Jac o' lyn Murphy

Friday, July 29, 2016

Anchors Away - Sumer Sea Salt Soaps

Oh Summer...
long days of sun, surf and sand.
What better way to clean up than with Sea Salt Soap?!

I just made a boat-load of anchor soaps for all the summer sailors I know.
Creamy and cute, with just a touch of salt to exfoliate and
perfect for last minute hostess gifts.

They are so easy to make.
In a microwave-safe bowl 
(preferably with a spout - I use a glass gravy boat) 
put in 2 to 3 cubes of Shea Butter Soap
(available at craft stores like Michael's) and 1 teaspoon of sea salt.
Melt in microwave in 10 second intervals, stirring after each until soap has melted.
(should take about 30 seconds total)

Then pour into anchor molds...

and add blue soap colorant for some nautical fun...

Is it me, or do they look like they're smiling?

Anchors Away!

I got my molds at Paper Source but the Sunnylife website is here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

America the Beautiful - Olympic Watermelon Pops

In just a few short weeks the chants of 
USA, USA will be filling the Olympic air.
It's an exciting time of thrilling competition and patriotic pride.
What better way to celebrate our country, while watching the games, than with 
USA Watermelon Ice Pops?!?

They are easy to make and as fun to wave as Old Glory...

Use cookie cutters on thick sliced watermelon...

and insert popsicle stick.
Sprinkle with lemon juice and a touch a salt for added zest,
or leave unseasoned and place in freezer for at least 2 hours.

America the Beautiful, indeed!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Garlic Roasted Ballpark Peanuts

Baseball and peanuts go hand in hand.
(or in this case mitt in mitt)
Salted roasted peanuts are the perfect snack for watching the boys of summer...
unless they are garlic roasted!

Reminiscent of the infamous Gilroy Garlic Fries served at AT&T Park, 
the combo of peanuts, fresh parsley and garlic really are a home run.

Forget the Golden Glove...
it's all about the Garlic Glove.

and the Golden Gate :)

Garlic Roasted Ballpark Peanuts
Heat 3 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan and add 3 finely chopped garlic cloves.
Let garlic infuse in the oil for about a minute then add a 12 oz bag of peanuts in the shell.
Cook nuts in garlic oil for about 5 minutes, stirring them often to coat.
Remove from heat, top with chopped fresh parsley, let cool then enjoy.

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