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The More Things Change…And All That

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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It’s been a long time since last Fall, I know. And a lot of things have happened – busy, busy, busy. Lots of changes and lots of work but the time away from the blog has been good for me. I’ve really focused on getting my ankle and feet back as normal as possible, with therapy, exercises and swimming. Yep, swimming. I am a regular Esther Williams now – well – minus the pink, sparkly swimsuit, fountains, lighted swings, rings of fire and synchronized swimmers. My swimsuit is more like something from the 1920s, including the skirt and the colors, white and black. I haven’t included the striped tights or the big hair bow, but I’m close. I’m taking a water aerobics class at the local college and doing free swims on top of that. The summer Olympics are the next step. I just haven’t been able to find a coach who believes my hair is platinum blonde and not gray.

But most exciting of all – we have a wedding coming up in just a few months – Sir Flying Ace is getting married! And the coolest thing is that he’s bringing into the family our own Ms Amelia Air-Heart – a lady pilot and aviation mechanic who is beautiful, smart and who has her own wrench with which to handle Sir Flying Ace when he gets out of line. Wish I’d thought of that. We are very excited.

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Basically, however, things have been pretty normal and I have continued down the same path of lunacy which has always been my life. An incident a few days ago illustrates this fact. First, I’ll set up the background. Mr. Fix-It and I are diligently trying to lose weight. I am diligent. He’s a man. That means that I struggle daily to count my calories, do my exercises, record every drop of water that goes into my mouth and faithfully weigh every Monday to note that I’ve gained another pound. Mr. Fix-It, on the other hand, has cut out Sonic Chocolate or Strawberry shakes and has lost 10 lbs in the same amount of time. I’m just wondering why, if we women came from a man’s rib, we didn’t get that male characteristic to go with it – the one that allows men to eat a foot-long sandwich and a Krispy Kreme donut and lose 2 pounds in one afternoon.

Anyway, we’ve been on this long, calorie restricted journey and so the other night a special salad sounded really yummy. We had some leftover, grilled, New York Strip steak, so I decided to create a salad of mixed greens, iceberg lettuce, cucumbers and crumbled blue cheese and low-calorie raspberry-pecan dressing topped with sugared pecans and sliced New York Strip steak.

I needed to sugar the pecans and so added a tbsp. of butter to a stainless skillet, melted the butter and tossed whole pecans in the butter until coated. Then I sprinkled a mere 1 tsp of sugar over the pecans and continually stirred and turned until a caramelized coating formed. Ever the taste tester, I decided that I needed to know if I had used enough sugar and put a little of the caramel onto a spoon. I vigorously blew on the liquid but as I did so, it being slippery with butter, slid off the spoon right onto my lower lip – on the inside AND the outside. I dropped the spoon and let out an, “Oh! Oh!” and tried to remove the caramelized sugar with my tongue. The sugar had hardened and adhered to my lip, still burning through soft layers of skin to the point that I was terribly afraid I would have what looked like a lip piercing gone horribly wrong. I stuck my face under the kitchen faucet and poured cold water over my mouth. The burning was excruciating.

It was then that I remembered ice. Ice! My mother always used ice on a burn. So I grabbed a piece of ice out of the icemaker and shoved it between my lips, making sure that it was right on the burn….where it stuck…frozen to my skin and adding burn onto burn while adhering to my top lip too. I couldn’t open my mouth. Both lips were stuck to the ice, frozen like Flick’s tongue to the flagpole in ‘A Christmas Story’. Now I was really in pain and, though I was by myself in the kitchen, I moaned and squealed as I raced back to the sink and back under the solid stream of water coming out of the faucet. The ice came off, but the inside and outside of my bottom lip were severely burned and now swelling. When you look like you took a left punch to the jaw, how do you tell people that in reality you got your lips stuck together with ice??

So as you can see, nothing has really changed. Except that I AM back and ready to roll up my sleeves to see what more damage I can do. It’s a gorgeous Spring at the Oklahoma Pastry Cloth™ digs and the lilacs are in full bloom. The garden is in, asparagus is up and we’re just waiting on okra planting weather. Hope you are having as beautiful a Spring as we Okies are!

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I just have to show you what we’re doing here in our shop. Weddings seem to be teeming ’round here and brides are thinking “hostess” and “thank you” gifts. We are putting together some pretty cute ones with our Prairie Blessings Soaps and our new body cream, totally custom made to the brides’ specifications. This particular bride requested everything be Lavender and we gladly obliged. We pretty much pull off any fragrance desired and even play around to create something new if requested. Keep us in mind for your next really, really special occasion or gift needs. For custom orders, just give a shout to 405-275-5639 or email me at

Happy April!!

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New!! Handmade Goat Milk Soaps

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

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Our Soap Line

Is Starting to Shape Up!


Our Frontier Fixin’s Yeast Breads are savory and moist.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the Fall Giveaway, to be held on November 1st. The winner will receive two boxes of our Frontier Fixin’s breads just in time for Thanksgiving.

I wanted to take a moment to guide you over to the shopping page for our newest addition to the product line – our own, handmade and all-natural Castile goats milk soaps. Our soaps are made with organic goats milk, fresh olive and coconut oils, hand purified tallow and pure essential and fragrance oils for an experience that softens your skin and soothes with the faintest hint of scent. Our small bars which weigh at least 2 oz are $3 per bar and our larger bars weighing at least 4 oz are $5 per bar. Mix and match for a unique gift for your favorite person this Christmas or make these soaps stocking stuffer surprises for your loved ones. Below are the four kinds that are available at this time. Be watching for our newest fragrances that are curing right now, such as English Rose Garden, Winter Balsam, Evening Jasmine and, just in time for Christmas, our earthy Frankincense and Myrrh, tied with gold ribbon!

And remember, while we are working as fast as our fingers can take us, it takes 4 weeks for the soaps to cure and so it is first come, first serve until the next batch is ready.


Patchouli-Sandalwood with Freshly Hand-Rolled Oats

Bathe in the earthy and intoxicating fragrance of Sandalwood and Patchouli. Real oatmeal flakes act as a light scrub in this cream colored soap.


Rosemary-Peppermint with Dried Rubbed Sage

This wonderful soap has the light and fresh aroma of Rosemary and Peppermint from essential oils with real, rubbed sage, grown right here on the farm, added as a soft scrub. Rosemary is supposed to be good for the hair and skin, as well as a mild analgesic for muscular pain. While peppermint is supposed to act as an anti-inflammatory.


Spice Cake

This rich soap smells like a warm slice of spice cake with a dripping, sugar icing. Infused with Cinnamon Leaf essential oil, this soap also includes real powdered cinnamon and cloves with actual cocoa for a soft, brown color. You will have to resist taking a bite!!


Lavender Flower

Made fresh with whole lavender flowers grown at a lavender farm just 1 mile away, this soap has the fresh and Spring time fragrance of pure lavender essential oil. You will feel like you just stepped off of the English moor after using this soap!

All soaps are handmade right here at the Oklahoma Pastry Cloth™ digs. And for a unique wedding or wedding shower idea, contact us at for custom gift soaps to match colors or a specific scent for your special event.

Coming soon:

  • Frankincense and Myrrh made with a shortening vegetable base
  • Evening Jasmine made with a shortening vegetable base
  • English Rose
  • Winter Balsam

  • Happy Bathing!

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