Jan 6, 2014

What to do at -35? Saponify.

Getting used to this weather. -35 only freezes my eyebrows, now. I'm down to my last gallon of frozen goat's milk and decided it would be a great day to make some more soap. Timing is everything when I do this and I'm not too great at it. Anyways, I did get 8 lbs. of soap made this morning. I made a 4 lb batch of lavender. I had run out of lavender flowers and ground up some lavender leaves that I had in the still room. Still smelled as sweet. Also did a batch with aloe vera and vitamin E. Thought this would be a great moisturizing bar. I had a bit of lavender soap left over and filled a few "novelty" molds.
My bar molds all tucked in for an overnight nap.
The hard part is waiting another six weeks for the soaps to cure before I can use them.
This is a picture of my kitchen after my honey has been working on it over Christmas. His present to me-to finally get the kitchen finished. Still have a ways to go, but it's so much nicer already. Note the cement countertop he made me. What a guy. P.S. Can anyone tell me how to put paragraph breaks in my blog? Hitting enter doesn't work anymore and my blogs just kinda run together without any paragraphs. Thanks.

6 comments:

Mama Pea said...

I have never made soap and probably won't even try, 'cause I have a good friend who LOVES to do it and is always gifting me with bars of it. She does a great job and experiments with all kinds of scents and additives to make different kinds -- hard-scrubbing garage soap, moisturizer soap, soap for sensitive skin, etc. Am I lucky, or what?

Your kitchen is looking lovely. Sure pays to have a talented hubby when it comes to jobs like that. Love to see the pictures as it all comes together.

(We hit a high of -12° today.)

odiie said...

Soapmaking can be quite a creative endeavor. The fun is in making them the way you want them. Another one of my addictive pastimes.
Stay warm. Tomorrow promises higher temps- a high of -8.

sherry miller said...

I've never made soap but would like to try, I think I would have to see someone do it or help out with someone first...your kitchen looks wonderful, you guys are doing a great job. Good to be reading your blog again

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

The only way I can seem to get paragraph breaks is put a little * to hold the space of a blank line, hit return and then type some more. Otherwise, insert another photo. I was having the same trouble too. Love your soap making project - I have never made soap in the winter because I hate the smell so much and open all the windows... but lavender does smell good! Cheers! Evelyn

odiie said...

Sherry-It may seem intimidating but soap making is really pretty easy and not dangerous. You'd probably love it.

Evelyn-Thanks for stopping by. I'll do the asterisk thing. Thanks.

Connie said...

I love to make soap this time of year, I am like you though I hate having to wait the six weeks especially when I have tried somthing new.
Have a great day,
Connie

Jan 6, 2014

What to do at -35? Saponify.

Getting used to this weather. -35 only freezes my eyebrows, now. I'm down to my last gallon of frozen goat's milk and decided it would be a great day to make some more soap. Timing is everything when I do this and I'm not too great at it. Anyways, I did get 8 lbs. of soap made this morning. I made a 4 lb batch of lavender. I had run out of lavender flowers and ground up some lavender leaves that I had in the still room. Still smelled as sweet. Also did a batch with aloe vera and vitamin E. Thought this would be a great moisturizing bar. I had a bit of lavender soap left over and filled a few "novelty" molds.
My bar molds all tucked in for an overnight nap.
The hard part is waiting another six weeks for the soaps to cure before I can use them.
This is a picture of my kitchen after my honey has been working on it over Christmas. His present to me-to finally get the kitchen finished. Still have a ways to go, but it's so much nicer already. Note the cement countertop he made me. What a guy. P.S. Can anyone tell me how to put paragraph breaks in my blog? Hitting enter doesn't work anymore and my blogs just kinda run together without any paragraphs. Thanks.

6 comments:

Mama Pea said...

I have never made soap and probably won't even try, 'cause I have a good friend who LOVES to do it and is always gifting me with bars of it. She does a great job and experiments with all kinds of scents and additives to make different kinds -- hard-scrubbing garage soap, moisturizer soap, soap for sensitive skin, etc. Am I lucky, or what?

Your kitchen is looking lovely. Sure pays to have a talented hubby when it comes to jobs like that. Love to see the pictures as it all comes together.

(We hit a high of -12° today.)

odiie said...

Soapmaking can be quite a creative endeavor. The fun is in making them the way you want them. Another one of my addictive pastimes.
Stay warm. Tomorrow promises higher temps- a high of -8.

sherry miller said...

I've never made soap but would like to try, I think I would have to see someone do it or help out with someone first...your kitchen looks wonderful, you guys are doing a great job. Good to be reading your blog again

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

The only way I can seem to get paragraph breaks is put a little * to hold the space of a blank line, hit return and then type some more. Otherwise, insert another photo. I was having the same trouble too. Love your soap making project - I have never made soap in the winter because I hate the smell so much and open all the windows... but lavender does smell good! Cheers! Evelyn

odiie said...

Sherry-It may seem intimidating but soap making is really pretty easy and not dangerous. You'd probably love it.

Evelyn-Thanks for stopping by. I'll do the asterisk thing. Thanks.

Connie said...

I love to make soap this time of year, I am like you though I hate having to wait the six weeks especially when I have tried somthing new.
Have a great day,
Connie