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Biscuit Making Video

What are your thoughts on a biscuit making DVD?  Maybe to slip in with the Biscuit Making kit?  Would that be helpful?  Sort of peeking in on my biscuit making class which was by the way VERY fun and successful.  Here are some emails I received afterwards:

You sure know how to make things look easy! Thanks for the excellent class! ~K

We just uploaded some pictures from Susan’s first Biscuit Class.  The last photo is a picture of the biscuits M made using Susan’s recipe, tools and techniques.  Not only can you count this as a Home Economics class, but you can also count it for Chemistry. Susan definite knows how to cook and understands the chemistry of baking.

Her tips included:  using cold ingredients – flour, water and lard, as well as cold hands.  Another tip was to not overworking the dough – in other words “do not knead your biscuit dough.”  She didn’t even use a rolling pin before cutting the biscuits.  The pastry cloth she made for each of us really worked – no more sticking to the counter or wax paper.

Just wish I had taken this class about 30 years ago! ~ K

In a word……yum. ~R

C just made a batch and they were just lovely…. thanks so much
Susan for all your hard work! M 🙂

We really enjoyed yesterday, the biscuit making and test tasting …and the coffee and fun conversation too!  Ü  I enjoyed L’s enthusiasm about making biscuits and about having her own pastry cloth and cutter…. she chattered all the way home about how much fun she’d had and all about the cooking things she would like to learn to do. I see lots of floury escapades and homemade baking happenings coming up soon in our kitchen! ~C


White Lily Flour Accolade, An Offer and Shoppe Update!

I unabashedly recommend White Lily self rising flour for all your biscuit needs. Having said that, I cannot recommend it for things such as cookies, yeast breads ets.  But for a biscuit I have not found any better.  I want to now “put my money where my mouth is” so to speak.  I will happily do the legwork for the rest of you who cannot buy White Lily flour in your local grocery store.  Both my younger girls work at my local grocery and they happily started carrying White Lily just for me.  I would be happy to ask them to order me a couple of cases if any of you would like to buy it.  I have done a bit of cost anaysis for you and you can decide if it would be worth it.  The flour costs $3.75 for 5 pounds.  If you ordered two 5 pound bags and I flat rate shipped it via USPS your total cost per batch of biscuits (I get about 15-16) would be $1.68 or 11cents per biscuit.  If you think it is worth it, then email me privately and we will get on it!

Now having said all that! I will be offering the Biscuit 101 kit in my shoppe, beginning Thursday…okay that cat is out of the bag!  The booklet, pastry cloth, cutter and 2 # bag of flour will be in a kit – ready for gifting (or keeping 😉 ) and all components will be available separately as well – maybe even my once famous granola one day.  But the bigger bags of flour I will be happy to get for you on an individual basis as you need them.  All you have to do is ask.  Well, and pay for it of course 😉


The shoppe will not be on etsy at this time.  I still own my domain thesoapmaven and I will have a shoppe attached to that site.   Little does my oldest know, I need a banner made (ASAP- I know she has nothing better to do- HAHA) – she did such a great job on this one.  I will be offering, cookbooks, handmade aprons, coffees, baking kits…you know homekeeping/kitchen goodies!  The inventory will grow as I feel I can manage it.  This is my way of getting back to things.  Slow and steady!  But eventually I want it to be THE place to go for unique, useful homemaking items.  For now I am going to keep the name a secret…you will find that out when I post a link to the shoppe on Thursday.  I will take paypal or credit cards over the phone.  I won’t have a toll free because frankly almost everyone in the world has free long distance these days.  This is a bit of a change from my soap business which brought me the 60 hour a week work schedule and my kitchen being tied up constantly with soap stuff.

So there you have it.  I have been thinking about this for a while.  Why I can’t just keep house, teach kids and such I do not know.  I have always had my little “butter and egg” money and it is a hard habit to break.  I think it is a need for community connection of sorts…though the community is vastly different now with the internet!  And FYI, it seems I am getting back into baking for folks locally.  On a very small scale.  My first order is a Boston Cream Pie for my oldest and dearest customer from back in the day…like 30 years back!



Look what came in my mail yesterday!


Vicki over at Turkey Feathers has made her book available and I promptly ordered my copy!  WOW – just beautiful.  Now, y’all zip on over and get yourself one! Here is what the order website says about it:

Here is a highly personalized book, written as an exercise in what can be done using one thrifted wool blanket, a pair of scissors and a needle and thread. Written mostly for fun, the 40+ projects are sweet and simple, with some seasonal projects, that address all skill levels from child novice to expert. The book concept, design, illustrations, crafts, text, and photographs are all the work of the author and personify this book, as not only charming, but truly “homemade”.

Congrats Vicki!