These easy homemade Christmas recipes include a homemade vanilla recipe and some homemade gifts that will be sure to bring joy to your family and friends!
Homemade Christmas Gift Recipes – Make it Meaningful and Personal!
Heating Pad or Foot Warmer
This is great to warm cold feet when going to bed or to sooth tight neck muscles.
1/2 yard cotton flannel
4 cups uncooked white rice
1 Tbsp. whole cloves
Cut the flannel into a 14″x18″ rectangle. Fold with right sides together, so the rectangle measures 7″x18″. Sew around edges, leaving an opening for turning. Fill with rice and cloves. Hand sew the opening shut. For gift-giving, include instructions: To use as a heating pad, microwave for 1-2 minutes on High.
Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe
2 vanilla beans cut lengthwise (but not in half)
3/4 cup vodka
Combine the ingredients in a 1 cup jar, set aside and let steep at least 3-4 weeks — the longer the better. As the vanilla is used, you can add more vodka. You can get 4-5 large bottles of vanilla out of 2 beans.
- Check Amazon.com for inexpensive vanilla beans.
- I found this great how to make your own vanilla recipe with some really cute bottles to bottle it.
3 three inch cinnamon sticks
6 bay leaves
1/2 cup whole cloves
Combine all ingredients in a clear bag or jar.
Attach the following instructions to the jar:
Cut lemon and orange into slices or quarters. Combine fruit, spices, and 2 quarts of water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer. Add more water as needed. Cover any left over mixture, refrigerate and reuse. Makes 8 cups.
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