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Fall 2012

Holiday Ideas

by Gina Rand

These are some of my favorite things to make as gifts for my family and friends at Christmas.

I made the Chai Tea mix and gave it last Christmas and everyone wanted the recipe. I decided it was a hit and I would share the recipe. It's a great drink to have when your friends come over, they will think you went to alot of trouble. You can drink it this winter when you're cold, curl up on the couch with a cup of hot Chai Tea and it will make everything better!

The Holiday Potpourri is also an easy and fun gift to give. It makes your whole house smell wonderful!

When I have it on the stove simmering everyone wants to know what's cooking! You can put it in any kind of container you want, even a zip lock bag to give away. Make it your own!

This Chocolate Pie recipe has always been a family favorite! My mom made this pie all the time while we were growing up and now it is a favorite of my own family. We have it at every family get together! All this pie needs is to be served with fresh Whipped Cream on top!

Chai Tea Mix

2 cups sugar
2 cups unsweetened instant tea
1 1/2 c powdered french vanilla non dairy creamer
1 1/4 c powdered non dairy creamer
1 1/4 c packed brown sugar
3/4 c nonfat dry milk powder
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground all spice
1/4 tsp. white pepper

In large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. In a blender, cover and process tea mixture in batches until powdery. Store in an airtight container.

To prepare one serving mix 1/4 c. of mix to 1 cup of hot milk and stir until combined.


Holiday Potpourri

4 slices unpeeled orange
3 slices unpeeled lemon
4 sticks of cinnamon
4 Bay Leaves
6 Whole Cloves
1 Whole Nutmeg
6 cups water

Simmer all day! Enjoy!


Cocoa Cream Pie

Baked shell or crumb crust
1/3-1/2 c cocoa
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
3 c. milk
3 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. vanilla
Sweetened whipped cream

Combine cocoa, sugar, salt and cornstarch in medium saucepan (large skillet). Gradually blend milk into dry ingredients, stirring until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it boils. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, blend in butter and vanilla and pour into crust. Press plastic wrap directly onto pie filling. Chill 3-4 hours, garnish with whipped cream. Makes a 10 inch pie.


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