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Crafty “Cooking”
December 16, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

When people hear homemade during the holidays, thoughts jump to gingerbread and sugar cookies. While those are fun to both give and receive, some gifts needn’t require turning on the oven. In fact, everyday household ingredients and kitchen “scraps” can be given a second life without stepping foot near a compost. All you need is a food processor and some imagination.

The inspiration came from Katie Goodman, hostess behind the blog Good Life Eats. Her original “recipe” was for a lemon sugar scrub. With winter well underway, a homemade hand scrub seems the perfect cure for those piles of dirty holiday dishes.

Always one for tinkering, and after weeks of looking at piled up mounds of Clementine peels, I decided to put those rinds to good use. I also rescued the last springs of rosemary from the backyard before the deep frost sets in. The result is a homemade and “recycled” hand scrub, at a fraction of the price found in many high-end stores. Simply scoop it into a canning jar, cut out a round of festive fabric, and the lucky recipients will be thinking of your generosity and ingenuity long after the last pine needle has been swept away.

Clementine & Rosemary Sugar Scrub
Makes about 2 pints

While all the ingredients are safe to eat, you want to make sure your recipients know this is gift to pamper their skin not their stomachs.

1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (38 grams) coarse salt
Peel from 3 whole clementines
One 6-inch sprig of rosemary, leaves reserved & branches discarded
1 cup (225 ml) olive oil

Add all ingredients to the bowl of your Cuisinart food processor and pulse until it forms a well-blended scrub. Divide into glass mason jars to store.

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