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  • Japanese Yuzu Doughnuts

    July 7, 2020 by

    Many have tried the Chinese dumplings. However, this version of doughnuts, similar in shape to the Chinese dumplings, is nothing like them. These doughnuts are like have a yeasty pie crust rolled out and pinched into 8 5-inch half crescent moon shapes, stuffed with lemon-flavored cream and deep fried for two minutes, covered with sugar.… Read more


    June 23, 2020 by

    I adapted this recipe from another recipe on the internet. CHOCOLATE PUFF PUFF MIX Makes: 1 mix for about 21 balls 4 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour 1 cup Cacao Powder 1 1/2 cups Coconut Sugar 1 tsp Baking Powder ⅛ tsp Nutmeg ¼ tsp Sea Salt Place the flour in a… Read more

  • Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins with Muffin Mix

    June 23, 2020 by

    I adapted and tested this recipe from another recipe found in the most unusual places, the back of a murder mystery book titled “MING TEA MURDER” written by Laura Childs. The book itself is A TEA SHOP MYSTERY book with recipes and tea time suggestions at the back of the book. If you want to… Read more

  • Classic Homemade Holiday Mixes and Accompanying Recipes

    March 18, 2020 by

    Edited and Tested by Emily Phillips You can use the following recipes all year round. Some of these recipes are children friendly to make. The sugar cookies, for example, have sprinkles as an option to add that will appeal to children. All of these mixes can be stored in an airtight container and mad later.… Read more

  • Homemade Pumpkin Bread

    December 20, 2019 by

    This homemade pumpkin bread mix is based and inspired by a recipe I found in a magazine called “THE GOOD OLD DAYS” November/December 2019 Issue. HOMEMADE PUMPKIN BREAD MIX This moist quick bread is ideal for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving. This mix can be stored or given. Makes: enough for… Read more

  • Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Craft Glass Ornaments

    December 4, 2019 by

    When I saw a picture of glass ball ornaments of the words Rudolph and the other reindeer names, I had to make these. Supplies needed for 1 Rudolph ornament: 1 clear glass ball 2 googlie eyes 1 red pom-pom 1 brown or gold pipe cleaner Shredded brown construction paper (shredded with a regular paper shredder)… Read more


    October 25, 2019 by

    by, Karen Loraine Foodallergy.org is a website that promotes the TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT, a safer way for parents with children, who have food allergies, to know that a particular house is a safe place for their child to trick-or-treat on Halloween. For all the rules of the TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT, go to foodallergy.org. The Teal… Read more

  • My First Blog Post

    September 25, 2019 by

    Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

  • Introduction

    September 25, 2019 by

    My name is Karen Loraine, owner of craftsasgifts.com. The purpose of Crafts As Gifts is to help promote and encourage new ideas of how to make gifts with what is already at home. This includes: gardening, crafts, and food recipes. Why do this? Here are some reasons why this blog is here: 1.) Teach the… Read more

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