Make it Monday: Melt & Pour Soap

It’s a few weeks until my soap making course with Sharon from Soap Daze and as we’re running low in Casa CH, I thought I’d try ‘melt & pour’ soap. I’d seen a recipe of Garden Therapy which I had followed and made for gifts but this time I thought I’d try something a little different.

I’ve become a huge fan of ‘Thieves Oil’ and I’ll write a longer post about the benefits of this fantastic blend at a later date, but given it’s anti-fungal, anti-biotic and assorted other benefits, I knew I wanted to use this oil in my soap. Given the assorted ways we get mucky here, from paint to soil to dog drool, I knew we’d need something gently abrasive to remove even the most stubborn food or paint. Luckily hubby has started drinking filtered coffee again so we have plenty of coffee grounds (if you’ve got some lying around, mix them two parts coffee to one part coconut oil, then add an essential oil such as lavender. Use as the most scrummy body scrub!). 

But back to my soap! Melt and pour soap is incredibly easy to use. Measure out the amount you need (approx 200g made six small soaps but it depends on your moulds). I used a measuring jug for ease of pouring. Pop your soap into the microwave and set on a high heat for 30seconds (or as per pack instructions). Keep microwaving at 30seconds intervals until it’s fully melted. 

Mix in your essential oil and any other ingredients. I’ve found that the soap can set quite quickly so it’s best to have everything ready to go, but if you don’t, don’t fret, simply pop it back into the microwave to melt it again. The soap smells lovely, but was extra delicious when I added the coffee grounds and thieves oil. I gave it a thorough mix and started to pour. As expected the coffee grounds settled rather quickly so next time I’ll wait a until just as the soaps starting to set before adding them. I ppped the moulds into the fridge overnight to make sure they set fully.when I popped them out of the moulds, the coffee grounds had settled but I love the colour differences and they smell delicious. And, the best bit is, we’ve got super duper clean hands! 

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Treat your pup this National Pet Day!


We all love our pets don’t we? Whether they’ve got four legs, two legs or new legs they all bring something special into our lives and we wouldn’t be without then. The toddlers currebt favourite film is ‘Pets’ (have you seen it? What did you think? I’ve been securely enjoying it too) and I have to say, there’s an annoying bit of dust that always gets in my eye during the end scene when all the humans return home & both they & their pets are so excited to see each other.

Where’s my bestie? I have an idea……..

The pup had a sleep over with her bestie as we were visiting family & she doesn’t like the long drive. It’s always horrible leaving her but seeing how miserable she gets in the car, we know it’s better here where she can cause chaos. However, she does get spoiled when we get back (well every day if I’m honest!). 

You nearly done, mum?

I’ve been working on a new recipe and wanted to try carrot biscuits. They turned out pretty well and I had a very severe taste-tester monitoring my every move!

A really simple recipe, it didn’t take too long to whip up a batch of these mouth-watering treats. I even added a surprise with a little piece of meat in the middle as a bonus for the pup!

Recipe:

  • 1 cup of oats, blitzed 
  • 2 carrots, grated or blitzed
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup of cheese, grated or blitzed
  • 1 egg

I like to keep my baking simple and quick, which these certainly were. I blitzed the oats while melting the coconut oil, then while I mixed the oats and oil together in a bowl, I blitzed the carrots. All the ingredients were put into the food processor for a quick whip round until they were all nicely mixed together. I have to say, the mixture smelled so yummy, I was tempted to lick the spoon!

I put a small amount of the mixture into my silicone cupcake tray, then added a slice of liver treat before covering it all up with more of the biscuit mixture.  They were then put in the oven at 180 degrees C/ gas mark 4/350degrees F for approximately 20minutes. They were still fairly soft when they came out of the oven, but hardened up as they cooled. 

And there you have it! Super simple and, I’m guessing from the excitement of the pup, super tasty too! Hope your four-legged friend enjoys them!

How are you celebrating National Pet Day? Let me know in the comments below β€πŸΆπŸ°πŸ±πŸ¦†

Pawsome Peppermint Pup Treats

Since last year we’ve been trying to up our ‘good’ food intake and that includes the pup too.  Talking to her vet during a routine check up, I mentioned that she had a bedtime ‘Dentastix’. While he said they were good for cleaning her teeth, they were very high in calories, which meant, like all of us, she needed to cut back on food and treats elsewhere. I thought there had to be an alternative, one with fewer additives but which also helped with the dreaded morning dog breath.

I had a look at a couple of recipes on Pintrest but many had items we don’t keep on hand in a vegetarian household (poor pup, no bacon pieces or chicken broth!). So I started devising my own recipe. I tried to select a range of ingredients that not only taste good, but have a range of health benefits for the pup. 

I’ve used porridge oats as they’re a good source of fibre and a great substitute for any pups who are allergic to wheat; coconut oil is the superhero of foods for dogs – it’s antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial as well as being good for digestion and gives their coats a beautiful shine; honey has many of the same benefits as coconut oil (as well as a host of others such as vitamins and minerals!), but in this recipe I’m adding it more for flavour and as a binding agent (if your dog has diabetes, check with your vet before giving honey products); an egg to bind the mixture but also to boost the protein content; and finally as this is a breath freshener dried peppermint leaves, which can ease an upset puppy tum, help with flatulence and obviously minimise that morning breath. I buy peppermint leaves loose from Neil’s Yard and would personally use caution about using the leaves from tea bags as they may contain contaminants, although I have read some recipes which suggest this. 

So that’s it! After a LOT of testing (as you can imagine the pup didn’t complain!) here’s my recipe. It’s so simple, even a toddler can make it!


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of porridge oats
  • 1/2 cup of dried peppermint leaves
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted. I had one batch where the oil stayed ‘clumpy’ even after blitzing so melting ensures even distribution)
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 egg


Pop the porridge oats in a food processor and blitz until it’s a powder. Then add the peppermint leaves and mix again (the toddler loved pouring as you can see!).

Add the egg, honey and melted coconut oil, then slowly add the water while watching all the pretty colours blend together.


Once all the ingredients are fully blended, they should look a bit like toothpaste. If it’s too runny, add more oats, too dry, add more water. 

Take approximately a tablespoon and either roll it into a ball, or squish it into mini cupcake cases. I’ve found these silicone ones work really well as they’re wide enough to be forgiving of little hands spreading ingredients everywhere but shallow enough that the treats bake well.

Bake at 180degrees C/ gas mark 4/350degrees F for about 25-30minutes. I like the treats to be crispy but if you like more of a ‘cake’ for your pup, you could take them out a few minutes sooner. Take them out and allow to cool fully. Feed to your pup! I tried to get one of those nice pictures of the pup sitting politely, waiting for her treat, but she was so excited, this was the best I could do! Safe to say, these are a hit!


As with all treats, use as a compilement to a balanced diet.