Anyone who has stopped by one of our booths at the various conventions and events we go to in the past few years knows I write fiction in addition to soaping, blogging, and vlogging. I have a novel and a collection of short works out now, and I'm well into the process of producing another novel. But, what you might not know is I've also been working on a series of flash fictions for a year now.
Each week since early February 2016, I've written a flash fiction story of 500 words of less based on first line prompts I either pulled from online sources or gotten from reader suggestions. At the end of March, I began making audio versions of the flash fictions and posting them each Friday over on Eng Family Vlogs. Then over time, the flash fictions began to intertwine and connect until I began to realize I'd created several new fictional "universes" in addition to adding to the three "universes" I've been writing in for years.
Valentine's Day is coming up next week. I thought I would share a fun and simple cookie recipe with an impressive presentation you can make for your someone special.
Chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered cherries are a Valentine's staple. They're delicious, but they can be a bit predictable. This recipe shakes up the concept just a bit by incorporating those classic flavors in cookie form. They're a variation on the classic Jello cookie, and you can make them in any flavor variation you like.
The batch pictured above was made using strawberry because that's what the dollar store I went by happened to have in stock, but I'd imagine they'd work just as well with any fruit flavor you might dip in chocolate.
As I said in the last crochet tutorial, half double crochet is my favorite stitch, but double crochet runs a close second. It's a perfect stitch for when you want something super soft but don't mind having a relatively loose weave, and it's the foundation for many of the other "complex" stitches and patterns.
Today's tutorial assumes you already know how to make a slip knot, chain, and yarn over. If you haven't learned those techniques yet, please go to the first tutorial in this series first, where you will learn those as well as the single crochet stitch. You may also want to check out the half double lesson before continuing with this one.
If you have those stitches down, let's move on to double crochet.
It's the time of year where I begin brainstorming the new permanent fragrances and designs for debut at Con Kasterborous in June.
Each year, we introduce nine new fragrances to be added to our permanent collection. Last year was an exception when a last minute request was just too good to push into the next line. So far, I have a couple solid ideas, but I want to hear from you. Everything we do here at Contented Comfort is to try to help make your life more contented, comfortable, and just all around awesome, after all, so your input is key!
What are some characters, series, or general concepts you would like to see rendered in soap? Do you have a specific fragrance idea you'd love to try? Leave a comment below or contact me directly to leave your request, and I'll see what I can do to bring them to life.
We're just under a month away from Valentine's Day. Can you guess what that means for the store here at Contented Comfort? Our Valentine's specials are back!
From now until the holiday itself, you can find our Strawberries and Champagne and Sensational Sweets varieties in the Holiday Specials section.
Today's recipe was our family's go to "someone has a cold" soup before we realized wheat was causing all of us problems. I put the herb lore I researched when writing "From the Ashes" into use when writing the recipe all those years ago, and even if the results were only psychosematic, it's still a tasty soup.
I haven't attempted to create a GF version, but I'd be happy to do so if there's interest. Just comment and let me know if you'd like one.
Do you want to be good to your skin when you take off your makeup, but you don't like how it can stain your washcloths? Then you'll love today's DIY.
It seems like everyone is using coconut oil for everything these days, but it is a really nice oil to use when removing your makeup, even waterproof mascarras. Any kind of oil will work, particularly light weight ones like olive oil. However, coconut oil's melting point makes it ideal. Most homes are cool enough for the oil to be solid in the container, but it begins melting upon contact with your skin. This makes it easier and less messy to use for makeup removal.
2017 is almost here, and you know what that means. It's time to start thinking about what resolutions you want to make for the new year.
When I opened this store, I wanted to help people live lives that are more content and comfortable, so I thought I would try and come up with some resolution suggestions with that in mind. Some of these are things I've tried before and found helpful, and some I will be trying throughout 2017 myself.
Soups and stews might not be "traditional" holiday fare, but this recipe always seems welcome during the colder months. Plus, it makes for a perfect, laid back meal, and who doesn't want one less thing to stress about during the holidays?
This recipe calls for all canned items and some common spices that tend to be available in most pantries at any given time. So, it's a great turn to recipe when you're not feeling great, don't have a lot of time, or unexpected guests drop by with too little notice to head to the store.
You can cook everything from scratch using all fresh vegetables and herbs if you want. I have before, and it's turned out really well. It's just going to take a good deal longer than five minutes to prep and require an additional hour or three to cook.
Because our family avoids gluten due to troublesome symptoms experienced when eating foods made using wheat, rye, and barley, we've developed a habit of carrying desserts, mains, and sides without them to potlucks. This has caused us to get a bit creative now and again, so I thought I would share a few of our favorite holiday recipes with you this year.
Mini pies are wonderful desserts to carry to family get togethers and potlucks of any sort. They're individually portioned, and the forgiving nature of the gluten free pie crust recipe used makes them relatively quick and easy to make.
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