I am always trying to come up with something thoughtful for teachers gifts since they work so hard. I also like to make things that don’t necessarily need to be eaten within a few days. They get enough of those types of gifts. A few years ago we did these Cookies in a Jar which I think went over well. Here is a Souper Valentine’s Day gift for teachers or neighbors.
This year I was looking through my Gifts in a Jar book I purchased even before I was married for ideas. Came up with bean soup with the theme of “SOUPER TEACHER”. Valentine’s Day is held in a colder month and who does not enjoy a nice cup of warm soup on a cold day.
I have also heard of people having a Souper Bowl Party and exchanging jars of soup, these would make a great party favors or you can swap mixes instead of prepared soups. These would also make great hostess gifts if you add a french loaf or a ladle.
When picking your recipe consider any dietary restrictions of your teacher, one of my child’s is a vegetarian so I purchased vegetable bullion instead of chicken.
Package the beans in a cellophane bag, I doubled them for protection, or in a cleaned out pickle or jelly jar. (If reusing a food jar, especially pickle, just be sure you put it in the dishwasher a few times!)
Make an attractive tag either on your computer, I use Avery.com and used a folding half card as a template.
I tried this one on Picnik.com but it did not turn out the way I thought. You can not see the recipe.
Print, cut out and staple them shut to the bag. If using a jar, you can just make a flat card shape and just tie it to the jar lid.
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Recipes to make soup mix:
Split Pea Soup in a Jar Recipe
- 1 pound of green split peas
- 1/4 cup red lentils
- 1/4 cup yellow split peas (could not find so used 1/2 cup red)
- 2 tsps salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
Combine all ingredients and place in a sealed container.
Lentil Soup Recipe
- 2 cups dried lentils ( I used both green and red)
- 3 chicken Bouillon cubes, crumbled
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Mix all ingredients well in a bowl and place in well sealed container
Recipes to print on gift tag:
- 2 tablesppons vegeable oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 3 ribs of celery, chopped
- 1 lb polish sausage sliced in rounds
- or ham hock (optional)
- 1 pkg split pea soup mix
- 2 1/2 quarts of water
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 ribs of celery, chopped
- 1 pkg Lentil soup mix
- 2 quarts of water