"Mixed up" Christmas gifts

"Mixed Up" Christmas Gifts

Gift giving can take a bite out of the family budget.  I enjoy making homemade mixes.  They are one food gift that can be enjoyed whenever the recipient is ready.  Homemade mixes are a fun way to share your talents with others and a great budget stretcher.  Be sure to include a recipe card with the mix.  Enjoy these for gift mixes!

Miss Mary's Homemade Hot Chocolate

This recipe was shared with me over 30 years ago and it continues to be one of my favorites… So simple and easy to make.

  • 2 c. powdered milk
  • 1/3 c. non dairy coffee creamer
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder
  • 1 c. powdered sugar or equivalent sweetness of artificial sweetener
  • Dash of salt

Mix together.  Store in container.

To use:  Place 4 Tbsp. in a mug.  Add hot water.  Stir.  Top with marshmallows if desired.

Chicken Flavored Rice Mix
  • 4 c. uncooked long grain rice
  • 4 Tbsp. instant chicken boullion
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • ¼ tsp. white pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Stir until evenly distributed.  Put about 1 1/3 c. mixture into three one pint airtight containers.  Label.  Store in a cool, dry place.  Use within 6-8 months.  Makes about 4 cups of Chicken Flavored Rice Mix.

To cook:  Combine 1 1/3 c. Chicken Flavored Rice Mix, 2 c. cold water and 1 Tbsp. margarine in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Cover and reduce heat.  Cook 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed.

Nine Bean Soup Mix

1 lb. each barley pearls, dried black beans, dried red beans, dried pinto beans, dried navy beans, dried Great Northern beans, dried lentils, dried lentils, dried split peas and dried black-eyed peas.

Nine Bean Soup Recipe 

  • 2 c. nine bean soup mix
  • 2 qt. water
  • 1 lb. ham, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ - ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 – 16 oz. can tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1 – 10 oz. can tomatoes and green chilies, undrained

Place bean mix in Dutch oven.  Cover with water 2 inches above beans; soak overnight in refrigerator.  Drain beans.  Add next five ingredients.  Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 1 ½ hours or until beans are tender.  Add remaining ingredients; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Yields:  8 cups.

For more information, contact: 

Nancy A. Freeman, County Director
Harrison County Extension Service
(228) 865-4227