It is winter and if you have a fireplace that you use for viewing winter fires while you snuggle on the couch, these recipes for colorful fires will add enjoyment for everyone.
Holiday Colors in the Fireplace
To produce elegant colors in your winter fire soak your log in one of the following:
Warm water & Common table salt for a yellow flame
Warm water & Borax for a green flame
Warm Water & Rock salt or calcium chloride for an orange flame
Use just enough water to dissolve your coloring substance. Dry your logs thoroughly and then add them to the fireplace for beautiful holiday fires.
Good for: Coffee and chocolate lovers.
Start with high-quality plastic spoons -- gold, silver or clear work best. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips for one minute in microwave at 50 percent power and stir. Repeat in 15-second increments until fully melted. Add 1 teaspoon shortening (Crisco or similar). Dip the spoon into the chocolate to get a nice thick coating on the bowl and about an inch up the handle.
Lay the spoons with their handles over the edge of a wax paper-lined cookie sheet until set. If you want to get really fancy, drizzle with white or other flavors of chocolate. Tie a small bundle of spoons with a thin ribbon and place in a mug.
Good for: Athletes or anyone with aches and pains.
This gift requires some very basic sewing.
Take two pieces of 12-by-13-inch cotton fabric or a rectangular shape that can be draped around the neck. Place the pieces together, wrong sides facing outward, and sew on three sides only. Turn right-side out.
Mix 4 cups uncooked regular (not Minute) rice with 2 tablespoons each dried rosemary and dried lavender. Fill heating pad with mixture according to personal preference. Turn raw edges of fabric together, pin and sew shut.
Instructions to recipient: Heat pad in microwave in increments of one minute only until desired temperature is reached; always test before placing next to skin. Shake to distribute rice evenly. Or put in freezer for a cold pack.
KOOL-AID PLAY DOUGH
Good for: Preschoolers and preschool teachers.
This a slick, plastic-like version of the childhood favorite. The drink mix is for color, not to make it edible!
Mix 2 ½ cups flour, ½ cup salt, 1 tablespoon cream of tartar and 1 envelope unsweetened Kool-Aid. Add 2 cups boiling water. Stir well. Add 3 tablespoons salad oil and knead until smooth. Store in refrigerator in airtight container or zippered plastic bag.
This can be packaged with some fun cookie cutters and a child-size rolling pin.
CAR WASH COUPON
Good for: Almost any adult.
Gather a hose, bucket, detergent, rags and towels and add elbow grease. Don't forget a portable vacuum to clean the inside of the car. Give the recipient a coupon and add one of those classic hanging cardboard air fresheners for fun.
Good for: Cooks.
Gently separate the tines of a new wire whisk and insert wrapped holiday candies, such as chocolate kisses; the wires will hold them in. Add a festive bow on the handle and, if you like, a favorite recipe on a recipe card
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