Thursday, July 28, 2016

Making Soap

Soapmaking is must know on the long list of "something from nothing's". A basic soap consists of three basic household ingredients: rendered fat (from cooking), lye (from wood ash), and water. I have always been afraid of using the Lye because of the caustic nature but after a conversation with my Grandma and a story of a traveling soap maker who would come through town once a year during the depression to make soap for the family, I felt compelled to learn. 

So far I have had no fails at the process and I am creating my own calculated recipes.

First batch basic in my hand crafted soap box. 


Rendered lard recipe old fashion soap

Colorant use

Wildcrafting herbal poison ivy relief soap. My own recipe.

Sweet orange


Teaching my children the chemistry and process

They want to create.

Peppermint and lavender

Soon my Etsy site will be flooded with soap. I have also had offers with a couple of Venders to make custom soap for the holiday season. We'll see what happens.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Garden update

Garden update

Beautiful flowers

For the first year in this garden  I am convinced raised beds and biodynamics as well as permaculture practice are the way to go. I started all my own seeds using heirlooms and my father in laws saved seeds. I do feel I should have started my seeds earlier. 
So far our major success is in flowers, sauce tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and winter squashes.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

New Theater in the Works and Super Tuesday

Movie lover in his new space before demolition.

Clean coating the walls

Move the water pressure tank

framing the wall for insulation, sound and wiring

 sheet rock up

Sound absorption panels

The hubby created this inspired design for his theater and built it with dark walnut on top of Knoll fabric upholstered sound absorption panels which I upholstered for him. 

When I was in my 20s I apprenticed as an upholsterer.  I specialized in antique restoration, but then went on to work in the Chelsey District of Manhattan and specialized in Midcentury Modern Designer restoration. 

Here you see the finished product with furniture. We are still waiting for the custom lamp covers by a laser metal cutting company. 

Testing the system

More testing

and then

Super Tuesday!!! 
We received our pre ordered "The Force Awakens" and I got to watch it for the first time!

No littles viewed this movie I would definitely been too much for them

I love the older movies better than the over CGI'd movies of recent years.  This film was definitely true to the original view of the young George Lucas (despited all his complaining). 
My better half was definitely enjoying the fruits of his hard work building this fully formed home theater and seeing a great movie.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday Night Enchilada Bake

Enchilada Bake

22 seconds prep time.... hahah

What you need:
1 lb. cooked Chicken
1 large onion chopped
2 cups enchilada sauce (home canned preferred)
2 cups Salsa Verde
1 can black beans
1 cup sour cream
12 organic corn tortillas 
1/2 cup Mexican shredded cheese blend

Layer it up in a heavy iron pot with a lid and place it a heating oven until it reaches 400 degrees F

Then I turn off the oven and let it slow cook for 3hrs until dinner time. 

Coop Design

Coop Designs from LillyZoo to the Now

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Big North East Snow: Jonas

Winter Storm Jonas 
brought lots of good memories and snow
Spinning by the fire

Ant playing with his toys

Amazing 3:30am full moon glow

Same picture in the middle of the night with the driveway lights on.

Full moon on the breast of the new fallen snow.

Out door fun

lots of sledding