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Make your Mum Smile this Sunday

Posted by mo, 9th May 2012

The best home-made gifts for your Mum this Sunday 

This is the second year in a row that I have been away for Mother's Day (sorry year!). So here are a couple of gift ideas that your Mum would really love and are easy to package up and post (for us absent daughters). Much better than some impersonal gift and plenty of fun to make. 

Homemade Jam (under 30min recipe) 

Jam Jars

This is definitely taboo in the traditional jam making world BUT it's only 4 days till Mother's Day so this fail-safe recipe is excusable - Chelsea Jam Setting Sugar + 1kg fruit = homemade jam. You will find this at most supermarkets and  
1kg of Jam Setting Sugar = 4-5 medium sized jars of jam. Use 1kg of any fruit, apricot is my choice. 
If your favourite fruit is not in season, frozen fruit is a great alternative which will also give you amazing results.

Find a collection of different recipes for the Chelsea jam here 

Put it in a Jar!


 in a jar

If you are unable to personally deliver a basket of warm sweet muffins or brownies to your Mum this Sunday then give her muffins in a jar! By changing the flavour to suit her tastes this is a quirky and creative way to show you care.


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Biscuit in a Jar recipe

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate or Butterscotch Flavored Morsels
  • 1 1/2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

    1. COMBINE flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in 1-quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above, pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.
    2. Recipe To Attach: Beat 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix; mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated 375ø F oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks. Makes 2 dozen cookies.







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