is elusive but attainable,
a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”
– John Buchan
The lake finally shifted from ice to waves; a symbol of hope amid a week of constant grey skies and frigid temperatures. Spring has yet to bloom in Wisconsin. Yesterday I caught a glimmer of the sun which propelled me outside to snap a photo (above). While we patiently wait for buds and warmth… we diverted our attention to creating in the kitchen. The recipe? A three-step soap making adventure: melt glycerin, mix in additives, and pour the liquid into molds. This batch consists of clear glycerin soap and soap dye. Sometimes we add our favorite fragrance, essential oils, lavender, tea or the contents of a Vitamin D capsule. We have also embedded toys and photos during prior soap making expeditions.
To determine how much glycerin you need, fill your mold with water, then pour it into a liquid-measuring cup. Chop glycerin into 1/2-inch chunks with a butter knife. Microwave in a glass container. I frequently use an empty spaghetti sauce jar (clean of course) for melting the soap in the microwave in 15-second intervals until melted, but not boiling. Once liquid, quickly add your chosen ingredients and swirl or stir gently.
Pour & Mold
Pour the melted soap into a a mold, then spray the surface with rubbing alcohol to eliminate any bubbles on the top of soap. Let harden for an hour or two and release from the mold. For tin molds or a muffin pan, freeze for 20 minutes; invert mold, prying soap away from sides and pressing on bottom of mold. Trim edges with a butter knife.