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Spring is coming....
Witten by Sue, February 21, 2011~
I started my spring cleaning today, and I must say that it was hard to stay inside, and I found every excuse to go out, play and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and warm temps. .......

I wandered into the herb garden and look what I found, fresh parsley coming through the soil after a long hard winter, I scolded my self because I had just bought some at the grocers a few day prior. lol I jumped two feet. I also tasted it, Oh! so good!!You have to understand a herb gardener and her love of herbs. I absolutely do not know how 5 parsley plants survived this winter.

I see someone else has been visiting the herb garden.... The rabbits come, enjoy, and show their thankfulness for their free food, by fertilizing my garden. I think that is a fair trade off, they get to eat, and I get my garden fertilized. lol
I went inside to try my new hand scrub..... and Me thinks I like it...

I have always wanted to make my own hand and body scrubs, I found some recipes on the internet, and modified them to my taste.... I decided to use sunflower oil instead of olive oil, I found the olive oil to be to strong.
Lemon sugar scrub...
2  1/2 cups of sugar~ 
1 cup Sunflower oil~
5-6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to how you like it~
Mix all ingredients well,

place in a 12 oz. jar that seals tightly.
Voilla!!

This makes a great gift, just tie on a pretty ribbon!!!  But for now I think I am going to be the tester. LOL I did try it and it exfoliates beautifully and made my hands feel so soft, something I need when coming in from working in the garden, and just everyday work. Did I mention how great it smelled?
Enjoy your evening.
Sue

20 comments:

Farm Girl February 21, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

Since I still have an abundance of lemons I am going to try that. I never thought about sunflower oil. So glad you posted the recipe. My hands are such a mess today. I know that if I sit down to sew tonight my thread will get caught on my hands they are so rough. I started my spring cleaning too. I will tackle my computer room tomorrow. I am tired but if feels so nice when it is finished. My house smells so much better too.
So glad you are feeling better.
How is the lamb?
Blessings to you my dear friend.

Heather's Blog-o-rama February 21, 2011 at 9:40 PM  

Hi Sue,
Today was really nice here at home, too...It was blue skies and warm enough, that I didnt' need to wear a jacket ;) :) It hink we might be infor another cold front this week!!!

Oh, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that hand/body scrub. That looks like you had fun making it and trying it out :) :) Skincare is important ;) :) Thanks for sharing this recipe too.

Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Happy@Home February 21, 2011 at 10:24 PM  

I found this post to be a coincidence today as I also noticed a new patch of parsley popping up and it was very exciting to see it. I didn't see any presents from the bunny, however. LOL.
Your hand scrub looks so pretty and I can imagine it smells wonderful. I remember buying something similar once and it was rather expensive. I think I am going to try this. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

Jenni February 22, 2011 at 4:12 AM  

Girl, that scrub looks so pretty and sunshine -y in the jar....

How neat that you made it yourself! I can just imagine how wonderful and lemon-y it smells.

Wonder it it would work good on the feet? My heels could use some work..... a good scrub like that and then some moisturizing lotion and sleep in socks. Sandal weather and flip flop weather is not too far away... Yay!
Hugs, Jenni

Vee February 22, 2011 at 8:35 AM  

(You might laugh to know that John was once called "Johnny Rabbit" and was in the business of selling rabbit poo. He was all of four years old, but he remembers it fondly.) And to think that you get yours in trade! :D

Your exfoliating scrub sounds very nice. I have several tubs of purchased stuff around and sometimes it's just what my old bod needs.

It's got to be great fun getting out in the garden. Do you allow yourself garden time when you've done so much in the house?

Happyone :-) February 22, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

Nothing growing here yet. We got more ice and snow overnight!

Debbie February 22, 2011 at 9:02 AM  

I love hearing about your day Sue. The soap sounds WONDERFUL...I can almost smell it! Spring cleaning sounds good too. Glad your feeling better. Have a wonderful day. HUGS

Janette@Janette's Sage February 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM  

Oh I enjoyed the sun this weekend and my parsley also...now to plant more in my herb garden.
Oh I love the scrub...I need to do that...you always inspire me, although I am usually not as successful as you, I still try.
Have a great week in your precious corner of the world.

A Hint of Home February 22, 2011 at 10:11 AM  

Oh, I can smell the scrub already!
I think I'll have to try that and it would make wonderful gifts. Thanks Sue, for the lovely idea.
Hope you are feeling well these days.
I've done a little Spring cleaning but need to do so much more.
The parsley looks so good, but I am surprised it made it through this harsh snowy season.
It has been so sunny and warm, it is hard to stay indoors, isn't it?
Enjoy your week and be well!
Hugs!

Barb February 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM  

Hi Sue!

How wonderful that you are having warm temperatures! I know that Spring is going to "Spring" in my neck of the woods . . . one of these days....:0) I love to see new growth in my garden, and fresh parsley is one of those wonderful tonic herbs that seems to poke it's head through first. I'm looking forward to anything green!

Thank you for posting your sugar scrub recipe - I love homemade recipes like that!

Hugs,
Barb

Julie Harward February 22, 2011 at 3:27 PM  

Your scrub sounds wonderful! I don't even think about Spring here yet..it's a ways off. :D

Elena February 23, 2011 at 12:01 AM  

I just love all the fun recipes you share. I have never heard of using sugar in a scrub. It sounds so good. God bless you today sweet sister! I just love seeing the sign of spring too:)

elizabeth February 23, 2011 at 2:55 AM  

Hi Sue!
You're gardening and we have a winter storm warning for snow...but truth be told, we've had a mild winter so far while so much of the country had snow...guess it's our turn! I hope you try the crockpot apple butter and let me know how you like it!
Blessings,
Elizabeth

BECKY February 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM  

Love the idea of a homemade scrub!! Need to give that a try! Hope you're feeling well, and your week has been good so far!

So much going on here! Can't wait to catch up with everyone, and to share some of it!!

Love and hugs, Sue!!
Becky

Terry February 23, 2011 at 1:57 PM  

dear sue..i came to thank you for your kind visit to my blog and i had the great joy of reading this!
i read it to bernie about the rabbits and he said, "what a good attitude!"
you know mrs. mac would really enjoy this post...did you ever go to her blog,.."the thrifty garden home"?...she has all kinds of neat ideas and ideas that save money...i was just wondering.....
i wish that you would be a scarf sister..what a treasure you would be!..love terry

Nellie's Cozy place February 23, 2011 at 4:34 PM  

HI Sue,
So good to hear from you hon, and thanks for praying for hubby and the job, will sure pray for your daughter as well.
Love the sounds of that hand scrub, you can probably use it on your toosies I bet!! what a great idea
and it would make a nice gift.
I got some for Christmas from a bath and body store, so why not homemade, it's probably better anyway and probably doesn't have anything wierd in it.
I am still trying to figure out how to follow you, so your blog comes up on my dashboard. Am so glad you didn't quit blogging!!
YOu have a super day hon,
blessings, Nellie

Carol February 23, 2011 at 8:26 PM  

Sue,
Beautiful header. I think your scrub looks wonderful. What a great sweet luxury.

Sunny February 24, 2011 at 8:06 AM  

I did see acouple things poking up in my herb garden. I need to dig up what survived and re-do the whole thing this year because last summer I wasn't able to care for it like I should. But I will get it going again.

Your lemon scrub sounds fantastic!

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage February 24, 2011 at 5:59 PM  

A friend at church just gave me some sugar scrub that she made,I loved it. Your header is beautiful and so peaceful I just had to click on it from Simple Pleasures.
Hugs,
Ginger

Karen February 25, 2011 at 8:51 PM  

oh girl,, I wish I had a green thumb.. my family teases me that I could kill a silk plant,,and I think they are right.. My daddy could grow the most beautiful Tomato plants Ive ever seen,,and Ive watched him as I was a child have a little garden, but I was not blessed with that gift..
so I admire those who can.. You go girl.. enjoy your gift and it sounds like you lucky husband enjoys it too.lol.
Have a blessed weekend my friend..
talk to ya soon

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