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About edensong

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    family and friends first; organic skin care formulation; photography; gardening; yoga; bicycling; dancing
  1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, gals~! I know I've been remiss in coming to the board. A bit of an update: My daughter, Eden, is happily married (10 years now) with a daughter, Saffron Rose (age 6 1/2). She took time off from modeling and acting, but now that Saffy is in school, she is going back to her career - in smaller doses, so she can still do all the "mom" things. In the past, she was a top international model and has had several parts in various movies and TV shows. Her British hubby is a super successful master chef, who has a couple restaurants in the L.A. area and has done some TV shows as well. He's considered one of the top 20 chefs in the country. I'm still doing my skin care business (EdenSong Essentials and a sister company, RawSum Organics), but I'm spending more time taking care of my elderly parents. They will both be 90 next year and are still living independently, but they are slowing down considerably. Dad has mobility issues and my mom's having some memory issues, along with knee problems. I got divorced in 2009, though it dragged on through the appellate court until 2011. Fortunately, it was virtually all in my favor - if you can say that in any divorce, because I don't think anyone wins in divorce. I've been living in the country on 2 acres in the house that my EX wanted. It has become my home, though it still needs some finishing (kitchen, 2nd bath and some repairs). It is what it is. Money is tight, but I'm okay with that. It's made me become quite resourceful. After much procrastination, I spent the last several weeks finally tackling my basement that was filled with EX's crapola. It's now got a large area for me to do crafting and I will have to learn how to use all the power tools EX left behind (he took nothing when he walked out and then tried to take it all in the divorce, but the judge nixed that)! lol That will be a challenge, but I have great neighbors that I can count on to give me pointers. My BFF retired from Vanderbilt and moved out of the city (she lived next door to me in Nashville) and now she lives about 20 minutes down the road from me. I helped her stage her house and it sold the first day. We've been working on getting her organized in her new (smaller) home - that's been a challenge, too! I can't believe I turned 64 this year! Wow, time flies!!!!
  2. I was just researching/googling my old 1952 grind o mat and came across this thread. LOL Mine appears much older than this one and doesn't look the same at all. **sigh** I came across all my grinders and mills when doing a thorough "decrapification" of my basement. I'm afraid some of them have gotten moisture/rust damage, so I'm trying to figure out the best way to clean them. Any suggestions? Would coca cola work? I've read how it can remove rust on other things.
  3. Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) is a vespertine flower, and a common perennial plant from the carnation family (Caryophyllaceae). Other common names are Bouncing Bet and Sweet William. The Latin name is derived from the toxic substance saponin, contained in the roots. It starts producing lather when in contact with water. The epithet officinalis indicates its medicinal functions. However, it acquired its common name through utility in cleaning. In traditional medicine, the roots are used to treat certain skin diseases. The leaves are rich in natural surfactants, which form a natural lather that is ideal for cleansing the skin. Soapwort extracts are also used in cleansers, make-up removers, and shampoos. Soapwart Shampoo Recipe By: Pioneer Thinking Suitable for all hair types. Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) contains saponins, which is similar to soap. It lathers when agitated. Lemon Verbena for a citrus fragrance and catnip to promote healthy hair growth. The Ingredients * 2 cups distilled water * 1 1/2 tablespoons dried soapwort root (chopped) (most health food stores would carry this) * 2 teaspoons Lemon Verbena or 2 teaspoons Catnip The Instructions Bring water to a boil add soapwort and simmer, cover for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, add herb then allow mixture to cool. Strain the mixture keeping the liquid. Pour into a bottle. Makes enough for 6-7 shampoos. Must be used within 8-10 days. Store in a cool dark place. There are several plants that are actually used as soaps: soapwort (or bouncing bet), yucca root, pokeweed root, or buckeyes (or horse chestnut) are some of the more common in the USA. Dry the plant, pods, or roots out chop up into small pieces, then place with water in a bottle and shake. It is only a liquid soap. Soapwort is used to clean delicate old fiber in museums.
  4. Suds don't make your clothes clean -- that's just a marketing gimmick by the big companies. I don't recommend the use of Fels Naptha - it's loaded with perfume. Better to use homemade soap that is superfatted, along with the washing soda and borax. I find this to be much cheaper than any detergent available on the market. I believe the "fruit" in the muslin bag was a reference to soap nuts. They are awesome and do an incredible job cleaning -- and they're not just for laundry. You can use them for any cleaning, including your body and hair. They're only about $10 a lb and will last you at least 6 months. They are especially wonderful for anyone with allergies or sensitive skin.
  5. Nice to see you foxfire! Glad you're getting back on your feet.
  6. i remember when you had your own board on ezboard.no?

  7. I made it last week for my dad and it really came out just like the photo. I was amazed at how wonderful it was -- even for a non-chocolate lover like me. I'm going to experiment and hopefully come up with a strawberry or blueberry version. Not sure what to use to sub out the instant coffee or espresso powder for a berry version. I found a fabulous place that offers organic fruit powder: http://www.znaturalfoods.com/Fruit-Powders See the attached image for the ice cream recipe. Enjoy!! Sorry, gals. I realized I cut out the actual "how to" instructions. Here they are: Melt chocolate base - Combine coffee (or espresso) powder and hot water in small bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Microwave chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and coffee mixture in bowl, stirring every 10 seconds, until chocolate is melted, about 1 minute. Stir in vanilla and salt. Let cool. Mix and freeze - With electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip cream to soft peaks, about 2 minutes (took me about 7 - lol). Whisk 1/3 of whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Fold remaining whipped cream into chocolate mixture until incorporated. Freeze in airtight container until firm, at least 6 hours or up to 2 weeks. Serve. We tested it after a couple hours and it was perfect!
  8. http://www.aromaweb.com/ You'll find lot of good info at Aroma Web. The blending page gives instructions on top, middle and base notes. Be careful when purchasing and make sure your choice offers pure EOs.
  9. betty, I'm not clear on what you mean by "lightened" -- is it becoming dingy or yellow? Not sure if this will help, but it may be worth a try. I found this online. Gray to Light Blonde Catnip Rinse- Gives a light blonde color to gray or white hair. 1 level tsp organic cut and sifted catnip 250 mL ( ~ little more than 1 C) water Put catnip into a heat resistant large mug and add boiling water. Cover and steep for 30 mins. Deactivate it by straining it into a second large mug and always tap the condensation from the cover - I use a saucer, into the cup or mug - it contains the volatile oils and cover again. When cooled strain into plastic bottle - if made in advance will keep up to a week or longer in the fridge. Wash your hair then work the catnip through and cover with a plastic bag or shower cap. Leave on 30 minutes then rinse. If you like condition afterwards - I do not - it is not necessary - catnip conditions as well. I do my hair twice sort of - I wash with my hair forward in the shower so I do the back, sides and length, pin it up, cover 30 minutes. Then take down and do the front, top and sides and cover for another 30 min. with the length out of the bag. Then I take the bag off and let it "cool" down and use some more on my extra grey parts for another 10 min or so before rinsing it all out. Result - no grey/white showing at all. Color - light blonde - catnip produces a light yellow dye or stain. Does not stain tub, shower, hands, scalp or fingernails. I do this every time I wash my hair - time consuming but extremely worth it.
  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCPEBM5ol0Q
  11. Yes, that's the one! Anyway, glad you made it back here.
  12. How funny, Marjorie! I'm drawing a blank on your previous username or the forum, but I could take a wild guess.
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