I started making my homemade Christmas presents yesterday. My first project: lemon lavender body scrub. The ladies can use it in the shower; the men in my family can use it at the back porch sink, given the amount of grease and oil they work with on a daily basis.
The recipe I pulled up had a problem with proportions, as I discovered to my dismay, so I spent a good bit of the afternoon mixing, adding sugar and remixing to make something resembling a usable scrub. For my first attempt at anything crafty, I suppose it’s not too bad but no one on Etsy needs to worry about me opening a business. On the plus side, since I only used ingredients from the pantry, it could also be used in baking!
My second project was pomegranate molasses (really, heavy syrup). My brother likes interesting food, so I thought he might appreciate it. Well, he’d better, because that effort was equally interesting. The juice wouldn’t reduce and wouldn’t reduce, until, suddenly, I had the La Brea Tar Pits in the bottom of the pot. Luckily, I had some cherry juice in the fridge so I managed to thin it down. As it turns out, pomegranate cherry molasses is quite tasty; he’ll just need to heat the bottle before he attempts to use any.
The last project for the day was fruit vinegars: strawberry and raspberry. Since those mixtures are still steeping, I can’t say how successful they’ve turned out. The goal is strawberry vinegar for some people, raspberry vinaigrette for others, all packaged in pretty bottles. Ostensibly, I can’t mess these up but, given my track record so far, I wouldn’t put money on it.
I made my mom’s yearly calendar, with help from family members’ FB photo albums – so much easier than begging for photos each year. I’m also working on a “chapter book” for Adorable Nephew, using the pictures from his week-long visit with me this past summer, with plans to make a picture book for Newest Niece, using pictures from my safari in May. Turns out I’m better on a computer than I am with a stove!