10 Gift Ideas

Barbie Beach Bucket Gift

For Mother’s Day, teacher appreciation, birthdays and more… 1. A Rose for Mother’s Day – We clip a rose from the front yard bush and wear it in honor of Mama on Mother’s Day. But it’s also tradition for my husband and the children to give me a new rose bush for the front yard. […]

Christmas Favorites

Christmas sugar cookies

I found myself looking through my archives for some Christmas favorites. So, I thought it would be good to place them all in a nice little spot. Favorites like recipes we use often in December, advent resources and holiday and winter art. He appeared and the soul felt its worth… From all three Hodgepodge categories […]

Reindeer Mix a.k.a. White Christmas Snack

White Christmas Snack Recipe at Hodgepodge

Always a holiday favorite is Reindeer Mix, a.k.a. White Christmas Snack. It’s an easy solution for parties, teacher or neighbor gifts or a nice little something to tuck in the mailbox for your mail carrier. It’s very simple. You might even have the ingredients on hand. Just melt the white chocolate bark and pour it […]

Kids in the Kitchen: Hot Chocolate Mix Gifts


Frugal fun in the kitchen. Just four ingredients. Plus one or more children equal a fun time making hot chocolate mix for gifts. Mixing up lots of fun at $5 Dinners today!

For the Birds: Gift Idea

Gift Idea for Bird Lovers

from the 2010 archives…We spent an entire afternoon Saturday making treats for the birds – and the bird lovers we know. Nana came across a really neat recipe for birdseed wreaths. I was especially excited about it because it is peanut free for our crew. Just three ingredients! Gelatin, water and birdseed. We made ten, […]

CD Cookie: Appreciating Teachers

CD Cookie

Several years ago, I read about Happybird’s Crafting Haven using white paper CD sleeves as holders for cookies. Great teacher gifts! We bought a big box of CD sleeves at the warehouse club. (We still have plenty of sleeves to make for teachers this year!) One afternoon, I got out the markers. Everyone decorated. Even […]

A Pyrex Christmas


The Pyrex measuring cups I set up housekeeping with were all accidentally broken in the last couple of years. First the four cup then the two cup. I had no idea they were so hard to find until Nana gave me these two for Christmas! She said that a two cup glass measuring cup was […]

Gifts by the door

Gifts by the Door - Blessing Others at Hodgepodge

Letter carriers and package delivery folks are quick and in a hurry these days before Christmas. This year, I decided I would keep their treats right by the door. So far I’ve been able to catch all but one UPS person. Just a few gifts by the door, ready to bless. —Have a holly, jolly […]

Gift idea: Christmas Morning Muffins

Look what I received from one of my sweet four-year-olds in children’s choir! It’s a beautifully packaged box of muffin mix, a spatula and a Christmas towel.Christmas morning muffins! What a great idea!

Pretty hand soap gifts with initials


Nana found another wonderful idea! She brought the supplies. Hand soaps from the dollar store. All the details and instructions can be found here: Brown Paper Packages: Soap All Dressed Up Though a bit of a time investment… (Nana and eight-year-old did most of the project outside). We definitely thought it was worth it. Patience […]

Fruit Crisp


When mixing up some mixes for Christmas gifts, we just had to try Southern Plate’s Fruit Crisp. And since we were making peach gifts, we tried that one. Talk about warm and delicious for a cold December night! Some even topped it with cookies and cream ice cream, which is what we happened to have […]

Mixes for Christmas


We spent a little bit of time yesterday mixing up some mixes out of Southern Plate’s new cookbook. We picked the Peach Crisp mix. Over on Christy’s site, she shows how to have the children color a homemade label to go over the canned peaches. Just a few ingredients to mix up and put in […]