One of the things I enjoy so much about participating at markets is talking to the folks who come by my table. I love to talk to them about how I make my soaps, how I got into soaping, and what ingredients I use to make my soaps both attractive and practical. One question, besides… Continue reading Let’s talk about scents, baby
Years ago I picked up a book called Confetti Cakes and after seeing the amazing things that one could do with baked goods, I became very interested in creating fancy cupcakes and cakes. Cupcakes that didn’t just look like cupcakes, but like animals or a spaghetti dinner. I also made cakes shaped like robots and… Continue reading Let Them Use Cupcakes: making cold-process cupcake soap
Before my appetite returned, one of the only things I wanted to eat during those first four months of pregnancy was bagels. Bagels, bread, pasta, basically anything carb or carb related. They call it morning sickness, but for me it was pretty much all day sickness – just enough to not want anything to do… Continue reading Bagel Me This, Bagel Me That: Making Homemade Blueberry Bagels
My child eats his own weight in food every day, or so it seems, so I’m always on the lookout for new snack ideas. I’m not fond of the idea of buying pre-packaged snacks that are aimed at toddlers because they are often nothing more than rice, sugar and preservatives. They also come with a lot… Continue reading Get Crackin’: sugar-free sweet potato crackers
Sodium lauroyl isethionate, stearic acid, sodium tallowate, sodium palmitate, lauric acid, sodium lisethionate, water, sodium stearate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoate, sodium palm kernelate, sodium chloride, tetrasodium EDTA, tetrasodium etidronate, maltol, titanium dioxide. Mix these together and what do you get? A Dove beauty bar. Notice how I didn’t say soap? That’s because it’s a detergent… Continue reading Soap’s Up!
I gotta say – I love yeast and bacteria…and as one past fermentation workshop participant mentioned “your passion for yeast and bacteria is infectious!” hmmm good thing it is a beneficial bacteria considering it’s infectious… Kefir and Kombucha are two of my favourite foods, with sauerkraut in the running too. I love how good they… Continue reading Kombucha, Kefir and Kraut: Get your ferment on!
In the early 90s in Newfoundland, there was a now-defunct department store called Woolco (ultimately bought by “Volde-mart“) where I first encountered bulk food. The first time I walked into the store, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Bins full of gummy bears and Smarties that were begging me to dive in with both hands. Ok, so maybe… Continue reading Bulking Up: creating less waste, saving money and reducing packaging by buying in bulk