Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Teacher Christmas Gifts and Sugared Pecan Recipe

Today I want to share my teacher Christmas gifts and a couple of recipes with you.

My daughter wanted to give her current three teachers a gift plus her three former teachers from Elementary school.  That is six gifts that I had to come up with. Gift cards would have been too expensive so I decided to do what I have done in the past....cook.
Homemade goodies always make nice gifts. That is what I have done in the past and the teachers have always told me that they love taking home homemade goodies to their families or they share with the other teachers.
This year I decided to make homemade salsa and my cinnamon-sugared pecans.
For the homemade salsa, I used the Restaurant Style Salsa recipe from Pioneer Woman. Here is the link to the recipe on her blog. If you haven't checked out Ree at Pioneer Woman, you have been missing out. I love her and her recipes!!
This recipe is super easy and tastes wonderful!! I made two batches to fill up 6 small jars of salsa.
This is going to be my go to salsa recipe from now on. After eating something that tastes so fresh, I can't imagine buying store bought salsa anymore.
I also included some tortilla chips in cute red kraft bags in case the teachers want to eat some at school.
For my cinnamon-sugared pecans, I placed them in holiday gift bags and placed them in cute snowman tins.
Here is the Cinnamon-Sugared Pecan recipe if you are interested. I made a double batch so that I would have enough for six teachers.
This are so yummy and they will make your house smell so good.  I had to keep my daughter and husband from eating them all!!
Cinnamon Sugar Coated Pecans
Makes 3 cups
1 egg white
1 tbsp water
3 cups pecan halves
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 stick unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with foil. In a medium sized bowl combine egg white with 1 tbsp water and whisk until foamy. Add pecans and stir until they are all coated with the egg whites.  Set aside. In another bowl, combine sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour sugar mixture over the nuts and stir to coat evenly.
In a preheated oven, melt butter in jelly roll pan. Remove pan from oven and gently stir nuts into the melted butter. Spread nuts out evenly and bake for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Watch them so they don't burn. Remove and allow to cool for about a minute and then remove from the pan so they don't stick.
I used some tinsel yarn and tags to label and decorate the salsa and pecans.  I added a 2 1/2 inch circle made with scrapbook paper to the top of the jar. I used small glue dots to adhere. It can be removed later when the jar is ready to be cleaned.
I added in one of our Christmas cards and put everything in these pretty Christmas bags.
Total spent for everything for six teachers was maybe $45.  I bought all of the Christmas items at Hobby Lobby for half off.  The pecans came from my Mom and Dad's farm and the ingredients for the sugared pecans and salsa were not expensive at all.
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  1. Yum! I would love to get this if I were a teacher. I am going to have to try that salsa recipe!

  2. Adorable! Those are some lucky teachers!! Hope you have a wonderful Holiday!

  3. For the salsa, was it ok left at room temperature until the teachers could get them home to put them in the fridge, or will the salsa spoil if left out for hours? Thanks for your help!

  4. Those are holiday gifts made with lots of care. I hope every teacher will have at least one parent who makes the type of effort to show appreciation that you did. Teachers so often go unrewarded in terms of money, for all that they do on a daily basis in and out of the classroom.

  5. In the oven now!


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