Turkey Creek Lavender

Turkey Creek Lavender

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I'm a Lucky Girl...er, Soap Maker!

So I think my family is getting tired of having to give up the kitchen/house for the soap. How do I know this?
Well, hubby bought me this...
















Pretty big hint, don't you think?
Now I know it's a trailer. In its former life it was used as an office. It needed electricity...
Here's one of the boys digging a trench for the electrician to hook me up to the pole...
















...THANKS BOYS! But I still need plumbing before I can really move in. This is a view from the front to the back...
...and the back to the front (Please ignore the stuff. I'm storing my show tables and display items in there right now.)
















Soon it will be filled with drying racks and all sorts of lavender, and soap making paraphrenalia. My own Creative Space. And this sweet little bump out? I just may have a loveseat that would fit here perfectly...
















...because I might need to take frequent breaks to dream up new soaps. Or just daydream. Okay, maybe an occasional nap, too. But I can't keep calling it "it." She needs a name. Soapin' Trailer, Soap Shed, Soap Box on Wheels? I don't know. Nothing has really hit me yet. If you have a creative name I'd love to hear it. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

And, before I forget, just for my hubby, thank you for your faith and support!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Cathy
P.S. Lulabelle is re-stocked with soap, including Sweet Prarie Sage, my current fave!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Oklahoma Red Dirt Rose Available at Lulabelle's and Pole Body Studio!

Just in time for Earth Day and a lovely weekend, Oklahoma Red Dirt Rose is a yummy mood uplifting blend of lavender, almond, bergamot, orange, and vanilla essential oils, and the added bonus of shea butter and almond oil. Smells fresh, like spring! With a layer of skin loving rose clay, reminiscent of our red dirt.

















Take a drive to Medicine Park this weekend and see Lou at Lulabelles, or maybe a pole fitness class from Lisa at Pole Body Studio in Chickasha! Both sound like fun!

Happy Earth Day!
Cathy

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sweet Baby Goats!















I went by my neighbor's farm where I get my fresh goats milk for the soap to pick up a gallon, and see if there were any babies.
















 Surprise! There were two! This is Snowball, aptly named, and the youngest. She was a little shy and quickly ran to her mother to get a little drink.
















And then there was this little cutie, the elder of the two. Sorry little goat, but I don't remember your name. All of the goats are Saanan's, a gentle and friendly breed, but this frisky little one is called a Sable Saanan, which simply means she is a color...
















...like her Dad, who you can see in the background of this picture.

















And there are more babies to come, so hopefully I can get some more pictures when they're itty bitty.

 I believe in locally sourcing everything I possibly can for my soap making, so I was thrilled to be able to get my fresh goats milk from someone I know. After playing with these sweeties, who knows...I may yet get some of my own!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Craving for Apple Crumb Pie

You know how it is when you're hungry for something. I know you know. Sometimes it's something specific. Like Snickerdoodles. Or unspecific. Like chocolate. Anything chocolate will do. Unless it's on a day when you want chocolate brownies. I once had a friend who would get hungry for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in July. She would prepare the entire meal, right down to the cranberries.  In July. Go figure. But the sad fact is...you've just gotta have it.

Well today it's Apple Crumb Pie. I've been making this recipe for well over 20 years, since we were at our first duty station at Ft. Riley, Kansas. It's sort of a crisp, and sort of a pie. It's appie pie with a crumb topping. And so easy and fast. Sometimes I make just one. And sometimes I make them for a crowd, like four or six at a time.

It continues to be a perennial favorite around here.  I always keep those Pilsbury Ready Crusts on hand just in case. (Don't lecture me. I make a lousy pie crust.)

Apple Crumb Pie 
4 or more large, tart apples (I use whatever I have on hand!)
1 plain pastry for a 9-inch pie pan
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Topping
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup butter or margarine

Pare apples. Cut into eighths (or smaller) and arrange in a pastry-lined pie pan. Mix 1/2 cup sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over apples.


















Sift 1/2 cup sugar with flour. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Bake 40-50 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
While the pie is baking go pet the cat and check your e-mail, and make a pot of coffee to go with your warm pie.
Then feed the craving. 

Sometimes I feel like adding chopped walnuts and raisins. Sometimes I'll cut up a pear and add that in. Sometimes I make this same pie in a tart pan. Obviously this recipe is open for interpretation!

The main thing is...enjoy, my friends, enjoy!
Cathy

Friday, April 8, 2011

Oh, Happy Spring Day!

Spring makes its own statement so loud and clear
that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments,
not the composer. ~Geoffrey Charlesworth

Good morning all!
I hope this finds you enjoying a lovely day, wherever you are. We've been in the throes of spring for some time now, and things are really starting to wake up around here.

I know it doesn't look like it, but the lavender is starting to green up. Lavender can be a funny plant. I learned the first year that looks can be deceiving. Just when I was ready to pull a plant because it looked completely dried up, I'd see just the hint of a leaf, and, surprise! it would come back strong and bloom.
















Now I wait until the other plants are sending up stems before I decide if a plant is truly dead or not, and ready to be consigned to the compost heap...or fire pit. It smells really good when it's burning.
















The daffodils are just about done blooming.

But the purple irises are starting, which is followed all during the month of April with the myriad of other colors we have planted around the farm. I don't know why, but these purple ones are always the first. If you know why, let me in on the secret.
The front yard has been a sea of little naturalized johnny jump ups, a type of viola.















Violas and pansies are edible flowers and make a lovely addition to salads and drinks. I like to freeze them in ice cubes to add a spot of lavender color in drinks or punch, and naturally I add a few fresh or dried lavender buds to the mix. (I know. You just can't escape it, can you?! You knew I'd get some lavender in there somewhere.) And of course you know not to use them if your yard has been treated with chemicals, which, obviously mine has not, or I wouldn't have all of those little violas.















Remember when the Dahlia's Garden Club paid us a visit last summer? The ice cubes you see here are the very ones I used in the lavender lemonade. It made a lovely presentation, and it's a great way to preserve a little spring.
















The cherry tree has been in bloom, but it's starting to leaf out so I pruned some of the branches and brought them inside to enjoy. It needed to be pruned. Really.
And then I decided to add a cute little nest.
Don't you just love spring?!
Wishing you a wonderful day!
Cathy

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