Thursday, December 31, 2009

Check this out!

Live streaming video from Times Square! :) Enjoy!

May your lip balms be smooth, your bath bombs be fizzy and your soaps be sudsy!

peace~love~and to another great year,

Saturday, December 26, 2009

yummy post holiday sale!

All of our holiday inspired products are buy 1 get 1 FREE! That is, until inventory is gone. Everything from organic bars of soap, to sugar scrubs, lips balms and gift sets! :)

Hop on over to our etsy shop and check it out! We've labeled all sale items with (HOLIDAY SALE ITEM) to make shopping a snap!

Here's to a fabulous New Years!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

gingerbread house party!

Our 3rd annual family gingerbread house making party was last night. The ladies brought their best ideas, candy and a smidge of trash talk! Facebook was ablaze with the "BRING IT" posts! :)

After three hours of serious decorating, we ended up with some very lovely houses and I wanted to share them with you!

First Place Winner- Jenny

Second Place Winner- Nichol

Honorable mention- Stephanie

This is SO MUCH FUN and a great tradition for your friends and family! Happy holidays :)

peace, love, happiness,

Saturday, December 19, 2009

...the ugly

the good, the bad....and this is just plain ugly!
Was supposed to be my nemesis......copacabana...a luscious pineapple, coconut smelling multi-colored soap that I had made previously, several times....and broke the FIRST cardinal rule of soap making.......----> WRITE DOWN YOUR RECIPE. {A DUH blonde moment}
Did I? Nope....and so, trying to remake that same luscious wonderful soap months later I ended up with 8 lb vat after 8 lb vat of disasters! Horrid batches that looked like something that someone threw-up! Not yummy AT ALL!
So I thought I was clever and just "KNEW!" which FO was the culprit....and so I removed it from the blend of FO's.....and made another 8 lb batch.

{play dreadful sounding music}

I pour the lye water into the oils.....and stick wasn't curdling like all the previous I thought, Great! :) {ignorance is bliss}

30 minutes later :( Seperation! AHHHHHHH! About 1" of oil floating on top of the soap in the mold. It's in the I do mostly CPOP....and I decide ---> NOT AGAIN!
{Dun-Dun-Dahhhhhhhhhhhh!}This batch WILL make it...and I think "what can I do?" so I grab my stick blender and with the oven door open...I'm blending the soap, in the mold, in the oven. Saying goodbye to the lovely yellow, green and blue swirls that I had previously created :'( This was a last-ditch effort to SAVE THIS SOAP! I figured, I'd force the oils back into the soap and cook the cr*p out of it...and see what happens. {serious rocket science} Who knows right?! {thinking to self} Post-it's were created accidentally....maybe this would be some strange new soap creation?? I'm stick blending and 10 minutes later....still blending.....bent over....head partially in the oven. A site to see.

So it cooks.....I check the's cools and this is what I end up with.....A very strange, sci-fi looking soap!

It's rubbery and you can squish it. You're in the circle of trust...and we are honest in the soap kitchen...... I am so tempted to slap a label on it and call it The Grinch Soap. May be a hit with the kids!

Anyways.......I figured I'd share this because we all have the good, the bad and well, there's just the UGLY!

Happy holidays to you all! XOXO

Sunday, December 13, 2009

yummy organics

We've made this rose bud soap previously, but this time decided to re-create the soap using mostly organic oils and coloring the soap naturally.

We wanted this soap to be creamy, so we made it with coconut milk. It's also made with organic soybean oil, organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic cocoa butter and palma christi oil. At trace, some ground rose hip and elderberries were added. The fragrance is fantastic, using rose absolute and a smidge of one of our most favorite fragrance oils that smell like a big bouquet of lush red roses!

It turned out nicely. :)

peace~love and petal power!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

a treasury!

TYTY for putting our yummy in your lovely treasury! We so appreciate it and want to share the love!

Please check out peaseblossomstudio on etsy...where you'll find leather journals, prints, cards, wedding & fancy books, ornaments & decor and pendants. Maybe a gift for a friend or two? :)


Sunday, December 6, 2009

need a new years resolution?

How about changing the world? Sounds impossible, but is it?

I'm an Oprah fan......and on one of her recent shows, she exposed me to the girl effect. The video that was shown on the show, I honestly...loved. I want to share it with you and for you to consider the possibilities.

Yummy was looking for an organization to get involved with and this seems so perfect for us! Little things, like $7 can buy a girl school books for a year! The impact, HUGE.

Visit for more information. We mothers can help other mothers. Gotta love that!

peace~love~and making a difference,

Saturday, December 5, 2009

a new location for yummy!

Yummy is headed to Sayville, NY, to the Oliver West Apothecary & Day Spa! This spa offers some impressive spa services like a Caviar Power Facial or how about the 24 carat gold treatment, hmmm?! :) Lots of mani's, pedi's, waxing, makeup and of course massages to choose from too.

Check out their website!


a lovely treasury

Sending out a special thanks to Big Girl Studio on Etsy, for putting our Oh honey, beehive! soap in her lovely treasury. Check her shop out. Lots of very cool sterling silver earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings! :)


Friday, December 4, 2009

go elf yourself!

hee-hee's fun and makes for a great way to send your holiday greeting card.
If you haven't heard of it, it's I am of course, a member! ;)

This little video is of myself, my husband and three of our kids! :) Enjoy!
There are tons of videos to choose from and you can create yours at jibjab!

We Elf'd ourselves!


yummo recipe!

Ok, so I'm a bit of a cooking show fan :)

Lately it's been Chef Academy! And tonight they shared a tomato sauce recipe that I just had to share with you! I usually cook (when I cook from scratch) a recipe by Mario Batali, that uses grated carrots to sweeten the base and it AWESOME....but this looks divine so do try it!

6 lb (2.7 kg) Beef or Heirloom tomatoes
4 Star anise
1 Vanilla pod
Sea salt & cracked black pepper to season
White sugar
2 Sprig fresh thyme
1-2 Bay leaves
Fresh garlic
28gm bunch fresh basil
Extra virgin olive oil

1. Place a heavy cast pan to heat up.

2. Wash the tomatoes and halve roughly.

3. Place into the hot pan and season with salt, pepper and a touch of sugar.

4. Add the anise and vanilla.

5. Allow the tomatoes to start to cook then press them gently with a masher to help them to release their juice.

6. Reduce the heat down to just simmering and continue for about 1-2 hours until a thickened paste. This slow evaporation of the moisture from the tomatoes will produce a deep color concentrated flavor without any bitterness.

7. Crack the garlic and add along with the basil which is just halved and throw in.

8. Combine with the warm paste and finish with a good amount of olive oil to finish the infusion. Allow to cool before storing ready for use.

• If you have added too much sugar to start this can be balanced out with a touch of vinegar.

• Always taste the tomatoes uncooked to determine their natural sweetness before you add the sugar.

• The amount of garlic to infuse with greatly depends on its strength; again make your own judgment.

• Additional seasoning such as cumin, fennel seeds, chili etc can be added this is of course personal taste again.