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?!