Cad's Christmas Cherry Choctastic Almond Butter (makes 9 4 ounce jars)
Ingredients and Materials:
32 ounces of prepared almond butter
1 and 1/3 cups of dark chocolate chips (I like 70% cacao)
1.5 cups of dried cherries
9 four ounce Ball jars
Blender or food processor
|The honey and almonds in this picture were used to make the almond butter.|
First, measure out the cherries and chocolate. Pulverize the cherries in the blender until they start to stick to the sides. The pieces don't have to be teeny tiny because they will be processed again.
Wash the ball jars thoroughly with hot soapy water before using them. Make sure they are totally dry before adding the almond butter. In this particular recipe we will not be preserving the almond butter, just using the jars as a container. Since it's only 4 ounces we think it will be used fast and there won't be a need to go through the canning and preserving methods needed for long term storage.
Fill each jar to the top and add the lid and screw top.
To wrap up all this homemade goodness I thought it would be fun for Cad to make his own wrapping paper. This is an easy project that works for any type of gift and makes it really special for the gift giver and the receiver.
Homemade Wrapping Paper
1 lawn bag (the kind you put lawn clippings and raked leaves in)
Whatever art supplies your little heart desires. We bought some Christmas-y stamps at the dollar store, and a silver stamp pad. We also used red, green, gold, and silver markers, crayons, and pens. This would be fun with glitter glue or watercolor paints too!
Cut open the lawn bag. Most lawn bags have a double layer the inner layer is a little better for wrapping because it's more pliable and there's not writing on it. Either way you want to decorate the side with no writing on it.
Lay the paper bag out on a flat surface and let your kid go to town with the stamps and other art supplies. Encourage them to fill as much space as they can.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy every special moment!