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Holiday Newsletter 2006

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DIPS IN BAGS RECIPES

 Fill a gift basket with dip mixes, crackers, chips or pretzels and a movie, cards or a board game.

Place dip mixes in a large cup, festive bowl, or small crock. attach the instructions, slip into a gift bag and then you have a great useable gift for under a couple of bucks.

For a different gift, put 3 or 4 dip mixes in a decorated bowl, handmade pottery, or a crystal dish. If desired, add small bags of chips, crackers, or veggies.



1. Chive & Garlic Dip Mix

4 tsp. dried chives
2 tsp. minced onion
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. celery seed
Pinch pepper

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

CHIVE & GARLIC DIP

1 pkg. Chive & Garlic Dip Mix
3 cups sour cream

Combine the Chive & Garlic Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
Serve with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.




2. HERB VEGGIE DIP MIX

1 T. dried parsley
1 T. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried tarragon
1 tsp. minced onion
tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

HERB VEGGIE DIP

1 pkg. Herb Veggie Dip Mix
2 cups sour cream
2 tsp. lemon juice

Combine the Herb Veggie Dip Mix with the sour cream and lemon juice. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve with assorted fresh vegetables.



3. DILL DIP MIX

2 tsp. dried dill weed
2 tsp. minced onion
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasoning

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

DILL DIP:

1 pkg. Dill Dip Mix
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 cup sour cream or low-fat yogurt

Combine the Dill Dip Mix with the mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve
with assorted fresh vegetables or as a topping for baked potatoes.




4. RANCH DIP MIX

T. dried parsley
1 tsp. salt
tsp. dried chives
tsp. dried oregano
tsp. dried tarragon
tsp. garlic powder
tsp. lemon pepper

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

RANCH DIP:

1 pkg. Ranch Dip Mix
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 cup sour cream

Combine the Ranch Dip Mix with the mayonnaise and the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Serve with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.




5. PARMESAN HERB DIP MIX


2 T. parmesan cheese
1 T. dried parsley
1 tsp. minced onion
1 tsp. sugar
tsp. dried oregano
tsp. dried basil
tsp. dried thyme
tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. pepper

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

PARMESAN HERB DIP:

1 pkg. Parmesan Herb Dip Mix
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 cup sour cream

Combine the Parmesan Herb Dip Mix with the mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate. Dip is better if made 8 hours
before serving. Serve with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.




6. ONIONY PARTY DIP MIX


4 tsp. beef bouillon granules
2 T. minced onion
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried chives
1 tsp. dried parsley
tsp. powdered onion

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

ONIONY PARTY DIP:

1 pkg. Oniony Party Dip Mix
2 cups sour cream

Combine the Oniony Party Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve
with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.




7. FRUIT DIP MIX


1/3 cup brown sugar
1 T. chopped crystallized ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon

Process the above ingredients until ginger is finely chopped and mixture is well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions on how to prepare the dip.

FRUIT DIP:

1 pkg. Fruit Dip Mix
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. Cream cheese, softened

Combine the Fruit Dip Mix with the softened cream cheese. Beat until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to blend. Serve
with fresh fruit cut into bite-size pieces.




8. ITALIAN DIP MIX

4 T. parmesan cheese
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. celery seeds
2 tsp. sesame seeds

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

ITALIAN DIP:

1 pkg. Italian Dip Mix
2 cups sour cream

Combine the Italian Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with chips,
crackers, or fresh vegetables.



9. MEXICAN FIESTA DIP MIX

1 T. chili powder
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. sugar
tsp. PLUS 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
tsp. PLUS 1/8 tsp. onion powder
tsp. PLUS 1/8 tsp. dried cilantro
1/8 heaping tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 heaping tsp. pepper
1/8 heaping tsp. salt

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

MEXICAN FIESTA DIP:

1 pkg. Mexican Fiesta Dip Mix
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 cup sour cream

Combine the Mexican Fiesta Dip Mix with the mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate. Dip is better if made 8 hours
before serving. Serve with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.



10. SESAME CHEESE DIP MIX

2 T. parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
4 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp. celery seed
tsp. garlic powder

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

 To toast sesame seeds, microwave for 30 seconds.

SESAME CHEESE DIP:

1 pkg. Sesame Cheese Dip Mix
2 cups sour cream

Combine the Sesame Cheese Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve
with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.



11. BACON DIP MIX

4 T. bacon bits
2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
2 T. minced onion
tsp. minced garlic

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions on how to prepare the dip.

BACON DIP:

1 pkg. Bacon Dip Mix
2 cups sour cream

Combine the Bacon Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with chips,
crackers, or fresh vegetables.




12. ONION CHEESE DIP MIX

2 T. minced onion
1 tsp. beef bouillon granules
2 T. parmesan cheese
tsp. garlic salt

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

ONION CHEESE DIP:

1 pkg. Onion Cheese Dip Mix
2 cups sour cream

Combine the Onion Cheese Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve
with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.




13. GARLIC ONION DIP MIX

1 T. garlic powder
1 T. onion powder
1 T. dried parsley
tsp. salt-free seasoning blend
1/8 tsp. salt

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

GARLIC ONION DIP:

1 pkg. Garlic Onion Dip Mix
2 cups sour cream

Combine the Garlic Onion Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Dip is better if made 8 hours before serving. Serve with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.




14. CREAMY CURRY DIP MIX

1 T. dried parsley
2 tsp. minced onion
2 tsp. dried chives
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
tsp. PLUS 1/8 tsp. celery salt
tsp. PLUS 1/8 tsp. celery seed
tsp. PLUS 1/8 tsp. curry
1/8 tsp. turmeric
1/8 tsp. cumin
tsp. salt

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

CREAMY CURRY DIP:

1 pkg. Creamy Curry Dip Mix
2 cups sour cream

Combine the Creamy Curry Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.




15. CHILI CHEESE & BACON DIP MIX

1 T. PLUS tsp. minced onion
2 tsp. bacon bits
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. cheddar cheese powder
1 tsp. chili powder
tsp. cumin
tsp. cayenne pepper
tsp. salt

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

CHILI CHEESE & BACON DIP:

1 pkg. Chili Cheese & Bacon Dip Mix
2 cups sour cream

Combine the Chili Cheese & Bacon Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Serve with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.




16. HOT & SPICY MEXICAN DIP MIX

1 T. minced onion
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried cilantro
1 tsp. dried parsley
tsp. cayenne pepper
tsp. cumin
tsp. pepper
tsp. salt

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

HOT & SPICY MEXICAN DIP:

1 pkg. Hot & Spicy Mexican Dip Mix
1 cups sour cream

Combine the Hot & Spicy Mexican Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve
with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.



17. SPICY CAJUN DIP MIX

1 T. Hungarian paprika
tsp. dried thyme
tsp. dried oregano
tsp. onion powder
tsp. cayenne pepper
tsp. garlic powder
tsp. pepper
tsp. sugar

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

SPICY CAJUN DIP:

1 pkg. Spicy Cajun Dip Mix
2 cups sour cream

Combine the Spicy Cajun Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving. Serve with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.



18. VEGGIE DIP MIX

1 T. dried chives
1 tsp. garlic salt
tsp. dried dill weed
tsp. paprika

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

VEGGIE DIP:

1 pkg. Veggie Dip Mix
1 T. lemon juice
2 cups sour cream

Combine the Veggie Dip mix with the lemon juice and sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Serve with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.



19. TANGY ONION DIP MIX

4 T. minced onion
1 T. sugar
1 T. beef bouillon granules

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

TANGY ONION DIP:

1 pkg. Tangy Onion Dip Mix
1 cup sour cream

Combine the Tangy Onion Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve
with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables.



20. SAVORY HERB CHEESE SPREAD MIX

tsp. minced garlic
4 tsp. dried parsley
4 tsp. dried dill weed
4 tsp. dried basil

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

SAVORY HERB CHEESE SPREAD:

1 pkg. Savory Herb Cheese Spread Mix
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
tsp. prepared mustard
tsp. Worcestershire sauce
cup chopped black olives
1 T. lemon juice

Combine the Savory Herb Cheese Spread Mix with cream cheese, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, olives and lemon juice. Stir until well blended. Cover
and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with crackers.




21. HERB & GARLIC CHEESE SPREAD MIX


2 tsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. dried thyme
tsp. dried oregano
tsp. garlic powder
tsp. pepper
tsp. seasoned salt

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3 x 4-inch Ziploc bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions (below) on how to prepare the dip.

HERB & GARLIC CHEESE SPREAD:

1 pkg. Herb & Garlic Cheese Spread Mix
3 (8 oz.) pkgs. Cream cheese, softened
1 cups butter, softened

Combine the Herb & Garlic Cheese Spread Mix with the cream cheese and butter. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with crackers.
 



64 Gift Ideas for Under $10 - Birthdays, Holidays, Thinking of you 
 Any Occasion of the Year!
 
 1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup
 2. Pound of pistachios
 3. Child's artwork, framed
 4. Journal with special inscription inside
 5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
 6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
 7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
 8. Collage of special photos
 9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
10. Bottle of sparkling cider
11. Home baked bread, include recipe
12. Disposable camera or rolls of film
13. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
14. Craft supplies
15. Holiday serving bowl or platter
16. Pretty basket filled with special jams or mustards
17. Decorative napkins and napkin rings
18. Fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon
19. Gardening gloves with a plant or flower seeds
20. Photo album, hand decorated is even better
21. Makeup tote
22. Prepaid photo developing envelopes
23. Homemade cookie mix with instructions for baking
24. Variety of bread mixes
25. Special coffee cup filled with candy
26. Fancy magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon
27. Gourmet popcorn and flavored oil
28. Locally made barbeque or steak sauce with basting brush
29. Pancake or waffle mix and a bottle of real maple syrup
30. Movie theater gift certificates
31. Board games
32. Jar of sourwood or pure honey with biscuit mix
33. Note cards and book of stamps
34. Picture frames, buy them on sale!
35. Specialty cookbook
36. Pretty glass jar filled with candy
37. Collectible sports cards
38. Muffin mixes with muffin pan
39. Books, there are still a few for under $10
40. Set of dish towels and dish cloths
41. Nail polish kit
42. Pretty night shirt
43. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets
44. Video rental gift certificates
45. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns
46. Handwritten copies of your favorite recipes
47. For the pets, gourmet dog biscuits or cat treats
48. Baking pans and supplies
49. Prepaid long distance phone cards
50. Small clock or radio
51. Pretty box for keepsakes
52. Colorful Post-It notepads
53. Address book
54. Christmas ornaments
55. Puzzles
56. Blank video or cassette tapes
57. Sewing supplies
58. Flashlight with batteries
59. Favorite quote embroidered on a nice handkerchief
60. Makeup brush set
61. Expensive socks, still under $10
62. Special soaps and bath puff
63. Prepaid Phone Card
64. and don't forget an absolute favorite... home baked cookies!
 
 
Think of more gift ideas under $10.00, send me an email and I'll add it to the list.

And I'd like to make a list of gift ideas under $5.00, so send along an email me with your ideas.


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