Saturday, February 14, 2009

Bubbly Bathtub Hearts

JessTrev with a Valentine's Day DIY craft....

OK, the interlibrary loan geekiness is so paying off in spades. For Valentine's Day in my kid's kinder class, we had to send each little person a Valentine. As Green Bean's mentioned, if you haven't been around a classroom lately, you would have no idea the amount of candy and trinkety plastic junkiness that's being thrown around in the name of holidays, the red-hearty one included.

That's why I'm pleased as punch to say that I figured out a great recipe for bathtub hearts. Back to the liberry -- I got out the handmade soap book (by melinda coss) and browsed it a couple weeks ago. Lye? Meh. Around my 2 year old? Not so much. But wait! Tucked away near the end of the book (yes, I did indeed read it cover to cover even though I don't intend to make soap) was a recipe for bath fizzies.

I've adapted it below (successfully!) based on ingredients I actually had and could find locally since I just started yesterday. We changed the name 'cause, compared to the Lush stuff Santa brought and the homemade bath bombs we like to whip up (I'll save that recipe for another day), the word fizzy's not the one that comes to mind! But ooooooh, they are super-moisturizing! My daughter keeps having me run over and rub her arm, cause it's "sooo soft!"

Bubbly Bathtub Hearts

2 oz shea butter (Coss uses cocoa butter)
2 oz baking soda
1 oz citric acid (I already had this on hand - don't bother racing around looking for it, you need to get it online -- and may I note that you probably shouldn't buy the 15 lb bucket of it, even if it does cost out to less per pound? I'll be making bath fizzies for my grandchildren)
3 tbsp cornmeal
6 drops food coloring (I tried a small amount of beet juice which failed spectacularly to influence the color of the cornmeal-hued final product)
6 drops of essential oil of your choice (that would be none, thanks!)

Grease some small molds or an ice cube tray with non-stick cooking spray (I sprayed mine with olive oil -- and used the very same old IKEA heart icecube mold that GreenBean did to make her crayon hearts -- what else is a mom to do with a food prep item made of #7 plastic?!). Melt the shea butter in a double boiler over low heat. Remove from heat, add baking soda, citric acid, and cornmeal and stir thoroughly. Add coloring and essential oils if you're using em, and stir. Spoon into molds (I spooned and then mashed them down with my fingers to get them firmly into the ice cube tray). Sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Stick them into the freezer to set. When hard, turn out of molds.

Put in a wax paper bag, and staple a little heart-shaped note to each baggie that says, "Be my rub-a-dub-Valentine!" Warn small people who might be inclined to pop them in their mouths that these are not food, even if they look exactly like shortbread.

Have a good one! May your skin be soooper soft this Valentine's Day!

*I know, I know, I should have a picture of these. But by the time I figure out where the cord is to upload my photos of these adorable little hearts? It will be St. Patty's Day.

**No, it's not my foot. You think I have time to paint my toenails?!


Tameson said...

I was thinking that whole exercise thing had been working well for you 'cause your leg looked so svelte testing that water...and then I saw your disclaimer.

HAPPY Valentine's day

Green Bean said...

Awesome idea. After two years of the crayon hearts, we may try this one next year. Both of my kids will be in the same schools next year as this year so we've got to keep people on their toes. ;-)

Crunchy Chicken said...

Just make sure to give these to older kids, because I'm fairly sure the 1st graders in my son's school would have eaten them during their sugar fest yesterday.

Elizabeth said...

I've found citric acid at an Indian grocery near my house.

Donna said...

My son just started preschool last week and what an eye-opener the Valentine's party was - yipes! Anyway, great idea.

I get citric acid from the bulk foods section of a local grocery store. It's nice to be able to purchase just a little. :)

JessTrev said...

Tameson - thanks for the encouragement! Yeah, not my leg at all. But still exercising! Happy, Happy day to you too!

Green Bean - loved riffing off your crayons (which I'm so totally doing next year). Handy little IKEA molds, eh?

Crunch - yeah, they look *exactly* like shortbread. My mom used to be a first grade teacher and she's mighty nervous on my behalf. But, as she said, "Well, some kid is definitely going to take a bite of one. But he'll spit it out!"

Elizabeth and Donna - very jealous of the local, small amounts of citric acid near you! And Donna, yes, it's fairly astonishing. Fully completing my path to ancient parent (aka "When I was a kid...")!

Lisa Sharp said...

I will have to try this sometime!

greeen sheeep said...

Man, you gals are creative! I hope by hanging around the booth some of that will rub off on me.

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea!


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