Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Old jars!

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If you're like me, then you have a bunch of glass candles left over, with less than a quarter inch of wax left.  You don't want to throw them out...but what do you do with them?  I finally came up with the best way to clean them of the leftover wax, without making a huge mess.  Time to show you how!

First, I gathered up all of the old candles that I had, there were a bunch...
 I laid them all out on the stove top, filled the kettle with water, and started boiling.  Once I had boiling water, I poured it into each of my candles.  Immediately you could see the wax starting to bubble and melt...
 As the wax melted, it would bubble and rise to the top of the water.  So...I walked away.  Actually, let's be honest.  The football game was on, so I took a 2 hour nap, then came back to check on the progress...
By then, the water had cooled, the wax was still warm and pliant, but definitely solid.  So, I got out a plastic knife, and cut my way through the wax, removing it from the top layer.
 I dumped the wax in the trash (I'm sure that you could remelt it into new candles!) and poured the non-waxy water down the drain.  This did it for 95% of my candles.  The other 5% needed one more soaking with boiling water to get the rest of the wax removed.  Here's what I ended up with:
 I then washed them with warm soapy water, and a sponge I didn't need to keep.  Removed the label... and ta-da!
Practically brand new mini glass vases.  What will I do with them?

A couple of hard as it is, wait for the wax to solidify!  Even if the wax has already rose to the top of the water, if you try to pour it out while it is still liquid, it just re-coats itself on the glass walls.  Take the extra hour to go do something else, when you come back it will be ready!

Also, DO NOT pour the wax down your sink drain!  If the water still has wax in it, just dump it in the trash!  The last thing you want is to be spending all your time scraping wax out of your sink...

I haven't decided yet what to do with mine, but I'm sure you'll see a new project down the line...

Save all your old candles!

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Smells of Fall

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Fall is one of my favorite times of year!  During our Fellowship Hour at Church one of these past Sundays, we had an Apple Theme.  So to get in the spirit, I decided to contribute some hot apple cider.  I soaked the apple cider with some orange slices the night before.
By the morning it already had a nice citrus-y flavor.  I then made a little "spice packet" with some cheese cloth and kitchen string.  I added cinnamon sticks and cloves to the packet.
Once I got to church, I added the cider and oranges with the "spice packet" to the crock pot and just cooked on high for 2 hours.  I made sure to remove the spices before serving, so that no one got an unpleasant surprise in their cup!  It was delicious, and you could equally taste the oranges and spice, they made the perfect balance!  The cider was a huge hit, and there were no left overs to bring home!

Since I was already in the Fall Spice mood, I decided to make a stove top Potpourri.  I added all the ingredients, and just simmered on the stove top for the day to make the house smell absolutely delicious!  Our apartment is fairly small, but I was surprised at how aromatic it really was, and stayed even after the heat was turned off!

For my Potpourri I just used what I already had around the house:
2 cups of water
1/2 cup of sugar
1 mini can of pineapple juice
1 cup of orange juice (squeeze from the leftover oranges from my apple cider)
1 lemon sliced (I used half a lemon, and used the other half to stuff a chicken that night!)
4 cinnamon sticks (left over from apple cider)
1 TBS. cloves (left over from apple cider)

The smell was a wonderful warm spice.  I went for a walk in the cold, just so I could come home and enjoy the lovely scent that it was giving off.  I would highly recommend this, if the liquid gets low, just add more water or OJ.  Simple as that!
On the days that I don't feel like coming home and using the electric stove...I have an Apple Cider candle going from Yankee Candle.  Sure smells like fall...

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