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A Craft A Day …Homemade Sugar Scrub

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! It was such a sweet time with my family! Lots of precious memories to hold onto.

The kids and I actually completed this on Friday before Christmas just to add a little something extra under the tree for the ladies in our lives. Sam and Mags really got a kick out of making gifts.  I surfed blogland a bit to get some ideas of the basic ingredients and came up with these recipes. These mixes are so super easy and you may already have all that you need to whip up a batch in your kitchen. The scrub softens up dry skin so nicely!

Here are our recipes…

Almond Brown Sugar Scrub

~ 1 C Brown Sugar (3 parts)
~ 2/3 C Olive Oil (2 part)
~ 1/2 C Almonds (optional)
~ 1 tsp Almond Extract
~ 1 C Rolled Oats

Chop your almonds first. Then mix remaining ingredients together including almonds. I used my knock-off Magic Bullet to get everything blended super good. Also, I ended up adding a drizzle or two more of the olive oil to moisten the mixture a bit more. Just be careful to not get it too oily.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub
~ 2 Candy Canes
~ 1 1/2 C White Sugar (3 parts)
~ 1/2 C Olive Oil (1 part)
~ 1 tsp Mint Extract

Grind candy canes in processor or chop. Mix all ingredients together. Again, I added a bit more olive oil in the end.

*Both recipes yielded about 2 1/2 cups of sugar scrub

There are so many possibilities to play around with these sugar scrub mixes. You could use coconut oil or baby oil, different extracts or essential oils to change the scent. Lots of fun to play around with! The shelf life of these babies isn’t going to be as long as something you would buy in the store because it is preservative free sooo I am estimating a month or two for freshness.

Thankfully my awesome Mom cannot part with glass jars easily so I raided her stash to fill with scrub. I used Mod Podge and craft paper to decorate the lid and twine to tie my tag on.

Side note….my hubby totally knocked it out of the park this year for Christmas! Seriously that man has been listening! Anyway…I scored the latest Cricut…eeek! Ohhhh the possibilities! These tags would have been sooo much cuter with my fancy dancy new machine but alas my scribbly handwriting will do for now.

Wishing you all a great week as we wrap up 2011!

A Craft A Day… Neighborly neighbors

I am not sure this really falls into the “craft” category but it was our together activity today so I am sharing. We made yummy treats for our neighbors as to carry on this yearly tradition. I often times this year have referred to the K.I.S.S method that I am trying to implement in my life. Keep It Simple Stupid. I tossed my elaborate baking schemes out the window and…well…kept it simple this year. It made it more enjoyable for the kids to really help me from their perspective and mine.

Maggie helped me with these yummy treats…

Holiday Pretzel Treats (or you could alter slightly and call them Reindeer’s Noses)

Bite size waffle shaped pretzels
Hershey’s Kiss OR Hugs
M&Ms candy

~ Heat oven to 170
~ Line baking pan with wax paper and lay pretzels out in a single layer
~ Place 1 kiss or hug on top of each pretzel
~ Bake for 4-6 minutes just to slightly melt chocolate
~ Remove from oven and slightly press an M&M on top of chocolate
~ Let them cool for a few minutes then place in the fridge for about 10 minutes to completely set

*For Reindeer’s Noses use Hershey’s Kiss and red M&M’s

The Sam boy helped me here…

Puppy Chow

9 C Crispy rice cereal squares
1/2 C Peanut Butter
1 C Semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar

~ Melt peanut butter and chocolate chips in saucepan over low heat
~ Mix and melt until smooth
~ Pour over cereal and mix until well coated
~ Pour powdered sugar in large Ziploc bag
~ Pour cereal into bag and shake, shake, shake until powdered to perfection

I purchased these cute containers last year at an after Christmas sale AND I found them again this year! Whoa baby…it’s a Christmas miracle!

We used white muffin cup liners to separate our powdery goodness from our crunchy chocolate melts.

The best part…DELIVERY! “Are we going to the neighbors yet?” Now imagine that sentence repeated about 52 times and you get the gist. Alright already…treats delivered!

What is your favorite treat to make at the holidays? Test out my new comment box. Is it easier to use?