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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thrifty Tips for December 20, 2012


Today I have some foodie related crafty gifts to share.

Cookie Jar Recipe - Cherry Hooty Creeks

I got this recipe from, but I changed it from cranberry to cherries, because that is what I had on hand.  Cranberries add a nice red color to the cookie recipe.  In addition to some pics, check out this link for the recipe and instructions to be printed out with the gift.

What you need:  1 quart sized jar, measuring cups and funnel (makes it easier to direct the ingredients as you pour them into the jar)

INGREDIENTS (layer the ingredients in this order)
-5/8 cup flour
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1/2 cup of flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/3 cup packed brown sugar
-1/3 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup dried cherries
-1/2 cup white chocolate chips
-1/2 cup chopped pecans
Using a funnel can really help get all the ingredients to layer nicely.  You can use the spout kind of like a hose.

It gets really pretty quickly.  I  used the funnel for all the powders and the white sugar.  I spooned out the brown sugar.
The cherries make a good substitute for cranberries.
The recipe calls for chopped pecans. I just broke them up by hand.
Easy as can be.  Of course you can doll it up more, but really it is just a great treat.
Spices & Rubs

Another great gift is a gift of spices and rubs.  You can make batches as large or small as you would like.  Here are the recipes that I used but modified as the recipes were for large batches.  This link takes you to the originals.  I picked up two from  Real Simple.

Some of the spices I had on hand already.  The rest were extremely inexpensive and left me with extras.  Now I just need a few more jars for the spares.


BBQ Rub-
-6 tablespoons of light brown sugar
-7 tablespoons of paprika
-5 tablespoons of oregano
-3 teaspooons of instant coffee (I don't buy instant coffee, but I save my free samples for recipes)
-2 teaspoons of kosher salt
-1 teaspoon of garlic
-1 teaspoon of black pepper

Combine in container, stir with knife and seal.

Mediterranean Herb Rub
-8 tablespoons of oregano
-3 tablespoons of dried thyme
-1 tablespoon dried sage
-1 tablespoon fennel seeds
-1 tablespoon kosher salt
-1 tablespoon black pepper

Combine in container, stir with knife and seal.

Cajun Blackening Spices (Recipe from

- 2 tablespoons paprika 
- 1 tablespoon ground dried oregano 
- 1 tablespoon ground dried thyme 
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 
- 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper 
- 1 teaspoon finely ground white pepper 
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine in container, stir with knife and seal.

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USDA Choice Holiday New York Strip  Roast Bone-in, Beef Loin, Hand Trimmed Oven Ready (limit 1) $3.77 lb
Cook's Spiral Sliced Ham Bone-In, Fully Cooked (limit 1) $1.27 lb
Blueberries or Blackberries 4.4 to 6 oz 2/$3
Kroger Butter Select Varieties 16 oz $1.99
California Holiday Box Navels 13 lb Box $4.99
Philadelphia Cream Cheese Select Varieties Select Varieties 8 oz Bar10 for $10
Lay's Potato Chi9ps Select Varieties 10-10.5 oz $1.87 (limit 4)
Russet Potatoes 10 lb bag $1.99
Asian Pears 88 centws 
Golden or Red Yams or Sweet Potatoes 89 cents lb
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast or Boneless Pork Sirloin Chops $1.77 lb
Extra Large Raw Shrimp 26-30 ct or Cooked Shrimp 51-60 ct Previously Frozen $4.99 lb
Prok Loin Roast Boneless Sold in Bag $1.99 lb
Simply Potatoes Hashbrowns 20 oz 2/$3
Green Giant Cut Green Beans 12 oz 2/$5
Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals or Essential Everyday Apple Juice 64 oz $1.49
Libby's Vegetables 14.5 to 15.25 oz canned Select Varieties 2/$1
Campbell's Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken Soup 10.75 oz 88 cents
Fresh Celery 89 cents each
Broccoli Crowns or Cauliflower 99 cents lb

Safeway Smoked Whole or Shank Half Ham Bone-In or Rump Half Ham (limit 1) 99 cents lb
Clementines 5 lb bag $3.99 
Farmer John Breakfast Sausage Links 8 oz Selected varieties 10 for $10
Progresso Rich & Hearty Soup 3/$4 18.5 to 19 oz Select Varieties
Nabisco Snack Crackers or Toasted Chips 5.5 to 10 oz Snack Crackers or 8.1 oz Toasted Chips Select Varieties $1.88
Lucerne Egg Nog 64 oz Selected Varieties $2.99
Bar S Jumbo Meat Franks 16 oz Select Varieties 4/$5
Jennie-O Turkey STore Extra Lean Turkey Bacon 12 oz 2/$5
Safeway Kitchens Brown n' Serve Rolls 12 oz Selected Varieties 2/$3
Carnation Evaporated Milk 12 oz 2/$3

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