A little bit of everything.

Let's talk about Kale. July 04 2014, 0 Comments

It's all the rage, it seems to be a {Love it} or {Hate it} thing. I'd like to address Kale Chips. Have you had them? When I hear people say they can't stand them, or they were nothing exciting, I assume the ones you had sucked.

If you are an avid Kale-Hater,  I am not going to try and convince you to like them. I can't take on your deep rooted problem that appears to be vegetable related. 

 

I personally,  I have never *loved* a store bought Kale Chip. I have tried a few of the popular ones that are "ok". They taste to me, like they have been sitting on a shelf. You will taste the difference when you make your own, big time. 

 

A few tips:

The bag of already cut up kale won't work. They are full of the stalks and that's the part that is not welcome in this process. 

I can get a huge bunch of kale at the local grocery store here for around $1, so I always get 2 for this purpose. I do also grow tons of my own kale and buy it at the Farmers Market. It's not typically the kind you can use for kale chips, however. It's too thin and dainty for chips, but it's gorgeous for smoothies, juicing and salads in general. Yah, I eat a lot of Kale. Like, loads. 

 

Making Kale Chips:

I use an entire bundle for one batch. They cook down much like spinach does, so don't be surprised when you hoark down the entire thing yourself on "accident". 

 

What you will need:

1 Bunch of Green Kale (Purple works, too! It just tends to look burnt right out of the gate)

1/8 Cup Melted Coconut Oil 

1tsp Black Pepper

5T Nutritional Yeast (Don't skip this, this is the best part!)

5-6 Bottle shakes of Soy Sauce (I use Gluten Free, or you can even use Coconut Aminos)

 

Give your kale a rinse and dry it completely. 

Cut the stalks off the pieces and throw the pieces into a bowl. 

Add all of the above ingredients and massage them in until all of the leaves are coated. 

You need a baking rack for optimal results. Without it, the leaves completely wilt onto the baking sheet and they can be quite hard to remove without crumbling them. 

  • These bake for 15 mn at 350 degrees, on the lower rack. 

15 mn. is firm. There is a fine line between a perfectly crispy chip & burnt chips. Burnt chips, taste like charcoal. 

Set a timer. When your timer goes off, pull them out. You do not have 1 more minute to finish pinning your pins. Walk away. 

^ The Kale all dressed up on the baking rack and sheet. 

All Crispy and ready for you to love. 

 

* Let's talk about Nutritional yeast. 

Sounds gross, right? It's not. It tastes nutty, a little cheesy and has loads of toasty flavor. Also, it's super good for you. 

I get mine at the grocery store in the bulk section for super cheap. But if you don't have that, you can find enough to last you a partial lifetime on Amazon

 

If you burn your chips, don't give up, try them again. The good news is, Kale is inexpensive and once you have all the ingredients, they go a long way. 

Enjoy! 

 


I feel like I had a baby. And it's name is Body Polish. May 05 2014, 1 Comment

The last couple of months I have been tweaking a base that I created and it's been quite a process. I don't even want to tell you how much sugar I went through to just "test" consistencies out. To be done with a base that is not purchased, feels incredible. It was really frustrating in the beginning, and I almost bailed on the idea. I had no initial recipe to go off of and it's not the easiest thing in the world to mix Oils, Butters, and emulsifying waxes and have them play nice together. One half of the mixture is warm, the other is cold. That's not a smooth introduction and all the testing, tweaking and adjusting was because of that portion of it.  You can't just add melted waxes and butter to a cold liquid soap base and not have it immediately clump up back to a wax form. Ahhhhh, but I did it. *que the horns!*  And the results were incredible. I now have a liquid soap-based product, with emulsifiers, gorgeous moisture retaining oils and loads and loads and loads of Sugar in my best selling scents. 

I am thrilled to show you my Body Polish - Sugar Scrubs. 

This is 4 of the 6 that will be in the line. 

We have:

Ruby Grapefruit, Lemon Creme, Blood Orange, Lavender Lemon & Lychee + Red Tea (not pictured)

I want Rosemary Mint next and stumped on the last one. I am thinking Huckleberry Lemon. 

Squee! Aren't they pretty?

 

* So, here's the thing. I won't be making Whipped Soaps any longer, effective immediately. 

They are fun, people go nuts over them, they (ask) for them constantly, but you know what? They don't sell. 

Ever. I think the concept confuses people. While these are not completely different, they are 100% handmade, have the same sugar scrub qualities and I have found that the name alone, feels familiar to consumers. I have taken these to 2 shows now and have them in 2 retail locations in town and I can't make them fast enough. They sell out immediately. The great thing is, when they run out, I can just make more. I don't have to order a base and wait a week for it to arrive. So, don't feel that I took away something fun that you liked, but know that it was replaced with something somewhat similar that is even better. Way better. Because I love you. 

 

I love to do a good scrub on the hands after I make some soap to get all the butters off and then follow up with a good dose of *also completely handmade* Body Butter. It's so dreamy. These will be coordinating in many of my other products. Lip Balm, Perfume Oils, Body Butters, ect. So, putting together a gift set will be a breeze. 

 


Spring is in the air! April 03 2014, 1 Comment

I come alive in Spring after my winter hibernation. Ideas start bubbling up and I get all tingly. I feel like I can work for hours and hours and hours when I have the sun pouring in. I don't even get anxious to get outdoors, I feel I have everything I need on a regular work day when the sun is visible. I have something fun in the works, and the base will be a liquid soap that I have made. I make my own laundry detergent (why wouldn't you, it's SO easy!) and I am finding ways to make the base be more useful. I can't wait to show you the finished product!

This is 2 bars of soap grated up to make the liquid soap. 1 Bar of Lemongrass and 1 bar of Carrot Orange.

I want cheese. 


Body Butter makes me happy. March 24 2014, 0 Comments

I have been tweaking this recipe for months and LOVE that I have nailed it now. 

It feels gratifying to make each batch in the way that cutting up your soap loaf feels. Or, making the most PERFECT batch of cookies, for most people. This is my baking. Real baking makes me cranky and it's not something I enjoy doing. But this...hooboy! This excites me. I have been gearing up for our Farmers Market here in town t start up again and although I have a couple of months still, I am counting the days. We live in Huckleberry central here, and I am currently working on the perfect Huckleberry Butter. Look at this beautiful bowl of whipped dreams. 


Hello! Welcome. January 16 2014, 0 Comments

I am so so so excited to see you here! Like, really excited. 

I have been working on having my own space now for over a year. It's had lots of bumps in the road and I cannot be more thrilled to finally have my very own website- and it's about time! This site is going to allow for more growth and creative control with Orange Thyme. The thing that excites me the most is that I have been able to start making jewelry (again!) and I can keep both of my loves in one place.

A few pieces of awesome are:

  • I now have a tab that you can see my upcoming events/festivals -if you are in the area I'd LOVE to say hello. 
  • I can make bullet points!
  • A blog will let let me show you some of my 'work in progress'.

 

Stay tuned for so much more!

 This is a huge work in progress and I am excited for you to see the site grow.

~Rachel