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How to Make Friendship Bean Soup Mix in a Jar: An Awesome (Healthy) Gift for Teachers

I don’t know about you, but nothing fills me more with anxiety than trying to figure out an awesome Christmas gift for my daughters’ teachers. How can I possibly give them a healthy gift that truly reflects how thankful I am for the wonderful care they give my girls that’s also affordable? With three daughters’ who each have two teachers (they’re in French Immersion so they all have both an English teacher and a French teacher) plus 6 daycare providers among them 12 gifts can become expensive!

Friendship Bean Soup in a Jar - a healthy gift for teachers


This is why this year I decided to make the teachers something special, affordable (and healthy) Friendship Bean Soup Mix:

Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar: An Awesome (Healthy) Gift for Teachers

The girls and I had an absolute blast making these!  We started off by using to design the recipe cards – the girls really like learning basic graphic design and photo editing skills, and were very helpful in choosing the layout for the cards:

Friendship-Soup-Mix-Recipe-CardWe then took a trip to the Bulk Barn to pick up all of the food ingredients. (That store is my new BFF!). Normally I hate cooking because I can never find the spices I need – but Bulk Barn has everything!  If you ask the staff nicely they’ll even lend you some measuring cups so that you can measure out the precise amount you need of each ingredient:


The price was right too. I was able to buy all the dry goods I needed to make 12 jars of the soup mix for $17.49.


We then headed to Target Canada to buy the 1 pint Mason Jars ($7.99), bows ($2.10), ribbon ($2.10), small sandwich baggies ($3.49) and gift bags ($9.00).  

Grand total for all of our supplies = $45.38


I really like that this “craft” for lack of a better term, was well within daughters’ skill levels.  I once tried making the layered jar for chocolate chip cookies two years ago and that was a complete disaster – we had flour everywhere! (And Sierra wouldn’t stop eating the chocolate chips).

They all took their jobs very seriously! Though we still ended up with barley and lentils all over the floor *grin*.  All in all the girls greatly enjoyed their time with me, and are very proud to bring the gifts to school for their teachers!

Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar: An Awesome (Healthy) Gift for Teachers

Pumpkin Trail Mix Muffins
Serves 24
Overwhelmed with requests to make a pumpkin recipe! So here you go….’tis the season for everything pumpkin.
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117 calories
21 g
9 g
3 g
2 g
1 g
52 g
152 g
12 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117
Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 9mg
Sodium 152mg
Total Carbohydrates 21g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 3/4 tsp salt
  3. 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  6. 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/4 cup canola oil
  8. 1 egg, beaten
  9. 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  10. 1/4 cup milk
  11. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  12. 1 tsp good vanilla extract
  13. 1/2 cup trail mix (mine had cranberries, raisins, almonds, and dark chocolate)
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger.
  3. In separate bowl, stir together brown sugar, oil and egg.
  4. Add in yogurt, pumpkin, milk and vanilla to the egg mixture.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined.
  6. Fold in trail mix.
  7. Grease muffin tin or use paper liners and fill 3/4 way.
  8. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
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This year, make your child’s teachers something special, affordable (and healthy) Friendship Bean Soup Mix in a Jar – A fabulous Christmas gift for teachers!

And of course, we tried out the soup ourselves for our Sunday afternoon lunch – it turned out well and everyone asked for seconds!

Does buying teachers gifts fill you with anxiety too?


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  • Kim
    December 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    What a great idea!!! I like that this also looks pretty with the different colors!!!

  • Abby @BackatSquare0
    December 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Such a cute gift. I’d love getting something like this.

  • Nancy T
    December 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Janice!
    The friendship bean soup sounds really healthy and delicious!
    Thats a great gift for anyone. Its affordable, yet so healthy! (Keep the teachers healthy) 🙂
    I loveeeee Bulk Barn too! I love it so much, that now my husband has to accompany me to BB, otherwise, I will spend the whole day there.

    • Janice
      December 18, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Bulk Barn is amazing!!! I need to find some time to go there over the holidays WITHOUT the kids so that I don’t end up with a bonus bag of gummy worms when I leave the store 🙂

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    January 22, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I love this idea! Such a cute and unique gift idea.

  • Barrie
    December 17, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    This is a great idea-healthy but pretty and easy to make AND to give. I love this. Pinned!

  • Carmy
    December 19, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    This is such a sweet idea! I know I’d appreciate it if my friends gave me this!

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    December 20, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    As a teacher I would love to get a cute gift like this.

  • Jonathan
    December 21, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Is it basil, or bay leaves for the ingredient?

    • Janice
      December 21, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Good catch, it’s bay leaves.


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