Sunday, August 24, 2008

Productive Weekend

I got a lot done this weekend. Evie helped me bake. And boy did we bake! We baked gluten free zucchini muffins, homemade granola, popovers, and homemade gluten free bread. I took a picture of Evie helping me, and then she wanted to take a picture of me :). I am shredding zucchini. Exciting huh? My kitchen was so trashed, but my wonderful hubby helped me clean up. Isn't he sweet? I also cut up half a bushel of peaches and froze them. Yesterday afternoon I made a small batch of soap. It is a recipe I have never tried before. It is made with olive oil, coconut oil and castor oil. I scented it with peach fragrance oil, and it smelled really good. It has to cure for 6 weeks, so I won't really know until then how it turned out. I also made a shea butter/coconut oil mix for my hair (and scented it with vanilla...yum!). With all that baking, my house smelled SO good!


6 comments:

April said...

Wow, you WERE busy Jen! I'm jealous; I feel I didn't get nearly enough done this weekend. I love that kind of "work". It's work I suppose, but it's not really for me since I enjoy it so much.

Your soap recipe sounds GOOD; do let me know how it turns out. I bet it smells lovely.

(We differ politically, but I like you very much and don't want politics to drive a wedge between our online friendship. I would miss you! I admire you very much and do respect your opinions.)

SchnauzerMom said...

Sounds like a busy but very productive day! I'm sure your house smells great.

Jules said...

It makes you feel good when you get a lot done, doesn't it? I'd love that soap recipe if you're willing to share. :)

Kelly said...

I bake in marathon sessions as well. It is nice to have a house smelling of baked goods and see all the finished product.
I've never made soap. Is it easy? Would you consider posting the recipe with directions? That would be so fun to make soap, especially being able to make it smell the way you want it to.

Jen said...

Hi April. Thank you for saying that. I feel the same way about you :). It is good to know that we can differ on opinions, but still can be friends :). I am really thankful to have you as a friend!

Jen said...

Jules and Kelly, if the soap turns out, I will post the recipe :). The batch was supposed to be HUGE, and since I was a newbie at this, and have only made soap twice, I wanted the recipe to be small. I divided it in half at first, and figured out how much ingredients I would need. It still was huge, so I divided it in half again after that! I couldn't for the life of me figure out the soap calculator that I found online, so I basically just calculated half, and then half again, hoping it would turn out! Not very scientific huh? When I made soap with animal fats, it hardened right away. This is taking longer, which is normal for a castile soap recipe. Kelly, this is only my third try with making soap. It hasn't been difficult at all, but you have to use safety precautions when working with lye. I have enjoyed it actually. It has been fun! I will let you know how it turns out in about 6 weeks :).