Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!!

I have been taking a much needed break, and I will be back to blogging and soap making next week. Yea!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and I am wishing everyone love, joy, and contentment in the new year!

These are my little Christmas angels...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Soap Swap/Elise's Recipe for PBJ & B (Peanut Butter, Jelly & Banana)

I was so excited to receive my soap from the Brambleberry Soap Swap.  It was definitely an early Christmas for me!  It was really nice to see what other soap makers are making and to smell some scents that I haven't had the opportunity to sample yet.  I am anxious to try some of these soaps too! Brambleberry also included some yummy fragrance samples in my package of goodies.

Summer Fling by Lotion Bar Cafe
Lavender by Palin's Pantry
Mango Sangria by Sweet Peas Soap
 Kentish Rain by Goddess Herbals
Pinapple Cilantro by Cindy's Soap
Samples from Brambleberry: Mangosteen and Sheer Freesia (Mmmm!)

Christmas Garden by My Angel's Call
Bay Rum Soap by Lucinda's Nice Things
 "Sun Soap" ????? (there was no name or soap name on this one)
Pumpkin Pie Cybilla by
Cranberry Fig by Anne-Marie Faiola of Brambleberry
Hot Chocolate Swirl by Emma

On a completely different note, I just had to include this recipe from my youngest daughter.  She came home from school the other day and insisted that we make a recipe by Zefronk (Disney Channel).  So, here it is a recipe for Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Banana.

Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Banana

Hot Dog Bun
Peanut Butter
Jelly (any flavor)
Smile (optional but recommended)

Put Banana in the bun like a hot dog, spread on the peanut butter and jelly!


Monday, December 13, 2010

A Whirlwind in Las Vegas!

My husband and I just had a blast in Las Vegas over the weekend.  We took a short trip in order to see Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds play at Planet Hollywood, but of course we had to have a little fun along the way.

We stayed at Paris Hotel, which was a spectacular site in itself.  This place was very unique, the prices were reasonable (a must with us), and the rooms were really lovely.  I couldn't resist stepping in one of the shops and checking out these cool Primal Elements soaps.  I do not do too much melt and pour soaping myself, but it doesn't mean that I am not impressed by those who do!

There were a couple places I must mention because they were spectacular in service, atmosphere, and food/drink.  First, was the bar Pour 24.  If you enjoy a good beer, this is definitely a must.  Situated inside New York, New York casino, this bar had a wide variety of beer and other drinks (you will have to excuse these terrible pictures.  The lighting was very dark in here).

The restaurant that stood out among the rest was Serendipity.  It was very cute with bright colors and decoration (which my husband pointed out was much like the inside of a teenage girl's bedroom.  Ha ha, that must be why I liked it so much!).  They had honestly the best Eggs Benedict I have ever tasted.  Not only that, but the coffee was excellent as well.  It seems that they are well known for their hot chocolate, which we did not try this time, but it looked really tasty.  I think almost everyone else in the place had ordered it.

Since our visit was extremely short, we did not spend a tremendous amount of time in the casinos.  We are not really big on gambling anyway, so we mostly just walked around and took in the sites during the day.  Of course, we finished off with our reason for this visit, a mind-blowing performance from Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds.  We had so much fun, and it was amazing, as expected. It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but I am so glad we were able to go!

New York, New York Casino

Monday, December 6, 2010

They Aren't Exactly Rodents, but They're Cute!

These cute little critters were another gift to my rodent/little animal fanatics.  They were really fun to make.  I got the instructions from this book, which had very detailed and easy to follow directions and illustrations.  I changed up the colors a little bit, and they were a big hit with the girls.

There are a ton of other cute animals to make. I also made the koala, parrot and frog and gave them as gifts.  I think the cat and the raccoon (or fox  - my girls corrected me on this already) turned out the best though.

I actually attached these as zipper pulls for the mouse picnic I posted last week.  They would also be great as gift toppers, stocking stuffers or just by themselves.  I am in the process of making my gifts for this year, so hopefully I will have something to post about them this week.  Everything is in different stages, but nothing is complete...yet.