Don’t you just love it when you can be creative and it blesses your family or others? I hope so, as today’s blog is about giving! I am a giver! By stating that I am a giver people may automatically say “well give me this much money or give me this or that!” The fact of the matter is I’ve not always had money to give, but I’ve had my time and thank God he has given me a few talents that I can use to give to others! I am an Author and an Artist, so it gives me great pleasure to bless my friends and family with a painting or a book that I’ve written, but I also love to cook!
When a friend is sick I can do homemade chicken soup for them and a big ol’ pone of cornbread from my Grandma’s iron skillet! When I do something like cook soup and cornbread for a friend, It gives me great pleasure to do it! I am probably blessed as much as they are! I thank God that he’s given me my Southern Mama who was a wonderful Southern cook and taught me how to cook as well. The difficult thing is that she never used a recipe and so I rarely do either! In my home we have an ongoing joke “Mama’s concocting again!” Which by the way is a title to one of my forthcoming books! I love to get into the kitchen and “create” my own dishes. I’ve had a few epic fails, but for more times than not, I’ve created meals things that my family usually brags on. I’ve also been incorporating and using healthier ingredients with no complaints! But this is the real deal, I’ve also been putting them in recipe form with “estimated amount” so that I can actually pass them down someday to my grandchildren or great-grandchildren!
Anyway, back to giving. Do you know that some of my sweetest gifts came not when my family or friends purchased me a gift? The best gifts that I received were when they did something personally or made something for me. For Christmas my boys always make me gifts! I love and treasure them because they seriously put their time and effort into making Mama something special!Who wouldn’t love a homemade birdfeeder, or a beautiful stepping stone that says Mom on it? I love them!
In the spirit of giving I wanted to share one of my simplest “Concoctions!” or “Recipes!” with you today. This is an easy recipe and is great for your home or you can fancy it up and give it as a gift! Either way I hope that you will enjoy making it!
I would love to hear from you! If you enjoyed this blog with my DIY Concoctions, please let me know and I will post more of my Homemade DIY recipes. In the meantime if you would like to have this recipe to print, please contact me and leave your email and I will send You a free pdf by attachment!
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DIY AIR Freshener or Carpet Freshener
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I cup Pure Baking Soda
10 drops Lavender Oil or your favorite scented oils ( I use Doterra 100% CPTG)
1 Small canning Jelly Jar with lid or fancier jar if you have one
Pour Pure Baking Soda into canning jar!
Pour in Lavender oil or your favorite essential oil
Place lid on the jar and shake to mix the two ingredients!
Now this is when it can get a little tricky because the lid for your jar has to have holes placed in it! I usually find me an old board, nail, and a hammer! I place the lid on the board, and I hammer the Nail into the lid in a few places to create holes. This allows you to be able to smell the wonderful scent Of the freshener, but also if you were going to sprinkle it on your carpets, then you have an instant shaker!
Finally if you wanted to give this as a gift, say for Christmas, you could use Doterra Oils, such as Peppermint Oil I love the scents of fall, so I usually also do one with Clove and Ginger Oil. Use your imagination and “Concoct” your own Recipe! To give these as gifts, just tie a pretty ribbon or burlap twine with a little homemade tag! This spiffs it up fancy!
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