Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas gift from the kids to Grandma

This year (as with every other year) I was stumped on what to get for my mother-in-law. As hard as I try to find something that she would like, I am 95% sure she is going to return. But THIS year, I found something that she can't return (even if she doesn't like it... haha).
We bought an apron from Bed Bath and Beyond (I have since found cheaper ones,b ut not as nice at Joann) and some fabric paint. We had the girls put their hand and foot prints on the apron and I *intent* to embroider "Grandma's Kitchen" on it. At the time I did not have enough time to set up the embroidery machine, but it will come soon!

Cheap, easy, and from the heart :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Homemade Christmas Gifts - 2010

Ever since I became a stay at home mom I have become more and more crafty. So this year when Christmas rolled around i decided to make some homemade gifts for my ever growing family and friends. After perusing many crafty websites I settled on Hot Cocoa Cones and Peppermint Bath Salts. The Hot Cocoa Cones were the more popular of the two but both were extraordinarily easy.

Hot Coco Cones

I made them simple this year, next year I may decorate them to look like Rudolph.
You will need:
Hot cocoa power
Mini chocolate chips
mini marshmellows
crushed up candy canes
Plastic cone bags (wilton has their cake decorating bags, but this year they started putting their logo on them, bleh... so search online for some)
1. Put cocoa (2 servings worth of cocoa) mix in one of the plastic cones and either tie up and trim or trim and tape to seal.

2. Mini chocolate chips - 1/3 c or so mixed with some crushed up candy canes.
3. Lastly is the mini marshmellows - 1/2c or so
4. Tie off the bag and add a cute note.
Peppermint Bath Salts
I found a few different recipes on Better Budgeting, eHow, and a few others that I just perused and then I came up with my own recipe.
I used a combination of glycerine (found in baking aisle at Joann), Epsom salts (walmart or publix), Peppermint essential oil (local store), and baking soda. Some recipes called for 3-4 drops of oil, and others called for 15.... so I sort of split the difference. Also, some called for baking soda and others didn't. I decided to use it.
Next year I think I'm going to try bath bombs! :) I hope everyone enjoyed their gifts.

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