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Greetings form the polar vortex!  The frigid temperatures in Ontario have me wanting to spend every day this winter in my cozy bed or in front of the fire with a cup of tea and a good book.

Earthgiven Kitchen books tea fireplace Earthgiven Kitchen weatherYes, that really does say -40 with the windchill.

Most winter nights I take a heated rice bag to bed to keep my feet warm.  You can make your own microwavable hot bag with any fabric; it’s a great way to reuse items like old sweaters, flannel pillow cases or socks.

Earthgiven Kitchen diy hot cold rice bag homesteading craftJust fill with rice, stitch close and you’ve got a reusable bag you can pop in the microwave for soothing heat.

You can also store in the freezer for a cold compress.

Hot/Cold Rice Bag

What you need:

Fabric (like old sweaters, linens and socks)
Sewing kit
Uncooked Rice (any kind)

Fold the fabric enough to make a square or rectangle, flip inside out and sew up two of the three open sides.  Flip right side out.  Fill about halfway with rice.  Sew the last side closed.  You could also use a sock and just fill then sew the top clothes.

To heat it up, microwave the bag for 30-60 seconds.  For a cold compress, keep in the freezer until cold.