Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Works for me Wednesday

A few weeks ago we had a fun "girlfriends night" at our church. We shared a few things that you can make and give as gifts.

The first one is a coffee mix. One batch fills the larger jar on the left. I'm not a coffee lover and even I really like this!

Cafe Vienna Mix

1/2 cup instant coffee
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup non-dairy creamer
3/4 cup nonfat dry milk
2 tablespoons cocoa

Mix together, then use food processor or blender to smooth.
Use two teaspoons per 1 cup boiling water.

This is the project I shared. It's great for elbows and feet!

Brown Sugar Scrub

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup sunflower oil (use sunflower oil because it doesn't have the strong scent of other oils)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Mix together the 2 sugars, then stir in the oil and extract. Mix together well and scoop into sealable glass container.
You can get these containers at Hobby Lobby - they are frequently half price and mine only cost $1.50. I tied a cute ribbon around the top and put a rub on decal on the front.

Cute gifts for a great price!
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Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I like both of those ideas! The coffee sounds good right about now!

Crown of Beauty said...

I love this post, Mari... in fact I'm going out this weekend to look for some nice bottles for the Cafe Vienna Mix. You always have a lot of practical ideas to share with us!

I'll try the scrub too... I'll try virgin coconut oil cause we have a lot of that here.


HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Excellent ideas for gifts!!!

Mari....hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Beautiful gifts! Really!

Momma Roar said...

Great ideas!! I love gifts like these, because they can get my kids involved in the process.

Last year we made up a dry spinach and herb dip mix that we gave to Sunday School teachers. All they had to add was a little mayo and sour cream.

This year, we bought little plaster star ornaments for the kids to paint. I just may have to find someone to give your gift ideas too! :)

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Those are awesome and I love how you dressed up the jar on the scrub. So cute and thoughtful!

Pat said...

One year I received the dry ingredients to soup in a jar..I loved it!
I think theses types of gifts are the best!!

Cherdecor said...

These were great ideas for gifts.
I am sure that everyone loved them.

Connie said...

Just thought of something - after you are done with the scrub you can lick your fingers! Ha Ha

I like the sound of the coffee mixture.

Nancy said...

Great gift ideas, I like practical stuff and this is the best of the best.

Raise Them Up said...

I really like the Cafe Vienna Mix idea! I have a few people that would just love it. (Me, included!)

Kat said...

Wow, both sound like great gift ideas! Thanks Mari.


septembermom said...

Really wonderful gift ideas. I love them. Thanks Mari!

Anonymous said...

Love this idea. I needed something for coworkers this year and you just solved my problem of what to do. Thanks!

A Stone Gatherer said...

I'll have to make those Mari! Thanks for sharing.

Jenny the Pirate said...

Oh, my goodness! That brown-sugar scrub looks wonderful! I'm going to make some of that for my daughters! Thanks, Mari!

Kim said...

You always have such great ideas!