Friday, April 24, 2009

MMMMM Whipped Ice Cream Soap

Well I finally decided to bring my Whipped Parfait Ice Cream back. I made these a long time ago and decided to stop making them because they just too long to make. Yes these are made from scratch using a combination of ingredients. This is not a premade soap that was bought and fragrance was just added to it. I whip this soap by hand. I was making large batches of the soap and I couldn't keep them in stock long enough so I stop making them because the request for them was coming in faster than I can make them. So this time instead of making a large batch of these, I make a few at a time already scented. Custom orders for these will be by request only. I think that's why I couldn't keep them in stock because of the custom orders. But these are great. I love making them. They are very light and fluffy and it comes in a plastic recyclable 8 oz container. Just scoop a small about onto a color poof sponge and lather up. Great for the entire family to use especially the kids.

These soaps can be found at our Etsy and Artfire shops

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Soap Have Arrived

Whats New? New Morning Mocha Coffee Soap. I actually forgot I had it sitting because I thought I made it using the cold process method and actually it was made using the Hot process method. The hot process method does not require the soap to cure for weeks. I usually let my hot process soaps sit about a week to harden. I took one bar out and used it this week and it is almost gone. My husband loves it. It is a great pick me up in the morning. It has a nice rich lather and you don't have to worry about smelling like coffee after you get our of the shower. This scent is not like your typical coffee scent.

I know that some people prefer soaps that leave a nice scent on their skin but for me, don't get me wrong, I love a nice smelling soap too, I just prefer my soaps to leave your skin feeling soft, and healthy and also smelling good. So if you are looking for that perfect soap that looks like food, cakes, pretty fancy swirls and designs then my soaps may not be for you. It's whats in the soaps that matters to me. I wanted a soap that people want to use and to not have it sitting on you sick or linen closet because it just looks too darn gone pretty to use. I have bought a few really pretty soaps from other soap makers in the past month and I just can't bring myself to use them because they are just too pretty to mess up so I decided to use them when I have guest over.

Lately I find myself using the Hot Process method because it is so easy to work with then the cold process method. Although the cold process method is pretty simple too but I never know how it will turn out til it is finished the next day. Sometime I wind up ruining a large batch of soap. The hot process method may be hard to swirl or thick when it is ready to put into the mold but I find it better to cook the soap in the oven.

The Black Raspberry Vanilla Musk soap was made using the cold process method and oh boy the scent totally dominated my curing closet. I had about 4 batches of soap curing on racks and soon as you open the door, the Black Raspberry Vanilla musk scent just took over. I just had to try it out and I love it. One of my favorite scents. This has to be one of my favorites. I needed to put about 3 bars aside for myself and for my husband because this batch will go quickly.

Would you like to try samples? I have a listing in both my Etsy and Artfire sites where you can pick and choose a small sample of any of my soaps and you will find many other great products to choose from. I am sure I have something for you.

A sneak peak behind the scenes. This just some of our soaps. We are doing inventory and couldn't quite fit all of them on the table.

Coming next week: Nag Champa and our Oatmeal Milk and Honey is back by popular demand

Don't forget to get those taxes done today. Today is the Deadline

Happy Tax day!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

American Idol Adam Lambert!

Ok so this guy has really made an impression on me. I never been so excited to see the next show of American Idol just see what he will sing next. He blew me away again on Tuesday's show with Mad World. So I had to go online and find the original song. I am a huge fan of the 80's and found out that this was originally by Tears for Fears and later redone by Gary Jules. I love Tears for Fears but thought the second version of this song by Gary Jules was much better. I thought Adam did a marvelous job of the song and I became a bigger fan of his. Although I like Danny and Alison, but there is just something about Adam that got me all excited.

But, I still love Alison who is the yougest of the bunch and my boy Danny who I believe will be the last 2 standing along with Adam. But thats just me. As you know things can change very rapidly on American Idol but this is what I am hoping for.

So as I was cruising youtube to find the original song, I also ran across a very interesting video of Adam performing in a musical with Val Kilmer a couple of years ago. The musical was called The Ten Commandments staring Val Kilmer. I have one word to describe this performance. OUTSTANDING. I thought this would be a great time to post this on my blog because it is very close to Easter and I don't think too many people have seen this performance.

Way to go Adam! I know you will be our next American Idol. Enjoy the clip.

Here is the original remake of Mad World done by Gary Jules of Mad World

Adam Lambert STUDIO RECORDING Full Version Mad World that he sang on American Idol April 7, 2009


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Healthy Meals Can be Quick and Cheap, Too

There is a widely-held belief that, if a meal is healthy, it can't possibly be cheap. Or if it's quick, it can't be cheap. Healthful eating doesn't have to take a lot of time in the kitchen and these two great recipes will prove the point. Both are easy on the calories and the budget, too.

Tortilla Soup

1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
3 1/2 cups fat-free chicken broth with no added salt
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/3 cups frozen whole-kernel corn
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with no added salt, not drained
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles
3 corn tortillas (6-inch), cut into eighths

In a medium saucepan, sauté chicken for 3 minutes. Add broth, beans, corn, tomatoes and chiles. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add tortillas and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Makes 8 cups. Serves: 4.

Each Serving: Carb Servings: 2; Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat. Calories 241, total fat 3g, saturated fat 0g, cholesterol 32mg, sodium 575mg, total carbohydrate 37g, dietary fiber 7g, sugars 9g, protein 24g.

Eggplant Parmesan

This dish is so quick to put together that it will be one that you make often for a healthy, quick meal. Serve with a side dish of whole grain pasta and a tossed salad. This recipe is also a good choice for a diabetic menu.

2 1/2 cups jarred spaghetti sauce (less than 4 g. fat per 4 oz.)
1 medium eggplant (about 1 1/2 -2 lbs.)
4 ounces grated part-skim mozzarella cheese
grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 1/2 cup of sauce in pan. Slice eggplant 1/2" thick. Arrange half of the slices in the pan. Top with 1 cup of sauce, half of the mozzarella cheese. Then, add the remainder of the eggplant slices and the remainder of the sauce.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Top with remainder of mozzarella cheese and return to oven, uncovered, until cheese is melted. Serve with Parmesan cheese (optional). Serves: 4.

Each Serving: Carb Servings: 1 1/2; Exchanges: 1 medium-fat meat, 4 vegetable. Calories 188, total fat 5g, saturated fat 3g, cholesterol 16mg, sodium 623mg, total carbohydrate 24g, dietary fiber 3g, protein 11g.

Quick & Healthy Tip for April: Cook once and serve twice. If saving time is important to you, as it is to many, a simple tip is to double a recipe and serve leftovers for another meal. You can serve the leftovers in a couple of days or freeze them for later use. Also consider freezing in lunch size containers. This works well with lasagna, soups and casseroles. This simple tip can cut meal preparation time in half!

~Source: © Brenda J. Ponichtera, R.D. author of the Quick & Healthy Cookbooks, Source: © Brenda J. Ponichtera, R.D. author of the Quick & Healthy Cookbooks,