Earlier this summer I got a chocolate mint sprout from a stand at my local outdoor market. Within a month it was overflowing from a 15-inch pot. I’ve read that mint starts losing its flavor after it flowers, so I decided to wait until I saw the beginning of flower buds and then strip it of all non-essential leaves and use them to make a big batch of extract that I could use for baking.
When the time came, I got some old jars from our basement (I used Hershey’s ice cream topping jars, which felt appropriate) and bought a 750ml bottle of the cheapest 100 proof vodka I could find. I ended up filling two average-sized jars, perfectly using up the whole bottle.
They’re now sitting in a cool, dark place to steep, probably for a couple months. It’ll be great to find out how they turn out.
The one hour skirt!
In keeping with the day’s theme, we have a fun, food-inspired DIY for you to try out.
The vegetable charm accessories from the spring 2012 Dolce & Gabbana show have been haunting our memories (in a good way) ever since first seeing them back in September. Food and jewelry……
D.I.Y Holiday Door Mat. I’m totally doing this for my new place. SO CUTE! (click on photo for D.I.Y instructions)
DIY: Vanilla sugar
DIY Delicate Pearl Stacking Rings. I loved the tutorials for these three tutorials so much that I wrote Emi at Small Good Things to ask if I could post them on my blogs (as per request of her blog) and she said yes. These tutorials each teach you something different about jewelry making and have really clear, good instructions. The tutorials can be found at Small Good Things here. *She has other really good DIY jewelry tutorials and DIY ideas in general and I follow her on bloglovin.
DIY Lotion Bars
Anyone who has ever shopped at Lush has probably fallen in love with their lotion massage bars that literally melt into your skin, leaving behind a delicate fragrance. Here is the recipe for some to try at home. Play with the fragrance/essential oils to develop a signature scent! Your skin will thank you!
4 oz of beeswax
4 oz cocoa butter
4 oz shea butter
2 oz Jojoba oil
10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
Melt everything together in a double broiler and pour into ready made molds. Allow to harden for 24 hours, remove from the molds and allow to harden for another 24-48 hours.