Monday, September 30, 2013

Jewel Soap

If you're a regular shopper at the Cache Valley Gardener's Market, you've probably already noticed that one of their long time vendors has been missing the last couple of weeks.

Laura Mae Miller of Jewel Soap has moved to Goshen, Indiana.  I'm a huge fan of her goat milk soap, natural shampoo, essential oil blends, lotion bar, skin cream, and lip balm.  I was bummed when I heard she was moving and I stocked up on my favorite items, but I was happy to find out that she will still be taking orders and will ship anywhere in the United States.

If you want to place an order you can contact Laura Mae by phone at 435.257.1822 or by email at  You can even write to her at her new snail mail address: 13465 CR 38, Goshen, IN 46528.  She doesn't have a website, but I've included Laura Mae's write up about the products she has available.

JEWEL SOAP products are made with only natural ingredients.  Jewel Soap Bars are made with goat milk and only or mostly olive oil which makes it naturally more moisturizing.
  • Jojoba Care - very moisturizing, this would be my preference for babies
  • Lavender with Calendula - extra moisturizing, contains lavender buds
  • Honey and oatmeal - good exfoliant, great for dirty hands
  • Cornmeal Citrus Scrub - great for dirty hands and greasy work shirts
  • Cinnamon Marble - contains ground cinnamon
  • Cup o' Tea
  • Oriental Spice
  • "Flower of Love"
  • Patchouli
  • Sage Brush

Molded Soaps make great gifts and smell more or less like the soap shop.
  •  Goat mold - $6.50
  • Olive mold - $6.00

Goat Milk Foaming Soap - Many scents available
this is a natural liquid soap with lots of foam, it may not be as mild as the bar soap but cleans well and is well liked.
  • 8oz. dispenser bottle $8.25
  • 16 oz. refill bottle $8.25

Happy lips - lip balm in tubes, made with therapeutic grade essential oils
  • Citrus
  • Peppermint
  • Wintergreen

TLC Balm was originally formulated for minor scrapes and bruises but was found to also be quite healing for badly chapped dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, bed sores, burns, etc.  Help us discover what all will benefit from some TLC.
  • .75 oz. $5.80
  • 4 oz. $17.90

NEW!  Natural Deoderant
  • Trial Size - $2.25
  • 2 oz. jar - $10.10

Jewel Lotion Bars - Flip bar onto hands, rub between hands, then rub hands together.  Lavender and spice are made with CPTG Essential oils
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Spice
$8.25  refill - $5.25

GENTLE FRIEND is a moisturizing skin cream, great for delicate skin (face, babies, elderly, etc.) Lavender and Rose Bud are made with CPTG Essential Oils.
  • Lender
  • Rose Bud
  • Vanilla

Shampoo - It may take hare awhile to adjust to a natural shampoo.  After using the shampoo it is advisable to rinse with cool water or to use a vinegar rinse.  If long hair results in tangles, try waiting to comb until hair is completely dry.
  • 7.25 oz. dispenser bottle - $7.50
  • 17 oz. refill - $11.20
  • 1 oz. trial size - $3.35

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Introducing Elwin

Sorry for the radio silence.  Between learning the new job, keeping up with the old part time jobs, family events, car shopping, and trying to keep on top of house work I've been a little burned out lately.  The good news is that I can cross one of those items off my to-do list, meet Elwin Dickson.

Elwin and I are very happy together, and we have an agreement.  That agreement is that even if I give him car cancer, like I tend to do, he's going to survive for another 20 years because I really can't handle car shopping again any time soon.

My little sister helped me take the photos of Elwin and me.  Her son T came with us and I took a few photos of him while we were out and about.

As with any serious long term relationship, things aren't really official until he's been introduced to my family and spent some time with me up at the cabin.  This weekend I took my dad and my niece K. and nephew T. up to the cabin so we could close it up for the winter.  We drained the water, hung the shutters, and refilled the murder bucket.  We also made the ritual pilgrimage up to the spring to fill our cups one last time before winter.

Elwin has started to make some sound that concern me, but I'm going to get him checked out by an independent, third party Subaru mechanic to see if it is something I should be worried about or it if is nothing.  If it is a problem I may have to take him back to the dealership.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

First Snow

Yesterday we saw the first snow of the season.  It was just a light dusting high on the mountains, but it's heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere.  Welcome sweater weather, I've missed you.

Tuesday when I saw the storm clouds rolling in, I went home and made boeuf bourguignon and set it in the fridge for the flavors to develop over night.  It was definitely a welcome treat last night.

I love that there is a box of Jiffy photobombing my ingredients.

I don't have any finished photos because my food is either one of two things: 1 - Ugly as sin but tastes delicious 2 - Beautiful but just ok in taste.  This stew definitely fell into the first category and was perfect over rosemary mashed potatoes served with a lovely artisan baguette from Lee's.

I also managed to get in a little retail therapy at one of my favorite local shops, the Persian Peacock.  While a lot of people know them as a one stop shop for all your bachelorette party and "marital aid" needs, they also carry cute vintage clothes, graphic tees, and awesome jewelry.  I picked up a vintage dress to wear to a friend's wedding next month, a sriracha t-shirt, and some awesome earrings.

This is ironic because I've had sriracha on my shopping list for 2 weeks now and I still don't have a bottle of it in my pantry.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oh English, You So Crazy

So apparently there really isn't a good way to abbreviate cockroach when you are writing a shorthand note for a pest control technician.  Either it comes out sounding like a drug reference or sexual harassment.  I was musing about this on facebook when a friend from Ireland commented that it isn't the only word that has that problem.

First American Title is a land title insurance underwriter.  In the title insurance world most people refer to them as FATCO, not a great abbreviation, but not the worst either.  A few years back FATCO purchased Associated title.  Everyone joked that the name after the merger should be FATASS.

My friend J. from Ireland pointed out that "assorted" also has a similar issue when abbreviated.  She kindly presented photographic proof.

I wonder if they are made from real ass, or just taste like ass.
Which of course made me think of this song by the band Gaelic Storm.

Which I find hilarious because I'm really just 12 years old at heart.

Monday, September 23, 2013

PoochPalooza 2013

ZoomDog Agility & Sports is hosting their annual PoochPalooza on October 19th at Gibbons Green Gate Farm.  Check out ZoomDog's website for more information about the event, and visit GGG Farm website for driving directions.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sheldon's Quest For World Domination - Part 9

It looks like the Middle East and Europe survived Sheldon's latest sojourn.  He is now working his way through the great state of Pennsylvania.

Dear Minions:

Apparently the entire Physics departments at University of Pittsburgh has gone on sabbatical, or at least that's what I've been told.  Although, when I stopped by early last week I could of sworn I heard whispering going on behind the locked doors of the department.  It must of have been the janitors I guess. 

I was however welcomed with open arms by Dr. Freddie Fu and Dr. Chris Harner (President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine).  I immediately set to work learning the Double Bundle knee surgery to see if I could improve on Dr. Fu's technique, but to my dismay the patient never arrived.  The nerve of some sick people, just getting up and leaving the hospital because they don't like the doctor performing the procedure.

In my exploration of the great city of Pittsburgh I some how managed to venture into the realm of Pennsic with members of the local Society for Creative Anachronism...boy when they say anachronism there is truth in advertising.  Why a Japanese Samurai in a medieval English encampment?  I never saw such a thing in my life, but they were a jovial bunch.  There was much quaffing and carousing and even a few pitched battles, it was all great fun.  

As my friend Howard would say "Renaissance fairs aren’t about historical accuracy. They’re about taking chubby girls who work at Kinko’s and lacing them up in corsets so tight their bosom jumps out and says howdy."

My only regret is that I did not think to pack my Spock outfit.  I felt like such a fool just showing up in my 21st century civilian clothes, but in retrospect that could be considered anachronistic as well. 


Dr. Sheldon Cooper, MSc, PHD"