Day 8: Made-For-Munchin’

These are little jars full of delectable goodies Made-For-Munchin’!

This time of year I’m always searching for Sercies to share with friends and family. 

By definition a Sercy is the southern way of giving a little a gift. 

The idea is super simple: Collect jars, fill them with festive snacks and then adorn the tops of the jars with left over fabric and of course, luscious holiday foliage.

I love collecting jars! My husband refers to this as my inability to throw anything away. I believe the accurate term is connoisseur, a jar connoisseur that is.

My absolute favorite type of jar is a Bonne Maman, which has taken over an entire shelf in my refrigerator.  This is my favorite store to buy jelly and preserves.  Another jar I use is WECK, which are a fun shape and overall good look!

Three Recipes: Hot chocolate

Preparation:

Step 1: Spoon ice cream into a 3-quart electric slow cooker. Add milk and espresso. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours or until thoroughly heated.

Step 2: Ladle hot chocolate into mugs.

Caramel popcorn

Preparation:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 250°.

Step 2: Coat a large jelly roll pan with cooking spray.

Step 3: Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and molasses in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring once. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Place popcorn in a large bowl; pour sugar mixture over popcorn in a steady stream, stirring to coat.

Step 4: Spread popcorn mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Step 5: Remove from oven; stir to break up any large clumps. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note: Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Note: Let the caramel popcorn cool completely before dividing it into holiday tins for giving.

Caramel cookies

Preparation:

Step 1: Heat the oven to 375°F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2:  In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg, vanilla and milk; beat until mixed.

Step 3: In a medium bowl, combine the baking soda, baking powder, pudding mix, and flour. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined.

Step 4: Shape the cookie dough into one-inch balls. For each cookie,   flatten one cookie dough ball in the palm of your hand; place a caramel candy in the center and wrap the cookie dough around the candy. Place cookies onto prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart; sprinkle with sea salt.

Step 5: Bake 10 minutes or until the cookie edges are light golden brown. Sprinkle with additional sea salt immediately, if desired. Allow the cookies to cool 5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks to cool completely.

Gift Instructions: 

Step 1: Fill your jars with the delicious munchies.  

Step 2: Cut fabric into squares. Make sure you cut enough material to cover the top of the jar and allow for some to drape over the edges without hiding the goodies inside.  (An easy and economical way to cover your jars is to use furniture webbing.  You can find this at your local craft store and it is super cheap.  Cut two strips and cross over the jar. Go bold and adventurous when choosing your fabric. There are so many great prints and patterns that will make your Sercy even more appealing.)

Step 3: Group three pieces of foliage together and hold in your hand.  Wrap floral wire around the grouping to secure foliage. (To add some sparkle we spray painted a few pieces of Yewtopia® Plum Yew silver.)

Step 4: Wrap a piece of green floral tape around the wire.  Start at the top and work your way to the bottom.  The floral tape keeps everything in place and hides your wire.

Step 5: For a finished product, tie a piece of ribbon or jute around the top along with your foliage grouping.

To add even more fun to your Sercy feel free to include a mini wooden spoon or anything silver.

This particular gift showcases the impact that an easy grouping of foliage can make.

With just a few pieces of Yewtopia® Plum Yew  our Sercies appear much more lively! Foliage can make a significant difference on any of your holiday packaging this season. Take the extra step and give all of your presents a fresh and natural touch!

Materials

For Jars:

Hot Chocolate Ingredients:

Caramel Popcorn Ingredients

Caramel Coockies Ingredients: 

Instructions

Hot Chocolate Preparation:

Step 1: Spoon ice cream into a 3-quart electric slow cooker. Add milk and espresso. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours or until thoroughly heated.

Step 2: Ladle hot chocolate into mugs.

Caramel Popcorn Preparation:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 250°.

Step 2: Coat a large jelly roll pan with cooking spray.

Step 3: Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and molasses in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring once. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Place popcorn in a large bowl; pour sugar mixture over popcorn in a steady stream, stirring to coat.

Step 4: Spread popcorn mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Step 5: Remove from oven; stir to break up any large clumps. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note: Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Note: Let the caramel popcorn cool completely before dividing it into holiday tins for giving.

Caramel Cookies Preparation:

Step 1: Heat the oven to 375°F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2:  In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg, vanilla and milk; beat until mixed.

Step 3: In a medium bowl, combine the baking soda, baking powder, pudding mix, and flour. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined.

Step 4: Shape the cookie dough into one-inch balls. For each cookie,   flatten one cookie dough ball in the palm of your hand; place a caramel candy in the center and wrap the cookie dough around the candy. Place cookies onto prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart; sprinkle with sea salt.

Step 5: Bake 10 minutes or until the cookie edges are light golden brown. Sprinkle with additional sea salt immediately, if desired. Allow the cookies to cool 5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks to cool completely.

Gift Instructions: 

Step 1: Fill your jars with the delicious munchies.  

Step 2: Cut fabric into squares. Make sure you cut enough material to cover the top of the jar and allow for some to drape over the edges without hiding the goodies inside.  (An easy and economical way to cover your jars is to use furniture webbing.  You can find this at your local craft store and it is super cheap.  Cut two strips and cross over the jar. Go bold and adventurous when choosing your fabric. There are so many great prints and patterns that will make your Sercy even more appealing.)

Step 3: Group three pieces of foliage together and hold in your hand.  Wrap floral wire around the grouping to secure foliage. (To add some sparkle we spray painted a few pieces of Yewtopia® Plum Yew silver.)

Step 4: Wrap a piece of green floral tape around the wire.  Start at the top and work your way to the bottom.  The floral tape keeps everything in place and hides your wire.

Step 5: For a finished product, tie a piece of ribbon or jute around the top along with your foliage grouping.