|Bella is a first time freshener this year.|
Before the kids were born, I put her on the milk stand every day to feed her so she would get used to the routine. The practice paid off. She stands still and is very acquiescent as long as she has grain, necessitating my working quickly. My hands had gotten out of shape so it took a while to get back into the rhythm.
|My supplies for milking.|
|The different colors are interesting.|
Going through the process of soapmaking made me start wondering how this method and the particular mix of ingredients came about. According to http://www.soaphistory.net/ soap has been around a long, long time, like thousands of years. The first soaps were not used for bathing the body, but for cleaning cooking vessels and for medicinal purposes. Apparently early civilizations did not use soap for regular bathing of the human body until much later. Evidence from the earliest soapmaking indicates that it was made with fat, salt and oils, similar to modern soap. Although some early soap contained urine. Hmmm, I don't think I will include that in my recipe.
I have come up with a good recipe that so far has worked every time. Interestingly enough, each batch turns out to be a different color. I think this has to do with heating the milk, fragrances used and different combinations of oils.
I am saving the scrapes to remelt and remold so nothing is wasted.
Maybe if Queen Elizabeth I had a bar of my soap, she would have bathed more often than once a month.