Gardening

Gift Giving: Easy hand crafted gift projects from your gardens and more

There’s an art to gift-giving.  Some folks enjoy creating handcrafted original gifts designed specifically for each friend and family member.  The thrill on the recipient’s face, the gleam of joy in their eyes is worth all the time it took to prepare.

Here are some easy handcrafted gift projects that you can create from your gardens.

Sunflower Wreaths:  Use Mammoth or Giant Grey Stripe sunflower heads for best results.  Here’s how:  Take sunflower head and cut a hole out of the center- where the stem would have been- about 4″ in diameter; Use a piece of raffia or twine, loop through center hole, tie in a bow so it can be hung. These will make great gifts for your bird loving friends.

Bird Suet Feeders: Ingredients: 1 part Peanut Butter, 2 parts bird seed, 5 parts cornmeal, 2 parts melted lard. Here’s how:  Melt lard on low heat; add peanut butter, stir till melted in;  remove from heat and immediately add remaining ingredients, stir with wooden spoon till evenly mixed.  Line cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners; press mixture into liners; Using a  small screw driver, carefully press through center making a hole so a thin wire can be put through as a hanger. Place in refrigerator until firm. Transfer to plastic bags and  store in freezer.  When you’re ready to give as gifts, place in cellophane baggies and tie with ribbons.

Produce

Food gifts: Many people enjoy making jams, jellies, relishes and salsas, why not give a few as a gift. Here’s a couple easy and yummy recipes to get you started.
These recipes were taken from Taproot Magazine, Issue 3:: Retreat http://www.taprootmag.com

Lavender Infused Honey: 5-6 cups fresh or dried lavender flowers, chopped; 48 oz. honey; 1 drop lavender essential oil (optional)

Lavender

Place the flowers in a soup pot. Put the honey over them, packing with a long handled wooden spoon to ensure that all the flowers are covered Allow the mixture to sit overnight, or even up to 3 nights, covered with a lid. Place the pot on very low heat. When the honey turns to a liquid (just a few minutes), immediately strain into jars. Press the herbs to release every bit of the honey, and compost the herbs.  Add the essential oil, if using, and stir. Cap the jars and store them in a cabinet.

Peppermint Ginger Pancake Syrup: 1/2 cup fresh peppermint leaves, chopped 1/2 cup fresh ginger, chopped skin is fine, 3 cups water, 1/2 cup honey.

mint tea

In a large saucepan, combine the peppermint, ginger and water. Bring to boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the volume has decreased to approximately 1 cup. This creates a strong, fragrant scent.  Strain the liquid and return it to the pot. Add the sweetener, and heat gently until completely blended. Store the syrup in a 1 pint jar in the refrigerator.

 

Then for the final touch, a homemade card. This one was created by Scrapbooking 24/7.  To see more wonderful ideas, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Scrapbooking247?ref=stream

 

This cute handmade card was created by Scrapbooking 24/7

This cute handmade card was created by Scrapbooking 24/7

No matter what you choose to do, do it with all your heart!

Happy Day,
Jean