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The Best Homemade Gift Ideas Monthly Digest: free-gift-ideas-newsletter-January2011.html

by: Brenda Mullard

Table of Contents:

1. Happy New Year Everyone!

2. Time To Get Back On Track!

3. Welcome New Subscribers

4. What’s new?

5. ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS, WE WANT YOU! Project of the month

6. Reader Recipes

1) Happy New Year Everyone! Happy New Year to all of you! I hope this year finds you happier and healthier than last. I am looking forward to another year of homemade gifts, tricks, tips, ideas and recipes. I am also looking forward to hearing from you too. Feel free to drop me an e-mail anytime.

2.Time To Get Back On Track! This year I kind of fell off track. I will admit it… I got lazy! I did. I got lazy in a lot of areas of my life, but I have decided to get things back on track and really get going. First thing I have done is put fitness on the forefront! I started the P90X workout program and am on day 3. My muscles are hurting, but I know it's because I haven't pushed them in a long time. Wish me luck on the program. It's a killer, but I know it will be all worth it when I am done!I am working on The Best Homemade Gift Ideas website again and plan to keep adding interesting ideas for every season and reason. Keep your ideas coming! Thank you to all of you who have submitted ideas to make the website even more exciting. You are all so awesome! Alright so, hold on to your hats… here we go!

3.Welcome New Subscribers and a Thank You To All Of You Who Have Stuck With Me!

A big welcome goes out to all of my new subscribers and a great big thank you to all of you who have stuck around to see what new things “pop” up on The Best Homemade Gift! This website wouldn’t be worth creating if it weren’t for my wonderful valued readers. Thanks for your continued support! I love to find out where everyone is from and what it is you create and do. Please drop me an e-mail if you get a chance. If you are an artist or a crafter I would love to feature you in my Artist/crafter of the month part of the newsletter.

4.What’s New? Valentine’s Day is February 14th. Don’t forget to make a special homemade gift for you sweetie! Check out my Valentine gift page for lots of ideas.

For those of you already thinking about Easter I have lots of homemade gift ideas on my Easter page as well. If you have any new homemade gift ideas you would like to share please let me know and we will post them for all to see!

As always if there is something you are looking for and can’t find please e mail me at or if you have a great gift ideas or favorite project you would like to share….. by all means, send me those too.

5. Artists and Crafters... WE WANT YOU! Do you like to create homemade gifts or have a crafty hobby others would like to hear about? We want YOU!! Like always, if you try a gift idea from the website or any other, show us pictures and tell us how it all went for you! We all learn from each other.

This month's project was sent to me by Hannah from Arkansas. I thought this clay pot cupcake holder was really a cute idea.

6.Looking for reader recipes!

Do you have a great recipe that you would like to share? I know I am always looking for a super yummy recipe to take to the family and friends as homemade gifts. What about a family friendly recipe for a casserole or a yummy batch of cookies? Please send them my way! Here’s another yummy recipe from one of our valued readers!

Caramel Chocolate Toffee Trifle I made this triffle wise over the holiday season and it was a HUGE hit!! Sure easy and very impressive!

Chocolate Caramel Toffee Trifle Ingredients 1 (18.25-ounce) package of chocolate cake mix (I used Dark Chocolate. You can also use a yellow cake mix as well)

2 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding mix (You can also use the sugar free pudding mix)

1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed (I used the light, and it was still really good!)

1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping

1 package (7-1/2 or 8 ounces) English HEATH® BITS OF BRICKLE® Toffee Bits or you can crush up Heath candy bars. That works fine too.

Trifle Instructions Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for an 8-in. square baking pan. Cool on a wire rack. Prepare pudding according to package directions.

Cut cake into 1-1/2-in. cubes; place half of the cubes in a 3-qt. trifle bowl or large glass serving bowl; lightly press down to fill in gaps.

Top with half of the whipped topping, pudding, caramel topping and toffee bits; repeat layers.

Cover and refrigerate until serving.

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