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Workshop offers fun ideas for holiday giving

Oklahoma

Anyone of us would love to get a one-of-a-kind, straight-from-the-heart homemade gift, but who in the world has time to make something during the hectic holiday season?

"You would be surprised how quickly you can create a wonderful, one-of-a-kind gift from your own kitchen," Amanda Horn, a registered dietitian and the family and consumer sciences educator for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service, explained. "You can actually make a great gift that would please just about anyone in less time than it would take to go out and shop for one."

Residents interested in learning how to create their own gifts are invited to attend a "Gifts from Your Kitchen" workshop Nov. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. or Nov. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service.

"Not only will our participants learn to make a wide variety of thoughtful gifts," Horn commented, "but they will also take home four gifts that they actually make during the workshop, ready to give to someone else."

Participants in the workshop will create and take home a festive container of peppermint sugar scrub, a jar of homemade milk bath, marshmallow stir sticks wrapped for giving and a specially-blended "Big Batch Barbeque Rub" packaged in a special container.

Workshop participants will also take home a cookbook full of recipes and gift ideas that can be used year-round.

"Buying gifts for people isn't always that easy to do," Horn reasoned. "We live in a society where so many people already have so much that sometimes it's hard to find anything they really need. That's why homemade gifts are so special. Everyone can use them and they're always appreciated."

The gifts being made during the workshop will each offer time-saving elements as well as good taste, variety and will be holiday-packaged so they can immediately be gifted to someone.

In addition to instruction in actually creating gifts for others, the workshop will also focus on the latest storage and food safety issues as they relate to food gift items during the holidays.

"If you like the idea of making gifts for those on your list," Horn stated, "this is the workshop for you. Not only will you learn everything you need to know to make a wide variety of gifts, but you will also have a lot of fun while you do it."

The workshop will he held at the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service auditorium, located at 930 N. Portland, and has a $20 registration fee to cover the cost of supplies.

To register for one of the workshops or for more information, contact the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service at 405-713-1125.

Date: 11/12/2012



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