26 March 2008

Bath Treats

























I bought some bath bombs recently and then decided to start making my own. There are lots of easy recipes to be found on the "net". A great one can be found by searching "Brenda Sharpe Bath Bombs" (Thanks Brenda for making these instructions available).

Mix all dry ingredients first (except colour). Mix wet ingredients and colour in a small bowl or cup and gradually add in to dry ingredients while mixing and squishing with your hands. The mixture resembles damp sand (wear gloves). I pressed the balls together with my hands. I did buy a plastic small heart mould for the hearts.

I have fairly sensitive skin and these were fine for me. I also have an old style bath (not plastic). I don't know whether the colours would stain an acrylic bath.

I bought the ingredients:

Baking soda
Epsom Salts
Citric acid
Sweet almond oil
water
Small amount of Food colouring powder to make preferred colour
cornflour
Borax - emulsifier

and some gorgeous pure essential oils (quite expensive, but only a few drops are needed so they last a long time)

Lavender
Bergamot
Orange
Lemon
Rose geranium
Jasmine

I wish you could smell them! I made some smaller hearts to be used as a foot bath. These are lovely for someone who isn't lucky enough to own a bath and can be used in a large bowl for soaking tired feet.

21 March 2008

Happy Easter!














We had a nice holiday, shopping,watching movies, resting, swimming, eating, drinking and catching up with family. It was 33 degrees here one day this week and this morning it is 3 degrees! I don't know what is going on.....?????

02 March 2008

More cushions and a cheesecake slice







I have made some cushion covers with my yoyos.






I also made a yummy citrus cheesecake slice. The recipe is basically on the Nestle skim condensed milk tin, but I added half a sachet of Aeroplane JellyLite Lime Lemon flavour, instead of the gelatine. I also left out the egg whites as I don't believe in using raw eggs (not just because of the recent publicity about salmonella, I have always been wary of raw eggs). This meant the cheesecake wasn't as high as normal, but I called it a cheesecake slice and it tastes delicious.














125g plain sweet biscuits crushed
60g olive grove margarine (or low fat spread)
250g light cream cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
400g of skim sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 teaspoon orange rind
1 sachet of lemon lime lite jelly crystals (9grams)
1 or two passionfruit


Combine biscuit crumbs and melted butter and press into a lined tin or I used a glass pie dish. (I added a little orange juice as well) refrigerate until firm
Beat cream cheese until smooth, add cream, condensed milk, orange juice,lemon juice, orange rind and jelly crystals and beat until combined. Pour over chilled biscuit base.
Swirl some passionfruit over the top.

Refrigerate intil set.

The next time I made it in a square tin. (I then cut it in slices and froze half, so I didn't eat it straight away. It froze well for a few weeks)

DH is on holidays for a couple of weeks so I probably won't have much blogging time. Take care everyone and I'll catch up with you as soon as I can xx