Day 262 / 365
My blogger buddy, Faye Lessler has created and shared some bad ass seasonal and sustainable food recipes on the blog throughout the year. She's an amazing and diverse blogger (and human) and came up with some awesome last minute DIY mason jar treats for your loved ones that basically let you gift everyone on your list. You can find more of Faye's incredible creations and awesome outfit posts, amongst other stories, on her blog, Sustaining Life, here. Below are her words and creations as part of a 4 part series by her!
If you're anything like me, you are still scrambling to finish off at least a few Christmas gifts - despite only having four days before the deadline. As someone who actively avoids any and all holiday hubbub or excess that goes along with last-minute gift shopping, I have adopted a new strategy this year. Yep, you guessed it, I'm cooking up some holiday treats! 
Not only is holiday shopping stressful and expensive, but it also comes with a lot of waste, excess, and mediocre gifts. By making edible gifts at home and packaging them in cute, reusable mason jars, I am happily avoiding all of that trash while ensuring that my gifts are both useful and enjoyable for everyone! These three edible treats are sure to please the loved ones on both of our gift lists this year. These treats and sustainable wrapping suggestions are cheap, easy, and can all be accomplished in one day. Now that is what I call an enjoyable holiday activity.

For The Toast Eater/Leftover Reheater: Sweet Pumpkin Apple Butter

What you need:
  • 5 lbs of apples
  • 1 small sugar pumpkin (about 1/2 lb)
  • 1 pint apple juice/cider
  • 1 pint water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp crushed cloves
  1. Remove stem, skin and seeds from pumpkin. Chop into rough 1 inch cubes.
  2. Remove cores from apples and chop into rough 1 inch cubes, leaving the skin on.
  3. Add chopped apples, pumpkins, and the rest of the ingredients to a crock pot or large, heavy pot on the stove. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer, let sit for 1 hour.
  4. After simmering for 1 hour, blend the mixture either with an immersion blender, or by transferring it to a blender or food processor. If you are transferring the mixture, be sure to allow it to cool (almost completely) before blending, and definitely do not over-fill your blender/food processor! 
  5. After blending, simmer for 3-8 more hours, stirring very occasionally. Be sure that the heat is low enough so that the butter does not bubble and splash as it thickens, because that shit burns. When stirring, check for thickness of consistency.
  6. Transfer to jars when desired consistency is reached. I like mine to be somewhere in between a thick applesauce and jam.

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