We have been really busy doing advent activities, making our Christmas gifts, preparing for tonight’s Christmas pageant and generally enjoying this Advent season by spending time together. Here is the gift package we put together for toddler’s Sunday school teacher.
Coconut Caramel Corn
Pop 1 cup organic popping corn using your desired method. I used an air popper.
In a heavy bottom pan like a Dutch oven melt 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup raw honey over medium heat. When melted add 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar and the inside of half a vanilla bean. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved and your kitchen smells awesome. Remove from the heat and mix in your popcorn until the popcorn is coated. If gifting put the corn in a nice box or a decorated paper bag.
Here is a wonderful recipe from Redfly Creations which I have adapted a bit. I’m guilty of making this recipe about once a week and eating more than I should.
Combine 1 cup butter with 1 1/2 cups Sucanat. When creamed add 2 eggs and 2 cups buttermilk.
Add 1 Tbsp baking soda. I add more than the original recipe calls for because I’m using part whole spelt flour. Add two cups unbleached flour and two cups spelt flour. Mix until incorporated.
Grease two loaf pans and divide half the mix into the two pans. Pour 1/4 cup melted raw honey on top of each loaf. Sprinkle each loaf with as much cinnamon as you and yours enjoy. Divide the remainder of the batter between the two loaves and bake them at 350 degrees for about 45- 1 hour. At about half an hour I cover the loaves so they don’t get too brown.
I put one of these loaves into my 30 Minute Easy Bread Bag and add a clip for a nice thoughtful gift.
Coconut Sugar Scrub
Combine 1/2 cup coconut sugar with 1/2 cup dark brown sugar. Add 1/4 cup melted coconut oil and 1/4 cup olive oil. Add 1/2 a scraped vanilla bean and 1 Tbsp sweet almond oil. If the mix is too wet add more sugar. If it’s too dry add more oil.
Put it in a jar and embellish. I added a felt flower. Here is a great tutorial on making felt flowers.
Gifts don’t have to be expensive or complicated in order to be thoughtful and loving. Putting some extra thought into the presentation of homemade gifts can turn a simple mix of sugar and oil into a beautiful gift.