If you read my last post you’ll understand why I haven’t been doing much cooking lately. After taking care of my crew (and gratefully not picking up the stomach flu myself–thank you, Lysol!), I needed a little TLC tonight.

Enter the heating pad. It’s not much to look at, but this is the best hot pack you’ll find–and you can make your own in under 5 minutes. I used one of my husband’s thick athletic socks (it had lost its mate anyway), filled it with Jasmine rice, tied a knot in the top and viola! Hot pad.

I usually put mine in the microwave for about 1 minute, twenty seconds to get the heat just right. Keep in mind, you can use regular rice or just about any kind of beans to fill your heating pad. And you can adjust the firmness of the pad by the amount of rice or beans that you place inside. I like to squish mine between my shoulder blades, so I don’t make it too firm.

My husband tried to swap out my sock heating pad with one he bought for me at the store, but I must admit, I still like my DIY version better. (Trust me, the rice hold the heat just as well as any commercial heating pad–you’ll be amazed.)

Plus, if I ever lose it, it’s easy enough to replace!

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