With the holidays right around the corner everyone is trying to decide what gifts to give their loved ones. It may be that you find yourself sort on funds, especially after a move or else that you merely want to be creative. I thought I might give everyone a head start and share some homemade gift ideas.
GIFT #1 – DYI BATH BOMBS
Except for the bath bomb mold and essential oil, all the items below can be purchased in the grocery store or found around your home. You can use many things as a mold for the bath bombs: ice trays, cookie cutters or just your hands will work. You can also purchase bath bomb molds at Amazon or Walmart for about $6. Great scents for bath bombs are lavender, rosemary or jasmine (or your favorite scents). Essential oils can be purchased in most health food stores or even Walmart.
· 1 cup baking soda
· 1/2 cup citric acid
· 1/2 cup cornstarch
· Food coloring (all natural, if desired)
· The essential oil of your choice
· Mixing bowls
· Measuring spoons
· Spoon for stirring
· Bath bomb molds
Directions: mix your corn starch and baking soda in mixing bowl. Use spoon to break up clumps. Add essential oil a few drops at the time to desired fragrance. Use your hands (gloved in desired). Then add drops of color. If you want a multiple colors, use separate bowls for each color. The more drops you use, the darker the color will be. Add water 1/2 teaspoon at the time. Mixing after each ½ teaspoon until it is the texture of damp sand and holds a tight clump. Add citric acid and thoroughly combine. Mold your bath bomb. If using a round mold, use the back of a spoon to smooth the line around the ball. Dry completely then wrap in plastic wrap by placing the bomb in the center and pulling ends together, securing with a tie. Put one the tub and watch it fizz!
GIFT #2 – CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MIX IN A JAR
For this gift you will need the following:
· 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
· 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
· 3/4 teaspoon salt
· 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
· 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
· 1/2 cup granulated sugar
· 1 quart mason jar
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in 1-quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above, pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.
Print and attach the following to the jar:
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375° F. Beat 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional); mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
GIFT #3: HANDMADE SOUP IN A JAR:
For Chicken Noodle Soup Mix
· 1 tablespoons dried chopped onions
· 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
· 1 bay leaf
· 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
· 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
· 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
· 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
· 1 chicken bouillon cube
· 2 cups wide egg noodles
· 1 quart mason jar
Print and attach the following directions:
DIRECTIONS To Make Chicken Noodle Soup: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté one diced carrot and one diced stalk of celery until just tender, about 5 minutes. Unwrap the bouillon cube from the soup mix, and then add it, plus all remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Add in 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the noodles are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir in 2 cups chopped cooked chicken before serving. Season to taste.
Want more soup in jar ideas? Go to this link: https://wholefully.com/homemade-soup-mixes-in-a-jar/
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM INTERIORS FOR SENIORS
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