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Silk's Favorite Entertaining & Gift Ideas
Crab Cakes
  • 1 lb. lump crabmeat
  • 8 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 3 1/2 tbs. Miracle Whip
  • 1/4 tsp. Greek seasoning
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 tbs. canola oil
Combine all ingredients except oil. Form into cakes 1/2 inch thick. Put a small amount of oil into a skillet. Fry cakes on medium heat until browned on each side. Turn only once.

Homemade Amaretto
Homemade Amaretto makes a perfect gift
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 cups brandy
  • 2 tspns almond extract
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and cool completely. Transfer to tightly covered bottles or jars. Makes about 5 cups.

Heavenly Coconut Cake

This cake is a great gift idea and a sure hit to any dinner party!! I place small fresh flowers (that compliment the season or occasion) around the base of the cake. This needs to be made 2 or 3 days ahead of the time you will serve it.

Blend together and refrigerate overnight:

  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 12oz packages of frozen coconut, or 3 cups fresh grated coconut
Next day:
Bake as directed, your favorite white or yellow cake mix(scratch or store bought) in 2 layers.
Split to make four layers. Spread coconut mixture between each layer, and cover sides and top of cake
Cover tightly and store in refrigerator for 2 or 3 days before cutting. This makes a very moist cake that refrigerates and freezes well.

Hot Chocolate Mix

hot cocoa Another great gift giving idea....i put this in a pretty airtight container, and put in a basket along with some mugs that coincide with the occasion of the gift.

  • 1 1lb. box of confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 8-qt pkg instant powdered milk
  • 1 6-oz jar powdered cream(dairy substitute)
  • 1 2lb. box instant chocolate powder
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
Thoroughly mix all ingredients. Store in airtight containers. Directions on Labels for gifts or personal use:
Fill a cup or mug 1/3 full with mix. Add boiling water, stirring until blended.

Raspberry Vinegar

In a pretty bottle, this vinegar makes a nice gift for someone.

  • 12 oz. white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup raspberry liqueur
Combine ingredients, cover and let stand for 5 days or more at room temperature. Strain vinegar and pour into a sterilized bottle. Discard raspberries. Yields 16 ounces.
**Note ~ Homemade vinegar's should be stored at room temperature**

Pineapple Punch
  • 46 oz. can pineapple juice
  • 1 pt. orange sherbet
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1 1/2 pints ice cream, partially softened

Combine pineapple juice, sherbet, & ice cream in a large bowl. Beat until well blended. Pour into a punch bowl & gently stir in ginger ale.

Strawberry Magic


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
red delicious strawberries Mix together and mold into pan and bake 15 to 20 minutes at 350. Let cool.


  • 1 lb. cream cheese (two 8oz pkg.)
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 box Dream Whip (2 envelopes)
  • 3/4 Cup chopped pecans
Make Dream Whip by the directions on box. Set aside Mix cream cheese and sugar, then add Dream whip and pecans. Pour into the crust and top with 2 can strawberry pie filling. Let stand in refrigerator for about 24 hours or at least 12 hours.

Strawberry Butter

This is another great gift giving idea.....put in a basket with a dozen homemade biscuits, and decorate basket with ivy or holly!!

  • 1 ten ounce carton frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, until blended and smooth. Store in refrigerator. Fantastic spread for homemade hot biscuits.

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