Christmas Recipes and Ideas

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Lighted Potpouri
Take a half gal. size jar (like from the dollar stores) and put in a small strand of Christmas tree lights, fill with Christmas scented potpourri, cover with a doiley tied with a ribbon or raffia plug in and......Beautiful!! The heat from the lights make the fragrance much stronger. Very simple, and inexpensive.
Brenda 12/02/98

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Scented Pinecones
Materials:
Pinecones (real or store bought)
1 lb. wax
1 oz. of wax friendly fragrance oil
candle color chips in red, green, or white (I like to use a dark green wax and then add the texture "snow" paint in dabs after a day or so) wax paper

Melt wax in double boiler. Add color chip. Remember that wax is always darker when it is wet so if you want to see what color you are getting you can spoon a drop or two on some white notecards.
Remove from heat. Lay out your wax paper to sit dipped pine cones on. Add fragrance oil to wax (fragrance is stronger if you add it while wax isn't so hot.) Dip pinecones in wax. The wax usually dries fast so you can do a couple of dippings.
Place on wax paper and dry completely for a few hours.
When finished place in a nice bowl or you can string them up and hang on your tree, use in wreaths, etc. Smells good! :)
**Be sure the kids don't try to eat these, keep away from pets, the usual disclaimers, etc...
Holli 10/13/98

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Room Sprays
Mixed a few drops of peppermint eo (or spearmint) with some sweet orange eo with distilled water. Put it in a plastic bottle with pump sprayer and label that warned to shake well first. This smelled delightful. :)

I betcha some made with eucalptus eo for clearing out flu germs in the air would be good too!
Sandi 11/14/98

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Gift Baskets
I am making gift baskets- found some really nice baskets for Cheap at a local store. I made oatmeal milk baths, standard bath salts, fizzy bombs,lotion, soaps and candles. Each basket is tailored to the scent preference of the recipient. 2 people don't take baths (they shower, and one has a hot tub so she doesnt take soaker baths), but they are gardeners, so I made scrubber soaps, herbal lotions and candles for them. Found some pretty large cloth napkins to line the basket with, and painted the container bottles to match the theme of the basket. For the 2 Extra Special people i am putting in teas and music as well. Thats my idea!
Peggy 11/14/98

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Greg's Christmas Blend for Lamp Rings
8 drops Clove
6 drops Cinamon
6 drops Ginger
6 drops Clary Sage
7 drops Lemon
4 drops Orange Sweet

Place in Lamp ring or diffuser
Greg 11/11/98

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Sawdust Christmas Ornaments
2 C. sawdust (any texture depending on how delicate you want your finished product)
3 C. flour
1 C. salt
Water as needed
Ground spices (as much as you want for fragrance and/or color) Mix dry ingredients together. Add water until of rolling/working consistency. This dough hardens well and is not easily broken.
FilusM 9/28/98

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Applesauce/Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments #1
Drain the excess liquid off applesauce and keep adding cinnamon until you get a dough, then air dry them.)
Jill 9/28/98
What to do with the dough...
I just made some cute cinnamon ornaments out of a cat and a goat cookie cutter when they dry I`m going to put a piece of jute with a tiny bell around the goats neck.
Sandra 12/10/98

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Applesauce/Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments #2
3/4 - 1 cup applesauce
1 - 4.12 oz. bottle ground cinnammon

Mix and roll to 1/4" thickness. Make a hole to hang put on rack to dry for several days.
Tess 9/30/98

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Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments #1
1/3 cup Elmer's glue
1 lb cinnamon, ground
1 cup (more or less) unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup ground cloves

Blend the spices together. Mix in applesauce 1/4 cup at a time until you get a stiff but somewhat sticky dough. Grease a cookie sheet with a spray, and grease your hands. pat out the dough onto a greased surface (I use a corian cutting board) and cut out the "cookies" with cookie cutters- bear shapes and gingerbread man shapes look good with the brown dough- and add "faces" with whole cloves. Carefully put the cookies onto a cookie sheet, poke a hole in the top with a straw (for the hanger) and bake at 300 degrees F until they are nice and hard- 15 minutes at least, depending how thick the dough it, keep checking until they are no longer sticky. Let cool, and tie a ribbon through the hole to hang them by.
Peggy Dodd 9/30/98

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Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments #2
1 1/2 cup ground cinnamon
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup Elmers glue

Mix all ingredients well and add a few drops of cinnamon oil if scent isn't strong enough (if using "old" cinnamon, for example). Roll out between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to about 1/8" thickness. Cut with cookie cutters into desired shape and use a drinking straw to make hole for hanging. Let air-dry for several days, flipping every day to make sure both sides dry evenly.
Hang from ribbon or cord and, if desired, embellish with fabric paint, ribbon, lace or fabric scraps (glued on), etc.
Christine 9/30/98

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Bath Salt/Milk Bath Idea
You can make peppermint bath salts, divide in half, color one red, get some clear jars and make a 'candycane' stripe bath salt! For kids, how about a chocolate-milk bath? Just put a couple of Tablespoons powdered coca in a couple of cups powdered milk!
Rabeca 11/17/98
Snowman Poop

For each bag you will need:
1-sandwich size ziploc bag
mini marshmallows
snowman sticker/or printed snowman placed inside of bag

add mini marshmallows to bad along with the following saying:
You've been bad
So here's the scoop
All you get is
Snowman Poop

I print the saying along with a snowman picture, turn them into stickers, and place on the front of the bag. We made these and gave them out to my 3 kids classes during their Christmas parties, and the kids loved them. We spent around $5.00 for 2 boxes ziploc bags, and 2 bags mini marshmallows, and this was enough for an estimated 40 kids. Very inexpensive, yet comical gift to pass out. P.S. The teachers and staff loved them as well.

3/25/03

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Snowman Poop
1 cello bag (snowmen on would be great)
1 pc of colored tissue paper (red or green)
1 pc curling ribbon
1 paper punch (small hole)
1 cup packing noodles (white)
1 hang tag you make with a santa on fron and this saying inside:

Santa looked at his list,
Even checked it twice.
And he has seen that you
have not been very nice.
Since coal's so expensive,
Here's the scoop,
Santa's filling your stocking
with SNOWMANS POOP!
Price $1.00

Nice way to use up your packageing material and they sell :) Put scoop of noodles in the tissue paper, tuck that inside the bag...tie and put hang tag on with curling ribbon.
China 9/28/98

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Reindeer Poop
Place some whoppers candy in a snack bag (or can be wrapped in cellophane or placed in a small jar) and add this poem to it:

Reindeer Poop

I woke up with such a scare
when I heard Santa call "Now
dash away, dash away, dash
away all."
I ran to the lawn and in the
snow white drifts, those
reindeer had left "little gifts."
I got a shovel and started to
scoop neat little piles of
"Reindeer Poop."
But to throw them away
seemed such a waste. So I
saved them thinking you
might like a taste!
As I finished my task, which
took awhile, old Santa
passed by and sheepishly
smiled. And I heard him
exclaim as he was in the sky
"Well they may not be potty
trained but they sure can
fly!"
Stephanie Wahl 10/9/98

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Fire proofing your Christmas Tree
INGREDIENTS
2 cups Karo Syrup (Grocery Store)
2 ounces Liquid Chlorine Bleach (Grocery Store)
2 pinches Epsom Salt (Drug Store)
1/2 teaspoon “Borax” (Grocery Store)
One Teaspoon Cleated Iron (Garden Store)

  1. With a saw make fresh cut to the bottom of your Christmas tree. Try to cut level taking off at least one inch.
  2. Immediately after you cut the tree mix your fireproofing ingredients. Fill a two gallon bucket with hot water to within one inch of the top then add ingredients and mix well.
  3. Immediately stand the tree in this solution and let it sit for 24 hours.
  4. Place your tree in a stand with a well where liquids can be poured (SAVE REMAINING SOLUTION).
  5. After your tree is in the stand fill solution from the bucket into tree well using a cup or other smaller container.
  6. Every day without exception , the well of the tree stand must be “TOPPED-UP” with the soultion from the two gallon bucket.

Follow these simple directions and your tree will be fireproofed. It may save your home and family from those fire tragedies we always hear about around the holidays!

This is how it works: The Kyro Syrup provides the sugar nessary to allow the base of the tree to take up water. Up to 1.5 gallons of water can be taken up by the tree over a two week period. Boron in the “Borax” allows the tree to move the water and sugar out to every branch and needles in your tree. Magnesium compounds in the Epsom Salt and Iron form the Cleated Iron provide essential components for the production of chlorophyll which will keeep the tree green. The bleach prevents mold from forming in your solution.

Some of the other beneficial side-affects of this procedure are that the needles will not drop and you will notice an increase in natural pine fragrance.
China 12/01/98

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Bath Bags

I make some little basket to , with "bath bags". I do a little bag out of a nice napkins and I put some herbs in it, then tie it with a nice ribbon. Here are some example:
  Relaxing bath: Chamomille, lavender, achilleum...
  For cold and flu: Thym, rosemary, eucalyptus...
  Bath for 2 : peppermint, anis, rose, cinnamon...

I also make some massage oil with 250 ml sweet almond oil and your choice of essential oil. ( lavender, eucalyptus, ylang ylang...)

Let go your imagination and have a merry christmas!
Alexandra 12/2/02

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Lighted Potpouri

Take a half gal. size jar (like from the dollar stores) and put in a small strand of Christmas tree lights, fill with Christmas scented potpourri, cover with a doiley tied with a ribbon or raffia plug in and......Beautiful!! The heat from the lights make the fragrance much stronger. Very simple, and inexpensive

Christine 1/16/03

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Bath Salt/Milk Bath Idea

You can make peppermint bath salts, divide in half, color one red, get some clear jars and make a 'candycane' stripe bath salt! For kids, how about a chocolate-milk bath? Just put a couple of Tablespoons powdered coca in a couple of cups powdered milk!

Christine 1/16/03

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