Gifts from the Pantry

Hosted by Stormy Stewart
Group active since Mon, May 16, 2011

Take a moment to sit back and relax. Take a trip back to a simpler time. A time when neighbors helped one another, and friends were everything. When home cooking was a show of love. This is a place for those recipes. Home made liqueurs, gifts in a jar, herbal teas seasoning blends. Anything you can gift basket and also keep on a shelf for those quick gift basket needs, you will find here.

I need Your Recipes

By Tara Waites
Nov 21, 2014
When I was a child my aunt would make a drink mix that had Instant tea and Tang in it. There were more ingredients to this drink but my aunt has passed. Does anyone know how to make this? I'm the director for the kitchen at my church and I'm trying to make gifts for my team. Please help.

Fried Potato or Hash Brown Seasoning

By Stormy Stewart
Jun 25, 2014
Mix together and put into a spice jar for later use or gift giving

6 tablespoons garlic powder
6 tablespoons weber's veggie grill seasoning
2 tablespoons McCormick's grill mates Smoke house Maple seasoning

Coffee Rub Gift in a Jar

By Stormy Stewart
May 31, 2014
Original recipe by Lisa Nicometi Garrow. I just changed it into enough volume to create a gift in a jar

To make this a gift in a jar you would simply use these measurements and put in a 1/2 pint jelly jar

5 tablespoons ground coffee
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon black ground pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons cumin
2 1/2 teaspoons oregano
2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 1/4 teaspoons sazon spice
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Mix in a bowl and put into a 1/2 pint jelly jar with the following information:

Coffee Rub for your favorite meat

Liberally apply to uncooked meat and either allow to marinate in the fridge for a few hours or grill at once. especially great on chicken and pork.

22 homemade creamers

By Stormy Stewart
May 31, 2014

To give as gifts with your breakfast basket or a coffee basket use either ½ pint jelly jars or 4 ox ¼ pint jars. These recipes will create about 1 qt = 2 pint = 4 jelly=8 (4oz) jars

Start With This Base:

14oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 3/4 Cup Milk or Cream (whole, lowfat, skim, almond, soy, heavy cream, half & half etc – whatever your preference, however the more fat, the more creaminess)

…and, here we go!
French Vanilla Creamer

2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR vanilla coffee syrup

Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste


2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup

(1 tsp vanilla extract, optional)

Chocolate Almond

1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon almond extract


1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Vanilla Caramel

2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Raspberry

2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons raspberry syrup

Irish Cream

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

1 teaspoon instant coffee
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract


2 teaspoons coconut extract

Samoa (like the Girl Scout Cookies)

2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut, heated & strained, for the milk/cream)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping

Peppermint Patty

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Cinnamon Vanilla

2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pumpkin Spice

3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Honey Vanilla

1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Almond Joy

1-2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut if you heat it first, strained, in place of the milk & extract)
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Sweet Cream

Use 1 3/4 cups of heavy cream instead of the milk in the base recipe
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR the inside of a vanilla bean, scraped
1 teaspoon almond extract

Chocolate Orange

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1-2 teaspoons orange extract


2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Chocolate Hazelnut

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Cinnamon Cake

2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Salted Caramel

2-3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
1/2 teaspoon salt


replace milk in base recipe with equal amount of heavy cream
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons rum extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For those of you who want or need a sugar-free option. You can make your own sweetened condensed milk with the sugar substitute of your choice. Now, you can make your own sugar-free flavored creamer!
Directions & Tips:
In all these recipes, anything that has a dry or thick ingredient (like cinnamon, honey, etc..) should be heated up with a small amount of your milk/cream from the base recipe so it can dissolve properly. You don’t want grainy creamer! Then, add the rest of the milk/cream along with the sweetened condensed milk.
If you want really creamy creamer, use heavy cream instead of milk in your base recipe.
Stick a piece of tape on your mason jar lid with the expiration date from the milk you used as a guideline to when the creamer should be used by.

That time of year again!

I decided to make these as stocking stuffer's

By Stormy Stewart
Nov 2, 2012
After all everyone gets headaches, and if they do not they can use as a cut and scrape liquid bandage.

Headache relief pots

A great stocking stuffer

If you can not get hold of shea butter, then substitute the 3 oz of Shea butter with 1 extra oz of beeswax and 2 oz of either a massage oil base like Apricot oil, or use Olive oil.

2 oz (55g) Beeswax
3 oz (85g)Shea Butter
4 oz (115g)Olive Oil
10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
Lip Balm containers or small jars

Start by melting the beeswax and Shea Butter down in a double boiler method.
Once the bees wax is melted add all the oil's together including the lavender oil.
Now add the mixture to small lip balm pots or miniature jam jars.

This recipe makes 9 0z (250g) of solid Headache relief balm. 9 (1 oz) pots or 18 (1/2 oz) pots

How to use: Apply to your temples and take deep breaths.

As we get near to Christmas/ Yule

By Stormy Stewart
Sep 25, 2012
what is your favorite gift in a jar??

Mine is Nutter butter want-a-be's gift in a jar

Gifts in Jars

By Ka Garrett
Sep 25, 2012
I have made gifts on jars for many years. The favorites are cookie mixes. During the holidays a lot of us bake. There can be just too many sweets which prompted cookies in the jars. I give the gifts and then they can bake off the cookies when they want them. No fuss no muss!