If you’re looking for a lightening fast and cost efficient homemade holiday gift, I have just the thing for you!
I love to make homemade food gifts for friends and family around the holidays. It’s fun to give them and all, but mainly, I love having a reason to buy more glass jars. SEE ERIC, I ACTUALLY NEEDED THESE JARS. And cute tags…oh my goodness, the cute tags. I die.
I almost didn’t get a chance to make any homemade gifts this year because the past two weeks have been consumed with the cookbook photoshoot (behind the scenes one, two, three). So, we just started our Christmas shopping/gift planning on Saturday which was fun. Our tree is still not up yet, but it is what it is. We’re squeaking in at the last minute this year, and I’m just going to have to make peace with the fact that the holiday season is never “perfect”. Isn’t it so much better when you just accept that?
My motivation was running a bit low after the excitement of last week, but sometimes inspiration strikes when I least expect it. I got a text from my sister Kerrie on Friday night. She wrote:
“Mixing up your 10-spice mix and putting them in jars with your recipe attached! I’m giving some out for Christmas! How’s that for an idea?”
Then she attached a photo. Immediately, I knew I had to do this.
Then a short while later, I received another text from Kerrie:
“Do NOT touch your face when using the CAYENNE pepper!!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!”
I just about died laughing.
A short while later, another text:
“A frozen face cloth helps.”
She kills me, she really does.
So, a big thanks to Kerrie for this post’s inspiration (and hilarious personality). I love you.
Also, thanks to Eric for being my crafting partner in crime yesterday (he was the one who insisted we do this idea!) and for being the best hand model eva. If you are following me on snapchat, you saw the entire process (as well as the Crispy Almond Butter Cookies from my cookbook)! We had a blast.
The fine print: Do not attempt to use a mixing bowl this small. I only used it for the photo and then promptly transferred the spices into the biggest, baddest bowl I own (a bamboo Caesar salad bowl that could feed 25 people – 3 pics down).
This 10-Spice mix takes just a few minutes to throw together, and it can be used in a variety of dishes, such as soups, stews, pastas, potatoes, salad dressings, and more! I love using it in my 10-Spice Vegetable Soup with Cashew Cream (also see: page 137, The Oh She Glows Cookbook) which is one of my most loved soups of all-time (and a reader favourite, too!) These spice jars make a quick and easy holiday gift that won't set you back much money. Just pair the spice mix with the soup recipe or, if they don't have it, The Oh She Glows Cookbook with the page bookmarked.
- 2 cups smoked paprika
- 1 cup garlic powder
- 1 cup dried oregano
- 1 cup onion powder
- 1 cup dried basil
- 2/3 cup dried thyme
- 1/2 cup ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup white pepper (optional)
- 1/2 cup fine sea salt
- 1/3 cup cayenne pepper
- Gather 8-9 (3/4 cup/175 ml capacity) glass jars.
- Add all of the spices into an extra-large bowl (I used a huge Caesar salad bowl) for easier mixing.
- Whisk together all of the spices until thoroughly combined. It takes a while to mix it all together, but keep going until you don’t see any clumps or patches of spice.
- Divide the spice mix between small jars using a funnel.
- Secure lid, tag, and ribbon on each jar.
- Print off the 10-Spice Vegetable Soup recipe and give the recipe (or The Oh She Glows Cookbook) with the jar for a fun gift! Shake the jar before each use.
1) To make the soup: If the gift recipient doesn’t have a high powered blender such as a Vitamix (which can get the cashew cream in the soup very smooth), I recommend making a note for them that they can substitute 3/4 cup of cashews for 1/2 cup of raw cashew butter. It’ll blend much easier.
2) I bought my spices in bulk at a bulk food store called Bulk Barn. I also found the jars there too. You can also find small jars for a good price at the Dollarstore.
p.s. – I have a couple exciting tidbits to share today!
– Pinterest selected The Oh She Glows Cookbook for their Pinterest 100 list which features the top trends and predictions for 2016! So cool and exciting. Thank you, Pinterest! Check out the top 100 trend predictions for 2016 here.
– The Oh She Glows Cookbook was selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the Top Cookbook Stories of 2015! You can read the article here.
– I’m hosting a big giveaway on Instagram this week! Up for grabs is a signed copy of my book and a $200 Amazon gift card! See the deets here.
p. p. s. – My jars are from Bulk Barn and they hold 3/4 cup of spice mix. The funnel is from Lee Valley (had it for years and so in love). Tags and ribbon are from Michael’s craft store.
Last but not least, I’d like to wish you all a very happy holiday! Merry Christmas to those of you celebrating later this week. I hope you can enjoy some downtime spent with loved ones, and lots of delicious food! We have a lot of exciting things in the works for 2016 and I can’t wait to share them with you. Thank YOU, as always, for your incredible support and encouragement this year. xo