Friday, October 30, 2009
Find the recipe here for the "bones" : BLOOD & BONES ~ on Joy The Baker (thanks Joy!)
Oh, and 39 years ago, my parents got married on Halloween!
H A P P Y
H A L L O W E E N !
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Bird Cookies ~ Baked goods, cookies
Blue Dragon Mussels ~ Fresh from the sea, hand harvested mussels
Bowdoin Baking ~ Baked goods
Buckwheat Blossom Farm ~ Vegetables, beef, mutton sausage, eggs
The Craftin’ Scot ~ Knitted items
* Casco Bay Soap Co. ~ Handmade, 100% vegetable, pure & simple soaps
Cocina del Mundo ~ Tamales, salsas, chutneys
Cook IV U ~ Prepared Mexican food
Deep Wood’s Enterprise
Diversity Farm ~ Cheese
Dyer’s Cove Coffee Co. ~ Coffee products
Eastern River Cattle Co. ~ Beef products, berries
Farmers Daughter Bakery ~ Baked goods, pies, honey
Fishbowl Farm ~ Vegetables
The Fudge Lady ~ Homemade fudge
Great Things Inc. ~ Skin care products
Gryffon Ridge ~ Spice mixes
Gray Goes Green ~ Reclaimed wood furniture
Goranson Farm ~ Vegetables, Maple syrup
Half-Baked in Maine ~ Cake mixes, aprons, jewelry
Jyang-Lee Kitchens ~ Asian Food Coopers
Jeanne Dube ~ Recycled Fleece lined wool mittens
Judy’s Kitchen ~ Baked goods, pies, beef, pork, jams
Lakonia Olive Oil ~ Olive oil
Life Force Farm ~ Vegetables
Little Creek Farm ~ Pork, chicken, beef, eggs
Little Ridge Farm ~ Vegetables
Lipovsky Gardens ~ Jams, houseplants, vegetables
Lobster On The Run ~ Seafood
Maine Maple Kitchen ~ Maple products, potato buns, grains, beans
Mainley Poultry ~ Poultry products
Meadowcroft Farm ~ Wool products
Meghan Donahue Jewelry Designs ~ Handmade jewelry
The Mermaids Harvest ~ Lobsters, clams, jewelry
Mother Oven Bakery ~ Baked goods, Greek food, pasta
Mulbery Delicacies ~ Afghanistan food
Paul Andrew Photography ~ Photography, greeting cards
Royalsborough Forge ~ Iron Products
Six River Farm ~ Vegetables
Smith’s Log Smokehouse ~ Smoked & cured meat products
Spring Day Creamery ~ Cow & goat cheese
Sunset Acres ~ Winter Greens
Swallow Tail Farm ~ Yogurt, cheese, pies, meat products
Townhouse Farm ~ Cheese, sheep yogurt
The Turkey Farm ~ Turkey products
Twig Naturals ~ Soy candles
Upper Farm Alpacas ~ Alpacas, Alpaca products
Zu Bakery ~ Baked goods, pasta
Allen Sterling and Lothrop
10:00 - 2:00
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
170 Front Street Bath, Me 04530
Sunday: Seasonal /call ahead
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
As usual, I continue to make more of your favorites. Fresh batches of Sea Shore Scrub, Casco Bay Rum and Citrus Scrub are curing on the shelves. More Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spice have been whipped up as the cool weather and turning leaves put us in the mood for comfort soaps.
My beer soap was a big hit this summer and there have been more and more requests for it. I have popped open a couple of bottles of Gritty's Scottish Ale and will be stirring up more "Hop To It" beer soap as soon as possible.
New to me, and soon to you, will be Watermelon. A summery fragrance for sure, but I have alot of young customers (girls) that shop with their moms and this is sure to be a hit with them. I thought I would give it a try. While I would LOVE to create a ton of new fragrances for you, this time of year is tough. As I enter into the biggest shopping season of the year, I need to have all those old favorites you request time and time again in stock. I don't want to disappoint any of you.
I am working on all sorts of projects to get ready for big sales during the holidays that involve more than just making soap. I have been tying shopping bags with ribbons and Casco Bay Soap Co. informational postcards, shopping for new tablecloths, designing a new vinyl banner, designing new soap labels (!), considering selling bath teas and much more. AND getting ready for those 3 a week winter markets that start in November! Wooohooo!
Busy, busy, busy in the land of soap! Thanks for all your support!
Friday, October 16, 2009
When I am not making and selling soap for you, my day job has me baking up the most delicious, dense, dark chocolate, fudge brownies you will ever sink you teeth into. I work as Head Baker and Director of Manufacturing for Simply Divine Brownies a mother-daughter bakery business located here in Freeport. Unwrapped from the Food Network was at the bakery last year, taped and produced a segment about our Chakra Cherry Brownie (which happens to be my favorite ~ a fudge brownie with whole tart cherries and chocolate chips and a crumbly dark chocolate streusel topping). Just a few weeks ago, the Food Network was back. This time tapping the whole brownie operation from beginning to end. We are scheduled to be on the show early 2010. In the meantime, here is a link to the Charkra Cherry Crumble segment from last year I thought you might enjoy.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Recipe Link Here On Bakerella.com
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Do I need another hobby? My mom would say no....but you know I am dying to try this for myself.
Confused? Intrigued? Curious? Learn more about wool crafting or making wool fabrics here:
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I often get many of the same questions. Either at market, via email or attached to an online order. Simple ones such as "Do you have a physical store"? and more complicated ones such as "How do you make soap"?. I have included below some of the more frequent questions. I will also post this on the left side bar, so you and others can references it in the future. And as always, keep those questions coming! I am happy to answer them and love to hear from you.
1. Does Casco Bay Soap Co. have a physical store?
No, not yet! But I am hopefully that someday soon.
2. You make this soap yourself? Really?
Yes! I am a one woman show. I make the soap, I order the ingredients, I label it, I bring it to market to sell it to you, I designed the website. My husband, Glen, does help me with large orders and makes a few deliveries for me. He also is great support.
3. How do you make soap? How did you learn?
Well, it is a long process to explain. I have explained it here ~ HOW OUR SOAP IS MADE ~ on my website. I am working on a photo book to bring to market and fairs, so you can see the process underway. I am self taught. I learned to make soap by trial and error. I took out books from the library, searched the Internet and joined a few Yahoo soap groups. I even sent my first bar of soap to a gal out in MN. to ask her if this is what it should be like, as I didn't know any soap makers in my area. She exclaimed that if this is my first attempt at soap, I am going to be darn good. She loved that first bar of soap. I am happy to say that I have been making soap now for 5 years and bringing it to you for 3. I love the customer feedback, the comments, the expression on your faces when you come back and tell me that you can not use commercial soap ever again, you love my soap and there is nothing like it. Thank you!!!
4. Lye? Isn't that dangerous?!
All soap is made with lye. If it is not listed on the soap label, that is because it actually "disappears" during the soap making process and no lye remains in the bar of soap. You can NOT have soap with out lye. It turns oils, which are greasy, into the soap that now cleans and moisturizes you. I take caution when using lye. I wear goggles and a face mask when mixing the lye with water and when stirring it into my oils. The soap is safe by the time I bring it to you. In fact it is safe to use within 24 hours of production.
5. Is this your full time job?
Well, it sure seems like it sometimes! Often I am up late labeling soap for the next day market, blogging, updating the website, coming up with new products for you, or making batch after batch of soap per day (that can be time consuming)! But no, I have another job. I work as a baker for a gourmet brownie company.
6. Did you make your own website?
Yes I did. I used Yahoo site builder. I like that I am able to control the content on the site and have immediate results. I can also control inventory of my soaps. I hope that you find it easy to navigate. Please, I welcome your feedback.
7. How can you blog so often?
I usually blog in spurts. I often create posts a few days ahead and save them to publish later. I blog right away when I have an idea. I will start a post and leave it to finish later. If I do not write it down or start a post right away, I often forget! I do blog everyday, but sometimes the posts are small. I want to keep you up to date and offer fresh information, so I try to get something new out there as often as possible.
8. If I see you at the Farmers Market, Craft Fair or in the Post Office, should I say hello?
Yes! Please do! I love meeting the people who read this blog!
9. If I email you will you write back?
Yes, send along an email!
10. Can you make favors for my wedding/party/company holiday gift?
Yes! I am happy to work with you on soap fragrance selection, special soap labels and more.
11. What's your favorite soap?
Well, that is tough. That is like choosing a favorite child! I love all the soaps! But I do favor a few...I love Mermaids Garden, Sea Shore Scrub, Star Anise, Pink Grapefruit, Christmas In Maine, okay, one more....Peppermint Oatmeal.
Hope that answers a few questions for you. And please, do send along anymore questions you have. I love hearing from you.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Combine flour, spice, baking powder, and salt in bowl; stir to blend the dry ingredients well.
Combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and oil in a mixing bowl, beating until smooth. Stir into flour mixture, add chopped candied ginger.
Spoon into a greased and floured 9x5x2-inch loaf pan.
Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Enjoy!
Monday, October 5, 2009
It is also on my website.I think it looks great and I want to give a great big thanks to Daina at Kottage on 5th. You can find her on Etsy.com here: Daina
Thanks Daina! You did a great job!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I wanted to give a shout out to my friend Christine. I bought the most delicious blend of perfect mulling spices from her at the market yesterday and made some mulled cider (cider from Sweetser's Apple Barrel in Cumblerand) today. The weather in Maine today is rainy and cold. This is a very appropriate beverage for such a fall day as this. Thanks Christine. Delicious!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The bright husk guards the fruit as it dehydrates in the fall air. Gradually, it becomes paper thin and begins to break down to a delicate, lacy veiling. When this covering finally rips open, the seeds are sufficiently light and dry to be scattered by the wind.