Gift Giving 101 Throughout the Year: Recipes & Resources from Irene Delano

Posted by Irene Delano & Leigh Ann Hudson on 01/24/2018


We had another wonderful evening laughing and learning with Irene Delano at our Keepers Connection on January 25, 2018 at First Southern! Here are some more of her delicious & easy recipes and resources that she mentioned in her Gift Giving  101Throughout the Year.

Plus, you can download and print the Gift Giving Ideas Throughout the Year Calendar by clicking here!

Enjoy making these together with family and/or friends, and then giving them to others to share God's love for them!



1 box of tri-colored swirled pasta

1 cup chopped yellow peppers                  

1 cup chopped green peppers

2 cups of chopped tomatoes                                   

½ cup chopped red onion

½ lb. cubed cheddar or Colby cheese       

1 bag chopped turkey pepperoni

1 small can of black olives, drained           

2 cups of cooked chicken, cubed

Half a bottle of Kens Great Northern Italian Dressing                 

Salt, Pepper & Oregano to taste

  • Cook pasta, drain, let cool 10 minuets then add to a large bowl.
  • Add everything else to pasta. Toss with dressing and seasoning.
  • Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from fridge, mix pasta, and taste. Add more dressing if needed, as it will have absorbed. 
  • This will feed two families. Serve with crusty bread.



1 gallon size Ziploc bag or large lidded plastic container
1 16 oz. bag of tiny twist pretzels  
1 cup of vegetable or canola oil                  
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. garlic salt                                            
2 tsp. of lemon pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper

  • Add oil and spices to bag and mix well.
  • Add pretzels and shake well until coated and shiny.
  • Then you have two options:
  1. You can leave in bag to soak up oil mixture for 6 hours or more, turning and shaking a few times. OR...
  2. Place pretzels on a large sided baking sheet in oven at 200 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Make sure to stir a few times while in oven to ensure even baking. Let cool before eating, storing and giving away!



Two bags of popped microwave popcorn, plain or salted (not buttered)

6 ounces of white chocolate chips or almond bark candy coating

Any sprinkles of your choice

  • Pop popcorn, remove any un-popped kernels.
  • Place popcorn onto a large rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. 
  • Melt chocolate on stovetop using a double boiler stirring and watching carefully.
  • Once melted, carefully drizzle melted chocolate all over popcorn. Be Careful not to saturate any one spot, mixing and coating well.
  • Add sprinkles.
  • Let cool and harden on counter or refrigerate before bagging up and giving away.



8 ounce glass bottle with sealable /removable lid

7 whole Vanilla beans

1 cup of Vodka, Rum or Brandy alcohol

  • Slice beans lengthwise and cut in half or smaller to fit into glass bottle
  • Pour alcohol over beans, seal and shake well
  • This will need to sit about 8 weeks in a cool dark place
  • Shake bottle once or twice a week

Always use a bottle larger than your liquids + beans so you’ll have room to shake 

If for personal use, you can continue to add original liquid and more cut beans to replace as used. It will continue to steep and infuse.



Nashville Wraps -Cello, boxes, tissue paper, ribbons, and much more!

Hand in Hand -Sustainable; Buy a Bar, Give a Bar

Air Plant Shop -No Soil, Little watering

At Home -Home Decor Superstore

Five Below -Crafts, Housewares

Home Depot -The Giving Plate, Air Plants

Amazon -Search for items in bulk (i.e.-Bulk Hand Towels, Bulk Wooden Spoons)

Hobby Lobby -Crafts, Supplies, Hobbies, Decor, Frames, and lots more!



Gift Giving 101 Dessert Sauce Recipes -Hot Fudge Sauce and Caramel Quick Sauce

Pumpkin Poem Gift Idea with Recipes & Printable Pattern -Pumpkin Bread 

Gift Giving 101: Holiday Scent Bag with Printable Tags -Holiday Scent Potpourri (aka Stovetop Potpourri)

Gift Giving 101 {2010} Project #8: Hot Cocoa Cones -Hot Cocoa Cones 


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