National Bubble Bath Day



Hello friends,

January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day!


My tub, filled to the brim with bubbles 

from my handmade soap placed under the faucet - take me away!


Celebrate & luxuriate with AlleghenyHearth.com 
handmade bath and body products.


Bubble baths, such pretty bottles, too!


Bath bombs, sea sprite, lavender, tropical breeze and blackberry sage.





My herbal tub tea -soak away the stress of the day, 
many of the herbs are grown in my garden.

Lavender Sea Salt

Herbal bath salts, eucalyptus, mint, orange, lavender with rose petals and lavender buds.




Natural sea salts, Pink Himalayan Salt bars & pure dead sea mud packs.



My handmade cold process soaps - 40 years of satisfied customers! 



Decorative glycerin soaps - pretty and fragrant!


Soothing oatmeal milk bath, the ultimate in luxury!

Indulge in a gorgeous soak-a treat for body and soul. I offer a full line of soaps, salts and soaks to fill your tub with opulence. Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting,

Bonnie
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Soapsmith's Christmas Cookies - Post #4

Hello friends,




Today, more of my Christmas Cookie recipes. You can find lots of my recipes on my other blog posts. Just click the recipes link on the right hand side of the page or here:






Anise Cookies

These are a traditional Italian - yes Italian not Polish, LOL!- I used to make these for weddings when I did wedding cookie catering.

10 tablespoons sugar
1 small bottle of Anise extract
4 eggs
4 tbl vegetable oil
1/4 cup crisco
1 tsp vanilla
4 tbl baking powder
4 cups flour

Combine like any cookie recipe, cream fats and sugar, beat in eggs until light and fluffy, add extracts, sift dry ingredients and blend in.

Form into balls or roll a thin log and make into a spiral

Bake 350 until lightly browned on the bottom - I use airbake sheets with parchment paper.

When cool you can dip them into a glaze -  2 cups powder sugar, 2 tbl soft butter, a little milk until it is a dippable consistency.   You can add a little anise or vanilla, color with food coloring, garnish with sprinkles, sugar crystals, nuts, coconut or just icing. I always leave some without the glaze for those who prefer a less sweet cookie.





Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting,

Bonnie





Soapsmith's Christmas Cookies - Rozcki Kolache



Hello friends,

Today I want to share another classic Polish Christmas cookie. We call them Rocziki but I have seen them called Kolache as well. These are a jelly or nut filled cookie. My recipe is the one we have always used in my family. These are a yeast dough rather than the Americanized version that uses a cream cheese dough.


Soapsmith's Rocziki Cookies 
3 cups flour
1 stick butter
1/2 cup lard or crisco
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt

combine:
1 package dry yeast
1/2 cup warm milk and proof

1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla

Fillings of your choice - apricot, strawberry, cherry preserves, poppy seed, ground walnuts with beaten egg whites vanilla and powder sugar to taste etc.

Instructions:


Prepare the fillings - you can use store bought preserves, fillings, homemade jelly.  For the nut filling, use finely chopped/ground walnuts or pecans mixed with a beaten egg white, a splash of vanilla and powder sugar to taste.  For apricot or other dried fruit, chop dried fruit, add a few tablespoons of water and some sugar cook until soft and mash.




Dissolve yeast in warm (115 degrees) milk and proof 




Combine flour, butter, lard, sugar and salt in bowl. Beat at low speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 


Stir in 1 egg and vanilla to the yeast mixture. Add milk/yeast mixture to flour mixture. Beat at low speed until well mixed. 



Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and chill overnight.


 Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Roll out with a mixture of powder and granulated sugar or flour. Note, the dough may be a little sticky, if so, work in a little more flour as needed.

 Cut dough into 3-inch squares; top each with teaspoon of preserves or nut filling. Bring up 2 opposite corners of each square to center; pinch tightly to seal. 

Place 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.  I line mine with parchment paper for best results. Bake 375 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Enjoy!


Thanks for visiting,

Bonnie

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Beeswax Belsnickles, Nativities, Father Christmas

Hello friends,



  Today I want to share my beeswax ornies and belsnickles. 

  The age old craft of casting wax into holiday treasures has been handed down through the generations. German chocolatiers and bakers took great pride in their beautiful molds. They wanted to display their chocolate in the windows to attract customers but the heat melted the chocolate so they cast them in beeswax which has a high melt point. 

  Over the years, they created beeswax ornaments using their intricate hand carved chocolate and cookie molds. Beautiful examples 300 years old, can be found in museums in throughout Europe. Beeswax figures dating over 3000 years have been found in Egypt. The beeswax still carries the honey fragrance and remains pliable.

  Your Allegheny Hearth handmade beeswax ornament should last a lifetime. The beeswax often develops a "bloom" a whitish dusting, this is a natural process. Some enjoy the rustic bloom and leave it develop or you can remove it with gentle buffing, light application of heat from a blow dryer or wash it away - just be careful, not too hot or you will melt the detail.


Exquisite presentations of Father Christmas and holiday images captured in pure natural beeswax. These intricately detailed figures will grace your holiday decor with charm and a delightful light honey kissed scent that emanates from the natural bees wax, no fragrance added.


 Traditional German Style Belsnickle Santa


The Belsnickle is an old tradition of a stern Santa who delivered coal and switches to all the naughty children, thus the muse for these pieces.  An old world custom is to rub the belsnickle with dark spices like clove, allspice and cinnamon. This creates a dark black belsnickle and adds another fragrance profile to the honey scent.



 Pere Noel

Utilizing pure golden beeswax direct from local Amish bee keepers, these hand cast ornament are reminiscent of beautiful European antique chocolate molds. Inspired by the work of the bee. A bee visits 10 flowers to gather a drop of nectar. It takes 10 drops of nectar to yield a drop of honey and 10 drops of honey for every drop of wax. The bee gathers nectar from 1000 flowers to produce just one drop of this precious beeswax



 Exquisite Nativity Scene Beeswax Springerle


 Magnificent natural beeswax manger scene is hand cast in a reproduction old world German Springerle cookie mold.  The naturally fragrant Amish beeswax varies in shades of light golden tan to a deep rich brown depending on the wax of the bee.  

 This beautifully detailed  rendering of the sacred Nativity features St. Joseph, Mary, the Child Jesus, the Magi, shepherd, cherubs and sheep and comes with a wire easel stand for ease of display.

The true spirit of Christmas is captured and recreated in warm, fragrant pure beeswax. A lovely adornment to grace your mantel or entice visitors to a quiet little corner table. 





Beeswax ornies make charming, unique gifts when you want to present a little something that will impress everyone. Great idea for grandparents, teachers, choir directors, pastors, cherished friends and family.










I offer a  full selection of Old World beeswax Belsnickles, Father Christmas, Pere Noel figurines and more, all cast with locally harvested beeswax from the Amish farms of the Cove area of Central Pennsylvania.



****PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE MADE TO ORDER, POURED FRESH WITH A 48 HOUR CURE TIME.   YOUR ORDER WILL SHIP WITHIN 5 DAYS - THANKS!****

Thanks for visiting,

New Powder Dish Sets

Hello friends,

I just received a shipment of new style mercury glass powder dish sets, now available for gifting. I offer many other varieties of vanity dish sets, you can see them in my on line studio - AlleghenyHearth.com


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Extra large vanity jar with crystal knob handle presents my handmade body powder and opulent puffs in stunning mercury glass style. The lidded vanity jars are an elegant addition to your bath or boudoir. This silky blend glides over your body for a soothing, gentle treat. The luxurious merino wool powder puff is included and is the perfect applicator for a touch of glamour recalling the charm of by gone days. The crystal handle on these jars are various natural shades from off white to pinkish tones.

The powder puffs are created by me, in my artisan studio located in Pennsylvania.  I select the finest components.  For this puff, I have chosen a gorgeous crystal glass knob handle with satin ribbon rosette which serves as a perfect match to this elegant powder dish.   I offer a nice selection of assorted handles to fit any occasion. You can choose a different handle version  for the handle at no extra charge, just ask.  If needed, these puffs can be gently laundered with cool water, allowed to air dry and brushed to return them to their fluffy fullness.  




 This dish style is large enough for my opulent powder puffs.


Also available is this more petite gold tone mercury glass dish.  This dish comes with my fabric style puff but is not large enough for the luxury wool puffs.  It sure is pretty!




The classic formulated dusting powder is made with all natural ingredients of arrowroot and cornstarch. The addition of lavender and chamomile pure essential oils provides a delicate fragrance that is suitable for daily use. If you prefer an unscented powder, please choose that option at check out.

Visit my studio for this same powder in unscented versions as well as a nice assortment of glass powder shakers, ceramic and glass powder jars and handled powder puffs.  

My hand crafted body powders, puffs and dishes make a wonderful presentation for the special person on your gift list. Of course, you can treat your self to this ultimate indulgence, the pinnacle of femininity,  you deserve it!

Refills are available in either lavender chamomile or unscented.

Thanks for visiting!

Bonnie