Monday, December 15, 2008

A Fun Homemade Gift


I have always loved making homemade gifts, whether it be bottles of hot chili oil or biscotti or truffles. So I am always on the lookout for fun gift ideas, especially when they can be made out of ingredients from my pantry. Well, I've got a great new one for you. We had a special guest come and film a couple of segments for Everyday Dish. Janice Cox has written some fantastic books on homemade beauty treatments. Although her recipes aren't all plant-based, loads of them are such as her fizzy homemade bath bombs. You've got to give these babies a try! The fun part is that you can customize the scents, colors and shapes to suit your tastes (or those that will be receiving your handmade wares). Janice even said that her daughter shapes them into cupcakes, which you can garnish with sparkly sugar. The possibilities are endless! You can check out the video and recipe here.

(Brian's Puerto Rican Soup with annato oil drizzle)

We also have a new segment up for a Puerto Rican Soup by chef Brian Igarta. It's really good, and just the perfect thing to warm our cold bones this time of year. Oh, and that reminds me, check out this pic of my dog Bruno in the snow yesterday. It looks like this might be a cold winter, so hot fizzy baths and warm soups are just the thing to turn to.

This was Bruno waiting at our back door to be let in. He absolutely loves the snow!

15 comments:

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

Ooh~ I like the idea of making my own bath bombs (they cost a darn bomb in the shops!).
Thanks for the gift idea!
And what a handsome Snow Dog! >:o)

Chelsea said...

Bruno is the cutest!!!

Vegan Knitting said...

Oh, Bruno!

Have you seen this video of a dog in the snow?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sUL0KCIc48

Bex said...

It looks like Bruno was having a grand ol' time. Thanks for the bath bomb idea! I really want to make all my gifts this year.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Bruno is the best!

The soup sounds sooo good!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Bruno is so cute! We are all about homemade gifts. Our family tradition is you must make a gift for someone before you are allowed to buy a gift. We have done this since our children were little and one of them still keeps this tradition going in her home. Off ot check out the new videos.

aTxVegn said...

Bruno looks so cute, but cold! That soup looks so warm and tasty.

kittee said...

Bruno needs to get his ass on dogbook...

xo
kittee

Daneen said...

I love the idea of making bath bombs. My son loves them. We usually go to Lush but they can be so expensive. This is something we can both make together. And I like the idea of making them for gifts - very smart!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

What a great shot of Bruno! Frame it, Julie!

K.E.N. said...

i love Bruno and this picture of him so much!

julie hasson said...

Awww, thanks! Yeah, Bruno is pretty cute covered with snow.

I hope that everyone has a fantastic holiday!!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Bruno just stole my <3 !!

Vivacious Vegan said...

Bruno just stole my heart too. He is adorable!

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