Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cherry bath fizzies ( Last minute Christmas gift )

I put together this gift thanks to Martha Stewart's recipe. Simple ingredients, easy mixing, and some waiting.

What you need:

1. 1/2 cup citric acid ( from the grocery store, canning section )
2. 3/4 cup cornstarch
3. 1 cup baking soda
4. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
5. Food coloring
6. Essential oil or candy flavor
7. Cookie cutters or any mould of your choice

What you do:

Stir together citric acid, baking soda and corn starch. Pass mixture through a fine sieve or flour sifter into a mixing bowl. Add sugar.

Add some food coloring to about 1/8 -1/4 cup water. The less water the better. Sprinkle a bit of the colored water unto mixture. It will fizz some. Mix till damp or until you can pack mixture with your hands.

Add essential oil or candy flavor ( I used cherry ), a drop at a time till desired strength of smell. ( May take about 10-15 drops)

Mix till color is even throughout. Spoon or pack into desired mould. I just heaped patted and cut with cookie cutters.

Leave out to dry at room temperature. Waited about 2-3 hours before gently pushing them out. Original recipe calls for overnight drying ( I am not that patient ).

Now have fun with pretty packaging.

PS: silicone moulds make the popping out part so much easier!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Quick and easy Advent calender

The whole family helped with this one. We use mini kraft envelopes from staples, punched some ready made chalkboard labels ( from Hobby Lobby ) and had our 5 year old practice writing her  numbers by labeling them with a silver metallic sharpie pen. After scouring the internet, we decided on some activities for each day of the holiday month and  hand wrote them on paper. I picked up the silver stars for Hobby Lobby as well. Our little girl just stuck them on. Here are a few of the activities we agreed on :
Taking clothes to the women's shelter
Watching a basketball game
Eating christmas candy
Writing a letter of gratitude to friends
Skyping family on other continents ( we are originally from Ghana, West Africa )
Building a fort with blankets and reading a christmas story
Baking a cake for Jesus
Seeing the Zoolights in Chicago
Making a gingerbread man
With this done, maybe we will have a dance party tonight...;)


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