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Homemade gifts from the kitchen

Brenda Hyde is a writer, editor and founder of Old Fashioned Living, an online magazine that encourages families to keep the traditions, memories and keepsakes that have been passed down from generations past. She has a degree in Journal...

Christmas gifts for foodies

Make a Christmas gift basket with holiday treats from your kitchen. Here are three recipes for fun food and drink mixes to give this Christmas.

Spicy Mulled Cider

Spicy Mulled Cider Mix

Makes about 2 cups mix

Ingredients:
3/4 cup crushed cinnamon sticks
3/4 cup chopped dried orange rind
1/3 cup whole allspice
1/4 cup whole cloves

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a jar.

Spicy Mulled Cider

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
4 cups apple juice, apple cider, or half apple juice and half cranberry juice
2 tablespoons Spicy Mulled Cider Mix

Directions:
1. In saucepan, combine juice and cider mix.

2. Cover and bring to a simmer. Gently simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Strain into mugs.

wrap it up

Place a few of these gems in a wicker basket, Christmas tin or other fun and seasonal container. Fill in the spaces with wrapped chocolates, holiday napkins or a bottle of wine, and you'll have beautiful and sure-to-be-appreciated holiday gift baskets with that extra personal touch.

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