It’s unbelievably dry here in Calgary. If anyone follows me on twitter you’ve probably noticed that I have been asking for remedies for my dry and cracked hands.
I received a lot of suggestions and I really appreciate all of them so thank you. Moving to a more humid climate isn’t an option unfortunately but the other suggestions were wonderful and helpful.
I am finding more and more lately that going back to basics is the way to go. What does that mean exactly?
- Using fresh and organic ingredients to bake and cook with.
- Canning during the year to capture the freshness of vegetables.
- Avoiding added chemicals in skincare and hair products.
- Making my own bath and shower goodies.
Basically I’m going back to the way my grandparents lived. Everything home-made and organically grown.
With December almost over and the New Year approaching, I’ve been thinking about what I want to share with you all in the New Year. I plan on showcasing frugal ways of making your own sauces, canned goods, and skin care. Sharing seasonal and fresh ingredients available here in Calgary. Sharing gluten free travel adventures that I have planned.
I’m starting with making a sugar body scrub. Specifically a mint chocolate scrub and a Meyer lemon sugar scrub. Both are so easy to make and great to use in the shower.
Plus these scrubs are quite inexpensive to make and are excellent home-made gifts.
Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub
1 cup organic sugar
2 Tbsp good quality dark chocolate cocoa
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp peppermint extract or a 2 drops of peppermint oil
Instructions: Mix together in a large bowl the sugar and cocoa.
Add the canola oil and stir to combine.
Spoon sugar scrub into canning jar. Top sugar scrub with a little more canola oil.
Screw on jar lid.
Meyer Lemon Sugar Scrub
2 cups organic sugar
zest from 3 Meyer lemons
1/4 to 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp dried orange zest
1 tsp dried lemon zest
Instructions: In a large bowl, combine sugar, zest and juice from meyer lemons.
Add oil and stir to combine.
Spoon into canning jars.