Friendship Soup in a Jar

In my Kitchen today ! I am sharing an easy and Yummy soup recipe that is made from dry ingredients. Today in Honor of Soap Month it’s Friendship Soup – in a Jar recipe – perfect housewarming gift or wedding gift !

Recipe & Layering:

  • 1/2 C dry split peas
  • 1/3 C beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 C barley
  • 1/2 C lentils
  • 1/4 C onion flakes (dried)
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 C long grain rice
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/2 C uncooked small pasta
  1. In a 1 1/2 pint jar, layer the split peas, bouillon, barley, lentils, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, rice, and bay leaves. Wrap the pasta in plastic wrap, and place in the jar. Seal tightly.

Tag for your Soup :

  1. Attach the tag to the jar with the following instructions:
  2. Friendship Soup: ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS: 1 pound ground beef, black pepper to taste, garlic powder to taste, 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes – undrained, 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste, and 3 quarts water. TO PREPARE SOUP: Remove pasta from top of jar, and set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, brown beef with pepper and garlic; drain excess fat. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and soup mix. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the pasta, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pasta, peas, lentils and barley are tender.

And Decorate as you will -it can be part of a larger gift with kitchen items or even a Soup pot to cook it in. Lisa

From my Kitchen * DIY Gifts of beauty

Not only gifts of food comes out of my kitchen but I am busy making gifts for love one- these are also great hostess gifts if you are invited to a party.

Homemade lotion:

  • 3/4 C Oil (your choice -Coconut ,Argan, Jojoba )
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  • 3 T Beeswax
  • 3/4 C filtered water (warm)
  • essential oil

Melt oil and beeswax in double boiler or microwave. Transfer after melting to stand mixer or food process and slowly add in water. ( Think mayonnaise ) when done -transfer to jars.

Homemade Face mask :

  • 3 T strong Chamomile tea
  • 3 T aloe Vera
  • 3 T honey
  • 4 T Ground oats

Mix all of the ingredients together to achieve a thick, gluey consistency. Apply and leave on for 15-20 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water.

Met and Pour Honey Soap :

  • Soap base ( you can use glycerin ,honey or goat milk)
  • Pyrex Measuring cup to melt soap base in.
  • honey ( 1/2 tsp per pound)
  • Soap mold

Melt soap base in the microwave slowly (like chocolate) After melting add honey -and stir . Pour into molds and let harden.

From my Kitchen * Holiday gifts

Today from my kitchen I am posting about last minute gifts you can Cook up in your kitchen – so here some family favorites. First up perfect for anyone- hot chocolate in a jar with Homemade marshmallows perfect combo-

Hot Chocolate in a Jar :


  • 3 tablespoons powdered creamer
    3 tablespoons powdered milk
    3 tablespoons powdered sugar
    1½ tablespoons cocoa powder

  • Tag on Jar
    Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Add ½ cup of the hot chocolate mix to 1 cup of boiling water in a mug and stir until completely combined. Top with marshmallows, if desired, and enjoy!

Homemade Marshmallows :

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  • 12 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Nonstick spray
  1. Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
  2. When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  3. Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel or knife dusted with the confectioners’ sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary.

You can package together in a large jar or you can place Marshmallows in a plastic bag or jar and give separate, Lisa

From my kitchen Vicks Shower bombs

As my earlier post said (you did read it?) the Flu is being passed around at work . My special treat – From My Kitchen is a Vaporizing Bath Melt. 

So Gather up these Supplies: 

  • 1/2 C  baking soda
  • 1 C  Corn starch
  • 5 T Vicks  ( i used generic kind)
  • 1 tsp water (as need to the mixture)
  • Ice Cub trays  ( mine are small from the Dollar store)  
You can add some green food coloring if you would like. But I don’t .

In a bowl add Corn starch and the Vapr -mix together. Add Baking soda to mixture and Mix. Add water to mixture as needed  -a little at a time -until it will hold together. Place in ice cub trays and place in freezer until set. When you take them out you can place in a container to give as a gift or use yourself. 

Use these in the shower by placing next to the drain and letting them melt.  Lisa 

This is with a touch of color.