Jun 30, 2009

Edible Fruit Bouquets

Edible fruit bouquets - a sweet and budget-friendly centerpiece idea for your spring or summer bridal shower. Fresh (not canned) pineapple slices can be turned into delicious yellow daisies with the help of a simple flower cookie cutter. Small hearts and stars look lovely too. Green grapes and blueberries make charming stems for your "bouquet" of spring flowers and chocolate dipped strawberries make your fresh fruit centerpiece look elegant and expensive. Dip apple slices in lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

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Jun 29, 2009

Homemade Bath Salts & Soaks

After a stressful day of wedding planning, why not soak in some homemade bath salts made from natural ingredients (cinnamon, oatmeal, baking soda and powdered milk) found in your own kitchen pantry? A tub full of hot water with a cup or two of Epsom Salts is known for relaxing muscles and drawing toxins from the body. The reason? They are made of the mineral magnesium sulfate - a sedative for the nervous system. When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, it reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient and exfoliator. And unlike everything else you and I buy in pretty little packages to soothe our skin, you can pick up a four pound bag of Epsom Salt for less than three dollars at your neighborhood Walmart.

Before mixing the recipes, make sure that any herbs or oatmeal added are first ground finely (use a food processor if possible).

Mix the ingredients well, store in airtight plastic containers or sterilized jars (such as mason jars or pretty jam jars). Shake the jar well before using. Add anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup to your bath and enjoy!

Cinnamon Soak

1 cup powdered milk
1 cup baking soda
3 TBS cornstarch
2 TBS cream of tartar
1 1/2 TBS cinnamon

Soothing Bath Soak

4 cups Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup sea salt
2 TBS dried herbs (finely ground)

Oatmeal and Cinnamon Milk Soak

1 1/2 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup baking soda
3/4 cup oatmeal (finely grind it first)
3 TBS cornstarch
2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp cinnamon

Herbal Salts

1 1/2 cups Epsom salts
3/4 cup baking soda
3/4 cup dried herbs (finely ground)

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Jun 24, 2009

Gourmet Cookie Wedding Favors

Gourmet cookie favors with your name and his. I love the rustic (undecorated) simplicity of these heart shaped cookies, made with a heavy duty plastic cookie cutter, yours for $25 plus shipping. Sounds like a lot? With this little plastic heart (that makes an attractive three inch cookie) and your favorite cut-out cookie recipe, you can turn out 100 cookies and freeze them up to three months in advance. Compare that to pre-packaged wedding cookies sold online at five to six dollars each, loaded with preservatives. A sweet, personalized cutter you can use every Valentine's Day, anniversary or "just because."

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Jun 17, 2009

Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes

Homemade sugar scrub recipes - using many wholesome ingredients (no chemicals!) that you already have at home in your pantry. Honey, olive oil, yogurt, coffee, vanilla extract, brown sugar and tea. Brown sugar is much softer than white and will be more gentle on your face and/or sensitive skin. Mix your ingredients and store in a small airtight Mason jar. For smooth, hydrated, baby-soft skin, gently rub one of these easy sugar scrubs all over your body and bottoms of your feet to exfoliate and remove dead skin. Rinse well and replenish with your favorite moisturizer.

brown sugar scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of almond oil
1/4 cup of liquid Ivory hand soap
1/4 tsp of vanilla

Lemon Sugar Scrub

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 T lemon zest (grated)

Tea Sugar Scrub

2 cups white sugar
1 cup honey
2 TBS tea
5 drops vanilla

Yogurt Sugar Scrub

3 T baby oil
1 T yogurt
1 T white sugar

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Jun 6, 2009

Fall Cookie Favors

These charming fall themed cookies are courtesy of Sweet Sugar Belle, and if you've never been there before, you will find a treasure trove of easy to follow cookie baking and decorating tutorials. It proves once again that you don't have to buy from an overpriced bakery for professional looking sweets. These mini pumpkin cookies - a little over two inches long - are made with a simple 4 inch round cutter and cut into small wedges. Wrap each decorated cookie in a crisp cellophane bag and tie with a beautiful rust organza bow - a thoughtful fall themed wedding favor for well-loved family and friends.

pumpkin pie cookies

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