We recently started making our own chocolate bars to avoid the soy lecithin in most commercial chocolate bars.
Its so easy and tastes better than store bought chocolate anyway.
Melt 1 cup coconut oil.
Mix oil with 2 cups cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and a dash of salt until smooth.
Add honey to taste, about 1/3 to 1/2 a cup.
You can add 1/2 cup warm whole milk or cream, stirring until smooth and glossy. We like it both ways but prefer the milk.
Pour into a greased pan and chill.
We cut ours into small squares and store in the refrigerator. Its so delicious, and a healthy treat!
Around the Farm The weather has been wet! The chickens are laying abundantly. Zinnias, butterfly bushes, roses,sunflowers, and chrysanthemums are in full bloom. Harvesting: butternut squash and tomatoes. Canning: pear sauce and pear butte. Baking: whole wheat bread and butternut squash pie. Making: soap! Just made batches of Cool Water, Pink Sugar, and Mint Julep. Sewing: completed a new skirt this week. Family
news: all three children are doing well. Laura is constantly asking,
"how about we do------" with whatever idea she has in mind. Elizabeth
talks more each day. Gabriel is growing well and sleeps 6-8 hour
stretches at night. Life is busy and we are blessed.
We are only five and a half weeks into this life change, but I thought I'd report on the transition from two to three.
really think that the toughest transition so far was going from 0 to 1.
Each new child presents new challenges, but after the first baby you
really understand how parenting is truly a 24/7 job, and how exhausting
and overwhelming it can be.
By number three you are familiar with
the sleepless nights and long days, but you also know how quickly the
newborn days will fly by.
The hardest thing about going from two to
three is that as parents you are outnumbered. There are times when all
three need to be held or need something different all at once and RIGHT
NOW and there are moments all three are crying.
However, there are
many wonderful moments too, all three snuggled on mommy's lap, watching
the girls play together, seeing how they adore their little brother.
We get to enjoy each child, and we get the joy of watching the children enjoy and love each other.
So I'd say having three is pretty wonderful. We are thankful for each little blessing!
We've recently added two new soaps to our line. We've been asked how we decide which scents to make. For our regular soaps, we occasionally drop a scent that is no longer popular, and add a new scent. We
add new scents on of three ways. We sometimes select a new fragrance
from one of our suppliers. Other times we create new scent blends with
our essential oils. We also add fragrances that our customers request.
We get many requests and suggestions, and we can't try them all (we can
do small custom batches, though ). If we get a number of requests we
will generally make a batch of that new scent and see how it does. So if
you are looking for a particular scent let us know!
Our new scents are Citronella, and Kudzu Blossom, both often requested fragrances.
We do holiday or seasonal soaps in addition to our standard product line. We
generally do 2-3 seasonal scents for each season. We select and make
those seasonal scents months in advance so the soap is cured well and
ready to go when the appropriate season arrives.
I haven't posted here in too long.
I did have a reason.......
I had a rough start to this pregnancy and just gave up the blog for a while.
I am feeling much better now but these two keep me pretty busy!
I'm going to try to be more faithful though.
We have been busy with many things, a farm open house, vacation in Florida, guests, a busy holiday season, kidding seaso, and now focused on gardening and preparing for a soon to arrive new baby!