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Spaghetti Sauce Spice Mix As Frugal Gift

When I make spaghetti, I use a mix of spices that I add to my sauce, such as garlic powder, oregano, basil, crushed chilies, and sugar. I poured about one tablespoon full of each into a baggie and zip-locked it closed. Then I bought a small Christmas tin at the dollar store and put the baggie inside.


For cooking instructions, I cut out a section of old Christmas card and wrote the spaghetti preparation on one side. After punching one hole in the recipe card, I tied it with Christmas ribbon around the can to give as a gift.

Source: I found this idea in the Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book from the library.

By Patricia Mabel from Maple Falls, WA

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December 6, 20110 found this helpful

Love your idea! You can go one step further by making a small gift basket that also contains the correct amount of pasta, tomato sauce/paste and maybe even a small can of grated Parmesan cheese :-)

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December 6, 20110 found this helpful

I love the Gooseberry Friends books. I have one hardcover one for holidays and several booklets I purchased at a discount resale store.


And, like you, I have referred to at least one of them to share information here on ThriftyFun (attributed it to them, like you did too).

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