Thursday, April 4, 2019

A BIG Weekend Ahead of Us Lots of Pics

Hello and welcome it has already been a busy morning, I came into to drink my coffee and as always wanted to make a blog post......but honestly I have no time as I have so much to do tomorrow I have to set up for the Gloucester Daffodil Festival which is a HUGE event and so well put on, a lot to do for, crafts, art, games, learning......the list is endless not to mention BEAUTIFUL....the flowers speak for themselves. You can see some of my pics from last year HERE 
if you can make it out to the festival it is well worth it we are excited. 
The pic above is just the cutest.....Hippy and Miracle riding in the John Deere Gator to the pasture....they used to run right behind me or whomever was taking them but now they have discovered FRESH DEWEY SWEET GRASS awwww so yummy and tasty they just can't help themselves. They were riding up front but Bruce decided to put them in the back and away they went just perfectly fine. Hippy and Miracle were two born recently of seven right now that the moms never know why but it happens. One of the kids she kept but Hippy she said no he has been bottle fed since birth and he is doing just fine, we called him Hippy as he had this little tiny hip area which now is not a thing probably how he laid in utero. Miracle born to another doe we call her Peanut she rejected her....well I literally spent three days making her eat and Bruce told me.....she will be a Miracle if she makes it....I never gave up.....and now look.... an adorable little girl goat named Miracle with a heart of gold and runs to us the minute you call her name. Runs as fast as she can. 
Riding away now "momma stay behind us jic" 

Peach habanero jam I made yesterday along with regular peach jam so I will have lots of that this weekend 

Peach Habanero Jam 

This is a queen cell that the queen larvae is inside you can see it I also made a video for you to be able to hear the bees and see them flying around 

 bee larvae 

more pics of the bees look at those worker bees go 

THIS WEEKEND FROM 9-3 at Hickory High School Colby and I will be there along with many many other vendors It is a great show with a tremendous amount of wonderful things to buy....and a lot of my art buddies will be there with their goodies 

This is this Saturday and Sunday Bruce and Colten will be here you can see more of my pics from last year HERE  or go to their site for more info 

Of course I got ya covered with pickles 

Pickles from #9 Farms 

More pickles 

These are the habanero pickles 

I will have eggs too 

These are some of the eggs I collected one afternoon in my new basket from my friend Aylene.....THANK YOU Aylene its perfect 
strawberry jam in my 15qt. copper pot 

strawberry jam 

strawberry jam you can see more pics here of strawberries at #9 Farms 

Every week we meal plan with the help of Colby as he sets what the "boys" want to eat...and of course spaghetti around here is a huge favorite. 

This was my meal chickpea pasta, Tuscan spicy tomato sauce and Tuscan organic kale ......can I get a totally to the MAX YUM Factor .....FABULOUS 

Me making jam on my new gas stove which is like a REALLY BIG DEAL HERE as I have wanted this gas stove my whole married life and finally its is production....have not baked in it yet but that's coming 

You can see how awesome it is it was very expensive and HEAVY to put in but so worth it!! 

I am so VERY VERY VERY HAPPY to have it and my sweet apron from my granddaughters Samantha, Dakota, and Clarrisa 

Some of the plants from the greenhouse this is the pumpkin on a stick which is actually an eggplant 

more pics of the greenhouse I have a video on all my plants 

some of my pepper plants all grown from seeds 

the tomato plants all grown from seeds 

wanted to share my new hat my friend Angela Cartwright she comes to a lot of the shows I am at.   She knits amazing works of art makes her own patterns and everything. This is my new shirt handmade by Stitches by Julia on Etsy. I can't wait to wear this Saturday to show Angela.....she walked over and handed it to me and said this is for you. I LOVE IT! Its adorable in the new spring colors coral and so very soft. The shirt is amazing too...keeps me warm. 
HOPE you guys have a great week, and weekend and if your in the area stop by the shows....Hickory High School and/or Daffodil Festival. 
Dawn Gallop 


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

My Peanut Butter Soap Recipe

Several weeks ago I was asked by the Peanut Institute to make a soap for them based on my Peanut Butter Soap I sell on Etsy on my LeafLoveSoaps page. The story all began when my son Colby who is now 14 asked me to make a peanut butter soap. This was around 2014 I explained there was no essential oil smelling like peanut butter but he wanted anyway. So I set to work and created a recipe using as many peanut related ingredients as I could. Resulting in a nice soap bar and great oils for the skin. 
This is from my Etsy page
Hello I have made peanut butter soap from fresh peanuts, no extra additives, no added fragrances, the bar has a slight smell of peanut butter not strong at all. I would almost say unscented. 

I have used canola oil, organic coconut oil, Sustainable palm oil, Peanut Oil, and organic Shea butter. The soap has no fragrances or essential oils. 

The canola oil contains Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant that will help protect the skin from free radicals, The omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids can help against premature aging and soothe dry, irritated skin.

The Sustainable Palm oil helps to make the bar hard and last longer. 

All my soaps come from non-smoking handmade in a clean environment in a craft kitchen specifically designed for soap making. All soaps are made in small batches to ensure quality. 

All the soaps come in a cardboard box made with recycled cardboard. Properly labeled.

The Ingredients of this soap are:
Organic coconut oil, Canola Oil, Peanut Oil, Shea butter,
Lye, distilled water, organic peanuts. 

However the peanut institute wanted me to add essential oils, oatmeal, brown sugar, and peanut hulls. Which all these are optional in the recipe. 

                                                                The back of my label
The box being packaged 

Bruce went in to mail the boxes to Georgia 

I am not going to go into the making of the soap but if you are new to it please watch YouTube videos and look up famous soap makers like Brambleberry  and others who have extensive videos and recipes...etc....

I have been making soap since 2003 and started off when you could hardly get books, supplies etc. some of my first books were for the 70's and they were way outdated but the concept was there. Great help when nothing else was available. 
NOTE: ALL MY RECIPES ARE MADE TO SUIT MY MOLD SIZES this 62ounces will work in a five pound mold with what use for the wee bit extra we have silicon molds like an owl or hearts or whatever silicone mold you may have we even have 1 pound wood molds. 

So adjust to you needs 

Canola oil 20 ounces (we use the Healthy Harvest Brand)
Coconut Oil 14 ounces (we buy from Bulk Apothecary)
Sustainable Palm oil 20 ounces (look for the Green Palm) (CSPKO)
Peanut Oil 6 ounces (we use the spectrum brand) 
Shea Butter 2 ounces (we always buy the organic however I am always having to buy from different sources) 
20 ounces of distilled water (however we catch rain water) 
8.76 lye 

{ depending on your rate we use a 3% or 5% }

of course CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 3/4 cup we use the organic peanut butter from Whole Foods with the least ingredients. 
2 TBSP. of peanut hulls (optional) ground with a coffee grinder 
if using essential oil I used per request of the Peanut Institute a Peppermint and a lavender essential oil which we get from Bulk Apothecary. We use the Bulgarian Lavender. 
I used 3 ounce of lavender essential oil (optional) if you would like lavender soap. If you would like a peppermint soap I used 2 1/2 ounces of spearmint essential oil and 1 ounce of peppermint essential oil. 
Then per request sprinkle with brown sugar and gluten-free oatmeal from Bob's Red Mill (you want to use the gluten-free oatmeal to be sure that it is gluten-free) 

The video on the soap making in my soap kitchen 

At the last show at Indian River High School 

Some of my body products and salves and jewelry 

Some of the beeswax candles I make which I have videos and a blog post on rendering down the beeswax from our bees. I bought all my molds from Mann-Lake Bee

The video I made for rendering down the beeswax

I also made a video on how we spent St. Patrick's Day 

This bread bowl my dear friend Aylene sent over and I made these for the boys with our homemade sauerkraut 

The Irish Soda bread I shared the recipe in the video above 

Of course we use the cast iron pans for everything....this bread is one of the boys favorite 

This was Saturday at the Indian River High School show I just keep telling Bruce we got to see the Easter Bunny.......just tickles me 

Tomorrow is another show for two days then Great Bridge on Saturday 
Tomorrow we will be at Va. Beach General Hospital for the spring show 

Then Saturday at Great Bridge High School 

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the dentist for yet another dry socket on my right side.....more to come on this. 


Today is the first day of spring and yet I am sitting here typing this freezing.... I know I am always cold but the day was a high of 50  I had both heaters on in the greenhouse and it was cloudy and has sprinkled off and on all looking forward to SPRING!! 
Hope you are having a wonderful day and getting to be artsy or cooking up a great meal. 
Sending cyber hugs, 

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Craftastic Retreat and Where we are Going to Be this Weekend

Bruce and I will be at Indian River tomorrow its a really big craft show and there is a over 130 vendors at the show. 

Colten will be here tomorrow which I know Colten is super excited.........not really but he will be there. We go here every year right before Mother's Day for a show for the children to provide gifts for their Moms and family members. 

Just wanted to share some the fun that was had at the Craftastic Fabric and Crafts Retreat the first weekend in March. Everyone works at their own pace and enjoy the ocean view. Everything is convenient with foods, coffee, and a facility.  

These were the tags I made for the swap below is the video on how I made them you can watch on YouTube

My boys had a blast and enjoyed the adventures in the pool 

We like never get to watch TV and we watched several movies while there mostly what the boys wanted to watch which was so much fun we laughed and laughed....This was Dumb and Dumber great memories from watching with my older kids

This is next weeks show at Great Bridge Craft Show 

One of our ducks says Bye for now.........

Here are some of the YouTube Videos from this week....I hope you can watch them

The newly remodeled chicken coop 

Drying flowers in a Microwave using the Microfleur 

Some of the flowers I dried in the microwave in the Microfleur 

Seedlings update and planting transplants of the tomatoes 

Using the XX-L Drying Rack from PENNSYLVANIA WOODWORKS 

we now have seven kid goats which are adorable and so much fun to watch and play with 

Sauna review using the Dynamic Saunas 

The bees leave to go and pollinate blueberries 

Dehydrating Peeps 

This is what the Peeps looked like dehydrated 

This picture is more than 6 years old however I shared it for a #TBT around that time. Dusty is only about 9 months old here and he's going to be 11 this year. With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner....well like Sunday...I wanted to wish everyone a HAPPY ST.  PATRICK'S DAY  

A quick update I was able to go to the dentist on Wednesday and was there from 9:30 am to almost 4pm which I know sounds like forever but I had another tooth extracted, a porcelain crown made and placed, and removal on the first lower quadrant of the mercury amalgams. My dentist is amazing I never had any pain afterward and didn't need to take any Motrin or no antibiotics. She uses Ozone therapy which helps with infections, viruses, bacteria and all around healing. I am still amazed at how it is Friday and I haven't even felt like I had an extraction. Still eating soft foods but that's all good too. I am hoping once all this amalgams are out my central nervous system can start to heal and recover from the trauma and the Brain fog. 

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