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GlobeIn – Bathe
I’ve subscribed to GlobeIn and thought you might enjoy it as well! It’s a monthly subscription to food and lifestyle products from around the world. I thought I’d give it a try since I can cancel it at anytime. They source these products from remote artisans and farmers. There are several different theme boxes to choose from and plenty of items just in case you want to add extras to your monthly box. This month my box was a surprise! The Bathe Box contained a Hand woven 100% cotton pestemal bath towels from Turkey, small soft hand towel from Izmir Turkey, Lemongrass Citrus African Black Soap from Togo, Silk Face Scrub from Bursa, Turkey and it was all packaged up in a hand made palm leaf basket from Mexico.
Each of the towels are very well made. I’m thinking the Turkish bath towel will be good for travel or camping. It’s light and would dry faster than a normal towel. In a pinch it can also be used as a wrap if the weather is chilly or the airplane too cool.
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Homemade Hard Soap by Pam
Homemade Hard Soap
Hard Soap (Castile) – Only 3 Ingredients
Olive Oil, Water & Lye
Cured 1 Year (for hardness)
Just like Nanna would have made way back then!
Recreated from researching recipes found in old newspaper clippings, magazines and handwritten recipes found tucked away in old recipe books.
Most times I make and use the soaps myself. This little gift box of soaps is for a silent auction this weekend at an event I’ll be attending. I’ve also dabbled some with other types of soaps. Soaps made from lye are not like the soaps bought in stores. Since these contain lye they have been curing for quite a while. The longer they cure the better they are when used! Have you ever bought soaps that seemed “wet” or “soft”? Those are very young soaps that still contain a lot of water and haven’t quite cured yet. Cured soaps will last longer and not “melt” in the shower. I’m not sure when I’ll make my next batch of soaps but as soon as summer is here watch out! (For safety reasons I make the soaps outside so that the lye fumes don’t accidentally overwhelm!) Who knows, maybe I’ll find a large kettle and start making soap out in the yard over a fire!
Feed Sack Quilt Top – 60″x81″
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A few months back I found two quilt tops at a local thrift store. For the pair it was less than $5 so right off I was seeing a quilting project in my future. Now to do some research and pick up the rest of the supplies. It’s time to honor a project that some ones mother, aunt, or grandmother started and finish this quilt!
Quilt size: 60″ x 81″
Material: Feed Sack Cloth
Sometimes I come across recipes that peek my interest. I’ve been fascinated with the home life of people who lived in our area back in the 1800’s. From their clothing, to the homes, transportation, health remedies, train schedules and their cooking habits. Last week while doing some research I came across a hard soap recipe from June 11, 1881. It’s hard to imagine making soap instead of just going to the store and picking up a few bars of the many brands available. I remember hearing stories from my mom about her grandmother making soap and the grand children helping. Usually the soap would be made outdoors after rendering lard from pork skins. After rendering the lard the pork skins and cracklings would be removed from the lard. The lard was then strained and the soap making would begin.
Hard soap recipe found in the Jacksonville Republican Newspaper (Alabama) from June 1881
Since this recipe contains a few products that I’m still unsure of where to buy, I decided to try an alternative recipe that uses only three ingredients: lard, water and lye.
*As with any recipe that uses lye, extreme caution is advised! Directions should be followed exactly! Order of adding ingredients matter.
Overnight soak 1/2 cup mustard seeds 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar. Stay tuned for additional info added to this post tomorrow.
Update: Next morning mix all of the following in a food processor.
Seed mixture from yesterday, 4 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, a pinch of salt and some ground pepper. Blend until fully processed.
Place finished product in a hot and sterile jar. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
This mustard is quite spicy and I believe more original than the yellow stuff we buy at the store. I’ll keep looking through my old cookbooks and see what else I can find for us to recreate.
A few years ago I was using a liquid laundry detergent that I made. I thought about doing this again but now I have a new HE front loading washer. A little research later here’s what I’m testing right now: 1 cup each: borax, washing soda, oxy booster, Purex crystals and one bar Felsnaptha. More to come after a few loads of laundry.