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Bath Bomb Recipes

Now that you've got your mold, here are the other bits and bobs that you'll need. You can find most of these in the supermarket.


Equipment
•Metal or glass mixing bowl
•Spritzer/spray bottle
•Gloves
•Bath Bomb Molds
•Sieve

Make sure you use a metal or glass mixing bowl rather than a plastic one. Plastic will absorb the smell of the essential oils. That's okay, I guess, but anything you put in the bowl in the future will smell like bubble bath ;-)






Ingredients


•1 cup citric acid
•2 cups baking soda
•20-30 drops of essential oil - you might need more or less depending on the strength of the fragrance.
•1 tablespoon of almond oil, apricot oil, or olive oil (optional)
•15-20 drops of food colouring (optional)
•A tiny bit of water

Notes: Citric acid and baking soda can usually be found in the baking section of the supermarket. Baking soda is also called "bicarbonate of soda".

The tablespoon of oil is optional. It gives a lovely moisturising feel. Don't use almond oil though if you or the intended recipient have nut allergies!

To make nice colourful bath bombs, you can mix the basic food colours (red, blue, yellow) to achieve just about any colour you want. Purple is a little tricky. When I mix red and blue, I get... green! But then the bath bomb turns purple once it sets, so all is good :-) Just warning you, so you don't get a surprise!

Wondering what fragrances to use? Take a look at the fragrance guide at the bottom of my bath salts page.




Ingredients not to use


Borax:
Please don't use this. Borax (sodium borate) is used as ant poison. If ingested, it's toxic to your liver and kidneys. Eating it can cause liver cancer. Even if you don't drink your bathwater (and I hope you don't!), do you really want to take a bath in this?


Cornflour:
Gives the water a nice "soft" texture and makes your skin feel nice... but it feeds yeast infections. I'd give it a miss!








Method
For How to Make Bath Bombs

It's a good idea to work in small batches until you get the hang of things. Scale the recipe down to 1/3 cup of citric acid and 2/3 cup of baking soda at a time. That will still be enough to make two small bath bombs per batch.

Ready? Put on your gloves, and here we go:




1.Mix together citric acid and baking soda in a bowl. Make sure they're mixed thoroughly. I find that the easiest way to mix the two powders is actually to sift them back and forth between two bowls.


2.Add essential oils, optional table spoon of extra oil, and food colouring. Mix rapidly with your hands before the mixture has a chance to fizz. The food colouring will make the mixture a bit clumpy, but you can re-powderise the clumps by rubbing them between your hands.


3.Spray water onto the mixture a tiny bit at a time, and continue mixing. You probably need less water than what you think! Aim for a consistency where mixture is still pretty crumbly but will just hold its shape when you squeeze it hard in your hand.


4.Pack the mixture tightly into your mold(s). If you're using a two-part mold like the Christmas decoration, then slightly overfill each half of the mold, and press them together tightly. Don't twist, just press. Tap the mold to release the bath bomb.


5.Let your bomb(s) dry for a couple of hours in a warm, dry place.. Keep them out of direct sunlight though. I like to place the bombs in a little "nests" of tissue paper. It seems to help them dry better, and stops round ones from getting flat on the bottom.


6.Use within a few weeks. They smell so good you'll probably want to use them straight away anyway! But it's important to know that they lose their fizzing power if they're kept in storage for too long. If you give one as a gift, make sure you tell the recipient to enjoy their relaxing fragrant fizzy bath sooner rather than later

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French Vanilla Cocoa Mix

10 1/2 cups non fat dry milk
4 cups confectioner's sugar
2-8oz jars french vanilla non-dairy creamer
3 1/2 cups powdered chocolate milk mix(such as Nestle Quick)
2 3/4 cups powdered non dairy creamer
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients and store in air tight container.This recipe makes 8-pint size jars. Attach the following to the jar for gift giving:Add 3 heaping tablespoons to mug of hot water or milk.Enjoy!


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Peanut Popcorn

1/3 cup margarine, melted
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
8 cups popped corn

Combine margarine and sugar; stir in peanuts. Pour mixture over popcorn; stir to coat popcorn well. Turn mixture onto baking sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 7 to 10 minutes, or until lightly crisp; stir once. Let stand on baking sheet, stirring once or twice as mixture cools.
When thoroughly cool, divide into 8 sandwich bags


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Brownie Mix in a Mug


4 T. instant brownie mix
Measure all small Ziploc baggie, seal.
Place in a Mug lined with Tissue paper, attach pretty tag.
Attach Tag:
Pour mix into mug add. 2 Tbsp water & mix well. Microwave for 1 minute.
Add ins: (Choose 1 of the following)
1 T. mini m&m's
1 T. Chopped Walnuts
1 T. Chopped Pecans
1 T. Dried Chopped Cherries




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11/22/08 11:43 A

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Dreamsicle Cookies In A Jar

Prep Time 10 minutes
Holiday Gifts and Crafts Gifts in a Jar
Holiday Recipes Jar Gift Recipes

Description
A favorite hot-weather sweet sparks a great gift in a jar: Orange Dreamsicle Cookies!

Taking the name--and flavors--of a cool summer treat, Orange Dreamsicle Cookies are punched up with vanilla baking chips and a burst of citrus.

Layered and decorated with a pretty gift tag, Orange Dreamsicle Cookies In A Jar are perfect "just-because" gift or gift basket item.

Ingredients
1⁄2 c powdered orange drink mix (Tang)
3⁄4 c granulated sugar
1 3⁄4 c all-purpose flour, sifted before measuring
1⁄2 t baking soda
1⁄2 t baking powder
1 canning jar, quart-size with lid and ring
1 1⁄2 c vanilla baking chips

Instructions
Sift flour, measure, then stir in baking soda and baking powder.

Layer the ingredients in a clean glass wide mouth quart sized jar. For each jar, layer 3/4 cup granulated sugar, then 1/2 cup powdered drink mix, then 1 3/4 cup flour (mixed with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder), then 1 1/2 cups vanilla baking chips. Tamp the first three layers firmly to compact ingredients.

Attach a copy of our free printable gift tag, or create your own tag using the instructions below.

Notes
Orange Dreamsicle Cookies

Preheat oven to 375°.

Empty jar into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg (slightly beaten)and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix until well-blended

Form dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until tops are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack until completely cool.

Makes 2-1/2 dozen



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Gifts In A Jar: Peaches and Cream Bath Salts

Materials and Supplies for Peaches and Cream Bath Salts:

12 tall jelly (12-ounce) canning jars with lid and rings

2 4-pound cartons Epsom Salts (approximately 16 cups)
4 pounds sea salt or Kosher salt (approximately 6 cups)
1/2 teaspoon glycerin, divided
12 to 15 drops peach essential oil
12 to 15 drops orange food color

3 pieces cardstock (for free printable gift tags)

Instructions:



Wash, rinse and dry canning jars.

Empty one carton Epsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl. Add 3 cups sea salt, stir well. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon glycerin and 6 to 8 drops essential oil. Mix well.

In second large mixing bowl, empty one carton Epsom Salts, and add 3 cups sea salt. Stir well. Add 1/4 teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color. Stir until completely blended. Color should be even.

CEO's tip: use a heavy-duty stand mixer (such as Kitchenaid-brand) to mix bath salts easily. Set mixer to lowest setting and mix until color is even--but don't try this with hand mixers or smaller stand mixers!

Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures.




Cut gift tags apart and attach to jars. Tags may be trimmed and placed beneath canning jar rings, tied on with ribbon, or taped to gift jars.

CEO's tip: decorative canning jar lids add presentation punch for a small price! Try red or green gingham lids for Candy Cane Bath Salts, while Peach lids add a designer touch to Peaches 'n Cream Bath Salts. Find decorative canning jar lids in the canning section of the supermarket.

This recipe makes 12 12-ounce gift jars, plus a bonus of 3 to 4 cups extra bath salts. Package them in small plastic zipper craft bags for easy stocking stuffers.



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Blizzard Bites Snack Mix In A Jar


Prep Time 10 minutes
Holiday Recipes Jar Gift Recipes
Description
Crunchy and sweet, this no-bake snack mix in a jar is easy to make and fun to give.

Layer crunchy cereal, pretzels and peanuts with tangy dried cranberries and candied pineapple, then add meltable white-chocolate chips.

A great gift for teachers, Secret Santa exchanges or 12 Days of Christmas activities. Includes free printable gift tag!


Ingredients
1 c Rice Chex-brand cereal
1 c pretzel twists, small
1⁄2 c dry-roasted peanuts
1⁄3 c sweetened dried cranberries (craisins)
1⁄3 c dried pineapple, coarsely chopped
1 c white chocolate chips
1 canning jar, quart-size with lid and ring
1 food storage bag, small
Instructions
Layer cereal, pretzel twists, peanuts, cranberries and dried pineapple in a quart-sized canning jar.

Place white chocolate chips inside food storage bag, and place on top of layered ingredients.

Seal jar, and attach a free printable gift tag with preparation instructions.

Can't read .pdf files? Find gift tags in image format.

Makes 3 1/2 cups snack mix.

Notes
To prepare:

Remove white chocolate chips from jar. Empty remaining jar contents into a large mixing bowl, and mix thoroughly.

Place white chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir until melted. If additional time is needed, check at 15 second intervals. (You may add 1 teaspoon solid shortening to thin chocolate mixture, if necessary.)

Pour melted white chocolate chips over snack mixture. Stir until snack mixture is evenly coated. Spread mixture in a single layer over waxed paper, and allow to cool completely.

Break mix into smaller pieces, and store in zipper food storage bags or an air-tight storage container.



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Thanksgiving Blessing Mix Recipe
Ingredients:

2 cups Bugles brand corn snacks
2 cups small pretzels
1 cup candy corn
1 cup dried fruit bits or raisins
1 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds
1 cup M&Ms-brand chocolate candy
16 Hershey's-brand chocolate kisses
free printable blessing mix gift tag

Directions:

In a large bowl, gently mix all ingredients except Hershey's Kisses.

Place 1/3 to 1/2 cup Thanksgiving Blessing Mix in small cellophane treat bags. Add one Hershey's Kiss to each bag. Close bag with chenille stem or twist-tie.

Print 4 copies of the Thanksgiving Blessings Mix printable gift tag or hand-write your own tags with the following wording.

Cut out tags, and attach one to each bag.

Makes 16 Blessing Mix gift bags.

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Thanksgiving Blessing Mix

Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation's abundance.

Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.

Candy corn: Sacrifices of the Pilgrims' first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.

Nuts or seeds: Promise of a a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.

Dried fruits: Harvest gifts of our bountiful land.

M&Ms: Memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future.

Hershey's Kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.



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Gifts In A Jar: Candy Cane Bath Salts

Materials and Supplies for Candy Cane Bath Salts:

12 tall jelly (12-ounce) canning jars with lid and rings
2 4-pound cartons Epsom Salts (approximately 16 cups)
4 pounds sea salt or Kosher salt (approximately 6 cups)
1/2 teaspoon glycerin, divided
12 to 15 drops peppermint essential oil
12 to 15 drops red food color
2 pieces cardstock (for tags)
________________________________________
Instructions:
Wash, rinse and dry canning jars.
Empty one carton Epsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl. Add 3 cups sea salt, stir well. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon glycerin and 6 to 8 drops essential oil. Mix well.
In second large mixing bowl, empty one carton Epsom Salts, and add 3 cups sea salt. Stir well. Add 1/4 teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color. Stir until completely blended. Color should be even.
CEO's tip: use a heavy-duty stand mixer (such as Kitchenaid-brand) to mix bath salts easily. Set mixer to lowest setting and mix until color is even--but don't try this with hand mixers or smaller stand mixers!
Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures.

Cut gift tags apart and attach to jars. Tags may be trimmed and placed beneath canning jar rings, tied on with ribbon, or taped to gift jars.
Tip: decorative canning jar lids add presentation punch for a small price! Try red or green gingham lids for Candy Cane Bath Salts, while Peach lids add a designer touch to Peaches 'n Cream Bath Salts. Find decorative canning jar lids in the canning section of the supermarket.
This recipe makes 12 12-ounce gift jars, plus a bonus of 3 to 4 cups extra bath salts. Package them in small plastic zipper craft bags for easy stocking stuffers!
Makes 12 gift jars.


Edited by: ANGELMOM37 at: 11/22/2008 (11:35)
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SNOWMAN SOUP

1-individual packet hot chocolate mix
2-3- Chocolate kiss candies
10-15-mini-marshmallows
1-small candy cane

Assenble in a gift bag,Gift mug or small zipper food sorage bag.

Attach:This poem below:

Was told you've been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You'll need to warm the spirit.
So here's a little snowman soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water,sip it slow,
It's sure to do the trick!

Tracy -Guelph,Ontario


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