Can you believe, it's only three weeks til the Christmas Holidays are here, then quickly gone. I have the radio going with all the lovely music playing most of the time. To me it's one of the best things about the season. I hope we are all taking time to think about the true meaning of this blessed event,and what it means to all of us.
In case you are looking for a few last minute stocking stuffers, bath items are always favorites. There is nothing like sinking into tub of hot water at the end of a long day and letting the cares of the day just melt away.
Bath Salts are a great relaxer and so easy. Save up empty containers during the year that you can decorate, and as one of my sons pointed out, hang a scoop on the container. For this recipe you will need:
1 cup epsom salts
1/4 cup baking soda
20 drops of essential oil. I like lavender because it's so relaxing, but for a guy you might lke eucalyptus. Rose is nice too, whatever you like. Just mix all together well, put in your container with a bow and a scoop. A sugar scrub is good for both men and ladies. For this I have found a coarse brown sugar in plastic container that works well.
1 cup of the coarse brown sugar
1/2 cup of regular sugar
1/2 cup of sunflower, or olive, or safflower oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla -the real stuff.
Mix well, store in air tight jars. I bought some plastic freezer containers, figured I might drop a glass jar, which would not be wonderful so opted for something safe enough for klutzy me. Same thing here, decorate the container with pretty decals and bows.
This year I found a new bath pleasure, a bomb. Don't be mislead, it won't blow up. The only thing I am struggling with is a mold. It suggests something round but I a using cupcake pans lined with foil. Try this:
Epsom salts, water and essential oil are all you need. For each cup of salts, add enough water to make a wet sand consistancy, mix in a few drops of oil, again I would go for the lavender, then pack into your molds and let harden for 3 days. Wrap each ball in saran wrap and tie with a bow.
One last thought, if you are having guests for the holiday, you may need to spruce up your carpets, so here is a quick, easy carpet cleaner, I really like this one, the scent lingers for days:
1/2 cup corn starch
2 cups baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cloves
2 crushed bay leaves.
Mix all together and put in a shaker can, sprinkle over rugs and let set 1 hour, then vacuum. A word to the wise, be sure your shaker can is secure, my lid fell off first thing and I had to clean up and start over.
Happy Holidays, peace and love to all.