DIY Bath Bombs

My youngest daughter just loves using bath bombs in her bath. If she had her way there would be a basket full of them in our bathroom for her to use every time she had a bath. But the reality is there is a cost to bath bombs and it can be pricey. I searched the internet looking for a recipe to make that was not expensive so that we both could enjoy this little luxury of having bath bombs in the tub when we wanted. 

After a long search, I realized that making bath bombs might not be as easy as I thought. I could only find recipes that included the weight and without a scale, this wasn't going to be an option for me. So I tried my best to come up with a measurement that worked with what I already had on hand. 



To make my bath bombs I used an IKEA flower ice cube tray and a metal muffin tin. Both worked really well and I was very happy with how they turned out. 

The only place I found citric acid was at a local soap supply store and it was very cost effective. I know they do sell it on Amazon but I wanted to pick up all my supplies locally. 

DIY Bath Bombs

1 cup Citric Acid (Set aside)         

Mix Dry Ingredients:
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Corn Starch
1 cup Epsom Salt

Mix Wet Ingredients:
2 tsp Water
4 tsp Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil or Olive Oil
6 Drops Food Colouring (Optional)
1 tsp Essential Oil (Optional)

Mix dry and wet ingredients in a bowl together to combine. I did find I had to add a couple drops of water before adding the citric acid to make sure they bind together and hold their shape. 

It is best to mix the citric acid while wearing protective gloves or wooden spoon. 

Once mixed add in the 1 cup of citric acid you first measured. 

Add the mixture into the molds that you have on hand. An ice cube tray would work fine or it is almost easter egg time so you could pick up some of the empty eggs and use them from molds. Let them sit in molds for about 2 hours before taking out to dry overnight. 




Cost Break Down - 
1 kg Citric Acid - $4.50 (1 cup = $0.55)
1 kg Corn Starch - $2.89 (1 cup = $0.36)
500g Baking Soda - $0.79
500g Epsom Salt - $1.25 (1 cup = $0.63)
4 tsp Oil = $0.13
Essential Oil = $0.10

Total Cost of Recipe - $2.56

Recipe made 12 Large and 32 Small Bath Bombs

Large Bath Bombs = $0.16ea 
Small Bath Bombs = $0.02ea

I am sure my pricing on the essential oil is high but I already had it on hand so I couldn't remember how much I paid for it. 

My Tips

1. Using the metal muffin tins make it a pain to get the bath bombs out so I recommend the silicone trays if you have them just remember to let them dry for a few hours on the counter before you move them and try to get them out. 

2. Wear gloves!

3. I used Ylang Ylang as my essential oil in this first batch I made but you can easily change it up to your liking. I also used blue food colouring in mine for that hint of blue. 


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What DIY gifts are you making for your family and friends this year?

Instant Pot Roast Chicken (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

Picking up a Rotisserie chicken is very convenient. I like to know exactly what is in my food and that means on my chicken. Given we have a lot of food sensitivities I find that planning our meals and cooking everything from scratch helps contain our food reactions. This week I decided to roast a chicken in our Instant Pot so that I could have chicken for a few meals this week just by cooking one chicken. 

The Instant is my most beloved appliance in my kitchen. I now have two of them actually and at least one of them gets used on a daily basis in my house and about twice a week both of them are in use. On a snowy day, there is nothing better than coming home and putting on a warm pot of soup.


Instant Pot Roast Chicken
     
Ingredients
  • 1 whole - 4lb. organic chicken
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

Instructions
  1. 1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper. Rub seasoning over outside of chicken.
  2. 2. Heat oil in the pressure cooker to shimmering. Add chicken, breast side down and cook 8 minutes.
  3. 3. Flip the chicken and add broth, lemon juice and garlic cloves.
  4. 4. Lock pressure cooker lid and set for 30 minutes on high.
  5. 5. Let the pressure cooker release naturally.
  6. 6. Remove from pressure cooker and let stand for 5 minutes before carving.
  





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What is your favourite chicken recipe?








*** It's just my life... was supplied meat from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***

Menu Planning on $75
Week of December 11, 2017.

I love cooking one meal and getting to full meals out of it. I plan to make chili this week and I know that the next night I can make Chili Mac with the leftover Chili and still have plenty for lunches during the week.

The same thing happens when I make a full chicken I am able to make bone broth for soup or stews as well as use up the chicken in other meals for the week. This makes the most out of my time in the kitchen and helps with our food budget.  


This week before I started my menu plan for the week I took inventory of fridge and pantry and came up with a list of items that need to be used up. Here is the list:

- 4 Peppers
- Carrots
- Pears
- Salad Mix


~Monday ~
Chili 
served in bread bowls

~ Tuesday ~
Teriyaki Chicken
Rice
Veggies

~ Wednesday ~ 
Chili Mac
Salad

~Thursday ~
Enchiladas
Spanish Rice

~ Friday ~ 
Chicken Parm
Potatoes
Veggies

~ Saturday ~ 
Garden Vegetable Soup

~ Sunday ~

Meatloaf
Mashed Potatoes
Veggies


~ Baking this week ~
 Cookies
   
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Bagels
Smoothies
Cold Cereal
Oatmeal
Waffles



If you are looking for more menu inspiration be sure to check out Orgjunkie, she hosts a weekly menu plan Monday link up.   


LET'S CHAT!

What meals do you stretch out to 2 meals a week by just cooking the one meal?




Souvlaki (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

Our love for Greek food in our house doesn't go unnoticed. We love to grill up Souvlaki any chance we get. We have been known to even put it into the oven during our long Canadian winter because we just can not go without it for the whole winter. 

Serving some Souvlaki with some Lime Rice and a Greek Salad is just a perfect combination no matter the time of year. 




Souvlaki

1 lemon juiced
1/4 cup Olive Oil (I used avocado)
1/4 cup Soya Sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 cloves garlic crushed
4 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1 inch cubes (you can also use chicken and beef)
2 medium onion cut into 1 inch pieces
2 peppers cut into 1 inch pieces
1 can pineapple chunks
skewers

1. in a large bowl, mix together lemon juice, oil, soya sauce, oregano and garlic, add pork, onions, green peppers and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
2. Preheat grill on medium to high heat. Thread pork, peppers, pineapple and onions onto skewers.
3. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or to desired doneness turning skewers once.

NOTE- we have also done these in the oven at 325*F and just turn them once they take about 10 to 15 minutes to cook.



Let's Chat!

I know I am not the only one who converts a grilling recipe to one that can be cooked indoors. What is your favourite grilling recipe that you now make without using the grill?


*** It's just my life... was supplied meat from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***