Kombucha soap


Hot Press Soap

Kombucha soap

Created by Hope Eilertson

Service provided by Majestic Mountain Sage


For the size of fat batch that you are using, we recommend that you use approximately 15 to 22 fluid ounces of liquid.

WARNING: Always add your solid form lye, sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, to the liquid. If the liquid were added to the solid form lye a violent reaction could result. This means you could have a “volcano” erupt out of your container.

Fats & Oils

Fat Amount
% in
Almond Oil, Sweet 2 3.33
Coconut Oil 14 23.33
Olive Oil 36 60.00
Shea Butter 1 1.67
Sunflower Oil 6 10.00
Beeswax 1 1.67
Total Weight 60

Lye Table (NaOH)

% excess fat Lye Amount
0 8.74
1 8.65
2 8.57
3 8.48
4 8.39
5 8.30
6 8.22
7 8.13
8 8.04
9 7.95
10 7.87
0% to 4% excess fat range: Proceed with caution! We do not recommend this unless actual saponification values are known and used.
5% to 8% excess fat range: This is the range we use most often.
9% to 10% excess fat range: Creates a softer soap because of the amount of excess fat.

I used 20 oz liquid, 10 oz Kombucha, 10 oz water

8.25 lye

This time I used lemon infused olive oil, lemon grass, rosemary

Follow steps on How To Make Hot Press Soap HERE

Smoky Bacon Chili

Smoky Bacon Chili


Today is a Chili kind of day, husband went fishing and I’m hanging at home with the pups on a lazy Saturday, not sure when he will get back but this chili will welcome him home with a side of his favorite Cornbread.



1 lb Hamburger

1 lb  Spicy Italian Sausage

6 slices of bacon

1 yellow onion

1 can pinto beans, 15 oz

1 can kidney beans, 15 oz

1  can diced tomato with juice, 15 oz

1 can rotel

1 can tomato sauce, 15 oz

1 tablespoon Chili powder

1 tablespoon minced Garlic

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon paprika

teaspoon Cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 


In a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground beef and sausage into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease.

While meat is cooking, fry the Bacon in a large fry pan until crispy, then drain on paper towel, chop onion and cook until transparent in fry pan with bacon grease. When meat is cooked add crumbled bacon and cooked onion.

Add all other ingredients to stock pot with the meat and onion, and simmer on low for 2 hours or more, stirring occasionally.

Smoky Bacon Chili

After 2 hours taste and adjust spices to your liking.

Top with  your favorite toppings, and a side of Cornbread.

Love Hope 

Molasses Brown Bread

One of the wonderful benefits of living in the Pacific North West, is we have so many options for outdoor recreation. I can be at the Beach, or the mountains in just a couple of hours, and when we go the the beach we always stop on our way at this sweet little cafe that has the BEST Molasses Bread, it’s sweet, dense, moist with a thick chewy crust.  OH MY GOODNESS it’s yummy!

Today I’m baking many loafs of my classic White Bread for Thanksgiving, But I can’t stop thinking about that Molasses bread……So in my quest to satisfy my craving I came up with this lovely. My family loved it! I hope you enjoy it! 

Hope’s amazing Brown Bread!


Molasses Brown Bread


3/4 cup warm water
1  tablespoon instant Coffee (mix into the warm water)
1/4 cup molasses
1 eggs

3 cups of flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1  tablespoon Cocoa
1 1/2  tablespoon Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons of butter
1 package of yeast (2 teaspoons)


Add ingredients to your bread machine in the order recommended by its manufacturer.

Mine are as follows and is the standard for most: ( I have the West Bend Automatic Bread & Dough maker )

  • Add all liquid to bread pan
  • Add all dry ingredients, Except yeast. Tap pan to settle and level dry ingredients, pushing some of the flour mixture into the corners.
  • Place a piece of butter into each corner of pan on top of dry ingredients.
  • Make a slight well in center of ingredients and add yeast.
  • Place you pan into your bread machine chamber and pick the setting you have chosen.

Use a basic bread cycle if you are letting your bread machine bake it, I don’t like the way it looks that way so I do the following.

*I do not bake mine in the bread machine. I use the dough cycle and then, take it out of the pan give it a quick need put it in a bread pan let it do one more rise until double in size and bake it at 350 for around 25 min until golden brown. all ovens very so check on it.

Love Hope

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Pig Ears Dog Treats

 My pup goes nuts for these! They are high in fat so just one or two a week.

We gave Wren her first pig ear at about 8 weeks, she nearly lost her mind with happiness! after buying a couple I wondered how they were preserved and processed so decided I would just make my own and have peace of mind.

These will make your family think they are having pork roast for dinner as they cook for 4 hours.

Every dog I know loves these!

 Pig Ear Dog Treats


  • Package of raw pig ears (as many as you like) I get mine at the Asian Market.
  • Olive oil



  • Cut pig ears in two or three strips
  • Coat with olive oil
  • Lay all the pig ear strips on the wire rack.
  •  line pan underneath with tin foil to catch any drippings.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake the ears for about 4 hours.
  • The ears will turn a nice golden brown.
  • They will also puff up quite a bit.
  • Let the strips cool for a bit before serving them to your dog.
  • Any unused portions should be stored in the fridge in a paper bag until you are ready to use them.

Love Hope

Wren’s Herbal Dog Treat


A little over a year ago our family lost our beloved Hannah, she was a sweet dog that was loved by everyone she met, and at 16 had a full and happy life. It took me about a year to be ready for a new family member, and then the emptiness of a house without a pup got to much to bare.


When I caught the puppy bug…I was hit hard! Right about the same time while having dinner with friends They mentioned their daughter and got a Chocolate Lab, and they just had a new litter that day!  UM WHAT! (meant to be!) We talked to the now 7 months pup owner from the first litter who thought we would be a great match, and introduced us to the Family (not a breeder) and the rest all happened fast! 8 weeks later… Wren (Who picked me by the way) She is Sweet and crazy smart and in the 2 weeks we have had her has learned to, come when called by her name, knows what “leave it” and “no” means, can sit, stay and fetch on command (we have video because friends would not believe us lol) and is a master spot stealer (see above photo…she tricked me into leaning forward and then dashed into my spot…  To say that we are in love with this little girl would be an understatement!  She is sleeping on my feet as I blog, happy me!

I can not say enough about good nutrition and your pup, if you want a long happy healthy life for them, feed them quality food!     


Treat your pup with the gift of yummy nutrition! 


  • 1 cup organic coconut flakes
  • ½ cup organic Flax seed
  • 1/2 cup organic peanut butter or nut butter
  • 2 Tbsp organic sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut flour
  • 1 organic banana
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda


1 Tbsp organic Turmeric powder

1 Tbsp organic Chia seeds

1 Tbsp organic chopped rosemary


  • Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Blend all ingredients together until well mixed.
  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on lined baking sheet.
  • Set timer for 10 minutes, bake, and then rotate cookies.
  • Set timer for an additional 10 minutes and bake.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on a baking sheet.
  • Place in an air tight container for storage.

Hug your pup for me!

Love Hope


Buffalo Wings in the CrockPot

THAT MOMENT WHEN: you go to make Buffalo Wings in the CrockPot and you realize that bottle of sauce that is in your pantry got opened (by some child that will remain nameless) and put back on the shelf…..and now has turned an unusual color, BUT you really want to make these, you figure out how to make it from scratch!

Lucky for me I love having an arsenal of all kinds of hot sauces, their are so many awesome varieties that can add just the right punch to a dish.  They aren’t all packed with heat, however they are packed with flavor so I use them often.  Have fun playing  around with this to your taste and heat tolerance.

These are fall off the bone tender and packed with flavor! Today I’m serving them with a simple Blue Cheese Salad. Lets get started!


Buffalo Wings in the CrockPot


One large pack Chicken wings (15 wings or so)


23 cup hot sauce, I used Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce.

12 cup butter

1 12 tbsp white vinegar

12 tsp Worcestershire sauce

14 tsp cayenne pepper

14 tsp garlic powder

1 salt and pepper, to taste

One packet of Ranch seasoning 


  • Place wings in crock pot, and set on low.
  • Combine hot sauce, butter, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and Ranch seasoning in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer while stirring with a whisk. As soon as all is combined and smooth, remove from heat.
  • Pour sauce over wings and cook on low 6 hours.


Love Hope


Easy Banana Pudding Cake

This is a great, quick and yummy way to use up some over rip Bananas, so moist and flavorful!

You could also do the yellow cake portion from scratch, but today I was all about something fast….it’s 105 out today! I think this will be a great way to top off our Sunday dinner of Pork ribs, Corn on the Cobb, and pasta salad.  Once you taste it you won’t feel the least bit guilty about the box cake mix….Enjoy!

Yes I own 16 place settings of different colored fiesta wear,(among a staggering amount of various serving wear and vintage pieces) and I feel genuine anxiety if their is a color I don’t own.  I have been collecting for about 37 years and I use them daily. I just love all the happy color! And it all looks even better with cake on it so lets do this! yummmm CAKE!

Banana Pudding Cake

  • 2 very, very ripe medium bananas, roughly mashed.
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (4-serving size) package of banana cream instant pudding powder, vanilla bean pudding is great also.
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • ¼ cup olive oil, can sub veg oil if needed.
  • Optional Icing: I like to drizzle cream cheese frosting, or dust with powdered sugar.



  • Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower-middle position. Grease and flour a bundt pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix and instant pudding powder. Add eggs, milk, sour cream, and oil. Whisk just until incorporated.  Fold in bananas just until combined; don’t over-mix.
  • Pour into prepared bundt pan.
  • Bake 35-45 minutes, or just until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few tender crumbs attached. My oven takes 35 minuets, so keep an eye out. Don’t over bake.
  • Cool completely in pan on rack. Once cool, Invert and remove cake.
  •  Frost if desired.

Love Hope

Baked Beans

 These Beans!

I have to give full disclosure here…I was never a big fan of baked beans…until these! Thick and rich and BACON! Take them to your next event and you will come home with an empty pan and everyone asking for the recipe. It’s a great feeling when you walk in and people see what you have and go YES! I was hoping you were bringing your Bacon Beans!


  • 8 slices bacon, halved
  • 1 medium onion, cut into small dice
  • 3 large cans (28 ounces each) pork and beans
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup distilled or cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard or 2 tablespoons Dijon


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325°F. Fry bacon in large, deep sauté pan skillet until bacon has partially cooked and released about ¼ cup drippings. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.
  2. Add onions to drippings in pan and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add beans and remaining ingredients; bring to a simmer. (If skillet is not large enough, add beans and heat to a simmer then transfer to a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients).
  3. Pour flavored beans into a greased 13-by 9-inch (or similar size) ovenproof pan. Top with bacon, then bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is the consistency of pancake syrup, about 2 hours. Let stand to thicken slightly and serve.

Enjoy! Love Hope

Hope’s Strawberry Tea Wine

Hope’s original recipe for delicious Strawberry Tea Wine! Make it! you won’t be sorry!

How do you pick your next wine creation?

My process  goes like this…..What do I love that I want to turn into wine(Blackberry), what is in season(plum), What fruit can I get for free(Pear), what do I get the most complements on(Mead), what is so delicious that I can keep up the demand for(Mead,Strawberry,Blackberry), what is the family favorite(Mead), what is an interesting science project?(Tea)

The above picture of my current stash is a representation of this, it may also be how it came to be that I currently have 8 different wines brewing right now! I take very good notes on each wine but with that many going at once and another batch of Mead to soon join it, remembering what gets racked when, can get confusing!

A visual aid is how I stay on track, I LOVE my chalkboard!  

I started making Tea wine to blend with some of my fruit wines that needed some tannin and complexity. It also turned out to be great all on its own, so on my first rack of the small 2 gallon batch Strawberry I got a little taste and just new it would be great with that Tea. I topped it up each time I racked it with the Tea wine.

These two recipes are my own and have worked well for me, it may seem like a lot of work to start the tea wine 6 months before you start your Strawberry but if you start your Tea wine in the winter when you have no fresh fruit it works well. If your like me you will find you like Tea wine and just always have a batch brewing and some bottles on hand then if you need it your covered.

A chilled glass of Strawberry tea wine on a hot summer day…..refreshing and delicious!


Let’s get started!



Strawberry Tea Wine – 5 gallon

15 lb Frozen Strawberry’s

10 lb sugar

10 tsp acid blend

2 lb raisins chopped

1/2 lb dates chopped

1 tsp Tannin

1 tsp yeast nutrient

1 pkt yeast, lalvin 71B-1122

Place all ingredients except yeast in bucket. Crush fruit with hands and cover with 2 gallons boiling water. Stir with wooden or plastic paddle to dissolve sugar and simultaneously mash the strawberries. When cooled to 85 degrees F., add yeast. Cover and stir daily. Strain on 7th day, transfer to secondary fermentation vessel, top up to 5 gallon, fit fermentation trap, and set aside. Rack after 30 days and again after additional 30 days. At every racking use Tea wine to top back up to 5 gallon. Bottle when clear. Allow to age at least 6 months. Will improve to one year.


Tea wine – 1 Gallon

8 to 10 tea bags (good quality black tea, I have also used half black, half Jasmine)

2 lb sugar

1/2 cup Brown sugar

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 lb raisins

1 tsp acid blend

1 pkt yeast, Lalvin 71B-1122 (champagne yeast works well also)

Steep tea in 1/2 gallon of water for 30 minutes, then add sugar’s and raisins and bring back to boil, simmer for 30 minutes. Cool and add acid blend, mix and pitch yeast. Add all to carboy and place bubblier. rack at 90 days, then again at 90 days. after this you can bottle or just use to top off or blend with other wines.



Love Hope




Hope’s Garden Bounty Salad


A simple, and so yummy way to use your garden bounty!

A simple, and so yummy way to use your garden bounty!

Don’t you just love a garden bounty! Something so satisfying about growing your own veggies or maybe it’s just my farm girl DNA. This is my new favorite salad, it looks and taste, like summer feels.



2 Cucumber

4 med Tomato

1/2 Red Onion

3 ripe Avocado

1 ball fresh Mozzarella (cubed)


Juice of one lemon

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1/4 – 1/2 cup Cilantro finely chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste


Chop all ingredients, place in bowl and mix lightly. Blend dressing and stir in.

YUM! and is so lovely with some planked Salmon, or grilled steak.

Love Hope