Well, now, here I am, almost a month after I cut these lovely soaps and still haven't shown the pictures. How bad is that? OK, OK, I do have those pictures for you today. They are terrible pictures, the weather and sun has been horrible in Wisconsin this month, not too many beautiful sunny days lately, but that will soon change and the most wonderful weather will soon be here.
These are the soap logs just removed from the molds. I trim the edges of the soaps, so that when used, they will be smooth and not sharp. As you can see the soap gelled in the mold. I like it when it gels, but it does leave a weird look to the top of the soap.
Like I said, the lighting is horrible in my kitchen when the sun's not out. Here you can get an idea on how long the soap logs are when they come out of the mold. They are 21" x 3 1/4" x 2 3/4". That makes about 20 full size bars and a couple of sample bars. The sample bars are nice because you can try before committing to a whole bar of soap. Although, I haven't made a bar of soap that has ever gone to waste because I didn't like it! I really do love all the soap that I make! In the picture there is the Sandalwood Vanilla and the Rosemary Mint.
Here is the Spa Bar soap that I made 2 days ago, and need to cut. It is a green clay soap that draws out the excess oils that can lead to breakouts, and is great for detoxifying skin.
Love it. I always get a great feeling of rightness with the world when I know I have this soap in quantity. I don't think I can ever live without it, and feel a need to have at least 10 bars of it or I kinda get nervous. My friend said I can't ever die because she needs me to keep making this soap. I guess I need to teach her how to soap so she can always have it. ;)
Here's the cutting contraption that I use to cut my soaps. It allows the soaps to be cut at any thickness that I need from 3/4 inches to 1 1/2 inches. Those are the final cut Rosemary Mint bars that have been cut and smoothed again around the edges. Nobody likes a sharp bar of soap!
And if you are wondering what I have been doing when not soaping or dreaming about new recipes for soaps, working a full time job, raising 2 teenagers and whatever else life throws at me, we took a hike through the woods on Monday night and found these...13 ounces of nicely sized morels... YUM!
I do believe that these will go into a morel mushroom rissotto and also a handmade pizza this weekend. Any other suggestions with what to do with them? I would love to hear from you!