Okay, so I want to share with you my favorite apple pie recipe of all time. I love this apple pie recipe. The apples are crisp and the flavor is just out of this world. You macerate the apples in apple cider, lemon juice, sugar and spices 1-24 hours before cooking. It may seem strange and different but trust me, people won’t stop at just one slice. This apple pie is THAT amazing. If you plan on making this pie for Pie Day, consider starting the night before to save some time. The apples gain amazing flavor during the maceration process. I could skip the pie crust and eat the apples as is. Yum!
Another thing I really like about this recipe is that it can make 3 or 4 pies. It really depends on your pie plates and how well you fill them. 😉 I will give you a warning. Your family will request this every year. Just don’t let on how easy it is!
Dark Brown Sugar
Vanilla Extract (or Vanilla Bean Scraped)
Nutmeg, Ground Cloves, Ground Ginger, Ground Allspice, Ground Clear Jel (Not instant)
Pie Day is on Wednesday. I adore Pie Day. It is the day where my family gets together and bakes like crazy. We bake for our own feast, we bake for friends and neighbors. It is not uncommon to “borrow” a pie plate and return it with a fresh baked pie. Our staff even gets to go home early to spend the time with their families. It is just magical.
I wanted to share some of my favorite pie recipes with you this holiday season. However, every great pie starts with and needs a good crust. Today I wanted to share my mother’s very own pie crust recipe. It is deceptively easy and gives a buttery, flaky crust that won’t crumble when it comes time to serve. Are you ready? Let’s get started!
All Purpose Flour
Unsalted Butter, Chilled
Thanksgiving is just next week and I am so excited. While I am excited for the turkey and anxiously awaiting the fluffy stuffing, I am really looking forward to the pie. As you doing your shopping this weekend, I want you to keep an eye out for fresh pumpkins. Next week I will show you how to make pumpkin pie leather. Whether you plan on making your own pie or eating someone else’s, if pumpkin pie is a family favorite you will want to make some pumpkin pie leather.
It is simple and the rewards are great. The resulting leather is healthful, yummy and feeds more than the body. While you can use canned pumpkin, I think you will like the fresh stuff better. Remember, you can even roast the seeds. My sister made some roasted pumpkin seeds with cinnamon and sugar. Wow! Those things are amazing.
Next week we will have a number of posts that are fun and laid back. Stop in. We will have some yummy recipes and some great laughs!
Every family with children knows that kids can have some hilarious one liners and mixed up words. I was definitely one of those children. I have always had an affinity for books and as a child some of my holiday favorites were Little Women, Hans Brinker and Eight Cousins. All of these books were written long ago and have different vocabulary than modern literature. I remember stopping my mother in the kitchen and asking her if we could make muled cider. That little question made her laugh until she had tears in her eyes. That was when I learned it was mulled not muled.
While it isn’t often my family made spiced apple cider, I love starting a pot of cider on the stove. I can then make my mother laugh about the silly things us kids used to say while we watch leaves swirl across the lawn and the pot of cider steam. I am hoping we will be able to make some mulled apple cider this Thanksgiving but I also wanted to send everyone home with this particular family memory. Today we are going to make a mulled apple cider lip balm! While the lip balm won’t be hot, it certainly will be just as spectacular!
Recipe in Grams
285 grams Soy Lip Solutions
5.5 g Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.5 g Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 lbs Soy Lip Solutions
0.2 oz Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.02 oz Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
97.8% Soy Lip Solutions
2% Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.2% Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Start with the lip solution base of your choice. I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions base, but there are many to choose from. Select your favorite. You can even create your own! Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Green Apple Flavor Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil. Stir well.
From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are a simple and fast method of filling a lot of tubes at one time. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.
If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of lip solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool and cap.
Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! I think one will have a permanent home in my pocket this winter season. Happy holidays!
Yesterday I shared how to make wax tarts. They are so simple and easy to do. However not everyone can or is comfortable using wax melters. Dormitories and apartments often have a ban on candles and melters. Not to worry! You can still scent your living space using a wax figurine. They are such an elegant way to softly scent your home.
I really like scented wax figurines because they not only add fragrance but can also add decor. If the wax figures are not producing much scent, place them by a window or heater vent. They will release more fragrance. It is also important to remember to place these wax figures on a pedestal where they can’t damage your furniture. You can even recycle and reuse something like an old pickle jar to layer these cute little figurines in! It looks great and smells awesome.
Thanksgiving is almost here and I am so excited. For me, Thanksgiving is a sign of the holidays. It means that I will soon be living in a winter wonderland with music piping out of the old radio and a plethora of steaming tea, coffee or hot chocolate waiting to be drunk. Thanksgiving also means decorating for Christmas. My favorite part is decorating the tree. When I am finished, its branches have transformed from bare to bedecked grandeur. The tree is draped in garlands, dripping with tinsel and sparkling with lights. It is a sight to see.
I love decorating for the holidays. Traditionally I have tucked scented sachet cards into nooks and crannies to scent my home for the holidays. While it is fun and certainly works well, I have a beautiful wax melter that I have been wanting to use. This year I thought it would be fun to make wax tarts to use in my wax melter!
One thing I found during my testing is that there are hundreds of wax melters out there and not one is alike. They are as different and as unique as the humans that own them. They can be heated by a light bulb, tea light or heating element. They can heat from the top or from the bottom. Some wax melters can get very hot and others just stay warm. This wax tart recipe will melt in the cooler wax melters but rather than melting clear, it takes on a beautiful, slightly milky appearance.
Remember that wax melters can get hot and can present a fire hazard. They are not all that different from candles. They should be supervised and not left on when you are absent. Larger wax melters that are designed for large candles that heat from the bottom should be avoided. These can cause a wax bomb, leaving you with wax and glass everwhere. If you want to heat a large candle, I recommend a top heater. They are much safer. To read more about wax bombs, check out this blog post. Andee has great insight into the dos and don’ts of candles.
Thanksgiving is in just three weeks and I am so excited. I have dug out recipes for family favorites such as soft, puffy rolls; tart cranberry jelly; sweet potato bake crusted with brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans; and of course the traditional pies such as pumpkin, pecan and apple. I promise that no one leaves my table without having found something that tickles their taste buds and fills their tummy.
This lip balm is inspired by the requisite apple pie that graces most Thanksgiving tables. I was looking for a flavor that had crisp green apples, sweet caramelized sugar and indulgent cinnamon. This lip balm is perfect! You might swear you had a slice of pie right in front of you!
Recipe in Grams
285 g Soy Lip Solutions
1.4 g Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
2.8 g Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.3 g Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 oz Soy Lip Solutions
.05 oz Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
0.1 oz Green Apple Flavor Oil
.01 oz Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
98.4% Soy Lip Solutions
0.5% Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
1% Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.1% Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Start with the lip solution base of your choice. I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions base, but there are many to choose from. Select your favorite or make your own. Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Green Apple Flavor Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil and Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil. Stir well.
From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are simple and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.
If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of Lip Solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.
Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! Happy holidays!
We have dirty dogs! We released the cutest mold yesterday and I am in love. Our newest mold lets you clean your canine friend while telling them in no uncertain terms that they are a dirty dog. I think it is the funniest thing and I can’t wait to have my own dirty dog soap!
The other soap mold that we released reminds the user that soap is slippery when wet. When I first saw this mold, I couldn’t stop laughing. This is the cutest safety warning I have seen in a long time.
What kind of soaps do you envision in these molds? I want to know!
There are a million and one reasons why you might be interested in making your own lotions, lip balms, soaps, perfumes, bath fizzies, foot soaks and all the other products that are part of personal care. Maybe you started on this journey due to allergies or you were looking for a way to save money. Perhaps you had a friend introduce you to the craft. I cannot possibly list all the factors that got you into this magical hobby.
Whatever the reason you are here, welcome. Ask questions. Send in ideas. We are your support/cheerleading team. Our team has over 20 years of crafting and teaching experience. Whatever you are planing to make, let us help you find the perfect recipe.
As the holidays approach there are a few things we cannot stress or recommend enough. If you want to be able to have consistent products every single time, we highly recommend getting a scale. Often a kitchen scale will work perfectly but the things you will be making and the size of your batches can change your scale needs drastically. For lip balm, we recommend getting a scale with 0.1 gram readability. For large batches of soap, we recommend a large capacity scale. If you want to do a little of everything, I highly recommend our 6100 Newton Compact Scale. This little scale is a powerhouse. I use it for all of my baking and crafting needs. Wow!
Another thing we recommend is a good workbook/notebook. Taking good notes is critical to duplicating a recipe or pinpointing a problem lot. If you already have a good system, cudodos to you! It can be hard to develop a good system then make it a habit. If you are having trouble keeping good notes, I have something that just may help. I have the perfect way to help keep track of recipes, dates and even those pesky lot numbers! I have a handy little sheet that you can print out and use to keep track of all of your notes!
To give a little jumpstart to keeping your world organized, we are hosting a little giveaway! This giveaway includes a binder filled with blank sheets waiting to be filled out, two MMS pens and a soap mold! Wow! That is one awesome box. I have even better news! We will be choosing five winners. Just comment here on the blog telling us why you want to win. We will choose our winners on Thursday, November 12th. Be sure to enter!
MMS is hosting a Secret Santa Exchange! The holidays are on their way and we want to get into the spirit! What better way to celebrate the holidays than sharing the joy and being a Secret Santa for a fellow Bath & Body crafter? Grab your stockings and sign up to share the cheer of the holidays!
To sign up, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us that you would like to participate.
When you send in your email, please include the following.
The address you would like your package shipped to.
Your favorite color.
What types of thing you like. (Note: this does not have to be bath and body related.)
What types of flavors and scents you like.
Notes of importance such as allergies and other things.
If you are in Canada, would you be willing to ship to the USA? If you are in the USA, would you be willing to ship to Canada?
The deadline to sign up will be November 18th. You will receive your assigned person by November 20th.
Please send your package by December 12th so your package gets to your recipient by Christmas.
Gifts should have a value of $20 to $25 USD.
I am so excited about this! Will anyone else be pestering their mailman about packages this holiday season? I know I will! Have fun planning your holidays!
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