Mixing up a batch of spring fresh

The other afternoon I decided to make a batch of soap.  I usually make homemade (cold-process) soap from scratch, but it can be a bit tricky, and time-consuming.  So, on occasion I cheat and  buy a block of glycerin soap base at the local craft store. This is the easiest and safest way to make soap in your own kitchen.

On this particular day I was in an easy mood, and I was thinking along the lines of spring fragrances and colors,  I had a half of lemon that needed to be used up so I knew which direction I was headed in where fragrances were concerned. 

I peeled the skin off the lemon and ground it in the food processor. Next, I melted the glycerin base in a large glass measuring cup in the microwave. Once melted, I added my choice of colors, scents, and herbs.  I poured the liquid into greased molds ( you can use either store-bought molds, or containers you have on hand like pudding cups, milk cartons, etc.) Once the soap hardened, I unmolded it.


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  I opted to make three different fragrances for this project.

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Lemon Melon (pictured on the right) is made with yellow colorant, lemon-melon oil, and ground lemon rind, Vanilla Lavender (pictured in the center) is made with no colorant, vanilla oil, and dried lavender, and Lemon Lavender Carnation (pictured on the left) is made with yellow colorant, carnation oil, ground lemon rind, and dried lavender.

Make a batch of these pretty little soaps to brighten your day, and give a bar to a friend to brighten their day too.

Oh, and one more thing. The winner of the giveaway is Elisha.  Congratulations!!


Side note

Last minute decisions on what to have for dinner are pretty common in our place of abode.  It usually boils down to what’s on hand.  Once we narrow that down we go from there.

Last night was no exception.  After deciding we’d grill a couple steaks, the second question was – What to have with it??  Now, it should be noted that my husband does all the grilling and he is very good at it, so that usually leaves me with the task of preparing the side(s).

One of my more recent concoctions (which we have quite frequently now) resulted from having the lack of ingredients in the house. After scouring our cupboards and the fridge I came up with this:   First, I boiled some pasta (your choice).  I’ve used linguine, angel hair, and spaghetti.  When the pasta is ready, I throw it in a pan with some olive oil and a little crushed garlic.   Next, I add whatever veggies I have on hand – last nights dish ended up with a small sprig of  broccoli (par-boiled) from our garden and a few black olives.  Lastly,  I add some black pepper, some parm cheese, and Italian seasoning.  

Of course the beauty to this is you can use whatever pasta, veggies and herbs you have on hand.  It’s on the lighter side, and is quick and easy. 

Give it a try.  Let me know what ingredients you favor.  Enjoy!