Monday, December 10, 2012

In the Kitchen for Christmas

This week it's in the kitchen to see what's cookin' from Etsy Cottage Style. All week long you can see what is coming forth from the kitchen's of your friends around blogland. Most of my baking is done, but today I thought it would be fun to revisit a post from 2010 with a quick, fun and easy recipe for gift giving. Hope you enjoy!
Have you been baking for Christmas? Do you make Christmas cookies a tradition in your family for home and gifts? I love to bake for Christmas and I try and make an assortment of cookies and candies for a variety on the cookie tray. However, each year, finding enough time for all this fun, is limited. I will get it all done in good time, but I found a little short cut for a gift idea and I thought I would share it with you today.

I am calling my quick, easy and tasty snack mix, "Merry Mix" often known as Monster Mix in grocery stores and very expensive, plus, loaded with additives to preserve it's shelf life.

So to start with you will need, a box of raisins, jar of unsalted peanuts, almonds, an average size bag of butterscotch morsels, milk chocolate chips and red and green M&M's. You can adjust this depending on what you like. Enjoy cashews, add them in. But remember to try and keep the ingredients compatible and those that go together. I might also say, this can also be made in Spring by using pastel M&M's.

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients and stir to blend.

Next you can fill jars for gift giving or cookie tins. I used glass jars which show the red and green Christmas colors. I found these at the craft shoppes this year for 50% off making these nice jars perfect for this project.

Now as the jars are filled, you can add gift tags and bows around the lids or even an ornament.

Tags made from vintage graphics add a nice touch.

Add some pretty red and gold ribbon tied in a bow.

Finished and ready to give to family and friends, this mix is so yummy and looks festive in a candy dish. I hope you will try it or make your own combination of this idea for Merry Mix. It's fast and easy. Perfect to make when you are busy, but still want a little homemade treat to give. It won't last long either!

Have a wonderful December day and enjoy the Christmas season to the fullest. I'll be back again soon to share more of my holiday decor and visiting you as well.

Blessings Always, Celestina Marie


Anonymous said...

Hi Celestina!
Yummy!!! Love the way you put in the cute little jars, If I don't see you in parties this next week just want to say have a Blessed and Magical Christmas with your wonderful family,

Ingeborg van Zuiden said...

Hi Celestina Marie! How simple a great gift can be, wow! Really nice! Happy cooking!
Blessings and hugs,

Julie Marie said...

Those look so pretty and festive Celeste!... wish I had a jar to eat right this minute!... xoxo Julie Marie

Hayu Maselli said...


this idea absolutely brilliant..i will make it for sure.i this
i love those jars with ribbon and vintage card.
thanks for sharing.

Hayu Maselli said...


this idea absolutely brilliant..i will make it for sure.i this
i love those jars with ribbon and vintage card.
thanks for sharing.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

Love the "Merry mix" and what a great idea to have Christmas colours and look so pretty in the jars.
Always a nice time baking and preparing for the holidays - I made my Christmas mince pies yesterday and always bake Christmas cookies.

Happy week

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Simple, beautiful, and wonderful idea!!

Thank you!

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Sounds like a wonderful mid-afternoon snack! Cute idea with the jars!

deb said...

What a great idea for neighbor and business friends gifts! If it doesn't make it into mine and families mouth!! The end product is so sweet and cute. Thanks for sharing.

NanaDiana said...

What a cute idea. Great little gift to pass along to someone. Thanks for the idea. xo Diana

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

I just love the containers you placed it in! So wonderful!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,
Lovely gift idea! At least for all those that can take sugar... Your organdy ribbons are so pretty tied around them. You certainly do have a knack for creating nice things with your 'golden' hands.
Hugs to you,

Eggs In My Pocket said...

This is so hard to stop eating once you have tried just a taste! Such pretty containers!

Chenille Cottage said...

Hello my sweet friend!
What an early bird you are with so many Christmas goodies already made. I am only getting started tomorrow. Lots of fudge this year with the new recipe my oldest sister, Patti, gave me. It's guaranteed to be a treat...She is a retired Home Economics teacher.

I love the colorful mix of snacks you are giving to your friends. They will be delighted!

Thank you, always, for your thoughtful comments and kind visits to my blog. I appreciate you so much!
Blessings and Merry Merry Christmas!
Carolynn xoxo

Linda M. said...

Celestina, Thanks for sharing this really sweet ((smiling)) gift giving idea. Joyous Wishes, Linda

1CardCreator said...

Your Merry Mix is a wonderful idea and you decorated the jars in such a beautiful and festive way! Wish I was as organized as you are, I have not started my baking yet, I have a very long to do list this year! Take care my friend. ~Diane

BrushedByAnAngel said...

Celeste, this is a wonderful idea and so "sweet" of you to share. My grandchildren would love this idea!

1CardCreator said...

Just stopped back to see those lovely gift tags, great idea, they look so elegant!

Tina said...

great idea

Restoration House Interiors said...

what a sweet blog you have here...thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your kind words! Hope you come back by tomorrow to share your Christmas tree d├ęcor for our Home for the Holidays linky party!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

MMMmmm... that makes such a great little gift and your presentation is fabulous!

Merry Christmas dear friend, Sherry & Marie

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..