Thursday, November 4, 2010

Blessings Mix


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A Blessings Mix is a visual and tasty reminder of the Pilgrim's at the First Thanksgiving. It's easy to make and flexible. I made this for our Monday Family Home Evening treat; most Mondays we have a gospel lesson or activity and a treat. We discussed the meaning of each of the items.

 I have included the meaning and the amounts of each ingredient that I used to fill this medium-sized cracker jar.  Last year I put the Blessing Mix in cellophane bags and tied it with a pretty ribbon with a tag attached telling about each item of the mix.  It's a  fun and tasty giftie for friends and relative.


Blessing Mix

Bugles (2 cups) -- Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation's abundance .

Pretzels (1 cup) -- Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.

Candy Corn (1 cup) -- Sacrifices of the Pilgrims' first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.

Sunflower Seeds (1 cup) -- Promise of a a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.

Dried fruits (I used 1/2 cup dried cranberries) -- Harvest gifts of our bountiful land.

Fish Crackers (1 cup) --A remembrance of the abundant sea life and the blessing it was to the Pilgrims.



I adapted the ingredients and the sayings from the blog Organized Home.

Thanksgiving Challenge


Today I am thankful because a new little girl arrived safely from heaven to our family -- I am now a Grandma!  I am so thankful that everything turned out well!  She is 5 pounds and 11 ounces and there is no name yet!  Our son and his wife and new baby live in Virginia -- our son is going to medical school there.  We won't see the baby until Christmas!  Just so happy for them!

29 comments:

Sherry said...

Congrats on the little grand-daughter! How exciting.
Sherry

Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of Grandparents! I have three grandsons 11,5,&3. I finally got my first granddaughter last Feb. Sorry you can't see the baby until Christmas.

Jacqueline said...

GRANDMA JONI - THE MOST WONDERFUL TITLE IN THE WORLD!!!! Congratulations. You will love being a grandmother. There is nothing better.

The mix is fun and I love all of the meanings. What a fun Family Home Evening.

Deb said...

Yay for the granddaughter! My first grandchild is due in April. Exciting times!!

LDH said...

Congratulation on a new baby added to your family!!!

I love this Blessings Mix! I copied the recipe :) Thank you!

Kirby said...

Congrats on your new grandbaby, thats so exciting! Love this Blessings Mix! I always forget about Bugles!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats Grandma-how exciting!!! Glad to hear everyone is doing well! I'll bet you are thrilled:@)
Love the mix and always like gifts that have a meaning/story behind them.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

How wonderful, a new Grand baby! I know you are excited. I love the blessings mix and I will make some if I can still find the candy corn.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Congratulations, Joni! I am a fairly new Nana myself and there is nothing better in the world. I didn't understand how wonderful it would before our grandson was born but I SO get it now :) What a tiny little thing she is! I'm just so happy all is well.

Your Blessing Mix is just perfect!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Hey Grandma Joni,

Your life will never be the same! Congratulations on your new little grandgirl. You will be so amazed at how much this little gal brightens each day. Thanks too for the blessing mix. It's such a fun idea and you better start counting the days till Christmas.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

How lovely! I like the components and meaning behind the mix.

Jane said...

Oooh, this looks sounds yummy!

Congrats, Grandma...such a wonderful blessing!

Jane
frugalfineliving.com

Sue said...

Joni, CONGRATS on being a GRANDMA(Now, that's what I call a blessing)! It's so fun, you'll love it!

My sister-in-law gave me this blessing mix one year. It 's such a cute idea! Sue:)

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

~wonderful jar of blessings~

Krista said...

Thank you for such a great idea! I can't wai to make some for my neighbors.

Krista

Lisa said...

That's such a great idea for a family home evening lesson. I'll have to keep that in mind someday when I have kids of my own. By the way, I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/11/45-csn-giveaway.html

Lauren Bird said...

I've been saving all these jars lately but haven't decided what I wanted to put in them and I think with your post I may have found my answer. What a great hostess gift during the Thanksgiving season!

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Christy said...

This is so cute with the little bugels!

Oklahoma Granny said...

I was blog hopping this afternoon and came across your blog. It's wonderful. I'll be back soon!

Jami said...

I never thought to add Bugles to my mix. I love Bugles! This looks delish! Please stop by and link up any seasonal treats to my Theme Party on Thursdays!

eye_on_sparrow said...

I love the idea for this mix and the symbolism. Thanks for sharing. I came over from Made By You Mondays.

pk @ Room Remix said...

I've seen lots of snack mix recipes, but never one with meaning! It's a great idea. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Holly said...

This is fabulous. My kiddos are going to love this!

Congratulations on the new baby!

The Cannary's, est. 1984 said...

Thank you for this idea - I will make it up and take to work as a snack for my co-workers! Congrats on your new little friend! (:

Amy said...

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your Blessings Mix recipe!!! I plan to make it and put it into the cornucopias shared here (http://ourdailyobsessions.blogspot.com/2010/11/edible-cornucopias.html) and send them to school with my kiddos before Thanksgiving :)

BurntApple said...

Great idea! I think we'll be making this to give away soon!

Cara said...

Thanks so much for sharing this snack! I posted about it today on my blog. Made it recently, and LOVED it. What a great idea!

{ L } said...

This is such a SWEET idea and it's just the perfect sort of thing I like to do for my boys so I am copying this. You have my vote AGAIN on Days of Thanksgiving lol. <3 My favorite part about this is the name.

Rettabug said...

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! I bet you can't wait to meet her later this month.
Many Blessings on you & yours!

Engageya