THE KITCHEN SINK
**This is not an edible recipe. This is ideal for crafts using the alphabet pasta**
1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
1 tbsp of food colouring of your choice
2 cups of pasta of your choice
1 quart zip lock freezer bag
large paper, grocery bags
Pour alcohol and food colouring in a ziplock freezer bag. Zip it and shake around to mix. Open it and put in the pasta. Make sure the bag is zipped. Turn the bag over and over on the table to evenly coat the pasta. Leave it on the table for about an hour. Turn it over after 30 minutes to evenly coat it. Pour it out onto the paper bags. Let it dry overnight.
FOR SUSAN'S RECIPES
Preservatives & Shelf Life
SALTS - Susan
DESERT SANDS BATH SALT RECIPE
BATHS AND OILS - Susan
2 cups soap flakes or grated soap
1 gallon water
1/4 - 1/2 cup glycerin
2 cups shampoo or liquid dishwashing detergent
Scented oil of your choice
Mix the soap flakes, water and 2 tbsp glycerin in a pot and set over low heat, stirring occasionally until the soap has dissolved. (This liquid soap can be stored in a covered container and used as an all-purpose soap or hand soap in the kitchen.) In a bowl, add 2 cups of this mixture to the rest of the glycerin, shampoo and add a few drops of your scented oil. Put into a quart container and store covered at room temperature. When you're ready to bathe, add about one cup to your tub as it's filling.
Add herbs to your tub by either making an infusion of them (see How to make and use herb preparations) and adding directly to the bath water, or putting the herbs into a muslin bag and tie it directly under the tap as the water is running. You can also add scented oil to the mixture if you want to. Here are a few ideas for herbs to use:
Chamomile - soothing and cleansing
Comfrey - rejuvinating
Lovage - deodorizing and cleansing
Lady's mantle - soothes skin irritation
Black tea - relieving sunburn pain
Mint - soothing and relaxing
Lavender - relaxing and aromatic
EASY MILK BATH
Just add 1/2 - 1 cup of dried milk to your bath water for a softening and soothing bath.
2 cups dry milk powder
1 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon fragrance oil of your choice
Blend together all ingredients in blender. Add 1/2 cup of mixture to hot bath water.
BATH POWDER RECIPE 1:
LOTIONS, MASKS AND MOISTURIZERS - Susan
BASIC COLD CREAM
|MAKE YOUR OWN POTPOURRI / SACHETS - Susan
You can use almost anything in your garden to make an aromatic potpourri mixture. Traditionally, potpourri is a mixture of dried flowers and other ingredients, placed in open containers, like small bowls or cups and placed to allow their aroma to delicately scent the room. Sachets are usually small cloth "pillows" containing potpourri, which can be used almost anywhere. Sachets have the advantage of being portable,
you can place them in drawers, pin them to pillows, or carry them in your purse wherever you go.
Generally, potpourri ingredients should not be finely ground, petals of flowers should be lightly crushed. Ingredients such as cinnamon sticks or orange peels should be broken into small pieces or finely chopped.
Some flowers that are especially good to use in potpourri are roses, carnations, hibiscus, violets, sunflowers, and lavendar. Some herbs that work well in potpourri are chamomile, lavender, thyme, sage and rosemary. Eucalyptus leaves are a nice addition to any potpourri. You shouldn't limit yourself to this list however. Experiment, use your imagination and whatever you have at hand.
For all the following recipes, start with bone dry flowers, leaves, herbs and spices.
Essence of Rose
1 cup pink rose petals
1/2 cup red rose petals
1/2 cup white rose petals
1/4 cup chamomile flowers
1/2 cup crushed statice (blue or white)
1/4 cup eucalyptus leaves
1/4 cup oakmoss
20 drops rose oil
Gently combine petals and leaves in a large bowl. Scatter drops of rose oil over the mixture using an eyedropper. Stir gently. Place mixture in a brown paper bag lined with wax paper. Fold and seal the bag with a paper clip and leave in a dry, dark, cool place for 2 weeks. Every other day, stir the contents gently to blend and disperse ingredients and scents. Place in glass bowls or candy dishes. Top with small white or
pink rose buds.
Combine 3/4 cup calamus root, 1/2 cup caraway seeds, 1/4 cup ground cloves, 2 cups lavender flowers, 1 cup marjoram, 1 cup mint, 2 cups rose leaves, 1/2 cup rosemary and 1/4 cup thyme. Mix well.
10 marigold blossoms
6 geranium leaves
5 rose blossoms
2 tsp dried lavender
2 tsp orrisroot
2 drops rose fixative
Combine 1/4 cup orrisroot, 4 cups lavender flowers, 3 cups patchouli, 1/4 cup ground cloves, 1 cup deerstongue leaves and 1/2 cup ground allspice. Add 10 drops oil of rose, 10 drops oil of lavender, 12 drops oil of neroli and 1/4 tsp. oil of sandalwood. Mix well.
Combine 4 cups cassie flowers, 1/4 cup orrisroot powder and 1/2 cup starch. Mix well.
1/2 cup bayberry leaves
1/2 cup snipped balsam needles
1/2 cup miniature pine cones
1/2 cup rose hips
2 tsp orrisroot
2 drops pine-scented fixative
Mix the bayberry, balsam, pine cones and rose hips in a large bowl. Add the orrisroot and fixative and stir gently. This makes a great Christmas potpourri!
Processed Corn Cob Additive - Put some ground corn cob material (sold as cellulose, or litter material at your Walmart or pet store) in a jar. Add several drops of essential oil, place lid on jar and shake. Shake jar about once every day or so for about 10 days. Add it to your potpourri to give body and help hold the scent.
Potpourri Filler - If you don't have enough dried flowers to make potpourri, or if you just need some filler, remember you can use almost anything in your mixture. Pine cones (whole or just the petals), bark, leaves, etc. Orris root is commonly used as a filler/fixative. Another alternative is to buy a "Filler".
|HOW TO COLOR FIREPLACE FLAMES - Susan
If you enjoy sitting around your fireplace and watching colorful flames dance, you'll be happy to know you can color your own flames quite
cheaply. Basically, there are three methods of coloring fireplace flames. You can soak the logs in an alcohol solution which contains certain
chemicals. Or you can soak the logs in a water solution containing certain chemicals and then dry them. And finally, you can just throw
certain chemicals into the flames. The various chemicals or salts required for certain colors of flames are as follows:
3 parts Potassium sulphate (Chromealum) and 1 part potassium nitrate (Salt Peter) for violet flames
Strontium chloride for red flames
Calcium chloride (bleaching powder) for blue flames
Magnesium sulphate (Epson Salts) for white flames
Baronsalts (Borax) for yellowish-green flames
Copper sulphate (blue vitrol/Bluestone) for green flames
Sodium chloride (table salt) for yellow flames
Colorful flames: 1/2 lb. baking soda to 1/2 gallon of water, or 1/2 lb. borax to 1/2 gallon of water, or 1/2 lb. salt to 1/2 gallon of water. Soak pinecones overnight and put in mesh bag to dry You may also treat pinecones, coarse sawdust or cork waste and throw them into the fireplace to color the fire. They are far easier to treat and take less time to dry. Here are two methods for treating bases such as course sawdust, pinecones and cork waste.
Best for sawdust - Dissolve the chemical in water. Stir in your base. When the solution is completely absorbed, spread the base out in a thin layer to dry.
Best for cork-based chips - Add 1 pint of liquid glue to 7 parts of water. Crush the chemical to a fine powder and add 1 pound of the powder to each gallon of glue-water. Put into the liquid as much of the sawdust, cork waste or pinecones that it will take, stirring and adding more base until all the liquid has been absorbed. Spread out on a rack to dry.
It is better to treat separate portions of your base with the solution of a single chemical than to treat the base in a single mixture of various chemicals. After drying the separately treated portions of sawdust or cork waste, you can then mix them together in order to achieve distinctly colored flames.
There is no fixed proportion of chemicals to be used to a given amount of water. As much of the powdered chemical should be mixed with water as will dissolve, until you have a saturated solution. The only exception is ordinary table salt (sodium chloride), in which case you should use 1/2 ounce of salt to each pint of water.
Coarse hardwood sawdust is better than pine or other softwood sawdust as a base. Cork waste also makes an excellent base.
Materials & Supplies:
Most of the ingredients needed for this project can be found at your local grocery store. The not-so-common ingredients/chemicals, such as copper sulfate and calcium chloride, can be found online at the Chemistry Store. For information on supplies, materials, ingredients, chemicals, etc., check out:
CHEMICAL COMPANIES ONLINE
Advance Scientific and Chemical - chemical list, educational science kits. Email or call to request information on purchasing chemicals in small quantities. firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-524-2436.
AlliedSignal Inc. Specialty Chemicals - http://www.specialtychem.com/
Amoco Chemicals - http://www.amocochem.com/, plastics, chemicals and textile materials.
The Chemistry Store - chemical supplier.
Cosmos Online - http://www.cosmos.com.mx/, suppliers of products from all over the world
FisherChemical - http://www.fishersci.com/suppliers/chemicals.jhtml, 1 Reagent Lane, Fairlawn, NJ O7410, Technical Assistance - 800-227-6701, Fax on Demand for Certificates of Analysis and MSDS - 201-703-3165, Phone: 800-766-7000
FMC - http://www.fmc.com/, producers of chemicals and machinery for industry and agriculture. Located in the UK.
Green Mountain Co., Taiwan - http://manufacture.com.tw/~green/export1.htm, Chemical supplier
LabChem - http://www.procurenet.com/mall/labchem/
Pfaltz & Bauer - http://www.pfaltzandbauer.com/, Big company, hard to find, rare chemicals. Large quantities.
Richard-Allan Scientific - http://www.fishersci.com/suppliers/chemicals.jhtml, 225 Parsons Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Phone: 800-522-7270
Sargent-Welch - http://www.sargentwelch.com/, Phone 800 727 4368 FAX 800 676 2540, E-Mail email@example.com
Standard Ceramic Supply Company - http://www.ceramics.com/clay/matl.html
The Sourcerer Chemical Directory - Sources in the UK. They assist in finding chemicals, services and companies throughout the United Kingdom, together with Agents representing UK Companies.
VWR Scientific Products - http://www.vwrsp.com/
Note: The following items and companies have been extracted from various project resources. Some of the information may be out of date and still needs to be verified.
ALUMINUM STEARATE - Witco Chemical Co., 277 Park Ave., New York, NY 10017
BL-353 from E.I. DuPont deNemours & Co., Inc., Willmington, Delaware.
CATALYST R1 also from Reichold Chemicals - Reichold Chemicals, Inc., 525 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY 10602.
COLOR PASTES FOR LAMINAC RESINS from Plastic Molders Supply Co., 74 South Ave., Fanwood, NJ
CELLOPHANE from Olin Products Co., Inc. 270 Park Ave., New York, NY
COBALT NAPTHENATE (liquid) from Carlisle Chemical Works, Inc., Reading, OH
DIOCTYL PHTHALATE - Monsanto Chemical Co., 1700 S. 2nd St., St. Louis, MO
DYTHOS from National Lead Co., 111 Broadway, New York, NY 10006
FIBERGLASS MAT from Bigelow Fiberglass Products, 140 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016
WOVEN FIBERGLASS CLOTH from Hess Goldsmith & Co., 1450 Broadway, New York, NY
GEON 121 and GEON 202 from - B.F. Goodrich, Chemical Co., 3135 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH
GOOD-RITE GP-261 also from B.F. Goodrich Chemical Co., 3135 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH
LAMINAC 4134 and LAMINAC 4110 from American Cyanamid Co., Plastics & Resins Division, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020
METHYL ETHYL KETONE from Enjay Co., Inc., 15 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019
PAINT CANS - Fruend Can Co., 4439 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60615
PANAFLEX DN-2 - Amoco Chemical Corp., 555 Fifty Ave., New York, NY
PARAPLEX G-25 and PARAPLEX G-50 from Rehm & Haas Co., Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA
PLIOVIC 40 - (Pliovic is a vinyl chloride.) Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, OH
POLYLITE 8601 (a Polyester Resin) and POLYLITE 8621 (a Polyiscyanate) from: Reichold Chemicals, Inc., 525 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY
TALC from Johns-Manville Co., Celite Division, 22 E. 40th St., New York, NY 10016
WAX - No. 1894 EX-L WAX from Mitchell Rand Manufacturing Co., 51 Murray St., New York, NY 10007
|HOMEMADE ICE PACKS - HighFlyer
Use a medium sized plastic zipper type freezer storage bag. Put in 2 cups water and 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol; mix together and freeze. This makes those wonderful gel type ice packs that cost big dollars at the stores. Adjust the amounts of water and alcohol to make smaller or larger ice packs also. If desired, add food coloring to make them different colors.