Our weekend with family ended tonight after all of us sharing our second turkey leftovers for lunch and dinner for 9 at a restaurant in Roanoke. Eldest son and his family are headed home to get a fire going in their woodstove before the bitter cold of the night and to allow son to get some projects graded for his students before their classes this week. They have two more weeks of the semester prior to exams.
We had a great time having 2 of our children and their kids here for the weekend, the kids enjoying cousin time. We put a big dent in the 20+ pound turkey and ate all of the left over sides, a whole quart of my homemade icicle pickles, a pint of mixed olives, a dozen huge rolls, and a couple of pies.
Yesterday while the house was quiet, yes it happens even with 6 adults and 3 kids, I made 4 batches of soap for the next Holiday Market. I have never successfully made more than two batches in a day with no batch failure. I have 40 bars of soap curing, 10 each of Citrus Soother, Jasmine, Cedarwood/Sandalwood, and Goat Milk/Honey.
I failed to purchase lavender essential oil when I went in to get the avocado and castor oils for the second two batches of soap, so I will need another trip in town tomorrow, so that I can get essential oils for lotion bars. I still need to get a few boxes stained for Men’s Grooming boxes for the shop for holidays. If you visit the shop between now and Monday night, you can receive a 10% discount on knitwear and yarn by entering the code SB/CM10%.
Tomorrow will be grocery day and Monday I will finally plant garlic before the midweek much needed rain.
Now that Thanksgiving is behind me, I need to start thinking about gifts for the kids and grands for Christmas.