Thursday, June 12, 2008

Fun, delicious ideas for sharing "July 4th" with friends and neighbors

Whether it is for a "thinking of you" gift, a hostess gift, a "welcome to the neighborhood" gift or just a "July 4th" celebration, here are a few quick, delicious and inexpensive ways, to show that you care. "July 4th" has always been a special holiday, celebrating our wonderful country and ALL of those who have fought and are fighting for our freedom. Any time of the year, is a good time to share food from the kitchen, with others. Nothing is better than warm chocolate muffins, just out of the oven.
For these chocolate,chocolate chip muffins, you will only need the dry mix, and 1/2 cup of milk. As soon as you remove them from the oven, I put a peanut butter Hershey kiss or a Andes Mint on top of each muffin. In a short time, they will melt. Then I take the back of a soup spoon and smooth the melted chocolate over the top of each muffin. We think it is the perfect touch to these muffins. They do freeze well. Add a small flag, and it is a special gift.
The apple cinnamon muffins are just as quick and easy. The dry mix is added to 1/2 cup of milk, stirred and then baked. After removing them from the oven, let cool. Take a sharp knife and cut a small "x" in the top of each one. Put whipped cream cheese icing in a small zip lock bag and cut a tiny hole in the bottom corner. Squeeze a small amount into each small "x" on each muffin. The combination of these two flavors, is so good.

Baking quick breads in empty soup cans is something I do quite often. I bake this tasty cranberry bread in the soup can, let it cool after removing from the oven, then decorate the can. Perfect quick gift for anyone. My friend Sally did a great job of decorating this can. I added a flag and it looks just like "July 4th". Now you can see how all of these muffins and quick breads will be ready in minutes, and those you give them to will remember you for a long time. Hope you will find some creative ways to celebrate the summer holiday of "July 4th", it will be here before we know it . Judy


Karen said...

My dear truly are turning into "Betty Blogger"....(loved that Jeane).....anyway, have not tuned in for a bit and what a delight it has been to catch up....I love the cooking ideas and the pictures and love for this "Grandmothering" stage that shines through just makes me smile!!! You are blessed and God has given you great purpose for living!!

Jen said...

Miss Judy...
Your blog has quickly become one of my favorite websites! I have always loved your ideas and been so inspired by your creativity. I have tried to imitate that special touch you have many times - but it cannot be duplicated! Thank you for sharing your servant's heart for hospitality & gift giving!


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