Dec
03

DIY Oatmeal Honey Soap

It’s one of the things that every single one of your friends and family members use: soap. If you know someone who doesn’t use soap, I bet you wish they did, hehe. Regardless, you know people who know people who use soap.

It feels like I’m feeding you all a really bad pickup line that I need to recovery (quickly) from. 

Also in this post: the awkward announcement that everyone I know will be receiving homemade soap for Xmas this year (hi mom! hi dad! dirty much?)

DIY Oatmeal Honey Soap

Allow me to redeem myself.

I sat on the couch a few nights ago reading through a copy of Flea Market Style Magazine. In the magazine, there was mention of a company that stopped making an exfoliating soap that apparently everyone loved. Included was a quick DIY recipe that caught my attention. There were so few ingredients, I was shocked. I had no idea making soap was so easy.

On Black Friday I set out to Hobby Lobby to pick up the essential ingredients and although I didn’t find everything I was looking for, I was able to to make a few substitutions. Just like that, I had all the necessary tools to make my own soap at home. A moisturizing shea butter base and a soap mold are the only two ingredients that are mandatory in your soap making, the additives are all optional but allow you to completely customize your soap. I purchased a cheap, plastic soap mold because it was all that was available at Hobby Lobby but I have since then ordered a few silicone molds that make removing the soap from the mold easier. I’ll have to say that I am pretty impressed with the cheap soap molds though, they got the job done! I chose the shea butter soap base because of it’s moisturizing properties and because it works well with the honey and oats that I decided to use in my soap.

DIY Oatmeal Honey Soap

In my soap, I added two high-quality ingredients. // My dad recently had a shipment of fresh, recently-harvested honey sent to me from his girlfriends family. Complete with a portion of the honeycomb intact, IT IS AMAZING in color, purity, and flavor, and was a perfect addition to my soap. Honey is naturally antibacterial, full of antioxidants, and it is extremely moisturizing and soothing, which makes it just as good for the skin as it is for the tastebuds. I’m already begging for a second shipment of that honey by the way….

In addition to the honey, I used organic rolled oats that offer a mild exfoliation when the soap is used directly on the skin, and has anti-inflammatory properties which will soothe dry, irritated skin (what’s up Colorado).

DIY Oatmeal Honey Soap

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a DIY Oatmeal Honey Soap recipe
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Serves: 4½ lb. soap bars
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs.shea butter soap base
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
Instructions
  1. With a sharp knife, cut the shea butter soap base into large chunks and put it in a microwave safe measuring cup (something with a handle).
  2. Microwave the soap base in 30 second increments until it is melted.
  3. While your soap base is melting, line the soap molds with 3-4 tablespoons of the oats.
  4. Stir the honey in to the melted soap base and then pour in to the molds (over the oats).
  5. Allow your soap to set overnight then pop them out of the molds.
  6. Voila!
 

The scent of your soap will be determined by the type of honey that you use so choose wisely. I would recommend using a honey that is high-quality and locally sourced.

This recipe will make approximately 4 1/2 lb. bars of soap depending on the type of mold that you choose to use. If you don’t have a proper mold, you can use an old butter container or an empty coffee creamer container. I made a big soap bar for myself in an old coffee creamer container, it’s boss.

Several of my friends have tested my homemade soap and have mentioned how smooth, soft, and moisturized their skin feels with this rich formula. Colorado winter, bring it on. I’m sure your friends will say the same if you hook them up with a bar.

To finish off your soap before gifting, tear small sheets of parchment paper and tape them around the soap. Use twine or ribbon for decorating. 

Love

Crista


Jun
18

lovage

At the Boulder Famers Market, I stumbled upon bunches of lovage which I had never actually seen in person before. I had only heard of lovage once while dining at Husk in Nashville. Ever since then, I’ve been on the lookout for it. You can imagine my excitement upon first sight of the aromatic herb.

It is a mystery as to why so few people talk about / use lovage. It is an incredible herb with a celery-like flavor. Imagine celery + parsley + curry (maybe) – that is the flavor you get from lovage. From what I read, you can use it in soups, stews, Bloody Mary’s, breads, pickling mixtures, salads. I even found a recipe to make Lovage Salt (imagine that on the rim of a Bloody Mary – yum!). 

Instantly after purchasing the bunch of lovage, I bit in to one of the leaves. STRONG in flavor, it is obvious that just one little lovage leaf would be plenty to season a dish. It was also obvious that lovage would pair well with pears. That thought probably stemmed from the farmer telling me that most of the people who buy lovage from him use it for juicing – in my mind, pear + lovage seems like the perfect combo.

I didn’t end up juicing the two, I made soup instead – a soup that proves lovage and pear partner well together – a soup that is just as good served chilled as it is served warm.

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Pear Lovage Soup
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Ingredients
  • 3 pears, chopped
  • ½ cup lovage, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. non-dairy butter
  • ½ cup almond milk yogurt - optional
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, sauté the onion in butter until fragrant, about 5-8 mins.
  2. Add the pear, lovage, and vegetable stock to the pan and cover.
  3. Simmer until the pear is very soft, about 15 minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture in to a food processor or a blender and puree until smooth. You may have to do this in two different batches.
  5. Pour the mixture back in to the saucepan and add the almond milk. Gently reheat then serve.
  6. Optional: For a sweeter taste, and creamier texture, stir in a few tablespoons of yogurt.

pear-lovage-soup

Love

Crista


May
22

lemonade

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i’m ready for the weekend.
the holiday weekend that tends to feel like the begin of summer….
it could potentially rain in Denver all weekend but i don’t care. i’ll be out enjoying it.
rain and snow didn’t hold me back two weekends ago, why would i allow rain to hold me back this weekend?
i’m ready to be out more than i’m in.
i’m ready for the late nights, that feed my summer spirit
i’m ready for outdoor dining and fresh squeezed lemonade. 
homemade lemonade = so easy
mix together: water, fresh squeezed lemons, & agave nectar – that’s it.
blend it with fresh brewed ice tea and you’ve got a (super summery) Arnold Palmer….
*cheers* to the upcoming (extended) weekend

Love

Crista


Dec
09

citrus sea salt

I participated in a white elephant gift exchange with my colleagues this past week. We used a fun poem for the exchange. It is never easy to pick a gift when you are unsure of the recipient. 

I knew I wanted to give a gift that would be only be useful, (NOT something that had potential to be re-gifted,) I also wanted to give a gift that displays my excitement for delicious food.  I decided to make a batch of this Citrus Salt and pair it with a kitchen apron and a recipe book. Cute, right? I could have used that kitchen apron last week while I was baking cookies….. 

This Citrus Sea Salt is simple to make and offers a distinctive quality. Who would NOT love to be the recipient of a gift that will keep on giving over and over again in various homemade dishes including: Chocolate Mousse with Sea Salt, Lemon Chickpea Lentil Soup, Citrus Collards with Raisins Redux, Olive Oil, Lemon, & Sea Salt Sundaes, Lemon Asparagus Soup, or Margarita Guacamole.

citrus sea salt

Citrus Sea Salt
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups coarse sea salt (I used Himalayan Pink Sea Salt)
  • 4 tablespoons of zest from a combination of limes, lemons, or oranges
  • a really cute sealable jar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
  2. Mix the salt with the zest and spread evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Place in the oven and bake for 1-2 hours until the zest is dry. (I use a convection oven and only had to bake for 1 hour). Turn once, if possible.
  4. Put the salt mixture in to a food processor and pulse until evenly mixed.
  5. Pour the salt mixture in to a sealable jar & decorate.

citrus sea salt

 

Love

Crista