Monday, April 29, 2013

New Logo!

New Logo!   I JUST LOVE IT!!
Find it on a few new items, plus coming soon....special packaging and the Casco Bay Collection!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bradbury Mountain

My hubby and I really like to hike and soo look forward to the snow melt and Spring to finally lace up our boots and head up a mountain or down a trail.   We have a great little mountain near us, Bradbury Mountain, and as soon as hubby gets in from work, we put on our boots and head over there.  This whole month there is a "Hawk Watch" on the mountain.   Bird counting every day!  When we hiked up there one night this week, we found 2 people with high powered binoculars and a scope and a very impressive count of all the birds that they had seen. 
Here is the blurb from the State Park website about it:
Daily hawk watch on the summit of Bradbury Mountain. Come and join an expert as she tallies the hawks, eagles and other raptors as they return from the southlands after a long winter. Learn why the watch is conducted over Bradbury and how to identify the birds from the ground.
Here are the pictures that I took of them on the summit.
It's a pretty view at the top.  At the edge of the horizon, that is all ocean!  On a good day you can see out to Eagle Island, (only accessible by boat) also a State Park.   And next stop after Eagle Island, England!   That's it folks, all Atlantic Ocean stretched out to the East. 

Bundled up but smiling!

A very impressive bird count! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

My husband loves Tacos, but we don't eat them that much.  We are on a watch-what-we-eat-diet right now and don't need the fillers (hubby is Gluten intolerant and I am sodium sensitive).  So in an effort to eat better and remove highly processed and over salted items from our diets, AND eat more of what we love, I have started making my own Taco seasoning.  For Taco salads, we rub it on chicken thighs before grilling, sprinkle it on chicken breast before popping them in the oven and of course, mix it with ground beef/turkey for Tacos.  Here is the recipe that I am using, easy-peasy to make and store in your kitchen cabinet. 

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Source: Allrecipes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container. Yields about 2 3/4 tablespoons.
To use:
Use about 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning for every 1 pound of meat. Use more or less depending on your preference. Brown meat and drain the fat. Add your taco seasoning along with about 1/2 cup of water. Simmer and stir until water is absorbed. If you want more of a sauce throw in about 2 tablespoons of flour with the water.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Working With The Girl Scouts

I had the wonderful and truly rewarding opportunity to work with a local Girl Scout troupe the other night. 

They are working on a trio of badges that all teach about the roles women can play in society.  They had a short lesson from the Girl Scout leader and had some homework to review and then we moved onto making some little "role model" dolls.  This is where I came in.  I volunteered to help the leader with some crafty projects and this was it. 

I borrowed a Girl Scout book and made a few dolls on my own, to practice and see how the easiest way would be to explain how to make the dolls to 10 & 11 year olds.   2 local businesses, both  run by women, donated yarn.  The Craftin' Scot and Bessie's Farm Goods, both of Freeport. Thank you!!
These were my example dolls for the girls to use as a guide. 

Here they are singing during their opening ceremonies.  Please note that I was trying to take pictures very inconspicuously and not disturb them, so they are not all in focus!

Reading from the book

Working on the dolls.

Finished products!

Note that this doll (below) even has a green Girl Scout sash on!

The girls even started telling me what each of their dolls "was".  One girl was very excited to make her doll a lawyer and we even helped her make a briefcase out of felt for the doll to hold.

The girls sang this amazing song!  It brought a tear to my eye.  Thinking about all the possibilities ahead for these young girls.

Can a Woman?
by Iris Hirsch of GS Central Maryland
Tune: She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain

Can a woman fly an airplane?
Yes, she can, yes she can!
Can a woman build a building?
Yes, she can, yes she can!
Can a woman fight a fire?
Can a woman change a tire?
Can a woman lead a choir?
Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman be a lawyer?
Yes, she can, yes she can!
Can a woman fix an engine?
Yes, she can, yes she can!
Can a woman be a drummer?
Can a woman be a plumber?
Can she play ball in the summer?
Yes, she can, yes she can!

Can a woman be a doctor?
Yes, she can, yes she can!
Can a woman drive a tractor?
Yes, she can, yes she can!
Can a woman lead a nation?
Can she run TV station?
Can she head a corporation?
Yes, she can, yes she can!

Just you wait until we're older
Then you'll see! Then you'll see!!
We'll be women in tomorrow's
History, History!
As we grow up through the years
We'll sing out loud and clear
Can we start the process here?
Yes, we can, yes we can!

Monday, April 8, 2013


I fellow market vendor starting brewing beer and made it into a real, follow-the-rules company and now sells this beer at market alongside their greens.  They are Funky Bow Beer.   I love that they tried something new and went for it.  I picked up my Growler (a Growler is a 1/2 gallon or 64 oz.) of beer this weekend!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Braised Red Cabbage

My husband loves cabbage.   And bacon.  So, I found this recipe on Pinterest (do you Pin?  Follow me here:  Casco Bay Soap Co. on Pinterest )  by Jamie Olivier.  Delicious.  I made a few changes.  Just eliminated the apple as hubby doesn't care for Apples in much of anything except Apple Pie.  He liked this soo much, I made it for 5 weeks in a row, once a week. Then I had to stop.  Well, I just made it again and he gobbled it right up. 

Here it is, Braised Red Cabbage with Apples, Bacon and Balsamic Vinegar

Photo from Jamie Oliver's website.  Visit the site for the full recipe.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New REDUCED Shipping!

Find shipping on my website reduced to only $6.25, Nationwide! I will send soaps anywhere in the USA, in a USPS Priority Box (so it should get to you in about 2-3 days) for only $6.25.  You can fit about 20 soaps in one of these boxes, so order away! 
Laundry Detergent is not include in this offer.  Please email me for a shipping quote.  
Shop, shop, shop away!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

I Am....

A little inspiration for Monday. 

I heard this recently:  Whatever follows "I am"  will come following you.

Think about it.  Think about it for a minute.  What are you saying?    I am tired?  I am fat?  I am bored?  I am broke?

Send out the positive vibes!  Start sending the right message out and turn it around!   All of us have issues, but focus on our assets, find the courage to believe in yourself.  Be the hero of your own life.  You can do it!