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Lots of experimenting going on this week at Sweet Harvest Homestead.   

I have been making soap for over 20 years; that is a LONG time.  My first few batches were rebatched, meaning I grated ivory soap, mixed it with water, lavender flowers and lavender essential oil.  As you can imagine - it didn't turn out well.  Next, I tried melt and pour.  It was nicer but it didn't truly feel "made from scratch."

The first few times I tried Cold Process, I succeeded but went on to make several failed batches.  That hurt my pride and my pocketbook.  When I discovered Hot Process, it all seemed to come together for me.  I never had a failed batch again!

Last night, I  got a book at the library by Anne- Marie Faiola (aka The Soap Queen)  the recipes in her book were cold process recipes and I made up a few batches.  Somehow the light came on for me and now I can't stop making soap in this method!

From left to right, blackberry sage, shampure, orange vanilla (with an unintended scorpion pattern), beneath the stars and amber and incense.
They all smell SO good and I can't stop using them! These will be in the tiny boutique soon!

xoxo,
Lindy


Soapmaking Class March 31st

Come out to the country, enjoy some Southern Hospitality and learn a new skill on Sunday, March 31st from 2:00-4:30.

You will learn how to Make Hot Process Soap & Lindy's Perfect Cream!

Come hungry!   A delicious lunch is provided.

You will go home with a bar of soap, a link to my soapmaking ebook and new knowledge.

(*complete soapmaking kits are available for purchase)

Sign up today.  Spaces are limited! 

Class is $99 and you may pay via Pay-Pal below or by check.

Can't wait to see you!

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Adventures at PCA this week!

Having the opportunity to interact with young children again is so special!   When I was raising my own children, I was sometimes too busy with other thoughts to sit and just "be" with them.  Grateful that I get a second chance to enjoy simple times together with my daughter and our two students.

This week we learnd about the Native Americans, built a Tee Pee, went on nature walks, found ice crystals growing in the ground, made Christmas ornaments and the boys built their own rendention of a straw bale garden (all on their own).

I am trying to slowly get away from social media and start posting our adventures here on my blog instead, so if you would like updates, please be sure to check back here often.

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Simple Gifts

My daughter attended a dance class in Charlotte on Tuesday evening. After dropping her off, I found myself with a few hours to kill, so I drove over to check out the brand new Fresh Market. The store is lovely and filled with an abundance of delightful smells and delicious foods; it is a feast for the senses and even more so- if you’re a foodie.

While I was admiring all of the new products and choosing a few fancy things for my family to eat, I remembered back to 1994 when I frequented their Knoxville, Tennessee store. 
I guess I was an oddball because I watched Julia Child as a kid and loved to go to the grocery store (especially gourmet stores, like the Fresh Market who stocked exotic ingredients).

Back then, about all I could afford from the Fresh Market was the free coffee they gave you in a Dixie Cup. I remember walking down the isles, studying the spices, fancy sugars, and gourmet sauces and thinking to myself, someday, I am going to be able to come in here and buy anything I want!

At that time, I was dating a young man who just graduated from UT and had his first “real job.” It was a week before Thanksgiving, and he and I were having lunch in Knoxville. He asked me what I wanted to do next and I suggested that we go by the Fresh Market so that I could buy some bargain bin flowers for my Mama’s Thanksgiving table. He then piped up and said “oh! I have something you will love!’ And he reached into his glove box and pulled out a $35 gift certificate to the Fresh Market. His new employer had given all of the employees one for the holiday. He handed it to me and said: “ Here, you can have it.”

Well, if he had just given me a diamond bracelet, I don’t know if I would have been as happy as I was with that $35 gift certificate to the Fresh Market. It wasn’t just a universal gift card; I HAD to spend it all at that gourmet grocery store!

I couldn’t just go in there and buy impulse items; Careful thought had to go into what I would purchase. That evening I went home, made out a list of recipes I wanted to make, and the next day, I went back and selected the fancy ingredients. I can’t remember most of what I bought, but I do remember having a feeling of pure luxury when I bought it.

It probably seems silly to some, but that experience and the feeling will remain etched in my mind forever. You never know just how much you can touch a person by giving them a simple gift.

Oh! And that young man? I married him the following year. 


Soap Making Class at Sweet Harvest Homestead

I am so excited to be offering one of our most popular classes again!

Come out to the country, enjoy some Southern Hospitality and learn a new skill on Sunday, October 21st from 2:00-4:30.

You will learn how to Make Hot Process Soap & Lindy's Perfect Cream!

Come hungry!   A delicious lunch is provided.

You will go home with a bar of soap, a link to my soapmaking ebook and new knowledge.

(*complete soapmaking kits are available for purchase)

Sign up today.  Spaces are limited! 

Class is $99 and you may pay via Pay-Pal below or by check.

Can't wait to see you!

 

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New Preschool Enrichment Program at Sweet Harvest Homestead!

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Hi Friends,

We are so excited to announce that we will be starting an Enrichment Program for preschoolers this fall!

This is going to be such a wonderful experience for the children enrolled, and for us!

Pumpkin Creek Academy is an enrichment program for preschoolers, ages 3.5 to 5 years. The classes are very small (open to only 4 students) and we will focus on life skills, art, manners and nature study.
This is an 11 week program and it runs September 4 - November 15th.

The program is inspired by the Charlotte Mason and Montessori educational methods. (the way my children were educated ). It has proven to be an extremely effective way to learn about the beautiful world God created!

Field Of Study For Our Eleven Week Enrichment Program:

  1. Planting a winter garden.
  2. Proper care and feeding of animals.
  3. Study of wheat and making bread from scratch.
  4. Electricity (from batteries).
  5. Let's make soap!
  6. Zip line rocket ship
  7. Let's make homemade jam.
  8. Battery powered homemade truck.
  9. Sheep shearing and wool processing.
  10. Harvesting persimmons and hickory nuts.
  11. Candle making.
 For more information, please visit our website www.pumpkincreekacademy.com

xoxo,
Lindy

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Easy Fudge Pie Recipe

Easy Fudge Pie from Lindy Sellers on Vimeo.

 One 8 inch pie crust, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 6 tablespoons cocoa, half cup melted butter, two eggs, 1 teaspoon Vanilla.

Preheat oven to 400. In large mixing bowl combine sugar,flour, cocoa, melted butter, eggs and vanilla.
Stir the mixture well. Spoon batter into prepared pie crust and bake for 20 minutes exactly. Cool on a wire rack at room temperature slice and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.