|I am pleased to announce the winner for the Thankful Themed Guest Blogger Challenge. This was a hard theme to choose a winner but after a long discussion and vote tallying, we made up our minds.
Mesha, you are the winner for the Thankful theme! I’ll be contacting you shortly about your $100 gift certificate.
One thing that I noticed about all of the entries was that the writers were thankful for their families. This was very touching to read the stories and be reminded that I was thankful for my own family. Thank you to all of you who contributed entries! I hope to see more from you.
Don’t forget! We are taking submissions through Friday for blog posts on Charity!
Archive for November, 2011
|I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday. I know I did. I got to spend time with friends and family. We played a puzzle that took all of us to solve. That was great! This week, the theme for our guest bloggers is patience. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite this week. The weekly winner receives a $100 MMS gift certificate!
One of our favorite holiday traditions is an exercise in patience. My Norwegian grandmother, who passed away in 2009 at the age of nearly 102, made traditional Scandinavian cookies for the holidays, all of which are incredibly delicious and incredibly time consuming. Sandkake, for example, are made by pressing dough into fluted tart tins painstakingly by hand to just the right thinness. Krumkake, which she made only once a year, require the use of an iron placed on the stove top. If you have ever made pizelle cookies, the equipment is similar. You place a dollop of batter (equal parts by weight of butter, sugar, flour, and eggs augmented with freshly ground cardamom and almond flavor) in the center of the iron, close it, wait about thirty seconds to a minute, flip it, wait another thirty seconds, and then remove a delicately thin circle measuring about six inches across. You then shift gears from patience to panic as you must roll the cookie around a wooden dowel to form a cylinder before it hardens and crumbles. And then you repeat the process.
This is not a process that can be rushed. As a child I looked forward to these cookies every year when we went to her house for holiday dinners. As my grandmother aged, handling the iron became more difficult for her as it is made of cast iron and is quite heavy. After my grandfather passed she moved out of her home into an apartment and she gave me her krumkake iron, which had been passed down from her mother. It dates from the 19th century and is made of cast iron. The inside is engraved with delicate tracery and the patina of over a century of use. The outside is blackened from over a century of cooking grease. It is one of my most treasured possessions. During the last few years of her life, I made krumkake for her. Towards the end her mind wasn’t very clear but she knew and recognized those cookies.
For me, these cookies are emblematic of patience. When I think of her and her long life and its many struggles, they are indelibly linked with these krumkake. When I make them every year for my own children, I feel connected to her. And the fact that you can’t make them slowly, requires me to slow down during a very hectic time of year. Making them one at a time becomes a kind of meditative exercise, relaxing in its own way, and evocative of long-standing family traditions and of my grandmother.
I am still perfecting a soap recipe in her honor that is inspired by krumkake and evokes the scents of almond and cardamom.
This week is Thanksgiving. This is one of my favorite holidays. Family gathers round, we all talk, prepare food, play with the kids and have an afternoon nap. What joy! Have you ever heard “Those who break bread together are less likely to engage in animosity”? I really like this phrase because it is so true. Imagine a family reunion without food. Bickering would soon come into play and the day wouldn’t be so enjoyable. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because we don’t give presents, we just give of ourselves.
So, Thanksgiving gives me the next Guest Blog theme: PATIENCE. Turkeys don’t cook in 30 minutes or less. Pies won’t appear in 30 minutes or less. Thanksgiving is about garden harvests, joining as a team and sharing the bounty with others. What has soap or personal care products taught you about patience this year? What do you enjoy the most in your “life lessons” on patience?
Go ahead! Write your blogs. Submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them next week. The weekly winner gets a $100 MMS gift certificate.
The first guest blogger we have this week is Mesha. She emailed in for our blog challenge and told us what she is thankful this season. What a treat. I hope you enjoy her story and don’t forget to participate in our guest blogger challenge. Each guest writer who wins that week gets a $100 gift certificate! Don’t miss out on your entry and don’t forget to vote for your favorite entry! In the mean time, let me turn the time and spotlight over to Mesha.
So this year in starting up a new business making soap I learned a ton about being thankful.
First off without the encouragement and crazy idea of my dear friend and business partner the whole thing would have never gotton off the ground as I would have never had the courage to make such a leap all on my own. Even better is how her and I have learned to work together and become close as sisters. The camaraderie I share with her is something I truly treasure.
Now one would thing a new sister friend would be plenty to be thankful of but I have watched each and everyone one of my family members step up and show their support for me in this new endeavor.
Poor Dear hubby spends weekends alone while I go off to work at my new hobby, eating nasty man concocted food and wearing dirty socks because I was to occupied with making soap to do laundry. He has also tried every bar including the flowery ones and swore it was the best he ever sniffed- even the pine one I can’t give away it smells so much like old mop water.
Then the kids have also been such troopers eating said man food. They have really got into Mom’s new hobby too.
Danni has taken on the tittle of professional soap cutter. The girl never has time for anything in her whirl of social activity but tell her you got a loaf to cut and she can’t wait to get out the choppy thing as she calls it. The wavy one is her favorite- go figure-lol.
Nicky-well I can’t say enough about her commitment to making this work. She is full of ideas and pointers to help us ell better. Most of all though when the deadline crunched near preparing for our first sale she was right there with me up all night working her but off making artsy signs for me. Even more she was there with me working the sale the next day from dawn to dusk hauling big tubs of equipment and soap around, stringing tarps into a tent and saving us from sudden rainstorms.
She did it all with a smile on her face too and kept my spirits up with her words of encouragement- now I thought that was my job! She really impresses me with her work ethic.
Then there is Mom who sells her bars of soap I give her to her neighbors for me. She also is there for me with her RV willing to go to any sales event I can come up with it just so that we can spend time together. She was so cute going around with a jar of my lotion drumming up sales by getting everyone to sample it. I really treasure this new way we have found of spending time together.
Yup! Soap making has helped me be more thankful for my family
|Today is Freebie Friday! I have been so excited to share this particular Freebie Friday because today we are featuring some of our bases! Wahoo! Today, it is snowing here in Cache Valley and on snow days, one of my favorite things to do is to test new products on myself. (Hehe.) Everyone needs a self soothe and pamper day. Today, we have sample for everyone. Let’s take a look at the samples being released today!
The first base on our list today is our Bubble Bath Base. This base is fun to use because it uses water based colors beautifully and is so easy to fragrance. This is definitely a base that brings out the inner child or make bath time great fun for kids. Do you want to see a really cool project Andee did creating bubble bath paints? Check out her blog post! You are sure to enjoy!
Next on our list today is our Shaving Cream Base. Now this is not your average soapy shaving cream. In fact, it isn’t soapy at all! This shaving cream base protects, glides and conditions your skin. Don’t worry about that dreaded razor burn, you are protected from those shape blades. Plus, you can scent the shaving cream with anything you desire. Could this get any better?!
With winter weather coming and making skin dry and worse for wear, it is nice to have a jar of cream on hand. Try our Body Cream Base to keep you and your family’s skin soft, supple and hydrated. Try this Minty Foot Cream recipe that Treva posted. Just remember to reduce the usage rate of the Peppermint Essential Oil. With maybe a little luck, you just might get a foot massage too!
The last base on our list today is our Shower Gel Base. This base is clear, cleansing gel with a smooth creamy lather. I recently made a a bottle using the Shower Gel Base, our new Woodland Ice fragrance Oil and our water soluble colors. It was green in color and though I did not use much color at all, it was eye catching and brilliant! Wow! Try this fantastic base today!
Now don’t forget to request one of these bases in your next order! You won’t want to miss out. I will be sending 250 samples of each base down to the shipping department. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!