Sunday, March 23, 2014

Scent Review - Pure Fragrance Oil - Green Tweed

Today we are soaping Green Tweed from Pure Fragrance Oils.

Cary Grant's fragrance of choice! Top notes of Mysore sandalwood,
ambergris, violet leaves, French verbena and Florentine iris.
Green Tweed is a wonderfully fresh, green scent that has a soft Oakmoss background.

This fragrance oil has such a nice clean scent...comparable to Irish Spring and a great scent for a man or a woman. In this latest order of fragrance oils the Irish Tweed came in these little white jugs...they are cute and store nicely...but I didn't like how clumsy it poured out of the bottle, so be sure to have a wipe nearby to catch the drips down the bottle...but I did like the handle when pouring.

My soap thickened on me because I didn't like the shade of green I ended up with so I needed to add more mica... and I guess I took a little too much time, so no itp (in the pot) swirl today, instead today it was spoon plops for me...which I enjoy just as much.

This fragrance plays nice with no acceleration. As for discoloration the oil itself has a green tint to doesn't discolor the soap too much, no browning, but a gentle green hue so I actually like to use the darker green olive oil with this to enhance the green tint. Today I was out so I used my light colored olive oil.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gonga Sale on Strawberries and Pineapples

Strawberries and pineapples were on sale for .97 cents each...that is too good a deal to pass up!!

We bought a lot....above is the first trip...we made several more! We used our dehydrator for some pinapple snacks...first cutting the outer peel off...

Then quartered it and cut the core out...

Then we sliced it up and laid on the trays...(must get more trays for bigger batches SOON)...then we let it dry away for 12-15 hours. Some family members like it at the 12 hour mark...I like the long term storage part so I like it more towards 15 hours. It is crispier, but softens quickly as you chew. Makes a great snack!! 

Then we made jam.....I love my Kitchen Aid for this as I prefer smooth non chunky jam.

I got all 3 batches ready....strawberry...strawberry pineapple....pineapple. (I used the sure-jell recipes for cooked jam)

I ended up with 24 jars of jam...plenty to see us through the year and give away as gifts.

Next we tried something new and dehydrated some strawberries for snacks.

This is what 5 quarts of strawberries dries down to after 8 hours.

We did quite a few batches....

We made one more strawberry run to the store before the sale was up and made strawberry banana jam. I think we got our monies worth on this sale.

What are your favorite strawberry or pineapple recipes?