DIY Gifts For The Foodie In Your Family

A handmade gift is one of the best things you can give over the holidays. At a time when people spend so much money on frivolous things, a thoughtful, DIY gift is always appreciated. Around the holidays, I love to make packaged food items that I can gift to my family. Maybe it’s homemade chocolates, hot cocoa mix or candied nuts. Anything edible is always a hit! Vanilla Sugar For someone who loves to bake, this is a wonderful gift. Vanilla sugar can be used in cookies, in your morning coffee or even as a body scrub! Scrap the...

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DIY Kahlúa®

Bella Breakdown With caffeinated cocktails continuing to pick up steam in bars and in coffee shops across the country, we take matters into our own hands and make our own coffee – infused liqueur. It’s sweet, only three ingredients and will leave you with the perfect buzz. To make this delicious concoction: 1. Put 8 ounces of cracked coffee into a carafe 2. Add 750 mL of Armagnac 3. Allow to steep for 48 hours 4. Strain into a pot and heat the solution over medium heat 5. Add 1 3/4 cups of demerara sugar 6. Stir for 45...

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DIY Spring Lotion Bars

Bella Breakdown Moisturize your skin and take in the sweet scent of spring with this DIY lotion bar! In a pot, melt 2 ounces of beeswax, 1 cup of coconut oil 1/2 cup shea butter, and a few drops of rose oil. Mix well. Pour the mixture into a cup and refrigerate for 10 minutes. To moisturize your skin, rub the bar onto your skin as you would a soap. Coconut oil helps to moisturize dry skin, shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties and helps heal irritated skin, beeswax has high antioxidant properties and acts as a skin rejuvenator, and...

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How to Make Super Simple Fresh Pasta

Bella Breakdown We’ve all had dry pasta in every shape and size, but fresh pasta is on another level. Fire up that pasta cutter and get fancy for a night. You deserve it. Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup 00 flour (specifically Italian milled flour used for pasta making) 1/4 cup semolina flour 2 large egg yolks 2 large whole eggs 2 Tbsp. water 1 Tbsp. olive oil Procedure Step 1 Mix the all-purpose flour, 00 flour, and semolina flour in a medium size bowl with a whisk.   Step 2 Empty the flour mixture onto a marble...

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4 DIY Sugar Scrubs

Bella Breakdown Get baby–soft skin with this easy DIY! #1 Peppermint Sugar Scrub- Start by pouring sugar and coconut oil into a bowl and mix well. Then add peppermint oil and green food dye. #2 Coffee Brown Sugar Scrub- Pour brown sugar and coffee grounds into a bowl and combine well. Stir in coconut oil. #3 Raspberry Vanilla Sugar Scrub- Mix sugar, coconut oil, raspberry oil and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Add red food dye. #4 Lemon Lavender Sugar Scrub – Combine sugar, coconut oil, lemon oil and lavender oil in a bowl. Add yellow food dye....

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