Saturday, July 3, 2010

independence days challenge year 3

not a whole lot going on this week...busy making lots of soap and we harvested some honey. time to make some mead!

Planted: nothing

Harvested: chicken eggs, milk, 1 zucchini, lamb's quarters, herbs, flowers, honey

Preserved: made 4 more batches of soap, 6 gallons honey

Want Not: purchased 3 more baskets for soap displays at the market

Waste Not: food scraps to chickens and/or compost (chickens dig in compost too).

Community: sold eggs and milk to locals, sold soap, wool, eggs, lamb's quarters, flowers at farmer's market (we are attending 2 a week this summer); bartered milk for veggies; have been purchasing all of our veggies and fruit from the farmer's market instead of the grocery store; bartered soap for a pretty ceramic dish to put my business cards in

Eat the Food: eggs, milk (yogurt and cheese), green beans,broccoli, onions, carrots, green beans, tomatoes from market, parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary plus various herbs for tea: lemon balm, lemon verbena, catnip, motherwort, bergamot; peaches


Sarah said...

Which recipe do you use for your soap?

tansy said...

sarah, my basic recipe is:

60 oz. olive oil
20 oz. shortening
30 oz. coconut oil
15.7 oz. lye
35 oz. water

then i add to it for essential oils, natural colorings and additives.

i'd like to get back into using tallow and lard though...i stopped because of so many vegetarian requests for soap. but, i have a bag full of deer tallow in the freezer and a 5 gallon bucket of lard in the basement that is calling to me. :)

Sarah said...

Thanks, Kristine. I would really like to try making my own soap one of these days, so recipes are really helpful!

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