Heart Shaped Soap



Hello Friends,

The mysteries of the heart, hidden and secretive provide the muse for this beautifully enigmatic soap. Soapsmith's Midnight Heart dark Gothic, Pretty Pink Swirl, Purple and white, Sterling and Cinnamon Scarlet heart shaped soap is hand cast with my own blend of fine quality clear glycerin soap.



You can find them for purchase here:


Cinnamon heart soap smells as yummy as it looks:





Sweetheart soap assortments remind me of the old fashioned conversation hearts:




Midnight Heart, one of my most popular soaps featuring deep aubergine colors,

Deep dark and mysterious, this stylized soap broods in shades of ebony, eggplant purples, dark sienna brown and burgundy. Scented with exotic amber fragrance oil blend of sandalwood, lavender, and ambergris the aroma compliments the theme of this bar. The art deco details are enhanced with a hand application of cosmetic mica. Each bar is unique and individually exquisite that is sure to please anyone on your gift list. 


Sweetheart pink or purple swirl soaps:





Sterling heart with my own blend of sea spray fragrance, elegant and classic:





Sweetheart Rose handmade cold process soap with soft tea rose scent:


While just about everything in my studio makes delightful Valentine's Day gifts for your loved one. My heart shaped soaps are just about perfect for this holiday! They are also popular as wedding and shower favors. I can customize them in any color and fragrance. Have a happy St. Valentine's Day!

Enjoy,

Bonnie

Peanutbutter Cookies 3 ways - Soapsmith's Christmas Cookies Post #5

Hello Friends,

Today I share my 5th post with recipes and information about my Christmas Cookies - Peanut Butter Cookies Three Ways.  Additional recipes can be found here:





This is my recipe for peanut butter cookies 3 ways.  This is a large batch recipe that I make and divide to make about 3 dozen each of traditional cross hatch peanut butter cookies, blossom with chocolate star or kisses, and tiny tims that include a Reese Peanut butter Cup.  This is a very simple basic recipe with the added bonus of quickly creating a nice variety for your cookie trays. They freeze and ship well, too.


Here is the recipe for full batch and half size batch:


Note, if you dough is too soft to easily handle you might want to chill it for 30 minutes or so before forming the cookies.  Allow to cookies to complete cool before packing them away - be sure the chocolate back to room temp/hard so the stars/kisses and cups maintain their shape.



Bake some cookies & enjoy!

Thanks for visiting,

Bonnie




Soapsmith's Homemade Hot Chocolate

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I enjoy homemade goodies from my kitchen as token gifts for the holiday season. You can see some of my other blog posts for welcome gifts from my kitchen including my homemade cookies, candies, fudge, cheese balls, party mix, infused sea salts,homemade vanilla extract etc.  Most of them can be found here:



Consumable gifts are appreciated by all.  If you have children or grandchildren, they can always help create these various delights which makes the gifts extra special for the recipients. You can upgrade the gift with handmade mugs, cookies, salty snacks for example.  Simple or fancy, it is up to you!


Today I share cute little idea for holiday giving, Hot Chocolate Mixes in decorative packaging.   You can make the mix yourself, customize it to your tastes or even use pre-made mixes from the grocery store if you don't want to make your own mix.  I use some of each but stick with high quality mixes when I use them.

Here is a basic recipe that I use:






Soapsmith's Hot Chocolate Mix


2 cups of confectioner’s sugar
1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder regular or dutch process for darker
2 cups of powdered milk
2 tablespoon cornstarch
½ cup powder creamer (you can use flavored or plain)
1 teaspoon of salt

For white hot chocolate mix eliminate the cocoa powder,
Use french vanilla creamer and 1 cup finely grated white chocolate. 



Optional add ins:
Cinnamon, cardamon, chili powder, peppermints, hazelnut creamer,
Vanilla creamer, for adults you can use espresso, coffee, chai tea etc.




Garnishes: Marshmallows, Baking chips (semi sweet, milk chocolate, peanut butter chips, cinnamon, mint, white chocolate, caramel, hazelnut etc.)  Fancy sprinkles and jimmies, crushed peppermint, grated chocolate, candies. White pearl sixlets make sweet "snowball" add ins and I found snowflake,star, pearl and Christmas bulb shaped sprinkles at the craft store and bulk food shops.  Use your imagination and gear some to adults and others to the little ones - so much fun!





Simple sift the base ingredients together and package up.  It takes about 3 to 4 rounded tablespoons for each 6 to 8 ounce cup of hot cocoa so include directions.  I put about 1/2 cup in each "inner" bag which makes 2 cups, close it with a twist tie and trim off the excess then put it in the "outer' bag and add your desired toppings.




I mostly use the cone shaped cello bags but you can use mason jars, craft store jars, mugs, tins, Christmas bags or even vintage family treasures. I suggest if you are using the cone bags plan of two bags for each cone so you can pack the powder in a separate bag and insert into the outer bag because it is too messy otherwise. When they make the cocoa they can keep the toppings separate. Here are some I did this year.


Snowman soup (white cocoa with fancy sprinkles and chocolate pearl "snowballs" with candy cane for stirring, Cinnamon hot chocolate with cinnamon stick, hazelnut latte






Santa Hot Cocoa with M&M's, white chips and marshmallows



 Peppermint White Chocolate with crushed candy canes, white chocolate chips & candy cane, Hazelnut Caramel Cocoa with semi sweet chocolate and caramel chips with snowflake sprinkles






Mix up some cocoa, be creative and most of all...have fun!

Thanks for visiting,

Bonnie



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Note: I have been asked where to get the cone bags.  You can find everything at most craft stores, Hobby Lobby, Michaels etc. in the candy melt aisle or on line.  Amazon or Ebay has 100 of the bags for $8.00 with free shipping, Craft store about $4.00 for 25 bags.  I use the large size, about 15 inches. Remember to get two for each cone so you can keep the mix separate from the toppings.  You can get smaller bags for the inner bag or just cut off the top.  I use about 1/2 cup per bag which  makes 2 cups of cocoa.

Vintage Porcelain Powder Jars by Soapsmith

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I carry a full line of beautiful powder dish sets in a variety of styles to fit any lifestyle from art glass bowls, new lidded styles, wood bowls and vintage powder boxes.  Today's post features my newly added porcelain vanity jars.  




 My own formulated silky dusting powders and handmade luxury powder puffs are presented in assorted vintage hand painted porcelain vanity jars.  These will be an elegant addition to your boudoir. This silky blend glides over your body for a soothing, gentle treat. The classic velour style powder puff or opulent Merino body powder puffs are included and are the perfect applicators for a touch of glamour recalling the charm of by gone days. 




Please note, these powder dishes are true vintage pieces. I search the markets, estate sales and shops and pass my finds along to you. All of them are used and may show minor wear from decades of loving use. I don't purchase any vintage dishes that are damaged. You may notice slight "wear" of the delicate touches that occurs with normal use. I am not an expert in vintage glassware but I have been told by those who are that most of these dishes are reproduction pieces from the 1930's to 1960's or so. Some have markings on the bottom, some don't. I clean them carefully before packing and make sure there are no major flaws. I usually only have one of each style/color as shown. There are no cracks, chips or damage that would affect the use. The most common wear is on the "gold" accents, they tend to wear away easily but the classic beauty and function of these dishes are in tact.






The talc free 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. I offer both the lavender chamomile and fragrance free versions of my handmade body powder so you can choose your preference.




Indulge in a classic, Soapsmith's finest bath and body powder presented in these lovely vintage hand painted porcelain powder dishes. Visit my studio for other versions and styles of vanity powder jars as well as a nice assortment of glass powder shakers.









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!






Visit my studio for a nice assortment of powder dishes,  glass powder shakers, ceramic and glass powder jars, powder refills and handled powder puffs.




Thanks for visiting!

Bonnie