How I Make Our Soap

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I get a lot of questions from friends and customers about how I make our soap, so here’s how I do it!

The Ingredients

First, a little chemistry. Any and all soap is made of two main ingredients: 1) a strong base and 2) fatty acids. Bar soap is made with lye (also called caustic soda or sodium hydroxide) as the base and various fats to provide the fatty acids. Read more…

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Venison Pot Roast

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I am very blessed to have wild game in my freezer almost year-round.  It is high-quality, lean meat from animals that ate their natural diet not far from where I live and I feel like we’re eating just a little slice of Texas…you know, living off the land and all that.  It also cuts WAY down on the amount of grocery money I spend on meat, and that’s definitely a good thing. Read more…

Essential Oils: What They Are (And Aren’t)

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There seems to be a lot of interest – and misunderstanding – surrounding essential oils these days.  Lots of people – myself included – are looking for ways to get away from unnecessary chemicals and drugs and essential oils are being touted as an all-natural answer to all kinds of ills.  Let me offer a little dose of reality here and talk about what they actually are and, more importantly, what they are not.  I’ve been using them around my house for about fifteen years and you can read about how we use them in our products here.

So what are essential oils? Read more…

Welcome!

We are a Christian, homeschooling, Real Food-eating family living on a little piece of Texas.  This blog is a work in progress – if you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear them!  I hope you are encouraged and inspired here –  click here to find out what kind of posts you can expect or click on a category to start reading.  Thanks for visiting!