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Soup….homemade….

Homemade soup is always best. With my bout or flare up of diverticulitis I have to go back to clear liquid diet and work back to solid food. All last week I was eating or rather drinking my meals, pre-made soups and broths. Then I worked up to these….

In this flavor and creamy tomato 🍅 as well. They are really good.

Then to work up some more… so I decided to make my own chicken and veggie soup.

I sautéed celery, onions, carrots, bell pepper, and mushrooms with olive oil in my multipot and some spices. Then added chicken broth and a whole chicken, put it in pressure cook for 40 minutes and let it release for 30 minutes. I added 2 cans of navy beans and pressure cooked for another 10 minutes, quick release and ate.

It was delicious!

I am eating, slowly on solid foods but I couldn’t turn down a chance for a good tomato soup. So I am making my own tomato 🍅 soup.

Starting out with 2 types of tomatoes, onions and bell pepper with olive oil and my goto spices. Roasting at 350 degrees at 15 minute intervals, turning each time. When the skins of the tomatoes 🍅 are ready to come off I peel them off.

I decided, after talking to my sis-in-law and she mentioned tomato 🍅 bisque, to look at recipes for it. It had an addition of bacon, carrots and celery and they even used canned tomatoes, I feel if you’re going to make it homemade you have to have fresh tomatoes 🍅! So in addition I put in a batch of bacon, celery and carrots in the oven with olive oil and my spices to roast.

After blending the tomato 🍅 pan and putting it in my multipot to simmer, I blended the carrot pan and some tomato blend until smooth. Once that all was combined and heated thru I added 2 cups of heavy cream.

I snuck a taste, since I had just eaten lunch, and….WOW the flavor!! The bacon was the first thing I tasted, right after the tomatoes, then a smidge of everything else. It is good! Will have to remember all that I included!! 😋

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Valentines soap…

Alittle while ago, December 17th to be exact I made what I was calling ChocoBerry soap. To be ready, ok I didn’t calculate the times that great….Im new to making soap, but anyway to be ready for valentine’s day.

I scented it with chocolate covered strawberry scent, via Natures Garden fragrance oil. Well I went, apparently, light handed on the scent.

This was the day after making, unmolded and was disappointed. No scent and it was yellow and red instead of brown and red like a strawberry with chocolate on it.

Later, it has turned the colors I wanted but again no scent.

They are even darker now! I wish I had a picture but Im not where I can get a snip.

Anyway they are luxurious anyway from all the oils used, just not scented as I want. 🤷‍♀️ Live and learn.

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Aids in healing….

Yesterday I made a batch of Baby Soft/Sensitive soap.

I unmolded and cut it today. Looks nice!

In the olive oil, I infused calendula, comfrey and chamomile; those aid in healing the skin. I use the calendula and comfrey in my homemade Neosporin and it helps in healing wonderfully!

My next soap, for valentines is going to be made with this!

My Valentines inspired soap, I may call it ChocoBerry. 🤔

Im thinking I should make the middle red and all around brown, just like a chocolate covered berry!

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Magical Mermaid Soap

Made a new soap last night, a partial lard bar and it was beautiful when making it, but the cut was even better than I thought it would come out!Thanks to some name suggestions I named this batch Magical Mermaid 🧜‍♀️. The smell is sweet and kind of oceany, it was Sea Salt fragrance from Bramble Berry. It will be wrapped and ready to go mid to late January.

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Body butter

Hubby needed some kind of good and moisturizing cream for his feet, that is unscented. So I made my own body butter with avocado oil, coconut oil, shea butter and castor oil.

Out of the remainder of the butter that wouldn’t fit all into this container and added peppermint essential oil and some red mica. So I made Candy Cane Body Butter.

Then I had not quite enough to fill another container like the previous ones, so I made samples.

This body butter, like most of my others is very lightly scented, but luxurious.

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Margarita soap

My Margarita soap. I messed up when measuring, luckily I double checked and ‘fixed’ it. I had no idea if it was going to correct my mistake. Also mixing 2 micas together looked like a mess when still in liquid state, but came out so beautiful when dried! This the lard/olive oil mixture and again did beautifully!

Still has to cure a good 4-6 weeks, will have to see what it will look like after curing.

But so far, a wonderful soap!!

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New type of soap…

Friday I made a lard/olive oil soap, Oatmeal, Milk & Honey scented. I was fearful it was not going to set, glad to see I was so wrong!!

They turned out so pretty! I think I am going to make another batch but scented different!

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Ocean Swirl

I can’t believe I have been out of my mind and forgotten to write here.

I made more soap about a week after my first one, it was kinda a mess. I learned a valuable lesson, don’t buy my scents from the local stores, buy it online… but I also learned to look online about my scents because they are not all created equal.

I wanted to make an Ocean Swirl for the next soap. To which I sort of did.

The scent or fragrance should I say, that I used accelerated the soaponification that it got so stiff so quickly that I couldn’t see that there were holes as I was trying to swirl and no matter how much tamping down I did. This fragrance was from an online source.

Then I made another soap, I call Kiwi Swirl, fragrance from a local store and it accelerated the soaping process even more that it was like oatmeal…. then while trying to smooth out the top it started to already gel.

Then after the next day, unmolded and cut, it was seeping oil. I thought I was going to lose my mind. After curing for awhile, it has a few more weeks, but its not oily anymore!

So, because my 1st 2 batches were alittle wonky, I made samples out of them.

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I made soap!

I made soap! I am excitedly waiting for them to cure, 4-6 weeks seems like an eternity!

This is my oatmeal, milk & honey. It has colloidal oatmeal, goats milk and TX honey in it. It smells so good!

This is my Ocean Swirl. It smells so clean and refreshing!

I did learn something with both, so learning more as I go. Yay 😁 me!