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Make Your Own BBQ Spice Rub (using spices from your Artisan BBQ Sauce Kit!)

Make Your Own BBQ Spice Rub (using spices from your Artisan BBQ Sauce Kit!)

Spice Rub Recipe

Now that you have mastered the art of homemade BBQ sauce using Grow and Make’s Artisan BBQ Sauce Kit, it is time to make the perfect spice rub! This rub uses many of the BBQ sauce ingredients that you have become familiar with from your kit, along with common household staples.

This dry rub can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container so its ready right when you need it. Try pairing it with your homemade BBQ sauce to make the ultimate barbecue gift for the Pitmaster in your life.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne powder (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoon New Mexico Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper

 

Measure the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Rub over raw meat and let set in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours before grilling, for best flavor. Use to season your favorite proteins or vegetables! This rub works well on sliced eggplant, potatoes, and chicken.

If you want to make learn how to make your own homemade BBQ sauce, check out our Artisan BBQ Sauce Making Kit!

Crystal Soy Candle Tutorial

Crystal Soy Candle Tutorial

Learn how to make your own soy candles with hidden crystals!

Crystals have the ability to emit energy frequencies and what better event to place that into practice, Summer Solstice! We think these DIY crystal candles are a great activity for any summer solstice party or celebration. It’s a good idea to do some research before picking a stone but even if you just like the color, go for it!

Cover your work station with plastic wrap to make for easier cleanup, if you get wax on anything just use some hot water to scrub.

Materials Needed:

  • Our Vanilla Soy Candle Making Kit
  • Crystals
  • Dried herbs/petals
  • Essential Oils (if you want an additional scent)
  • Scissors
  • Bonus if you have a hairdryer

First, you will prepare the container and wick by using a tiny piece of putty to place at the bottom of the container, place wick and press firmly. A clothespin or two popsicle sticks can be used to hold your wick in place.

An alternative to a double boiler is to use a heat-proof measuring cup and place in microwave for 1 minute. Keep heating in 1-minute intervals until the wax is fully melted.

After heating your wax to the appropriate temperature, this is the time to add your favorite scent, whether it be essential oils or a perfume/cologne.

Pick out some of your favorite herbs or flower petals to place in the candle along with your crystals.

After pouring the wax into your chosen vessel, wait a few minutes and start strategically placing herbs or petals into the wax. They will start to sink, this is normal, so as you candle burns, the herbs/petals will still be visible. Be sure to leave about a ½ inch in diameter from the wick, free of any dried herbs. This ensures a safe burn where the flame will only have contact with the wax. As the wax is hardening, continue to place the petals on top.

Crystal & Essential Oil Combinations

Use your favorite crystals or stones to place on top to add some extra magic. Be sure to place on top while the wax is still melty but starting to get firm. If crystals start to sink, remove them and let the wax cool a bit longer. If cracking happens, do not fret! A hair dryer can be used to remelt the candle or you can pour any leftover wax on top to smooth out.

Wait a few hours for the wax to fully set, then go ahead and light them up!

Creativity – Citrine and Sandalwood

Inspiration – Labradorite and Lemon

Relaxation – Amethyst and Lavender

Romance – Rose Quartz and Ylang Ylang

Wisdom – Jade and Peppermint

Vessels

Seashell

Jars

Ice cube tray

Tins

Tea Cup

Flowerpot

Orange peel

Favorite DIY Kombucha Recipes and Flavorings

Favorite DIY Kombucha Recipes and Flavorings

Here are some inspired ideas for how to flavor your kombucha

When using fresh fruit it is best to juice it, before adding. The fresher the juice is the better your results will be. Add one cup of juice to 1 gallon of kombucha. Then add in spices or natural flavorings and extracts to taste. When adding fresh herbs, be sure to strain the herbs before serving or after a couple days of soaking in the flavors.

Our Favorite Kombucha Flavoring Combinations

Blood Orange and Cinnamon

Fresh mint and candied ginger

Berries and grated ginger.

Strawberries and basil.

Cherries and almond extract.

Pears and vanilla extract.

Apple juice and cinnamon.

Rosehip and fresh ginger.

Lime and basil

Lemon and Honey (lemonade)

Ginger and cherries

Pineapple and lemon

Coconut water, fresh mint and lime juice

Almond extract and apple juice

Hibiscus & pear

DIY Bath Bomb Making FAQ – How to make bath fizzies

DIY Bath Bomb Making FAQ – How to make bath fizzies

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Make Bath Bombs at Home

DIY Bath Bomb Making Kit $29.95

Many of us love the idea of soaking in a hot bath with a scented and revitalizing bath bomb melting into the water. Now you can make your own at home using our DIY Kit. If you don’t want to use our kit though, we try to help you get started on doing it on your own with this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Making bath bombs is easy, but can take patience and practice. We want to help you to be successful and make your bath bombs special.

Bath bombs are made from baking soda and citric acid. When introduced to water you get the fizzy reaction. The recommended ratio is 2 parts baking soda to 1 part citric acid.

Combine all of your dry ingredients – citric acid, baking soda, Epsom salt, corn starch. Whisk to remove clumps. In a separate dish, combine all of your wet ingredients – oils and water. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients to create a moldable paste.

After you have created your base you can add fragrances, colorants, herbs and lotions to enhance your results.

You will then take your paste and place it in a mold to create the desired shape for drying.

Homemade bath bomb supplies: calendula petals, rose petals, lavender buds, almond oil, citric acid, epsom salt, lavender essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, dyes, bath bomb molds

Make your own bath bombs with grapefruit and lavender essential oils, Epsom salt, flower petals, and more!

Bath Bomb FAQ

Q: Why are my bath bombs crumbling and breaking apart?

A: Your mixture does not have enough moisture. You can use natural oils (coconut oil, almond oil) to create more cohesive results. If your bath bombs are cracking as they cure they may have too much moisture and you will need to add more dry ingredients

Q: My bath bombs soft and squishy. How can I make bath bombs harder?

A: Here again the problem is too much moisture. You will need to add more of the dry ingredients to achieve the desired consistency. Also, keep in mind that a high humidity location may yield softer results.

Q: Why are my bath bombs lumpy?

A: This means that you probably didn’t not combine the ingredients well enough to create a consistent paste. Use your fingers to get the consistency to be fine and not course. A whisk is helpful for mixing ingredients, if you have one.

Q: Why are my bath bombs not fizzy? How can I make my bath bombs fizz longer?

A: Typically this is because your ratios of baking soda to citric acid are off. Adding more citric acid should solve the problem. Another culprit is that you have added something extra which has cancelled out the fizz (essential oil, colorant) because you used too much. This may require some experimentation.

Q: Why are my bath bombs expanding as they cure?

A: This means that the fizzing is happening prematurely due to too much moisture. If there is a lot of expansion and fizzing, you’ll need to start over and have less moisture in your mix.

Q: Are there certain colorants that are recommended?

A: Yes, beware that some colorants can stain your tub. Be sure to purchase colorants which are glycerin based, so that they don’t stain. Also, you can use natural colorants like micas, but the results may be less than desirable. You can’t go wrong with the ones we include in our Bath Bomb Making Kit.

Q: How should I add fragrance and what kinds should I use?

A: The best approach is to start out with a small amount and see what you think of the fragrance emanating from the mixture. The amount of scent that you can detect in the open air is a good indication of what the bath will smell like. Essential oils are a natural and soothing way to add scents to your bath bombs.

Q: Can I add a moisturizer to my bath bombs?

A: Yes, absolutely. If you’re making these with your own materials, swap plain water for oils ,which will add an extra element of relaxation and skin nourishment. Grapefruit and lavender essential oils are included in the Bath Bomb Making Kit.

Q: How long should my bath bombs cure (sit in the mold)?

A: 2-4 hours typically. You should visually inspect them to determine if they are looking like they have cured properly.

Q: Do my bath bombs have a shelf life?

A: Typically around 4-6 months. Any longer and they dry out and lose their potency. If you are going to be storing them, try to do so in an airtight container.

Q: How many times can you use a bath bomb?

A: Simply run a warm bath, let the tub fill up, and then drop your bath bomb in the water. You can either let it dissolve completely before stepping in or start soaking while it fizzes. The oils and salts in the bath bomb will be released into the water as it dissolves, and they’re great for your skin! 

Q: How many times can you use a bath bomb?

A: A bath bomb can be used just once. But you can always make more!