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S'mores Squares Mix - Meals in a Jar

This makes such a cute gift, and it takes only pennies to make!

Layer:
1 sleeve graham crackers; reduced to crumbs*
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Put on the Label:
Empty contents of jar into a bowl. Melt 1/2 cup butter, add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients, mixing well. Pat into a greased 9" square pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Makes 9 to 12 bars.

*TIP: The best way I have found to crush the graham crackers is putting them into a gallon zip lock bag and rolling them with a rolling pin.

Dreaming of a White Christmas Soup Mix - Meals in a Jar

The title of this one caught my eye. I just had to try it, and what a great thing to do with your leftover chicken!

Layer:
1 package (2.75 ounces) country gravy mix
2 TBSP chicken bouillon granules
2 TBSP dried minced onion
2 TBSP dried celery flakes
2 tsp dried parsley flakes
2 1/2 to 3 cups uncooked wide egg noodles

Label on Jar:
Empty contents of jar into a 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven. Add 8 cups water; heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to medium; add one 10-ounce or two 6-ounce cans cooked and chopped chicken*. Cover and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.

*Instead of using canned chicken you can use your leftover chicken! It takes about 2 cups of chopped up chicken.

Ham Fettuccine Bake

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
3 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1-1/2 cups
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
1-1/2 cups cooked fettuccine
1 cup frozen peas
sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded

In a small skillet, cook bread crumbs and parsley in 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan; set aside.

In a large skillet, melt the remaining butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add the milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheese; cook 2-3 minutes longer or until melted. Stir in the ham, fettuccine and peas.

Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish; sprinkle with bread crumb mixture. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
Original Recipe from Taste of Home

Veggie Ham & Cheese Rice Bake

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 large carrot, peeled & diced
1 can of corn
2 cups steamed broccoli florets
1 cup ham, diced
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
salt & pepper, to taste
2 pinches ground thyme
1 cup long grain white rice
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease baking dish and set aside. {Use a 9×9 square dish or one that is slightly larger.}

In a large skillet, melt butter and saute onions, carrot, corn, and ham 5-7 minutes or until veggies start to soften. Stir in steamed broccoli and cream of chicken soup. Once soup starts to melt into the veggies, add in seasonings, rice and water.

Stir to incorporate and remove any lumps. Melt cheese into mixture and pour entire contents of skillet into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes or until rice is completely cooked and no liquid remains. Serve hot.

The original recipe is found here.