Mango Body Butter

Wow! It has been a busy week here. I spent three days at our church making sure the Operation Christmas Child program volunteers had enough food to keep them going! Our church was selected to be one of the regional centers so we’ve been receiving boxes all week from area churches and other gathering places.…

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Cocoa Sugar Scrub Bar/Great Ebook

I’ve started working on some goodies for Christmas presents. This summer I made mango lotion bars. Lotion bars are nice because you can easily carry them around and they don’t spill. (However, I wouldn’t leave them in a hot car since they might melt.) When they are poured into these push-up containers you don’t even…

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Calendula Olive Oil Soap

Well, I’ve been wanting to make this soap for quite a while. My friend Marsha is allergic to all nut oils so I’ve been itching to make some olive oil soap for her. In fact, my whole reason for infusing calendula flowers in the olive oil was for her soap. Anyway, last week I finally…

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Fresh Lavender Wreath

It’s been real smelly around here lately. I’ve been harvesting lavender. I harvested Dilly Dilly in Dave’s Butterfly Garden and couldn’t stop singing “Lavender blue dilly dilly, Lavender green dilly, dilly …” Dave hadn’t heard of the song sung by many, but the one I remember was by Burl Ives. If you’ve never heard it…

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Dreamsicle Face Lotion

When I was a kid, I just loved Dreamsicles. Well, I still do. We have a local ice cream shop here – a small neighborhood stand with just outdoor seating and a limited menu.¬† If you are looking for a variety of flavors with fancy smancy toppings, this is not your place. In addition to…

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Cherries and Chocolate!

[donotprint] Two of favorite things are cherries and chocolate. I love cherry anything including cherry jello. And I can eat about anything covered in chocolate except bugs! Last year our cherry trees didn’t produce at all. This year it looks like we will have enough for several cobblers and to add some 2-cup bags to…

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Soap #4 – Lavender Goat Milk

[donotprint] Well, we are at it again. Yesterday we made our fourth soap – Lavender Goat Milk. We liked the goat milk soaps we purchased in Florida and at a local craft show so we thought we’d try one and add lavender from our garden. Also, I read The Sage blog where they are having…

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Blackberry Syrup and Soda

  We are lucky in that we are blessed with blackberries. Even after eating a lot of them fresh and giving them to friends, we freeze quite a few 2-cup bags. Throughout the year we have many blackberry cobblers and also add these gems to our morning yogurt. Now that the season will soon be…

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Another Day, Another Soap

[donotprint] While our basic soap is still curing, Dave and I decided to make another batch of cold process soap. With one success under our belt, we ventured away from the basic bar to add some of our favorite ingredients. This is our new soap. [/donotprint] Please go HERE for the actual cold process tutorial.…

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