Package mixes in decorative containers that can be used to prepare or serve the item, with a pretty tag. BE SURE AND INCLUDE RECIPES FOR PREPARATION! Some examples:
MAKE-A-MEAL! Fill a picnic basket or pretty collander with Spaghetti Seasoning Mix, Hot Roll Mix, Creamy Parmesan Dressing Mix, and Basic Cookie Mix.
GINGERBREAD JOY - A pretty basket or mixing bowl with Gingerbread Mix, containers of decorations (yogurt-coated raisins, sugar coated candies, etc), and a few already-made gingerbread boys if you have time. Tie gingerbread boy and girl cookie cutters on with the bow.
COCOA TIME - Hot Cocoa Mix in a large mug or set of mugs. Put the mix in a plastic bag inside the mug(s) and tie the bag(s) shut with pretty ribbon. One of these makes a nice small gift for co-workers, teachers, etc.
COOKIES!!!! Fill a cookie jar with Basic Cookie Mix ~- include as many recipes as you can come up with and some pretty cookie cutters.
BROWNIES! Arrange brownies on a cutting board with a container of brownie mix. Cover all with plastic wrap and top with a big bow.
CORNBREAD TIME: A bag of Cornmeal Mix with a crock of honey butter, perhaps packaged with a corn stick pan. Honey Butter: 1 cup butter, softened, plus 2 tb Eggbeaters, 1¼ cups honey -- beat with an electric mixer 10 minutes. Should be refrigerated. Do not use a raw egg yolk in in this as specified in the original recipe, for the sake of food safety; Eggbeaters have been pasteurized. Tiny cornsticks with salsa are one of the latest things to serve as an appetizer; you could package the mix with a mini-cornstick pan (Williams Sonoma and elsewhere) and a jar of salsa.
PANCAKE HEAVEN: Pancake Mix plus jars of fancy fruit-flavored syrups, on a griddle.
CAMPER'S/HIKER'S SPECIAL: Homemade granola in a mess kit or other useful outdoor container.
ITALIAN NIGHT SPECIAL: A tall jar or wide-mouth bottle filled with spaghetti, plus Spaghetti Sauce Seasoning Mix, Creamy Parmesan Salad Dressing Mix, some biscotti and a bottle of Chianti.
TACO FEED: A package or two of taco shells plus packages of Taco Seasoning Mix
SEASONINGS GALORE: A spice rack or basket filled with small bottles of homemade seasoning mixes. To make a wall hanging, put seasoning mixes in foil packets or tiny zip-loc bags (available at bead shops), and wrap each one in a circle of calico print fabric (cut with pinking shears). Tie each packet with yarn and attach to a strip of braided yarn and hang from a wooden ring.
"SALAD DAYS" -- A pretty salad dressing cruet with several packages of salad dresing mixes.
And so on....it's easy to come up with more ideas if you look through your mix recipes and think of items with go with them, either when they're cooked or served or consumed.
Enjoy, and don't forget to make one for me!! Inspired by _Make-A-Mix Cookery_ by Eliason, Harward and Westover, 1978, adapted by Linda Shogren (TEECH@...)
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