Strawberry Fields Forever


view of strawberry fields: LadyD Books

In our neighborhood near this avocado grove, you'll find a huge farming operation of strawberry growers. Since the season is over now, there has been a tractor and a water truck on the land preparing the soil. Soon they'll be laying down the water pipes and the strawberry planting begins again.

Photo for Skywatch Friday

strawberry field: LadyD Books

Farmer's have lots of faith and they work so hard in the fields. They get the job done! It will be worth the wait again, longing to enjoy this wonderful fruit again. Do you like strawberries? WE sure do!

strawberry plants



Garden Blog and Website



I received a note from Dianne of www.igardenplanting.com awhile back. She came across the lovely strawberry photos and wanted to share one of their helpful articles with my readers. Have a look at, Complete Guide How To Grow Strawberries.

Hope you enjoyed this very informative article on growing strawberries. They truly are berry good for you!! Thanks, Dianne for your wonderful addition to this photography meme post!

The Friday 56

cover art of soap making book


Vanilla-Cherry Chip Soap

"This is a recipe that challenges your soap making skills by incorporating embeds. The result is a delicious-looking vanilla soap bar with maraschino cherry chips." -- Summer Vautier

I wasn't able to find a strawberry soap bar recipe but this quote is the next best thing. Now we can smell good, too. I've never made my own soaps before... have you? I might want to try this someday but for now, I enjoy buying them from our local Farmer's Market.

Book Description


“From start to finish, this guide makes natural, cold process soap making easy to master at any level. Thank you, Summer, for sharing your experience and recipes.” – Praise for Making Soap from Scratch

Cold process handmade soap is a surprisingly simple craft and art…when you’ve got the right guide. Look no further, Making Soap from Scratch is it!

With easy-to-follow instructions and straight-forward advice, soaping professional and instructor, Summer Vautier, will help you make natural soap at home from start to finish.

With this complete guide, you’ll easily master making natural soap for friends, family and for profit. This book includes:

• Step-by-step instructions for making cold process and hot process soap
• Equipment and ingredient checklists
• How to use molds, plus cutting and curing your soap
• Small and large batch soap recipes, from the luxurious to economical
• A guide to using essential oils and fragrances
• How to meet labeling requirements, plus getting creative with packaging for selling and gifting soap

This guide also includes swirling colors, making expensive-looking layers, incorporating embeds, and more! You’ll soon be making delicious-looking and smelling soaps, like:
Sweet Baby Chamomile Soap
Tough Guy Mahogany Soap
Chai Tea Latte Soap
Chocolate Peppermint Patty Soap
The Perfect Face Bar
Hawaiian Sunrise Soap
Fresh Cut Grass Soap
Spiced Holiday Pumpkin Pie Soap
Vanilla-Cherry Chip Soap
Lavender Sprig Soap
Lemon Crème Soap
Orange Sherbet Soap
Espresso Roast Soap
And more!



Making Soap from Scratch: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Natural Handmade Soaps








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