Creating My First Soap

Research is an absolute must to become a successful soapmaker.  My first batch was made in a pot held between my legs, stirred with a spoon.  This method can takes hours to trace (combining the oils and lye water to a point they will not separate).  We, or maybe it was just I, had not discovered that stick blending will reduce…

Lemon Pound Cake aka 7Up

When I saw this come over my Twitter feed, I just had to share and make it my first recipe. It is the famous Lemon Pound Cake or 7Up Pound Cake that my mother was so very fond of. The Twitter post from Southern Living also included a brief history of the cake. “This recipe is based on a classic Southern favorite…

For Mommy and Michelle

My mother had to have a piece of sweet potato pie or pound cake for dessert after Sunday dinner.  This was non-negotiable.  She would cook dinner and bake Saturday evening.  You see, when Mommy got home from church, all she wanted to do was heat it up and sit down to her dinner.  This wasn’t quick.  We’re talking pre-microwave….

Following the Voice Within

My journey into to soap making is rather interesting.  As a lifelong crafter and artisan, my dreams and career aspirations were in fashion and music. For a short time I owned a boutique with 30% of fashions and jewelry made by me.  The boutique closed when my Mom succumb to old age and her settlement into a new reality occupied all…

Hemp Hemp Hooray

I’m an old school chick and Hemp Hemp Hooray is my tribute to growing up when life was simple and easy.  Skincare products were not yet polluted with all kinds of chemicals and you washed your face with soap and water.  My favorite ingredient from “back in the day” is cocoa butter. We used it to moisture, soften,…

Welcome to My Island

I’m a Southern girl at heart and heritage with parents and ancestors born in rural Georgia.  But I was born up North and lived on a street with others that migrated from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and other southern locations deemed to be less desirable at the time.  We lived off the land growing fruits and vegetables in the backyard. We canned near the end of summer for fresh…