Handmade Holidays: Show it Off!


[Recycled Ornament Tree based on a tutorial from Indie Fixx]

The gifts are all gifted, and maybe the ambitious among you have even recycled your Christmas tree already. Here’s your chance to show off all of your holiday hard work! We’d love to see your handmade gifts and decor. Feel free to share away in the comments!

Pictured above are what several of my pals got this year: jars of curried lentil soup mix. Here’s how you make it:

In a one pint mason jar, layer:

  • 1/2c organic green lentils
  • spice mixture (recipe below)
  • 1c organic jasmine or basmati rice
  • enough organic red lentils to fill the jar the rest of the way

Then, you just attach a tag to the jar with the additional ingredients and directions:

You’ll also need:
2T olive oil
1 large onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
8c water
1 can coconut milk
salt (to taste)

In a large pot over medium heat cook the onions for about 5 minutes in the olive oil, and then add the garlic. Cook for a total of about ten minutes, or until the onions are soft and turn translucent.

Add the water and soup mix to the pot and bring to a simmer. Turn down low, and cook until the lentils and rice are cooked and very soft (about 45 minutes).

Add the coconut milk, and bring back to a simmer, adding salt to taste, and serve. Enjoy!

Spice Mixture
I mixed these individually for each jar, so this mix makes enough for just one jar. Combine:

1/2t tumeric
3/4t ground cardamom
1/4t cinnamon
1/4t cloves
1/4t freshly ground pepper
1/8t ground nutmeg

So, what was your most triumphant handmade gift? Share your photos in the comments! We hope you had a successful Handmade Holiday!

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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