Earlier this year I caught the make your own soap bug. It all started with a picture (of course, we're visual creatures!) and I really wanted some milk and honey soap that looked just like a honeycomb.
Well I couldn't find any honeycomb molds so I had to make do with regular ol' oval shaped soap. After making enough of these to hand out to a few friends and to last myself several months, I decided I wanted to try something new. After some snooping around through Pinterest I picked a coffee ground soap that sounded perfect. At first I was going to make a layered soap, but in the end I mixed everything together and it was amazing.
One bar of this soap has lasted me pretty much all summer and is just now starting to see its last legs. It smells fabulous and the coffee grinds are an amazing exfoliator. Every time I open my cupboards I get a lovely whiff of coffee. Mmmm. I don't think I will ever buy another bar of soap again. I'm having too much fun making my own concoctions!
I wouldn't call myself a foodie exactly...but learning new ways to cook and make things and making my own things jives so well with my creative muscles. It doesn't always end well or look exactly like the picture (but then again what does in its natural state?!) but it's almost always at least delicious and quite the experiment. In the past I've made pasta sauce from almost scratch to go with ravioli or pasta, but those always required canned tomatoes. Our garden produced so many freaking tomatoes this summer that instead of wasting them or just giving them away, I was going to make something awesome with them darn it. My husband started with a few different versions of salsa. The first batch was sweet and spicy and the second seemed to strike just the right balance. After that I used some of our tomatoes to go with our meatballs and spaghetti and then yesterday I decided I'd make a ton. Well, in the end it wasn't a ton because I mistook how many tomatoes were in my fridge and it ended up yielding only 3 cups. :( Later when I mentioned this to my husband he rolled his eyes at me and was like "They're all in the garden, you could have just gone and picked more." Which is true, but I also didn't have quite enough of a few other things so it worked out.
One of the bags I'm giving away to a friend. I hope they love it!
Just the roma tomatoes I picked today....there are about 8 giant regular tomatoes sitting in the fridge as well. Mmmm.
I used this recipe yesterday but didn't bother to measure any of the spices. What's the fun in that? It was my first time ever blanching tomatoes and it was just as easy as they make it sound. :D After I let it simmer for close to an hour it was still a little chunky (or at least chunkier than I was hoping) and so I poured it into my blender for a little bit and it reached a nice consistency. I am really excited to make a ton more to use throughout this upcoming year!
Other than that I haven't done much else in the way of personal care...I haven't really needed to. Back at the beginning of summer I pledged to spend as much time as possible make up free. It was an absolute win and I remember one of the first days I had a reason to put on mascara, I totally forgot about it and rubbed my eyes while sitting poolside with the kids. Oops. My back to school mantra has been about the same. As less made up as possible. :) Although I am fairly certain that when winter hits and I'm pale as a ghost and feeling pretty sad, more and more makeup will get pulled out and applied. :D
Until next time happy crafting and cooking and baking and being you!