  1. Amaretto Liqueur (Almonds)
  2. Chocolate Liqueur
  3. Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua)
  4. Drambuie Liqueur
  5. Rosolio (Rose Liqueur)

with Free Labels you can download and print.


FREE Printable Labels for DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen

Part 7: FREE Printable Labels for DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen

In Part 7 we have a round-up of all the labels created for the first 6 parts of this series. If you want to make labels of your own hopefully these will be a good foundation for getting those creative juices flowing. This is my creative outlet that I have fun with when the family is sitting down and enjoying the nightly TV watching. Instead of knitting, I create labels!

I have broken each part of the series down into sections, giving examples of the containers I use for my homemade gifts and providing you with some tips to make your creations easier to make. Choose a theme and make baskets or just use these ideas for stocking-stuffers.


8 Flavored International Cafe Instant Coffee Blends

Part 8: 8 Flavored International Café Instant Coffee Blends

Part 8 was in answer to a request by one of my group members. She needed a quick answer for a “coffee bar” basket she wanted to make for a special friend.

Making your own instant flavored coffee mixes is quick and easy and far less expensive than purchasing brand name mixtures. These recipes are all designed with the least amount of sugar/sweetener. Unless the flavor itself depends on the sugar, there is just enough to give these blends a natural creamy taste. Those who drink sugar in their flavored coffees may add more to their mix. You can make these hot or iced—whichever way you choose. Here are 8 recipes for that special barista friend of yours:

  1. Amaretto Mocha (Chocolate-Almond) Instant Coffee Blend
  2. Café Bavarian Mint Instant Coffee Blend
  3. Café Orange Cappuccino Instant Coffee Blend
  4. Café Vanilla Latte Instant Coffee Blend
  5. Caramel Mocha Instant Coffee Blend
  6. Hazelnut Café Instant Coffee Blend
  7. Pumpkin-Spice Latte Instant Coffee Blend
  8. Swiss Mocha Instant Coffee Blend

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5 thoughts on “DIY Gift Giving from the Kitchen 2015 Recap

  1. jamiemarie2003 says:

    I gift a lot of Apple Butter at Christmas time!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us on the Homesteader hop!

  2. wonderful series. Wish I could be your brain for a day. It must be amazing. I am really in aw of you.

    1. Admin says:

      Glad you are finding it useful 🙂

  3. That’s an amazing amount of ideas! Thank you for putting that together. I’m always trying to find new gift suggestions.

    1. Admin says:

      I will be working on this year’s Series next 🙂

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