My friends and I always joke that we had no choice in our friendship – we were born into it. But I would say a friendship that lasts almost 25 years now, is a pretty good one. Yes, we were born into this friend group but we have made it a damn good one.
After high school, we have scattered all over the world, but the distance hasn’t stopped us from talking all the time.
We are lucky that we are able to meet back home for Christmas every year. This year we had a lovely brunch to catch up.
I usually have a special hand-made gift for the special girls in my life. In the past I have made aprons, tree necklaces, egg nog, and many more. And this year was no different. This year I set out to bring cheer to the dreary couple months ahead with a winter survival pack. This pack included Rainy Day Tea to keep warm you warm, hand warmers to fight off the cold, and sugar scrub to keep your hands soft. It was a perfect gift and fun to put together.
Rainy Day Tea
I got this recipe from my mom who named it Christmas Vacation Tea and gave it to the parent volunteers in her classroom. Inspired by the rain of Portland, I changed the name to Rainy Day Tea.
2 Cups Tang
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 instant tea
1/2 cup lemonade mix
1 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
Mix together and store in a tight container. A small jar is the perfect amount for a gift.
Mix 2 T of mixture per mug of hot water.
I found a pre-mixed instant tea and lemonade and used 2 cups of that instead of the separated teas.
These are my new favorite things. I keep a couple around the house and took a couple to work. They are perfect at my desk because my hands always get so cold. Especially the hand that has to sit out alone on the mouse. JoAnn’s had an extensive selection of flannel so I had a blast choosing a few patterns. This is also a perfect thing to make with extra fabric from past projects. Or fat quarters you just had to buy.
The bags are about 4×4 inches and filled with rice. Throw them in the microwave for about 30 seconds and they are nice and hot.
Nothing makes my hands softer than this home-made sugar scrub. Here is a recipe I used that seemed to work well:
3 Cups sugar
1 Cup grape seed oil
1 T Vitamin E
10 drops of essential oil
3-5 drops of food coloring
I found a 3: 1 sugar: oil ratio gave the best texture. I used grape seed oil because it has no scent and then added vitamin E oil for an extra boost. I wanted to add coconut oil into the mixture but the scent was too strong. If I try this again I might look for a different coconut oil that might have a more natural coconut scent.
I had fun playing around with the essential oils. I settled on lavender and sweet orange and made two different sets. The scent of the oil will become stronger after you let it sit for awhile so don’t get too carried away with the essential oil like I did. I first bought the oil at Michaels but it was cheap and didn’t smell very good. Spring for the good stuff – it’s worth it! I found a large selection at Whole Foods or you can always order it online.
All these items went perfectly together but they would be great on their own as well. I have a few left over that I will keep around in case I ever need a quick present to give.
I’ve used your sugar scrub and I love it. You gave me the orange one, just right for January. It also goes with the Rainy Day Tea. Great idea for a quick present that is usable immediately.