DIY SPA Packs Tutorial {Pamper Yourself!!}

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I have a present for you!!  I'm gonna show you how to make a

soothing spa pack

Okay let’s get started with this easy little project

Take 2 rectangles of fabric (any combination of soft fabrics like cotton, flannel, or minky work great!)

You can size these rectangles however you like….

maybe 6 x 3 for a neck pack or

maybe 2 x 4 for an eye pack or

maybe 3 x 3 for pocket hand warmers….

any size YOU like!!

If you want to embellish the front at all (adding lace, or flowers or buttons etc…do that on one of the rectangles now

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Next, face the rectangles right side together and sew a seam around (leaving a 2 1/2 in gap for turning and filling)

Clip the corners and turn right side out

Press - I like to topstitch the closed end at this point so that when we’re done the two ends match (but you don’t HAVE to)

Now mix up your rice {adding any essential oils or scents that you like – I love adding baby powder for a wonderful clothesline fresh scent – but I have a ‘thing’ for baby powder).  On average I use about 1 1/2 cup of rice with a couple shakes of baby powder for each spa pack.

Pour the rice (a little funnel or scoop is very helpful) into the little pouch you sewed up leaving a little room at the top.

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I like to pin the pouch across just above the rice to keep that in place while you sew the pouch opening closed.

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Turn the edges in and top stitch it closed – remove the pins and

Voila – you’re done and have a stinking cute little pouch spa pack to gift away to others and/or pamper yourself!

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This one is a pink floral flannel with a grey scrappy flower

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This one was made out of grey chevron-ish cotton fabric with a yellow ruffle trim

If you give as a gift, just add a little tag telling them how long to heat in the microwave (this depends on the size of the pouches you made – usually 30 seconds on HIGH does the trick and more for bigger packs) 

These are wonderfully soothing and pampering after a long day or playing outside or when not feeling well.  A cozy, snuggle-y addition indeed!

TIP: You can also store in the freezer to help soothe boo-boos.

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{EVERYTHING BARS}

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Just a bit of warning as you prepare these….

When you make these bars, you MUST have a jug of milk on hand.  Very rich & decadent…very yummy indeed!!

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 Here’s the lo-down:

1) You start off making these with your favorite brownie recipe.  Go ahead, use a box mix…you’ll be doctoring these babies up so make this part easy {unless you want to make from scratch then feel free – I didn’t!}

2) When your brownie timer goes off, top your warm brownies with 1 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows * and pop back in the oven for 3 minutes.

*I also added 1 1/2 cups of these little caramel pellets but you don’t have to if you don’t want or can’t find them… by the way…these are the best invention ever, little kraft baking caramels instead of unwrapping 8 gazillion big caramels for recipes!  You can’t find them everywhere but I grabbed several bags from our local grocery when I saw them.

 

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The marshmallows and caramels will not look melted when you take them out…that’s ok!

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{surprisingly the oven light does not produce good photography – ha!}

3) Now take 2 cups chocolate chips (or any combo of baking chips you like), 1 cup peanut butter, 1 tablespoon butter and melt in medium saucepan over low heat until smooth.

4) Add 1 1/2 cups rice crispie cereal and spread this mixture over the brownies.

5) Cool in the fridge for a couple hours to set up and then cut into non-gigantic pieces for nibbling….remember they’re rich and gooey & don’t forget your MILK!

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The beauty of these
EVERYTHING BARS
is that you can add anything YOU want.

Live on the edgeexperiment…Pop in a tsp of vanilla or top with some coconut or ohhhh some m&m’s - that’s a good idea I’ll have to do that {NEXT TIME!!} 

Tip:  Use up all those little bags of leftover baking chips from other recipes {I know you have some little bags of chips all twisted up with just a handful left in your pantry, don’t you?}

Most of all – have FUN & enjoy!!

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Baby…It’s cold outside {winter activity day}

It’s been cold and windy and icy around here and we had a ‘day off’ from school

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So we made the very most of it

* We baked

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check out this pin for easy marshmallow “frosting” – mmm {fyi didn’t look good but tasted yummy!}

* We crafted

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ha – these were FUN!!

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  I made my first lined zippered pouch – so proud of myself

 
* We made cards & treats to bring for a visit to
Great Grandma

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* We forted…ummm… built a fort {with vintage sheets no less!}

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  * I cleaned the stove {notice I not we?? not as much fun on this one but it felt good to get it done!}

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* We read

* We snuggled

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is that a cute dog with a gigantic bone or what?

* We played outside

a very good day indeed!!

What do you do on snowy {stay home} days??

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{NO BAKE} PB & CHOCOLATE COOKIES!

 

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northern cottage no bake pb & chocolate cookies

We whipped up a batch of these yummy treats

No Bake PB & Chocolate cookies

  • 2 c white sugar (or brown if you prefer)
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 3 T cocoa powder
  • 3 T peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 c raisins (or other dried fruit)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a large saucepan - combine sugar, milk, cocoa and peanut butter & butter. Over medium heat, stir & bring to a boil. Let it just boil on its own for 1 1/2 minutes (do not stir). Remove from heat and mix in the oats, dried fruit (we used craisins this time) and extracts. Drop by teaspoonful onto waxed paper.

Cool…Enjoy!

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