DIY Food Gifts Part 1

October 6, 2017


It's October! Time to start getting ready for those holiday gifts!


I can't believe it's already October. 


The one tradition I love not only my family but my S.O.'s family's as well... homemade Christmas gifts. I love it because it is automatically usable and made from the heart. It is such a unique gift exchange because of the person who made the gift. My cousin works with metal, so last year I received a metal Broncos sign, he painted it and everything, it is even welded for different layers. Another cousin is such an incredible artist, each year I look forward to something that she has created. I also started sending her things on Pinterest hoping she will recreate them... hint hint.


My theme seems to always be around food. One year I did homemade pasta. I will share the pasta recipe in part two as we get closer to the holidays. A couple years ago I created these seasoning jars that could be made with pretty much anything! They work great as dips, dressings, and rubs. The first one, All the Herbs, I absolutely love on roasted potatoes, actually pretty much any roasted veggie. So delicious! One of my cousins was hoping that I would do it again... I think this year is the year! So I am sure I will make her and her fiance very happy. She hid the last bit of it from him last time, apparently he was using it like there was an endless supply. 

All the Herbs

  • 3 Tbsp Dried Parsley

  • 3 Tbsp Dried Basil

  • 3 Tbsp Oregano

  • 2 Tbsp Onion Powder

  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder

  • 1 Tbsp Celery Seed

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1 tsp Ground Pepper


  • Combine all in a small bowl

  • Divide evenly into small jars 

    • I used 4oz Quilted Ball Jars


Garlic, Onion, & Chive Oh My!

  • 6 Tbsp Dried Chives

  • 5 Tbsp Dried Garlic- Chopped Garlic

  • 5 Tbsp Dried Chopped Onion

  • 3 Tbsp Dried Dill

  • 1 Tsp Salt

  • 1 Tsp Ground Pepper


  • Combine all in a small bowl

  • Divide evenly into small jars 

    • I used 4oz Quilted Ball Jars

I used the labels that came with the Bell Jars label for each of the jarred spice combinations. I also included recipe cards with the basket that gave examples on how to use the seasonings. The recipe cards I got from an office supply store, I believe it was the A1 card stock that came perforated with four on a sheet. I set up my printer to print on the cards and then bundled a few together to put in an envelope.


Directions for the dried herbs:

  • Can be used as a dip with pita chips!

    • Combine 2 Tbsp of seasoning mixture with 8 oz of Sour Cream

  • Can be used to season Chicken or Pork

  • Toss with olive oil and veggies before roasting for extra flavor!

  • All the Herbs Seasoning tastes great as a dressing with Oil and Vinegar!

I paired these dry mixes with my homemade pasta and sauces creating an Italian themed basket. It was such a fun year to make all baskets. I made so much pasta in such a tiny apartment, it was hanging up to dry in every corner of my apartment. I am so happy I am in a larger home... I guess that means I can make even more this year!


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