Food Gifts #1~ Mema’s Pepper Jelly

Hot Pepper Jelly has long been a staple at holiday celebrations at my Mema’s house for as long as I can remember. What is so funny to me is I don’t even really care for peppers! But this luminescent green jelly poured over cream cheese and served with butter crackers is just yummy! This is a great stand-by if you have unexpected guest. There are a few things you may want to consider before making this:

1. It is EASY!!
2. Your family & possibly the neighbors may think you are whipping up Mustard Gas as the smell of boiling vinegar will knock you out!
3. It makes quit A LOT! I made mine in 4 oz mason jars and filled almost a dozen.
4. You can totally control the heat by the amount of jalapeno or hot pepper you use. If you and your people love heat, add more, if you are like me and don’t like to much use less! 

Mema’a Pepper Jelly

3/4 c green peppers, pureed in food processor 3-5 peppers
1/4 c hot pepper, pureed (jalapenos, from the garden) 
2 c cider vinegar
5 c sugar
6 oz liquid fruit pectin

Blitz peppers in food processor. Add all ingredients except pectin,bring to a rolling boil, remove from heat and let stand 5 mins, all the “gunk” will rise to top, skim off and discard. Add pectin, mix well and add to hot jars. Delish!!

Powerocks ROCK!!

Have you seen this? POWEROCKS Well. let me tell you THIS is going to be the gift I give all my girls this Christmas!! It’s the size of your lipstick and can give your phone a full charge! How handy would this be since I left my charger in the hotel room this weekend! UGH… not that I am the most important person,but it is my primary mode of communication! Yikes! This little gem couldn’t get here soon enough! Check them out Powerocks really do rock!!!

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these are a few of my favorite things!

I am going to a Favorite Things Christmas Party on Thursday and it has got me thinking about MY FAVORITES so here are a few!
Stocking stuffer edition!

Under $5

Lemon flavored Ice Cubes, seriously yum-o and I don’t even like gum!
EOS lip balm (and hottie Ed Westwick loves it too!)

                          

coke zero best drink ever!
under $10
Tyler Candle Company
diva & fig scent are my favs! Buy the small one it will make your whole house smell amazing!!
Favorite Cleaning product ever!
Mrs. Myers in lavender & lemon verbena


Trader Joe’s Salted Caramels
Here is the loot from the Fav Things Christmas Party
fav things
Bath & Body Works was a big hitter at the party! Room spray, antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer.
Almay eye make-up remover wipes (non oily!) these have been on my walmart shopping list for years and I was out! yea!!
Handmade Christmas coasters were ADORBS!! So cute, that I had to make some over the weekend.
an airplane bottle of some interesting spirits came from a much younger attendee, I am more the wine, diet coke kind of Mama now, but a shot? Why not?
xoxo, Mama Bird 

Food Gifts #2~ Homemade Hot Chocolate

Can you say yummy?

I had no idea that something could taste SO much better! No wonder I was never really a fan of the instant stuff in a packet. This is so easy and inexpensive! I bought all the ingredients for apx $12 and made a HUGE batch. apx 20 ~1/2 c servings. I looked at lots of recipes and kinda blended them all together and came up with this. Feel free to change it up to your taste.

1 box (9.6 oz) instant nonfat dry milk
1 box (8 0z) cocoa (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
1(15 oz) Non-dairy creamer (I used French Vanilla)
3 cups sugar
6 dashes of cayenne pepper
This filled 2 quart storage bags.
Mix 3 Tb with 1 cup of hot milk. Freaking Delish!!

Food Gifts #3~ Spicy Maple Walnuts

This is a yummy little munchie! Easy and you can make it ahead!!

1/4 c sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp each: cayenne pepper, black pepper, ginger & cinnamon
3 Tb maple syrup
2 c walnuts
Mix sugar & spices in a small bowl. Put syrup in a large bowl. Toast walnuts in a dry skillet over med/high heat apx 5 mins. Immediately add to syrup, toss to coat well. Add spices and toss again. Spread in a single layer on lined cookie sheet allow to cool.

1st Christmas Gift

Today, I received the 1st Christmas gift that I ordered for Little j. I LOVE IT!!! I just love ETSY and I am so excited to have found Finley and Oliver. Hubs is a Hunting Freak and I try to get LJ something in honor of his Dad’s favorite past-time. FINALLY, I found this adorable t-shirt that is so chic. I REALLY love the pink bird that she does and I may have to order it for my neice!

And the WINNER is….

I had 22 entries in my 1st ever Giveaway. Next time, I hope for 50. Baby steps right. I am so enjoying doing this blog. I love to think that I will become rich and famous by doing so. Anyhoo, thanks to those of you that have been checking out my recipes. I hope you and yours enjoy!!

Now for the BIG news. Today’s winner of the 1st Pres Centennial Cookbook is…..

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
1
Timestamp: 2009-11-09 14:51:37 UTC

NO WAY!!! I just read something about how #1 never wins the “random” pick!! Well, it does!!

LEE the HOT FLASH QUEEN IS THE WINNER!! Check her out!Thanks Lee, I hope you and your family enoy!!

COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!!

Mama Bird has made it to print!! Yes girls, you read it correctly Mama Bird has been published!!! I submitted a few recipes to our church Centennial Cookbook and they made the cut!!!
Are you thinking what I am thinking??
I am thinking in honor of my yummy dishes being in print that this is a perfect opportunity for a my 1st ever COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!
The cookbook is a hard bound beautiful book. A local artist designed the cover. It is full of great recipes shared by many generations of women. It would make a great Christmas gift!!
I know what I will be giving!

TO ENTER: YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT TO THIS POST telling me what’s your FAVORITE cookbook and click FOLLOW where it says “MY PEEPS”

BONUS ENTRIES:
#1: Follow me on Facebook~ there is a handy link on the right
#2: Follow me on Twitter~ again a handy link on the left
That is a possible of 3 chances to win with 3 little clicks!! Isn’t this fun!!!
If we hit the hot 100 I will GIVEAWAY 2 Cookbooks!!!
So please spread the word! Share with your friends. Thanks and happy cooking!!!

*Winner will be determined by Random.org and will be announced in Monday’s post and will have 3 days to respond. Contest will end at 11:59pm on Sunday night.