Tobacco & Bay Leaf Soap


This was made with the other half of my rendered lard and it will be a very creamy bar of soap. I did a plain base color of light brown, then a gold mica line, then a three color in the pot swirl with white, brown and a dark green. The Scent is Tobacco & Bay Leaf.



Rosemary Hair Conditioner Recipe



500 grams Distilled Water, hot

28.5 g BTMS-50

5 g Panthenol

28 g Nettle Extract

6 g Oat Extract

6 g Hemp Seed Oil

preservative of your choice


Disolve Panthenol into a few tablespoons of distilled water and set aside. Heat the remainder of the water in the microwave.

In a double boiler, melt the BTMS-50 and Hemp Seed Oil. Once clear and completely melted, whisk slowly into the heated distilled water.

Let the mixture cool for a few minutes and then add the remaining ingredients. (I used Optiphen-ND for my preservative at 1%)

pH test, you want to have your conditioner to have a pH of 5-6.

When slightly warm still, pour into containers, allow to cool with cap off for several hours or over night before sealing.



Rosemary Coriander Chicken One Pan Meal


I am changing out my Aerogarden and I needed to use up some fresh rosemary. I know it goes well with chicken and lemon but I have no lemon so I am using Coriander instead. I am also using Salish smoked salt and red pepper flakes in place of traditional salt & pepper though there is still some black pepper in there.



3-6 chicken thighs

1 cup mixed marble sized potatoes, cut in half

3/4 cup baby portabella mushrooms, whole

1/4  of a red onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

3 tbs sherry

1/4 cup beef broth

1/8 tsp corriander

Salt & pepper

2 sprigs rosemary

For the dredge:

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 tbs fresh Rosemary, chopped

1/2 tsp Salish smoked salt

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp Thyme

1/2 Tsp Coriander


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add all dredge ingredients to a bowl and mix. Dredge chicken and add to heated skillet skin side down. Braise both sides of the chicken and set aside.

Add potatoes, mushrooms, onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally until onions are soft and beginning to brown.

Add sherry and deglaze pan. Add Beef Broth, Coriander and salt & pepper to taste.

Add chicken back into the pan skin side up, cover and place in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes.

How To Use Bacon Grease For Soapmaking

I’ve had many requests for soap recently, and it’s taking over my crafting table. I’ve got a list of my own beyond the special requests. Lard soap, Soleseife & Pine Tar, carrot puree…

For the past month I have been collecting bacon grease into a air tight heat safe container. I have saved up about 3 cups.

After collecting a good amount to soap with you will want to fill a pan with a few inches of cold water. Make sure you have plenty of room for boiling to happen, you don’t want a grease boil over. To the water you want to add your cooled and hardened bacon grease. Cover and bring these to a low to medium boil for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, pour into a large bowl through cheesecloth to remove particulate bacon from the oil. Discard cheesecloth. Cover and place oil and water in the fridge until the oil is cold and solid, the water will be dark brown.

Once it’s solid you can take a spoon and scoop the lard into a clean pan and discard the dirty water. Add fresh water to the oil and repeat the process until you have clean white lard. Some lard will take more straining you might need to boil it twice… you might need to boil it six times depending on how dirty it is to start.

Be careful boiling oil on top of water, if it’s a thick layer it can press down on the water letting it heat up and delays the start of it boiling, when it starts to boil it can sort of erupt into a rapid boil so I advise keeping it covered or you’ll have hot oil droplets going everywhere. Once you are done you can pour off the oil from the water and you are ready to soap.