If I didn't have old lady eyes and needed the over head lights on, I'd keep my house lit with ambient lighting instead! I love the glow of all the small lamps tucked around the room. And of course the Christmas trees add a beautiful glow to it all too.
This little paper weight was a gift from my sisters. Bobbie Sue added a photo of the three of us to an old paper weight that Sissy had. She made 3, so we each got one.
For book club, we all wrapped up a book we'd enjoyed that year for a trade. I got extremely lucky! There was a book I'd read in my 20s that I LOVED and wanted to re-read. I've looked for it for 30 years, but didn't remember the author's name or title. And it showed up that night at the swap!!! Its from 1978 and is called "The Mirror".
The book I gave away that night was "Room" and its very disturbing, so I wrapped it extra nice and added a brooch to the package.
Sorry, no real recipe, I kind of made it up as I went along. But each are sooooo easy to make, I'll give you the ingredients if you want to wing it:
Box of powdered milk (goat or otherwise)
epsom salts (whole bag)
cup or so of sea salt
scented oil to your own taste
Half pound of brown sugar
Full bag of epsom salts
cup of sea salt
about 2 cups of coconut oil
about a half cup of glycerin
I wrapped them all in small plastic bags sold at Michaels in the cake decorating aisle, and tied up the bath salts with white lace and a mini bleached tree or wreath. The sugar scrub got wrapped the same way, but tied with rick rack and a tag made from an old Shiny Brite box.
It was wonderful to have my new, big kitchen to host a party in. I can't begin to tell you how much I love that room.
The treats that night were pumpkin cheesecake, fudge, german chocolate brownies, pumpkin muffins, a veggie tray, pita chips, flax seed chips and salsa.
I hope that your holiday has been filled with special occasions and more to come. Its a festive season, and I can't get enough of it.
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