"He who has not Christmas in his heart
will never find it under a tree."
— Roy L. Smith
Has Christmas snuck up on you this year? Looking for homemade gift ideas?
We always have ideas for gift giving... some our own, and
plenty that others send us.
Copyright © December 2003 Lora Ruffner and Low Carb Luxury
First, for those recipients that may or may not be low carbing, you can always
give them thoughtful handmade gifts that are not edible...
Candy Cane Bath Salts
Place one cup of Epsom salts and 1/4 cup sea salt in a bowl or
resealable plastic bag. Add 2 to 3 drops of peppermint oil.
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- 4 to 6 drops peppermint oil
- 2 to 3 drops red food coloring
Place the remaining ingredients in a second bowl. Mix all
ingredients well. Layer the red and white salts in a clear
bottle or jar. Half liter Naya water bottles work well
because they already have the stripes in the bottle's design.
Tie with a ribbon and some small candy canes (yes, you can use sugar
free candy canes!) This makes a great holiday gift for friends!
Cinnamon Spice Ornaments
Mix until the dough has the consistency of Play Dough®, adding
more applesauce or cinnamon as needed. Roll flat, dusting
countertop and rolling pin with cinnamon if the dough sticks.
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 cup cinnamon *
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
Cut out shapes with knife or cookie cutter. Use a toothpick to make
a hole for hanging. Dry at room temperature for 5 to 7 days,
turning over at the end of the third day to ensure even drying.
They dry even quicker in a food dryer, and give your house a
* The quality of this cinnamon doesn't have to be gourmet, as
it won't be eaten. Stores like Dollar Stores, Odd Lots (or Big
Lots) etc. often sell cheap cinnamon for as little as 40¢ to
50¢ for a large bottle.
Potpourri Pies :
(This is a great way to use up any old white flour you won't
be needing in your low carb lifestyle!)
Make a batch of salt dough using:
Mix well and roll out to about 1/8" thick. Cut into long thin
strips. Turn a small pin tin (like one from a frozen pot pie)
upside down on the table. Lay the strips over the bottom of
the pie tin and weave into a lattice pattern, (like on the top
of a traditional cherry pie.) Take the remaining dough and roll
into a long rope.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- (about) 1/2 cup water
Place the rope along the bottom edge of the
"crust" and crimp together. Brush the entire thing with a lightly
beaten egg white.
Bake at 225°F until the dough is hard and golden
brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Carefully remove
the crust from the pie tin. Turn the tin back over and fill with
Using a glue gun, glue the crust on to the top of the
pie tin. It looks like a real pie and smells great when you place
it on top of your stove (not on the burners)!
If you like, you can also spray it with a lacquer spray before
you remove it from the bottom of the tin. It will prolong the
life of your "pie."
For the low carbers on your list, you can always make them holiday
treats that fit our sugar free lifestyle.
Breads in Cans:
Choose one of our
low carb festive bread recipes at the site:
Such as Banana Sour Cream Bread, Pumpkin Bread, or Eggnog Quick
Bread and bake them in clean empty cans (canned good cans). Spray the
inside of the can with Pam and flour generously. Remove bread from can,
wrap in plastic wrap. Place it in center of large square of colored
cellophane. Draw up edges of cellophane and tie with curling ribbons.
Title photo Copyright © 2003 Neil Beaty and Low Carb Luxury