While Saturday’s Welcome Spring Craft Fair was a soggy wash out, Sunday’s Zumbathon benefit was just what I needed to pump up my energy.  Even better, the Welcome Spring Craft Fair rain date has been set for Saturday, April 12th so I’ll be heading back to Park Street with loads of goodies from soaps and solid shampoos to Idea Books.  I hope you’ll make plans to be there!

Speaking of solid shampoo, I will be back at Green Lotus Organics this Saturday at 3pm teaching the art of beer shampoo bars.  Join me and explore techniques for creating shine and volume in the hair without the use of animal proteins.  Please note that this is an advanced class.  Please contact me before registering if you have not completed the hot process soap making class.

As we say goodbye to March, I want to remind you that today is your last opportunity to take home the Happy Place stamp set as well as the end of our Studio J March savings promotion.

Images from the Happy Place Stamp of the Month set

Images from the Happy Place Stamp of the Month set

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.