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Friday, February 11, 2011

A Baked Treat For Valentine's Day....

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So tonight I am invited out for a girls' dinner and a scrapbook evening. {smile}.
I wanted to make something for little hostess gifts...and this is what I came up with.
Homemade cookies in a pretty package.
It really looks like a jar of preserves...but surprise.... cookies.
I have been saving these jars to use for some kind of food project.
I could use canning jars...but I like to save those for canning.
These jars are free.
I peeled off the labels and washed them with hot soapy water and an SOS pad.
It took a little elbow grease...but I got these nice clean jars.
I took the lids and spray-painted them black.
Then I got out my scrapbooking supplies and played around to make some bands to pretty up the jars.
This is what I built for bands...
I used scrapbook papers cut into 1.25 inches wide X 12 inches long strips to go around the jars.
{I pre-measured and it just worked out that 12 inches in length was perfect...lucky}
Red ribbon was attached to the top of the paper strips and punched flowers and foam hearts from the dollar store added the final touch.
Then I made chocolate dream cookies...a favourite at our house.
{You can find the recipe here.}
I decorated the cookies with Valentine's Day sprinkles.
Then the jars were filled with freshly made cookies...each jar held a half dozen.
I placed a square of red tissue paper in the bottom of the jar before the cookies went in.
{And really...you could just use goody bags to put cookies in, but I find that the cookies always get crushed.}
The lids that I spray-painted earlier in the day weren't dry and still smelled like paint at 3pm.
Drats!
 I decided not to stress over that....so I improvised.
I used tin foil and elastics to close up the jars....hence the homemade preserves 'look'.
I think they still look pretty swell.

I made 6 jars in total.
I plan to give out a few tonight as hostess gifts.
And I will take some over to a friend who was in a car accident yesterday and is feeling really sore today.
Hunter would like to give one to her skating coach too.
So poof...the jars of cookies will be gone by tomorrow.
But it made for a great day of fun...except I missed my mother...who is 3000 km away.
If she were here, the cookies would have tasted better and the packages would have looked prettier.
Cause to me....SHE is the original Martha.



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21 comments:

Colleen said...

These came out great and the cookies look so good!! I am so jealous of your scrapbooking night out!Enjoy it

Simone said...

ooh, yum! I just love these. What a fabulous idea, a perfect combination of Valentine's and scrapbooking...wish I could join you!!!

Jenn said...

Those cookies look so yummy and the packaging is really cute! Have a great girls' night out!

Nancy said...

Love your idea. There is nothing wrong with being Martha Jr. you know! You and your mom are both so talented.

Jami said...

What a great idea! I hope you'll stop by and share them at the Pretty Packages Party.

http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/02/pretty-packages-party-6.html

Smiles!
jami

Rachel said...

DELICIOUS looking cookies and fabulous recycling project for the jars! Smart and sensible!!!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

What a cute idea! I always save jars all the time. Then I have this stockpile of empty jars and I think to myself...what the heck am I saving all of these for? haha! Then I put them in the recycling bin. I'll have to remember this next time.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

See another reason we should live closer to each other - I would love to receive one of these gift jars. You are such a sweety to make them.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Nice save with the foil! Very cute idea.

Sarah said...

Note to self: Don't catch up on blogs at 11:30 at night when you're a little hungry. Chocolate Dream Cookies will call to you and try to get you to bake them IMMEDIATELY.

Guess I'm baking tomorrow, they look delicious. You're also making me think about getting out my scrapping/stamping supplies that I just packed away last week. I haven't used them in nearly two years!

alimoll said...

FABULOUS! So cute! I bet your friends loved them!

Sandra D said...

You are very kind to put so much effort into special gifts for your friends. I hope you had fun at your scrapbook event. We would love to see some of your pages.

Pamela said...

Oh how fun a night out with the girls! Did it take you long to find these friends when you moved?
These gifts are wonderful!!! Homemade is always the best...very thoughtful!
Sorry to hear you miss your mom. It is so hard being a family especially when you have a great relationship with them. Hopefully you will get to see them soon.

I want to know what you made tonight!
Pamela xo

Pamela said...

Can you tell I'm not wearing my glasses as I type lol ! I mean't to type "being away from your family! But you knew that right? lol!

Theresa said...

These look great Angie! So much fun and I bet the cookies are delish!

Pamela said...

Oh so adorable! I love the jars and the cookies...Mmmmm. Don't you love blessing others with gifts you've made. I do!

CosmoGirl Carla said...

What fabulous gifts those will make. Who wouldn't love an adorably decorated jar filled with yummy cookies! I'm constantly hoarding jars ~ of any kind! I feel like I could always use them for something. And, here, you've proven my theory LOL!!!

Hope you had a great time scrappin' with your GF's. Me and my GF's always have tons of fun when we get together to scrapbook. Thanks for sharing your great idea.

The Loops said...

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Organize with Sandy said...

OMG ... so cute!! I came to pick up your button to put on my sidebar for my featured bloggers... but I can't find it. Can you email me the code or where to find it? organizewithsandy@yahoo.com Thanks!!

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Can I be your friend so you can make me pretty packaged goodies :)

bags'n style said...

hello, your cookies and the packaging look really nice, however, I can't find the recipe, would you be so kind and let me know where you postet it? many tks in advance, best regards from sabine

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