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Dog Biscuits

  • 1 quart wide-mouth canning jar

  • 1 dog biscuit cookie cutter

  • 16 inches of a pretty ribbon

  • 1 large envelope. (Punch a hole in the upper left hand corner.)

  • 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

  • 1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar or white sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Pinch of salt


1. Type baking instructions (see below) on a pretty piece of paper or card and tuck inside the envelope.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine: 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal, 1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder, 1 teaspoon brown sugar or white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, pinch of salt .

3. Using a funnel, pour dry ingredients into the jar. Close jar tightly.

4. Tie dog biscuit cookie cutter and instruction card around the top of the card with a pretty ribbon.

Instruction Card:

Make Your Own Dog Biscuits

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat it to 250 degrees F. Place Dog Biscuit Mix ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Add in 1 large egg, 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 to 1/2 cup (or more) hot chicken broth, beef broth or very hot water.

2. Make a dough that's very heavy, but not sticky. Add more flour or water, 1 teaspoon at a time if dough is too moist (use flour) or too dry (use hot water).

3. Turn out dough onto a floured pastry cloth and knead 8-10 times until elastic. Let dough rest for 5 minutes. Roll out dough 1/2 of an inch thick and cut with a dog-bone shaped cutter. Place cookies close together as they will not spread.

4. Bake for 1 hour, rotate the baking trays in the oven (turn tray around 180 degrees), and bake them another half hour. Cool the cookies in the pan for 1 minute, then transfer to a wire cake rack to cool completely.

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Now...on to the bath salts and etc...

The simplest one and the one that was a huge hit for me as the gift giver this year is this:

3/4 cup epsom salts

1/4 cup sea salt

Drops of essential oil or other scent to taste.

Shake well, several times...leave overnight and package. I used chocolate, chocolate cherry, strawberry, raspberry, cucumber, eucalyptus, very berry, vanilla and vanilla pecan scents....I think that was all...may have been more because I really got carried away and this is sooooooo inexpensive to make!! In a small package it can either be a foot bath (several, since you only need a tablespoon and I packaged in 4 tbs. packages) or a bath. I called 'em foot fizzies...but have since been informed that the eucalyptus is an excellent inhaler for when someone is stuffed up.  A tsp. in a bowl of hot water really helps clear the head!


Mix one tsp. honey, 1 egg yolk, 3 drops lemon juice.

Apply to face for 20 minutes.  Rinse.  Wait a day. 

Mix 1 TBS. each oatmeal and honey, 3 drops lemon juice and water to desired consistency.  Apply for 20 minutes.  Rinse. 

Recipe from Family Circle Magazine

Bath fizzies with herb sachets

This one uses JoAnn's fizzie mix

You need:

Fizzie Mix

Fizzie Spray bottle

Bath salt sachet bags

Soap mold

Powder or liquid colorant



(Choose your own on the last three.)

How to:

1.  You can use either powder or liquid colorant for this project.  The instructions vary slightly depending on which you choose. 

2.  Fill spray bottle half full with water and add a bottle of fragrance.  If using liquid colorant in your project, add half a bottle of it to the spray bottle now put cap on and shake slightly.

3.  Pour half the contents of part A and half the contents of part B into a mesuring cup and mix well.  If using the powdered colorants, add small amounts to your dry mix and stir well until desired effect has been reached.

4.  Spray three squirts of the liquid into the measuring cup and mix the powder.

5.  Repeat step four until your mix reaches a consistency that will allow you to pack it like a snowball. You want to wet it JUST enought to pack it together.

6.  Put the mixture into the mold, packing it tightly.

7.  Let harden and unmold close to the table surface by pressing ifrmly on the mold with constant pressure.  You may want to place a piece of cardboard in front of the pieces so they don't fall out and break.

8.  All fizzies to set for 24 hours or entire totally firm, then place them in sachet bags for giving or use.

to make layered fizzies:

1.  Prepare first color according to directions and continue process with steps 4-6 in above.  Pack mix tightly into mold, filling only HALF way.

2.  Quickly mix up a second batch following above directions, but in a different color.

3.  Fill mold the rest of the way and pack down tightly.  Let harden as above.


Instructions from JoAnn Crafts. 

Skin burnisher

1 tablespoon of salt plus one tablespoon of olive oil, sesame oil or your favorite oil from a bath shop.  Use table salt rather than kosher salt, which is too rough.  If skin is extra sensitive or you've just shaves, use white granulated sugar instead of salt.

Starting with legs and working upward, gently roll the mixture over your body except your face.  Don't rub vigorously or the gritty paste may irritate.  It will exfoliate, remove dead cells and smooth dry patches.

Use this in the shower...and remove it in the usual showering manner!

Bird Pudding.....

2 quarts of water

1 cup of margarine (or you can substitute crisco or meat drippings or any other form of fat)

1 cup peanut butter

4 cups cereal (corn meal, oat meal or cream of wheat)

Optional: chopped fruit, bird seed or sunflower seeds...even chopped nuts

In large kettle bring water and margarine to a boil...add cereal slowly until all is well coated and thick.  Remove from heat.  Add peanut butter and optional ingredients and stir well until blended.  Let it cool.

Dip pinecones into mix until well coated or simply place mixture in containers of your choice and glop it onto a bird feeder station or the top of a fence post or where ever birds can get to it. 

Buy a rose scented shampoo.  Pour some out into a shallow bowl and lay silk petals into the shampoo.  Push them down to get them really coated and let them soak a bit.

After a while (5-10 minutes or whenever you return) push them down one more time to make sure they're all coated and remove and let dry out on a piece of waxed paper.  You CAN coat them several times but once makes a lovely bunch of bubbles.  Package them in a tulle or nylon net bag or give them loose in a container.  The recipient then tosses a few petals (I used 6 at a time and it was about right for me...lots of aroma and a moderate amount of bubbles.) right under the faucet when the water starts....the shampoo is released and bubbles result.  The petals will float (some of them...this was weird) on the top of the water for gathering up after the bath.  How luxurious to have a rose petal bath!

Now, on the weirdness....I used two different types of roses.  Apparently one was more silky than the other?  Or had some extra materials in it.  The only basic difference was the color of the petals.  They FELT the same....but one kind floated on the top and the other quickly got waterlogged from the faucet, released its load of bubbles and stayed there on the bottom.  I don't suppose it matters much as long as the bubble bath succeeds, but it was odd that some of them just didn't float and others seemed to love it! You'd want to be sure not to let these go down the drain. 

Here's the recipe for a Power Bath from the Lodge of Four Seasons.

Fill tub with comfortable warm water; add 1/2 cup each dried rosemary and sage plus two tablespoons oatmeal.  Relax for 15 minutes or so and gently pat skin dry.  Finish with a moisturizer.  The herbs stimulate your sense of smell with heady, somewhat minty aromas and oatmeal soothes the skin. (Recipe originally found in Family Circle Magazine.)

salts...always a favorite!

The easiest thing in the world to whip up.  You can leave them clear, or make them colored.  You can leave them plain or make them flavored! Mix up a huge batch and you'll have plenty for you and to give as gifts! Put a batch in a pretty jar or bottle! Decorate with ribbon roses or some garland or hang a heart around the neck of the bottle....Use your imagination and these will be GREAT for any gift giving occasion. 


Coarse sea salt (I found this in the health food section of the store.)

Peppermint essential oil

Red food coloring

Pour 2 cups of sea salt into one bowl and 2 cups into another.  Add red food coloring to one and whisk until well distributed.  Add more drops of color if you wish to make the bath salts darker. 

Add drops of peppermint oil to both the red/pink colored salts and the clear salts.

Using a funnel, layer the salts.  One layer of red, one of white, making a candy cane stripe appearance.  (Or just fill bottles with clear OR's up to you!

VOILA....the gift is done....isn't THAT simple???

Egyptian Facial Mask: (I LOVE the way my face feels after this) by willow

1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp whole milk
1/4 tsp table salt
1 Tbsp flour (I used more because my mixture was too runny)

1. Mix together wet ingredients until well blended. Add dry ingredients and mix to form smooth paste.

2. Mixture should be wet but not runny. Add a drop of rose or lavender oil.

3. Spread over face and neck, let sit 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.


More hints and tips and simple facial ideas!

Make a paste from a little oatmeal and water. Apply to face and allow to dry. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

Mash 1/2 banana and add 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons sour cream. Apply to face and let set for about 10 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

Two tablespoons of cornmeal mixed with enough water to make a thick paste makes a great inexpensive facial mask. Gently apply to face and wash off.:

In a food processor or blender, combine 1/2 cucumber, 1 tablespoon yogurt, a few strawberries, and 1 teaspoon honey. Apply to face and allow to dry. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

Grind 1 tablespoon almonds into a fine meal in a blender or food processor. Mix almond meal together with 1 tablespoon honey and 1 egg white. Apply to face and let set for about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

To loosen blackheads, combine equal parts baking soda and water in your hand and rub gently on your skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Mash half of an avocado and apply to entire face. Let set for about 20 minutes and then gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

Soak 1 cup dried apricots in water until softened. Puree in blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons skim milk powder. Apply to face and let set about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

Puree 1/2 peeled, sliced cucumber in a blender or food processor and add 1 tablespoon yogurt. Apply to face and let set about 20 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

Crush a handful of strawberries and mix well with 1 teaspoon honey. Apply to face and let set for about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons honey, the juice from 1/2 of a lemon, and 1 small carton plain yogurt. Stir in 1 whipped egg white. Apply to face and let set about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

I apologize for not being able to quote the source of this....I saved it a long time ago and didn't put who should be credited for it!

Make your own Green Tea lotion

What you need


Heat resistant or metal bowl
Hand Whisk
measuring cups and measuring spoons
Heat source
Ice cube trays
Air tight container that can be kept in the freezer.


1 tbsp Soya lecithin granules
250ml (or 1 cup) green tea
80ml green tea oil

Before you start

Wash all equipment. Sterilize all equipment with boiling water. Drain completely.
Allow to drip dry.
Wipe all kitchen surfaces with disinfectant, wipe again with clean water.
Ensure all kitchen surfaces are clean.
Check expiry date of all ingredients before use. All ingredients must be fresh.


Pour the green tea and lecithin granules into the heat resistant bowl.  Cover the bowl and put this bowl in a saucepan half filled with water. Put this saucepan over low heat to melt the lecithin granules in the green tea.
Measure out the green tea oil.
When the lecithin is melted, remove from heat. Take the bowl out of the saucepan.

Use the whisk to mix the lecithin well with the green tea.
Slowly add the oil to the mixture. Stop mixing once all the oil is incorporated into the mixture.

Cover and leave to cool

When cool, it is ready to use.

As there are no preservatives in you lotion, you have to be totally vigilant about hygiene.
Freeze the lotion into single use quantities in the sterile ice cube tray. When frozen, remove from ice tray and transfer to a sterile container that can be kept in the freezer. Keep in the freezer and thaw out only what you need when you need it.

This one is great for gift giving as well as for yourself.  All the ingredients are dry so they can be made in advance!

Put this in a jar or into those nifty little muslin bags you can buy or make. 

2 cups of skim milk powder

1/2 cup baking soda (add more if you have hard water)

1/2 cup oatmeal

Whirrrrrrrrrrrrr all of this in a blender until it turns to a fine powder.  Use about 3 tablespoons per bath!

Old fashioned milk-bath option:

1 cup powdered milk

1/2 cup Epsom salts

1 tablespoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cornstarch

Few drops essential oil

Mix ingredients together thoroughly. Can be stored for several months. This recipe is by Chrissie Bettencourt.

Another variation is:

I cup powdered milk

2 tablespoons Almond meal (found in health food sections or stores)

2 tablespoons barley or oat flour (most supermarkets carry this, at least around here)

A few drops of essential oil...(for smell....this is optional in all the things EXCEPT where smell is the main selling point! will store for several months. This recipe by Heather Stevanka.

Here's a list of what the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy considers the top 10 essential oils...

Visit this site for more information on essential oils and using them!

You can use any good unscented oil as a base for body oils! Jojoba, aloe, coconut (which carries a certain amount of scent no matter what), sesame oil, safflower oil, mineral oil. You can even blend a bunch of them and then add scents or essential oils.    You fill a jar/bottle up with the base oil and then add the essential oil that you want for scent or aromatherapy purposes! How much will depend on how smelly you want the oil to be. What's really cool is to also put dried flowers in.  Add those to the jar first and then pour the oil gently over them. 

You need a jar or bottle with a tightly fitted top and most of the oils need to be used within 3-6 months or they may go rancid.  (Yuck) Use a tablespoon or so per bath.

I made some lavender oils...using stalks of dried lavender and a mineral oil base. I think you're supposed to add about 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of base oil.  (This is up to your personal taste.) So, if you have smaller containers, mix the oils together in the larger one and then pour into smaller ones. 

You can combine almost anything you like the smell of....a curl of lemon, lime or orange peel dropped into the container you'll be giving....add the essential oils to the base oil in another container and pour over.

Neat combos....coconut/mango, pecan/vanilla, cinnamon/clove, lemon/rosemary, chocolate/cherry

Now, I looooooooove chocolate....I've even tried chocolate shampoo and liked it!

But, I'm not sure I would want to bathe in it....

However, that being said....


If you can't make it to the Spa at the Hotel Hershey, try this recipe adapted from Laura DuPriest's book, "Natural Beauty: Pamper Yourself with Salon Secrets at Home" ($10.95, Prima):

1/8 cup Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup Epsom salts
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Optional: 2 to 3 drops lavender essential oil.

Mix in a bowl and then add as the water is running. A whirlpool tub works for maximum froth and foam.

Light candles, dim the lights. Have a few candy kisses and a glass of water nearby.

I kind of wonder though, if you don’t shower off, which kind of spoils that relaxation of soaking….will you have chocolate ring around the collar???

Oatmeal bath sachets


1 cup cornstarch

2 cups skim milk powder

1/2 cup baking soda (increase if you have hard water)

1/2 cup oatmeal

Blend all ingredients in blender until it all turns to a powder. can either put this in a jar with instructions to add 2-3 tablespoons per bath or put the individual bath amounts into cloth bags.  OR, you can provide the cloth bag do the jar.  Dissolves quickly but you need to swish the bag around in the tub a little to get it all to dissolve.  I made muslin bags and then gave each person a jar of the mixture and a bath bag...decorated with fabric paints.

A nice accompaniment is the body scrub....1/4 cup dry oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of honey and enough milk to make a paste.  Apply to elbows, ankles, knees....You store this one in the fridge and microwave it on high for about 15 seconds to warm it.


2 tablespoons aloe vera gel

1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil

Combine ingredients with whisk or fork and massage mixture into feet until absorbed.  The peppermint oil stimulated while the aloe vera cools and moisturizes.  Store in a glass or plastic container in a cool, dry place.








Pour oils into a jar or bottle that had a tight fitting lid. Shake well.  Add @ 1 ounce to your bath!


Ivory Snow



Optional: food coloring and/or fragrance.

Moisten Ivory Snow in a bowl to the consistency of VERY stiff dough.  Add food coloring and fragrance if desired. Shape large spoonsful of soap into balls.  Set aside to harden for several days.  Wrap in cellophane and seal shut.


3 Ounces beeswax

3 ounces cocoa butter

3 ounces sweet almond oil

(You can substitute shea butter, mango butter for the butter part.  For the liquid oil you can also use hazelnut or grapeseed oil.  ) Combine all ingredients and put into mold or small shallow pan.  You can cut it into portions.

Pineapple Body Scrub

(Man...people are really into body fruiting, aren't they?)

Recipe adapted from one used at Jamaica's Round Hill Hotel and Villa Resort...printed in Family Circle

In a blender, whirl 1/4 pound fresh pineapple chunks and 1/3 cup of water for one minute.  Transfer to bowl: add 2 teaspoons cornmeal, 2 tablespoon bath gel and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil.  Stir well to evenly distribute cornmeal.  Apply from neck down, rubbing in small circular motions and paying special attention to elbows and knees.  Rinse well, finish with a moisturizer.


Epsom salts

Food coloring

If you're just making one pint jar, fill jar to top with Epsom salts.  Then, divide contents evenly into cupcake pan or small paper cups.  Add drops of food coloring until you get the colors you want.  Stir until all Epsom salt crystals are colored.  Then, pour each cup back into the jar in the order desired until the jar is full to the top again.  Put lid on tightly and use a tablespoon or two per bath. 

I have variations on some of these as well....such as adding essential oils, or dried flowers  or herbs (lavender, rose petals).  You can also decorate the jars with a desert theme (using Gallery Glass paints to make cacti you put on the jars) so that the layers in Southwestern colors form a sunset. Or you can pop in some small charms for a child's they eventually find dinosaurs or treasures as they reduce the salts down by bathing.  A cute addition is a necklace of beads or a small bath toy buried in the salts!  (Measure to see how much space it takes up by pouring the plain Epsom salts in around it and then continuing to make the colored layers.)  I like those compressed sponges you can cut to any shape.  Cut out little fish that will be scooped up and expand in the water as the child bathes!!!  (It's Nana says my granddaughter!)

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Kraft's Jello paint  and

glitter variation !

Cooked pinata goopy glue

I mix up 1/2 a cup of flour (all purpose/ not sifted) with 2 cups cold water.

I boil 2 cups of water and add the flour/water mix.  I bring it back to a boil, add 3 tablespoons of sugar and stir it all and let it cool.  It gets all goopy and it thickens up.  Then, it's ready to use. 

Homemade sticker glues

2 parts craft glue to one part vinegar.  Mix thoroughly and paint onto sticker back.  Activate with water.  DON'T lick this one! Recipe from Carol Duvall.


If you want one that you can lick, make sure you use non-toxic glue, substitue water for vinegar, and add a few drops of peppermint flavouring. I use this one for my toddlers in the nursery department. willow

Link to post by scram1341 about making crystal snowflakes...

It links to a recipe but the post and subsequent threads also contain other information!

Reprint on how to make FAKE SPILLS!

I saw some people selling these at a Bazaar for $8.00 apiece and laughed out loud at that.

You can make these yourself for pennies! What you need is:

EMPTY containers that could "spill" a liquid...pop cans, milk carton, ink bottle, chocolate syrup jug, topping jars, coffee cups...etc.

White glue like Elmer's

Food coloring or acrylic paint

Disposable thing for mixing...paper cups work well because they can form a pour spout  

Plastic wrap

Flat place or a cookie sheet to let them dry on...


Choose your spilling item....a pop can, a milk carton, an ink bottle...whatever you like. With 1/4 cup of glue add color to match the item that would have been spilled....add acrylic paint (chocolate brown) for a chocolate spill, white for milk, deep blue for ink, mocha or caramel brown for caramel sauce, white for marshmallow sauce...etc.  To make the more translucent pop, use food coloring instead of acrylic paint...and shake or whip it up a little for bubbles in the spill.  Coffee or tea spills are made the same way but don't put bubbles in them!


Set the "spilled" container on its side with the opening down and sitting on the plastic wrap.  If you are going to have to move these during drying time, which may be overnight if there is any humidity, set all of this up on a cookie sheet! Carefully pour the "spill" out next to the container you have chosen...making sure to spill come on the edge of the container so the entire thing comes out as one moveable piece.  I.e...make sure the milk spill extends into the spout of the carton so the entire thing comes out stuck together and realistic.


Let dry until totally dry.  Don't try to hurry this process. If you need to use the counter you made these on in the next 12 hours...use the cookie sheets so you can set these somewhere safe!  Carefully peel off plastic wrap and you have a "spill" that will fool your friends....or a great gag gift to give for only pennies in cost. Use on your own counter to fool friends.  Take it to the office and set it on a co-worker's desk.  Give DH a heart attack when you set it on his paperwork! (Okay, I'm thinking mean things...but it's just a gag, remember!)


This same recipe works for making "vomit"....if you have some fake items you can add into it and know your upchuck colors

Ocean Blue Bath Salt Recipe
By Pioneer Thinking

* 1 cup epsom salt
* 1 cup baking soda
* 4 drops blue food coloring
* 3 drops Jasmine essential/ fragrance oil
* 4 drops vanilla essential/ fragrance oil
* 2 tablespoons liquid glycerin (skin moisturizer) (optional)


Combine dry ingredients, mix well. Add color and scents one at a time. Keep stirring until mixed well. Break up any clumps. Keep mixing until you have a semi fine powder. Add glycerin and mix well.


Drying mediums for flowers

Borax combined with sand or cornmeal

One of the least expensive mixes for drying flowers is made from sand and borax. The sand must be fine, clean and dry. Sand is relatively heavy to work with and tends to flatten flowers unless used very carefully.

A more popular mixture for drying is made of equal parts of borax and white cornmeal. The cornmeal is light weight and has less tendency to flatten flowers. It also makes boxes easier to handle and move after filling. The main function of these materials is to hold the petals in place while they dry naturally. Good aeration is important for rapid drying. Some people feel that the addition of about three tablespoons of non-iodized salt per quart of mix helps petals retain color during drying. The ratio of borax to sand or cornmeal varies widely, but the quality of drying does not seem to differ greatly between them. Ratios varying from 1:1 to 1:6 have been used (first number refers to borax).


Here is a recipe for window paint!!
Mix 1 part LIQUID tempra paint with 1 part clear dish detergent. You can paint on windows and wipe off with paper towel!! GREAT for holidays and for the kids to do!!


First off Don't use the first snow and of course don't use yellow snow LOL.

Get a bowl of snow. Add sugar, tsp of vanilla, and milk. Stir and add ingredients for taste and texture that you like. It is a hit and miss till you get it the way you like it. Usually about a tsp vanilla works for me. I have never measured the ingredients just add till it taste the way my Mommy and Daddy made it when I was little. My girls are bugging me to make some tomorrow. I hope there will be enough since we are suppose to get more ice than snow. We will see. JoNan

In a jar recipes



You need:

¼ cup of red lentils (regular will also do)

2 Tbs. dried onion flakes

2 ½ tsp chicken bouillon powder

I+ cup egg noodles, medium sized

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. dill weed or seed

(Optional: bay leaf, pepper, veggie flakes for color)


Layer into a pint jar in that order, adding a few more noodles if you need to do fill the jar.


How to make it when you get it:

In a large saucepan, boil 8 cups of water.  Add contents of jar and stir.  Cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 25 minutes.  At this point, you can add frozen veggies of your choice or pre-cooked chopped chicken.  Simmer until veggies are cooked and meat is warmed through.




1/4 cup of split peas

¼ cup of lentils

¼ cup of barley

¼ cup alphabet noodles

1/3 cup beef bouillon

2 TBS parsley flakes

3 TBS onion flakes

1 TBS dried green pepper flakes

1/3 tsp thyme

¾ tsp basil

1/3 tsp pepper


Layer in this way: split peas, bouillon, lentils, parsley, barley, onion flakes, spices, alphabet noodles.


To cook it:

In a large kettle bring 10 cups of water and a medium can (28 oz) of chopped tomatoes  and soup mix to a boil.  (Optional: add cubed carrots and potatoes.)  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for an hour or until all ingredients are tender. 




3/4 cup dried minced onion

1/3 cup beef bouillon powder (1/3 bouillon cube)

4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp crushed celery seed

1/4 cup sugar


You need to double this recipe to make a pint jar of it.  This one doesn't layer well, though.  Mix it all thoroughly together.  Store in airtight container.  5 TBS of this are equivalent to one of the 1.25 oz. pkgs of the soup mix.  So, it's 5 TBS of the mix with one cup of boiling water to make a bowl of soup. 


Now this one gets complicated...




Basic recipe:


2 TBS dried onion

2 TBS dried vegetable flakes (most health food stores carry these if not...they're carrots, peas, parsley flakes, green and red pepper flakes and you can mix up a cup of your own and divvy it down)

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 UNwrapped chicken bouillon cubes

1/2 tsp. pepper


(Other options you can add in: dried mushrooms, dried celery bits)


Put seasonings in a small snack sized baggie.


Now...choose from 1 1/2 cups macaroni or fancier shaped pasta....orrrrrrrrr


1 1/2 cups of calico beans (1/4 cup each of small red beans, navy beans, green split peas, yellow split peas, pinto beans, lentilsm pearl barley and great northern beans...or any combination of the above that appeals to you and comes out to 1 1/2 cups)


An option with the beans is to use BEEF bouillon instead. you layer these into a jar...or mix the beans and put in a jar and add the spice packet. 


To cook:



For pasta soup :

In 4 quart saucepan combine all the seasonings and 6 cups of water.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Add the pasta and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until pasta is constency you like.  Depending on which bouillon you packaged in the soup, you CAN add either one cup of cubed cooked beef or one cup of cubed cooked chicken.


For calico bean soup:

Wash the beans thoroughly.  Place in a large kettle and cover with water.  Add 2 TBS. salt and soak overnight.  (Or, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand one hour.) When through soaking, by either method, drain off water.  Add six cups of clean water, contents of seasoning packet and simmer, covered, on low heat for three hours or until beans are the consistency you prefer.  You may add a can of cut up tomatoes, sliced celery or carrots, more onion or beef chunks.


For ham and beans:  Don't use the seasoning packet at all.  Wash beans thoroughly.  Place in large kettle and cover with water.  Add 2 TBS. salt.  Soak overnight.  In the morning, drain off the water.  Add 2 quarts of fresh water and ham chunks or ham hocks.  Simmer slowly two-three hours.  You may want to add chopped onion or other spices at this point.  Simmer another 30 minutes.  Serves 6-8


See?????  Lots of options for using that one!!!!!!!



½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed for measuring step

4 whole cloves

4 whole allspice

1 stick cinnamon

1 TBS. dried orange peel

Cheesecloth or muslin bag


Layer all the ingredients into a one pint jar. Don’t pack the brown sugar in the jar firmly. Arrange spices and peel on top.  Fold in bag to fill space. Seal


How to make: Heat 2 quarts of apple cider in large pan.  Scoop out all spices and put into bag.  Pour brown sugar into cider and stir until dissolved.  Add spice bag and simmer for 15 minutes. 


Remove bag and serve.  You can garnish this with floating sliced apple or orange slices.

Easy As Pie
1 cup fat free milk
2 Tbsp. JELL-O® Brand Instant Banana Pudding mix
3 Vanilla Wafers (crushed)

Shake all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Makes one serving.

1 cup milk

2 Tbsp JELL-O brand Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 Tbsp Marshmallow Cream
1 Tbsp Raspberry Jam

Add Jell-O Vanilla Pudding mix to milk and stir. Mix in Marshmallow Cream and Jam. Stir until drink is smooth. Enjoy!

the Cherry Chipper.

Mary's invention earned her a prize of $1,000 and a trip to New York City to compete in a "Milk Mix Off" for a chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship and a year's supply of JELL-O brand Pudding and Gelatin.

Want to taste a winning recipe? Try Mary's edible invention for yourself:

1 cup milk
1 Tbsp. JELL-O brand Cherry Gelatin
1 Tbsp. JELL-O brand Instant Vanilla Pudding
3 Maraschino Cherries (finely chopped)
   Mini Chocolate Chips (optional)

Add JELL-O Cherry Gelatin and JELL-O Vanilla Pudding mix and cherries to milk and shake. Top with optional mini chocolate chips. Pour into fancy glass-put a straw and a spoon in so you can scoop out the cherries and chocolate chips that land on the bottom.

 cup fat free milk
 T JELL-O® Brand Strawberry Gelatin mix
 T JELL-O® Brand Instant Banana Pudding mix
 cup banana (smashed)
 cup strawberries (smashed)

Smash fruit with a fork until like a paste. Shake and mix. Go crazy! Makes one serving.


 cup fat free milk
 T JELL-O brand Instant Chocolate Pudding mix
 T Coarsely Chopped Coconut

Mix milk and pudding. Shake in container with cover on. Add chopped coconut as garnish. Makes one serving.

My Milk Tastes Like Cool Key Lime Pie

 cup fat free milk
 T JELL-O brand Lime Gelatin mix
 T graham cracker crumbs

Pour milk into a container with a tight-fitting lid. Add gelatin and cover. Shake in container with tight-fitting lid. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs and stir. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Polar Bear in a Snow Storm

 Cup fat free milk
 T JELL-O® Brand Banana Cream Pudding mix
 T Cup crushed ice
 Tsp. cinnamon

Place milk, pudding and ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour 1/2 of mixture into a tall glass and top with 1/2 of the cinnamon. Add the remainder of drink and top with remaining cinnamon.

Orange Ya Glad It's Chocolate

 C 1% chocolate milk
 T JELL-O® Brand Orange Gelatin
 T JELL-O® Brand Instant Chocolate Pudding

Shake all ingredients in container with tight-fitting lid until well blended. Serve immediately.


 C. fat free milk
 T JELL-O® Brand Vanilla instant pudding mix
 T Marshmallow creme
 T Crispy rice cereal

Shake all ingredients in container with tight-fitting lid until well blended. Serve immediately.

Dracula's Drink

 C fat free milk
 T JELL-O® Brand Wild Strawberry gelatin mix
 T JELL-O® Brand Vanilla instant pudding mix
 T strawberry jam

Warm milk in a large mug or glass using a microwave oven, then stir in JELL-O gelatin and JELL-O pudding until mixed together. Stir in jam and mix.

1 qt. (4 cups) milk
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
8 CHIPS AHOY! Real Chocolate Chip Cookies, crushed

PLACE all ingredients in large pitcher with tight-fitting lid; cover. Shake vigorously 1 minute or until well blended. Pour into 4 glasses. Serve immediately.

These are all from and


To make them in a jar all you have to do is open the various packages of pudding or jello mix and put them in a jar with any other dry ingredients and include the drink recipes.....the gift recipient adds the milk or other wet ingredients.


You need 3 drops of food coloring, a teaspoon of water and a small cup to put it in.  Probably you will want to have all the colors of the rainbow! So 3 drops of each basic color and then mix for the violet, orange and indigo... A fairly broad paintbrush is good for this. need a sheet of paper.

Mix the water and food coloring. 

Dampen the sheet of paper. With the broad brush, paint a stripe across the top of the paper.  Rinse the brush or use a new one each time and repeat this process with the other colors.  Each color will kind of fuzz into the next one....Let it dry thoroughly and you can use it as a background for another painting or backing for a photo of whatever you want.


8 1/2 CUPS all purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons of cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups instant nonfat fry milk

2 1/4 cups vegetable shortening

In a large bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together.  Blend well.  With a pastry blender cut in shortening until evenly distributed.  Mixture should resemble cornmeal in texture.  Put in a large airtight container.  Label!  Store in a cool, dry place.  Use within 10-12 weeks.  Makes 13 cups of quick mix.

Quick mix…which makes about 6 pints of mix for making:

Super duper doughnuts

Banana nut bread

Crispy breadsticks

Sausage cheese balls

Molasses cookies 


And 1 ½ cups of this  plus another jar of stuff you can put together will make hot fudge pudding cake….

Ask me for the other recipes and I'll put 'em up here...


Chicken-flavored rice mix....

4 cups uncooked long grain rice

4 tsablespoons instant chicken bouillon

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons dried tarragon

2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes

1/4 teaspoon white pepper (black will also work)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Stir until evenly distributed.  Put about 1 1/3 cups mixture each into three 1 pint airtight container.  Label.  Store in a cool dry place. Use within 6-8 months.  Makes about 4 cups of chicken-flavored rice mix.

How to use it:

1 1/3 cups chicken flavored rice mix

2 cups cold water

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Comebine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat and and cook for about 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Makes 4-6 servings.








Mix everything together in a large bowl until ingredients are evenly distributed.  Put about 1 1/2 cups mixture each into three 1 pint airtight containers.  Label.  Store in cool dry place.  Use within 6-8 months.  Makes about 4 1/2 cups of Dill-lemon rice mix

to use this mix: 1 1/2 cups of the rice mix

2 cups cold water

1 tablespoon butter or margerine

Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat....cover, reduce heat and cook 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.  Makes 4-6 servings.


4 cups uncooked long grain rice

2 (1-1/4 oz) pkgs onion soup mix

1 tablespoon parsley flakes

1 teaspoon of salt.

Proceed as above... with 1 1/3 cups in each jar....makes about 4 cups...

Same procedure as above for making it...Mix/2cups water/1 tablespoon butter or margerine...pan, boil, Cover, reduce heat and cook 15 minutes...etc...


4 cups uncooked long-grain rice

1/2 cup green pepper flakes

4 teaspoons salt

5 teaspoons parsley flakes

1 teaspoon dried basil

SAME PROCEDURE AS OTHERS.  1 1/2 cups into each jar.




4 cups uncooked long grain rice

3 tablespoons instant vegetarian bouillon

2 teaspoons salt

4 teaspoons celery flakes

4 teaspoons onion flakes

4 teaspoons green pepper flakes

4 teaspoons red pepper flakes.

(You can also add 4 teaspoons dried mushroom pieces to this if you want. Or, add in 4 tsp. vegetable flakes, when you can find them.)





6 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsp. baking powder

4 teaspoons salt

8 cups of sugar

1 (8 oz.) can unsweetened cocoa

2 cups vegetable shortening

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Add sugar and cocoal and blend well.  With a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until evenly distributed.  Put in a large airtight continer.  Label.  Store in a cool, dry place.  Use withinin 10-12 weeks.  Makes about 17 cups of Brownie mix. 

This makes:

Chewy chocolate cookies...uses 2 1/4 cups of the mix +

Our best brownies...uses 2 1/2 cups of the mix +

Texas sheet cake...uses 4 cups of the mix +

Brownie Alaska...uses 2 cups so would be ideal for a gift in a jar thing!

Mississippi mud...uses 3 cups of the mix...

DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MIX (Has to be given in either a very LARGE jar or in a'll see!)

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of cocoa

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup chopped nuts (if desired)

1 cup chocolate chips.

Mix all ingredients together...or layer if you wish...(If you have a LAAAARGE jar!)

How to make the brownies....

1 cup butter or margarine

4 eggs

All of the above mix

Preheat oven to 325.  Grease a 9 x 13 pan.  Cream the butter, add the eggs one at a time.....beating well with each new egg you add.  Add the mix and beat all of it until it is smooth.  Spread into the greased pan and bake for 40-50 minutes. 

**** with each of these mixes you can also use the peanut butter chips, or the new raspberry chips or mint chips.....

No-Bake Craft Clay
1 cup cornstarch 1 1/4 cups cold water 2 cups baking soda Food coloring Paint Mix all ingredients except paint in saucepan over medium heat for 4 minutes until thick (like mashed potatoes). Add food coloring to water before mixture adding for color. Remove from heat, turn out onto a plate and cover with a damp cloth until cool. Knead like dough. Store in airtight container.

No-Bake Flour Clay This clay doesn’t require cooking. The clay can be baked or air dried. You can weave or braid thin coils of the clay to make baskets. You can also make bread look-a-likes. Your projects should last for several years. You can also paint and/or seal your projects after drying.


4 cups flour 1 ½ cup warm water 1 cup salt mixing bowl mixing spoon cookie sheet refrigerator


1. Mix the flour, water, and salt. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Form the clay into desired shape(s).

3. Place on the cookie sheet.

4. Air dry for several days or bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour.

5. Refrigerate any unused clay in an airtight container.

This first recipe I found at a kid's craft website, so I think I'd be nervous about it cracking as it was drying. I haven't used these recipes before, but I'm starting to get some ideas for my boys =). Let us know what you use and how it turns out!


Almond & Honey Bubble Bath

1/ 2 cup honey
1/2cup gentle liquid soap
1Tablespoon almond extract
1Tablespoon glycerine (find at the pharmacy)

Combine all ingredients by stirring gently. Pour into a pretty glass or plastic bottle and keep by your bathtub. Enjoy this luxurious bath!


Chocolate Molding Clay..

Chocolate modeling clay is made by combining melted chocolate and light corn syrup.

Ingredients and Preparation:

10 ounces of chocolate (chopped chunks or chips)

1/3 cup light corn syrup

Note: the chocolate can be substituted with almond bark, or colored candy disks to create different colored flowers Melt the chocolate in a microwave for 1 minute. Stir. If chocolate is not completely melted, return to the microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stir until smooth. If you don't have a microwave, place the chocolate in the top of a double broiler over hot water and stir until melted. When the chocolate is melted, add the corn syrup and blend. Pour the mixture onto a waxed paper sheet. Spread the chocolate with your fingers until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Cover loosely with waxed paper and let it stiffen for at least a couple hours or overnight. The chocolate will become very pliable.



Elmer's school glue (not the gel kind, and no other brand works!) Borax Water 2 large containers (we used clean apple juice cans) a small, resealable container for each kid (we used 500 ml yogurt containers) measuring cups and measuring spoons Method:

Pour 500 ml of glue into a large container. Add an equal amount of water and mix well. Pour 250 ml (1 cup) of water into the other large container. Add 45 ml (3 Tbsp.) Borax and stir until dissolved. It probably won't dissolve completely, but that doesn't matter. For each kid, place 1/2 cup glue mixture into their small container. Add a few drops of food colouring (blue and gold) and mix well. Add 30 ml (2 Tbsp, or a coffee measure) of borax solution. Smoosh around the glue-borax mixture with your hands. The reaction needs heat to work, so you have to use your hands. When all the liquid is absorbed, start kneading the slime to make it nice and smooth. Store your slime in a resealable container, in a cool place. Hints, Tips and Friendly Advice:

This recipe uses 2 containers (225 ml each) of Elmer's glue, and makes enough for 12 kids, if you use slightly less than half a cup of glue mixture per kid.



Tell your kids it's time to make these tiny rice critters and see how they run to the kitchen. Combine 1/4 cup leftover cooked rice with 1 teaspoon cream cheese and 1/2 teaspoon plain yogurt (or use 1 teaspoon whipped cream cheese instead of the cream cheese and yogurt combo). Stir in a pinch of salt to taste.

With slightly dampened hands, roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls. Now add the features: green-pea eyes, corn-niblet noses, chive or cheese-stick tails. For ears? Try olives, cheese, radishes or anything that, well, sounds good.


Bright and cheerful, these pea-brained fellows may actually tempt your child to eat vegetables. With a serrated knife (parents only), slice the top off of a cherry tomato or other small tomato. Reserve the top for the hat.

Scoop out the insides with a teaspoon, turn the tomato upside down to drain, then fill with peas. Ask your child to use cream cheese to glue on a pair of black-bean eyes, a yellow-pepper nose and a celery grin. Put his hat back on, and he's ready to paint the town red.


Your children can brighten up with this vegetable sun. Cut off one side of a yellow pepper and remove the inner ribs and seeds. Cut a 1-inch circle for the sun (or substitute a carrot round) and add 6 pepper-strip rays.


Turn a handful of fresh snow peas into a school of fanciful fish. Begin with a snow-pea body, then add triangular fins cut from a yellow pepper (use a pair of clean scissors or a paring knife to do the job).

For a tail, cut a second pea pod into a "V." Have your kids give their finny friend a sliced green-olive eye, glued in place with cream cheese. Who wouldn't take the bait?


Snakes for lunch? Don't worry, all these serpents will scare up is a healthy appetite. Poke dry-roasted sunflower seeds into the back of a fresh green bean.

If the seeds fall out, keep them in place with dabs of mustard or cream cheese.


Now here's a critter with real "a-peel." Have your kids make legs and antennae by poking pretzel sticks into a not-too-ripe banana. Use peanut butter for eyes and for gluing on a raisin spine—then watch your kids devour the bugs, one leg at a time.


Invite the children to plant these "berry" delicious flowers on his or her plate. For the flower center, use a slice of banana or kiwi. Arrange raspberry or strawberry petals around it, then add a shoestring-licorice stem with real mint leaves.


Cut a 1/4-inch-thick slice from a grapefruit and set it flat on a plate.

Arrange red or green grape clusters around the top for hair. Add red grape eyes, a maraschino cherry


Bakers Clay

Use cookie cutters or mold Bakers Clay by hand, then bake in a 300 degree oven for use in creating refrigerator magnets, jewelry, ornaments, keychains, necklaces, and more.
Stir together: 2 cups plain flour 1 cup salt 1 to 1 1/2 cups cold water 2 tablespoons cooking oil

Knead well until it forms a soft ball. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, make the shapes you want, and bake in the oven at 300 degrees or until hard (about one hour). Let thoroughly cool.

Paint it afterwards. A finishing coat of shellac or clear acrylic will make your bakers clay products last longer!


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 cup water

1 Tablespoon oil

Food coloring

Mix all ingredients except food coloring and cook together until the mixture forms a soft ball (about a minute). Add a few drops of food coloring and knead the dough until the coloring is mixed in. Play!!

= or =

Need: 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid, 1/4 cup salt, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar, 1 cup water

Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium saucepan. Add water and oil. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes. When mixture forms a ball in pan, remove. Knead until smooth. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

(which is supposed to smell great)

~and in case you need it~

bake at 300 degrees for about an hour (til hard) and you can use a shellac or clear acrylic so the project will last longer



Potpourri Pies

I don't have a bread dough recipe but here is a bakers clay recipe.
Baker's Clay:

1 cup flour

1 cup salt

water to moisten

1. Mix together flour and salt, and stir in enough water to form a workable, but not sticky, dough. It won't kill the kids if they try to eat it, but it tastes so bad you won't have to worry about them trying to eat it more than once!

2. Shape into whatever you like. You can cook baker's clay in the oven at 250 degrees for at least 30 minutes per side, or let it air dry. You can also microwave it in a glass container or microwave baking sheet. Spray container with with cooking spray and microwave baker's clay pieces at 30% power for 2-4 minutes, depending on size. If pieces are not dry, continue microwaving at 30% for 2 minute intervals.

To make the pie, you will need:

1 pie tin, in the size of your choice, or you can use a muffin tin for "mini-pies"

cooking spray


butter knife

Prepare baker's clay, and spray pan/muffin tin with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Roll out baker's clay into large circle about 1/4 inch thick. Cut circle, just as you would for making a normal pie, and line dish/pan with it. Wrap up remaining dough for later. Cook pie crust for at least 30 minutes. Let cool.

Fill cooled crust with potpourri.

Take remaining dough scraps, reroll and cut into strips for lattice crust.

Arrange strips over potpourri, in the same way you would make a normal lattice crust pie. dampen dough to "glue" it down to already cooked crust. If you have any problems with the lattice top sinking into the potpourri, you can use newspaper or balloons to bolster it until dry.

Let top crust dry for 1-2 days.



This was taken from the internet: -----------------------------------------------------
Shireen's Recipe for Sugaring Legs

2 1/2 pounds of sugar 6 lemons cotton strips (you can purchase these at many drug stores near wax kits)or cut up an old pillowcase Tongue depresser (purchase at craft store)

Place the sugar in a large saucepan. Add the juice of 6 lemons. Stirring constantly, heat over low flame until sugar is a dark brown (carmel) color.

Quickly pour into storage container.

To sugar your legs:

1. Let sugaring cool until it is warm and spreadable, but not too uncomfortable (hot) to handle. (In the meantime, it is a good idea to tackle cleaning the sauce pan before it sets!) If the sugaring is too cool, you can microwave it - but stir it completely, and check it often!

2. Test the warmth of the sugaring on a small part of your leg. If it is not too hot, it is ready to use. If it is unspreadable, heat it up a bit.

3. When sugaring is at the correct consistancy (the same as molasses), spread thin narrow strips of sugar on leg, spreading from knee to ankle. Immediately cover the sugaring with cotton strip. Repeat until the leg is covered with cotton strips. (I like to pull them all at one time, after covering my leg with strips. My friend does one or two at a time and then repeats until she has done her entire leg. It is your choice.)

4. When cool to the touch and set (after about 10 minutes depending on thickness) yank the strips beginning from ankle and pull towards knee. Do it quickly!

5. You can store the sugaring in the refrigerator for a few weeks.


1. Test, test, test! Test the warmth of the sugaring on a sensitive part of your leg. It is easy to burn yourself! Also, test the strip (by pulling a small part) before yanking. You don't want to do it again!

2. Always pull in the opposite direction that the sugaring was applied. In other words, if you apply down, pull up!

3. Don't apply too thickly. It will pull the hair (Ouch!) but it will not remove it.



It is an apple/cinnamon mixture and smells heavenly!!! If you're interested, here is the recipe:
for one pie, take 2 large apples, cored, and quartered, then sliced thin. Sprinkle one tsp of nutmeg in the bottom of metal pie pan, lay apples in single layer in pan, and sprinkle again with another teaspoon of nutmeg. Dry until leathery in an oven heated to 150 degrees then turn heat off, and leave apples in oven for about 2 days. Put one cup of cinnamon sticks cut into one inch pieces, and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon essential oil into covered glass jar. Allow this to rest for one to two days. In a separate jar, put 2 ounces of whole rosehips (you can get these at any herbal or natural food store) in a jar and sprinkle liberally with apple essential oil. Close top and let rest for one to two days. Shake both of these jars well while allowing oil to permeate. After the apples are dried, mix all of this into a larger jar, and allow to rest for a few days before using. Shake regularly. The longer you let this sit, the stronger the scent. GREEN WOLF

Rock Candy Recipe....

Sugar Glass or Rock Candy
3 cups of sugar

1 cup white syrup

1 cup of water

Let boil till 300 degrees or sounds like breaking glass when a drop is placed in cold water.

Remove from heat.

If you want it to look like glass don't put any food-coloring in it.

Otherwise add:

1 tsp. of food coloring 1 tsp. of flavoring oil, I like cinnamon Pour onto baking sheet to cool, then break in pieces or pour into icetrays and place candy sticks in when it reaches jelly stage. BESSIEBOO

Funnel Cake mix

1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup powder sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon small mixing bowl wirewhisk two small self seal bags (ziploks)

1. place flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl. blend ingred. with wire whisk. Place mixture into bag and label "Funnel Cake Mix" 2. place powder sugar and cinnamon in a small bag and label as "sprinkle topping" 3.attach recipe to mix

Funnel Cake 1. place 1 egg in med. bowl, beat lightly 2. Add 3/4 cup milk and funnell mix. Blend well. 3. heat 1 1/2 inches of vegtable oil in large skillet. test oil by dripping small amount of batter. It needs to fry briskly, but don't et oil get too hot it smokes. 1/4 cup batter in funnel with finger covering funnel hole. Let batter run out into oil making spirals. 5. fry for a total of 5-7 minutes, turning once with a spatula. 6. drain cake on paper towels. 7.sprinke with powdered sugar/cinnamon mix.

Place plastic bags in funnel to make gift. Beth

cinnamon ornaments

Here's the recipe with directions just like I got them
1/2 cup cinnamon

1/2 cup store bought applesauce (homemade sauce will likely be too watery)

Or, any equal portions of both ingredients depending on the quantity you desire.

Directions: Stir together cinnamon and applesauce with a spoon until the dough becomes stiff, then use your hands to create a ball of dough. Place the ball of dough on a sheet of waxed paper, flatten slightly with your fingers. Place a second sheet of waxed paper over the top of the dough and roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters or your own template shapes. Air dry creations on a waxed paper-covered cookie sheet or a cooling rack for at least 24 hours until they are completely hard. Creative tips: For extra "sparkle," mix in decorative glitter. Make your own shapes by trimming the dough with a table knife following around patterns you've cut from cereal box cardboard. After cutting out shapes, use a drinking straw to create holes for jewelry or ornaments. Use toothpicks to make smaller holes for threading. Leave in dough until dry and remove. For a wall hanging, thread a colored ribbon through the shape. For a brooch, decorate with fabric paint and glue a metal clasp pin to the back (available at craft stores). Decorate creations with acrylic paint or fabric. The creations can be used as decorations on a gift box or bag.

These are great with some sparkly ribbon to tie them to the tree! I hope this helps!! BETH

**Gel Air Fresheners**
You can use any type of old jar (babyfood jars, jelly jars, ect.) 2 cups of liquid potpourri

2 packs of Knox Gelatin

Bring one cup of the liquid potpourri to a rapid simmer. Add gelatin, one pack at a time, stirring constantly until all gelatin is dissolved.

Remove from heat and add the remaining cup of potpourri and mix well. Pour immediately into jar. Let set overnight. ANGEE

Bath stuff for kids

One of my favorites for gift giving to kids is this one.  They love the fizz!

1/3 cup baking SODA

1/4 cup citric acid crystals or powder (in the canning section of the supermarket!)

1 tablespoon of Cornstarch

Mix all of this together....and put it in a clean container and seal it tightly.

Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per bath....


1/2 cup powdered milk

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup honey

5-7 drops of rose oil

2-3 tablespoons of distilled water

In blender or food processor, combine powdered milk, cornstarch, honey and rose oil.  Add distilled water slowly until mixture becomes a smooth paste. Add to running bath water.  Soak for 10-20 minutes!!!


2 Tablespoons rolled oats

1 1/2 teaspoons cornmeal

1 Tablespoon of honey

1/2 medium apple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks.

In a bowl, mix oats, cornmeal and honey into a paste using a fork.  In a blender or food processor, combine paste and apple and pulse until smooth.  Apple mixture generously to face and gently scrub in circular motion.  Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.  Store in fridge!!!


(Reduces the puffiness of tired in a glass or plastic container in a cool, dry place.  )

1 bag chamomile tea

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup rose water

Steep tea bag in boiling water for 5 minutes.  Remove bag and allow tea to cool.  Add rose water to tea.  Soak two cotton balls in preparations and place over eyelids.  Leave on for five minutes.  (Rose water tones skin and tightens pores while the chamomile reduces inflammation.)


1/2 ounce gum tragacanth

4 ounces of your favorite cologne

4 ounces of glycerine

1 ounce tincture of benzoin

Juice of two lemons

1 1/2 quarts of water

Add water to gum.  Let stand for 24 hours.  Add other ingredients and mix well.  Add water a little at a time to desired consistency.  Store tightly covered

Stopped at 60


2 T Citric acid

2 T cornstarch

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 t fragrance oil

3-6 drops of liquid colorant, (if desired...optional)

3 T coconut oil (or any other emollient oil like Almond oil, Avacado oil or Apricot kernel oil)

Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well.  Mix fragrance and colorant together.  In a small glass bowl combine the oil with the fragrance/colorant. SLOWWWWWWWWWWLY ADD oil mixture to dry ingredients and blend well.  Scoop out small amount and shape into balls.  Balls should be about 1 " in diameter.  Let balls rest on a sheet of waxed paper for 2-3 hours.  Let the bombs dry and harden for 24-48 hours.  You can then pack them into candy cups or group a bunch in a muffin cup paper.  Store in closed container.

Drop 1-3 into warm bath water.


1/4 cup instant oatmeal

1/4 cup loose green tea leaves

Mix the two together by placing in a bag and shaking it.  This then goes into a muslin bag that you place in the tub under running water.  The green tea can stain countertops so don't place the used bag on them!!!


1 Cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 cup citric acid

1/8 cup Epsom salts

1/2 cup olive oil

20-30 drops of rose fragrance oil

Mix first five ingredients together until well blended.  When it gets to about the consistency of pastry dough, add drops of fragrance oil.  Knead well and form into golf ball sized balls.  Place on waxed paper and let dry for 3-5 days.  When they are hard as rocks, store in glass container


(Recipe attributed to TX June)

3/4 cup apricot or almond oil

1/3 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter

1 teaspoon lanolin

1/2 ounce grated beeswax

Melt all of this together over a low heat and cool to room temp.  When it's cool, add:

2/3 cup rosewater

1/2 cup aloe vera gel

1-2 drops of rose essential oil

1 vitamin E capsule...squeeze the vitamin not add the capsule!

Whip all ingredients into a smooth lotion.  Store in a clean, capped jar or bottle


3 Tablespoons of ground oatmeal...not instant!

3 Tablespoons ground raw sunflower seeds (or ground almonds)

Scanty tablespoon buttermilk powder (or powdered milk or powdered goat's milk)

1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers (or chamomile or rose petals)

(You can add 3 tablespoons of ground soap to get bubbles or scent...OPTIONAL)

Mix everything together thoroughly.  Store in airtight container.  Fill muslin bag with mixture and dampen in water.  Use it just like a washcloth!  Recipe fills one 3 by 5 muslin bag. 

(I THINK this recipe is from Sabrina's Soapmakers...but I'm not sure!)


3 cups powdered milk

½ cup cocoa (not premixed, of course!)

¾ cup of sugar

Dash of salt


You can layer it in in that order or mix it all up.  You can also sprinkle in a layer of chocolate sprinkles . 


If layered: to make cocoa, first pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Then take 4 TBS. of the mix and put it in a cup.  Pour in 8 ounces of boiling water.  Stir until dissolved.


If mixed…just scoop out 4 TBS. of the mix and continue as above…adding boiling water and stirring.


ALTERNATIVES:  Double above ingredients.  Mix together.  Divide mix into three pint sized jars. Fill in remainder of space with marshmallows and three small UNWRAPPED peppermint candy canes per jar.  Shove candy canes down the side so it shows.  This will make a slightly minty flavored cocoa if you allow it to sit in the sealed jar for a while.  The recipient can also stir the cocoa with the cane.  Same 4 TBS. of mix plus a spoon of marshmallows…and the 8 ounces of boiling water….


Another alternative….to make cherry hot chocolate…add one of the small boxes of powdered cherry-flavored gelatin (Cherry Jello) to the mix.  OR, include Andes Cherries Jubilee candies for dropping in and stirring into the hot cocoa…you CAN even use the boxed  chocolate covered cherries…either will cherry flavor your cocoa.



8 tsp. vanilla POWDER (Best placed in a tiny baggie!)

2 cups grated white chocolate or white chocolate chips.


(Options to add:  Sprinkles, marshmallows, candy canes)


Put in jar and add in “options” if desired


For each cup you want to make heat a cup and a half of milk JUST until bubbles form around the outside of the pan.  Add ½ cup of the jar of chocolate and 1 tsp. of the vanilla powder.  Stir well until all the chocolate melts and reaches drinking temps.


8 tsp.  vanilla powder

2 cups grated white chocolate

¼ cup peppermint candy canes (broken into small pieces)


Mix all ingredients until vanilla powder is well blended and candy cane chunks are distributed evenly through the white chocolate. Place in jar.


For each serving use ½ cup of the mixture added to 1 ½ cups of milk heated just until bubbles form around the outside of the pan.  Mix in the jar mixture and stire until it all melts and is at drinking temperature.


1/3 cup light brown sugar (MAY substitute dark brown…take out a couple teaspoons from the 1/3 cup)

¾ tsp. ground cinnamon

1 ½ tsp powdered vanilla

¼ cup cocoa (not the premix, of course!)

2 ½ cups powdered milk


To make the cocoa:  Boil 3 cups of water and add 3 TBS. of the mix.  (You may want more or less depending on tastes.) 


To put in a jar….

Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly blended.  Divide into two pint sized jars.  Fill any extra space with the folded directions wrapped in saran or some chunks of cinnamon sticks.


Nine ounce jar of Tang Drink Mix

½ cup of sugar

1 ¾ cups non-fat dry milk powder

2 tsp. vanilla


In at least a 5 cup watertight container, stir all dry ingredients until well blended.  Blend in vanilla until it is thoroughly dispersed through into small “beads”.

Use ¼ cup mix to 1/3 cup water per serving.  Shake vigorously in jar or other closed container or whirl in blender.


Recipe makes 4 cups (2 jars) of mix.

That’s 16 servings.


1 cup soap FLAKES

2 T hot water

liquid food coloring for each color you want to make.

For each color put two tablespoons of hot water and one cup of soap flakes in a bowl.  Add food coloring to the shade desired.  Stir the mixture until it thickens.  It takes a while....

Press into cupcake pans or ice cube trays or molds.  Repeat the above for other colors.  Let crayons dry for one or two days and package one of each color in baggies with a bath sponge!!!

Bubble Paint

2 teaspoons of dishwashing detergent

3 tablespoons of water

1/4 cup of powdered tempera paint

Straw and paper

Newspaper to protect the surface.

Mix tempera, water and dishwashing liquid in a small jar or bowl.  Stir.  To brighten the color, add more paint powder.

Set jar and paper on newspaper.  Dip the straw into the mixture.  ABSOLUTELY DO NOT SUCK ON THE STRAW!

Blow into the straw until bubbles form...Keep blowing until the bubbles overflow.  To make the bubble print, gentle roll a piece of paper on top of the bubbles.  They'll break, but they'll leave their print on the paper.  Lay the paper flat to dry....


TOXIC AND NOT FOR USE AROUND SMALL CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!  But, they're gorgeous, really!!!!!!!


1 pound of lump type alum (see your pharmacist!) Powdered alum doesn't work...

1 gallon of water

Heat until the solution is clear.  Let it cool.

Place a stick or dowel across the top of the container you are going to use to dip things in.

Tie dried flowers, wheat, thistles, weeds, pine cones, leaves or whatever to the stick so they hang down below it.

Lower it into the solution. Crystals form after one night.  Hang, head down (for flowers), to dry.  PUT A NEWSPAPER UNDER THIS TO CATCH ANY DRIPPAGE.


Note: Some materials coat more heavily than others.  Don't be surprised if some things are heavily frosted and others only have random crystals.  It doesn't do ANY good to re-dip lightly coated materials.  Plastic will NOT coat....


1/4 cup of Borax soap dissolved in 1 quart of lukewarm water. 

1 cup of Elmer's or white glue dissolved in one cup of water.

Now, you put 2 TBS. Borax solution into a cup.  Stir in 6 TBS glue solution. Add food color to the mixture, drop by drop. Stir and stir until it begins to solidify.  (Doesn't take long for the polymer to form!)

Pour off excess liquid and knead until smooth.  Store in a ziplock.  (Remove from clothing with vinegar and water!)


2 TBS WHITE glue and a few drops of food coloring

1 TBS liquid starch poured over the top of the above.

Let it sit five minutes without stirring.

Then, knead until smooth.

Any of these fun, goopy things can be called Flubber, Slime, Gunk, Gak...whatever....Kids love the feeling and parents and adults get kind of queasy!!!!!!!!  LOLOLOL!


2 1/2 pounds Epsom salts

Food coloring


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix well so color is even. Put into smaller jars and let stand for 4-6 weeks before using.  This causes the fragrance to blend with the salts. 


Ingredients and Preparation:

  • 10 ounces of chocolate (chopped chunks or chips)

  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup

  • Note: the chocolate can be substituted with almond bark, or colored candy disks to create different colored flowers

  1. Melt the chocolate in a microwave for 1 minute. Stir. If chocolate is not completely melted, return to the microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stir until smooth. If you don't have a microwave, place the chocolate in the top of a double broiler over hot water and stir until melted.

  2. When the chocolate is melted, add the corn syrup and blend.

  3. Pour the mixture onto a waxed paper sheet.

  4. Spread the chocolate with your fingers until it's about 1/2 inch thick.

  5. Cover loosely with waxed paper and let it stiffen for at least a couple hours or overnight. The chocolate will become very pliable.

  6. Making a Chocolate Rose:

  7. Have the kids roll 10 marble-sized balls out of the chocolate clay.

  8. Place the balls on a waxed paper sheet, about 1 inch apart.

  9. Place another waxed paper sheet on top. Big or little thumbs can press each marble into a flat disk (about the size of a quarter). Use some pressure!

To form the rose:

  1. Remove 1 disk and curl it into a "teepee" shape, narrow at the top and wider at the bottom.

  2. Wrap the next disk around the opening of the teepee and the third disk at the back of the teepee. This is the rose bud. Continue adding disks which will look like petals. Continue to layer them to create a rose in bloom.

  3. Roses can be used as edible decorations for a cake or to create a basketful of blooms. They will harden after a few days and can be saved by storing in a cool, dry place.

  4. Since this recipe is the consistency of modeling clay, you can mold any shape you want.

    Important note: Adult supervision and participation is required for this activity.

By Debbie in Philadelphia...


1 can ready-to-spread chocolate frosting
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Mix together all ingredients and use like any playdough. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Keeps for a few weeks when stored as directed (and it tastes pretty good, too!) Recommend kids only eat it if hands are perfectly clean the FIRST time it is used.  Advise kids not to eat it after that first time as germs could be growing during storage. Other flavors of frosting could be used, too.  Choose those that would go with peanut butter. 



1 cup applesauce
1-1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1/3 cup white school glue

Mix the applesauce, cinnamon, and glue together in a bowl. Remove from bowl and knead the mixture until it turns into a firm clay.  Let sit for about 30 minutes.

Clay is best used at room temperature. You may need to dust your rolling pin, hands, or working surface with cinnamon, or you can also use waxed paper as your working surface.

Smells good enough to eat but should not be because of the glue. Can be rolled and cut and dried for ornaments.

Edible Modeling Clay

1/3 cup margarine
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pound powdered sugar
food coloring (optional)

Mix first 4 ingredients together. Add powdered sugar. Knead well. Divide in desired portions and add food coloring. Keep refrigerated to keep from spoiling when not in use. You can replace vanilla with any other flavored extracts. Some suggestions might be cherry with red/mint with green/berry with blue/lemon with yellow...etc.


Small can of turpentine

Small bottle of rubbing alcohol

Food coloring in green or blue

Jar or bottle with tight fitting lid


Pour some turpentine into clean, clear jar to ½ way mark.

Add food color to desired color.

Carefully pour in rubbing alcohol.

Set aside 4-6 hours at room temperature until mixture clears.

Cap tightly. Gently tilt bottle side to side to see waves.


I used a 32 fl. Ounce I qt. bottle.



You need:

I pint of clear corn syrup

100 drops of red food coloring

8 drops blue food coloring

¼ cup of water

¼ cup sifted flour or corn starch

Quart jar with a lid


Measure out ¼ cup of the clear corn syrup and set it aside. Pour the rest of the bottle into the quart jar. Add the food coloring and shake. Add the water to the flour or corn starch and stir to form a smooth paste. Add this slowly to the jar of colored corn syrup, stirring constantly. Put on lid and gently shake again. If lumps form when using the flour, wait until they rise to the surface and just skim them off or mash with the back of the spoon and mix them into the mix again.





2 tablespoons of soft shortening

4 tablespoons of cornstarch

Food coloring in colors of your choice


Mix up several batches for different colors.


Put cold cream on the face first. Then pat on cornstarch or powder and apply makeup with fingers.



Unmedicated aloe vera gel

Ultra fine glitter in the color of your choice

Essential oil in the scent of your choice or a few drops of perfume of your choice


1/2 teaspoon of the glitter to 3 tablespoons of the gel and 1 drop oil or perfume. Stir until well blended and put into small container that can be tightly closed. Don’t use products with glitter near eyes!



1 can frozen white grape juice concentrate (semi-thawed)

2 TBS. red food coloring

1 tsp. yellow food coloring


1 cup corn starch

2 cups sand

½ cups cold water


Sift sand to make sure it is free of debris. Cook in an old saucepan over medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until mixture is very thick and holds its shape. Turn onto plate and cover with a damp cloth. Cool and knead until pliable. Shape as desired. Makes about 2 ½ pounds of clay. If not used immediately, cool completely and store in a tightly covered container.

Edible glass by Eric Jolley Ingredients

  • a buttered baking sheet

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • a stainless or nonstick steel frying pan

  • a large wooden spoon


  1. Place buttered baking sheet in the refrigerator.

  2. Put the sugar in the frying pan.

  3. Set the pan on a burner at low heat.

  4. Stir the sugar slowly while it is heating.

  5. Gradually the sugar will turn tan and stick together in clumps.

  6. Soon you will see a pale brown melting in the bottom of the pan.

  7. Keep stirring!!!!

  8. As the sugar continues to melt the lumps become smaller and turn into a thick brown liquid.

  9. Let it dry on the buttered sheet.

  10. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!


You'll need some adult supervision in melting the chocolate.


  • A large mixing bowl and a spoon

  • 1 cup chocolate chips and/or peanut butter chips

  • 1 1/2 cups chow mein noodles and/or cereal (like crispy rice cereal, cornflakes, or crumbled-up shredded wheat)

  • A muffin pan or a flat baking pan

  • Aluminum foil or Waxed paper

  • Candy that looks like bird eggs (peanut M&M's, jelly beans, or yogurt-covered almonds)

Put a piece of aluminum foil (or waxed paper cut into squares) on top of a muffin pan or a flat baking pan (a flat baking pan makes flat nests). If using a muffin pan, make indentations in the paper or foil in each of the depressions. If you're using waxed paper, try cutting individual squares of paper for each of the muffin holes (this makes the waxed paper maintain the cup shapes).

Have an adult melt the chocolate chips (and/or peanut butter chips) in the microwave or in a double boiler (do not overheat the chocolate or it gets grainy). When they are melted, mix the chocolate with the chow mein noodles or cereal in a large bowl.

Working quickly (before the chocolate solidifies), put a few spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture in each cup of the muffin pan, forming little nests (or if you're using a flat pan, after putting the mixture on the pan, make an indentation in it with the back of a spoon).

Put a few egg-shaped candies in each of the little nests. If they won't stick, use a dab of peanut butter to glue them in.Let the nests cool. You now have cute candy nests to eat and enjoy.

For a non-chocolate version of these nests, use marshmallows melted with a little butter instead of the chocolate mixture (use the Rice Krispies treats recipe: 3 tablespoons butter, 1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows, 6 cups cereal).

Edible magic wand

Make a fun edible magic wand using a pretzel rod and a few other supplies.


  • Pretzel Rods

  • White Chocolate Chips or Almond Bark

  • Colorful Sugar or Star-Shaped Sprinkles


Start out by melting some of the white chocolate in the microwave in a small bowl. How much you melt will depend on how many wands you are making. While you are waiting for the chocolate to melt completely, line a cookie sheet with wax paper.

Once the chocolate is melted, make the wands by dipping both ends of a pretzel rod into the chocolate to coat about 1-inch in white.

Lay the pretzel rod on the wax paper on the cookie sheet and sprinkle right away with your colored sugar or star sprinkles. Set aside, do not refrigerate, until the chocolate has hardened.

Instead of white chocolate or almond bark, you can also use white frosting; however, these are better if eaten immediately.

The Earth Bowl


Grade Level: K - 3


Scientists know that the earth is made of four layers: the inner core, outer core, mantle, and crust. See "Ideas for Discussion," #1. The Earth Bowl is a three dimensional, edible representation of the earth in cross section. (If time allows, have children participate in measuring the ingredients and constructing the Bowl.)


4 oz. pkg. raspberry gelatin dessert
4 oz. pkg. instant vanilla pudding
8 oz. pkg. black cherry gelatin dessert
4 cups boiling water (can be boiled and kept hot in thermos)
4 cups cold water
3 mixing bowls
12 graham crackers
1/2 cup melted margarine
1/4 cup granulated sugar
10" diameter clear glass bowl
(Small paper cups and spoons for after discussion)


Make the gelatin desserts in separate bowls and according to the directions on the side of the box. Put in refrigerator to set.

Have the children crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs. This can be done by putting the crackers in a zip-lock bag and having the children pound the bag until the crackers are in very fine crumbs.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the melted margarine and granulated sugar. Press the mixture on the bottom and along the sides of the glass bowl to form a crust. Set aside.

After two hours the gelatin will set. Spoon the black cherry into the graham cracker crust. Form it so that there is about a five inch pocket in the middle.

Next, spoon in the lemon gelatin, leaving a two inch hole. Into this center, spoon the raspberry gelatin.

Allow time for each child to take a look at the Earth Bowl and discuss its layers. Then dig in!

Important Concepts:

(1) In the Earth Bowl the graham cracker crust represents the earth's crust which is about 20 miles deep; the black cherry is the mantle (4,000 miles deep); the lemon gelatin is the outer core (2,200 miles deep); and the raspberry gelatin is the inner core (800 miles deep).

(2) Although the Earth Bowl is made of cool gelatin, the center of the earth is actually extremely hot.

(3) In the classroom the Earth Bowl took only a few hours to make; in actuality the earth took 5 billion years to form.


2 Tbs. unflavored gelatin

15-20 drops of essential oil or perfume

1/2 cup hot water

Clear open mouthed container

Items to float in the gel IF you want....charms, flowers, rocks, marbles, flattened gems, seashells, pearls

Melt the gelatin completely in the hot water and add the essential oil or perfume.

Put the charms or other things you choose in the container and pour the mixture over them. You may need to prod some a little to release some air bubbles.  The gel will clear later!

Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.  It should last 3-6 months. In hot weather it will start to remelt and you may need to refrigerate it again.











Put a selection of petals, leaves, pods, seeds and small pine cones in a bowl (your choice what you use...)and sprinkle them with salt.

Mix them together well, then add the dried orange peel, cloves and cinnamon.  Cover the bowl and let it sit for 2 weeks or more, shaking it up once in a while.

You can then shake off any remaining salt and put it in a bag or basket or pretty bowl and set it out anywhere around the house.  If it starts to fade, you can spray it with a little essential oil of cinnamon or cloves. 

HOMEMADE SCENT (Recipe from HGTV John. E. Thomas)

1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol

orange peel

vanilla bean

cloves or lemon peel (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a quart jar, then cover and let sit for two weeks.

Decant and put liquid only into an attractive small bottle with a tight fitting lid. It will have a fruity aroma.  If you can make a bunch in small bottles, they are cute party favors.


Fast and easy...

Make any red gelatin...add 1/2 drop of blue food coloring...JUST 1/2 drop and a teense more water so it doesn't set as fast...and DO NOT REFRIGERATE!!!!   It's thick and gloppy and slightly darker than red gelatin....


8 cups of water

1/2 cup of Dawn dishwashing liquid

Pinch of sugar.

Mix it all together.


Another variation uses either Dawn or Joy but

TEN CUPS of water

1/4 cup light corn syrup

Mix it all together!

My personal favorite is BABY SHAMPOO.....half and half with water.  (I hope they haven't changed the formula, because this used to be the best...if they popped...NO TEARS!!!



To plain old white glue. 

You can go further, though....and make the flour and water (or flour and milk) glue......1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup liquid.  THEN add the food coloring, tempra, acrylic or glitter........

The former lasts longer..........the latter has a tendency to go bad on you!

Stopped at 101

Air Dry Salt Dough

Here's one recipe.......

2 cups cornstarch

4 cups baking soda

2 1/2 cups cold water.

Mix the cornstarch and baking soda together and then add the water. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes until the mix thickens up.  Remove from the heat and cover the pan with a damp towel until the mix cools enough to knead.  Knead and roll out on waxed paper.  (Some of the waxed papers aren't really very wax-y so you might even need to spray a LIGHT misting of Pam on them.)Cut out ornaments or items.  Air dry overnight or until pieces are totally hardened.  (Depends on humidity.) Placing another piece of paper atop the ornaments/pieces and weighing it down with a cookie sheet on which you place a couple bricks will help make flatter tops. 

If the ornaments develop cracks, fill them with white glue.


Take a clean bottle and fill it 1/3 of the way up with plain white vinegar.  You can add blue or green food coloring if you like.  Fill the rest of the bottle with a light colored cooking oil and there you have it! Ready to rock and roll and make waves!


From a little book called Good Things For Kids.

I'd seen this ages ago, but never knew quite how it worked.

Get a clean jar (narrow mouthed) and fill it with water.  In a small bowl combine one tablespoon of vegetable oil and a few drops of liquid food coloring in colors of your choice. (They suggest red, blue and yellow.) Stir them together with a fork and pour this over the top of the water in the jar. GENTLY.....pour GENTLY....

Little streamers of color will drop to the bottom of the jar after a short wait. 

(NoteS: for a wide mouth jar you need more vegetable oil......make it two tablespoons. A quart jar lets you enjoy the show longer.....the colors meld too fast in a pint jar.  TWO small drops of each color are more than sufficient! I tried this and that's what *I* found.) 

How to Make Herbal Skin Cleansing Cream from E-How

Difficulty: Easy

You've seen the products touting the benefits of "all-natural" ingredients. Why not make your own? You'll save money and have fun in the process.
Crush 1 oz. herb leaves or bruise 1 oz. flowers in 1 c. water.
Pour the mixture into a ceramic or enamel pot.
Add 1 c. water and cover.
Bring to a boil slowly. If using flowers, boil very gently.
Simmer for about 3 minutes, then remove the mixture from heat and let it cool.
Strain leaves and flowers.
Store herb water in the refrigerator for about 1 to 2 hours.
Melt 1 oz. lanolin and beeswax together using a double boiler.
Stir in 3 to 4 oz. oil slowly. Use vegetable oil or fruit oil, such as almond, avocado or soybean oil.
Remove from heat and mix in 1 oz. herb water using a whisk.
Apply to face and wash off with water. If you have oily skin, wash off with an astringent or soap.
Tips & Warnings
Herbs to use for face cleansing are chamomile, fennel, lady's-mantle, linden, lovage, nettles, parsley and plantain.
To make an astringent cream, use herbs such as agrimony, bay, chamomile, lemon, mint, primrose, sage, pansy, yarrow, wintergreen, rose and raspberry.
To stimulate and tighten pores, use elderberry flowers or peppermint. Comfrey and houseleek are good for healing; rosemary and nettles increase circulation; and yarrow makes an excellent astringent.
Test an area of your skin for allergic reactions before applying anything to your face.
Overall Things You'll Need
Double Boilers
Wire Whisks
Ceramic Or Enamel Pots
Vegetable Or Fruit Oils


Make oceans in a bottle, with long, empty, clear glass bottles...1/3 white vinegar with blue food coloring to your liking, and 2/3 mineral oil. Lots of fun. Use a recycled cork to top it off. posted by themamas on Eating and Living Green

3-D Paint

Put: 1 cup flour

1 cup water

1 cup salt

1/8 tsp food coloring....(add more to achieve darker colors)

Mix all ingredients until there are no lumps.  Pour into a clean, empty glue bottle or other squeeze bottle. Keep sealed when not in use.

A variation on the kick the can ice cream:

You need a 2 lb coffee can with lid and a 1 pound can with lid.  Place the small can inside the large can.  Fill the small can with 1/2 cup carbonated orange flavored soft drink and 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk....and put the lid on tightly. Fill the area between the two cans with rock sale and crushed ice. Put the big lid on tightly.  Roll the can around and around, checking now and then to pour off water that has melted, add ice and more rock about 15-20 minutes you should have smooth soft frozen orange sherbet!

i-Village articles full of recipes!

Sidewalk Paint
by Nancy Blakey

My favorite projects in the whole world are those that send kids outdoors, armed with color and imagination and energy. Participate in the mural making if you want. Or simply watch the pure pleasure of a child releasing art onto the world. This sidewalk paint is nontoxic as well as biodegradable.

What You Will Need:
1 cup water

1 cup powdered nonfat milk

1/4 teaspoon icing food coloring (available at most grocers)

paintbrushes in a variety of sizes


and more........

by Stephanie Brown
Pudding Paint

What you need:
• Instant Vanilla Pudding
• Food Coloring
What to do:
Mix pudding according to directions.
Add food coloring for desired color.
Finger paint on paper plates.
Completely Edible!

Kool-Aid Finger Paint

What you need:
• 2 cups flour
• 2 packs unsweetened Kool-Aid
• 1/2 cup salt
3 cups boiling water
• 3T. oil
What to do:
Mix wet into dry.

Jello Finger Paint

What you need:
• Any kind of flavored jello
• Boiling water
What to do:
Mix jello into boiling water until it is a goo consistency for fingerpaint. Use normal fingerpainting material or glossy paper. Kids love the smell and feel of it.

Don't have the ingredients needed for the recipes above? Never fear -- we have even more recipes for this edible fun! 
some need boiling water

Uncooked #1

What you need:
• 1/2 cup liquid starch
• 1/2 cup soap powder
• 5/8 cup water
What to do:
Beat together until the consistency of whipped potatoes

Uncooked #2

What you need:
• 1 part liquid soap (NOT detergent)
• 4 parts liquid starch
• powdered tempera
What to do:
• Add soap to liquid starch
• Sprinkle tempera on the liquid to provide color
• Let children use this mix on a smooth washable surface.

Uncooked #3
(Not as smooth and thick as the cooked kind)

What you need:
• 1 cup dry laundry starch
• 1 cup cold water
• 3 cups soap flakes
What to do:
Mix all ingredients together for a quick, no-cook fingerpaint.
Uncooked #4

What you need:
• 1 cup dry laundry starch
• 1/2 cup cold water
• 1 1/2 cups boiling water
• 3/4 cup powdered detergent
What to do:
• Put the dry starch in saucepan.
• Gradually add the cold water, stirring until smooth.
• Add the boiling water, stirring rapidly and continually.
• Add the detergent and stir again until smooth.

Uncooked #5
(Use this recipe for extremely bright colors)

What you need:
• 1 T soap powder
• 1/4 cup liquid starch
• 1/3-1/2 cup water
• 1 one pound can powdered paint
What to do:
• Pour soap powder, starch, and water into blender.
• Gradually add powdered paint while machine is running.
• Blend until smooth.

Cooked #1

What you need:
• 4 cups cold water
• 6 teaspoons of cornstarch
What to do:
• Mix a small amount of cold water with cornstarch until smooth.
• Gradually add the remainder of the water.
• Cook the mixture over low heat until it is clear and the consistency of pudding.
• Add tempera for color.

Cooked #2

What you need:
• 2 cups flour
• 4 cups cold water
• food coloring or dry tempera
What to do:
• Mix flour and water and cook over low heat until thick
• Cool
• Add a pinch of salt
• Add dry tempera or food coloring, if desired
• Store in covered jar in refrigerator

Cooked #3

What you need:
• 1 cup cornstarch
• 2 cups cold water
• 1/2 cup soap powder
• 2 quarts boiling water
• glycerine or oil of wintergreen
• liquid food coloring
What to do:
• Put 1 cup cornstarch in pitcher or bowl.
• Gradually add 2 cups cold water, stirring until smooth.
• Pour this mixture slowly into two quarts of boiling water, stirring constantly.
• Cook until the mixture is clear and thick.
• Add the soap powder.
• Stir until smooth.
• Remove from heat and add a few drops of glycerine or wintergreen and food coloring.

Cooked #4

What you need:
• 1 cup flour
• 1 cup cold water
• 3 cups boiling water
• powdered tempera or food coloring
What to do:
• Mix the flour and water, stirring until smooth.
• When mix is smooth, pour it gradually into the boiling water
• Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
• Add the coloring.

Cooked #5

What you need:
• 1 cup dry laundry starch or 1 cup cornstarch
• 1 cup cold water
• 4 cups boiling water
• 1 cup soap flakes
• 1/4 cup talcum powder
What to do:
• Put the starch in a large saucepan.
• Add the cold water gradually, stirring until there are no lumps.
• Continue to stir while adding the boiling water
• Cook over medium heat until clear, stirring constantly.
• When mix thickens, add the soap flakes and talcum powder.
• Remove from heat and beat with an egg beater until smooth. Mixture should be thick.
• Store in a plastic container in refrigerator or use while still warm.

Cooked #6

What you need:
• 2/3 cup dry starch or cornstarch
• 1 cup cold water
• 3 cups boiling water
• 1 T glycerine
• 1 cup ivory soap flakes or 2 T liquid soap
• calcimine pigment or food coloring
What to do:
• Dissolve starch in cold water.
• Smooth lumps and add boiling water, stirring constantly
• Thicken until clear but do not boil more than one minute.
• Add rest of ingredients (hot or cold).

Use on glazed paper, newsprint, wrapping paper, or on washable surface for monoprints.

Variation: Snow Paint

To 1 cup of the above fingerpaint mixture add:
•1 T white tempera paint or 1 1/2 cups soap powder or flakes
• 1 cup hot or warm water
• 1 tsp glycerine

Whip with an egg beater.

Ten edible clay recipes

Kool-Aid Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 cup
1/2 cup salt
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 package Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
1 tablespoon
cooking oil

Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan. Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough. Turn out onto a heatproof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle. Dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix and will smell like the Kool-Aid mix. (Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months)

Jell-O Play Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 (3-1/2 oz.) package "unsweetened" Jell-O

Mix all ingredients together and
cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until consistency of mashed potatoes. Let cool and knead with floured hands until dry.

Storage: This recipe needs to cool completely "before" storing it in an airtight container!

Note: The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.

Oatmeal Play Dough

1 part flour
2 parts
1 part water

Mix ingredients together and form into shapes.

Note: The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.

Cream Cheese Play Dough

8 oz. package of cream cheese
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
1 tablespoon honey
crackers or bread slices

Combine cream cheese, milk and honey in a bowl and mix until well blended. Mold sculptures on was paper.

Storage: Unused portions MUST BE STORED in an airtight container and kept refrigerated! Because cream cheese is perishable, use the expiration date on the cream cheese package as your guide for how long you can keep this play dough.

Note: The shapes can then be placed on crackers or bread slices, decorated with edibles (celery or carrot slivers, raisins, dried fruit pieces, nuts, or seeds for a healthy snack... then eat!

Peanut Butter/Graham Cracker Play Dough

Equal amounts of Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cream
Graham Crackers

First, have the children wash their hands before beginning so they can safely lick their fingers during this project.

Allow children to crumble up Graham Crackers into crumbs, then set these aside. Let them have just a little touch of the Marshmallow Cream and a little touch of peanut butter to feel the different textures and to lick off their fingers.

Mix the peanut butter and Marshmallow Cream together and have the children notice the change in texture. Cover surface area with wax paper or use a breadboard, let children make into shapes. Roll shapes in Graham Cracker crumbs, then eat!

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container.

Peanut Butter Play Dough

one 18-oz. jar creamy peanut butter
6 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup non-fat dry milk

Mix ingredients together, using varying amounts of dry milk for desired consistencies. Knead it with fingers, forming into desired shapes, adding other foods like M&M's or peanuts for eyes, mouths, etc. Great fun!

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container.

Girl Scout Peanut Butter Play Dough

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
2 cups powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, using your hands. Dough should feel soft and pliable. Form shapes and be creative!

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container.

Smooth Peanut Butter Play Dough

2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups dried milk
2/3 cups honey

Mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined.

When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container

Frosting Play Dough

1 can frosting (any flavor)
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Mix together until dough reaches desired consistency

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. Next time you want to use it, let it come to room temperature for pliable dough.

Chocolate Play Dough

8 oz. semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup plus one tablespoon light corn syrup

Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water (a double boiler). Stir the chocolate with a spoon until smooth, then stir in the corn syrup. The chocolate will stiffen almost immediately but stir completely combined. Transfer the chocolate to a sturdy plastic bag and refrigerate until firm; the consistency will be that of Play Dough.

When firm, the dough can be worked by kneading. If it is too hard, cut off small pieces and knead until pliable. If the dough sticks to the counter when rolling, lightly spray counter or breadboard with vegetable spray or lightly grease with vegetable oil.

Hand shape the dough into a rope or braid, making two or three long ropes and twist or braid them together -- can be used as the outside edge on top of a cake or around the base.

Make ribbons to cover the cake. To do this, pat your dough into a disk shape and roll dough out to desired thickness using a rolling pin or else use a manual pasta machine.

Flowers, too!

When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container and refrigerate.



Sawdust Clay

Materials Needed:

2 Cup Sawdust
1 Cup Dry Wallpaper Paste
Blend the sawdust and the dry wallpaper paste together. Slowly add the water and stir until your mixture is a clay consistantly. Once you have your clay made you can make shapes, designs, creatures - whatever you want! Let your creations dry atleast 24 hours. Once they are dry you can sand them and paint them!


(With many additions/changes)

Find the leaves you want to skeletonize. Press them in a flower press or heavy phone book for a couple of weeks until dried.

Make a solution of washing soda.....NOT baking soda....washing soda is in the laundry aisle. Pour about 1/2 a cup in a flat baking pan (preferably glass, then wash it two or three times!). Add hot water and stir until the mixture clears. I started with 2 cups and added another 2/3 cup I think....Let the water cool down to lukewarm.

Carefully place the leaves in the mixture and and press them down...USING GLOVES! Washing soda is caustic. Make sure each leaf gets covered completely.

Place in a high place or somewhere children cannot get to them and wait until the fleshy part of the leaves gets pulpy and goo-ey.

Take out the leaves and gently rinse under cold water. You may need to use a very soft brush to loosen some of the pulp...or return the leaf to the mixture for a while and try a second time. They suggest a toothbrush, but it snagged the infrastructure of the leaf too much. I tried blotting with a napkin and that DID remove some of the pulp, old makeup brush works well!

You need to make sure the leaf dries flat....but it will be brittle at this stage so treat it gently. Dry it off with paper towels or cloth towels...let air dry for a short while and then put it back in the phone book when it's completely dry.

You can paint these, stain them with food coloring, spray with spray adhesive and sprinkle on sparkles or diamond dust. Spray THROUGH them for a different effect.....remove the leaf after spraying. Otherwise, use the leaf on cards, ATC's, scrapbooking.....whatever! You can even decoupage them to vases or boxes.

Maple leaves are recommended for beginners....but with practice you can do any leaf you want!!!  


This is a simple one.....just put some rubbing alcohol in a small spray bottle and add some re-inker until the color is right for you. Spray plain or patterned paper and you have an overlay of color!

Making mock homemade paper

I know of three methods for doing this.

The first uses old dryer sheets. All you need to do is either lay them in a thin layer of ink or paint, squeeze out the excess and let it dry somewhere where any drips won't stain things.

The second uses paper towels....plain white but they can be textured if you want that. Use the same method as above.

The third uses paper napkins....same as above.

You can also use a sponge and dab color (metallics or otherwise) onto the finished papers....for a more glitzy look.




You need a small jar with a tight fighting lid, Rit dye in whatever color you want to make, rubbing alcohol, glycerin and something you can dispose of after stirring all this!

Mix the dye with the alcohol (about 1/4 teaspoon) until it's about gravy texture. Add your glycerine (5 tablespoons) and stir until well blended. This takes a while!

Use it with a sponge, magic sponge, foam rubber or layers of felt. I like Altoid containers for this...after making sure they don't leak anywhere. If they do, I cover the areas with a waterproof duct tape.


Another easy one. Using "Simple Green" and about a 1-4 2 tablespoons of simple green to 8 of water...or bigger amounts if you need it. Pour it onto a rag or sponge and rub your stamp on it. Dry it on a piece of rag (preferable lint free).


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Mon, 11-19-2012 - 11:51am

Holy smokes! That's some list! I'm sure I'll be using some of those soon. Thanks for posting!

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Mon, 11-19-2012 - 3:01pm
Took me about 50 years to accumulate.....and lots of volunteering, reading and research! But, I'm pretty proud of it!


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Thu, 12-06-2012 - 10:04am

Here's a new one. I spent every credit I had on Listia for it!



Break open a glow stick and shake the contents into a jar with a good tight lid. Add diamond glitter or diamond "dust". Seal tightly and shake hard. It doesn't last forever, but it's fantastic especially in the dark!!!


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Fri, 12-07-2012 - 12:28pm

I saw a picture of that somewhere - very cute!

My daughter and her friends were playing in the lake one night with glow sticks and one of them broke and spilled into the water, which started to glow, so of course they started breaking them all, and painting themselves... Probably toxic, but they had a lot of fun, and it did come off!

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Mon, 01-28-2013 - 7:37am

Soap Crayons #1

What you need:

  • 1 3/4 c Ivory Snow; (powder)
  • 50 drops food coloring
  • 1/4 c water

What to do:

  1. Mix water and soap flakes together.
  2. Add food coloring
  3. Put mixture into an ice cube tray.
  4. Allow to harden.
  5. Break or cut into pieces.

Fun to write with on the tub when bathing and when washing face and hands!!!

Soap Crayons #2

What you need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • liquid food coloring for each color crayon
  • 2 T hot water
  • 1 cup soap flakes

What to do:

  1. For each color, put two tablespoons of hot water and one cup of soap flakes into a bowl.
  2. Add as many drops of food coloring to the mix as you wish.
  3. Stir the soap mixture until it thickens. This takes time, so be patient.
  4. Press spoonfuls of the first color of soap into sections of the ice tray.
  5. Mix enough soap in other colors to fill the entire tray, repeating the first two steps.
  6. Let the soap crayons dry for one or two days.
  7. Gently bang the ice tray to loosen the crayons.