Fall Festival

Join me this Saturday, October 11th from 9am until 2pm for the Arlington United Methodist Church annual Fall Festival!  The church is located at 1400 University Blvd N. between the Arlington Expressway and Jacksonville University.  Stop by my booth to pick up our newest Idea Book, handmade cards and gift tags.  I’ll also have a selection of handmade soaps and shampoo bars.

This festival is packed with vendors offering baked goods, plants and crafts.  There are children’s activities planned plus the Methodist men and youth group are firing up the grill, serving hamburgers and hot dogs.  Come out and join the fun!

Banoffee Pie

Do you have a favorite dessert?  For years I would have said mine was bananas foster or creme brulee.  Last year I attended a dinner at the Publix Apron’s cooking school and found my most recent favorite, banoffee pie.    Rich and creamy, this delectable blend of bananas and caramel was introduced to me by Chef Judith Johnston McLouglin.  Chef Judith has a beautiful cookbook, The Shamrock and The Peach, with a variety of unique recipes that blend Irish and Southern flavors.

My neighborhood Publix store recently held another dinner featuring Judith’s recipes and I was inspired to create a soap version – calorie free!- of banoffee pie.  You can find Chef Judith’s recipe on her blog.  Like Chef Judith’s, my version includes a pecan ‘crust’ (just enough for gentle exfoliation) and I’ve also taken the liberty of adding a swirl of chocolate!  My soap will be available next Saturday at the Welcome Spring Craft Fair at Flaire Celebrations.  Visit my booth from 9am until 4pm at 2762 Park Street.

Banoffee pie soap bar

This layered soap features a pecan crust and a chocolate swirl with the rich scent of bananas and caramel.