Recipes, craft ideas, kid things, hostess gifts... just some fun stuff!
How to Make Vanilla Sugar
This makes a great hostess gift!
Find a cute sugar bowl, jar, canister that you like. The one that was given to me is an old fashioned looking glass canning jar with a hinge closure. (Thanks again Lara!)
Fill canister with sugar, stick a couple of whole vanilla beans in it, close and wrap with a pretty ribbon and you are done! Tell the recipient she can just add more sugar and keep the same beans - they will last a very long time and keep flavoring the sugar.
How to Make a Perfect Mocha
One spoon unsweetened cocoa
Two spoons vanilla sugar (see above for recipe)
Two shots espresso
Steamed milk, extra foamy
Mix sugar and cocoa together with a little bit of cold water. Pour in espresso and stir until sugar dissolves. Add steamed milk and enjoy!
How to Make Fizzy Bath Bombs
2 tablespoons citric acid
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 tsp essential oil or fragrance oil
3 tablespoons vegetable oil *
3-6 drops food color (optional)
Mix citric acid, baking soda and cornstarch in a bowl.
Mix vegetable oil, fragrance or essential oils, and food coloring together in a second small bowl.
Slowly mix the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients.
Make small (1 inch) balls of the mixture and place them on waxed paper to dry. Dry completely for 24 - 48 hours.
Once completely dry, store bath bombs in a tightly sealed container, away from moisture. These also make great gifts - wrap tightly in plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon!
* Any vegetable oil will work, but the nicest ones to use are: coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, or apricot kernel oil.
For more bath ideas, go here: http://www.pioneerthinking.com/baths.html
Don't want to make your own? Try buying some from Lush instead - their butterball bath bombs are my all-time favorite!
How to Make Jenny's GirliTiniTM
2 1/4 oz vodka of your choice
1/2 oz. triple sec/cointreau or grand manier
1 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice (include pulp)
1/2 oz Cranberry (I prefer Ocean Spray)
1/2 oz Pink Grapefruit juice (if you can fresh squeeze, all the
Add ice last and shake, pour into a chilled martini glass; I stock my
freezer with frozen glasses in the event of a Girlitini emergency!
How to Make Play Dough
1 cup water
1 package unsweetened kool-aid (I like grape the best)
2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
2 T vegetable oil
1 cup flour
Place all ingredients (in order listed) except for flour into a saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour as mixture heats up. Keep stirring until mixture starts forming into a lump. At this point you may need to remove from heat. Pinch a piece between two fingers and if it's not sticky, it's done. Dump onto counter, knead and let cool. Store in plastic bag or container.
For more children's craft supply recipes, go here: http://www.pioneerthinking.com/crafts-childrens.html
How to Make Papier Mache Glue
1/2 cup white flour
2 cups water
Mix and continuously stir over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir for 10 more seconds. Let cool. Store in refrigerator. It's only good for 3 days, so don't make too far in advance.
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