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Friday, December 19, 2008

Sugar, Sugar how'd ya get so Fine

I made a sugar scrub, and it seriously made my skin as smooth as a baby's ...well you know ;).

Anyway, it was simple to make and can be easily adapted for your mood, or texture preferences.

You will need:
sugar
oil-olive, almond, etc. Not vegetable.
fragrance
sea salt- for preservation

Pour sugar and a spoonful of sea salt in a container and add oil until it is a good smooth consistency. Add fragrance purchased from the store, or even vanilla or almond extract.

Smooth on skin before shower, using circular motions. Let dry onto skin, like a mask, and sit for 3-5 minutes. Shower and rinse off.

Yum--you can eat the rest, just joking ;).

Keep jar closed tightly, as to not attract insects or allow bacteria to grow. Should use up in a few times, to reduce risk of contamination.
Saturday, December 6, 2008

Gourment Pot Roast w/ Recipe for Leftovers

Beef Roast
Beef Broth
5 green onions
Shallots
Onion Powder
Garlic
Caribbean Jerk Seasoning
Red Potatoes
Carrots
Truffle oil

Cut potatoes, carrots and green onions in small pieces, and place in crock pot.  Add beef.  Pour beef broth in, about 1/2 way up the beef.  Add 2 cloves of garlic or 1 teaspoon of garlic, Add a tablespoon of shallots, 2 teaspoons of onion powder, and a couple shakes of caribbean jerk seasoning.   Finally add white truffle oil--1 teaspoon should be PLENTY.

Cook on high 4-5 hours.

Use some of the cooked broth to make a gravy in a pan with cornstarch and a little more beef broth if needed.

For leftovers the next day shred beef and make sandwiches--can add bbq sauce if wanted for a quick bbq sandwich.   





Bath Salts

So, 

I was researching different 'gift' ideas for a Thriftier Christmas.  I have many that I want to give something to on this Blessed Holiday--but, unfortunately, I do not have the means to buy everyone what I desire for them. 

So, in an effort to let those I love know that they are loved and thought of--I make personalized gifts for them.  Last year, I made handmade earrings and bracelets--along with scarves.  So, I thought this year, I should try something a little different. 

I decided to make bath salts--because what girl doesn't love a little pampering?  It was actually a pretty easy process, most of the time and effort going in to finding the supplies ;).  (don't tell them how easy it was)  

The things you will need are:
Epsom Salt- Dollar Tree
Sea Salt- 7lbs w/ 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby is under $5
Fragrant oil- Hobby Lobby 2.99
containers- washed out jelly/olive/condiment jars 
Food Coloring

Add equal parts epsom salt and sea salt in lidded container and mix together by shaking the covered container. 

Add drops of fragrant oil-- 5-20 drops depending on size of jar, and 2-3 drops of food coloring.

Shake vigourously, it will take a minute or two.  

Top off with a pretty bow and label.

Voila-you have a lovely gift to add to your "spa basket."  Ideas to include in the basket could be: loofah, bath glove, slippers, candle, etc.

I plan on making bubble bath and sugar scrub next to go w/ the fragrant bath salts I made today.

Time to Create

My mommy-life blog has inspired me to also blog about the "creative, " side of myself.  I love learning new things--and I love making things!  Whether it is creating an edible creation, scrapbooking,  making babies, or just a fun project to do with my kids--


If it is hands-on--I want to try it!!
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