Monthly Archives: August 2011

Not Always Perfect…

So my post today was supposed to be about how it was too hot to turn on my oven and cook today.  Yes, it’s nearly September, but that really means nothing in Louisiana.   Sometimes September temps can be the same as June and July!

In any event, I decided to write about how I was making an entire meal without using my oven.  My cooking efforts tonight started off quite well.  I made some Chicken Noodle Soup in the Crock Pot.

Yummy, right?

I was really excited about this because up until tonight I had never made a meal in my slow cooker.  I had made appetizers like meatballs and cocktail weenies, but decided to take it up a notch.  This was easy and delicious.  It’s still so incredible to me that I can throw some ingredients in a pot, turn it on, forget about it, and hours later have a meal ready to go!  LOL, I am a very traditional cook so I guess I always just accepted that cooking is work (not that I mind doing it).  I am so glad I finally hopped on the Crock Pot train!

So, the dessert I wanted to make to go along with this no oven theme was a recipe I found in All You magazine, Lemon-Graham Icebox Cake.  It looked delicious and easy enough…

Step 1

Started by whisking egg yolks, lemon zest, sugar, corn starch and salt over low heat until it thickens.

Step 2

Pour into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let chill until completely cool.

Step 3

Layer the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan with graham crackers.  Still with me thinking this was easy, right?  Well…

Step 4...

was where it all fell apart.  LOL!  Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but the crackers are actually FLOATING in the custard mixture.  Definitely NOT what was supposed to happen.  When I poured the custard out onto the top of the graham cracker layer, it was soooo thin!  I’m not sure why it came out that way, since I actually let it chill twice as long as I was supposed to.  So, I decided not to do the final layer with the whipping cream…I’ll save that for another recipe.  My awesome hubby told me to put the pudding/graham cracker concoction in the fridge and he would try to eat it anyway!  Who knows, maybe after a night of chilling, it will taste great anyway…even though it is far from picture perfect.

Girls, let me know in the comments if you have ever had a baking or cooking fail!  Don’t be ashamed…happens to the best of us ;)

 

My Fall Wishlist

So after all the trouble I went through with fixing my central air last week, it’s safe to say that I am way past ready for summer to be over!  Sometimes in Louisiana it seems like we have only 2 seasons, Summer and Winter.  We really don’t get too much Autumn, which really sucks because it is definitely my favorite season.  There’s nothing like feeling that first cool Autumn breeze come rolling in; it lets you know that the days are about to get shorter and cooler, and all the good things like holidays, baking, and family get togethers are just around the corner.

Even though it’s the end of August and still over 100 degrees here, I wanted to share with ya’ll some things I am really wanting to try, or looking forward to getting for this Fall season!!

OPI Shatter Collection

I know I am a little late to this trend, but I never paint my nails in the summer.  I would much rather paint my nails in the Fall and Winter, because we are always going somewhere on the weekends and getting together with our families.  So this fall I am going to use OPI Shatter Nail Polish along with the Fall colors I already love.

The way you make these awesome looking nails is quite easy.  You can paint your nails with 2 coats of whatever color you want, then after they are completely dry,  top them with 1 coat of the Shatter treatment.  I’m not sure how it works, but the result is very cool, as you can see.  Your nails get a layered, textured look.  OPI had introduced the line with the Shatter only in black.  The Shatter comes in a few colors now, since it’s so popular.  I think I am definitely going to try the purple and silver polishes with the black Shatter on top.  (If you can’t find the black Shatter from OPI, try to look for other brands in drugstores or online ! )

Maple Butter Pumpkin Frap from Candles by Victoria

 

 

 

Candles are a great way to not only make your house smell great, but create ambiance during the dark Autumn and Winter seasons.  There’s just something about a candle burning that makes a house feel like a cozy and welcoming home.

Candles by Victoria is a highly recommended vendor for candles.  Just like a few other vendors, she has many many satisfied customers and somewhat of a cult following.  Look at the picture, doesn’t that look like a mouthwatering Fall scent?  CBV also makes tarts in addition to these beautiful candles.  With a scent list of hundreds, I really am looking forward to trying items from Candles by Victoria soon!

 

 

 

Donut Baking Pan

Of course everyone knows that Autumn is the season for baking!  I love baking so much, and most of the time it is just too darn hot too turn on my oven in the Summer.  This is definitely one of the big reasons why I can’t wait for cooler weather.

I love these two unique baking pans.  My husband loves Cinnamon Sugar donuts, but it is always to much trouble (not to mention fattening) to drag out the deep fryer and fill it with oil, wait for it to preheat and so on.  This pan lets you have delicious donuts with having to fry them!

Muffin Top Pan

This is the other pan I really want!  It’s called a muffin top, or muffin crown pan.  It lets you bake only what everyone knows is the best part of muffins–the tops!  This pan makes really fluffy, thick muffin tops, without having to make a whole muffin and waste the bottom part of it (not that they would be waster, knowing my husband).  Actually, the thing that I really love about this pan is that you can also make giant sized cookies in it!

 

 

 

 

 

Eleven by Martina McBride

Martina McBride has always been one of my favorite artists, and in my opinion one of the best voices in music.  I also really appreciate that she is a mom of 3 girls and still has her career!  My awesome hubby took me to one of her concerts for my birthday this year.  It was absolutely spectacular.  It is so amazing to hear her in person, because she actually sounds BETTER than on her CD’s.  I don’t think many artists out now can say that.

At the concert we got to hear a few of the songs from her new album that’s coming out in October, and they were great!  I’m really looking forward to getting this CD.  Check out this video, and let me know if you can get through it without crying: “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.

 

 

 

Water for Elephants

I’m one of those people who has to read the book before seeing the movie, so I did not get to see Water for Elephants while it was in theaters.  I just recently finished the book, and I have heard the movie adaptation is very faithful to it, so I can’t wait to see this film.  In any event, it will be nice to see Robert Pattinson play something other than Edward Cullen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook

I have been wanting this for years, and I hope I get it this year!  The Better Homes & Gardens cookbook has been around since the early 1900’s, and it’s so cool that many of the original recipes are still in the book today.  This book has hundreds of recipes and photos, which is just the thing I need when I am getting bored of cooking the same things over and over again.  I own many cookbooks, but this is a classic and I believe everyone needs one in their home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just a few of the things I am looking forward to for this Autumn season!  Please, leave me a comment and let me know what you think about my wishlist items, or let me know….what’s on your wishlist?

Just Checkin In…

Hey ya’ll, I haven’t posted in a couple days because the AC is out at my home, we are staying with family, and I’m just not in a writing mood altogether!  Sorry :(  Hopefully our system can get fixed tomorrow so we can be comfortable again in our own house.  I do have some good things planned though…

–Bath & Body Works Haul

–Haley’s Heavenly Scents order haul

–What’s on my Wishlist

–Front Porch Candle Co. Review

Thanks for being patient with me, and I hope to talk to you guys soon!

:)

Review: Pics, Petals, & Scents

Hey ya’ll!

Sorry it’s been a few days since I’ve posted.  I needed a few days to catch up on housework and sleep!  I’m ready to get back into bloggin though!

Today’s review is for an Etsy shop called  Pics, Petals, and Scents.  Marcy, the lovely lady who owns the shop, is very talented and creative.  Some of her products include tarts, soaps, and beautifully unique dessert candles.

Don't these look real?!

I had the chance to try out some of Marcy’s stuff, and I am very excited that I did!  I love trying out new vendors and scents.  The package that I was to receive was going to contain items that were a surprise to me.  But I was quite pleased when I got my box!   Sometimes that is the best way to discover you love scents that you never would have ordered otherwise.

Here is what I got in my package.

Marcy sent me a variety of her items, which I love because I was able to get a good idea of what PP&S is all about.  I got a large Smelly Jelly in Apple Cinnamon, a votive candle in Chubba Dubba, a massaging soap bar in Papaya Dragonfruit, 3 scallop tarts in Loving Spell, Apple Cinnamon, and Macintosh Apple, and 1 oz. tart shots in Papaya Dragonfruit, Butt Naked, Pink Sugar, Southern Home, Mango Papaya, Pumpkin Pie, Madam President, Frozen Margarita, Lick Me All Over, and Smiley Face.  Some of the scents were definitely not ones I would have chosen for myself, but I learned that sometimes, you just gotta branch out!

One of the first things I tried was the massaging bar of soap–you can’t see it from the pic but the underside of the soap has little massaging nubs on it.  This soap was made with soy milk and aloe, and contained apricot seeds.  I LOVE this soap.  First of all, the scent–Papaya Dragonfruit– is great.  It’s sweet, fruity, and juicy, and you really can almost taste the papaya.  The scent was strong enough that I smelled the soap as soon as I opened my shower door, but it was not overpowering.  This soap left me squeaky clean, and the scent lingered on my skin for hours afterward–I kept sniffing my arm all night :)

A Smelly Jelly is a jar containing little absorbent beads, to which fragrance is added.  They are a great, long lasting way to scent smaller areas.  If properly cared for, a Smelly Jelly can last up to 5 years!  I put my Smelly Jelly in my son’s room, and while it is not overly strong, I love that I can pass by it and catch a whiff.  It does seem to be keeping odors out of the room, which is great for the room of a 2 year old!

PP&S makes tarts in a variety of waxes, which is nice because some people do prefer one wax over another.  Some of my shooters were in palm, and some were in soy.  Let me tell you, these little babies pack a punch!  I was using them in the warmers in my bedroom and guest bathroom, and they definitely filled the room and then some.  My favorite scents in the shooters were Mango Papaya, Pink Sugar, Pumpkin Pie, and Papaya Dragonfruit.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, anything from PP&S with “papaya” in the name is mouthwatering and strong.

I had never used too many palm products before these, so I was glad to be able to try them.  Palm wax holds a lot of scent, and the tarts and votive from PP&S are good examples of that.  The Loving Spell scented scallop tart was strong and lasted 8 hours!  I only dumped it out because I have a short attention span and I was ready for a new scent.  The Chubba Dubba votive burned beautifully and cleanly in my votive holder, and when all the wax was melted, it was so easy to pop out!  That is another advantage of palm wax.

All in all, I really loved everything I tried from Pics, Petals, & Scents.  I would definitely recommend the massaging soap bars, and the tarts–make sure you get something papaya!  Check out Marcy’s site and support small business owners. :)

Pics, Petals, & Scents Etsy Shop
Pics, Petals, & Scents Facebook Page

*Note–these items were given to me for testing purposes, but that in no way affects my thoughts on the products. :)

 

 

 

Stuff Your Face with Stuffed Cookies!

If you’re not into baking blogs like I am, you may be one of the few who have not yet heard of the hottest new cookie trend on the blogosphere–stuffed cookies.  Yes, they are as deliciously sinful as they sound.  Making stuffed cookies involves making a recipe for a normal cookie dough, and then enclosing a piece of candy, another cookie, or in some crazy case,  S’MORES inside a ball of dough!

The amazing Jenny over at Picky Palate credits herself with making the first ever recipe for stuffed cookies, Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies.  The recipe was an immediate hit, and bloggers started making recipes with their own versions of the rich treats.  Goodies like Brownie Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, Nutter Butter Stuffed Cookies, and Rolo Stuffed Cookies were popping up all over the internet–and they all looked absolutely delectable.

I am a big fan of baking from scratch, but cookies have never been my forte–they always seem to come out either way too gooey, and sit and get rock hard after a few minutes.  Nonetheless, I decided it did very much want to try and get on the stuffed cookie bandwagon and see what it was all about.

The first recipe I made was the original, Picky Palate’s Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Armed with my shiny new KitchenAid stand mixer, I followed the quite basic cookie dough recipe, and then tried to go about the business of enclosing the Oreos in the cookie dough.  Here is a tip the recipe doesn’t tell you–let your dough chill for at least a good hour before you try to handle it!  It gets warm in your hands very quickly, and you will find it hard to form a ball around the item you are to enclose.  I also made a max of nine cookies per batch, and chilled the dough between batches–this helps a lot.

Through making this recipe, I finally found the perfect time to leave my cookies in the oven.  Eight minutes in my oven was the perfect amount of time for soft, but not too gooey cookies that were still soft and chewy the next day!  And a lesson from my mother finally stuck in my head; take the cookies out when the edges are barely brown, even though the middles look like they are raw.  Cooling time on the pan is very important because it allows the residual heat of the pan to continue baking the cookies to their perfect texture.

This was my first attempt at stuffed cookies:

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Not too bad right?  They were so yummy!  Quite rich though; one cookie was plenty enough to satisfy my sweet tooth!

I enjoyed these cookies so much, that I decided to try something a little different.  York Peppermint Patties have been one of my favorite candies since I was small, so I knew these Peppermint Patty Cookies I found over at Hugs & Cookies XOXO would not let me down.  And I was right!  They are a perfect balance of chocolate and smooth mint.  I found this dough somewhat softer than the chocolate chip cookie dough, and I decided to let it chill overnight before I made the cookies with it.

Here is how they came out.

York Stuffed Cookies

I love making these cookies so much, and I can’t wait to try more versions!  The most important tips I have for you guys who want to try them are to CHILL THE DOUGH, and DON’T OVERBAKE the cookies.  Take it from me, it is hard to take out the cookies sometimes when they still look raw.  But once you get your technique perfected, I know you will be enjoying this awesome cookie trend as much as I am :)

Candles From the Keeping Room: Scents Review

Hey guys!

If you remember, last week I made a post about my first ever order from Candles From the Keeping Room (CFTKR).  Since then, I have had some time to melt many of the scents, and it was quite enough to give me a good idea of what CFTKR is all about.

First, I’d like to talk about the bakery scents.  These are what CFTKR is most famous for, and I was really excited to get started melting these tarts, even though it’s in the 100’s in Louisiana and these scents can sometimes make the air feel quite heavy.

The first tart I melted from was order was one of the Butterscotch Oatmeal Thumbprints.  On the CFTKR website it is described as “a sweet oatmeal cookie laced with yummy bits of butterscotch candies.”  And yes, this was exactly what I got.  The nutty oatmeal was the first note I picked up while it was melting, but I could definitely pick out the sweet, buttery candy scent too.  I just wished this was a tiny bit stronger.  I only used one of the cookies in my melter though, perhaps I should have used two.  I’m on the fence about it, but I don’t think this is a scent I would buy again.  I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Next up was Ultimate Cheesecake.  This scent came highly recommended by many CFTKR fans.  I love to eat cheesecake, but I had never before experienced it in a tart, so I wasn’t sure about it.  The CFTKR site describes Ultimate Cheesecake as, “An ultimate cheesecake with a just a little spice to it…it really is the best cheesecake around.”  They come in really cute little pie shapes that are just the right size for my melter bowl.

CFTKR Ultimate Cheesecake

This was probably my third favorite tart out of all those I have tried from CFTKR so far.  To me, the top note was definitely a cinnamon graham cracker.  I detected a creamy, tangy note but it was under the spicy scent.  I did really love the tart as whole though.  For me, this one threw well for about 4-5 hours.  I’m pretty sure I would buy a CFTKR cheesecake scent again.  I’m looking forward to trying some of the cheesecake blends.  I give Ultimate Cheesecake 4 out of 5 stars.

The next tarts I tried were Caramelized Apple Praline Zucchini Bread.  Carol (the owner of CFTKR) is well known for her zucchini bread blends.  I really love caramelized apple scents, and I am a huge ZB fan, so I knew I couldn’t go wrong ordering this scent.  On the CFTKR website the caramelized apple scent is described as, “our sweet apple mixed with a caramel and pralines..sweet yet has the apple to give tone down the sweetness.”

I melted 2 of these tarts, which were in cute little toast shapes that I adore.  This scent was my favorite, no surprise there.  What I loved about this scent is that it is complex, but you can definitely pick out every separate part while it is melting.  The strongest note is the buttery praline.  It was released almost as soon as the tarts got into the melter.  The second, slightly less strong note is the zucchini bread, but it is still spectacular, and I can see why CFTKR fans rave about it.  The apple is there too, but almost as an afterthought.  I will most assuredly buy more tarts in this scent.  The throw was great and the buttery notes lasted even after I had dumped the wax.  I give this scent 5 out of 5 stars.

Another scent I ordered was Sour Cream Spice Cake.  This is a newer addition to CFTKR’s ever growing fragrance list, but it had already proved quite popular on the CFTKR Facebook page, so I decided to give it a try.  The scent is described as, “Toasted nuts, rich butter and warm spices blend with this classic accord of sour cream cake tones to engage the senses. Sweet creamy vanilla adds a tempting finish to the spiced cake.”  I melted one of the cute little grubby cakes in my melter.

CFTKR Sour Cream Spice Cake

I did detect a creamy note in this, but it was more like a cheesecake rather than a sour cream.  I did get a lot of the vanilla.  The spicy cinnamon notes were these, but not as prominent as I would have liked.  To be honest, this scent smelled very similar to the CFTKR Zucchini Bread.  Not that that is a bad thing, at all.  I did end up loving this scent.  This is another that I wished was a little bit stronger, but like I said before, maybe I should have melted more than one cake.  I would probably buy this again.  I give Sour Cream Spice Cake 4 out of 5 stars.

Pumpkin and Praline was my final bakery type scent.  This was another yummy blend.  Usually, pumpkin scents are very spicy, but this scent is overwhelmingly buttery praline.  The spicy pumpkin undertone is there, but it is a little hard to detect.  These tarts also came in the adorable pie shapes.  Carol’s praline is so delicious, I would have no problem buying more of this scent.  I give it a 4 out of 5, only because I wish the spice was a little more prominent.

I did also order some non-bakery scents, which included a sampler of various Pink Sugar blends, and a scent called Falling Leaves.

Falling Leaves is described as, “It is everything fall is. It is crisp leaves under your feet when you are walking through the park on a misty day. It is refreshing, delightful and clean. It is the cool brisk air and the smell of fall.”  This bag of tarts came in lovely little leaf shapes, and beautiful autumn colors.

CFTKR Falling Leaves

I really wanted to like this scent, as autumn is my favorite season, and I love the unmistakable feeling you get when the air is changing.  I was sad to discover that this scent was not for me.  There was no problem with the throw; I used 2 of the leaves in my melter and the scent filled my living room and hallway.  However, there was a powdery undertone to this that I did not like at all.  I also did get mostly a woodsy note.  To me, this scent smells like an older man’s cologne.  It may be for some people, but not for me :)  I give Falling Leaves a 2 out of 5.

Finally, I got a Pink Sugar (PS) sampler containing 6 different pink sugar blend tarts.  I have so far melted Pink Sugar Passionberry and PS Confetti.  Carol may not necessarily be famous for her Pink Sugar scents, but in my opinion, she should be.  Pink Sugar Passionberry was sweet and mouthwateringly delicious.  Pink Sugar Confetti was very nice and girly; it reminded be of a sweet sugar candy.  I cannot wait to try the rest of my PS blends.  I am so glad I got a sampler so I can find out which scents I need to order an entire bag of!

I was overall very pleased with the order I received from Candles from the Keeping Room.  I discovered some delicious praline scents.  What I really love the most about CFTKR’s scents is that they are very true to what the description says they are.  I will be ordering from Carol again in the future, and I hope you will try her goodies too…if you haven’t already!

Candles From the Keeping Room Website
Candles From the Keeping Room Facebook Page

I’ve Been Working on Somethin’ For Ya’ll…

and today I am unveiling it!  For the past few days I have been working on a page for all of the lovelies who read my blog but may not be as much into scented wax as I am.  It occurred to me while I was writing my last post, that I might sometimes use terms some are not familiar with.  So I decided those people should not have to leave my blog to google something!  As a result, I made a reference page for you guys!  Introducing…

WAX 101!

This page is where you can go to find out more about the world of wax, including types of melts, differences in burners, abbreviations I might use on the blog, and much more!  The best part is, it’s listed right over there to the left, in the sidebar, so you can check it out anytime you need to.  I tried to be as thorough as possible, but of course if you ever have a question about something, I am here to help you.  :)

I spent a good bit of time putting this page together and I hope you find it helpful! If you have some time, please give it a look and let me know your feedback.   Talk to ya’ll soon! <3

P.S.–Just a little note to let you guys know…I am a night owl and my posts will usually be made in the evenings or occasionally late night.  If you subscribe, you will always be notified when I have made a new post!

Little preview…

Hey guys!

Sorry, no new post yesterday.  It was kind of a busy day.  I did want to let ya’ll know however, I am working on a lil somethin to help me help you.  :)  That will be up soon.  Depending on what I have going on later, I might even make another post.  We’ll see!  Never can tell what kind of day I’m gonna have with my spontaneous loved ones!

Here are a few things I plan on writing about in the next week just to give you guys a heads up:

–Review of goodies I received from a lovely Etsy shop owner

–A yummy new cookie trend

–My thoughts on my tarts from Candles from the Keeping Room, since I will be melting them to analyze in the next couple of days

–My personal wax stash and my setup of warmers

I hope this sounds good to ya’ll!  I am very excited to continue writing and I really love hearing you guys’ feedback.  Talk to ya’ll soon!

Candles From the Keeping Room: First Ever Order Haul!

So let’s jump right into my first post about wax!

Candles from the Keeping Room (known as CFTKR for the rest of this post!) is one of the most popular tart vendors among those of us who love melting.  The owner, Carol Wolstencroft, used to sell her goodies on Ebay only, but recently has opened up her own website shop.  When I found out the shop was open and I had some birthday money in my hands, I decided to make my first ever purchase!

One of the first things I noticed upon browsing the site was that she has hundreds of fragrances!  For someone who may be just getting started in the tart world, this can be overwhelming.  Luckily, the site does have a very nice, detailed fragrance description list.  And luckily for me, I know a lot of Carol’s biggest fans, who were more than happy to give me their recommendations!

Another thing I noticed was that you must buy most of the tarts in bags of either 4 or 8 ounces.  This can be somewhat off-putting, because who wants to be stuck with a whole bag of stuff they don’t like?  I much prefer buying my tarts in singles, mostly because I like a large variety and I get tired of fragrances quickly.  But, the prices for the bags of tarts were great–at $3 for a 4 oz bag, you are paying less than a dollar an ounce, which is a great bargain.

The final caveat I had about ordering was that to me, a perpetual bargain hunter, the shipping rates seemed to be a little pricey.  But, I was reassured by the fact that all of Carol’s tarts are pre-made and in the inventory.  There is virtually no turn around time (TAT-I’m gonna have to do a post about tart world lingo!), and she ships Priority mail, so you will have your order within a week.  Another thing that helps make up for the shipping costs is that Carol includes a lot of freebie tarts in your order, and she seems to have a knack for throwing in freebies that you will probably love, based on the scents you have in your order.

I knew going into the website to order that I would be wanting at least one bag of a Zucchini Bread blend tart, because they are the type CFTKR is most famous for.  Zucchini Bread (usually shortened to ZB) is a fantastic bakery scent that smells divine on it’s own, but is absolutely amazing when it is blended with other fragrances.  Carol’s ZB is described as “The scent of fresh Zucchini Bread with notes of freshly grated zucchini, cinnamon and spices.”  Some of her most famous blends are Wildberry Mousse ZB, Caramelized Praline ZB, and Apple ZB.

After much deliberation and a lot of advice from my tart lovin’ friends, I decided to order the following:  4 ounce bags–Caramelized Apple Praline ZB, Pumpkin and Pralines, Sour Cream Spice Cake, Butterscotch Oatmeal Thumbprints, Ultimate Cheesecake, and Falling Leaves.  I also got a sampler pack.  Carol’s samplers include six individually wrapped tarts in one each of six fragrances in a particular category.  I picked a Pink Sugar sampler.  Pink Sugar is another favorite scent of mine that stands on its’ own but is best when blended.  Pink Sugar is described as “A complex combination of  Cotton Candy, Vanilla and Caramel with a hint of Bergamot and orange citrus top notes, with touches of Berries, Muget, Strawberry, Plum, and Dry Fig Leaves, Musk, Anise, Musk and Woods.”  It’s absolutely mouthwatering when combined with fruity or bakery scents.

I ordered on a Friday and received my package on the following Thursday.  When I opened it, the yummy smell hit me immediately, meaning these tarts definitely have a great cold throw.  Everything was wrapped snugly in bubble wrap, which I do appreciate–I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced a Louisiana summer, but it’s hot, ya’ll!  In the summertime, great packaging means no melting.  My tarts were all in pristine condition.  They were beautifully packaged in double cello bags, with cute plaid ribbons to hold them closed.  And of course, Carol did not disappoint in the freebies department–I got a total of 5 freebie packets–one of which is a huge pumpkin, which I will have to cut to put into a melter!

My complete order as packaged

How yummy does all that look!  Now, usually I am not a sucker for cutesy little shapes when it comes to tarts.  I figure if I am going to melt them anyway, who really cares what they look like?  But Carol’s tarts are so nicely molded.  The Zucchini Bread tarts are in little toast shapes, which absolutely kills me and I don’t know why!  My bag of Falling Leaves scented tarts were actually shaped like leaves in beautiful autumn colors.  The cheesecake tarts were shaped like tiny pies.  And I love that pumpkin–it is huge, probably 3 or 4 ounces on it’s own.

So adorable!

Since this post has gotten quite long, I’m going to review the scents themselves in another post.  But suffice it to say, I am so far very pleased with my order from CFTKR.  I now understand why so many people love her products!  With great customer service, minimal TAT, and deliciously unique scents, Candles from the Keeping Room has secured its’ place in my tart stash.  I will definitely be back for more.

Candles From the Keeping Room Facebook Page
Candles From the Keeping Room Website

Hi from a Sweet Southern SAHM!

Hello everyone!

 

My name is Carrie and I’d like to welcome you into my world.  I am a stay at home mom of one wonderfully cute and crazy 2 year old and one spoiled little siamese kitten.  I have an amazing husband who always supports me, no matter what (I wonder if it’s because he knows if he disagrees, I will do what I want anyway…).

I have a few hobbies that I am really passionate about, and they will be the focus of this crazy, mixed up blog I’m making.  The first is scented wax!  My whole life I have been totally addicted to anything that smelled good–body wash and lotions, candles, perfumes, you name it.  Now that I am a real live grown up and have my own home, I am currently very into melting scented wax.  Sometimes it’s candles, but most of the time it’s tarts–highly scented wickless wax, that you melt in a warmer.  To put this into perspective…I have 6 warmers and a 3 drawer cart full of tarts.  A lot of my posts will be reviews of different scents and vendors (what we call those who make the scented wax).  I love using different scents to create ambiance in the home…different scents can make someone think you are baking something yummy, have a bouquet of fresh flowers, or are doing laundry–when really you’re just melting great smelling wax!

Another one of my hobbies is baking and cooking.  I have been doing both since I was a little girl.  And of course, being from the Deep South (Louisiana), we do love our food.  I have been taught by some of the greats–my mom, grandma, and great grandma.  I take all of the things they taught me, along with some new knowledge and spectacular recipes, and try my best to make delicious dishes and desserts for my family to enjoy.  One of my favorite things to do is find a recipe that looks interesting, and change it up to put my own spin on it.  I do love baking much more than cooking though–there is nothing like the look on my husband’s face when I have prepared something sweet for him.  :)

Finally, I will probably be posting some about the two most important things in my life of course–my husband and son.  My (not so) baby boy does at least one thing, everyday without fail, to make me smile and/or drop my jaw.  I am so glad that I have to opportunity to stay at home with him, I know a lot of moms cannot do it and I never take one day for granted.  My husband is a hard worker and loves to spend time with both of us whenever he can.  Although it is hard to talk to him in the fall during football season!

Thank ya’ll so much for visiting and reading!  As a SAHM, I don’t really get a lot of chances to talk to adults who actually listen to me and appreciate what I have to say.  Even if no one reads this, it’s nice to be able to let it out into the world.  Writing has always been a huge passion of mine, and I really do hope you guys enjoy what I am putting out there!

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