Snowball fight!

I have been thinking about a gift to give the young women and the women I visit teach.  In the spirit of winter I decided to throw them each a snowball (bath bomb).  Okay, maybe I won't actually throw them at the girls.  I will gently hand them to them - or set them on their front porches and run away.
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I like the following quote from Elder Uchtdorf - Your Potential, Your Privilege, General Conference Address, April 2011:  (tag created for bags)
If done right, this could be a great opportunity to wrap up the 2011 theme "We Seek After These Things" and lead beautifully into the 2012 them "Arise and Shine".

I need to put some more thought into this, but right now I am thinking about what it takes to make a great snowball.  You need the kind of snow (snowflakes) that bond together.  And as in any good snowball fight, these make the best defense against our enemies.  :)  The powdery snow looks pretty and is fun to play in, but it falls apart when you try to make a snowball.
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So, as my thoughts continue...  if we are comparing our testimonies to a snowball, we need to seek after things that build our testimonies and make them strong.  Bonding us to our Savior - the best defense against the adversary.  And as we add to our testimonies the brighter we shineStill working it out in my mind.  :)
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Anyways, I found some wonderful smelling bath bombs at our local grocery store - of all places.  Inexpensive and ready to repackage.  But, if I am feeling ambitious I will make them myself.  I have everything on hand except the citrus acid.  Hopefully our pharmacy has that on hand.  Here is the bath bomb recipe I have found to be the best:
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BATH BOMBS recipe by and in the words of Brenda Sharpe
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Dry Ingredients:
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid*
1/2 cup corn starch
Sieve dry ingredients until you get a nice smooth blend. (Optional: add 1/3 cup Epsom salts or coarse sea salt after sieving. This is recommended if making bombs in a more humid area.)
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Wet Ingredients:
2 1/2 Tbsp sunflower or other light oil (I use sweet almond oil, available at drug or health food stores)
3/4 Tbsp water (can substitute flower water, such as rosewater, or a combination of rosewater and glycerin)
1/2 to 2 teaspoons essential oils or fragrance oils (depends on strength of the oils)
1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil (optional, but recommended - an antioxidant which preserves the oils somewhat)
1/4 teaspoon borax (an emulsifier)
vegetable or other natural colourant (optional - a few drops of food colouring works well)
Combine all the wet ingredients and borax in a jar. Cover tightly and shake vigorously. Drizzle slowly onto the dry ingredients and blend thoroughly. It should not fizz while you are drizzling and mixing. If it does, slow down!
Pack tightly into moulds and slide out. They should release easily. Allow to dry at least overnight.
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Mixing:
This mixture is very dry and crumbly and has to be packed in the moulds quite firmly to keep shape. If you add any other ingredients (such as herbs, Epsom salts or dried flowers) you may need to add a bit more almond oil but try not to, because the mixture has to be quite dry. Too much oil makes the bombs soggy and makes a mess of your tub. I mix the liquids into the dry ingredients with my hands. That way I can feel if I need to add more oil. The mixture should just start to hold together when pressed in your hand, like slightly moist fine sand. Make sure it is well mixed.
Adding Epsom salts adds a bit of shine to the bomb and also seems to make the fizzing action more vigorous. It also seems to shorten the drying time required. If you want to add coarse sea salts, I recommend breaking it up a bit with a mortar and pestle or in a blender. The grains should be about the same size as those of Epsom salts.
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Shaping:
This recipe makes about 4-60 mm round bombs. I use the clear plastic two-part Christmas ornament balls; you can also get an 80 mm ball (these incidentally are the same sizes as the Lush bombs). I find the 60 mm bombs are all you need for a nice bath, and I have a deep claw-foot tub. I have never needed to oil the moulds beforehand when using these plastic moulds as long as they are clean and dry.
I pack each side of the mould quickly, then throw some loose mixture on top and squish the halves together. (the mould needn't fit together completely; in fact it shouldn't, because then it is harder to get them apart). Don't twist the two halves, just push them straight together and smooth off any excess around the crease with your fingers. You can unmould them after a very few minutes onto a baking sheet.
Unmould one side at a time, taking the top half of the mould off first (you may need to tap the top gently once or twice), then turn the ball over and remove the other side. Avoid the temptation to *twist* the top of the mould, as this can easily split the bomb. If the bomb splits or crumbles, empty out the mould completely, crumble the mixture and start again. If the bombs crumble and won't keep shape, add a tiny bit more oil (1/4 tsp or less). If you have leftover mix you can either gather it in a jar or plastic spice bag, or put it in a smaller mould (I use half of a Christmas heart mould). The mixture shows detail very well; other people I have heard of people making smaller bombs by pressing them into candy moulds.
Sometimes the bombs crack a little around the seam after a day or so; just gently rub the crack with your (dry) fingers to smooth it. If you have a bomb split after drying you can still use it at home, use it as a demonstration, or crumble it up and use it as fizzing bath powder.
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* Citric acid is sometimes available in drug stores but it's not cheap. If you think you might like to make a few, or if you have a friend who might want to try too, I suggest ordering a kilo or 5 kg pail from a reputable soap making supply house. Do not substitute ascorbic acid (vitamin C) as this makes the bombs discolour.
In regards to drying time, I let all of mine dry two or three days. I have heard it suggested that one could speed up this process by baking the bombs for two to three hours at very low heat (no higher than 200 degrees F), but I haven't found this necessary myself. I imagine this would make the whole house smell of them for days, which may not be your preference! However if you live in a humid location, you may need to try this.
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WRAP IT UP
I am placing the bath bombs on a bed of fresh pine in a clear cello bag.  Then tying it up with a medium width bright white wired ribbon and a tag.  I decided to go with the cranberry red background for the tags - becauseI liked they way it looks against the pine.  :)
Here are the tags I designed for the bath bombs - when not using the snowball analogy.  :)  Instructions will be printed on the back of the tags:  Simply fill tub with warm water and gently place bath bomb into bath.  Relax and Enjoy!





17 comments:

  1. I have found citric acid with the ???spices and ingredients you spoon into the little bags at sprouts grocery stores.

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  2. Is there a link that we can download the tags? I love them and think our YW would like them too:) Or even for VT this season. Thanks and so, so cute!!!!

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  3. Mom O' Nine - thank you, I'll check out the spice aisle. :)

    Bush Family - if you send me you email address I will send you the template.

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  4. can you send me the templates please???!!!
    Rachelnfox@hotmail.com
    Thank you for sharing your ideas! I may use this for yw in excellence!

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  5. Is there any way you could send me the file with Elder Uchtdorf's quote? We are giving our primary these white cheddar "snowballs" from Sam's as a little treat for Christmas.

    holidaysnob@gmail.com

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  6. Sent. Probably too late. Sorry Brandi, such a cute idea.

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  7. Can I get you to email me the Uchtdorf quote also? Thanks, codyfarar@yahoo.com

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  8. Would love the template for the tags and Pres. Uchtdorf's quote also! Such a cute idea! waymanlibby@live.com

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  9. Would love the quote and template for the tags. I love your idea! Thanks for sharing!
    suzyqt927@gmail.com

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  10. Hi there! I too would love the template for the President Uchtdorf snowball quote. Of course it's a Christmas present for the Young Women! Thank you so much!

    bethanyweed@gmail.com

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  11. Hi I would love the template too, might be a bit late in asking but if you get chance please email me.

    Leeannebenmore@gmail.com

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  12. Could I get the template too??? mkwhiting@hotmail.com

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  13. What a creative idea! If you are still sending out a template, I would love to do this for my VT sisters.

    kristynchuck@gmail.com

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  14. I am teaching RS in a couple of week and would love the template for Pres. Uchtdorf and the snowball tags! Thanks for sharing your idea! Lezzell@comcast.net

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  15. We are using your adorable idea for our Jan Enrichment. Is there any way I can get the Pres Uchdorf template? Thanks for the great idea! dospuercos@yahoo.com

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