I hope you have had as nice of weather as we've had around here.  We had loads of rain last week, which made my garden grow by leaps and bounds, followed by sunny skies for the weekend.  It's hard to stay focused on indoor activities and chores as the beautiful weather keeps drawing me outside.

We are so fortunate to have our soap and deodorant selling at a rapid pace.  I didn't anticipate it and we are currently {patiently} waiting for batches of soap to cure so we're a bit low at the moment.  It's been a bit challenging to try and figure out the needs, being our first year in business, but we're getting there.

Oliver and Emerson were in top form supervising the neighbors this weekend from their post on the back deck.  My goodness they were busy!  Good thing the neighbors aren't very close or they would have exhausted themselves with all of their nosiness.

Have any of you tried soap nuts for laundry?  I've been using them the last couple of weeks and am pretty happy with them.  You place 5-6 soap nut halves in a little cloth bag, soak it for 10 minutes, then toss it in the laundry.  They can be re-used up to 3 times.   I haven't had any issue with smelly or dirty clothing.  I purchased the bag a year or two ago then chickened out of using them.  A couple of weeks ago I figured I'd give it a try.....finally, and am happy I did!  I would love to hear if you've had any experiences with them.

The garden is getting ready to provide us with more produce.  The asparagus is still growing, albeit, slower.  Our strawberries are in full swing and sugar snap peas, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers are getting close.

On the menu this week:  Dry-Rub BBQ Chicken with Mac and Cheese and Asparagus; Baked Cod with Rice Pilaf and Salad; Beef and Bean Burritos with Mexican Rice and Salad; Jerk Chicken with Baked Potatoes and Asparagus; BBQ Pork Chops with Rice and Coleslaw; and Baked Manicotti with Salad and Ciabatta Bread.

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend!

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daisy g said...

Now's the time of year when I get to be envious of all of your veggies coming up!
I've used soap nuts in the past and am considering going back to using them. I found them to do a good job and so easy to use. They are also cruelty-free, which is important to us.

So glad you are enjoying fabulous weather! You've certainly earned it, having gone through that horrendous winter!

Congrats on your soap sales! It just goes to show when you produce a quality product, customers will come.

Menu sounds faboo. Enjoy your week, friend!

Anonymous said...

Love your garden photos. Never heard of soap nuts. I will have to read about that. Glad to hear you are having good sales with your fabulous soap. Burritos look yummy. Your menus always sound so varied and good. I think I often get in a slump of cooking the same old things. These days are too busy to allow myself the luxury of trying new, but it won't always be that way. I hope your weather continues so nicely. We are in the middle of a two week 90+ stretch and it isn't officially summer yet. Happy happy to you. Kim

Misty Pines Homestead said...

How wonderful it is to watch your hard work taking shape isn't it? Your plants are doing the same thing as mine!